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Vol. 43 No. 45


IMMOTKALEE




ULLETI
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Happy Tomato contract helus farm workers


Inside...


Serviceman overseas
for Thanksgiving
...Page 2

Indians take tough
loss in final game

...Page 5

Lions Club offers
eye screenings

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By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
Those who pick the toma-
toes most of us enjoy every day
have real reason to celebrate this
Thanksgiving.
For years the Coalition of
Immokalee Workers (CIW) has
been chipping away at discrepan-
cies in the rights of most American
workers and those who labor in
agriculture with its Campaign for
Fair Food. Recently, the CIW has
made some impressive strides in
that quest.
The 4,000-member Coalition of
Immokalee Workers has been at
the heart of this movement since
its inception in 1993.
It was just a couple weeks ago

Guadalupe

Center to serve

Thanksgiving
Guadalupe Center's Thanks-
giving in the Park -our yearly cel-
ebration for those who are less
fortunate and also a way to say
to say "thank you" to Immoka-
lee's farm workers for picking
the crops that come to our tables
throughout the year.
A traditional Thanksgiving
dinner will be served at Immoka-
lee Airport Park, Main Street,
Immokalee on Thursday, Nov.
25.
Through volunteers and gen-
erous donations from the sur-
rounding communities, the Gua-
dalupe Center is able to provide
several thousand individuals and
children in need a hearty meal on
Thanksgiving Day.


that they were celebrating the
signing of a contract with Pacific
Tomato Growers, then Six L's the
first two tomato growers to come
to the table.
Just last week they took a gi-
ant leap forward when the Florida
Tomato Growers Exchange, which
speaks for 90 percent of all Florida
tomato growers, came on board
with that contract.
This revolutionary agreement
has various levels: it promises to-
mato pickers a penny more per
pound of tomatoes picked; it ex-
tends rights to workers who never
had them before through a Code
of Conduct and has a health and
educational component.
See GROWERS Page 2


Submitted photo/L.E. Soltis
Julia Perkins and Lucas Benitez of the CIW, Reggie Brown of
the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange celebrate the signing
of an agreement implementing the principles of Fair Food on
nearly 90% of Florida's tomato fields.


Employee of the Year: Jessica Hernandez


Special to the ImmoKalee Bulletin/lWSU
Eva Deyo, director of Immokalee Water and Sewer Dept. con-
gratulates Jessica Hernandez as she accepts an award for Em-
ployee of the Year.


Jessica Hernandez was hired
in April 2008, to work in our Ad-
ministration Department, as an Ac-
counts Payable Clerk. In that posi-
tion, she processes invoices for all
five departments. She makes sure
the invoices have the correct sup-
porting documentation and that
the bills are paid on time. She or-
ders and inventories office supplies
and assists with inventory at the
other locations. She assists with
finding and scheduling classes for
other employees, and also did the
payroll and Board-related duties
last year, while Norma Ramirez
was out on leave.
Her supervisor, Oona Reyna-
Rodriguez, says, "Jessica is a great
employee. She is intelligent and
has experience in many different
areas of life. I can always count on
her to know an answer or know
exactly where to go to get it. She is
very professional and caring, with
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IWSD
Continued From Page 1
co workers and customers. She has the drive
and initiative to succeed. Because of this,
she is someone I am very fortunate to have
on our team."
During the year, Jessica completed col-
lege classes in Financial Accounting II, Statis-
tics, Managerial Accounting, Composition II,
Science I and II. She also attended seminars
on the DEP ARRA Project, Customer Service,
Florida Institute of CPA & the Tuscan & Com-
pany Auditing Update Seminar.
Jessica is very active in the community
of Immokalee. She volunteers readily. She is
the Coordinator of the IWSD participation in
the Relay for Life, and she also volunteered
to pack meals in the Meal Relief for Haiti.
This year Jessica also worked with the East-


ern Collier Chamber of Commerce to edit
the new Immokalee Guide.
Jessica won the Employee of the Year by
achieving the highest number of Employee
of the Month points during the year; 192
points from October 2009 through Septem-
ber 2010. In addition to her educational
achievements, she also received points for
not using vacation or sick time, and for be-
ing on time. During the last year Mrs. Her-
nandez received the Employee of the Month
Award for May and August.
In recognition of her outstanding achieve-
ments in being named 2010 Employee of
the Year, Mrs. Jessica Hernandez will receive
8 hours off with pay, an Immokalee Water
& Sewer District shirt, $50 in Winn Dixie gift
certificates and this award from the Immoka-
lee Water & Sewer District, along with our
congratulations and heartfelt appreciation
for a job well done.


