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Title: Immokalee bulletin
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Independent Newspapers of Florida
Place of Publication: LaBelle, FL
Publication Date: 01-12-2012
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Business classes and seminars ...Page 5 Thursday, January 12, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 2 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Inside... W here is A dji? 3 y ears later ...Page 2 Highway 29 South LaBelle 863-675-1686 www.langfordford.comNO DEALER FEE AT LANGFORD FORD AGAIN IN 2012S S o m e d e a l e r s a d v e r t i s e d o r n e g o t i a t e d p r i c e s m a y n o t i n c l u d e a f e e t h e y a d d t o y o u r f i n a l p u r c h a s e p r i c e T h i s f e e m a y b e $ 6 0 0 o r m o r e a n d o n l y f o u n d i n t h e f i n e p r i n t Check out a new Ford at Langford Ford. You'll be glad you did. Submitted photo/ Gene McAvoyLast week’s spotty freeze caused some damage to area crops, but farmers were spared the destruction of 2011. Here a tomato eld in Felda shows the effects of subfreezing temperatures. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Gene McAvoyEggplant in Felda look pretty bedraggled after being subjected to freezing temperatures last week. Upcoming Harvest Festival ...Page 3 S o c c e r P i t Soccer Pit C o b r a s Cobras o n t h e on the m o v e move ...Page 5 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Liesa Priddy understands the value of what’s around us every day. She grew up involved with the great outdoors: camping, shing, hunting, kyaking and canoeing around Immokalee. During that time she developed a love for and a caring attitude toward those things that make up the Everglades experience. It is that understanding that prompted her to apply for the seat on the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission being vacated by Dwight Stephenson. On Dec. 22, Gov. Rick Scott of cially appointed Liesa to that position. She took that seat Jan. 6 and will remain in that position until Jan. 6, 2017. Her appointment is contingent on conrmation by the Florida Senate. Being interested in the position for several years, Liesa knew that few openings come up on the commission. It has only seven members, each serve ve-year terms. She said has always been concerned about the management of sh and wildlife resources in Florida. She strongly believes in making sure they are Priddy named to FWC Commission 2011 freeze brought much worseBy Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin The rst cold temperatures o f 2012 did a little damage to are a crops, but nothing resembling the terrible loss farmers and citrus growers faced after last year’s devastating freezes. University of Florida Cooperative Extension Director and RegionFreeze impact no comparison Leisa Priddy See FWC — Page 2See FREEZE — Page 2 2 0 1 2 r s t f r e e z e . 2012 rst freeze... m o r e w i n t e r t o c o m e more winter to come

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2 Immokalee Bulletin January 12, 2012Serving 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 Website:www.newszap.com/immokaleeTo 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 newszap.com or email readerservices@newszap.com.StaffNews 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 available for future generations, for our current citizens and tourists. The Southwest Florida area hasn't had a representative on the FWCC since the 1990's when Joe Marlin Hilliard of Clewiston served. FWCC members serve at large, she said, but she believes that a local perspective on the important issues involving the Everglades is a big plus for the area as well as the entire state. She sees an opportunity to supply the local input into statewide issues that has been lacking for many years. Each commission member has the opportunity to contribute something to the discussion that the others may not have, she points out. She will have her chance to share her intimate knowledge of the Everglades that others from other geographic areas may lack. Leisa was raised in Immokalee and attended schools here from K-8 before going off to school. As a young person she soaked up the natural lifestyle of her family and has sought to preserve it for her own family. Liesa has been the owner of JB Ranch since 2007 and a con ict of interest coordinator with Cohen and Grigsby P.C. since 2006. Previously, she was the of ce manager for Siket, Solis and Maher from 1999 to 2006. She has served on the Ave Maria Stewardship Community District since 2005 and on the Big Cypress Basin Board from 2004 to 2010. She served on the board of directors for the Economic Development Council of Collier County from 2009 to 2010 and received the 2011 Land Conservationist of the Year Award from the Florida Wildlife Federation. Liesa received a bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University and attended the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. The FWCC has a broad spectrum of responsibilities including all shing and hunting regulations for the State of Florida; the management of all state owned wildlife management and hunting areas; and also includes research and the law enforcement