Immokalee bulletin
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 4 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 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. I n s i d e . Inside...Lunch with ‘Soul’ ...Page 5 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantImmokalee Community Redevelopment Agency Director Penny Phillippi and SBA District Director Francisco Marrero shake hands after signing the document creating a partnership between the two agencies. By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Immokalee is growing a reputation as a community on the move. Last week that energy got another boost thanks to a new partnership between the Immokalee Development Center (IMMBIZ) and the US Small Business Administration (SBA). It will mean Immokalee entrepreneurs will have direct access to more federal resources such as training and outreach, as well as access to more opportunities to land federal contracts. The partnership with the SBA will provide “the three c’s” to local business people: “capital, contracts and counseling.” “This is a great opportunity for our growing entrepreneurial section in Immokalee and across the region,“ said Marie Capita, director of IMMBIZ. “With the SBA’s presence in Immokalee we can provide even greater resources to people who want to start or expand their businesses.” SBA Regional Director Francisco Marrero came from Miami to sign the partnership agreement. Immokalee CRA Director Penn y Phillippi provided the local signature. Mr. Marrero commended members of the business communit y present, saying, “You are making things happen here.” He pointed out that SBA can help expedite miSBA agreement sets Immokalee up for more developmentSee CRA — Page 2 Commissioner Coletta to visit ImmokaleeCommissioner Jim Coletta’s A ide, Paula Springs, will be in Immokalee on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Commissioner Coletta will be attending the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Day in Leon County. On his behalf, his Aide, Paula Springs, will be available for of ce hours in Immokalee. Ms. Springs will be attending the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce breakfast networking meeting, which is held the rst Wednesday of each month from 8 to 9 a.m. Meeting location is the Roma in Havana Ristorante, 1025 N. Main Street, Immokalee. Ms. Springs will also be available by appointment to meet with constituents at the Immokalee ofce, 310 Alachua Street from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Anyone who w ould like an appointment to meet w ith her, please call 239-252-8097 or email her at: PaulaSprings@colliergov.net. Commissioner Coletta remains available by telephone at 239-2528391 or e-mail at: jimcoletta@colliergov.net By Rick HeersSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Crowds of people joined together last Saturday for a wonderful celebration of Habitat for Humanity as twenty new homeowners received the keys to their new homes. Located directly behind Lake Trafford Elementary School at Liberty Landing scores of people were on hand for this joyous occasion. While Habitat for Humanity World-wide has reached the threshold of 500,000 homes built since their humble beginnings in Americus, Georgia in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Collier County can boast the most number of homes in any county in America-1,400 homes, with over Habitat for Humanity celebrates 20 new county homeowners Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Rick HeersMembers of IHS Key Club volunteer to ll baskets-from left to right-Juanita Perez, Gricelda Montes, Nancy Flores and Ivan Gijohn. See HOMES — Page 2 An event full of historical sentiment is on the schedule for next month, as the School District of Collier County is ready to dedicate the brand new Bethune Education Center (BEC). The dedication ceremony will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m., in the cafeteria of the new facility (614 South 5th Street, in Immokalee). The new BEC campus includes two state-of-the-art buildPublic dedication of new education building planned See BEC — Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin January 26, 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 600 of those being in Immokalee. Each homeowner must make a down payment and put in 500 equity hours of sweat labor before they can take ownership. You could see the pride in each family as they stepped forward to receive their keys and a house-warming basket that included owers, salt, sugar, a candle, bread, a Holy Bible, a framed photograph by a published artist, and a book for each child in the family. It was announced that four families present who had previously received homes had this month completed all their payments on their homes and now owned them free and clear. This is further evidence that Habitat for Humanity truly helps their chosen families to be prepared fully for ownership. County Commissioner Jim Coletta was on hand to offer his sincere congratulations to the families and the many, many volunteers for Habitat for Humanity that were on hand for the festivities. A special recognition was given to Paul Johnson, who at 90 years of age has been a volunteer coming out to Immokalee for 26 years as a crew