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Vol. 43 No. 32


Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Another deserving family receives new'Green' home

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
An 89-year old, long-term, hand-
icapped lady is the last of seven de-
serving recipients in Immokalee to
receive a new, safe, healthy, sturdy,
FREE 'green' home thanks to the
diligent work of David Hanson,
working under the auspices of I
HOPE, Inc., Collier County's only
Long Term Disaster Recovery Or-
Gladys Boom and her grand-
son, Demorris, have struggled
ever since Wilma came through
Immokalee on Oct. 24, 2005, with


a home that was so fragile and
damaged that some rooms of their
home had to be closed off due to
black mold, termites and a very
leaky roof. Her home had no air
conditioning and was poorly in-
sulated, causing them discomfort
in the hot summers, and the cold
winters. Ms. Boom was raised in
Ochopee, but has lived in Immoka-
lee for 57 years. Her husband, John
Henry passed away nearly 20 years
ago. She raised and provided for
her grandson, and now he is re-
turning the favor by caring for his
elderly grandmother, being her

5K Race for

chauffeur, cook and dishwasher
while holding down his own job
here in Immokalee.
In her younger days Gladys
worked in the fields, and now man-
ages to survive on Social Security
and assistance from her grandson.
A run of very bad health-severe
arthritis, diabetes, knee surgery,
and a stroke-has relegated her to
spend her last years confined to a
wheelchair. Though not nearly as
active now in her church-St. Johns
Missionary Baptist Church-she was
always there when the doors were
open, worshiping with her many

friends in the community.
She was presented with the
keys to her new, free home, built
with funds provided from the fed-
eral government, and passed down
through the Collier County Health
and Human Services department.
Her name was provided to I HOPE
by a pastor's wife (from another
church), and went through exten-
sive paperwork to be certain she
qualified. She demonstrated great
patience and fortitude, and now
is enjoying a residence that is de-
signed and built to use 40-60% less
electricity for heating and air con-

ditioning than a standard frame or
concrete block home. Her home
was constructed with Styrofoam
blocks, poured with solid contract
and is reputed to be rodent-free,
insect-free, mold-proof and should
withstand hurricane-force winds
from 150-170 mph. Additional
funding was provided from anoth-
er Collier County organization and
faith-based organizations, includ-
ing One by One Leadership Foun-
dation of Southwest Florida.
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home that I HOPE has constructed for needy
families in Immokalee. Since no other funds
are currently available, the staff is searching
for other grants to continue to help rebuild
and rehab homes within the Immokalee
community. If you would like to find more
out about I HOPE, you can check them out
on the web at www.ihopeinc.org, call them
at 239.657.3889, or come by to talk to them Mrs. Boom's grandson, DeMorris stays with his disabled grandmother to help
in their office at First Baptist Church, 1411 her so that she can continue to live independently. The family was the last of
Lake Trafford Road. the recipients of seven new "Green" homes given to those in desperate need
of safe, efficient homes.

Local Night Out event gets community support

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Collier County
Sheriff's Office joined forces with neigh-
borhoods and communities across Collier
County for the 27th annual National Night
Out. National Night Out is designed to
heighten crime and drug prevention aware-
ness; generate support for, and participa-
tion in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen
neighborhood spirit and police-community
partnerships; and send a message to crimi-
nals letting them know neighborhoods are
organized and fighting back.
CCSO celebrated the fight against crime
by hosting free events and activities for the
over 350 attendees from the local commu-
nity. Immokalee deputies discussed safety
tips for bicyclists and pedestrians as well as
other crime prevention topics. Deputies also
installed over 200 bicycle safety lights and
provided bike helmets as needed. McGruff
the Crime Dog was be on hand to talk to
kids about what to do if approached by a
stranger. Representatives from the Center for
Missing & Exploited Children provided child
fingerprinting and child ID kits. Firefighters
from the Immokalee Fire Department con-
ducted demonstrations and discuss fire safe-
ty. Three new bicycles were raffled off. The
event also featured a child bike rodeo, prizes
and free food/refreshments donated by local
Deputies from the Collier County Sher-
iff's Office visited business owners to extend
a tremendous "Thank You" for their gener-
ous donation during the National Night Out
Against Crime.
The Collier County Sheriff's appreciate

