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Vol. 43 No. 15


Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, April 15, 2010

At a Glance
Immokalee Sports
Network Soccer Club
celebrates new club-
house ...See Page 8

Walk in I.H.S. race
against cancer
Immokalee High School will
hold a mini relay in support of Relay
for Life. Walk with them April 17,
beginning at 9 a.m. from the high
school past the football field, down
Main Street, Immokalee Road and
back to the high school. Just a $5
registration fee will help support
the cause. You can preregister by
sending your check to Immokalee
High School Athletic Dept., Atten:
Mrs. Ayers, 701 Immokalee Drive,
Immokalee FL 34142. For more in-
formation, contact Kelly Stevenson
at 239-377-1920.

Sports registration
sign ups set
Little League registrations will
be held on the April 24, at Bank of
America from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for
football. For the months of May, 17-
28 and June 1-18, registration will
be at the sports complex everyday
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. On May 15 and
June 19, they will be at the Bank
of America. June 19, is the last day
of registrations! Fee for football is
$100 and for cheer it's $160. They
must bring with them: 1 .wallet size
picture (NO hats or sunglasses);
2.birth certificate; 3.payment. Oth-
er forms for parents to fill out and
sign will be available. First come
first serve, spots do fill up so come
early! Any questions call Mary at
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/R
Thanks to a grant from the Collier County Housing and Human Services depart
HOPE continues to help needy families whose homes were damaged severely fr
ricane Wilma. IHOPE is seeing great progress on three of its final homes to bi
free of charge for local qualified homeowners. Within the next two months thr
families will be moving into their new, free, green homes using the latest in cons
that not only makes them structurally much sturdier than typical wood construct
also makes them much more energy efficient, and impervious to rodents, mold
dew. When completed in May, this will make seven homes that have been built usi
funds and DRI-1 and 2 funds.

Small Ministry has big impact on local
By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee
Operating out of a small store
front, a tiny staff aided by scores
of Presbyterian volunteers is hav-
ing a huge impact on many of the .
unemployed and underemployed
farm workers in Immokalee that
are struggling ever since the Janu-
ary freeze in southwestern Flori-
da. Mision Peniel, headed up by a
his wife has been providing meals
each Friday evening along with
church services on Sunday after-
noon. Area Presbyterian churches
have been faithful in sending vol- Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
unteers who come out to cook, Board chair of Mision Peniel, Rev., Dr. Jim Berger,
tor of Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, Dave Moore h
See MINISTRY Page 2 farm workers in Immokalee.

Sheriff Rambosk

to gather local

community input
This year it's going to be even
easier to help shape the Collier
County Sheriff's Office Community
Safety Plan.
Members of the community
can attend one of the six meet-
ings Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk has
scheduled around the county, or
they can log on and provide their
input online.
"Not everyone is able to fit a
meeting into their schedule, but I
still want to hear what they have to
say," Sheriff Rambosk said.
Submitting input online is easy.
On the http://www.colliersheriff.
org home page just click on the
icon that says, "Be a part of our
virtual meeting." It links to a form
ick Heers where citizens can type in their
ideas and concerns.
Input Sheriff Rambosk gathered
tment, I See SHERIFF Page 2
om Hur-
e rebuilt Much-needed
ee more
traction oru so ial
tion, but m on social
and mil-
ng SHIP media scheduled
Facebook, MySpace, Twitter,
YouTube: Most students, and many
area parents, are using these social
media sites on a daily basis; but
are they safe? Are you aware of
the risks and consequences that
come with the use of social media
sites? To make sure that we are all
aware, a Community Forum on
Social Media is being presented by
the School District of Collier Coun-
ty and the Naples Daily News at 6
p.m. on Monday, April 19, at the
district's administrative center.
In scheduling what he calls "a
much-needed community forum
on social media," Superintendent
Dennis L. Thompson asks parents:
"Do you know who your son's or
daughter's Facebook or MySpace
friends are? Do you know what's
/Rick Heers posted on their sites? You really
and direc- need to know. If we are not up to
elp serve speed on what's going on with so-
See FORUM Page 2

