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Title: The sun
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Publication Date: July 5, 2007
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At a Glance

Families First
seeks nominations
A luncheon planned for Oct.
12, will present the second
families first award. Executive
Director, Julie Swindler stated
that the award is designed to
recognize a person who has
made a difference in the lives
of families with children. Ev-
eryone in the community is in-
vited to nominate a person that
best exemplifies the mission of
the organization. Beginning on
July 1, nomination forms can
be found on the Families First
Web site at: www.Familiesfirst- or call (561) 881-5572
to have the form sent to you or
your organization. All nomina-
tions must be received by Aug.

Mentoring program
seeks participants
Noah, Inc. Youth Mentoring
Program is currently recruiting
mentors and participants for
the program. Youth and adults
must complete the applica-
tion process. Lend a helping
hand, be a mentor. For more
information, contact Jeanette
Keaton-Plair Program Supervi-
sor or Gladys Barber, Program
Director at (561) 996-3889.

Beacon center offers
financial service
Another free service is be-
ing offered at the Beacon Pros-
perity Center in Pahokee. Do
you have medical debt on your
credit report? We want to hear
your story. Come visit our cer-
tified credit counselor and find
out if there is a solution. If you
Sdon't-have a recent credit re- '
port, Mr. Marceau will print one
for free. The service is available
on Monday and Wednesday
from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

education class
Centro Campesino would
like to announce that on Fri-
day, July 6,we will be having a
Homebuyer Education Work-
shop from 10 am until 3 pm
in Spanish at our Villa Lago of-
fice (516 Avenida del Maiz) in
South Bay. Free Lunch will be
provided. Because of limited
space, NO children will be al-
lowed. Please call to register at
(561) 996-3988.

Services available
for children
PEPPI Head Start is now ac-
cepting applications for three
and four-year-old children to
include children with disabili-
ties. Free part-time and full-
time day child development
services to eligible families.
Certified teachers and NAEYC
accredited. Call for more infor-
mation or visit us at, 301 S.W.
Eighth St., Belle Glade, phone
(561) 996-1718.

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Family arrested together

By Naji Tobias
The Sun
with police officers in rainy con-
ditions is not one way that most
family want to be remembered.
But it will be, in the case of
the Dortchs.
Three members of the Dortch
family a mother and her two
adult sons -- were arrested re-
cently on charges of inciting a
riot, resisting arrest and assault
on a law enforcement officer. All

same day be-
hind bars.
It all started
at approxi-
mately 5 p.m.
on Sunday,
June 24.
According to
the Palm Beach Gelvin
County Sher- Dortch
iff's Office report, mother Silvia
Dortch, 53, started arguing with
her son, Jesstarius Dortch, 23,
at their residence on Southwest

Jesstarius Silvia
Dortch Dortch
Fifth Street in Belle Glade.
According to the report Jess-
tarius said his mother didn't have
the right to tell him not to leave

the house while it was raining
outside. Jesstarius became an-
gry and when deputies arrived,
based on a report of the incident,
he was clenching his fists tightly,
swinging his arms and yelling.
Deputies tried to get the
young man calmed down, but
he reportedly didn't listen, even
as they told him they were at-
tempting to get his side of the
When he continued to re-
fuse, deputies handcuffed him
to a chair, the report continues.

The suspect told deputies that he
could get out of the handcuffs
they put on him, and when he
managed to prove it to deputies
by pulling his legs out from the
handcuffs, deputies tried to place
him under arrest again.
Deputies tried to escort the
suspect out of the residence, but
he resisted, moving about wildly
and then lying down in the bal-
cony outside of the home, where
he wrapped his legs around the
See Arrests Page 12

A chicken

coop robbery

Duo face charges
of animal cruelty

By Naji Tobias
The Sun
PAHOKEE Two suspects
reportedly threatened a victim
at knifepoint and .then stole
15 chickens from her chicken
coop before being caught by
Although it isn't clear what
the suspects' motives were in
stealing the chickens, the way.
the two went about taking the
animals netted both a trip to
-.- The --Palm---Beach County
Sheriff's Office arrested Sha-

heen L. Farrell, 18, and a ju-
venile in connection with the
crime on Tuesday, June 26.
The two suspects faced
charges of armed burglary, bur-
glary to a structure, 15 counts of
theft/larceny, and eight counts
of animal cruelty.
According to a probable
cause affidavit provided by the
Palm Beach County Sheriff's
Office at approximately 8 a.m.,
deputies responded to the
chicken coop burglary scene as
both suspects allegedly aban-
doned their bicycles on Wilder
Road and jumped into a nearby
The victim told deputies that +
See Robbery Page 12

Police search for

masked gunmen

Gas station
employee shot
in the neck

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
The Sun
BELLE GLADE -- A man shot
in the back of the head last
week is doing better.
Though he was flown to
Delray Medical Center, the man
was expected to recover from
an injury that could have taken
his life. He was listed as stable

condition immediately after the
The manr, 18-year-old Jose
Gonzalez, was held at gunpoint
and then shot outside of Doc's
Gas Station in Belle Glade June
According to information
provided by the Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office, Mr.
Gonzalez, a gas station em-
ployee, was standing outside
the gas station when he was
approached by two men wear-
ing masks.
See Gunmen Page 12

Signed with the
Detroit Tigers
on June 25

By Naji Tobias
The Sun
Miller, a 2002 Glades Day High
School graduate, signed a mi-
nor league contrAct with the
Detroit Tigers on Monday, June
25 and will be playing with the
Lakeland Tigers. He is a few
steps away, he hopes, from be-
ing a major leaguer.
Mr. Miller, who pitched for
the Glades Day Gators baseball
team through his high school,
years, signed with the club as
a free agent after receiving that
fateful call from the organiza-

Organization uses
study circles

By Naji Tobias
The Sun
a time period where seemingly
two different generations of peo-
ple can't seem to relate to each
other, Toward a More Perfect
Union (TMPU) seems to believe
that proper dialogue between
age groups can make a differ-
According to Inger Cheves,
the organization's youth pro-
gram director, the concept that
the organization will use, known
as intergenerational study cir-
cles, should help start a produc-
tive dialogue in the community.
Ms. Cheves feels that, when
it comes to decision-making,

Mr. Miller said that the op-
portunity to play professional
baseball has changed his life.
"I'm on cloud nine now be-
cause every day, I get to play
baseball," said Mr. Miller. "This
is something I've always want-
ed to do. I'm so proud of it and
it's a dream come true."
Since Tuesday, June 26, the
day after the signing, Mr. Miller
has been working out with
the Lakeland Tigers, a minor
league team that is a Class A-af-
filiate of the Detroit Tigers base-
ball team.
The baseball player said he
is now focusing on making it to
Major League Baseball, which
has been his ultimate dream
since he was in his childhood
years, spending a lot of time
learning the sport from his big-

the youth and seniors are not in-
volved enough as they can be.
The study circles will have
two groups one in Belle Glade
and the other in Pahokee. The
groups will be made up of eight
seniors and eight children, ac-
cording to Ms. Cheves.
Last Thursday, June 28, the
first session was held at the Pa-
hokee Recreation Center.
The study circle session will
continue for the next five weeks,
including today's session, which
runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at
the same site.
Herbert Crawford, the recre-
ational center's director, believes
that program will be a success.
"It's a learning experience for
both the seniors and youth," said
Mr. Crawford. "The youth get to
learn about past struggles of the
seniors, while the seniors,, in
turn, will be able to relate to the
See Gap Page 12

gest inspiration in life: his fa-
Mr. Miller said that his father,
Louis "Bubba" Miller, would
come home from work and
coach him and catch ball with
him in their backyard everyday.
"My dad has worked so hard
his whole life," said Mr. Miller.
'He's one of the hardest work-
ing men that I've ever met. I'm
so happy that I get to repay him
for all of the hard work he's
done in seeing his son get to
this point."
Mr. Miller, watching how his
father gained his work ethic,
said that he had to show the
ability to work hard, show de-
termination and sacrifice many
things in his life, and himself,
for the game of baseball.

See Athlete

- Page 12

Gunning for the majors: Justin Miller
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Justin Miller-a 2002 Glades Day graduate signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free
agent on Monday, June 25.

Athlete aims for big leagues

Program helps bridge

the gap between

seniors and youth

INI/Naji Tobias
On Thursday, June 28, Wachovia Bank presented a $10,000 check to Toward a More Perfect
Union in support of the six-week intergenerational study circles program, which will be lo-
cated in both Belle Glade and Pahokee. From left are: Jerry Blakely, financial specialist for
Wachovia Bank, Sandra Chamblee, a board member of Toward a More Perfect Union, Inger
Cheves, the youth program director of Toward a More Perfect Union and Elizabeth Arevalo,
the Wachovia Bank community relations manager for Palm Beach county.

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Loreal Munoz and James Hammond

List for the spring semester at
Bridgewater College has been an-
nounced by Dr. Arthur C. Hessler,
vice president for academic affairs
and dean of the college.
Preston L. Baez, a resident of
Belle Glade and a junior majoring
in nutrition and wellness and al-
lied health science, made the list.
Students on the Dean's List
have attained a 3.4 or better grade
point average of a possible 4.0.