aspect. She said the commission is responsible for over one thousand employees. You can add protected and endangered species to the list. The commission is required to meet a minimum of ve times each year but also has special meetings for budget planning and other important issues as they arise. Looking forward to serving on the commission, Liesa hopes to make sure Florida's resources are always available to the public and that public land is used to maximum capacity. Our environments, she believes, always have something for everyone. Even those who are not directly "connected" to the wildlife scene bene t from some exposure to nature, she noted. FWCContinued From Page 1 al Vegetable Agent IV Gene McAvoy said the damage was spotty, due to "micro climates" throughout the area in which there were some very localized freezing temperatures. In fact, some areas saw subfreezing temperatures for six to eight hours, as low as 24-26 degrees. He said some corn and beans, as well as older tomatoes and peppers, were lost. Devil's Garden saw no freezing temperatures at all. More southern areas like Collier County w ere spared a lot of crop damage. In fact, Mr. McAvoy said Immokalee was actually w armer than Palmdale in Glades County, w ith about a six degree difference. Still, some Immokalee farmers lost older tomatoes. They avoided additional damage by keeping their crops warm with running water. Some taller crops suffered frost damage as the warmth from the water did not reach the tops. Citrus seems to have fared well as growers pumped water to protect the trees. Mr. McAvoy said there was some foliage damage on some trees, but it's hard to say what the impact might be. Pockets of sugar cane sustained damage and will have to be harvested quickly. Pasture grass turned brown from the frost, increasing feed costs for cattlemen. Depending on the length of time before it greens back up, it could mean the difference between pro t and loss from some operations. All in all, Mr. McAvoy said area ag interests probably lost in the tens of millions of dollars in crops to the latest freeze not nearly the $200 million they lost in the catastrophic freezes of 2011. A cold front is expected this weekend, but farmers are not anticipating any serious freezes. FREEZEContinued From Page 1 Three years ago, a search began for 6-year-old Adji Desir after he went missing while playing outside of his grandmother's house in Farm Worker Village in Immokalee. The Collier County Sheriff's Of ce has never stopped searching for Adji. CCSO and Adji's family still hold out hope that he will be found. On anniversary of Adji's disappearance, the CCSO is issuing this release to once again ask the community's help in providing any additional information that may aid detectives. Adji, who would have turned 9 in October, was last seen playing outside his grandmother's house in Farm Worker Village in Immokalee on Jan. 10, 2009, while his mother was at work. There has been no sign of him since. More than 1,300 people from law enforcement and other agencies around Florida including 700 CCSO deputies joined in an intensive weeklong air, ground and water search for the boy, who is developmentally disabled. Searchers combed the Immokalee area on horseback and all-terrain vehicles, in helicopters, with K-9, as well as in patrol cars, boats and on foot. CCSO investigators elded hundreds of tips in the weeks after Adji's disappearance, but the number of tips has since dwindled. National exposure of the case helped to generate dozens of new leads after Adji was featured on the cover of the November 2009 issue of People magazine, which pro led the cases of six children who went missing that year. Adji's photo and information were featured on national direct mail advertising iers distributed to 75 million homes across the United States in November/December 2009. The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children¨ (NCMEC), Valassis Inc, a leading media and marketing services copany, and the U.S. Postal Service distributed the iers as part of Valassis' Have You Seen Me?¨ picture program. NCMEC recently generated a progressed photo of how Adji may now appear at the age of 9. Click here to view Adji's pro le on NCMEC's website. Adji's disappearance was pro led in Jul y 2011 on the television program "Vanished With Beth Holloway." A crew from "Vanished" was in Collier County for more than a week in 2011 conducting interviews, including with CCSO Sgt. Ken Becker and Detective Ellen Kastner of the Special Crimes Bureau and Adji's family members, for the segment. The case has also been pro led on CNN's "Nancy Grace" show and on "America's Most Wanted" as well as on the AMW website. CCSO is asking the community to repost this news release on their social media sites to help generate leads. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff's Of ce at 239252-9300, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780TIPS (8477). The age-progressed photo was generated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children depicting how Adji Desir may appear as a 9-year-old. CCSO continues to seek community help in locating missing boy Adji Desir, age 9 (age progressed photo) Adji Desir, age 6