2 Immokalee Bulletin April 15, 2010

Continued From Page 1

during a similar series of meetings in 2009
identified the five priorities that make up the
current Community Safety Plan: youth pro-
gramming, community outreach, crime pre-
vention, communication and traffic.
Sheriff Rambosk's philosophy of involv-
ing the community in the strategic plan-
ning process is groundbreaking in the law
enforcement profession. He believes that
nobody knows a community better than the
people who live there.
A meeting is planned in Immokalee
on Tuesday, April 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the
Immokalee Parks and Recreation, 321 N.
First Street

News in Brief

Computer class helps
answer questions
Bilingual staff from Naples Free-Net answers
your computer and Internet related questions.
Class size is limited to 7 participants. The classes
will take place on Thursdays, April 15, May 13,
at 6 p.m. at Immokalee Community Park at 417
N. First St. in Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 for
more information.

Library presents Story Time
Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First St.
will present Story Time on Ti i .. 1', .11 a.m.
"ABC Combined Story Time" is open to children
age 10 months-5 years. Bring your child and
enjoy a good story! For information please call

Upcoming event?
The Immokalee Bulletin welcomes news and
photos for and about the Immokalee community.
Submit news of your upcoming event by email to:

Yoga classes offered at iTECH
Need a stress release? Yoga is a great way to
do both. Two classes to choose from. Monday and
Thursday from noon until 1 p.m or Monday and
Thursday from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. Both classes
are $60 for a 15 class session. Classes run until
May 27. Bring your mat and join in. Call the iTECH
Center now for your reservation at 239-658- 7080.

Continued From Page 1

cial media or networking sites, we are years
behind our kids. We have to know how
these sites work so we know what our kids
are involved in." Dr. Thompson stresses,
"It is all about awareness. By being aware,
maybe we can stop the next bad thing from
School District General Counsel Jon
Fishbane will serve as forum moderator for
a panel of experts. According to Fishbane,
"The multiple ways our students can now
communicate carry with them very seri-
ous risks and consequences. The content of
messages or images being sent can not only
create fears for one's safety and reputational

harm, but also could result in violation of
criminal statutes or the CodeCode of Student Con-
duct. It is important that all of us students,
parents, and teachers come together in this
way to learn more about social media issues
so we can appropriately deal with them."
The Community Forum on Social Media
will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mon-
day, April 19, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Administrative Center (behind Barron Collier
High School). It is free and open to anyone
in the community who wishes to attend. To
learn more, just go to the home page of the
district Web site (www.collierschools.com)
and click on the link that's posted there. You
may also send an e-mail to info@collier.kl2.
fl.us or call the Communications Services
Department at 239-377-0180.

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Submitted photo/Juan Medina

Congratulations! Ms. Guadalupe Loya whose winning ticket was drawn on
Easter Sunday on our local Spanish radio station 92.1fm La Ley in Immoka-
lee. Ms. Loya is currently attending FGCU in Ft. Myers and is majoring in
criminal justice. She is pictured with Mr. Martin Navarro President of the
states Florida Migrant Advisory Council (FMPAC) and member Mr. Juan Me-
dina. The prize was a brand new Dell laptop computer donated by Backpack
Gear from Orlando. A total of $600 was raised through ticket sales in the
community. The funds raised are for a new statewide FMPAC migrant schol-
arship where FMPAC members of other counties around the states are doing
fundraisers for this scholarship. This scholarship will be open to any 2010
graduating high school migrant students around the state. The winner will
be invited to receive their award this year at an annual FMPAC meeting in
the state and the award of the scholarship will be determined on the funds
raised around the state. We would like to say thank you to everyone that
bought a ticket for this worthwhile cause. A special appreciation to our local
Lions Club of Immokalee and their members who were instrumental in sell-
ing tickets and to Backpack Gear Inc. of Orlando for the wonderful prize. For
more information regarding this scholarship contact the Migrant Center at
Immokalee High and ask for Mr. Juan Medina.

