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Thursday February 21, 2013 V ol. 46 No. 8 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Submited photoServing the Haitian communityThe Haitian Community Group threw a party January 26 to celebrate the second inauguration of President Obama. The group has banded together to support the needs of the Haitian people in Immokalee and is already helping their fellow Haitians by teaching them the basics of the vote. The group, including founder Joseph A. Jean Pierre and his son, Abner Pierre, began the group last summer. Many in the community are illiterate and in need of guidance in many everyday activities. The founders soon discovered that people had many discrimination grievances. At this time the group is meeting twice a week at the Baptist Tabernacle Church but they are looking for a suitable location to house the organization. See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See CRA — Page 2 Brad Muckle is serving as CRA Interim Executive Director. The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is putting forth an effort to support all our local businesses of Immokalee. In this endeavor, w e need your participation with a great upcoming Block Party. The event will start on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from noon-10 p.m. in front of Chile Caliente, located at 204-208 Boston Ave. The street will be blocked off from Second to Third for this event. Come out and be a part of the fun! A ll vendors Food or Arts and Crafts will pay only $25 to participate. Informational booths will be free. All vendors must provide their own tent, tables, re extinguisher and power. To sign up or for more information, contact: Mariela Romero at 552-1792 or Cherryle Thomas at 657-0080, Immokalee Chamber of Commerce 1390 N. 15th Street, Suite 200. Immokalee. Let's get ready for a great time as friends and neighbors. March 2 from noon till 10 p.m. B lock party:Let’s heat things up! (February 13, 2013 Naples, Fla.) The Salvation Army in Collier County recently received a grant of $9,500 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support their Food Program. The grant will be used to restock The Salvation Army's food pantry so it can continue to battle hunger in our community. The Salvation Army continues to help a large number of people in need each week as food prices climb and the local economy struggles. Last year, the Food Pantry provided bags of food to more than 13,000 individuals in Naples and Immokalee enough food to feed 52,000 people. "With thousands of people being served each year, the food pantry sometimes struggles to keep the shelves stocked. This grant will help families keep food on the table," said Captain Pierre Smith, Commanding Of cer. "It's our hope that others in our community will continue to be concerned for those struggling to make ends meet, and be encouraged to help keep The Salvation Army's food pantry stocked through monetary or food donations." "We're committed to supporting our local community and look to make investments that are responding to the greatest needs of the people that Salvation Army gets grant for hunger reliefSee Hunger — Page 2 A familiar face will be taking over the reins of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency. Bradley Muckel, a veteran of the CRA staff, was appointed Februar y 12 as the agency's interim director by the Collier County Commission. Muckel assumes the post in the wake of longtime leader Penn y Phillippi's departure. Mr. Muckel's experience and training in architectural design Muckle interim CRA executive director


2 Immokalee Bulletin February 21, 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. Submitted photoNancy Limb (left) and Julie Schmelzle (right) from Bank of America present grant to Capt. Angel Hernandez. CRAContinued From Page 1 Gene Vaccaro, Collier County Democratic Party Chairman, announced today that newly elected Florida Democratic Party Chairw oman, Allison Tant, will be the featured, guest speaker at the Annual President’s Day Democratic Fund Raising BBQ. Vaccaro said; “We are honored to have our Chairwoman choose Naples for one of her rst stops as the new leader of the Florida Democratic Party. Chairwoman Tant was supported in her election efforts by both our State Committee Representatives, Steve Hemping and Mickey Gargan.” The fund-raising event is Sunday, March 3, from 1:30-4 p.m., at Etudes De Ballet located at 3285 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Florida 34109-5922. In addition to remarks from the State Party Chairwoman there will be live entertainment and a bake sale. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased on-line at www.CollierDems.com or by calling Democratic Headquarters at (239) 434-7754. New State Party Chair to attend Collier Democrat BBQ The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce’s President Bernardo Barnhart has decided to make this special Chamber Member Special a trip to remember. It is a one day, roundtrip to Key West, Florida This trip could be the beginning of new relationships with lots of one-on-one communication time with people you have never met or with persons you have not seen in a while. Bernardo is offering this “Special Chamber Invitation” to our entire community of Immokalee on February 23, 2013 (Saturday). Are you ready for some FUN...well this special one day roundtrip getaway consists of: A low group rate of $110.00 per person roundtrip. This rate includes all port and security fees. Pay only $55.00 each way. You will depart from Ft. Myers Beach at 8:30 a.m. Boarding starts at 7 a.m. last call at 8 a.m. You will depart Key West at 6 p.m. Boarding starts at 5 p.m. Last call is 5:30 p.m.You will return to Fort Myers Beach, Florida. There will be a fee to park your car before boarding the boat--$8 per vehicle per day. parking is open-air. You may only carry-on two bags. You will need photo IDs...Driver License or Passport required. Cash only while on the boat for food and cocktails Don’t miss out on this special deal from your local Chamber of Commerce. Just climb on board! Please contact Mariela Romero at 239-552-1792 for more details or email her at ecoc@comcast.net. Join chamber on cruise Salvation ArmyContinued From Page 1 live here,” said Gerri Moll, Lee and Collier market president, Bank of America. “We’re pleased to support the Salvation Army and their programs that address the areas immediate needs while also helping individuals and families become self-suf cient.” The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is awarding nearly $22 million in grants to over 1,000 nonpro ts across the country. The majority of grants will support nonpro ts serving low-income communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn that continues to sap local economies. This funding is part of the company’s intensi ed philanthropic focus on three core issues vital to the economic health of communities: housing, jobs and hunger and represents an important component of Bank o f America’s lending, investing and giving activities to help advance local economies. For more information on the programs provided by The Salvation Army in Collier County, visit their website at www.salvationarmynaples.org or call 239-775-9447. and project management have made him, over the years, a pivotal member of the CRA team. He joined the Immokalee CRA in June 2008 and has coordinated the agency’s improvement programs and revitalization projects designed to meet the objectives of the CRA’s community revitalization efforts. He has also played a role in fostering new development. “Now that the Immokalee Area Master Plan is behind us, it is time to get back to the business of improving Immokalee,” Muckel said. “This is an exciting time for our town. We are on the cusp of starting some major construction projects in many geographic areas of Immokalee. “In 2013 we will be installing sidewalks on streets where currently school children are forced to share the road with vehicles as they make their way to and from school. We will be constructing storm drainage conveyance systems in neighborhoods that historically ood during heavy rain events. W e will be installing asphalt overlays on certai n roadways in Immokalee to bring them bac k to new condition. And we will be doing al l of this while maintaining a scally conserva tive approach to doing business.” Mr. Muckel arrived at the Immokale e CRA with over 18 years successful experi ence in project management, development and design. He also has practical expertise in civil/ar chitectural development, budget planning and construction project administration He previously worked for Centex Homes o f Southwest Florida and, earlier in his career for organizations in the Baltimore/Washing ton D.C. corridor managing projects in bot h the United States and Haiti. He holds an A.A.S. degree in Architec tural Design and a B.S. degree in Executiv e Management with a concentration in con struction engineering and a MBA degree both from Hodges University.


