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P P u b l i s h e d b y ematics in education. Many more people were attempting to attend the press conference, but the governor's staff refused to allow those who were not a part of the school system or the press, wanting to focus on the students who were a part of the new heavy equipment mechanics program. Most of his time was spent talking one on one with the young adults enrolled in the program. iTECHContinued From Page 1 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin For better or worse, it seems that Immokalee is in the midst of deep changes. For years, Immokalee has been an agricultural powerhouse, a "national garden" that could easily supply vegetables for most of the year to most of the country. Young people grew up with the expectation of working the family farm, or working jobs that would supply those farms' needs. Immokalee is changing fast, and the expectations of its youth are changing with it. No longer can youth plan to work the farm. They cannot plan to live in their parents' world. Casinos, technology and Mother Nature have turned the tables on Immokalee's small world. It's all about "global" these days. Fred Thomas not only understands "global" he embraces it. President of the Eastern Collier County Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Thomas stays on top of what's happening in Immokalee. For years he was the Executive Director of the Collier County Housing Authority. He easily traces Immokalee's economic history over the past 20 years or so. The freezes of 1989 began the steady march of citrus from Central Florida to Southwest Florida. Oranges, lemons and grapefruit joined vegetables as major cash crops for the area. Now canker and greening are taking a toll on citrus. Still, Immokalee's agricultural roots remain, basically intact, but that doesn't preclude big changes. Immokalee should concentrate on several basic industries, Mr. Thomas feels: tourism, high tech and health. The Seminole Casino is putting Immokalee on the entertainment radar scope for the entire eastern US and the world. Along with other visionaries, Mr. Thomas sees the potential that raises for Immokalee, sitting as it is on the edge of the Everglades. Tourism is one area Immokalee can capitalize on. Start at the casino, move on to tours of the Everglades' natural wonders and the Big Cypress Reservation. Immokalee is also a perfect location for industry. This can easily become a hub of industry THE hub for the entire southeastern area. Immoklaee can transform itself into the hub of what Mr. Thomas calls a "Mega Region" that includes Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. Immokalee is strategically located within this area, but in order to make Immokalee the hub, a transportation corridor through the center of the state would be necessary. The Heartland Expressway would run 125 miles from Alligator Alley to I-4, through a Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern that includes Immokalee. Such a road would also serve as a major hurricane evacuation route. To be meaningful for Immokalee's aspirations of being a hub, a DeSoto Blvd. access would be necessary, according to Mr. Thomas. He sees the east side of Immokalee as the logical place for the main industrial section, around the airport and packinghouses. Some steps have already been taken. Immokalee Regional Airport is already in place. Inside the Florida Enterprise Zone, HUBZone and Foreign Trade Zone, this is the perfect location for that hub. The Florida Enterprise Zone offers tax incentives for businesses, the HUBZone offers federal contract opportunities and the Foreign Trade Zone defers duties or taxes until goods are shipped outside of the zone. There are snags in the plan, though. Mr. Thomas cites unnecessary county regulations as not only burdensome, but barriers to the realization of Immokalee's potential. Finalizing development codes tailored to Immokalee's strengths and needs is the top priority for growth here, Mr. Thomas insists. An industrial park at the airport and tax incentives for businesses are central to the plan, along with reasonable development codes, he said. One big step forward has been the Rural Land Stewardship Program, which encourages smart growth in rural areas. This program allowed the existence of Ave Maria. Central to guiding Immokalee to becoming an industrial hub is to improve roads; to attract businesses that supply local business with raw materials; to make local employees happy that is, to provide family-friendly amenities that will attract and keep good workers here. In the old days as the farming capitol, Immokalee didn't need a lot of support like family events. A larger, more urbane population requires different entertainment and, remember, those tourists with their nice open wallets. Global vision focus of area change 35 years in education with Christian and public schools. After retiring, Rick became pastor and assistant pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in 2002-2009. Last year, he w as interim pastor at Everglades First Baptist Church in Everglades City. In 2005, after hurricane Wilma, he started I HOPE. Inc., a long term disaster recovery organization that has rehabbed