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On Monday, January 14 at 11 a.m., Most Reverend Frank J. Dew ane, Bishop of the Diocese of V enice in Florida, will bless and dedicate the new Soup Kitchen at Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities of Collier County, Diocese of Venice, Inc. The facility is located at 211 South Ninth Street. Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities has been working with the Guadalupe Center during the past several months to transition the operation of the Soup Kitchen from the Guadalupe Center to Catholic Charities, said Peter-Routsis Arroyo, CEO of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. The two social service organizations are located next door to each other on South Ninth Street and bear similar names but are not af liated. The Guadalupe Center was founded 30 years ago to feed and clothe the needy of the rural poor community of Immokalee and evolved into a group of programs and services that are speci cally designed to break the cycle of See Kitchen Page 2 24 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $3513 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes first month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction. *Stock #13t128. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $2000 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 01/31/13.DRIVE A NEW 2013 EXPLORER FOR ONLY $179 PER MONTH.* xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Naples, FL, December 10, 2012. --Charity Navigator, Americas largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has given the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee 4 stars, its highest rating. In making the announcement, Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, said, The Guadalupe Centers sound scal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it this rating. Out of the thousands of nonpro t organizations that Charity Navigator evaluates, only one in four earns 4 stars. Additionally, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, this rating demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. Guadalupe Centers supporters should feel more con dent than ever that their hardearned dollars are being used ef ciently and responsibly. We are proud to receive this coveted rating, shared with some of the most respected and highest-performing charities in the world, said Barbara Oppenheim, president of the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee. In the current economic environment, it is important that our donors trust that were using our funding wisely to achieve our mission to break the cycle of poverty through education. A 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates that we take our duciary and governance responsibilities very seriously. Charity Navigator is a non-pro t 501 (c) 3 organization that accepts no advertising or donations from the charities it evaluates. Its unbiased evaluations are available to the public at no charge. In 2011, Charity Navigator added Accountability and Transparency to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its website for each of the charities it evaluates. Accounting and Transparency account for 50 percent of a charitys overall rating, revealing which charities have best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders. The Guadalupe Center of Immokalees rating and other information about charitable giving are available at www.charitynavigator.org. To learn more about the work of the Guadalupe Center, and ways to become involved, call 239-657-7711 or visit www.guadalupecenter. org. On December 11 the Collier County Board of Commissioners today recognized the GuaFour-star rating for Guadalupe Center It was with great pleasure that Eva Deyo introduced the Immokalee Water & Sewer District 2012 Employee of the Year: Mr. Salvador Garcia. Salvador Garcia was hired in January 2009, to work in our Maintenance Department, as a Temporary Maintenance Tech. In January 2010, he was offered a full time job, when a position became open. In that position, he performs maintenance and repair of water and wastewater system components, including treatment plant equipment, vehicle and equipment repair, repairing wells, etc. He has also been heavily involved in facilities or building repair, working on building cabinets, repairing roofs, installing ceramic tile, applying stucco, painting, drywall and other jobs throughout his tenure with the District. His supervisor, Derys Maldonado, says, During his time as a temporary maintenance technician Salvador learned the job very fast. He helped in many projects including the remodel of the Department 10 of ce. He became a very good and dependable employee, and we were very happy to offer him the full time position, when it became available. Since he was hired in the full time position, Salvador has earned the respect of his coworkers for being a very hard worker and a good fellow employee. We all have come to know Salvador as Tito. When needed Tito is always available to help no matter what! He has become very knowledgeable of his work and the work of others. Tito became Employee of the Year by using very little of his personal time, vacation and sick time. He also refurbished