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24 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $2094 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes first month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction. *Stock #13C35. 15 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $1145 RCL Customer and Owner Loyalty Cash. Must own a 1995 or ne wer Ford vehicle to qualify for Loyalty Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 12/31/12. Thursday, December 13, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 48 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads The Rotary Club of Immokalee presented Penny Phillippi w ith a Paul Harris Fellowship before the Immokalee football game at Gary Bates Stadium last Friday, Nov. 9. In making the presentation, club President Richard Rice said that the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, had always placed service above self as his priority, and that Service Above Self is the Rotary motto. “In the ve or six years I’ve known Ms. Phillippi, she has alw ays exhibited the Service Above Self motto, even during some difcult and trying times, while carrying out her role as Executive Director of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA),” Mr. Rice said. In recognizing Mr. Harris’ contributions to this worldwide organization, and in his honor, Rotary International created the Paul Harris Foundation, which Phillippi receives Harris Fellowship Submitted photos/ Adam HerreraCelebration!Immokalee Indian Fans cheer their team on at the Class 5 A state semi nal game, played at Traz Powell Stadium, Friday, December 7th, 2012 against Miami Jackson for a win of 29-21. The Indians head to Orlando for the State title against Tallahassee Godby December 14th. Submitted photos/Adam Herrera Celebrations! See more photos on Page 4. This year’s Christmas around the World Parade and Gala celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a fantastic Christmas Parade and Gala. This year’s Theme was...”FUN N’Games.” Our goal for this year’s Event was to attempt “Guinness Book Record” status to become Second Place Winners from the Southwest region of Florida as the “Winter Festival.” We did meet our goals but..our community and all of our non-pro ts, schools and other organizations along with our commercial businesses/local community in Collier County made a lasting impressions with all types of Parade entries. Our Event consisted of: Selecting a Grand Parade and Co-Parade Marshal from our local community. Wayne and Beverly Pringle was selected as Grand Parade Marshal and Howard Allen Sr, was selected as our Co-Parade Marshal A Drawing or Coloring Contest” in all Elementary Schools in Immokalee, Each student who wanted to participate draw Parade and gala left lasting impressionsSee Harris — Page 2 See Winners — Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin December 13, 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 picture of how our local Winn-Dixie Store looked to them in our community. WinnDixie will be notifying each school of the results shortly, A photo display of Best Dressed Christmas Babies, a Float Competition for two categories of entries ... Non-pro ts and Commercial, Lots of exotic foods, home town entertainment and a Snow Gala that is the best in snow entertainment Florida. Lastly ,,, Santa Claus come from the North Pole by way of helicopter courtesy of the Seminole Tribe of Immokalee. Each kid who took a picture with Santa got a free book also donated by the Immokalee Seminole Casino. Santa believes that reading is "FUN"damental. Winners of the 2012 Christmas around the World Parade are as follows: Schools or Non-pro ts First place winner.Guadeloupe Center of Immokalee Second. place winner RCMA-Immokalee Community School Third place winner Highland Elementary School Commercial Entries First. place winner Walgreens' Store in Immokalee Second. place winner Immokalee Water & Sewer District Third. place winner Shelter for Abused Women Best All Around Float Entry: Lake Trafford Elementary School, "Monopoly" was the name of their entry. he Immokalee Chamber of Commerce and Collier County Parks & Recreation Department work diligently together in hosting this annual event. This year's Christmas Parade and Gala drew over 6, 200 persons. We would like to thank our entire list of VIP dignitaries and other community persons who took the time to enjoy our event. by Maribel De ArmasIt's that special time of year my favorite time of year. That time of year when kindness, goodwill, gratitude, and feelings of family and community warm our hearts. Take a moment to forget the lines we make for that perfect holiday gift, and the money we spend on things we don't really need. Let's focus instead on the gift of selfless generosity for the good of another a gift that can take so many shapes and sizes, but should always be received with a sincere smile (and probably a hug or two). I have just the story to tell you to help us all remember how this gift is so important, especially when it impacts a young person's future. You may recall the name Mariela Vega from an article published in this newspaper in September of last year. She was a senior at Immokalee High School at the time when she was selected as a recipient of the Sun Life Rising Star Award and a $5,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. It was quite the special occasion, complete with a surprise celebration at the school with Miami Dolphins players and cheerleaders And boy did she deserve it. You see, Mariela's family migrated from Mexico seeking better opportunities in the U.S. Since then, her mother and father have sacri ced and worked long hours in agriculture elds to provide for Mariela and her three brothers. Her home was solely Spanish-speaking, making retention and understanding of what she learned in school quite challenging. But, Mariela rose up to the challenge. She took her family-taught values of hard work to heart and excelled in her academics with a prett y speci c goal in mind to become a surgeon and help children in third world countries born with facial