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Vol. 44 No. 5


Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, February 3, 2011


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| TMI buildings: More than just office space

Catalyst for change -
measured in sq. ft.
By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
The past several years may have
been some of the worst economic
times since the Great Depression,
but there are those in Immokalee
who are steadily continuing to
work toward a better future.
Businessmen and friends for
over 30 years, Bob Juster and Walt
Burdick have been proponents of
Immokalee since 2005, when they
partnered to build the Training
and Manufacturing Institute (TMI)
- 30,000 square feet of promise for
the future. Construction was com-
pleted in 2007.
Located in Tradeport Tech
Park, 2050 Commerce Ave., the
facility is just a stone's throw from
the Immokalee Regional Airport.

Bob and Wayne are quick to ex-
plain that it is intended to be a cat-
alyst for change in the community.
Its function is to attract a healthy
mix of "good quality" tenants in-
cluding both businesses and non-
profit organizations. Tenants can
receive tax incentives from the
state, county and as part of the En- TMI BUILDING
It is the newest commercial SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
building in Immokalee in 20 years, SERVICE CENTER #3 LEASING INFO:
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TMI's mission statement is to
attract employers who provide
high level jobs and the pair have
been quite successful in meeting
that goal.
All the businesses and organi- Immokalee Bulletin/Patty Brant
zations there pay higher wages Longtime friends and partners Wayne Burdick and Bob Juster
See TMI - Page 2 the driving force behind TMI's successful business model.

SVolunteers to 'build' 60,000

meals in two just hours!

Courtesy photo/Worldvision
Hundreds turned out last year to build thousands of "Meals
of Hope" to benefit hungry families and children. This year's
conference and highly coordinated volunteer efforts will bring
together help and hope to continue the annual Targeting Hope
outreach program.

The Worldvision organization
will sponsor "Targeting Hope,"
a one day conference centered
around rural community develop-
ment. The event will take place on
Friday, Feb. 4, at the Bethel Assem-
bly of God, 1225 W Main Street,
Workshops will be offered on
a variety of topics to build capac-
ity among leadership serving south
Florida communities. Targeting
Hope is a great place for communi-
ty based organizations and church-
es to connect with one another and
share best practices, needs and
opportunities that are important
to the future development of the
region. The conference which be-

gins with registration at 8 a.m., will
continue through the afternoon
until 4 p.m., with workshops that
include the topics of Civil engage-
ment, community youth develop-
ment, Youth mentoring, Commu-
nity transformation, understanding
child well-being, Youth as agents
of charge and from Community
Redevelopment Agency Executive
Director, Penny Phillipe, a session
on "What's going on in Immoka-
lee." The final workshop session
given by Sherry Hubbard will be
on the topic of utilizing technology
for your organization.
Following the conference vol-
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than can be earned in picking or packing.
Their philosophy is to "Try to do well by do-
ing good," Walt explains.
Of course, there have been some rough
spots throughout the process. Dealing with
building regulations that are identical to
those governing high end businesses in Na-
ples has been one of Immokalee's biggest
challenges in moving forward. Bob and Walt
say these building codes are unrealistic and
add unnecessary expenses for anyone want-
ing to help build up Immokalee's economy.
The partners are clearly proud of how
they interface with the community. Exam-
ple: they successfully lobbied for a CAT bus
stop at the facility. Transportation is key in
allowing access to all and non-profits like
Early Learning, Salvation Army and I HOPE
-all located at TMI - are important for many
Immokalee residents.
At TMI, tenants receive value added with
an excellent property management program
and a handyman who keeps the building
Just two offices remain open at the facil-
ity. Current tenants include: The Florida Na-
tional Guard 856th Quartermaster Support
Company Emergency Response; The Salva-
tion Army Eastern Collier County Local Of-
fice; Collier County School District Headstart
Early Learning; Collier Child Care Resourc-
es, Inc. Child Care Training and Certification;
Gulfcoast Linen, a Div. of SodexHo USA, Inc.
Linen Storage for SW FL. Hospital; IHOPE,
Inc. (Immokalee Helping Our People in
Florida National Guard
The 856th Quartermaster Support Com-