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these local businesses for their support:
(1) Lauren Esquivel owner of Murphy's
Salon donated certificates for free haircuts.
(2) Angel of Roma In Havana donated
certificates for free dinners at his restaurant.
(3) Mi Ranchito donated certificates for
free dinners at the restaurant.
(4) Edward Ski Olesky from the Lake Traf-
ford Marina donated the hotdogs and chips
and a bicycle for the event.
Some of the other businesses that do-
nated were: Sam's Club, $50 gift certificate,
Costco, ten cases of water and Winn Dixie,
$20 gift certificate.
Their contributions to the event greatly
enhanced our endeavor to promote pub-
lic outreach providing information to the
public to reduce the number of victims, to
strengthen police-community relations, said
Lt. Drew Lee of the Immokalee Sub-Station.
The event also encouraged neighborhood
camaraderie as part of the fight for a safer
community. Without the help of local busi-
nesses, the event would not have been such
a great success.
The event allowed all involved to come
away with a sense of accomplishment, pride
and connecting with the community. Lt. Lee
said it is an honor to know that we have such
caring business owners in our community.

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Submitted photos/CCSO
CCSO Cpl. Ana Russell and Leticia
Cuevas (top) with Angel, the owner of
Roma In Havana.
CCSO, along with other partner groups,
made a lot of folks feel safer and hap-
pier at the recent National Night Out
event. What little boy wouldn't be fas-
cinated with all those shiny bicycles?

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

Our Purpose...
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trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of
journalistic service to the citizens of the community.
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on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax
surpluses are reinvested in Independent's mission of jour-
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Continued From Page 1

ties the poverty that exists in their backyard
and at the same time, enlighten them with
the programs the Guadalupe Center pro-
vides to further our mission to break the
cycle of poverty through education.
Through the course of this run, partici-
pants will be able to view both the contrast-
ing disparity and beauty Immokalee has
to offer. Some of the sights along the run
include Immokalee's Technical program
(ITECH), Immokalee High School, tradi-
tional Immokalee homes, our authentic
cultural restaurants, and much more. The
experience goes far beyond any typical 5K
run held in Collier County. Participants will
surely feel a sense of enlightenment and a
charge to help others.
There will be prizes and awards for race
winners, along with trophies and ribbons.
Prizes will be awarded to overall and mas-
ters (male and female) and 15 separate age
group winners -3 deep. T-shirts and goodie
bags will be available to the first 150 regis-
trants. Post race refreshments at the Semi-
nole Casino will be available after the race.
Major Sponsors of the race include the
Naples Daily News, Seminole Casino of
Immokalee, and Gulf Coast Runners Club.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the ed-
ucational programs of the Guadalupe Center
which include Early Childhood Education,
School Age Program, and Tutor Corps.
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
and resources. To find out more about the
Guadalupe Center or to support the educa-
tional programs of the Center, mail checks
payable to Guadalupe Center at 509 Hope
Circle, Immokalee, FL 34142 or call 239-657-
7711. You can also visit us or donate online
at: www.guadalupecenter.net.