deformities, such as cleft palates. And not only did she develop a drive to succeed in the classroom, but also a drive to give back to her community by sel essl y volunteering with just about every philanthropic activity in Immokalee, including tutoring young children through the Guadalupe Center's Tutor Corps Program. Actually, it was the Guadalupe Center who nominated Mariela for the Sun Life Rising Star Award. Here's where the sel ess generosit y of people really comes in. After the Rising Star Award presentation, the wife of former Miami Dolphins football coach Tony Sparano was so moved by Mariela, that the couple matched the Sun Life scholarship with an additional $5,000. Then, a local resident sa w Mariela's story in the newspaper and offered to cover the remaining cost of her college and post-graduate education. Yep that's an eight-year, fully covered scholarship all the way through medical school! Her dreams are being made possible by simple sel ess generosity. Mariela has now embarked on her college journey at Birmingham-Southern University in Alabama, majoring in Biology. And her words of gratitude say it all: "I've been blessed with such a great support system and am so appreciative for my mentors, Mrs. Sparano, Tutor Corps, and the famil y who provided me with the opportunity to attend Birmingham-Southern. It's great to have people that believe in you and your dreams." Students First provides funding for all of Rotary's projects throughout the world. One hundred percent of all monies raised goes for projects, Mr. Rice said. Not one penny is used for administration or other costs. For a $1,000 contribution, Rotary International's Paul Harris Foundation will grant a Paul Harris Fellowship. "The Rotary Club of Immokalee has made this $1,000 monetary contribution on behalf of Ms. Phillippi, and is proud to recognize her this evening as our latest Paul Harris Fellow," Mr. Rice said. HarrisContinued From Page 1 W inners Continued From Page 1 Your community directory is a click away! newszap.com Free Speech Free Ads Submitted photos/Adam HerreraSmiles all aroundImmokalee High School Homecoming Queen Cynthia Rodriguez and King Julio Loya were all smiles as they rode in the huge Christmas parade. Two of the co-Grand Marshalls, Wayne and Beverly Pringle, had a great time as dignitaries. CoGrand Marshall was Pastor Howard Allen Sr.,


HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 3 Immokalee Bulletin December 13, 2012 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. A ll dollars raised by tear pads/scan sheets w ill 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.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. Reed has become known as one of the world’s most respected experts on severe weather forecasting, safety, and survival. He has appeared on all major news networks, including Good Morning America on ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC, and The Weather Channel. The closing keynote will be presented by Matt Monjan, Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Implementation for Discovery Education. Matt has blended technology and education for more than 15 years in the worlds of business and K-12 education. He has pioneered innovative educational uses of technologies, such as closed captioning, and has been featured in conferences across the United States and Canada. 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. Community Briefs Collier County Land ll Open Monday, December 24, 2012, closed Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day)  Open Monday, December 31, 2012, closed Tuesday, January 1, 2013 (New Year’s Day)Collier County Recycling Dropoff Centers Closed Monday, December 24, 2012 and Tuesday, December 25, 2012.  Closed Monday, December 31, 2012 and Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Collier County Trash / Recycling Holiday Collection Schedule There will be no trash or recycling collection on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 (Christmas Day), in the areas of Collier County serviced by Waste Management (including Marco Island and Everglades City), or in the Immokalee area serviced by Choice Environmental. If your normally scheduled collection day falls on Tuesday, December 25, your trash and recycling will be collected on your next regularly scheduled collection day.Christmas Tree DisposalFor customers with curbside trash service, place trees curbside on your yard waste collection day. Remove all decorations. Do not put trees in plastic bags. If the tree is more than six feet in length cut it in half. For customers with dumpster service, contact your property manager for instructions. Trees may be taken to any of the recycling drop-off centers. For more information, call Customer Service at (239) 252-2380. County land ll holiday collection Floating' on airLake Trafford Float committee would like to thank RB Harvesting and Trucking for use of their trailer, and driver. Thank you Mr. Javier Rodriguez. Another big thank you to ELITE Electric for their generous donations with materials. Thank you Mr. Alessandro Beliato, Armando Espinoza and Exile Bonilla for help with building. To all the hard working individuals that participated and supported in this grand effort, “It was worth it!” Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated! Thank you LTE Float crew! Mr. and Mrs Palafox, Jorge Hernandez with painting and design, Sylvi a and Esteban Rodriguez, Lyndsey Lombardo, Desi Alvarado, Kanisha Miller, Genette Rincon, Rick Garcia, Irma and April Gonzalez, Arlinda Rodriguez, Mr. and Mrs. Merida, Francis Alvarado, Miguel Orengo, Marth a Carillo and last but not least, Mr. Reyna for your support with sound! See you all next year! Connie Beliato Thank You


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! 4 Immokalee Bulletin December 13, 2012 Submitted photos/ Adam HerreraFeelin’ Good!That’s what it was all about after the Indians’ victory. Immokalee’s hometown gridiron heroes celebrate their big win against Miami Jackson of 29-21. The Indians head to Orlando for the State title against Tallahassee Godby December 14.


