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But if you look around, there are many examples of people who still make it in this country the “old fashioned” way. Angel and Lidia Luna are proof that hard work is still the ladder to success. A migrant worker, Angel picked fruit throughout the country, coming here with his family to work for the rst time in 1969. He is quick to say that his family always entered legally. Angel did not want the migrant life for his new wife, but she thought it would be exciting. So for the rst two years of their marriage the couple followed the crops and by Richard HeersWednesday, February 5th was a great day to be an Indian or a family member, or a fan of the Immokalee High School sports team. The auditorium was jammed with parents, students, news media and supporters of the athletic program were waiting with keen anticipation to see where a number of seniors would be attending and playing level 1 sports next year on scholarships. Athletic director, Tony Allen, welcomed and recognized a number of individuals to start the “signing” ceremony, including long-time supporter Stephen Price (who cooks dinners for the football team before each game and announces football and basketball games), school board member Roy Terry, former principal, Dr. Mary Murray, who, with her husband ew in from the Midwest to attend the ceremony, and managers of Lipman Produce who have been ongoing, gracious nancial supporters of IHS programs. The rst to take center stage and sign their letters of intent were cross country runners, Anita Munos-Trejo, and Leonel Cruz, who will be running for the FGCU Eagles next year. These two were followed by four football players who anticipate impacting their Division 1 teams in football next fall-Johnson Louigene signed a letter of intent to Youngstown State University in Ohio. The three remaining athletes decided to keep their skills within the state of Florida as Jimmy Bayes and D’Ernest Johnson signed letters of intent to the University of South Florid a Bulls, and J.C. Jackson became of the rst athletes from IHS to sign a letter of intent to the University of Florida Gators. Each of the players were accompanied on stage some with parents, family and friends. It was an emotionally charged environment as students graciously thanked God, their famil y and their coaches for helping them achieve this milestone in their lives. It is hoped that they will have as powerful an impact on their new schools as well as they have had locally. Photos on Page 8 It was a great day to be an I.H.S. Indian!See Pathways — Page 2 by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin The PACE girls learn many of life’s lessons at their unique school. Recently they had a close up conversation with some of the adults tasked with investigating cases of human traf cking. It was an interested group of young ladies who listened attentively as members of law enforcement including Homeland Security and the Collier County Sheriff’s Of ce. The elite group of speakers spoke from years of experience in investigating a crime that strikes at the heart some of the most vulnerable of victims. Once a young girl has been trapped into a life she never imagined, the speakers explained that they often become entrenched because they may experience “traumatic bonding,” in which a victim who is cut off from their family and friends actually becomes attached to their captor. People may even be held captive in plain sight. Some of the identifying characteristics of a traf cking victim include: a total focus on their captor; becoming fearful; fearing for their families and having unmet medical needs. In the US victims of human traf cking have rights, under the Victims Protection Act, even if they are illegally in the country. However, for a traf cker to be prosecuted under ICE investigation, the foreign victim needs to be in the States for about a year while the case is ongoing. They are also allowed to stay here legally and can apply for a T visa (for victims of a severe form of human traf cking) for up to four years before seeking citizenship if they choose. Victims of human traf cking may also take advantage of available social programs. The speakers demonstrated how easy modern technology makes it for traf ckers to nd victims using technology like smart phones standard equipment for so many teenagers. Taking advantage of social media applications like Facebook can be used to nd Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantLaw enforcement of cers answer questions from PACE students about the subject of human traf cking. Human traf cking: Don't be a victimSee Traf cking — Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin February 13, 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 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 or email 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 easy prey, especially if you have "friends" online that you really don't know. A big potential danger: Young people often post their innermost thoughts and feelings when they're going through a bad time. They can easily chat with total strangers who misrepresent themselves. Of cers' advice: Never talk to someone y ou don't know or make an appointment to meet them. They underscored their advice with real life stories of South Florida teens who have been victimized by predators. One