Immokalee bulletin

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Immokalee bulletin
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Harvest Festival, here we come! This y ear’s event theme is ”Gone Country.”Queen Court CompetitionSaturday, March 22nd 2014, I.H.S Auditorium at 7 p.m. Pre sale tickets are $5. Children under 6 years of age are free. Now accepting candidates ages 11-20 years of age. Entry deadline is February 28. Contact Pete and Julie Cade at (239) 281-5418 (239) 6286132.Little Mr. & Miss TomatoSaturday, March 22, 2014. Crowning takes place during Queen Pageant. Winners take home crown & a GRAND Prize! Applicants must be between the ages of 0-5 yrs old. Contact Mariela Romero (239) 658-0704 mromero@ rst1bank.com.Applications are now being accepted. Jars go out the rst day of February.Harvest Festival EventSaturday, March 29th 2014, Airport Park from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Event is free, parking is $3.00 Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Line up begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of 9th & Main St.BBQ Cook Off CompetitionAirport Park. Winners announced at 6:00pm on stage. 1st place winners receive $1,000 Grand Cash Prize with beautiful trophy, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive trophy and small cash prize. Cost to enter competition: January $125 February $150 March $175. Chamber will provide all contestants with ribs & chicken. Now accepting applications for Parade, Vendors & BBQ contestants. Please contact Mariela Romero (239) 658-0704 mromero@ rst1bank.com or Cherryle Thomas (239) 657-0080 ecoc@comcast.net. Plan now for a spectacular Harvest Festival 2014 DRIVE A NEW 2014 FUSION SE FOR ONLY $199 PER MONTH*36 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $2529 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes “rst month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction. *Stock #14C64. 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 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 Thursday, January 16, 2014 V ol. 47 No. 3 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Submitted photosSpecial Olympics Basketball Immokalee took three teams to the Sectional play-offs.... the two Uni ed teams went 4-0 and the traditional team went 1-1! Special, special thanks to our new uni ed partners and coach...they are Jay Rodriguiz, (coach), Hunter Dimas, Aaron Alvarado, Jose Benavidez, Oscar Malayon, and Romeo Cruz! The two Uni ed teams have quali ed for state in Gainesville February14 and 15! Go Indians! (January 9, 2014 – Naples, FL) The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2013-14 Teachers of Distinction were announced January 9 in surprise classroom visits to their schools. These teachers will continue in the Golden Apple Selection process and from this group, ve teachers will be selected to receive a Golden Apple. The Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the 24th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner presented by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation on May 9, 2014. Champions For Learning brings our community together to invest in innovative practices that enrich the environment for student learning. Golden Apple both recognizes and helps teachers to share best practices with each other and the community. Thanks to the support of presenting sponsor, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation and all of the support they provide educators and students. Additional Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction surprised at presentations William Staros Kathryn Doyle Melanie Boswell Regina Bale See Teacher — Page 2

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2 Immokalee Bulletin January 16, 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 To become a Harvest Festival sponsor, please contact the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce at 675-3237. You can choose from any of the following levels:Platinum $4,500 Business Advertisement on any radio, newspaper and/or magazine contracted for event exposure Banner represented on main stage (must provide us with your banner by W ednesday prior to the event 3-24-2014) Proud "Platinum Sponsor" certi cate on behalf of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce 1 10x10 tent to use as either as an informational booth, Arts & Craft booth or as a food vendor (Please specify which one you would prefer so we know where to set you up-this information must be provided to us no later than 3-25-2014) 2 Sponsor VIP parking pass 1 FREE oat entry registry (please ll out a oat registration form along with your sponsorship) Name or Logo of your business on all promotional material including our 4 Sponsorship Banners (4x10) (Chamber's Website, Posters & Mailings)Gold $3,500 Banner represented on main stage (must provide us with your banner by Monday prior to the event 3-24-2014) Proud "Gold Sponsor" certi cate on behalf of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce 1 10x10 tent to use as either as an informational booth, Arts & Craft booth or as a food vendor (Please specify which one you would prefer so we know where to set you up-this information must be provided to us no later than 3-25-14) 1 Sponsor VIP parking pass 1 Free oat entry registry (please ll out a oat registration form along with your sponsorship) Name or Logo of your business on all promotional material including our 4 Sponsorship Banners (4x10) (Chamber's Website, Posters & Mailings)Silver $2,500 Proud "Silver Sponsor" certi cate on behalf of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce 1 10x10 tent to use as either an informational booth, Arts & Craft booth or as a food vendor (Please specify which one you would prefer so we know where to set you up-this information must be provided to us no later than 3-25-14) 1 Free oat entry registry (please ll out a oat registration form along with your sponsorship) Name or Logo of your business on all promotional material including our 4 Sponsorship Banners (4x10) (Chamber's Website, Posters & Mailings) Business Banner at the front entrance of the event (must provide us with your banner by Wednesday prior to the event 3-242014)Bronze $1,500 1 Sponsor VIP parking pass 1 Free oat entry registry (please ll out a oat registration form along with your sponsorship) Name or Logo of your business on all promotional material including our 4 Sponsorship Banners (4x10) (Chamber's Website, Posters & Mailings) Business Banner located at the event (must provide us with your banner by Wednesday prior to the event 3-24-2014)Supporter $500 Business Logo on our four banners (4x10) Business Logo on our Website as sponsor for the event Business Banner located at the event (must provide us with your banner by Wednesday prior to the event 3-24-2014). by Maribel De ArmasDid you know that more than 49% of our students live in homes where English is not the rst language and sometimes isn't even spoken? Certainly not all of those students are a part of Collier County Public Schools' (CCPS) English Language Learners (ELL) program, but more than 6,500 of them are. Collectively, these students speak 80 different heritage languages and come from 114 different countries of origin. Talk about a melting pot of languages and cultures! I'm proud to say that I am a product of the CCPS ELL program. Thanks to ELL, I was able to learn English (my rst language is Spanish) as soon as I started Kindergarten (quite a few years ago now), and I was able to successfully transition into non-ELL learning for the rest of my K-12 education. ELL not only supports students as they learn English, but there is assistance for their parents, as well. In fact, if you are a parent of an English Language Learner, you have an opportunity each afternoon to learn about the ELL program and discover ways to reinforce what your child is taught in the classroom. Just turn your TV to The Education Channel (Comcast cable 99) every evening at 5:30 p.m. to watch "Passport to America." And don't worry, the show can be seen in three languages: English, Spanish, and Creole. A new episode begins at the end of each month, with topics ranging from help with writing, reading, math, and science, to improving your child's vocabulary, to services offered by the school district's ELL program. The episode currently airing this month is all about the value of literature and next month's topic takes it a step further by sharing how you can help your child become a better reader. Here's a quick outline of the upcoming "Passport to America" episodes for the rest of this school year. The Value of Literature (airing now) Helping Your Child Become a Better Reader (begins January 27th) Helping Your Child with Homework (begins February 24th) Helping Your Child Learn Science (begins March 31st) Helping Your Child Learn Math (begins April 28th) Summer Educational Activities (begins May 26th) If you happen to be by a computer, you can tune in to current and past episodes of "Passport to America" online at www.collierschools.com. Just click on The Education Channel icon on our home page, go to the Videos on Demand menu item near the top of the page to get to the Webisodes. Then click on the "Passport to America" icon to pick a topic of interest. And, on the topic of The Education Channel and resourceful programming, if you are looking to take the GED exam anytime soon, be sure to catch the "GED Connection" TV show that just restarted today. It's on every weekday morning starting at 6:30 a.m. This informative half-hour series provides adult learners with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for and pass the GED exam, which would earn you a State of Florida High School Diploma and could open the doors to jobs, promotions, college, as well as many other opportunities. The "GED Connection" 39-episode series takes an in-depth look at the ve subject areas covered on the exam reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Some speci c episode titles include "Getting Ideas on Paper," "Poetry," "Economics," "Chemistry," and "Introduction to Algebra." There are also GED classes online and several locations in Collier County offering in-classroom GED preparation classes. Visit www.collieradulted.com for more information, testing fees, and registration details. Stay tuned for next week's column to hear all about our recently named Champions For Learning Teachers of Distinction. Have a great week! Students First Major Sponsors include CenturyLink, Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Moorings Park, Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples Daily News, NBC-2 Waterman Broadcasting, and Publix Super Markets Charities. TeacherContinued From Page 1 Be a Harvest Festival Sponsor

