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Lehigh Acres Gazette

Two fire commission seats on the Nov. ballot

Two of the five Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District board of commissioners seats are up for a vote this November. The board currently consists of Secretary/Treasurer Melissa Barry in seat one; Linda Carter in seat two; Robert Bennett in seat three, President and Chair Debra Cooper in seat four, and Vice President and Vice Chair Lucia Sherman in seat five.
LEHIGH ACRES, FL
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I’m Getting Spouse Benefits – What Happens to My Own?

I was born in late 1951. When I retired 5 years ago, I was made aware that my own Social Security benefit was less than half of my husband’s SS Benefit. So, I chose to take half of his. What happens to my undispensed SS dollars? On the off chance the balance increases beyond the amount I am now collecting, can I eventually switch to my own full SS amount? Signed: Curious Senior.
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Tropical Weather Outlook

For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:. The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential. Tropical Cyclone Two, located over the eastern Caribbean Sea to the north of Venezuela. * Formation chance through 48 hours…high…80 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days…high…90 percent....
ENVIRONMENT

Tropical Weather Outlook

For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:. The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential. Tropical Cyclone Two, located near the southern Windward Islands. * Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days…high…90 percent. 1. Northern Gulf...
MIAMI, FL

Did you know?

Did you know that Governor DeSantis vetoed a bill that would have ended lifetime alimony?. In an apparent swing to the political-left, Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill passed by the Florida Legislature to end lifetime alimony. This past April, DeSantis gave Florida tax funds to an African-American father’s group...
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Elvis – Movie Review

A biopic of Elvis Presley is an absolutely perfect fit for director Baz Luhrmann. The filmmaker is known for a garish visual style that, while not “ugly” per se (and in fact can be quite beautiful if seen with the right eyes), always screams “excessive.” He captured the spirit of flashy rebelliousness in the party scenes in “The Great Gatsby” in 2013 and turned the “Moulin Rouge!” into a paradise of hedonism in 2001. Elvis, or at least his onstage persona, was all about exploiting rebelliousness and hedonism, and looking like the most ambitious kind of eyesore in the process. It’s a shame that Elvis and Luhrmann were professionals in different eras, because one wonders what they could have created if they had worked together. As it is, we have to settle for Luhrmann simply creating this lengthy tribute to Elvis.
MOVIES

GUILTY AS CHARGED: MANSLAUGHTER WITH A FIREARM

Sentencing is scheduled for August 8, 2022, for defendant Hilario Jose Cruz. The defendant was found guilty as charged with Manslaughter with a Firearm. He was found guilty following a three-day trial in Lee County. On December 24, 2020, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Lehigh Acres after getting a 911 call.
LEE COUNTY, FL

Unprecedented growth will affect Lehigh Acres

East Lee County is about to get a lot of new residents. With 1400 new homes at the corner of Homestead Rd and Milwaukee Blvd with city water and 1400 septic tanks. Now on Wednesday, Lee County Commissioners voted to approve a development that would bring 10,000 new homes and much more to an environmentally sensitive area known as the DRGR.
LEE COUNTY, FL

SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade

The constitutional right to an abortion in the US has been eliminated after nearly 50 years. Yesterday, the conservative-majority Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a ruling that strikes down federal protections for abortion and punts abortion regulation to the states. This ruling is unprecedented: “The Supreme Court in history...
CONGRESS & COURTS

Lab monkeys in Pa. accident were headed to Labelle Florida via quarantine in Missouri

The 100 lab monkeys involved in the Jan. 21 accident near Danville were headed to Labelle Florida by way of a quarantine facility in Missouri. Crates holding live monkeys are scattered across the westbound lanes of state Route 54 at the junction with Interstate 80 near Danville, Pa., Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, after a pickup pulling a trailer carrying the monkeys was hit by a dump truck.
LABELLE, FL

Letter to the Editor

I taught government and history for over 30 years. Watching the January 6 Capitol events unfold, I felt horror thinking this was the end of our Democracy. Brave Capitol Police were outnumbered and pleaded for reinforcements that didn’t come for hours. Our Capitol was breached on four sides. The mob broke windows, stormed offices, and trashed the Rotunda and Senate chamber. Trump and Confederate flags and bear spray were used as weapons against Capitol Police. Our Congressmen and Senators fled. A noose was erected. Chants to get Vice President Pence and Speaker Pelosi echoed through the halls.
LEHIGH ACRES, FL

FDA bans sales of Juul vape products in the US

The Food and Drug Administration has banned e-cigarette maker Juul from selling and distributing its products in the US. It ordered the company to remove its wares from the market or face enforcement actions. Reports earlier this week suggested that an FDA ban on Juul products was imminent. After a...
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