ANNOUNCING We have opened a new location in LaBelle to better serve the Immokalee and Hendry county area. We are a comprehensive Orthopedic and Podiatry of“ce that treats orthopedic needs of the hips, knees, shoulders, ankles and all the joints in between. We treat fractures, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel, sports medicine injuries, work related injuries, wound care of the foot and ankle, diabetic foot care, and any other general orthopedic and podiatric health problems.Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine David Heligman MD Robert Andrew Follweiler, DO Jeffrey Kleiman DPM 3 Immokalee Bulletin February 21, 2013 Naples, Fla. – David Schimmel, CEO of David Lawrence Center, announced today his retirement at the end of 2013, after 30 y ears at the helm of Collier County’s only not-for-pro t behavioral health center. Prov iding the Board nearly a year to transition to new leadership, a search committee, chaired by Board Vice President Douglas J ohnson, Ph.D., will begin a national search for Schimmel’s replacement. Schimmel stated, “I am planning to retire at year’s end, but I will remain dedicated to furthering our mission of inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. I look forward to assisting the Board in the search for my successor and I am committed to a smooth leadership transition.” “David Schimmel has provided tremendous vision and leadership over the last 30 y ears in moving the Center forward to successfully expand and meet the signi cant growth of our community in an increasingly dif cult scal environment,” added Pablo V eintimilla, President of the David Lawrence Center Board of Directors. “We respect and appreciate all that he has done for Collier County and those we serve. We members of the board are grateful for his vision and his dedication, and are entirely supportive of his decision to retire. We thank him for his continued devotion to this institution, and look forward to his continued leadership through 2013 as we nd his successor.” Schimmel joined David Lawrence Center in 1984 as Assistant Director and was appointed Chief Executive Of cer in 1989. He is a certi ed Mental Health Administrator and licensed Mental Health Counselor. In Schimmel’s 30-year tenure as CEO with the David Lawrence Center, the organization signi cantly expanded programs and services. He formed collaborative partnerships with the community and government leaders to enhance the quality of care for those in need and invested in the facilities, technologies and staff necessary to provide those services. The organization also expanded from one location to seven; the staff increased from 30 to 275 employees, with an additional 200 volunteers; and the annual operating budget grew exponentially from $1 million to $17 million. As a result, David Lawrence Center touches the lives of more than 30,000 families today. During his 45-year career in mental health, Schimmel has worked to transform the Florida mental health system to improve access to care and advocate for adequate funding for mental health and substance abuse services locally, regionally and nationally. He has worked tirelessly across the state to reengineer systems of care to accommodate new funding methodologies and policy reform. Schimmel’s signi cant impact on mental health and addiction treatment in the State of Florida was recognized by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare when he was honored with the esteemed National Piepenbrink Award for Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management. At that time his peer Kevin B. Lewis, Executive Director of Southwest Florida Addiction Services, shared, “David Schimmel’s management has led David Lawrence Center to be a statewide leader in innovation, developing programming to respond to community needs. Dave has also been a regional and statewide leader, being the catalyst for provider collaboration throughout this region, and willingly assists other providers.” Schimmel’s community involvement includes a variety of state and national leadership posts with the Southwest Florid a Behavioral Healthcare Network, the Florid a Council for Community Mental Health, Action for Behavioral Health, Mental Health Corporations of America and Associates in Behavioral Healthcare. Locally he has served on the Board of Directors of the Naples Are a Chamber of Commerce, is a graduate o f Leadership Collier, and is Past President o f Naples North Rotary. David Lawrence Center is the Southwest Florida-based, not-for-pro t leading provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. The Center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community based prevention and treatment services for the one in four local children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges. David Lawrence Center has eight locations in Collier County and touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year. For more information about David Lawrence Center call 239-455-8500 or visit