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Immokalee bulletin
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DRIVE A NEW 2014 EXPLORER FOR ONLY $238 PER MONTH*36 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $3728 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes “rst month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction.*Stock #14T77. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $1750 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 01/31/14. xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Collier: Stephanie Vick, Executive Community Health Nursing Director for the Department of Health in Collier County, along with more than 100 other new and aspiring public health of cials from across the nation, recently graduated from the National Association of County and City Health Of cials' (NACCHO) Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Of cials program. The program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the de Beaumont Foundation, is designed to enhance the skills of top executives at local health departments. Participants in the 12-month program gained practical tools and experiences to help them work with elected of cials and community partners, manage strategic planning and health department resources, and discover approaches for addressing challenges unique to local health department leaders. "My participation in Survive and Thrive was extremely rewarding. I feel empowered and better equipped to help lead our team at the Florida Department of Health in Collier Count y and engage with vital community stakeholders to help those we serve," Vick commented. "We are proud to have the opportunity to train public health leaders through Survive and Thrive," said NACCHO Executive Director Robert M. Pestronk. "The Affordable Care Act and other factors are making our country's health climate increasingly complex and competitive. That's why it is even more important that dedicated public health leaders have the insights and tools they need to grow, ourish, and adapt with the times." Since 2008, nearly 190 new and aspiring local health of cials have been trained through Nursing Director graduates from National Public Health Improvement Program SWF Planning Council awarded Visit Florida grant FORT MYERS, FL VISIT FLORIDA, the state's of cial source for travel planning, has awarded a Cultural, Heritage, Nature, and Rural Tourism Marketing Grant to the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year, which began July 1, 2013. "The purpose of these grants is to help non-pro t entities and local governments stretch their tourism marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism activities in Florida," said Will Seccombe, who is President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. "We were pleased that VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida selected us from among a large number of grant applicants, during their most competitive grant cycle to date," said Margaret Wuerstle, Executive Director. "These funds will be used for Our Creative Economy: Southwest Florida Regional Strategy for Public Art Project and will help us better position and market Southwest Florida as a desirable destination." VISIT FLORIDA, a private/public partnership, is Enterprise Florida's day-to-day operating corporation for tourism. The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council was created in 1973 by an interlocal agreement between six area counies: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota. In accordance with Florida Statutes, the agency is directed by a Council (currently 31 members) composed of 25 county commissioners and municipal elected of cials, 6 gubernatorial appointees from all counties within the region, and four exof cio (non-voting) members representing the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and water management districts. The SWFRPC mission is to work together across neighboring communities to consistently protect and improve the unique and relatively unspoiled character of the physical, economic and social worlds we share for the bene t of our future generations. The Council is a regional information clearinghouse, conducts research to develop and maintain regional goals, objectives and policies, and assists in implementing a number o f local, state and federal programs. The Council serves as an advocate for the Region with State and Federal agencies, including the Legislature and Congress. In support of the SWFRPC mission, the SWFRPC is the local host for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. Visit www. swfrpc.org to learn more about the Council. Thursday, January 9, 2014 V ol. 47 No. 3 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Library expands language offeringsCollier County Public Library announces the addition of Mango Premiere¨ to its current offerings of Mango Languages, the awardw inning language learning softw are resource. Mango Premiere¨ is the rst and only language and culture learning system that teaches through feature lms. This revolutionary new product that is unparalleled in the language learning industry combines education with entertainment to deliver the next generation of language learning. Library cardholders can choose to learn from 77 courses (56 foreign, four religious and scholarly, and 17 English as a Second Language) free with a valid Collier County Public Library Card. Mango Languages also introduced mobile apps for Android and iPhone users making it possible for library cardholders to learn a new language wherever they are 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about Mango Languages, and get a preview of w hat the program has to offer, stop by any library location during the month of January and staff will give you an introduction or visit w ww.collierlibrary.org. Submitted photoGovernor visitsThe Immokalee Chamber would like to Thank Governor Rick Scott, for supporting the chamber. Pictured from left: Governor Rick Scott, and President of First Bank Bernardo Barnhart. See Nurse — Page2