most of the water wells to meet FDEP standards and he obtained his CDL and went for an electric training in Tampa. Tito earned the Employee of the Year because of his hard work and we are proud to have him as the Employee of the Year. Thank you for your hard work! Salvador won the Employee of the Year by achieving the highest number of Employee of the Month points during the year; 198.75 points from October 2011 through September 2012. In addition to his educational achievements, he also received points for interdepartmental teamwork, for helping with the 2011 Christmas Garcia IWSD Employee of the Year Submitted photoSalvador Garcia, IWSD Employee of the Year. Thursday, January 10, 2013 V ol. 46 No. 2 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Soup kitchen to openSee Award Page 2 See Four Star Page 2
2 Immokalee Bulletin January 10, 2013 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. 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All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We 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. poverty through education for the children and families located there. The center will continue to operate its educational programs such as early childhood education, school age programs, and the tutor corps which serve approximately 1,000 children in Immokalee on a daily basis. The center will also continue to provide client services such as Thanksgiving in the Park, Back to School Shoes, and the Holiday Gift Shop. Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities has assumed responsibility for the Soup Kitchen, Clothing Room, and Shower Program. One of the goals of Catholic Charities is the provision of meals for low-income families and individuals in the community, so the Soup Kitchen ts into our mission perfectly, said Routsis-Arroyo. We are honored to continue the work of this worthy program. We have worked collaboratively with Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities for the past 30 years, said Barbara Oppenheim, President of the Guadalupe Center. We know that with this passing of the ladle the clients will continue to be served well and have their needs met. The Soup Kitchen has been providing the impoverished people of Immokalee a hot meal Monday through Friday since 1982. About 35,000 hot meals are served each year by a group of about 150 volunteers. We are running the Soup Kitchen as it has been operated in the past, said Armando Galella, Director of Catholic Charities o f Collier County, Diocese of Venice, Inc. We are making the transition as smooth as possible for those who work and volunteer there, and especially for those who depend on the program for a hot meal, he said. Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities also is providing the Clothing Room and Shower Program. The Clothing Room offers clients clothing and household items. The Shower Program provides clients with shower facilities and fresh towels, clothing, and toiletries to maintain their hygiene as well as their dignity. The Guadalupe Center will continue to give clothing and household items to the program through donations made to their resale shop in Naples. Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities also offers a Food Pantry, a Financial Assistance Program, Citizenship and Immigration Services, School on Wheels, and special efforts such as Back-to-School Assistance, Undy Sunday, and Holiday Food and Gift Programs. The plight of poverty is an ongoing issue in Immokalee. Many people in this community lack basic necessities such as food and clothing, and a place to take a shower, said Galella. The Guadalupe Center recognized that need three decades ago with the opening of the Soup Kitchen, Clothing Room and Shower Program. Catholic Charities will keep these important services available to the community well into the future. dalupe Center of Immokalees thirty years of service by proclaiming December, 2012 Guadalupe Center Day in Collier County. Receiving the proclamation were Barbara Oppenheim, President of the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee, Donald Popejoy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Megan McCarty, Director of Programs, Board members Alice Arena and John Vatterott, and Brandon Dowdy, Vice President of Development. The Guadalupe Center has changed the futures of hundreds of impoverished Immokalee students and their families, said County Manager Leo Ochs, Jr. You are an inspiration to all. We congratulate you on 30 years of service, and -this comes from our entire Board of Commissioners --we proclaim December 2012 Guadalupe Center Month in Collier County. In accepting the proclamation, Don Popejoy said, It is amazing to watch these little kids, so far behind and with little hope of success in school, catch up academically, get a chance to nish high school and go on to college. We now have more than 100 students in college, and 93% of our students who enter as freshmen go on to graduate from college. This far surpasses the national average. Were also proud to say that Guadalupe Center has just received a 4-star ranking from Charity Navigator, which ranks nonpro t organizations around the country, based on scal responsibility, transparenc y and business practices. We thank our generous supporters, the people of Collier County, and you, our county government, for helping to make this happen, and we gratefully accept this honor. Float and Parade, for not using vacation or sick time, and for being on time. During the last year Mr. Garcia received the Employee of the Month Award for December 2011 and September 2012. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in being named 2012 Employee of the Year, Mr. Salvador Garcia will receive eight hours off with pay, an Immokalee Water & Sewer District shirt, $50 in Winn Dixie gift certi cates and the award from the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, along with IWSD congratulations and heartfelt appreciation for a job well done. AwardContinued From Page 1 KitchenContinued From Page 1 Submitted photoGuadalupe Center Month portrait, front row from left: John Vatterott, Alice Arena, Barbara Oppenheim, Donald Popejoy and Brandon Dowdy. Back row, Collier County Commisssioners: Fred Coyle, Donna Fiala, Georgia Hiller, Tim Nance and Tom Henning. Four StarContinued From Page 1
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 ofce 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 3 Immokalee Bulletin January 10, 2013 You are invited to our First Community Block Party located at 802-804 Boston Ave. (parking facilities of Chili Caliente) February 2, from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission is free! The south side businesses of Immokalee would like the community to take part in its ethnic taste-testing Block Party activities. There will be food vendor booths, crafts of all kind and an informational booth handing out pamphlets about Immokalee. You cant miss the highlights of many ethic bands playing the night away. To participate as a vendor: You must register with our Immokalee Chamber of Commerce and have your own tent. Cost to be a Vendor........Food $50 and Crafts $25. No one is allowed to sell beverages except Chili Caliente, Donated prizes will be raf ed off every hour! Please call our Chamber at 239-6573237 (Danny) for additional information if needed. Danny will discuss set-up times for the Block Party when application is completed. Welcome to our Community Friendship Day The Donahue Academy in Ave Maria announces its 3rd annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off and Family Festival on Saturday, J anuary 26, 2013 featuring a concert by Casey Weston, one of the eight nalists on the inaugural season of The Voice. The fundraiser for this private kindergarten through 12th grade school is one of the towns most popular events with over 1,200 steaks sold last year. Tickets are now on sale and guests are encouraged to purchase them early as the event sold out last year. Tickets may be purchased at the Ave Maria University Bookstore at 2064 Annunciation Circle in Ave Maria, FL, by calling 239-304-7032, or online at w ww.sssscookoff.com. This year, Chairman Tom Smith says, We plan to sell 2,000 steak dinner tickets, which include a 16oz. boneless rib eye, baked potato, salad, roll and drink for $18. Each registered team will be grilling between 30 and 120 steaks on small home grills. Each team creates their own special spice blend, rub and/or marinade. Steaks are entered in a double blind judging with celebrity and professional judges. Prizes for the grill teams include the top Grand Champion Prize of $1,000 and a trophy as well as three other prize levels, with the generous support of Ave Maria Mutual Funds and Beckner Jewelry. Grill team applications are still being accepted at www.sssscookoff.com. The day-long celebration includes a Family Festival beginning at 11:00 am featuring the parade of grills, youth games, silent auction, and live performances by Quest Band at 12:00 p.m. and Casey Weston at 4:30 p.m. Steak dinners will be serves at 5:30 p.m. 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 contact Tom Smith at 239-280-2536 or thomas.smith@ avemaria.edu. More information can also be found at www.sssscookoff.com. Tickets available for Sunshine State Steak Cookoff in Ave Maria $1,200 offered by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Collier County, FL-January 7, 2013: Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) Jimmy W hitehouse Scholarship. The scholarship offers $1,200 to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. To be eligible, applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication majors who have nished two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Students should also demonstrate a nancial need. The scholarship application and guidelines are available at www.CollierVotes.com, or may be obtained at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Of ce located at 3295 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Completed applications and two letters of recommendation must be submitted by March 18, 2013 to the Supervisor of Elections of the county in which the applicant is registered to vote. For more information, visit www.CollierVotes.com or contact the Supervisor of Elections of ce at (239) 252-8450. Collier County Elections Of ce accepting scholarship applications Relay for LifeCome one come all! Learn more about the exciting events being planned