The week ahead in state and local government: Dec. 23-27

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- Holly Heath shows a customer around the variety of conifer trees they offer at the Heath family Christmas tree stand on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Naples. The Wisconsin family has run the Christmas tree stand for 42 years near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Golden Gate Parkway.

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DAVID ALBERS/STAFF - Holly Heath shows a customer around the variety of conifer trees they offer at the Heath family Christmas tree stand on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Naples. The Wisconsin family has run the Christmas tree stand for 42 years near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Golden Gate Parkway.

Here’s a look at some of the events and major state and Southwest Florida government meetings that could generate news reports in the coming week:

Monday

■ Collier and Lee county schools are closed this week. Be prepared to see young people out and about this week.

■ The state Agency for Health Care Administration is scheduled to send out letters to Medicaid long-term care beneficiaries who will move into managed-care plans March 1. The letters will go out to beneficiaries in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Nassau, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, St. Johns, Volusia and Walton counties. The state has been gradually moving beneficiaries across the state into managed-care plans.

Tuesday

■ It’s Christmas Eve. Naples, Collier County government, Bonita Springs and Lee County government offices are closed.

■ Gov. Rick Scott directed executive agencies to close Christmas Eve, giving state employees an extra day off.

■ Collier County Recycling Drop-off Centers are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday

■ It’s Christmas Day. All local and state government offices are closed.

■ There will be no trash or recycling collection on Christmas Day in the areas of Collier County serviced by Waste Management, including Marco Island and Everglades City, or in the Immokalee area serviced by Progressive Waste Solutions (Choice Environmental). There is no make-up day. If your collection day falls on Wednesday, your solid waste collection service will resume on your next regularly scheduled collection day.

Thursday

■ Garbage and recycling collection resumes in Naples and south Lee County, running one day behind the usual schedule for the rest of the week.

Friday

■ The Florida State Child Abuse Death Review Committee is scheduled to hold a 2 p.m. teleconference to discuss ways to reduce child-abuse deaths.

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