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entious journalism.
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their own intelligent decisions about public
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poseful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearless-
ness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or poten-
tial conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write
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August 19, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

Council provides help for local Immokalee voters

Several dozen local Immokalee business
leaders attended a very informative session
by Cynthia Young, Education Coordina-
tor for Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of
Elections for Collier County. On the second
Wednesday of each month local business
representatives in Immokalee meet from
noon to 1 p.m. at the One Stop Career and
Service Center on 5th Street South to share
and pass out flyers on the latest updates on
their businesses, services and projects, and
invite speakers to share regarding special

programs available to the community. The
Immokalee Inter Agency Council has a cur-
rent active email list of nearly two hundred
businesses/individuals. Anyone from the
community is welcome to attend the meet-
ings. Quarterly meetings are held in conjunc-
tion with the Immokalee Rotary Club.
Early voting is often attractive to voters,
since there is normally no 'wait' time and
long lines as will be seen on election day.
An additional benefit is that all early voting
is done in Immokalee at the Public Library

Businesses cited for alcohol sales to minors

Thirty-seven out of 52 businesses visited
Thursday night during a Collier County Sher-
iff's Office underage alcohol enforcement
operation properly checked IDs and refused
to sell alcohol to minors. The operation fo-
cused on area convenience stores and bars

Robert 'Bob' Hanshaw
LABELLE -A Celebration of Life service will
be held for Robert "Bob" Hanshaw on Sunday
afternoon, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. The service will be
held at the LaBelle Woods Resort, 620 S. Main
St. There will be an opportunity for sharing fun-
ny stories or fond memories of Bob. All are wel-
come to attend.

and clubs. The goal was to provide educa-
tional materials to local businesses to assist
in keeping alcohol from our youth. Every
business involved with the check was given
educational material packets explaining the
laws and consequences relating to underage
CCSO Youth Relations Cmdr. Beth Jones
said that the agency's education efforts are
paying off, however, "It appears that the
community still has some work to do to
curb underage drinking."
Forty-two stores were visited and 11
clerks were cited for selling alcoholic bev-
erages to minors. Ten bars and clubs were
visited and four bartenders/servers received
similar citations.
Those who were cited received notices to
appear in court on charges of selling alcohol
to minors.

on 1st Street North-from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30
p.m., so people don't have to search for
their correct voting place. Early voting for
this primary ends on Saturday, Aug. 21. An
interesting new feature to encourage youth-
ful voting is to provide 16-year olds to pre-
register, though they are unable to vote, of
course, until they are 18 years of age.
Collier County has among the highest

percentages in the state eligible to vote, with
current registration at 70 percent. Cyndi also
shared that anyone who is registered to vote
can get an absentee ballot and vote with-
out ever going to the voting precinct. This
opportunity is especially attractive to voters
who have difficulty getting out to vote. The
primary election is set for Tuesday, Aug. 24,
while the general election will be on Nov. 2.

Weather Forecast
Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny and hot,
with a high near 95. East wind between 3 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 per-
Thursday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy,
with a low around 77. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is
20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near 94. Calm
wind becoming southwest between 4 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Friday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 77.
North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near 93.
Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around
77. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near 93.
Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around
76. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high near 93.

A public information meeting is scheduled that will allow Collier County property owners to view the preliminary
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The meeting will allow property owners to understand how their properties may be affected and learn more about
the financial steps that they may need to take to comply with federal flood insurance requirements. Collier County
government staff will be available to answer questions and provide information.


Friday, August 20, 2010

5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Immokalee Community Park

321 North 1st Street Immokalee

The meeting will use an open room format for property owners to walk from table to table to obtain flood zone information, ask ques-
tions about flood insurance, learn about the public review and comment period, talk to county staff,
pick up useful brochures and learn about the proposed schedule for making the DFIRMs effective for
building permits and flood insurance. There are no planned opening presentations, so residents can COUiev C0041ty
feel free to arrive at any time that best suits their schedules.
Growth Management Division

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August 19, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