leader year round. Paul is really retiring and moving with his wife to St. Louis. He was presented with a special plaque and token gift for his many years of service to Habitat and the Immokalee community. Not willing to rest on their accomplishments, Habitat has planned developments for many more homes to be built in Immokalee. Executive Director, Sam Durso, and Executive Vice President of Development, Lisa Lefko, directed the ne celebration complete with delicious food prepared by the Habitat families. New homeowner Joseph Pierre spoke eloquently of his family's appreciation for this new start in life that they have been given. Pastor Rick Heers asked for God's blessings on each of the new homeowners, and the ne work of Habitat for Humanity. HOMESContinued From Page 1 cro loans along with SCORE training and the possibility of competing for federal contracts even in these dif cult economic times. The Immokalee CRA's success like developing one local business to the point that it could win $700,000 worth of work has attracted dividends for the community like this new partnership. Mr. Marrero promised the partnership will connect the community with the programs it needs as it seeks to restore itself. The next step will be to help local contractors get bonded so they can go after large contracts on their own, not just as subcontractors. Developing business start ups, he said, will resolve the recession in Southwest Florida. He also put the credit where it belongs, saying, "You are the guys doing all the work." He added that what is happening in Immokalee is exciting and "exactly what we need to be doing. Penny Phillippi is doing a fantastic job." Ms. Phillippi noted that the Immokalee CRA has managed to get six new businesses off the ground in just the past six months and helped four existing businesses expand. She de ected the praise to Marie Capita, Director of IMMBIZ. "Marie is modest and strong." She noted that Marie not only helped get these new businesses off the ground, she made sure each was set up properly, with everything they need including customers. "I'm really proud of this program," Ms. Phillippi said. For her part, Ms. Capita is looking forward to the increased technical support Immokalee residents will have available to them. "This is a great opportunity for our growing entrepreneurial sector in Immokalee and across the region," said Ms. Capita. "With the SBA's presence in Immokalee we can provide even greater resources to people who want to start or expand their businesses." District 5 County Commissioner Jim Coletta was on hand to recognize the importance of the event. "Immokalee has stood out by itself for what it's been doing," he explained, calling it a very "positive community." He said he's worked with this community for 25 years through Immokalee Development Services, Habitat for Humanity, Guadalupe Services, Catholic Charities, the chamber of commerce and other entities. "This is the place to be," he added. He pointed out that this traditionally agricultural community needs business stimulation to expand its economy. This partnership will be a great way to start "adding to the mix" to grow the middle class and balance Immokalee's economy, he explained. As an advisor to SCORE, an SBA program that provides experienced business people to mentor new entrepreneurs, Commissioner Coletta said he knows how important the tools SBA supplies can be. "It's a tremendous step forward," he said, and gave Ms. Phillippi tremendous credit, calling her organizational skills "second to none." He has served as District 5 commissioner for 12 years and is a candidate for reelection. Julio Estremera, a Certi ed Business Analyst with the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University and CRA board member, said, "This is good for local business. They can go directly through the Small Business Administration. Fifth Third Bank Vice President and Community Affairs Manager Jadira Hoptry attended the small ceremony and expressed a desire for the bank to be a partner in Immokalee's small business development by expanding its loan services to the Immokalee market. CRAContinued From Page 1 ings one for Alternative School Programs such as Phoenix and New Beginnings, and the other for Federal Program of ces. The original facility, located on the site for almost 60 years, was at a point where renovation and repair to maintain it to the high educational, health, and safety standards in place for all Collier County Public Schools was not economically ef cient. But, preserving the treasured heritage and historic nature of the building and site was a top priority. The rst oor of the new school building features a tribute to Mary Bethune, with a gallery in the foyer including mementos illustrating the 60 year history of the Bethune Education Center. The public, especially former BEC students and staff, are invited to attend the dedication and take a tour of the new facilities. To learn more, please contact the School District's Communications and Community Engagement Department at 239-377-0180. BECContinued From Page 1 Friendship Baptist Church of Immokalee will be showing the movie "Courageous" FREE of charge on Jan. 29, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., If you missed the movie in the theatre, now is your chance to experience this incredible movie. This movie has been such a blessing to families around the country and we would just like to extend this blessing to others in our church and around the community. There will be refreshments available. Please contact the church for additional information. Friendship Baptist Church, 708 N 11th St., Immokalee. 