Nine students six fresh-
men and three juniors have
maintained an straight A record
throughout their college work.
Bridgewater College, a private,
four-year liberal arts college, en-
rolls more than 1,500 students.
Founded in 1880 and located in
the Central Shenandoah Valley
of Virginia, it was the state's first
private, coeducational senior col-


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Loreal Munoz and James Ham-
mond were joined in marriage on
June 16, 2007.
The bride is the daughter of
Juan and Gloria Munoz of Home-
The groom is the son of Jim
and Ana Hammond of Indianapo-
lis, Ind.
The wedding ceremony was
held at Truevine Church in Clew-
Pastor Fred Gamble officiated
at the ceremony.
The bride was given away by
her father, Juan Muniz.
The church and fellowship
hall was decorated with ivory and
gold roses, lilies, baby breath. The
tables were decorated with clear
tall crystal vases with ivory lilies
and gold roses, also a beautiful
eight-piece, three-flavored cake
decorated as well with ivory and
gold flowers.
The bride wore an ivory strap-
less wedding dress with train; sil-
ver headpiece with matching set
of necklace, earrings and brace-
The dress was by Mary's Bridal

Dedicated to
helping locals
By: Ideybis Gonzalez
Clewiston News
Question: What is your name?
Answer: My name is Ana Ri-
QUESTION: Where were you
ANSWER: I was born in
Brownsville, Texas, but my par-
ents came to Florida in 1975, and
I grew up here.
QUESTION: What do you do?
ANSWER: I am employed by
Hendry-Glades Behavioral Health
as a Housing Specialist and also
as a Hispanic Outreach Special-
QUESTION: Why do you do
what you do?
ANSWER: I love my job, and
enjoy it at the same time. Basi-
cally it all began after the major
hurricanes in our area, I saw the
need in the Hispanic community,
but once I got onboard, I helped
not only the Hendry and Glades
Communities and Hispanics, but
anyone and everyone who need-
ed help around the lake area.
QUESTION: Can you describe
ANSWER: Well, I am very easy

Rev. Samuel S. Thomas,
Clewiston News
year, the amateur radio opera-
tors across the country organize
a Field Day drill to prepare for
emergency operations. The drill
involves operating radio stations
under emergency conditions;
usually involving power sources
such as generators, batteries or
solar power. The annual event is
to assure communications will
be possible in the event of a di-
saster or should the need arise
and the local power sources be-
ing out of operation. Clewiston
has an emergency radio station at
John Boy Auditorium which has
its own emergency generating
capacity in the event of a hurri-
cane or other disaster eliminating
the usual power from our regular
electricity suppliers.
On Saturday, June 23, at 2
p.m., the national drill began and
two local operators participated.
Jim Sparks, AA4BN, and Sam
Thomas, W3ALE, operated the
station at the John Boy site, con-
tacting stations in different parts
of the U.S. The station makes use
of both High Frequency and Very
High Frequency transmissions.

bought at Leks Fancy in Labelle.
She carried a bouquet of ivory
roses and lilies with gold ribbon.
The maid of honor was Mo-
nique Dukes of Clewiston.
Bridesmaids were Roxanne
Muniz of Clewiston; Cierra How-
ard of Indiana; Juanita Perez of
Clewiston; Elizabeth Stone of
Clewiston: Ishia Gamble of Clew-
Groomsmen were Shamrock
Munoz of Clewiston; Juan Muniz
of Clewiston; Jareem Gamble of
Clewiston; Luis Garcia of Clewis-
ton and Miguel Sanchez of Clew-
The flower girls were Julia
Hammond and Tyra' Holmes of
Clewiston, daughters of James
and Loreal Hammond and Lat-
anya and Tavarus Holmes.
The ring bearer was Juan
Hammond of Clewiston, son of
James and Loreal Hammond of
Following the ceremony a
reception was held Truevine Fel-
lowship Hall. After a honeymoon
trip to Ft. Myers Beach, the couple
will reside in Clewiston.
The groom is employed as
an operator's assistant with U.S.
Sugar. The bride is employed as
a medical assistant with Florida
Community Health Center.

going, I am a very giving and help-
ful person, I enjoy helping others.
I am very caring and dedicated.
QUESTION: What scares you?
ANSWER: Work wise, what
scares me is not having enough
resources to help all those in
need. And in my personal life I
would have to say see my chil-
dren grow.
QUESTION: What is your fa-
vorite song?
ANSWER: My favorite song ...
uh, I don't have one in particular,
I like all kinds of music.
QUESTION: What irks you?
ANSWER: Well, the two things
that really irk me are one not
having enough resources in our
community to assist the needy
and second is the misconception
that people have of the mental
health clinic: we not only service
the mentally ill, we also provide
many other programs.
QUESTION: What is the mem-
ory you hold dearest?
ANSWER: Having the opportu-
nity to enjoy all the words mother-
hood stands for, from pregnancy
to giving birth to my two boys and
one on the way. And the other is
of my mother who recently past
away and will always be missed.
Staff Writer Ideybis Gonzalez can be
reached at

Several contacts were made with
stations mostly in the northeast-
ern U.S. and the Midwest. Ad-
ditionally, contacts were made
around Lake Okeechobee in the
VH.F. range; with the local 2-me-
ter transmitter bringing up the re-
peaters in Lakeport, Okeechobee,
Fort Myers and Belle Glade.
Given that, the antenna for the
High Frequency Station is orient-
ed in a north-south direction, it is
good to know that we can easily
reach Tallahassee and the rest of
Florida; where our contacts would
be required when an emergency
strikes. Our VHF station antenna
is oriented toward LaBelle where
our other vital communication
links would be in case of emer-
gency. But it is also good to know
that the station will enable us to
cover Belle Glade.
Both operators felt the test
was successful and demonstrated
the capability of our local gear to
do the job if and when the need
arises. Persons interested in ama-
teur radio can contact the Big
Lake Amateur Radio Club; which
meets the last Monday of each
month at Saint Martin's Church,
Clewiston. For information, call
(863) 983-7960.




David and Kelli Atkinson
would like to announce the birth
of their daughter Madison Janae
Atkinson. She was born on June
20, 2007 at 8:29 p.m. at Health-
park Hospital in Ft. Myers. She
weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces and
was 18 inches long at birth. She
was welcomed home by her
grandparents David and Jennifer

New patients are welcome
Medicare and most
insurance accepted.

Submitted photo/Kelli Atkinson
Madison Janae Atkinson
Atkinson and John and Bonita
Farner and Great-grandparents
John and Joyce Williams and
Richard and Barbara Farner.

Pet Corner

Dear Doc Savvy,
Question: Hello, my name is
Jenny. My husband and I have
two Labs, and we love to take
them just about
every where we
can when we go
out. My husband
drives a Ford 350
and insists on
loading them
up in the truck
bed when we
take them for a Doc
ride. I am very Savvy
with this because I am afraid they
may jump out when we are driv-
ing. Is it o.k. to drive with dogs in
the back of a pick up?
Thanks Doc...
Answer: Hey there Jenny. That
would make me nervous too! I
have seen many injuries when.
dogs have fallen out cr jumped

out of the back of a pick up while
driving. Even worse, I have seen
injuries where they have been
hung or dragged for miles by ac-
cident when they are tethered to
the back of a truck bed. Dogs are
unpredictable in the back of a
truck, and react to different peo-
ple, and cars, etc., while driving
with them in the back like that. It
is actually against the law to drive
with dogs either loose or tied in
to the back or a pick up truck for
the various injuries mentioned
above. If you are pulled over by
an officer you can receive a hefty
fine. Even worse, your dogs could
really get hurt.
I hope that answers your con-
cerns Jenny.
Take care, Doc Savvy.
E-mail your pet questions to and check
out your answers weekly in The

Red Cross to benefit

from restaurant aid

SOUTH LAKE The local Red
Cross will be giving out hurricane
preparedness and shelter infor-
mation during the month of July
at area McDonald's restaurants.
Stores in Belle Glade, Clewiston
and LaBelle will donate 5 percent
of sales on the day of each sched-
uled event to the American Red
Cross Greater Palm Beach Area
The fire departments in some
areas will be available to take
blood pressures free of charge
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
County Emergency Manage-
ment will give out information on
registering for Special Needs Shel-

ters and balloons will be given
away at each event.
The events will take place on
the following days at area McDon-
aid's restaurants including:
Belle Glade McDonald's July
14, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
SClewiston McDonald's July
21, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
SLabelle McDonald's July 28,
9 a.m. 5 p.m.
We thank McDonald's for help-
ing us help others in our commu-
Please come by and show
them your support!
If you have any questions,
please call (561) 992-9703

Make your own freezer

There is nothing quite like the
right appliance doing the right
task. Take my pasta maker for
example. Yes, you can take it -- I
don't use it. But touch my crock
pot? You and I are going to have
issues. I love my crock pot.
But right now, my crock pot
is my second best friend. My bff
(best friend forever) is my freezer
-- my lovely, icy friend, the freezer.
My freezer holds dinners in it,
lots of them. Not the kind that
Stouffers or any of those other
guys make, dinners that I made
all at one time. 1 guess you could
say I've been sucked in by the lat-
est trend-the dinner assembly
The only difference is I do it
myself. I've always been a do it
yourself type and that certainly
applies to cooking. And consid-
ering that I am The Dinner Diva,
I adore great food -- especially
when it's easy-button easy. Lately
though, I've been very busy--trav-
eling, writing and trying to juggle
everything at once. So what's a
busy Dinner Diva to do?
Make it all at one time, put
it in the freezer and pull out my
handy-dandy, ready-to-go dinners
from the freezer in the morning
and voila, dinner is a snap that
night. I can't tell you how fun this
is! So how does this work, you
ask? Here's the low down on how
you can do it yourself, too:
Make up a list of recipes that
you like -- say 10 at one time.
Make sure they will freeze
well. You will want to skip stuff

with hard boiled eggs in them
and boiled potatoes. They don't
do too well with freezing.
Don't fully cook any pasta
dishes -- they will be watery, over-
cooked and yucky by the time
you thaw and eat them.



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Western Palm Beach

County Projects

SRI 5/SR80, from south of Mar-
tin Luther King Blvd. to south of
Canal St .Construction began April
30, on SR15/SR80 from a point
south of Martin Luther King .Blvd.
to a point south of Canal Street
in the City of Belle Glade. This
.33 mile project cost is $4.2 mil-
lion and is estimated to be com-
plete January 2008. This project
includes: milling and resurfacing,
signalization, drainage work, light-
ing, pavement markings, signing,
landscaping and utility improve-
ments. This project is being built
by Community Asphalt Inc.
Restriction: Avenue "A" is entire-
ly closed off to traffic. Detour signs

are in place to assist motorists.
Martin Luther King (MLK) Blvd. is
open to motorists in both direc-
tions and can be used for busi-
nesses access between avenue "A"
and MLK Blvd. The SR15/SR80 trav-
elers have one lane southbound
available. The access to local busi-
nesses will be provided at all times
during the construction activities.
Once the northbound roadway is
complete, the entire southbound
roadway will be closed including
the side streets from Avenue "A"
to Martin Luther King Blvd. SR
15/SR80 southbound travelers will
have northbound lane available.

Small businesses

eligible for disaster

State of Florida and the Federal
Emergency Management Agency
have requested that the Palm
Beach County Division of Emer-
gency Management survey the
extent of small business economic
injury losses directly attributable
to the current drought. If losses
are substantial enough to meet
federal thresholds, the State and
County may be declared eligible
for certain federal disaster assis-
Stance programs.
Small businesses able to sub-
stantiate drought-related revenue
drops of greater than 40 percent
for the period January 1, through
June 30, 2007 compared to the
same period in 2006 are invited

to complete, sign and submit an
"Estimated Disaster Economic In-
jury Worksheet." Small, non-farm
agriculture dependent businesses
(for example, landscaping servic-
es, nurseries, etc.), fishing camps,
bait and tackle shops and other
water-dependent businesses are
examples of businesses that might
benefit should a Small Business
Administration declaration be ap-
Contact Ella Barton at (561)
712-6400 no later than July 6 for a
copy of the worksheet and instruc-
tions. Completed, signed work-
sheets must be received by the
Division no later than 5:00 p.m.
Friday, July 9, in order to be con-

INI/Naji Tobias

HIV testing day proclamation
On Wednesday, June 27 at the Comprehensive AIDS Program
building in Belle Glade, Belle Glade Vice Mayor Mary S. Ken-
dall is reading a proclamation of National HIV Testing Day to
the attendants who came out the event for free HIV testing.

