Immokalee bulletin
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Run/Ride for literacy Saturday! ...Page 4 Thursday, April 12, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 13 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Tammy MeansEaster basket giveawayImmokalee organization, Girlfriends Getaway founder, Tammy Means brings a big smile for this happy young man in the way of an Easter basket handed out to more thank 60 local children as part of a giveaway project for the Girlfriends group. See more on this newly founded local organization on Page 3. New Chamber members ...Page 8 HarvestBalloon Fest! ... Page 2 Letters to the Editor ...Page 3 Inside... Changes for I HOPE ...Page 7 By Jordan BuckleySpecial to the Immokalee BulletinCommunity campaign frees LaBelle father from federal custodyA son’s visit to the hospital has put Lazaro Poblano of LaBelle in deportation proceedings. On March 6, Mr. Poblano drove his 14 year-old son to the hospital because he was suffering side pains. On their way back home, Mr. Poblano and his family – his son, his wife and their 6 week-old baby -were stopped by a Fort Myers police of cer. Lazaro Poblano was arrested in front of his family for driving without a license and placed in detention through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “Secure Communities” program. Mr. Poblano, who was in immigration custody at Broward County Transitional Center for 10 days, is facing deportation. Earlier in the ordeal, his wife, Maria Poblano, had stated, “I can’t take care of my children by myself. Right now, I am barely eating. This is bad for my baby but also for me because I am diabetic. I don’t know how I am going to pay this month’s rent. I am trying to be strong in this situation for my children, but I just don’t know what to do,” she said. Grey Torrico, a community organizer with the Collier Count y Neighborhood Stories Project, explained, “Mr. Poblano’s case illustrates how Secure Communities is Community support grows for man facing possible deportation See POBLANO — Page 2 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin April 3 was a very big day for Immokalee Water and Sewer District Executive Director Eva Deyo and for the community of Immokalee. Dignitaries from Washington, DC, joined representatives of state agencies and local visionaries for what was deemed “a critical waste water project” the groundbreaking for Immokalee Water and Sewer District’s $8.3 million waste water treatment plant expansion project. It was a big day for the entire region, marking similar projects in LaBelle and Moore Haven as well. The Immokalee project is being paid for with federal Recovery Act funds, including a $4.9 million low interest loan and $3.4 million grant. IWSD will kick in some $800,000. The project encompasses an increase in capacity and construction of a forced main to expand the transmission system. At its completion in about 18 months, the project will add some 142 families and businesses to the IWSD opens new doors with groundbreakingSee IWSD — Page 2 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantDignitaries from Washington, D.C., and Gainesville lent their support to ceremonies in Immokalee celebrating the approval of funding for the community’s waste water treatment treatment plant improvements and expansion on April 3.


2 Immokalee Bulletin April 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 Immokalee water treatment system. Fred Thomas, chairman of the Water and Sewer District Governing Baord, kicked off the celebration by eluding to the "enormous magnitude" of the project, which will increase the wastewater treatment plant's capacity from 2.5 mgd (million gallons per day) to 3.25 mgd. Only about one mgd is used at this time, but the scope of the project looks toward a bright future for Immokalee. Richard Macheck, USDA Rural Development State Director, said the completion of this project will enhance the community's ability to plan ahead. Mr. Macheck noted that he sees the economy and construction rising again, adding that, in a couple years, "We'll be back on track." Rural Utilities Administrator Jonathan Adelstein came from Washington for the occasion. Appointed to the position in July 2009 by President Obama, Mr. Adelstein is the 17th administrator of the USDA/RUS. He has a background with the Federal Communications Commission, championed the expansion of rural broadband in 2009 and is a member of the White House National Science and Technology Council. Mr. Adelstein commended the leadership in Immokalee for "creating jobs and investing in the future." He noted that Immokalee "seized the opportunity" to plan for its future and faced the enormous competition and rigorous evaluation process required to secure this funding, which will provide an upgrade of 70 percent over current capacity as well as provide connections to the Arrowhead community for a total of some 5,000 business and residential