239-657-3430 of ce hours 12:30-2:30 p.m. email:friendshipbaptist. immokalee@gmail.com Free movie showing this Friday evening Town Hall meetingI was taken aback by the letter from John Lundin's letter in the Jan. 19, issue of the Immokalee Bulletin. The Immokalee Master Plan is not about Republicans or Democrats, or who called for a meeting. It's about The citizens of Immokalee having a voice in how they want future growth to occur. With that in mind let us make one thing very clear. We either put ourselves in a position to determine our own future or we will continue to live by Collier County's rules. It makes no difference if you're Hispanic, Haitian, Native American, or any other ethnic makeup. We either will decide for ourselves what we want or we will live by the rules of others! Any other talk is nothing but Hogwash, and Mr. Lundin's letter did more to divide than it did to overcome! Respectfully, Richard Rice Immokalee Letters to the Editor


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4 Immokalee Bulletin January 26, 2012 The game is only half overBy Joe LandonCollier County District Schools It’s been quite the year so far at Immokalee High School and we’re only half way through it with the second semester just getting under way. Last week alone, we learned that the renowned Immokalee High School BETA Club came away from the state BETA Club convention with some rst place nishes, that the school’s Special Olympics basketball team is advancing to the state championship tourney, and that the football team, one of the best in Southwest Florida, received a $2,500 check to be used to buy uniforms and equipment. The BETA Club news was certainly no surprise since the Indians have won top awards at the state convention since the 1960’s. They advance to compete at the national convention in North Carolina in June. They’re raising money to help pay for the trip so expect to learn more about that over the coming weeks and months. The Special Olympics basketball squad is special. Coach Kelly Stevenson said, “In the 19 years I have been involved in Special Olympics, I have never coached a group of athletes so committed and dedicated as this group.” The state tournament will be held in Tampa next month. And then the football team… They won their prize as part of the “Friday Night Feats” contest, a national video competition for the top plays in high school football. The winning play – junior all-state wide receiver Jacky Marcellus hurdling over a defensive back while playing his heart out in a big game against Cape Coral. In accepting the check, Coach Jerrod Ackley promised, “The money will be put to good use. We have lots of needs.” The Indians can thank their beloved fans for the prize since the top videos were chosen by fan votes. There are so many good things happening at Immokalee High School, and as we said, it’s been quite the year. Principal, Dr. Mary Murray, is very proud. “Our students continue to exemplify the PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Involvement, Discipline, and Enthusiasm) that is IHS. As we af rm each and every day at IHS at the beginning of second period, ‘We believe in ourselves, and we are success!’ We couldn’t be more proud!” To prove that, Dr. Murray promises to share a Top 25 highlights list with us, recapping the glorious rst semester, in next week’s Students First column right here in the Immokalee Bulletin. Stay tuned! Students First What better way to recognize ‘Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!’ than by reading, reading, reading! And that’s what all Collier County Public Schools elementary school students will be doing as they take part in this week long, statewide literacy celebration that began Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, J an. 27. ‘Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!’ is a celebration put on by the Florida Department of Education’s ‘Just Read, Florida!’ – a comprehensive and coordinated reading initiative. Among other activities, all elementary schools will participate in the Million Minute Marathon, which will feature the reading of How Much is a Million? by David Schwartz. The marathon helps promote literacy and raise awareness that cumulative readings add up to big successes. Collier County elementary school students will be among the many from school districts in Florida participating and reading toward the State’s goal of 20 million minutes. Several schools have also scheduled numerous activities in addition to the Million Minute Marathon. At Estates Elementary, Clifford the Big Red Dog will make a special visit to all kindergarten and rst grade classes; Golden Gate Elementary teachers will be reading their favorite childhood books to their classes; Lake Park Elementary will hold a fun Dr. Suess Day; and Manatee Elementary will invite parents for a special Family Book Making Night. To learn more, and to see a full list of activities, please