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Submitted photoThe Cardenas family celebrated the mortgage burning of their Habitat home. DRIVE A NEW 2013 FOCUS SE FOR ONLY $159 PER MONTH*24 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $2158 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes “rst month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction.*Stock #13c83. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $1000 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 04/30/13. xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Owning your own home. It’s a dream, it can be a headache, it’s a way of life rooted in freedom, pride and individuality. This is the 35th year Habitat for Humanity has provided a path to home ownership to many who would never be able to achieve it. Habitat makes home ownership more than a dream. At this time, Collier County has funds to build 100 Habitat homes. Being the second Habitat program in the country, Collier County has a history of success. Immokalee’s demographics make Habitat a very important resource for locals interested in home ownership. However, at this point, there is a lull in local applications. Now is a perfect time for anyone with the dream to take that rst step toward realizing it. Several unique aspects contribute to the success of Habitat for Humanity. For one thing, families are required to have a stake in the process. Habitat doesn’t just build a home and turn over the key, families must invest 500 hours in “sweat equity” when they are approved for a home. That is, they must put 500 hours of work into the building of their home. That can mean hammering nails, building walls, cleaning up the construction site or even working in the Habitat of ce it all depends on what the skills of the family members. Experienced construction workers volunteer to work with the families and Habitat subcontracts jobs like concrete, plumbing, electrical and A/C work. Training is part of the equity a family invests in its home. Because these are rst-time homeowners, it’s important that they’re able to budget their nances, understand the rules and regulations that apply to all homeowners such as taxes and codes and that they have a working knowledge of how to make basic repairs. To ensure that the new homeowners understand the venture they’re starting out on, they are required to attend homebuyer workshops and receive some maintenance education. There are some 600 Habitat homes in Immokalee. Of these, 100 are not af liated with homeowners associations. The rest are located in Habitat “neighborhoods” including Carson Lake Subdivision, Independence Estates. Faith Landing is new with 350 lots being dedicated in February. Twenty-four homes have been completed there on Custer Ave. Liberty Landing will not be built out for 2-3 years yet and 14 families are currently in the process o f becoming homeowners there. Kaicasa, near Farm Worker Village, will be the next area after that. At this time, Habitat is building more townhouses rather than single homes in order to conserve space. There are some 1,575 Habitat homes in Collier County. To get things started, the program needs donated land and quali ed applicants. The minimum annual wage to qualify is Habitat builds family friendly neighborhoods Submitted photoThe Manuel and Maria Sanchez family marked the dedication of their new Habitat home. Thursday, April 25, 2013 V ol. 46 No. 17 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Henning, airport business negotiate (Naples, FL) – The Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 23, requested Commissioner Tom Henning, District 3, participate in lease negotiations w ith long-time business Fletcher Flying Service, Inc. currently leasing a facility at the Immokalee Airport. For 34 years, Fletcher Flying Serv ice, Inc. has been providing local crop dusting and re services for agriculture related businesses in Collier County. The company prov ides exclusive and critical services and has been at the Immokalee A irport since 1992. “Our goal is to be business friendly which is critical in today’s economy and to assist Fletcher Flying Service by negotiating a reasonable fee and usage for the lease adhering to FAA,” said Commissioner Tom Henning, District 3. Currently, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), as the authority overseeing the Collier County Airport Authority, is seeking to See Home — Page 2 See Business — Page 2

