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Vol. 44 No. 25


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Thursday, June 30, 2011


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Shakeup:

Fire inspector

laid off, deputy

chief is back

on the line
By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
The Immokalee Fire Board
continues to work through seri-
ous financial problems. At its
June 28 meeting, the Immokalee
Fire District laid off Fire Inspec-
tor Elisa Yanes and Deputy Chief
Raul Dimas accepted a voluntary
demotion to lieutenant. His re-
turn to the line gives IFD the 15
firefighters required for basic cov-
erage.
Financial deficits in the dis-
trict's budget that came to light
began the disruption of the fire
department last month. With
the fire inspector, a total of seven
firefighters are no longer on the
payroll.
Mr. Dimas was unsure if his re-
turn to the line is permanent.
Through the use of volunteers,
residents and firefighters, the
Carson Road Station has been
repaired and refurbished but
adequate manpower is still lack-
ing to reopen it. Tuesday night's
meeting began discussion of in-
corporating additional volunteer
firefighters to reopen the station.
Mr. Dimas said there are cur-
rently ten certified volunteer fire-
fighters on the books. He is un-
sure just how many volunteers
would be needed to maintain
service at all three stations - New
Market Road, Carson Road and
Ave Maria. He said he would like
to have 15 certified volunteers
and added that several of those
See IFD - Page 2


Rotarian of the Year


honored at annual dinner


Richard Rice was given Rotar-
ian of the year honors by outgo-
ing President Sinclaire Williams
when the Immokalee club gath-
ered for their Annual Installa-
tion Dinner June 22, at Roma in
Havana Ristorante. In making
the announcement, President
Williams said, "We present this
award annually to the one person


who has carried the Rotary mes-
sage of 'Service Above Self' to
the community and elsewhere."
"I can't think of anyone more de-
serving, one who is always ready
to give of himself for the benefit
of others." "I can speak to this
personally as I don't think I could
See ROTARY - Page 2


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Rotarian of the Year, Richard
Rice is presented his award by
club president Sinclaire Wil-
liams.


Builders' Expo set for July


The Immokalee Business
Development Center (IMMBIZ)
is getting together a few good
friends to network, trade oppor-
tunities and generally help move
the building industry forward to
Florida's 21st Century.


The Immokalee Builders' Expo
is set for July 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at
the Immokalee Southwest Florida
Works Center (also known as the
Career & Service Center or the
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IFD
Continued From Page 1

firefighters who have moved on have ex-
pressed an interest in volunteering to keep
their certification.
He said reopening the Carson Road Sta-
tion will require an agreement between the
fire district and the firefighters union.
As another cost-cutting measure, it is also
possible that administrative duties may be
shared by Big Corkscrew Island Fire Depart-
ment.
In the last several weeks, six firefighters
resigned from IFD. Four were from the origi-
nal six firefighters who were laid off, then


ROTARY
Continued From Page 1

have made it through this year without his
guidance and assistance. More times than I
like to think, I would seek advice, and Dick
was always there when I needed him." "The
community has benefited, too, as he serves


reinstated.
According to Deputy Chief Dimas, five of
those who resigned went to work at Collier
County EMS and one went to the Isle of Ca-
pri, where he had been working part time.
Three senior firefighters opted for a buy-
out package, including two weeks pay and
pay for all their accrued leave. One of these
firefighters had been with IFD about 3.5
years; one for eight years; and the third fire-
fighter was a 21 -year veteran.
Recent rains have helped somewhat with
regard to fighting fires, Mr. Dimas said. Rains
have been scattered, he said, but he feels
they've helped slow down fires throughout
the county.
The next Immokalee Fire District meeting
is planned for July 21.


as Chair of the Colliers health Services board
of Directors, is chair of the Citizen's Advisory
Committee to the Metropolitan Planning
Commission for Collier County, is on the Air-
port Advisory Committee, and is very active
in his church serving as Lay Minister and lit-
urgist. This is the second ROTY recognition
for Rice in his seven years as a Rotarian, hav-
ing previously receiving the award in 2007.


