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xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx Vol. xx No. xxx See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads A pig in the middle of SR 29 in north Collier County caused a three vehicle pile up December 1 at about 9:01 p.m. that resulted in nine injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Gabriela Resendiz, 24, of Stuart was southbound on SR 29 and struck a pig in the middle o f the roadway. Her 2001 Ford Escape was disabled. A second vehicle, a 2002 Chev y Impala, driven by Rosa Anaya, 58, of Felda was traveling northbound. The front of the Chevy struck the front of the Escape. I t traveled off the road onto the east shoulder. The driver and passenger of the Escape exited the vehicle. The third vehicle, a 1997 Hond a Odyssey driven by Elvia Rosa Shafer, 57, of Felda, was northbound and collided with the Escape, which remained in the southbound lane. The Chevy was facing west and occupying both the north and south lanes. The driver of the Escape, Gabriela Resendiz, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Her passenger, Carlos Estrada, 23, sustained only minor injuries. Both had been wearing seatbelts. In the Anaya vehicle, the driver and an infant, Roman Perez, both sustained serious injuries. Anay a Nine hurt in pile up by Patty Brantt Immokalee Bulletin It was an evening to look back on amazing accomplishments, but also to look forward to new roads. November 30 many of Immokalee’s most dedicated community servants gathered to pay homage to a man who quite possibly has done more to uplift Immokalee than anyone else in the past 20 years. Rick Heers is a man with many different images, but just one heart and it is focused entirely on his Lord, his family and his community. The occasion was Rick’s retirement from the iHOPE board and the event focused on how he has doggedly worked to implement his dynamic visions for Immokalee and its most vulnerable residents. Sometimes pushing, sometimes pulling, but always shouldering a heavy burden, always patiently guiding, always working, worrying and praying. It was not uncommon for him to leap into the unknown if he felt his Lord’s direction. He did not go blindly, he always had both eyes open and understood the enormity of the task before him. That dedication and faith paved the way for a new organization called iHOPE, which reached out to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Wilma. As an assistant pastor of Friendship Baptist Church and director of Immokalee ministries for One by One Leadership Foundation of Southwest Florida, Rick was called upon to gather community leaders. The resulting organization, iHOPE, became a long term relief organization. Heers contributions celebrated Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantImmokalee may have been looking at Rick Heers in celebration of his contributions to Immokalee, but the man was looking at his lady, Judy. Thursday, December 6, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 47 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Christmas comes to ImmokaleeIt’s nally time! Christmas A round the World Parade & Gala celebrate “Fun N’ Games” on Saturday, December 8 and you’re invited! Don’t miss the parade, followed by all kinds of food, games, entertainment, Snowfest and pictures with Santa! Just $1 gets you into the Snow Gala...under 6 years old it’s free! Activities include a lighted night parade followed by a Christmas Gala at our community swimming pool with lots of food, games, music, machine-produced snow, singing and dancing, and lots of other entertainment. The Grand Finale that features the arrival of Santa Claus, via helicopter, courtesy of the Seminole Indian Casino of Immokalee. This annual sponsor provides free books that include individual pictures taken with Santa during the celebration. There will be lots of teen/adult activities going on at the gala this y ear. Co Grand Marshals Wayne and Beverly Pringle along with Rev. Howard Allen will reign over the parade. See Pile up — Page 2 See Heers — Page 2 See Christmas — Page 2

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2 Immokalee Bulletin December 6, 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 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. A quick synopsis of iHOPE’s achievements under Rick include: The rehab of some 600 unlivable homes The rebuilding of seven green homes Accrual of $3 million for devastated home renovations Establishment of the iHOPE Distribution Center Helping to implement a CERT Community Emergency Response Team Acquisition of 80 FEMA trailers, valued at some $2 million, provided for permanent Immokalee residences. Emcee John Lawson said that it was an evening to lift up Immokalee’s leader and reminded the audience that “Nothing happens without a leader.” The Heers family came together for the event in honor of their husband, father and grandfather