Hey Lakeland, Abby here. 👋 If you saw in Friday’s newsletter, day three of the #LALremote diaries consisted of me munching through a whole family-sized pack of Oreos. Is there any better comfort food? Needless to say, I need to get ahead of the extra 15 lbs that are inevitably coming my way due to my quarantine status.
Sadly, my go-to gym –Fabio Novaes BJJ – is not an option for the time being, so i’ve been looking around for some at-home workout resources with a local twist. If you know of any to add to the list, hit us up by shooting us an email or sharing them with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
○ The Lakeland Fire Department is taking further precautions as they respond to Covid-19 and emergency calls. Personal protective equipment is being used while handling calls + all routine fire inspections at high-risk facilities – such as medical centers, nursing homes, daycares, etc. – are halted. (The Ledger)
○ All county facilities are closed to public walk-in transactions until further notice. Services that require bill payment transactions may be conducted online.
○United Way of Central Florida and Give Well have organized the Community Relief Fund to collect donations for people who require support for necessities during this time. Donations will go toward providing assistance in housing, food, clothing + transportation for those in need. Donations can be submitted here + Families in need can get in touch here.
○Gov. DeSantis made a statement on Monday that confirmed there is no state-wide stay-at-home order in place. The current course of action for combating the spread of Covid-19 in Florida is to mitigate gatherings in areas where the virus is prevalent. (Bay News 9)
○ The 2020 Olympics set to be held in Tokyo beginning July 24 will besuspended + might not take place until 2021. This is the first time in history the Olympics will be postponed; before, the Olympics has only been canceled three times: once for WWI and twice for WWII. (USA Today)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Lakeland’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
The Polk County Library Cooperative has been working hard to get books in our hands + create ways to accommodate library users during this time. We’re sending out a huge thanks to this team for the time + effort they’ve put into this cause. 📚
A city that reads together, grows together. And according to research by the University of Minnesota, reading can help ease tension in muscles + lower your heart rate, which relaxes the body. Yes, please. ✌️
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Jobs ○Publix is seeking applicants for various job positions. They are planning to hire thousands of individuals – in stores + distribution centers – before the end of March to meet the recent increased market demand. Interested in taking part? Apply online here.
ForParents ○ Lakeland Regional Health recognizes that many parents + caregivers are concerned about what to tell their children and adolescents about COVID-19. Here is some advice for navigating those conversations. Ⓟ
Cause ○ Seamstresses + crafters, this is your time to shine.If you’re looking for a way to help during the coronavirus crisis, you can make face masks. Medical professionals are facing a shortage of N95-type masks for themselves and their patients + have sent out the call. For more info on what type of supplies to use, save this webpage. To donate supplies to Lakeland Regional Health, get in touch here. Thanks to readers Joan M. + Lisa L. for the suggestion.
Edu ○ Calling all aspiring college athletes. Local author + coach, Renee Lopez, is launching a series of webinars for students interested in the college recruitment process. Conversations will be on topics like scholarships + college entrance exams. The webinars are free to access + are currently scheduled to run until at least April 8.
TodayIs ○ National Cheesesteak Day. Our mouths are already watering for some classic, cheesy goodness. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, whip up your own cheesesteak at home by following a recipe. Or, have your sandwich crafted + delivered by Philly Steak and Wings. 🧀
Answered ○ Last week – on National Proposal Day – we askedwho had been proposed to in our city. Reader Isabella R. shared this romantic story with us. “Last April, Jeremy proposed to me in front of Just Dance. The owners of the studio worked with my husband as he planned the proposal – they played our song when we walked by the studio and my husband started dancing with me outside, they stayed open late for us, and they let our friends wait in the back room and celebrate with us in the studio after the proposal.” 💍
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#LALRemoteDiaries: Day 5 of working from home — Abby has started exploring the idea of cross-stitching Guy Fieri quotes as a hobby + Kaylee is in search of a new show to binge-watch. Slide in her DM’s if you’ve got a good one. Bonus points if it’s a murder mystery.
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