connections. US Sen. Bill Nelson, who Director Adelstein said supported the Recovery Act and cares about rural Florida, also had a representative at the ceremony. IWSD Executive Director Eva Deyo noted that the project, which began in 2007, will be a .75 mgp upgrade, She said eventually customers will see an increase in their rates, but that typically does not occur till two years after construction. Residents of Arrowhead will have to pay a connection fee for the forced main being put in to the wastewater treatment plant. Resident Floyd Crews attended the ceremony. He said the Immokalee water district was started by a "bunch of farmers" in 1967. In 1978 it became a special district; with sewer added in 1982. The ceremony focused a spotlight on how the IWSD is living up to its hallmark: "Technology and Ecology a Winning Combination." IWSDContinued From Page 1 criminalizing the very act of caring for our children and families. A father or mother should never have to make a choice on w hether to drive their children to a hospital for fear of deportation. This program has created fear in our communities and distrust of the police. It has made us less safe. We demand that the Obama Administration end Mr. Poblano's deportation and stop the Secure Communities program, because it makes our communities, in fact, insecure." Three days after Mr. Poblano's arrest, an online campaign was launched demanding his release under the Obama Administration's Prosecutorial Discretion policy that directs ICE of cers to release individuals who fall into certain criteria. As an immigrant with deep ties to the community, a father of U.S.-born children and breadwinner for his family, Mr. Poblano was released under the prosecutorial discretion policy. Many Collier County residents took part in the campaign for Mr. Poblano's release, phoning ICE and sending emails of support, including members of the Democratic Party of Collier County and a number of local churches and civic organizations. The petition, initiated by Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, also calls for an end to the Secure Communities program that has harmed thousands of families like Mr. Poblano's. While Secure Communities stated mandate is to target persons convicted of serious crimes, according to the Department of Homeland Security's own data over 50% of those deported through Secure Communities have actually not ever been convicted of a crime, or they have only minor misdemeanors such as traf c violations. Last month, the Chairwoman of the Democratic Executive Committee of Collier County, Mickey Gargan, denounced Collier County Sheriff's Of ce's collaboration with federal immigration enforcement, calling their policy "overly tough" on immigrant communities and noting that it erodes public trust in the police. Due to its negative impact on public safety, numerous metropolitan cities as well as the governors of Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York have rejected the Secure Communities program. Florida Governor Rick Scott has not taken that position. For more information, contact the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project at 239271-2423. POBLANOContinued From Page 1 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantRural Utilities Administrator Jonathan Adelstein, left, came from Washington, along with USDA Rural Developmet State Director Richard Machek from Gainesville to break ground on Immokalee’s wastewater improvements investments in its future. Special to the Immokalee BulletinThe Poblano family of LaBelle is not unlike many local undocumented families in the Southwest Florida region. Lazaro Poblano faces deportation under immigration enforcement’s Secure Communities program. Events include Dawn Glow to a Live Orchestra, Mass A scension and Sundown GlowMore than 30 custom hot air balloons will ll the skies, participating in fun activities and competing in races on April 14 and April 15 at Seminole Casino Immokalee's "Balloons Over Paradise." Pilots will navigate their balloons to compete for their share of $4,000. The inaugural festival is free to the public and takes place at Immokalee Regional Airport at 165 Airpark Blvd. in Immokalee. Event attendees will delight in seeing colorful balloons engage in games throughout the weekend. In the convergent navigational task, the target is a grid at the festival site. Pilots will y in and drop their markers on the grid. Scoring is based on the marker's accuracy and how the pilot ew over the target. For both contests, the rst place prize is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $200. The colorful balloons will kick off each morning at 6 a.m. with an illuminated light show to the music of a live orchestra. Festival-goers will be able to walk among the balloons as they in ate for a mass ascension Balloons and Harvest fest this weekendSee FEST — Page 8