the family that “prayed, held him together” throughout the years of hard work and sacri ce. President of the 1x1 Leadership Foundation Reid Carpenter explained that the international group reaches four million people daily, including those in Immokalee. He referred to a current internet video gone viral showing a NYC policemen giving a pair of boots to a homeless man. He noted that the act af rmed the worth of human kindness but also pointed out that heroes are often not recognized in their own home heroes like Jesus. We often don’t appreciate the saints in our midst, Mr. Carpenter noted, reaf rming the common reason for everyone to be there. Every guest came in recognition of Rick Heers’ unique talents as a local “saint”an ordinary man in touch with the pain of his community. He added that Rick has a special passion for children and families. He said Rick brought many talents and experiences with him to Immokalee in 1988. He was the “great architect and organizer behind several Christian schools.” He has been an educator and principal, always a churchman and pastor, who believes a church divided cannot stand. The sponsor of the evening 1x1 Leadership connects community leaders, pools their efforts and magni es their successes. The founder of the Leadership Foundation Reid Carpenter invited Rick to be a cofounder and leader along with John Lawson. Unique among those who stood to testify to Rick’s kindness and skill as a community leader was a woman named Felipa, who has raised 14 grandchildren. Her home was unlivable after Wilma but, with the aid of iHOPE, it is now the safe and warm shelter a home should be. “Gracias,” she told Rick and the iHOPE organization. Through an interpreter, she said that her new house covers her from the elements and that she has no words to express her joy in the house. CCSO Lt. Mike Dolan spoke of the guest of honor saying, “He who walks with the wise grows wise.” He said Rick is a servant, leader and mentor. “When I grow up,” he ended, “I want to be just like you.” Sinclair Williams presented an ward from the Immokalee Rotary Club and the very rst 1x1 Leadership Service Award to Rick. The evening ended with words from the honoree. Rick called the evening “breathtaking” and noted that the accolades “belong to Jesus Christ . who enabled me to see beyond my limitations.” He noted many other leaders who have worked alongside him through the years. Chief among his supporters were his famil y and his wife Judy, who he said helped him through “immense stress. She loved me when I wasn’t lovable,” he explained. He said that the evening was no farewell. Immokalee is their home. He and Judy both are pursuing their passion for education as substitute teachers. “God enlarged my borders. He’s just directing us in a different way,” The parade will again feature a oat competition. Our Christmas Around the World Parade Event is attempting to be included in the World’s Guinness Book Records as the “Second Largest Winter Festival” in Southwest Florida. If you prefer a pre-packaged oat, The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. with a mandatory line-up time of 4 p.m. The parade will start on the corner of Carver and First (1st) Streets directly across from the Seminole Casino and continue on a path that leads to the Immokalee High School’s football eld parking lot. While unloading all oats, parents must pick up their children at the High School football eld only. The gala will start immediately thereafter at the Immokalee Soccer Field across from Immokalee High School. If further information is needed, please call 239-657-3237...Cherryle Thomas -Event Chair. was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and the child to Tampa. Other passengers: Dann a Vega, 14, was taken to LeHigh Regional, Destiny Vega, 7, was taken to North Collier, Jakelin Vega, 12, was taken to LeHigh Regional and Maria Anaya, 38, was taken to North Collier. All sustained minor injuries. The infant was the only one in the Anaya vehicle not restrained at the time of the crash. All passengers in the Chevy were from Felda. In the Honda, driver Elvia Rosa Shafer was uninjured. Passengers: Alejandra Brito, 46, Luis Segura, 17, and Alexandra Segura, 3, all sustained minor injuries. All were taken to LeHigh Regional. The child was the only one in the Shafer vehicle that was unrestrained. The investigation into the crash is ongoing. HeersContinued From Page 1 Pile upContinued From Page 1 ChristmasContinued From Page 1 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantCCSO Lt. Michael Dolan sat with the Heers family before his tribute to his friend and mentor, Rick Heers, November 30. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantSinclair Williams of the Rotary and Leadership presented the evening’s awards to Rick Heers. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantMan of the Hour Rick Heers sang a duet with daughter Becca “It Is Well with My Soul.”

