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xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx There were stars on the eld at Sun Life Stadium recently, but this time it wasn't the players that garnered all the recognition. Instead it was four outstanding South Florida students and nonpro t organizations, as they were each honored by the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Financial at a special on- eld ceremony as part of the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program. Immokalee High School's Candace Perez, was recognized as one of four high school seniors with the Sun Life Rising Star scholarship on eld during a Miami Dolphins game December 16. Sun Life also honored Guadalupe Center, where Candace volunteers. Born in Naples to a migrant mother, Candace struggled with leaning English. In the second grade she began an after school program. Meghan McCarthy connected with Candace and got her involved with the? Tutor Corps at Immokalee High School a way to share her opportunities with others. This $5,000 Sun Life scholarship will help her along her path to success. After graduating from college, Candace sees her future in social work or sociology, bac k home in Immokalee, using her talent and hard-earned knowledge to help other kids like herself. She looks forward to giving others what she received. After earning her education, she wants to come back to Immokalee. She wants to be a link to opportunity for other kids like herself. Candace is the second IHS student to win the Sun Life scholarship. Candace is following last Student, Guadalupe Center in spotlight Thursday, December 27, 2012 V ol. 45 No. 50 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads J anuary 5, 2012Immokalee's Liesa Priddy was appointed to the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission on December 22 by Governor Rick Scott. She would take her seat J anuary 6 and will remain in that position until January 6, 2017. Her appointment is contingent on con rmation by the Florida Senate. Mariela Vega. IHS student and Guadalupe Center volunteer was one of four Florida youths who received a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship. They were honored at a Dolphins vs Bills game in Miami.February 9, 2012Interim Immokalee Fire Chief Rita Greenberg was pleased with the voters' sizable approval of the J an. 31, local referendum to prov ide additional funding for her department. The additional tax revenue would begin with the new scal year in October, but it promised the entire department relief from the overwhelming nancial constraints of the previous year. New Chamber President Bernardo Barnhart began leading the chamber into the future as he revisited the things that made Immokalee a great hometown. A Look Back at 2012 The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce's Director of Marketing-Danny Campos gave an early Christmas wish to the boys and girls of Immokalee. Through Danny's networking, he found Hector & Teresa Fontella owners of DMV Re-built, Co. and their team from the East coast to give the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce over 1,500 brand new toys for Christmas distribution. Our Chamber partnered with several other local organizations in Immokalee and produced "Operation Toy Drive 2012" to distribute in the parking facilities of the Florida Community Bank on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. "Operation Toy Drive 2012" was a huge success, because we have many organizations, friends, and families, who were willing to help out those less fortunate" said Chamber Director Danny Campos. "Seeing the smiles on all of the children's faces, brings great joy to myself and many of our volunteers. This is basically the mission of this Toy Drive. Even in Submitted photosThe Dolphins and Sun Life Financial recognized Candace Perez of Immokalee High School along with three other outstanding South Florida students and local nonpro t organizations at a special on- eld pre-game presentation at Sun Life Stadium prior to the Dolphins' showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. program. Pictured from left: John Hak, Sun Life Financial Regional Sales Mngr., Candace Perez, Kim Heald, Sun Life Financial Voluntary Practice Leader and Mike Shunney, Sun Life Financial Sr. Vice President/General Mngr. See Year Page 2 See Spotlight Page 2 Submitted photoLong lines of happy and expectant kids waited patiently for their turn at the December 15 Operation Toy Drive 2012. Holiday cheer thanks to chamberSee Toy Page 2 LEASE A NEW 2013 ESCAPE SE FOR ONLY $219 PER MONTH.*24 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $3013 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes first month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction.*Stock #13t90. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $500 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 12/31/12.
2 Immokalee Bulletin December 27, 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 Thursdays publication. E-Mail: email@example.comTo Place a Display AdPhone: (239) 657-6000 day for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBilling DepartmentE-mail: email@example.comTo Place a Classied 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.StaffNews Editor: Patty Brant Advertising Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeThe 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 prot margins below industrystandards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledge 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. the mist of several tragedies happening in our area and around the country, we provided a huge event that for at least a little bit, 550 families and their approximately 1500 children could spend a day with their loved ones and not