for: Kickin Cancer Country Style. Team Informational Party: January 16, in the iTech Conference Room, 508 North Ninth St. at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served!! Mark your calendars: Immokalee Relay For Life event is Friday, March 22, 1 p.m. until Saturday March 23, 7 a.m.Community yard saleThe Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 1st Community Yard Sale on Saturday, January 12, 2013, from 7 a.m.noon. Spaces Aavailable. For more info call 239-657-3237 or email email@example.com.Swamp walksGet wet? You bet! Thats the whole point of the famous swamp walks in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.The Friends of Fakahatchee have spaces available in their two remaining January Swamp Walks on Saturday, January 12, and Saturday, January 19. The walks through knee to waist high waters of the park are led by naturalists who are experts in the ora and fauna of the 80,000 acre state park. Fakahatchee Strand is called the Amazon of North America and is home to the famous ghost orchid and many other rare plants and animals. The walks begin promptly at 9:30 am and conclude by 4 p.m. Be sure to bring dry clothes for the drive home! The Swamp Walk fee is $70 per person or $50 per person for members of the Friends of Fakahatchee. The walks begin at the ranger station off Janes Scenic Drive. The park entrance is on the west side of SR 29 between I-75 and U.S. 41. Advance reservations are required. To see a Swamp Walk and make reservations, visit www.orchidswamp.org and clic k Events. For more information or to reserve by telephone, call Pam at (239) 695-10232013 ORV permits on saleThe 2012 the 2013 ORV permits for Big Cypress National Preserve are on sale at the ORV Permit Of ce located in the Oasis Visitor Center. For more information on ORV use within the preserve and permits required for this recreational access go to http://www. nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/orv-use.htm You may also contact the ORV of ce at 239-695-1205. The ORV of ce is open from Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Mondays the of ce is open for permit renewals only. Community Briefs
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 January 10, 2013 Submitted photo/ Rick HeersBrass Quintet Delights AudienceThe Naples Philharmonic generously provided Immokalee with a delightful afternoon of rousing music at First Baptist Church in Immokalee on January 6, 2013. An enthusiastic group came out to listen to music that included such time honored pieces as Porgy and Bess Suite, Bugle Call Rag, Jungle Nights in Harlem, Aint Misbehavin, and Just a Closer Walk with Thee, to name a few of the dozen numbers played. The listeners, with a sustained standing ovation, coaxed the quintet into performing an encore, Handful of Keys. Instrumentalists, pictured are, from left: principal trumpet-Matthew Sonneborn, principal French horn-Tracy Leonard, principal percussion-James J. Dallas, principal tuba-Aaron McCalla, principal trombone-Michael Zion, and trumpet-Andrew Kemp. by Maribel De ArmasI always enjoy sharing good news about our Immokalee schools. And with this new year Happy New Year, by the way the positive continues to shine! Coming back from a wonderful holiday, I learned that our friends at Immokalee Middle School (IMS) have a great deal of good news to share. You may remember hearing about the Immokalee High School BETA (Better Education Through Achievement) Club and their awesome performances at state and national conferences year after year. But did you know that there is a Junior BETA Club at Immokalee Middle School? Early this past December, 32 members of the IMS club attended the Florida Junior BETA Club Convention in Orlando. I hear that the conv ention theme The Heart of the BETA inspired some heart-y competition. IMS J unior BETAs entered a uniquely creative heart-shaped candy box scrapbook, and in the Living Literature category, the students competed with a performance inspired by the croquet scene and the Queen of Hearts from the all-time favorite, Alice in Wonderland. While they may not have brought home top wins, the memories and experiences are treasured. According to IMS Principal Abel Jaimes, The students enjoyed meeting and networking with Junior BETA members from all over the state. It was a great experience for everyone involved and our students are already looking forward to next year. This was such a wonderful opportunity for our young students and great preparation as they hopefully continue their BETA participation in high school. The IMS Junior BETA Clubs motto is, Let us lead by serving others. Another story coming out of Immokalee Middle shows us that even members of our community hold true to that motto. Just before the holiday break, IMS teacher Gunether Gosch let us know that a generous community member donated four bikes and an adult tricycle for use by the schools Exceptional Student Education (ESE) department. As with many tasks you and I may take for granted because they were just part of our growing up process, some students with special needs have little to no experience riding a bike. The donation brought out surprise and excitement among the students as the bikes were delivered. While there certainly was a