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Thursday, July 21, 2011 V ol. 44 No. 28 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Inside...Balance your Budget ...Page 5 IHS new Athletic Director ...Page 3 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin “He’s the right man, in the right place at the right time.” That’s Eastern Collier County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Thomas on the chamber’s new Executive Director, Dan Rosario. “He’s here to build the chamber.” Although Mr. Rosario only “works part time,” Mr. Thomas points out that the chamber gets a lot more. A newcomer to the area, Mr. Rosario is well on his way to understanding Immokalee and leading the way to building on the wealth of the community, Mr. Thomas said, pointing out that the new executive director has taken the time to learn and make suggestions that bene t this community. These suggestions will effectively beef up the chamber into a visitors center to be proud of and help recreate Immokalee into an entertainment/industrial hub. Mr. Thomas is positive that this is a major step toward building a brighter future for the chamber and the whole of Immokalee. Since the end of last year, the chamber board has been running the of ce with volunteers, board members and interns from Hodges University. The board wanted their executive director to have a background in the business community, to be heavily involved in the community and have an af nity for building relationships. Mr. Rosario meets all those criteria. The Eastern Collier County Chamber of Commerce encompasses a large and diverse area, from Immokalee to Ave Maria. The director will need to nd ways for different types of people to work and pull together for a common cause. Mr. Rosario is just getting started, getting his feet on the ground as executive director. He said he is busy setting up guidelines and building a basic structure others can continue to add to in the future. Mr. Rosario works as the casino’s executive and credit/collections manager. Originally from the agricultural southern end of New Jersey, he started in the entertainment business in Atlantic City in New director plans new direction for chamber Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantNew Eastern Collier County Chamber of Commerce Dan Rosario and Administrative Assistant Myriam Brown welcome locals and visitors alike to the chamber of ce, 750 N. 15th Street. Stop by and become part of Immokalee's dynamic future. See COC — Page 2 Collier County Parks and Recreation is hosting the third annual Edgerrin James Speed and Agility Football Camp on Monday, July 25, at the Immokalee Sports Complex – 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. The free camp offers local children the chance to learn football skills from NFL pros. Edgerrin James was born and raised in Immokalee and recruited from Immokalee High School to play for the University of Miami. In 1999, Edgerrin was drafted fourth overall by the Indianapolis Colts and was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He holds the Colts’ team record for most career total yards rushing. Edgerrin also played for the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. The Edgerrin James Speed and Agility Football Camp is for school-aged children age six and up including high school students. Last year 1,100 participants attended the camp. Walk-in campers are welcome. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and will continue until 9:30 a.m. Each camper will be placed in groups based on similar age, size, and/or experience level. The camp emphasizes the basic fundamentals and skill development essential to improving football performance. Campers will receive valuable instruction on technique enhancements, teamwork, sportsmanship, and educational life skills. Edgerrin James will provide food and drinks for the campers throughout the day. The camp will be held Monday, July 25, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Children must wear comfortable athletic clothing and shoes. Following the football camp, Edgerrin and the Immokalee Sports Complex will host a pool party for the kids as a “cool off” to end the day from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parents will be invited to attend as well. Sign up for this camp today by calling the Immokalee Sports Complex at 239-657-1951 or visit For more information, contact Collier County Parks and Recreation at 239-2524000 or visit: Annual kids free football camp gets geared up Monday


There is no escaping the large numbers of mosquitoes this summer, regardless of w here you live in Collier County. The blood seekers are a nuisance to say the least; however, out of 42 different types of mosquitoes in SW Florida, only a few have the potential to carry disease. One of those species of concern is Culex nigripalpus, a fresh water species, which is occurring in large numbers in several locations in the county, especially in the following areas: Eastern Golden Gate Estates, Immokalee, Ave Maria, Collier County Land ll and Auto Ranch Road "Thanks to the surveillance capabilities of the Collier Mosquito Control District, we have been noti ed, as of this week, they are identifying signi cantly larger numbers of Culex nigripalpus mosquitoes. This species is capable of carrying West Nile Virus (WNV). WNV hospitalized two of our residents last year and sadly, one of these individuals ended up dying. I urge residents and visitors to take mosquito precautions seriously," explains, Collier County Health Department Director, Dr. Joan Colfer. Another mosquito-borne disease is Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which is primarily a disease of horses, but is also a serious threat to humans. Last year, four horses in CollierCounty had to be euthanized due to contracting EEE. There is a vaccine available for horses but not for humans. Because of the potential occurrence of these diseases, the Collier County Health Department and the Collier Mosquito Control District would like to remind local residents that it is important to practice the 5 Ds o f personal protection: avoid Dusk and Dawn, when mosquitoes are the most active; Dress appropriately by wearing long pants, a long sleeve shirt, shoes and socks; Drain arti cial containers which hold water and will produce mosquitoes; and use repellent containing the active ingredient DEET. For more information on mosquitoborne illnesses, and mosquito control treatment schedules visit: The Collier Mosquito Control District website at: DOH's Environmental Health web site at: http://www.doh.state. .us/Environment / medicine/arboviral/index.html or call the Collier County