visit the district Web site at www.collierschools.com and click on ‘Celebrate Literacy Week Events’ under “Highlights.” If your child’s school is not listed, please contact the school directly. Elementary school students read millions of minutes They jump – they shoot – they score! Immokalee High School’s (IHS) Special Olympics basketball team is shooting hoops all the way to the top as they head to the Florida Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament at the University of South Florida in Tampa the weekend of Feb. 10-11. The Immokalee team recently played in the Sarasota area tournament where they qualied for the state tournament by competing against a team from Hillsborough County. Not only did they qualify, but they were chosen and received the honor to represent Division 4 at the state level. Immokalee High School’s Special Olympics basketball team has a number of state championships under their belt, but this is the rst year they will have a traditional ve on ve Division 4 team. “In the 19 years that I have been involved in Special Olympics, I have never coached a group of athletes so committed and dedicated as this group. Their enthusiasm is contagious!” says the team’s coach, Immokalee High School teacher Kelly Stevenson. Best of luck to the IHS Indians as they play at the state tournament! To learn more, call 239-377-1800. Immokalee High Special Olympics basketball team heads to state Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ CCDSImmokalee High School’s Special Olympics basketball team advances to the state tournament at the University of South Florida.In the front row, from left to right are: Sodi Louis, Johnny Garza, Julio Loya, Daniel Jose. In the middle row from left to right are: Wilder Vasquez, Latasha Gardner, Angel Palacios. In the back row from left to right are: Juan Canuto, Mary Garza, Isidro Soto. One by One Leadership Foundation in cooperation with the Collier County Parks and Recreation and Ave Maria University have targeted a solution to feed some of the many, many families who are suffering from a lack of good food. On Jan. 28, scores of youth, children and adults will descend on the Immokalee Sports Complex at 505 Escambia Street in Immokalee from 9 a.m.-noon and will put together between 40,000 and 50,000 packaged meals to distribute to hungry children and their families. This is the fourth year running that this exciting, energetic gathering has taken place in Immokalee. Everyone is welcome to join for this morning of service, excitement and fun. For more information you may call Sinclaire Williams at 239-249-9970, or email him at: swill35173@aol.com. Kids Against Hunger to provide meals of hope this Saturday Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) is working to strengthen partnerships between schools and families in order to help children perform better in school. All parents with children in Title I funded schools are invited to participate in the 2011-2012 Title I Parent Survey (Grades K-12). Parents may complete one survey for each child and each survey should only take a few minutes to complete. Individual responses will then be summarized and used to make improvements. Title I funded schools: Avalon Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Eden Park Elementary, Immokalee Community School, Manatee Middle School, Everglades City School, Immokalee High School, Mike Dav is Elementary, Golden Gate Elementary, Immokalee Middle School, Shadowlawn Elementary, Golden Gate Middle School, Lake Trafford Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Golden Gate High School, Lely High School, Pinecrest Elementary, Golden Terrace Elementary, Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, Village Oaks Elementary. Parents will receive a paper copy of the 2011-2012 Title I Parent Survey (Grades K-12) via their student’s backpack by this Friday (Jan. 27). Parents must return the completed survey to their child’s school by Friday, Feb. 10. The survey may also be submitted by mail or delivered in person to the Of ce of Federal and State Grants (FSG), located at 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, Florida 34109. The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. To access the survey online beginning on Saturday, Jan. 28, please visit the Parents page at www.collierschools. com/parents/ and click on the Title I Parent Survey yellow post-it on the bulletin board. To learn more or for assistance, please contact Collier County Public Schools Grant Evaluator Dr. Courtney Zmach or Title I Manager Sylvia Matthews at 239-377-0560. County School district conducts annual Title I parent survey


