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Title: Immokalee bulletin
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Place of Publication: LaBelle, FL
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stk # 13c56 Image is for illustration purposes only.BUY A NEW 2013 FIESTA S FOR JUST $13995 AND PAY NO DEALER FEE. xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce of Immokalee along with the outstanding support of the The Florida Community Bank w ould like to invite you to participate in our “Annual Harvest Festival in Immokalee”, set for April 12-13, 2013. The community of Immokalee in an effort to continue its grand traditions, the Harvest Festival committee, is asking for your help and participation, to continue making this Event happen once again this year. This Year’s Festival Theme is “Harvesting, for the Next Generation” The Harvest Festival committee has selected its Grand Parade Marshals for 2013’ The parade will began on the corner of 9th and Main Street Lineup time is 10:30 am. on that corner Our Harvest Festival will host the following activities: April 12 at 7 p.m. “Harvest Festival Queen Competition” Doors Open 6 p.m. *The Of cial Harvest Festival Queen Court Crowning Competition will take place at the Immokalee High School Auditorium701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee, Florida 34142. Admission is Pre-sale is $5:00-at the Door $7:00. Kids under 6 years of age free! April 13 at 11:30 a.m. Harvest Festival Annual Parade starts 11:30 a.m. *Our Harvest Festival Queen Court Floats, A gricultural Floats and our Famous Immokalee Middle and High School Marching Bands and lots of other parade entries will becoming down the street.. Schedule of Event at Airport Park immediately after the Parade *There will be exotic Food Vendors of all cultures, and our World Famous, Wild Hog BBQ with the Immokalee Salad *Live Home Town entertainment and Music... all day! *4-H livestock demonstration with the winners from our local County Fair *Unique multicultural Arts and Craft items *Celebrate with us the winners of our local Mr/Ms Little Tomato Contest *Photo Opt Station with your favorite Horse or Tractor *Bounce House *Rock Wall Mr Leg Contest, any Males can participate and strut down our runway with for the most beautiful “LEGS” *Fresh Fruits and Veggies that are grown in Immokalee for sale *A KIDS Tent hosted by: The Salazar’s” with all types of games, face painting and arts and craft Do a Cake Walk for your Favorite Dessert Much, Much More Gate Admission to our Harvest Festival Event is $3:00. Parking is free! All Applications for Vendors, Parade Entry, Entertainment, Sponsorship and Tomato Contest are available NOW at the Chamber of Commerce Of ce! Partial proceeds from this Event goes directly to the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Funds to bene t graduating Seniors from Immokalee High School. The Harvest Festival committee and our entire community is looking forward to your participation. If additional information is needed, please call... Immokalee Chamber of Commerce @ 239-657-3237 or e-mail ecoc@ comcast.net Get your plans in order for the 2013 Harvest Festival North Fort Myers — Help is on the way for women in the Southwest Florida area who are having dif culty advancing their careers. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is one of 45 Goodwill agencies across the country to take part in an innovative program that provides job training and placement services to women. The program, known as Beyond Jobs and funded through a $7.7 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, will now create a larger impact by reaching more women who are unemployed or underemployed. This new funding will help broaden the reach of a program that was started in 2010 in ve U.S. markets serving 1,342 women, to serving an expected 12,250 women in 45 communities. “We are looking forward to expanding our assistance to the women of Southwest Florida,” says Madison Mitchell, spokesperson for Goodwill. “In 2012, Goodwill assisted over 30,000 individuals across Southwest Florida. This will allow us to grow that number even more in 2013 and 2014.” Beyond Jobs leverages Goodwill’s holisCareer assistance for women Thursday, February 14, 2013 V ol. 46 No. 7 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Submitted photo/ Bernardo BarnhartIndians Wrestler Advances to StateThe Immoklee Indians Wrestling team has their 126 pound wrestler Jerry Ruiz advancing to the FHSAA State Wrestling Tournament February 15th and 16th in Lakeland, Florida. Jerry avenged an earlier season loss to Macius Taite of Sarasota Booker to advance to the State Tournament. Jerry’s overall record this year is 33-8 with his only losses coming to state ranked wrestlers many of which wrestling for upper division schools. Beginning his IHS wrestling career just a little over a year ago, Jerry has shown great potential and has developed into a very good wrestler. See Women — Page 2

