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From LaBelle, Florida for Hendry and Glades County and the Lake Okeechobee region. Don Browne, editor.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Health Rankings In Hendry-Glades - Could Be Way Better
Annual Health Check-Up Highlights Healthiest and Least Healthy Counties In Every State
County Health Rankings Show That There Is More to Health Than Health Care
How healthy is your county? A new set of reports released today rank the health of nearly every county in the nation and show that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor's office. For the second year, the County Health Rankings confirm the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, and environment play in how healthy people are and how long they live. This year, the Rankings allow people in more than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia to compare the overall health of their counties against other counties in their state, and also compare their performance on specific health factors against national benchmarks of top-performing counties.
Hendry county ranks 39th out of 67 Florida counties in Health Outcomes with a 22% of residents in poor or fair health. The study cites Hendry's lack of primary health providers, high number of uninsured, obesity, motor vehicle death rate, excessive drinking, sexually transmitted infections, and high teen birth rates as health behaviors and clinical factors contributing to the county's poor health ratings.
Hendry's low educational graduation rates, high unemployment, children in poverty, and high violent crime rates, and lack access to recreational facilities are cited as further factors.
Glades county ranks 58th in the state and factors cited included high premature death, 21% in poor or fair health, uninsured, low educational graduation rates, children in poverty, lack of access to recreational facilities.
Published on-line at www.countyhealthrankings.org by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings look at a variety of measures that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, access to healthier foods, air pollution levels, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births.
The Rankings, based on the latest data available for each county, is the only tool of its kind that measures the overall health of each county in all 50 states on the multiple factors that influence health. It includes snapshots of nearly every county with a color-coded map that compares each county's overall health with other counties in each of the 50 states. People can compare how their county is doing in areas like diabetes screening rates or number of uninsured adults to national benchmarks.
Each county's rank reveals a pattern of strengths and weaknesses. And, the Rankings reveal that all counties have areas where they can improve, even those that are the healthiest. Some highlights of what counties look like nationally:
- People are nearly twice as likely to be in fair or poor health in the unhealthiest counties;
- Unhealthy counties have significantly lower high school graduation rates;
- Unhealthy counties have more than twice as many children in poverty;
- Unhealthy counties have much fewer grocery stores or farmer's markets; and
- Unhealthy counties have much higher rates of unemployment
"The Rankings really show us with solid data that there is a lot more to health than health care. Where we live, learn, work and play affect our health, and we need to use the information from the Rankings to shine a spotlight on where we need to improve so we can take action to address our problems," said Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, director of the County Health Rankings project and Associate Dean for Public Health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Like last year's Rankings, researchers used five measures to assess the level of overall health or "health outcomes" by county: the rate of people dying before age 75; the percentage of people who reported being in fair or poor health; the number of days in poor mental health; and the rate of low-birthweight infants. Researchers then looked at factors that affect people's health within four categories: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.
As a result of the Rankings, several communities already have begun to take action, such as passing smoke free laws, boosting educational opportunities for young children, or pushing for healthier grocery stores and farmer's markets. For example, in Wyandotte County, KS, Mayor Joe Reardon, after seeing his state's low rank in a County Health Rankings report, worked with other local stakeholders to create a Healthy Communities initiative. He says theRankings were a wake-up call that forced him to focus not only on just health care but on the overall health of his community, including the social and economic factors.
"It's hard to lead a healthy life if you don't live in a healthy community," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A. president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "The County Health Rankings are an annual check-up for communities to know how healthy they are and where they can improve. We hope that policymakers, businesses, educators, public health departments and community residents will use the Rankings to develop solutions to help people live healthier lives."
To help counties like Wyandotte translate the Rankings into action, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey today said the Foundation was launching a new program to help communities improve the health of their residents. Under this new program—part of an initiative called Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health—RWJF will provide grants to up to 14 communities around the country to strengthen broad-based community efforts to improve health.
In addition, to further illustrate the connection between social factors and health, the Foundation along with the Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Human Needs today unveiled the County Health Calculator(www.countyhealthcalculator.org). The County Health Calculator is a new interactive online app that shows people how much higher levels of education and income influence premature death rates in a county.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Hendry Homicide Info Wanted
On Friday, March 25, 2011, Hendry County Deputies were dispatched to the Twin Lakes Mobile Home area southeast of Clewiston in response to the report of a man lying in the roadway.
When deputies arrived on scene a Hispanic male was located on the road with an apparent gunshot wound.
Deputies continue to investigate and follow up on all leads. Investigators are asking anyone who may have any information contact Det. Sgt. Mike McVey at 863-674-5660 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). You may remain anonymous.