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In the world of the endangered Florida panther, 2013 brought less mortality, a female panther successfully released back into the wild, and signi cant public participation in reporting panther sightings. Twenty panther deaths were documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserv ation Commission (FWC) in the past year, compared with the 27 panthers that died in 2012. Vehicle strikes continue to be the primary cause of mortality, with 15 panthers dying last year because they were hit w hile crossing highways compared with 18 in 2012. The birth of 21 panther kittens also w as documented in 2013. A brother-and-sister pair of panthers, rescued as kittens in 2011 and raised at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, was returned to the wild in 2013. The female, released in January in Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County, was documented last June to have given birth to a kitten. However the male, released last A pril in the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area in Palm Beach County, died Jan. 4 due to unknown causes after being located a day earlier in a very lethargic state and then taken to a veterinary clinic. That was the second panther death recorded in 2014, after another panther was killed Jan. 2 due to a vehicle collision. Meanwhile, a 9-month-old female panther kitten, found in Collier County last May with a fractured rear right leg probably caused by a vehicle collision, is recovering at White Oak and scheduled for release later this year. Additionally, more than 1,100 panther sightings have been reported statewide since the FWC launched an online site in August 2012 enabling the public to report when and w here they have seen a Florida panther or its tracks and upload photos: MyFWC.com/ PantherSightings. Though only 5 percent of the sightings as of last August were veri ed as panthers, the FWC's panther team considers public reports of panther sightings vital to the management of this species brought back from the brink of extinction. "Forty years ago when the Endangered Species Act was passed, some people wondered if any panthers remained in Florida," said Carol Knox, head of the FWC's Imperiled Species Management Section. "Where once a sighting of a panther was almost unheard of, today, more and more Floridians and visitors are having the thrill of seeing and even photographing this elusive cat in the wild. This demonstrates the great progress Florida has made in conserving its panthers and the effectiveness of our partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and others that work with the FWC on these efforts." "Despite the mortalities in 2013, the FWC is con dent the Florida panther population continues to expand," Knox said. As for vehicle-caused panther fatalities, "People who slow down and drive carefully in rural areas, especially where panther crossings and speed zones are identi ed, can make a difference," Knox added. "It is especially important to slow down and keep a careful lookout at dawn or dusk, when panthers are most likely to be on the move." In 2013, three panther deaths also were attributed to territorial aggression among panthers. Another panther's cause of death was undetermined, and one died of an apparent gunshot wound. Floridians can help conserve panthers by purchasing the Protect the Panther license tag at BuyaPlate.com. Proceeds from the license plate support the FWC's panther research and management efforts. More about Florida panthers is available at FloridaPantherNet.org, including A guide to living with Florida panthers and the E-Z guide to identify panther tracks. The Florida Public Service Commission designated CenturyLink as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier within its service area for universal service purposes. CenturyLinks basic local service rates for residential voice lines are $19.99 per month and business services are $29.00…$33.50 per month. Speci“c rates will be provided upon request. CenturyLink participates in a government benefit program (Lifeline) to make residential telephone service more affordable to eligible low-income individuals and families. Eligible customers are those that meet eligibility standards as de“ned by the FCC and state commissions. Residents who live on federally recognized Tribal Lands may qualify for additional Tribal bene“ts if they participate in certain additional federal eligibility programs. The Lifeline discount is available for only one telephone per household, which can be either a wireline or wireless telephone. A household is de“ned for the purposes of the Lifeline program as any individual or group of individuals who live together at the same address and share income and expenses. Lifeline service is not transferable, and only eligible consumers may enroll in the program. Consumers who willfully make false statements in order to obtain Lifeline telephone service can be punished by “ne or imprisonment and can be barred from the program. Lifeline eligible subscribers may also qualify for reliable home High-Speed Internet service up to 1.5 Mbps for $9.95* per month for the “rst 12 months of service. Further details are available at centurylink.com/internetbasics. 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Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges … Applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges include a carrier Universal Service charge, carrier cost recovery surcharges, state and local fees that vary by area and certain in-state surcharges. Cost recovery fees are not taxes or government-required charges for use. Taxes, fees, and surcharges apply based on standard monthly, not promotional, rates. 