young woman, identi ed only as Marie, was given by her mother to her grandmother to raise. The girl came to the US when she was four from Haiti. Her grandmother's husband molested Marie. Nobody believed what she said had happened so it continued. At seven she was raped by another man and ran way to the streets. She became a habitual runaway and was pregnant with her fth child some were adopted or lost and one she gave to her grandmother. Marie ended up with female pimps who "befriended" her. At 12 she was put to work in an escort service for several years. Finally, at 15, she was threatened with photos taken of her in a hotel room in Fort Myers and she went to the police. In the process, Marie became a ward of the state and even attended PACE in Fort Myers for a time. Now, at 20 she, is a C.N.A. and hopes to become a nurse. The agent from Homeland Security's career includes working with US Customs as well 13 years of investigating crimes against children and exploitation. The government's internet investigations include terrorism, drugs, child exploitation and treat the internet as a virtual border. Most of their work takes place after the fact, but the presentation for PACE was proactive a chance to provide vital information to prospective victims in advance. The agent noted that the world has changed. Kids are still the same only now there are so many ways to communicate texting, tweeting, blogging and these forms are open for anyone to see photos and messages, instantly on the internet. That translates into opportunities to meet anyone and form a relationship online, Young people are prime targets for cyber bullying, exposure to improper material and online predators. Add the temptation for kids to reveal too much personal information and it's a volatile mix. Now consider that 95 percent of all US teens age 12-17 are online. Another local case involved two boys, ages 14 and 17, Skyping with a girl they didn't know but thought was 16. They met her online, and she supposedly put a video of herself up. The boys were told that the sound was out of order. "She" got the boys to do things they wouldn't normally do. It turned out it wasn't a young girl but a grown man who recorded the session and posted it online, getting some 20,000 downloads of the boys. This man had done this to 300 other boys and there is no way to get the video off line. The PACE students were provided with four rules for online activity: think before you post; respect others on line; be careful meeting someone on line; and protect your information online. Another word of caution: predators usually use the "boyfriend approach" and introduce their intentions to the victim slowly. A member of the Zonta International Club of Naples who works for McAfee provided her input as well. Executive Director Marianne Kearns said PACE partners with Zonta, which does fundraisers for PACE and offers scholarships for girls. It also supports shelters for survivors of domestic violence and other women's issues. Although defense against human traf cking is not taught in its curriculum, Ms. Kearns said information on domestic violence is. Good to know: If you don't know someone on your social media list, you can "unfriend" them; A perpetrator will threaten a target's family, causing the victim to withdraw from family and friends, making you dependent on them Juveniles not old enough to make decision Indicators of a traf cking victim: They are fearful, They try to stay "under the radar" They don't make eye contact They zone in on a one-way cell phone They may have bruises and signs of assault The may have unique tattoos, including a bar code They may have signs of malnutrition Victims have been known to be padlocked inside a house, etc. Sometimes there are no signs Some victims don't even realize they are being traf cked because they are paid, but end up "owing" their captors for "services" they cannot repay so are forced to continue working for them. Things to remember: Underage sex is a crime. Predators troll for victims on FB and other social media don't deal with anyone you don't know Don't offer personal information or situations on line predators are just looking for vulnerabilities to exploit. If you suspect that someone is a victim of human traf cking, you are required to report it to law enforcement. There are man y ways to do so anonymously. The agents advise parents to take charge of what's on your computer, monitor it, understand the apps and sites your kids are using. If you are a victim of human traf cking or believe you know someone who is, there are several ways to report it. Call 1-866-DHS2ICE or go to You can use only screen name to report. You can always call the Collier Count y Sheriff's Of ce. Traf ckingContinued From Page 1 Lidia also picked. He wanted to open a store, even though he had no experience as an entrepreneur. Always, Angel was thinking . looking for an opportunity to make a better life. He rst went into business in 1989, opening a restaurant that catered to both A mericans and his fellow workers. He looked around and saw that it was hard to nd Spanish style food back then and realized that furnishing home style food and spices to his fellow workers would be very lucrative. Angel opened a tortilla factory in 1990, supplying 200,000 tortillas per day. He continued to pick fruit and eventually became a crew leader. Still, he