Continued From Page 1

distribute food and clothing to families in
The mission extension of Beth-el Farm-
worker Ministry in Wimauma, Florida, under
the direction and inspiration of Wimauma
director Dave Moore, has regularly served
350 meals each Friday prior to the freeze.
Because the needs are so great, the little
church has been serving between 1,000 and
1,100 meals each Friday, and has expanded
its meal provision to Wednesday evenings
as well. Recently the board of directors from
Wimauma arrived in town with about a ton
of food to be distributed by Pastor Miguel
and his volunteers. After their dinner farm
workers and their families are able to take
home bags of 4 or 5 canned food items.
Recently I HOPE provided them with over
1,500 bags of enriched, chicken flavored
dried rice and vegetables for families to take
home with them.
Cloudy weather and raindrops were not
enough to keep away the crowds this past
Sunday as an Open House and cookout
was held to provide a Sunday meal before
the service started. Hundreds of single farm
workers, and others with families came to
be fed by volunteers who cheerfully handed
out fresh-cooked food to local farm worker
No amount of donation is too small! If
you would like to make a tax deductible
donation to help with the cost of purchas-
ing food for needy families, you may make
a contribution To Mision Peniel at P.O. Box
1204, Immokalee, FL 34143, or you can
send checks designated for their mission to
Beth-El Farmworker Ministry, P.O. Box 860,
Wimauma, FL 33598.

News in Brief
Free On-Line Tutoring
Free online tutoring service by Tutor.com
connects students to expert tutors for as-
sistance with math, science, social studies,
English, chemistry, book reports and more
using the Internet. The Immokalee Branch
Library is here to help! Available to students
K to adult Monday-Friday from 2 p.m until
close at Immokalee Community Park, 417
N. First Street. Call for more information at

April 15, 2010 Immokalee Bulletin

Collier county celebrates Letters to the Editoi
Dear friends,


NRhonal Library Week

National Library Week, April 12-17, is
promoting a theme of Communities Thrive
at your library, and this year Collier County
Public Library is hosting a food drive for local
food banks. "Communities really do thrive at
your library as the theme goes, and that is
why Collier County libraries want to help the
community with a food drive to help those in
need," said Marilyn Matthes, Director of Col-
lier County Public Libraries.
Food donation bins will be available at all
of Collier County's libraries. So go through
your pantry and find non-perishable foods
today, drive to your nearest library, and help
make a difference in this community.
In tough and good economic times, li-

braries give free access to books, computers,
information for resumes and job searches,
accurate financial information and programs
for adults and children.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library
Week is a national observance sponsored by
the American Library Association (ALA) and
libraries across the country each April.
Collier County Public Libraries circulates
more than 3 million items to customers
each year including printed books, books,
audio books, CDs, DVDs and downloadable
For more information, call the Headquar-
ters Regional Library call 239-593-0334 or
visit us online at www.colliergov.net/library.

The advent of social networking has
shown that used correctly it is an excellent
way to communicate. Being a Collier County
Commissioner I have always tried to ensure
very open communication and sometimes I
have been frustrated at not reaching a wide
enough group of citizens.
Currently I have a Twitter account and
my FaceBook page is in the final stages of
I look forward to this being an exciting
venture as we use the latest social network-

The Collier Metropolitan Planning Or-
ganization (MPO) is announcing a public
comment period to amend the Transporta-
tion Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal
Years (FY) 2009/10-2013/14 to modify the
description and clarify the project location
on a pedestrian safety improvement project
in Immokalee. On December 11, 2009 this
project was added to he TIP for FY 2009/10-
2013/14 to add pedestrian safety improve-
ments. With this latest amendment the proj-
ect will include overhead signs to establish a
pedestrian zone on S.R. 29 as well as flashing
beacons warning motorists of the presence
of pedestrians in the roadway from west of
11 th Street to west of Jerome Drive (approxi-
mate project length of one mile).
The comment period for the TIP amend-
ment, part of the MPO's Public Involvement
Process, began on April 8 and continues
through Monday, May 10, 2010. The TIP
amendment is posted on the MPO's Web site

at www.colliermpo.net. To access the TIP
amendment on this Web site, select public
documents, and go to the Draft TIP amend-
ment (#5-14-10) for Fiscal Year 2009/10-
The TIP amendment will also be on dis-
play at the customer service desks at the lo-
cal site listed: 750 S. Fifth Street, Immokalee,
FL 34142 All Collier County Public Libraries
The MPO Board will be asked to approve
this TIP amendment with consideration of
all the comments received during the public
comment period. A public hearing will be
held on the TIP amendment in conjunction
with the MPO's regular meeting on May 14,
at 9 a.m. at the Board of County Commis-
sioners chambers on the third floor of the
Harmon Turner Building (Administration
Building F) Collier County Government Cen-
ter, 3301 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples.