LABELLE TOBACCOAll cartons $26.87Located at the intersection of highways 80 & 29 67 North Bridge St (next to Little Caesars Pizza) Let our friendly staff show you how to save $$$ Open:8am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday For more informaiton call 863-342-8021 5 Immokalee Bulletin January 26, 2012 The Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club shines again! Over 60 club members are back home after winning rst place honors at the 70th Annual State of Florida BETA Club Convention held recently in Orlando. The Immokalee Indians placed rst in the state in the Group Talent, Campaign Skit, Scrapbook, and Philanthropy competitions. The IHS group also placed third in the Banner competition. Three of the Immokalee students were part of the program during the opening session of the convention senior Joseph Flores, the current State BETA President, was the Keynote Speaker; senior Aaron Daniels presented the inspiration; and senior Eliza Diejuste sang the National Anthem. Other notable individual honors include: Junior Kerby Henry was elected State of Florida BETA Club Vice President; Senior Adriana Villanueva was awarded the Harris Service Award one of only 25 in the nation who received the award; Junior Annie Morgan won rst place in the Oratory competition; Senior Amelea Rodriguez won rst place in the Photography competition and third place in the Computer Graphic competition; Sophomore Efren Varela won second place in the Ceramics competition and third place in the on-site Colored Pencil Drawing competition; Senior Dulce Morales won second place in the Spelling competition; Senior Efren Moreno won third place in the Spanish competition; and Sophomore Maria Soto won third place in the Service Project Essay competition. Based on their performance, the Immokalee BETA Club will represent Florida in various categories at the National BETA Convention to be held June 27-30 in Greensboro, N.C. Club members will be working hard in the next few months to raise funds for their journey. They thank the Immokalee Foundation and the community for their continued support. BETA stands for Better Education Through Achievement. The club motto is "Let us lead by serving others." To be eligible to take part in convention activities, BETA members must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. To learn more or if you would like to help in any way, please contact IHS Counselor and BETA Club sponsor Audrey Moss at 239377-1800. Immokalee High School BETA Club brings home state wins Soul Food Fridays are back! iTown CafŽ's Culinary Arts students will be honing their cooking skills as they prepare Southern Style Soul Food dishes beginning this Friday, Jan. 27, and continuing throughout the month of February. "Our Soul Food Friday focus has been entirely student-driven," said Assistant Principal Troyanne Kirkland. "Larry Butler and his colleagues developed the menus and presented their proposal to Chef Abdo and to our iTECH administration as a way to recognize Black History Month. They are getting a head start on Jan. 27 with Beef Stew, Rice, Potato Salad and Cornbread." Students working with Butler on the menus and food preparation include Christopher Ozuna, Mavis Plamondon, Jose Hernandez, Edward Aguilar, Aldrice Cummings, Pablo Hernandez, Alexander Mancha, Jerry Sainz and Daniel Castro. I-Town CafŽ is reaching out to everyone in the community to come out and support these students as they create made-fromscratch meals for iTECH students and for the general public. If you would like to order one or more of these delicious homecooked meals in advance, you can call ITown CafŽ at 239-377-9909 between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., or email Larry Butler at larry. butler45@yahoo.com. And remember We're teachin' what yer' eatin'! iTECH Culinary students prepare lunch with ‘Soul’ Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ iTECHiTECH Culinary students at your service from left to right are: Christopher Ozuna, Mavis Plomondon, Edward Aguilar, Alex Mancha, Jose Hernandez, Gamaliel Gutierrez, Larry Butler, Jerry Sainz.


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No pets, $650/mo. (239)369-9567. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Auctions 6th Annual “Cane Country” Auction Sat. ~ February 4, 2012 ~ 9:00 a.m.26400 State Rd 880 Belle Glade, FL (20 Miles W of West Palm Beach, FL) Sale Site Phone: 800-985-5699 Tractors, Cane Harvesting Equip, Pickup Trucks, Power Units and much more Consignments Welcome Check the web for additional information: www.demottauction.com Terry DeMott, Sr. ~ M)229-891-1832 sales@demottauction.com Auctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr. FL #AU1833-AB1285 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Special Notice ATTENTIONAll employees of the following companies: LFC Agricultural Services, Inc. and LFC Management Services, Inc. aka LIPMAN (formally Six L’s) You may pick up your 2011 W-2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm beginning on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the following location: Lipman HR/Payroll Department 306 East Main Street, Immokalee, Florida If you have any questions please call the HR/Payroll Department 239-657-4421 extension 3238 D & K Harvesting and Gulf Citrus Harvesting & Haulingemployees may pick up their 2011 W-2’s at 890 Spratt Blvd LaBelle, FL Monday-Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm Auctions Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in toda y s classifieds. Special NoticeH & R Farms, Inc of Immokaleeemployees may pick up their 2011 W-2’s at B & C Bookkeeping 1255 N. 15th Street #4 Immokalee, FL 34142 Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm Immokalee Produce Shippersemployees may pick up their 2011 W-2’s at 2055 Global Dr.Immokalee, 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday Call 239-657-5555 for more