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SIGN AND DRIVE A NEW 201 4 ESCAPE SE FOR ONLY$279 PER MONTH*36 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $0 security deposit. Only state title & license fees due at signing. *Stock #14t111. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $1860 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 03/31/14. xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantImmokalee Archery Club members aim high. Immokalee 4-H offers wide variety Thursday, March 13, 2014 V ol. 46 No. 11 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Relay for Life Friday What do the numbers 19, 95 and $7, 000 add up to? A priceless event of 19 teams, 95 participants and over $7,000 raised for Relay For Life Immokalee’s 10th Birthday Bash. We know you have heard about us, we know you have read about us and now we ask for you to JOIN Immokalee High School Beta, Lake Trafford Gators, Special Olympics, Pink Ladies, Team Linda Day, Team Jadah, iTech Childcare, Team LIPMAN, Layla’s Pink Ribbon Party, Immokalee Water and Sewer, Village Oaks Pink Panthers, Team Cade-Alfaro, Lake Trafford Drive Thru, Highlands Elementary Hawks, Eden Park Bobcats, Immokalee Middle School, The Pink Walkie Talkies and Z Best Coffee in the rally for hoping, ghting and curing. WHO: Survivors, Supporters and Caregivers of those who have, had, are ghting or have fought against the terrible disease of cancer in the Immokalee community. *Bring your family, bring your friends.* WHAT: An 18 hour event that costs nothing but your time and energy to walk in honor of a hope and a cure; the cost is as much as y ou choose to donate when you atMarch 4, 2014 – Immokalee, FL – On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 26 students and several science teachers joined Mr. Paul Rimmler’s physics class at Immokalee High School to hear from scientists and entrepreneurs from New Vision Renewable Energy. The youth received a hands-on opportunity to assemble six high powered, solar LED lights for the children that have no electricity in the area affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Ruston Seaman, President and CEO of New Vision, shared that the story is bigger than just recovery from storms. Seaman said, “When the sun goes down, almost 1.3 billion people rely on toxic kerosene lamps and other lifethreatening materials for lighting and cooking in their homes. This situation not only costs them a lot of money for the fuel, about a $100 a year, but according to the U.N., the shocking situation is that this is killing 4,000 people each day with half of them below the age of 5. These respiratory related deaths are more than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.” The students nodded their heads that a clean energy source is needed. New Vision uses an advanced Solar Mirror Film created by 3M and has come up with a way to get their Portable Solar Power Pack & Light into the lives of people who need them the most. “One by One Leadership Foundation, who connected New Vision to the school, shares by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin A premier youth organization, 4-H has roots that underpin the traditional rural life. For many people, the group immediately evokes mental pictures of kids raising livestock as well as learning traditional homemaker skills like cooking and sewing. And all those skills remain important in 4-H, but the organization also offers many fun clubs covering a wide variety of informational and educational subjects. Immokalee youngsters currently have four wideranging clubs available to them: The Immokalee Innovators, Livestock, Archery and Robotics. Collier County 4-H programs in Immokalee are spearheaded by 4-H Outreach Coordinator Trisha Aldridge and 4-H Youth Development Agent Tish Roland. Their enthusiasm and dedication are helping to build momentum for 4-H programs in Immokalee. Submitted photoHigh powered lesson for Immokaee High School students. See Relay — Page2 See 4-H — Page 2 See Lighting — Page 2 I.H.S. students take on global energy issues


2 Immokalee Bulletin March 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 tend. $5 is a suggested donation or amount to have in pocket to enjoy food and fun at Relay. You can stop by at any of the following tents for food, fun, raf es, prizes, face paint, tattoos, beads, a Kids Corner, in atable slide, carnival games and much more! A ny attendee under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 and sign a waiver form upon entering the facility. WHERE: Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia Street, Immokalee. WHEN: *****TOMORROW***** Friday, March 14, at 6 p.m. The event lasts 18 hours, however you are welcome to stay as long or as little as you'd like. WHY: Each and every one of us is somehow affected by cancer. Each and every Relay is in support that one day there will be a cure. Until that day comes, we will keep walking and survivors will keep ghting. HOW: Grab a tutu, crazy hat, pink lingerie, southern gear, white t-shirt, favorite team jersey, $5, a bottle of water, energy and a smile and watch how you help make HOPE for a CURE. To sign-up go to http://www.relayforlife. org/ "Get Involved" Find an Event" and search for IMMOKALEE Zip code: 34142 For any questions, comments or concerns contact Kelly Stevenson at: No city or town is ever too small to keep the celebration of birthdays alive in the hearts of all people. Join Immokalee as they Relay to continue to raise awareness and instill hope in those ghting and whom have fought against cancer. Our goal is to celebrate Birthdays 365 days a year, 100 percent cancer free! in