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Help Winn-Dixie help needyMr. David Dawson from our local WinnDixie, has requested help from the Immokalee Community. He is putting together about 30 Turkey Dinners for 30 needy families in Immokalee, and would like to know if any member, business or organization is interested in sponsoring the Turkey Dinner. For $35 you will be sponsoring a nice “Turkey Dinner” with four dinner sides to be prov ided to the families in a nice box. On the box, will be a logo or name of your business so that the families would know who prov ided the dinner for them. The dinners will be handed out on December 17. If you say “yes” to the challenge please contact: David Dawson at Winn Dixie #751 in Immokalee 239-657-7666 or email him at Daviddawson.wd@icloud.com. Also, the Winn-Dixie Hunger Relief program continue until Dec. 25. Winn-Dixie is asking its customers to help make a difference by donating any amount they choose at the point of checkout though easy-to-use tear pads/scan sheets found at the register or by purchasing specially-marked Winn-Dixie brand products, including water, coffee, diapers and condiments, whose manufacturers have generously donated to this program. All dollars raised by tear pads/scan sheets will go directly to local Feeding Americaaf liated food banks, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Computer courses at libraryStarting in January there will be regular classes on Basic Computer Skills and Internet at the public library. It’s a program called Collier Connect and kicked off this month in East Naples. It will go in full swing after the holidays and rotate the location: Immokalee, East Naples and Estates library. The schedule for Immokalee: Wed. Jan. 9, 2013 @10 a.m. PC Basics Class Wed., Jan. 16, 2013 @ 10 a.m. Internet Basics Class Wed., Jan. 23, 2013 @ 10 a.m. E-mail Basics Class All classes are free and conducted in English. To register call Collier Connects at 239252-4534.Relay for Life eventsRelay For Life Holiday PartyDecember 12, 2012 Come join them and discover what Relay For Life is all about! Meal provided at 5 p.m. informational meeting 5–7 p.m. Prizes, Prizes, Prizes! Come to iTech Conference Room, 508 North 9th Street, Save the date: Relay For Life EventKickin’ Cancer Country Style, March 22-23, 2013 1 p.m.-7 a.m.Register for second annual STEM ConferenceCollier County Public Schools (CCPS) is excited to announce that registration for the 2nd Annual STEM Conference is now open. School district staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to attend this innovative STEM Conference to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Golden Gate High School (2925 Titan Way). STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Interested in attending? Registration is currently available and will be open until Monday, December 31. Online registration can be found by visiting the STEM Conference website at http://apps.collierschools. com/events/Pages/Guest/6/Register.aspx. Participants will be able to choose from over 30 break-out sessions offered during this STEM Conference. The opening keynote speaker will be Reed Timmer, Chief Meteorologist and star of the former Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers. In 2008, Reed became the rst person in history to capture High De nition video from inside a tornado. The closing keynote will be presented by Matt Monjan, Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Implementation for Discover y Education. For additional information about the conference, please contact Jennifer Kincaid at kincaije@collierschools.com, Traci Kohler at kohlet@collierschools.com or contact the Communications and Community Engagement Of ce at (239) 377-0180. 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! HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 3 Immokalee Bulletin December 6, 2012 The Lions Club invites everyone to free eye tests for adults and children Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 am.-2 p.m. Note: Registration closes at 1:30 p.m. Come to the iTECH Center, 508 9th Street for screening for claucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, also tests for diabetes and blood pressure. Free u shots for adults and free eye glasses. In partnership with the Collier County Health Department, Friendship Health Clinic, Edison College School of Nursing, Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinc, Southwest Florida College of Nursing and Visiting Nurses Association of Southwest Florida.Examen de visita gratisClub de Leones invita todos para un examen de vista gratis para adultos y ninos. Domingo 9 de diciembre 10 a.m.