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by Maribel De ArmasYou may recall my column from a couple of months ago where I shared the traditional good news coming out of the Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club (Better Education Through Achievement). As they have now done for more than 40 years, the BETAs took top wins at the annual State BETA Convention in January, ensuring them spots at the National BETA Convention to be held J une 19-22 in Mobile, A labama. This year’s convention theme continues to be “The Heart of BETA.” With State Championships in the categories of Sketching, Character Skit, Campaign Skit, and Group Talent, the Immokalee Indians are gearing up to take their show on the road with their sights (and hearts) set on National Championship wins. And when I say “taking the show on the road,” I really mean it. You see, their Group Talent performance is based on a circus theme – a spin-off of Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth. They call their show “The Greatest Club on Earth,” complete with clown costumes, red noses, and rosy cheeks. And it’s with this circus performance that they feel con dent in their hope of bringing home a national win. The 50 Immokalee BETAs traveling to the national convention rst have to get some logistics squared away and here’s where they need a little help from the generous hearts we know reside in our community. To make this trip to Mobile, club members need to raise at least $19,000 within the next couple of months. The students are working hard to raise funds through all sorts of activities such as bake sales and dinners – just about any fundraising efforts you can think of, the BETAs are doing. “The Heart of BETA” is de nitely shining through as these dedicated students reach out for support. If you can help in any way, or know of someone who can, please contact Linda Ayer via e-mail at ayerli@collierschools.com or call Immokalee High School at 377-1800. These outstanding students will certainly appreciate it. Students First$18,000 but the amount is determined by the number of people in the family. Participants make low monthly,interest-free mortgage payments (30 percent of income is your mortgage). Everyone must make a $1,000 downpayment, which includes the rst month payment, plus all escrow for taxes and insurance. Who lives in Habitat homes? Habitat homeowners are as varied as residents in any neighborhood. To qualify, you must be a US citizen or legal resident, must have lived or worked in Collier County for one year and be a rst time homebuyer. Dolly McSwain came to Immokalee in 2002 and lived in the Oakhaven Apartments. She said it was okay but there was no place for her four healthy grandsons, ages 5-12, to play, When she came to Immokalee, she worked for RCMA at Carson Lake. Someone there referred her to Habitat. At the time Dolly was not driving due to health reasons and was unable to do a lot of the required work on her new home. But the community helped her and she managed to paint, lay sod and hammer nails. Moving into a 3BR/1BA Habitat home meant happy days for her boys. There were lots of other kids to play with; they could sh and ride bikes normal activities they did not have access to at their other neighborhood. For Dolly, having an actual laundry was a godsend. “It was a great experience for me and my grandsons,” she recalls. The boys grew up happy and safe and successful: including one who earned a BA from FGCU and one headed to college next year. Dolly has since retired now as a medical records tech. She believes that, if they had not gotten the Habitat home, her boys would not be as “well rounded” as they are there were too many restraints at the old apartments. This way they learned to have pride in their home and to take care of it. Dolly said she was also impressed with other kids in the neighborhood. Jerry Sliger and his wife Deyanira have been married 19 years. They have four children ages 18, 13, 12 and 10. Their daughter is at IHS and wants to become a professional sign language translator a skill she learned from her deaf mother as a child. She has grown up to be her mother’s main communication support and wants to be able to do the same for others. The Sligers have been in their Habitat home for 1.5 years. Jerry said they previously lived in a crowded drug-infested apartment house. Now the family is safe and comfortable in a 3BR/1BA duplex. Jerry drives a truck and grader for a private company. The best part, Jerry said, is that they can call it their own. “It’s a real good neighborhood with nice neighbors who watch out for each other. The kids love it! It’s a better environment,” he said, “and their grades have improved.” Even so, the family is struggling. Jerry’s own dad couldn’t hold a job so Jerry had to start working at age 11 on a farm in his native Kentucky, He never got to nish high school. Jerry and Deyanira are strong on education and want to send their kids to college, but her SSI check has recently decreased because of the overtime Jerry’s been working to make ends meet. Sometimes work is hard to come by in Jerry’s job; sometimes there’s an abundance of work and you have to take advantage of it when he can. He said they try to pay their bills weekl y to keep a handle on their nances, “but sometimes it’s not enough.” In addition to Deyanire’s hearing problem, Jerry has survived a rare intestinal cancer, but said there’s a strong possibilit y of recurrence. Surgery removed the cancer before, but he said he has no time to go to cancer doctor like he should to keep an eye on it. When he was diagnosed with cancer he couldn’t work for six