bit of hesitation among the students as they hopped on, each bike had training wheels to help overcome their anxiety. Some even started off their riding experience on the tricycle and promptly gained con dence to move on to the twowheelers. As January continues, theres no doubt the kids will be riding like its second nature. I hear they may even consider taking part in the next Special Olympics! While 2013 is merely just beginning, the second half of the school year is de nitely underway. I look forward to the many positive stories I get to share with you as we make this year the best one yet. Students First Seminole Casino Immokalee invites all food enthusiasts to its weekly Paradise Food Truck Rally. They will enjoy a day of dining, entertainment, live music and much more. The featured food trucks come from all across the state, offering cuisine from all over the globe. Items include desserts, ethnic dishes, burgers, sandwiches, barbecue, salsas, ceviche, ice cream and more. For more information, visit www.seminolecasinoevents.com. It happens every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. January through March (excludes February 3 and March 31). Come on down to the Seminole Casino Immokalee, 506 South 1 Street. Admission is free. Food items start at $5. Like good food? Bookkeeping workshopThe key to a successful business is good record keeping. Learn how to get timely and accurate bookkeeping information including cash vs. accrual accounting, proper accounting data ow processes, accounting records and les, the cart of accounts, the puprose ofdifferent nancial reports and more. Understand the components of business, the importance and purpose of bookeeping, budgeting and nancial reports, accounting and bookeeping terminology. Learn how to keep your business books organized Saturday, January 26, 10 am.-noon at the IMMBIZ of ce, 1320 N. 15th Street. Pre-registration required. Volunteer tax assistanceGet all the money back you deserve. If you learned less than $49,000 in 2012, you may be eligible for up to $5,186 in Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit and free ele and tax preparation. Bring proof of identi catin, social security cards, birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents, W-2, W2-G and 1099-R statements, interest and dividend statements, a copy of last years Federal and State returns if available, bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit and total paid for day care provider and day care provider taxpayer ID number. Come to Catholic Charities Guadalupe Social Services, 211 South 9th St. Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 am.-2 p.m. Community Briefs
The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies representing the following: Employers in Local Jurisdiction (Term expires on October 1, 2014); Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (Term expires October 1, 2015); and Alternate Member. One of the above must be a resident of Immokalee. This is an 11-member committee created by Ordinance No.91 65, as amended, to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Forces recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the Housing Elements of the Countys Growth Management Plan and the Citys Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines the effect of proposed ordinances of affordable housing, and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and the Naples City Council; and investigates any other relevant areas so directed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners will appoint nine members, including the alternate member. The City of Naples w ill appoint two members. Terms are three y ears. The Airport Authority Advisory Board has one vacancy for an Immokalee resident w ith aviation experience for a term that will expire on August 10, 2013. The Advisory Board was created to assist the Airport Authority with all issues affecting the Marco Island Executive Airport, Immokalee Regional A irport, and Everglades Airpark, including planning, development, and implementation of the policies, goals and objectives of the Airports. Members of the Advisory Board shall be residents of Collier County w ith business ability and experience in one or more elds which, by way of example, may include, but are not limited to, general business, economic development, aviation, public affairs, law, nance, accounting, engineering, natural resource conservation or other related elds. There shall be at least 1 member of the Advisory Board appointed from each of the communities of Immokalee, Marco Island, and Everglades City if a quali ed candidate who resides within the respective area is available for appointment to the Advisory Board. No person holding elected of ce at the State, County, or Municipal level shall be appointed to, or be a member of, the Advisory Board. Terms are four years The Animal Services Advisory Board has one vacancy for a Veterinarian or Vet Technician to join this sevenmember board that was created on January 27, 2004 by Ordinance No. 2004-06. It is tasked to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on programs, services, classes and special events that will further assist Collier County Domestic Animal Serv ices in providing the best possible