2014 CenturyLink. All Rights Reserved. www.wa-cr.com We Deliver... PH: (239) 425-6000Licensed Real Estate Broker Investment Income 50% Occupied NOI $160,000Relocate your business to the 30,000 SF exspace at the Immokalee Tradeport Technology Park. 10 unit building has interior re sprinklers, CBS construction, 3-phase electric, 100 AMP service, wide truck turns & loading areas, 83 parking spaces. Units have pre-wired security systems, impact resistant windows and HVAC. Strategically located near Immokalee Regional Airport & Ave Maria University. Easy access to State Road 29. $1,968,000 RABIES $10 € PARVO $12 € Half Price Boarding €Partners in the Way to Happiness Foundation and a Drug Free World. Free pamphlets available.SHEWMAKER ANIMAL HOSPITAL1095 N. State Rd. 29 € LaBelle € 863-675-2441IMMOKALEE MOBILE UNIT CLINICNext to the McDonalds € Immokalee € 239-657-2266CLEWISTON MOBILE UNIT CLINICat McDonalds € Clewiston € 863-675-2441Disclaimer: The Patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. LOWEST PRICE EVERYDAY! 3 Immokalee Bulletin January 16, 2014 The Healthcare Network is pleased to announce that Dr. Emily Ptaszek has accepted the position of Director of Behavior Health. In her new duties, Dr. Ptaszek will direct expansion of the integrated behavioral health program and develop behavioral health policies and procedures, as well as provide clinical and administrative supervision of the behavioral health providers and staff. With over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Ptaszek came to the Healthcare Network from the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Cape Coral, FL, where she specialized in treating posttraumatic stress disorder. Prior to that, she was in private practice and worked with both children and adults. The Healthcare Network works in partnership with Florida State University to maintain a strong postdoctoral psychology program that allows FSU psychology fellows to treat patients at various clinics within the Healthcare Network. Annually, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida provides primary care for 36,000 people in Southwest Florida (25,000 are children) at 13 medical and dental service locations in East Naples, Golden Gate, North Naples, Marco Island and Immokalee. The Healthcare Network also provides pediatric, medical and dental services, including screenings for autism, through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile¨. New Director of Behavioral Health Fewer Florida panther deaths in 2013

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NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2014) – The Immokalee Foundation’s 2013 Charity Classic Celebration has been declared an undeniable success by organizers of the annual fundraising event to bene t the youth of Immokalee. The Charity Classic Celebration included a memorable evening of dinner and dancing, a “super” silent auction and the unique Fund A Dream live bidding experience for nearly 400 guests at The RitzCarlton, Naples, as well as the annual ProA m golf tournament at Bay Colony Golf Club that brought many of golf’s most esteemed names to Southwest Florida. The events raised a combined total of more than $1.7 million to fund TIF’s educational programs. This year’s theme encouraged benefactors to follow the “Pathways to Success: V oices of the Future” to support TIF’s mission in providing sustained educational opportunities that make goals achievable for Immokalee’s children, and that’s exactly w hat they did. During the gala’s welcome reception, attendees bid on an incredible selection of “super” silent auction items while listening to the sounds of talented students from The Immokalee Foundation. The silent auction raised $160,000 and served as an indicator of the forthcoming generosity. The evening provided the opportunity for patrons to not only meet and mingle with the students whose lives they were impacting, but they also had the chance to hear w hat life is like in Immokalee, as students and their families shared their stories of hope and determination. Peter Negri, TIF board member and Charity Classic Celebration chair, said the presentation gave patrons a sense of the challenges these children face and what they’ve been able to achieve through TIF and its programs. “The kids, by far, are the best part of the evening,” said Negri. “To see and hear about how far they’ve come and what they’ve been able to accomplish makes it all worthw hile.” The live Fund A Dream auction got under w ay during the second half of the dinner. W ith paddles in hand, bidders had the option to bid at the level of their choice, and to fund many dreams. Fund A Dream was organized into ve speci c categories. Each one provided students with opportunities to grow, learn and advance with opportunities like attending a College Success boot camp, tutoring, attending a professional baseball game (a rst for many) or taking part in career and networking seminars. Donors were even able to provide students with college scholarships, literacy enhancement, career development and experiences to build leadership and life skills. According to Negri, 100 percent of the funds raised during Fund A Dream go directly to the bidders category of choice and is 100 percent tax deductible. Thanks to the generosity of numerous paddle raisers, Fund A Dream raised $645,000 – a number for which Negri is particularly proud, “It’s special because they aren’t bidding on a trip or piece of jewelry. The real reward for all these people raising their paddles is seeing the difference they are making in the life of a child.” Negri credits the unwavering support of the TIF board members, staff, volunteers, mentors, Charity Classic Celebration sponsors and generous audience members for the success of the event, “There’s a real sense of pride in what we’ve been able to accomplish, because it all comes back to the kids.” Sponsors of the 2013 Charity Classic Celebration and Pro-Am were Arthrex Inc., hope society; Fifth Third Bank, founding sponsor; Jaguar Naples; Porsche of Naples; Bigham Jewelers, education circle sponsors; Naples Illustrated, media sponsor; and Kevin Johnson with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Corporate matching sponsors were GE Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation. 