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Night under the starsThe Rotary Club of Immokalee is proud to partner with Collier and Lee County astronomers and is pleased to invite one and all to join us and experience a Nigh Under the Stars on Friday, February 15, beginning at 7:00 P.M. at Lake Trafford Marina. In making the announcement, President Richard Rice and Event Chair Chuck Pavlick said; “This should be an excellent night for viewing our atmosphere, as Jupiter and other planets w ill be plainly visible.” Mr. Pavlick added; “I understand we will have a couple of really strong telescopes so people will be able to see even farther into space and maybe see something they’ve never seen before. Everyone is invited to bring the whole family and let children, in particular, experience our heavenly galaxy, Rice said. There’s no charge, but a lot of viewing excitement for those attending.Encore!The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is providing another opportunity for the businesses of the South Side to offer the public delicious Foods, Beverages, Arts & Crafts and Live Music at this upcoming “Caribbean Taster.” So, it’s time for another Block Party! When: March 2, 2013 starting 12 noon to 10 p.m. Where: 2nd to 3rd Boston Avenue, Immokalee What: “Caribbean Taster-Immokalee Block Party” Please call our Immokalee Chamber of Commerce@ 239-657-3237 for additional information about this event.Front Porch fundraiserOn Saturday, February 16, 2013 come Show Your Support... at a barbecue and Car Wash. The meal includes BBQ Chicken and Ribs. You’ll need an exterior sash ~ Cars, Pickups and Vans Cost: Donations Accepted. All proceeds will bene t Greater Immokalee Front Porch programs and community projects. Time: 8:00a—1:00p.m. Where: 401 S. 2nd Street Contact Wilson “Toot” Riley 239-8671394 or Sylvester Williams 239.324.1497 Thank you for your support! www.greaterimmokalee.comEntrepreneur Day!When: Saturday, February 16, 2013 Where: House of Prayer 401 S. 1st Street Time: 7:30 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m. Limited space available. Setup Fee: $10 donation. Bring your own table, chairs and tent. Planning a vacation? Attending your family or class reunion? Need extra cash? Spring cleaning? Graduation gift? Don’t miss YOUR opportunity to earn $$$! All proceeds will bene t YOUR local entrepreneurs (residents). Come out and show YOUR support. Contact: 239-826-7073Mardi Gras bashCome to the Mardi Gras Bash celebration for Phyllis Frusomn-Williams Friday, February 15, 7-10 p.m. at the Immokalee Sports complex, 505 Escambia Street. Bring your gift, thank you and good cheer. Food and music provided. RSVP to Terronica FruspnSimon at 239-440-5689 by text or leave a message. Hosted by Terronica and the Greater Immokalee Front Porch.Become a nail technicianIf you’re interested in becoming a nail technician, iTECH is beginning a new 240hour program to earn your specialty license for nails in only 17 1/2 weeks. Class times: Monday, Wednesday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost $1,700 Includes tuition, books, kit and lab fees. Enroll now, limited space. For more information call 239-377-9900.Cook off postponedIn observance of Ash Wednesday the Feb 13 IMS Party and Chili Cook Off has been moved to Feb 20, 5 p.m.COFFO meeting plannedThe Coalition of Florida Farmworkers Organization (COFFO) has scheduled a Community meeting on February 19 from 4-5 p.m. at the Career and Service Center in Immokalee. The purpose of the meeting is to select two representatives to represent the low-income Community on the agency’s Board of Directors. Area car lovers invitedThe South Central Florida Car will be hosting its monthly Hot Rides & Hot Dogs cruise in on February 19 from 5-8 in LaBelle’s Barron Park. This event is open to all area car owners and lovers. Fresh grilled hot dogs with special xings are served to all that join us for the night. So stroll on over to the park after enjoying the sites and sounds of the Night on the Town event. Registration is still open for the Legends of The Road Super Cruise and Show, Come and show off your ride for all to see on Feb 23. Show is from 9-4 during Swamp Cabbage. Trophies will be awarded to top picks of the day. More info please call 863-2348343 or 963-634-1791. Community Briefs 2 Immokalee Bulletin February 14, 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 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. tic approach to job training, placement and family nancial support services. Over the 30-month grant period, Goodwill will work with women to provide them the tools to achieve their educational, career and nancial goals. Once participants are placed in jobs, they receive support to retain them, to further their education, and to advance in careers within their chosen industries. Long-term unemployment among women remains a problem, both locally and nationwide. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 26 percent of the women who lost their jobs during the recession have regained them. Last year, more than one out of four women was still looking for work after more than a year of job hunting. “Not only will this program help to place women, no matter their circumstances, in jobs, it will also give them the tools needed to support themselves and their families, long term,” explains Todd Ryan, Director of Career Development Services at Goodwill. “Beyond Jobs ts perfectly with Goodwill’s mission of assisting peoplein this case, womenin overcoming barriers to employment and independence.” Among the tools provided by the Beyond Jobs program are continued nancial education, family strengthening services, early education and child care assistance, and connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives. The Beyond Jobs program is a key element in Walmart achieving the goals of its Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, one of which is to help 200,000 U.S. women from low-income households with workforce readiness through job training, education, career counseling, and mentoring. For more information, visit corporate.walmart.com/women. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. operates 26 Retail & Donation Centers in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties to provide funding for its mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages become more independent. Supported programs include Job-Link resource centers, youth mentoring and career guidance, transportation assistance, income-sensitive housing for people with disabilities and senior citizens, and the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School. For more information about Goodwill Industries o f Southwest Florida, visit www.goodwillsw org.About philanthropy at WalMart Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs o f the communities it serves and make a signi cant social impact within its core areas o f giving: Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the ght against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 900 million meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com. WomenContinued From Page 2

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By Maribel De ArmasThere are a number of times in a student athlete’s life that will undeniably stand out and stay with them forever. There’s the day they make the team, that winning point they score, maybe a regional or state championship game their team wins. But for those young athletes who wish to continue playing their sport at the college level, there’s a very special day that is one of the most memorable. There is a day each year – right around this time of year – when high school senior student athletes throughout the country make commitments to attend and play sports at top universities. That day is National Signing Day and this year it happened on Wednesday, February 6th. More than thirty of our very own Collier County Public Schools’ high school seniors signed letters of intent on this day – letters representing their choice in university and commitment to play their sport. At Immokalee High School, six student athletes participated in this momentous day. And a momentous day indeed it was for each of the students, but especially for senior Mackensie Alexander who made his college choice announcement during a live, worldwide ESPN television broadcast. But it goes beyond the excitement of live TV and the nervous anticipation of what college years will hold. It’s about everything that happened that led to sitting on a stage, pen in hand, signing a piece of paper that opens the door to a dream. As is the case in all high schools, the support of teachers, administrators, and coaches makes a big impact on student athletes. Many times, these adult gures become mentors that help guide. At Immokalee High, Principal Dr. Mary Murray leads the efforts in helping the school’s athletes sta y focused academically and succeed in their sports. Some examples o f what the school has implemented include: “Indian Pride,” a mandatory stud y hall program for all athletes held after school, BEFORE practice (academics always come rst); all juniors and seniors – athletes and non-athletes alike – take the ACT and SAT college-entrance exams; summer school programming is available to support struggling students recover credits and improve grades; and, school staff closely monitor academics and follow up with students as grades become even an inkling of a problem. Dr. Murray is so proud of her students and their successes, and her words truly say it best. “We are ver y excited for our students who have signed on National Signing Day, but also for those who continue to select their university for our second signing day, and those who are accepting offers to attend universities and colleges in the fall through purely academic admission. All o f these opportunities are a direct re ection o f the hard work and dedication each student and student athlete has put into their future. We are proud of their accomplishments and honored to have been a part of this chapter o f their lives. We wish each senior well on their journey and charge our junior class to follow in their footsteps. Our seniors have trul y made their school, community, and families proud.” 3 Immokalee Bulletin February 14, 2013 Students First Love and kindnessAllen Chapel A.M.E Church, where the Reverend Lori Snell, serves as pastor, will be showing random acts of kindness and love on Valentine’s Day from 4-6p.m, at different locations across Immokalee. We are calling this ministry Covering Immokalee With Love and Kindness.FishingJoin a park ranger and learn to sh or just come enjoy shing if you already know how. Rods, reels and bait supplied. This program w ill be on the 4th Thursday of each month at Lake Trafford.COFFO board to meetThe COFFO Board meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. February 15, at the COFFO Immokalee Of ce, 214 A South 1st Street in Immokalee.Homebuyer workshopCome to a Homebuyer Workshop Saturday, February 23, 9 a.m-5 p.m. Light lunch included. topics include: determining a price y ou can afford; managing your money; understanding credit, getting a mortgage loan, shopping for a home; insuring your property; keeping your home and managing your nances. Registration required. Call Angela Johnson 239-658-3315 or Lillie Flores 239-6583318. Seating limited. Free class. Must attend entire class for certi cate. No children preferred.750 South Fifth Street, Immokalee.Taller de comprador de casaSabado, 23 de febrero 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Almuerzo incluido. Los temos incluyen: determinar que precio puede comprar; administrando su dinero; comprender el credito; obtener un prestame hipotecario; comprar una casa; asegurar su propiedad; mantener tu casa y administrando sus nanzas. Llame A ngela Johnson 239-658-3315 or Lillie Flores 239-658-3318. 