Weather Forecast
Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind between 8 and 15 mph, with
gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind between 3 and 11

Extended Forecast
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind between 3 and 9 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind between 6 and 9 mph
becoming calm.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. East
wind between 3 and 9 mph.
Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85.
Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.


ing technology to improve the information
flow from me as a Collier County Com-
missioner. Please join me and follow my
"Tweets" and as you do any suggestions you
might have on what else I might communi-
cate to you would be welcome. The link to
take you to Twitter is http://twitter.com/Jim-
Jim Coletta
Commissioner, District 5
Collier County Board of County

Immokalee canvassed with last minute campaign

By Dick Rice
Approximately 70 people gathered to-
gether to bring the message "March to the
Mailbox" to encourage those who have not
returned their 2010 Census questionnaire,
while another 80 completed the march in
Clewiston on Saturday, April 10, as a part of
the nationwide campaign to bring aware-
ness to this year's Census.

CHS welcomes

new local dentist

CHS Healthcare announces Matthew T.
Navidomskis, D.M.D., M.P.H. as their newest
addition to the team of dentists. Dr. Navi-
domskis will be working at CHS's Marion
E. Fether location in Immokalee, providing
general dental care. He received his bach-
elors degree from Duke University and his
Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree
from Tufts University School of Dental Medi-
cine in Boston. Dr. Navidomskis's experi-
ence includes working in non-profit health
care service environments with both English
and Spanish speaking patients of varying
ages and needs.
CHS Healthcare (www.collier.org) is a
501(c)(3) non-profit healthcare organiza-
tion with 12 medical and dental locations
throughout the community. CHS offers pri-
mary medical, pediatric, dental, and wom-
en's health services, with programs for the
underserved population such as the Ronald
McDonald Care Mobile Program and, in
Immokalee, the Early Health Pride Pro-

1566 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, FL
(863) 675-2441
3 Year Rabies Shot for $7
Every Saturday 8 am to 9 am
30% Discount on Boarding ..
We have air conditioned kennels
at both of our clinics! .

1400 Roberts Ave, Immokalee, FL
(239) 657-2266

Immokalee and Clewiston were among
a number of areas identified as hard-to-
count, meaning they had low returns from
the 2000 Census. An extra effort was put
forth with this year's Census to concentrate
on these areas to bring up the number of
residents responding to the Census ques-
tionnaire mailed out in mid-March, and
again about a week later.

Water utility payment assistance available
Collier County Social Services has re-
ceived a federal grant to help Collier Coun-
ty residents with their water utility bills.
They are able to assist with up to $300 per
household and it is easy to qualify. To see
if you qualify, please contact Collier Coun-
ty Social Services at 239-252-2696.

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Transportation Improvement Program

Amendment public comments weclome

April 15, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

Immokalee Bulletin April 15, 2010

Pineerest Elementary Students First
P ec Ele eta y Jl l lSocial media topic of discus-

Book Fair goes retro

Pinecrest Elementary School, 313 S.
Ninth Street, in Immokalee will be hosting
its second book fair this school year, April
16-23. The theme for the book fair is the
"Book Diner," with some special activities
The fair kicks off with students and teach-
ers enjoying a sneak peek of the books on
Friday, April 16. At this time, students may
write down what they would like to pur-
chase and share the information with their
families. Teachers may also place orders.
Then from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, April 19,
the school library will be transformed into
an old 1950's-style diner for Family Night.

Families attending the event will not only be
allowed to purchase books from preschool
age to adult books, they'll also be able to en-
joy a root beer float and have their picture
taken in an old-style car.
The book fair will have extended hours
from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, April 23, to accom-
modate families in the community.
Books vary in price from $2 sale items to
regular priced books. All proceeds from the
sales of the books will benefit the library by
adding new books to the collection.
To learn more, please contact media spe-
cialist Shirley Wallner at 239-377-8000.