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The Rotary Club of Immokalee would like to express its appreciation to everyone w ho made the 2013 Senior Christmas Party at the Goodwill Robert’s Center a success. First and foremost we would like to express our appreciation to the Manager at Popeye’s, Marco Polo. They have provided chicken dinners for this project for over fourteen years. This year, they provided a boxed lunch for 75 folks. What an awesome commitment to our Senior Citizens, and our community! Next was Walgreen’s on N 15th and Immokalee Drive, Manager Benito Blandon – who provided powder, lotion, sunscreen, mouthwash, and personal care items. Then w as GoldToe Stores/Ryan Builders and Installers, Gerard Ryan – who provided men’s and women’s socks. We also received the following contributions: Suncoast Dental Center, Dr. Kevin Goodlet – toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental oss I-Tech Salon – Dorin Oxender, Principal – gift certi cates for a haircut Family Dollar Stores – cookies, miscellaneous snacks Dollar General Stores – crackers, miscellaneous snacks Farmers of Immokalee – peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes Corporal Annie/Ms. Dodi, Collier County Sheriff’s Of ce Communications Center – vegetables, cookies, crackers, soup, miscellaneous items. Publix Corporate, through Publix at Ave Maria – mashed potatoes Florida Community Bank and Individual Santa Helpers provided for wrapping paper, ribbon, knit caps, gloves, baskets, candies, macaroni and cheese, canned hams, drinks, pizza and miscellaneous items A special thanks to all those who contributed to the Goodwill Roberts Senior Center Christmas Party, especially to our Project Chairman Rita Greenberg, who made this the best Senior Christmas Party ever! 2 Immokalee Bulletin January 9, 2014Serving Immokalee Since 1969To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518€ LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Phone: (239) 657-6000 € Fax: (863) 675-1449 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 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classified AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 or to place it from home go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit newszap.com or email readerservices@newszap.com.StaffNews Editor: Patty Brant Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Publisher: Tom ByrdExecutive Editor: Katrina ElskenOur PurposeƒThe Immokalee Bulletin 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 profit margins below industry standards. 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 €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. P P u b l i s h e d b y by Maribel De ArmasThe beginning of a new year is always a good time to press the refresh button… to re ect on what happened last year and lay a path for continued improvement. In December, just before we began Winter Break, Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) received great news on two fronts: graduation rates and high school grades. The district graduation rate increased from 78% in 2012, to 81% in 2013, placing us higher than the State of Florida’s cumulative graduation rate of 76%. One of the biggest increases for CCPS came out of Immokalee High School, with the rate going from 80% to 87%. Then, on the topic of high school grades, all but one of our eight comprehensive high schools received an ‘A.’ That one, Immokalee High School, received its rst-ever ‘B’ and they missed being an ‘A’ by just 32 points. Great work Immokalee High Indians! So, on a brief re ection, we ended the year on a great note. Now, as we continue the school year with a new semester, it is important to allow our successes to propel us to continue working to help students nd their strengths. Educators should be a source of motivation for students, but sometimes teachers and administrators need a little inspiration of their own to remind them of why they do what they do. Just this week, that inspiration came in the form of author/speaker, Dr. Stephen Peters, speaking to each and every one of our CCPS teachers…that’s about 3,400 teachers. I had the pleasure of sitting in on the presentation and was awed by his perspective on education and the depth of his motivation. Dr. Peters spoke of his experiences as a teacher and principal in inner city schools and posed the question (which is also the title of his best-selling book), “Do you know enough about me to teach me?” There was laughter, applause, and several poignant moments of re ective silence as the audience listened to Dr. Peters remind us that teaching is “the greatest profession that ever was.” Afterward, Kindergarten teacher Judy Ramirez re ected, “I think he was the rst speaker who made me laugh and cry during the same presentation! I felt recharged and ready to tackle another school semester.” Dr. Peters challenged our teachers to bring their best self every day in order