Local serviceman spends



holiday in Afghanistan


Another young Immokalee son is serv-
ing in awar zone. Tech Sergeant David Per-
ez left Oct. 19 for his second deployment to
Afghanistan. David is currently a member
of the Air Force Reserve and is stationed at
Homestead Air Force Base with the 482nd
Fighter Wing.
A veteran of two tours in Iraq, he pre-
viously served in Saudi Arabia during Op-
eration Desert Shield and later Operation
Desert Storm. He enlisted in the Air Force
in 1987 after graduating from Immokalee
High School.
After being discharged he studied
criminal justice at Florida State University,
graduating in 1996. He became a special
agent with the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement in 2001 and continues his job
in law enforcement when he is not called
to military duty.
He re-enlisted in the military after Sept.
11, 2001.
David assembles and transports muni-
tions to military aircraft in support of war
and peacetime missions as a Munitions
System Specialist.
The tech sergeant enjoyed a going away
party with family and friends before leaving


for the Middle East.
David expects to be serving in Cunsan,
Korea, when his Afghan deployment is
complete. He is the son of Hermina Nieto
of Immokalee.
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Courtesy photo
Immokalee serviceman, Tech
Sargeant David Perez will be send-
ing holiday greetings from Afghani-
stan this year.


GROWERS
Continued From Page 1

In a release dated Nov. 16, Lucas Benitez
of the CIW said, "This is a watershed mo-
ment in the history of Florida agriculture
... With this agreement, the Florida tomato
industry -workers and growers alike -is
coming together in partnership to turn the
page on the conflict and stagnation of the
past and instead forge a new and stronger
industry."
"Make no mistake, there is still much to
be done," continued Mr. Benitez. "This is the
beginning, not the end, of a very long jour-
ney. But with this agreement, the pieces are
now in place for us to get to work on mak-
ing the Florida tomato industry a model of
social accountability for the 21st century."
In this contract, workers like Silvia Perez
have found new hope for themselves and
their children. Ms. Perez is a native of Gua-
temala. The 37-year-old mother of two has
been working in the fields for 18 years. She
hopes for something better for her children.
Ms. Perez said she makes about $9-10,000
per year, spending long days in the fields
picking, planting, tying and staking toma-
toes.
"This is the type of work you do when
you come here," Ms. Perez said through in-
terpreter Julia Perkins, CIW staff member.
Despite the back-breaking work in the
scorching Florida sun, Ms. Perez finds some
satisfaction in the fields. It's a chance to
meet a lot of different people from all dif-
ferent places, countries and states, she said.
Still, she hopes for better for her children.
Ms. Perez and her family normally fol-
low the crops, she said, but this year they
stayed in Immokalee because of her young
children. She finds a living in day labor these
days.
Ms. Perez was very excited about the
contract, convinced it will help workers like
her. "It's important to expand (it) to all com-
panies," she said, "It gives a voice to work-
ers. Now we can speak out when we see
something that's not right."
She said that before if they complained,
they would be fired and would not be able
to find another job.
Silvia is also excited about the health
and safety components of the contract. Of
course, the agreement is just being imple-
mented, but Ms. Perez said she has already
taken some of the training.


Submitted photo/L.E. Soltis
Julia Perkins and Lucas Benitez of the
CIW, Reggie Brown of the Florida To-
mato Growers Exchange celebrate the
signing of an agreement implementing
the principles of Fair Food on nearly
90% of Florida's tomato fields.