a global impact effort to create not only healthier environments but also deeper learning opportunities for Immokalee students. This is one of our strategies," says Sinclaire Williams, Program Director at One by One. Tony Allen, Immokalee High School's A ctivities/Athletic Director shared, "This is a great day for Immokalee science education not only at a school level with the announcement of Project Lead the Way engineering academy and that one of its teacher's, Mr. Paul Rimmler, received a Golden Apple A ward, but indeed that our students are getting an opportunity to give back with greater impact well beyond the borders of Collier County." John Lawson, the Executive Director of One by One Leadership Foundation, said that he is pleased that additional assembly events have been planned with Peggy Cary, the Science Department Chair and National Honor Society liaison. Immokalee is joining a movement that is investing in young leaders to help them embrace opportunities and responsibilities to make a meaningful impact not just at home through their education but around the world in a very practical way. The writing on the back of the solar LED lights tells the story. There the students have initialed the devices and written: "MADE IN IMMOKALEE." About New Vision New Vision Renewable Energy is a nonpro t 501(c)3 organization launched in Philippi, West Virginia in 2009 as a grassroots Christian Community Development organization working to ReEnergize Communities to implement renewable energy solutions in their own neighborhoods through hands-on community development efforts. New Vision is an educational and innovation movement focusing on applicable technologies with renewable solutions and serves as a hub of collaborative discussion, training and invention bringing together green innovators, community leaders, youth, companies, organizations as well as public and private partners. For more information, contact Pamela O'Brien at About One by One Leadership The One by One Leadership Foundation of Southwest Florida is establishing and staf ng several ongoing forums to connect thousands of Christian leaders in the work of the kingdom. We are helping to organize and start multiple initiatives that link the resources of Christian ministries with other sectors. These initiatives will, in turn, help thousands of prisoners, students, families and volunteers have a better life. For more information, contact John Lawson at or Sinclaire Williams at sinclairewill.1by1leaders@ The Immokalee Innovators Club is, in large part, the product of Immokalee High School senior Jose Cano's inspiration and hard work. The club was started three years ago. The Innovators meet twice a month and pick different things to work on. These projects change on a yearly basis. The Innovators are also all about teaching kids that they can be responsible for their own monetary success. Learning the skills required to choose a product using local ingredients is just the beginning. Then they must research and eventually produce it. In fact, the group has come up with a unique I-Town Burger, using ingredients grown right here in Immokalee. The burger made its debut recently as it was produced by the chef at the I-Tech and served to Immokalee Rotarians. One by One Leadership is sponsoring teams of youth, including the Immokalee Innovators, to create such value added food products and also helping to fund market testing. The One by One Leadership project is called Giving Back and is funded in part from a grant from State Farm YAB, according to John Lawson of One by One Leadership. 4-H is one of four youth groups that are a part of the grant. The Innovators are led by Tish Roland and Robert Halman. He also works for Extension. They have focused on Entrepreneurship. The Innovators also worked together to raise a hog for the Livestock Show and Sale. The club will be buying t-shirts and going on an outing with the proceeds. Livestock Club The Livestock Club is the most traditional 4-H group in Immokalee. Amanda Blocker is their leader. Archery The Immokalee Archery Club is the brainchild of I.H.S. senior Jose Cano, who became enamored with the sport in a short PE class at middle school. He enjoyed it so much that he got together a group of his friends and formed the club. It now has about 15 members that meet every week. Currently they practice at Roberts Ranch, but are hoping the y can eventually move to the high school. Members can use their own bows or 4-H will provide it. All the arrows used belong to the 4-H. Three adults and several members, including Jose, have become certi ed to teach archery. Robotics Robotics is an exciting new eld and a 4-H club, with assistance from the Immokalee Foundation, is acquainting kids with this futuristic eld. The club's involvement in a LockheedMartin grant for Florida 4-H helped members purchase six robotic kits and the software to run them. The group meets for six weeks at a time at the code enforcement of ce from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The Robotics Club is having two six wee k sessions. One is completed and the next will begin in April, after the Collier County Fair. They meet at the code enforcement building. Using Lego Mindstorm EV-3 kits, the members can "build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology," Immokalee 4-H is also taking part in a program called Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs in which 4-H'ers head out to Lake Trafford to participate. The kids use 4-H equipment provided by a Fish Florida grant and a curriculum provided by Future Fisherman Foundation. Collier County 4-H Outreach Coordinators Trisha Aldridge and Marie Morris are trained to do this curriculum. Immokalee 4-H is always in need of adult volunteer leaders, and will train them as necessary. Submitted photoJose Cano of the Immokalee Innovators Club tends to the group’s 4-H hog. RelayContinued From Page 1 4-H Continued From Page 1 Lighting Continued From Page 1


