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Vol. 44 No. 24


Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Trio charged in connection with armed robbery

Three Immokalee area resi-
dents have been arrested in con-
nection with a Handy Food Store
robbery Monday morning.
Randal Johnson, 19; Mikera
Mungin, 19 of Lehigh Acres and
Dante Howard, 23 of Immokalee,
according to Collier County ar-
rests reports are all charged with
Felony robbery with a firearm
and petit theft - $100-$300. Dante
Howard was also charged with
felony aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon without intent
to kill; a misdemeanor charge of
violation of probation for a charge
of warrantless battery - actual in-

Dante Randal IV
Howard Johnson IV
tentional and also a misdemeanor
charge of discharging a weapon in
public. Howard's bond was set at
$470,000 while bond for Johnson
and Mungin was set at $250,000
each. Their court dates are cur-

Volunteer work pays off

during Fire Station repairs

The Immokalee Fire
Control District along
with Sharon Turrubiaters
would like to thank the
people and businesses
for their donation of time,
materials, food and hard
work as they renovated
Station 31.
I Hope of Immokalee,
Mrs. Sharon Turrubiaters,
Lake Trafford Marina,
Volunteers from Faith
Presbyterian Church of
Tallahassee, Deanna
Williams, Betty Wryals,
Travis Anderson, Jolen
Mayberry, B & L Hard-
ware, Blockers Furniture,
Royals Dept. Store, Mc-
Donalds, Burger King,
Lozano's, Subway, Pop-
eye's, Winn-Dixie, Girls
Special to the Immokalee Biulletin at Family Dollar on Lake
Sharon Turrubiaters and Rylee Men- Trafford Rd., The Cup-
doza were part of those who worked cake Lady's, 7 year old
steady to bring Immokalee Fire Station
#2 back from poor condition. See IFD - Page 2


rently set for July.
Collier County
Sheriff's Office
deputies say How-
ard entered the 415
New Market Road
store shortly before
8 a.m. He fired one
ikera shot into the ceiling
ungin and then robbed the
clerk at gunpoint.
While at the store he also forced a
witness to the ground at gunpoint.
A witness saw Howard drive
out of the store parking lot in a
white Impala with a license plate
that was orange with black letter-

ing. Mungin and Johnson were
passengers in the car.
Deputies spotted the Impala
heading toward Lehigh Acres.
They followed it until Howard
pulled over and all three got out of
the car and ran near the intersec-
tion of Eisenhower Boulevard and
Candlelight Drive in Lehigh Acres.
Deputies with CCSO and the
Lee County Sheriff's Office set
up a perimeter and began look-
ing for the suspects. An LCSO K-9
unit led deputies to two houses on
Eisenhower Boulevard. Johnson
See TRIO - Page 2

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June 23, 2011

homes. Howard was inside 866 Eisenhower .
TRIO Boulevard and Mungin was inside 878 Eisen-
hower Boulevard.
Continued From Page 1 Howard, Mungin and Johnson were
originally to be booked into Lee County later
was taken into custody after deputies found decided to book the suspects into the Collier
him hiding in the bushes outside one of the County Jail.

Store manager recounts

recent armed robbery

By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
Three men, Randal Johnson, 19 of
Immokalee; Mikera Mungin, 19 of LeHigh
Acres; and Dante Howard, 23 of Immoka-
lee, have been arrested and charged with
the armed robbery of the Handy Store on
New Market Road Monday morning, June
20. The three were arrested in LeHigh
Acres in a joint operation by Collier and
Lee County deputies.
On that morning, 30-year-old Arely Ri-
vera's life changed. She's been manager
of the Handy Store on New Market Road
for four years. Shortly after 8 a.m., that day,
she was serving a customer who was pay-
ing for gas when she saw a man with a
mask - identified as Dante Howard - come
in. This is her account.
Ms. Rivera said he shot into the ceiling
and then he demanded money. He then
came around the counter and held her at
gunpoint. He managed to get away with
a total of $250, she said, from the register
and a "side safe."
When the customer saw what was hap-
pening, he ran outside and around to the
back of the building, where a car with two
other men was parked. Seeing the parked
car, he turned to go back and met the gun-
man about halfway around the store. There
Howard forced the customer to lie on the
ground and held the gun to the customer's
head, warning him not to say anything.
The gunman then left in the vehicle with
Johnson and Mangin.
When the customer came back into the
store, Ms. Rivera said he was extremely up-
set and crying. Once the intruder left Ms.

