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5 Things To Know On Monday, November 16, 2020

Posted at 6:57 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 06:57:46-05

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1. Need to pay a ticket? Palm Beach County temporarily waiving fees
From Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, the Clerk and Comptroller will waive collection agency fees during the ‘Operation Green Light’ event. This year because of COVID-19, the event is virtual only.

You can pay online at on their website or by phone. To pay by phone, you can call the clerk’s office at 561-274-1530 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also call 561-207-7189 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Last year, nearly 1400 drivers were cleared to reinstate their licenses during Palm Beach County’s ‘Operation Green Light’ event.

Need to pay a ticket? Palm Beach County temporarily waiving fees

2. DEADLINE: Today is the last day to apply for CARES Act funding in Martin County
In order to be eligible, families must show a financial hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic and be within 120% of the county's median income.

Martin County received 1.75 million dollars to give away, but only $360,000 has been awarded. To apply, head to https://www.unitedwaymartin.org/cares.

Any money that does not get dispersed to residents will go back to the state.

Deadline to apply for Cares Act Funding in Martin County set for Monday

3. Election 2020 enters its 3rd week: Here's where it stands
President Trump’s campaign is withdrawing a central part of its lawsuit seeking to stop the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania, where Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump to capture the state and help win the White House.

Ahead of a Tuesday hearing in the case, Trump’s campaign dropped the allegation that hundreds of thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots — 682,479, to be precise — were illegally processed without its representatives watching.

The campaign’s slimmed-down lawsuit, filed in federal court on Sunday, maintains the aim of blocking Pennsylvania from certifying a victory for Biden in the state, and it maintains its claim that Democratic voters were treated more favorably than Republican voters.

Trump campaign retreats from key claim in Pennsylvania suit

4. One small step for SpaceX, one giant leap for space exploration
SpaceX and NASA teamed up again this weekend to launch astronauts into space — and officials hope that this weekend's launch becomes a routine that's repeated often in the years to come.

Sunday's mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:27 p.m. EST. It was originally scheduled for Saturday evening, but pushed back because of onshore winds and recovery operations, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

The crew includes three NASA astronauts — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker — and Soichi Noguchi, an astronaut from Japan's space agency, JAXA.

5. It's beginning to look like Christmas
In Florida, the leaves don't change and it doesn't get much colder, but you can mark the changing of the seasons at the theme parks.

Universal and Islands of Adventure is offering Florida residents special offers for the holidays. You can see those and the holiday cheer here.

Walt Disney World Resort has transformed all of its theme parks for the holidays including iconic Christmas trees, entertainment, and delectable treats. You can learn more about that here.

Today's Forecast
A cool front approaches Tuesday night.

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On This Day In History
What's a movie that feels like a Christmas movie, but isn't. One is the Sound of Music. The Sound of Music was a smash success from the very night of its Broadway opening on November 16, 1959.

Pamela Churchill, former daughter-in-law of Sir Winston Churchill, and Mr Leland Hayward, a Broadway showman, at a party given for the opening of the Broadway musical "The Sound of Music."

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