Immokalee Bulletin August 19, 2010

Students First

Another school year dawns
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
Here we are on the eve of the dawning
of the 2010-2011 school year -an exciting
time. These last couple days before school
doors swing open once again, we want to
share some "words of wisdom" gathered
from our conversations with a few of our
veteran Collier County educators:
First and foremost, get back into
school routines this weekend, if you
haven't already. Be sure your child returns
to the "school year" sleeping schedule,
and be sure he or she goes to bed early
enough Sunday to get a good night's sleep.
Also Sunday evening, be sure clothes are
picked out and maybe even laid out, and
have book bags or backpacks ready and
near the door.
*Monday morning, have your son or
daughter eat a good breakfast at home,
or keep in mind that a healthy breakfast is
his or hers for the asking -totally free -at
school once again this year.
Then Monday evening, you will want
to be sure to talk about the first day. You'll
want to hear the good news and the not-
so-good in case there's a problem you can
help with. As you know, probing questions
are best -"Tell me one thing you learned

$rict Schoo1 that's new or interest-
- ing today" for exam-
Se Finally, those big
Yellow taxis haven't
been on our streets
Clier C in weeks. Our law
oier CI enforcement friends
remind us that with
school buses added to the traffic mix,
and more cars, we'll all want to allow a
bit more time to get to and fro. And don't
leave those Kindergarteners at the bus stop
One more thing, something I really
hate to bring up so as to not jinx us -but,
should bad weather threaten the operation
of our schools, I'd like you to make note of
the information sources to turn to for the
latest in school info direct from the district
office. You may call our Emergency Infor-
mation Hotline at 888.994.NEWS (6397)
for frequent updates in English, Spanish,
and Creole. Or go to the home page of the
district Web site, www.collierschools.com,
or watch The Education Channel, Comcast
cable 99.
So we wish you -our 42,000+ students
and their families, and our 3,000 teachers
and all staff -a safe, happy, and successful
new year. Next Friday we'll recap the first
few days of the new school year for you.

District TV show judged best in state

Open Mic -Open Dialogue, the School
District of Collier County's live TV panel
discussion/call-in show, is the recipient of a
2009 Sunshine Medallion Award recogniz-
ing the show as the top Broadcast TV show
in the State of Florida. The award was pre-
sented by the Sunshine State School Pub-
lic Relations Association (SUNSPRA) dur-
ing a recent Florida Association of School
Administrators (FASA) conference in Or-
lando. Award entries were judged by Polk
County public relations professionals. The
judges, in their comments, said they were
impressed by the district's outreach efforts
saying "the show fosters two-way commu-
The original Open Mic show, which
Open Mic -Open Dialogue replaced in
February of 2009, also won a first place
2007 Sunshine Medallion Award. The show
evolved into the current format with the
addition of the panel discussion element.

Education News

Highland Elementary

to hold Title I meeting
Highlands Elementary School will hold
their Open House/Title I Meeting on Friday,
Aug. 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. Students will have
the opportunity to meet their teacher as
well as see the classroom. Parents will also
have the opportunity to learn how our Title
I money is being used to support student
achievement and development.

Open Mic -Open Dialogue features an
in-studio panel discussing the issues and
challenges facing our schools and the dis-
trict. Viewers are encouraged to join the
conversation on the phone. The panel al-
ways includes the Superintendent, Dennis
L. Thompson, a School Board Member, and
two community members, usually parents
of students in the school system.
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.
The show airs at 5:30 p.m. on the sec-
ond Monday of each month on The Educa-
tion Channel, Comcast cable 99. It is simul-
cast online at: www.collierschools.com.
The next live edition of the show will air at
5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13.

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IHS parents invited to open house

Parents of Immokalee High School's
students, you are invited to spend the Sat-
urday morning right before the new school
year starts at the school, attending an Open
House. This significant event will be held on
Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the
Immokalee High School gym (701 Immoka-
lee Drive). Come early because there will be
a free lunch to go handed out to the first 200
parents in the door.
At the Open House, you'll have the
chance to meet the highly qualified and
dedicated Immokalee High School staff,
and you will have an opportunity to learn
what Immokalee High School being a "Title

I" school means for your student and you.
Plus, the Open House is the time for you to
fill out that all-important emergency student
paperwork. Translators will be present.
Principal Linda Salazar says, "We really
hope to have all parents join us the morning
of the 21st. It'll be a meaningful morning."
To learn more, call the school at 239-658-
7010 to speak to Office Manager Alethea
Cole. Or send an e-mail to coleal@collier.
The 2010-2011 school year begins on
Monday, Aug. 23, for Immokalee High
School's "Indians" and all Collier County
Public School students.