Rivera said she pushed the panic button
and called 911. Deputies arrived and took
finger- and footprints and photos of the
crime scene.
Back at work Tuesday morning Ms. Ri-
vera said, "When I saw the gun I thought
my life was going away. My husband and I
are trying to have a baby." She is also car-
ing for her father who suffers from kidney
failure and diabetes.
After the incident law enforcement and
corporate people came to talk to her. "I
tried to stay calm while they were here,"
she said, "but when I was alone in my car,
I cried. And I thanked God."
After deputies finished their investiga-
tion at the store and an audit was complet-
ed around noon, the store was closed for
the rest of the day.
Ms. Rivera said she was happy when
she heard about the arrests.
Early Tuesday morning Ms. Rivera ar-
rived to open the store, but this time she
had another employee with her. Out front
a deputy sat in a patrol car for about an
hour, making her feel more secure.
After this experience, Ms. Rivera said
she plans to do things a little differently.
"I plan to enjoy my life. I'm going to stop
worrying about things and enjoy my family
- spend more time with my husband." She
continued, "I'm lucky. I like my job. I love
what I do. I like to share with people. I just
keep my faith in God and will go forward
with my life."

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/IFD
Immokalee Firefighters, Barcela and Neuman (top photo) move the furniture
out during repair efforts while 7-year old Rylee Mendoza (above left) pitches in
cleaning office furniture and volunteer Betty Wryals gives the walls a fresh coat
of paint.

Continued From Page 1
Miss Rylee Mendoza, Immokalee firefight-
ers, fire inspector, and Deputy Chief.
There is no way to fully express our grati-
tude for their loyalty. We at Immokalee Fire
Control District are continually inspired by
the dedication and generosity of donors
such as these who answer the call to give.

Our Mission state's we are committed to
protecting the people and property within
our community, to be responsive to the
needs of our citizens by providing rapid,
professional, humanitarian services essen-
tial to the health, safety, and well being of
the community.
With the help of donations from support-
ers such as this amazing group of people we
will be able to continue to fulfill our mission
statement to the citizens of Immokalee and
Ave Maria.

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Immokalee Bulletin

Weather Forecast

Weather forecast for Collier County trom
the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny,
with a high near 92. East wind between 3
and 5 mph.
Thursday night: A 20 percent chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 76. Southeast
wind around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high
near 92. South wind around 6 mph.
Friday night: A 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,

with a low around 74. Light south wind.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 92.
Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 74.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 93.
Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 74.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a
high near 93.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services
(LCDAS) will serve as Collier Spay Neu-
ter Clinic's central pick up location for Lee
County pets scheduled for spay or neuters
at the Naples based clinic. The clinic's trans-
portation service is offered to pet owners at
no charge.
LCDAS presently offers low-income resi-
dents who qualify free sterilization for their
pets. Lee County residents who do not meet
the requirements for the LCDAS program
are able to take advantage of Collier Spay
Neuter Clinic's high quality and affordable
spay neuter services available to all South-
west Florida pet owners.
The partnership between Lee County
Domestic Animal Services and Collier Spay
Neuter Clinic will raise awareness in the pro-
gressive steps to end pet overpopulation.
"Spaying and neutering our pets is the
only way to stop the endless cycle of pets be-
ing born and then becoming homeless, so
we are happy to support Collier Spay Neuter
Clinic since they share our passion to protect
the health and welfare of our community,"
said Ria Brown, Lee County Domestic Ani-
mal Services Public Relations and Informa-
tion Manager. "Ultimately, this should help
reduce the number of homeless animals we
receive here at the shelter."
The Humane Society of the United States
(HSUS) reports that nationwide 6 million

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to 8 million pets end up in pet shelters and
Americans adopt only between 3 million to
4 million of those shelter pets.
CSNC will pick up your pet for surgery,
by appointment, on the third Monday of
each month at Lee County Domestic Animal
Services, located at 5600 Banner Dr. in Fort
CSNC prices for spay/neuter begin as low
as $45 and are the lowest in all of Southwest
Florida. There are no income qualifications
or restrictions to utilizing the Clinic's ser-
vices. For more information or to schedule
your pet's appointment, please contact Col-
lier Spay Neuter Clinic by calling 239-514-
SNIP(7647) or visit www.collierspayneuter.
All surgeries are performed by the clin-
ic's full time, licensed Veterinarian. CSNC
is located at 2544 Northbrooke Plaza Dr. in
Naples, one block east of the intersection of
1-75 and Immokalee Rd.


