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IRCC meets to prepare for peak hurricane season
Members of the community continue to Joe Brueggen, representing Nancy Frees (not pictured) It is very likely that the local C.E.R
meet with Collier County emergency staff to of the Collier County Health Department Plans are being laid out as to how to staff would be activated to assist.
prepare for the 'worst' should a hurricane Weldon Walker, Collier County Code En- the Immokalee Recovery Coordinating Cen-
ravage our community as Wilma did almost forcement ter (IRCC) to be conducting business from ny local businesses are requested to
5 years ago. A number of locals represent Chief Scott Birge, Immokalee Fire Depart- the iTECH Center in case of a natural disas- tend next week's Interagency Council me
various areas of disaster preparedness. They ment ter. ing, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, so that they c
include: Essie Serrata, Farm Worker Village In addition to determining where POD's receive detailed, up-to-date information ai
Judy Scribner, Human Services Program Silvia Puente, Information Collier would be placed around town, plans are t t f tht
Manager-Collier County Government Robert Halman, Collier County Director- being laid out as to who in the community out a vey om tat w
Ron Mosher, Crime Prevention Specialist- IFAS Center may assist the IFD do an initial assessment vide the IRCC with contact information f
Collier County Sheriff's Office Rick Heers, executive director-I HOPE of damage when a disaster hits. the next disaster when it hits Immokalee.
Dr. Villarosa ...
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Family moves into new home
Olga Martinez grew up in
the family home on Sixth Street
North in Immokalee. When
her dad passed away, the
home was left to her and her
husband, Reynaldo Cisneros.
While it was their home, there
were many challenges raising
her family of four children in
a small frame home with no
insulation, leaking ceilings and
only two bedrooms. Follow-
ing Hurricane Wilma things
went from bad to worse, as
rodents would find their way
into the home. She said that
they had window fans that did
little to make it comfortable in
the heat of the summer. Then,
when cold weather would ar-
rive, they would all huddle to-
gether under blankets in one
room with space heaters and
try to keep warm. To make
matters even worse, Reynaldo
lost his job with RC Aluminum
as a window installer with the
economic downturn, and still
has been unable to find addi-
Thanks to Wilma recovery
funds provided through Collier
County, Reynaldo, Olga and
their now five children have
an energy-efficient home that
is rodent and mold proof, and
should be able to withstand
winds in excess of 150 MPH.
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
The "New" Cisneros house at 217 North Sixth Street.
At the end of July, the Cisneros
family moved into their new
home built under the auspices
of I HOPE using DRI-2 funds
providing affordable living for
families on very low income.
Now, newborn baby daughter
Ryla, along with Immokalee
High Coby, and younger chi-
dren Cruz, Martin, and Olivia
have a secure stable three bed-
room home with central heat
and air, and brand new appli-
I HOPE has now completed
seven homes at no charge to
these families who are very low
income and had homes that
were damaged beyond repair
from Hurricane Wilma. Fed-
eral funds were designated to
the state, then filtered through
See Home Page 2
Collier Area Transit (CAT) plans to roll out
two new hybrid electric buses on Monday,
Aug. 2. The two new buses purchased with a
$1.2 million American Recovery & Reinvest-
ment Act (ARRA) grant are the same length
as most other CAT buses, 35 feet with seat-
ing for 32 passengers, but are about a foot
and a half taller. The new hybrid buses, pur-
chased from Gillig Corporation, have their
battery pack on top, thus the added height.
The technology used, allows the buses to re-
charge themselves as the buses brake and
idle when they stop to pick up and discharge
passengers as well as stop for traffic signals
and stop signs.
CAT Public Transit Manager Glama Carter
said the new buses are more fuel efficient,
quieter, and lower in emissions than stan-
dard diesel and compressed natural gas
(CNG) type buses.
"Studies have shown hybrid buses can
improve fuel economy by about 30 per
cent," said Carter. "With the potential fuel
savings, if CAT switched to all hybrid vehi-
cles we could save hundreds of thousands
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of dollars which is good for the county and,
with reduced emissions, it is a great benefit
for the environment and for all of us," Carter
In addition, the maintenance is expected
to be less costly. Drivers and maintenance
staff have received training and are ready to
roll next week.
The hybrids will initially be used on
Routes 3A and 3B as well as Route 1C.