-2 p.m. NOTA: inscripcion cierra a las 1:30 p.m. a la iTECH Center, 508 9th treet. Exmen de la vista glaucoma, cataratas, degeneracion macular, examen de diabetes (azucar), examen presio artrial, vacunas gratis contra la gripa para adultos, espejuelos lentes gradis. En cooperacion con: Collier County Health Deparment, Friendship Health Clinic, Edison College School of Nursing, Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinc, Southwest Flroida College of Nursing and Visiting Nurses Association of Southwest Florida.Egzamen zye gratisKlib Lions invie ou egzamen zye gratis pou granmoun ak timoun. Dimanch 9 Desanm 10:00 E’ nan matin pou 3:00 E’ nan apremidi tout enskripsyon ni a 1:30 p.m. Nan lekol iTECH LA, 508 N. 9t Street. Nap fe egzamn pou glakom, ktarak, nap fe tes pou sik ak tansyoun, nap bay vaksen grip la gratis, nap gen linet gratis. Oganizasyon ki patrone aktivite sa Collier County Health Deparment, Friendship Health Clinic, Edison College School of Nursing, Bonita Springs Lions Eye Clinc, Southwest Flroida College of Nursing and Visiting Nurses Association of Southwest Florida. Lions Club offers free eye exams Community Briefs St Laurent Brothers Candies & Nuts is now open in the Ave Maria Town Center featuring old-fashioned candies, all natural peanut butter, roasted nuts, gifts and drycleaning service. The store, located at 5064 A nnunciation Circle, Suite 102, is the second location of the family-owned business of Tom and Nancy Klopp, with the original store located in Saginaw, Michigan. In 1904, St. Laurent Brothers started roasting peanuts for its all natural peanut butter. A s the demand for the fresh peanut taste increased, so did the need to roast more kinds of nuts. St. Laurent Bros now sells roasted peanuts, cashews and pecans. The Ave Maria location retails favorite items such as ne chocolates, squirrels, Mary Janes, salt water taffy, jams and Mackinac Island fudge. In addition to its candies and nuts, St Laurent offers convenient services including a Fashion Fresh dry-cleaning pick-up every Thursday and golf cart rental with hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Store Manager Chip Kiesel at 800-842-9511. The Town of Ave Maria has been designed as a hometown for the 21st century, a place where residents of different generations and backgrounds can nd all they need to live life to the fullest – schools, shopping, employment opportunities, recreational facilities, and more. In addition, the presence of Ave Maria University offers educational and cultural experiences unlike any other in the area. At its build out, it will include 11,000 residences in its 4,000 acres Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County. The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. For more information, please visit www.avemaria.com or call 239-3523903. St. Laurant brothers candies and nuts open in Ave Maria

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FELDA, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2012) – Hundreds of Monsanto Company employees at nearly 40 different locations across the U.S. – ranging from Hawaii to Massachusetts – will be involved in the company’s rst “Rural Hunger Volunteer Week.” The employees will be volunteering in teams at their local food banks this November as part of Monsanto’s push to raise awareness about and combat hunger in rural America. By mobilizing employees across the country, Monsanto hopes to make a real impact while bringing the issue of rural hunger into people’s consciousness this holiday season. One such site volunteering their efforts is the Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division in Felda. The team donates not only their resources, but also their time. “I think Monsanto’s Rural Hunger Volunteer Week is a really great cause,” said Lynette Tindall, the Felda site outreach lead. “You don’t always realize there are hunger issues occurring in y our own community of rural America, but there are.” Even before Monsanto decided to implement Rural Hunger Volunteer Week, the Felda site has already spent the past four Thanksgivings with United Way. “The most rewarding part is how appreciative the people are,” Tindall said. Along with preparing 15 food baskets, Tindall’s team will once again serve Thanksgiving dinner at United W ay along with their families. Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto’s Global V olunteer Program Manager, is grateful for the opportunity to launch the program. “As counterintuitive as it may seem, there are millions of rural families who simply don’t know where their next meal will come from,” she said. “As a company with deep roots in rural America, we are committed to helping address this problem. That is what Rural Hunger Volunteer Week is all about.” Even though America’s farmers are among the most productive and ef cient in the world, hunger is a signi cant problem in America – and rural America is no exception. According to Feeding America, more than 15 percent of rural households are food insecure. That is around three million households in the very communities where much of the world’s supply is raised. Monsanto is a consistent supporter of America’s farmers and their communities. In addition to Rural Hunger Volunteer Week, the company is involved in several other key efforts to ght hunger in America. Recently, Monsanto pledged $3 million to Invest an Acre, a partnership which helps farmers support their local food banks. Other efforts include annual food drives at industry tradeshows, which have raised 80,000 pounds of food over three years, as well as donations to rural food banks amounting to $300,000 through the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Monsanto is continuing to develop tools for farmers that help them get the most from their land – but the company recognizes that production is only part of the solution. That is why the company is working to raise awareness about rural hunger in America. It is going to take collaboration and people willing to lend a helping hand to get food on the tables of those who need it most. More information about Monsanto’s commitment to end rural hunger can be found at www.monsanto.com/ ghtinghunger. About Monsanto Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MonsantoNews, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. Action Adventure Fine Dining Entertainment Travel RomanceAnd Lots of Laughter! Wishing You A Newsworthy Season!May your holiday season contain all the makings of lasting memories for you and your loved ones. We appreciate your readership and look forward to your continued support. We also like to let you know about ourEARLY DEADLINESfor the December 27th issue: Display ads Thursday, December 20 at 4pm Classied ads Thursday, December 20 at 4pm Obituaries will deadline on Monday, December 24 at 2 pm 4 Immokalee Bulletin December 6, 2012 Little League seasonIt’s that time of year to register your little one for baseball or softball. If you register y our child between now and January 31 the cost will be $65, after the 31st the cost w ill go up $75. Ages will be from 5 years old to 16 years of age. 50/70 Division: There is a new division that is starting up for Little League and those between the ages of 13 and 14 years of age need to sign up as soon as they can because their season will begin earlier. Registration starts November 15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Little League Park. Little League is still looking for coaches and volunteers. Make sure you bring three proofs of residency with the same address. All utilities w ill be considered as one (water, electric, gas, etc…, etc…). If you have any questions or need information, feel free to give us a call at the numbers provided: William Trevino III 239-324-3072, Juan Garcia 239-628-2549, Hector Ramos 239-5649645 or William Trevino Jr. 239-324-3075. Little League umpire clinicImmokalee Little League is starting the season with a bang. If you are interested in being a volunteer to umpire, there will be an umpire clinic held in Bonita Springs on Saturday, Feb. 16, between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be no charge for the clinic which will be available to those aged 16 years old and up. If you are interested please give us a call at the numbers provided. A volunteer form needs to be lled out prior to adding you to the list. William Trevino 239324-3072. Juan Garcia 239-628-2549, Hector Ramos 239-564-9645 or William Trevino Jr. 239-324-3075. Sport Shorts Monsanto employees across the country help to stamp out rural hunger Submitted photoMembers of Monsanto’s Felda site take a moment to display their artistic skills upon painting the new United Way home in Felda. From left to right: Ken Bailey, Lynnette Tindall, Colette Willis, Mary Jane Lopez, Carlos Amaya and Josefa Lagunas.