Emogene Weeks
IMMOKALEE - There will be a Memorial Ser-
vice for Emogene Weeks on Saturday, June 25,
at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Immokalee.

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Smoke-free multi-unit housing

encouraged for Home Safety Month

June is Home Safety Month and in an
effort to encourage the community to take
action to increase the safety of their homes,
the Collier County Health Department & the
Tobacco-Free Collier Partnership recom-
mends residents, owners and managers of
local apartments and condominiums to go
smoke-free. Secondhand smoke can leak
from windows, doors, balconies, air ducts
and ventilation systems escaping into adja-
cent units and common areas, there by af-
fecting neighboring residents. According to
the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe
level of secondhand smoke exposure. In
addition, smoking is the number one cause
of home fire deaths in the United States.
"Home safety includes many different
activities people can use to make their
homes safer. One of those ways is to en-
courage the creation of tobacco-free poli-
cies in Collier County. Exposure to second-
hand smoke can cause ear infections as
well as more frequent and severe asthma
attacks in children" says Rachel Kleist,
Health Educator for the Collier County
Health Department. "Up to 50 percent of
the air in apartment buildings may be re-
circulated throughout the entire building;
the only way to avoid the health hazards of
secondhand smoke is to live in a 100 per-
cent non-smoking building", added Kleist.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General's
Report, secondhand smoke is a concern-
ing risk factor in numerous chronic dis-

eases, including cardiovascular disease,
heart disease and multiple types of cancer.
Nonsmokers who are exposed to second-
hand smoke at home or work increase
their heart disease risk by 25-30 percent.
Secondhand smoke exposure causes an
estimated 46,000 heart disease deaths an-
nually among adult nonsmokers in the
United States. Nonsmokers who are ex-
posed to secondhand smoke at home or
work increase their lung cancer risk by
20-30 percent. Secondhand smoke expo-
sure causes an estimated 3,400 lung cancer
deaths annually among adult nonsmokers
in the United States.
In Collier County, 17.4 percent of adults
currently smoke (2007 Behavioral Risk
Factor Surveillance System). For more in-
formation on smoke-free housing or the
Tobacco-Free Collier Partnership, please
contact Rachel Kleist 239-252-6852. Cur-
rently, 64 counties in Florida are working
on the policy initiative to create smoke-free
multi-unit dwellings.
For information on the Florida Quitline,
including information on free patches,
gum or lozenges while supplies last, call
1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669) or
For additional background information:
tistics/fact sheets/secondhand smoke/
general facts/index.htm

Partnership to promote more

Lee County pet spay/neuter

Immokalee Bulletin June 23, 2011

Fresh GED Connection

series returns next week

It's that time again for the GED Connec-
tion TV show to begin airing its informa-
tive series. If you're planning to take the
General Educational Development (GED)
exam anytime soon, you'll want to be sure
and catch this program that provides adult
learners with the skills and knowledge
needed to prepare for and pass the newly
revised GED exam. The GED Connection
series combines 39 video programs, print
materials, and Internet learning activities to
make studying for the test exciting, engag-
ing, and effective. From the first episode
through the last, GED Connection takes
an in-depth look at the five subject areas
covered on the GED exam - reading, writ-
ing, math, science, and social studies. The
helpful series also provides assistance with
a multitude of topics within these subject
areas. Some specific episode titles include