Routes 3A and 3B travel from the Collier
County Government Center's Main Passen-
ger Transfer Site at U.S. 41 and Airport Road
to Radio Road, Santa Barbara Boulevard,
along Golden Gate Parkway and through
and around Golden Gate City and then
back to the Government Center. Route 1C
also begins at the Government Center then
travels north on Airport Road to Immokalee
Road and the Creekside Passenger Transfer
Site and back to the Government Center.
The new buses, as well as all CAT buses,
are equipped to handle wheelchairs. These
hybrids have a kneeling feature which low-
ers the front of the bus and a ramp is uti-
lized. The new hybrids also have bicycle
racks on the front as is standard with other
CAT route maps are available at area li-
braries, employment agencies, government
office buildings, hospitals, Naples Area
Chamber of Commerce locations and vari-
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the county, where applications had to be
completed by as many different agencies as
competed for the funds. I HOPE was able
to raise an additional $40,000 to complete
the building projects. The other two recently
completed homes will be featured in future
editions of the Immokalee Bulletin.
While I HOPE continues to manage sev-
News Editor: Patty Brant
Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton
Advertising Director: Judy Kasten
Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers
Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee
Publisher: Tom Byrd
Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken
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Special to the Immokalee
STOP and BOTTOM LEFT:
The Cisneros family no
4 longer must suffer with
S" from age and hurricane
damage as shown here.
Olga and Reynaldo can
offer newborn Ryla a bet-
ter home to grow up in.
eral dozen mobile homes that were set up
for families who are gradually reimbursing
I HOPE for the set up of their homes, and
continues to have volunteers assist in repair-
ing roofs and doing minor repairs, they are
looking for other funds to enable them to
rebuild other homes for low income clients
in 'inner' Immokalee. To volunteer on proj-
ects, or to make a donation, you can con-
tact I HOPE at 1411 Lake Trafford Road (on
the grounds of First Baptist Church), or call
them at 239.657.4524, or mail them at P.O.
Box 777, Immokalee 34143. All gifts are tax
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Letters to the Editor
Dr. Villarosa Honored
After 20 years of loving care provided to
thousands of children in Immokalee, Dr. V,
as he is affectionately known has completed
his work-no ministry-of love to the Immoka-
lee community. When it came right down
to the final end, it was as much government
regulations and finances that directed him to
continue his work of lovingly caring for chil-
dren in a clinic in Brownsville, Texas.
I, Rick Heers, have known Dr. V for these
twenty years as a friend, a prayer partner,
and as one who reached out and shared his
love for Jesus Christ to youth and married
couples through his ministry at Guadalupe
Catholic Church. He inspired thousands
with his support actively for 'Right to Life.'
Even while he was combating a deadly form
of cancer, he remained positive and upbeat,
always looking on the bright side. Many in
the community-individuals, churches, One
by One Leadership Foundation of South-
west Florida, friends from Ave Maria Univer-
sity, and even the former Florida Community
Bank-reached out to him with finances to
help his practice continue to serve the many
youngsters that flooded his small office in
Kemp Plaza. On a number of occasions I
introduced this man, who was so humble
that he would bow his head, as the "mother
Theresa of Immokalee." Truly our loss will
be Brownsville's great gain.
John Lawson, Executive Director of One
by One, had this to say about this great man,
In the book of Ecclesiastes is says that, "To
everything there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under heaven: A time to be
born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and
a time to pluck up that which is planted."
And for Dr. V's medical practice in Immoka-
lee the season has come to and end. For
twenty years Dr. Villarosa has served God in
Immokalee by treating the medical needs of
children while demonstrating a good heart
of caring. Beginning in August 2010, the lo-
cation of his practice will change, but the
mission will undoubtedly remain the same.
His jokes and smile and caring will continue.
Always and foremost Dr. V will continue to
put God and the poor first. That is who he
is.... He will of course be missed, but his
kind heart is needed in Brownsville, Texas as
well. So this July 31st, the religious decora-
tions on his walls will come down. The 125
photos of just a few of his clients will be re-
moved, but his legacy of a better commu-
nity will live on. It will live on in the hearts
and lives of the community that had chosen
him. The people of Immokalee are still his
family, the children in the Couples for Christ
programs he coordinated will remain part
of his family. To those of us at One by One
Leadership Foundation who have supported
him over the last five years to, he will remain
as family. For those at Ave Maria University
who granted him an honorary degree, he
will forever be part of their history. At some
fundamental level his legacy will continue in
the lives of others who share his passion for
service in ways that glorify God and in the
lives of those served who in some mysteri-
ous way provide blessings as well.