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She worked in the elds and packing houses before going to work for Highlands Elementary School (in Immokalee) where she started working in the lunchroom and retired as a custodian. She is survived by Marchia Kirkland (daughter), Roy Vickery (son), and numerous grand and great-grandchildren. She now joins her husband, Lee Vickery, and other children: Francis Vickery (daughter), Joel Vickery (son), and Lecil Vickery (son) as well as her mother, father, and siblings, Vernon (brother), Inez (sister), Ruby (sister), Berthie (sister), Cecil (brother), James Wright (brother), and we believe there may have been others who passed long ago. Her remains will be buried at First Baptist Cemetery in Immokalee, on Jan. 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. Obituaries Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastFriday: Sunny, with a high near 73. North wind between 5 and 9 mph. Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 45. North wind between 3 and 7 mph. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 74. Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 47. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. M.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Weather Forecast A nnual Harvest Festival in ImmokaleeThe Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce of Immokalee with the outstanding support of The Florida Community Bank w ould like to invite you to participate in our “Annual Harvest Festival in Immokalee,” A pril 14. The community of Immokalee in an effort to revive our traditional Harvest Festival, needs your help and participation, just like in the past, to make this festival the fun experience we all remember. This year’s Festival Theme is..... “Harvesting, the Past, the Present and the Future in Immokalee” The parade will began at Popeye’s around Schumann’s Curve at 11:30 a.m. and go directly down to the Airport Park located at 128 Airways Road/State Road #29. Lineup time is 10:30 a.m., on the curve. Our Harvest Festival will host the following activities: April 6, at 7 p.m. “Harvest Festival Queen Competition” *The Of cial Harvest Festival Queen Court Crowning Competition will take place at the Immokalee High School Auditorium701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee. Admission is $5 per person. Kids under 6 years of age are FREE! April 14 at 11:30 a.m. Harvest Festival Parade Starts: *Collier County Sheriff Department Color Guards and Immokalee High School ROTC Color Guards lead our colorful Parade down the street. *Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Chamber’s President start off our lineup of VIPs and Dignitaries *Harvest Festival Queen Court Floats, Agricultural Floats and our Famous Immokalee Middle and High School Marching Bands and lots of other walking entries. *View our unique Antique Autos rolling down our Parade route and much more.... Schedule of Event at Airport Park immediately after the Parade. *There are exotic Food Vendors of all cultures, and our famous, Wild Hog BBQ with the Immokalee Salad. *Live Home Town entertainment ALL DAY! *4-H LIVESTOCK Demonstration with the winners from our local County Fair *Unique multicultural Arts and Craft items available *Celebrate with us the winners of our local Baby Contest *Photo Opt Station with your favorite Horse or Tractor *Bounce House *Rock Wall Mr Leg Contest, any Males can participate and strut down our runway with for the most beautiful “LEGS” *Farm Workers Tomato Staking Contest & others work related Agricultural obstacles with trophies *An array of Agricultural Fruits and Veggies that are grown in Immokalee for sell *A KIDS Tent with games, arts and craft and their own Ice Cream Wagon for refreshments *Horseshoe Competition against different Farms/Crew leaders with a trophy *5 minutes Sack Races with small prizes all day *Vintage cars on display with judges to give out all the trophies Do a Cake Walk for your favorite Dessert We have a Dunk Tank for that Favorite person you always wanted to get wet! *Display of some of the largest Fruits & vegetables grown in Immokalee with the growers on hand for questions *Pick up a Rubber Duckie and nd your fortune *Ring Tossing to get that perfect prize Gate admission to our Harvest Festival is FREE. Parking cost $2 per vehicle. Net proceeds made from this Event goes directly to the Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Funds to bene t graduating Seniors from Immokalee High School. The Harvest Festival committee is looking forward to your participation. If additional information is needed, please call...Eastern Collier Chamber of Commerce at 239-657-3237 or e-mail ecoc@comcast. net Sincerely, Harvest Festival event chair Letters to the Editor Beginner violin lessons offeredThe Ave Maria Hometown Band & Orchestra will be starting a beginning violin program in Ave Maria, 10 minutes away from Immokalee for children that are nine years old or older. Our organization started with a concert band group, then progressed to a band. Last year, we added an orchestra. We are continuing with the orchestra for musicians that are in eighth grade to university level, with 3 years experience or more and also the Classical Virtuosi of Ave Maria beginning violin program. The cost for the beginning violin program is approximately $10-11 a lesson for 41 lessons, and the cost for the orchestra program is about $20 a lesson. For more information, visit our website www.amhbo.org. For more information, please contact Mary Stuller, founder at 239300-2742 or cell: 239-200-4331.Quit Smoking in 2012Tobacco Free Florida offers a number o f free and convenient resources to help Floridians quit using tobacco. Call the Florid a Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan. Visit https://www.quitnow. net/ orida. Sign up for Quit Smoking No w group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling 1-877-8192357. Community News in Brief