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Mixer kicks off community fitness

organizers and supporters of the
11th Annual Community Fitness
Run & Walk hosted a mixer in sup-
port of the event at Nicole's Village
Tavern in Wellington in June. More
than 70 people turned out for the
party which raised funds for Hos-
pice of Palm Beach County. Wel-
lington resident, Tensy Caine, has
been named Chairperson of the
Run & Walk which is scheduled
for Saturday, Nov. 3. "Hospice of
Palm Beach County was there for
my family," said Mr. Caine. "This is
a way for me to give back to the
organization that continues to help
so many in our community."
The 11th Annual Community
Fitness Run & Walk is a USATF
certified 5K event held annually
in Wellington. Approximately 800
runners and walkers from Palm
Beach County and across South
Florida are expected to attend.
Awards are given to the fastest
individuals as well as the largest
team, the team which raises the
most money and the team with
the most creative t-shirt. The event
also features the Halloween Re-
run, a non-competitive mini-run
for children up to age seven in Hal-
loween costume.
Committee members include
Jill Merrell, Joanna Boynton, Ben
Boynton, Michelle Garvey, Emilia
Roca, Marlene Deluca-Painter,
Bruce Delaney, Cathy Crupi, Chuck
Higgins, Cyndi Higgins, Ida Robins,

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The organizers and supporters of the 11th Annual Community Fitness Run & Walk hosted a
mixer in support of Hospice of Palm Beach County. Committee members include Regis Wen-
ham, Cathy Crupi, Emilia Roca, Marlene De Luca Painter, Tensy Caine, Ben Boynton, Joanna
Boynton, Michelle Garvey, Jill Merrill, Lauryn Barry

Jo Thompson, Paul Funk, Tania
Madorma. Honorary Chairpersons
are State Senator Jeff Atwater, State
Senator Dave Aronberg, State Rep-
resentative Shelley Vana, County
Commissioner Jess Santamaria,

Mayor Tom Wenham.
The 11th Annual Community
Fitness Run & Walk is hosted by
National City, Ultima Fitness/
Xtreme Tae Kwon Do and the Vil-
lage of Wellington. Media spon-

sors include The Palm Beach Post
and Comcast.
For more information or to in-,
quire about sponsorship oppor-
tunities, contact Lauryn Barry at
(561) 227-5157.

Worksheet by businesses is scrapped

The U.S. Small Business Ad-
ministration (SBA) announced
recently that as a result of actions
taken by the Secretary of Agricul-
ture, federal disaster loans are
now available to small businesses
located in certain declared Florida
counties and to contiguous coun-
ties including: Palm Beach, Mar-
tin, Indian River, St. Lucie, and
Okeechobee, as a result of dam-
ages and losses to crops caused
by drought March 1 and continu-
ing. Under this declaration, SBA's
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
(EIDL) program is available to
small, non-farm, agriculture-de-

pendent businesses and small
agricultural cooperatives that suf-
fered economic injury as a direct
result of the weather's effect on
agricultural producers.
This declaration makes it un-
necessary for businesses to com-
plete and submit preliminary "Es-
timated Disaster Economic Injury
Worksheets" to the Palm Beach
County Division of Emergency
Management as was previously
Eligible small businesses may
qualify for loans up to $1.5 mil-
lion. These loans are available at
a four (4) percent interest rate

with loan terms up to 30 years.
SBA determines eligibility for the
program based on the size and
type of business and its finan-
cial resources. Loan amounts,
and terms are set by SBA and
are based upon each applicant's
financial condition. Under this
disaster declaration, SBA cannot
provide loans to agricultural pro-
ducers, and cannot provide loans
to non-agricultural dependent
Interested business owners
should contact SBA's Customer
Service Center by calling 1-800-
659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for

the hearing-impaired), Monday
through Saturday from 8 a.m. un-
til 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. EDT. Business loan
applications can also be down-,
loaded from the SBA's website at:
Completed applications should'
be mailed to: U.S. Small Busi-,
ness Administration, Processing'
and Disbursement Center, 14925
Kingsport Road Fort Worth TX
Completed loan applications
must be returned to SBA no later
than Jan. 29, 2008.

Community News in Brief

Save money with
Prosperity Center
The Prosperity Center located
in the Beacon Center at the Paho-
kee Elementary School now has
the IDA program available. If you
qualify and are able to save a mini-
mum of $50 a month up to $2,000
with our help and counseling we
will give you an additional $4,000
(that's two dollars for every dollar
saved) for a total of $6,000 that can
be used for the purchase of your
own home.
Call (561) 924-0426 for more
The Beacon/Prosperity Center
is happy to add to our list of FREE
services "Consumer Credit Coun-
seling". A certified credit counselor
is available every Monday and
Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 4
p.m. in Portable #6 to help you
get your finances in order. He will
also provide you with a FREE credit
In addition, he will be holding
workshops during the year. Please
call to reserve your seat at (561)
Questions on credit? Call Mar-
ceau at (561) 578-0066.

Beacon Center
programs scheduled
The Beacon Center at Pioneer
Park Elementary School will host
programs at the center on varied
subjects at the following times
Beacon Family Resource Cen-

Access Florida: sign up for
Food stamp, Welfare & Medicaid
Lending library, notary, fax,
copy center, community infor-
mation update Monday through
Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
and Friday from 9 a. m. until 5

Programs for Adults
Free ESOUEnglish Class Mon-
days & Tuesdays-from 6 p.m. until
8 p.m.
Free Parenting Classes-first and
third Wednesday of each month
from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Free Childcare for Adult Class-
Youth Enrichment Academy:
Monday through Friday from 2
p.m. until 6 p.m.
Middle School Program: Mon-
day through Friday from 3:45 p.m.
until 7 p.m.
Free Aerobics- Monday through
Thursday from 6 p.m. until 7:30
Free Computer Training- Tues-
days and Thursdays from 6 p.m.
until 8 p.m.
Community Advisory Council
Meeting: Third Thursday of Every
Feedback is welcomed
The community is welcome
to discuss community issues/con-
SHARE Food Program $18
Food packets- EBT/CASH
Contact: Angela Creary
(561) 993-8660 or (561) 261-

Local Weather Forecast

Weather forecast for Western Palm Beach County from the
National Weather Service.
Canal Point and surrounding area
Thursday: Partly cloudy, With a high near 92. Southwest winds
will be between 3 and 6 mph. There will be scattered showers and
thunderstorms after 1 p.m. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. There will
be isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Southwest
winds will be between 3 and 5 mph. The chance of rain is 20
Extended Forecast
Friday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 93. West winds will be be-
tween 3 and 5 mph. There will be scattered showers and thunder-
storms after 1 p.m. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74 with a light
south wind. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms.
The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 92 with a light south
wind. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms. The
chance of rain is 50 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. There will
be scattered showers and thunderstorms. The chance of rain is 50
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 92. There will be scattered
showers and thunderstorms. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. There is a 20
percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Monday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 92. There will be scattered
showers and thunderstorms. The chance of rain is 40 percent.

Call for On-going Family Involve-
ment Activities' -(561) 993-8660 ,.-1

Pahokee High to hold
'82 grad reunion
It is time to prepare for the grad-
uating class of 1982 to celebrate!
All classmates from the graduating
class of 1982 can contact Lawanda
Harris as soon as possible at (561)

Tax collector
extends hours
Extended hours of operations
have been put in place in order to
provide better service to our cus-
tomers in their processing of prop-
erty tax payments, occupational
licenses, motor vehicle and vessel
registration and title, hunting and
fishing licenses and tourist devel-
opment tax at the Belle Glade loca-
tion: 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at: 2976
State Road 15, Belle Glade

Support our troops
The Woman's Club of Belle
Glade will be sending packages of
much needed items to our military

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men in Iraq. If you have a friend
or a loved one serving in Iraq and
would like us; to send them a pack:
age of supplies, give us their con-
tact information in Iraq. We want
to make sure our troops from the
Glades are receiving support from
their community. For more infor-
mation please contact Elizabeth
Cayson, Support-Our-Troops Wish
List Chairperson at (561) 996-0129.,

Hospice needs
Hospice of Palm Beach County
(HPBC) volunteers are needed in'
the Western communities to visit
with patients in their homes, nurs-
ing homes, assisted living facilities'
and transport patients for errands-
and appointments. Other oppor-,
tunities include serving as an am-
bassador at fairs and events to edu-
cate the community about HPBC
services and programs. Training is
provided. Choose your hours and
the locations most convenient for
you: Belle Glade, Pahokee, Canal
Point or South Bay. HPBC Over
28 years as Palm Beach County's
leading provider of Hospice Care.
Call Beth at (561) 273-2204 or visit

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Arrest Report

Crime Stoppers

This column lists arrests,
not convictions, unless oth-
erwise stated. Anyone who
is listed here and who is
later found not guilty, or has
the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to in-
form the newspaper. We will
confirm the information and
print it.
Western Palm
Beach County