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Literally thousands of people have been removed from our communities in recent y ears due to the collaboration of the Collier County Sheriff’s Of ce with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a program called 287g. “The overly tough stance taken by the Sheriff’s Of ce has made immigrant communities very fearful of arrest and deportation because of some perceived or minor infraction. Even documented people avoid police of cers and crime-reporting,” reads a new position statement from the Chair of the Democratic Executive Committee of Collier County, Mickey Gargan. The 287g program – which allows Collier County police of cers to enforce federal immigration law -is up for renewal this fall. The Collier County Democrats oppose 287g, saying it unjustly targets individuals who pose no real threat to public safety. They have publicly denounced the program in an organizational declaration that calls on the Collier County Sheriff’s Of ce to end 287g enforcement when it expires in the coming months. Collier County Democrats have also been hard at work in registering voters in advance of this year’s coming elections. On Saturdays they have gone door-to-door in Immokalee to sign up voters and they had a successful presence at the Immokalee carnival in Nov ember and again at the Collier County Fair last month. Voter registration – regardless of political party af liation – will be available during this w eekend’s 2012 Immokalee Harvest Fest as w ell. If you know of any groups, congregations, neighborhoods or events that would bene t from a voter-registration booth, please contact Steve Duckworth at 239 269-6230. Alodia DeJesus Immokalee BulletinEl voto hispanoSe ha dado cuenta que los politicos, asi sean los comisionados, congresistas, senadores o presidentes simpli can y no se dan por entendido de las nesidades de los ispanos? Tambien se ha dado cuenta que no estamos representado en puestos politicos de acuerdo con nuestros porcentages en lapopulacion? La rason es que muchos de nosotros, no le hacemo en tender a los politicos lo que bene cia a nuestra comunidad. No solamente no nos informamos cuales politicos nos bene ciaran, pero tambien muchos Hispanos no se tomam el timpo para votar. Simplemente los politicos saben que solanente tienenen que tocar algunos puntos emosionales en sus anuncio para que usted le de el voto. Fijense por ejmplo que ellos anuncian puntos religiosos frecuentemente para atacar al contrario, pero no nos dicen como van alludar a los pobres y a la comunidad Hispana. Si usted puede votar vote y insista que otros voten para no dejar que otras personas decidan nuestro destino. Las proximas elciones son en Noviembre, tome este tiempo y prepararse para votar. Haga ese dia como el dia que usted tomo el arma de la democracia para defender a su familia, su jente y la jente de este paiz. Juan Puerto, M.D. Immokalee Letters to the Editor Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Alodia DeJesusCounty voters will see this group at the upcoming Harvest Fest event this weekend in Immokalee. They will be helping to register voters. Give the Gift of LifeThe Blood Mobile will be parked in the parking lot at First Baptist Church next Sunday morning, April 15, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. A nyone from the community can come out and share their “gift of life.” Be sure to bring y our personal picture id with you.Men in Black ConferenceOn May 27, at 4 p.m., Elder Isaac Thomas and the St. Mary Primitive Baptist Choir of Punta Gorda, will be with us to help us celebrate our 2nd annual 100 Men in Black Men’s Day worship service. We are focusing in on men who are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.County Bar Association offers Free Legal Aid clinicThe Collier County Bar Association in conjunction with the Legal Aid Service of Collier County is pleased to offer a free legal clinic to our communinty Legal Aid Of ces, 4125 East Tamiami Trail, Naples on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until noon. Please call the Collier County Bar Association for further information at 239-252-8711 or 239-252-8138. The services are sponsored in part by the Collier County Bar Association. Community News in Brief By Tammy MeansSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Girlfriends Getaway is a group comprised of 77 women from different ethnicity backgrounds, professions and communities. This group was started in January of 2012 by Ms. Tammy Means of Immokalee. The vision for the group is for women to come together to Enrich, Empower, Educate, Encourage and Embrace one another. As a group we will travel, come together to laugh and have fun (as women sometimes forget to do). As we grow strong amongst ourselves and as a group, we are looking forward to being a positive force here in our community of Immokalee, and to every community in which our members reside. Girlfriends Getaway sponsored a Easter Basket giveaway at the Old Park in Immokalee. As