This is the dawning of the age of aquariums, the age of aquariums…(aquaria?)
You probably know by now that true to our EnRichment initiative, there are several community organizations and service projects we’re passionate about, from Cape Coral Hospital’s Pathway to Discovery toTanglewood Elementary’s outdoor classroom to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and even more. As the expertise represented by EnSite’s team was cultivated by early STEM learning opportunities, we feel it’s important to pay it forward to provide those types of opportunities to the next generation. We will come to rely on them someday – before we know it! – to design communities that are sustainable and that will fulfill the needs of their residents and stakeholders long into the future.
To that end, our own Jon Romine has been serving for a while now as president of the board for the Imaginarium Foundation, serving the interests of the Imaginarium Science Center and Southwest Florida Museum of History. Naturally fundraising is an important function of the foundation, with the Imagine Gala the major function for that function – ha!
Joseph Pearson of Healthy Harvest Farms was arrested for misdemeanor Domestic Violence Battery on April 18, 2016.
According to Pearson it was a misunderstanding with his fiancé and they are working this out.
We tried reach his fiancé for comment no one would answer the phone.
According David Deetscreek the Chairman of the Board of Healthy Harvest Farms, said the board has been notified of the issue. We are waiting to see what the court does, if anything.
According to Lee County Sheriff’s website Pearson has been arrested 10 other times for misdemeanor charges including one other Domestic Violence in 1995.
Firefighters are battling a brush fire near Maddock Place and Maddock Street East in Lehigh Acres, the Florida Forest Service said.
The brush fire is in a heavily wooded area. Officials believe the fire has spread from about 5- 10 acres.
It is unknown if any structures are in danger.
No further details were immediately available.
The principal of Mirror Lakes Elementary School has been suspended pending a professional standards review, said Amity Chandler Director of Communications.
Multiple sources say Dwayne Courtney was escorted out of the school by the district’s professional standards division, something that Chandler denies.
So far the school district is being very tight-lipped about exactly why Courtney was suspended, but he is suspended with pay.
Jeff Dobbins, the Director of the Teacher Leader program and former villas elementary principal will fill in in his absence.
No further details were immediately available.
Written by Dan Sinclair Candidate for Lee County Supervisor of Elections in 2016
April 26 I received a call from Dave Elias at NBC‐2, who seemed to not understand how the social media site, Twitter, works.
He claimed they were running a story on porn on Twitter, and wanted to give me some free press. Running for office, the more free press I can get, the less I need to spend getting my name and message out to people. As usual, he claimed they would run the story with or without my input. So, I went down to the station and spoke to him.
Dave proceeded to tell me that he found links to porn on MY Twitter feed. I knew this was impossible as only MY Tweets come up on MY Twitter feed. The only way people would see links from OTHER people’s pages would be if I ReTweeted from someone else’s page. I do not ReTweet pages I do not know, and am pretty sure I have only retweeted once, ever. The account was opened about two months ago. So, I knew he was lying. There was no porn on my page.
The public is invited to a general member meeting of Arts of the Inland to be held on Tuesday May 10, 2016. Meeting time is 6-7 PM and location will be the Large Meeting Room at Lee County Veteran’s Park Recreation Center. The center is at 55 Homestead Road S in Lehigh Acres, FL.
Along with the meeting there will be a display by AOI artist and instructor June DeVincent and her students. Ms. DeVincent is a founding member of Arts of the Inland and has been teaching her craft for many years at Veteran’s Park.
Arts of the Inland is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public charity, supporting the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artists in the inland communities of south Florida. For information, contact email@example.com or 239-303-5849.
During a discussion of depressed roads and streets and potholes, Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann told members of the Lehigh Community Council that millions of dollars are spent annually of Lehigh roads.
“And this year, we have passed a budget to award $1.3 million in road improvements just to Lehigh Acres. That’s up from a million spent last year,” Mann told the council in the April meeting.
“The $1.3 million is earmarked in the budget recently passed for the new fiscal year. This year’s million dollars has been doled out to repair Lehigh area streets and repair potholes,”, Mann said.