She said she and her coworkers have
learned that they have rights. She admits
that maybe they had them before but now
they know they can exercise them.
Now, she said, growers have to provide
shade for their workers. If a worker gets too
hot out in the field, they can take a break and
cool down.
CIW staffer Julia Perkins said the orga-
nization's hope is that this will be a model
for the agriculture industry -- "accountability
that's real." She wants people to understand
that farmworkers are employees; they are
an important part of the industry. She hopes
others learn from this and improve working
conditions as well.
For Ms. Perez, the most important thing
is for workers to be considered human be-
ings.

Lion's Club to offer eye exams

The Lion's Club will be holding free eye
screening at the I Tech on Sunday, Dec.
5, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration will
end at 12:30 p.m. Screenings will include
Glaucoma, cataracts and macular de-
generation. Tests for diabetes and blood
pressure. Free eyeglasses.


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CC SO: 'Celebrate With A Star' Weather Forecast


program benefits area youth


The community is invited to join the Col-
lier County Sheriff's Office as we make the
holidays merry and bright for some deserv-
ing Collier students.
This year's CCSO "Celebrate With A
Star" program will benefit children who par-
ticipate in the Boys and Girls Club of Collier
County.
The Boys and Girls Club of Collier County
is a local chapter of the national nonprofit
organization, Boys and Girls Club of Amer-
ica. The local chapter's facility is located in
East Naples and serves approximately 1,500
students living throughout Collier County.
The organization offers a safe environment
encouraging the intellectual and emotional
growth of students through the implementa-
tion of various programs including the arts,
technology, reading, athletics and life skills.
Participating in "Celebrate With A Star" is
easy. If you'd like to provide a gift for a child,
just send an e-mail to ccsopio@colliersher-


iff.net and we will reply with a child's age
and his or her holiday wish.
Or, if you prefer, you may stop by and
select an ornament from the tree in the Hu-
man Resources lobby of the Sheriff's Office
headquarters, 3301 U.S. 41 E., Building J, in
the Collier County Government Center. Each
ornament has a child's holiday gift wish.
Gifts may be dropped off at any CCSO
substation or in the Human Resources lobby
of Building J at CCSO headquarters. The gifts
do not need to be wrapped. The Boys and
Girls Club staff will wrap all donated items
at a later time.
"Celebrate With A Star" gifts must be
dropped off by Wednesday, Dec. 15. If you
have questions, call CCSO's Public Affairs
Bureau at 863-793-9145.
You may visit the below CCSO substation
to drop off your donations:
Immokalee, 112 South First Street,
Immokalee.


Letters to the Editor


Help for needy families
There are several community based agen-
ciesincluding Christmas Around the World,
First Baptist Church of Immokalee, I HOPE,
Lake Trafford Marina, Immokalee Hous-
ing and Family Services, Guadalupe Center
and others working together in Immokalee
to coordinate with other agencies in provid-
ing clothing, food, furniture and Christmas


gifts to some of the most needy families in
Immokalee.
If you are in need of assistance, or know
of a family in need, please contact us.
Sharon is located at Lake Trafford Marina
to assist families with donations 239-657-
2401. The deadline for signing up for help
with donations is Dec. 13. Thanks,
Cherryle Thomas
239-657-0080.


Community News in Brief

Flu shots offered at the health department
The Collier County Health Department Immokalee Branch, is currently offering season-
al flu vaccine for anyone over 6 months of age. Flu vaccine is free of charge for children and
$25 or less for adults. Other vaccines are offered as well. Clinic hours are Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Snowflake Pageant searches for contestants
Do you have the most adorable child? The Immokalee High School and Delta Kappa
Gamma 2010 Snowflake Pageant is back. The Immokalee BETA Club will be hosting the
Snowflake Pageant in the IHS Auditorium on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is opened to
all girls ages 6 months to 9 years old. The winner in each division will receive a trophy, a
crown and will also expected to ride on the float at the Christmas Parade on Dec. 11. For an
application or more information, please contact Linda Ayer at 239-377-1818.


