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COVID-19 Task Force discusses reopening school and testing on the island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com During the Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force meeting Monday Aug. 24, Dr. Jim Koopman expressed his concern about the first semester of school bringing a possible reboot of the pandemic. “We’ll see how it goes,” said Koopman, one of the Task Force's members, ...

Free COVID walk-up testing held at Phillips Park

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Last Tuesday, Aug. 18, COVID-19 testing was made available in Phillips Park on Sesame Drive, for anyone aged 4 years or older. The oral PCR testing, which, according to the FDA detects the virus’ genetic material, conducted by Lee Health, was free of charge, ...

Honc named Women of Distinction award winner

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Pine Islander Donna Honc of Honc Industries was recently presented the Women of Distinction award, in the business category. Honc received her award at the 4th annual Women of Distinction Lee County gala held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. A typical workday for ...

Bokeelia’s Fred Browne launches his Micronesian proa ‘Joy of the Sea’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Last Wednesday, Fred Browne waited patiently for high tide to put his 18-foot baby, the “Joy of the Sea,” in the water for her first trip, after roughly a year of building his proa outrigger. Although he said he’s built a couple of other small boats, ...

Morgan reclaims District 7 School Board spot

news@breezenewspapers.com School board incumbent Cathleen Morgan received more than 50 percent of the votes for the District 7 at-large seat, reclaiming the seat for what she says will be her final term. Residents in Lee County took to the polls to vote for Pete Bohatch, Morgan and Curt ...

Marceno earns nod in Republican sheriff’s race

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com Incumbent Sheriff Carmine Marceno took the Republican nomination in the race for Lee County Sheriff, easily defeating challenger Jim Leavens Tuesday evening in the primary. Marceno earned 69.13% of the vote (57,399) while Leavens earned 30.87% (25,636). “I ...

Mapping your body through reflexology

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Licensed massage therapist Pam McCarty became interested in the practice of reflexology after her doctor sent her to the massage therapist in an effort to manage a panic disorder. She said she noticed the calming effect from having her feet worked on immediately. ...

Beacon of Hope utilizes smile.amazon.com to help fund organization

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Beacon of Hope board member Elsie Stearns would like to get the word out that smile.amazon.com has listed the Beacon of Hope Pine Island Inc. as one of the recipients people may choose as a donation whenever they make an Amazon purchase. Stearns said they do ...