Voluntary pre-k spots filling fast

If you're interested in enrolling your
child in the full day Voluntary Pre-Kinder-
garten program (VPK) at Poinciana (2825
Airport Road S) or Sabal Palm Elementary
School (4095 18th Avenue N.E.), now is
the time! Less than five spots remain in
each school's program.

If your child will be 4 years old on or
before Sept. 1, they may be eligible for
VPK. To learn more, please contact Bonnie
Clukey at 239-377-0510. You may also find
information on the VPK Web site at: http://

Lake Trafford to hold Back to school uniform sale

Lake Trafford Elementary School will
hold their annual uniform sale this com-
ing Saturday, Aug. 21. The sale 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. Bot-
toms are khaki/tan or navy. For questions
or concerns, please call 239-658-7050.

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Immokalee Bulletin

August 19, 2010

Local partners reach out to youth with 'Build-a-boat' program

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Ten Immokalee youth were selected to
participate in the Collier County Sheriff's Of-
fice Summer Fest "Build a Boat" program.
The program is sponsored by the Marie In-
dustries Association of Collier County and
Florida Community Bank and is just one of
the many Summer Fest activities offered by
the Collier County Sheriff's Office Youth Re-
lations Bureau.
The week long program was held daily at
the Immokalee I-Tech Center from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. The goal of the program is to teach
youth basic boat building skills as well as
provide an opportunity to have a hands on
experience and to see a product built from
start to finish. The program is designed to
also teach teamwork, leadership and helps
to foster a relationship of trust and respect
between our youth and our deputies.
During the week, the youth received a
course in Boater's Safety from the Collier
County Sheriff's Marine Unit and Florida
Wildlife Commission.

After completing the course the youth
became certified to operate a vessel pow-
ered by a 10 horsepower motor or more.
The teenagers had an opportunity to en-
joy the fruits of their labor last Friday when
they launched their boat at the lake in the
Jubilation community before a couple doz-
en local supporters. Several groups of teen-
agers took a turn at rowing or riding in the
boat, and all were successful.
Florida Community Bank donated the
$850 boat and several area restaurants do-
nated lunch for the 10 youth during the
week. Bernardo Barnhart, Vice President of
the bank, was there to see the youth launch
the boat. "We were honored to do this for
the kids" Barnhart said. "I hope this will give
them a memory they will never forget." An-
gel Madera, the owner of Roma In Havana,
one of the restaurants that provided lunch
for the teenagers during the week also came
out to see the boat launch.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office Youth
Relations Bureau will host a Regatta for all
the boats built by youth during the summer.
The event will be held on Aug. 20, at Sugden

special to me ImmoKalee bUulletin/HICK Ieers
"Gatorbait" is the name chosen for the marine work of art. Ten students were
selected by the Collier County Sheriff's Office to join in on a program how to
"Build a Boat." The official launch of all of the boats built by the students will
take place on Friday, Aug. 20, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Park in Naples, starting at 1130 a.m. Sheriff
Rambosk will attend the event. The general
public is welcome to attend the Regatta.
Thanks to the Collier County Sheriff's Office

and officers, the Marin Industries, Florida
Community Bank, the iTECH Center and
Havana in Roma Restaurant for working to-
gether to build character into our youth.