The community indeed should be grateful
that the excellent services of Collier Health
Services will step up to the plate and con-
tinue the same kind of to-notch service to
the families who have not decided to, or are
unable to go elsewhere for their children's
This past week the local Rotary Club hon-
ored him with many accolades and a special
plaque to honor his years in Immokalee.
Club president, who is also a program direc-
tor for One by One Leadership Foundation
presented him, on behalf of the Foundation
with a gift of $8,000.00. We, in the commu-
nity, will continue to love and pray for him
that good success and good health will fol-
low him, his lovely wife, Maria, and his four
No more meetings
I would like to convey my sadness and
frustration that the Tuesday evening Weight
Watchers' meeting in Immokalee has been
eliminated. This is the only meeting in the
area and it will be sorely missed. I would
hope that the Weight Watchers administra-
tors will reconsider this decision.
I am a lifetime member of Weight Watch-
ers and attend this meeting regularly along
with many others, who are working to lose
weight, or to maintain a weight loss through
this great program. This meeting has helped
many of us adopt and maintain healthy eat-
ing habits for ourselves and our families.
Many have been able to reduce or eliminate
medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol,
and blood pressure.
Barbara, our leader at these meetings,
has inspired us and been instrumental to
our successes. She has led this meeting for 3
/2 years and has become our mentor, friend
I would like Weight Watchers to consider
bringing this meeting back to Immokalee.
There are no other meetings in the sur
rounding area where local residents, and
workers like myself in Immokalee will be
able to travel to immediately after work.
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MAKE US YOUR PRIMARY CARE HOME!
We want to wish Dr. Villarosa success in his move to Texas. Our
staff understands that he will be greatly missed by his young
patients and their families. Our CHS/FSU pediatric primary care
practice welcomes those in our community who are in need of a
primary care "home" for their children.
We would like to
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August 5, 2010
Back to School
Shopping for back to school supplies?
Pick-up a few extra items in support of
The Shelter for Abused Women & Chil-
dren's Back to School Drive and help en-
sure a great start to the new school year
for young victims of family violence.
The Shelter's Back to School Drive
helps meet the needs of families flee-
ing domestic violence who arrive at The
Shelter's Beau Venturi Home without the
Current needs include the following
SGift Certificates: Wal-Mart, Target,
Payless for back to school clothing needs
(i.e. uniforms, shoes, socks, underwear)
School clothes/shoes, Backpacks,
Kleenex, Lunch boxes & thermoses,
#2 Pencils, Pocket folders (some with
prongs), Highlighters, Black, red & blue
pens, Glue sticks, Children's scissors,
White board markers, 3-Hole binder pa-
per (loose leaf), Rulers, Primary color
paint set (watercolors), Pencil boxes,
Construction paper, Washable crayons,
colored pencils and markers, Erasers,
Binders (/2-2 in.), Calculators, Writing
tablets, Calendars, Protractors, Subject
notebooks, Elmer's Glue,
Back to School items can be dropped
off at The Shelter's resale stores during
normal business hours: Another Op-
tion Thrift Shoppe Tuesday to Friday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., 5248 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples.
SOptions Thrift Shoppe Monday
to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 968
Second Avenue North, Naples. 239-434-
7115. Individuals, civic groups, religious
organizations and businesses interested
in hosting a Back to School Drive should
call 239.775.3862, ext. 235, or e-mail rgra-
To Prevent. To Protect. To Prevail. The
Shelter for Abused Women & Children.
For more information on The Shelter,
please call 239.775.3862, or visit www.
The School District of Collier County's
school bus schedules for students needing
transportation to attend any of the district's
schools 50 when they open again on Mon-
day, Aug. 23, are now available online.
To find the location of your bus stop, just
go to the home page of the school district
Web site at www.collierschools.com and
click on the Back-to-School icon found un-
der Looking For? Or go to the direct link
iih1 1, .1 I. .-i . .. .../ and just fol-
low the instructions.