worry about things at home, work or school. The Chamber of Commerce would like to Thank all of the volunteers and organizers for making Operation Toy Drive 2012 a day to remember. David Dawson, Director of our Winn Dixie Store in Immokalee for furnishing all the Hot dogs and Hamburgers with the condiments, Carmen Soto, Owner of 5 Star Party Rentals for the piatas, Juan Viduarri & Freddy Maldonado from Bloodlinez Ink in Immokalee for their wonderful job in the face painting area, Letti McConnell from the Print Shop for the invitations and printing, Cristina Perez & Maria Rodriguez from Immokalee Code Enforcement for traf c control and supervising theI.H.S. Security Guard for dealing with crowd control, Tasha Radford for maintaining the Arts & Crafts tables, along with the Immokalee High School Beta Club, the students of the Immokalee Foundation, to the Grill Masters: Erik Flores, Joe Boney & Juan Saldana, for the tasty burgers and hot dog, Mandy & Mayra Campos, Mariela Pea, Bernardo Barnhart & the 2012 Harvest Festival Jr. Queen Azariah Howard for their help before and after the event. A big Thank you to, the Miracle II Program, Immokalee Readers, Immokalee Non-Pro t Housing & Immokalee Community School Site Directors & Staff, Fred N. Thomas Jr. for taking all the attached photos. Last but not least Hector and Teresa Fontella and their team of helpers for providing the children of Immokalee all these wonderful gifts. ToyContinued From Page 1 y ears Sun Life recipient, Mariela Vega. In September, Sun Life Financial awarded a total of $220,000 in grants and scholarships to four community organizations, American A ssociation of Caregiving Youth, The Guadalupe Center, HANDY and Women of Tomorrow as well as an exemplary student nominated by each: Immokalee High Schools Candace Perez, Boca Raton Community High Schools Sephora Dubreuze, Pompano Beach High Schools Kimi Farrington and Cooper City High Schools Ashira Vantrees. In addition to their oneld recognition, the honorees were also treated to a special breakfast reception hosted by Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and Sun Life Senior Vice President and General Manager, Employee Bene ts Group Mike Shunney. The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program recognizes nonpro ts that redress low high school graduation rates and honors outstanding students who have overcome signi cant obstacles to succeed. The program also promotes nancial literacy as a means to achieve life-long nancial wellness and stability. Each winning organization received a $50,000 grant and selected an exemplary student they work with to receive a $5,000 college scholarship. Since the programs inception, Sun Life has granted nearly $3 million to 54 students and 47 nonpro t organizations across the country. This year, Sun Life expanded the program to seven cities from ve in 2011, and awarded grants and scholarships to students and nonpro ts in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and South Florida. The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is the education cornerstone program of the Miami Dolphins Foundation. These remarkable students and organizations are true rising stars and we are thrilled to have them join us here today as we celebrate their outstanding achievements, said Miami Dolphins Chief Executive Of cer Mike Dee. Rewarding students and organizations who are committed to giving back to their communities is precisely what we had in mind when we partnered with Sun Life and selected the Sun Life Rising Star Awards as the cornerstone educational program of the Dolphins Foundation. A ten-person judging panel comprised of South Floridas foremost athletes, education and community leaders, philanthropists, nancial advisors, city of cials and local activists selected the winning organizations. The judging panel included: Miami Dolphins star players Davone Bess and Mike Pouncey; Champion Services Group President and CEO James Champion; Consortium of Florida Education Foundations President Mary Chance; local philanthropist Ada Cole; Florida College System Foundation President Judy Green; Corporate Bene t Advisors, LLC CEO Heather Leck; Sun Sentinel Society Scene Publisher Stacy Ostrau; Sapoznik Insurance & Associates Founder, President and CEO Rachel Sapoznik; and City of Miami Protocol Of cer Dr. Wallis Tinnie. For more information on the Sun Life Rising Star Awards visit www.sunliferisingstar.com. SpotlightContinued From Page 1 February 16, 2012An over ow crowd of local people and dignitaries were present for the dedication of the New Bethune Educational Center, built on the site of the original Bethune School which was built in 1956. The school was named after Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, a gifted civil rights leader who dedicated her life to the welfare and education of African/ American students. February 23, 2012Everglades historian Cesar Becerra, was collecting stories and old photos documenting the lumber industry in southwest Florida, including the important logging ventures in the Immokalee area. His labors included two summers interviewing 40 loggers, along with ferreting out old photos and documents. He was converting them into print, PDF and audio versions to be included in Florida International Universitys Project Everglades Digital Library.March 1, 2012At age 92, Mildred Sherrod was anxious to share her familys story. She had recently moved to the Sterling House in LeHigh Acres, an assisted living facility but returned to the familys old homestead, the Roberts Ranch, to provide a tour for some of her new friends at the home. The ranch is now a museum showcasing the old way of life. Robert Roberts and his wife, Henri Cordell Roberts, brought their family which included six of their children, to Immokalee from Wauchula, some 100 miles, in 