“In the new budget, we are going to also start later this year are the improvements for Homestead Road,” he continued.
A Lehigh Acres recycling business whose property is home to a mountain of old tires (a quarter of million tires) has racked up more than $5,000 in combined fines from Lee County and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
And neighbors say the pile has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. West Coast Tire Recycling is located just off Leonard Boulevard and Lee Street.
It’s just unreal, said Marcia McClellan. When the tires started coming, at first I didn’t think it was a big deal. But then the tires kept coming and kept coming. By last summer, the mosquitos in our shop were so bad, because the tires hold water.
Over 110,000 Square Feet of Retail, Restaurant and Medical office space on Southwest corner of the intersection of Homestead Rd and Milwaukee Blvd.
Chaya Cooperberg Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications stated the following by email, “Here is what we believe happened, based on our investigation and understanding of the incident. We had two employees on our truck. One was the driver, and one was his helper who collects the garbage cans and throws the garbage into the back of the truck. As the helper was servicing the Green residence, one of their pitbulls ran off of the property towards the helper. The dog was very aggressive, growling, baring his teeth, and lunging at our employee. He tried to use the garbage container as a shield. Our driver, seeing the dog attack, jumped out to help his partner. That’s when a second pitbull, also off leash, ran off the property towards our employees, who were both still outside of the truck.
Our driver and helper both felt threatened and in danger from the two dogs. The driver grabbed a baseball bat he had in his truck to wave the dogs away and allow his partner to get in the truck. As he waved the bat in front of the dogs to back them away, it hit one of the dogs in the eye. Our driver was not trying to hit the dog. He was trying to wave it away from his colleague and protect them both in a threatening and dangerous situation. He did not realize he had injured the dog because it ran into the house.
This is such an unfortunate outcome. We all feel very sorry for the Green family and what happened to their pet.”
The applicant and owner Distressed Capital II, LLC is trying to rezone 4401- 4409 Lee Blvd for a 24 pump gas station. This located at the corner of Lee Blvd and Gunnery Rd across the street from 7-11. Owner of the property would not identify what type of Convenience Store, Speed Way, Race Track or Wawa.
The Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club is looking for its Hometown Hero 2017 and is asking the public to submit nominations. Rick Anglickis, the chairman of the Hometown Hero Award Committee said that special person could be someone in the community who has done something without any publicity, someone who has done good things to help others and deserves to be recognized.
“We all know those outstanding people, those people who do great things for others and never look for thanks they do it because they are special people, and they are the people we want to honor in this year’s Hometown Hero Award,” Anglickis said.
The Kiwanis Club has about 60 members and is active in the Lehigh community. It began organizing and became a club around 1969, according to Anglickis.
Past winners of the award include such people a Harry Powell, Myra Kessler, Deputy Pat McDonald and Rae Nicely.
To nominate someone, Anglickis said you can send an email to him and explain the reasons why you think this person would be worthy of such an award. That email is: Ltgovrick@aol.com. You can also use the U.S. Postal Service and mail your nominations to Rick Anglickis, PO Box 111, Lehigh Acres, 33970.
The School District of Lee County will host a Parent Education Forum at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th, at the Lee County Public Education Center.
The forum will be held in workshop format, allowing parents to attend four breakout sessions intended to help them learn more about the new Lee County Standards for Excellence, the Student Assignment process, Google Chromebooks and keys for student success in high school. Dr. Greg Adkins, Superintendent, will open the forum with a special message for parents.
The Lee County Public Education Center is located at 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.
A body found in a wooded area along the Lee-Hendry county line last week has been identified as Alberta Harris, Fort Myers police said.
A group of teenagers found Harris’ decomposed body off Wheeler Road and 14th Place on April 20. Harris’ family members showed up to the area, but were not given any information regarding the body’s identity at the time.
Her death is being investigated as a homicide, the state Department of Law Enforcement said.
Harris, 50, was last seen on April 9. Family and friends became concerned after she didn’t show up for a family gathering. Her 2005 silver GMC Yukon was found two days later with its windows broken in a flea market parking lot on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
One of Harris’ daughters, Ebony, said blood was found inside her vehicle.