Education News in Brief

Annual Golf Tourney
helps local kids
On April 24, at The Lely Golf Resort a
benefit to help Redlands Christian Migrant
Association, nonprofit operator of child-care
centers for the rural poor in 21 Florida coun-
ties will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun
start. Entry fee of $225 per person includes
breakfast and lunch, goodie bag, eligibility
for extensive prize list. For more information,
please contact Judy Brill at 239-658-3560 or

IHS to hold 20 year reunion
Save the Date June 12 and 13! Immoka-
lee High School old classmates will come
together and reconnect. The class of 1990
is celebrating the ocassion with what will
prove to be a memorable reunion. For more
information and to register, please go to:
www.classreport.org port.org/>. You can also e-mail Pete Cade
at: pcade@hodges.edu or call him at: 863-
228-1359. The deadline to register is quickly
approaching so please do not delay.

School district and students

to celebrate Pineapple Day

Through The Education Foundation of
Collier County and Sweetbay Supermar-
kets, the School District of Collier County's
Department of Nutrition Services received
a grant for the enhancement of nutrition
education projects. This grart I
will help schools throughout 7 \
the district celebrate Pine- .
apple Day on Thursday, April
Each school will offer
pineapple on the breakfast
and lunch menus to promote
and support the pineapple in-
dustry. There will also be pine-
apple decorations on the serv-
ing lines and in the cafeteria.
For breakfast, students can
choose from pineapple muf-
fins, fresh fruit, and juice.
At lunch, the choices in-
clude Asian rice and pineapple
bowl, a salad with pineapple
vinaigrette, fresh pineapple
spear, pineapple juice, and pine-
apple upside down cake.
But students won't see pineapples just
on the menu! At the elementary schools,
students and staff are encouraged to wear
pineapple colors, and middle and high

school students are encouraged to wear
spirit day shirts.
While the celebration promises to
be fun with contests, decorations, and
pineapple carving, there is, of course,
n educational element as well.
Classrooms will use reading, art,
math, science, and writing activi-
ties to celebrate this special day
at their school.
,/ Some healthy facts about
Pineapple is fat free, saturat-
ed fat free, cholesterol free, high
in vitamin C, and has very low
Pineapple contains micro-
nutrients that protects against
cancer, breaks up blood clots,
and is good for your heart.
The Department of
Nutrition Services would
like to thank The Education
Foundation and Sweetbay
Supermarkets for their gen-
erosity and assistance in making Pineapple
Day a success.
To learn more about school meals,
please contact Lori Johnson at 239-377-

sion at upcoming forum night
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
Need to remind you about what those of
us here at the school district offices believe to
be a very important evening this Monday,
April 19, the night we're conducting a Conm-
munity Forum on Social Media. If you're a
mom or dad with middle or high school age
kids, it is critically important for you to join us
or watch the forum on TV Monday evening.
Even a casual observer knows there isn't a
day that goes by where we don't hear about
a kid's life being changed forever by some-
thing stupid, for lack of a better word, being
done with social media. I shared a couple
of examples last week, but I've got more!
In Oregon, awhile back, two students were
convicted of disorderly conduct for a discus-
sion had on MySpace that they claimed was
just dark humor. In Tampa recently, a student
was kicked out of the National Honor Soci-
ety and then transferred to another school
after what he thought was just a funny Face-
book page post was judged by teachers to
have contradicted a pledge he made when
joining the honor society. Even something a
kid may think is clever, funny and harmless
can be used against them if it draws atten-
tion in the school community. Then the case
of a high school teacher in Georgia forced
to resign because of photos and expletives
found on her Facebook page. And did you
hear about the guy offered a pretty good

job by a major cornm-
.erict Schoo00 pany that he lost, as
(A --' quickly as it was of-
1 fered, because of a
negative tweet about
the folks who just
S'T.' J hired him? And did
you know the "kick a
blank day" that made
rCollier worldwide headlines
last November was a
mass psychology event fueled by Facebook
postings by students? Then you've got the
problem of online sexual predators, latching
on to kids first as "friends," and then going
who knows where with a dangerous rela-
tionship; and last week we shared the tale of
some horrific cyber bullying that led to sui-
cide. On the plus side, the National School
Boards Association tells us that 60 percent
of students using social networking sites talk
about education topics online and, surpris-
ingly, more than half of the students using
social media talk about school work! Social
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April 15, 2010