pany has been at TMI for five years. The
readiness center includes a Day Room, train-
ing space, offices and conference room.
Bob and Walt say the National Guard's
arrival in March 2008 was a "saving grace"
for TMI. The Guardsmen have been very
helpful in supporting the other tenants get
established - like helping IHope move into a
warehouse there.
The federally-recognized, fully accredited
unit has some 120-150 Guardsmen assigned
to it. Members are from all over Florida.
Eventually the unit will move completely
over to the Immokalee Airport.
School Board
Offices at TMI provide the base for Collier
County School Board's technology, Bob said
during a tour of the facility.
The nucleus of the Early Learning ad-
ministration and warehouse are on site. The
office administers programs for PreK to sec-
ond grade. One such program is providing a
book a month for each child in those grades
in Collier County. They also handle the Sum-
mer Migrant program at the high school.
Salvation Army
The Salvation Army's contribution to the
community has long been felt. For instance,
when the January 2010 freeze hit Immoka-
lee's agricultural base so hard, a crowd of
20,000 wound around the building, in need
of services.
The Salvation Army's Rosa Ogando pro-
vides social services from the office at TMI.
She has been here since Dec. 13, with the
Salvation Army for six years and before that
with Collier County. Her office helps people
pay bills, rent and utilities. By talking to cli-
ents, she said, they can usually find some-
one who can help.
The Salvation Army is a faith based orga-
nization. Rosa said she is pleased to be in
this community.

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TMI is built on the concept of good business practices and community service.
Pictured from left: IHope's Rick Heers, Wayne Burdick, Rosa Ogando of the
Salvation Army and Bob Juster.

Bob and Walt's business philosophy has
helped IHope (Immokalee Helping Our Peo-
ple in Emergency) become part of the TMI
family. A sub-market rent helps businesses
and groups set up, but it could not be done
without financially healthy tenants.
Rick Heers, I HOPE's leader, proudly
shows off a warehouse at the TMI building.
Donations of new and used furniture from
places like Haverty's and Rooms to Go as
well as numerous other stores and groups,
line shelves and crowd the floor space.
Items from water pumps to cabinets are
stored there till they can be put to good use
by someone in need.
Rick said recently eight Illinois Amish
visitors refurbished homes, and helped set
the warehouse in order. He said he is very
pleased to have such great access to the
warehouse and is working on a business

model that will also allow him to set up of-
fice space there.
"Without this we'd be stumbling along,"
he said.
Bob is helping him set up the business
model. They collaborate, connect to make
things happen. Everything works together.
Child Care programs
National Center for Children and Families
driven, this program provides learning ma-
terials and training for adults working with
Bob and Walt have guided TMI through
2008-10, the worst years of the current reces-
sion, and feel they have even improved their
mission. They are pleased to have managed
so well.
"Walt and I kept our promises," Bob said
adding, "Immokalee is filled with unkept

Immokalee Fire Dept. recognizes Burn Awareness Week

Burn awareness is a kick off during the
week of Feb. 6-12, to a yearlong education
campaign from Shriners Hospitals for Chil-
dren�. The 2011 Campaign is Safety Begins
at Home.
. U.S. hospitals treat an estimated 16,000
children under 5 for scalds every year. In ad-
dition, more than 60 percent of residential
fires that cause the death of a child occur in
homes without smoke detectors.

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Here are just a few tips to keep your chil-
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outlet covers, install appropriate number of
smoke detectors, teach children that match-
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unteers will pack 60,000 meals in just two
hours with Meals of Hope and the day's
events will be capped off with pizza and cel-

News Editor: Patty Brant
Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton
Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers
Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee
Publisher: Tom Byrd
Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken

Our Purpose...
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station at 502 E. New Market Rd. 239-657-

ebration from 6 until 7 p.m.
For more information, please contact
Frank Rincon, youth pastor, Bethel Assembly
of God at 239-503-8136; Rick Heers, director
I HOPE at 239-657-4524 or John Lawson,
director One by One Leadership at 239-248-

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February 3, 2011 Immokalee Bulletin

Letters to the Editor

From Collier County District
Schools: School volunteer
policies explained
Questions raised in light of recent arrest
of suspect charged with molesting a child at
two Collier County District Schools include:
1. How long has Mr. Alter been a volun
Since October 2008
2. What is the process for becoming a
An application is completed with the
applicant being asked to self-disclose any
criminal history. Following a volunteer ori-
entation, the applicant's driver license is
swiped through the "FastPass" system to
be cleared through the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders and
Predators Registry. The volunteer is then
cleared as a Level I volunteer. They would
be issued a volunteer badge at that time. The
volunteer's work at the school with students