Weather forecast for Hendry County from
the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Wednesday: Patchy fog before 8 a.m.
Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near
85. Calm wind becoming east between 5
and 8 mph.
Wednesday night: Patchy fog after 3
a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low
around 60. East wind around 6 mph becom-
ing calm.
Extended Forecast
Thanksgiving Day: Patchy fog before
9 am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high
near 85. Calm wind becoming east around
6 mph.
Thursday night: Patchy fog after 3 a.m.
Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around
59. Light east wind.


Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers.
Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, partly
sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind be-
coming south around 6 mph.
Friday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Patchy fog after 3 a.m. Otherwise,
mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Saturday: A 10 percent chance of show-
ers. Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise,
mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 56.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
82.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 62.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near


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Program on Autism airs


Autism is a rapidly growing develop-
mental disorder that affects 1 out of 100
children in the United States. When par-
ents are given the diagnosis that their child
has autism, they often feel a sense of being
lost or feel hopeless. As a way to shed more
light on autism, The Education Channel,
cable 99, will broadcast the documentary
"Walking In The Dark: Finding The Light In
Autism". The program will be shown on
The Education Channel, cable 99, at the
following times and dates:
*5:30 p.m. -Sunday, Nov. 28 and Sun-
day, Dec. 5
S10 a.m. and 2 p.m. -Tuesday, Nov. 30
and Thursday, Dec 2.


The primary purpose of this documen-
tary is to serve as an educational tool to
help parents seek those unanswered ques-
tions, find ways to network and to get in-
volved. And, through meeting the families,
find hope. You'll be able to go into their
lives, their homes, and see how they live
day to day. See how they cope, how they
search for the best therapies and medical
attention they can find for their children.
And, most of all, through the eyes of their
children, see the hope.
To learn more, please contact the Com-
munications Services Department at 239-
377-0180.


Applicants sought for two


district subcommittees


The School District of Collier County is
asking for community input and help. The
district is looking for individuals interested
in serving on one of two School Board sub-
committees:
*Education -This subcommittee deals
with curriculum and instruction issues on
a variety of Kindergarten thru Grade 12 top-
ics.
*Operations -This subcommittee deals
with topics such as budget planning, capital
(building) projects, transportation, or main-
tenance as examples.
The subcommittees meet once each
month, give the district's administration an
opportunity to bring forward issues and
initiatives for community dialog. Meetings
are held "in the Sunshine" in keeping with
Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine law
and they are televised live on The Education
Channel, Comcast cable 99. There is one va-
cancy on each of the two subcommittees.
Persons with an interest in education- and
operations-related issues and topics are in-


vited to apply, especially parents and com-
munity members with a background in
education or business. Applicants must be
full-time residents of Collier County. Each
subcommittee's new member, to be se-
lected by the School Board at the December
9th School Board Meeting, will serve the re-
mainder of a vacated two-year term (to ex-
pire September 2012).
To access an online application, visit the
"What's New?" section of the home page of
the district Web site at www.collierschools.
com. Applications are also available in the
school district's Communications Services
Department in the Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Administrative Center located at 5775 Os-
ceola Trail in Naples. The deadline to submit
an application is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. To
learn more, please call the communications
department at 239-377-0180, or send an e-
mail to info@collier.kl2.fl.us.


Students First


Thanks for giving
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
Here we are giving thanks on this Thanks-
giving Day. As we reflect on what's really im-
portant in life, from where I sit in the school
district's Communications Services Depart-
ment, we find there is much to be thankful
for:
*Our 43,000 students: We are thankful
for your thirst for knowledge and desire to
learn, and for giving all of us at our schools
and district office so much joy as well as a
reason for being.
*Our students' parents and families:
Without your support our schools wouldn't
be able to do what they do. Thanks for being
there for your children -our students.
*Our 3,000+ teachers: You put students
first! Thank you for your daily commitment
to giving your all to your students as you
serve in the noblest of professions.
*All school and district staff: All of the
support you provide to our schools is essen-
tial to the learning that's taking place each
day in the classroom.
*Our principals and leadership teams:
You truly have the best interest of our stu-
dents at heart.
*Our School Board Members: We appre-