over 600 homes in Immokalee. Rick serves as the chaplain to the Immokalee Fire Department, he is the secretary to the Collier Health Service Board, and is currently serving on the Education Subcommittee of the Collier County Public Schools. He has been actively involved in the Ministerial association, the Rotary Club, the Immokalee Master Plan, the CRA and the Immokalee Civic association. Rick also is an avid writer and supporter of the Immokalee Bulletin submitting important information, interesting stories and photos to share with local readers. The spotlight is greatly deserved! Rick's birthday is Oct. 20. Happy Birthday to a loyal community activist. Co-Parade Marshal, Anais Alvarez, AKA "Annie" is the proud mother of three wonderful sons, Nicholas, Joey, and Danny. Her husband, Santos and their boys lived in Immokalee and currently lives in Golden Gate Estates. Annie has been with the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department for 15 years. She is their "Regional Manager," which includes being in charge of Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events-coordinating services in Immokalee and Naples, handling the Naples and Immokalee Maintenance road crews, the Golden Gate Community Center, Volunteer Services and overseeing all of Immokalee Community Parks. Annie has been working in her present occupation since she was 14 years old as a teenage volunteer for the City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation. At 16, she worked as a counselor for CETA for the city. Thirty-six years later, Annie is still working her passion in Parks and Recreation. She has worked in SWFL all together for 23 years in both Lee and Collier Parks and Recreation. Hats off to Annie! PARADEContinued From Page 1 The Collier County Sheriff's Of ce, in partnership with the Collier County Coalition Against Human Traf cking, will hold an anti-human traf cking community event in Immokalee on November. A Day without Slavery is scheduled for Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st St. This event for seasonal farmworkers and members of the community will provide information on human traf cking awareness and ways to identify victims of human traf cking. Members of the Sheriff's Of ce Immokalee substation, Minority Affairs Task force and Crime Prevention Section will also be on hand to provide information about other programs the Sheriff's Of ce offers to the public. The Collier County Health Department and other area service providers will also provide information and services to attendees. Human Traf cking Awareness event planned for early November
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LOW COST VACCINATION CLINICS 3 Immokalee Bulletin October 20, 2011 Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind between 8 and 10 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. North wind between 5 and 7 mph. Extended ForecastFriday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind between 8 and 11 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. North wind around 8 mph. Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Sunday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. W eather Forecast Drug Free Collier and The Collier County Drug Court Alumni will host the annual NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education) National Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. A short presentation followed by the candle lighting will be held on the courthouse steps. The public is encouraged to attend. The vigil will not only take place in Collier County, but in communities throughout the nation coming together to remember those lost to alcohol and drug related deaths and to support those suffering from addiction. A ccording to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times, drug-related fatalities now exceed deaths due to motor vehicle accidents. The rise is partially due to the increasing numbers of overdoses from prescription drugs. This is the rst time since the government starting tracking drug-related deaths in 1979 that drugs have caused more deaths than motor vehicles. "This event provides a time for re ection and a call to action," said Anne Frazier, Drug Free Collier Executive Director. "More must be done in our community to prevent lives lost and plagued by substance abuse. By coming together we can save and change lives." Join our community as we light up the night in memory on Tuesday evening on the courthouse steps. Candlelight Vigil memorializes those lost to substance abuse With hurricane season continuing through the end of November and the potential for bad weather that accompanies it, this is a good time for us to be reminded of the emergency information sources parents of Collier County Public Schools students can depend on for the most up-to-date and most accurate information coming directly from the school district of ce: Call the Emergency Information Hotline at 888-994NEWS (6397) for toll-free updates in English, Spanish, and Creole. Log on to the home page of the school district's website at www.collierschools. com. Watch The Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, or online at www.collierschools. com. School status information is, of course, released to all local media as it becomes available, but TV and radio stations must sometimes edit the information given to them for the sake of brevity. The three district-controlled sources will always provide the latest and most complete information available. Residents reminded of emergency information sources available Show me the money!You are invited to join in a discussions with lenders to learn where and how to get the funds that your small business may need for investments or expansion. Learn about nancing, cash ow, feasibility and developing sound business relationships with your lenders. Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pace Center, 160 North 1st Street. Registration Required. Email RosemaryDillon@ Immokalee.Biz or call 239-867-4121 Turkey shoot cancelledEastern Collier County's turkey shoot, planned for Oct. 29, has been cancelled.Immokalee Little LeagueIt's getting to be that time of year again when we can watch our sons, daughters play baseball/softball. The Immokalee Little League is now accepting nominations for positions on the board. If anyone would like to become a member of the Board of Directors or would like to nominate a person, please give us a call at the numbers provided. Also, accepting applications for volunteers, asst. coaches, coaches etc.. Please come out and support our children. Just remember, the children we teach and train today, is Immokalee's future, tomorrow. For more information, please call Immokalee Little League Safety Of cer/Asst. Equipment Mgr. William B. Trevino, III 239-324-3072; PresidentJuan Garcia 239-634-2407; Player AgentHector Ramos 239-564-9645Womens Network Luncheon date setCome to the December Women's Network Luncheon at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Ranch Ave., Immokalee on Dec. 8. The luncheon is free of charge but you must RSVP. For luncheon time and to RSVP, please call Rosemary Dillon at 239-867-4121 ext 206.Flu shots availableThe 2011-2012 seasonal u shots are now available at the Collier County Health Department. This year, in addition to the u shot we are offering the high-dose u shot that is speci cally designed for people 65 years and older. The pneumonia shot continues to be available year round. Cost: Flu vaccine $30 High-dose Flu $50 Pneumonia vaccine $70 *The Health department will bill your Medicare or insurance, please bring your card and a photo ID. Times: Monday through Friday 911 a.m. and 23 p.m. *No appointment is necessary. Location: 3339 E Tamiami Trail HealthBuilding, 1st oor Naples, FL34106 *For Immokalee residents, please call 239-252-7300.Area Hospice opens Childrens Grief workshopAvow Hospice will hold a workshop for children aged 6-12 who have experienced the death of someone they love. It will be led by Avow Hospice Children's Bereavement Counselor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Avow Hospice Immokalee Outreach Coordinator. Parents are invited to participate in a special group session from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to learn tips for supporting their grieving children. The session is offered without charge. To register a child or for more information, call Raquel Gonzalez at 239-261-4404 ext. 3724. The session will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Career and Service Center, 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee. Talent show included in Childrens FairThe Shelter's for Abused Women & Children is hosting their very rst Talent Show at the Children's Fair Immokalee's Got Talent on Oct. 25, from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street. For more information, contact Josie Means at The Shelter for Abused Women and Children 239-657-5700 ext. 204 Community News in Brief The Immokalee MSTU Beauti cation Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. at Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, 1320 North 15th Street, Immokalee. Collier County Tourist Development Council will meet Monday, October 24th, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Public Meetings
Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? 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 4 Immokalee Bulletin October 20, 2011 Perfect partnershipsBy Joe LandonCollier County District Schools So, we know the Governor visited Immokalee last week, and we know he was here to tout his job creation and economic growth agenda. What I would like to share with you is, as Paul Harvey used to say, The Rest of the Story. The story about the program Governor Scott visited. Its a textbook example of a partnership involving the school district and the community, possibly a perfect partnership in that the big winner in this win-win situation is the student! The Principal of iTECH, Dorin Oxender, shares the history of the Heavy Equipment Mechanics program in his own words. This program was given birth by the Immokalee Foundation who connected Don Fites, the former CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., to iTECH. This program is unique in that it has been fully sponsored by the corporate support of Caterpillar and Kelly Tractor corporations in conjunction with the Caterpillar Foundation, the Don Fites Family Trust, the Patrick Kelly Family Trust, and coordinating