service to the community. They will also analyze and review construction and improvements to Domestic Animal Services facilities and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding such facilities. After initial appointments, terms will be four years. The Black Affairs Advisory Board has one vacancy for a term expiring on June 25, 2014 This ninemember committee identi es and evaluates problems unique to the Black Community, reviews and recommends ways to ensure open communication between minorities and Collier County Government and provides periodic reports to the Board of County Commissioners. Terms will be four years. The Board of Building Adjustments and Appeals has one vacancy in the category of licensed plumber. This ve-member board was established by Ordinance 83 16 (amended by Ordinance 91 57, repealed and amended by Land Development Code Div. 1.22.1 Ordinance 91 102, as amended) to hear appeals on rejections or refusals by the Building Code Compliance Director to approve mode of construction or materials to be used in construction or alteration of a structure. Membership consists of ve members representing the following professions: One state licensed architect or structural engineer; one Class A general contractor, one state certi ed re protective equipment contractor or State Certi ed Fire Fighter with the rank of Lieutenant or higher or State Certi ed Fire Safety Inspector with the rank of Lieutenant or higher; one licensed electrical contractor; and, one licensed plumbing or mechanical contractor. Members must be knowledgeable in the following Collier County Codes: Florida Building Codes, Electrical Code, Fire Prevention Code, Gas Code, Mechanical Code, and Swimming Pool Code. The membership term is four years. The meetings are held quarterly, or on an as needed basis. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board. The Collier County Code Enforcement Board has two vacancies for terms expiring on February 14, 2016 representing the regular and alternate categories. This 7 member board, plus 2 alternate members, is composed of, but not limited to, individuals representing the occupations of architect, businessman, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor and Realtor and are considered, in part, on the basis of experience or interest in the areas of the codes and ordinances to be enforced. Members are required to le a Form 1 Statement of Financial Interest each year with the Supervisor of Elections. Terms are three years The Collier County Planning Commission has one vacancy representing District 2. This nine member committee assists in the formulation and review of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Land Development Code, and amendments to both, and then submits their recommendations to the Board for nal decision. Members are required to le a Form 1, Statement of Financial Interest each year with the Supervisor of Elections. Terms are four years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board The Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee has two vacancies. This 9-member committee was created by Ordinance No. 2002-63 and their primary responsibility is to recommend to the BCC an Active Properties Acquisition List with quali ed purchase recommendations of environmentally sensitive lands consistent with the goals of the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Program. Membership of the committee shall comprise broad and balanced representation including environmental and conservation interests, agricultural and business interests, educational interests, and general civic and citizen interests within the County. Members shall have expertise, knowledge or interest in ecology, conservation of natural resources, real estate or land acquisition, land appraisal, land management, eco-tourism or environmental education. The Consumer Advisory Board (CAB ) has two vacancies for new terms to expire December 1, 2016. This board was created on May 26, 2009, by Ordinance No. 2009-27. his ve-member board was created for the purpose of hearing any appeals from adverse administrative decisions regarding a public vehicle license permit. They will also hear all public consumer issues. No member of the CAB shall be a current motor vehicle for hire owner or operator, nor shall they be a family member of the same household of a current motor vehicle for hire owner or operator. Adverse decisions of the CAB may be appealed, within thirty (30) days, to the Board of County Commissioners. The CAB will be a quasi-judicial board. After initial appointments, terms will be four years. This is a Quasi-Judicial Board The Floodplain Management Planning Committee has three vacancies. This 15-member committee (eight members of the public) was created on July 25, 2006, by Resolution No. 2006-200 to promote awareness of oodplain and ooding issues, identify known ood hazards, discuss past ooding events, assess the current oodplain and ooding issues, and to set goals along with a strategy to make the community more resistant to ooding. The committee reviews and provides recommendations for oodplain management regulations, and for surface water and watershed management issues brought before it including, but not limited to, matters