Belle Glade
Barrett Wiley, 22, of South-
west Fifth Street, Belle Glade, was
arrested on June 26, by PBSO and
charged with aggravated battery.
No bond was set.
*Anthony Burden, 27, of West
Avenue A, Belle Glade, was ar-
rested on June 26, by PBSO on a
warrant charging him with proba-
tion violation-domestic battery.
No bond was set.
Jemorad Harper, 20, of
Northeast Twenty Seventh Street,
Belle Glade, was arrested on June
26, by PBSO and charged with
robbery. No bond was set.
Issac Willis, 28, of Northwest
Fifteenth Street, Belle Glade, was
arrested on June 27, by PBSO
and charged with possession of
marijuana and cocaine. He was
released on a surety bond.
John Owens, 20, of South-
west C Avenue, Belle Glade, was
arrested on June 27, by PBSO on
a warrant charging him with con-
tempt of court-domestic violence.
No bond was set.
Mayra vital, 19, of SR 715,
Belle Glade, was arrested on
June 27, by PBSO and charged
with dealing in stolen property
and fraud. She was released on a
surety bond.
Shakeira Mccoy, 18, of
Southwest Second Street, Belle
Glade, was arrested on June 27,
by PBSO and charged with failure
to appear-driving without a driv-
ers license. She was released on
a cash bond.
Roan Nembhard, 19 of
Southwest Second Street, Belle
Glade, was arrested on June 29,
by PBSO and charged with mari-
juana possession and resisting an
officer without violence. He was
later released.
Lloyd Cunningham, 28, of
Northwest Eleventh Street, Belle
Glade, was arrested on June 29,
by PBSO and charged with bat-
tery and failure to appear -driv-
ing while license suspended or
revoked. No bond was set.
Evan Colon, 20, of Northwest
Seventeenth Street, Belle Glade,
was arrested on June 29, by PBSO
on a warrant charging him with
fleeing and eluding the police and
possession of cocaine. No bond
was set.
Lewis Browning, 18, of West
Avenue A, Belle Glade, was ar-
rested on June 30, by PBSO and
charged with carrying a concealed
firearm and possession of a vehi-
cle with altered numbers. He was
released on a surety bond.
Michael Bailey, 22, of South-
west Sixth Street Belle Glade, was

arrested on June 30, by PBSO and
charged with six counts of battery.
No bond was set.
Eric Bedford, 44, of North-
.west P Avenue, Belle Glade, was
arrested June 30, by the West
Palm Beach Police Dept. and
charged with vehicular theft. No
bond was set.
Bruce Henderson, 41,of
Southwest C Avenue, Belle Glade
was arrested on July 1, by PBSO
on a warrant charging him with
violation of probation- retail theft.
No bond was set.
Carmetha Walker, 27, of
Southeast Avenue B, Belle Glade,
was arrested on July 2, by PBSO
and charged with two counts of
contempt of court. No bond was
Kimberly Givens, 27, of
Roosevelt Street, Belle Glade, was
arrested on July 2, by PBSO and
charged with violation of proba-
tion-cocaine possession. She was
released on a surety bond.
Shaheen Farrell, 18, of Mc-
clure Road, Pahokee, was ar-
rested on June 26, by PBSO and
charged with two counts of
armed burglary, 15 counts of lar-
ceny petit theft and eight counts
of conservation animal abuse. No
bond was set.
April Pryor, 17, of Widden
Road, Pahokee, was arrested on
June 27, by PBSO on a warrant
charging her with aggravated bat-
tery with a deadly weapon. No
bond was set.
Travice Moore, 24, of Whid-
den Road, Pahokee, was arrested
on June 27, by PBSO on a warrant
charging' him with grand theft
(motor vehicle), probation viola-
tion-assault with a deadly weapon
and burglary. No bond was set.
Jorge Davila, 39, of East Main
Street, Pahokee, was arrested on
June 28, by Florida Highway Pa-
trol and charged with trafficking
cocaine, and using a firearm dur-
ing a felony. No bond was set.
Roderick Johnson, 33, of
West Sixth Street, Pahokee, was
arrested on June 29, by PBSO and
charged with possession of mari-
juana. No bond was set.
Juan Rodriguez, 19, of Rog-
ers Road, Pahokee was arrested
on June 29, by PBSO and charged
with possession of marijuana and
driving while license is suspend-
ed. He was later released.
Nathaniel Allen, 22, of Jef-
ferson Avenue, Pahokee, was ar-
rested on June 29, by PBSO and
charged with resisting an officer
and possession of cocaine with
intent to sell. He was released on
a surety bond.
Stanleigh Russ, 18, of Golden
Place, Pahokee, was arrested on
June 29, by PBSO and charged
with larceny $300-$5,000 and flee-
ing and eluding police. He was
released on a surety bond.
Richard Lyndale 23, of South
Flame Avenue, Pahokee, was ar-
rested on June 29, by PBSO and
charged with burglary and rob-
bery. No bond was set.
Dorian Calloway, 18, of Bay
Bottom Road, Pahokee, was ar-

rested on June 30, by PBSO and
charged with battery. No bond
was set.
Charles Mccloud, 25, of El
Dorado Drive, Pahokee, was ar-
rested on July 1, by PBSO and
charged with resisting an officer
with violence and probation vio-
lation. No bond was set.
Gary Davis, 24, of South
Barfield, Pahokee, was arrested
on July, by PBSO and charged
with vehicular theft and resisting
an officer. No bond was set.
Ossie Allen, of South Lake
Avenue, Pahokee was arrested on
July, 2 by PBSO on an out of coun-
ty warrant. No bond was set.
South Bay
Lee Johnson, 20, of South-
west Sixth Avenue, South. Bay,
.was arrested on June 29, by PBSO
and charged with possession of
cocaine with intent to sell. No
bond was set.
Tobias Mclaughlin, 35, of
Northwest Nineth Avenue, South
Bay, was arrested on June 29, by
PBSO on a warrant charging him
with fraud, driving while license is
suspended and a Hendry County
Warrant. No bond was set.
Maurice Coney, 22, of South-
west Eleventh Avenue, South Bay
was arrested on July 1, by PBSO
and charged with failure to ap-
pear-trespassing. He was released
on a surety bond.
Glades County
Gregory Goreham, 28, of
Labelle, was arrested on June 19,
by Deputy D. Watts on an active
Hillsborough County warrant. He
was held without bond.
Maureen Mckinney, 45, of
Moore Haven, was arrested on
June 19, by Deputy J. Griner on
an active Okeechobee County
warrant. She was later released to
Okeechobee County.
Richard Peterson, 43, of
Moore Haven, was arrested on
June 20, by Deputy R. Ermeri and
charged with battery. He remains
in custody with a $20,000 bond.
James Woodson, 43, of Mi-
ami, was arrested June 21, by
Deputy B. Enderle on an active
Glades County warrant. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Charles Ferguson, 44, of Mi-
ami, was arrested on June 21, by
Deputy B. Enderle on an active
Glades County warrant. His bond
is set at $2,500.
Franklin Whidden, 56, of Fort
Pierce, was arrested on June 24,
by Deputy B. Enderle on active
Glades County warrant. No bond
was set.
Joseph Rolen, 23, of Palm-
dale, was arrested on June 24,
by Deputy J. Griner on an active
Glades County warrant- criminal
mischief $200 and under, bur-
glary, and larceny $300-$5,000.
His bond was set at $20,000.
Arthur Santiago, 45, of Moore
Haven was arrested on June 24,
by Deputy J. Griner and charged
with felony battery. He was re-
leased on surety bonds of $7,500
and $2,500.
Rogelio Pena, 18, of Moore
Haven, was arrested on June 25,

by Deputy L. Fuce and charged
with grand theft. He remains in
jail with a $4,999 bond.
Missy Huff, 18, was arrested
on June 26, by Officer J. Morgan
on an active Okeechobee County
warrant. She was later released to
Okeechobee County.
John Mitchell, 43, was ar-
rested on June 26, by Deputy D.
Watts on an active Glades county
warrant-burglary. He was later
released on a surety bond of
Jackie Denise Simpson, 34,
of Clewiston, was arrested July 2,
and charged with probation viola-
tion for a felony. Pamela Capling
of the Hendry County Sheriff's Of-
fice was the arresting officer.
Jeremy Nickosa Smith, 28,
was arrested June 25, and charged
with aggravated battery-cause
bodily harm or disability. Michael
Favara of the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office was the arresting
James Yarnell Addison, 26,
of Clewiston, was arrested July
2, and charged with possession
of marijuana with intent to sell/
manufacture or deliver schedule
I, selling marijuana within 1,000
ft. of school/childcare facility and
selling marijuana within 200 ft. of
college or public park. Terri Hes-
sler of the Hendry County Sheriff's
Office was the arresting officer.
Anthony Michael Varnell,
21, of Clewiston, was arrested
June 28, and charged with proba-
tion violation for a felony. Bonnie
Weaver of the Hendry County.
Sheriff's Office was the arresting
A 13 year old male juvenile
of Clewiston, was arrested June
26, and charged with damaging
property-criminal mischief $1,000
or more. Greg Henderson of the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office
was the arresting officer.
Timothy Terele Powell, 29,
of Clewiston, was arrested June
26, and charged with a nonmov-
ing traffic violation-driving while
license suspended third or subse-
quent offense. Tiffany Arnold of
the Hendry County Sheriff's Of-
fice was the arresting officer.
Jason Jaime, 24, of Clew-
iston, was arrested June 24, and
charged with aggravated bat-
tery-offender knew/should have
known that the victim was preg-
nant and kidnap-false imprison-
ment of an adult. Louis Morales of
the Hendry County Sheriff's Office
was the arresting officer.
Leonard Manuel Guerra, 38,
of Clewiston, was arrested June
25, and charged with dealing in
stolen property. Rick Perian of the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office
was the arresting officer.
Alejandrino Rodriguez-Perez,
32, of Kissimmee, was arrested
June 25, and charged with prop-
erty crimes-fail to obtain certifi-
cation of salvage destruct or title
and dealing in stolen property.
Rick Perian of the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office was the arresting

The Palm Beach County Sher-
iff's Office is seeking assistance
from the public in locating the fol-
lowing wanted fugitive.
Teresa Johnson, age 41, is a
white female with blond hair and
blue eyes. She is 5 feet, 4 onches
tall and weighs approximately
145 pounds. Her last known ad-
dress was on Northeast Avenue
H, Belle Glade and she is also
known as Teresa Miller.
She is wanted on Felony
charges of violation of probation:
dealing in stolen property and
violation of probation: uttering a

forgery (checks); grand theft.
She is also wanted on misde-
meanor charges
of failure to ap- "
pear: expired
driver's license.
Anyone with A.
information on
the whereabouts
of this wanted
fugitive is asked :
to contact the Teresa
Crime Stoppers Johnson
at: 1-800-458-
TIPS (8477) or online at www.


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Office, Bartow.
For additional information call
(863) 519-2362.
Motorists are reminded to
wear safety belts and drive with
caution, courtesy, common
sense and patience as they travel
through work zones. Remember,
speeding fines are doubled in
work zones.

Glades County
U.S. 27:. At the Moore Haven
Bridge: Maintenance contract
project.' Crews are replacing and
repairing street lights. Motorists
should expect intermittent single
lane closures in one direction at a
time, as well as slow moving traf-
fic and possible delays.
U.S. 29: Pollywog Crossover
Road: Construction project. This
project will consist of adding
a turn lane, drainage improve-
ments, signing and pavement
markings on US 29 at Pollywog
Crossover Road northerly 0.134
miles, north of the City of LaBelle.
Motorist should expect intermit-
tent lane closures, slow moving
traffic, and possible delays, as
well as workers on the side of the
roadway. The contractor is Better
Roads, Inc.

