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Thursday, May 10, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 17 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Homebuyer w orkshop Saturday ... Page 2 Stamp Out Hunger Saturday ...Page 4 Letters to the Editor ...Page 3 Inside... TIF students nish college ...Page 8 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is enjoying a resurgence, thanks to the energy; exuberance and pure Immokalee pride of new Director Bernardo Barnhart. With typical enthusiasm to kick off the chambers monthly breakfast meeting he declared, It feels good to be in Immokalee! He then opened a meeting crammed with information and contacts important to Immokalee. The rst order of business was to quickly recap the 2012 Harvest Festival, which boasted over 30 oats this year. 2012 Harvest Festival royalty, Miss Harvest Festival Diana Sanon and Junior Miss Azariah Howard, attended the meeting. Director Barnhart wanted the roomful of important Immokalee businessmen and women to know that the young ladies will available for appearances to help them highlight their businesses. The young ladies commented on the great experience they have had thus far as contestants and now representatives of their hometown. Florida BETA Club Vice President Kerby Henry of the Immokalee High School BETA Club explained the Seed Challenge fund raiser to the group, a fund raiser to help IHS BETA students get to the national convention in Greensboro, NC., in June. The Immokalee BETA Club will compete in academics, group talent and Kerby will run for national BETA vice president. Among the local projects BETA members have taken to heart is the luminaria event at Immokalees Relay for Life cancer fund raiser. Lori Turrubiartez of Lipman Company took a moment to anImmokalee Chamber looks to the future Special to the Immokalee BulletinBernardo Barnhart is Immokalee Chamber president. See CHAMBER Page 2 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Immokalee is famous for what grows here. Usually, people are talking about the wonderful vegetables and citrus that come out of this area, but Immokalee grows something else thats even more important. Its youth. Aaron Henry is the latest of Immokalees favorite sons to make the world sit up and take notice, after signing on with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. Pro football has been Aarons dream since he was small, but he will tell you that his dream hasnt come easily. Aaron Henry: Drawing strength from support Summer will soon be here and Immokalee students will be out of school. As every year Guadalupe Center will be providing educational opportunities over the summer vacation which is critically important to the academic success of the children of Immokalee. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning, on average students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematics during the summer months and teachers spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students Guadalupe Center set to hold free summer camp for young students Courtesy photo/ Guadalupe CenterChildren will soon be out of school and ready for the summer! Rather than providing the summer months whiling away the heated days, children can enjoy learning at the Guadalupe Center in the STAR program. See STAR Page 2 See HENRY Page 2
2 Immokalee Bulletin May 10, 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 Thursdays publication. 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All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We PledgeTo 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 have forgotten. The Guadalupe Center STAR Program is rich with academics, engaging student interest and creating a learning environment that continuously reinforces what students learned during the school year, lessening the review time teachers need to spend when school starts back in August. Students enrolled in the program spend their days learning about foreign countries and people, trying food from distant places, and strengthening their mathematics, reading, writing, and science skills so they can start the school year ready to learn. In addition to the academic component of the program, students also participate in eld trips, martial arts classes, art programs, and water da y activities. Besides engaging students in learning and fun, the STAR Program also allows students a safe place to spend their summers and provides breakfast, lunch, and snackall free o f charge! Program dates are June 13-Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m-5 p.m. at both Pinecrest and Highlands Elementary Schools. Enrollment for any student currently in kindergarten, rst, or second grades will be running until May 16, from 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. at the Guadalupe Soup Kitchen, 211 S. 9th Street. For more information please call 239-658-1999 and ask for Vera or Velma. STARContinued From Page 1 This former Immokalee High School Indian, BETA Clubber and a top safety on the gridiron graduated from the University of W isconsin on December 18, 2011. He told the audience at the Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast on May 2, that he's always dreamed of playing in the NFL. With a tough home life that included an absentee mother, incarcerated father and nine sisters. Aaron was raised by his grandmother in Immokalee. He said that when he came to live with her from Fort Myers, he w as very troubled. To this young boy, a dysfunctional family was "normal." He recalls struggling in school, unable to read or write, but his grandmother provided him with everything he really needed. She taught him to read with the help of Dr. Seuss and instilled in him the word of God. Aaron said he found it would "take me so much further than football or even education." Raised with religion, in the Victims in Jesus Christ Tabernacle, Aaron said he's only now really beginning to understand what it's all about. It has helped him understand that God always answers. "The answer may not come when you call," he said, "but it always comes in time." Gradually he brought his grades up from Ds and Fs to As and Bs. He excelled in sports. But he said that being from Immokalee helped elevate him because of the struggles he had to confront and the support he received. He graduated from IHS in 2007 and it seemed he left Immokalee behind, but the strength he built in his hometown remains his bedrock. He compared growth to a caterpillar, which he said almost has to become a liquid before the butter y can emerge from the cocoon. In just that way, he said his struggles in Immokalee prepared him for the University of Wisconsin. As a freshman All American, he said he needed something to fall back on. It was his faith and his upbringing in Immokalee. Knee problems almost cut his football career short before it really got started. From his hospital bed he said he prayed, but had to realize that football may not be in his future. He would need a back up plan. After his freshman year he said he began to focus on Jesus Christ and on his academics. He became a "real student," he said. He stayed with football but the trouble with his knee continued and at age 21 he was told he had the knees of a 50-year-old. After three knee surgeries over 1.5 years the doctor told him he may not nish his college football career. It might not go any further than taking his team to the Rose Bowl his junior and senior years. Things certainly weren't going as planned but he knew he had to get himself together. When, with his grandmother's support, Aaron earned a degree in Consumer Affairs and Business she cried. He expected to be drafted in the recent NFL recently, but that didn't happen. Instead, he signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. "I know where my faith lies," Aaron told the chamber audience. In Immokalee, he said, you're able to "come from a small place and go bigger places" and he thanked the community for its support. HENRYContinued From Page 1 nounce that the company's Homerun Harvest Softball Fund raising Event Saturday, April 28, was a huge success. The double elimination softball tournament fund-raiser managed to provide 750 backpacks for needy Immokalee students for the upcoming school term. She said the group plans to distribute the backpacks July 28 and needs volunteers. There will be no breakfast meetings in June or July but the chamber is planning a party for Friday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at the chamber building. Code Enforcement Director Diane Flagg told the group that the county is following some 24,000 ongoing foreclosures. She said at this time there are some 1,000 vacant homes in the county that code enforcement is responsible for maintaining. The goal is to stabilize the taxable value of property, reduce crime and keep homes in good shape. She said they work with the sheriff's of ce and re district. Ms. Flagg said that on June 1, the department will rotate district supervisors. Christine Perez will be coming back to Immokalee, where she started in 2003 and worked for three years. Director Barnhart announced that there are some openings on the chamber's board of directors. Anyone interested in serving is urged to call the chamber at 239-657-3237. CHAMBERContinued From Page 1 Thinking about buying a home or just w ant to know more about the steps to becoming a homeowner? Now is a great time to buy a house due to the low prices, but do you know what is involved in becoming a homeowner and are you ready for it? These issues and others w ill be discussed at the Welcome to Homeownership Class to be held Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Works (formerly known as the OneStop) in Immokalee. In the workshop, we will focus on the pros and cons of owning a house, what it takes to qualify for a loan through a bank, how to determine how much home you can afford, the process of nding a home, making an offer, and closing on the home. We will also cover what to expect after closing, how to maintain a home, and how to build and maintain a budget to address unexpected items that may occur. The workshop will be offered by the Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida. The Empowerment Alliance is a 501(c) (3) non-pro t organization and is a HUDapproved Housing Counseling Agency. The workshop is also sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. The workshop is free. To register, please call Angela Johnson at the Empowerment Alliance at 239-658-3325. Homebuyer/Homeowner w orkshop offered Saturday Naples Zoo treats moms to a Free Zoo Day on Mothers DayMom will be welcomed in the Zoo free Sunday, May 13 for Mother's Day with a coupon from the Zoo's website and the purchase of one child or adult ticket at regular price. Coupon required and cannot be combined with other offers, online tickets, or zoo memberships. Valid May 13, 2012 only. For more, visit www.napleszoo.org, call (239) 2625409, or www.twitter.com/NaplesZoo and www.facebook.com/napleszoo and www. youtube.com/napleszoo.