750 South Fifth Street, Immokalee.Thrift store opens new locationSt. Matthew’s Thirft Store of Immokalee has a second location at 502 Winn-Dixie Plaza. The store is open Monday-Saturday. All proceeds go to help the homeless shelters in Immokalee and Naples. V olunteer tax assistanceGet all the money back you deserve. If y ou 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 cation, 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 year’s Federal and State returns if available, bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit and total paid for day care provider and day care prov ider 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.Asistencia de declaracion de impuestosAsistencia voluntaria de declaracion de impuestos. Toma el dinero que has ganado. Recibe todo el dinero que usted se merece. Si usted gano menos de $49,000 en el 2012, usted puede ser elegible para recibir hasta $5,186 del Credito Tributario por ingreso del Trabajo o Credito por su hijo(a). Es gratis la preparacion de su declaracion de impuesto. Que debe traer para su cita: Su identi cacion Tarjetas de seguro social Fechas de nacimiento para usted, esposo(a) y dependes Reporte de ingresos y ganancias de sus empleadores (W-2, W-2G, 1099-R) Intereses y nancia dividendos de su banco Una copia de su declaracion de impuesto del ano anterior si esta disponible Numero de su cuenta bancaria incluyendo el numero de ruta si quiere hacer un deposito directo de su reembolso a su cuenta de banco El total que usted pago por servicios de guarderia incluyendo el numero de impuesto de la guarderia. Locacion: Guadalupe Social Services/ Caridades Catolicas, 211 Calle 9 Sur, Puerta #7, Immokalee; 239-657-6242 o 813-7326615. Dias y horario: Miercoles 6-9 p.m. y Sabados 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Medical class availabaleiTECH is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new Medical Billing and Coding class to begin on or about March 1st of this year. This 1,000 hour training program gives students a certi cate of completion and prepares them to be nationally certi ed as a biller/coder. This course is also eligible for Pell Scholarship funding. Also, please welcome the school’s newest instructor, Donna Jolly, who comes from Georgia with several years of teaching experience in Medical Billing and Coding. 2013 ORV permits on saleThe 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

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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 February 14, 2013 Southwest Florida -The public is invited to join famed photographer Clyde Butcher and his wife Niki for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Big Cypress Gallery in the Florida Everglades. The anniversary weekend activities will take place at Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in the Big Cypress Preserve, Western Everglades during the annual open house on February 16-18, 2013. During the three-day President’s weekend event, guests are invited to meet the photographer, take guided swamp tours, and learn about Butcher’s 20 years of displaying unique and beautiful black and white photography at the gallery. “Twenty years! It seems like yesterday that we began the joy of hard work creating the dream of Big Cypress Gallery in a setting surrounded by the peace of over a million acres of wilderness,” said Clyde Butcher. “The public has been a big part of that dream, and we invite everyone to join with us as we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Big Cypress Gallery,” he said. Butcher will be in the gallery all three days to greet guests and autograph books from 10am – 5pm. This rare opportunity to meet the photographer will also feature family friendly activities throughout the w eekend including speakers throughout the day: Rangers from the Big Cypress National Preserve, Friends of Big Cypress, Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge and more. There w ill also be guided wet swamp walks where v isitors can explore the beautiful nature preserve right in the backyard of the gallery. Guests interested in taking part in a wet swamp walk are asked to bring a bag lunch and reserve a space online in advance. The times are as follows: Saturday & Sunday 9am 2pm, and Monday 9am 12pm. The tours are $50 for each adult, which includes a $25 credit for the gallery, and $25 for children under 18. Kids under 18 are free. Free guided dry walks will leave every half hour with no reservation required. Clyde Butcher’s black and white photographs explore his personal relationship with the environment. For more than forty years, he has been preserving on lm the untouched areas of the landscape. His images are captured with an 8”x 10”, 11”x 14”, and 12”x 20” view camera. The large format camera allows him to express the elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the intricacy of the landscape. The photographs range in sizes from 8”x 10” inches to 5’x 8’ feet. Recent projects include work for Florida’s “Save Our Rivers” program, the South Florida Water Management District, the D.E.P., Divisions of State Lands, the Bureau of Submerged Lands and Preserves, Everglades National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, River Keepers, and the Wilderness Society. Clyde has been honored b y the state of Florida with the highest award that can be given a private citizen: the Artist Hall of Fame Award. He was also privileged to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association