Parents reminded of School District 'No shots, no school' rule

The Collier County Public School District
is reminding parents that Florida law states
that children must meet current immuniza-
tion requirements (have current immuniza-
tion records) before they can be admitted to
or attend Florida schools.
Individual schools sent notices home last
spring, advising parents of immunizations
their children require before the start of
school. Of special mention -students enter-
ing 7th grade must have documentation of
a Tdap booster or a temporary exemption if
they received a Td booster in the last 5 years.
Parents of students who received immuniza-
tions during the summer should bring their
child's blue Florida Certificate of Immuniza-
tion card to the school office BEFORE school
begins on Aug. 23. Those who still need to
receive immunizations should contact their
private physicians as soon as possible to
ensure that the child will be in compliance
with state and local requirements. The Col-
lier County Health Department provides
school-age immunizations free of charge,
on a walk-in basis at two of their locations:

Naples/Main Clinic 239-252-8395, 252-2564,
252-2684, and Immokalee 239-252-7300.
Contact the individual sites or check the Dis-
trict Web site for more information concern-
ing hours of operation. Students who do not
have all of their required immunizations will
not be allowed to attend school. Act now so
that your child doesn't miss the excitement
of the new school year.
Immunization requirements for the 2010-
11 school year can be found on the school
district's Web site. Just click on the "Parents"
bar near the very top of the page. The re-
quirements can be found by clicking on the
Health Information link. They are posted in
English, Spanish, and Creole. The important
immunization notice for students entering
7th grade can also be found there.
To learn more, please contact your child's
school, District Health Coordinator Eileen
Vargo at 239-377-0514, via e-mail at Var-
goei@collier.kl2.fl.us, or the Collier County
Health Department at 239-252-8595.

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TV Show on Telemundo SWFL, Chan-
nel 43 in Collier County, to discuss the legal
rights parents and students have when chil-
dren are experiencing difficulties learning
in school -and how they can reach out for
help from Legal Aid. The show regularly airs
Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to
noon on Channel 43, and Ms. Pacheco-Cot-
ton will be interviewed by Mr. Ycaza on the
Monday, Aug. 23, broadcast.
Legal Aid provides free legal services to
qualified low-income residents of Collier
County. Ms. Pacheco Cotton will discuss
the free services offered to parents and stu-
dents through Legal Aid's Education Legal
Rights Project. Many students and their par-
ents experience pain or frustration when a
child struggles with learning or coping with

a school environment that is inappropriate
based upon their individual needs or abili-
"Many parents are unaware of the ser-
vices and supports that the schools are re-
quired to provide to the children under the
law," states Pacheco-Cotton, "and in many
cases, this is the result of the lack of com-
munication between the school system and
the parents." According to Pacheco-Cotton,
there are certain 'signs' that parents should
watch for that may signal that a child needs
additional assistance at school. These signs
include stress in a child's life due to death or
divorce, the lack of progression in learning
at all over time, apprehension or reluctance
to go to school (which may be a sign of bul-
lying), the inability of the child to socialize

with other kids, or the inability to focus on
any specific task for more than a few min-
utes. "If parents see these signs, they can
call me at Legal Aid to review the situation
and learn about options that may be avail-
able to assist the child and maximize their
educational opportunities," states Pacheco-
If a child is classified as Exceptional Stu-
dent Education (ESE) eligible, then he or
she may be entitled to services or supports
such as counseling, tutors, speech therapy,
occupational therapy, and more -all free
of charge. Many of these kinds of decisions
are made by the school district during an 'In-
dividualized Education Plan' (IEP) meeting
involving the parents and school officials.
Ms. Pacheco Cotton attends IEP meetings

whenever appropriate for her clients at Le-
gal Aid.
The 'En Casa Con Martin Ycaza' daily TV
Show on Telemundo SWFL is paid program-
ming by En Casa Productions. Mr. Ycaza and
En Casa Productions regularly air content
in the public interest as a public service,
such as highlighting the work that Legal Aid
is doing to help low-income students and
families through the Education Legal Rights
Project. "It has always been my focus to give
priority to organizations that inform and
help our community in general regardless
of race, color, origin, or sexual preference.
To me, my community is not only Hispanics,
my community is every person that resides
in Southwest Florida," states Mr. Ycaza.