Paul Raul Becerra Jr., 39
IMMOKALEE -Paul Raul Becerra Jr., 39, of
Immokalee, who passed away unexpectedly at
his home Jan. 17,
We, the family,
would like to thank
everyone for the
kind words, ges-
tures, emotional and
financial support
during our time of
grief. We are so
grateful to have such
wonderful family
and friends.
Paul was
a long time truck driver for agricul-
ture which allowed him to travel many states.
He was born on April 27, 1971, and survived by
his parents, Maria Flores Rivera and Paul Raul
Becerra Sr. He is also survived by his children,
Paul Raul Becerra III, Robert A. Becerra and Mi-
guel Mendiola, Ashley M. Becerra, Amber M. Be-
cerra and Carolee Conde; brothers, Ramiro,
Richard, and Roger lee Becerra; sisters, Melinda
and Melissa Becerra; and fiance, Anita Partida.
Paul, you will live in our hearts and never be
forgotten but missed greatly.

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is then supervised by a school employee.
If the school expresses a need for a Level
II volunteer, someone who may have unsu-
pervised direct one-on-one contact with stu-
dents (volunteer coaches, overnight chap-
erones, or clinic volunteers), fingerprinting
-which includes a criminal background
report from both Florida Department of Law
Enforcement and FBI -is done.
3. What type of volunteer work did Mr.
Alter do?
He assisted students with reading.
Mr. Alter was a Level 1 volunteer
Collier County District Schools

Black History Month Events
The Black Hertiage Scholarship Com-
mittee would like to invite the Immokalee
community including churches, schools,
organizations and the public to all of their
upcoming Black History Month of Events:
Feb. 18
Fashion/Talent Show at the Immokalee
Aquatic Center(Sport Complex)-505 Escam-
bia Street, Immokalee, from 7-9 p.m. The
cost is $5 Donation
Feb. 19
Community March/Taste of Soul at the
Immokalee Airport Park-1140 SR#29, from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost is $10 per plate
Feb. 20
Community Service in Immokalee at First
Baptist Missionary Baptist Church--715-Third
Street, Immokalee at 3 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the Black Heri-
tage Scholarship Funds in Immokalee.
Come one come all and join in on our
celebration. For concerns or questions,
please call Brother Tony Allen at: 239-297-
1390, Bishop Scott at 305-915-5109, Sister
Sharon Tims at 239-657-3583, Sister Gloria
Everett at 239-324-1354 or Sister Elaine Lane
at 239-657-6403.
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Waterways man charged

with child molestation

Robert G. Alter was arrested Friday and
charged with sexually abusing six more
The new charges are felonies and range
from lewd and lascivious molestation on a
victim under the age of 12 to sexual bat-
The incidents occurred from May 2010
to January 2011, according to detectives.
The victims are girls ages 7 to 11, detec-
tives said.
Four of the victims were students at
Pinecrest Elementary School and one of
the victims attended Highlands Elementary
School, both in Immokalee. The abuse oc-
curred while Alter was working as a volun-
teer at the schools.
Detectives said the abuse occurred in
the hallway at Highlands Elementary and

in the library media
center at Pinecrest
N Elementary.
Detectives said
the other victim
was a child Alter
knew and that the
abuse occurred at
his residence in the
Waterways com-
munity in Golden
Gate Estates.
Robert G. Alter Alter was arrest-
ed late last Friday
afternoon, Jan. 28, at the Collier County
jail, where he has been held since his Jan.
20, arrest on separate molestation charges
involving a student at Highlands Elemen-

Legal Aid to host free Family Law Seminar
Legal Aid Service of Collier County is offering a free Family Law Seminar for individu-
als seeking to file for a divorce pro-se (Simple divorce) on Feb. 24, from 4 until 6 p.m.
You must meet the following criteria: No children born during the marriage and No real
property purchased during the marriage. Please call our office to register at 239-775-
4555. Legal Aid Service of Collier County, 4125 E Tamiami Trail, Naples. Call for more
information at 239-775-4555. No walk ins will be accepted. Go to: www.LegalAid.org/
collier for more information. Upcoming Events: Custody/ Visitation seminar in March.
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Immokalee Bulletin February 3, 2011