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Repair your creditUnderstanding Your Credit Rating will be presented by Empowerment Alliance Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about your credit score and what it means; Register now: 239-867-4121 ext: 206 or email RosemaryDillon@immokalee.biz. Come to the Credit Repair Workshop at 1320 N. 15th Street, Immokalee.Entrepreneur School to begin in FebruarySo you think you want to start a business? Sign up now for the IBDC Entrepreneur School. The six week course is designed to provide and approach for thinking through the development of a new business idea or the growth of an existing small business. The next class starts on Feb. 7 and continues through March 13. Each class is held on Tuesday from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at 1320 N. 15th Street, Suite 2, Immokalee. To register or for more information, please contact Rosemary Dillon at 239-867-4121 ext 206.Free landlord/tenant w orkshop offeredThe Immokalee Business Development Center (IMMBIZ) will host a free workshop for Landlord/Tenant rights concerning commercial properties on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Immokalee CRA/ IBDC of ce, 1320 North 15th Street, Ste 2, Immokalee. The workshop will be presented by Sam J. Saad, III, Attorney at Law. Preregistration is necessary. For information, please call Rosemary Dillon at 239-867-4121 ext. 206.Strategic Alliance AgreementSBA and Immokalee Business Development Center United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and Immokalee Business Development Center (IBDC) invite you to celebrate thesigningofaStrategicAllianceAgreement between the two organizations. Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m., 1320 North 15th Street Suite 2, Immokalee. Special guests include Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta, SBA District Director Francisco Marrero, Executive Director of the Immokalee CRA Penny Phillippi and members of the press. Please RSVP to RosemaryDillon@ immokalee.biz or 239-867-4121. Business News in Brief 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 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. Its only $26 annually (50 cents a week). Each week youll receive an email with a live link to the latest issue. This will allow you to read the entire newspaper online --even when youre 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 4 Immokalee Bulletin January 12, 2012 A new place to learnBy Joe LandonCollier County District Schools I want to give you a heads up about a big Immokalee event planned for early next month. The brand spanking new Bethune Education Center will be of cially dedicated by Collier County Public Schools on Thursday, Feb. 9. A dedication ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. right there at the new building at 614 South 5th Street. You are invited to attend and then take a tour. One of the best parts of the new center is the focus on the historic nature of the Bethune Education Center. The heritage is being preserved with a tribute to Mary Bethune, located on the rst oor, and with a gallery in the foyer full of mementos of the proud 60-year history of the Bethune Education Center. We'll have more info to share with you the next couple of weeks. For now though, we just ask that you save the important date 5 p.m. February 9, 2012. In case you didn't know, Immokalee High School is home to a Criminal Justice Academy, one of the 16 high school Career Academies in place in seven of our Collier County Public Schools. While all of our high schools have career education programs, a Career Academy differs from a traditional program in that an academy is designed speci cally to offer a challenging program that's tied directly to the community and businesses through advisory councils, internships, mentoring, college readiness, project-based learning, and other community connections. Career Academies have long been referred to as "schools within a school." Now let's get to the Immokalee High School Criminal Justice Academy. Led by Criminal Justice Instructor Don Crabree, a law enforcement professional with more than 30 years of experience, more than 60 students are working to earn a Florida State Private Security License which will help a graduating senior land a job in the security eld. In addition to their work in the classroom, the students get a ton of practice time in by taking part in parking details, athletic functions, and various community service projects. Service to the community is something that Immokalee High School "Indians" really believe