Entrepreneur school opens to

new business owners this fall

You need entrepreneur school if:
You are thinking about starting a busi-
You are currently in the process of start-
ing a business but are confused about every-
thing you have to do;
You already own your own business but
are concerned about the results you are get-
ting from it. The workshops will take place
every Wednesday for six weeks from Sept.
1-Oct. 6, from 5 until 7 p.m. The cost is just

$53 and a spouse or business partner is just
half at $26.50. The workshops will be held
at Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, 3903
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Suite 6, Fort
For more information or to register call
239-321-7085. Visit us on the web for a com-
plete list of workshops or to learn more
about what the Southwest Florida Enterprise
Center has to offer.

Chamber to host annual golf tourney

The Eastern Collier Chamber of Com-
merce will be hosting the Sixth Annual Golf
Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the
Golf Club at Ave Maria and is looking for
sponsors, according to an announcement
made by Dick Rice, Executive Director.
We're looking for team sponsors, tee and
green sponsors, and businesses who are
desirous of participating through in-kind
donations, Rice said. Sponsor fees range
from a Gold Sponsor ($750) to a Bronze
Sponsor ($400 for a four person team),
with tee/green sponsorships being just

$100 so there are a number of levels from
which a business might choose. In lieu of
the $100 a business may wish to offer in-
kind prizes for the anticipated 120 golfers
or 30 teams. The format for the tourna-
ment will be Best Ball or Captains Choice,
as in previous tournaments. Golfers will
receive a continental breakfast and lunch.
Monies raised from the tournament go to
the Chamber's Education Foundation. If
you would like additional information or
an application form, please call the Cham-
ber at 239-657-3237.

News in Brief

Early voting
Remember, early voting for the August 24
Primary ends August 23.

Play bingo for dance
Play bingo every Friday night at the

Dance Studio in Ave Maria, 5068 Annuncia-
tion Circle Suite 103 (In the Piazza behind
the Church) 7:30-11 p.m.
Open to the public. Cash prizes and 50/50.
Proceeds go toward dance scholarships. Call
239-261-2606 for more information.

Recent burglaries boost need for

security in storing equipment

The Collier County Sheriff's Office is urg-
ing lawn care businesses to heighten their
security to help fight an upward trend of bur-
glaries targeting these establishments locally
and across Florida.
Deputies say these thefts occur mostly
overnight and over the weekend. In many
cases, the locks on utility trailers are cut in
order to for subjects to enter and remove the
equipment stored inside.
There have been 20 of these break-ins
reported to CCSO since the trend began in
December of 2009.
CCSO offers the following tips to help de-
ter criminals:
-Install/use additional lighting
-Reinforce all surrounding fences and
-Lock and secure all trailers including
backing them up to a building to prevent

-Use monitored and audible security sys-
-Install/use video surveillance
It is also helpful to keep an up-to-date
inventory of all property including makes/
brand names, models, and serial numbers.
With good record keeping, deputies can
properly document the stolen equipment.
Anyone with information about these
burglaries can contact the CCSO at 239-252-
9300 or, if you wish to remain anonymous
and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stop-
pers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477).
For additional information on how to
protect your business, contact the Collier
County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention
Section at 239-252-0700.