ciate the di-
S. rict Schoo reaction and
guidance
Syou provide
as policy-
makers and
members of
V the district's
governing
S body.
Q s *Our
Collier CoS Superinten-
dent: Thank
you, Dr. Thompson, for knowing what needs
to be done and then doing it. Thanks, too, to
our three chief officers. We appreciate your
leadership.
*Our 4,100 Volunteers: Thank you for
your nearly 300,000 hours of service to our
students.
*The Education Foundation: Thank you
for supporting public education in so many
ways. Thanks, too, for giving our community
a voice through Connect Now.
*The Immokalee Bulletin: Thanks for
providing this weekly communications op-
portunity.
*You: Thanks for reading our columns
each week as you show an interest in learn-
ing more about what is taking place in your
schools and your school district.


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Elementary rezoning meetings announced


Dates, times, and locations of three par-
ent meetings, to be focused on a yet-to-be-
completed School District of Collier County
elementary school rezoning proposal, are
being announced.
District staff is continuing to work on
development of a rezoning proposal ne-
cessitated by the failure of Amendment 8
at the polls on Nov. 2. Three meetings are
currently scheduled -each will begin at 6
p.m.
Immokalee area:
Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Eden Park El-
ementary School Cafeteria (3650 Westclox
Street)
A letter will be sent home to parents in
affected schools in mid-December. Rezon-
ing maps will be available on the district
Web site: (www.collierschools.com) and
in the elementary schools. The rezoning


proposal, along with comments and sug-
gestions received during the three parent
meetings, will go to the School Board for
a first reading on Jan. 18, with the second
reading and final decision expected during
the Feb. 15 School Board Meeting. Zoning
changes will go into effect with the start of
the 2011-2012 school year. Rezoning will
not be necessary at the middle or high
school level.
While there are enough classrooms
available to meet the Class Size Reduction
requirements district-wide, there are indi-
vidual elementary schools that do not have
enough classrooms and others with extra
classrooms.
It is projected that the district will need
to hire an additional 223 teachers, at a cost
of nearly $16 million, to satisfy next year's
class size requirements.


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Indians take a beating in final game against Tampa


By Moises Diaz
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
The Immokalee football season came
to an end last Friday night with a punishing
42-7 lost to Tampa Robinson. The Immoka-
lee Indians welcomed the Tampa Robinson
Knights at Gary Bates stadium for the first
round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
The Indians received a phone call
about thirty minutes before kickoff. On the
phone was senior defensive captain for the
Ohio State Buckeyes and 2007 graduate of
Immokalee High, Brian Rolle. Brian called
friend and 07' classmate Moises Diaz with
hopes of talking to his redwood brothers
before that game. "Everybody stick together
and play for the man next to you." Rolle
said. "I wish yall the best of luck tonight and
Tshumbi, hey make yourself great tonight
and make yourself known." "I love all you
guys, play fast, play for the guy next you to,
and never give up," Brian added. Rolle had
ten tackles, three for a loss in the Buckeyes
win over Iowa.
The game was tied during the 2nd quar-
ter after an 8 yard touchdown run by sopho-
more quarter back Tshumbi Johnson with
9:40 to in the 2nd quarter. After that, it was
all Knights. Costly penalties haunted the In-
dians all night as they fell further and further
away from the lead. Immokalee did score
on a deep touchdown pass from Johnson
to senior wide receiver and defensive back
Jackinson Marcellus late in the 3rd quarter,
but it was called back due to an inverted


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Adam Herrera
A single touchdown was had by the "Hometown Indians" during last Friday's
game against Tampa Robinson. The team got good luck wishes from former
Immokalee grad, Brian Rolle, now playing for Ohio State but nothing could stop
the Tampa team from steamrolling our players beating the Indians, 42-7. Aww!!