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5 Immokalee Bulletin December 6, 2012 NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2012) – The Immokalee Foundation is looking for mentors to participate in Take Stock in Children, a statewide program that makes it possible for at-risk students in the community to reach academic and personal success. In 2001, TIF brought to Immokalee and since then, the foundation has matched volunteer mentors with quali ed students from Immokalee Middle School and Immokalee High School to inspire, guide and be inv olved in the students’ lives. Those students w ho successfully ful ll their required pledge to earn good grades, exhibit good behavior and meet weekly with their mentor are awarded a full college scholarship upon high school graduation. A community mentor is required to meet w ith a student once a week for about 45 minutes, plus attend school activities and events when necessary – all in an effort to encourage and motivate a young person to reach his or her potential and claim the promise of a college education. To make it more convenient and cut down on travel time for mentors, they can now meet with the students at the TIF of ces after school or the students can Skype with their mentor. Though the foundation currently has approximately 80 mentors, the number of children in the program exceeds the number of mentors, so additional volunteers are needed to share their time, knowledge and experience with students. Volunteers must complete a program application, clear a background screening, attend new mentor orientation and participate in quarterly training. Mentors must also believe in the importance of education, be enthusiastic and have a positive attitude and strong desire to make a difference in the life of a child. Manny Touron, a former Immokalee principal, is currently mentoring two seniors in high school, Jesus Velazco and Jose Guzman. He says he gets just as much out of the experience as the students, “These boys do more for me, for my soul, than I could ever do for them.” Touron said one of the most important criteria for being a mentor is having the ability to listen and share, “Sometimes the students just need someone to sit down and listen; to know that for the next 30 minutes or so, they have your undivided attention.” Teddy Sitter, a seasonal Naples resident, was inspired to become a mentor more than a year ago after reading that students inducted into TIF’s Take Stock in Children Immokalee program were in need of mentors. She said it’s hard for her to imagine doing something more important with her time. “Mentoring is among the most gratifying experiences I’ve had because of the opportunity to really make a difference,” Sitter said. For those hesitant to become a mentor, Sitter said that the program is well-organized and structured, making it simple for the mentors to navigate their way to making a connection with the students. “The foundation provides the materials necessary to be effective, such as workbooks, worksheets, goal assessments, expectations and more. These materials help communication and build the relationship.” The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and career development, direct scholarships, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org. V olunteer mentors needed for Immokalee students Submitted photosVolunteers Manny Touron and Jesus Velazco. The Shelter for Abused Women & Children is seeking new, nonviolent, unwrapped gift items for children, teens, adults and their pets this season as part of nonpro t domestic violence center’s 2012 Holiday Drive. “While we collect items for participants of all ages, we have a special need for gifts for teens, especially boys, and adults,” explains Volunteer & Resource Coordinator Rebecca Thompson. This year’s Wish List includes:  Gift Certi cates: Winn Dixie, Publix, W almart, Payless Shoes, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Best Buy, Coastland Center  Phone & gasoline cards  Movie passes  Pedicure/hair salon certi cates  Board games & instructional toys  Sesame Street (anything)  Dolls/ethnic dolls  Dora the Explorer  Girls dress-up (princess)  Sports equipment  Clothing (especially boys, all ages, & kids 5-12 yrs.)  Play dough sets  Tea sets/play kitchens  Barbie/Bratz (anything)  Trucks/model cars  Remote control cars  Arts/craft sets  Lego’s/K-Nex Sets  Fisher Price Toys (“Little People”)  Leap Frog  V-Tech  Disney DVD’s  Remote control cars  CD’s/DVD’s  Books & audio books (non-violent, for all ages)  Clothes for children, teens & adults (male & female)  Nightgowns/PJs for children & adults (male & female)  Perfume/cologne & lotion sets  Electric razors  Skateboards  Jewelry-making kits  Diaries/journals  CD players  Purses/wallets  Jewelry, watches & jewelry boxes  Hair brushes, dryers, atirons, curling irons & accessories  Make-up  Bubble bath & aromatherapy  Towels & bath items  Calendars/journals  Picture frames  Robes & slippers (all ages, male & female)  Sunglasses  Cookbooks  Houseware items  Dishes, pots & pans  Detergent (laundry/dish)  Toiletries  Twin comforters, sheets & pillows New, unwrapped and nonviolent items and should be dropped-off before Friday, December 14, 2012, to ensure timely delivery to participants. Gifts may be returned to Spirit of Giving Tree/Holiday Donation Drive sites or dropped at Options Thrift Shoppe between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 968 Second Avenue North, Naples To Adopt-a-Family, host a Spirit of Giving Tree, or a Holiday Drive, please call 239.775.3862, ext. 235, or email RThompson@NaplesShelter.org For information on The Shelter’s lifetransforming programs and services, please call 239.775.3862, or visit www.naplesshelter.org. Holiday Heroes Needed to Support Shelter’s Holiday Drive