www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org. David Lawrence CEO announces retirement by Maribel De ArmasIn the world of education February is quite a special month – it’s Career and Technical Education Month. And I say that it’s special because now more than ever, career and technical education (CTE) is so important for our community. CTE not only prepares our youth and adults for a successful future as individuals, but it aids in developing a strong workforce that gives back to our community’s economy. Actually this year’s CTE month theme is “Invest in Your Future.” Here at Collier County Public Schools w e pride ourselves in our CTE programs. At the high school level, we have career academies focusing on topics such as engineering, marketing, culinary arts, and more. We’ll come back to those in a few w eeks with a column all about these great programs. We then also have two state-ofthe-art post-secondary education centers – Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology (LWIT) in East Naples and one right in our Immokalee community, the Immokalee Technical Center (iTECH). Both offer a ton of certi cate programs that prepare adults students for careers, not just jobs. The mission of iTECH is to provide rigorous and relevant real-world educational experiences using both traditional and distance learning models in order to qualify students for employment and career adv ancement. Over at iTECH students have a plethora of programs to choose, from Accounting, Cybersecurity Technology, and Multimedia Design Technology, to Construction Technology, Culinary Arts, and a whole lot in between. These programs prepare students to enter the working world in their eld of choice. In fact, according to data from the 2010-2011 (it takes a bit to gather this type of data) iTECH had a total placement rate of 92.86% that’s quite wonderful! And iTECH is always looking for the next program to offer – particularly in career elds that our own business community reports is a growing need. In fact, iTECH has a new program about to make its debut in March 2013 and maybe you’ll want to look into it. The program is called Medical Billing and Coding. It is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of health care settings as entry level coder, medical records coder, coding technician, coding clerk, or medical coder/ biller. The program prepares students for employment by offering the foundation of knowledge necessary for a position using industry-standard coding systems. By the end of a successful completion of the course, students receive their Certi ed Coding Associate (CCA) certi cation. If this sounds interesting to you, there are still some openings available and there’s still time to sign-up! Learn more at www. itech.edu or simply call 658-7080. Oh, and before we part ways today, I want to make sure I tell you about an event coming up on Sunday that stays right along the theme of “Invest in Your Future.” If you have a college-bound high school senior or you are an adult seeking post-secondary education, you might nd that you may like some help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Goal Sunday is for you! It’ll be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (February 24) at Golden Gate High School, located at 2925 Titan Way in Naples. You’ll have folks at the ready to help you complete this comprehensive application and nancial aid professionals sharing important information on the nancial aid resources available to you. Students First


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 21, 2013 Immokaleeans are invited to neighboring LaBelle’s biggest party of the year the Swamp Cabbage Festival Saturday, February 23, and Sunday February 24. The Swamp Stomp 5K run Begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at Southern Diva’s parking lot in Grandeur Oaks Town Center. Entry fee on race day will be $30. The proceeds will go for the homeless pets at the Caloosa Humane Society. Register at w ww.caloosahumanesociety.org or www. ftmyerstrackclub.com ParadeMake sure you’re in town early because the roads will be closed about 9 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. beginning south of SR 80 and traveling northward down Bridge Street to Barron Park. All the fun of a great parade for young and old! Music lovers will be glad to know that W ilson Fairchild a country music duo made up of Wil and Langdon Reid will headline the festival. The park will be alive with excitement including the ever-popular. Check out the cool rides the South Central Florida Car Club Car Show 2013 will be set up along Fort Thompson Ave. Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 at 7 p.m. and the Youth Ranch Rodeo Sunday, February 23, at 9 a.m. with barrel racing at noon. The rodeo grounds are located on SR 29 just south of LaBelle. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 12:00 Opening Prayer/National Anthem 12:10 Queen and Princess introduction and performance 12:20 Justus Band 1:15 Country Rhythm Cloggers 2:00 Introduction of Grand Marshal, Pioneer Family Awards 2:15 Yard Dog Charlie 3:15 Showtime Cloggers 4:00 Wilson Fairchild SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 10:00 International Christian Academy 10:30 Blackwater Band 11:30 Dave Randant 12:15 Queen and Princess Introduction and Performance 12:30 Northwind Band 1:20 The Dance Company 2:15 Justus Band 3:00 Wilson Fairchild Swamp Cabbage Festival 2013 Fort MyersStudents of the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy, members of the community, and staff of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida participated in a ceremonial demolition at the new location of the L.I.F.E. Academy charter school and Goodwill Opportunity Center on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The new school, which is for students with developmental disabilities ages 11 through 22, will be located at the future site of the Goodwill Opportunity Center at 5100 Tice Street, Fort Myers. The school will feature larger classrooms, a bus ramp area, and will be able to accommodate more students. “The L.I.F.E. Academy will help students through their schooling and, after graduation, they can transition through our vocational center,” says Fred Richards, Vice President of Goodwill’s Career Development Services. “That will help them with employment skills and placement and further set them on the path to independence. They will have opportunities to learn, opportunities to grow, opportunities to achieve, and opportunities to work.” The Opportunity Center will house Goodwill’s administrative of ces, vocational center, retail operations and business services. The move was prompted by both internal growthGoodwill is currently one of Southwest Florida’s top employersand to meet the needs of the community. “Ten years ago,” explains Rick Evanchyk, COO of Goodwill. “Goodwill assisted 1,900 individuals and employed just over 300 people. In 2012, we helped over 30,000 individuals and we now employee about 700 people. This facility will help us assist even more people in the Southwest Florida community. Today we are breaking walls and breaking barriers.” L.I.F.E. Academy student Shea Warner and principal Lynn Pottorf were the rst to sledgehammer the wall, followed by Mike McKinley, chair of the L.I.F.E. Academy board, and Joe Torregrasso, Director of Education Development at Goodwill. Students from the Academy drew pictures of what they want the new school to look like, which were displayed around the facility. “I don’t just see an empty space, I don’t just hear quiet,” Pottorf says of the current warehouse facility. “I see opportunity. I see opportunity for our students.” Following the ceremony there was a tour of the future Goodwill Opportunity Center, which will provide opportunities in employment and independence to the community. The new Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy plans on opening its doors at the start of the 20132014 school year with Goodwill’s Opportunity Center targeted to open at the end of 2013. The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy is a tuition-free, open-enrollment Lee County charter school for middle and high school students with developmental disabilities. The school’s curriculum is designed to promote self-advocacy, and develop life skills for independent living, by focusing on academic skills, daily life skills and vocational/workforce skills. For more information about the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy, please visit the school’s website at www. GoodwillLIFEAcademy.org or call Dr. Joe Torregrasso at (239)995-2106 ext. 2286. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. serves Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties by providing programs and services to help people with disabilities and other disadvantages. Primary funding for Goodwill’s programs is provided through the sale of donated and new goods at the agency’s 26 Retail & Donation Centers. For more information about Goodwill visit www.goodwillsw .org. Goodwill & L.I.F.E. Academy Celebrate Future Home Submitted photoL.I.F.E. Academy student Shea Warner and principal Lynn Pottorf were the rst to sledgehammer the wall


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 21, 2013 February 25: Boys and Girls Lacrosse Home vs. Lely February 26 and 27: FCAT and Collier W rites February 26: Senior Cap and Gown Pictures February 26: Softball Home vs. Estero February 26: Baseball Home vs. Estero February 28: Baseball and Softball Home vs. Lehigh February 28: Boys and Girls lacrosse Home vs. Golden Gate March 1: Baseball Home vs. Naples Immokalee Indians News On Saturday, March 16, from 1-3 p.m. local historian and author, Marya Repko, will give an illustrated presentation at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center about Deaconess Harriet Bedell, missionary to the Seminoles in the Everglades, who was canonized by the Episcopal Church in 2009. She will talk about early settlers, the building of the Tamiami Trail, its impact on the native Seminoles and Deaconess Harriet Bedell, logging