HERES MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. Put your card in this space for six weeks for Only $90! Call us at 239-657-6000 or e-mail email@example.com for more info 715 Crestview Drive Immokalee, FL 34142239-658-8267Ofce Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6; Sat 10-5Income Restrictions Apply OPEN HOUSEMay 16th 19th from 11am to 2pm NOW LEASING FREE BBQ!May 19 from 11am to 2pm 3 Immokalee Bulletin May 10, 2012 A nother four?Tim Nance candidate for Commission District 5 is running against an Entrenched Establishment Politician, Jim Coletta. Jim Coletta has been in that chair for 12 y ears and is asking for another four. Under his stewardship, Collier County has gone into more than half a billion dollars in debt. J ust think about that number. What has he done for District 5? Do you see any improvements in our district? How about Immokalee? Any improvements there? No fair counting the beautiful landscaping and lighting, Immokalee voted to tax themselves for those luxuries. I see a District 5 crumbling before our eyes, jobs are non-existent, new business promised, non existent, when it comes to District 5, theres no money available. When something needs to be done for citizens of District 5 its the Civic Leaders, Civic Groups, and the citizens themselves that come to the rescue. Twelve years was plenty of time for a County Commissioner to take care of his District. With nothing to show for those twelve y ears we need to retire Jim Coletta. Tim Nance knows every facet of District 5, living and working in Dist. 5 since 1982, Volunteering in civic organizations, Local government agencies and community services plus several charities. Tim Nance cares about the citizens of District 5, not special interest. Tim will need our help and support to beat the establishment incumbent. Please consider a small donation to Tim, so he can start making changes to the way the Collier Commission spends our tax dollars. Please donate to http://www.timnance. net/donate.html Shari Monetta, District 5Dear Community Leader, The School District of Collier County is interested in hearing your thoughts as we move forward with the development of a 5-year plan that will further enhance the career and college pathways for our students. Please join us to share your interests and ideas at one of the following Listening Sessions: May 15 at Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, Room 5-123, 3702 Estey Avenue, Naples 4:30 6 p.m. May 17 at Immokalee Technical Center, 508 North 9th Street, Immokalee 4:306 p.m. Joe Paterno, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc., will be facilitating these events. We welcome your input on what skills we want our students to attain upon graduation, how to choose career topics for academies, which certi cations are meaningful, how to address barriers to student participation, how to effectively engage businesses, what kind of involvement do businesses want to support. Please e-mail Sara Fennessey at FennesSa@collierschools.com to register to attend. Collier County SchoolsGolfers neededThe Rushman-Micah Angel Foundation needs your help! The NBA and NBA Cares Foundation has joined WAL-MART and Hodges University as one of our inaugural golf and gala sponsors for our May 26 event at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. We need golfers and the community to come out and support our collaborative effort to raise awareness for technology in education in Collier and Lee counties and the arts in health initiative in Immokalee. (http://www.arts.u .edu/cam/programModel_Immokalee.aspx) For the NBA to support our collaborative efforts in southwest Florida, this is HUGE! The NBA executive staff will be in attendance for our gala and we would like for you to be at the table with our guests. Our CEO Eddie Rush, a NBA referee for over 25 years is leading this effort to promote engaged education with a collaborative relationship with our communtiy stakeholders. Will you help get the word out? We wish to get 18 teams to play to help fund our initiative for the youth in our community on Saturday, May 26, Memorial Day weekend. Will you take the lead in making sure this is a success? Please visit our website www.rmaf.org and our Facebook, Rushman-Micah Angel Foundation to see our work efforts. Share this within your network to encourage participation. Sincere thanks, Eddie Rush & the RMAF Board & Friends Letters to the Editor Weather forecast for Collier County Immokalee and surrounding area from the National Weather ServiceLocal weatherThursday : A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Light wind becoming west between 12 and 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Thursday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. North wind between 5 and 9 mph. Extended ForecastFriday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind between 3 and 6 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Northeast wind between 7 and 9 mph. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. East w ind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. W eather Forecast The 20th annual National letter carrier Stamp out Hunger food drive will be held on Saturday, May 12. Immokalee residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable foods like canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal (no glass please) next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular delivery on Saturday, May 12. City and Rural letter carriers will collect these donations which will help to stock Immokalee food pantries. Shopping bags promoting the food drive are being delivered to homes as a reminder to participate in the food drive. Residents can also drop off their donations at the Post Of ce. We hope our postal patrons will help stamp out hunger here in Immokalee. For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www. helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger. Letters carriers to help Stamp out Hunger