Grow healthy citrus!Learn how to battle the diseases and keep your citrus trees productive. Internationally acclaimed citrus expert, Dr. Mongi Zekri, will teach a citrus class at the Extension of ce on Saturday, March 15, from 9 to 12. He will cover popular citrus varieties, planting, fertilizing, and management of citrus greening and other pests. Come to the UF/IFAS County Extension Of ce at 14700 Immokalee Rd. Please register at: Call 353-4244 if problems with Eventbrite; registration required! Cost: $5; no refunds, sorry! A llen’s Chapel worshipYou are invited to Allen Chapel's Pre-Family and Friends' Day Worship Service and 2nd Quarterly Conference. his grand event w ill be held on Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. A free southern style meal will be served immediately following the service. We are excited about our guest speaker. It our very own Presiding Elder, Rev. Vincent F. Mitchell. Yes, he and his lovely wife, Lady Magdalene will be in the house praising God w ith us. A pply to iTECH freeSave $20 March 31-April 4. Get started w ith Fall Enrollment at iTECH. Schedule y our TABE testing appointment now for the w eek of March 31-April 4. Limited space available act now! Testing times: MondayThursday 8:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m. and Wednesday night 6 p.m. Download the TABE Study Guide @ Study for the TABE! Call iTECH for more information 377-9700.More Bogie & Bacall in ECityJoin us for another Old-Fashioned Movie Night on March 14 to see Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not" on Friday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the J inkins Fellowship Hall behind Everglades Community Church. With a lm made in 1944 from a novel by Ernest Hemmingway, originally set in Cuba, and Bacall's rst cinema appearance when she says "You do know how to whistle?". it couldn't get better. And, we even have Hoagy Carmichael providing the music. There will be free popcorn and soda to make you feel at home. The event is sponsored by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation at no charge but reservations are required. To book your places, email or phone Marya at (239) 695-2905.Survivors welcomeAn estimated 13 million people living in A merica have not only had cancer but surv ived the ght and you could be one. Relay For Life Immokalee (https://www. inv ites survivors of our beautiful Southwest Florida community to be recognized during this year's Immokalee's 10th Relay For Life Birthday Bash on Friday, March 14, at 6 p.m. Survivors are our inspiration for why we Relay. Not only do survivors prove that the ght can be won, survivors instill in us hope for a cure. A small gift will be given to all survivors that register to attend this year's Birthday Bash. If you would like to spread your inspiration and share your survivor story please sign-up on-line as a survivor at http://www. or for more information please contact Kelly Stevenson at nightImmokalee Community Park invites you to InDoor Movie Night Friday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. to enjoy the movie Frozen. Cost $5. The park is located at 321 N. 1st St.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 14 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 ann.musselman@ 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. 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@ or 239-658-0704 or 239-692-2178. 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 March 13, 2014 by Maribel De ArmasVirtually everything is "virtual" today. We truly live in a virtual world, the cyber world, which is certainly a digital world. We depend heavily on today's technology as we navigate each day. We text, maybe tweet, check Facebook, and most certainly exchange tons of emails. And we rely on the World Wide Web for practically everything. It has been nearly two years now since the school district went "virtual" with yers which are meant primarily for parents of elementary students. Flyers are now posted as "virtual" yers on the district website at Check them out! It's easy. Simply go to the home page of the site, click on the green backpack (the virtual yers icon) and voilˆ, you're there. These are the yers from various community organizations or governmental agencies with offers of some sort of service which is available to your child or news about special events of interest to your child. These are the yers schools used to send home in your child's weekly envelope or folder. These previously "printed" yers are now the "virtual" yers we're talking about. What this means for you is, when you go online to do anything on your smart phone, iPhone, iPad, or work, library, or home computer you'll want to take a quick moment to check out the virtual yers. You'll be able to see all of the yers posted, not just those meant for your child's school. By posting these yers online, in the virtual world, we are saving a few trees in the regular world going green, if you will. With 21,000 elementary school students in our 29 elementary schools districtwide, in the past, each community organization or governmental agency wanting to reach each of their homes would have to print 21,000 copies to be sent home. And for the community organizations or governmental agencies, posting a virtual yer is just about as easy as it is