Health Department at: 239-252-8226. For a two-page Mosquito-borne Disease in Florida Fact sheet describing the transmission cycle, symptoms of illness and mosquito-borne disease prevention go to: http://www.doh.state. .us/Environment / medicine/arboviral/pdfs/EducationalMaterials/Arbo_factsheet_Color_Eng.pdf The ubiquitous mosquito Not just any pest 2 Immokalee Bulletin July 21, 2011Serving Immokalee Since 1969To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518€ LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Phone: (239) 657-6000 € Fax: (863) 675-1449 Submit NewsThe Immokalee Bulletin welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (239) 657-6000 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. E-Mail: ibnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone:(239) 657-6000 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classified AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 or to place it from home go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit or email Editor: Patty Brant Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara CalfeePublisher: Tom ByrdExecutive Editor: Katrina ElskenOur PurposeƒThe Immokalee Bulletin is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. P P u b l i s h e d b y 1986, then worked with another tribe with a casino in Connecticut in 1998. Since 2008, he's been at the casino in Immokalee. He said he likes the different, slower pace here that provides more opportunity for communication with patrons. The more y ou talk to people, the better service you can provide, he reasons. He served as the comptroller of ve different companies and brings hospitality, entertainment and accounting skills to the chamber. It was the casino's former General Manager Tony Sanchez who introduced Mr. Rosario to the chamber. Mr. Sanchez is now President of the Seminole Corporation and V ice Chairman of the Board, but his role in linking Mr. Rosario with the chamber continues to serve the community well. One of Mr. Rosario's goals is to make Immokalee an entertainment destination. Involvement in the community is central to his service to the chamber. Twenty-six years of success in the hospitality and entertainment eld under nance has been a great segue to working with the chamber, he said. Although generating support for the chamber is central to his new position, he believes "it's still about service." His overall plan is to develop the market to "sell" business in Immokalee and Ave Maria. Mr. Rosario is already contemplating entertainment events that will put Immokalee "on the map." Even before becoming executive director, he championed the return of Immokalee's signature Harvest Festival this year, and sees the event getting bigger and better. He said he's already getting phone calls about next year's event. He envisions the Immokalee area as a place for entertainment, anchored by the casino and the now dredged and well-stocked Lake Trafford, with an expanded marina. Immokalee has the perfect draw for shermen and airboat tours. Developing Ave Maria's piazza area will add to the desirability of the area for tourism, he feels. He's looking at the concept of Friday night in Ave Maria as a family night, with a farmers market at the core surrounded with family entertainment and food. Unbelievably, Christmas Around the World is already in the planing stages for another exciting event in December. Watch for a new turkey shoot in October at the sheriff's gun range, as well. In a somewhat more everyday plan, the chamber has added a digital print shop in the of ce. You can now have most anything you want printed right here in Immokalee at the chamber of ce and at a discount for chamber members. The print shop will be open in August. At this time, the Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce has 125 members, so one of the most immediate challenges is to increase membership in what Mr. Rosario sees as a dynamic, expanded chamber of commerce. Of course, the chamber will continue to work hand-in-hand with other groups like the CRA. Mr. Rosario also holds a seat on that agency's board. Mr. Rosario sees the chamber as a business advocate, while the CRA helps interpret new rules and regulations, preparing businesses to meet those new criteria. Chamber Administrator Myriam Brown has been in Immokalee for 16 years in Immokalee; the past two at the chamber. It is her smiling face and competent assistance that greets you at the door. Herself an entrepreneur at heart, Myrian understands the bene ts of marketing for local business and partnering in community events. She points out that chamber members get priority in many business functions. She also invites local business men and women to the chamber's monthly breakfast meeting, held the rst Wednesday every month at a variety of different locations. The next breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. August 3 at the Roma in Havana Ristorante, 1025 W. Main St. Tony Alves from the Seminole Casino will be the speaker. These breakfasts, along with after hours socials, present local businesses with more opportunities and networking possibilities. The next social will be Wednesday, August 17, 5-7 p.m. at the chamber of ce. An intern from Hodges University, Myriam said she's always liked to be involved in business and enjoys being part of the community, offering help to develop business through the chamber She understands how important the chamber and CRA can be for businesses. After her ten-year orist business failed due to the economy, she realizes that a sound business plan could have made the difference for her. As a graduate from the CRA's new entrepreneurship class, she is uniquely capable of helping others seek expert guidance. "There's a lot of potential in Immokalee," Myriam said and counsels, "Explore your talents." And the chamber is a great place to start. You can call the chamber at 239-6573237. COCContinued From Page 1 The Collier County Coastal Advisor y Committee will meet Thursday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Collier County Libraries and Collier County Schools Second Annual school suppl y drive. The new school year is just around the corner and for the second year Collier County Libraries are partnering with Collier County Schools to help supply children and teachers with much needed supplies. Last year, 12 cases of school supplies were distributed to children throughout the district thanks to this effort. School supply bins will be available at all Collier County's libraries beginning Monday, July 25 through Saturday, Aug. 6. A partial list of needed items is listed below. For the complete list of new school supplies needed, go to and click on the School Supply Drive' link. For more information, the public ma y visit the library website at www.colliergov. net/library. Public Meetings