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, the Charity Classic Celebration, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org. 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 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 16, 2014 Immokalee Foundation’s 2013 Charity Classic Celebration huge success Submitted photo/ Charlie McDonald PhotographyRose Celebeau with Thaana and Danarshley Pierre-Paul enjoying The Immokalee Foundation’s 2013 Charity Classic Celebration

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florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 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 5 Immokalee Bulletin January 16, 2014 Submitted photoTeen Driver ChallengeVehicle crashes are the biggest cause of death among young adults and the most likely cause of death for teens. The Teen Driver Challenge is intended to help reduce this risk by providing kids with knowledge and hands-on experience. The 12-hour course includes four hours of instruction, in which students are provided with information on teen crash facts, knowing your vehicle, using common “senses” when driving, seat belts and more. During the eight hours at the driving range, students learn a variety of exercises to develop driving skills, including gure 8s, threshold breaking, forward serpentine, reverse serpentine, cornering and off road recovery exercises. DYR Cpl. Izaguirre at Immokalee Middle School planned and conducted the events for I.H.S. students. To ensure its mission of quality healthcare accessible to everyone in the community, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida has expanded its hours of operation to include Saturdays at its Marion E. Fether Medical Center, 1454 Madison Avenue in Immokalee. Now through Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014, the clinic will be open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to accommodate adult patients unable to visit the clinic during regular weekday hours. At this time, the service is limited to adult patients only. Appointments will initially be required for Saturday visits until the numbers present a demand for walk-in service. New patients should bring a picture ID. Those wishing to apply for sliding scale fees should bring ID and proof of income. Call 239-658-3016 for more information or to schedule an appointment. According to CEO Mike Ellis, the expanded hours are one way the Healthcare Network is seeking to meet the healthcare needs of seasonal migrant workers unable to visit the clinic during on weekdays. Annually, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida provides primary care for more than 36,000 people in Southwest Florida (25,000 are children) at 13 medical and dental service locations including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. For more information on Saturday hours, call (239) 658-3016. Saturday hours offered at Marion E. Fether The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce has done some outstanding volunteer efforts for our community this past year and is looking forward to having everyone involved in all of their efforts to complete their goals of informing the community of meetings, events and activities. Bernardo Barnhart w as re-elected for his third term as Chamber President and he has a list of new ideas and challenges for 2014. The Chamber has constructively completed a Calendar of Events of all upcoming events and activities:  Bi-Monthly Chamber Breakfast Meetings held the rst Wednesday of the following months at Roma in Havana Ristorante at 8 a.m. February 5, April 2, June 4, August 6, October 1 and December 3.  Bi-Monthly Spaghetti Dinner Sales held the third Friday of the following months at our NEW location; 1300 N. 15th Street, Suite 2 (inside the First Bank Loan Production Of ce) January 17, March 21, May 16, J uly 18, September 19 and November 21.  Three Chamber Board of Director’s Meetings for 2014 January 22, June 11 and December 10.  Two Business after Hours Events to be held outside our Chamber location, 1300 N. 15th Street, Suite 2 from 5-7 p.m. February 14 and October 17.  Annual Harvest Festival Queen Court Competition to be held at the I.H.S auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  Annual Harvest Festival Event to include our 2nd Annual BBQ Cook Off Competition on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the old park; 330 Airways Blvd. Event is from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Parking is $3 per vehicle, No Entry Fee.  Our First Annual Chamber Banquet to be held on September 26, 2014. More details to follow.  Christmas around the World Parade and Gala: December 13, 2014 Please mark your calendar for these important dates. We want your participation. If additional information is needed, please contact Mariela Romero at 239-658-0704, mromero@ rst1bank.com or Cherryle Thomas at 239-657-3237 fntjr@aol.com. Thanks for all your community support! News from the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce

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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 *. Auctions HUGE AUCTION: Farm, Ranch, Construction Equipment, Misc. ToolsSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 9AM Now Accepting Consignments Frank E Land, Auctioneerwww.landauctionservice.comLee Civic Center 11831 Bayshore Rd. Enter at Gate 2 Old Bayshore Rd N. Ft. Myers, FL 333917 (239) 936-4121AB2084/AU2814 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! ServicesIMMOKALEE CHILD CARE CENTER Now enrolling ages 1 V.P.K Call 239-657-4130 or Stop by 415 Colorado Ave. Immokalee, FL. Employment Full TimeADVERTISING SALES REP WANTED FOR IMMOKALEE BULLETIN/CALOOSA BELLE We are looking for an energetic and dynamic advertising sales associate to call on area businesses in Western Hendry County and the Immokalee area/ Eastern Collier County area Full or part-time possible. Primary responsibilities include developing relationships with local businesses and educating them on the entire range of print and digital advertising products oered by our company. e sales representative will focus on developing advertising solutions for new and inactive accounts. is is an outside sales position with commission and requires a valid drivers license, reliable transportation, and basic computer skills including social media. Advertising sales experience not required but highly desirable. Please send resume to Patty Brant at pbrant@newszap.com and Dale Conyers at dconyers@newszap.com 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 DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Employment Full Time Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Employment Full Time Dependable? Kind? Caring? JOIN THE RESCARE HOMECARE TEAM of dedicated caregivers who are making a difference! RN, LPN, Home Health Aide, CNA, and Companion positions available. Special needs in Labelle area. Proven experience and maturity are a must. Competitive Wages offered. Only the best need apply. Reliable transportation required to apply visit: www.rescare. com/careers or call 239-390-0824 EOE/M/F/D/V 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. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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 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. Miscellaneous W-2 FORM PICK UPAttention all employees of the following companiesLFC Agricultural Services, Inc. and LFC Management Services, Inc. aka LIPMAN (formally Six L’s) You may pick up your 2013 W-2 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. beginning on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the following location: Lipman HR/Payroll Department 306 East Main Street Immokalee, Florida If you have any questions please call the HR/Payroll Depart. 239-657-4421 extension 3238 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 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 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 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 new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 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. InvestmentPropertyRENTAL PROPERTY 23 UNITS Owner Finance Call (239)300-1221 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 Shop here first! The classified ads 6 Immokalee Bulletin January 16, 2014 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Shop here first! The classified ads

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Little Mr. and Miss TomatoVote for Little Mr. and Miss Tomato for the Harvest Festival. One penny equals one vote. Open for all children 0-5 years old. Winners w ill receive a grand prize. Pick up your applications at the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce of ce, 1300 N. 15th Street (inside the First Bank Loan Production Of ce), starting the rst week of February. Participants will start collecting votes the rst week of February up until the third week of March. All jars will need to be turned in by 5 p.m. Monday, March 17, in order to be eligible to enter the contest. Winners will be announced on stage at the Harvest Festival Pageant to be held Saturday, March 22, at the I.H.S. auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets on pre-sale are $5 each or $7 at the door. Contact Mariela Romero at mromero@first1bank.com or 239658-0704 or 239-6922178.Mustangs and CorvettesOn Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 4 pm to 7 pm, Mustangs and Corvettes from all over the state will show up for the challenge. Mustang owners vote for best Corvettes and Corvette owners vote for best Mustangs. There will be trophies for top Mustangs and Best of Show Mustang and trophies for Best Corvettes and Best of Show Corvette. This year's host car clubs are the GulfShore Mustang Club and Corvettes on the Gulf. The host car clubs are competing for a participation trophy and $1,000 cash! In 2013 GulfShore Mustang Club took top honors with over 100 Mustangs. All Mustangs, Corvettes, car clubs or Vettes and Stangs with no club af liation are welcome to attend and be a part of the fun. Each Mustang and Corvette owner and their passengers (21 years or older with picture I.D.) will receive FREE $20 play and FREE $10 food. There is FREE VIP parking with no registration fee. Don't miss the rst of the 2014 High Roller Motorsports Series at the Seminole Casino Immokalee, where Paradise Plays!Revival comingAllen Chapel will host its 2014 Winter Revival soon. Apostle Gregory Ford and the First Assembly Cornerstone family will be in the house. This man of God has a right now word for you in his mouth. This great ministry event will be held January 23-25 (Thurs.Sat.) at 7 p.m., nightly. If you absolutely cannot attend and have a prayer request, you can send it to Rev. Lori Snell and they will pray over it during the nights of the revival.Apply 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: 239-3770506 Mail: Lisa Roa/Student Relations at 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, FL, 34109.Yummy spaghettiThe Immokalee Chamber of Commerce Spaghetti Sale Fundraiser will take place on January 17, 2014 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!