for you to look at the yers. Now the yers containing the vitally important information that you'd expect to be coming directly from your child's school yers about homework, school activities, PTA/PTO fundraisers, or permission slips for upcoming eld trips are still being printed by the school and sent home with your child in that weekly folder or envelope. Nothing has changed for these communications! We realize that not everyone has Internet service on a phone or a computer. We encourage you to contact your child's school to see how they can help in getting you access to a computer so you can take a look at our "virtual" yers. Students First Community Briefs 1974 was a turning point in Everglades history. Both the Fakahatchee and Big Cypress were saved from development. However, the ght to restore traditional water ow to the Everglades continues. Local author Marya Repko will give a free illustrated presentation about the History of the Everglades and the efforts to restore what remains of this unique ecology at The Naples Preserve on Tuesday, April 8, at 10:00 a.m. Her talk will touch on the Seminoles & Early Settlers, Barron Collier & the Tamiami Trail, Saving the Fakahatchee & Big Cypress, and Restoring the Greater Glades. Marya grew up in Hadlyme, CT, but lived most of her life in Europe as a software engineer. After retirement, she moved to Everglades City, FL, where her rst book A Brie f History of the Everglades City Area has sold thousands of copies. Other brief histories o f Deaconess Harriet Bedell, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the Fakahatchee, and Sanibel have been well-received, as have the children's version of the Everglades and Sanibel books. Marya is President of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, newsletter editor of the Friends of Fakahatchee, and coeditor of The MULLET RAPPER. For information about her books, see For information about the talk on April 8 at Naples Preserve, call (239) 261-4290. Everglades: Saved from development


HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 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 March 13, 2014 Family Literacy Classes will be held Tuesdays, March 11-20 5:30:30 p.m. at the J umpstart Ed Center, 1996 Alexander Circle. Programs for the whole family. Parent/child activities; Adult Basic Education; Child Education; EnglishClases de Literatura para la Familiamartes marzo 11-20 5:30-8:30 p.m. J umpstart Ed Center, 1996 Alexander Circle. Programas para toda la familia. Actividades para Padres y ninos; Education Basica Adultos; Education para Ninos; Ingles.Klas pou edike fanmio yoMardi 25 Fevrier-20 Mai 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jumpstart Ed Center, 1996 Alexander Circle. Pwogram pou tout moune nan fanmi an Aktivite pou paran ak pitit; Edikasyon de baz pou granmoune; Edikasyon timoune; Angi=lais. Family Literacy Classes to be held Eye Centers of Florida will celebrate the relocation of its Immokalee of ce to the former Barron Collier Building at 1320 N. 15th Street on March 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will include refreshments and a guided tour of the new facilities, with an of cial ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Services provided at Eye Centers of Florida include examination and diagnosis of eye diseases, testing for eyeglasses and contact lenses, cataract evaluations, and treatment of glaucoma and retinal diseases. Expanded retail space features a huge inventory of distinctive eyeglass frames and sunglasses. "This move has increased our ability to offer more services in a more spacious and comfortable environment, as we continue to provide ophthalmic services as rst established in 1986," said Dr. David C. Brown. "My family and I have enjoyed being a part of the Immokalee community for more than 70 years, and I look forward to seeing many friends at the opening." Emilio Martinez, OD will continue to provide eye exams, including diabetic and glaucoma care, as well as contact lenses. Board certi ed physicians who also see patients in the of ce are: Founder and Medical Director David C. Brown, MD, FACS and Barrett Ginsberg, MD, FACS cornea and refractive surgeons specializing in cataract surgery, LASIK vision correction and glaucoma. Of ce hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 239.657.4486. Fax: 239.657.4770. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Founded in 1971 by Dr. David C. Brown, Eye Centers of Florida is the most experienced ophthalmology practice in Southwest Florida. The full-service eye care provider has 18 doctors practicing in 12 locations in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Clewiston, Immokalee, LaBelle, Lehigh Acres, Naples, and Port Charlotte. All of ces accept Medicare, Davis Vision and most forms o f insurance, with bilingual staff available to assist patients in processing medical claims. Eye Centers of Florida also offers Care Credit, an interest-free nancing program. For more information, visit, call the main of ce at 239.939.3456, or stop by an y of its 12 locations. Eye Centers of Florida to host grand opening March 20 Dr. David C. Brown Eye Center of Florida Awards offered by the new Foundation of Collier County Medical Society Collier County, FL (March 5, 2014) The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society is accepting applications through March 31st for its rst inaugural scholarship program. The scholarship offers awards to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as students in a healthcare education program. "This program is a great opportunity for us to help groom future local medical