Hendry County
U.S. 27: Between C.R. 720 and
Stitt Ranch: Maintenance permit
project. Crews are constructing a
right turn lane.into the develop-
ment. Motorists should expect
right lane closures for the next
few weeks, as well as slow mov-
ing traffic and possible delays.
U.S. 27: At Lewis Boulevard:
Maintenance contract project.
Crews are replacing and repairing
street lights. Motorists should ex-
pect intermittent southbound lane
closures, as well as slow moving
traffic and possible delays.
U.S. 27: At the intersection of
S.R. 80: Maintenance contract
project. Crews are replacing and
repairing street lights. Motorists
should expect intermittent south-
bound lane closures, as well as
slow moving traffic and possible
S.R. 80: From east of the Lee
County line to west of Grandma's
Grove RV Park: Construction proj-
ect. Work is underway to make
drainage improvements at the
edge of the roadway. Crews are
excavating, placing concrete and
working in the shoulders. No lane
closures are anticipated, but mo-
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group will meet regularly on the
first and third Tuesday of each
For more information, please
call Palm Terrace of Clewiston at
(863) 983-5123.

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Free finance and
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Free finance and housing as-
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helpful information on credit
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Guardian Ad Litem
volunteers needed
Are you flexible, open-minded
and interested in advocating for a
child? Only 60 percent of Lee, Col-
lier, Charlotte, Glades and Hen-
dry County children taken from
their homes due to allegations
of abuse or neglect have a vol-
unteer Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
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on Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18. In
addition to 28 hours of classroom
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What to do with horse manure?

By MaryAnn Morris
Independent Newspapers of
There seem to be more
and more horses in the Lake
Okeechobee area these days.
Florida has over 500,000 horses,
making our state third behind only
California and Hawaii in horse
population. Recreation and com-
petition "occupies" 70 percent of
Florida's horses, according to the
University of Florida. And, being
an agricultural community, the
idea of careful, eco-friendly ani-
mal-keeping is both familiar and
quite popular.
One typical, 1,000 pound
horse will produce about 10 tons
of manure a year. How to avoid
polluting the aquifer, creating a
fly problem, poor quality pasture
and the awful, (can be fatal to
horse ownership) {complaints
froin neighbors}?
To some extent, you can
spread it on the pasture with
good results. Think of this as recy-
cling horse feed, or getting double
from that feed bill you pay each
month. But, like everything else,
there is a right and a wrong way
to do this.
The University of Florida, Insti-
tute for Food and Agricultural Sci-
ences is the place to start.
From an on-line article found
on, {Pas-
tures and Forage Crops for
Horses}, "significant amounts
of nutrients are recycled through
the manure of grazing animals.
However, since the manure is not
well distributed on the pasture,
manure should be spread with a

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More and more pleasure horses dot backyards throughout
the Lake Okeechobee area. On the average, each horse will
produce 10 tons of manure a year or about 1,600 pounds a


light drag. Do this during hot, dry
weather. Internal parasites will
be killed by the hot sun. Mowing
areas where horses do not graze
and dragging pastures to spread
manure piles will improve the
quality and the utilization of the
By accident, this method was
also discovered: After three weeks
without picking up manure, two
acres of pasture were littered
with "road apples" last summer.
Plus the weeds the horses won't
eat stuck up and looked ragged.
In desperation, the owner of the
property took the family lawn

mower, set the blade of the lawn
mower down and mowed the
weeds and, in the process, pul-
verized and blew all the dried up
manure out evenly over the pas-
ture. This was not a very scien-
tific method, but reportedly, weed
growth is lessened and the grass
is improved.
Wet spots can be cleaned up
and sprinkled with a little agricul-
tural lime.
They have a very good re-
source: "Composting Horse Ma-
nure," a very good article avail-
able online at http://edis.ifas. Before the days
of commercial fertilizers, farm-
ers used manures to enrich their
cropland and pastures.
"Horse manure is not as liquid
as dairy manure, which can soak

into the ground and reach the wa-
ter supply. Horse manure is solid
and lends itself to spreading and
composting, then using to im-
prove the soils," said Pat Hogue,
Extension Agent III, Livestock,
Okeechobee County Agricultural
Extension Service. "Composted
hqrse manure can be used to in-
crease the organic matter content
and thus the water and nutrient
holding capacity of sandy soils in
agricultural and home gardening
settings. The material can also be
used by plant nurseries as potting
soil and is an excellent media for
*the production of mushrooms,
fish worms, etc."
According to Information avail-
able from the University of Flor-
ida, growing earthworms is not
difficult. They are grown in beds
oof "unoxidized peat mixed with
sand and organic material" and
horse manure is sure organic!
"Earthworms are probably
the number one bait overall in
the Lake Okeechobee area," said
Larry Wright of Garrard's Tackle
Shop in Okeechobee.
"Sure, you can use it," said
Dan Culbert,
You might think that around
one of the fishing capitals of the
world, Lake Okeechobee, and
one of the greatest farming loca-
tions in the United States, manure
could be used to good advantage.
Could composted horse manure
help some of the farmland be-
ing lost to muck subsidence? An
interesting thought and there will
be more to come about compost-
ing horse manure.
MaryAnn Morris can be contacted

INI/Nena Bolan

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Sometimes sports fans just have to let the world know how
much they appreciate their favorite teams. This photo was
taken by the boat ramp at Fisherman's Village in Moore

Everglades removed from danger list

GREENACRES "The removal
of the Florida Everglades from the
United Nations' list of world cultur-
al sites at risk by the World Heritage
Committee on Monday is a testa-
ment to how far we have come in
restoring the fragile ecosystem.
"The goals of the state leg-
islature's Joint Committee on
Everglades Oversight are being

reached, as we are beginning to
see a renewed commitment by the
federal government to fully fund
the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP). Con-
gress is moving closer to approv-
ing more than $1 billion for CERP
projects in Southern Florida, and
the State of Florida doubled their
annual contribution to CERP dur-

ing the 2007 legislative session.
"The Everglades removal
from the danger list, however,
should not be seen as the begin-
ning of the end of CERP. Though
we have taken great strides this
year to honor our commitment to
restore America 's River of Grass,
it is critical that we maintain this
forward movement on the state

and federal level so we can con-
tinue to protect the Everglades for
many generations to come."
Senator Dave Aronberg (D-
Greenacres) is the current chair of
the Joint Legislative Committee on
Everglades Oversight. Representa-
tive Ralph Poppell ( R-Vero Beach
) will chair the committee during
the 2008 legislative session.

Horses at risk from mosquito-borne disease

Sing little mosquitoes not only can
aggravate and leave an itchy bite
for a week, but they could also
put you or your horse at risk for
West Nile Encephalitis. But there
are ways to stop the itching, learn
more about how you can get it,
the symptoms to look for and
ways to prevent contracting West
West Nile Encephalitis, also
known as a bird disease, is techni-
cally an inflammation of the brain.
It is called a bird disease because,
contrary to what many people be-
lieve, birds are the natural hosts of
the disease.
While many people think mos-
quitoes are the hosts, they only
serve as intermediate hosts and
transmit the disease from birds to
people and horses.
"While over 100 species of
birds host the disease, the most
susceptible are blue jays, crows,
and hawks," said Dr. Floron
Faries, a veterinarian at the Col-

lege of Veterinary Medicine & Bio-
medical Sciences at Texas A&M
"Once a mosquito bites an in-
fected bird, it takes 10 to 14 days
for the disease to get into its sali-
vary glands. It is not uhtil after this
time period that a mosquito can
transmit the disease to people and
horses. Cats, dogs, and other ani-
mals can get the infection, but do
not show symptoms," Dr. Faries
There are two vaccinations
available for horses. Recombitex
is a vaccine that should be admin-
istered yearly and another, Inno-
vator, twice a year. Although there
are currently no vaccinations for
people, there are plenty of ways
to lower your chances of contract-
ing the disease.
"Don't depend on the city to
fog out mosquitoes. Be proactive
when it comes to prevention,"
said Dr. Faries.
"I recommend controlling
stagnant water by getting rid of

junk laying around. Mosquitoes
reproduce in small containers of
water, such as cans, jars and pots.
Also, wear long clothes if you
must be outside during the hours
of dusk and dawn and use plenty
of mosquito repellant that con-
tains DEET."
The chances of infected people
or horses showing any symptoms
of the brain disease are only about
1 percent. It can take anywhere
from two weeks to six months
to die or recover. Of those horses
that do become sick, only about
30 percent will result in death,
Dr. Fairies said. Only 6 percent of
people who develop the disease
will die.
Symptoms are similar to that
of rabies. Depression, muscle
twitching, weak limbs, and walk-
ing problems are common. Hors-
es usually stand up by raising their
head, putting weight on the front
legs, and finally standing on all
four. When encephalitis is pres-
ent, the back legs are usually too

weak to put weight on, and the
horse ends up sitting like a dog,
Dr. Faries explained.
"You can't just assume the
diagnosis, though. If these symp-
toms are present, it might not
even be West Nile," said Dr. Faries.
"The horse could also have ra-
bies, Eastern equine encephalitis
or Western equine encephalitis.
Laboratory tests should be taken
to be sure which disease is pres-
West Nile made its first Ameri-
can appearance in 1999. After it
was diagnosed in sick flamingos
at a New York zoo, word spread
quickly that the disease in migra-
tory birds had crossed the Atlantic
Ocean. In only three years, West
Nile moved south and west and
made its first Texas exposure on
the west side of Houston in Katy.
Dr. Faries said that nearly a
decade after the initial scare, the
disease has now been found in 48
of the 50 states.

Community News

association meets
Pioneer Homeowners Asso-
ciation and Neighborhood Watch
meeting will be held every sec-
ond Monday of the month at 7
p.m. at the Pioneer Community
Center. Everyone is welcome and
invited to attend.

Volunteer position
A volunteer position available
as a Court appointed Juvenile Ar-
bitrator for the Twentieth Circuit
in LaBelle. The court is respon-
sible for imposing sanctions on
first time juvenile offenders. If
interested, please call (239) 458-

Diabetes education
classes offered
Free Diabetes Education class-
es are being offered at Hendry
Regional Medical Center. Call
Toni at (863) 983-1123 for more

Stop the violence
The Hendry and Glades Do-
mestic and Sexual Violence
Council's mission is to increase
community awareness about
domestic and sexual violence
and victim safety by providing
services, referrals and educa-
tion relating to the affects of do-
mestic/sexual violence in our
community. The meetings rotate

between LaBelle, Clewiston and
Moore Haven. To get involved in
the council or for information
about meeting dates and times,
please call Abuse Council and
Treatment, Inc.'s Rural Extension
(REACT): (863) 674-1811, 8:30
a.m. until 5 p.m. to speak with an

CREW seeks
The Community Rebuilding
Ecumenical Workforce (CREW)
of Hendry and Glades Counties
is seeking donations of building
materials and supplies, includ-
ing lumber, nails and drywall, to
assist residents with repairs and
continued clean up efforts in the
aftermath of Hurricane Wilma.
Donations, including mon-

etary contributions, are tax de-
ductible. For more information,
come by our office at 121 Central
Avenue rear entrance or email or
phone (863) 983-2390.