Margaret Florence RainwatersIMMOKALEE — Margaret Florence Rainwaters, 87, of Immokalee, passed away Sunday, J uly 17, 2011. Margaret Florence Rainwaters (nee Clague) w as born to the late William and Enid Clague, Sept. 1, 1923, in Fruitdale, Ala. She married Orv ille (Dutch) Rainwaters on Aug. 27, 1942. They started their family in Fruitdale, Ala., then moved to Perry, Fla., and eventually settled in Immokalee, in 1965. Margaret was a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband’s business. She was a member of FUMC of Immokalee until her death. In her y ounger years, she kept the church nursery and w as a member of the sewing and craft group. Her greatest joy came from being a devoted w ife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and taking care of others. Margaret is survived in life by her loving and devoted husband of 68 years, Orville Rainwaters; two children, Jerry Rainwaters (Shirley), Rita Howell (Cecil); ve grandchildren, Stacey Howell (Vicki), Rhonda Ward (Bodie), Clint Rainwaters (Bridgette), Brett Howell, Denice Rainwaters-Garza (Leo); and 12 great-grandchildren, Caleb, Cayla, Cassidy, McCoy, Haley, Braiden, Jacob, Jayce, Leo, Ryleigh, Aubrie and Gaige; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Beulah Rush; brother, William H. Clague Jr.; and brother, Earl Clague. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. and Funeral services will follow at noon at First United Methodist Church of Immokalee, 303 N 9th St, Immokalee, FL 34142. In lieu of owers, memorial donations in Margaret’s name may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105; Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, PO Box 6299, Deltona, FL 32728-9988; or FUMC of Immokalee, 303 N 9th St, Immokalee, FL 34142. Brister Funeral Home in Immokalee is entrusted w ith her care. www.bristerfuneralhome.comJulian Francis Boyce, 83IMMOKALEE — Julian Francis Boyce, age 83, of Immokalee, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, in Lehigh Acres. Julian was born Nov. 14, 1927, in Hertford, N.C. He is the son of the late James Edward and the late Grace C. (Rogerson) Boyce. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He was a member of Perquimans Lodge #106 A.F. & A.M. and was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Immokalee. Julian was a Produce Broker specializing in tomatoes for many years. He is survived by his wife, Ferrie L.(Elrod) Boyce; preceded in death by daughter, Jamie Boyce; surviving daughters, Julie Gerstein and Nicki Hannoud; son, Stephen Gerstman; brothers, Ed Boyce (Inga) and Gene Boyce (Gloria); grandchildren, Julian Gerstein, Kyle Pierce, Elliot Pierce, Justin Gerstman and Morgan Pierce; great-grandchild, Lilly Pierce. The funeral service was 11 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2011 at First Baptist Church Of Immokalee, with Pastor Dennis Norvell of ciating. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle.Debbie Belknap, 52LEHIGH ACRES — Debbie Belknap, 52, of Lehigh Acres, passed away July 2, 2011. Debbie was a proud school teacher for 30 years; 25 of those 30 years were spent teaching 2nd grade at Highlands Elementary School in Immokalee. A memorial service will be held 6 p.m., with visitors being received from 5 to 6 p.m., July 28, 2011, at First Baptist Church, 1411 Lake Trafford Rd., Immokalee, with Pastor Rick Heers presiding. SHEWMAKERANIMALHOSPITAL1095 N. State Rd. 29 € LaBelle € 863-675-2441WED & SA T FROM 8AM TO 10AM IMMOKALEEANIMALCLINIC1400 Roberts Ave, Immokalee € 239-657-2266WED & SA T FROM 10:30AM TO NOON CLEWISTONMOBILEUNITCLINICat the Tractor Supply Store € Clewiston € 863-675-2441WED 2PM TO 4PM 3 Year Rabies $10 € Parvo/Distemper $12Free Spay and Neuter with full puppy and kitten shotsDisclaimer:The Patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. LOW COST VACCINATION CLINICS 3 Immokalee Bulletin July 21, 2011 Obituaries Dear community friends,For those of you who may not know me, my name is Tony Allen the new Activities Director at Immokalee High School. It is with great pleasure that I have accepted this position after the retirement of Mrs. Linda Ayer. A lthough we bring a different set of skills to the table, the passion we have for this community is the same. I realize this job is a challenge, but I am committed to doing everything I can to continue and build upon the traditions of Immokalee High School. As a former student who was involved in many activities here at I.H.S, it was always important to me to know that my community supported and appreciated my efforts. With that in mind we are looking for hard working and committed individuals to be a part of our Quarterback Club. This club provides support through fund raising for many of our clubs and sports teams. We are also looking for individuals to be a part of our 100/100 club and our 50/50 club. This is 100 people pledging $100 and 50 people to pledging $50 for a span of three years. This is an opportunity to support our young people by giving a small part of you. If you are interested in being a part of the Quarterback Club or helping with the 100/100 and 50/50 club, please contact my of ce at 239-377-1883. I look forward to working with you all and remember Go Indians! Yours truly, Tony Allen, Activities Director I HOPE DonationI’m pleased to report to you all that, thanks to a friend of I HOPE who sent us a check in the amount of $2,500 yesterday, we now have received donations totalling $4,225 with several commitments still to come in. We trust that some of you who intended to donate will indeed do so. We are not planning to purchase a vehicle until we receive additional funds that will help cover the insurance, licensing, maintenance, etc. Thank you again for your willingness to consider the ministry of I HOPE. Please let us hear from you. Rick Richard L. Heers, executive director, I HOPE, Inc., Letters to the Editor Tony Allen IHS Athletics Director The Tiny Titan Preschool at Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way has openings for the 2011-2012 school year. There will be two class options: 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday, following the School District of Collier County’s school calendar. Prior to enrolling your child, some items of note. A child must be four years old on or before Sept. 1. The three hour program will be free with your VPK voucher, which will be provided with the registration packet. The deadline for enrolling is Friday, Aug. 12. To learn more, please contact VPK teacher Mary Kay Haenn at 239-776-6130 or via e-mail at: Haennma@collier.k12. .us. Preschool now enrolling free VPK classes Guadalupe Center of Immokalee will be hosting its annual Back to School Shoe Program during the week of August 1519. Parents with children in kindergarten-eighth grade are encouraged to apply to see if they qualify. Applications are being taken from Monday, July 25-Friday, Aug. 5, from 8:30-10 a.m. and from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Guadalupe Soup Kitchen at 211 S. 9th Street. Parents or legal guardians must bring a form of ID, two months proof of income of both parents and their children’s birth certi cate or legal custody form. For more information, please contact Merline Dieujuste at 239-657-3202. Annual Back to School Shoe Program accepting applicants