worked at the tortilla factory after spending all day in the elds. He sold his tortillas at the factory and throughout the area. That's how he became familiar with lots of small towns around central Florida. He sold his rst boxes of tortillas in Fellsmere. When one customer refused to pay the regular price, they haggled a little till the customer told Angel that "his kind was only good for picking and drinking beer." That's when Angel picked himself up and took his business elsewhere, not allowing those stinging words to stop him. There was lots to learn. One of them was English, which he picked up from other workers as he went along. He knew he'd need it to grow his business. Angel and Lidia went from renting three spaces in a shopping plaza to buying the entire building in Fellsmere and he brought his brothers on as partners in their stores. In 1996 they started a small grocery on SR 29S. He and Lidia, along with his brothers now run ve businesses from LaBelle to Indian River. Angel and Lidia own the La Aztecas, along with Angel's many brothers. The LaBelle couple handles the one on SR 29S and the one in Immokalee and the family also owns one in North Carolina. When the economy soured, Angel said he went from a total of 50 employees in all their stores, down to just 18 workers. Now they're building back up again. Over the years, Angel said they have tried to help others when they can. His message: work hard and you can be somebody. This is a good country that will give you a good chance. Angel said in the early days he watched and learned. He tried to do things himself and gave people respect. Along with hard work, it's been a winning combination for the Lunas. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty Brant A ngel and Lidia Lunas Pathways Continued From Page 1


HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 3 Immokalee Bulletin February 13, 2014 By Maribel De ArmasBefore I delve into our topic for today, I wanted to give another quick shout-out to the Immokalee High School BETA Club. As you might recall from last week’s column, members of the BETA Club were to perform and be recognized at this past Tuesday’s Regular School Board Meeting. Fourteen of the 96-member delegation came down to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center and put on a show! Four students sang a beautiful rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.,” followed by BETA members performing their award-winning Character Skit that took the audience through a brief overview of what it means to be a BETA. Great job BETAs! So, on to what I’d like to share with you today – something exciting and quite techy. You see, there’s a new way for you to see what your kids will be eating at school every day. The Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) Nutrition Services Department has just recently launched a new interactive menu that is available both online and as an app on your smartphone. This is all thanks to a grant from the State Department of Agriculture and development by the innovative company, Nutrislice. Let me walk you through this new online tool. If you have access to a computer with Internet connectivity, whether at home, at your local library, or somewhere in your community, you’ll just need to open up a browser and visit http://collier. You’ll see toward the top right of the screen that you can select a language to view the menus. English is default, but you can also select either Spanish or Haitian Creole. Then on the left of the screen you’ll see a couple of tabs to select between the current month and the following month, and right next to that you’ll see a drop-down menu to select your child’s school. Another drop-down menu will then appear where you’ll be able to select which menu you would like to see. You’ll have access to school speci c lunch and breakfast menus; elementary Farm-to-School Snack, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetable menus; and a la carte selections. Once you see the selected menu on your screen, a whole bunch of neat information can be seen simply by hovering your mouse icon over any one of the food items. You’ll see an image of the individual food, as well as the nutrition label, allergy information, and a description of the food item. Our CCPS Director of Nutrition Services Dawn Houser is “very excited to be able to offer this program to the families of Collier County Public Schools. There is a wealth of nutrition information available through this site which will help parents as they view our menus. We feel this will help us increase our meal participation and provide valuable nutrition education to students and parents.” Those visiting the menu site may sign up to receive an email each month with a noti cation that a new menu has been posted, as well as nutrition information and announcements. The online menus can even be printed right from the website for you to then place on your refrigerator door for the whole family to see. And it’s more than just about what food is being served. If your child has a food allergy or maybe needs to keep an eye on carbohydrate counts because of diabetes, all of that information is right at your ngertips within this menu website. Eve Sizemore, Nutrition Manager at Eden Park Elementary School, is excited about this cutting-edge site, saying, “I think this will be a great tool