and given the honor of being the Humanitarian of the Year for 2005 from International University. He has also received the Heartland Community Service Award from the state of Florida for educating the people of Florida about the beauty o f their state. The Sierra Club has given him the Ansel Adams Conservation Award, which is given to a photographer who shows excellence in photography and has contributed to the public awareness of the environment. A large selection of Clyde’s photograph y can be seen at his Venice Gallery & Studio in Venice, Florida, and at his Big Cypress Gallery, which is located on thirteen acres in the center of the Everglades, mid-way between Naples and Miami on Tamiami Trail (Hwy. 41), in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gallery is surrounded by more than a million acres of National Park wetlands and cypress strands of wild Florida. For more information go to www.clydebutcher.com / events.cfm. Like us on Facebook Clyde Butcher celerates 20-year anniversary with open house Submitted photoClyde Butcher and his wife Niki. The much-anticipated Sam Thompson Tribute, in recognition of a great local Country Western talent long gone but certainly not forgotten, is set for February 15-16. This will be a chance not only to remember the man and his music, but will be a great fund raiser for a number of local and national causes. Award winning artist Miss Birdie Lee will perform Friday, Feb. 15, at the Top Draw from 8-11 p.m. She worked with Sam at many appearances including the old Long Branch in LaBelle and was with Sam’s band w hen she won rst place female vocalist at the Country Music Award State Championship nals in St. Petersburg in 1979. She will pay tribute to Sam in her performance. Saturday, Feb. 16, the all day Music Tribute begins at 2 p.m. with many musicians, singers and bands. There will be no cover charge for this great event. Donations will be accepted at both doors for the fund raisers including: Wounded Warriors Project; Hope Healthcare Services Hospice; Ruben Rodriguez Family; Steven Zamarron Family.All proceeds from the door, individual donations and merchandise raf es will be given to these causes and organizations equally. Checks will be issued at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Top Draw Bar and Grill. Throughout the day there will be 50/50 raf es and three Win a Guitar raf es. Lil’ Ole Bulldogs with Bare Assets, Inc., will have one Fender and two Gibsons along with various other items to be raf ed off. “Bring it to win it” (you must be present to win). Sam’s Tribute CD the live radio broadcast of Sam at the Long Branch CD and his oil eld CD Songs of the Oil Fields, will be available. Budda Whidden provided a picture of the beautiful scene on the Tribute CD. Take a chance to win the “Sammy Bucket” that will have Sam’s CDs and photo inside. Look for lots of great stuff, including Western bling from Southern Divas and remember all proceeds go to the charities mentioned. For special needs seating or other information about the venue call 863342-8216. Two days of musical tribute to Sam Thompson planned Living the callAll are invited to the “Living the Call” Conference Saturday, February 23, at Ave Mari a University in Ave Maria. Speakers include EWTN and Ave Mari a radio host Teresa Tomeo, former US Ambassador and author Michael Novak, Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, Sr. Teres a Benedicta, Journalist and Editor of Legatus Magazine, Patrick Novecosky and Fr. Dennis Cooney, Pastor of St. Raphael Parish in Lehigh Acres. The cost of the conference is $50 with on campus lodging available at Xavier Hall by calling (239) 304-7206. For this and all conference information or call (239) 3484724 or email conferences@avemaria.edu. Community Brief

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Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at 5 Immokalee Bulletin February 14, 2013 Entrepreneurship Education and Small Business Growth Recognizes 7th Annual National Entrepreneurship Week February 16-23, 2012 WHAT: The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the seventh annual National Entrepreneurship Week. The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative nance option to start and grow their businesses. WHEN: February 19-21, 2013, daily at 3:00 p.m. (ET) WHO: Webinar topics and presenters are: Jay Goth, Business Consultant; TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC); Topic: Crowdfunding Pros and Cons Tuesday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m. Kevin Lehman, CEO and Co-Founder; Three Revolutions Topic: Crowdfunding Innovation Wednesday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m. Ryan Finch, General Manager; Raleigh City Farm Topic: Kickstarting an Urban Farm Thursday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. HOW: Audio Conference Login Instructions 1. Dial the AT&T Connect Teleconference Toll-Free Number 1-888-858-2144 2. Enter your AT&T Access Code 4259370 (press the # key) Web Conference Login Instructions 1. Login at www.connectmeeting.att. com 2. Enter "Meeting Number" 1-888-8582144 3. Enter "Access Code" 4259370 4. Enter "Email Address, First and Last name" 5. Click Submit 6. Click Participant 7. Click Participant Application (Recommended) 8. Click "Enter" Event 9. Click Dial-In/Already Connected b y Phone (Close the Telephone Connection Instructions pop-up box) System Requirements: To set up the AT&T Connect Participant application, a user's PC must run either Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 or Mac OS X 10.7 with either