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Services FREE ULTRASOUNDImmokalee Pregnancy Center is offering Free Ultrasounds, you take home the picture. Our Nurse Manager is a Sonographer in training and needs to obtain 50 practice scans under the direction of a licensed Sonographer. You can help us by signing up for a free scan with no obligations. Call 657-2016 to schedule. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full Time Clothing/ Shower Room Attendant The Guadalupe Center is looking for a Clothing/shower room attendant. This position is responsible for the operation of the clothing room and shower room. The employee ensures that all clients are treated with respect and compassion and makes sure that no client leaves without a set of clothes or a decent shower. -Must be able to demonstrate supervisory and organizational skills -Able to read and write English -Bilingual in English/ Spanish (and Creole if possible) -Able to keep accurate records of clients (statistics) -Must have a clean driving record -High School diploma/GED -Prior experience working with poverty population and multi-cultural settingTo apply send resume to:hr@guadalupecenter.org or pick up employment application at: 509 Hope Circle EOE/Drug Free Workplace DRIVERS: $2,000.00 Sign-On Bonus! Top Pay, Bene ts, Miles, Great Home Time & More! Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full TimeJourneyman Mechanics-Full Time PLANT MACHINERY Maintain inspect, troubleshoot and repair processing equipment such as pumps, screw conveyors, belt conveyors, hydraulic systems, centrifugals, gear boxes, fans, pipe ttings and valves. Minimum three years experience. FARM MACHINERY Diagnoses and performs repairs, maintenance and inspections on heavy machinery. Operates hydraulic excavators. Experience with trucks, farm machinery and other diesel equipment. For Immediate consideration Email: Jdooley@ussugar .com Apply online at: www.ussugar.com Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Machinist Full Time Perm $22.43 Per Hour Job Responsibilities: Sets up, calibrates and operates machining equipment including manual engine lathes, shapers, jig boxes, brakes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines, and heavy duty presses to assemble and or fabricate parts and complex assemblies. Email: Jdooley@ussugar.com Apply online at www.ussugar.com Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop w/ at screen Quaranteed to work! Internet ready, Games & Educational programs Christmas special $30 & up. Laptops $125 & up We also x computers cheap! Call Tony239 247 4839. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments MIRA VERDEHOLIDAY MOVE IN SPECIALPay no Application fee for November or December FIRST MONTH FREE!!• 2 BEDROOMS AT $364.00 PER MONTH• 3 BEDROOMS AT $411.00 PER MONTH• 4 BEDROOMS AT $464.00 PER MONTH**Looking for FARMWORKERS** LOCATED AT: CALL US AT: 6760 Santa Fe North (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL Give your family the greatest present in the world…a nice home!MIRA VERDEESPECIAL DE LAS NAVIDADES!!No pagan por costo de applicacion para Noviembre y Diciembre. PRIMER MES ES GRATIS!!• 2 RECAMARRAS A $364.00 POR MES• 3 RECAMARRAS A $411.00 POR MES• 4 RECAMARRAS A $464.00 POR MES**Buscando TRABAJADORES DE AGRICULTURA.** LOCALIZADOS EN: LLAMENOS AL: 6760 Santa Fe North (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL Dale a su familia el presente mas mejor del mundo…..un casa bella! Houses RentLEHIGH Duplex, 3br./2ba. Mirror Lakes area. Near SR 82. Lawn care included. excellent cond. $600 mo. plus sec. 239-369-9567. Apartments The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Houses RentFarm Worker Village invites you to come home. Available now 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom rental homes, starting as low as $425 per month. You may qualify for Rental assistance. Please Call us at: 239-657-3649 or stop by at 1800 Farm Worker Way. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentFELDA 2 br./2 ba. of f CR 830. Good cond. $500/month. Call: 239-369-9567 or 239-565-5033 Mobile HomeSale2004 Zone III doublewide, 4br, 2bath. This home is in mint condition. $49,900 Easy nancing available. Call 863-673-4325 or 863-675-8888 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 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 6 Immokalee Bulletin December 6, 2012 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com