Monday, March 28, 2011
State Employee Pay - No Secrets Anymore
Glades County Crash Kills One
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Labor Department Watching Florida Farmers
Investigators Watching For Farm Labor Law Violators
IMMOKAKEE, FL. -- This coming spring, Wage and Hour Division investigators will make unannounced visits to farms in South Florida to ensure that employers are following federal labor laws. Over the past year, investigators have been meeting with farm groups to inform them of their responsibilities regarding agricultural employees.
"Each employer is also responsible for ensuring workers' health and safety," added Secretary Solis. "Workers should not have to lose their lives or risk their health while working to provide for their families."
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is reminding agricultural workers in South Florida that their rights are protected by the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act's Field Sanitation Standard. Virtually all employees engaged in agriculture are covered by federal law because they produce goods for interstate commerce.
"The Labor Department is committed to enforcing labor standards that protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's farmworkers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Through outreach, we are spreading the word to farm labor contractors and growers that they must pay their workers the wages they have earned."
The FLSA sets standards for minimum wage, overtime payments and limitations on child labor. The law allows, with restrictions, the employment of farmworkers between ages 12 and 16. There are no restrictions on workers age 16 and older employed in farm jobs. The FLSA prohibits the employment of most individuals under age 16 in hazardous occupations. Youths of any age may work at any time and perform any job on a farm owned or operated by their parents. Otherwise, individuals under age 12 may not be employed in farm activities.
Spring Arrives At Fisheating Creek, Florida
Thursday, March 24, 2011
$5000 Reward For Info On Dead Collier Panther
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking anyone with information about a dead Florida panther found Feb. 23, 2011 in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Fla. in Collier County to call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). Information leading to an arrest and/or conviction could result in a $5,000 reward.
Officials believe the animal was killed intentionally. "Foul play is suspected in this death, but we can't reveal too much as this is an open case," said Andrew Aloise, Resident Agent in Charge of Law Enforcement for the FWS in Florida. "We and the FWC encourage anyone with information to come forward."
There are only about 100-160 adult Florida panthers left in south Florida. The Florida panther is protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), which currently lists the species as "endangered." This means the Florida panther is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The ESA makes it unlawful for a person to take a listed animal without a permit. Take is defined as "to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect or attempt to engage in any such conduct."
If convicted criminally, the federal penalty is up to one year of imprisonment, $100,000 fine per individual or $200,000 per organization. In addition, State of Florida Statute 372.0725 makes it a third degree felony to kill or wound any species designated as endangered or threatened. The state penalty is up to five years in jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Free TV - Cut Your Cable Costs
Free TV - How To Save Hundreds Of Dollars
LABELLE, FL. -- Tired of paying for TV each month? Cable and Satellite companies generally raise their subscription fees about 5% or so each year. Here are tips on how to eliminate monthly cable or satellite bills.
Not only can you view network TV over the air free with a digital antenna, you can now see all the major network shows on the web sites of each network. CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central, and MTV now have most shows on their websites.
With a computer and high speed internet service you can most likely eliminate any cable tv or satellite subscriptions. Here's what's available now for free, and more will be coming over time.
Hulu.com offers a selection of shows, movies, and clips from Fox, NBC Universal, ABC, PBS, MGM, and Lionsgate.
Comcast's Fancast.com, CBS's TV.com, and Veoh.com include shows from CBS, ABC, Fox, WB, MTV and more.
Joost.com has MTV, BET, and Paramount.
Crackle.com has Sony Pictures and original content.
http://www.slashcontrol.com/free-tv-shows has network and classic tv programs, while ESPNgo.com has live sports.
Another big advantage is watching news coverage on the internet. You have the ability to get the latest breaking news directly from the country of origin, faster, and usually without any commercials.
For example, the recent Japan earthquake is being covered much better by NHK World TV from Japan than CNN or any U.S. news channel. And all without commercials.
Check out the coverage coming directly from Japan with TV video at: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/index.html or by radio (audio) at: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/rj/podcast/mp3/english.mp3
You may want to consider "firing" your cable or satellite TV provider and getting your news and entertainment direct and free over your computer, saving hundreds of dollars in subscription fees yearly.
Try it and see if it's worth cutting free from cable and satellite services.
Monday, March 21, 2011
LaBelle's College Offering Continuing Education
LABELLE, FL. -- On Thursday March 24th, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m,. Edison State College will be holding an open house to allow the public to come to the campus and find out about vocational programs beginning this fall.
The College has partnered with High Tech Central to offer a Licensed Electrician program as well as a Licensed Practical Nurse Program (LPN). Both programs have financial aid available to those who qualify.