months. If it recurs he cannot take time off and still make their bills, which now include a reliable vehicle to replace their old junker. Deyanire feels comfortable and safe in their home now. In their cramped old apartment, Jerry would voluntarily do night security in their drug-infested area, in near constant communication with the cops. It wasn’t a good place for the children to pla y outside. The Sligers say the process was easy but you have to make an “intellectual jump” to do it. They thought they couldn’t manage it because of their credit scores. “The people here did a tremendous,” Jerry said, and proudly added the sweat equity the family contributed, including painting, installing insulation. Their daughter even helped out in the of ce. Janie Castro and her husband of 30 years used to live in two rooms with their two school age girls in school. Now one daughter is at iTECH, studying to become a nurse; the other is 13 years old. The family lives comfortably in a duplex. Janie said she has learned a lot, living in their Habitat home. She grew up in Immokalee and said their payments are better. “Go see if the y can help you,” she advises others who have their heart set on a better home and way o f life. Habitat in Immokalee’s Director of Family Services Wilna Cariany has been with Habitat for two years and came to Immokalee last November. The entire process begins and ends with Wilna from the initial interviews, through the pre-screening to the signing the closing documents She said the rst thing she does is get to know applicants’ needs understand what will make them comfortable. “Habitat is really just a different way to buy a home,” she said. It’s Wilna’s job, along with her staff, to resolve all issues impeding a family from becoming homeowners, educating them as they go through the process. Each famil y must understand what they’re getting into and “do the work.” That way, they kno w they’ve accomplished something at the end. The Family Services Center is located at 640 N. 9th Street, Call 239-657-4466. 2 Immokalee Bulletin April 25, 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. HomeContinued From Page 1 negotiate a new lease between the Immokalee Airport and Fletcher Flying Service. The BCC has directed the lease to address repairs for the building and to identify a reasonable rental fee for the facility. Commissioner Henning will work directly with the county attorney to identify business-friendly practices that fall within Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reach a lease agreement with Fletcher Flying to also establish future direction for business growth at the Immokalee Airport. BusinessContinued From Page 1

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Possibly Pregnant? We can help HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. Put your card in this space for six weeks for Only $90! Call us at 239-657-6000 or e-mail cbadsales@newszap.com for more info 3 Immokalee Bulletin A pril 25, 2013 Immokalee High School will be hosting its rst annual golf scramble at the beautiful Panther Run Golf and Country Club in Ave Maria Florida. The purpose of this golf tournament is to help bene t the students at Immokalee High School. Here at Immokalee we take great pride in our extracurricular activities. These activities provide an avenue for our students to display their talents beyond the boundaries of the class room. Over the years we have experienced great success that has brought both state and national recognition to many of our clubs and sports teams. The primary mechanism for raising funds is through school based fund raisers. As noble and genuine as our efforts may be, we cannot provide the needed resources for our students without the timely support of organizations such as yours. We understand the stark realities of the current economy but sincerely wish that you choose to support the Immokalee Activities Golf Scramble, again to be held on May 25, 2013 at the Panther Run Golf Club in Ave Maria Florida. Our organization solicits your nancial support for the 2013 Immokalee Activities Golf Scramble at one of the following donation levels: Platinum Donor $500.00, 4 tickets & tee box signage; Gold Donor $300.00. 3 tickets & shared (2) tee box signage; Silver Donor $200.00, 2 tickets & shared (3) tee box signage; Player Fee $75.00. Each organization will receive appropriate recognition on the course. Immokalee High School is a non-pro t 501 c (3) organization. Our Certi cation of Exemption # is 858012621827C-2 which can be used for your tax purposes. Please send your check, payable to Immokalee High School. For information contact Tony Allen, 701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee Florida, 34142. Organizers look forward to your support and thank you in advance for your assistance in this critical endeavor which provides lasting bene ts to our community. Sponsor I.H.S. golf tournament I.H.S. DrumbeatImmokalee High School would like to announce its rst ever golf scramble to be held in beautiful Ava Maria. The date of this