"Getting Ideas on Paper," "Poetry," "Eco-
nomics," "Chemistry," and "Introduction
to Algebra."
Tune in to The Education Channel, ca-
ble 99, each weekday at 6:30 a.m., and 10
p.m., beginning Friday, July 1 to catch all
the 30-minute episodes.
And if you'd like to prepare for the GED
exam in a classroom setting, you're encour-
aged to take advantage of GED preparation
classes offered at no cost at the following
* Golden Gate Adult Learning Center,
2701 48th Terrace SW, 377-3905
* Immokalee Technical Center, 508
North 9th Street, in Immokalee, 239-377-
* Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technol-
ogy, 3702 Estey Avenue, 239-377-0984

iTECH highlights employee

of the Month - Steve Hughes

Stevie Hughes, -
the head custodian at 508
Immokalee Technical
Center, was recognized i'," ,
as GCA Employee of the

at iTECH when it opened h"- -- - -- -
in January 2009. (DIIEAIILATIONS!
Dorin Oxender, iTECH SilIE VlGHES-GCA
Principal, said, "I was EMPL. EE OF THE MONTH
proud to nominate Stevie O
for this honor because he
is such a great employee.
We know we can count
on him to use good judg-
ment, and to do his job
with a smile. He is always
so upbeat that just being .
around him makes every-
body a little bit happier."
Gerald Williams,
iTECH Workforce Coor-
dinator agreed, saying,
"Stevie Hughes is liked by
everybody who has ever
met him. He's a role mod- :
el for kids in Immokalee Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/iTECH
life frcause himself and his fat-Congratulations to select Employee of the Month for
life for himself and his amy." May - Stevie Hughes. He is the tops among his peers
ilTroyanne Kirkland as-and head custodian Immokalee Technical School. A for-
sistant principal added mer graduate of IHS, Stevie is known for his continuous
"When Stevie took hispositive attitude and great smile.
first vacation, everybody a little boy because he was always 100%
missed his smiling face so much that we certain that he had the love and support of
put a sign on the marquee saying 'Welcome his mother, Catherine Hughes.
Back, Stevie Hughes!' When he is not working, Hughes enjoys
"I asked him one time how he managed hn he sn wr ing H e
to stay so positive all the time, and Stevie fishing in the Keys, and spending time with
said that he'd been that way since he was his wife Yavaire, his son Stevie Jr., and his
dog Shomama.

Adult and Community Education

second summer session starts soon

Summer is a time to sit back and relax,
but don't give your brain too much time
to rest! Give your mind some great exer-
cise by enrolling in a class to do all sorts of
things, like learn how to invest your money
wisely, carry on a conversation in a foreign
language, or reel in a big fish the next time
you're out in the Gulf. These topics are just
a few examples of classes offered, as well as
over 400 teacher-facilitated online courses,
in The School District of Collier County's
"Summer" Session of its Adult and Commu-

nity Education (ACE) program. And the sum-
mer has just got sunnier, as ACE has added
an additional summer session! Classes for
the second Summer Session begin the week
of July 11-14, and run through the week of
July 25-28.
A variety of art, computer, dance, foreign
language, and other courses are offered.
Schedules are available at all public librar-
ies, tax and driver license offices, Publix and
Sweetbay supermarkets, and on the Web at:

McKay Scholarship open to more students

Good news for parents and students:
New legislation has enabled more students
and families to receive the McKay scholar-
ship. Currently, students must have an Indi-
vidualized Educational Plan or better known
as an IEP written on them. However, as of
July 1, new legislation, House Bill 1329, will
allow students who have a 504 Accommo-
dations Plan to take advantage of this schol-
arship, too. The McKay scholarship allows
parents to use funds to choose a private or
public school which they believe best meet
their child's educational needs. Addition-
ally, the McKay scholarship saves tax payers
thousands of dollars each year.
Important deadline: Parents must file
a letter of intent by July 3 to receive funds

for the first quarter of school. For students
who have a 504 Accommodation Plan and
want to take advantage of this opportunity,
parents have only a window of July 1-3 in
order to receive funds for the first pay quar-
ter. International Christian Academy (K-12)
located at International Christian Fellow-
ship, 233 Clark Street, LaBelle, is a private
school in compliance with the Florida Dept.
of Education and recipient of both the Mc-
Kay scholarships and Step Up for Students
scholarships. For more information or help
applying, please, contact Tracy Co at 863-
675-4227 or 863-675-1112.