in, so the academy ts the school perfectly. We saw the students on duty and in action in November when a Superintendent's Town Hall Meeting was held in the school's auditorium. I must say, we were suitably impressed! You could tell that these students just love to serve their fellow students and the community. Principal, Dr. Mary Murray, and everyone at the school should certainly be proud of the Immokalee High School Security Team and all of the students enrolled in the very successful Criminal Justice Academy. And we should all feel a little safer knowing they are there for us. Students First A special reminder that Collier County Public School middle and high school students will be released on Thursday, Jan. 12, and Friday, Jan. 13, for end-of-semester exam days. The early dismissal days provide extended time for exam periods while prov iding suf cient time for teachers to carefully score the assessments. Breakfast and lunch w ill be served on all early dismissal days. The Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 early dismissal days apply to middle and high school students only, but Jan. 13 will be an early dismissal day for all students K-12. Collier County Public Schools' early dismissal day information is posted on the "Calendars" page of the district Web site at: www.collierschools.com. Student early release days annouced The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is releasing the 2010-2011 grades for 474 graded public high schools. Here are the Collier County results: Immokalee High School received a grade "C" for 2011, staying the same as their grade for the 2010 year. Lorenzo Walker Technical High School jumped up one grade from last year's grade of D. LWIT is now listed as a "C" school. The DOE released 2010-2011 grades for elementary and middle schools in June of 2011. Of the 39 Collier County elementary and middle schools graded by the State (not including charter schools), 15 schools were graded "A," 12 were graded "B," seven were graded "C," and ve schools received a "D" grade. County high school grades released

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5 Immokalee Bulletin January 12, 2012 By Rick HeersSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Twenty volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan traveled the many miles on a youth missions trip to help the work of I HOPE in Immokalee. In their second trip to Immokalee, the group of middle and high school students and their sponsors worked alongside staff from I HOPE in demolishing a home that had been declared condemned. First Presbyterian is a real believer in involving their youth in missions in A merica, and will annually join with another Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho each summer to travel to the southwestern part of the U.S. to assist in similar projects. Our hats are off to this ne group of exemplary y oung people. While the work of I HOPE is usually that of building and rehabbing homes, occasionally they reach out to families who desperately need to have their dwellings demolished and carried away. Code enforcement had already levied pending nes against the owner of a condemned home on Price Ave., in Immokalee, but the nes were mounting as the family did not have the funding available to do the work. At a cost of approximately $2,500 to I HOPE, with the cost defrayed by the careful w ork of the volunteer group from Michigan, the work was able to be completed in less than a full week. No longer is the uninhabitable dwelling an eyesore and danger to the neighborhood. Cooperation between non-pro ts is what helps I HOPE reach out and help families that are in need. In addition to the volunteer Presbyterians from Michigan and the staff of I HOPE, First United Methodist Church ladies provided evening meals for the group at their church fellowship hall on Roberts Ave., and Bethel Assembly of God Church provided housing for the group at their farm facility (formerly the Johnson Ranch) north of town. Without this type of cooperation this work could not be done. It is important for the community to know that I HOPE cannot continue to provide assistance to the 65 homeowners who have applied for assistance unless other donations come in to help provide the cost of materials and permits. These are just a sampling of low income families who are anxiously looking for assistance. Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to I HOPE, Inc., can come by their of ce/warehouse at 2050 Commerce Avenue in the Tradeport Technology Park, Unit #7, or can mail the same to P.O. Box 777, Immokalee, FL 341430777 receipts will be gladly distributed. For further information you may also call Rick Heers or David Grove at 239.657.3889. V olunteers from Michigan bring help to Immokalee Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Rick HeersFresh like Michigan Christmas Trees, these volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan bring lots of energy and new beauty to the Immokalee Community. Nearly two dozen young people came ready to work doing demolition, rebuilding and clean up. The volunteer work is particularly important to local homeowners who do not have the funds for repairs and nes levied due to the run down conditions of their homes.