event is May 25, 2013. All proceeds from the tournament go to help the students of Immokalee High School in their activities beyond the classroom. Hole sponsorships will be available. If y ou have any other questions, please contact the Immokalee High school activities of ce. Thank youOther important dates: April 26 Meet and Greet with Coach Dombroski at Lozano Restaurant from 3:006:00 April 25 8th Grade orientation 6:00 Immokalee High School May 1 Spring Football practice starts May 4 Grad Bash in Orlando The Immokalee Community Redevelopment agency has a couple of vacancies on our Advisory Board. The Immokalee Enterprise Zone Development Agency, also serving as the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, has two vacancies for terms expiring on April 4, 2014 and three vacancies for terms expiring on April 4, 2017. Each vacancy represents business, nonpro ts, nancial entities and residents within the nominated area. This 13 member committee was created to induce private investment into distressed areas to create economic opportunities and sustainable economic development for designated areas. Terms are four years. If you are interested please follow lin k below and apply for a board vacancy. http:/ / www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=1629. For information about the Immokalee CRA please go to www.ImmokaleeToday. com or call 239-867-4121 ext. 5. CRA has advisory vacanies Harvest FestivalImmokalee's 2013' Annual Harvest Festival Event was Exciting, Hot and lots of Fun. The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the Sponsors, Volunteers, IHS and IMS Marching Band, Parks & Recreation, Chamber Staff and the Community of Immokalee for participating in our Event. Thank YouYour community directory is a click away! newszap.com Free Speech Free Ads

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Mothers Day is just around the corner are you looking for a way to honor yourMOM?May we make a suggestion? How about a personal message to your mother in the Immokalee Bulletin? Get a spot this size for only $20! Well also put your greeting online at our webpage at www.newszap.com and link that to our Facebook page! Give us a call at 239-657-6000 or e-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comDeadline for ad copy & placement is Friday, May 3, 2013 4 Immokalee Bulletin April 25, 2013 Boys from the Immokalee LDS Cub Scout Pack 65 participated in a Pinewood Derby competition this past month of March. The Pinewood Derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, to build their own handmade cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles. The event was held in Bonita Springs w here Cub Scout Pack 65 competed against cars made by other Cub Scouts from as far away as Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh, Marco Island, Ft Myers and the Bonita Springs area. The idea behind the Pinewood Derby is for the parent, usually the father, but occasionally the mother or grandparent, to spend time helping the child design, carve, paint, add weights and tune the nal car. The cars had to meet very speci c weight limits and size requirements. The track usually has two to six lanes and slopes down to the ground, since the cars are powered by gravity. Tracks may be owned by the pack or rented. The race is run in heats, giving every car the chance to run on each lane. The racers can be grouped with others from the same rank (Tiger Cubs, Wolf Cubs, Bear Cubs, etc.), or can compete against the pack as a whole. Awards were given for the best designed cars. Trophies were presented to those whose cars placed in the top three fastest, as the cars were raced in several heats which were scored by a computer system. Pack 65 Cub Scout participants Rolando Hernandez garnered the medal for the "Best Car Design" with his vintage Red Hot Rod style that he and his dad built. Cub Scout Adrian Reyes Formula race car design won the medal for "Best Car" voted by all the boys. Christian Hernandez won the award for "Most Patriotic" for his car that he carved and painted like a Bald Eagle. Webelos Scout Kinsley Baptiste was awarded the judges' medal for Most Creative Design his car was carved and painted as a basketball court on wheels, complete with netted baskets at each end and an orange marble mounted on the rim of one basket. In the car races, Blazer Scouts from Immokalee Pack 65 won trophies, Wilkerson Julian taking the rst place trophy, Jean St. Facile taking the second place award, and Manual Xantus earning third place. So all in all Immokalee boys had a blast at their rst time entering in a Pinewood Derby and "can't wait for next year," says Sebastian Navarrete. Pack 65 takes Pinewood Derby by storm Submitted photoCub Scout Pack 65 of Immokalee proudly display their Pinewood Derby awards. These boys competed against Scouts from around the area and did themselves proud. The boys brought back awards by the bucketful and learned many valuable lessons through their experience. Watch out for these boys next year they’re already rarin’ to go!