There will be a presentation, and staff as well as High Tech Central will be onsite to answer questions and take enrollments. This is a great opportunity for people in the community to develop new skills or enhance existing skill sets and Edison State College wants to make sure that everything possible will be done to help the Hendry-Glades community.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Hendry Sheriff Sings In The Park
There was free food and live entertainment with Sheriff Whidden and the Florida Cracker Boys Band, Nashville Recording Artist Chris MacArthur, and local singer Carolyn Ford.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Hendry Prison Closing This Summer
Prison To Be Closed By June - Prisoners To Be Moved
LABELLE, FL. -- The Florida Department of Corrections announced its prison consolidation plan today, including the Hendry Correctional Institution, located south of LaBelle, claiming the closures will save $30.8 million annually overall and result in a $25 million reduction in further costs.
This plan will not result in the early release of inmates, says the department. For the first time in years, the Department says it has a surplus of beds allowing the Agency to move inmates to other facilities as they continue to serve their full prison terms.
The Department will close three prisons, two boot camp programs and a road prison. Employees will be afforded the opportunity to fill vacancies at other facilities. The bulk of the cost savings will be generated through employee attrition.
Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss said "The facilities to be closed are older and require more resources to operate than newer institutions. Additionally, this initiative will provide the Department with an opportunity to consolidate program resources which will allow for seamless delivery of evidence based programs aimed to reduce recidivism."
The Department will close the Brevard Correctional Institution (CI) in Cocoa, Hendry CI in Immokalee, Hillsborough CI in Riverview, Tallahassee Road Prison in Tallahassee, Lowell CI Boot Camp and Sumter Boot Camp. Additionally the Department will move close management inmates out of Charlotte CI in Punta Gorda to three other prisons.
The phase out plan will begin immediately with a target completion date of June 30, 2011.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Monday, March 14, 2011
Japan Live TV Coverage - Drama Increases
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More Problems Encountered At Power Sites - Recovery Continues
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In The Service - Jessica Agee
Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army
mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and
ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military
courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle
marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot
marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
She is the daughter of Melissa Agee of Allen Road, Clewiston, Fla.
Agee graduated in 2010 from Clewiston High School.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Off The Beaten Track - Port LaBelle, Florida
Port LaBelle's Marina, Hotel And Lakes
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Collier's Lake Trafford Getting More Fish
IMMOKEALEE, FL. -- Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will stock approximately 50,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings in Lake Trafford, the largest lake south of Lake Okeechobee, Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Hendry-Glades Meetings And Events
-Food safety classes for field and packinghouse workers on Friday March 11 at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center at 2686 SR 29 N, Immokalee. These classes will provide a basic overview of fruit and vegetable food safety, including sources of contamination, worker health and hygiene and procedures to help ensure a safe food supply. These classes will meet the training requirements for workers for the state T-GAPs program for tomatoes as well as food safety audit training requirements. Companies will be provided with documentation of training for food safety audits.
There will be two sessions from 10:00 AM to 11:30 in English and from 1:30 to 3:00 in Spanish. Classes will limited to 75 per class and registration will be on a first come/first served basis.
To register, please call Debra Cabrera at 863-674-4092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-The 2011 Big “O” Birding Festival, March 23-26 originating in Clewiston, FL. Scheduled tours for the four-day event include Devils Garden Bird Park, Gatorama, Sunrise & Sunset photo tours on Lake Okeechobee, Dinner Island, STA-5, Witherspoon Mine Mitigation Wetland, Fisheating Creek, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s Boardwalk and more.
Dr. Ken Meyers is an authority on the species and will be the closing banquet’s keynote speaker, as well as one of the festival’s tour guides. Other tour guides and speakers include John J. Lopinot, Paddy Cunningham, Gene McAvoy, Dan Irizarry, David Simpson, Mark & Selena Kiser, Margaret England, Butch Wilson, Dr. Paul Grey, Larry Luckey, Bob Montanaro, Kim Willis, Jody Foster, Janet Papinaw and Mark Renz. www.bigobirdingfestival.com for available tours and seminars.
-Ah-Tah-Thiki Seminole Museum – in collaboration with LaBelle Heritage Museum, Clewiston Museum, and Edison State College – is presenting a special community outreach program at Edison State College's Hendry-Glades Center on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. The refreshments
prepared by Cracker Cookin' & Caterin' are courtesy of Riverside Real Estate. Inc. The program is open to the public.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Hendry Glades Community Heath Fair
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Flora And Ella's New Lease On Life?
LABELLE, FL. -- If plans go forward there may be a new operation at the landmark Flora and Ella Restaurant in LaBelle. The proposal is for a new tenant to lease the building from the property owner, Fred J. Burson, Trustee. The Bonita Bay Group has decided not to continue renting the property.
