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Police/Fire

CCSO begins Pedestrian and Bike Safety Education Campaign

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Safety Traffic Enforcement Bureau is conducting a pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign that will continue with concentrated enforcement efforts thru May of 2021.

Meet the Firefighter: Taylor Manssuer loves her job

Taylor Manssuer is the first-generation firefighter/EMT in her family. Taylor’s entire family is from Massachusetts, and she was the only one born in Florida.

State Road 82 in Collier County closed due to crash

The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate a two-vehicle head-on crash on SR 82, east of Corkscrew Road early on Friday morning, Sept. 25.
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Schools
Construction is underway at The Immokalee Foundation’s new Career Pathways Learning Lab, an 18-home subdivision where the entire cost of the first home has been generously underwritten by The Wasie Foundation, founded by American trucking pioneer Stanley Wasie.
The NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division’s Space Biology Program recently announced 18 grants that will advance our understanding of how living systems respond to life in space.
The FutureMakers Coalition aims to transform Southwest Florida’s workforce by increasing the proportion of working age adults with college degrees, workforce certificates, industry certifications and other high-quality credentials to 55%.
Human Interest

Seminoles’ long fight for return of stolen ancestors yields results

After years of advocacy for change, the Seminole Tribe of Florida Repatriation Committee has received a revised repatriation policy from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Farmworker continues to educate and inspire others

A new book, “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World,” features Lupe Gonzalo.

Homeowner’s Handbook updated to prepare Floridians for disasters

The second edition of the Homeowner’s Handbook provides updated guidance for Florida homeowners on disaster preparation and can help residents feel ready for approaching storms.
Government

Corps breaks ground on Central Everglades Planning Project

State and federal officials gathered at the S-333 water control structure on the Tamiami Trail on Oct. 21 to celebrate the start of work on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), which will increase the capacity to move water from Lake Okeechobee to Everglades National Park (ENP).

SBA and Treasury announce simpler PPP forgiveness for loans of $50,000 or less

On Oct. 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less.
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Veterans

Anonymous guardian creates $10K matching challenge for Honor Flights

STUART — Southeast Florida Honor Flight usually takes to the skies four times per year to bring local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built to …

West Palm Beach VA earns 2020 ‘LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader’ designation

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center has been designated as a 2020 Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was …

VA to award 3 grants totaling over $450K to help prevent and end veteran homelessness

WEST PALM BEACH — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will award three grants for community organizations in Palm Beach County totaling approximately $457,000 under the Grant Per Diem …
Traffic/Road Work
Collier County Road Watch Report for the week of Oct. 25.
Department of Transportation's Road Watch report for Collier County for the week of Oct. 11.
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Business

Maryland master mechanic returns to make Immokalee marvelous

Once a master mechanic, who always had a passion for serving people, Jonas Mervilus grew up in Immokalee and graduated from Immokalee High School in 2009.

Governor DeSantis, DEO highlight Florida small business resources

In recognition of National Small Business Week, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) highlight resources available to small businesses in Florida.
Entertainment

Collier County Parks & Recreation Spooktacular Halloween Events

Join Collier County Parks & Recreation for Spooktacular, family-friendly fun all month long. Get ready for some haunted fun!

Brewfest/Food Truck Rally seeks auction items to benefit Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center is pleased to announce that the second annual WolfStock: Brewfest and Food Truck Rally will take place Nov. 14.
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Immokalee Shelter hosts Peace Parade

Downtown Immokalee got a colorful surprise around 5 p.m., Oct. 19, as The Shelter for Abused Women & Children held a Peace Parade down main street.
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — Betty Osceola looks out over the “River of Grass.”

One-time, cut-rate opportunity for Everglades ‘Eco Preservation Tour’

A very unique alternative activity is being offered in South Florida on Election Day of this troubled year of 2020, down deep in the Everglades, out of West Miami.

Students First: Seeing double at IHS

Walk the halls of Immokalee High School (IHS) and you may think you are seeing double.
Election
Voting under way in Florida

Floridians turned out in record numbers for the first day of early voting in Florida on Monday. According to state election officials, more than 350,000 Floridians cast their ballots on Monday, when …

Collier County Supervisor of Elections offers curbside ballot drop-off at four early voting locations

Amendments affect homestead exemptions and other amendments

State

Rays, Dodgers grateful to have fans at neutral-site Series

Individual whistles echo during quieter moments, and a single fan with enough persistence can leave an impression with a chant during World Series games with the smallest crowds in more than 100 years.

Audubon celebrates M-CORES Task Force recommendations to protect rural Florida and taxpayers

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) M-CORES Task Forces have concluded their recommendations on three new possible transportation corridors through Florida’s …

Arthritic dog or moody mare? Consider acupuncture

Acupuncture is widely known, but not fully accepted as a form of “go-to” treatment for humans or animals.
Nation & World
AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees voting chaos that does not exist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeing chaos where others don't, President Donald Trump is falsely asserting that voting by mail is proving to be rife with problems across the country. For the most part, the …

A look at artists who've objected to Trump using their songs

Voters in some states unable to cast early ballots in person

Vietnam evacuating low-lying areas as strong typhoon nears