not only for us, but also for our teachers and school nurses to use for students that have special needs. They will be able to address all nutritional issues at the click of their mouse.” For those parents and students constantly on the go, menus can also now be accessed by using the School Lunch by Nutrislice app available for Android and iOS devices I’ve learned that we’ve already received over 9,000 hits on the new online menu website and more than half come from use of this app. Students First Adrianna Campos FundraiserThe Campos family would like to than k all those involved in the luncheon fundraising that took place on Friday, February 7th. Ms. Adrianna Campos and an Immokalee High School graduate was diagnosed with a long term illness and is grateful that the Immokalee community pulled together to make this fundraiser eventful. The entire family would personally like to thank Mr. Steve Price, Mr. Adam Turrubiartez and his wife Matilda Turrubiartez for their cooking skills and donating their time, Mrs. Tabitha Campbell for taking the lead in the fundraising and Mrs. Maria Isabel Campell for the lunch preparation and holding down the fort. The Campos family would also like to thank the following business partners who partook in this event: Immokalee High School, Immokalee Middle School, Eden Park Elementary, iTech, TAPP, and Federal State Grants and their staff, Immokalee Water and Sewer, Southwest Florida Workforce Council, Miracle Program, Lipman Farms (6L’s) and the Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church for all of their contributions and efforts. None of this would have been accomplished or possible without the assistance of all of those involved. Thank you again. Ada Campos Thank You JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2014) — Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. has announced that all in-store pharmacies now offer “Re ll Sync,” a free service that synchronizes customers’ maintenance medication prescriptions so that all scripts – regardless of re ll dates – can be lled at the same time. “We know our customers don’t have time to make multiple trips to the pharmacy each month to pick up their prescriptions,” said John Fegan, Winn-Dixie’s vice president of pharmacy. “With Re ll Sync, it makes no difference when scripts were originally prescribed, we can synchronize them all.” Customers must opt into the Re ll Sync program. Once enrolled, customers choose the most convenient date for prescriptions to be lled and receive a courtesy call a week before to verify any changes. After the prescriptions have been lled, Winn-Dixie pharmacists will call customers to con rm they are ready for pickup. Pharmacists also will provide consultations to customers to discuss any questions, problems or concerns about their health or medication. Customers are encouraged to call or visit a Winn-Dixie pharmacy to talk to a pharmacist for more information. Customers may nd a location at This service is also available in all BI-LO pharmacies, which are located in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. W-D will sync prescriptions


M. E. Higgenbotham, CAI, CES, AARE FL Lic# AU305 ESTATE AUCTION 6 PM € THURSDAY € FEBRUARY 27TH € Located in the Gerber Groves Subdivision € 5500 1st Road, LaBelle, Florida € 341 Net Tree Acres of Valencias € 60 Acres of 7 year olds € 281 Acres of mature with mixed age resets *is years Valencia crop included in sale € 140 Net Tree Acres of Hamlins € 3 years old or less € Irrigated by low volume jets or seepage € Powered by diesel centrifugal pumps y p 4 ACRE DEVELOPMENT TRACT & HOMESITES Auction Site: Turner Agri-Civic Center € 2250 NE Roan St., Arcadia, FL 545 TOTAL ACRES OF CITRUS GROVE OFFERED IN 4 PARCELS € 4 acre development tract in Immokalee, Florida € 5 Lake June homesites in Lake Placid, Florida € Homesite on Lake Bonnet in Haines City, Florida Celebrations 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 February 13, 2014 What’s more fun than a free morning of shing, food and family fun? The Collier County Junior Deputy League will host its 8th Annual Kids Love Fishing event from 8 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Feb. 15, at Camp Discovery, Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake Hammock Road (next to the Swamp Buggy Grounds in Naples). Sponsored by the Jr. Deputy League, families can take part in catch and release shing, pet an alligator, ride a giant tortoise, climb a rock wall, learn how to tie a knot, learn to cast a y rod and much more! The event is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Kids Love Fishing is made possible thanks to the generosity of individual sponsors and the support of Boy Scout Troops 2 and 165, Chick-Fil-A, Drug Free Collier, Florida Fish & Game, Forestry Services, Golden Gate Fire Department, Golden Gate High School, Target, Dixie Drain eld, J.C. Drain eld, Uncle Bob’s Screen-print, Wynn’s Market, International Game Fishing Association, Sunshine Ace Hardware, Home Depot, J.W. Craft, Waste Management, Einstein Bagels and Excalibur Tents. Kids love shing event Submitted photoThe 8th Annual Kids Love Fishing will take place from 8 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, February 15, at Camp Discovery, Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake Hammock Road (next to the Swamp Buggy Grounds in Naples). The event