Sherry Mazzarello said on a Facebook page March 4th that "I would like to announce that "Flora & Ella's" will NOT be closing. My Husband Danny and I will be leasing the Restaurant and though we would like to keep the name. We are not sure if that will be possible, But we will still be serving the "Home Cooked Southern Food" with a touch of "Italian Cuisine" And of course we will still have those "Famous Pies" along with a "Fresh Bakery" with a variety of fresh baked goods!"
Husband Daniel Mazzarello, aka Norberto Daniel Mazzarello, according to state records and corporate web searches, is doing retail business as "Izabella's Bakery" in Hialeah, Fl. since October 21, 2009, with four employees with estimated annual sales of $120,000, but has a business mailing address on Evan's Road in LaBelle.
Update January 31, 2012: The Mazzarello's got the keys to the "Country Place Restaurant And Bakery," an unregistered fictitious name, on April 3rd. It opened for business July 9, owned by A Country Place LLC, whose owners were Carlos LaBeau, Pedro Alvarez, and Antonio Coletta, all of Miami .
The restaurant shut it's doors December 16th after being sued by the building owner for eviction.
A new corporation, The Heart Of LaBelle LLC, owned by two men from Miami, and business partners with the original Country Place LLC owners, is now leasing the restaurant building, and operating as The Front Porch Restaurant, an unregistered fictitious name. The Florida Secretary of State's office has no record of that restaurant name, neither does the Division of Hotels and Restaurants.
The corporation is at this time improperly operating under the previous restaurant license, according to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, and will have to transfer the license to the new corporation and be inspected.
Moore Haven - Chalo Nitka Festival Parade!
Friday, March 04, 2011
Ag Secretary Addresses Tampa Meeting
the keynote address today to an audience of more than 4,500 farmers
and commodity group representatives during the General Session of the
16th Annual Commodity Classic in Tampa, Fla. In his remarks, the
Secretary commended American farmers, ranchers and producers for
helping to lead the United States' economic recovery by shattering
agricultural trade records, creating jobs at home and ensuring
affordable food for U.S. families.
"We are all fortunate to be living through one of the most productive
eras in history for U.S. agriculture," said Vilsack. "American farmers
and ranchers are seeing record sales of farm goods abroad and looking
forward to some of the best net incomes in decades. U.S. agricultural
exports for fiscal 2011 are on course to shatter previous records and
enjoy a record $47.5 billion trade surplus. This record productivity
is creating employment across a variety of sectors, including
transportation and storage. Moreover, because American agriculture
produces 86 percent of the food we consume, our families spend less at
the grocery store compared to consumers in much of the rest of the
world. As producers of high-quality products and conscientious
stewards of our lands, American farmers and ranchers deserve our
In calendar year 2010, U.S. exports of corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum
and related products, including animal feed, garnered sales of $44.7
billion. Total exports for calendar year 2010 were $115.8 billion.
As part of his message to the audience, Vilsack also stressed the
importance of agriculture to the nation's economic resurgence and job
growth. U.S. agriculture and related industries account for one in 12
jobs nationwide. Exports of U.S. farm goods – which were recently
projected to smash previous records by $20 billion – create additional
jobs: Every $1 billion in farm exports supports roughly 8,000 jobs in
the United States. Farm exports alone will support more than 1 million
jobs in 2011.
The Secretary also thanked the farmer-heavy crowd for helping to meet
President Obama's challenge to double U.S. exports and create several
million new jobs by 2014. The Secretary challenged producer groups, as
well as USDA staff, to continue to reach out to small- and medium-
sized producers with guidance and assistance on breaking into export
markets. In 2010, the President laid out his challenge to all sectors
of the economy with his National Export Initiative (NEI), a program
intended to coordinate federal efforts to expand export opportunities.
Despite the recent export gains, Vilsack pointed out that only 1
percent of U.S. companies export, and yet 95 percent of the world's
consumers live outside the borders of the United States.
"We can do better to reach those consumers," Vilsack said.
The Secretary suggested that the trade agreements now before the U.S.
Congress would help to increase farm exports, support job creation,
and bolster the American economy. Currently, the Obama administration
is working to move forward on proposed U.S. trade agreements with
South Korea, then Panama and Colombia – nations with 100 million
consumers. USDA expects the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement to expand U.S.
agricultural exports to Korea by $1.9 billion, bringing about 15,000
new jobs to agriculture-related industries. Successful ratification of
all three trade agreements would bring billions of dollars to U.S.
agriculture, Vilsack said, thereby benefitting the American economy as