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The Revolving Loan Fund* provides loans to new and existing small businesses. A small business is an owner and operator of a business with ten or fewer full-time employees for this program. Loans of $50,000 or less are available to startup and growing small businesses, including agricultural producers that meet the de nition of a microenterprise. Funding of businesses or small farmers that may not qualify for traditional loans, as well as funding for entrepreneurs with creative and innovative ideas, are prioritized. As a part of the program, borrowers can also apply for training and technical assistance to boost their development and ongoing success. Who can apply: Individual citizens or individuals who have been legally admitted to the U.S., Those located in a rural area de ned as an area of a State not in a city or town that has a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants in the contiguous and adjacent urbanized area. A microentrepreneur, or microenterprise as de ned is a business entity with not more than 10 full-time equivalent employees that is in need of $50,000 or less in business capital and/or in need of business based technical assistance and training. What is eligible: Working capital Purchase of furniture, xtures, supplies, inventory or equipment Debt re nancing Business acquisitions Purchase or lease of real estate that is already improved and will be used for the location of the subject business only (construction of any type is strictly prohibited). How to apply: To apply for funding complete and submit the attached inquiry form or request form at contact@womensfund olrida.org.*Administered by Economic Development Investment Fund (EDIF) through a USDA government program – Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). CORAL PINES APARTMENTS~ IMMOKALEE ~Apts. 601 to 613 Nassau St., 2BR, Central A/C, heat, carpet, verticals, laundry on premises. Convenient location in quiet residential area. $600 includes water/sewer/trash No Application Fee. Apply at 601 Nassau St. #4 Immokalee or Call 239-694-1951 Business & Service Directory AUCTION2000 Ford1FMPU16L7YLB940391987 Holi1FDKE30L7HHB94802 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onDecember 17, 2012 at 9amKeiths Towing (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 Lic#CCC1325950 Of“ce: (863) 675-704 5 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 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 December 6, 2012 Apartments Apartments Regional Economic Indicatorsby Matt KindermannFlorida Gulf Coast University just released its annual report on economic indicators, and presents an optimistic view about the economic future of the region. An economic indicator can be any market or industry that is tracked statistically. For instance, the number of washing machines manufactured can be an economic indicator because it shows that not only is there a demand for new washers, but people also have the money to buy them and there is a strong possibly that more new homes being built that require these machines. Therefore, production of washers has a lot to say about other parts of the economy; it is an indicator. For the 2012 FGCU study, researchers looked at airport traf c, employment rates, building permits, tourism tax revenues (such as taxes collected from hotels), population trends, and the Consumer Price Index that we discussed a few weeks ago. They found that passenger traf c at SWFL Regional Airport (RSW) has ticked up 1% over last year, keeping in line with the 1.6 percemt of annual population growth in the region. One indicator that is growing quickly is median home prices, which rose in Lee County approximately $40,000 over last year. What may be interesting to retailers is that the tourism tax revenues and taxable sales, both historically begin to rise in October and peak in March. This forecasts your potentially most pro table period, and can lead to you to determine your need for seasonal labor well into the month of March. Other optimistic news includes the unemployment rate, which has decreased in Hendry County 2.7% over the same period last year. To request a copy of this report, go to www.sw works.org/about/contact, include an e-mail address and write "Please send the Regional Economic Indicator report."Southwest Florida Works is the regional state workforce board for Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. For job search assistance or employer support, speak with an employment representative nearest you by going to www.sw works.org and click on “Locations.” Matthew Kindermann Here Is Where We StandRepublicans vilify entitlements which help to insure dignity for the poor, as well as providing a chance at the American Dream for all. Democrats vilify tax loop holes and those w ho avoid taxes by sending their money off shore. Man has been able to solve many complex problems in mathematics and science, but has failed to answer a key ethical question needed for his survival. We have not been able to gure out what we should keep and what we should share, in order to optimize stability and survival in society. Our founding fathers did not have the answer to this question, but they left us the promising tool of democracy to insure that all of us have a role in nding the answer.Juan Puerto, M.D. Letter to the Editor Loan fund for women owned businesses in Hendry, Glades and Collier counties

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