a group we felt like it was important to bring smiles to the children faces on Easter, by giving away around 60 baskets and 40 treat bags. The group has also given a helping hand to a few families who have recently lost loved ones. The group is in the process of building up our young ladies of the community by organizing a Teen’s Chapter of Girlfriends Getaway. Our hopes for the teen’s group are to nurture them into “outstanding” members of society, with high selfesteem, con dence and a purpose for life. Although, Girlfriends Getaway is a fairly new group; we are already off to a great start on our endeavor to meeting new people in a secure and comfortable atmosphere, making memories and build lasting friendships all while gaining much needed restoration. We have had a few Mix and Mingles where we as a group come together for a fe w hours to forget about the stress of our everyday lives. Recently, the group traveled to Miami for a one day getaway which included a millionaire sightseeing cruise, dance cruise, shopping, and dining. Each month we plan on making our mark in a new area, as we have members both near and far. If there are any questions about whether or not this group is for you: the answer is yes it is! We’re all women, which makes us all sisters and “we are our sister’s keeper.” If anyone would like to join Girlfriends Getaway, our next open enrollment will be in January of 2013. Girlfriends Getaway gives back to the community Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Tammy MeansGirlfriends Getaway founder, Tammy Means with many of the Easter Baskets given away by the group for the holiday to local children. Renowned Miami Herald journalist and popular novelist Carl Hiaasen will be in Everglades City on Saturday, A pril 14 appearing at a bene t in support of the historic Smallwood Store & Museum. Carl is also well-known for his humorous books on Florida: Tourist Season, Double Whammy, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl among others. His books for the younger generation include Hoot, Scat, and his most recent Chomp. To learn more, see his website www.carlhiaasen.com. If you would like to meet Carl for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at the Oyster House Restaurant, please call 239-695-2397. Seating is limited and reservations are required. This is a fundraiser to support the Smallwood Store so a $25 minimum donation is requested. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction. If you can not attend but would like to donate, see www. smallwoodstore.com. Breakfast with Carl Hiaasen open to public


Edison State College Collier Campus can help you spring into a new career with several new programs. Registration is now open. Starting April 19, you can learn all you need to become a Pharmacy Tech. This program includes the tools you need, from classroom instruction to an internship, to qualify to apply for certi cation by the Pharmacy Technician Certi cation Board (PTCB). This program is limited to 10 students. Starting May 1, you can get the tools you need become a Certi ed Professional Coder (CPC). It begins with a seven-week medical terminology and anatomy and physiology course, a pre-requisite before taking the outpatient medical coding certi cate program. Together, these courses qualify students to take the CPS exam. For those interested in becoming an Ophthalmology Assistant, classes begin May 12. This program also includes hands-on experience in an ophthalmologist's of ce. Do you want to be a Clinical Medical Assistant? Classes begin May 21 and include classroom instruction and internship placement. Enrollment is limited to 16 students. To register for any of these programs and for more information,call 239-732-3128 or to download the forms online, visit www.edison.edu/collier/ce. The Edison State College Collier Campus, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, is located of f Collier Boulevard, three miles north of Tamiami Trail East. For more information please visit www. edison.edu. Edison State College Collier Campus offers programs The second annual Immokalee Run and Ride for Literacy happens on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 at the Farm Worker Village, 1800 Farm Worker Way, Immokalee. All proceeds go to The Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee, managed by Jump Start. The 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 at the Farm Worker Village. Runners can register on the Immokalee Run & Ride for Literacy website at http://www. immokaleerunsandrides.com by April 11th for a $15 fee, $10 for students; register after the 11th or on the day of the event for a $25 fee. There is also a one mile fun run for children and adults on an enclosed course within the Farm Worker Village. Each pre-registered runner will receive a commemorative t-shirt as well as a homemade taco breakfast after the race. John Biffar of Endurance Sports Timing will of