support from the Immokalee Foundation. The Immokalee Foundation not only pulled the partnership together, but it continues to provide support by offering scholarship opportunities for students in need along with staff support. This Heavy Equipment Mechanics program is in its second year of instruction, serving 22 students at the current time. Students in this program are receiving state-of-the-art training using Caterpillar training materials and the heavy equipment needed to offer a real-world experience. The students leave as highly skilled mechanics in a eld that is in high demand. Caterpillar and Kelly Tractor also serve as the program advisors assisting in curriculum development and internships for our students. The partnership pays for the instructor and equipment, but since the initial funding, Caterpillar continues to ship donated engines, transmissions, and other peripheral equipment to train with. A new M160 motor grader valued at more than $350,000 is expected to arrive shortly. Were excited! One other observation, how tting it was that the Governor chose one of our school districts two post-secondary centers, the Immokalee Technical Center, as the venue for his Collier County job creation visit in that the center is a place where adults are trained for meaningful careers in more than 15 vocational certi ed programs. Students First The School District of Collier County, Collier County Sheriffs Of ce, and Florida Highw ay Patrol will join with other communities all across Florida and the Nation to observe National School Bus Safety Week, which began on Monday until Friday, Oct. 21. This special week will raise awareness and show appreciation for the safe service that school buses provide to families, as they provide one of the safest modes of transportation for children. In Collier County, 19,600 students ride a school bus each day. Floridas theme for the week, Stop on Red, Kids Ahead, reminds motorists that they must stop for the red ashing lights on school buses. Florida law requires that motorists stop upon approaching any school bus that displays its ashing red lights. The only exception is when a vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus and either traveling on a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least ve feet, or traveling on a divided highway with a raised median or a physical barrier. Each year, Florida drivers illegally pass school buses nearly two million times. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student. The inconvenience of an extra few seconds spent waiting for a stopped school bus is insigni cant compared to the loss of a childs life, which is why Floridas Departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, have teamed up to develop the Stop on Red, Kids Ahead campaign to remind drivers of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus. District recognizes National School Bus Safety Week Its Up to Me to Be Drug Free is this years theme for National Red Ribbon Week celebrated during the last full week of October. The war on drugs and alcohol is a battle thats waged every day, and one of the most recognizable warriors in the ght is the Red Ribbon. Now the oldest and largest drug prevention and education initiative, Red Ribbon Week encourages working together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drugfree. Many children in schools across the nation participate in Red Ribbon Week, and Collier County Public Schools is no exception. In addition to wearing red ribbons, schools will also take part in activities to promote a drug-free lifestyle. At Lely Elementary School, students will traverse the red pathway during the 12th Annual Red Walk and learn about making safe and healthy choices; Estates Elementary School students will learn a drug-free rap song during music class, and a recording of the song will be played on the schools morning news each day; students at Cypress Palm Middle School will be designing unique super heroes in all homeroom classes; and students at Laurel Oak Elementary School, Osceola Elementary School, Tommie Bar eld Elementary School and Lely High School will conduct a canned food drive. A number of other events are planned at several schools from Tuesday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 28. To learn more, and to see a full list of activities, please visit the district Web site at www.collierschools.com and click on Red Ribbon Week Activities under Highlights. If your childs school is not listed, please contact the school directly. Red Ribbon Week celebrated across school district Courtesy photo/CHSSpecial funding The Martin Foundation Inc., Naples, has awarded CHS Healthcare Foundation $18,000 for the purchase of automated external de brillators (AED) to be placed in CHS Healthcare's primary care of ces. The Martin Foundation made the grant available, to help safeguard the lives of CHS patients and staff by placing at least one (AED) at each CHS location. AEDs require minimal training to use and all AEDs, approved for use in the United States, use an electronic voice to prompt users through each step. Time is crucial in the case of cardiac arrest. For every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without de brillation, the chance of survival decreases.