is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Fort MyersThe Fifth Third Foundation presented The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute with a $10,000 check on February 3, 2014 at Grace Place for Children and Families in Naples. The grant w ill be used to support MicroEnterprise’s efforts across Southwest Florida. “We really appreciate Fifth Third’s support of The MicroEnterprise Institute,” says Fred Richards, Vice President of Community Support Services at Goodwill. “This is a v aluable program in the community and the support of organizations like Fifth Third really ensures the longevity of the program.” The MicroEnterprise Institute is a sixw eek program which helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop skills and training needed to run their own small business. Mentors w ork directly with participants to help the potential small business owners prepare a business plan. “The entire idea of MicroEnterprise is community,” says Goodwill spokesperson Madison Mitchell. “When businesses grow in our community, Southwest Florida grows. This grant showcases the Fifth Third Foundation’s commitment to our area.” The Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute is administered by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. Persons interested in applying to the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise project, or who would like to mentor future small business owners may call (239)995-2106 ext. 2219. Visit www. goodwillsw .org/microenterprise for more information. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. serves Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties, and provides life changing opportunities to independence to people with disabilities and disadvantages. Programs supported by Goodwill include Job-Link, career training and placement, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, incomesubsidized housing for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and others. More information is available at www.goodwillsw org. Fifth Third Foundation partners with Goodwill to help local entrepreneurs Submitted photoMembers of the Fifth Third Foundation presented Fred Richards, Vice President of Community Support Services at Goodwill with a $10,000 check on February 3, for the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute


Attention all you barbecuers! Are you looking for the BBQ title? Ready to whip out that secret sauce and one-of-a-kind technique? Here’s your chance to shine. The 2014 BBQ Cookoff will be Saturday, March 29, Sign up early: February $150; March $175. The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce will supply the ribs and chicken you supply the talent. Put it all on the line for the $1,000 grand prize and beautiful rst place trophy. Second prize is $250 cash with trophy; third prize $125 with trophy. Pick up your application at the Chamber today, 1300 N. 15h Street, Suite 2, Immokalee. (Located inside the First Bank Loan Production Of ce.) Contact Mariela Romero at 239-658-0704 or email mromero@ Get your barbecue on! 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 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! 5 Immokalee Bulletin February 13, 2014 Submitted photoFlorida Rodeo beautyDevon Haley Firestone was crowned Miss Rodeo Florida 2014 and will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s a closer look at the 20 year old beauty from Zephyrhills: Devon is a 2011 graduate of Zephyrhills High School and is now majoring in Animal Science at St. Petersburg College. She has held numerous titles and modeled for a plethora of different companies. As Miss Rodeo Florida 2014, Devon is working to promote her platform, Diabetes Awareness, which is a close personal issue to her and her family. She has worked alongside eight time PRCA World Champion Joe Beaver in promoting his Bold Enough To Wear Blue campaign, which helps to raise diabetes awareness. The Immokalee Chamber would like to thank her for stopping by and supporting the chamber. Bernardo Barnhart, Chamber President, is pictured with Devon Firestone, Miss Rodeo Florida 2014. by Richard HeersThe recent animal vaccination clinic held J anuary 25 at the Immokalee Community Park was a barking success in every way. Thanks to the volunteers who donated their time and expertise, the line moved steadily, There were no problems during or after, people were as usual very grateful for providing this service and the numbers this year were w ay up. Ninety-one different families were served with 140 dog shots, 13 cat shots, 138 rabies shots and 35 spay/neuter vouchers given out. While most brought in one or two family pets, some like Rick and son, Robert, brought in a litter of seven Catahoola/Shepherd puppies for their vaccinations. A big thank you goes out to Volunteer Services For Animals, Inc., a not-for-pro t, volunteer organization serving Collier County for 31 years for providing this important service to the Immokalee community. A special thanks to Phyllis for organizing this program and volunteer veterinarian, Dr. Jane Chetkowski, for graciously providing professional help to our community. For further information on their organization, you may contact them by email at vsarescue@, or by phone at 239 261-4768 or 239 290-6274. A Barking Success Submitted photo/ Richard HeersAnother happy customer.