^EX dustry is welcome to attend and participate.
Contact RosemaryDillon@colliergov.net or
Continued From Page 1 phone me at 239-269-9628.
The Immokalee Business Development
One-Stop Shop), 750 South 5th Street. Center, or IMMBIZ, is a new kind of incuba-
General contractors, developers, build- tor for small businesses and energetic entre-
ers and suppliers will have the opportunity preneurs. It is a business incubator without
to meet with local tradesmen and procure- walls and meets new ventures where they
ment specialists. Anyone in the building in- can profit most.


Public Meetings


* Collier County Board of County Com-
missioners will meet Tuesday, July 26, at 9
a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners
chambers, third floor, Collier County Gov-
ernment Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East,
Naples.

Public Hearing
* Thursday, Aug. 18, has been set as the
date for the Collier County State Legislative
Delegation's Public Hearing for the local
bills. The meeting will convene at 9 a.m., in
the IFAS Auditorium in Immokalee, located


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CCSO urges residents and
visitors to put safety first when
celebrating the Fourth of July
holiday.
Deputies will be on the
lookout for illegal displays.
It is illegal in Collier County
to use any fireworks that ex-
plode or fly, unless they are
being used in a professional
demonstration with proper
permits or for agricultural
purposes.
Sales at fireworks stands
are limited to only legal fire-
works which are on the Florida Division of
State Fire Marshal's approved sparkler list.
The list can be found on the Web at: http://
www.myfloridacfo.com/sfm/sparklerindex.
htm Residents and visitors who want to
create their own fireworks displays should
consider the safety issues. You can injure
yourself lighting the wick. Lit fireworks can
travel and injure someone else or set a tree


or house on fire.
Firing a gun into the air in
celebration of holidays like
'f Independence Day is also
against the law. Florida law
states that it is illegal to have
a gun in any public place,
over an occupied building or
house, or in the right of way
of any paved road, highway
or street.
Deputies will also be pa-
trolling neighborhoods and
answering noise calls re-
lated to fireworks. The initial
complaint may result in a warning to the of-
fender, but continuing to disturb the peace
could result in arrest.
Be considerate of your neighbors and
keep any celebrations involving noise to a
reasonable level, especially after dark.
Better yet, the best way to stay safe is to
avoid using fireworks and attend a display
handled by professionals.


By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
Immoklee Water and Sewer District
(IWSD) Director Eva Deyo is hopeful con-
struction could still begin on the planned
addition to the Immokalee Waste Water
treatment plant by the end of the year.
Bids on the project came in too high last
month and had to be rejected, but plans
were downsized somewhat and the bid-
ding process is ongoing once again.
Ms. Deyo said the plan for additional ca-
pacity has been downsized, redesigned and
rebid. The plan has basically been halved.
The rest of the infrastructure for additional
capacity will be constructed later.
Plans also include an administrative
building and another headworks (where


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everything comes into the facility).
Some 40 individuals attended a recent
pre-bid meeting and 60 CDs have been
sent to companies interested in the project,
Ms. Deyo said. She is very pleased with the
interest generated by the project.
The new bids are to be opened July 13.
After a bid is accepted, it usually takes
another 60 days for a notice to proceed to
go out, and then the construction company
will take about 90 days to line everything
up. That means construction could begin
about December.
The project uses $8 million in USDA
funding.
The current plant, built in 1982, will re-
main on line.


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Immokalee wastewater plant


addition goes out for rebid


CCSO encourages putting


safety first this July 4







July is Parks and Recreation Month Weather Forecast


Celebrate with Collier
County Parks & Recreation

July is Parks and Recreation Month.
Where can you improve your health with-
out going to a doctor? Where can you meet
new friends or spend time with existing
ones? Where can children learn and grow
without going to summer school? Right here
with the Collier County Parks & Recreation
Department.
As part of a nationwide celebration, the
Collier County Parks & Recreation Depart-
ment is pleased to be recognizing the many
values and benefits of parks and recreation.
Did you know that citizens who had better
access to parks, visited parks more frequent-
ly, and engaged in physically-active park
behaviors also made fewer visits to their
doctor other than getting a regular checkup?
Are you aware that adolescents who partici-
pated in extra-curricular activities are more
likely to avoid "at risk" behaviors? Have you
ever considered the economic impact that