1914 by oxcart with the idea of expanding their herd of cattle. They began on their 40-acre homestead. Their success is itself history. At one time the Red Cattle Company was one of the top ranches in the state.March 8, 2012Supporters of the Immokalee Area Master Plan were pleased at the Collier County Commissions adoption of a measure that would keep that plan alive. The Feb. 28 Collier County Commission meeting showed a commitment by the board members to at least continue to look for a way to make the long-awaited document a reality. In December 2011 the plan was defeated, but got an extension from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, thanks to Commissioner Jim Coletta, The ne w deadline for local adoption of the Master Plan would be in September. Aquatic plants were experiencing a dramatic recovery to provide important and expansive habitat for wildlife. Largemouth bass were reproducing and wildlife was thriving on the 1,600-acre Lake Trafford in Southwest Florida. A year after the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and its partners completed a major restoration effort on the popular lake in Collier County, scientists were porting burgeoning signs of success.March 15, 2012The concept is one that members of the Sanibel Bike Club has taken to heart. The Sanibel Bike Club gave away its 600th bike March 9. The group delivered two trailers loaded with bikes to the RCMA Community School for distribution. One hundred reconditioned bicycles 83 adult bikes, 17 children, seven jogging strollers and one three-wheeler 11 trail bikes were snatched up almost as fast as they could be unloaded. In addition, the group brought 39 new and used bicycle helmets.March 22, 2012A company called Growth Design Corporation showed interest in Immokalee as one of ve possible sites for an organic agriculture-renewable energy project. The chosen site would refashion waste into recycled materials or energy, such as methane gas or electricity.March 29, 2012The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (IFAS) station at Immokalee is on the cutting edge of agricultural science was working on a new crop for the area peaches. Collier County Sheriffs Of ce detectives investigating a homicide after a man was found dead in Immokalee. Juan Flores Monroy, 24, was discovered on the side of a dirt road in the 200 block o f Wells Street by a passing motorist. The Collier County Medical Examiners Of ce determined the manner of death to be homicide. YearContinued From Page 1
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The highest concentrations of commuters work along the I-75 corridor in Naples, Estero, Ft Myers, and Punta Gorda. One exception is Immokalee, where a majority of workers are commuters. Of course, not all workers commute far from their homes. Ironically, very few workers commute into Cape Coral, Iona-MacGregor, or LaBelle, indicating that our respective labor force consists of mostly local residents. In fact, almost 40% of Lee County residents work in Lee County, which is an above average ratio compared to the 6% of Charlotte County residents that work in Charlotte County. Commuting patterns can be very bene cial to businesses in order to map and forecast where prospective customers travel, especially for businesses in the retail or hospitality industries. You might think that placing fast food establishments, gas stations and hotels along the interstate is common sense, but location selection is a very involved step in the strategic business plan. For instance, we can see that there are more commuters working in the Big Cypress Reservation than there are in Moore Haven, meaning more people working in Moore Haven live there verse the Reservation. New ventures can possibly capitalize on this commuting pattern by locating food establishments targeting the lunch crowd, or providing services that one would use "on the way home" such as dry cleaning or pharmacy, depending on local customer demographics. To see the commuting patterns of our region, go to www. oridajobs. org/labor-market-information, click on Products and Services, then GIS Mapping Reports.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." 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All workshops will be conducted at the Immokalee Business Development Center, 1320 N. 15th Street. Call 239-867-4121 or go to www.Immokalee.Biz for more information. IMMBIZ Workshops Tallahassee State Representative Matt Hudson (R), House District 80, was appointed as Chairman of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee by Speaker Will Weatherford. "I am honored by the con dence the Speaker has place in me and I am committed to working hard to help address the pressing issues facing our state." said Representative Hudson. Additionally, Chairman Hudson has been appointed as Vice Chair to the Select Committee on PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) He will also serve on the Appropriations Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. "I am looking forward to addressing the opportunities facing our County and State. 