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 www.orchidswamp.orgPhoto excursionsThe Friends of Fakahatchee and noted Naples photographer Dennis Goodman have teamed up to offer a new series o f "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 par k 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 Photograph y 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.Want to make a 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 Wa y that helps low to moderate income persons by providing free tax preparation assistance. We are looking for volunteers to better serve our clients. No experience is necessary and volunteers are provided free training online. Flexible hours are available January through mid April. Taxes will be prepared at man y 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. Childcare availableA Step Up Immokalee, operated by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc., provides childcare for teen parents, school district teachers and staff, county workers. The y care for infants to four years of age Monda y through Friday 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with extended hours till 3 p.m. Located at 701 Immokalee Drive. Phone 239-377-1172; cell 239-980-9021 or go to www.collierchildcare.org. 7 Immokalee Bulletin January 16, 2014 SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST Coordinates, develops and prepares operating and capital budgets and forecasts. Prepares monthly nancial performance reports including variance analyses, cost/ volume variances, labor reports, etc. Analyzes results and trends and communicates concerns to management. Performs ad hoc analyses such as capital budgeting and other ROI models REQUIREMENTS Three plus years of previous nancial analysis experience Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting Strong Excel skills including Pivot Tables, V-lookup, MS Query, macros, etc. Experience in nancial ERP systems (SAP/BPC/BW preferred) Previous experience in developing and implementing operating and capital budgets Experience in manufacturing environment highly preferred United States Sugar Corporation is one of America’s largest diversi ed, privately-held agribusiness rms. The company is headquartered on the southern shore of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. In addition to growing, milling and re ning cane sugar, U.S. Sugar owns a short line railroad and its Southern Gardens subsidiary is one of Florida’s foremost producers and processors of oranges and orange juice products. EMAIL Jdooley@ ussugar.com Employment Full Time 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 Public Notice SR 29 PD&E STUDY STAKEHOLDERS MEETING SCHEDULED THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for SR 29 from Oil Well Road to SR 82 in Collier County. As a part of the planning process and to encourage community participation, FDOT has invited non-governmental organizations, interested citizens, business owners, and property owners within the vicinity of the SR 29 project limits to serve on a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). The sixth SR 29 Stakeholders Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. 7p.m. on Thursday, January 23 at the Immokalee OneStop Career Center, 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, Florida. FDOT facilitates SAC meetings, provides project information, and responds to committee member issues. Please contact Gwen G. Pipkin, Environmental Administrator, at the Florida Department of Transportation by phone at (863) 519-2375 or by email to gwen.pipkin@dot.state. .us with any questions regarding this meeting. 460180 IB 1/16/2014 Public Notice Community Briefs

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8 Immokalee Bulletin January 16, 2014 Submitted photo/ Cathy HinshawDecember Employee of the MonthVirginia Villarreal was selected as Employee of the Month for December 2013 by her peers and supervisors at Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Citrus Health Response Program Of ce in Immokalee. Submitted photo/ Richard HeersPet healthA low-cost shot clinic Saturday, January 25, will offer vaccines for dog and cats at the Immokalee Community Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A licensed Florida veterinarian will administer rabies, dog 5 in 1 vaccines, and cat 3 in 1 vaccines. Worming medication will be available. Low-cost spay and neuter vouchers also will be available. The vaccines will cost $10 each, cash only. Worming is $5 for each animal. Volunteer Services for Animals, Inc. (VSA) is a non-pro t group which has been assisting animals and animal owners for 32 years in Collier County. Additional information is available at vsarescue@aol.com or by calling 239 290-6274.