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Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds.IMMOKALEE CORAL PINESApts. 601 to 613 Nassau St., 2BR, Central A/C, heat, carpet, verticals, laundry on premises. Convenient location in quiet residential area. $600 includes water/sewer/trash. No Application Fee. Apply at 601 Nassau St. #4 Immokalee or Call 239-694-1951 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida Immokalee & Big Cypress ReservationsFAMILY COUNSELORMaster’s Degree preferred. 2yrs. exp. in Mental Health Counseling. Individual and Group exp. FL DL Contact: joshualohn@semtribe.com Seminole Tribe of Florida Immokalee Reservation MEDICAL RECORDS CLERKMust have ICD-9 Coding exp. 2 yrs. exp. in Medical of ce. Certi cateion is pref. FL DLNUTRITIONIST/DIETICIANProvide Nutrition and Diet Counseling in community health setting, Diabetes Mgmt., Development Plans, Programs & Menus. Bachelors or higher in Nutrition. RD or RD eligible. Contact: joshualohn@semtribe.com Looking for Class A and Class B Drivers. Must have clean driving record. Please contact 239-289-8862 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full TimeMACHINIST~ Full Time Perm ~JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Sets up, calibrates and operates machining equipment including manual engine lathes, shapers, jig boxes, brakes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines, and heavy duty presses to assemble and or fabricate parts and complex assemblies. JOB REQUIREMENTS:• 3 + years conventional machining experience.• Ability to read and interpret speci cation manuals, blueprints, templates and layouts.• Ability to read caliper’s, micrometers and gauges.• Ability to grind tool bits.• Ability to work shifts and overtime as necessary. Email: Jdooley@ussugar.com Apply online at: www.ussugar.com Clothing Room/Shower Attendant Non pro t in Immokalee seeks candidates for our Clothing Room/Shower attendant position. Min requirements HS diploma/GED, experience in social services and bilingual preferred. F/T position with bene ts. Send resume to atorres@guadalupecenter.net, fax to 2396577136. For more information 2396577131. EOE, drug test required. Employment Full Time Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time TEMP MECHANIC WELDERSix Months Safely fabricate, install, inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair conveyors, hydraulic systems, gear boxes, pumps, turbines, steel structures, chutes, pipelines, valves, vessels, pressure vessels. Utilize miscellaneous metal working equipment and processes such as arc welding, oxygen/acetylene, MIG, TIG and plasma methods to perform welding functions. Pass 6G Welding Test.Jdooley@ussugar.comOR apply online at www.ussugar.com Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com 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. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds 6 Immokalee Bulletin January 12, 2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments For more listings, go to www.newszap.com

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This week, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Of ce began mailing sample ballots to every registered voter who has not yet requested a mail/absentee ballot for the upcoming January 31, Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) Election. The sample ballot indicates which contests voters are eligible to vote. Eligibility depends on where a voter lives in the county and/or the voter's registered political party. Voters are encouraged to complete the sample ballot and use it as a guide when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. Collier County voters may exercise their right to vote in one of three ways: mail/absentee ballot, during Early Voting or on Election Day at the precinct indicated on their voter information card. If voting in person, voters are reminded to bring a current photo and signature identi cation to the polls. Mail/Absentee Ballot: Any registered voter is permitted to request and vote a mail / absentee ballot. Requests may be made online at: www.CollierVotes.com or by calling the Supervisor of Elections Of ce at 239-2528450. The last day to request an absent ballot be sent through the mail is Jan. 25. It is important to note that mail/absentee ballots are NOT forwarded and will be mailed to the address provided to the Supervisor of Elections Of ce. After Jan. 25, voters requesting an absentee ballot will be required to pick