The Lehigh Acres Gazette will be closed for Thanksgiving Day to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Samantha Brister was crowned Florida Miss America’s US Teen. Ms. Brister was named most Photogenic and was the winner of Evening gown portion in her division.
Lexi James was a finalist in the Florida Jr. Miss American Beauty Pageant. Ms. James also won the Academic and Fashion Model award for her age division.
The CWC (Community Watch Coordinators) is a group of Neighborhood Watch Coordinators that meet once a month to help maintain and build neighborhood watch groups here in Lehigh Acres. Since 2008 when the CWC was formed by Neighborhood Watch Coordinators in the Lehigh area to provide continuing education, motivation and support for each other. Neighborhood Watch groups and coordinators are initially started and trained by Crime Prevention Specialist Larry Gutridge of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office where groups are taught that they are the “eyes and ears” of the Sheriff’s Office.
Gutridge will be retiring January 4, after serving the Lee County Sheriff Office for nine years.
Crime Prevention is the main focus of the CWC and Neighborhood Watches however they are involved in many activiti
es in Lehigh with a goal to help maintain active Neighborhood Watch groups and build strong community bonds. Groups have held neighborhood garage sales, BBQ’s and potlucks, sponsoring fun activities like bounce houses and kids games. In addition to fun activities, Neighborhood Watch groups have also been successful in holding neighborhood cleanups, picking up litter, maintaining and getting roads paved, adding street lights at bus stops and helping maintain property values by utilizing Code Enforcement. Many Lee County government agencies have partnered with the CWC and the Neighborhood Watch Coordinators on a variety projects as have some community action committees in Lehigh; together these agencies have helped the CWC improve Lehigh…”one neighborhood at a time.”
Larry Gutridge has legacay in helping Lehigh Acres became a safer community one Neighborhood Watch at a time.
The CWC meets every month on the third Thursday at 6:30 pm and is open to all Neighborhood Watch coordinators. At these meetings at least one member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is always present, reporting on current crime trends and to answer any questions. Meeting attendees have had the opportunity to meet many of the Lehigh Acres/Bravo District Deputies and Detectives and learn how they do their jobs and how the citizens can help. Neighborhood Watch Coordinators have also learned through crime stat reports that those neighborhoods that have an active Neighborhood Watch have fewer crimes then in surrounding areas. Neighborhood Watch proves that it can and does prevent crime!
The conditions of the roads in Lehigh Acres are always the subject of concern by residents. At the last Lehigh Community Council, a discussion came up about road repaving and needed repairs.
Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann, whose district includes Lehigh, said commissioners were to grant amounts of fund for roads in the upcoming budget.
Recently, the Lee County Commission passed its budget for 2016-17 and certain funds were earmarked for the roads and streets in Lehigh Acres.
“Once again, I am very pleased to share with you the new lists of Lehigh roads scheduled for resurfacing this budget year. These lists represent two contracts approved by the lee county commission.
It’s called magic …. But the junk is still at the Homestead Fire Station but now it’s covered up with a bright orange home depot tarp on it.
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Three people were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a serious head-on crash in Lehigh Acres.
It happened just west of the intersection of Joel Boulevard and Country Club Parkway between an Escalade and a PT Cruiser.
Lehigh Acres Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver of the maroon Escalade who was then transported to Lee Memorial Hospital along with his passenger.
The driver of the silver PT Cruiser suffered serious injuries and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating scene.
The youth group from the Lehigh Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took Wednesday evening November 17th to stock the Lehigh Community Services shelves with food and other commodities’ that were given during a food drive over the past few weeks.
This was done so that the Center would be prepared for families coming in who are in need of food and other items during the Holiday’s. The youth had a wonderful time giving service.
After refusing to remove his rosary out of faith, family and a symbol of his fresh start, a Lehigh Acres student received a two-day suspension at Gateway Charter High School.
Christopher Roberts isn’t a flashy teenager, but there’s one item, a religious symbol, you’ll always see him wearing.
“It’s not happening. I’m not going to take it off,” Roberts said.
An ELCHS student was charged with threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction — or hoax weapon of mass destruction — after a Tuesday morning bomb scare at East Lee County High School.
A Lee County Sheriff’s Office report said Shannon Wise told a teacher he’d found a note outside his band class that read, “There’s a bomb leave before 10:30 good luck!” He later cooperated with LCSO personnel after being told the note would undergo calligraphy comparison.
Tuesday’s incident was the latest in a recent series of school bomb scares in Lee County.
East Lee County was also evacuated on Oct. 12 after a written message suggesting a bomb on the premises was found in a boy’s bathroom.
Less than forty days until Santa comes to town and a Lehigh Acres family’s house has their lights strung and her tree lit. But along with her decorations, the Grinch arrived early also.
“Someone decided to…egg my house because I put my lights up early,” said Shiela Ramos.
Along with the damage, the vandal left a note reading, “Happy Thanksgiving and Veterans Day. No X-Mas lights. This is ‘Merica.” Luckily, the vandal didn’t break the Ramos’ spirit.
“Because I love Christmas. Christmas is so awesome,” said Ramos.
Like clockwork, lights go up on November 1 at the Ramos’ house each year.
“I love Christmas and I’m going to continue to do it. It’s been in the family, putting up the lights early and I’m gonna keep on doing it,” said Ramos. ”Right after Halloween, right away.”
Ramos didn’t file a police report. Instead, she went out and bought cameras, hoping to catch the vandal.