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A unique opportunity has arisen within our Clewiston FL operation for a ‘hands on’ sales support representative. By nature you will be results orientated, good humored, bilingual in Spanish and English and have a solid commitment to delivering outstanding customer service and spare parts advice to a variety of individuals who include harvester contractors, purchasing managers and mechanical workshops via telephone, email and counter sales. You will be responsible for interpreting and followup on customer needs, preparing customer quotes and orders, invoicing, purchasing and coordinating orders being imported and exported. A background in mechanical parts, con dent clear communication along with the ability to make decisions and remain calm under pressure will be the key to your success. NQAS offers a great place to work and a friendly supportive culture. To apply, please email your resume to or mail to PO Box 1780, Clewiston, Florida 33440. Pets/SuppliesAvailable for a small “homing” fee. 8 weeks old puppies, mix between German Shepherd and Cataholee Leopard. Make great family pets or hunting dogs. Call or text Rick 239.229.9970 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. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds 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 *. Auctions8th Annual “Cane Country” AuctionSaturday ~ February 15, 2014 ~ 9:00 a.m. 26400 CR 880 Belle Glade, FL (20 Miles W of West Palm Beach, FL)(Atlantic Sugar Mill Site) 800-985-5699Auctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr FL #AU1833-AB1285 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. ServicesIMMOKALEE 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 Special NoticeD & K Harvesting and Gulf Citrus Harvesting & HaulingEmployees may pick up their 2012 W-2’s at 890 Spratt Blvd LaBelle, FL Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Employment Full Time 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. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž ApartmentsESPERANZA PLACE Affordable 1 BR, 2BR and 3BR Apartments, 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 Houses SaleIMMOKALLE 1015 Palm Dr. 3BR, 2BA, 1400 sq.ft., Almost new ooring, roof and C/Air. Large fenced backyard. Dead end street. Quiet neighborhood. $150,000. (239)634-5112 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 6 Immokalee Bulletin February 13, 2014 When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun!


Would you like to sponsor the DJ?Immokalee Relay for Life is looking for a business partner, or individual, who would be interested in sponsoring the DJ for our March 14th event at the Immokalee Sports Complex. At this all night event, the DJ will be keeping us entertained with music, contest and game announcements, and important American Cancer Society information, all while touching our hearts as we remember the loved ones we have lost, those still ghting and helping us ght back. DJ Reyna would love to advertise for you at the event, by mentioning your business and providing contact information. Please contact Kelly Stevenson at or Ann Musselman at breakfastOn, Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. the ladies of Highways and Byways Ministries of Immokalee (John Bex, Pastor) and Allen Chapel A.M.E Church of Immokalee (Rev. Lori Snell, Pastor), will host their monthly, free prayer breakfast at Allen Chapel A.M.E Church, which is located at 208 S. 3rd Street. All are invited. Also, this is a potluck style of eating, so please feel free to bring your favorite breakfast or brunch dish. If you cannot bring a dish, please don't let that stop you from attending. More than consuming natural food, this meeting is about feasting on the Word of God, and building sisterly bonds in the faith community. This meeting will be facilitated by Sis. Lee Lozano and Rev. Lori Snell.Fishing tournamentThe rst Neal J Hull Fishing Tournament, bene tting His Vision Our Hands, will be held February 8 at Lake Trafford. Cash prizes: rst place $1,500; second place $750; third place $250; big bass $250. Entry fee $80 per boat (two man team). Entries accepted until February 8. Register at the marina starting a 6 a.m. Shotgun start 7 a.m. weigh in at 3 p.m. Make checks payable to: His Vision Our Hands, P.O. Box 2007, LaBelle, FL 33975. www.hisvisionourhands. org. Find them on Facebook. Tournament contact: Robbie Hull 239-217-2565 or Scott Wegscheid 863-673-4630.