to motivate their students to be the best that they can be. Of the many things Dr. Peters shared with us, one that made the biggest impact for me was when he said “nobody rises to low expectations.” How true those ve words are! One of our high school deans also liked this quote, saying that “when we set the bar high for our students, they will strive to that level of achievement. We need to help them realize their full potential.” Our graduation rates and high school grades are evidence that CCPS has high expectations and we are rising to them. But, we can’t rest on our laurels. We must continue setting the bar high knowing that our students can and will reach it with the right motivation, a good dose of dedication, and the simple knowledge that there’s someone in the classroom that cares about them. Post-secondary teacher, Jaime Hernandez, summarized his experience with Dr. Peters’ presentation as one that left him “feeling proud and with a renewed sense of vision for how I can connect with and impact each one of my students. The best is yet to come!” And I agree with Jaime… 2014 is primed to be an excellent year for Collier County Public Schools. Students Firstthe Survive and Thrive program. Current and retired local health of cials with ve or more years of experience serve as Survive and Thrive coaches. These volunteer coaches complement the formal Survive and Thrive curriculum by guiding individual development plans, leading discussions about issues important to the program fellows, and reviewing assessments and performance reports. Regarding the program, Vick states, “It was an honor to be selected for NACCHO’s Survive and Thrive program. NACCHO is at the forefront of public health improvement and provides local health departments with the tools and resources they need to succeed. As a result of this training, I am even more con dent in the ability of our agenc y to tackle our community’s most pressing health issues such as the obesity epidemic and access to health care issues.” NurseContinued From Page 1 Seniors enjoy Christmas party courtesy of Immokalee Rotary Submitted photo/ Eva DeyoSenior citizens enjoying their Popeye’s chicken dinners, and the gifts provided by the many sponsors. Far right is Project Chairman Rita Greenberg.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, was named the rst Person of the Year by Lee Pitts, host and executive producer of the award-winning “Lee Pitts Live,” the longest-running local television talk show in Southwest Florida. Her recognition is the rst Person of the Year designation awarded in the show’s 20-year history. Viewers can watch Pitts present the award to Beckwith during the show’s broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 8:30 a.m. on Fox 4. “In selecting our rst Lee Pitts Live Person of the Year for 2013, we wanted to make sure that the person we selected set the standard for years to come,” said Pitts. “Samira was an easy and clear choice for the award because of her many accomplishments in leading Hope HealthCare Services, as well as her national leadership in the hospice eld. I am honored to have Samira carry this new torch.” Beckwith didn’t know about the award when she appeared in the studio to tape the program with Pitts in mid-December. “I couldn’t have been more surprised, or feel more honored, to be recognized as Lee’s rst Person of the Year,” said Beckwith. “It is truly a privilege to serve this community and to participate in the national conversation about health care and hospice. I am fortunate to lead the team of exceptional, dedicated caregivers at Hope who make a meaningful difference every day for individuals in our care and their families.” Beckwith took the helm at Hope more than 20 years ago, expanding the organization’s base from serving fewer than 100 individuals a day in Fort Myers to a comprehensive health care organization caring for nearly 2,000 individuals daily. Hope now spans six counties with four state-of-the-art hospice houses, 1,100 employees, 1,200 volunteers, a dozen of ces, and three Hope Care Centers where seniors can go during the day for activities, meals, care and companionship. Beckwith serves on the boards of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, National PACE Association, National Hospice Foundation, and Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association. She is vice chair of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship and is the founding president of the Florida PACE Association. Beckwith served as a state delegate to the White House Conference on Aging and was a governor’s appointee to the Long-Term Care Policy Advisory Council for Florida. 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 January 9, 2014 Army Pfc. Abelardo C. Garcia has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical tness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, ri e marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, eld tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic rst aid, foot marches, and eld training exercises. Garcia is the son of Isabel Garcia of Immokalee and a 2013 graduate of Immokalee High School. Garcia graduates from basic training View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States this winter by attending ranger-led astronomy programs at Big Cypress National Preserve. The National Park Service, along with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association and the International Dark Sky Association South Florida Chapter, will be