Over 600 gather for event honoring Vietnam War veterans

first_imgFamily reunited with lost Purple Heart of man killed in World War II April 29, 2021 Advertisement PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – More than 600 participants and spectators gathered along Harbor Boulevard in Port Charlotte Saturday morning as part of the Welcome Home for Vietnam War veterans events that took place across Charlotte County.“This is to finally say to the Vietnam veteran, ‘You earned it, you deserve it, here it is’,” parade organizer Samuel Taylor said.The event was supposed to happen earlier this year on March 28, the day before National Vietnam War Veteran’s Day.When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, any events that were planned, including Saturday’s parade were rescheduled. “I grew up a lot,” said Schalburg. “It was good times. Except when they shoot at you.”He remembers all too well what it was like to return home from Vietnam.“We get home and we get slapped and stepped on,” said Schalburg. “You were spat upon, you were cursed at,” Taylor said. “It was nothing welcoming.”“Those were bad times,” Schalburg said. “Whether you agreed with the war or not, there were a lot of us that went that just did our job.”Those moments, the men said, make events like the ones that took place this weekend honoring their efforts, even more special.“It was very heartwarming,” Taylor said. “My greatest satisfaction was saying to them, ‘Thank you and welcome home’. That, to me, really got to my heart.” AdvertisementThis weekend’s events included an afternoon flyover and a “Roll Call” reading of the names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall of Southwest Florida.But underneath the day’s uplifting atmosphere, was a painful reminder for some of a time when they felt their country turned their back on them.Bradley Schalburg was enlisted in the Navy from 1971 to 1977. AdvertisementTags: VeteranVietnam Charlotte County veteran has surprise visit from Governor to get COVID shot February 12, 2021 Local VA offers COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Lee County veterans March 9, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement VA Officials working with the American Legion to vaccinate senior minority veterans March 12, 2021last_img read more

Lee County officials looking to make reservation system for vaccination sites

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS The state will release the schedule for additional vaccine sites within the week, Ruane said. The US can vaccinate 85% of adults, begin return to normal by fall, Fauci says January 23, 2021 Here’s what to do if you lose your vaccination card April 22, 2021 “Come with me if you want to live,” Schwarzenegger says after COVID-19 vaccination January 22, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Advertisement“Overall it’s been a real success,” he said. “No one will be turned away who meets the requirement of 65 and older.”So far, Lee County  DOH and healthcare workers have administered 932 shots to people 65 years old and above. More than 1,000 shots have been administered at different vaccination sites around the county. “That was our number one objective — to get people vaccinated as quickly as we could,” he said. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccination CDC: 5,800 COVID-19 infections reported in fully vaccinated people April 16, 2021 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County officials said they plan to upgrade the COVID-19 vaccination process at a news conference Tuesday.People 65 years old and up have been coming to vaccination sites around the county in droves since vaccines became available. To streamline the process, Lee County Commissioner Kevin Ruane said the county is looking to create a reservation system for vaccination sites. “Lee County IT is evaluating tech options for a potential reservation system,” Ruane said. He also said portals, greeters, social distancing marks, line control and continued use of numbering stations will be employed to make sure the process goes more smoothly. last_img read more

Lee County begins scheduling appointments for second dose of COVID vaccine

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Covid-19covid-19 vaccineFlorida Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021center_img AdvertisementThe county spokesperson confirmed there is enough supply for second doses for those who need to be scheduled. Over the weekend, the 6,000 people in Lee County who are due for their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine began getting calls to schedule those second appointments. Many people said they waited all weekend and never received a call.Some individuals even reported calling Tidal Basin, the call center, themselves to get an appointment. Lee County Officials said call backs for second appointments are continuing. A county spokesperson said the call center is trying to reach people more than three times, which was what was originally stated.  Japan to ease COVID restrictions as country prepares for 2020 Olympics June 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