Internet Explorer 7.0 (or higher) supported. AT&T Connect does support the Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser. Note: The phone number is the "meeting number" when logging in to https:/ / www.connectmeeting.att.com. A separate telephone line is needed for the conference call-in portion. For assistance with AT&T Connect Web Conference Service, contact AT&T Connect Customer Care at 1-888-796-6118. National Entrepreneurship Week (February 16-23, 2013), hosted by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education celebrates the heritage of entrepreneurship in Americ a and of entrepreneurship education for the next generation. For details on this and other events, visit the National Entrepreneurship Week Website at www.entre-week.org/. Entrepreneurship Week events Harvest Festival 2013Dear Proud Sponsors:The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce along with the outstanding support of Florida Community Bank and its community leaders would like to invite you to participate in the "Annual Harvest Festival", set for Friday, April 12, 2013 with the Harvest Jr. /Sr. Queen Pageant and Saturday, April 13, 2013 w ith our Grand Parade and Festival. In efforts to continue its Grand Tradition, the Harvest Festival Committee, is asking for your help and participation to continue making this event happen once again this year. We are asking all schools for their participation in either the parade or entertainment. Please contact the people listed on this letter to reserve your spot. We would like to have each school represented at this year's event. Entertainment registration is FREE all we ask is for a form to be lled out by each act. The Harvest Festival committee has decided to offer All Vendors who are participating in this Event.....a terri c discount..... To be a vendor.....it only cost $25.00 There are "No" limitation on what foods can be SOLD. Please contact the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce (Mariela Romera@ 239-5521792) Today and become a Vendor. Please print and distribute enclosed are yers. Fred N. Thomas Letter to the Editor Notice is hereby given that the Immokalee Lighting and Beauti cation MSTU will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, February 27, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency of ce located at 1320 North 15th Street, Immokalee. This meeting will represent the MSTU Operational Workshop. About the public meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend, and to register to speak and to submit their objections, if any, in writing, to the board/ committee prior to the meeting if applicable. A ll registered public speakers will be limited to three minutes unless permission for additional time is granted by the chairman. Collier County Ordinance No. 2004-05 requires that all lobbyists shall, before engaging in any lobbying activities (including, but not limited to, addressing the Board of County Commissioners, an advisory board or quasi-judicial board), register with the Clerk to the Board at the Board Minutes and Records Department. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or other reasonable accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, should contact the Collier County Facilities Management Department located at 3335 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida 34112, or 239-2528380 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Such reasonable accommodations will be provided at no cost to the individual. For more information, call James Sainvilus, Immokalee MSTU at (239) 867-4121 County Meetings The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a free hunter safety course on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Feb. 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants must successfully complete the online portion of the course prior to attending and bring the nal Web report to the FWC course on Feb. 18. It does not have to be notarized. Students will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics/responsibility, among other topics, before taking the nal test. The course also includes live- ring instruction on a shooting range. The class is at the Collier County 4-H Extension Of ce on the University of Florida campus at 14700 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34120-1468. Participants can sign up at MyFWC.com/ HunterSafety or by calling the FWC's South Region Of ce at 561-625-5122. For a link to the online part of the course and a statewide schedule of hunter safety classes, go online to MyFWC.com/HunterSafety. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license. Parents or legal guardians must accompany children under 16 years of age to all classes. To participate in live- re exercises, children under 18 years old must present a parental release form signed by a parent or legal guardian. FWC offers hunter safety course Don't forget the Old Timers Dinner Thursday, February 21. It's the big kick off to Swamp Cabbage weekend. This will be the 18th Annual Old Timers Dinner, celebrating the folks who built LaBelle, but also those who continue to make it a special place. Remember, Thursday, February 21, at the LaBelle Civic Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. with genuine Cracker Cookin'. Tickets are $20 each and available at the Chamber of Commerce. Tables seat ten. There will be 50/50 tickets, a silent auction and dessert auction. Sponsored by the LaBelle Heritage Museum. for information call the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce at 863-675-0125. Celebrate with the Old Timers

