Some schools have already felt the effects of his donation in Lakeland – what can we say? The man acts fast. The disposable, 3-ply masks that were donated are a product of a partnership between Wahlberg’s own brand Performance Inspired + LifeToGo.
Here’s a quote from Marky Mark regarding his donation: “This has been a year of change and stress for everybody. But today, I want to thank our essential workers. You guys have kept us healthy, safe and supplied us with all of the necessities. Every day brings a new challenge but we continue to pray for you and your families. And, please know your efforts are much appreciated.”
Other cities graced with this donation include: Bentonville (AR), Boise (ID), Chicago (IL), Cincinnati (OH), Grand Rapids (MI), Minneapolis (MN), Portland (OR), Quincy (MA), Rochester (NY), Salisbury (NC), San Antonio (TX), and Woonsocket (RI).
Want to hear more about Mark’s donation? Click here to watch a video straight from the man himself.
Aside from the generous donation to our city, what else do Marky Mark and LAL have in common?
Answer located at the bottom of today’s newsletter.
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Civic ○Heads up, commuters. Starting this Sunday, Oct., 11, a portion of S. Florida Ave. will be closed due to a wastewater project. A sewer will be replaced along the popular roadway from Alamo Dr. to Horizon Ct. + the closure will last approximately 30 days. 🚧
Cause ○ The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to encourage residents to sign-up as substitute crossing guards. Those interested would be working in different locations across the county including Lakeland, Bartow and Fort Meade, and must be available for an hour in the morning and for 30 minutes in the afternoon. Interested residents may contact Supervisor Heather Strafford at (863) 534-7300 ext. 108. 🚸
Gallery ○ ICYMI: Yesterday was the annual wellness check-ups for our beloved swans in Lake Morton. Take a peek at some of the images captured of the swans on checkup day. P.S. they’re in better shape than last year. (The Ledger) 🦢
ForKids ○The Halloween countdown is on, as we’re just 23 days away from Oct. 31. And, if you’re wanting to take the kids trick-or-treating but are still feeling a bit hesitant due to COVID-19, then head over to your local Lowe’s for Curbside Trick-or-Treating. It’s totally free for the kiddos to grab their favorite candies as well as a mini-pumpkin. If interested, be sure to secure your place now by finding the nearest Lowe’s to you. There are over five Lowe’s stores in Polk County. 🍬
Health ○Attention Walmart shoppers – The superstore chain is launching a health insurance plan for senior citizens. The plan will come in time for Medicare open enrollment for 2021 and insurance may begin purchasing starting next week on Oct. 15 and will run through the open enrollment period which ends on Dec. 7. There are multiple Walmart locations across Polk County including two in Lakeland on US Hwy 98 + Florida Ave. S. (Forbes)
State ○Load up the family, it’s time for a ‘lil road trip. The biggest surf park in the country is coming to the sunshine state very soon. Located in Fort Pierce – just two hours from Lakeland – WaveGarden will feature a 200-acre community development. And, perhaps the biggest draw to the park is the artificial wave pool, serving up 1,000 waves per hour while holding 100 surfers at one time. Are you ready to hang ten? (Only in Your State)
Home ○ Fall is a season of transition and change, making it the perfect time to refresh your home decor for the approaching colder months. Here are 5 simple decor updates that will have a big impact on your home. 🍁Ⓟ
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Drink ○ In honor of their 90th anniversary, Publix recently released a limited editionsweet and citrusy iced tea.Grab a gallon before it’s gone.Ⓟ
Coronavirus ○ Yesterday, Florida surpassed 15,000 deaths as related to COVID-19. The exact number sits at 15,084 deaths – 137 of which were added yesterday. Additionally, Polk County surpassed the 20,000 case mark, holding the second-highest number of cases in the state behind Orange County. (Click Orlando) ○ You can find more updates concerning COVID-19 case numbers on the Florida Department of Health dashboard. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here.
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If you didn’t already know,SPCA Florida has a partnership with the Lakeland Fire Department to help save animals within Polk County. This past summer, a four-day-old kitten was left at Fire Station 3 and was found by Driver Engineer, Kevin Lefkowitz.
Wanting to help this newborn kitten, Kevin took him in until he could get in touch with the SPCA. Kevin and his family began fostering their precious new friend – determined to save his little life by bottle feeding him every four hours on a five-week schedule – until little Ashe, as they called him, could eat on his own.
Now, 10 weeks later, Ashe is not going anywhere. The Lefkowitz family fell in love with this sweet feline and he has found his furever home. We’re not crying, you are. 🐾
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○Virtual Yoga| Thur., Oct. 8 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free, RSVP| Boost your mental health and physical wellness by joining this free yoga class featuring AI pose technology. 🧘🏽
○Pop Up Camp | Thur., Oct. 8 | 6 p.m. | Burn Boot Camp, 2505 Drane Field Rd. | Free | Pump your muscles and engage in this 45-minute exercise class + make sure to bring a water bottle and yoga mat.
○Trivia Night| Thur., Oct. 8 | 7-9 p.m. | Craft + Kitchen, 3234 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland | Prices Vary | Prizes are awarded to the top three teams. 🏅
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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