4 Immokalee Bulletin July 21, 2011 There are still a few openings at the Immokalee Technical Center for our fall semester! One of interest is the Heavy Equipment Mechanics diesel program. This program is sponsored by Caterpillar and Kelly tractor. It is a two year program preparing students for a career in large equipment repair and maintenance. Other program openings are also available including Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education and more. Interested students need to contact iTECH to apply, or just stop by. We have advisors reading to assist students in enrolling today! Financial aid is available. Call 239-377-9900. iTECH has program openings for fall semester The Immokalee Foundation announces the appointment of Ariane Willis as development coordinator. Willis will be responsible for assisting with fundraising efforts and engaging sponsors. “Ariane’s experience is vital to TIF’s mission and she is a positive addition to the team,” said Jennifer Whitis, director of development for The Immokalee Foundation. Willis has more than 10 years of professional experience, including Avow Hospice, Germain Motor Company and Collier County Parks and Recreation. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit Ariane Willis joins Foundation Ariane WIllis By Rick HeersSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Two dozen interested adults from the Immokalee community met for a second time to begin to organize a grassroots effort to begin providing services for adults with disabilities. Once these individuals complete classes and training at Immokalee High School there are no current programs to meet their social skills. There are programs available in Naples and Fort Myers, but these individuals are unable to participate due to transportation and costs. Started by Grace Mungia, a single mother w ho is the custodian for her adult brother w ho has completed high school, this committee will continue to meet and search for grants and funding to begin to develop programs that will provide a variety of activities, both here in Immokalee, and partnering w ith other similar organizations in Naples. Committees were established to research the following areas and report back to the committee on Aug. 8, at the South Florida W orks complex (formerly One Stop) at 750 South Fifth Street in Immokalee:  Obtaining a list of individuals needing this service in Immokalee-estimates run as high as 80 to 100  Locating several locations in the community where activities, e.g. dances, crafts, games, could be held  Finding resources where funding could be available to underwrite expenses  Locate potential transportation possibilities for these individuals to attend special events A representative from the Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled in Naples will work with the group to #1, invite participants in Immokalee to attend a social function in Naples, and #2 work with the committee to establish a date, time and place for those in Naples to come to Immokalee to attend a social gathering. While a long-range goal would be to have a daily, staffed program within the community, funding for such a program is considerably down the road. However those who would like to nd out more information can either email Grace Munguia at, call Grace at 239.867.000, or plan to attend the next meeting on Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. Help continues for local adults with disabilities Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Rick HeersLocal community members gather to discuss efforts to gain access to much needed services for adult residents with disabilities. Focus on the future, not just the ‘right now’ By Lisa CarverSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin I did not go to Immokalee High School. I rst moved down here a little over ago. I was working as a CNA in J acksonville when my grandmother asked me to take care of my great-grandmother. At that time I was contemplating going into the Air Force. I decided to come down here to take care of my greatgrandmother because the Air Force would always be around and I needed to spend as much time with my great-grandmother as I could. So I loved March 15, 2010. My great-grandmother took me to the Harvest festival in April, as well as the rodeo and other events in Immokalee. I completely fell in love with Immokalee! When she passed away in July, I found a new job to help with school. I meet so many interesting people here. This town is so friendly. School is important because it helps you excel in other places in life. Almost everyone goes to high school. They learn about math, English, science and other subjects. They also learn about the social environment -the kids they sit next to in class, who they eat with in lunch and play basketball with in gym. The best way I can describe the connection between high school and college in general is the students you associate yourself with. If every student had the ambition to go beyond high school they would all attend. You could call it a trend. One student says they’re going; others will follow. Unfortunately, there are always students who say no. They think about the “right now” rather than the success they will have in the future. I think that’s where the communication gets cut off. The more the students focus on the “right now,” the more they don’t think about the future and the possibilities they could have. So if the student doesn’t go to college, they will be working a minimum wage job for the rest of their lives. I work every day through struggles of how my future will end up, but I get through them. I wish all the students in high school could get a glimpse of what their future would be like if they went to college. If you want something badly enough you will do anything and give up anything for it. The riches are greater at the end of the longer road.Lisa Carver, 2011 Harvest Festival Queen, is the rst to reign over Immokalee in 19 years. This column presents some of her views as Immokalee's representative. From the Queen’s Pen... Lisa Carver