August 19, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

New pharmacy business owners envision lower med costs

By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
People are learning to do without a lot
of things, especially during these economic
times, but medications are not a luxury. For
many people, making sure they can buy the
medicines they need is an ongoing struggle.
Two young pharmacists are charting new
territory with their own unique business
model a combination of conservative profits
and public service right here in Immokalee.
Ron Shimko and Jason Carter share a vi-
sion that precludes no one from access to
affordable medications. The grand opening
of that vision, American Discount Pharmacy,
is planned for Saturday, Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
with Little Caesars and 92.1 FM Radio live
with local DJ Ricardo. All are welcome to en-
joy free food, drinks and music.
American Discount Pharmacy is dedicated
to "proactive pricing," which Ron and Jason
say will make a significant difference in their
customers' pharmaceutical bottom line.
American Discount Pharmacy has a store-
front at 110 E. Main Street for local customers,
but is primarily a mail service. Their customer
base is the world.
Ron and Jason are proud of their innova-
tive business structure that places the empha-
sis squarely on the customer. They believe
they can provide good quality medicines at
prices often even beating Canadian pharma-
ceutical companies. They say they can also
beat many discount store prices.
All generic and brand name medications

are FDA approved not the case with medica-
tions purchased from Canada.
In many cases there is an unbelievable
mark up on generic medications, Ron said.
It takes an expert just to wade through the
government regulations and industry proce-
dures. Both Ron and Jason have some eight
years experience as pharmacists and are fa-
miliar with the entire process. Ron and Jason
have tried to structure their business in a way
that will provide quality medications to cus-
tomers at good prices, while still allowing
them to build a healthy business.
American Discount Pharmacy lists its pric-
es on line, making sure to keep them up to
date. On line prices can change very quickly,
Ron said. The company has only one set of
prices for individuals, insurance companies
and the government.
By limiting mark ups on medications, Ron
and Jason feel they can make medications
affordable to everyone. By keeping the price
low to the government, Ron said they are
also saving the taxpayers money.
"This new business model puts people
first," Ron said. Ron and Jason promise "good
medications at a great price" with no up-front
fees and one price for everyone.
Even Collier County is reviewing American
Discount Pharmacy pricing for its employees,
using their mail service.
ADP is also the first pharmacy to have a
physical presence in Ave Maria with a drop
box serviced daily. It is at the dental office of
Dr. Cait on Annunciation Circle. You can find
details on the ADP home page.

Jason Carter studied at St. Louis College
of Pharmacology before returning to Florida.
Ron Shimko studied at the University of To-
ledo. They met when Jason managed Sweet
Bay in Naples and Ron applied for job there.
Their shared concerns about what is hap-
pening in the drug market fueled their friend-
Ron and Jason are cautiously optimistic
about the government's new health care re-
form. Still, they believe a free market solution
is needed the government cannot fix the
problem alone, they say.
American Discount Pharmacy's plan is to
set all prices as low as possible and improve
the level of service. The company expects to
excel in both.
In addition to prescription drugs, ADP will

Submitted photo
New business owners and pharma-
cists, Ron Shimko and Jason Carter
along with registered tech, Maggie
Irizarry. will welcome guests to their
new discount pharmacy on Saturday,
Aug. 21,

also offer over-the-counter medications and
health care products.
Jason said they are committed to buying
American-made goods, but it's not always
possible. They also feel it's important to keep
money here in Florida and bring it into the
U.S. through international business. They
hope to offer all FDA-approved products in-
ternationally one day.
American Discount Pharmacy employees
are all registered pharmaceutical technicians
and Immokalee residents. They are: Maggie
Irizarry, Edna Pena and Miguel Delarosa. They
all speak Spanish. Miguel also speaks Creole.
Employees will also be receiving training as
food handlers.
Bring your water jugs to the grand open-
ing Ron and Jason will be offering free water
from their five-gallon water vendor.
In addition to drugs and health care prod-
ucts, American Discount Pharmacy also has
a small line of Christian clothing called Not
Of This World.
Ron and Jason want to caution you when
accessing their Web site. Go to: american-
discountpharmacy.net americandiscountp-
harmacy.com is a Canadian company. Using
these two Web sites, however, is a great way
to compare prices.
Ron and Jason are also offering sandwich-
es, milk and ice at their storefront as a conve-
nience for the neighborhood.
Pharmacy hours are Monday through Fri-
day 8-6; Saturday 9-5; and Sunday 9-2.

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