4 Immokalee Bulletin May 10, 2012 Education, training, success!By Joe LandonCollier County District Schools Twelve good men formed the rst class in the Immokalee Technical Center's (iTECH's) Heavy Equipment Mechanics program when it began in August of 2010. Now, on June 1, these graduating adult students will don caps and gowns and walk across that stage to accept their Career Certi cates in one tough job market. But the good news is, they aren't spending a lot of time worrying about nding work. Instructor Robert Moore tells us that nine of the twelve men in his class already have jobs lined up, which will pay them well from $14 per hour to the current high of $19.50 per hour. These adult students essentially went through the interview process last summer while working as interns for major companies like Ring Power and Kelly Tractor. Instructor Moore is simply ecstatic about the success of the program he runs. "The gift of a state-of-the-art Caterpillar motor grader to iTECH is one of the crowning jewels for us. Dealer service trainers don't usually have a machine of this sophistication for students to learn on. The folks at Caterpillar, Kelly Tractor, and the Immokalee Foundation didn't just work with us to get this program off the ground; they've been with us every step of the way." Moore is excited about being able to work in an environment at iTECH that he calls "supportive of technical education, where the rigorous training required by industry gets the respect it deserves." He's proud of his program and especially proud of his students. Adult student Roberto Salazar describes the choice he made in his own words. "I nished high school, but didn't know what to do next. I like hands-on work, so I thought this program would be perfect for me. Having it here in Immokalee makes all the difference because it's pretty expensive to drive to Naples or Fort Myers every day. Thanks to the program I'm ready to start a career working in Tampa at the same place I did my internship last summer. I knew that enrolling at iTECH was a good decision, but what I didn't know was I'd have a job lined up a whole month before I nished school and that's a really good feeling." Gerardo Bustamante also plans to work at his internship site in Tampa. Mr. Bustamante says, "When it's all settled, there should be at least ve of us moving to the Tampa Bay area. I'm sure we'll miss our families, but we will move knowing that we have the skills we need to get our careers going. The transition shouldn't be too hard, though, because we already know some of the other techs there and the ve of us will stay in close touch. Some of us may even rent a place together to save money since we're just starting out." Mr. Bustamante added, "I think it'll be fun!" And we're sure it will be. Good luck to these twelve good men! Are YOU looking for a career? Then get with the good people over at iTECH. Just call 239-658-7080 or go online to www. itech.edu. There you'll nd everything you need to get yourself on the path to a successful career. Students First Highlands Elementary School (HLE) is celebrating diversity and they're doing it by holding a special "Culture Day" on Friday, May 11. This all-day event will take place at the school (1101 Lake Trafford Road, in Immokalee) in two sessions: session one, from 8:30-10:40 a.m., will be for HLE students in grades 3-6, and session two, from 11:30-2:20 p.m., is set for grades K-2. HLE students will learn about a variety of countries and regions by travelling with their class to visit pavilions set up around the school campus. The students will visit indiv idual pavilions representing Greece, Germany, Mexico, Africa, Haiti, and Costa Rica. The food pavilion will feature a sample buffet where students will have the opportunity to taste some culinary treats from various cultures. A literacy pavilion will feature the history of comics and graphic novels from American Literature for the rst session, and the German fairytale Frog Prince during session two. But, the fun doesn't stop there a fashion show will showcase students modeling ethnic attire. So, HLE's Culture Day is not just about learning about other cultures it's about experiencing the music, art, and foods that make up the diverse backgrounds of so many of the students within Collier County Public Schools. To learn more, please contact the school at 377-7100. Highlands Elementary celebrates cultural diversity Collier County Public Schools invites you to come and watch some of the nest intellects compete in the nal rounds of the 27th Annual Collier County Middle School Scholar Bowl Tournament. The top three teams in each division (North, South, and Central) are ready for the nals, set to be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center, located at 5775 Osceola Trail., from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on May 9 (North), May 10 (South), and May 11 (Central). Scholar Bowl is an academic competition designed to recognize Collier County's academically-talented middle school students. Throughout the tournament, teams from each of the participating schools compete against each other based on questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, current events, and ne arts. Each game has three rounds, with eight toss-up questions, plus earned bonus questions in each round, and two team questions at the end of rounds one and two. The nal game for each of the three divisions will air live on The