dealing with water quality and quantity. The committee will also develop and, at least annually, evaluate and update the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan. The Hispanic Affairs Advisory Committee has one vacancy for a term expiring on June 23, 2013, one vacancy for a term expiring June 25, 2014, and three terms expiring June 25, 2015. This ninemember committee identi es and evaluates problems unique to the Hispanic Community, reviews and recommends ways to ensure open communication between the minorities and Collier County Government, and provides periodic reports to the Board of Count y Commissioners. Terms are four years. The Library Advisory Board has one vacancy representing Commission District 5. This ve member board acts on behal f of the Board of County Commissioners to establish policies of the Library Department including, but not limited to, policies relating to materials acquisition and circulation, collection development, and eligibility of individuals for library services. They also act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Count y Commissioners for all Library Department issues regarding the establishment of fees, the budget, capital planning, staf ng levels, and other library related programs. The Parks and Recreation Advisor y Board has one vacancy for a term expiring on December 31, 2015 representing the Urban category. Representation on this board consists of one member from the Immokalee Community Park District, and six members from the Naples and Urban Area Community Park District. This sevenmember board advises the Board of Count y Commissioners on matters pertaining to the acquisition, development, and programs involving the Countys park facilities. Terms are four years. How to apply for an advisory committee on-line: Go to www.colliergov.net Click on I want to Click on Apply For Click on Advisory Boards & Committees After you complete the application, clic k on Submit Form. You will receive a con rmation that your application was sent. Note: You must put your e-mail address in the application to receive a copy of your application. Residents interested in applying for advisory committee positions may also obtain an application by calling 239-252-8097, or from www.colliergov.net. Please forward to the attention of Kristi J. Bartlett, Executive Aide, Board of County Commissioners, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 303, Naples, Florida 34112-5746. The deadline for acceptance of applications is January 25, 2013. HERES MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 5 Immokalee Bulletin January 10, 2013 A pply for Collier County advisory committees
October 11, 2012Jaime Vega was 15 years old, a sophomore at Immokalee High School. He chose the Naples Preserve for his college volunteerism requirements. He earned the Naples Police Department presented Jaime and three other Collier County youngsters with the Do the Right Thing Award. The U18 girls soccer team played in the Lee County Cup and although they didnt make it to the Championship game they had an outstanding tournament. The girls split the two games on Saturday beating North Ft Myers but losing a close game to Ft Myers Beach 4-3. Sunday they beat the second team from North Ft Myers 4-1 putting them in second place in their bracket.October 18, 2012The Shelter for Abused Women & Children planned the 2012 National Domestic V iolence Awareness Month initiative with the annual Immokalee Childrens Fair & Peace March at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Immokalee Sports Complex. The event featured the Childrens Fair, followed by a police-escorted Peace March on Main Street in Immokalee.October 25, 2012Immokalee 4-Her Jose Cano spoke to Rotarians on October 17, at i-Tech about his experience. Jose, along with two other Collier Countys 4-H delegation, had the opportunity to be a part of 4H Legislative Experience in our State capitol.November 1, 2012Immokalee citizens were preparing to head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, if they hadnt already taken advantage of early voting. On the local ballot, a hot race for Immokalee voters was the District 5 County Commission race, featuring Republican candidate Tim Nance facing opponent John Robin Hood Lundin, a Democrat.November 8, 2012Immokalees Mike Facundo, as chairman of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agencys citizens advisory committee, navigated the CRAs often politically rocky road toward adoption of the Immokalee Master Plan and led an expansion of the Redlands Christian Migrant Associations expansion of its campus in Immokalee. As a member of the Leadership Collier Class of 2013, hes taking his natural leadership abilities to new heights. November 15, 2012November 9 kindergartners from Highlands Elementary discovered Immokalee Regional Airport for the rst time. The annual Community Field Trip put kids in the cockpit and showed many of them a slice of life theyd never experienced before. Soccer Pit Cobras U13 and U14 boys played home games the weekend of November 3 at the Immokalee Sports Complex. The doubleheader started with the U14s facing Lehigh Lightning. The boys played an outstanding game in where they controlled the middle of the eld and scored when they had the opportunities. Goalkeeper Alexis Carbajal made two outstanding stops to preserve the shutout. Hendry County Sheriffs Of ce was investigating a burned vehicle on County Road 835 with a badly burned and smoldering body. The tag on the vehicle was registered to an address in Immokalee, but may not have been the proper tag. The Rotary Club of Immokalee presented Penny Phillippi with a Paul Harris Fellowship before the Immokalee football game at Gary Bates Stadium last Friday, Nov. 9. 