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Employment Full TimeHOUSE CLEANING Experienced house cleaners attention to detail, highly motivated, energetic self starter for a fast pace job. Leave message at 239-353-0557. Now accepting applications. Seeking licensed Stylist or Barbers. Dependable & responsible. Pay is by commission only. 239-503-0964 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. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 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 family. $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 familia. $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 Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent TRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. 3 BR & 2 BR CBS Construction All include Stove, Refrig., Air, Ceiling Fans, Util. Rm. w/W&D Hookup, Sound Barrier Between Apt./Twnhs. Free Trash Pickup, Free Lawn Service. Pets Allowed w/ Deposit. Walk to Store. NEW Management Privately Owned Call (239)777-2788 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. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Business & Service Directory AUCTION Mobile Homes for Rent (239) 633-1864 ROOFING 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 Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO www.newszap.com& click on classifieds Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! 6 Immokalee Bulletin April 25, 2013

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A pply to iTECH freeGet started with Fall Enrollment at iTECH. Schedule your TABE testing appointment now for the week of May 6 through May 10. Limited space available. Act now. Save $30. Testing times: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday 6 p.m. only; Monday-Thursday 2:30 p.m. Download the TABE Study Guide at http:// w ww.itech.edu. Study for the TABE! Call iTECH for more information at 377-9900.Breastfeeding mothers groupLearn about the many bene ts of beastfeeding, get advice and tips, speak with breasfeeding peer counelors Myda and Noemi, meet and share experiences witht other breastfeeding mothers. Pregnant women w elcome. Come to the Collier County Department of Health Room 133 every Tuesday from 1011:30 a.m. For additional information call 239-252-7347 or 239-252-7312.Sun Life accepting applications for grantsSun Life Financial is accepting Sun Life Rising Star Award grant applications from nonpro t organizations in the South Florida area that advocate for youth from underserved communities. Sun Life will award four winning organizations with a $50,000 grant, who will each nominate an exemplary student to receive a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship tow ards nancing a college education. The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program, now in its fourth year, provides nancial resources to students and nonpro t organizations in large urban school districts that are committed to encouraging under-served y outh to continue their education as a means to achieve life-long nancial wellness. The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is the educational cornerstone program of the Miami Dolphins Foundation. organizations w hich have 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status, promote skills that directly translate to educational success in high school to students under the age of 21 and are aligned with a secondary or post-secondary educational institution. Applications are due by June 7, and are available now at sunliferisingstar.com Keith Gainsboro, elevate, 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com.Home Buyer WorkshopThe Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida is holding a Home Buyers Workshop Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 750 South Fifth Sreet, Immoklaee. (Light lunch included.) Topics include: Determining the price you can afford; managing your money; understanding credit, getting a mortgage loan, shopping for a home, insuring your property and keeping your home and managing your nances. Registration required. Call now: Angela Johnson 239-658-3325 or Lillie Flories 239-658-3318. Classes are free. You must attend the entire class to receive a certi cate. No children preferred.Taller de comprador de casaThe Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida presenteria un taller de comprador de casa 27 abril 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 750 South Fifth Street, Immokalee (almuerzo incluido). Los temas incluyen: Determinar que precio puede comprar; administrando su dinero; comprender el credito; obtener un prestamo hipotecario; comprar una casa; asegurar su propied; y mantener tu casa y administrando sus nanzas. Registrar a Angela Johnson 239-658-3325 o Lillie Flores 239-658-3318. Clase.graatis.AMU plans conferenceAll are invited to the 2nd Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference at Ave Maria University "Do Whatever He Tells You" May 10-12, 2013. Speakers include; Fr. Michael Gaitley, Fr. Larry Richards, Jesse Romero, Vinny Flynn, Annie Karto and Dr. Mary Healy with a special concert by Croation singer Tacji. The cost per person is $150 basic dorm or $180 premium room and includes conference fee and meals. Call (239) 348-4724, email: conferences@avemaria.edu or visit www.avemaria.edu and look under news and events for more conference information.Summer Programs plannedProviders of Immokalee youth programs are planning an expanded summer program through GPS, a youth initiative of the Naples Children & Education Foundation. GPS is looking for highly quali ed teachers, artists and coaches who enjoy working with students and would like to share their special talents and skills