Education Channel, cable 99, at 12:30 p.m. on May 9 (North), May 10 (South), and May 11 (Central). Each division nal will be rebroadcast, as well, on the following scheduled: North: 4 p.m. May 14 and May 21 4:30 p.m. May 19-20 and May 26-27 6 p.m. June 2-3 South: 4 p.m. May 15 and May 22 6 p.m. May 19-20 and May 26-27 7:30 p.m. June 2-3 Central: 4 p.m. May 16 and May 23 7:30 p.m. May 19-20 and May 26-27 9 p.m. June 2-3 To learn more about the Middle School Scholar Bowl Tournament, please contact Ashleigh Koch, Coordinator of Academic Competitions at 239-377-4489. Middle School Scholar Bowl recognizes academically talented Effective Monday, May 7, the Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First Street, Immokalee will close from 1 to 2 p.m. for staff to take lunch. The library will be open during the traditional lunch time and will reopen before area schools dismiss. This change is only temporary and regular uninterrupted hours will resume as soon as current job vacancies are lled. Hours are: Monday: 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. 1 and 2 p.m. 5 p.m.; Thursday:11 a.m. 1 and 2 p.m. 7 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. 1 and 2 p.m. 5 p.m. Local library hours to change
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 5 Immokalee Bulletin May 10, 2012 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin This spring, The Immokalee Foundation, a nonpro t organization devoted to fostering a brighter future for the children of Immokalee, will proudly watch as 14 students from the organization's College Success program earn diplomas from institutions including Florida State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida, University of W isconsin-Madison, University of Iowa and University of Central Florida. College Success provides ongoing mentorship for students, helping them with individual academic plans that guide them through graduation. The program assists students as they navigate the complex world of nancial aid and to develop important life skills such as nancial responsibility, time management and study habits. Nancy Sanchez who will graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University on April 29, with a bachelors degree in social work, said the ongoing support was crucial in helping her achieve her goals. "TIF workshops helped me to achieve many academic goals that I had set for myself," she said. "Plus, I had the chance to meet new people and experience many activities within the community." After graduation, Ms. Sanchez plans to continue her education she has applied for a master's program in social work, a vocation for which she is passionate. "I have alw ays been interested in helping others and social work is a way for me to truly be there for someone and act as a support system for children and families." According to program manager Nancy Omonte, staff members maintain routine contact with the students, helping them to problem solve and make wise decisions. The ultimate goal of the College Success program is to put students in a strong position to graduate from college. Elisa Huapilla is one of many graduates that credit the staff and supporters of The Immokalee Foundation for part of her success. An English Literature major graduating from Florida State University at the end of April, Ms. Huapilla is the rst person in her family to attend college. "The program has great staff that supports us and believes in us," said Ms. Huapilla. She said while the nancial support that TIF provides is essential to her success, it is mentors like Nancy Omonte that truly make a difference. "TIF provided me with a great mentor," noted Ms. Huapilla. "Ms. Omonte has always motivated me to achieve higher grades, more service hours and the perseverance to succeed." Once graduation is over, Ms. Huapilla won't be resting for long. She has signed on with the United States Department of Defense, where she will be working with primary child development centers on U.S. military bases in locations such as Hawaii and the Netherlands as a Camp Adventure intern. In 2004, Claudenet Exceus came to Immokalee High School from Haiti as a nonEnglish speaking student. By his senior year, he had admission letters to Michigan State, University of South Florida, FGCU and University of Florida. This spring, he will graduate from UF as a sports management major and business administration minor. He, too, says TIF has helped him get where he is today. "I have had a great experience being in the College Success program," he said. "Ms. Omonte always checks up on me and gives me advice. During my freshman year, I was having trouble with English papers and her encouragement to use the writing centers helped me tremendously." Mr. Exceus, who worked as a volunteer with the UF football team as an equipment manager, plans to get a job in the sports industry upon graduation, then return to school to get a master's degree in business management. "With my passion and hard work ethics, I know I will achieve my dream of being successful," he said. Other TIF students that will graduate from college this spring include Tomas Baltazar, Cecelia Estrada, Brittany Gonzalez and Maria Mendoza, Florida Gulf Coast University; Milca Bellegarde and Kristen Dimas, Florid a State University; Emmanuela Lebrun, University of Florida; Aaron Henry, University o f Wisconsin-Madison; Ambline Jean and Jose Mendieta, University of Central Florida; and Brittney Matthews, University of Iowa. Huapilla said she wishes every student had the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and is grateful that TIF has helped her, and others, accomplish their aspirations. "Ever y child should have the opportunity to succeed in