The school bus schedules will be printed
in local newspapers:
Thursday, Aug. 12 -Immokalee Bulletin
for Immokalee bus schedules.
If you have bus schedule questions that
can't be answered by a visit to the Web
site, please call the School District of Collier
County Transportation Office:
For Immokalee, call 239-377-1027
Or you may reach Ann Henderson in the
Transportation office via e-mail at Hender-
Lake Trafford Elementary School will
hold their annual uniform sale on two Satur-
days in August the first on Aug. 14 and the
next on Aug. 21. Both will run from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m.
Staff at the sale will be selling uniforms
and taking orders for special sizes. Tops are
polo knit and the colors are forest green,
gold or white.
Bottoms are khaki/tan or navy. For ques-
tions or concerns, please call 239-658-7050.
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Guadalupe Center set to
hold annual shoe program
The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee is
set to hold its 18th annual Back-to-School
Shoe Program the week of Aug. 9-13. The
event will take place at Snyderman's Shoes
located at 4910 Tamiami Trail in Naples.
Getting new clothes, shoes, and supplies
for the school year is an end-of-summer tra-
dition for families across the country.
In August, parents and children stroll the
aisles of department stores selecting and
purchasing the most popular fashions and
accessories. But many children in Immoka-
lee do without because caregivers cannot
afford to buy new items for school.
Over the years, the Back-to-School Shoe
Program has provided thousands of children
with a new pair of shoes to start the school
year. Many of the children come from fami-
lies who are living at or below the poverty
level. Without the Guadalupe Center's help,
they would be forced to go back to school
wearing a pair of shoes that no longer fit, of-
tentimes by more then 2-3 sizes.
With a growing number of children need-
ing a new pair of shoes each year, the Gua-
dalupe Center depends fully on donations.
Most of the funding for the Back-to-School
Shoe Program comes from individuals in the
community. Last year the program provided
over 300 children with a pair of shoes. Due
to the overwhelming need, we hope to be
able to serve more children this year. With
a cost of $40 per child, it's easy to see why
donations are so important.
The Seminole Casino of Immokalee and
Corporate Coaches are sponsoring the event
and will be providing transportation for the
children. The students will be bussed to Sny-
derman's all week to pick out their shoes.
The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee is
a non-profit organization focused on help-
ing impoverished families in Collier County.
The mission of the Guadalupe Center is to
break the cycle of poverty by providing edu-
cational, social, and other support programs
To find out more about the Guadalupe
Center or to donate to the Back-to-School
Shoe Program, mail checks payable to Gua-
dalupe Center at 509 Hope Circle, Immoka-
lee, FL 34142 or call 239-657-7711. You can
also donate online at www.guadalupecen-
ECC sets fall iTECH schedule
Edison State College, in partnership with
the Immokalee Technical Center (iTECH),
has announced its fall schedule.
The partnership began in the fall of 2009,
with two courses offered at the iTECH Col-
legiate Center, and has since grown to four
courses with the potential to serve up to 100
Fall 2010 classes begin Aug. 23 and will
be held on the iTECH campus.
"We are heading into our second year of a
successful partnership with iTECH," said Dr.
Jeffrey Allbritten, Collier Campus President.
"The Edison State College courses offered at
the iTECH Collegiate Center can lead to an
Associate or Bachelor degree from Edison
"We plan to expand this program in
the future so that Immokalee High School
students and area adults can continue to
advance their education, right in their com-
Students may choose to take any or all of
the following courses: Composition I, Com-
position II, Reading Skills III, and US History.
There are no fees or tuition required for high
school students who dual enroll.
Dual Enrollment can be arranged through
the Immokalee High School guidance de-
partment. Interested adults pay registration
and tuition fees, set by Edison State College.
Registration is available online at www.
edison.edu or in person at the Collier County
campus by Aug. 27.
The Edison State College Collier Campus,
7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, is located off
Collier Boulevard, three miles north of Ta-
miami Trail East.
You can have your medical records shipped to any doctor by doing
these: Go to your future child doctor's office. Get a Medical Release
Form from them. Write the words, "Former Dr V's patient" in large
letters on the form. Have them faxed this form to Marion Fether
Medical Center at 239-658-3007. If your child is going to Marion
Fether or FSU or Collier Health Services, there is nothing to do.