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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. Real Estate ServicesSinglewide “2005” 3bedroom/1bath. Located in back part of tropical. 2yr. old A/C unit & duct work. 10x16 superior shed fully electric. Asking 30,000. (863)228-5415 or (863)228-1557 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 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 VERDE FIRST MONTH FREE!!!! A new home for your Valentine!! $15.00 Application fee per person. 2 BEDROOMS AT $500.00 PER MONTH 3 BEDROOMS AT $553.00 PER MONTH 4 BEDROOMS AT $500.00 PER MONTH Of ce Hours Monday Friday 8:30a 5:30p Saturday 9:00a 3:00p Sunday CLOSED LOCATED AT: 6760 Santa Fe North, Labelle, FL. CALL US AT: (877) 255-7316 MIRA VERDE PRIMER MES GRATIS!!!! Una casa nueva para tu Valentine!! $15.00 por costo Applicacion por person a!! 2 RECAMARRAS A $500.00 POR MES 3 RECAMARRAS A $553.00 POR MES 4 RECAMARRAS A $500.00 POR MES Horario de O cina Lunes a Viernes 8:30a 5:30p Sabados de 9:00a 3:00p Domingo CERRADO LOCALIZADOS EN: 6760 Sante Fe North, Labelle, FL LLAMENOS AL: (877) 255-7316 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 Mobile HomeSaleNew Jacobsen 3br, 2bath doublewide on sale for only $49,900 includes setup and a/c. Call Dwight at 863-677-1114 or 863-983-4663 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 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. NovemberTBA 2. DecemberTBA 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. January 16, 2013 Regular Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. January 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 A. 2012 Fiscal Year End Audit 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. 436323 IB 2/14/2012 Public Notice Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO www.newszap.com& click on classifieds 6 Immokalee Bulletin February 14, 2013 Apartments Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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Business & Service Directory AUCTION1999 Buick2G4WB52K7X15630552001 Chevy1GNDX03E61D223732 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onFebruary 25, 2013 at 9amKeiths Towing (239) 657-5741 AUCTION Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Of“ce: (863) 675-704 5 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 7 Immokalee Bulletin February 14, 2013 Seminole Casino Immokalee will bring its 2nd Annual “Balloons Over Paradise” Festival to the Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch Immokalee on April 20-21, starting at 6 a.m. daily. This celebration of ight will feature more than 40 custom hot air balloons and plenty of fun for the whole family including tethered balloon rides, live music by award-winning performers, food vendors, art showcase, children’s activities, carnival games, acrobatic kite demonstrations, classic car show, demonstrations by agility dogs and more. Admission is free to the all-ages festival. The Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch is located at 1195 SR 29 in Immokalee. “Last year’s Balloons Over Paradise Festival had over 18,000 attendees, and we’re thrilled to bring this entertainment-packed weekend back to Southwest Florida,” said Jim Gibson, director of marketing at Seminole Casino Immokalee. “There’s something for everyone, and for the rst time, we’re offering tethered balloon rides.” The colorful balloons will kick off each morning with an illuminated light show to orchestral music. Festival-goers will be able to walk among the balloons as they in ate for a mass ascension into the sky. Specialty balloons include Sugar Bear, Ella “phant” and a ying globe. Attendees will enjoy a great line-up of activities, all to the sounds of a variety of bands. On Saturday, April 20, pop-rocker Eddie Money will perform his greatest hits. During the late ‘70s, Money had a handful of album rock hits and wound up crossing over into the Top 40 with songs like “Baby Hold On” and “Maybe I’m a Fool.” During the early ‘80s, he began to make funny narrative videos, which became staples on early MTV and made “Shakin” and “Think I’m in Love” hits.1986’s Can’t Hold Back featured the hit “Take Me Home Tonight” and “I Wanna Go Back,” making the album a Top 10 smash. In 1988, Money followed the album with Nothing to Lose, which featured the Top 10 “Walk on Water.” Two years later, “Peace in Our Time,” taken from the 1989 Greatest Hits: The Sound of Money, reached No. 11. On Sunday, April 21, American poprockers The Buckinghams will perform. Backing Dennis Tufano’s buoyant lead vocals with prominent harmonies and punchy soul-styled brass, the group’s “Kind of Drag” became a million-selling pop chart-topper. “Don’t You Care,” “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” and the pseudo-psychedelic “Susan,” all proved to be major hits for the band. The group’s R&B roots surfaced on a vocal adaptation of Cannonball Adderley’s jazz standard “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” their second-biggest hit. The band has shared the bill with The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Neil Diamond and The Who. Original founding members guitarist Carl Giammarese and bassist Nick Fortuna continue to deliver a powerful replay of their hits and solid gold memories. The Grass Roots will also perform on Sunday. The band had a series of major hits, most notably “Let’s Live for Today,” “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes,” and “Two Divided by Love.” The folk-rock band charted 14 Top 40 hits, including seven gold singles and one platinum single. Children