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 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 Classi“ed ads Thursday, December 20 at 4pm Obituaries will deadline on Monday, December 24 at 2 pm 5 Immokalee Bulletin December 13, 2012 Submitted photo/ Maribel De ArmasPinecrest rst graders plant gardenPinecrest Elementary School (PCR) students in Immokalee are developing a green thumb – and healthy habits. Thanks to a grant from the Harry Chapin Foundation, PCR rst grade students are at the helm of the school’s new Whole Kids Whole Foods Garden. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the school launched the garden with four containers in the shape of mini sh ponds. The garden has already begun growing with lettuce, tomato, rosemary, daisies and marigolds – all at the hands of rst graders responsible for maintenance and harvest. The goal of the Whole Kids Whole Foods Garden is to instill habits of a healthy lifestyle for the young students. Lipman, North America’s largest open eld tomato grower, recently installed ve acres of retractable roof Cravo greenhouses at its Naples farming facility. “We are developing a sustainable, hybrid growing system to capture the best of both outdoor and protected agriculture. The retractable roof design makes it possible for our crops to grow under natural outdoor conditions, while protecting them from wind, cold, heat and rain,” said Gerry Odell, chief farming of cer for Lipman. “All of which furthers our ability to provide fresh produce to customers 365 days a year.” By protecting crops from harsh weather conditions, not only is the harvest season extended, but plant growth is also accelerated — which leads to a larger volume of qualit y tomatoes and vegetables. “It’s the best of both growing methods — tomatoes have the cosmetic beauty o f greenhouse-grown fruit … with the rmness and taste of the open eld,” added Odell. Lipman installs greenhouses Little League seasonIt’s that time of year to register your little one for baseball or softball. If you register your child between now and January 31 the cost will be $65, after the 31st the cost will 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. Little League is still looking for coaches and volunteers. Make sure you bring three proofs of residency with the same address. All utilities will 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 in Bonita Springs Saturday, Feb. 16, 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. I f 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 239-324-3072. Juan Garci a 239-628-2549, Hector Ramos 239-564-9645 or William Trevino Jr. 239-324-3075. Sports Shorts


Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. 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. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $2,000.00 Sign-On Bonus! Top Pay, Bene ts, Miles, Great Home Time & More! Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-4854. 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. Shop here first! The classified ads For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsCORAL 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 Apartments Apartments MIRA VERDEHOLIDAY MOVE IN SPECIALPay no Application fee for 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 Saturday by appointment!**Looking for FARMWORKERS to come live with us** LOCATED AT: CALL US AT: 6760 Santa Fe North (877) 255-7316 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 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 Sabado por Cita! **Buscando TRABAJADORES DE AGRICULTURA para que vengan a vivir con nosotros. LOCALIZADOS EN: LLAMENOS AL: 6760 Santa Fe North (877) 255-7316 LaBelle, FL Dale a su familia el presente mas mejor del mundo…..un casa bella! 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. Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Apartments Houses RentLEHIGH Duplex, 3br./2ba. Mirror Lakes area. Near SR 82. Lawn care included. excellent cond. $600 mo. plus sec. 239-369-9567. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentFELDA 2 br./2 ba. off 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 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 6 Immokalee Bulletin December 13, 2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com


Clearwater, FL December is a critical fundraising month for charities. Many people make year-end gifts for tax reasons, or to extend the spirit of thanksgiving and generosity to those less fortunate. BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers a few DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to charity giving, both at holiday time and year-round. DON’T succumb to high-pressure, emotional pitches. Giving on the spot is never necessary, no matter how hard a telemarketer or door-to-door solicitor pushes it. The charity that needs your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow…after you’ve had time to do your homework. DO check out the charity carefully. Make sure you feel comfortable with how your money will be spent. Don’t just take the word of someone else; even good friends may not have fully researched the charities they endorse. Go to www.give.org to verify that a charity meets BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. DON’T assume that only “low overhead” matters. How much money a charity spends on the actual cause – as compared to how much goes toward fundraising and