Two young children witnessed the moment a garbage truck driver attacked the family dog with a baseball bat.
Last Wednesday the 20th, Clifford Green says his 9-year-old dog named Buddy was playing in the yard with his two children when Buddy began chasing a garbage truck that drove by.
“The guy stopped the truck, got out, came and attacked my dog with a bat,” Green said.
Green says his 10-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son witnessed the entire incident and the employee of Progressive Waste Solutions didn’t stick around to speak to the family.
“The guy just left my dog pretty much there… beaten,” Green said. “My 10-year-old, she’s constantly asked me, ‘what would make a person do that to our dog?’”
The Lehigh Fire and Rescue Department puts out a 1-acre brush fire Sunday near a home at the intersection of 57th Street West and Ida Avenue North in Lehigh Acres. No one was hurt or were homes damaged.
A 53-year-old Tampa woman was killed in a crash Sunday morning.
Marlene Mendoza was a passenger in a VW Jetta driven by Minelbys Mendoza, 43, also of Tampa.
Troopers said Minelbys Mendoza was on Sunset Road and didn’t stop at the stop sign at Gunnery Road North. An oncoming car struck the passenger side of the vehicle.
Marlene Mendoza was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
A second passenger MIgdilia Mendoza in the vehicle, as well as Minelbys Mendoza, had minor injuries. Both were wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the other vehicle William Canada, 59, driving a Ford F150 also suffered minor injuries.
Minelbys Mendoza has been cited for failure to stop.
The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m.
Dancing Classrooms was launched in 1994 as a not-for-profit project of the American Ballroom Theater Company. It is an arts-in-education program teaching ballroom dance to the upper elementary, junior high and high school students of participating schools. As seen in the documentary film Mad Hot Ballroom, Dancing Classrooms is an in-school residency for every child, regardless of background or experience. It was brought to Lee County Public Schools through the generosity of Margaret Antonier, President and CEO of Miromar Development Corp. and is being administered by the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc.
While Dancing Classrooms has been hailed as an effective program for teaching social dance, the program provides many other benefits. Dancing Classrooms is about creating an atmosphere which allows students who are typically introverted and reserved, to step out and shine. It focuses physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement. It builds self-esteem and interactive social skills as it improves confidence and children’s ability to relate to others.
Dancing Classrooms’ mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance. Through the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. and Miromar Outlets, Lee County is the first to offer Dancing Classrooms to fifth grade students at Title I schools in the state of Florida. At the culmination of the 10 week session, the students are able to show the community their acquired skills at many exhibitions at Miromar Outlets and the Miromar Design Center.
Two Lehigh Acres Elementary Schools participated this year Lehigh Elem. and Tortuga Preserve Elem. Tortuga Preserve Elem came in third and Lehigh Elem. win the Team Match – called Colors of the Rainbow. Click here to see photos of the event.
Healthy Harvest Community Farms broke ground on its 7th farm in Lee County at St John XXIII Catholic Church. According to Joe Pearson CEO of Healthy Harvest Community Farms, “It was a great way to spend Earth Day”; Educating & promoting clean & healthy lifestyles for everyone, regardless of economic limitations, through community garden programs.
Editorial – Lehigh Acres Gazette Editorial Staff
Fire Dept pays $2000 a month of your tax dollars for lawn maintenance of all five stations, but they own five John Deere riding lawn moving. That cost the Fire District nearly $ 9000 over 9 year period to purchase, but now the Chief Wayne wants surplus the equipment and dispose of it.
Why is the tax payers paying $24,000 for lawn moving when it is less expense to maintain for high quality riding lawn movers? The employees of the district should take proud in working for the fire district doing simple maintenance – lawn care. They use too.
Chief Wayne doing the same thing with three 2005 ice machines with bins, “so called” these ice machines and bins cannot use for drinking purpose. So they are going to surplus this equipment also and dispose of it.
Maybe it time us as a community stand up surplus and dispose a fire chief. By the way, Wayne is leaving the department anyway in July of 2016.