up their ballot at the Supervisor of Elections Of ce. Absentee ballot pickup requests made by 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday will be available for pickup after 8 a.m., the following day. Absentee ballot pickup requests made on Friday will be available for pickup after 8 a.m., the following Monday. Once the absentee ballot is completed, the ballot must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day in the of cial ballot envelope provided by the Supervisor of Elections Of ce. Don't forget, the ballot envelope MUST be signed by the voter. If returning an absentee ballot by mail, please be aware that on Jan. 22 the USPS will be increasing the cost of mailing a one ounce piece of mail from 44-cents to 45-cents. If you received an absentee ballot and decide to vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day, you should bring the marked or unmarked ballot to the polls so it may be cancelled. Early Voting Beginning Jan. 16-28, registered voters have the option of voting early at any one of the seven designated Early Voting sites. Early voting is offered Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations: the Supervisor o f Elections Of ce, Everglades City Hall, Naples City Hall, Golden Gate Library, Headquarters Library, Immokalee Library and Marco Island Library, Election Day Jan. 31, is Election Da y and the last day to vote in the PPP Election. On Election Day, voters must vote in their assigned precinct as indicated on their voter information card. Visit: www.CollierVotes. com for directions and a photo of the polling site. Voters must provide both a photo and signature identi cation when voting in person. Acceptable forms of identi cation include a Florida driver license, DMV issued Florida ID card, U.S. Passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID or public assistance ID. If a photo ID does not include a voter's signature, the voter will be required to provide an additional form of identi cation that provides the voter's signature. For more information, visit the website at: www.CollierVotes.com or contact the Supervisor of Elections Of ce at 239-252-8450. Sample ballots mailed out Apartments MIRA VERDEMOVE IN SPECIAL, 1st MONTH FREE! $20.00 Application Fee• 2 BEDROOMS AT $364.00 PER MONTH• 3 BEDROOMS AT $411.00 PER MONTH• 4 BEDROOMS AT $464.00 PER MONTH LOCATED AT: CALL US AT: 6760 Santa Fe North (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL FREE GIFT FOR EVERY NEW RESIDENT! Here’s the keys to your new home! Aqui estan las llaves de su nueva casa! REGALO PARA CADA RESIDENTE NUEVOMIRA VERDEESPECIAL DE ENTRADA PIMER MES GRATIS!! $20.00 cargo de aplicacion• 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 ESPERANZA PLACE 2693 Marianna Way, #308 $99 MOVE IN SPECIAL FOR FIRST MONTH’S RENT Available for Immediate Occupancy 3Br/2Ba Apartments Handicap unit available RENTAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO QUALIFIED APPLICANTS Rental Rates start at $635 plus utilities Income limits apply. Must be farm or grove labor employed Rental applications available at the Rental Of ce or call 657-2009 Mon-Fri, 8:00AM -5:00PM (TDD 1-800-955-8771) Equal Housing Opportunity How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. 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. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentCRESENT ACRES 2br 2bath mobile home. $300/mo. or $75/wk Call 863-612-5214. Labelle New 3br/2ba w/d, d/w, ac, 2.5 acres fenced, deck, $900 mo. (239)910-5115 Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Large doublewide 3br/2bath on 2.5 acres on Case Road. Ready to move in. Financing available with your good credit and reasonable down payment. Call Larry 863-675-8888 Owner nancing available 2br/2ba doublewide on half acre lot between LaBelle and Immokalee. Ready to move in with $3,700 down, low monthly payments. Bad credit accepted 863-673-4325 ask for Kenny For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. at the of ce of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020 Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142. REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Preliminaries A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Roll Call C. Adoption of Agenda D. Employee Recognition 1. NovemberEmployee of the Month-TBA 2. DecemberEmployee of the Month-TBA E. Public Concerns F. Staff Good Cause Items G. Board Concerns H. Old Business I. New Business 3. Consent Agenda A. Adoption