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HERES MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 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 4 Immokalee Bulletin December 27, 2012 by Andy SpauldingImmokalee Child Care The world was stunned on Friday, December 14, 2012, as a gunman violently took the lives of Gods most innocent, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Some saw it as a signal of the end of the world. Others stood in shock and bewilderment as to how such a travesty could take place. No one could comprehend the reasoning of the incident. There was simply nothing anyone could do but shed tears for a reality that is unfathomable. Parents and teachers from all parts of the country still attempt to nd ways for their children to process what happened. The why, how and if only are beyond us all. In an attempt to show support for the families and the community affected, the National Parent Teacher Association has started a project to help them, as well as the teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School. They are asking people to make unique snow akes. The PTA wants the students to be greeted by a winter wonderland when they return to their new school, which will be in a new building. Andrew Spaulding, Assistant Director of the Immokalee Child Care Center, a not-forpro t early childhood education center in the rural farming community of Immokalee, felt the need to have the children at his center participate in making snow akes. All I could think of is that is that no one ever knows what tomorrow will bring, Spaulding says. Valarie Bostic, the agencys Executive Director whole-heartedly agrees. I cried when this happened, says Bostic. I thought about the families whose lives have been affected. I thought of the parents who instead of wrapping gifts were burying their most prized possession. I thought of the teachers and staff who laid down their lives for those children. At Immokalee Child Care Center we incorporate character development into our program. Encouraging children to be compassionate and empathic is important. We must teach our children these core values because we all know the children are our future. The Immokalee Child Care Center is a 501-C-3 agency that provides safe, affordable, quality early childcare and early childhood education to children from low-income and migrant families in the Immokalee area. We are not going into detail of the incident and what happened with the children in Sandy Hook, Spaulding says. We simply told our children about someone who is sad and that these snow akes will make them feel better and that we should do everything we can to always make others feel better. For more information on the Immokalee Child Care Center, please call 239-6574130 or e-mail Immokaleechild@aol.com. Snow akes in the face of tragedy Submitted photo/ Andy SpauldingDiana Ramirez, with her snow ake. by Maribel DeArmasIt all came down to the last ve minutes of the game the Class 5A State Championship high school football game. The Immokalee High School (IHS) Indians were down 14 points against their opponents, the Amos P. Godby High School Cougars from Leon County. Two hard fought touchdowns later, the Indians with no time left on the clock were in position to tie the game and force overtime, but an unfortunate kick situation resulted in a point shy upset. The nal score Godby-21 vs. Immokalee-20. Sure, it was certainly not the winning results we were looking for, but in the end, the Immokalee community and really all of Collier County should be nothing but beaming with pride for the teams magni cent accomplishments. On the eld, the entire team played with heart and passion throughout the season, and especially during this nal game. But, I want to take some time to share with you a little of what happened off the eld during the Indians trip to Orlando a trip that truly ended up being a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a wonderful holiday gift for all who participated. I touched base with IHS principal, Dr. Mary Murray, who shared some heartfelt stories about their time in Orlando stories that have nothing to do with rst downs, long passes, or punts. It all started the night after the big game. The entire team was treated to a tailgate dinner hosted by former NFL running back and onetime IHS Indian Edgerrin James. The guys were really excited to spend time with an IHS hero and one of his NFL buddies, former Redskins running back Clinton Portis. And then, a big secret was revealed! You see, the team was surprised with a visit to Disneys Magic Kingdom the day after. So many of the kids had never had the opportunity to visit Disney World in fact, most didnt even believe they were actually going until they arrived at the magical gates. It was smiles, laughter, and overall happiness the entire time they were there. Imagine eight linemen in one Splash Mountain log ume. Now thats not something you get to see every day! At the end of their visit, one young man told Dr. Murray, When I was a kid, Id see this place on TV and I didnt think it was real. Ya know like it was just a picture somebody made. Places like this just dont exist in real life. Thanks for bringing us. So, while the run to State nals and the actual Championship game are experiences the Indians will never forget, the memories they now have go well beyond the eld. In Dr. Murrays proud words: In a season lled with injury, adversity, and incredible expectations, we couldnt be more proud of our team. Our guys pulled together as a family and fought hard to reach their goal, falling just a little bit short of their ultimate goal of a State Championship. Our team represented their school, families, community, and themselves with honor and should be proud to be just the second IHS football team to reach a State Championship game. We wish the seniors well on the next chapter of their journey and look forward to another season of success from another very talented team of Indians next year. Students First