informationLeal Harvesting & Hauling, Inc employees may pick up their 2011 W-2’s at B & C Bookkeeping 1255 N. 15th Street #4 Immokalee, FL 34142 Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm Zarate Contracting, Incemployees may pick up their 2011 W-2’s at B & C Bookkeeping 1255 N. 15th Street #4 Immokalee, FL 34142 Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time CIVIL EARTHWORK CONSTRUCTION SUPERINTENDENT NEEDED Civil Engineering Contractor is seeking an experienced and quali ed individual to supervise a construction project on the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. Must have 10+ years experience in supervising site construction with heavy equipment earthwork activities. Candidates must have valid Florida driver’s license, reliable transportation and be willing to travel to various project sites around the lake. Salary is contingent on experience. We offer a Drug Free Workplace, Health and 401K plan. Please email a resume complete with work history and references to: pwalker@optsvc.com or Fax to 863-467-8067. No phone calls please. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time Multi-Craft Journeyman Safely fabricate, install, inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair conveyors, hydraulic systems, gear boxes, pumps, turbines, steel structures, chutes, fans, pipelines, valves, vessels, pressure vessels, etc. Utilize miscellaneous metal working equipment and processes such as arc welding, oxygen/acetylene, MIG, TIG and plasma methods to perform welding functions. Must be able to pass a 6G welding test. Email: Jdooley@ussugar.com Apply online www.ussugar.com Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than 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. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop Tower w/ 17” at screen, keybd & m. works great! Must sell $80. (863)517-2782 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. 6 Immokalee Bulletin January 26, 2012 Apartments 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. $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 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 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 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentCRESENT ACRES 2br 2bath mobile home. $300/mo. or $75/wk Call 863-245-2477. 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 ROOFING AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY 7 Immokalee Bulletin January 26, 2012 Apartments Apartments READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. League of Women Voters to host guest speakerCollier Circuit Judge Hugh D. Hayes and Collier Attorney Sharon Hanlon will speak at the League of Women Voters of Collier County meeting on Feb. 7, at noon at the Country Club of Naples. They will address How Florida Citizens Can Maintain an Independent Judiciary. The speakers will explain:  how the Florida Judiciary works;  how our courts are funded;  the quali cations required to be a judge;  how judges are appointed, elected and retained;  the authority and responsibility of the Florida Bar Association; and,  the Judges’ and Bar Associations’ priorities for the 2012 Legislative Session. The cost of the optional luncheon for LWVCC members is $20; non-members-$25. Reservations can be made at www.lwvcolliercounty.org or by calling 239-263-4656 before 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.Searching public records workshop offeredThe popular “ Searching Public Records Using Collier Clerk.com” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at the South Regional Library on Lely Cultural Blvd. You can register by phone by calling 239-252-7542.Free landlord/tenant workshop 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. Pre-registration is necessary. For information, please call Rosemary Dillon at 239-867-4121 ext. 206.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 239-8674121 ext 206.Pet vaccine clinic to be held this weekendLow cost veterinary shot clinic will be held this Saturday, Jan. 28 offering vaccines for dogs and cats at Immokalee Communit y Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A licensed veterinarian will administer rabies and distemper vaccines. The vaccines will cost $10 each, cash only. The annual clinic is offered by volunteer services for animals, Inc. (VSA), a non-pro t group which has been assisting animals for 30 years in Collier County. Collier County Domestic Animal Services will be present to sell county licenses and provide information concerning low cost spay and neuter options. Additional information about the shot clinic is available at vsaescue@aol.com or by calling 239-261-4768.Lions Club to host Eyecare clinicFree eye tests, Free glasses and readers, for adults and children Sunday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. NOTE: Registration closes at 1:30 p.m. iTECH Center, 508 No. 9TH St. Immokalee. Eye screening for glaucoma, Cataracts – macular degeneration, Tests for diabetes & blood pressure, free eye glasses. In partnership with: Collier County Health Department, Friendship Health Clinic, Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinic, Edison College School O f Nursing. Community News in Brief


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