Just tell them that your child was Dr V's patient. For more info,
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ment and Sales/Market-
ing. Qualified applicants
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strong knowledge of
Microsoft Software and
General Ledger applica-
tions. This person must
also be able to multi-
manage and complete
strong oral and written
build and analyze data
and support the man-
agement team in all as-
pects of the daily
operations of the plant.
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benefit package includ-
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true, chances are that it
is. If you have questions
or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we ad-
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ahead of time, you check
with the Better Business
Bureau at 772-878-2010
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well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
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but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if
you call a number out of
your area, use caution.
How do you find a job
in today's competi-
tive market? In the
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How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell
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and Timber Ridge starting at
$500. Please call (239) 657-
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Apt. 601 to 613 Nassau St.,
2BR, Central A/C, heat, carpet,
verticals, laundry on premises.
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Live TV panel show airs Monday
The back-to-school edition of the School
District of Collier County's monthly live TV
talk show is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. on
Monday, Aug. 9, on The Education Chan-
nel, cable 99. Open Mic -Open Dialogue
features an in-studio panel discussing the
issues and challenges facing our schools
and the district, and it features community
members on the phone. Parents Kristi Pris-
co and Donna Matson will sit at the table
with Superintendent Dennis L. Thompson
and School Board Vice Chair Julie Sprague.
Kristi Prisco serves on the School Advisory
Council and is a PTO officer at Palmetto
Elementary School. Donna Matson sits
on the district report card committee and
also is an involved parent at Golden Gate
Elementary School and Golden Gate High
School. Both will share their opinions and
viewpoints. Viewers are encouraged to join
in by calling in 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday,
Aug. 9. The number to call: 239-377-999.
First names only are used on air.
Open Mic -Open Dialogue is moder-
ated by Naples Daily News Editorial Page
Editor Jeff Lytle. He is not paid by the dis-
trict and the questions he asks as modera-
tor are his own.
Community members interested in par-
ticipating as panelists on future editions
should send an e-mail to TVpanel@collier.
kl2.fl.us or call the district's Communi-
cations Services Department at 239-377-
Open Mic -Open Dialogue will be on
TV live at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, with
replays at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10-18 & 20-22, on
The Education Channel, cable 99, available
to all Comcast basic tier cable TV subscrib-
ers in Collier County.
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Building on historic agree-
ments to advance construction
on Everglades restoration proj-
ects, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
Governing Board and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers recent-
ly approved another key Project
Partnership Agreement to test
technology for preserving clean
water in Everglades National
Park. If proven effective, technol-
ogy developed during the pilot
project will significantly benefit
Everglades restoration and wa-
ter quality improvement efforts
in the park as well as beyond its
"Working with our federal
partners, the State of Florida
and the District have been lead-
ers in developing the tools and
technology to restore America's
Everglades," said SFWMD Gov-
erning Board Chairman Eric
Buermann. "This pilot project
promises to significantly ad-
vance restoration efforts in Ev-
erglades National Park and will
provide valuable knowledge to
benefit the broad effort to revive
the River of Grass."
Retaining clean water in the
Everglades requires controlling
and managing seepage of water
from the wetlands. This is inte-
gral to success of the Compre-
hensive Everglades Restoration
Plan (CERP). The L-31 North
(L-30) Seepage Management
pilot project will help to identify
the appropriate technology that
will prevent clean water from
seeping out of Everglades Na-
tional Park through South Flor-
ida's porous underground rock
layers. A second goal is to help
retain clean water in Water Con-
servation Area 3B in Miami-Dade
County -an area of the rem-
nant Everglades, with the high-
est seepage rate in the area.
"The pilot project was devel
oped with extensive input from
the public and numerous stake-
holders," said Ken Ammon, PE.,
SFWMD Deputy Executive Direc-
tor Everglades Restoration and
Capital Projects. "Experience
gained from this project will
have far-reaching benefits and
moves us closer to achieving
restoration goals to protect the
Everglades and South Florida's
The pilot project will test
two structural seepage reduc-
tion technologies -specifically,
steel sheet pile and a slurry wall
-while also testing the ability
to seasonally manage seepage
flows through pumping opera-
tions to create a "hydraulic bar-
"Reducing seepage from the
Everglades is vital to its restora-
tion, but accomplishing this is no
easy task. It's not simply a matter
of installing a wall that stops all
easterly flow out of the park,"
said Stu Appelbaum, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers Jacksonville
District Deputy for Restoration
Program Management. "We
have to manage and control for
variable flow rates via a system
of features. That's why this pilot
test is so important. We're com-
mitted to protecting and restor-
ing the Everglades, so we will
look at how different strategies
perform before we proceed with
larger scale implementation of
The slurry wall technology is
similar to the technology now
being used by the Corps to re-
duce seepage from portions of
the Herbert Hoover Dike sur-
rounding Lake Okeechobee.