Kissimmee deputy under investigation after body slamming student

first_imgKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)– A school resource officer (SRO) is under investigation after he body slammed a female high school student, January 26. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the body slam by SRO on a student who appeared to lose consciousness after her head hits the concrete, in videos taken by other students. Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said his office is turning over the investigation as it is between one of his deputies and the student at Liberty High School. “We will have … zero tolerance of any type of police misconduct.” The deputy, identified as Deputy Ethan Fournier, does not have any previous record of misconduct, other than minor property damage, according to Lopez. Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: FloridaKissimmeeSchool RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementThe video has been posted on social media. As reported by the AP, in the video the deputy body-slams the student whose head hits the concrete. The student is then handcuffed while other students watch. “The student was not complying with lawful commands,” Sheriff Lopez said.Lopez said the student and SRO were both “fine”, neither of them had any serious injuries. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 Advertisement DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in Florida schools June 16, 2021last_img read more

The Naked Cowboy arrested while performing at Florida Bike Week

first_imgAdvertisement“We told you to stop panhandling and you still accepted money from people,” a male officer told him.A female officer told him that he was blocking businesses by drawing a crowd around him. Burck kept standing up instead of leaning against the squad car as he had been instructed. Passersby yelled out, “Free the cowboy!”“What did I do again?” Burck said. “I don’t want money from anybody … It’s not what I’m doing here.” Advertisement No Content Available RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentscenter_img Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Naked Cowboy DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— A Times Square performer known as the Naked Cowboy was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence and cited for panhandling while working a gig at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida.Court records show Robert Burck, 51, who is widely known for wearing only white briefs, boots and a cowboy hat while playing a brightly colored guitar, was arrested Saturday while performing at the annual event on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Burck is a regular at Bike Week.The panhandling citation was given after officers saw people tucking dollar bills into Burck’s guitar after taking photographs. Burck then refused to follow directions from a police officer and pulled away from her, according to an arrest report.In body-camera video from one of the officers, Burck repeatedly questioned why he was being detained after an officer put handcuffs on him. The officers told him to sit against the front of a squad car as his guitar hung by a shoulder strap around his neck. When Burck tried to get a female companion standing nearby on a sidewalk to take his cellphone from his boot, the female officer grabbed him and pushed him to the back of the car. During the scuffle, the headstock on his guitar broke. The headstock is the part of the guitar at the end that houses the pegs used for tuning the instrument.Burck repeatedly cursed at the female officer.Burck was released from jail Sunday morning following a first appearance hearing, Volusia County court records show. An attorney for Burck, of Woodside, New York, was not listed on court records.Video on Burck’s Facebook page, The Naked Cowboy, showed him performing and taking pictures with fans Saturday morning. A video posted to YouTube shows a police officer attempting to get a handcuffed Burck, whose guitar was still hanging from a strap around his neck, into a patrol car.last_img read more

Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Sunday, March 21

first_imgSouthwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Thursday, June 3 June 4, 2021 Advertisement Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, June 1 June 2, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 28 May 31, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Covid daily totals RELATEDTOPICS Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Sunday, March 21. Additional case data compares to the previous update.TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,008,349 (+3,987)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 33,369 (+32)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 113,165 (+ 228)LEE COUNTY – 60,914(+142) | 906 (+0)COLLIER COUNTY –31,736 (+39) | 490 (+0)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –11,187 (+32) | 389 (+1)HENDRY COUNTY – 4,425 (+7) | 77 (+1)DESOTO COUNTY –3,984(+8) | 79 (+0)GLADES COUNTY – 919 (+0) | 19 (+0) Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Wednesday, June 2 June 3, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

South Trail crews extinguish cigarette fire at Gulf Coast Hospital

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla.– South Trail Fire responded to a cigarette fire at Gulf Coast Hospital, Thursday. Crews extinguished a small landscape near a line of parked cars.Officials determined the cause of the flames was a littered cigarette butt.South Trail Fire warned against the dangers of littering cigarettes on their Facebook page. They advised the current dry and windy conditions are perfect for a brush fire, even in a parking lot. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement 7 children, 4 adults rushed to the hospital after Fort Myers crash June 1, 2021 ‘Ally’ the gator wanders into South Trail Fire Station May 1, 2021 AdvertisementTags: cigarette firesouth trail fire Advertisementcenter_img Child rushed to the hospital after being hit by car in Lee County May 21, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments One seriously injured in I-75 motorcycle crash in Fort Myers May 7, 2021last_img read more