5 Immokalee Bulletin October 20, 2011 By J. Buckley, Interfaith Action of SW FloridaSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Last Saturday, a dozen volunteers from Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church in Naples joined several farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to restore the roof of the groups Community Center on South 2nd Street. Their handiw ork was timed divinely as hours after the enamel coating dried, the clouds opened up to release several consecutive days of rain atop the home of the CIWs non-pro t food cooperative, anti-slavery of ce, multimedia library and the studio of Radio Conciencia 107.9 FM, Immokalees low-power community radio station. Periodic leaks from the Community Centers ceiling this summer prompted worries about the exorbitant cost of xing the roof. But Bob Lichy, of RC Lichy and Associates in Naples, responded enthusiastically to the challenge. A longtime social justice advocate within the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pennsylvania, where he lives part of the year, Lichy had developed an interest in the CIWs efforts to end abuse against farmworkers. When he learned of the roofs issues, he began to seek out donations of roo ng materials. In short time he con rmed a remarkably generous partner indeed. Quite simply the days act of goodwill simply would have been impossible without the vital contribution of CentiMark. CentiMark, the roo ng and ooring company best known for its innovative solutions and 24/7 emergency response service, generously supplied all the necessary caulk, coating and waterproo ng materials, worth many thousands of dollars, required to redo the roof. Ed Beck of Trinity-by-the-Cove ably coordinated with Lichy to furnish outstanding laborers from his churchs service commission, whom, true to the congregations mission, served as Christs hands in repairing the cherished Community Centers roof. Trinity-by-the-Cove has long supported the CIWs work, most recently by greatly facilitating the professionalization and expansion of the CIWs farmworker-run radio station. Wilson Perez, who has picked tomatoes in Immokalee and participated in CIW activities for several years said, Simply put, we had no idea how to get up on a roof and make the necessary repairs. I am appreciative for the support of all of the people who made it possible. Perez, who recently returned from the watermelon harvest in Delaware and now helms a popular music show on Radio Conciencia, concluded by saying, It was a pleasure to be on top of the roof with them -working together, learning together -and now our roof no longer leaks, so I am grateful. Neighboring farmworker allies help with roof repairs Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Jake RatnerCIW member Leonel Perez (left) waterproofs the Community Center roof while colleague Santiago Perez and The Rev. Michael Basden of Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church lend a hand in the background. The Rev. Michael Basden (right photo) of Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church hard at work also helping with the large task of sealing in the roof protecting it against moisture leakage. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ J. MartinezPresentationOn Sept. 29, Immokalee Band booster President, Juanita Martinez presented a composite photo plaque to Immokalee Foundations new Director of programs, Tricia Yeggy for the much appreciated support the foundation has provided to the students in the Immokalee High School Marching Indians Band.
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ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY For more listings, go to www.newszap.com NOTICE OF MEETING There will be a special meeting for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 1:00 P.M., at the of ce of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020 Sanitation Road, Immokalee, Florida 34142. Project Engineering Services Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project Construction Phase Services 1. Call to Order 2. Preliminaries A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Roll Call 3. A. Bid Opening B. Review of RFQS C. Ranking and Approval of Project Engineering Services for WWTPE Project D. Award of Contract 4. Public Comment 5. Adjournment 400734 IB 10/20/2011 7 Immokalee Bulletin October 20, 2011 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Strides For Education 5K Walk/Run Saturday, Nov. 19Statewide effort aims to raise funds for college scholarships for Floridas low-income students Take Stock in Children program of Immokalee will be one of many programs across the state to present the inaugural Strides For Education 5K Walk/Run 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Collier County School District Administrative Building, as part of a statewide effort to raise college funds for Floridas low-income and at-risk youth. Take Stock in Childrens Strides For Education 5K Walk/Runs will also take place simultaneously in Brevard, Broward, Escambia, Hendry, Lake, Lee, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Sarasota and Sumter counties. The Take Stock in Children Strides For Education 5K is the