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Immokalee Bulletin

June 23, 2011

New grad Andrea Guerrero: 'It's all what you make it'

By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
Andrea Guerrero is the 2011 Immokalee
High School Valedictorian - and that isn't
even the beginning of her amazing story.
With a 5.5133 weighted GPA, a sharp
mind, a heart full of dreams and a strong
desire to be of service, she is on her way
to Georgetown University this fall. She'll be
studying International Relations.
Having just graduated from IHS, Andrea
is ready to tackle the world of higher edu-
cation. She's already taken dual enrollment
classes at Edison College, FGCU and the
University of Florida and has excelled at all
of them.
In high school, Andrea was very active in
Immokalee's very well-known National Beta
Club, which has garnered many national
awards over the years. Andrea said the Beta
Club taught her to keep promises and to put
a lot of effort into what you want to do. She
feels it imparted to her a wonderful work
"If you really want to succeed you have
to put in the effort, sacrifice," she said. "It all
pays off when you win."
She said that ideal helped her through
the very trying Georgetown application pro-
She also excelled with the Future Busi-
ness Leaders of America, in which she was
a Business Math District winner and Busi-
ness Calculations District winner. She served
on the school's Executive Board planning
events and in the College Reach Out Pro-
gram. She was on the Academic High Honor
Roll, earned the Young Entrepreneur and In-
novator Award, Exemplary Leader Award,
Outstanding Community Service Volunteer
Award and was a Harvard Book award re-
Andrea took part in a summer social en-
trepreneurship program at UF where she
learned how to solve social problems. For
instance, a company in India has women
making ties. The money they make not only
pays the women's salaries, but part of the

Immokalee Bulletin/Patty Brant
2011 Immokalee High School valedic-
torian - Andrea Guerrero.
proceeds go to buy other women out of
sexual servitude.
Of this program Andrea said, "I met so
many people. It was so motivating, By the
time we left I think we all felt we could make
a change in the world."
She earned the UF Exemplary Leader
Award for promoting the summer program
to other students through a Web site, on
Facebook as well as traditional means. This
was a "second hand" project, decided on af-
ter her original project fell through.
Andrea chose Georgetown's School of
Foreign Service for several reasons. She said
she loves Washington, D.C. It's a beautiful
city and the perfect place for someone who
wants to work in international affairs with all
the embassies and global feeling you almost
breathe in.
Andrea is already active in a Facebook
group for the Georgetown Class of 2015 with
students from far-flung places like Lebanon
and Norway. She's talking to a South Korean

girl and hopes they can be roommates.
Born in Mexico in the large city of Leon,
Guanajuato, Andrea came to Immokalee
eight years ago. For years before that her
father was here alone working while her
mother took care of her in Mexico.
Andrea feels connected to the migrant
community and wants to highlight educa-
tion for minority cultures in her future. She
feels that can be done through more charter
schools and "equalizing the possibilities."
She feels torn between Mexico and the
U.S, elating to a saying that goes "Not from
here, there." It works both ways.
Perhaps that internal tug-of-war is the
reason Andrea always wanted to work in
the international field. She said she's good at
problem solving and rational arguing, add-
ing, "It's right for me."
Andrea said she's not partial to the lime-
light, but can function well there if she needs
to. She really prefers to help others get where
they want to go.
For her part, Andrea is ready to go, "wher-
ever life takes me." She sees that as finding a
way to help improve international relations.
Andrea knows she will miss Immokalee,
especially her family and her close group of
friends - most of whom are headed to the
University of South Florida. And the weath-
As an only child, Andrea is aware that
her parents are struggling a little with her
choices but she said her mom understands
it's what she wants. Her family trusts her to
stay on the right side.
Going away will be a huge change, but
she knows they will keep in touch. In fact
she's teaching her mom how to use Skype,
a program to allow voice and video calls and
chats over the Internet.
"I'm blessed with open-minded parents,"
Andrea comments.
There doesn't seem to be an obstacle this
young woman can't overcome. She needed
money to help with the process of seeking
college applications but was extremely busy
with her dual enrollment classes. When