administration – is an important factor, but it’s not the whole story. A charity with impressive nancial ratios could have other signi cant problems such as insuf cient transparency, inadequate board activity and inaccurate appeals. DO be sure it’s the right charity. With so many charities in existence, their names can blur in a donor’s mind and similar-sounding organizations are common. Many phony charities purposefully choose a name that sounds familiar. Be sure you know which charity you’re supporting and that it’s not a case of mistaken identity. DON’T assume that the charity wants any item you donate. Worn out, unusable or unwanted donated goods cost charities millions of dollars each year because the organization has to bear the cost of tossing the unacceptable donation. If you have questions about an item’s acceptability, call the charity and ask. DO consider easy text-to-give options. The BBB Mobile Giving Foundation makes it easy to give smaller donations (usually $10) to charities they have selected and monitor, including those providing relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Go to www.mobilegiving. org to nd out more. Donors can check out BBB Wise Giving Alliance evaluations on nationally soliciting charities for free at www.give.org. Many BBBs also rate local and regional charities at www.bbb.org. For advise on holiday shopping, lists of BBB Accredited Businesses by industry and BBB Business Reviews you can trust on local businesses, visit www.bbb.org. About BBB Serving West Florida As the leader in advancing marketplace trust for 100 years, Better Business Bureau is an unbiased non-pro t organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Every year, more than 103 million consumers rely on BBB Business Reviews and BBB Wise Giving Reports to help them nd trustworthy businesses and charities across North America. Visit www.bbb.org for more information. To contact BBB serving West Florida about this release, please call (727) 535-5609 ext. 3317 or jzajac@bbbwest orida.org. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. at the of ce of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020 Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142. REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Preliminaries A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Roll Call C. Adoption of Agenda D. Employee Recognition 1. OctoberEmployee of the Month TBA E. Public Concerns F. Staff Good Cause Items G. Board Concerns H. Old Business I. New Business 3. Consent Agenda A. Adoption of Minutes 1. November 28, 2012 Annual Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. November Budget Review D. Fixed Assets Acquisitions-Disposals E. Various Reports F. USDA Reporting for Stimulus Money G. Project Change Orders H. Engineer’s Report Greeley and Hansen I. Director’s Report 4. Action Agenda 5. Discussion Agenda A. Attorney’s Report 6. Other Public Interests 7. Adjournment SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the American Disabilities Act, please contact the District of ce at (239) 658-3630, no less than ve (5) days prior to the above stated meeting date. The District is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 432633 IB 12/13/2012 Business & Service Directory AUCTION2001 Cadi1G6KD544141569681998 Ford3FALP1136WR114820 Time for a new car? 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Use care when contributing to charities The Candidate eligibility requirements are: Women 21 years of age or older Currently accepted or enrolled in a program of study at an accredited college or university Resident of Collier or Southern Lee County Demonstrated need for financial assistance A satisfactory academic record Previous Recipients May Apply An application (.pdf format) is attached. Additionally, students may access our website www.aauwgnb.org for more information and also download an application in (.pdf format). All Application Information Will Be Kept Strictly Confidential. Application deadline: February 9, 2013. Recipients will be notified no later than March, 2013. For additional information, please contact: Rose DiBiasi, Chair, Greater Naples AAUW Local Scholarship Committee. Phone: 239-254-1371 or email: rosed7172@gmail.com. Women’s scholarships available November 30, 2012… WGCU Public Media has announced that 21 women have been selected to be highlighted in its multiplatform project Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. Inspired by the PBS national project makers.com, WGCU’s project honors exceptional women residing in Southwest Florida who have left or are leaving a legacy in the arts, business, education, the environment, community-building and/or politics or through activism in social justice issues. The nominees were rated on these criteria: leaving a legacy, building community, affecting lasting change, defying social norms, and serving as a “ rst” in her eld. To honor these extraordinary women, WGCU will produce video and audio portraits to air on WGCU TV, WGCU FM and at wgcu.org. WGCU will also feature written portraits in its member magazine, Expressions. WGCU will also produce a television documentary exploring how women have helped to shape our region. The documentary will air in spring 2013 on WGCU-HD in conjunction with the PBS Makers series highlighting trailblazing women WGCU: Women Who Make Southwest Florida


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