IHS reading program

recognizes mentors

The Immokalee High School (IHS) Teen
Trendsetters Reading Mentors program con-
tinues to be a success in its third year. As a
way to recognize all that the students have
done, and as a highlight of National Mentor-
ing Month, "Thank Your Mentor Day" was
celebrated recently. Volunteer USA, who
manages the Teen Trendsetters program,
had teens and elementary students finding
creative and easy ways to thank their men-
The program started three years ago with
30 IHS teens mentoring 3rd grade students
at Highlands Elementary School.
This school year, 24 IHS teens (some
new, some returnees) provided service to
Immokalee Community School 2nd grade
students. The program has garnered nation-
al recognition, including a prestigious lead-
ership award from Youth Service America.
The program places Lead Teen Trendset-
ters and an advisor from an area high school
working together with a neighboring ele-
mentary school. Approximately 24 teens are
paired with 24 younger students. The teens

arrive at the elementary school once a week
for one-hour mentoring sessions. Together,
the students get to know one another and
spend valuable time reading and enjoying
other educational activities. There is an open
enrollment for the Mentor Teen Trendsetters
volunteer program due to students taking
part in extracurricular activities throughout
the school year.
Teen Trendsetters was first launched in
Florida in 2002. Accomplishments include:
a 90 percent acceptance rate into college for
Teen Trendsetters who are high school se-
niors with most planning to continue volun-
teering, up to 25 take-home books provided
to struggling 2nd and 3rd grade readers to
keep and read at home with their parents,
and Volunteer USA has been awarded a
Youth Thrive Award and a 2004 National
Harris Wofford Award for the Teen Trendset-
ters youth program.
To learn more, please contact Teen
Trendsetters sponsor Ada Campos at 239-

Early dismissal set for next week

The fourth of seven School District of
Collier County early dismissal days is set
for Wednesday, Feb. 9. The early dismiss-
al time for elementary, middle, and high
school students is three hours earlier than
the dismissal time on other days.
The early release day is for the purpose
of school improvement inservice for all
staff, especially as they work in design-
ing challenging and engaging lessons for
our students. The district hopes that this

advance notice will allow for after-school
child care arrangements to be made.
The three remaining scheduled early
dismissal days for the 2010-2011 school
year are March 8, May 19, and June 9 -the
very last day of the school year. To view the
entire 2010-2011 school calendar, go to the
home page of the district Web site (www.
collierschools.com) and look under "Cal-
endars" on the "Quick Links" menu on the
far left side of the page.

LWTHS to sponsor benefit

garage sale and fun run

Lorenzo Walker Technical High School
(LWTHS) will hold its 2nd Annual "Junk in
the Trunk Garage Sale and 5K Family Fun
Run" beginning at 7:30 a.m., on Saturday,
Feb. 12. Both events will take place on the
campus of LWTHS located at 3702 Estey
Avenue. This year, the event is being co-
sponsored by the school's National Honor
Society (Junk in the Trunk) and Sports Club
(5K Fun Run).
The Junk in the Trunk garage sale is open
to anyone, and for a $15 donation you can
sell anything. National Honor Society spon-
sor Joann Cassio explains how easy it is.
"Back up your car, open the trunk, and have
an instant garage sale." Two parking spaces
are allowed per $15 donation, which will go
toward providing scholarships to National
Honor Society students.

The 5K Family Fun Run is free, though
donations are accepted. Sports Club spon-
sor Richard Ponton noted the many benefits
of the run. "We want people to see our new
campus, in its first fully completed year. We
chose the date for our northern snowbirds.
We decided on the run for people to lose
those unwanted holiday pounds." The Run
(or walk) is not timed, but a little competi-
tion among the leaders of the pack is bound
to arise.
To register for either the garage sale or
the run, please contact Joann Cassio at: cas-
siojo@collier.kl2.fl.us or Richard Ponton at

Students First

Child's bus late?
Check online
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
If your child is one of the nearly 20,000
School District of Collier County students
who ride a school bus everyday, I want to
remind you of an easy today-kind-of-way
way, using today's technology, to learn if
your child's bus is delayed a bit on the trip
home. All you have to do is go online to find
out. Late bus notices are posted, as need-
ed, on the home page of the district Web
site at: www.collierschools.com. Just look
for the cute little yellow school bus icon
and the "Late Bus" notice link on the home
page in the "What's New" area. It should
pop up on any afternoon that a school bus
may be running more than a half hour be-
hind schedule. Just click on the Late Bus
Notice sign to find out if, by chance, it's
your child's bus that's running late. If more
than one bus is late, a listing of the bus
numbers that are delayed will be posted.
If an entire school dismisses students later
than usual on a given afternoon we'll post
a similar "Late f-l i ,-,- I notice there. Par-
ents have told me that they routinely check
the Web site a time or two each afternoon
to see if there's a delay. Not a bad idea. To
learn more about the late bus notice call
us at 377-0180, or simply send an e-mail
to us at our info@collier.kl2.fl.us address.
Now, when you have specific questions