visitors to parks, tournaments, and special
events bring to the community?
Please join the Collier County Parks &
Recreation Department as it recognizes
Parks and Recreation Month by attending or
participating in one or more of the following
activities: 4th of July Celebration, Sunny's
Night Out, Dominos, Water Aerobics, A Ca-
noe Trip Through the Estuary, Senior Cards,
Community Yard Sale, Bingo, Shelling or
Walking Through Freedom Park. Visit us on-
line @ www.collierparks.com to view our
R.E.A.L. Guide for program details.
The department will host the 10th Annual
Ice Cream Social to celebrate Parks and Rec-
reation Month. The event is scheduled for
Saturday, July 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at
Sugden Regional Park. Staff and volunteers
will be dishing out yummy, free ice cream.
Other activities will include entertainment,
games, a giant water slide, canoeing, kayak-
ing and a water ski show.
For more information, contact Parks and
Recreation Administration by calling 239-
252-4000 or visit www.collierparks.com.


Sun N Fun says 'Thanks' to active

military with free admission on July 4


As a way to say "thanks"
for their service to our coun-
try, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is of-
fering free admission to the
water park for all active mili-
tary on Monday, July 4, with
one paid admission.
Sun-N-Fun Lagoon is
located in North Collier Re-
gional Park at 15000 Livings-
ton Rd.
Facility Attractions:
� 1 water slide drops into Sunny's Lazy
River
� 4 water slides take you to a drop pool
� Heated family pool
� Tadpole Pool, a children's activity wad-
ing water area with a fish slide and more
� Turtle Cove, a pool for ages 5-12 years
old with lily pads and ropes for climbing
� Sunny's Lazy River, 1200 feet long
� All pools except Tadpole wading area
are heated Cost:
The park is offering a special discount
this year to Collier County residents with a


Florida Driver's License. With a
Ilk Florida Driver's License show-
a ing a Collier County address,
you and your party will receive
$2 off any 48 inch or taller entry,
normally $12. Children three
and under enter free and those
shorter than 48 inches are just
$5.50.
Add sales tax to all fees listed
above.
Group rates, seasonal passes and party
packages are also available. Call 239-252-
4073.
Summer Hours of Operation:
Summer hours for Sun-N-Fun Lagoon
are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the water park is
open every day of the week from Memorial
Day through August 21.
For more information about Sun-N-
Fun Lagoon or other public pool facilities,
please visit the Parks and Recreation De-
partment online at www.napleswaterpark.
com The public may call Sun-N-Fun La-
goon at 239-252-4021.


Thursday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 92.
Calm wind becoming southwest between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 per-
cent.
Thursday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 73. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation
is 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm
wind becoming south between 4 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Friday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
74. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93.
Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
75. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93.
Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
75. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Independence Day: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high
near 93. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

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Whether you are just starting a business or your company is already established, you can
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Come and learn about the State's Minority Business Enterprise program. Attendees
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Florida Community
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 - network-
ing/socializing event Thursday, July
7, from 4-7 p.m. at the Florida Com-
munity Bank, 1400 N. 15th Street. All
are welcome.


June 30, 2011


Immokalee Bulletin







Immokalee Amigos Center families learn leadership skills


Workshops help to "Bring
out the best" in new
community advocates

By Richard Rice
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
To increase community involvement, the
Amigos Center in Immokalee has developed
a series of workshops to nurture leadership
skills, with the first class of eleven receiving
certificates at a luncheon held May 21.
The Amigos Center in Immokalee is
a branch of Amigos en Cristo Lutheran
Church, and is using a grant to provide train-
ing in community advocacy, conflict resolu-
tion and other skills.
Robert Selle, Pastor of Amigos, said "The
structure is there, and the purpose is to bring
a variety of programs before the participants
to give them a better understanding of what


