Boston bombing survivor speaks

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory will be the special guest speaker for Today Matters Mental Health Ministries at 4 p.m. June 19 at First United Methodist Church in the Life Center, located at 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Doors will open at 3 p.m. for photo opportunities and a chance to speak with Rebekah one-on-one. Rebekah has made it her life’s mission to help children suffering with loss, pain, PTSD and more. Through her foundation, Rebekah’s Angels Foundation, she has helped numerous children overcome various traumatic events. Copies of her book, “Taking Back My Life,” will be available for purchase and autograph. For more information, call 863-244-6289 or visit

and click on the Today Matters logo.

Casino tripWomen With A Mission is once again sponsoring a bus trip to the Immokalee casino on July 24. The cost for this popular trip is $25 per person, which covers the round-trip bus fare and tip for the driver. The bus will leave the Murdock Walmart parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and returns the same evening arriving around 6 p.m. There will be complimentary water and treats on the bus and a 50/50 drawing will be available. Reservations will be taken on a first come basis. For more information, call Marie at 941-255-0005. All proceeds from this trip will be given to a local charity.

Kings Highway lane closureThe southbound right lane on Kings Highway from Midway Boulevard to Olean Boulevard in Port Charlotte will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to June 23. Advanced warning signs will be in place to aid in travel through this area. Travelers may experience slow-moving traffic and temporary delays and should allow extra time and caution.

Guardian Ad Litem info sessionThe Florida Guardian Ad Litem program needs community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by the adults in their life. If you are interested in being a champion for the children in your community, attend a one-hour informational session via Zoom. The June session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. June 9. Open to all full-time residents at least 21 years of age with eight to 10 hours monthly to volunteer with staff support and free training provided. For more information or to sign up for the June session, call 941-467-4663 or email

Lane closures on Sandhill BoulevardIntermittent lane closures will occur in Port Charlotte on Sandhill Boulevard, between the Kings Highway intersection and 1,000 feet south, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 11. The lane closures are required for the paving of both northbound and southbound lanes. Travelers will experience lane closures, intermittent, slow-moving traffic and/or temporary delays. Travelers should allow extra time when planning to travel through this area.

Phosphate meetingThe DeSoto County Commission will hold a public workshop at 9 a.m. June 29 in the Turner Agri Civic Center, 2250 NE Roan St., Arcadia. The purpose of the meeting is to receive and discuss presentations on Mosaic’s water quality monitoring programs and practices. Presenters include: Beth Niac, Mosaic; Josh Lipham, Mosaic; Scott Lehr, Mosaic; Keith Alam, Mosaic; Joy Jackson, Florida Department of Protection; Vinette Godelia, Hopping Green & Sams; and Devin Lawrence, Mosaic. After the presentations and discussion, the public will have an opportunity to address the Board and present relevant information on the topic being discussed for three minutes each. Members of the public who wish to present written materials are encouraged to submit such materials to the Board at least five business days prior to the workshop. No formal action concerning phosphate mining will be taken at the workshop.

Book driveCopperfish Books, located at 212 W. Virginia Ave., Unit 112 in Punta Gorda, is hosting a book drive for economically disadvantaged and at-risk children in Charlotte County. These children receive funding for child care services through the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland (ELCFH). The drive is focused on Great Books to Read by Kindergarten with titles that help children prepare socially and emotionally for kindergarten entry. More than $600 has been donated to the book drive, which will help to assure Charlotte County children in need will have these special books to read this summer. Bundles of high quality books will be available for purchase and donation through the Copperfish Book website at For more information on the book drive, email

Calendar contestThe theme of Charlotte County’s 2022 county calendar will be “One Charlotte, One Water.” The public is invited to submit photos that feature water in Charlotte County: waterways, harbor, ponds, drinking water — anything water. Fifteen photos will be featured in the 2022 One Charlotte, One Water calendar.

It’s free and easy to enter. Simply email your photos to Use the subject line One Charlotte, One Water and include your contact information and the subject of your photo. Photos must be horizontal and 11 inches by 8.5 inches. Winners will receive a free calendar and have their photos featured on the county’s website and social media pages. You can enter as many photos as you would like. Winners will be notified by phone or email. Calendars will be available to the public in November at county facilities to be announced.

For more information, contact Brian Gleason at 941-743-1462 or

South Gulf Cove Park restroomsThe South Gulf Cove Park restrooms will be closed for renovations through June 11. Portable toilets and hand-washing stations will be available for public use during this time. South Gulf Cove Park is located at 10150 Amicola St., Port Charlotte.

Assistance with electric billsThe Charlotte County Human Services Department is accepting applications for assistance with electric bills. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is supported by the Department of Economic Opportunity as part of an award totaling $579,818 with 0% financed from non-governmental sources.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance is available once in a 12-month period to eligible households based on monthly gross income, to help off-set the cost of home energy. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2021, or until all funds are expended.

Low-Income Home Energy CRISIS Assistance may also be available to households with the power off, a past due bill, final notice or security deposit. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2021, or until all funds are expended.

Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program, sponsored by the Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging of SW Florida and administered by Charlotte County Human Services, may have funds available for those households with at least one member 60 years of age or older and a past due energy bill.

Apply and complete the application online at – in the Community Menu click “Help Paying Bills.”

For questions or assistance with the application, contact Charlotte County Human Services at 941-833-6500.


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