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NAPLES, FL., -December 13 2012 Barron Colliers legacy remains vibrant and v isible in many areas of Collier County today including real estate development, mineral management, hospitality and tourism, and agriculture. Fourth generation Collier family members are keen on getting back to their roots, so to speak, and are looking to the land in their newest company, Collier Family Farms. Collier Family Farms is located on 12 acres in eastern Collier County, within the development of Ave Maria. With a focus on locally-grown, pesticide-free, non-GMO produce and citrus, Collier Family Farms will offer a variety of fruits and vegetables for sale. Elvie Engle, 40-year farming veteran and Lara Collier, great-granddaughter of Barron Collier Sr., have been working for months preparing the land and planting seeds from the countrys most reputable seed houses in anticipation of a January opening of the onsite farm store and U-Pick. We are a transitional organic farm, states Elvie Engle, manager of farm operations for Collier Family Farms. While we are practicing organic farming methods nowand have been from the beginning we will most likely receive our USDA Organic accreditation by summer 2013. Collier Family Farms is incorporating alternative growing methods including hydro-stackers, a vertical gardening system which increases fruit and v egetable yield while conserving space and water. Strawberry and leafy green plants are anticipated as the rst plants to grow in the hydro stackers. A public U-Pick and farm stand are expected to open at the site in January. Being able to work and harvest the land that my great-grandfather acquired is very ful lling, comments Lara Collier, assistant manager of farm operations, but the best part is sharing this experience with the local community. Visitors will be allowed to pick a variety of products cucumbers, squash, eggplants, tomatoes, okra, carrots, herbs and more or simply select from the days best offering in the farm stand. This season, Collier Family Farms expects to sell peppers, leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, onions, strawberries, and locally grown citrus. Collier Family Farms is located at 5321 Ave Maria Boulevard in Ave Maria. For more information, please visit www.collierfamilyfarms.com and their Facebook page, or call 239-398-4157. Collier Family Farms debuts in Ave Maria Naples, FL The David Lawrence Center, Collier Countys only comprehensive, not-for-pro t mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce the appointment of board certi ed adult and geriatric psychiatrist and author Scott Haltzman, MD as a full time Staff Psychiatrist in A dult Outpatient Medical Services. Haltzman earned his bachelors degree in Biology and English from Brown Univ ersity and his medical degree from Brown University Medical School. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and the Yale-New Haven Hospital Psychiatric Outpatient Department w here he was the Chief Resident. Haltzman recently relocated to Naples from Rhode Island and brings with him more than 15 years of experience in teaching, psychiatric consulting, direct patient care, psychotherapy, marriage education and couples therapy. He had participated in practice management in a variety of treatment settings including private practice, community mental health, addiction treatment centers, medical centers and hospitals. His teaching experience includes serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School, and as Hospital Director of Residency Training at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. His management experience includes serving as Chief Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry and Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry Services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Services and Medical Director at the Northern Rhode Island Mental Health Center, Medical Director at NRI Community Services, Inc., and Lead Psychiatrist at Stanley Street Treatment and Resources. His hospital experience includes having served as an Inpatient Psychiatrist at Landmark Medical Center, Butler Hospital, St. Josephs Hospital and Zambarano Hospital. Haltzman is the author/co-author of numerous books, articles and scholarly research in psychiatry and pharmacology, particularly in his specialty of marriage, family and committed relationships. His research focuses on seeking out data to better help understand the relationship patterns of husbands and wives, and the techniques individuals use to advance the institution of marriage. He is the founder and editor of DrScott. com and 365Reasons.com and the author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men, The Secrets of Happily Married Women, and The Secrets of Happy Families. His newest book, The Secrets of Surviving In delity is due for publication in June, 2013. Haltzman has gained international recognition for his work in support of marriage and husbands including having received the 1997 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the 1999 Janssen Clinical Scholar Award and being named a 2003 Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has shared his expertise in the eld of relationships nationally and locally with a variety of print, radio and television media outlets. He has had appearances on nationally syndicated television programs such as the Today Show, 20/20, the Rachel Ray Show and Good Morning America. He has also been quoted nationally in TIME Magazine, Redbook, Glamour, Parenting Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Mens Health, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angles Times, Chicago Tribune. He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to the eld of psychiatry. Haltzman is uent in Spanish and English. David Lawrence Center is the Southwest Florida-based, not-for-pro t leading provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. The Center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community based prevention and treatment services for the one in four local children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges. David Lawrence Center has eight locations in Collier County and touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year. 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