The Allen & Marla Weiss Health Sciences
Hall is on schedule for a late 2011 debut on
the Edison State College Collier Campus.
"The Health Sciences Hall is an exciting
and innovative addition to the educational
experiences we offer our nursing students,"
said Dr. Robert R. Jones, Interim Campus
President.
According to Frank Stout, project Man-
ager, GATES, the general contractor for the
building, work continues on the atrium roof
as well as the nursing labs. The second floor
wall framing has been completed.


is available and offered by different agencies
and/or non-profit services." "We want this
to be a strengthening type program for our
participants," he said. "How can you be ef-
fective in your community if you're not ef-
fective in your own knowledge of your com-
munity and surroundings?"
"The thing that stayed with me was that I
got to meet other people from the commu-
nity who we didn't know or feel comfortable
confiding in," said Lourdes Ruiz, one of the
graduates of the first class. "I feel we already
have created a bond with others in the class.
I feel closer to others in the community."
Sabina Sandoval said she jumped at the
chance because it offered her an oppor-
tunity to get involved. "It gave me a better
understanding of the community," Sabina
said, "and it gives us a chance to fix our own
problems."


Domestic abuse shelter conducts

back to school supply drive


'Give back - Stuff a Pack'
back to school drive

Support The Shelter for Abused Women
& Children's "Give Back - Stuff a Pack" do-
nation drive and ensure children receiving
services at the nonprofit domestic violence
center have access to needed school sup-
plies this August and throughout the year
ahead.
The Shelter is seeking new:
- Gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, Payless
Shoes, etc.
School clothes/uniforms
- School shoes
- Backpacks
- Kleenex
Lunch boxes & thermoses
- Black & red pens
- Highlighters
- Pocket folders with prongs
- Washable markers
- Glue sticks
- Loose leaf paper (wide-rule)
- Primary color paint sets
- Watercolors


- Pencil boxes
Construction paper
2 inch binders
Calculators
Protractors
1, 3 & 5 subject notebooks
Dividers
Erasers
Items are distributed to children resid-
ing in the 60-bed Beau Venturi Home emer-
gency shelter, as well as to children receiving
support through outreach offices in Naples
and Immokalee.
Back to school items can be dropped at
The Shelter's Options Thrift Shoppe, 968
Second Avenue N. in Naples; open Monday
through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on The Shelter's
"Give Back - Stuff a Pack Drive," please call
239-775-3862, ext. 235, or e-mail rgrabau@
naplesshelter.org
To Prevent. To Protect. To Prevail. The
Shelter for Abused Women & Children. For
more information on The Shelter, please call
239-775-3862, or visit www.naplesshelter.
org


The Allied Health Services Building,
which encompasses about 43,500 square
feet and will have nursing and related labs,
classroom and administrative space on the
first floor, with chemistry and biology labs,
classrooms and administrative space on the
second floor. An exterior patio will be on the
roof.
The Edison State College Collier Campus,
7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, is located off
Collier Boulevard, three miles north of Ta-
miami Trail East.


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Richard Rice
Certificate recipients in the front row are: Margarita Acevedo, Emma Gonzalez,
Lourdes Ruiz, Delfina Roa, Cruz Ramos and son. In the back row: Marcela Rice,
Program Coordinator, Juana Santos, Justina Ruiz, Mazrgarita Nunez, Sabina
Sandoval, M. Dolores de Galvan, Rev. Robert Selle. Not shown: Susana Alva-
rado.

Parents - take advantage of early enrollment
Immokalee families will be able to take advantage of one-stop enrollment, transfer,
or withdrawal of elementary, middle, and high school students on Wednesdays from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. at Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee, through
July 27. Student Services personnel from elementary and middle as well as high school
personnel will be able to work with families. Parents should call Olivia at 239-377-1813
to make an appointment.
If you have additional questions, please call Student Services at 239-377-0505.


