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Inside... Letters to the Editor ...Page 3 Students First ...Page 4 ...Page 2 Florida Parks to honor veterans Indians head to playoffs... Kids learn w ater safety...Page 7 ONE NIGHT ONLYNovember 15 • 4 to 9 pm at Langford Ford 851 South Main Street LaBelle 863-675-1686 F or details go to www.randomactso usion.com/ nalact Indians head to playoffs... Thursday, November 15, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 44 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Saturday morning, November 10, Hendry County Sheriffs' Of ce received a report of a burned vehicle on County Road 835. When emergency personnel arrived on scene they found a 4-door sedan that was badly burned and smoldering. Upon further examination a body was found inside the vehicle burned. Hendry County Investigators were called to the scene along with the State Fire Marshal's of ce. At this time Investigators are attempting to locate the vehicle's owner, and are currently unable to identif y the victim found inside. Although Immokalee connection to Hendry mystery? by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Kids and airplanes mean instant excitement. That's how it was November 9 when kindergartners from Highlands Elementary discovered Immokalee Regional Airport for the rst time. The annual Community Field Trip put kids in the cockpit and showed many of them a slice of life they'd never experienced before. Collier County Airport Authority Executive Director Chris Curry was on hand for the event. He said he wants to start exposing kids to aviation early on all county airports, a prospect he said was endorsed by Collier County Schools. The kids were enthusiastic as Collier County Mosquito Control employees showed off two helicopters and a Skyvan aircraft and explained how they are used. The kids were mesmerized as the 70-foot Seminole Indian Casino hot air balloon came to life before them. Anyone who wanted it got the chance to hop in the basket and pull the lever, that lls the balloon with hot air. The students learned that the rst-ever hot air balloon ight was in 1782. Balloon Group Sales manager Jenny Thomas said there will be 48 balKindergartners, airport: Instant love Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantAnnouncing holiday splendorImmokalee will be watched over by 40 holiday angels this Christmas season, thanks to the efforts of CRA MSTU Planning Manager Jeff Nagle. He received word recently that the plan was approved by the Deparment of Transportation. The expense will be shared by the MSTU, CRA and casino. The beautiful lighted angels will hang from every other blue light pole on Main Street, interspersed with lighted garland. Watch for these heavenly guardians to go up around Thanksgiving. On November 14 the public is invited to attend a special meeting for the grand unveiling of tenative plans for the First Street Plaza and will have a chance to offer suggestions and ideas to be incorporated into the plaza's nal design. The meeting will take place at 5-7 p.m. at the Immokalee Community Park, 321 North First Street. The Immokalee Community Redevelopment District Advisory Committee will meet earlier that day. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantSix-year-old Rosalinda Figueroa's face re ects her excitement as she's lowered out of a Mosquito Control helicopter. See Mystery — Page 2 See Airport — Page 2 Sports Page 5 Page 3 Big Cypress p lans festival Gospel celebration Students First


2 Immokalee Bulletin November 15, 2012 To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518 LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. 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 day for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classi“ed AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 to place it from home or go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit circulation.newszap.com or email readerservices@newszap.com.StaffNews Editor: Patty Brant Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton Advertising Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Caloosa Belle 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 pro“t margins below industrystandards. 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 and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. their own intelligent decisions about public issues. purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. the prominence it deserves. compassion. loons at next year’s Balloons Over Immokalee as well as kites, dogs and other special treats. David Randall had a DVM Cessna 182 on display; George “Jake” Jacob had two giro copters; and Clem Ondrecek displayed a Debonair. The airport display included vital equipment such as tractors, a runway cleaning Bobcat, jet A fuel tank and two runway closure devices. For good measure, Immokalee Regional Raceway added two dragsters (okay, so maybe they can’t y, but they sure look like they could!) Adrian Salinas, Mosquito Control Public Information Of cer helped the children into the agency’s helicopter where they could get the feel of being a real pilot, giving them a personal experience a moment to remember. He said he himself still remembers that rst exposure to aviation as a child when he was on a family vacation and enjoys providing that experience to other kids. “It’s special,” he said with a smile. At this yearly event with HES, which began in 2005, kindergartners become acquainted with airport operation and experts explain their jobs and the work their aircraft do for the community. During the morning, 120 students were introduced to the world of ight through 45minute tours. Airport Manager Tom Vergo said Immokalee Regional Airport handles 36,500 operations per year (take offs and landings). It employs three