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about school bus
service, call the
school district's
department' folks
directly. There's
a special phone
number for you to
call as an Immoka-
lee resident. It is

239-377-1027. It's not every day that a bus
runs late, and your child's bus may never
be late, but I thought that knowing where
you can check to find out if it's late might
be helpful -just in case.
"Here's the latest news!" While we've
heard that line on radio or TV over the
years, today we're more likely to go online
to find out what's happening than to turn to
the broadcast media. It's part of that instant
gratification thing where we don't want to
wait for the next scheduled television news
show. And today you'll even find TV news
anchors directing you to their station's
Web site for the latest info. In the school
district's case, when you want or need to
learn what's going on in our schools, or
at the district office, best thing to do is go
to the home page of our Web site -www.
collierschools.com. There you'll find the
Latest School News, and the Latest District
News, updated as often as new informa-
tion comes our way, normally several times
during a given day. In that sense, it truly is
the "latest" news that we post there.

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Adult Ed 'Winter 2' class

session to begin soon

The second half of the winter season
in Southwest Florida is here. With that in
mind, the School District of Collier Coun-
ty's Adult and Community Education (ACE)
program is ready for the second half of its
Winter Session. Classes for ACE's "Win-
ter 2" Session begin the week of Feb. 14,
and will run through the end of March, ac-
commodating seasonal residents. A variety
of art, computer, dance, foreign language
and other courses are offered. Schedules
are available at all public libraries, tax and
driver license offices, Publix and Sweetbay

stores and on the web at www.collieradult-
So if you want to learn how to invest
your money wisely, carry on a conversa-
tion in a foreign language, or reel in a big
fish the next time you're out fishing in the
Gulf, then be sure to enroll in the new ses-
sion of the ACE program, as these topics
are just a few examples of classes offered,
as well as many new classes and over 400
teacher-facilitated online courses.
To learn more, please contact the ACE
office at 239-377-1234.

Pinecrest kids to enjoy

Annual 'Bud(
Hideaway Beach to host
19th Annual 'Buddy Day'
On Feb. 9, over 140 second graders from
Pinecrest and Highland elementary schools
will be treated to a day of fun, environmen-
tally-based educational activities at Hide-
away Beach on Marco Island.
The event is a special reward for students
who have made exceptional improvements
in reading and math skills over the last three
years. Buddy Day is from 11:30 a.m. 3:30
Over 100 volunteers from Hideaway
Beach, Marco Island, Fiddlers Creek, Verona
Walk and several other Naples communities
will spend one-on-one time with their sec-
ond grade "buddies."
Rookery Bay and Big Cypress will pro-
vide learning activities on the beach. Many
of these children have never traveled outside
Immokalee or visited the Gulf of Mexico. For

Iy Day' event
them, it is a day filled with adventure, laugh-
ter and learning. At the end of the day, Kids2
Camp provides each child a stuffed animal
as a memory for the day.
For more information on "Buddy Day" or
the Guadalupe Center, please contact Lisa
Morse, Director of Development, 239-657-
7711 or visit www.guadalupecenter.net
The entire event is put on by the Club,
Staff and residents of Hideaway Beach.
The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee
has been serving the children and families
of Immokalee for more than 25 years. Our
mission is to break the cycle of poverty by
providing educational, social and other
support programs and resources. From the
very young in Early Childhood Education, to
After-School tutoring, to the Soup Kitchen
and Clothing Room programs, this privately-
funded organization makes a real difference
in every aspect of their lives.

iTECH Fair provides local

community with information

The Immokalee Technical Center scheduled to share information with the

(iTECH) will host its inaugural Commu-
nity Education and Resource Fair from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the
school located at 508 North Ninth Street, in
Immokalee. The fair will bring governmen-
tal, non-profit, and private organizations all
together with the purpose of educating and
informing the local community of services,
benefits, and resources that are available
to help improve the lives of residents and
promote economic development. Tables
and booths will be set up with agency
representatives. Additionally, speakers are

public about important issues affecting the
community such as education, housing,
immigration, and more.
Being that the event is a fair, come out
and enjoy fair favorites such as: food and
drinks at a nominal cost made available by
iTECH Caf6, festive music provided by DJ
Juan Medina, and win prizes that will be
given away.
Information will be presented in English,
Creole, and Spanish. To learn more, please
contact Brigita Gahr at 239-377-1862.

