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Retiring teacher leaves legacy for students, families

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com After 37 years in the Lee County School District and 19 years at Pine Island Elementary, Nancy Benjamin is retiring from teaching. Principal Millins has nominated her teacher of the year, and says she is beloved, describing her as an awesome person, educator ...

Pine Island Food Pantry provides Thanksgiving meals to island families

The Pine Island Food Pantry, along with the generous support of the Greater Pine Island Elks, Winn-Dixie and many other donors, provided 96 Thanksgiving meals to families who reside in the Pine Island and Matlacha area this year. Karen Durand, pantry executive director, said, “The Holiday ...

Task Force addresses newly approved vaccines

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com At its Nov. 16 meeting, the Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force opened with discussions regarding current and imminent vaccines. Due to the novel nature of the virus, it’s been the experience of most Task Force members that people are leery of vaccines that ...

Beacon asks public to give big on ‘GivingTuesday’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Beacon of Hope is once again participating in “GivingTuesday.” "GivingTuesday" is a global movement created in 2012 as a way to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. According to Beacon of ...

Hurricane Eta brings wind, rain

news@breezenewspapers.com Early last week, tropical storm-turned hurricane-turned tropical storm Eta took a long and winding road across the Gulf Coast that eventually led to Southwest Florida’s door — twice. First on Sunday, Nov. 8, and then again on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Eta delivered ...

Supermarket Sweep set for Winn-Dixie

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island is having a Supermarket Sweep fundraising event Monday, Nov. 23, at Winn-Dixie in St. James City, at 7:30 a.m. According to Kiwanis member Cindy Bickford, many events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, which has ...

‘Adopt a Fish’ fundraiser may flip annual

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Due to the success of the "Adopt a Fish" event on Saturday, Nov. 7, the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce said the event may turn out to be an annual fundraiser at the Olde Fish House Marina Restaurant. According to Chamber President Larry Solin-ger, the ...

Veteran helping veterans: It’s the reel thing

Captain Jennifer Timothy was enthusiastic when approached by a Southwest Florida non-profit to take a local veteran out for a day of casting a line. What she didn’t expect was that veteran to be blind. Bonita Springs resident and Army Desert Storm veteran George Tice handled the rod with ...

Chief said he looks forward to working with new board

pleblanc@btreezenewspapers.com Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Chief Ben Mickuleit says he’s already met with both new fire commissioners, Neil Price, who was appointed earlier this year and then elected to seat two, and Jamie DeLacey, who was elected to seat one the board. ...