maintenance workers, an administrative coordinator and the airport manager. Situated on 1,400 acres, the airport was a World War II training facility and still retains its original runway. Currently, the county is seeking a grant to refurbish and reconstruct that runway. Typically, these grants are split three ways, Mr. Vergo said, with the FAA supplying 90 percent of the funding, and FDOT and the county each kicking in ve percent. Their bright eyes and excited smiles said it all as the little ones took it all in. Comments like “It was like a video game cool!” “Awesome!” and “Super fun!” popped up everywhere. And next year another group of kindergartners will have their chance to begin to “discover their wings.” to identify the victim found inside. Although the tag on the vehicle was registered to an address in Immokalee, investigators feel it may not be the proper tag for the vehicle. Hendry County Investigators are continuing to follow up on leads as they come in. They are awaiting autopsy results in an effort to identify the victim and the cause of death, and other test results from evidence found at the scene. At this time Investigators have not yet made a determination as to whether this is a homicide, suicide or accident. If anyone has any information leading the identi cation of the victim in this case, you are asked to contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Of ce at 863-805-5000 or 863-6745600. MysteryContinued From Page 1 AirportContinued From Page 1 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantCarlos Cardenas and his son Brandon had a special day at Immokalee Airport. Carlos said he volunteers at his children’s schools as often as he can. Brandon’s feeling about the eld trip: “it’s more fun with Dad.” Big Cypress National Preserve is excited to announce the 2012 Swamp Heritage Festival. This annual family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the people with a deep connection to the Big Cypress Swamp, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today’s unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present. The festival will take place Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee. For more information, and an agenda of speakers and exhibitors, visit the event page at www.nps.gov/bicy/swampheritagefestival. Special thanks to the South Florida National Parks Trust www.south oridaparks. org for their generous support for the festival. Big Cypress announces 2012 Swamp Heritage Festival


ANNOUNCING We have opened a new location in LaBelle to better serve the Immokalee and Hendry county area. We are a comprehensive Orthopedic and Podiatry of“ce that treats orthopedic needs of the hips, knees, shoulders, ankles and all the joints in between. We treat fractures, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel, sports medicine injuries, work related injuries, wound care of the foot and ankle, diabetic foot care, and any other general orthopedic and podiatric health problems.Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine David Heligman MD Robert Andrew Follweiler, DO Jeffrey Kleiman DPM Also on Sale; Area Rugs, Lamps, Accessories, TV’s and Appliances E-Z In-Store Financing Available Dresser, Mirror, Headboard, Footboard & Rails $699.95 3pc. Bed $249.95, Chest $299.95, Night Stand $149.95 Free Set of Lamps With Purchase of Any Bedroom Group! 3 Immokalee Bulletin November 15, 2012 by Maribel De Armas Think back to your high school days. Mine weren’t too long ago (just a little over a decade), but we’ll probably share a similar mental picture as we recall memories of a time-honored tradition – Homecoming. I remember the colorful and wacky week-long Spirit Days leading up to the long-awaited Homecoming football game and formal dance showcasing the school’s elected royalty. At times, the Homecoming King and Queen, and their royal court, are based on high school recognition, but at Immokalee High School this year, it was de nitely all about heart. This year, a young man who never thought he would be called royalty was crowned Homecoming King. And that student is Immokalee High senior Julio Loya – a highly decorated Special Olympics athlete, a waterboy for the school’s varsity football team, and an allaround pretty wonderful guy. Julio is a kind young man who is not only an example for fellow classmates in his exceptional education class, but really for the entire school. So much so, that one of his fellow royal running mates dropped his homecoming king bid to support Julio’s candidacy – even to the extent of asking for his votes to be rolled over to Julio. Other royal candidates were also heard asking students to vote for Julio instead of themselves. In the end, during halftime of last Friday’s football game, Julio was cheered on by a supportive crowd students, school staff, and the Immokalee community, as the white crown was placed on his head and he donned his red sash. Julio was one happy guy and one of many happy Immokalee High Indians. And speaking of Immokalee High Indians, the school’s athletics are really picking up steam as the varsity football team become District 5A-12 champs and head to the playoff games. Plus, the Boys Cross Country team became regional champs and the Girls Cross Country team placed fourth in the regional nals – both teams heading to the state championships on Saturday. Best of luck to the Indians! If you’re looking for something fun to do just before the weekend, you’re in luck because Eden Park Elementary School has just the ticket. On Friday evening (November 16) from 5 to 7 p.m., the school is hosting their annual Fall Festival and it’s open to the entire Immokalee community. There’s no cost to get in, but you’ll need to purchase tickets for the food and entertainment booths. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family with a photo booth, sack race, bounce house, cake walk, face painting stand, and so much more. And I hear there will even be a dunk tank. De nitely a good time for all! Students First With new technology introduced every day and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education a top priority, Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) is proud to announce an exciting partnership that will bene t students as they prepare for their futures. As part of the district’s “Teach Me in My World” initiative, Arthrex, Inc. generously donated iPad technology that is now being used in STEM-related classrooms at a total of ten schools, including all CCPS high schools, Everglades City School, and Beacon High School. The announcement is being made of cial by CCPS Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton. During a visit to Golden Gate High School (GGH), Dr. Patton and representatives from Arthrex spent some time with students in Biology and Earth & Space Science classrooms. They saw, rst-hand, how teachers are integrating the iPads into their lessons to enhance student learning, and how students are thankful that this technology is a part of their academic life. “It’s rewarding to see the students’ engagement with this exciting technology and we commend Collier County Public Schools for integrating this tremendous program in the STEM-related classroom environment so seamlessly and expeditiously,” said Lisa Gardiner, Arthrex spokeswoman. Dr. Patton sincerely thanks Arthrex for helping the district reach kids in their own digital world. “We are very thankful that partners like Arthrex listen to a thought — a dream — and then help make it a realit y for our kids. We are so very grateful for this donation because it will enhance the education of our kids and who knows where they’ll end up — hopefully right back here in Collier, some with Arthrex and some teaching for us.” To learn more, contact the Communications and Community Engagement Department at 377-0180 or via email at: communications@collierschools.com. Partnership with schools put iPads into the hands of area students


Christmas Around the WorldChristmas Around the World event will be held on Saturday, December 8, at the Immokalee Sports Complex. We will be selling presale tickets for the entrance fee. Presale tickets are 6 tickets for $5. We will charge $1 per person at the gate. Children under 6 yrs. will be FREE.Got an extra jacket?As temperatures continue to drop in SW Florida, St. Matthew’s House has launched a drive to collect blankets, coats, jackets and sweatshirts for the homeless and at-risk in the community. The organization reports that it’s most in need of warm men’s clothing as well as jackets/coats for the homeless and at-risk school aged children of Immokalee. St. Matthew’s House is partnering with area schools who have already identi ed children in need. Donations can be made at St. Matthew’s House main of ce 2001 Airport Road S., Naples. For more information call 239-7740500. Filled With Our Gratitude at Thanksgiving At this season of re”ection, our hearts are full, as we count our many blessings including the friendship of people like you! We hope you enjoy a marvelous and meaningful celebration with the ones you love, and we look forward to serving you again, soon!The Immokalee Bulletin will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 The paper will be on the street, Wednesday, November 21 But in order to do this we have to move up our deadlines: Display ads are due by 5pm on Thursday, November 15 Classi“ed ads & legal ads are due by noon Friday, November 16 Obituaries will be taken up to 2 p.m. on Monday, November 19 HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. FREE OFFICE CALL AND EXAMwith this ad for a limited time. FINANCING AVAILABLE NO CREDIT CHECK NO INTEREST SHEWMAKER ANIMAL HOSPITALIMMOKALEE ANIMAL CLINICCLEWISTON MOBILE UNIT CLINICDisclaimer: The Patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. 4 Immokalee Bulletin November 15, 2012 Submitted photo/ David DawsonHalloween funStore Director David Dawson, right, with Maria Aragus, Jesus Hernandez and Esmeralda Arevalo handing out candy on behalf of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union. Community Briefs Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board meetingThursday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. Notice is hereby given that the Hispanic A ffairs Advisory Board will meet Thursday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. In regard to the public meeting:  Law Enforcement Presentation by Manny Gonzalez All interested parties are invited to attend, and to register to speak and to submit their objections, if any, in writing, to the board/ committee prior to the meeting if applicable. A ll registered public speakers will be limited to three minutes unless permission for additional time is granted by the chairman. Collier County Ordinance No. 2004-05 requires that all lobbyists shall, before engaging in any lobbying activities (including, but not limited to, addressing the Board of County Commissioners, an advisory board or quasi-judicial board), register with the Clerk to the Board at the Board Minutes and Records Department. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or other reasonable accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, should contact the Collier County Facilities Management Department located at 3335 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida 34112, or 239-2528380 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Such reasonable accommodations will be provided at no cost to the individual. For more information, call Marlene Serrano at (239) 252-2487. Public Meetings