RCMA childcare worker

recognized for dedication

30 years nurturing
Immokalee's children
Juanita Garcia, who settled down from
migrant farm work to take care of children
in the 1970s, was honored Monday for her
30 years with Redlands Christian Migrant
During those years, Garcia has run each
of RCMA's five childcare centers in Immoka-
lee. She currently is the center coordinator
for Immokalee Community Migrant Head
Start center, housed in Immokalee Com-
munity School. She has cared for thou-
sands of Immokalee preschoolers.
"I see some of them, and they're mar-
ried and have kids of their own," she says.
"I say, 'My God, it doesn't seem that far
Garcia, 58, was born in Brownsville,
Texas, to parents who worked in shrimp
processing plants. In 1960, they began mi-
grating among farms in Virginia, Ohio and
Immokalee. Then, in 1975, Garcia began
staying at home in Immokalee, caring for
young nieces and nephews.
RCMA, meanwhile, was expanding out
of its home turf in Miami Dade County.
Newly arrived in Immokalee, RCMA hired
Garcia to work at its center at Farmworker

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/RCMA
Juanita Garcia, an RCMA childcare
worker has dedicated 30 years of her
life to taking care of local children.

Village A.
The nonprofit RCMA moved its head-
quarters to Immokalee. Garcia never left
RCMA, and never wanted to.
"I like working with children," Garcia
says. "I like taking care of them, seeing
them grow. I like working with families."

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employees may pick up
their 2010 W-2's at
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employees may pick up
their 2010 W-2's at
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1255 N. 15th Street #4
Immokalee, FL 34142
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LWTHS reaches goal to build school in Haiti

For the past three years, Loren-
zo Walker Technical High School
(LWTHS) has supported Free the Chil-
dren -a registered charity in the United
States and Canada. LWTHS students
have worked hard through multiple
fundraising activities such as numer-
ous car washes, weekly bagel sales,
and taking part in various community
events to reach a goal of $8,500 to
sponsor the building of a new school
in Haiti.
The idea to build a new school in
Haiti came about when LWTHS and
East Naples Middle School brought
in a guest speaker who just returned
from a trip that provided clean water

to a developing community in Kenya.
The speaker shared her experiences,
as well as information about the Free
the Children organization. LWTHS stu-
dents approached staff members to let
them know that they wanted to work
with Free the Children's "Adopt A Vil-
lage" program, one which provides
a school in an underdeveloped com-
After three years, the funds have
been raised and are available for the
construction of an elementary school.
An elementary education has been
shown to be one of the most impor-
tant single factors in lifting impover-
ished people out of poverty. The school

will be either a single or double-room
school house in a rural area of the
community, or part of a greater block
of school buildings in a central loca-
tion. Specifically, two areas, are target-
ed for the school's location, Dos Palais
and Terre Casse. Within the school's
walls, students will be provided with
the supplies necessary to attend such
as textbooks, pencils, and more. This
may include uniforms as well, if fami-
lies can't afford them. LWTHS senior
Beatriz Martinez summed up her feel-
ings about what this all means to her,
"It made me feel good to know that we
are making a difference in the world.
We are giving them (the children) the

experience of having the chance for an
Free the Children is the world's
largest network of children helping
children through education, with
more than one million youth involved
in its innovative education and devel-
opment programs in 45 countries. The
organization has built more than 500
schools around the world.
To learn more about the LWTHS
project, please call 239-377-0900, and
to learn more about Free the Children,
please visit: www.freethechildren.

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community about human trafficking
and provide services to victims once
they are found.
This winter, Collier County Sher-
iff's Office Victim Advocate, Marisol
Schloendorn, Collier County Sheriff's
Office Detective Charlie Frost, and Ave
Maria School of Law Professor Eliza-
beth Donovan, began efforts to in-
crease the visibility and activity of the
In November 2010, the Coalition
hosted "A Day Without Slavery" in
Immokalee Community Park. The
community event included informa-
tion tables staffed with volunteers
from a range of government and
non-government agencies, in-
E eluding, The Shelter for Abused
Women and Children, Lutheran
Social Services, The Coalition of
Immokalee Workers, and the Col-
lier County Health Department.
Bike lights were installed by Col-
lier County Sheriff's Office, ID
cards for children were produced
by the Center for Missing and Ex-
ploited Children, and everyone
received lunch. New to the event
this year was an area where Ave
Maria School of Law students
helped children create art, play
soccer and jump rope, and have
their faces painted. More than 500