school and become a productive member of society," she said. "Thanks to TIF, we have been given that chance." The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and vocational school, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development. To learn more about volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org. Celebrate: Fourteen TIF students graduate from college Elisa Huapilla Nancy Sanchez Claudenet Exceus The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida has received a $5,000 grant from the Immokalee Foundation, Inc., for its Children's Fund. This fund is a resource of "last resort" for the most impoverished children in our community. The Healthcare Network established the Children's Fund with the help of the Immokalee Foundation over 15 years ago after nding fundamental medical healthcare needs often go unmet in the lives of Immokalee's children. The professionals at our pediatric of ce have identi ed the most essential gaps in funding for pediatric patients in their care as prescription medications, dental emergencies, eye exams and glasses. The mission of the Immokalee Foundation is to build pathways to success for the children of Immokalee. Resolving health issues is often necessary before these pathw ays can be followed. We at Healthcare Network support the future of Immokalee's children by working to improving their health care status, thus enhancing their educational opportunities. The goal is to promote proper health, alleviate pain and suffering, and enhance sensory capabilities, which will support their ability to learn and interact effectively. The nancial assistance the Children's Fund receives from The Immokalee Foundation is indispensable to the work Healthcare Network does within the Immokalee community and in meeting our mission. Healthcare Network (www.healthcaresw .org) is a private, not-for-pro t "safety net" health care provider offering primary and preventative medical and dental health care services throughout Collier County through a network of 12 health care locations and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile¨. Healthcare Network receives grant from the Immokalee Foundation Boys & Girls Summer Camp to open registrationBoys and girls Club Summer Camp at Lake Trafford Elementary School for fth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will run from June 11-August 3 Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at LTES, 3500 Lake Trafford Road. Meals are provided and include a light breakfast, hot lunch and snack. Admission is free for all fth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in Immokalee, but space is limited. Bus transportation is available. Stop by the front of ce of Immokalee Middle School from 3:30-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday only to pick up an application. For more information, contact Ms. Evelyn Amador at 239-377-8996.
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Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk submitted his proposed budget for scal y ear 2013 to the Collier County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday in accordance with Florida statute. Over the past four budget cycles the Collier County Sheriff's Of ce has decreased its budget by $20.6 million, with an accumulative offset of over $48 million. Along with these deep budget reductions, CCSO has held the line on crime in our community and increased services and programs. Sheriff Rambosk said "We have maintained safety in our community with one of the lowest crime rates throughout the entire state. We are committed to continuing all this and more with the same resources as last scal y ear." The $131,973,300 budget amount for scal year 2013 is the same as CCSO's current budget. It is the amount needed in order to maintain the agency's level of service to the community, Sheriff Rambosk said. Despite four consecutive years of substantial budget decreases, CCSO has partnered w ith businesses, organizations and the community to attain many accomplishments at no additional cost to taxpayers. "Thanks to our community partners and the dedicated men and women of the Collier County Sheriff's Of ce we have actually been able to increase our level of service to the community despite multiple rounds of budget cuts," Sheriff Rambosk said. These initiatives include: Summerfest The Sheriff's Of ce's most ambitious youth program is made possible with the help of more than 200 community partners. During Summerfest deputies oversee an array of free, fun and safe activities for thousands of Collier County students on summer break. Collier County Organized Retail Theft Association This program is a network of retailers and law enforcement representatives who share intelligence information and retail crime trends. Deputies members meet monthly to share intelligence information such as pictures of incidents and alerts and discuss trends they are seeing. Community Safety Teams Citizens are partnering with deputies to help address code enforcement and other problems at the neighborhood level. Community Cleanups Deputies partner with the community to clean debris from neighborhoods and canals to address blight and make neighborhoods safer. Community Safety Plan While most strategic plans are created by law enforcement for law enforcement, CCSO takes the groundbreaking approach of drawing the community into the process. Working with the community, CCSO identi ed ve areas of focus youth programming, traf c safety, crime prevention, community outreach and communication. This process earned the agency the prestigious Innovation Award from the Economic Development Council of Collier County in 2010. Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traf c Safet y A program that integrates location-based crime and traf c data to establish the most effective and ef cient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Second Chance Cell Dog Program This partnership between CCSO, the Humane Society of Naples and the Southwest Florida Professional Dog Trainers Alliance teaches inmates how to obedience-train dogs to make them more adoptable. The program teaches inmates life and career skills along the way. Online Crime Reporting And Online Crime Mapping Citizens wishing to report certain crimes in Collier County can now do so from home without meeting with a deputy, thanks to CCSO's online crime reporting. Online crime maps help keep the community informed of what's going on in their neighborhood. Both are available at www.colliersheriff.org. Social Media Platform A free iPhone app, CCSO2go, is the newest addition to the agency's social media platform, which includes Facebook, Twitter, the Collier Star e-newsletter and ccso.tv. AED-Equipped Patrol Cars Thanks to a partnership between CCSO and the American Heart Association, all agency patrol cars are equipped with a life-saving automated external de brillator. Business & Service Directory AUCTION1998 Ford1FMZU34X4WUB45706 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onMay 21, 2012 at 9amKeiths Towing925 E. Delaware Ave. Immokalee, FL (239) 657-5741 ROOFING 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 May 10, 2012 Know more about itDid you know? Every year, approximately 15,000 Americans die from liver cancer or chronic liver disease associated with viral hepatitis. Despite these statistics, viral hepatitis is not well known. In fact, as many as 75% of people w ith chronic viral hepatitis do not know that they are infected. Without knowing if they are infected, these individuals cannot receive lifesaving care and treatment. 3.55.3 million Americans are living w ith chronic (lifelong) viral hepatitishepatitis B or hepatitis C. Most of them do not know that they are infected, placing them at greater risk for severe, even fatal, complications from the disease and increasing the likelihood that they will spread the virus to others. Collier has 3490 total reported cases of Hepatitis C and 571 total reported cases of Hepatitis B. Note per above, since up to 75% of people with viral hepatitis do not know they are infected, Collier estimates we have up to approximately 12,000 or more undiagnosed cases of viral hepatitis in the county. A speci c blood test is the only way to know if you have viral hepatitis. Hepatitis B and C viruses can cause chronic hepatitis, leading to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Anyone can get hepatitis B or C, but some populations are disproportionately burdened with these infections, including African Americans; Asian Americans and Paci c Islanders; past and current injection drug users; persons born between 19451965; and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. In support of Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19, and observance of May being Hepatitis Awareness Month, the Collier County Health Department and community partners will offer Hepatitis (HEP) screening, as well as Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) screening and HIV testing as follows: May 14: FREE HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center 8 a.m. 4 p.m. May 15 FREE HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center 8 a.m. 4 p.m. May 16 FREE HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center 8 a.m. 4 p.m. May 17 FREE HIV Testing: MarionE.FetherMedicalCenter 8 a.m. 4 p.m. May 18 FREE Rapid HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center.Immokalee 8 a.m. 4 p.m. FREE Rapid HIV Testing & HEP Screening Collier County Health Dept.Immokalee 8:30 a.m. -4 p.m. Collier County Health Dept. Immokalee: 419 1st Street, Immokalee; Call 239-2527300. Marion E. Fether MedicalCenter: 1454 Madison Ave W, Immokalee; Call 239-6583000. National Hepatitis Testing Day May 19 Get tested Sheriff submits Hold the Line on Crime Budget for FY 2013 The Collier County Sheriff's Of ce wants the community to be aware of telephone scams and know what can be done to avoid falling victim to them. 1) The caller pretends to be a family member, usually a grandchild, and asks for money. The caller asks the victim not tell other relatives because they don't want to w orry the family. The caller may even know the victim's name, nickname or other information because they have tracked down details about the person through social media websites such as Facebook. The caller asks the victim to send money via Western Union, MoneyGram or some other method. This is a scam. If you believe a family member is in need of nancial assistance, call them back at their contact number and verify that they called. 2) The caller claims to be a collection agent or law enforcement of cer and demands payment or else a warrant for arrest will be issued. The caller asks for money to be sent as described above, or may request a credit card number over the phone. Do not comply. Law enforcement will never call and ask you to pay money in order to avoid arrest. If you owe a collection company, call them and verify that a representative called to collect money. 3) A caller claims to be a computer technician and says he needs your computer's IP address to x your computer. Do not provide this information. If you allow the caller to access your computer, he can obtain much of your personal information and steal your identity. Nobody knows your computer is having issues unless you report an issue rst. CCSO warns community about phone scams
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