Free services
to help elders
Center for Independent Liv-
ing will be doing outreach on a
regular basis at the Moore Ha-
ven, Clewiston, and LaBelle sites
between the hours of noon until
2:30 p.m. You can contact Tera or
Linda at the Center for Indepen-
dent Living at (941) 766-8333 in
Charlotte County to find out the
days that they will be available in
those areas.

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The Bald Eagle has come back from the edge of extinction
in 1963. It was taken off the endangered species list on June
28 after government biologists counted nearly 10,000 mating

The Bald Eagle is back

By: Lorna Jablonski
INI Florida
The Bald Eagle, the symbol
of our nation since 1782, was
formally removed from the en-
dangered species list at a formal
ceremony held at the Jefferson
Memorial in Washington, D.C.
on June 28. At the same time the
announcement was being made,
the Audubon of Florida freed its
330th rehabilitated Bald Eagle
into the sky over Ocala. The bird
that was released was a 6-year-
old female that was found on the
side of a road in Silver Springs.
She had a broken collar bone. Af-
ter six weeks of rest and care, she
was returned to the wild.
Secretary of the Interior
Dirk Kempthorne made the an-
nouncement that the bald eagle
was being removed from the En-
dangered Species List.
"Today I am proud to an-
nounce that the eagle has re-
turned," said Secretary Kemp-
thorne. "In 1963, the lower 48
states were home to barely 400
nesting pairs of Bald Eagles.
Today, after decades of conser-
vation effort, they are home to
some 10,000 nesting pairs, a 25-
fold increase in the last 40 years.
Based on its dramatic recovery,
it is my honor to announce that
Department of the Interior's de-
cision to remove the American
Bald Eagle from the Endangered
Species List."
Even though these magnifi-
cent birds have been removed
from the list, they will continue
to be protected by the Bald and
Golden Eagle Protection Act and
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
These acts are federal laws that
prohibit the taking, killing, sell-
ing or otherwise harming eagles,
their nests or eggs.
"After years of careful study,
public comment and planning,
the Department of the Interior and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
are confident in the future secu-
rity of the American Bald Eagle,"
stated Secretary Kempthorne.
"From this point forward,'we will
work to ensure that the eagle nev-
er again needs the protection of
the Endangered Species Act."

'Today I am proud
to announce that the
eagle has returned.
In 1963, the lower 48
states were home to
barely 400 nesting
pairs of Bald Eagles.
Today, after: decades
of conservation effort,
they are home to some
10,000 nesting pairs, a
25-fold increase in the
last 40 years. Based on
its dramatic recovery, it
is my honor to announce
that Department of the
Interior's decision to
remove the American
Bald Eagle from the
Endangered Species List."
Dirk Kempthorne,
Secretary of the Interior

The Bald Eagle was first given
protection in 1940 under what
later became the Bald and Gold-
en Eagle Protection Act. As their
numbers declined, they were
given further protection under
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. For
a time, their numbers stabilized.
But, following World War II, their
numbers once again began to
drop. The pesticide DDT was
blamed for a great deal of the
decline. The DDT accumulated
in eagles and caused them to lay
eggs with weakened shells, de-
stroying their population. In 1967
their numbers were so low that
they were placed on the original
Endangered. Species Act and then
transferred to the new Act when
it went into law in 1973.
"We are happy to see that
these magnificent birds have
come back," stated Lynda White
of the Audubon of Florida. "Our
only concern is that people real-
ize that they are still protected un-
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Thursday, July 5, 2007 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee

Cuban Tree frogs are an invasive threat locally

A giant species of tree frog
has colonized half the state and
is moving north. The invasive Cu-
ban tree frog has already become
a nuisance to homeowners and
utilities workers, and the am-
,phibian may also threaten native
Street frog populations. Cuban tree
frogs can grow to more than six
inches in length. Usually creamy
white to light brown, they have
large eyes and rough skin. Their
skin is coated with a secretion
that irritates mucus membranes,
so you should not touch the ani-
mals with your bare hands.
Cuban tree frogs were intro-
duced to South Florida in the
early twentieth century, probably
via shipping crates from the frog's
native habitat, which includes
SCuba, the Bahamas, and the Cay-
Sman Islands. Today, breeding
, populations exist across the Flori-
I da peninsula as far north as Cedar
SKey, Gainesville, and Jacksonville.
SIndividual frogs have been found
i in the Florida Panhandle, Geor-
Sgia, and South Carolina.

SProblems & Threats
Home Invasion
SCuban tree frog populations
:are strongly established in South
and Central Florida. The frogs
I have adapted well to residen-
itial areas and sometimes enter
homes via pipes and open doors.
SThey often turn up in toilets, one
of their favorite indoor hang-

SPower Outages
Cuban tree frogs also cause
',problems for utility companies
and their customers. Because the
frogs like dark tight spaces, they
* crawl into the transformer boxes
: and power switches inside power
poles to look for food and shel-
ter. The frogs' bodies are large
enough to connect surfaces inside
the electrical equipment. When
at least one surface contains an
electrical charge, the connection
creates a short-circuit, which can
cause blackouts and damage
Frog-induced short-circuits
have been a problem since the
mid-1990s and now cause two
or three blackouts per week dur-
ing the spring and fall for one
Central Florida utility company.
A single incident can cost up to
$10,000 in repairs. The company
has tried various methods of pro-
tecting their equipment--such as
installing insulated disks, tape,
Sand tubing--buthas not yet found
a solution.
Native tree frog species do
not cause blackouts, probably
because they are too small to
contact surfaces that are widely
'spaced apart.

Negative Impact of
Native Species
The establishment of Cuban
,tree frogs in natural areas may
have a devastating effect on na-
-tive frogs. Early research sug-
gests that Cuban tree frogs may
reduce native tree frog popula-
tions by competing with them
for food and shelter or by simply
devouring them. In one wooded
area, scientists set up PVC pipe
S"homes" to attract tree frogs for
study. During one month, they
found over 150 Cuban tree frogs
and no native tree frogs.

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Cuban Tree frogs can grow to
as large as six inches in length
and are usually creamy white
too light brown. They have
large eyes and rough skin.
Their skin is coated with a
secretion that irritates mucos
membranes, so do not touch
them with your hands.

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Scientists need more informa-
tion to help them better under-
stand the effects of an increas-
ing Cuban tree frog population.

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Researchers from UF, the Uni-
versity of Tampa, and Biological
Research Associates--a Florida-
based consulting firm--will re-
move Cuban tree frogs from
wetlands in the Tampa area and
investigate the impact on native
A commercial animal repel-
lent is currently being tested to
see if it will deter Cuban tree frogs
from electrical utilities. Initial re-
sults suggest the product does
repel the frogs, but further testing
is necessary to obtain conclusive

What You Can Do
You can help manage this
invasive species in andaround
your yard. Because Cuban tree
frogs eat native frogs and other
wildlife, it is important to manage
the population and reduce their
negative impacts on our native
ecology and quality of life.

Cuban tree frogs
If you find a Cuban tree frog
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where you saw the frog and a
street address of the location for
mapping purposes. When pos-
sible, please take a digital photo-
graph of the frog and include the
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around your home. Be very care-
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continuous, swift movement.

Collecting Frogs
in Pipes
You can also attract the frogs
to hiding places where they can
be easily captured and removed.
Place 3-foot long segments of
12-inch diameter PVC pipe in
the ground around your home
and garden. After a few days or
weeks--depending on the weath-
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frogs will show up in the pipes.
To remove a frog from a pipe,
pull the pipe out of the ground
and place a clear plastic bag over
one end. Insert a broom handle
or other "plunger" device in the
other end and scare the frog into
the bag. If you do not wish to
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Humanely Euthanizing
Cuban tree frogs
After positively identifying
a frog as a Cuban tree frog, hu-
manely euthanize it using one of
two methods.
Place it in a plastic container
or bag and put it in the freezer for
at least one day.
Apply benzocaine ointment--a
numbing agent used to treat skin
pain and itching--to the frog's
back. Remember to use gloves
when touching the frog. Name
brand and generic products are
available over-the-counter in
tubes or sprays.
When you are sure the frog
is dead, place it in a bag or other
sealed container and throw it
away. Do not throw live Cuban
tree frogs in the trash!
Adapted from the following
Invasive Cuban tree frogs
threaten native wildlife, damage
utilities, by Tom Nordlie (IFAS
News press release).
The Cuban tree frog (Osteopi-
lus septentrionalis) in Florida, by
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Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee

'Thursday, July 5, 2007



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Artifacts found at Lake Okeechobee

Recent drought made
discoveries possible

By Naji Tobias
Independent Newspapers
one whose primary goal for
Torry, Kramer and Ritta Islands
was to plant pond apple seeds
and restore the wildlife the way
it appeared over 100 years ago,
George "Boots" Boyer got a lot
more than he hoped for.
While reforestation is a noble
goal in and of itself, uncovering
centuries old artifacts is quite an-
other a truly once-in-a-lifetime
Mr. Boyer made the rare find
about two months ago. In Belle
Glade, when Lake Okeechobee
saw its water levels at or near re-
cord lows, the exposed ground
that the water had been hiding
for so long revealed the treasures
for Mr. Boyer.
"Boots," who got his name at
the age of two from the rubber
boots that his father, Bill Boyer,
would wear he would climb
them for fun began his interest
in Lake Okeechobee at an early
A lifelong resident of the
Glades, Mr. Boyer spent much of
time as a child camping and fish-
ing with his family at Torry and
Kramer Island. He got so good at
the job that, as a 16-year-old, he
caught catfish out of canals while
trudging in the water bare-foot.
He still didn't his lesson when
a catfish dug itself straight through
the center of his right foot, send-
ing him to the hospital he kept
right on doing it as soon as he got
Lake Okeechobee and Mr.
Boyer are inseparable.
Which makes his find that
much sweeter.
Sometime in the summer of
2001, Mr. Boyer found his first
artifact near Lake Okeechobee:
a small portion of what appeared
to be Indian pottery among old
bottles, an anchor and a steam
barge at the lake's bottom, about
a mile north of Torry Island. He
took his one-year-old son, Caleb,
along for the ride.
More recently, three months
ago, Mr. Boyer found human
bones, tools made out of deer
bones (including spearheads, ar-
rowheads and axes) and conch
Shells fashioned for cutting and
other artifacts.
He also spotted what appeared
to be a wooden catfish boat from
the early 1900s.
On Sunday, May 27, Mr. Boyer
and Caleb, now 7 years old, were
about two miles south of Torry
Island planting apple seeds. They
found a site with 150 to 200 piec-
es of pottery dotting the area.
"Dad, what do we do?" asked
"We gotta notify the authori-
ties," replied Mr. Boyer.
"Daddy, how we gonna find it
"Go pick up a stick and put it
in the center of the mound," an-
swered Mr. Boyer.