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June 30, 2011 Immokalee Bulletin


TIFstudents team build at


adventure training concepts


Twenty-eight students from vari-
ous programs of The Immokalee
Foundation recently participated in
a leadership/team building training
with Adventure Training Concepts
in Naples. Designed to help the stu-
dents explore their inner strengths,
students conquered several obstacle
courses, team-building exercises and
physical challenges.
The group was placed into two
teams that competed against each
other in Operation Out Play, a Sur-
vivor-themed adventure that is both
challenging and competitive. The
purpose of the competition was to Lind
test each person's ability to work to- stud
gether to successfully complete the build
mission. the
Elda Hernandez, vocational suc-
cess program manager at TIF, said the
event gave the students the opportunity to
build friendships and teamwork.
She said that although many of the
young men and women were intimidated
because it was their first time scaling walls
and climbing ropes, the students fought
their fears and tackled the course with en-
thusiasm.
Each team was assigned a team leader,
but soon discovered that listening to one
another's input was the key to overcoming
the challenges. "If I had to take one thing
away from the day, it would be to take ev-
eryone's opinion into consideration before
making a final decision," said Marcos Diaz,
a student in TIF's Vocational and Career
Success program.
Hernandez said the obstacles were de-
signed so that they couldn't be completed
alone. Each student was determined to
give it their all, as not to let their teammates
down.
Luis Parra, a student in the Take Stock
in Children Immokalee program, was fo-
cused on doing his best. His philosophy:
"You can only control your actions and
pray the others keep up."


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/TIF
a Jean-Pierre and Marcos Diaz, both
ents and participants in the team
ling program practice their skills on
balance veam.
The students said although the day was
challenging, it was fun, and the lessons
they learned are ones that will stick with
them as they go forward and face life's ob-
stacles.
Hernandez said all of the students did an
outstanding job. They gained confidence,
leadership skills and communication skills.
Most importantly, everyone learned they
don't have to face challenges alone.
Since 1991, The Immokalee Foundation
has been building pathways to success for
many of the children in Immokalee through
a variety of programs that focus on mentor-
ship, after-school activities, college scholar-
ships, the development of vocational skills
and incentives for educational growth. In
2009, The Immokalee Foundation served
2,700 children through its core programs.
The Immokalee Foundation has a range
of programs that focus on building path-
ways to success through college and voca-
tional scholarships, mentoring and tutoring
and opportunities for broadening experi-
ences and life skills. To learn more about
volunteering as a mentor or for additional
information on TIF, call 239-430-9122 or
visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.


IHS students receives national

citizenship achievement award


Miss Jovenise Benjamin, a student at
Immokalee High School in Immokalee has
received the national Alexander Hamilton
Citizenship Achievement Award for supe-
rior citizenship and achievement. Ham-
ilton Awards are given annually by The
Alexander Hamilton Friends Association
(Hamilton Friends) of Seattle, Washington.
Winners receive a scholarship, commemo-
rative certificates, memorabilia, and accep-
tance into our extensive Hamilton Leaders
Academy.
Miss Benjamin is one of 35 students se-
lected for the award. The purpose of the
Hamilton Award is to recognize high school
students for their academic, personal, ser-


vice and entrepreneurial achievements and
to select students for the Hamilton Leaders
Academy. Our winners are high-achieving,
service-oriented, high school juniors with
high financial need. "The award was again
very competitive. We received over 400
applications from 46 states. Winners rep-
resented 19 states," said George T. Cox,
Founder and Senior Director of Hamilton
Friends. "Our goal is to identify young peo-
ple who have set high standards for citi-
zenship and achievement in their lives. We
are very excited about Jovenise's potential
for future greatness. The Immokalee com-
munity is lucky to have her as a resident,"
concluded Cox.