professionals and impact the quality and availability of medical care in our community," says Dr. Rolando Rivera, Foundation board chair. "We encourage students interested in healthcare to apply for an award to aid in funding their educations." To be eligible, applicants should demonstrate academic and community excellence. Financial need may also be considered. Completed applications and at least two letters of recommendation must be submitted by March 31, 2014. The scholarship application and requirements are available at, or may be obtained by calling the Medical Society, (239) 435-7727. The Foundation of Collier County Medical Society: Advocates for Community Health and Medical Education The Foundation of Collier County Medical Society mission is to provide support and leadership to programs that address access to healthcare, promote health education and serve the community's public health needs. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization launched by the Medical Society in 2012. Scholarship apps for students going into healthcare due March 31 Comcast announced Collier County as one of its 15 "Gold Medal" communities nationwide that is leading the way in connecting families to home broadband through Internet Essentials. To show their appreciation of our commitment to closing the digital divide, Internet Essentials-eligible families in Collier County w ho are not currently customers can receive six months of complimentary Internet serv ice if they apply for the program by March 18. The families simply need to call 1-855846-8376 or visit www.InternetEssentials. com for more information on how to apply. Comcast will be providing more than $1 million in grants to dozens of non-pro t organizations across the country, including $50,000 for partners in Collier County, to create Internet Essentials Learning Zones that will bring together the non-pro t community, schools, and Comcast to create a continuum of Internet connectivity during the day, after school, and at home. Comcast offers complimentary internet


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! Grand Opening Thursday, 3/20 from 4-5pm1320 N 15th St, Immokalee239.657.4486 5 Immokalee Bulletin March 13, 2014 Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-pro t mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the Naples Woman’s Club allocated $9,000 of the proceeds to the Center from its annual Kitchen Tour held on January 22nd. This was the Club’s second annual sold out Kitchen Tour that showcased exquisite private kitchens of prestigious Port Royal homes complete with cooking demonstrations and gourmet samples from professional chefs, live entertainment, unique oral designs and signature boutique shopping from BR Uno, Three60 Market and Marilyn’s Fashions. Debi McInnis, Cochair for the Naples W omen’s Club Kitchen Tour, added, “I’ve observed the wonderful outreach that Dav id Lawrence Center has in this community and I have special place in my heart for the mission and the work of such a special organization. With the overwhelming success of this year’s event, we were able to do our part to help David Lawrence Center.” The generous donation was given to the David Lawrence Center at a recent check presentation that ended with a private tour of the Center so that representatives from the Club could witness rsthand the programs and services that their generous donation will directly bene t. Monica Biondo, Director of Development, stated, “We are so honored to have been selected as one of the charities to bene t from the proceeds for this year’s Kitchen Tour. Community partnerships like this are so important to the success of our mission to inspire and create life-changing wellness for every individual in need and we are grateful for the Naples Woman’s Club support.” About the Naples Women’s Club The General Federation of Women’s Club Naples Woman’s Club is a 501(c)(3) nonpro t organization dedicated to enhancing the community through philanthropic activities and volunteer services. The Club has more than 200 members and hosst a variety of events throughout the year. About David Lawrence Center David Lawrence Center is the Southwest Florida-based, not-for-pro t leading provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. The Center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community based prevention and treatment services for the one in four local children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges. David Lawrence Center has eight locations in Collier County and touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year. For more information about David Lawrence Center call 239-455-8500 or visit David Lawrence Center receives $9,000 from Club 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: 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 239-6580704 or email mromero@ Get your barbecue on at 2014 cookoff Visual Artists are invited to submit up to two framed/gallery wrapped pieces of art for the judged Inspirations Art Show to be held April 6, 2014 in the Crown Room at the Majestic Golf Club, 350 Homestead Rd. S., Lehigh Acres, FL. For complete prospectus and application, please visit our website: w Art mediums accepted: watercolor, mixed media, pen & ink, oil, acrylic, pastels & charcoals. Works must have been completed within the last two y ears. Works which have received an award higher than honorable mention in any AOI or ACSWF shows are not eligible. All work must be original. Applications must be received by March 28, 2014. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded. Entry fees for Arts of the Inland and Art Council of Southwest Florida members is $10 per artwork. Non-members fee is $20 per entry. For further information contact: LaVon Koenig 239-303-5849 or artsinland@gmail. com. V isual art needed by Arts of Inland Submitted photoKathleen Maier (Naples Woman’s Club representative; Bonnie Fredeen David Lawrence Center Chief Operating Of cer); Lee Kraus (President of Naples Woman’s Club); Debi McInnis (Chair of NWC Kitchen Tour). Happenings in the Park Indoor movieIn Door Movie Night! Movie: FROZEN at Immokalee Community Park March 21, 6-8 p.m. Friday Cost: $5.Community Yard SaleOut with the Old in with the New! Find y ard sale bargains with the convenience of having all the sales in one location. If you are interested in reserving a spot to sell used items from your home. Please call (239) 252-4449 to reserve your spot today. Saturday April 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. $10 per Space Pre Registration Required by Friday, A pril 4.Flag Football April 8-May 1, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays Cost: $25, Ages: 4-14 years of age. Cheerleading April 8May 1,-7 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays Cost: $25, Ages: 5-13FREE (GPS) Super Sports Saturdays Volleyball : Saturday3/15/14, 10am-1pm, 3rd – 8th Grade Only! Wrestling: Saturday3/22/14 – 3/29/14 10am-1pm, Ages: 3RD – 8th Grade Only!! Swimming Activites: Saturday4/5/14 – 4/12/14 10am-1pm, Ages: 3rd – 8th Grade Only!!


Employment Full Time HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANICAL SKILLSUS Sugar is seeking candidates for Mechanical Heavy Equipment Positions• Understand shop manuals, wiring diagrams, hydraulic schematics, and parts books • Basic operating knowledge of scanners, multimeters, ow meters, etc.• Perform basic engine, transmission, drive train, brakes, chassis, diagnosis and repairs on cane harvesting and industrial equipment including but not limited to cane elevators, harvesters, tractors, air compressors, and other support equipment• Basic conceptual knowledge of how to safely inspect, maintain, diagnose/troubleshoot, install and repair either in part or in whole equipment such as engines, fuel systems, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, pneumatic systems, cooling systems, A/C systems, transmissions (including manual, automatic, powershift, in nitely variable, constantly variable, etc.), hydrostatic systems, gear boxes, pumps, conveyors, fans, valves, nal drives, tracks, etc.• Basic conceptual understanding of electronic engine management controls (including fuel, air, exhaust, emissions, etc), electronic transmission controls, electronic hydraulic controls, electronic HVAC controls, GPS and RTK guidance systems, etc. EMAIL: OR Apply Online at DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full TimeFIELD TECHNICIAN for the Univ. of FL/SW FL Research & Education Center, 2685 S.R. 29, Immokalee, FL. Main responsibility is assisting in the eld and greenhouse production of crops, including labor, to maintain test plots and application of pesticide. Must have a pesticide applicator license, or be able to obtain one. Duties will also include operation and maintenance of a variety of equipment. Must also hold a valid Florida Driver’s License. Apply in person or call (239) 658-3420 for application form. Drug free, Equal Employment workplace. Criminal background check is required. If you love driving but also enjoy being home then join our team and be home virtually every day. Monday thru Saturday. Work operating a T.T. 53’ & straight truck reefer. Combination of local Immokalee and regional OTR. Salaried position plus quarterly incentive bonus. Bene ts include paid vacation and Health Insurance. Class A CDL with minimum of 2 years recent Regional/OTR experience with clean record required. Apply in person at 306 E Main Street, Immokalee Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full TimeThe University of Florida, South West Florida Research and Education Center, in Immokalee, FL. is seeking a Coordinator, Research Programs/Services to organize the collection of data by program staff and /or graduate students from off-site research projects involving studies of plant and soil responses to the application fertilizers. The person lling this position will be responsible for the supervision of eld plot management and evaluation of eld sites. Responsibilities will include monitoring of treatment applications, plant tissue and soil sample collection, data analyses, and maintaining research project records. Additionally, the person will be responsible for preparation of plant tissue and soil samples for elemental analysis and supervision of personnel conducting elemental analysis required as research goals demand. Development of treatments, plot plans, data summaries and data statistics are required. Position requires a Master’s in Soil and Water Science, Horticulture Agronomy or a closely related eld (foreign equivalent acceptable) or a Bachelor’s degree in Soil and Water Science, Horticulture, Agronomy, or a closely related eld (foreign equivalent acceptable) and two years of appropriate work experience. Please apply online at https://jobs.u .edu or phone (239) 658-3420. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž ApartmentsESPERANZA PLACE Affordable 1BR Apartments, 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 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. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Public Notice NOTICE OF MEETING There will be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. at the of ce of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020 Sanitation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142. REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Preliminaries A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Roll Call C. Public Comment/Adoption of Agenda D. Employee Recognition 1. October 2013-Angel Maldonado 2. November 2013-Teresa Medina 3. December 2013TBA E. Public Concerns F. Staff Good Cause Items G. Board Concerns H. Old Business I. New Business 3. Public Comment/Consent Agenda A. Adoption of Minutes 1. February 19, 2014 Regular Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. February Budget Review D. Fixed Assets Acquisitions-Disposals E. Various Reports F. USDA Reporting for Stimulus Money G. Project Change Orders H. Engineer’s Report Greeley and Hansen I. Director’s Report 4. Action Agenda 5. Discussion Agenda A. Attorney’s Report 6. Other Public Interests 7. Adjournment SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the American Disabilities Act, please contact the District of ce at (239) 658-3630, no less than ve (5) days prior to the above stated workshop date. 463379 IB 3/13/2014 For Immokalee Community School The RCMA School Board Meeting will take place on Monday, March 24, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Heritage Center, 2140 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960. The School Board Meeting begins at 1:30 PM and is open to the public. Questions or concerns, please call Juana Brown (240) 370-4101 463600 IB 3/13/2014 The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. Public Notice Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? 6 Immokalee Bulletin March 13, 2014 Public Notice Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. 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Dear Friends, For those concerned about the prospect of an oil well adjacent to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Florida and in close proximity to the rural community of Golden Gate Estates three meetings will be held this Tuesday, March 11th, at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, Florida 34116-6901. Meetings are scheduled as follows: 4 to 6 PM (Room A-B) An informational meeting will take place on a Class II injection well for waste water disposal to be built if and when the proposed oil well goes from exploration to production (meaning a commercially viable amount of oil has been found). Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has already approved this well and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved it in draft form. The purpose of this part of the meeting is to provide information to the public on Class II injection wells, the laws and regulations which govern them, and the permitting process. 4 to 6 PM (Auditorium) A meeting of the Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee w ill take place. This is the new kid on the block and needs a bit of explanation. Florida Statute 377.42 provides the following rationale for this committee: “To ensure compliance with all requirements for obtaining a permit to explore for hydrocarbons in the Big Cypress Swamp area, each application for such permit shall be reviewed by the Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee.” The statute goes on to explain how the committee will function: “If site-speci c conditions require, the committee may recommend that additional procedures, safeguards, or conditions which are necessary to protect the integrity of the Big Cypress area be required as a condition to the issuance of a permit to drill and produce.” This meeting was inserted into the day’s schedule (simultaneous with the above informational meeting on the Class II injection w ell) only after we (and our co-petitioners in this case “Preserver Our Paradise”) complained to the DEP at the administrative hearing which took place two weeks ago in Ft. Myers. We carefully explained that the committee’s review was mandatory and required by statute BEFORE a permit is signed. W hile DEP originally took the position that the committee did not have to meet since their choice of a cleared piece of land for the w ell meant no new land impacts (and that is hardly accurate there will indeed be new impacts see below) they nally decided to hold the meeting (although how they do that after a permit is signed and is under rev iew by an administrative law judge remains an open question). Given the broad nature of this committee’s work a review of “all requirements for obtaining a permit to explore for hydrocarbons in the Big Cypress Swamp area” we strongly felt this meeting should take place by itself and with suf cient time for the committee and the public at large to examine all relevant information. After much and back forth with the agency we received the following reply from the DEP Counsel’s of ce at the end of last week: “Your comments are noted. However, the committee meeting will be going forward as scheduled.” Finally, at the conclusion of the Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee, the EPA will move into the auditorium and take formal public comment on their Class II injection well draft permit from 6:30 to 8:30 as originally scheduled. If this sounds like a lot to cover it is. But there was just no way to budge DEP from the fast-track they wanted to put the Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee on. So be it. Lots of folks are going to be converging on Naples from around the area and state and there will be an opportunity for public comment. We will give it. Here are some issues to consider. With regard to the oil well (and South Florida Wildlands’ focus on impacts to the Florida panther and other wildlife) the following issues came