Immokalee community members at-
tended the event.
On Thursday, Feb. 3, the Coalition
will host its first event for 2011. Com-
munity members are invited to a pre-
sentation entitled "Combating Human
Trafficking" with panelists Laura Ger-
mino, co-founder of the Coalition of
Immokalee Workers (CIW), Detective
Charlie Frost, and Professor Donovan.
The panel presentation will be held
at the Ave Maria School of Law Library,
1025 Commons Circle, Naples, on the
west side of Vineyards Boulevard, from
12:15 p.m. -1:15 p.m. Attendees can
park in any available spot in the park-
ing lot that surrounds the Law Library
Ms. Schloendorn will give open-
ing remarks and introduce the panel.
Ms. Germino will address her work
with CIW, a community-based group
organized to bring fair wages and la-
bor practices to the agricultural fields
of Florida. Detective Frost will explain
Collier County Sheriff's Office Anti-
Trafficking Unit efforts to educate Col-
lier County residents about human
trafficking, coordinate with govern-
ment and non-government agencies,
and investigate the leads his Office re-
ceives. Professor Donovan will discuss
her work in the Law School's Wom-
en's Immigrant Rights Law Clinic, and
the role of task forces and coalitions

in coordinating efforts among law
enforcement, government and non-
government agencies, and community
Following the panel presentation,
Collier County Coalition Against Hu-
man Trafficking members are invited
to a light lunch reception at the Ave
Maria School of Law Administration
Building. The reception will provide
an opportunity for members to meet
informally. The Coalition will hold a
meeting in Immokalee on Thursday,
Feb. 17.
The panel presentation is the first in
a series of events the Coalition is plan-
ning for 2011. The Coalition is elated
about Ave Maria School of Law com-
mitment to the Coalition. With this
new alliance the Coalition is looking to
invigorate its efforts to combat human
trafficking in Collier County. To assist in
this goal the Coalition is asking existing
members to renew their commitment,
and is actively seeking new volunteers
and new members who are interested
in joining the fight against human traf-
ficking in Collier County.
Because food and beverages will
be served, Coalition members who
plan to attend the reception are asked
to RSVP to the Ave Maria School of
Law Clinic at: mruggeri@avemari-

News in Brief

Minority Task Force
Meeting set for Feb. 10
The next Minority Task Force
meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 10,
at 10-11 a.m. The topic will be PRB.
This is our Professional Responsi-
bility Bureau. Bring any guests you
would like. The meeting is always
free and open to the public.

Education and Resource
Fair set for Feb. 12
The Immokalee Education and

Resource Fair will be held at the I-
Tech Center this coming Feb. 12,
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Over 35
local, State, and Federal agencies
and organizations are scheduled to

Cowboy gospel meeting
in LaBelle Feb. 8
Come to the Cowboy Gospel
meeting Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the La-
Belle Revival Center, 3025 W CR 78.
Come and enjoy good gospel music
and a message by Dave Randant.

TRUST Quartet to
perform Feb. 13
Trust Quartet will be singing
Gaither-style four-part harmony
in concert at First United Method-
ist Church in Immokalee on Feb.
13, at 10:45 a.m. The exciting Trust
Quartet, a Florida based and Nash-
ville recorded group will perform
their enthusiastic approach to come
of gospel's finest songs. Trust not
only has a great harmony but also a
unique ministering ability with song.
You won't want to miss this opportu-
nity to enjoy a great concert!

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Immokalee Bulletin

Immokalee Bulletin February 3, 2011

Immokalee Fire Dept.

receives recognition

On Saturday, Jan. 22, the Golden Gate
All Nations S.D.A Immokalee Branch
Church presented Fire Chief Scott Birge
with a plaque in recognition and appre-
ciation for the Fire Department's loyal and
dedicated service to the continued safety
for the community of Immokalee. Our
Mission statement states we are commit
ted to protecting the people and property
within our community, to be responsive
to the needs of our citizens by providing
rapid, professional, humanitarian services
essential to the health, safety, and well-
being of the community. We accomplish Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/IFD
this through prevention, education, fire Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Elisa Yanes
suppression, first responder medical and From left to right are Rhonda Birge,
non-medical related emergency activities Chief Scott Birge and Dr. Walter
and most of all from the Generous Support Douglas (Pastor of the Golden Gate
we receive from the residents of Immoka- All Nations S.D.A Immokalee Branch
lee and Ave Maria. Church).