Six Es helps RCMA kids excel


in reading and math skills
Six 's Packing Company has do-
nated $58,000 to help the children of
Redlands Christian Migrant Associa-
tion learn reading and math.
Jaime Weisinger, a Six 's director
who handles the company's charita-
ble ventures, said the nonprofit RCMA
meets two of Six 's' top priorities: it
serves people in the communities
where Six 's operates, and it benefits
farm workers.
"RCMA has been one of our biggest
causes for the last five years," Weising-
er said. "It helps make life easier for
the people who are working directly Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Bill Coats
fothr ppl wh a working directly Jaime Weisinger of Six L's Packing Co. visits
Over the last three years, Six us has with Nicholas Juan while touring Immokalee
donated more than $265,00 s h Community School. Six L's donated $50,000
donated more than $265,000 to sup toward the costs of reading and math coach-
Of the latest Six 's donation, es for the school.


$50,000 will go to Immokalee Com-
munity School, a K-6 charter school that
primarily serves the children of migrant
farmworkers. The money will help the char-
ter school hire a reading coach and a math
coach, covering half the costs.
The remaining $8,000 will enable RCMA
to sustain a reading program among its
80 childcare centers, which are scattered
among farming areas in 21 Florida counties.
(One of the centers is on a Six L's farm out-
side Naples.) The money covers RCMA's 25
percent share of the cost.


The program, Reading is Fundamental,
enables each of RCMA's 8,000 preschoolers
to choose a book to take home and keep,
on three occasions each year. It encourages
reading at home among families that strug-
gle with literacy.
Barbara Mainster, RCMA's executive di-
rector, called RIF "one of the best deals go-
ing."
"Six L's is investing its money where it tru-
ly counts," Mainster said. "They are chang-
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With the first named storm of the Atlan-
tic hurricane season heading for Mexico,
the 2011 Hurricane season has begun with
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The Internal Revenue Service encour-
ages individuals to safeguard their records.
Some simple steps can help individual and
business taxpayers protect financial and tax
records in the event of hurricanes and other
disasters.
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disaster is an important part of being pre-
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and professional."
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businesses on preparing for a hurricane and
other disasters.
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ments and documents electronically. This
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tax records such as W-2s, tax returns and
other paper documents onto an electronic


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"Be sure you back up your electronic
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Stepter. "Making duplicates and keeping
them in a separate location is a good busi-
ness practice." Other options include copy-
ing files onto a CD or DVD or other electronic
storage device.
When choosing a place to keep your im-
portant records, convenience to your home
should not be your primary concern. Re-
member, a disaster that strikes your home
is also likely to affect other facilities nearby,
making quick retrieval of your records diffi-
cult and maybe even impossible.
* Document valuables and business
equipment. The IRS has disaster loss work-
books for individuals and businesses to help
you compile a room-by-room list of your
belongings or business equipment. This will
help you recall and prove the market value of
items for insurance and casualty loss claims.
One option is to photograph or videotape
the contents of your home and/or business,
especially items of greater value. You should
store the photo or videotape in a safe loca-
tion away from the geographic area at risk.


* Update emergency plans. Emer-
gency plans should be reviewed annually.
Personal and business situations change
over time and so do preparedness needs.
Individual taxpayers should make sure they
are saving important documents including
W-2s, home closing statements and insur-
ance records. When employers hire new
employees or when a company or organi-
zation changes functions, plans should be
updated accordingly and employees should
be informed of the changes. Make sure you
have a means of receiving severe weather
information. If you have a NOAA Weather
Radio, put fresh batteries in it. Make sure
you know what you should do if threatening
weather approaches.
* Count on the IRS. In the event of a
disaster, the IRS stands ready to help. If di-
saster strikes, an affected taxpayer can call
1-866-562-5227 to speak with an IRS special-
ist trained to handle disaster-related issues.
The IRS also has valuable information you
can request if your records are destroyed. Im-
mediately after a casualty, you can request a
copy of a return and all attachments (includ-
ing Form W-2) by using Form 4506, Request


Warning issued for users of ceramic fire pots Public Meetings


Recently, there have been several inci-
dents throughout the United States involving
ceramic fire pots using fire gel, resulting in
serious injury. This safety advisory serves as
an awareness of the potential dangers as-
sociated with the use of ceramic glass fire
pots:
People have no idea they are dealing with
something so potentially dangerous.
Refilling the fire pot with gel-style fuel


while the pot is still lit is the number one
cause for injury.
Injury occurs during refueling because
the flame appears colorless; giving the im-
pression the fire pot has extinguished itself.
However an active flame is present.
Ceramic pots can break, causing the ig-
nited fuel to burst outward towards people,
resulting in catching their clothes afire and
causing injury.