in the Fakahatchee, development in the Picayune, and the efforts of environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. After the lecture, she will sign her “brief history” books. Marya grew up in Hadlyme, CT, but lived most of her adult life in Europe as a software engineer. After retirement, she moved to Everglades City, Florida, where her rst book “A Brief History of the Everglades City Area” has sold thousands of copies. Other brief histories of Deaconess Harriet Bedell, the Fakahatchee, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Sanibel have been well-received. She is President of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, membership secretary of the Friends of Fakahatchee, and co-editor of The MULLET RAPPER. This presentation is provided with cooperation from the Florida National Parks Association. The association is an of cial private, non-pro t partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scienti c research responsibilities within the national park units of South Florida. www.evergladesassociation.org For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center at 239-695-4758. Meet author and learn about the Deaconess of the Everglades Photo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Deaconess Bedell on the porch of the Mission of Our Savior, Collier City, Florida. The community’s support is needed for an upcoming event Winn Dixie will be hosting Sunday, February 24. Winn Dixie and Relay for Life’s Desiraye A lvarado is offering 30 booths at a cost of $20 a piece. All funds will go directly to Relay for Life. At the booths those involved can use this opportunity to have swap meet style sales, advertise your business or assist in generating funds for Relay. A section of the W inn Dixie parking lot will be blocked off for the safety of all involved. There will be games for children, raf es, hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks, snacks and country music. If anyone would like to participate in our ght for a cure or to become Relay team members please contact David Dawson at daviddawson.wd@icloud.com or call 239-657-7666. There is no donation to small too help support our cause. Support needed for Relay for Life event Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board to meetNotice is hereby given that the Hispanic A ffairs Advisory Board will meet Thursday, February 28, at 6 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. 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 Marlene Serrano at (239) 252-2487. County Meetings by Richard RiceBill Walsh, VP/Manager of the Naples Auto Donation Center, gave Rotarians some insight as to how they might get some IRS tax credit by donating an automobile to the agency during the meeting on February 13. “Donating your car is fast, free, and easy,” Walsh said, “and you’re protected when you donate to NADC, as the law prohibits non-pro t organizations from accepting donations unless the non-pro t is a licensed auto dealer.” “Naples Auto Donation Center is a 501 (C-3) non-pro t organization and a licensed, bonded, and insured auto dealer in the State of Florida,” said Walsh. NADC will accept any auto you may wish to donate, regardless of its condition, and shares the net revenue with the charity of your choice, he added. “Our portion of the net revenue is earmarked and goes to the Friends of Foster Children (FFC), a non-pro t that provides services, activities, and necessities to Collier County children in the dependency/foster care system who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. FFC does for these youngsters what the State of Florida does not do,” said Walsh. Persons interested are asked to call NADC at 239 692-9840, or visit the center at 1742 Commercial Drive, Naples, Florida. Rotarians learn about tax credit


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. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays 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 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS1, 2, & 3 Bedroom Apts Willowbrook Place, Garden Lake, Summer Glen, Heritage Villas & Southern Villas. Please call 239-657-3204 For more information. Handicapped Accessible. Hearing Impaired: Call 800-955-8771Equal Housing Opportunity This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Apartments Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. 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 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Jet SkisSeadoo Jet ski 3 person, 4 stroke, super charged. Only 90 hrs. Looks like new w/trailer. $5,500 OBO. Call 863-673-2365. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Business & Service Directory AUCTION2008 LexusJTHBJ46G182212356Boat Trailer13-2328 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onMarch 4, 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 6 Immokalee Bulletin February 21, 2013 Apartments leads you to the best products and services.READING A NEWSPAPER... READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU.