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.December 6, 2012Many of Immokalees most dedicated community servants gathered November 30 to pay homage to a man who quite possibly had done more to uplift Immokalee than anyone else in the past 20 years. Rick Heers was the man of the hour at his retirement event, where he received the rst ever 1x1 Leadership Service Award. Monsanto employees were involved in the companys rst Rural Hunger Volunteer Week, volunteering in teams at local food banks as part of Monsantos push to raise awareness about and combat hunger in rural America. December 13, 2012Immokalees hometown gridiron heroes celebrated their big win against Miami Jackson of 29-21. The Indians head to Orlando for the State title against Tallahassee Godby December 14. This years Christmas around the World Parade and Gala celebrated its 20th Anniversary. This years Theme was...FUN NGames. The goal was to attempt Guinness Book Record status to become Second Place Winners from the Southwest region of Florida as the Winter Festival. December 20, 2012The community was shocked and saddened at the murder/suicide of two Immokalee teens.December 27, 2012Immokalee Water & Sewer District 2012 Employee of the Year Salvador Garcia was hired in January 2009, to work in our Maintenance Department before becoming full time. He performed maintenance and repair of water and wastewater system components, including treatment plant equipment, vehicle and equipment repair, repairing wells, etc. and was heavily involved in facilities or building repair, working on building cabinets, repairing roofs, installing ceramic tile, applying stucco, painting, drywall and other jobs throughout his tenure with the District. Barron Colliers legacy remained vibrant and visible. 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, Elvie Engle, 40-year farming veteran and Lara Collier, greatgranddaughter of Barron Collier Sr., had 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 on-site farm store and U-Pick. 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! 6 Immokalee Bulletin January 10, 2013 Submitted photoBe a bear!Everyone is invited to the Florida Black Bear Program Tuesday, January 15, at Roberts Ranch, across from Popeyes, at 6 p.m. Families welcome, Kids get to act like a bear! Roast marshmallows. The program will be presented by a Collier County Parks & Recreation park ranger. 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8 Immokalee Bulletin January 10, 2013 Sunday, 6th of January the Coalition of Immokalee Workers joined with other area Hispanics and with the magestic gures of Three Wise Men, who represent a tradition for the Hispanic world. The three important visitors distributed toys during their visit. This traditional ceremony at CIW started in 2005 when owners of SOMOS Magazine (Natalia Harding) and Hispanic newspaper A toda Marcha (Rosa Castillo) grouped, later joined by Silvia Izquierdo, publisher for Nuevos Ecos Hispanic newspaper. After a few years, Luisa M. Fournier, writer for SOMOS, joined in bringing a bit of brightness to this joyous event with colorful robes on three migrants turned into the Three Kings. Accomplices to this venture were: Del na Ortiz who brought forth some friends to design and make costumes and hair stylist Rodrigo Rodrguez who designed and made the head-dress to put a nishing touch in this effort. All in all it was a beautiful thought and act to highlight this event by Lucas Bentez, a member of Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a farm worker himself, who became a leader in the ght to end slave labor, human traf cking and exploitation in agriculture elds across the United States. Although the CIW understands the importance of learning the language of this country, where their parents chose to bring them up, its is of utmost importance to emphasize their heritage to the childen and encourage to be aware of their roots, traditions and culture. For a bit of tradition information, Western Christianity celebrates the Magi on the day of Epiphany, January 6, the day immediately following the twelve days of Christmas, particularly in the Spanish-speaking parts o f the world. In these areas, the Three Kings ("Los Reyes Magos de Oriente," also "Los Tres Reyes Magos" and "Los Reyes Magos") receive letters from children and so bring them gifts on the night before Epiphany. Locals honor Los Magos January 6 Submitted photoHoliday healthThis past holiday season, the Collier County Department in Immokalee promoted health in a special way. Their Christmas tree was decorated by children visiting the of ce for a variety of services such as WIC or immunizations. Children of all ages created a variety of colorful drawings that they signed and hung on the tree.