whistle by the referees.
Prior to the start of the season pressure
rose on the shoulders of the players and
coaches in Immokalee as the Indians hadn't
been to the state playoffs since 2007. Since
2005, Immokalee hadn't won the title of Dis-
trict Champs.
After two consecutive losing seasons, it is
safe to say that Immokalee football is back.
Not only did the Indians make it to the state


playoffs, but they were also crowned this
years Class 2A District 6 Champs. Although
Immokalee didn't make a deep run into the
playoffs, the Indians are only losing six start-
ers. Sixteen starters are returning, ready and
determined to be Collier County's leader
next year. First year head coach Jerrod Ack-
ley has done a great job in turning the pro-
gram around. "I'm very proud of those kids;
people don't realize how hard they worked


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Adam
Herrera
Immokalee Indians football player
contemplates the field during last Fri-
day's final game of the season against
Tampa Robinson.
this summer." "We ran twenty 20s and forty
40s in one night and none of the kids gave
up; I knew that night that there was a lot of
heart in those kids." Ackley said. "It's time to
turn the page to next year and I'm very proud
of those groups of kids," Ackley added.


Annual high school football


all-star game scheduled


Attention high school students and par-
ents! The Third Annual Collier County All-
Star Football game is coming soon. The
game, organized by the Naples North Rotary
Club in conjunction with all Collier County
high schools, is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kick-
off on Thursday, Dec. 16, at Golden Gate
High School located at 2925 Titan Way. It
features the top senior football players from
all Collier County high schools, and is de-
signed to raise funds to provide scholarship
opportunities for graduating seniors attend-
ing Edison State College and Lorenzo Walk-


er Institute of Technology (LWIT), as well as
other local community projects.
Come out and cheer on the All-Star ath-
letes. Pre-sale student tickets are available at
all high schools for $3. General Admission
tickets are $6, and are available at all schools
or any Naples TIB Bank location.
A special thank you goes to TIB Bank for
being the lead sponsor of the 2010 All-Star
Game.
To learn more, please contact Linda
Bankston from the Naples North Rotary
Club at linda12765@gmail.com.


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Christmas Around the


World to follow Snowfest


Saturday, Dec. 11, 50 tons of snow will
arrive in Immokalee for Collier County Parks
and Recreation's annual celebration Christ-
mas Around the World. After the Dec. 4,
Snowfest event, if you haven't had enough
"winter" weather, head to Immokalee, Flor-
ida for Christmas Around the World a true
community holiday celebration.
This year's event features the traditional
snow piles creating loads of fun for children.
Visitors will also enjoy a full- scale carnival,
entertainment, kids games, a sled mountain,
ice skating, Santa's workshop and plenty of
ethnic and American food.
Santa arrives by helicopter at the Immoka-
lee Sports Complex at 8 p.m.


Christmas Around the World will be held
on Dec. 11, from 5-10 p.m. at the Immoka-
lee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St. There
is no cost to enter and for more information
visit www.collierparks.com or call 239-657-
1951.
A community holiday parade begins at
5:30 p.m. as part of the winter celebration.
Christmas Around the World is one of two
holiday celebrations hosted by Collier Coun-
ty Parks and Recreation. The other event is
Snowfest at Golden Gate Community Park
on Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get into
the holiday spirit at Christmas Around the
World!
Visit www.collierparks.com.


Community helps to safely


discard unwanted drugs
The Collier County Sheriff's Office, in any of the following local drop-off sites:
partnership with Drug Free Collier, held a Collier County Sheriff's Office pre-
countywide Operation Medicine Cabinet scription drop-off box, main lobby of the
initiative Nov. 13.
Initiative o f seve 13.l a s sheriff's administration building, 3301 U.S.
CCSO is one of several local agencies
that offer a safe way for the community 41 E Bulding J East Naples. Monday
to dispose of medications through perma- through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
nent collection sites. Twelve drop-off sites Marco Island Police Department pre-
placed throughout the county gave resi- scription drop-off box, 51 Bald Eagle Drive,
dents the opportunity to easily dispose of Marco Island. Monday through Fridays, 8
their unwanted medications. a.m. to 5 p.m.
As a result of Saturday's initiative, 449.23 Collier County Medical Examiner's
pounds of discarded drugs were collected. Office, 3838 Domestic Ave., East Naples
Residents are encouraged to take their .,
medication to one of the permanent drop- Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
off locations throughout Collier County for Naples Recycling Center, 2640 Enter-
easy, safe and proper disposal. prise Ave., East Naples, Tuesdays through
To dispose of your unwanted drugs, visit Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join The Shelter in holiday merry-making