By Dottie CookEmpowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida Special to the Immokalee Bulletin Last week we talked about de ning our nancial goals and their costs so we can include them in our budget. This week we'll start building our budget and incorporating those goals. You can build your budget on a computer, or on just a regular sheet of paper, whatever you nd easier. The rst part of the budget is monthly income. For this part, gure out how much income you bring home each week or have deposited into your account after payroll taxes. This is your net income and is what y ou actually have to spend on your expenses after your payroll taxes are deducted. If you get paid the same amount each pay period, it's easy to calculate how much you make in a month. If your wages uctuate, however, due to hourly or seasonal work, it can be a little harder. In those cases, track your paychecks for one or two months if possible and take the average of those paychecks to gure out what you make on a monthly basis. Also check to see if you have any other regular monthly income you can include. This might be social security, rent, child support, or something else. The key is to make sure it is regular and that you receive it each month. If it isn't regular and you only receive it some months, it's better to leave it off your budget than plan on it and spend more than you have in the months you don't receive it. Next look at your regular monthly expenses and break them out by category. Some of these categories include rent or house payment, car payment, gas or transportation expenses, electric, water, phone, cable, homeowner's insurance if you own a home, car insurance, food clothing, credit card payments, etc. If you have something that you pay only once a year or a few times a year but not every month, to set aside money throughout the year for it, you'll want to include it in your monthly budget. So, if you have a car insurance premium that you pay twice a year, calculate how much you pay on car insurance for the whole year and divide it by 12 to get it to a monthly amount. That way you can set aside a little bit each month to help with the bill when it arrives. You'll also want to include money for your goals under your expenses. So, if you have a goal of saving $50 per month, list that as an expense so you can start putting that money aside. Most of your expenses you probably know from paying them each month, but you may need to check a few by looking back at your old invoices or checks. Once you have both your income and your expenses written down, you have your budget. Hopefully your income is greater than your expenses, not the other way around. If, however, your expenses are greater, it's time to look at your expenses again to see what you might be able to reduce. Now that your budget is complete, it's time to start tracking your expenses throughout the next month. This is the most critical part of the budgeting process because it helps you see where your money goes. Each night, make sure you write down how much you spent that day and on what, even if it was just a few dollars. Again, you can do this on a computer, or just on a piece of paper, perhaps even keep a notebook using different columns for different categories. At the end of the month, you'll want to add up how much you spent on each category so you can see exactly where your money goes throughout the month. Next week we'll talk about some of the surprises we nd when we track our expenses and tips for staying on budget. The Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization based in Immokalee but serving all of Southwest Florida. The Empowerment Alliance is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency. We provide free one-on-one budget, credit, homebuyer, and foreclosure prevention counseling that is funded through grants by Collier County, HUD, and private sources. For more information, call us at 239-658-3315 or e-mail us at easf@ Dottie Cook is the Executive Director o f the Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series of articles from the Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida designed to give helpful information to local readers on Budgeting, nance, homebuying and other topics. Local businesses can become sponsors o f this ongoing series by calling 863-763-3134 ext 4228 or by email to ibnews@newszap. com. Celebrations Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at 5 Immokalee Bulletin July 21, 2011 A dd a little balance to your life Build a budget Dottie Cook By Rick HeersSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin According to Nate Youngblood, Service Engagement Director for U.S. Programs, W orld Vision sponsors nearly 1400 volunteers on projects stateside, while also sending thousands more to a variety of places around the world. This week 14 volunteers from Stuart, decided to come to Immokalee to assist I HOPE in a number of its projects. Last year they made the trek to Smith Lake, New Mexico, working on a Navajo Reservation. Chris Buehler, leader of this year's group, said that they felt like they needed to stay closer to home this summer, and Immokalee seemed like a good t. While here the group are assisting I HOPE with the organizing of its warehouse-the I Hope Distribution Center, located at the Technology Tradeport Park, along with helping place free shutters on the homes of quali ed low-income homes, and working on some remodeling of homes. In order to raise funds to support their mission, the group sells pumpkins at their church's Pumpkin Patch each fall. The high school students are members of First United Methodist Church in Stuart. While here, the volunteers are staying at "The Ranch" owned and operated by Bethel Assembly of God Church where they sleep and have their meals provided. Additionally, Parks and Rec allows the volunteers to shower and take a swim at the Aquatic Center each afternoon. During their visit the group is also planning to take an airboat tour of Lake Trafford, and to visit the Corkscrew Sanctuary and perhaps spend some time at the beach. V olunteers assist I HOPE Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Rick HeersWorld Vision volunteers from the Stuart area came to Florida recently to assist the I HOPE Program with a number of projects ongoing within the community. The group’s team leader, Chris Buehler (center back) and World Vision’s Nate Y oungblood (Back row, far right) are instrumental in building this helpful team of volunteers.