News in Brief


Immokalee Lions Club
The Immokalee Lions Club invites the
public to our furniture and miscellaneous
items Yard Sale/Fundraiser. This will be held
on Saturday, July 2, beginning at 8 a.m. We
will be parked on Highway 29 next to the
Bank of America. Look for the purple and
yellow colors. The Immokalee Lions Club
will have plate lunches, nachos, candies,
and sodas for sale. All proceeds will go to-
wards providing assistance to the commu-
nity in their needs for eye care. Help us help
you.
En Espanol
El Club De Leones De Imokale
Agradece a la comunidad de Immokalee
y la Senora Maria, por facilitarnos su propie-
dad para nuestra venta de articulos usados el
cual se llebo a cabo para recaudar fondos, y


fue un gran exito. Tambien le agradecemos
al club de Bonita Springs por todas sus don-
aciones El Club De Leones De Immokalee.
Estamos planeando otra gran venta el dia
Sabado 02 de Julio del 2011 comensando a
las 8:00 a.m. hasta terminar, los products
disponibles tambien se estaran vendiendo,
platos de comida, nachos, c/queso, dulces,
raspados, sodas y sabritas.
Todos los fondos recaudados seran des-
tinados a ayudar a las personas con prob-
lemas severos en sus ojos. (Vista), propor-
cionandoles, lentes, o cirujias y tambien
tenemos los chequeos total mente gratuitos
en I-Tech. (comienzan en Diciembre) Ten-
emos tambien transport p/ la clinic De
Bonita Springs para sus seguimientas de su
vista. Para mas information llamar a Wil-
liam Trevino 1-239-324-3075


* Immokalee CRA/EZDA Advisory Boards
will hold a public meeting on Wednesday,
July 20, at 8:30 a.m., at Southwest Flor-
ida Works located at 750 South 5th Street,
Immokalee,
Immokalee Community Redevelop-
ment Agency -Immokalee Cra Advisory
Board-Immokalee EZDA for Month of
July
Notice is hereby given that two or more
members of the Immokalee CRA/EZDA Ad-
visory Boards may attend public meetings
during the month of July.
Immokalee Rotary Club: July 6, 13, 20,
& 27, at iTech, conference Room, located at
508 North 9th Street, Immokalee, noon.
Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce
Breakfast Meeting: July 6, at Roma in
Havana Ristorante, 1025 W. Main Street,
Immokalee, 8 a.m.
Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce
Board Meeting: July 13, at the Chamber
of Commerce Office, 720 North 15th St.,
Immokalee, 8:30 a.m.
Inter-Agency Council: July 13, at South-
west Florida Works (formally known as the
Career and Service Center of Collier County-
Immokalee), 750 South 5th Street, Immoka-
lee, noon.
Immokalee Fire Control District: July
21, at the Fire Station, 502 East New Market
Road, Immokalee, 7 p.m.
Immokalee Water & Sewer District Board
of Directors: July 20, at the Immokalee Wa-
ter & Sewer District Office, 1020 Sanitation
Road, Immokalee, 3:30 p.m.
Immokalee Community Taskforce Meet-
ing: July 26, at the Collier County Health
Department, 419 North First Street, Immoka-
lee, 10 a.m.
Immokalee Beautification MSTU Adviso-
ry Committee: July 27, at Southwest Florida
Works (formerly known as the Career and
Service Center of Collier County-Immoka-
lee), 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, 4:30
p.m.


for a Copy of a Tax Return. If you just need
information from your return, you can order
a transcript by calling 800-829-1040 or using
Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax
Return. There is no fee for a transcript. Tran-
scripts are available for the current year and
returns processed in the three prior years.
For more information on how the IRS
can help you prepare for and recover from
disasters, go online to IRS.gov.


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