perfect way to involve the local community in our efforts and help raise funding for our scholars who desire to earn a postsecondary education, said Tricia Yeggy, director of programs at Take Stock in Children Program of Immokalee. The goal of The Immokalee Foundation is to continue growing our program each year so that we may support even more students in Immokalee along the path to success. Take Stock in Children aspires to have a few thousand participants statewide as part of this rst-ever fundraising effort. With rising tuition costs and signi cant increases of other college-related expenses, children throughout Florida are struggling more than ever to achieve their dreams of a college education. Take Stock in Childrens Strides For Education 5K Walk/Run is open to all individuals, families, companies and local organizations, and will feature family-friendly activities, giveaways and more. Registration is $35 per person, with all proceeds to bene t Take Stock in Children, a statewide nonpro t organization with a 16 year history of helping low-income and at-risk youth break the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships, mentors and hope. Take Stock in Children Program of Immokalee currently serves more than 115 students in grades 8-12. Collier County School District Administration Building is located at 5775 Osceola Trail in Naples. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. To register prior to the event and receive a goodie bag and t-shirt, visit give.takestockinchildren.org and click Collier-Immokalee. Take Stock in Children is currently seeking participants, volunteers and sponsors for this statewide effort. As an of cial Walk/ Run sponsor, you can join a host of major companies who support the mission of Take Stock in Children and help students achieve their college dreams. Statewide sponsors include Helios Education Foundation, Comcast, Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, and Pollo Tropical. Local sponsors include BB&T Bank and McDonalds. To learn how to support Take Stock in Children Program of Immokalees Strides For Education 5K Walk/Run as a participant, volunteer or sponsor, call The Immokalee Foundation at 239-657-2461 or visit give. takestockinchildren.org. Take Stock in Children is a nonpro t organization with a 16 year history of providing mentors, educational scholarships and hope for Floridas low-income and at-risk youth. The organization has provided educational support and college scholarships for over 17,000 children in partnership with more than 800 public schools throughout 67 counties in Florida. It is the only scholarship mentoring program with the mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education, and has attained a high school graduation rate o f 92 percent in Florida (as compared to Floridas average graduation rate of 76 percent). The programs multi-year commitment to students and their comprehensive program services begin in middle school and continue through high school graduation and into college. Special emphasis is placed on student accountability and speci c measurable outcomes. Take Stock in Children students pledge to meet with their assigned mentor once a week, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and remain drug and crime free. Upon successful high school graduation, as a ful llment of their contractual agreement, students are then awarded a college scholarship to any college, universit y or vocational school in the state of Florida. To learn more about Take Stock in Children, call 888-322-4673 or visit www.takestockinchildren.org. The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and vocational school, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org. Strides event takes off to support education Due to record numbers of residents in The Shelter for Abused Women & Childrens Beau Venturi Home emergency shelter and onsite kennel, the nonpro t domestic violence center is seeking donations of nonperishable food, cleaning items and pet supplies, dropped at Options Thrift Shoppe, 968 Second Avenue North, 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Immediate needs include: Staple food items, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, baby needs, paper goods, snack foods, coffee, tea, condiments, baking supplies, linens. I want to be clear that despite our record numbers, we always have room for each and every victim of domestic violence seeking safe-haven, along with their pets, explains Beau Venturi Home Manager Danielle Mordaunt. Donations can be dropped at The Shelters Options Thrift Shoppe, 968 Second Avenue North in Naples. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about donations needed, please call 239.775.3862. For con dential assistance, call The Shelters 24-hour crisis line at 239.775.1101/TT Y 239.775.4265. Shelter in need of non-perishable items CHS Healthcare has partnered with Eden Autism Services to offer free autism spectrum disorder (ASD) screenings onboard the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in Collier County. Autism disorders are a growing health concern, but is it something that parents in our community should be concerned about? Consider this, according to the Centers for Disease control (CDC) one in every 110 children are diagnosed with some form of ASD making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Autism is a term to describe a group of complex developmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorders or ASD. These disorders dont discriminate and have been found to strikes individuals in all racial, ethnic and social groups consistently around the world. Autism has been found to be more prevalent in boys, affecting them four times more often than girls. Screenings are a key component to early diagnosis and subsequent early intervention for the individual with ASD and their family. Studies consistently show that early treatment services offer the child with ASD the best possible developmental outcome. Autism screenings will be offered aboard the Care Mobile to children ages 18 months to ve years old. They will be administered by Edens Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Amber Perymon, PSY.D. and Julianne Lasley, Director of Behavioral Services and a Board Certi ed Behavior Analyst. A physicians referral will not be required to receive the ASD screening. The next screening will take place at Golden Gate Community Center Oct. 26. To schedule a Collier County screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile by Eden Autism staff, call 239-992-4680, extension 5011. Eden Autism Services was founded in New Jersey in 1975 with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and their families by providing a range of community-based services to meet speci c needs throughout the lifespan. Eden Autism Services Floridas services include consultations and early intervention, schools in Naples and Fort Myers for school age students, an organic training farm, and residential and employment services for adults. For more information, contact Raquel Torres at 239-992-4680, extension 5017 or Eden. firstname.lastname@example.org. CHS partners to offer free Autism screenings
At a time when newspapers everywhere are struggling to survive, you can show your support for your Immokalee Bulletin newspaper by purchasing an e-subscription. Its only $26 annually (50 cents a week). Each week youll receive an email with a live link to the latest issue. This will allow you to read the entire newspaper online --even when youre traveling. Please call 1-800-282-8586 or subscribe online at http://circulation.newszap.com S u p p o r t u n b i a s e d l o c a l j o u r n a l i s m 8 Immokalee Bulletin October 20, 2011 The Collier County Sheriffs Of ce is partnering again with the American Red Cross Collier County Chapter to send stockings to our troops. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please contact the American Red Cross Collier County Chapter at 239.596.6868. The CCSO and American Red Cross are also accepting personal notes written to the soldiers. If you have the time to write a brief thank-you letter, it would mean the world to a soldier. At CCSO, a collection box is located in the Human Resources lobby, 3319 U.S. 41 E., Building J., East Naples. All donations are due by noon on Friday, Nov. 4. For more information, contact Christa Renaud, chairwoman of the CCSO Agency Family Activities Committee, at 239.252.4900, or v isit http://www.colliercountyredcross.org/. Here is a list of most-needed items for the soldiers: Powdered drink mix (like Crystal Light), Lip balm (SPF 15-30), Bug repellent wipes, Sunglasses (UV-rated), Small packets of baby wipes, Packs of chewing gum, Small Nerf footballs or hackey sacks, Playing cards or dice, Small puzzle books, Various small toiletry items. CCSO prepares Stockings for Troops program The St. Matthews House food pantries in Naples and Bonita Springs are running dangerously low on all staple groceries. Without signi cant nonperishable food donations, SMH will be forced to ration what goes in the 30+ bags given out daily to hungry families. Items needed the most include: dry cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly (small jars), spaghetti sauce (16 oz. jars), powdered milk, canned vegetables and fruit, boxed macaroni & cheese mixes, instant potatoes, dry and canned beans, rice and canned meats. Donations may be brought directly to St. Matthews House at 2001 Airport Rd, South in Naples. St. Matthews House is thankful for any and all donations in this time of need. For more information about SMH or any additional food pantry and Direct Assistance program needs, please contact Communications and Event Of cer Julie Clay, or call 239-298-5026. Food pantry supplies run dangerously low Specail to the Immokalee Bulletin/ IHSShowing supportImmokalee High School students showed their, Pink Pride last week, Oct. 1014 in honor and awareness of Breast Cancer. Students, staff, faculty, athletes and others, Got their Pink On, during the Oct. 14 game at Bates stadium as part of the NFLs A Crucial Catch campaign, a nationwide screening reminder campaign to help all women to stay healthy for themselves as well as for their loved ones. During the game against Cape Coral Hawks, IHS Indians Cheerleaders, Stretched out in front of a pink H3 Limo to remind everyone of their mission. IHS football players got into the groove showing their Support using Pink Sports wraps around wrists and ankles.