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Submitted photo/Boots Boyer
Boots Boyer at one of the Indian village sites near Torry Island, where he found ancient arti-
facts on March 14.

This arrow head was found on-site.

The 7-year-old marked the
spot and the two left after a catch-
ing a bucket full of bass.
When he returned two days
later with Christian Davenport, a
Palm Beach County archeologist,
the two found the spot, with Mr.
Davenport remarking how signifi-
cant the find was.
"He said that it was a great
find and a sure enough mound,"
said Mr. Boyer.
After careful study, the archae-
ologist determined that the pot-
tery and artifacts were dated be-
tween 1,000 and 2,000 years old.
Had it not been for the lower
lake levels brought on by the
current drought conditions, the
discovery may never have been
made. In prehistoric times, ex-
perts believe the lake may have
been as low as eight or nine feet

continuously, while, today, the
lake averages between 12 and 14
. Mr. Boyer has a knack for find-
ing old things hidden in the lake.
Just recently, the unsuspecting
would-be museum curator found
the side of an old boat that is very
likely to be, according to archae-
ologists, anywhere between 150
and 200 years old buried in the
Copper nails held the boat to-
"We thought that was amaz-
ing to find," said Mr. Boyer, whose
brother first spotted the piece of
the boat popping out from the
"It's very exciting times for
me, being involved in all of these
different projects, from growing
pond apple trees to finding these

cool artifacts," said Mr. Boyer.
This year, Mr. Boyer has logged
time with the Arthur Marshall
Foundation in restoring the pond
apple trees near Torry Island. The
organization holds regular tree
plantings and invites volunteers
to join.
As of May 17, the Florida De-
partment of State's Bureau of
Archaeological Research, has
officially given Mr. Boyer the au-
thorization to protect the artifacts
and maintain a presence around
Ritta, Kramer and Torry Islands to
help prevent looting.
Removing artifacts or disturb-
ing such sites is prohibited by
"It's our history," said Mr.
Staff Writer Naji Tbbias can be
reached at

How much lower is the lake going to go?

persistent pattern of far below
average rainfall over the Lake
Okeechobee basin has resulted
in yet another record low for
the 730-square-mile lake, which
serves as a primary backup water
supply to 5 million South Florid-
ians. According to water manag-
ers at the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD),
Lake Okeechobee reached a new
all-time record low of 8.83 feet
above sea level as of July 3.
On average, Lake Okeechobee
and the District as a whole receive
about eight inches of rain during
the month of June; in June 2007,
the Lake received less than half
that. Meanwhile, highly localized
rainfall has favored coastal and
southern portions of the District,
where water levels are adequate
and excess rainfall cannot be cap-
tured or stored. Portions of Mi-
ami-Dade and Broward counties,
for example, received more than
12 inches of rain in June, resulting

"The irony of the current water shortage is that the
lower east coast has been experiencing almost daily
rain, and now the district is working to balance the
very dry conditions and lack of rainfall over Lake
Okeechobee with the risks of local flooding in
coastal areas."
Chip Merriam,
SFWMD's deputy executive director of water resources

in some localized flooding.
By far the largest body of water
in South Florida's water manage-
ment system, Lake Okeechobee
provides as much as 70 percent
of the dry season recharge for the
SFWMD's Lower East Coast Ser-
vice Area, which comprises Mon-
roe, Miami-Dade, Broward and
eastern Palm Beach counties.
"The irony of the current wa-
ter shortage is that the lower east
coast has been experiencing al-
most daily rain, and now the dis-

trict is working to balance the very
dry conditions and lack of rainfall
over Lake Okeechobee with the
risks of local flooding in coastal
areas," said Chip Merriam, the SF-
WMD's deputy executive director
of water resources. "Unless more
rain falls over the critically dry ar-
eas of Central Florida and water
levels in Lake Okeechobee climb
appreciably over the remainder of
the wet season, it is likely that res-
idents in Southeastern Florida will
continue to face water shortage

conditions through early 2008.
Our water management system
is intricately connected and water
conditions in one geographic area
may affect those in another."
The SFWMD and local agen-
cies have worked diligently to
capture and store a substantial
amount of water from recent
rains, helping to boost regional
water levels over the past several
weeks. Southeast Florida's water
conservation areas have enjoyed
water level increases of more
than a foot over the past seven
weeks: water elevations in Wa-
ter Conservation Areas 1, 2 and 3
registered at 15.11, 11.14 and 8.25
feet above sea level respectively
this morning.
Water levels are measured in
NGVD units, or National Geodetic
Vertical Datum units. NGVD is a
nationally established coordinate
system used to determine eleva-
tion, especially in areas close to
sea level.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


INI/Naji lobias

Revitalization contributor
On Monday, June 25 at the Belle Glade City Hall chambers, Faisal Muslet, owner of the
Missouri Clothing Store at 300 W. Ave. A, was recognized by the city and the EDGE Center
for his contributions to the revitalization of Avenue A. Mr. Muslet said that he recently took
a 10,000 square foot store and stripped it all down to the bare walls. He added that the
new store, to be named 'Encore', has all-new walls, flooring, plumbing and electrical. It
is a two-story building, set to be opened during the first week of August, Mr. Muslet said.
Pictured from left are Belle Glade City Manager William Underwood, Faisal Muslet, Kevin
Johns Economic Development Director of Palm Beach County and Assistant City Man-
ager Lillian Tomeu.

Submitted photo
Resounding cheers greeted the Pirates, Captain Jack and Billy Bones from Pirates for Hire.
Captain Jack is an exact look alike of the famous movie pirate. "The children were amazed
when Captain Jack and Billy Bones entered the school cafeteria," stated Erickia Abrahamrs,
Beacon coordinator.

Pirates visit with Beacon Center

PAHOKEE The children at-
tending the Pahokee Beacon Cen-
ter summer camp had a visit from
Captain Jack Sparrow of Pirates
of Caribbean fame played by Ace

of Pirates for Hire and his friend
Billy Bones. The children had
their pictures taken with the fa-
mous pirate and asked questions
about the movie. Captain Jack en-

tertained the kids with tall tales of
the sea and explained his regalia
in detail. The children were fasci-
nated with his period pistols and
his shiny pirate's cutlass.

PES' dress code sees a revision

PAHOKEE Uniforms are
now a requirement at Pahokee
Elementary School. (PES) The
following revisions will be made
to the school dress code for the
2007-2008 school year.
Denim/Jeans will not be al-
lowed to be worn at school.
Students will wear solid colored
polo style, round neck t-Shirts or

blouses. Shirts can only be worn
two inches below the students'
waist. All tops are to be blue, yel-
low, white, black, navy, red or
hunter green. School spirit/PES
Elementary shirts are permitted,
but must be worn with appropri-
ate bottom.
Students will wear shorts,
skorts, skirts, slacks, or jumpers.

All bottoms are to fit at the waist.
Shorts and slacks must be worn
with a belt. Colors permitted are
navy, khaki, black or hunter green.
All shoes must be cosed at the
toe and heel. Heelies are not to be
worn at school. Flip flop, sandals
or slides will not be permitted.
Sneakers are mandatory during

School News in Brief

Christian school
enrollment offered
Miracle by Faith School in
South Bay, an (NPSAA) accred-
ited school offers a quality educa-
tion to students in Pre-k4 through
sixth grade. The MBF School has
small classes, affordable tuition, a
before and after school care, and
a math and reading tutorial pro-
gram that conforms to the Florida
Sunshine State Standards. The
school is now enrolling new stu-
dents. For more information call
the school at (561) 993-3495.

applicants wanted
If you know of a young person
pursuing a college degree with the
goal of working in Florida's fruit
and vegetable industry, please
let that student know about the
Syngenta Crop Protection Schol-
arship. The $1,000 scholarship
will be awarded at FFVA's 63rd
Annual Convention. To learn how
to apply, contact Martha Tucker
at (321) 214-5200 or via email at

Head Start registration
now under way
PEPPI Head Start is now ac-
cepting applications for three and
four-year-olds. The facility offers
free/full day child care at it's lo-
cation at 301 S.W. Eighth Street,
Belle Glade For more informa-
tion, call (561) 996-1088.

Mentor Center
Local schools are currently re-
cruiting mentors for our children
in the after-school program. Lend
a hand, become a mentor. Just
two hours a week, a one-year
commitment. Center Director:
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Mentor program
seeks participants
Christians reaching out to so-
ciety introduces their new C.O.P.
program, Children of Promise, to
provide mentors for children hav-
ing a parent in the prison,system.
Both children and mentors are
needed for the program. Please
call Lee Washington to refer a
child needing a mentor or a vol-
unteer to be a mentor at (561)
602-6146 (Glades area). Back-
ground screening and training are

ECMHSP looking
for volunteers
East Coast Migrant Head Start
Project (ECMHP) is looking for
volunteers. If you can donate a

few hours of your time, the per-
fect opportunity might exist for
you. Opportunities to serve are
endless and include office sup-
port, kitchen assistance, class-
room assistance and much more.
Volunteers are needed Monday
- Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Please call Erica at (561) 996-2232
for more information on how to
be a part of this excellent and
meaningful experience.

Migrant Head
Start opens
East Coast Migrant Head Start
is looking for children ages five
and under. East Coast Migrant
Head Start believes that all chil-
dren can benefit from the elu-
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vices that the program provides.
Families with children who have
disabilities are encouraged to ap-
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ing eligibility, call Cindy Guerra at
(561) 996-2939: 8 a.m. until 4:30
p.m. Monday through Friday.