ciate. First, Second, and Third place awards will go to overall male and female nishers, plus top 3 nishers in each age group. Door prizes and raf es will also occur. Registration and check-in opens at 7:00 am the day of the event. Two hundred plus runners are expected to participate, up from 71 in 2011. The 15 mile, 30 mile and/or the Metric Century Ride begins at 9:30, 9 and 8 a.m. respectively on Sunday, April 15 at the Farm Worker Village. The rides wind through Immokalee, Ave Maria and the surrounding countryside. Those wishing to participate can register on line at Immokalee Run & Ride for Literacy website by April 11th for a $20 fee or after the 11th or on the day o f the event for a $25 fee. Each participant will receive a taco breakfast, lunch, SAG support along the routes, as well as an Immokalee Veggie Bag at the conclusion of the ride. Extra meal tickets are available for $5 each. Door prizes and raf es will also occur. Registration and check-in opens at 7 a.m. the da y of the event. All riders must wear a CPSC approved helmet. Two hundred plus riders are expected to participate, up from 73 in 2011. The Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee is structured to involve the family as a whole, thereby making long-term intergenerational change in order to secure a health y quality of life for children thus breaking the cycle of illiteracy. Run/Ride for Literacy set for this weekend SHEWMAKERANIMALHOSPITAL1095 N. 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LOW COST VACCINATION CLINICS 4 Immokalee Bulletin April 12, 2012 Great students Doing the right thing!By Joe LandonCollier County District Schools Those of us here at the school district of ces are certainly proud of our students our 43,000 students. We're especially proud when we learn of students who have exhibited exemplary behavior maybe even performed acts of heroism. I was reminded of the kinds of good deeds being recognized by the Collier County Sheriff's Of ce monthly when I attended a "Do the Right Thing" Awards Ceremony held at LWIT on Monday. It was truly an uplifting experience! Here's a sampling of this month's good behavior that was worthy of awards presented to the students by Sheriff Kevin Rambosk: Ta'Riq Brown, a freshman at Immokalee High School, found an Indians 2004 State Football Championship ring on the oor of an Immokalee grocery store. He took it to school and gave it to a teacher who found a name inscribed on the inside. The ring is back on the nger of its rightful owner. Trinity Fite, a 3rd grader at Calusa Park Elementary School, has donated more than thirty inches of her beautiful hair to the "Locks of Love" organization since her Kindergarten days. The hair is used to make wigs for children who've lost their hair due to treatment for illnesses. Giovanni Bonilla, an 8th grader at Oakridge Middle School, noticed that a girl fainted after running during a track practice. Giovanni actually picked her up and carried her to the school of ce so she could get medical assistance. The good news is she's just ne thanks to his help. Zeina Bannout and Chelsea ShapiraBennen, sophomores at Naples High School, noticed a wallet (with $77 inside) and an IPhone in the grass near a school parking lot. They brought the items to the school of ce. The student who lost the items is now a happy camper. Luisa Cortes, a senior at Lely High School, found an envelope under her desk in class one day. It contained a considerable amount of money. She gave the envelope to her teacher. Afterwards she learned the money had been collected as part of a school fundraiser. Adrian Acuna, Nick Borders, and Ivan Magana, sophomores at Palmetto Ridge High School, noticed a man wandering about in the school parking lot around the time of the seniors golf tour visit to Naples. He was a diabetic and in desperate need of his meds. EMS was called and the gentleman is doing well today because these three students, like all of the others being recognized, truly did the right thing! Students First Need a haircut, tire rotation, car wash, or lter change? Come on down to the Lorenzo W alker Institute of Technology (LWIT), located at 3702 Estey Avenue, Thursday, April 12, from 2 to 6 p.m., to get one of these great services for a nominal donation. LWIT students are offering these services to the community as a way to gather support to offset expenses to attend SkillsUSA a regional, state, and national competition where students show excellence in culinary arts, medical assisting, and other program areas in which they have been training. SkillsUSA gives students a chance to match their abilities against similar students nationwide, and earn not only a con rmation of their outstanding skills education, but also potential scholarships. For more information, please contact LWIT Instructor Ed Cruz at 239-377-0923. Tech school offers services On April 14, from 1-3 p.m. local historian and author Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation about the history of the Everglades area at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in Ochopee. She will talk about early settlers, the building of the Tamiami Trail, its impact on the native Seminoles and Deaconess Harriet Bedell, logging in the Fakahatchee, development in the Picayune, and the efforts of environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. After the lecture, she will sign her "brief history" books. Marya grew up in Hadlyme, Connecticut, but lived most of her adult life in Europe as a software engineer. After retirement, she moved to Everglades City, Florida, where her rst book A Brief History of the Everglades City Area has sold thousands of copies. Other brief histories of Deaconess Harriet Bedell, the Fakahatchee, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Sanibel have been well-received. She is President of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, membership secretary of the Friends of Fakahatchee, and co-editor of The MULLET RAPPER. This presentation is provided with cooperation from the Florida National Parks Association. The association is an of cial private, non-pro t partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scienti c research responsibilities within the national park units of South Florida. www.evergladesassociation.org For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 239-695-4758. Meet local area author and historian


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By Rick HeersSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Several changes are taking place at the I HOPE Distribution Center over the next few weeks. Starting next Monday, April 16, I HOPE will be closed each Monday, and their hours will change from Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30. Each rst and third Saturday the hours will also change to being open from 9 a.m.-noon The I D C and of ce for I HOPE will also be closed on Friday, April 20, as staff will be in Orlando at the International Floor & Wall Covering Show at the Orange County Exhibition Hall selecting material for Immokalee. 10-12 semi tractor trailers will be loaded with ve scheduled to be delivered to I HOPE's Distribution Center the following week. Included in the materials will be granite and marble countertops, tile and other usable, new products of a very high qualitymany imported from various countries. Current members will have rst choice on these materials, but need to be here as soon as practical as they will be sold on a rst-come, rstserved basis. Keep in mind that I HOPE now accepts credit/debit cards thanks to a new partnership with Florida Community Bank. Additionally the Home Depot home of ce has made arrangements for us to gain two additional partnering stores-the Forum Home Depot in Fort Myers, off Colonial Boulevard, and the Home Depot in Port Charlotte. These stores will come "on-line" with donations for I HOPE later this month. We are anticipating that this will bring in a large supply of home improvement goods on sale for our members. Remember that the membership fee is very affordable-$25 per year. At present there are over 370 family memberships and 20 business memberships. Business memberships are available for businessmen that own apartments, mobile homes or businesses that are involved in home repairs/maintenance. Several churches have also joined as business members so that we can provide goods for their organizations. Business memberships are $100. per year. Two special items warrant attention because of limited supplies and greatly reduced prices. About 20 rolls of high-quality, new carpet from a Georgia mill is available for $5 per square yard-customarily these carpets would cost between $20-25 per square yard. Finally, we have a limited supply of 18-inch oor tile for $12 per box, and a fairly large supply of kitchen/bathroom tile going for the unheard of price of $100 per pallet-that's a 90-95% reduction over normal commercial costs, and a savings of 35% off I HOPE's already lowered price. You may call the of ce at 239.657.3889 to inquire of Misty, Mercedes, or Rick about what materials are available. Major changes coming to I HOPE Distribution Center For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 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, April 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. FebruaryEmployee of the Month-Alicia Hernandez 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. March 2012 Regular Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. March 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 Resolution 12-02-Authorizing the Amendment of 09-10-Bonds 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.414619 IB 4/12/2012 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING On Thursday April 19, 2012 a public hearing will be held at 12:00 noon at the Immokalee Seminole Reservation Administrative Building, 295 Stockade Road, Immokalee, Florida for the purpose of discussing an application for federal funds to provide supplementary educational services to Indian children. The program is administered by Collier County Public Schools. All Seminole families and the general public are invited to attend. For additional information contact Victoria Soto, at (239) 867-5303 or Maria Longa, Director of Federal and State Grants, at (239) 377-0583. 