her aunt passed on boxes of old books, An-
drea didn't know what to do with them but
looked for a way to reuse them.
She went online and taught herself ori-
gami - the art of paper folding into unique
pieces of art. Then she created her own on-
line business, Novel Sage, and sold origami
flowers made from the pages of old books.
You can see her creations at thenovelsage.
She takes orders for individuals (Valen-
tines Day is big), weddings and even from
a best selling author. Andrea just laughs and
says, "People really like them."
Her entrepreneurial side provided a sup-
plementary financial stream for all the inci-
dentals that crop up and also help keep old
books out of the landfills.
With a perfect 36 on the ACT reading
score (she didn't speak English when she
came here in third grade) and a 27 in Math,
Andrea has made the most of her education
so far.
"I feel so proud that she is making some-
thing out of her life and I was privileged to
be a part of it," said Andrea's fourth grade
teacher Charles Krause. "You don't realize
the impact you have on the children that
pass through your classroom. We do make
a difference in people's lives. Teachers hold
the most important job in society as we edu-
cate others ... You never know ... the next
President could be in your room today."
Andrea will be heading to Washington,
D.C. July 9-Aug. 6, for a help program called
Community Scholars for minority students.
She will return to Georgetown for the regu-
lar school term August 17.
Andrea is receiving private scholarships
and alumni grants to help her toward her
"I want to show other students it can be
done," Andrea said. "It doesn't matter where
you come from." Andrea made it to the Ivy
League, but she wants other Immokalee kids
to know that "You can go to college, too."
"At the end of the day, it's all what you
make it."

Local kids 'Step Out' in new shoes thanks to annual drive

The Guadalupe Center of Immokalee is
now holding their Annual Back-to-School
Shoe Drive. The program helps provide
over 350 of the most impoverished children
in Immokalee a new pair of shoes to wear
proudly on their first day of school. For most
of these children (ages five through 14) it is
the first pair of new shoes they have ever
Individuals can donate new shoes by
dropping them off at the Guadalupe Cen-
ter Resale Shop at 8100 Trail Blvd., (corner
of U.S. 41 and Vanderbilt Beach Road) in
Naples. Or donations for the new shoes are
being accepted on-line at: www.guadalu- The goal is to collect enough
shoes or money to buy some shoes for the
350 deserving children. The overall cost per
child is approximately $25 per child which
includes the trip to Snyderman Shoes, lunch
and their shoes. The donations are needed

by Aug. 12.
This annual event could not happen
without the overwhelming support of Laces
of Love, who provide new socks for each
child and make generous contributions of
both their time and financial donations, the
Seminole Casino and Corporate Coaches
who provide the transportation to Naples
from Immokalee, and Snyderman Shoes,
whose staff member personally size and fit
each child with new shoes and serve them a
wonderful lunch.
The mission of the Guadalupe Center is to
break the cycle of poverty by providing edu-
cation, social and other support programs
for at-risk children and families of Immoka-
lee. For more information on the Guadalupe
Center of Immokalee contact 239-657-7711
or visit:

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Guadalupe Center
A trip to Snyderman's Shoe is not a place that many kids would get to visit to
start the new school year, but thanks to the Guadalupe Center and their an-
nual shoe drive, Snyderman's Shoes and individual donations, local kids will be
"high steppin'" when school gets under way in August.

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Sheriff Rambosk blogs for

Children's Museum Web site

Collier County
Sheriff Kevin J. Ram-
bosk is blogging about
safety on the Golisano
Children's Museum of
Naples (C'mon) web-
Sheriff Rambosk
is among 15 bloggers
who communicate
with the community
through the "Expert
Advice" section of the
museum's website, The

courtesy pnoio/iA
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk

bloggers are commu-
nity leaders, business leaders and experts
in their fields. The goal is to provide parents
and teachers with professional, knowledge-
able information on a wide variety of topics.
"The museum is a tremendous asset to
the children and families in our community
and I'm honored to have this opportunity to
partner with them," Sheriff Rambosk said.
To date, Sheriff Rambosk has blogged

about online safety, bicycle safety
and CCSO's popular Summerfest pro-
To find the posts of all C'mon blog-
gers, the go to and
click on the tab that says "Expert Ad-
vice." C'mon also shares the posts on
its Facebook page, which has more
than 3,100 followers.
The Golisano Children's Museum
of Naples will be Collier County's first
learning environment devoted exclu-
sively to child's play, the serious busi-
ness of discovery that helps children
attain hallmark milestones on the

journey into adulthood. C'mon will
be a 30,000-square-foot museum for fami-
lies located in the North Collier Regional
Park. Scheduled to open in February 2012,
the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples is
envisioned to be one of the finest children's
museums in the United States and will be
fully accessible to all children regardless of
their physical or learning abilities. To learn
more about C'mon, visit

Bank hosts "Protect you and your business" workshop

The Collier County Sheriff's Office and Eastern Collier County Chamber of Commece
will hold a workshop on Fraudulent Checks along with a business card exchange - net-
working/socializing event Thursday, July 7, from 4-7 p.m. at the Florida Community
Bank, 1400 N. 15th Street. All are welcome.