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The visionary
Manny and Omar Matari, who are the owners of Moda by Matari Clothing Store at 256 W.
Ave. A, said that they worked with the City of Belle Glade to enhance the appearance and
diverse business opportunities in the area with a Mediterranean outlook. For that effort,
they were recognized by the city and the EDGE Center for their contributions in the revi-
talization of Avenue A and Main Street. Pictured from left are Belle Glade City Manager
William Underwood, Manny Matari, Kevin ,Jhns and Lillian Tomey,, This took place por;
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current issues that the youth are
facing today."
According to Ms. Cheves, the
Belle Glade study circles, also
beginning today, will be located
at the NOAH Youth Mentoring
Program Pioneer Terrace. The
six-week session will be held on
Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m.
At the end of the sessions, a
community forum to highlight
the outcomes, thoughts and ideas
stemming from the discussions

Continued From Page 1
railing and refused to comply with
the deputies.
By this point a crowd had
gathered near the residence and
seemed to feed off of the suspect's
energy while deputies called for
back up to quell the scene.
When they pulled him off
the railings, the suspect report-
edly kicked at another officer
while they struggled, in the rain-
drenched location, to arrest him. they contended with
the younger Dortch, deputies
found themselves struggling with
his mother.
The woman apparently tried
to get between deputies and her

will be held.
The participants will discuss
stereotypes, assumptions and
other perceptions about each
other, with the hope that the dis-
cussion will lead to a better un-
derstanding of one another.
The younger participants will
also be keeping a journal on what
they learn.
A film will also be made fea-
turing all the participants.
"I believe that this will provide
both the seniors and the youth
an opportunity to sit, listen, hear
and share ideas, creating won-
derful concepts on how they can

son while deputies were attempt-
ing to hold him down.
The mother refused to cooper-
ate and fought back when depu-.
ties tried to place her under arrest
for resisting a lawful order. She re-
portedly flailed her arms around
and locked them so that deputies
could not arrest her. It took two
deputies to contain the woman.
Two hours later, a deputy re-
sponding from South Bay spotted
Gelvin Lee Dortch, 21, whom he
believed had a warrant out for his
The deputy followed the man
from the city of South Bay to the
corner of West Avenue A in Belle
When he caught up with
him, the suspect allegedly be-
gan screaming at the deputy. By

improve their communities," said
Ms. Cheves.
Sandra Chamblee, a board
member of the organization and
the executive director of Glades
Health Initiative is equally ex-
"I think that the youth could
learn from the older generation
and certainly, the older generation
could learn a lot from the youth
as well," said Ms. Chamblee.
Wachovia Bank and the Com-
munity Foundation of Palm Beach
and Martin counties are providing
funding for the study circles.
Elizabeth Arevalo, the Wacho-

the deputy's own account, the
suspect yelled loud enough for
several people nearby to hear the
Because of the crowd of peo-
ple, deputies asked the suspect
to quiet down, but he reportedly
refused, and continued yelling
curse words at the deputy. Extra
units were dispatched to handle
the growing crowd.
The deputy told the man he
was going to be placed under
arrest for disorderly conduct and
causing a disturbance, and began
to put handcuffs on the man. The
suspect reportedly pulled away
and, using his body, tossed the
deputy to the ground.
The deputy ordered the man to
stop resisting arrest and was able
to regain his balance after be-

via community relations manager
for Palm Beach County, said that
the banking firm is a proud spon-
sor of the program.
"Wachovia's mission, through
its Wachovia Foundation, is to
help communities and its people
with programs such as this," said
Ms. Arevalo. "Organizations like
Toward a More Perfect Union
Salign with our funding priorities
and we're especially attracted to
the program because it's going to
address some issues in the'Glades
area." ,
Staff Writer Naji Tobias can be
reached at

ing knocked down, but the man
continued to battle with him, and
was pushed to the ground, still
In the end, the deputy used his
taser gun to control the man.
Officials say the man may have
been upset by the previous inci-
dent between deputies and his
Jesstarius was arrested on the
charge of resisting arrest with vio-
lence and assault on a police of-
ficer. His mother faces the charge
of resisting arrest with violence,
while Gelvin- faces the charges
of resisting arrest with violence,
obstruction without violence, bat-
tery on a police officer and incit-
ing or encouraging a riot.
Staff Writer Najl Tobias can be
reached at

Community News

H.O.RE meetings set
Citizens of the city of South
Bay have recently formed a group
called H.O.P.E. "Helping Others
Pursue Equality." This is due to
the monthly increase in our wa-
ter and sewer bills and will decide
our course of action. Meetings
are scheduled the first Wednes-
day of every month in the Miracle
by Faith Fellowship Hall, 1035.
Northwest First Street, South Bay.
Your attendance will make a dif-

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Family counseling
Drug addiction can leave an
individual feeling helpless and
out of control, especially if you
are the family member or friend
of an addict. Narconon Arrow-
head can help. Narconon offers
free counseling, assessments and
referrals to rehabilitation centers
nationwide by calling (800) 468-
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late. Call Narconon now.

The Youth Service Bureau, a
program of Palm Beach County
Division of Youth Affairs, serves
children from birth through age
17 and provides individual and
family counseling at no cost to
families in Palm Beach County.
As hurricane Frances and its af-
termath has heightened the prob-
lems and stress level for families
in Palm Beach County, the Youth
Service Bureau wants to reach
out to those families and offer the
help of licensed therapists who
will listen to their experience and
help them cope. Any parent or
adolescent needing help should
call the Youth Service Bureau of-
fice at (561) 992-1233 (Glades) to
obtain an appointment.

Playing a game of pool
On Friday, June 29, at the Weed and Seed Safe Haven in Belle Glade, seven-year-old
Wilkevious Davis (holding the stick) is playing for position as 13-year-old Williece Pittman
(yellow shirt) and 11-year-old Myrick are waiting for their turn. The children are taking part
in the Federation of Families of Palm Beach County, Inc. summer youth program, which of-
fers such services as an ALL-STARS character building program for teens, games, arts and
crafts, family events and much more. For more information, please contact Miss Stephanie
Morrison at 996-4220.

Weight Watchers
plan meetings
Weight Watchers of the Glades
meet Thursdays 5 p.m. until 6
p.m. at the Sugar Cane Growers
Cooperative, on the fourth floor.

Bingo nights posted
American Legion Post 20 will
host Bingo nights every Thursday
at 7 p.m. For more information,
please call (561) 996-6444 after 3

Newszap keeps
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Are you in touch with a military
service person currently stationed
abroad? can help
them stay connected with family,
friends and loved ones in the local
community. Anyone can log onto community pages,
go to your local community link
and click on "post your opinions."
Encourage those in the service to
put a note on this forum and oth-
ers in the community can respond
to it. The "forum" will allow de-
ployed servicemen and women
to stay in touch with hometown
issues; read local happenings on
the Newszap Web site; and, also
comment on current issues. also hosts a
"post your photos page." Pho-
tos can be uploaded and seen
by family and friends at home or

Hospital has
support groups
Wellington Regional Medical
Center has the following support
Bariatric Education Seminar
meets the first Thursday of the
Bariatric Support Group
meets the first Thursday of each
month from 1 to 2 p.m. and the
third Thursday of each month
from 6 to 7 p.m. Call (561) 798-
8587 for details,
Head & Neck Cancer Sup-
port group meets the fourth Tues-
day of the month, at 6:30 p.m. in
the hospital conference room.
Lactation Tea & Support
Group; meets the third Thursday
of each month at 9 a.m. For more
information, call (561) 586-BABY.
La Leche League of Palm
Beach County meets the first
Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
Call (561') 798-0922 for more info.
Prostate Cancer Support,
meets the first Friday of the month
at 7 p.m. in the conference room.
Your Bosom Buddies II Breast
Cancer Support meets the second
Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
in the conference room. Seminole
reenactment festival scheduled.

Continued From Page 1
His high school baseball coach,
Mike Underwood, remembers
him as having a strong arm, as he
consistently would throw over 90
miles per hour.
Combined with Mr. Miller's
strong arm, according to the
coach, he also showed an admi-
rable amount of character when
he was on the team.
"Justin was one of our lead-
ers, a good pitcher and a good
kid," said Mr. Underwood. "I told
hini that he could make it to the
big leagues with his strong arm.
He loved baseball -- it was his
Mr. Miller said that his time
at Glades Day High School was
wonderful, in part because of the
fact that he graduated with only
35 students in 2002, he said.
"In high school, I had amazing
coaches and I loved being around
my friends, playing with them ev-
ery day," said Mr. Miller.
During Mr. Miller's childhood
years, he also credits his men-
tor, Little League and high school
coach Jimmy Herring, for his de-
velopment. During the summer
months, the coach assembled a
baseball travel team and com-
peted with many other baseball
organizations, including teams
in Okeechobee and Royal Palm
And of course there's mom.
He remembers her making phone
calls and sending e-mails to Flori-
da Gulf Coast University where he
Mr. Miller, subsequently, went
on to play college baseball at
FGCU, where he was a pitcher for
two seasons.

Continued From Page 1
the suspects entered her home
on Bacom Point Road through
the front door of the home, each
armed with a cane knife.
When the victim, Olga Ver-
duzco, yelled at them, the sus-
pects ran out of the door, into her
backyard, jumping the fence and
fleeing from the area.
Officials said that the two sus-
pects entered a cane field in an
attempt to get away.

Continued From Page 1
One of the men was carrying
a handgun and ordered the vic-
tim to give him his money. The
victim cooperated, according to
officials, but the suspects seem-
ingly weren't satisfied.
The man carrying the hand-
gun reportedly shot the victim
behind the head, hitting him in
the neck. The two men left be-
fore police arrived.
Although a perimeter was set
up and K-9 units and a helicopter
were dispatched, officials were
unable to locate the shooter and

However, during college, Mr.
Miller took some time off from
baseball to focus on academics
and earning his real estate license,
which he received last summer.
Mr. Miller, as a walk-on base-
ball player, pitched during his
freshman season but took about
three years off, not being sure
whether baseball was still for him
or not.
Mr. Miller, had a change in
heart, however, and he re-joined
the team during his senior sea-
son, putting baseball back as his
primary focus.
"In the end, it all worked out
for the best," said Mr. Miller.
Mr. Miller will be graduating
from FGCU this summer with a
bachelor's degree in business
Now, as he continues his jour-
ney to the major leagues, Mr. Mill-
er hopes to accomplish that feat
in a couple of years, he said.
Mr. Miller said that he is glad
that Belle Glade can now be rep-
resented in a sport other than
"It's so great to put Belle Glade
is put on the map, baseball-wise,"
said Mr. Miller. "I want to'be suc-
cessful and give the kids around
the area the dream to play base-
ball like I'm doing now."
Mr. Miller's said that his inter!
ests outside of playing baseball
are coaching youth baseball,
fishing, playing other sports and
spending quality time with his
friends and family.
As Mr. Miller looks forward, his
father is grateful.
"Justin has some special quali-
ties about him, especially the fact
the he respects everyone," his fa-
ther said. "He's a great son."
Staff WriterNaji Tobias can be
reached at

After deputies announced that
back up units were on the way,
the suspects turned themselves
in, according to the sheriff's ofl
'Investigators later found out
that the suspects had allegedly
broken into a chicken coop, and
had stolen 15 chickens before
breaking into the victim's house.
Investigators said that these
actions were enough to provide
probable cause to arrest the two
Staff Writer Najl Tobias can be
reached at

his partner.
The victim was able to tell
investigators that his attackers
were black males, one heavy set,
the other thin, approximately 16'
to 17 years of age.
Witnesses provided the sane
information to officials.
The case is being handled by,
the Violent Crimes Task Force.
If you have any information
about this case, you are urged
to contact the Violent Crimes.
Task Force at (561) 688-4000, or
Crimestoppers, 1-800-458-TIPS
News Editor Jose Zaragoza
can be reached at

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