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For more listings, go to Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to Apartments IMMOKALEE CORAL PINESApts. 601 to 613 Nassau St., 2BR, Central A/C, heat, carpet, verticals, laundry on premises. Convenient location in quiet residential area. $625 includes water/sewer/trash. No Application Fee. Ask About Senior Citizen Discount. Apply at 601 Nassau St. #4 Immokalee or Call 239-694-1951 Timber Ridge 2726 Wilton Court (Rental Of ce: 2449 Sanders Pines Circle) Available for Immediate Occupancy Must be farm or grove labor employed. 3Br/1Ba Single Family Home. Starting at $700 plus utilities. Central HVAC, Elec Appliance Washers/Dryers, Community Center. Rental applications available at the Rental Of ce or call 657-8333 Mon-Fri, 8:00AM-5:00PM (TDD 1-800-955-8771) Equal Housing Opportunity Buying a car? 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Aqui estan las llaves de su nueva casa!MIRA VERDEESPECIAL DE ENTRADA PIMER MES GRATIS!! $20.00 cargo de aplicacionDeposito de Seguridad Bajos***Con Credito Aprovado***• 2 RECAMARRAS A $364.00 POR MES• 3 RECAMARRAS A $411.00 POR MES• 4 RECAMARRAS A $464.00 POR MES LOCALIZADOS EN: LLAMENOS AL: 6760 Santa FeNorth (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent TRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. • 3 BR & 2 BR CBS Construction All include Stove, Refrig., Air, Ceiling Fans, Util. Rm. w/W&D Hookup, Sound Barrier Between Apt./Twnhs. Free Trash Pickup, Free Lawn Service. Pets Allowed w/ Deposit. Walk to Store. NEW Management Privately Owned Call (239)867-4265 Houses RentFarm Worker Village invites you to come home. Available now 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom rental homes, starting as low as $425 per month. You may qualify for Rental assistance. Please Call us at: 239-657-3649 or stop by at 1800 Farm Worker Way. 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Services for seniors made available through the efforts of partnering networksThe Immokalee Nonpro t Network of the Community Foundation of Collier County funded through the Agua Fund has partnered w ith the Greater Immokalee Southside Front Porch Community, Inc. to provide outreach services in an effort to connect seniors with needed services. The outreach efforts will focus on lling the gap in services through referral. Outreach workers will complete a home assessment, make referrals to the appropriate agency, and provide follow-up to ensure referrals were kept. A resource guide will be provided to all seniors surveyed. Surveys will be taken at various locations to include Bromelia Place, Crestview Apartments, Cypress Run, Farmworker Village, Garden Lake Apartments, Goodwill Center, Summer Glen Apartments, and Southwest Florida Works. For more information, contact Greater Immokalee Front Porch at 239-658-1300. District 5 Commissioner Jim Coletta has accepted an invitation to serve on the newly established Leadership Council of the local chapter of SCORE a nonpro t association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. SCORE is a resource partner w ith the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than 40 years. "My rst private business venture would have not been the success that it was without the assistance that I received at the time from SCORE," said Commissioner Coletta. "I am a rm believer in the value of the SCORE program which promotes business growth in Collier County through face-to-face business counseling. SCORE's goals are business retention, stabilizing employment and encouraging job growth and the local chapter serves more than 3,000 Collier County businesses annually." Partners in the program include the Collier County Tax Collector's of ce, the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University's Lutgert College of Business, Barron Collier Companies and The Print Shop of Naples. This year, SCORE Naples, in partnership with the Tax Collector's of ce, will be inserting an information card into more than 30,000 Business Tax Renewal notices in an effort to bring new clients face to face with the SBDC and SCORE to make them aware of the services available to them. This is the third year for the partnership between SCORE and the Tax Collector's of ce a program that was initiated by Commissioner Coletta. SCORE Naples currently has 58 volunteers including entrepreneurs and corporate of cers. The SBDC has 10 certi ed business analysts that cover ve counties including Collier in Southwest Florida. "SCORE and the SBDC provide both an academic and a real world, hands-on approach to business counseling," added Commissioner Coletta. "The counselors can help local business owners with current problems and prepare their companies to position themselves to grow as the recession recedes, helping to protect present employment and increase the number of jobs." Nationwide, SCORE is a valuable networ k of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs con dential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. SCORE volunteers represent over 270,000 years of experience across 62 industries. Last year, SCORE mentored and trained 590,550 aspiring and existing small business owners. Those businesses generated $19.4 billion in revenue. For more information about SCORE Naples, contact 239-430-0081. Commissioner Coletta accepts council appointment Public Notice INVITATION TO BID NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by Goodwill Industries of SWFL, Inc. (GWSWFL), at their Main Of ce located at 4940 Bayline Drive, North Fort Myers, FL 33917 until 10:00am on Wednesday, August 24th 2011. Bids must be hand delivered. These bids will be opened and recorded at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 25th 2011. GWSWFL is accepting bids