The Project Partnership Agree-
ment allows the Corps to award
a contract for construction and
testing of the pilot project, at an
estimated cost of $9.3 million us-
ing federal stimulus funding. The
effort was also made possible by
the landmark August 2009 Mas-
ter Agreement between the SF-
WMD and the Corps.
Laying the groundwork for Ev-
erglades restoration for decades
to come, the Master Agreement
serves as an umbrella accord
between the state and federal
partners that governs all CERP
projects. In turn, each CERP
project requires a Project Part-
nership Agreement. The Master
Agreement was also an essential
step necessary for the Corps to
begin restoration construction
with an initial infusion in 2009
of approximately $115 million in
The Comprehensive Ever
glades Restoration Plan (CERP)
is a framework for restoring,
protecting and preserving the
water resources of central and
southern Florida. CERP is a 50-50
partnership between the State of
Florida and the federal govern-
ment. The State of Florida and
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District have invested ap-
proximately $2.4 billion toward
this effort, including approxi-
mately $300 million in construc-
tion. Through June 30, 2010,
60 percent -or approximately
234,853 acres -of the estimat-
ed lands needed to implement
CERP have been acquired. For
more information, visit www.
August 5, 2010
Pictured here are the following people who represent various area of disas-
ter preparedness: Judy Scribner, Human Services Program Manager-Collier
County Government, Ron Mosher, Crime Prevention Specialist-Collier County
Sheriff's Office, Joe Brueggen, representing Nancy Frees of the Collier County
Health Department, Weldon Walker, Collier County Code Enforcement, Chief
Scott Birge, Immokalee Fire Department, Essie Serrata, Farm Worker Village,
Silvia Puente, Information Collier, Robert Halman, Collier County Director-IFAS
Center. Rick Heers, executive director-I HOPE (not pictured). Story on Page 1.
Sign Up for new Cal Ripken Baseball
Fall ball for Cal Ripken Baseball, a new
league being formed in Lehigh Acres, is add-
ing teams from Immokalee. Kids 9-12 years
of age interested in continuing to play base-
ball after our regular season has ended are
Registrations will be 5-8 p.m. beginning
Saturday Aug. 7, 9, 11 and 13, at the Little
League Park in Immokalee. All games will
be held at Veteran's Park in Lehigh Acres
starting Sept. 18, till around Thanksgiving.
Registration fees are $35 including a jer-
sey and cap.
Tryouts are to be announced. All regis-
tration fees will be refunded to players not
placed on a team.
Items needed for registration are Birth
Certificate, proof of residency, and $35 reg-
istration fee. Coach's applications are also
being accepted, for additional information,
please contact William Trevino 1-239-357-
3937 or William Trevino Jr. (Mr. T.) 1-239-
New pastor arrives
First United Methodist Church has welcomed new pastor, Thornm Street, and his wife,
Vickie, to their church in Immokalee. Thornm and Vickie have been ministering for the
past 7 years in Moore Haven and are looking forward to an expanded ministry to our
community, which is much larger than the entire population of Glades County.
Thom graduated with a
Master's degree in Divinity
from Perkins School of The-
ology in Dallas, Texas, after r
receiving his Bachelor's de-
gree from Ashland College.
Thom and Vickie have
two children and two grand-
children who live in Fort My-
While in Moore Haven he
was active in the commu-
nity serving as an emergency
communicator with the Civil
Service as a HAM operator ---.
and trainer. He also is a for-
mer member of the Civilian
Air Patrol, and was a volun-
teer fireman, and volunteer
He also served as a board
member, then president of
ing Ecumenical Workforce-a
Long Term Disaster Recov-
ery Organization similar to I
HOPE in Immokalee.
He is eager to get involved
with community organiza- Pastor Thom Street has arrived at First United
with community organize Methodist Church.
tions in Immokalee.
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