FWC approves new deer harvest

protection in parts of Big Cypress

In an effort to allow the deer population
to rebound if conditions improve, the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) approved an executive or-
der implementing new deer harvest rules
in two areas of the Big Cypress Wildlife
Management Area in South Florida. The
rules will affect the upcoming 2011-2012
hunting season.
The new rules will affect zones 3 and
4 of the Stairsteps Unit (south and west of
Loop Road). No deer may be harvested
from Zone 4. Deer hunting will be allowed
in Zone 3, but with a reduced bag limit from
two to one deer per season, and all deer
harvested from Zone 3 must have a forked
antler. The order will not affect zones 1 and
2, where deer hunting will be allowed to
continue under current regulations.
Data collected from annual surveys,
when FWC and National Park Service (NPS)
biologists fly over the area to count deer,
reflect a dramatic decline in the deer popu-
lation this past decade. An average of three
deer were counted in surveys conducted
in Zone 4 this year, the southernmost and
wettest zone. Last year, an average of sev-
en deer were observed. The previous year,
18 deer were observed there. Surveys were

not conducted in 2008 due to lack of funds.
In 2007, 123 deer were counted. The high-
est count since the surveys began in 1995
was in 2002, with 523 deer.
A joint task force of FWC and NPS sci-
entists found the number and duration of
high-water events in the Stairsteps Unit
have increased significantly since 1995. Bi-
ologists believe that survival of fawns and,
to a lesser extent, adult females, has been
decreased by high-water events, habitat
changes and predation. If the trends in
these conditions reverse, deer populations
would likely rebound.
Access to all areas will remain open,
subject to NPS regulations, and all other
hunting will be allowed.
The FWC and NPS will continue to mon-
itor the deer population in the Stairsteps
Unit. Hunters are encouraged to bring in
whole deer harvested from the area to the
check station so they may be examined.
Hunters may call the FWC's Naples Field
office at 239-417-6352 for directions and
information on check stations.

Public Meetings

* Collier County Finance Committee will
meet Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. in the
County Manager's Front Conference Room,
second floor, Collier County Government
Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.
* Collier County Tourist Development
Council will meet Monday, June 27, at 9
a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners
Chambers, third floor, Collier County Gov-
ernment Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East,
* The Immokalee MSTU Beautifica-
tion Advisory Committee has postponed
their previously scheduled meeting that
was planned for Wednesday, June 22 to
Wednesday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m. due to
the lack of a quorum. The meeting will be
held at South Florida Works, 750 South 5th
Street, Immokalee. For more information
contact Darryl Richard, project manager, at
* Collier County Code Enforcement Spe-
cial Magistrate Hearing will be held on Fri-
day, July 1, at 9 a.m. in the Board of County
Commissioners chambers, third floor, Collier
County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami
Trail East, Naples.
* Collier County Development Services
Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday,
July 6, at 3 p.m. at the Growth Manage-
ment Division/Planning & Regulation build-
ing (formerly Community Development &
Environmental Services), conference rooms
609 and 610, located at 2800 N. Horseshoe
Drive, Naples.

Edison Student

Services building

progresses well

The three-dimensional rendering is be-
coming a three-dimensional reality as con-
struction continues for the Student Services
Building with an anticipated opening in the
"The Student Services Building will give
our students a one-stop location to better
serve them," said Dr. Robert R. Jones, inter-
im campus president. The Student Services
Building will be the new home for registra-
tion, counseling, testing, the Cashier's office,
and the bookstore on the first floor, with ad-
ministrative offices and a community room
on the second floor.
According to Frank Stout, Project Man-
ager, GATES, the general contractor for the
building, the exterior stucco work is nearly
complete and interior drywall work is on
schedule. At completion, the two-story
Student Services Building will have about
23,700 square feet of space.
The Edison State College Collier Campus,
7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, is located off
Collier Boulevard, three miles north of Ta-
miami Trail East.

* Collier County Planning Commission
will meet Thursday, July 7, at 9 a.m. in the
Board of County Commissioners chambers,
third floor, Collier County Government Cen-
ter, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.


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