for minor renovation of a single story structure located at 905 Roberts Avenue, Immokalee, FL. Bidders must be State of Florida Certi ed General Contractors. Further information may be obtained by contacting Mark Bowers at GWSWFL; (239) 995-2106 ext 269. Email: MarkBowers@goodwillsw .org Goodwill Industries of SWFL, Inc. is the owner of this property. Funding for this project is provided by Collier County Department of Housing, Human and Veteran Services, using the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Federal Regulations during construction, such as Davis Bacon will be enforced. Any award of this contract is contingent on the availability of these funds. Type of bids desired: Line Item Price as per plans and speci cations A pre-bid meeting will be held at the site (905 Roberts Avenue ) on Tuesday, August 2nd 2011 at 9:00am. (Meet and sign in at front entrance lobby). This meeting is for the purpose of allowing contractors to bring any omissions, or questions concerning the Schedule of Work to the attention of the Owner. This is an opportunity to observe the existing site limitations and ask questions concerning the project prior to bidding and failure to do so will demonstrate the contractors’ acceptance of the Scope of Work as de ned in the Schedule. Any addenda issued as a result of this meeting will be issued in writing within two (2) working days of the meeting to all contractors present at the meeting. IT IS MANDATORY THAT THE CONTRACTOR OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE ATTEND THIS PRE-BID MEETING. FAILURE TO ATTEND WILL RESULT IN FORFEITING THE RIGHT TO BID ON THIS PROJECT A copy of the contract documents including the plans, speci cations and bid forms may be obtained from GWSWFL of ce at 4940 Bayline Drive, North Fort Myers, FL 33917 beginning Monday, July 18th 2011. Interested contractors shall pay GWSWFL a $150 non-refundable fee to obtain one complete set of architectural plans. Questions regarding contract procedures and technical speci cations should be directed to Mark Bowers, Facilities Director at 239-995-2106 ext 269. Email: MarkBowers@goodwillsw .org All bids must be in accordance with the plans and speci cations and identi ed by the name of the bidding contractor, name and address of the Owner, name and address of project, and the date and time of bid opening. Minority, female-owned and small businesses are encouraged to submit bids for this project. General Contractors are encouraged to solicit bids from minority and female-owned subcontractors. The work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (section3). The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD-assisted projects covered by Section 3, shall to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low-very low income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing. The Owner reserves the right to reward the contract to the Bidder of his choice or to reject any or all bids. 392285 IB 7/14,21,28/2011 Public Notice 7 Immokalee Bulletin July 21, 2011 The recent issue of the of cial newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and dioceses of Orlando, Palm Beach and Venice, featured Immokalee resident Sylvia Nunez Mendoza. A lifelong resident of Immokalee, Mendoza currently serves as extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, catechist, and lector at Immokalee's Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. For years, The Florida Catholic, has striven to provide objective and accurate up to date information about the Catholic church, both worldwide and local. The Florida Catholic's latest column features current scholars enrolled in The Blessed Edmund Rice School for Pastoral Ministry. Mendoza, who has been married to her high school sweetheart for 37 years, with four adult children and 10 grandchildren, is working towards her Master's degree through the program via Barry University. While Sylvia has always been an active member in her Catholic church, she maintains that this venture is at a different level. "Through this program, I have come to know the genuine love of Christ. My vision is the ultimate end. I have always had a relationship with Christ and this program provides me with the tools to love him every day. Mendoza, who has worked serving underprivileged children and adults for almost 35 years while working for the school board of Collier County, notes that her faith has been regularly tested, but acknowledges that her experiences and commitment have kept her grounded. "When I was broken, I chose the cross. We have to be open, willing and humble to move forward." Respected for her dedication to all of those who come to her for aid, Mendoza has received many prestigious awards throughout her tenure with the school system. The motivating impulse behind the foundation of the Blessed Edmund Rice School was to respond to the mandate of Vatican II that the laity would become ever more involved in advancing the Kingdom and to attempt to respond to the need for lay ministers who are trained and competent to assist their local pastors in the work of serving the Church. For more information about the school, please contact Jennifer McConville, registrar at 941-766-7334 ext 17 or visit their website at www.riceschool.or g Sylvia Nuez-Mendoza featured in The Florida Catholic of Venice Sylvia NunezMendoza For more listings, go to ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY For more listings, go to Outreach workers help local seniors Free Pet Spay/Neuter programTime is running out for FREE cat spay/ neuter in Collier County. The Collier Spay Neuter Clinic is offering 400 free spay/neuter surgeries for cats available now through Wednesday, Aug. 31. Call the Collier Spay Neuter Clinic at 239-514-7647 to schedule a spay/neuter today.