conducting night sky outings on the following dates and times through the winter: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:00 PM Friday, March 7, 2014, 8:00 PM Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:30 PM Programs will be conducted at the Big Cypress Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141 at the southern end of Seagrape Drive. The welcome center and Seagrape Drive are located along US Hwy. 41, east of S. R. 29, between mile markers 73 and 74. These events are free and open to the public. Presentations will include constellation tours that guide visitors through the night sky, and telescope viewing of stars, star clusters, planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Please note that the presentations may be conducted in the welcome center auditorium if weather prevents night sky viewing. Outdoor seating will not be available during the interpretive program, telescope viewing, and constellation tours. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets if seating is desired. Night temperatures can be cool and mosquitoes may be present. Visitors should be prepared for weather conditions. Pants and long sleeve shirts or jackets and bug spray are recommended. Participants may consider bringing a ashlight (preferably with a red lter) for walking to and from the viewing area. Individuals and local astronom y societies are welcome to bring personal binoculars and telescopes to the viewing area. Dark skies are essential natural, scienti c, cultural, and economic resources. National Parks, including Big Cypress National Preserve, are home to some of the last remaining dark skies in the country and are committed to protecting the night sky resource. Join us for an evening of dark sky education and celebration! To learn more about the importance o f natural dark sky and how to minimize light pollution go to http://www.nps.gov/bicy / naturescience/lightscape.htm View starry, starry night at Big Cypress National Preserve Beckwith rst Person of the Year' by Lee Pitts Live Senior Choices, Inc. the Southwest Florida Area Agency on Aging has announced the selection of Marianne Lorini as the new President and CEO. Hailing from Ohio with more than 30 y ears of non-pro t experience, Marianne previously served as President and CEO of a regional non-pro t hospital association. She has her Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University and is a former board member of the Area Agency on Aging 10B and the Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties, both in Ohio. Marianne not only brings skills and expertise to the position, but also possesses a strong passion and commitment for building collaborative relationships with others throughout the community. She now resides in Fort Myers with her husband Thomas and is excited to connect with each of you as she settles into the position. Lorini Senior Choices new president/CEO

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Submitted photoThe family-oriented event features a different tribute band every month to entertain the crowd. 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 4 Immokalee Bulletin January 9, 2014 Submitted photoNew coffee shop openDunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, celebrated the grand opening of its restaurant in Immokalee at 1558 Lake Trafford Road on December 27.The new Immokalee location is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends and employs approximately 25 crew members. The restaurant features comfortable seating for more than 20 guests with interior seating. To provide an engaging and friendly environment for guests, the new restaurant will also offer at-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, and a drive-thru for guests on the go. The franchisee currently owns 12 locations across Florida. NAPLES, Fla. – Food, fun and philanthropy take center stage at Rockin’ at Riverside Park, a free public concert bene ting The Immokalee Foundation. The concert series, launched by McQuaid Marketing and Promotions, creators of Rockin’ on the Bay and Rockin’ on the Beach, the concert series is held on a Friday of every month until February 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. The family-oriented event features a different tribute band every month to entertain the crowd. The concert series has been a grand success and the remaining installments promise to be a great time. Upcoming concerts include a tribute to Billy Joel Friday, Feb. 14. A variety of food and beverage vendors w ill be on hand for the audience to enjoy. The Immokalee Foundation also has a booth at each event, manned by student volunteers, which gives attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with students directly. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Personal coolers are not allowed. Riverside Park is located at 10450 Reynolds St. in Bonita Springs, right off Old U.S. 41. For more information, call 239-331-7371 or visit www.mcquaid-marketing.com. The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and postsecondary training, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences, life skills development and economic independence. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www. immokaleefoundation.org. Free concert series bene ts The Immokalee Foundation