during the summer. If you are interested in applying, rŽsumŽs should be sent to Jamie Scott by email at jscott@ sfwdb.org or mail to 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142. RŽsumŽs should include areas of expertise and fees, if applicable. Note that all applicants are required to complete a background screening prior to beginning work. GPS programs offer a diversity of opportunities for Immokalee youth in out-ofschool-time settings. The new collaboration seeks to improve educational outcomes and provide students tools for life-long success. GPS Summer 2013 is the result of planning by Miracle/Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, RCMA, Parks and Recreation, Guadalupe Center, Immokalee Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Collier County, RCMA and Immokalee Housing and Family Services. Enrollment information will be available in May.Childhood Conference6th Annual Early Childhood Conference Discovering the Value of Inclusion in Young Children's Lives""Lives" Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Edison State College, Collier Campus, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, Bldg. J, Naples. Registration & Continental Breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m. $ 60 Early Bird Registration, if received by April 22nd $75 if received after April 22 or at the door. CEU's available: $27.50 (5.5 hours). In Person Bring cash, check or money order to CCCR. Limited scholarships available for parents and teachers. For information contact Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. 239.643.3908, Email: niccoleh@collierchildcare.orgNance of ce in ImmokaleeCollier Commissioner Tim Nance opened his new of ce in the Immokalee Government Center, 106 South First Street. Regular of ce hours for Nance at the government center will be established soon. Prevent foreclosureThe Foreclosure Prevention and Advocacy Project will provide to income-eligible clients free legal advice and counsel or representation as deemed appropriate, in the areas of: bank, homeowner and condo association foreclosure defense; de cienc y judgments; pre-foreclosure issues; and tax liens. Staff is available Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Appointments are also available b y calling 239-775-4024 or visiting the of ce at 4124 Tamiami Trail East, Naples 34112. Eligible clients will be accepted on a rst come, rst served basis and will be seen according to the urgency of their legal needs. Eligibility criteria; Collier County resident; home is the applicant's homestead residence (investment properties are ineligible); low to moderate income indivudals or families. 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! 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 7 Immokalee Bulletin A pril 25, 2013 Community Briefs

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8 Immokalee Bulletin April 25, 2013 The Immokalee Foundation, with a mission to inspire the underserved youth of Immokalee through education, recently hosted a tennis clinic featuring the Gwynedd-Mercy College w omen’s tennis head coach and players at Immokalee High School. Assisting Coach Jim Holt Jr. and his players w ere the Center Court Athletics, members of the Pelican Marsh Tennis Club including member Jim Holt Sr., who is also assistant coach of the Gwynedd-Mercy College women’s tennis team in Gwynedd Valley, Penn. Along with prov iding lessons to The Immokalee Foundation y outh, the Center Court tennis players secured donations of rackets, balls and miscellaneous equipment with the hope that the students w ill continue to play with family members or friends. A passionate and dedicated instructor, Holt Jr., was the recipient of the U.S. Tennis A ssociation’s 2011 Adaptive Tennis Community Service Award. He, along with his players and Center Court athletes, spent an afternoon teaching tennis fundamentals and running drills with students from Immokalee Middle School, RCMA Charter School and Immokalee High School. The TIF tennis program offers opportunities for kids to get exercise by utilizing resources that are readily available and affordable in Immokalee. “It is important to look at the complete student,” said Holt Jr. “Exercise is known to help socialize kids and keep them focused.” The Immokalee Foundation is devoted to enhancing the lives of Immokalee’s next generation by emphasizing education, career development and life skills through programs that provide students with opportunities to grow, learn and advance to educational and professional heights that they never dreamed possible. “One way we are preparing our children for the game of life is through tennis,” said Executive Director Liz Allbritten. “This unique sports-based program provides physical, social and personal well-being necessary to succeed in life.” The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and vocational school, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org. TIF serving and helping kids Submitted photosBaseball, run and businessThe Immokalee Foundation made it possible for nine Immokalee High School students and two Florida Gulf Coast University students to job-shadow Red Sox staff aand participate in game day activities at the Red Sox training home recently. The experience allowed them to see for themselves what is involved in making a professional baseball game happen. The folks in last week’s photo were incorrectly identi ed, so we are reprinting the two photos. Top Left: Katy Haas, Regine Francois, Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass. Bottom Left: Salvador Preciado, Joe and Dee Zednik. Submitted photos/ Bridgette FahlNaidelyn Maldonado, TIF student, with GMAC Coach Jim Holt, Jr.