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. You can vote 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.Avow needs volunteersAvow is seeking volunteers to join a task force to help plan our Butter y release event in Immokalee to be held in the Fall of 2014. Interested members of our Immokalee community are invited to attend one of our informational sessions being held monthly from FebruaryMay at Avow's Immokalee of ce location 750 South Fifth Street, Immokalee). February 13, 9 a.m. or 4 p.m. For more info on future meetings please contact Lillian Cuevas at 261-4404 or email Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Public Notice PUBLIC NOTICE Funds Available Re-Announcement of Request for Project Applications Di-saster Recovery Initiative and Disaster Enhancement Funds Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services (HHVS) is re-announcing a Disaster Recovery Initiative and Disaster Enhancement Funds (DRI/DREF) supplemental funding cycle. HHVS has identi ed approximately $1,800,000 from unspent or reprogrammed funds. The application period will begin on February 13, 2014 and will continue through 3:00 pm, Thursday, March 13, 2014. The application is available on the HHVS website at under the HHVS Main page link and paper copies of the application may also be obtained at 3339 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 211, Naples, FL 34112. DRI/DREF is state funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster relief funding through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Funds available are for long term recovery and mitigation in communities affected by federally declared natural disasters that occurred during 2008 (Tropical storms Fay, Ike and Gustav). Projects identi ed to utilize DRI/DREF funds must meet one or more of the three national HUD objectives: • Bene ts lowand moderate-income persons or households who earn at or below 80% of the median income • Aids in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight • Quali es as a certi ed urgent need The following types of projects ar e consistent with program requirements: • Public Assistance (infrastructure/public facilities repairs and improvements to streets, water/sewer systems, drainage facilities) • Business (commercial revitalization r epairs/improvements to buildings in commercial/business areas and related activities) • Housing (rehabilitation, replacement, temporary/permanent relocation, oodplain housing acquisition and household relocation) Projects awarded funding will have months (6) months to complete the activities. Technical assistance will be required prior to application submission. Such assistance is available for those that wish to attend one or both of the following meetings: February 18, 2014 3:00 to 5:00 pm Immokalee Library, 417 N. First Street, Immokalee OR February 26, 2014 3:00 to 5:00 pm Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples If your organization is unable to attend either meeting you are required to contact HHVS for an appoitnment between February 14, 2014 and February 28, 2014 for a required one-on-one technical assistance. Any questions and answers from the technical assistance meetings and/or the individual meetings or contacts will be made sent to interested persons no later than February 28, 2014. Collier County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Collier County complies with the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C 3600, et seq) and Collier County Fair Housing Ordinance 92.9. Organizations seeking information, technical assistance with the grant application process or for any other questions may contact Elly Soto McKuen at (239) 252-2664 or email at AVISO PBLICO Fondos Disponibles Nueva Solicitud de Aplicaciones de Proyectos Iniciativa de Fondos para Recuperacin y Mejoramiento de Desastres El Departamento de Vivienda, Servicios Humanos y Veteranos (HHVS) del Condado de Collier anuncia una iniciativa del Programa de Mejoramiento y Recuperacin de Desastres (DRI/DREF). Este departamento anuncia el ciclo de nanciamiento suplementario. HHVS ha identi cado aproximadamente $1,800,000 de los fondos no utilizados o reprogramados. El plazo de la solicitud se iniciar el 13 de febrero 2014 y continuar hasta las 3:00 pm, el Jueves, 13 de marzo 2014. La aplicacin est disponible en el sitio web HHVS en bajo el vnculo a HHVS, copias de la aplicacin tambin se pueden obtener en el 3339 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 211, Naples, FL 34112. DRI / DREF son fondos estatales del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD) del Programa de Desarrollo de la Comunidad (CDBG). Estos fondos son nanciados para el alivio de desastres a travs del Departamento de Oportunidad Econmica del Estado de Florida (DEO) EE.UU. Los fondos disponibles son para la recuperacin a largo plazo y la mitigacin en las comunidades afectadas por desastres naturales declarados federalmente que ocurrieron durante y 2008 (tormentas tropicales Fay, Ike y Gustav). Los proyectos identi cados para utilizar los fondos de DRI/DREF deben cumplir con uno o ms de los tres objetivos nacionales de HUD: • Bene cia a personas de bajos y moderados ingresos, o a los hogares que ganan igual o menos de 80 % de los ingresos medianos. • Ayuda en la prevencin o eliminacin