'Doing the right thing' brings local teen recognition

Each month the Collier County Sheriff's
Office recognizes students for "doing the
right thing." Ten students received 'Do the
Right Thing' awards this month including
Jordan Alviar, a student at Immokalee High
School. Jordan not only took home the prize
as overall winner for March, but for the entire
2009-2010 school year! He was nominated
by Irene Barnhart-Sauceda, his aunt and an
employee of Immokalee Middle School. She
was there as Jordan saved her neighbor's
life. Here's her nomination submission, in
her own words:
"Jordan P. Alviar is just your typical high
school senior. He plays baseball, piano, and
hangs out with his friends but on Decem-
ber 15th Jordan did an extraordinary thing.
It was about 5 p.m. and Jordan arrived at
my house to pick up some things he needed
for a school project. As he was preparing to
leave, a call came from the elderly woman
next door. The woman was hysterically cry-
ing, pleading for help for her husband. Her
husband had taken his canoe on their three-
acre lake and had fallen in. I started to panic;
it was only Jordan, my two young sons, and
myself at home because my husband was

still at work. Jordan ran out of the house
towards the lake. The woman met Jordan
at the lake; she was crying and scared be-
cause her husband had gone under two or
three times already. Jordan ran over to the
lake and tried to get the man out by throw-
ing a rope so the man could grab it and Jor-
dan could pull him to shore. The man was
tired and weak from fighting to stay afloat
that he was unable to grab the rope. Jordan
jumped in with one end of a rope wrapped
around his arm and the end was held by
me. Jordan did not hesitate to enter the lake
even though it is about 15 feet deep. It also
has a steep drop off, full of muck, and thick
with weeds and has a few alligators. Jordan
struggled trying to get the man. During this
time, the man went under a few more times
and each time he was under longer. Jordan
finally reached the man, and using all of his
strength pulled himself and the man back to
shore. When everything was over, Jordan
realized what he had done. He had saved a
man's life without thinking about his own.
The man would have drowned if Jordan had
not been there to save him. Jordan, you are
considered a hero for 'doing the right thing'

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Collier County District Schools
Doing the right thing brought local teen, Jordan P. Alviar the recognition he
deserved in the way of a surprise visit at school by Sheriff's Dept. Deputies to
present him with an award. The young man saved the life of a local man who
had fallen into a lake while canoeing.

in a crisis." Irene Barnhart-Sauceda
To learn about the good works of all the
Do the Right Thing winners for the month of
March, visit www.collierschools.com. The
information is posted on the Students page.

To learn more about the Do the Right
Thing program, contact Collier County Sher-
iff's Office Corporal Joe Rakow at 239-377-
6584, or by e-mail at rakowjo@collier.kl2.

Immokalee students prepare to tee off in tourney

The 2010 Charity Classic Inter-Club Chal-
lenge, a golf tournament that pits golf club
against golf club in a friendly rivalry, is set for
April 26, at The Old Collier Golf Club, with
20 local teams participating along with the
clubs' golf pros. The Immokalee Foundation
is hosting the tournament in partnership with
The First Tee of Naples/Collier Program in
Immokalee students from The First Tee
of Naples/Collier Program in Immokalee will
be at the tournament to cheer on teams from
clubs such as Bay Colony, Bonita Bay, Calusa
Pines, Grey Oaks and Mediterra. These stu-
dents will also play with the teams on the Par
3s. More than 50 Immokalee students partici-
pate in The First Tee program, and those with
the highest grades will participate in the Inter-
Club Challenge.
"The First Tee is a national youth devel-
opment organization dedicated to positively
impacting the lives of young people through
the game of golf," said Cindy Darland, execu-
tive director of The First Tee of Naples/Collier.

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education. empowerment. hope.
"Since 2008, we have developed avery reward-
ing partnership with The Immokalee Founda-
tion. Together we are looking to expand The
First Tee program to even more middle and
high school students in Immokalee."
The 2010 Charity Classic Inter-Club Chal-
lenge is hosted by The Old Collier Golf Club.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is the present-
ing sponsor, and other corporate gold spon-
sors are Fifth Third Bank (founding sponsor),
Bigham Jewelers, Porsche of Naples and Jag-
uar Naples and Naples Illustrated. The tour-
nament's underwriters are Arthrex, Quarles &
Brady, Sagemark Consulting, Tom and Arlene
Weyl, Don and Ellen O'Neill and Dick and
Marie Stonesifer. Prize sponsors are Bigham
Jewelers, Marquis Jet, Porsche of Naples and
Jaguar Naples and Hamilton Harbor Yacht

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"Proceeds from the tournament support a core programs, one of which is The First Tee
brighter future for the children of Immokalee of Naples/Collier Program in Immokalee,"
through The Immokalee Foundation's seven said tournament co-chair Kevin T. Johnson.