Vision and perseverance

pays off for business duo

Negative area sees positive
changes with new business

By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Drive through certain areas of Immoka-
lee and you'll see signs saying "High Crime
Area-Do Not Stop" and also see signs of a
rough, tough neighborhood with bars on
windows, and lots of litter around. In the
midst of this 'wilderness' a transformation is
beginning to take place thanks to the inge-
nuity, investment and perseverance of two
young men who graduated from Immokalee
High School in 1997 who wanted to make a
positive impact on their home town.
Bernardo Barnhart, a vice president of
Florida Community Bank, and Jacob Gal-
legos, a former teacher for the Collier Coun-
ty Public Schools purchased an old building
on the Southside of Immokalee, and decid-
ed to invest in it to provide a good place for
local individuals and families to find some
good food and have a place where they
could relax or hang out with their family or
friends. The challenge was daunting! One of
the biggest challenges was to overcome the
negative reputation of the area and convince
local authorities that they could make a posi-
tive change in the area.
After months and months of getting all
the approvals that were needed, remodel-
ing began, and the finished product named
Chile Caliente is now providing an attractive,
clean, positive environment where anyone
can enjoy delicious food at a reasonable
The outside of the building is attractively
decorated...with no bars on the expansive
windows, and the interior is even more strik-
ing. Guests can either sit at the long bar, or at

any of the many tables and enjoy watching
any of the 9 big screen televisions located
around the room. If they prefer, they can call
ahead and take out their choice food and
beverage. The Chile Caliente is open from
11 a.m.-8 p.m., for dine-in, and is open until
2 a.m., for those who work late and would
like some good food.
This good example of the "American
Dream" coming to fulfillment not only gives
the two owners a great sense of civic and
personal accomplishment, but also provides
steady employment for 6 additional staff
Some have labeled this A Mexican Hoot-
ers in downtown Immokalee. One of two
things or maybe both may come from this
exciting enterprise, first of all, those who stop
by Chile Caliente will get a reasonably priced
good food, and secondly, perhaps they too
will be encouraged take similar steps to im-
prove the environment of Immokalee.

Save the dates! - 51st Annual

Immokalee Harvest is coming

The Eastern Collier Chamber of Com-
merce has partner with The Immokalee
Seminole Casino to invite you to participate
in the 51st Anniversary of the "Immokalee's
Harvest Festival," April 15-17.
The community of Immokalee would
like to revive our traditional Harvest Festival,
just like the past and we would like for you
to take part in the festivities.
This year's Festival and Parade Theme
is, "Immokalee-The Heart of American
Grown." The entire festival will take place
on the Immokalee Seminole Casino park-
ing grounds located at 506 1st Street South.
Our Harvest Festival will start with the fol-
lowing: April 15, at 6 p.m. - The Official Har-
vest Festival Queen Court Competition will
take place. All Queens will be crowned. This
competition will take place in the Seminole
Casino Event's Tent. Admission is $3 per per-
son. Kids under 6 years of age is FREE!

New business owners, Bernardo Barn-
hart and Jacob Gallegos have recently
opened the doors to the newest local
"Hotspot" eatery in Immokalee - Chile
Caliente! Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. dine
in and until 2 a.m. for take out.

April 16, at 10:30 a.m. "Welcoming Cere-
mony" at which time a "KEY" of Immokalee
will be given to welcome the Texas Road-
house Cafe' Corporation.
April 16, at 11 a.m. An AUTO Parade will
high the various cars in the different periods,
Classics prior to 1939, War Time between
1940 and 1970 and 2000. Modern, Low rider.
Off road and etc. We will have beautiful agri-
cultural floats and entries along with our fa-
mous IHS Marching Band. Trophies will be
given for car and floats categories.
There will be exotic food vendors of all
cultures, our famous "Wild Hog BBQ with
the Immokalee Salad! An array of agricul-
tural fruits and veggies that are grown in
Immokalee will be available for all and a
kids tent with their own ice cream wagon
for refreshments!
Live entertainment ALL DAY! 4-H live-
stock demonstration with the winners from
our local County Fair. Unique multicultural
arts and craft items available. Also for the
kids - A Petting Zoo, Latest Extreme Games,
Bounce House and Rock Wall for climbing.
April 17, at 10 a.m.- A fantastic "Planned
Poker Run" with a poker tournament by lo-
cal motorcyclists. Admission to the Festival is
FREE! You will need to buy tickets for food,
beverages and extreme games.
We are looking forward to your partici-
pation. If additional information is needed,
please call the Eastern Collier Chamber of
Commerce-Myriam at 239-657-3237

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