de reas insalubres o deterioradas. • Cali ca como una necesidad urgente certi cada. Los siguientes tipos de proyectos son consistentes con los requisitos del programa : • Asistencia Pblica (infraestructura/instalaciones pblicas-reparaciones y mejoramiento de calles, sistemas de agua/ alcantarillado e instalaciones de drenaje). • Negocios (revitalizacin comercial reparaciones / mejoras a los edi cios de las zonas comerciales/ empresariales y actividades relacionadas). • Vivienda (rehabilitacin, remplazo, reubicacin permanente o temporal; la adquisicin de vivienda en reas de inundacin y la reubicacin de los hogares). Los proyectos premiados con la nanciacin, tendrn seis (6) meses para completar los proyectos. Habr asistencia tcnica disponible para todos que deseen asistir a una, o a ambas de las siguientes reuniones: • 18 de febrero 2014 3:00-17:00 Immokalee Library, 417 N. First Street, Immokalee • 26 de febrero 2014 3:00-17:00 Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples Si su organizacin no puede asistir a las reuniones, se requiere que se ponga en contacto con HHVS para que haga una cita entre el 14 de febrero 2014 y el 28 de febrero 2014 para asistencia tcnica de persona a persona. Todas las preguntas y respuestas de las reuniones de asistencia tcnica y/o las reuniones o contactos individuales sern enviados a las personas interesadas antes del 28 de febrero 2014.. El Condado de Collier es un Empleador de Igualdad de Oportunidades. El Condado de Collier cumple con la Ley de Vivienda Justa (42 USC 3600, et seq.) y Ordenanza 92.9 del Condado de Collier Sobre Vivienda Justa. Por favor llame a Elly Soto McKuen al (239) 252-2664, o comunquese al correo electrnico para asistencia tcnica o preguntas con respecto al proceso de solicitud del programa. 461816 IB 2/13/2014 Public Notice Public Notice 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 February 13, 2014 Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced that Big Cypress National Preserve has extended the public scoping period for a backcountry access plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The comment period will be extended until February 28th, 2014 in response to a request from the public for additional time to review and comment on the scoping newsletter. The purpose of the plan will be to provide off-road vehicle (ORV) secondary trails, non-motorized trails, and a camping management approach that protects the Preserve's natural and cultural resources while providing for public enjoyment. The plan will also establish a permanent route for the Florida National Scenic Trail and other hiking opportunities. The primary purpose of this plan will be to further clarify the Preserve's management approach as it relates to secondary ORV trails, camping, and other backcountry opportunities. The plan will be developed in accordance with the Preserve's enabling legislation, NPS policy, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. A scoping newsletter providing further details on the plan is available at A scoping period during which the public, agencies, and other interested parties are invited to provide written input regarding backcountry access into the Preserve and the scope, issues, and alternatives to be addressed in the plan and the environmental process opened on 11/19/2013 and will extend until 2/28/2014. Following the completion of the scoping process, the NPS will begin developing draft alternatives for the backcountry access plan and EIS; this stage will likel y begin in the spring of 2014. There will be opportunities to comment during the development of alternatives as well as during subsequent stages of the planning effort. Noti cations will be sent out accordingly. We welcome your initial written comments during the scoping period of this project. Please submit your comments online at or mail to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141-1000. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment including your personal identifying information may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Comment period for back country access open Community Briefs


8 Immokalee Bulletin February 13, 2014 Submitted photos/ Richard HeersIndian athletes step into their futuresAT TOP LEFT: The Immokalee High School Auditoirum was jammed with family, team members and friends of D’Ernest Johnson as he signed to play football for the South Florida Bulls next year. ABOVE: Indian football star Jimmy Bayes also signed to play for the south Florida Bulls. Teammate J.C. Jackson will be playing for the University of Florida Gators. In other sports, cross country stars Anita Munos-Trejo, and Leonel Cruz will be running for the FGCU Eagles next year. AT LEFT: A very appreciative Immokalee High School Indian family and student audience were on hand to witness and support their athletes at their signing ceremonies earlier this month.