Pre-Session Town Hall MeetingSenator Dwight Bullard-D, District 77, will hold a pre-ssesion Town Hall meeting Monday, February 25, 6-8:30 p.m. at the MiamiDade College– Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami. Senator Bullard’s town hall meeting will be streamed live at: iTECH (Immokalee Technical Center) Conference Center, 508 North 9th Street Immokalee. For more information contact Aaron McKinney: 305.234.2208 or mckinney.aaron@ senate.gov. Please send questions and topics that you would like Senator Bullard to address.Help applying for college nancial aidFor many high school seniors and their families, applying for nancial aid for postsecondary education can be a daunting task. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a comprehensive application that when completed correctly may provide needed nancial aid resources to a student heading to college. So to make the task a bit easier, Collier County Public Schools, in partnership with Champions For Learning, are proud to hold College Goal SundaySM from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday (February 24) at Golden Gate High School (2925 Titan W ay). College Goal Sunday will provide free onsite help in completing the FAFSA and will offer the opportunity to speak with nancial aid professionals about resources available to pay for higher education. This event is open to high school seniors and their parents, as well as older independent individuals (over 24 years old) who are seeking to pursue post-secondary education. Spanish and Creole translation services will be available. In order to make your time at College Goal Sunday as successful as possible, parents/guardians and independent individuals are asked to please bring all necessary nancial and tax documents needed to accurately complete the FAFSA. For a list of these items, please visit the Parents page on the Collier County Public School’s website (www.collierschools.com/parents) and click on the “College Goal Sunday” link at the top of the “Parents Latest News” section. To learn more about Collier County’s College Goal Sunday event, please contact Beth Colman at 377-0110. Democrats to meetThe Democratic Club of Immokalee will meet on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 pm at Mi Ranchito, 710 W Main St #A, Immokalee, FL 34142, (239) 657-1766. The club will discuss voter outreach and education to increase voter participation in the election process. The meetings are open to all.RevivalYou are cordially invited to worship with us during the 2013 Breaking Bread Men of Distinction revival February 27-March 1. Guest Evangelist is Dr. Leon Williams, Pastor/ Teacher with Unity Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Naples. Originally from Immokalee, Dr. Williams is coming to “preach the Word” and give back what God has entrusted in him. Service will be held nightly at 7 p.m., House of Prayer, 401 S. 2nd Street. You don’t want to miss this worship, praise and outpouring of the Word services. All are welcomed. Come out and help us lift Him up.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 anoher 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.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.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 will be on the 4th Thursday of each month at Lake Trafford.Project GraduationFor more information call: Floreida Ocanas 239-834-2576 or Veronica Guerrero 239377-1819. If you would like to donate, please mail your donation to 701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee, Fl 34142. Checks should be made out to Immokalee High Schol Project Graduation. If you need any more information please contact Floreida Ocanas at 239.834.2576 or Veronica Guerrero at 239.377.1819. Homebuyer workshopCome to a Homebuyer Workshop Saturday, February 23, 9 a.m-5 p.m. Light lunch included. topics include: determining a price you 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 Angela Johnson 239-658-3315 or Lillie Flores 239-658-3318. 750 South Fifth Street, Immokalee.Thrift store opens second 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. Living the callAll are invited to the “Living the Call” Conference Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. Join us as we explore together the calling we have each received as Catholics to live the mission God has given us and to become saints! Speakers include EWTN and Ave Maria Radio host Teresa Tomeo, former US Ambassador and author Michael Novak, Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, Sr. Teresa 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. Mass is at 9 a.m. and the conference will conclude at 5 p.m. Visit www.avemaria.edu and look under news and events for this and all conference information or call (239) 348-4724 or email conferences@avemaria.edu.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 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 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.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, Puert a #7, Immokalee; 239-657-6242 o 813-7326615. Dias y horario: Miercoles 6-9 p.m. y Sabados 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO www.newszap.com& click on classifieds 7 Immokalee Bulletin February 21, 2013 Community Briefs


8 Immokalee Bulletin February 21, 2013 Submitted photos/ Manny TouronGoalkeepers Pepe, Juan Carlos, Diego and Julio did an incredible job all year long at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level. Submitted photos/ Manny TouronSoccer heroesTop: Seniors reach out to the elementary students at Immokalee Community School. The three boys were ball boys for the night and listened to some good advice from the seniors about school, staying positive and getting good grades. Seniors Jesus Velazco, Marty Garza, Pepe Guzman, Eric Leon, Eduardo Soto and Christian Edmond with AJ Hernandez and, in front, boys from The Immokalee Community School, Angel Velazco, Marty Maldonado, and Andres Curiel.Right: Co-captains Jesus Velazo and Pepe Guzman have outstanding leaders all year long.