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Y ummy spaghettiThe Immokalee Chamber of Commerce Spaghetti Sale Fundraiser will take place on J anuary 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the First Bank Loan Production Of ce located at 1300 North 15th Street. You can purchase your tickets now! A pply now for school choice or out-of-zoneParents if you are seeking to have your student attend a school other that the one he or she is zoned for, it's time for you to submit a Collier County Public Schools Outof-Zone or School Choice request. Parents of students who are currently in either program must reapply. Approval is based on space available at each school, and school bus service is not available in either case. For priority consideration, Out-of-Zone applications must be submitted between December 15 and January 15. For priority consideration, School Choice applications must be submitted any time during January. You may apply for either application online at http://www.collierschools.com/parents/ zoninginfo.asp. For further questions or to submit documents: Email: zoninginfo@collierschools.com Phone: 239-377-0540 FAX: 239-377-0506. Mail: Lisa Roa/Student Relations at 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, FL, 34109.Enjoy night excursions to FakahatcheePark visitors can now see the magni cent Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in a new light--the illumination of a full moon. The new "Ghost Rider" tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park, is operated by the Friends of Fakahatchee. The Fakahatchee is home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. Only three Full Moon tours will be offered this season: Thursday, January 16; Friday, February 14; and Saturday, March 15. All tours start as the sun is setting, prime time for spotting some of the mammal residents of the Strand as well as birds settling in for the evening. A naturalist will lead each tour to point out interesting features of the park. The Full Moon tours leave from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive. Please arrive early as the tram leaves promptly according to the following schedule: Thursday, January 16 Depart at 4:45 p.m., return 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 14 Depart at 5:00 p.m., return 7:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15 Depart at 6:00 p.m., return 8:15 p.m. Reservations for the Full Moon tours are $25 per person and can be made by visiting w ww.orchidswamp.orgPhoto excursionsThe Friends of Fakahatchee and noted Naples photographer Dennis Goodman have teamed up to offer a new series of "photo excursions" into Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Each unique excursion is limited to 12 participants and combines Dennis' extensive photographic knowledge with the expertise of Park Ranger Mike Owen. Excursions will be offered the second Wednesday of each month from January 2014 through April. The programs are designed for seasoned photographers who want to improve their skills. "We'll be photographing the best this amazing preserve has to offer," says Dennis. "Park Ranger Mike Owen will guide us to the park's best sites each month, and I'll be working hard to improve everyone's photographic technique." The excursion schedule for 2014 is as follows: February 12 -Fakahatchee Landscapes and Swampscapes, 8 am to 10 am. Mike Owen will lead group to restricted park areas to capture unique landscapes. March 12 -8 am to 10 am -Wild ower and macrophotography, 8 m to 10 am. Capture the beauty of Fakahatchee's owers, butter ies and insects. April 9 -Capturing Fakahatchee Sunsets, 6 pm to 8 pm. This evening program will teach participants how to translate sunsets into striking photographs. The fee for each excursion is $115, payable in advance at dennisgoodmanphotography.com. Reservations may also be made by calling Dennis Goodman Photography at 239.825.4677. Each excursion will begin at the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL. From I-75, take exit 80 and go south on SR 29 14 miles, turning right on Janes Scenic Drive. Southwest Floridas full-service eye center with 12 convenient locations utilizing current technology by our team of 19 experienced doctors…now in a new location. Call or visit today!Diabetic Retinopathy Prevention & Treatment Macular Degeneration Treatments € Cataract Surgery LASIK Vision Corrections € Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lifts) Glaucoma € Eye Exams € Optical Shop & ContactsNEW! 1320 N 15th St, Immokalee239.657.4486 Main Clinic and SurgiCare Center 4101 Evans Ave, Fort Myers 239.939.3456www.ecof.comwww.ecof.com www.wa-cr.com We Deliver... 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Vendors are invited to set up a table. For information, call Marya on (239) 695-2905 or see www. evergladeshistorical.org. Take Exit 80 on I-75, drive south on SR-29 for 18 miles, cross US-41 and continue south on SR-29 for 4 miles. McLeod Park is next to Everglades City Hall on the Circle. Community Briefs