by Manny TouronSoccer Pit Cobras U13 and U14 boys played home games the weekend of Nov ember 3 at the Immokalee Sports Complex. The doubleheader started with the U14s facing Lehigh Lightning. The boys played an outstanding game in where they controlled the middle of the eld and scored when they had the opportunities. Goalkeeper Alexis Carbajal made two outstanding stops to preserve the shutout. Kensly Jn Baptiste put on incredible offensive display as he scored four of the team's ve goals, the other goal coming from Agalando Charles. Game outcome Cobras 5 Lehigh 0 Overall, all the players can be credited w ith a solid win. The boys will be back at the Sports Complex this Saturday at noon when they face Braden River.U13 boys tie StrikersThe U13 boys faced the Lee County Strikers in the second game of the day and came out with a 3-3 tie. This game saw a battle of two good teams going back and forth. The Cobras opened the score when Lupito Guzman placed the ball into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 score. After a goal from the Strikers, Lupito came back to put the Cobras ahead 2-1. Strikers tied the game again. Anthony Marroquin put the Cobras ahead one more time with his goal only to see the Strikers tie the game for the third time. The entire team played well.U14 in rst placeU14 move into rst place in The USA League South Division with a 9-1 victory over Braden River this past weekend at the Sports Complex. The boys will be in Sarasota this weekend. The U12 Boys will be playing Cape Coral at home at the Sports Complex at noon. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 5 Immokalee Bulletin November 15, 2012 Submitted photo/ Christie BetancourtGo Seminoles!The Immokalee Seminoles Pop Warner League would like to congratulate the Immokalee Sr. Midgets team for making it to the playoffs. The Sr. Midget team went 6-2 this year. Special thanks to Head Coach Scotty Gadsen (left of picture), Assistant Coach, Ben DeJesus (not pictured) and Benjamin Garcia (center) and Team Mom Maria Marcano (right of picture). Soccer Pit Cobras U13 and U14 are on the move Sumbitted photo Manny TouronThe Soccer Pit Cobras U13 and U14 team and coaches.


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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 7 Immokalee Bulletin November 15, 2012 submited photo/ Bernardo BarnhardtSponsorThe Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize LCEC. Tricia Dorn, Key Account Executive, and Bernardo Barnhart, Chamber President. by Vickie CarrIMMOKALEE – With worshipful and owing praise dancers, soloists, an ambience environment and multicultural attendees, the atmosphere was set for an afternoon of inspirational gospel celebration. “Gospel music is an integral part of the fabric of our community and we’re excited to host the rst Gospel Celebration targeted at inspiring our spiritual leaders and individuals through music,” said Vicki Carr, Community Liaison. “We’re committed to giving back to those w e serve and this is just one of the many w ays Front Porch is deeply rooted in the community.” Held Sunday, Nov. 4, the afternoon featured a powerful display of inspiration with opening prayer led by Vierdieu Clement, praise and worship by Ultimate Praise of Lehigh Acres, uprising youth performances by praise dancers from the Haitian-Free Methodist ministry and Azariah Howard, and solo by E’Fennadi Anderson all of Immokalee. Special recognition of pastors was presented by showcasing them down the runway individually announced by Marlene. A delicious meal was prepared and served by energetic volunteers. While the afternoon was well-rounded with soulful praise and worship, a special solo was performed by Susie, followed by LifeSwitch of Naples and ended with powerful songs and electrifying words of inspiration by Paul Lodato of WRXY, Christian Television Network. Special honor is given to each and every ministry and individual that was represented, Rommy Torrico, Pastor Dorothy Washington of House of Prayer for the use of their sanctuary and last but not least, the entire Front Porch board of directors. For more information on the Gospel Celebration or wish to become part of next year’s planning committee, call 239.658.1300 or 239.503.7733. Gospel Celebration Inspirational Highlights Collier County Public Schools is proud of its seven high school marching bands as they all received high ratings at Saturday’s Florida Bandmasters Association District 18 Music Performance Assessment (MPA). Held at Gulf Coast High School (GCH), this was the rst time a Collier County school ever hosted this event. Participating bands performed a show between 7-10 minutes, and were rated against a standard in the categories of Music, Marching and Maneuvering, General Effect, and Auxiliary. A Superior (S) is the highest rating, followed by Excellent (E), and Good (G). Following are the nal overall ratings for CCPS bands: Barron Collier High School – Superior (straight S in all categories) Golden Gate High School – Superior (straight S in all categories) Gulf Coast High School – Superior (straight S in all categories) Immokalee High School – Excellent Lely High School – Excellent Naples High School – Superior (straight S in all categories) Palmetto Ridge High School – Superior (straight S in all categories) While Immokalee and Lely high schools received an Excellent overall rating, they both received Superiors in the categories of Marching and Maneuvering, General Effect, and Auxiliary. Congratulations to all the student performers and band directors! To learn more, please contact GCH Band Director Steve DeLadurantey at 3771690 or email at deladust@collierschools. com. Collier County marching bands receive high ratings Submitted photo/ Rick HeersThese young ladies are doing a beautiful interpretive dance from the Haitian Free Methodist Church.


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