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There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of
Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer
District on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 3:30 P.M.
at the office of the Immokalee Water & Sewer Dis-
trict, located at 1020 Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL
1. Call to Order
2. Preliminaries
A. Pledge of Allegiance
B. Roll Call
C. Adoption of Agenda
D. Employee Recognition
1.February- Employee of the Month-
Ofelia Gonzalez
E. Public Concerns
F. Staff Good Cause Items
G. Board Concerns
H. Old Business
I. New Business
3. Consent Agenda
A. Adoption of Minutes
1.March 17, 2010 Regular Meeting
B. Civil Rights Compliance Report
C. February Budget Review
D. Fixed Assets Acquisitions-Disposals
E. Various Reports
F. USDA/FDEP Reporting for Stimulus Money
G. Project Change Orders
H. Engineer's Report AECOM
I. Director's Report
4. Action Agenda
A. Sprayfield Proposals Recommendations
B.Cross Connection Committee
5. Discussion Agenda
A. Attorney's Report
6. Other Public Interests
7. Adjournment
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April 15, 2010

Michigan spring breakers work with I HOPE

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Thirteen youth and 4 adults from Bethel
Baptist Church in Marquette, Michigan have
spent the week working with I HOPE, finish-
ing the renovation of a home that needed
new flooring and repainting on the inside.
Standing water from Tropical Storm Fay had
damaged the structural base of the home,
and many of the flooring struts were re-
placed. They also pressure cleaned the out- ,
side of her home and cleaned up her yard. Along with the student Spring Break-
While in Immokalee, they joined with a ers, came several adult volunteers
church mission group from First Baptist and from the Bethel Baptist Church from
distributed flyers in several housing develop- Michigan. This volunteer is making re- Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
ments during the evening. The group also pairs to flooring badly damaged after This group of students from Michigan came to Florida on their Spring Break but
visited other I HOPE clients to encourage Tropical Storm Fay dumped torrents of not for sun and fun. They are working in the Immokalee community helping to
them. water on the region. rebuild homes destroyed or damaged by Tropical Storm Fay.

FWC urges responsible behavior

when living near Florida panthers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) has received sev-
eral reports in recent weeks of panthers
roaming around Collier County residents'
yards. FWC panther biologists have con-
firmed panther sightings since February
near Golden Gate Estates. A panther killed
goats in two incidents at one location. The
residence where the incidents occurred did
not have predator-proof enclosures for the
The FWC advises that these incidents
are preventable if pet owners and livestock
hobbyists take proper measures.
"Vigilance is key to protecting people's
pets and livestock," said Mark Lotz, a biolo-
gist on the FWC's panther team. Lotz says
securing livestock and pets will protect
them from all predators, such as dogs, coy-
otes and bobcats, in addition to panthers.
Panthers are attracted to prey, such as deer,
wild hogs, raccoons, rabbits and armadil-
los. By feeding deer or other wildlife, people
can inadvertently attract panthers. Residents
should secure all potential food sources,
such as garbage or pet food, which attract
Pets that are free-roaming, or pets that
are tethered and unfenced, are easy prey for
predators, including panthers.
"Where practical, put chickens, goats,
hogs or other livestock in enclosed struc-
tures at night," Lotz said. "Electric fencing
can be an effective predator deterrent."

Florida panthers were listed as endan-
gered in 1967 and are protected under both
federal and state laws. The panther popula-
tion declined to approximately 30 cats by the
early 1980s. Today there are about 100 pan-
thers in Florida. Human-panther encounters
are occurring more often because of human
encroachment near panther habitat and an
increase in the panther population.
According to FWC biologists, it is impor-
tant to remember that a panther sighting
does not necessarily constitute a threat to
human safety. The FWC recommends that
anyone who spots a panther should enjoy
the experience from a safe distance or from
inside a structure. Following all of the pre-
cautions outlined by the FWC will help pro-
tect pets and livestock.
"Removing the offending panther is not
a solution. If the attractant remains, another
panther will move in," Lotz said. "Protecting
your investment is the best solution for you,
your animals and the endangered panther."
To report panther threats, pets or live-
stock lost to a panther, or an injured or
dead panther, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert
Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). For more
information on how to live safely with pan-
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IHS Key Club plants trees for Earth Day