Flu vaccination key to staying


healthy during the holidays


As the busy holiday travel season ap-
proaches, the American Lung Association
in Florida wants to remind all residents of
the importance of receiving a flu vaccina-
tion. An influenza vaccination is the best
line of defense during flu season and is a
simple step to ensure healthy holidays with
friends and family.
Flu has the ability to worsen chronic
health problems and even cause death. Ap-
proximately 226,000 hospitalizations and
36,000 deaths result from influenza and its
related complication annually in the US.
Pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear
infections are just a few examples of com-
plications from the flu and everyone, es-
pecially those with chronic lung problems
such as lung disease, asthma, emphysema,
chronic bronchitis or cystic fibrosis, should
contact their healthcare provider to sched-
ule a visit for a vaccination.
Flu viruses are easily transmitted from
person to person and with the increased
exposure the upcoming holidays bring, it
is important to receive your vaccination in
a timely manner. This year the vaccination
includes the 2009 pandemic H1N1 strain.
From the date of vaccination, it takes ap-
proximately two weeks for the antibodies
that provide protection to develop in the
body. Receiving a vaccination this week


will give your body enough time to de-
velop the appropriate resistance in time for
Thanksgiving travel later this month.
Floridians are also encouraged to prac-
tice good health habits each day, especially
throughout flu season. These include the
following:
Wash your hands often. The most
common way to catch the flu is to touch
your own eyes, nose or mouth with germy
hands. So keep your hands clean, and away
from your face. Wash hands with soap and
warm water for 30 seconds, or about the
amount of time it takes you to sing "Happy
Birthday" twice.
Keep your distance when you are sick
or if you are around someone else who is
sick.
Keep it to yourself. One gift you can
give others is to help prevent other people
from catching your flu. We highly recom-
mend that you stay home from work,
school and public places when you are
sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a
tissue or your elbow when coughing or
sneezing, but never your hand. It may pre-
vent those around you from getting sick.
Visit the American Lung Association's
Faces of Influenza campaign at www.face-
sofinfluenza.org for more information or to
find a flu clinic location near you.


Make it a merry holiday season donate
new, non-violent toys and gift items to The
Shelter for Abused Women & Children for
program participants of all ages.
"Through community support, The Shel-
ter can help ensure a safe, peaceful and joy-
ful holiday season for hundreds of children,
women, men and their pets," Volunteer &
Resource Coordinator Rebecca Grabau.
Needed for the holidays are new gift
items:
Non-violent toys, games and batteries
Dolls (all ethnicities)
Non-violent CDs and DVDs
Non-violent video games
Non-violent books for adults and chil-
dren
Baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.
Sports equipment
Roller skates/blades
Skate boards
Portable CD players, MP3 players
Adult clothing (all sizes)
Children's clothing (all sizes especially
teen boys)
Shoes (boys, girls, men, women)


Purses and wallets
Gift sets bath & body scrubs, lotions,
etc.
Make-up sets
Hair brushes, hair dryers and accessories
PJs for adults and children (all sizes)
Slippers for adults and children
Gift cards to Target, Payless Shoes, Wal-
mart, Coastland Center Mall, etc.
Phone cards and gasoline cards
Additionally, food items for Thanksgiving
are needed.
Grabau concludes, "Together we can
bring peace and joy into homes across our
community."
To coordinate a Donation Drive, or for
more information on The Shelter's holiday
needs, please call 239-775-3862, ext. 235, or
email Rgrabau@naplesshelter.org.
Donations should be dropped at the back
warehouse of The Shelter's Options Thrift
Shoppe, 968 Second Avenue N, Naples,
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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