Man thrown from runaway boat off Florida coast

first_img3 dead, including corrections officer, in Florida grad party shooting June 8, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement“As of April 1, vessels 26-feet and under are required to have an engine cut-off switch, and operators are required to wear the lanyard to stop accidents such as this one,” said Petty Officer First Class Andrew Sanchez, command duty officer, Sector Miami. “The operator is fortunate the situation was not worse.”He was not wearing a life jacket. Read more about the engine cut-off switch laws at U.S. Coast Guard Boating website.  Advertisement AdvertisementTags: boating rescuekill switchMiami MIAMI, Fla. – A man was thrown from his boat after it went rogue and began swirling in circles uncontrollably on Monday. A good Samaritan rescued the man, who was in the water near Fisherman’s Channel after being separated from his vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The boat was still running when rescue crews arrived on scene. They were able to stop the boat by entangling the prop. The man suffered a minor injury but declined medical assistance, according to the Coast Guard. RELATEDTOPICScenter_img Advertisement Surveillance video shows masked suspects who police say opened fire outside Florida concert June 1, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Third victim dies after mass shooting at Florida club June 6, 2021 Tesla slams into FDOT Road Rangers stopped for a crash on I-95 May 20, 2021last_img read more

Traffic Alerts: April 22

first_imgAlico Road widening project to cause some delays on Friday June 15, 2021 8:06 a.m.A six-car crash with minor injuries is blocking all of eastbound Colonial Boulevard at Fowler Street. Traffic will be diverted onto Solomon Boulevard. Fort Myers Police are asking drivers to find another route. Westbound Colonial Boulevard is open but is moving slowly. Traffic Alerts: June 10 June 12, 2021 Traffic Alerts: June 13 June 15, 2021 Two injured in four-car crash on Daniels Parkway June 10, 2021 AdvertisementTags: traffictraffic alert Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Warehouse to help St. Matthew’s House better serve SWFL residents in need

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Reimagine Your Routine with Hyatt Night In Take a break from the routine, keep it local, and enjoy a truly unique stay with Hyatt Night In. Staying in is the… RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: food distribution sitehurricane seasonSt. Matthew’s House Advertisement Where to get free food in SWFL this week June 15, 2021 Insurance companies raise rates for many Floridians, drop others altogether June 12, 2021center_img COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — With just weeks until the start of Hurricane Season, volunteers with St. Matthew’s House are more prepared than ever.The community help organization was able to get a warehouse that will help them better serve those in need in Southwest Florida. St. Matthew’s officials said summer is their busiest season because kids are out of school and people normally work less. Summertime also means hurricane season. In the new warehouse, volunteers are gathering goods that many people might need this year. They’re stocking up on water, MRE’s, and other shelf-stable items. By World of Hyatt Sponsored Content AdvertisementIf you’re struggling to put food on the table now, you can go to one of eight food distribution sites this week: Monday May 10th: St. Elizabeth Church 5225 28th Ave SW Naples, FL 34116 10:30AM – 12:30PM Walk Ups WelcomedMonday May 10th: Naples Alliance Church 2504 Estey Ave. Naples, FL 34104 10:30AM – 12PM Walk Ups WelcomedMonday May 10th: Fort Myers Thrift Store 3954 Broadway Fort Myers, FL 33901 3PM – 5PMTuesday May 11th: Fairway Bible Church 3855 The Lords Way Naples, FL 34114 1PM – 2PMThursday May 13th:  Center Point Community Church 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy Naples, FL 34105 10AM – 12PMThursday May 13th:  Iglesia Pueblo de Dios Church 4400 Tamiami Trail E Naples, FL 34112 10AM – 12PMThursday May 13th:  First Haitian Baptist Church 14600 Tamiami Trail E Naples, FL 34114 1PM – 3PMThursday May 13th:  Mount Olive AME Church 2754 Orange St Fort Myers, FL 33916 2PM – 6PMCLICK HERE to learn more about how to donate to St. Matthew’s. Hurricane season is here. Do you know how to safely use a generator? June 16, 2021 Here’s what should be in your pet safety hurricane checklist June 15, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more