of Minutes 1. November 16, 2011 Regular Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. December Budget Review D. Fixed Assets Acquisitions-Disposals E. Various Reports F. USDA Reporting for Stimulus Money G. Project Change Orders H. Engineer’s Report Greeley and Hansen I. Director’s Report 4. Action Agenda A. Approval of Extending Line of Credit W/FCB B. Approval of Rate Study C. 2011 Fiscal Year End Audit 5. Discussion Agenda A. Attorney’s Report 6. Other Public Interests 7. AdjournmentSPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the American Disabilities Act, please contact the District of ce at (239) 658-3630, no less than ve (5) days prior to the above stated workshop date.407320 IB 1/12/2012 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE COFFO will have it’s quarterly Board meeting in COFFO, Immokalee 214 South 1st Street Immokalee, FL 34142 Friday, January 27, 2012 at 10:30am. 407017 IB 1/12/2012 RCMA School Board Meeting Notice for RCMA Wimauma Academy The Annual RCMA School Board Meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. The meeting will be held at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, 14625 CR 672, Wimauma, Florida. The School Board Meeting begins at 12:30 PM and is open to the public. Questions or concerns, please call Maria Jimenez at (239) 289-7995. 407378 IB 1/12/2012 RCMA School Board Meeting Notice For Immokalee Community School The Annual RCMA School Board Meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. The meeting will be held at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, 14625 CR 672, Wimauma, Florida. The School Board Meeting begins at 12:30 PM and is open to the public. Questions or concerns, please call Maria Jimenez at (239) 289-7995. 407380 IB 1/12/2012 Public Notice Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY 7 Immokalee Bulletin January 12, 2012 Apartments READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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8 Immokalee Bulletin January 12, 2012 Star forward catches eye of college repsBy Manny TouronSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin The Soccer Pit U18 boys traveled to The Tampa Bay Sun Bowl during the Winter Holiday to play in a college showcase tournament. This trip began in January of 2010 w hen The Soccer Pit applied for a community grant through the Immokalee Foundation to be able to showcase the team’s abilities in front of college coaches. The tournament took place Dec. 27–29, w here the team played a total of three games in a round robin format. The team lost the rst two games in very close contests 4-3 and 1-0 to very talented teams from Florida and Georgia. The third game came to a 0-0 tie with both teams having opportunities to score. This was a great experience for the kids and we want to thank the Immokalee Foundation for making this trip possible. We are hoping that some of the coaches were able to appreciate the talent that we have in this community. So far, we know that two colleges, Methodist University in N.C. and Millsaps College in Missouri are interested in Junior forward Eduardo Soto. Soccer Pit U18 Cobras travel to Tampa Bowl Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Manny TouronSoccer Pit Cobra players listen up as they are given strategies for the games held at the Tampa Bay Sun Bowl. The boys were able to showcase their talents before some college representatives at the event held at the end of December. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Manny TouronThe U18 Boys Soccer Pit Cobra are excited as they exit the van bringing them to the Tampa Bay Sun Bowl to play in a tournament. The Immokalee Foundation grant applied for by the team was approved and was instrumental in getting the boys to Tampa where they played well and were able to showcase their talents in front of collegiate representatives from North Carolina and Missouri. Special C.E.R.T. Training setAndrew Marfongella, Fire Safety Inspector for the Big Corkscrew Island Fire Rescue located at Station #10-13240 Immokalee Rd. (at the corner of Immokalee Road and Randall Boulevard) in Naples. If you are interested in being a part of this class please call Andy at 239-348-8006. Anyone from Immokalee is welcomed to attend.COFFO plans rst quarter meeting COFFO will be holding quarterly Board meeting 214 South 1st Street, Immokalee, Friday, Jan. 27, at 10:30 a.m. If you have any question or for more information, please call 305-970-2350. News in Brief