Immokalee High School (IHS) will be
receiving some new landscaping this week.
Thanks to Key Club president Maria Busta-
monte, two brand new oak trees will be
planted on the north side of IHS located at
701 Immokalee Drive, in Immokalee. The
trees, which stand 8' and 10' respectively,
were planted on Wednesday, April 14, as a
part of the Key Club's Earth Day project.
The idea to plant the trees was born when

Bustamonte contacted Davenport Nursery to
ask for trees to be donated to the school for
the Key Club's Earth Day project. The nurs-
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is donating two oak trees to be used to fill in
a bare spot along a row of existing trees on
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Soccer Pit Cobras celebrate brand new clubhouse

By Manny Touron
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Saturday March 27, was a historic mo-
ment for the Soccer Pit Cobras. The inaugu-
ration of their new clubhouse was a dream
come true. Thanks to the generosity of the
First United Methodist Church of Immoka-
lee, members of this youth soccer program
have a place of their own. The church has
allowed the club to use one of the portables
on their property as a clubhouse for the
players to gather and also take care of their
academics. After speaking with Pastor Mer-
ritt and Board of Trustees' member Jackie
Williams about our mission of using soccer
as a mean of keeping students doing well in
school, they decided that this was a good
cause and allowed us to use the property.
Our club's mission is to keep our players do-
ing well in school therefore we now require
that all members must maintain a 2.0 GPA
in order to play in any of the teams. A player
failing to fulfill this requirement will be put
on probation for a period of nine weeks and
must bring their GPA to a 2.0. They will be
required to attend tutoring sessions at the
clubhouse three times per week. If, after
their probationary period, the grades are not

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Manny
In the top photo, Gloria Padilla from
Manuel Padilla Construction, a large
sponsor for game uniforms and prac-
tice T-shirts, receives a certificate of
appreciation and a team photo. Below,
Tina de La Rosa, sponsor for our U14
boys is presented with a nlaaue.

at the required level, the player will be dis-
missed from the club.
All of the sponsors of our teams were in-
vited to the inauguration of the clubhouse
and they received a certificate of apprecia-
tion with a team picture. Sponsors included,
Barco Trucking, Resendiz Trucking, Palafox
Trucking, The Immokalee Foundation, The
First United Methodist Church, Little Cae-
sars, Phil and Mary Beuth, Manuel Padilla
Construction, The Florida Youth Soccer As-
sociation, Tina De la Rosa Insurance, iTECH,
One by One Leadership Foundation and The
Seminole Tribe of Florida. At the event, Phil
and Mary Beuth from The Beuth Founda-
tion gave the club a check for $5,000 for the
purchase of a van to transport players to and
from games. The club also found out the
The Immokalee Foundation had funded a
grant for the club for the amount of $5,000.
All of us associated with The Soccer Pit
Youth Athletic Club are very thankful to all
our sponsors for making this happen. This is
a grassroots program and without their gen-
erosity this could not take place.

Sports Shorts

Soccer Camp to open
A five week soccer camp is set to open
for the weeks of April 20-May 20. The regis-
tration fee is $25 and includes a camp t-shirt.
Campers aged from kindergarten, first and
second grade will be on Tuesdays from 6 un-
til 7:15 p.m. and campers in grades 3, 4, 5,
and 6 will be on Thursdays from 6 until 7:15
p.m. Groups are limited to only 40 players in
each. First come, first served with no excep-
tions. Registration will be on Tuesday, April
13 and Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the
Immokalee MS Soccer Field. Contact Manny
Touron with any questions at 239-877-7135.

Sports Desk network
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Youth, adult recreation leagues, and
sports teams in the Immokalee, Ave Maria
and Eastern Collier County are invited to par-
ticipate online in the Eastern Collier County
Sports Network. To visit Eastern Collier Coun-
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Collier County homepages, then click on
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Interested teams and leagues can contact
Renee Hawley by e-mail at: rhawley@com-
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at 888-853-7904 for a demonstration or to
get started right away.

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Manny Touron
Phil and Mary Beuth from the Beuth Foundation presented the club with a check
for $5,000 to buy a van.

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