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. has been reaccredited by the Council on A ccreditation (COA). Catholic Charities has been recognized as an outstanding human service provider. “The national reaccreditation signi es that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice is one of the best social service agencies in all of Southwest Florida,” said Peter RoutsisA rroyo, chief executive of cer of Catholic Charities. “It assures our supporters that we meet best practice standards in all area of operations including programmatically, nancially, and ethically. It also is a way of assuring our donors that we are utilizing their donations as they want us to,” he said. According to Richard Klarberg, president and CEO of COA, reaccreditation is an objective and reliable veri cation that provides con dence and support to an organization’s service recipients, board members, staff, and community partners, The COA reaccreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are measured against national standards of best practice. Klarberg said these standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented. In addition, they are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. “This national accreditation combined with the fact that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice has consistently received the highest Charity Navigator rating demonstrates our commitment to provide quality services,” Routsis-Arroyo said. In 2010, Catholic Charities, Diocese o f Venice assisted 40,602 people through a variety of programs and services available throughout Southwest Florida. For ever y dollar donated to the agency, a total of 94 cents goes directly to programs and services. Catholic Charities helps all people in need regardless of race, nationality or creed. For more information please call 941-4885581 or visit Catholic Charities of Venice receives national reaccreditation When Ave Maria Dance Academy began 3 years ago it was always the intention to have a performance team and this year that v ision has become a reality. When dancers and parents check out the new schedule this season they will see this welcome addition to the Academy’s lineup. The brand new Dance Company called Steppin’ Up is for advanced dancers who have had a minimum of three y ears ballet experience. The company dancers will learn technique and choreography for several different dance styles which they w ill use to perform several times a year at local community events including festivals, parades and other outreach venues. To nd out more about this up and coming Dance Academy or to register for classes visit their website or join them in person at their annual open house which takes place on Monday, Aug. 8, from 5-8 p.m. At the Open House dancers both new and returning can register for classes, meet instructors and purchase both new and gently used dancewear at the swap’ n shop sale. Ave Maria Dance Academy is located at 5068 Annunciation Circle Suite 103 in the Piazza of beautiful downtown Ave Maria just around the corner from Publix. The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-pro t community mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the Center will be one of the rst community mental health centers in the state of Florida submitting the data required to receive the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act federal incentive payment. The HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, designated $19 billion for providers who can demonstrate “meaningful use” of certi ed Electronic Health Records (EHR). The David Lawrence Center was already well positioned to receive the incentive because the agency had previously implemented an innovative electronic medical records system in 2005 with an established national certi ed vendor and an e-prescribe system in 2011. This sped up the implementation process required to demonstrate meaningful use considerably. Incentive payments are made through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and range from $44,000-$63,750 over a ve or six year period for each eligible provider within an agency. David Lawrence Center currently has ten eligible providers for a possibility of $488,000 in incentive payments over a six year period. In order to qualify, the David Lawrence Center had to demonstrate and meet meaningful use criteria which is designed to enable signi cant and measurable improvements in population health through a transformed health care delivery system. The vision of the meaningful use criteria is to have all patients fully engaged in their health care, ensure all providers have real-time access to all medical information and the tools necessary to ensure the quality and safety of the care provided while also affording improved access and elimination of health care disparities. Meeting the meaningful use criteria requires eligible providers to meet fourteen core objectives, ve menu objectives, and six clinical quality measures in Stage I. To date, the Center has registered all providers, worked with the software vendor to meet the criteria and will complete the required 90 day reporting period on July 19. David Schimmel CEO, states “We are ver y proud of the expertise and knowledge of our Clinical Records and Information Technology Department Staff who provided excellent leadership in our efforts to receive this incentive. Meeting the meaningful use criteri a required months of hard work and involved team members from Executive Management, Medical and Clinical Team Members and Quality Assurance who worked tirelessly to evaluate our work ow and implement the required changes.” Also offering:Health Services Administration* Nursing* Health Science* Criminal Justice Legal Studies* Business Interdisciplinary Studies*Call for a complete list of programs All signs point to a degree in:Health Care FORT MYERS Schools & Instruction www.KeiserSuccess.comAdmissions Hours: Mon Thurs 7:30a.m. 8p.m., Fri 7:30a.m. 5p.m., Sat 10a.m. 2p.m.Call today to speak with an Admissions Counselor1.888.563.0874*Online only 8 Immokalee Bulletin July 21, 2011 Take it back to the ole’ school days, the Greater Immokalee Front Porch will host and celebrate a basketball heritage with an alumni basketball game Friday, July 22. “We’re not sure what kind of turnout we’ll have, but we’re going to give it a shot,” organizers said. “We’ve received commitments from about a dozen people, but players from the 70s to present are encouraged to pre-register or just show up that evening.” The game will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in “the Gym” located at 505 Escambia Street, and all former male and female players are invited, along with cheerleaders and coaches. “We’re thinking this might be a way for some of the alumni to meet and do some fellowship,” organizers said. “ Spearheaded by the South Immokalee Community Circle group, all proceeds will bene t Front Porch’s back-to-school giveaway. Donations are $2. at the door. Sponsors are welcomed. No events are planned for Friday night, so we are hoping the lack of schedule con icts will lead to a large turnout for the alumni game. Come out and make this a great evening. For more information, call Wilson “Toot” Riley (867-1394), Vicki Carr (503-7733) or email Get ready! Ole’ School Alumni Basketball game is set A ve Maria Dance Academy proudly announces performance dance team Lawrence Center set to receive federal incentive payment

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