414366 IB 4/12/2012 Public Notice Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Business & Service Directory AUCTION1993 Chevy1GBDM19Z1PB1356651997 Chevy1GBDM19W6VB1765852006 Chrysler2C3KA63H06H134980 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onApril 23, 2012 at 9amKeiths Towing (239) 657-5741 Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 7 Immokalee Bulletin A pril 12, 2012 April is National Distracted Driving Prevention Month. In addition to cell phone use, the safety campaign seeks to discourage other distracted and careless driving behaviors such as grooming, eating or looking for an address while driving. The National Highway Traf c Safety Administration has identi ed texting and cellular telephone use as the fastest growing and most visible distraction as an associated factor in collisions. In 2009, nearly 5,500 people were killed and 450,000 more were injured in distracted driving crashes in the U.S., according to the NHTSA. The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes in the U.S. were reported to have been distracted while driving. Of those drivers involved in fatal crashes who were reportedly distracted, the 30to 39-year-olds had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement, according to the NHTSA. CCSO recognizes the importance of raising public awareness about the risks of distracted driving. In December 2011, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and AAA-sponsored professional race car driver Michael Cenzi, along with AAA and The Auto Club South Traf c Safety Foundation, teamed up to launch "Stay Focused: Don't Text and Drive." The CCSO safety campaign seeks to bring awareness, education and the pursuit of legislation for a ban on texting while driving in Florida. CCSO is using the April safety campaign to highlight the agency's efforts to educate motorists and enforce traf c laws along Pine Ridge Road with the goal of signi cantly reducing injury crashes and eliminating fatal crashes caused by careless driving. Last year proved to be a deadly one on Collier County's roadways. In particular, Pine Ridge Road stood out as a dangerous thoroughfare. In 2011, the Collier County Sheriff's of ce investigated 28 injury-producing vehicle crashes on Pine Ridge Road between Interstate 75 and Goodlette-Frank Road. In addition, six people died in vehicle crashes on the same stretch of roadway last year. In the hope of combating even more fatalities, during October 2011, proactive measures were immediately put into action through Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traf c Safety (DDACTS). This operational model integrates location-based crime and traf c data to establish effective and ef cient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. The goal of implementing DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes and traf c violations across the country. By using geomapping the Pine Ridge Road corridor was speci cally identi ed. The increased law enforcement is expected to improve traf c ow by reducing or eliminating crashes which inevitably cause costly traf c delays. CCSO recognizes distracted driving awareness month Parents do you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in August 2012 and who has not attended a Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) Program during the school year? Collier County Public Schools invites you to register your youngster for the free Summer VPK Program. Registration will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday through June 7th, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Center located at 5775 Osceola Trail (behind Barron Collier High School). Please bring the following documents when you register your child. Your child's birth certi cate (from the Of ce of Vital Statistics) Three(3) proofs of residency (i.e. copy of utility bill or mail addressed to parent's name) Immunizations or shot records form (blue form) Most recent physical exam within the last year (yellow form) Collier County's Summer VPK Program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:35 p.m., Monday through Thursday (no school on Fridays), beginning on Monday, June 11, and running through Thursday, August 9, at Mike Davis Elementary School (MDE) located at 3215 Magnolia Pond Drive. The VPK Program is free to all students who enroll, but parents are responsible for transportation to and from Mike Davis Elementary School. Lunch and breakfast will be provided. Please note that the VPK Program has an attendance policy. More information can be found online by visiting www.collierschools.com/vpk/. To learn more, please contact Collier County Public Schools' VPK of ce at 239377-0092. Voluntary pre-k registration under way