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Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. ServicesIMMOKALEE CHILD CARE CENTER Now enrolling ages 1 V.P.K Call 239-657-4130 or Stop by 415 Colorado Ave. Immokalee, FL. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Employment Full Time RAILROAD MECHANIC WELDER US Sugar is seeking mechanics with experience on engines, transmissions, drive train, brakes, chassis and Hydraulic systems. Candidates with previous Railroad or Heavy Diesel experience are ideal. This position also requires Welding experience. Please apply if you can perform the following tasks. Ability to perform work on engines, transmissions, drive train, brakes, chassis, hydraulic systems. Be able to inspect, troubleshoot, complete diagnostics, and repair these types of systems as they pertain to Railroad Track equipment and road equipment •Repair and Weld Frogs •Repair and Weld Switch Points •Repair and Weld Rail (Field Weld) Jdooley@ussugar.com OR Apply online at www.ussugar.com DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full TimeHOUSE CLEANERS Full time exp. house cleaners in Naples area. ASAP. Responsible, dependable and attention to detail. Need to be physically t and very fast work. One group may do 4 to 5 houses per day. Only serious persons apply. Leave detailed message @ 239-353-0557. Employment Full TimeFarm and Maintenance Support Worker for the Univ. of FL/SW FL Research & Education Center, 2685 S.R. 29, Immokalee, FL. Duties include assisting with maintenance of vehicles and equipment, farm work, and facilities upkeep. Apply in person or call (239) 658-3420 for application form. Drug free, equal employment workplace. Criminal background check required. Immokalee Child Care Center has an opening for a TEACHER position Must have a C.D.A. or a two year degree in Early Childhood. Email resume to: Immokaleechild@aol.com Machinist Full Time Perm $22.88 Per Hour Job Responsibilities: Sets up, calibrates and operates machining equipment including manual engine lathes, shapers, jig boxes, brakes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines, and heavy duty presses to assemble and or fabricate parts and complex assemblies. Email: Jdooley@ussugar.com Apply online at www.ussugar.com One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time TECHNICIAN FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION has a job opening for a full time technician with mechanical skills at Okaloacoochee Slough WMA in Hendry County. For more information and to apply go to https://people rst. my orida.com/ logon.htm choose Hendry Co, Biology. TIMEKEEPER – Needed for a produce packinghouse, duties include answer phones, record keeping, keeping track of employees time. Must be bi-lingual and able to travel. Hourly + Bene ts. Fax resume to 239-657-9764 or Apply @ 306 E Main St., Immokalee. We are immediately hiring experienced OPERATORS (Track hoe/dozer/loader) Please contact Robert Waltman at 504-952-0860. Be prepared to submit a resume and quali cations. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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. ApartmentsESPERANZA PLACE Affordable 2BR and 3BR Apartments, Handicap Unit Available Energy ef cient appliances, washer/dryer hook ups, spacious oor plans, community center on site with computer lab for resident use and classes. From access to Carl Kuehner Community Center educational and social programs. Must be farm or grove labor employed Pay no more than 30% of your households adjusted monthly income for rent and utilities. Call Rental Of ce at 657-2009 Mon-Fri, 8:00AM-5:00PM 2693 Marianna Way, #308(TDD 1-800-955-8771)Equal Housing Opportunity Provider & Employer Condos/Townhouses RentTRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. 2 & 3 BR/1BATH All appliances & low deposit. $550 & up. Call (239)777-2788 Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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. Mobile Home RentFELDA 2 BR/2 BA of f CR 830. Good cond. $525/month. Call 239-565-5033 or 239-369-9567 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Shop here first! The classified ads Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 6 Immokalee Bulletin January 9, 2014

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W ant to make a real difference? Become a VITA volunteer! You can help a family get back the money they have earned and become more nancially stable. VITA is a program offered through the United Way that helps low to moderate income persons by providing free tax preparation assistance. W e are looking for volunteers to better serve our clients. No experience is necessary and v olunteers are provided free training online. Flexible hours are available January through mid April. Taxes will be prepared at many locations in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Collier and Charlotte counties. For more information email Amy Singer at amy@unitedwaylee. org or 239.433.2000 ext. 229. After school programThe Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. This program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and suppers to children in afterschool programs. Snacks and suppers are available at no separate charge to the children at the sites listed below: iGeneration Charter School 1411 Lake Trafford Rd, Immokalee. Community Center 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Sports Complex 505 Escambia St, Immokalee.Running Club in ImmokaleeThe Gulf Coast Runners Youth Team is creating a running branch in Immokalee. The GCR youth team is open to all young runners 7-17. Most of our members are in elementary or middle school. We train for both tness and competition year round. Runners have to learn skills such as self-discipline, motivation, and setting and achieving goals. The GCR youth team wants to give every young athlete who has the desire to run, the opportunity to run. If you are interested in joining the running clubthere are practices are twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, located at the Immokalee High School Track at 5:00pm. There is no cost to join-get involved! If you have any questions Hugo Gijon (239) 273-3171.Parks and Rec launches web siteCollier County Parks and Recreation recently launched its mobile web site. Access www.collierparks.com on your smart phone or tablet to view the mobile device-friendly site. Add the Collier County Parks and Recreation icon to your home screen to access quickly the information you need to enjoy all the recreational amenities offered by Collier County Parks and Recreation. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Administration at (239) 2524000.Childcare availableA Step Up Immokalee, operated by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc., provides childcare for teen parents, school district teachers and staff, county workers. They care for infants to four years of age Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with extended hours till 3 p.m. There is a warm and inviting atmosphere with nurturing childcare providers, free childcare tuition to members o f the Teenage Parenting Program. Located at 701 Immokalee Drive. Phone 239-377-1172; cell 239-980-9021 or go to www.collierchildcare.org.Breastfeeding mothers groupLearn about the many bene ts of breastfeeding, get advice and tips, speak with breast-feeding peer counselors Myda and Noemi, meet and share experiences with other breastfeeding mothers. Pregnant women welcome. 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. Business & Service Directory AUCTION 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 7 Immokalee Bulletin January 9, 2014 Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:00 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. Public Comment/Adoption of Agenda D. Employee Recognition 1. October-November 2013TBA E. Public Concerns F. Staff Good Cause Items G. Board Concerns H. Old Business I. New Business 3. Public Comment/Consent Agenda A. Adoption of Minutes 1. December 18, 2013 Regular Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. December 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. 2014 Budget Amendment 5. Discussion Agenda A. Attorney’s Report 6. Other Public Interests 7. AdjournmentSPECIAL 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 workshop date. 459651 IB 1/9/2014 Public Notice Community Briefs David C. Brown Realty, Inc. is proud to announce that the are moving locations. For 23 years, David C. Brown Realty has been at its current address. The of ce at 1320 15th Street N, the old Barron Collier building (recently vacated by the Community Redevelopment Agency), is being renovated and should be ready for occupancy December 27. David C. Brown has two realtors on staff. Elvira Nodal, with over 20 years experience, and Patricia A. Regas, with over 25 years experience. Elvira specializes in rst home buyers, short sales and bank owned properties. Patricia specializes in general real estate. The of ce staff is rounded out by assistant/receptionist Suleyda Mendez, who has been with them for three years. Call 657-7777. En David C. Brown Realty, Inc. estamos orgullosos de anunciar que movemos posiciones. Nuestra nueva direcci—n se pone en una lista abajo. Toda otra informaci—n permanece sin alterar. Nos moveremos el 27 de Diciembre de 2013. Llama 657-7777. David C. Brown Realty has moved

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8 Immokalee Bulletin January 9, 2014 Submitted photo/ Rick HeersEmergency Preparations for ImmokaleeWhile we are very thankful that this past hurricane season has been a very quiet one, the IRCC (Immokalee Recovery Coordinating Center) continues to meet to make sure that Immokalee is prepared for future natural disasters. Under the new leadership of Cristina Perez, an of cer with Collier County Code Enforcement, the IRCC recently had its monthly meeting at the Immokalee Fire Department. Robert Halman presented a summary of the recent Memphis training that he, Leo Rodgers and Jean Perrier attended. At the training the state of Florida was acknowledged as one of the leading states in disaster preparation. It was also brought up that we are soon going to be having a new training program for local residents who would like to be certi ed in CERT-Community Emergency Recovery Training. You may contact Ms. Perez, at 867-4548. Notices will be posted in the Immokalee Bulletin when the 8-week training will take place. Pictured with Cristina from left to right are Thom Street-pastor of First United Methodist Church and local HAM enthusiast, Joe Brueggen-Infectious Disease Coordinator for the Collier County Health Department, Mark A. Lemke-acting Immokalee director for the State of Florida, Department of Health, Silvia Puente-Collier County Public Library, Information Services, Cristina Perez, Judy Scribner-Collier County Emergency Management, Maxx Bernier-Collier County Emergency Management, Robert Halman-University of Florida/IFAS Center, and not pictured, Rick Heers. Submitted photosChristmas blessingIn November First United Methodist Church of Immokalee was slated to receive 80 free turkeys to give to needy families for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately their supplier changed their delivery date and, since no one from the church was present to receive the turkeys, the supplier gave them to another agency. The members of FUMC of Immokalee felt so bad that all those families who showed up for turkeys for Thanksgiving were turned away without their gift, they bought 80 turkeys and handed them out to the people on the list from their planned Thanksgiving on Tuesday, December 17, in plenty of time for Christmas.