💰 82. The number of hours you’d have to work per week on minimum wage(in FL this is $8.56) to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Lakeland.A renter that makes a mean wage would need to work 45 hours a week to afford the same-sized apartment.
○ The Lakeland SPCA (SPCA Florida) recently received PetSmart CharitiesCOVID-19 Impact Grant of $15,000. This money will help pets and their families by supporting at-risk pets in Polk County and will include supplies such as food, sheltering, transport, and treatment. (SPCA Florida)
○ The $600 that people are receiving in federal unemployment benefits is set to expire on June 25, unless Congress extends it. Pres. Trump’s administration is looking to provide a work-from-home bonus, which would encourage people to return to work. (Bay News 9)
○ Some substitute teachers have shared that they are worried about going back to school to teach for the upcoming school year during COVID-19. Cheryl Courier with Kelly Services, the largest provider of specialized educational staffing solutions in the U.S. + located in Orlando, hired between 100 + 200 teachers weekly for Hillsborough County Schools last year, without the effects of COVID-19. Even though a decrease in the amount of full-time teachers is probable, those facing unemployment can apply for a substitute teacher position and potentially get back into the workforce for a part time position. (News Channel 8)
○ The Orlando Law Group is offeringfree living wills for teachers. By filling out a form via an iHeartRadio account + submitting it to the law group, consent is given for the law group to contact the individual and complete the document. When contacted, a current staff school ID + last paycheck stub in 2020 will be required. (iHeartRadio)
○ According to Florida Department of Health data, COVID-19 is now the deadliest infectious disease in the state. Since Sun., hospitalization numbers have spiked by almost 100 Polk County residents + while Polk County had its lowest total number of cases since July 6 on Tues., the county surpassed 10,000 overall cases the same day. (The Ledger)
○ A second round of stimulus checks will be a part of the next COVID-19 relief package. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has not specified the amount of each check, but there will be a $600 per week unemployment boost, that will allow people paying rent to keep their pantries stocked. (News Channel 8)
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Weather ○87º | Scattered T-Storms | 60% chance of rain ○Yesterday morning, Tropical Storm Gonzalo officially formed in the Atlantic. Currently, Gonzalo is heading west at 12 mph towards the Southern Windward Islands with 45 mph winds. At this time, it’s unclear if Florida will or will not be impacted when viewing the 5-day path. This storm is not to be confused with yesterday’s mentioned stormwhich is unnamed + at the present time and heading towards Texas. 🌧️ (The Ledger)
Dish ○ Temps are rising and the last thing we want to do is turn on the oven to bake a batch of cookies. GreenWise Market knows our hearts. Enter: the Chocolate Chip Brookie platter. 🍪 Ⓟ
Arts ○ Ready to paint the town red? No, seriously. Are you ready?Plant City Main Street and Make Plant City are looking for local artists to paint PC. Submissions will be accepted through September 30 + artists will be selected on a rolling basis,so be sure to get your applications in early. The purpose of the project is to highlight Plant City’s historic downtown area + all painters will be compensated. To apply, click here. 🎨
Development ○ Encompass Health is planning to build a new hospital called Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland. The new space will be an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, holding 50 beds + providing extensive rehab services including physical, occupational, and speech therapies. A timeline for hospital construction has yet to be established.
Civic ○ Tuesday, the Polk County Commission voted 4-0 to file a lawsuit against Martin Grenfell. Martin is a non-partisan commission candidate + is currently on the ballot for Nov. 3. The vote to bar his candidacy comes from a past felony where Martin was convicted of trafficking counterfeit goods + services. Presently, a felon cannot hold office unless the Board of Clemency restores the felon’s civil rights. Read the full story here. (The Ledger) ○ As the Communications Division of the PC gov. works to improve Polk County’s communications process, they are relying on communication with the public. Over the course of several weeks, the communications division is hosting a series of focus groups to get input directly from Polk County residents. Social distancing measures will be in place during each focus group session. Sign up here.
Cause ○ Last week, Publixkicked off their Produce for Kids campaign along with 12 partners to support 31 Feeding America food banks. This campaign is centered around healthy produce and the benefits of eating healthy produce as a family. This year, due to COVID-19, many aspects of the campaign have gone digital including Facebook live cooking classes, podcasts, and more. The campaign will run through August 12. 🍲
WaterCooler ○ Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Polk’s fall sports start date is on hold. Florida’s highschools may begin practices on July 27, however, Polk will not due to the county’s hot spot status for coronavirus. Further updates will come today, tomorrow, or Monday on how the county will proceed. 🛑 (The Ledger) ○Polk State Collegehas decided tomove all fall sports to 2021. In accordance with the National Junior College Athletic Association, these sports will begin in January 2021 with limited team practices beginning in August, September, and November. ○ #ICYMI, the Polk County All-Sports Awards were transformed into a 40-minute show + aired on The Ledger’s website earlier this week. Watch here if you missed the show. (The Ledger)
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