LABELLE TOBACCOFull cartons $26.87 € Half cartons $14.95Located at the intersection of highways 80 & 29 67 North Bridge St (next to Little Caesars Pizza) Ask about our VFW, American Legion & Truckers Discounts Open:9am to 7:30pm Monday thru Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday For more information call 863-342-8021 8 Immokalee Bulletin April 12, 2012 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Bernardo BarnhartNew Chamber membersThe Immokalee Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members to the Immokalee Chamber family including: Crews Salvage is a family operated and family owned business in Immokalee over 30 years by Mr. Johnny Crews. Beth Hunter is the owner of First Class Tax Service located at 802 N. 15th Street Unit 5 in Immokalee. The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce would like to thank both companies for joining the chamber. Chamber President Bernardo Barnhart aid, “We look forward to a great partnership.” Submitted photo/ Bernardo BarnhartCelebrating 35 YearsFor over 35 years Bruce Hendry Insurance has served Immokalee and surrounding communities with ne companies. BHI is family owned and operated with a friendly staff writing Personal Auto, Homeowners, Farm and Ranch, Boat, Motorcycle, General Liability, Business Auto, Business Packages, Farm & Ranch, Crop Hail, Work Comp, Life and Health products and much more. You can contact Bruce Hendry Insurance for a free, no obligation review of your insurance at 239-657-3614 or visit their Web site www. brucehendryinsurance.com. Pictured from left: Maria Olvera, Bernardo Barnhart, Bruce Hendry, Karen Hendry, Rachel Ingram, Tina Torres and Viola Madrigal. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on April 14 from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. and April 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. Attendance on both days is required for certi cation. Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course prior to attending and bring the nal Web report to the FWC course on April 14. It does not have to be notarized. Students will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responsibility, among other topics, before taking the nal test. The course also includes live- ring instruction on a shooting range. The class is at the North Naples Fire District, 1885 Veterans Park Drive, Naples, FL 34109. Participants can sign up at MyFWC. com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC's South Region Of ce at 561-625-5122. A link to the online part of the course and a statewide schedule of hunter safety classes are available at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in live- re exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Hunter safety course Saturday into the skies and remain in air for several hours. Specialty balloons include the Flying Purple People Eater, a monster; Ham-Let, the world's largest ying pig; and Miss Daisy, a ower that winks. Games start around 7 a.m. Event goers will also enjoy live music by eight acts including John Anderson and Kathy Kosins, delectable food by area vendors and gourmet trucks, arts and crafts, agility dog shows, carnival games and more. Seminole Casino Immokalee organized the free festival to generate tourism, engage people of all ages, bring communities together and to provide a platform for local charities. The casino worked with local nonpro t organizations including Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, Arts of the Inland, Charity for Change and the Donahue Academy of Ave Maria. The kids' stage features a puppet show, presentation by local meteorologist Michael Mogil, storytelling, musical zoo sounds and fairy-tale characters. Carnival games range from 10 cents to one dollar. On Saturday, April 14, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., attendees will also enjoy the Harvest festival parade and the crowning of the Harvest Queen. At 6:45 p.m., country star John Anderson will perform among the glow of these astonishing balloons. The balloon festival will continue on April 15, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., with musical entertainment and other activities. At 2 p.m., ASCAP award-winning singer Kathy Kosins will perform jazz classics. Umbrellas and coolers are not permitted. No animals are allowed, except for service animals. No folding chairs allowed for the John Anderson concert. Admission is free. Parking is $5. Handicap parking is available at the Airport Park. Motorcycles, RVs and cars can park at the Immokalee Regional Raceway. Cars can also park at the Seminole Rodeo grounds. Food items range from $1 to $12. For the "Balloons Over Paradise" schedule, visit www.seminolecasinoevents.com.. FESTContinued From Page 2