will join in on the fun with storytelling, bounce houses and a climbing wall. Food vendors will be on hand with Amish donuts, kettle corn, crepes and great grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage. Attendees will also enjoy funnel cakes, cotton candy and other treats. Parking is free. Pets and coolers are not permitted. For more information on “Balloons Over Paradise,” visit www.seminolecasinoevents.com. More Than 40 Hot Air Balloons to Fill the Southwest Florida Sky Pesticide Training: Entrenamiento para tomar la Licencia de “Limited Commercial Certi cation Landscape Maintenance” [“Roundup” Certi cate] Cuando: 8:00 AM 4:00 PM. Saturday February 23, 2013. Dnde: Extension Of ce, 14700 Immokalee Rd., Naples, FL ( phone: 353-4244) Instructor: Cesar Asuaje (561-992-1262). La clase en Espaol y el examen en Ingls solamente CALL 353-4244 TO REGISTER; YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE THIS CLASS. Usted debe registrarse antes del WEDNESDAY February 20, 2013. A quien le puede interesar: A todas aquellas personas que estn trabajando o sean propietarios de una compaa de mantenimiento de reas verdes y/o “Landscaping”.Tambin le puede servir a personas que deseen aumentar conocimientos en principios bsicos en Horticultura ambiental o jardinera comercial Que le ofrece: Esta licencia le permite aplicar pesticidas con el signo “Caution” sobre las camas de las plantas y plantas ornamentales solamente. Si usted esta aplicando pesticidas con el signo “Caution” en los lugares descritos anteriormente, entonces el estado de Florida requiere que usted tenga esta licencia. Evite ser multado por el Departamento de Agricultura de Florida, tome este entrenamiento y saque su licencia para aplicar pesticidas legalmente. Que requisitos debe tener: Para tomar la licencia usted debe tener los siguientes documentos debidamente revisados y aprobados antes de tomar el examen: 1. Completar las planillas No. 13604 del departamento de agricultura y servicios al consumidor del estado de Florida (850617-7997). Para obtener estas planillas usted puede llamar a Cesar Asuaje al 561233-1727 o Peggy al 239-353-4244. Usted tambin puede buscar y entregar los documentos a partir antes de class: Extensin Of ce, 14700 Immokalee Rd., Naples, FL (Telfono: 353-4244) 2. Una foto 3. Un cheque de $ 150 a nombre de DACS for examen. 4. Class cost is $5, make check out to BCC. 5. Haber tomado 6 horas de entrenamiento requerido para esta licencia. Usted podr tomar el entrenamiento y el examen el mismo da. Se le dar constancia del entrenamiento, la cual es valida por un ao. Pesticide Training: Tomar la licencia Landscape Pests(spiraling white y also) CEU Class for Pro’s and Homeowners To attend you must register 2 days before the class. At Event Brite: http://white y. eventbrite.com/ Please list each attendee that is coming. Please call (239) 353-4244, i f any questions. FAX, 239-353-7127. Wednesday Feb. 20 from 3 to 5 PM. 2 DACS CEU’s (includes O&T, Limited Commercial Landscape, Limited L&O and CPCO L&O, private applicator Ag., card-holder training. Instructor will be Dr. Catharine Mannion, research entomologist with the University of Florida, Homestead TREC. Doug Caldwell, UF/IFAS Extension, Collier County Commercial Landscape Horticulture Educator. Where: Naples Botanical Garden; 4820 Bayshore Dr. Cost: $5, please pay at http://white y. eventbrite.com/ If internet challenged please call 353-4244 to register & bring check made out to BCC to meeting. 3:00 – 3:10 Welcome and Introduction 3:10 – 4:30 New &Common Woody Ornamental Insect Pests: Dr. Catharine Mannion Biology and IPM on new south Florid a landscape insects such as cus white y and the newest rugose spiraling white y. 4:30– 5:00 Common Woody Ornamental Diseases. Dr. Doug Caldwell Ornamental disease management overview: Disease triangle, IPM on shrub and palm diseases. Downy mildew of impatiens and Awabuki viburnum, to ganoderma butt rot, senn a brown rust disease. IFAS classes The Collier County University of Florida/ IFAS Extension will hold its 2013 Agricultural Tour Wednesday, March 20. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Collier County agriculture and horticulture operations. The tour starts on an air-conditioned bus and includes lunch (sorry – special diets cannot be accommodated) at the Immokalee Technical Center for a “Taste of Immokalee.” In addition to the American Farms Wholesale Nursery and the Silver Strand Orange Grove, we will tour a commercial vegetable nursery, Lipman Produce Packing, and the Farmers Produce Market in Immokalee. Comfortable closed-toed shoes are advised. Buses will depart from the IFAS Extension at 14700 Immokalee Road, Naples (10 miles east of I-75 Exit #111) promptly at 8:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m. A limited number of seats are available through Eventbrite. Tickets are $60.00 per person. Register at http://2013collieragtour. eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Robert Halman at (239) 353-4244. IFAS ag tour planned

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8 Immokalee Bulletin February 14, 2013 Submitted photosGone shin'A hook, a line, a pole and a kid now that’s a recipe for fun. Now, these kids know how to have fun! Kids are invited to Lake Trafford to learn how to sh from an expert. A park ranger will teach you the basics, or kids can just meet up with friends to enjoy the sport. Don’t know any other shermen but you’d like to give it a try? Come on out! Rods, reels and bait supplied. Meet up on the fourth Thursday of each month at Lake Trafford. What are you waiting for?