out during the administrative hearing: The exploratory oil well is located in the primary zone of the Florida panther and telemetry (electronic readings from collared panthers) show it to be an area of high level panther activity. This is not surprising considering the site is located on a piece of undeveloped land next to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (with the highest density of panthers in the state). The area just outside the pad contains extremely important wetlands. “Stumpy Strand” ows east of the site in a generally north to south direction. It connects with “Lucky Lake Strand” which ows into the Merritt Canal and into the Picayune Strand State Forest site of an Everglades Restoration Project (at a cost of hundreds of millions of public dollars) currently in progress. The Panther Refuge boundary was expanded to encompass Lucky Lake Strand and prevent its future development. Considering the importance of these still pristine and irreplaceable wetlands to our wildlife and ecosystems, even small spills of oil or other uids from this operation can have enormous implications. A road and drill pad will be constructed requiring over 14,000 cubic yards of ll material. If large dump trucks capable of carrying 20 cubic yards each are used, that would amount to approximately 700 truck loads. Additional equipment will be needed to move the ll around. Noise, vibrations, and dust will all be impacting the surrounding wildlife habitat, wetlands, and vegetation. The pad and 150 foot drilling tower will be lit up at night. Drilling will be going on around the clock. Three generators will be powering this massive industrial operation. Noise, light, dust, odors and vibrations will clearly be impacting the surrounding area. Before drilling begins, a steel pipe 24 inches in diameter will be pounded into the ground by a pile driver to a depth of 250 feet. The noise from that activity is expected to be extremely loud. It is expected that wildlife will be disturbed by these combined operations and will be displaced by them. In the case of panthers this can be extremely dangerous. Large amounts of panther roadkill the leading cause of death for this highly endangered species have already been documented in this area especially along I-75 just south of the drill site. Intra-speci c aggression or panther on panther ghts over territory which often end in the death of one of the participants is the second leading cause of death for Florida panthers. In a high panther density area like this, there is a de nite possibility that a displaced panther will end up in another’ panther’s home range and will not have a happy ending. L astly, only a relatively small number of the 100 to 160 panthers remaining in Florida (and most are in this narrow belt of land between I-75 and the Caloosahatchee River) have been collared. There is a possibility that an uncollared female panther with kittens could abandon a den leading to the death of her offspring. Three panther dens (from collared females) have been historically documented in the vicinity of this well. None of the above issues were considered by DEP in their approval of this exploratory oil well. They did request consultation from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Unfortunately and as we reported in our previous email no consultation from either agency was provided. With regard to the Class II injection well I would highly recommend a read of the following investigative article “Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us” from the Pulitzer Prize winning journal Propublica. In their own summary of Class II injection wells, the EPA describes the process as follows: “When oil and gas are extracted, large amounts of brine are typically brought to the surface. Often saltier than seawater, this brine can also contain toxic metals and radioactive substances. It can be very damaging to the environment and public health if it is discharged to surface water or the land surface. By injecting the brine deep underground, Class II wells prevent surface contamination of soil and water.” The Propublica article explains some o f the problems. Casings used to transport these toxic uids can and do leak and the movement of the uids once it gets down to its target depth is often unknown. Far from the nice layered geology we see in textbooks, real geology is not neat nor is it ever fully understood. Injectate the uid dumped down these holes can move vertically into upper aquifers used for drinking water or horizontally into other water bodies. In the case of a well like this which is simply a dumping ground for a still to be determined amount of waste water the risks to our wildlife, habitat, and drinking water are simply too high. If you’ve read this far thanks a lot. Long as this email is, it is still only a tiny summar y of the issues DEP and EPA will be attempting to squeeze into Tuesday’s meetings. Hope to see as many of you as possible come this Tuesday. Matthew Schwartz South Florida Wildlands Association Business & Service Directory AUCTION1994 Chevy2GCEC19KXR12981831998 Honda1HGEJ8248WL072963 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onMarch 24, 2014 at 9amKeiths Towing925 E. Delaware Ave. € Immokalee, FL (239) 657-5741 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. 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8 Immokalee Bulletin March 13, 2014 Submitted photoLittle Mr & Miss TomatoHelp support the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce and the talented young ladies in this year’s Harvest Festival Pageant “Gone Country” to be held on Saturday, March 22, at Immokalee High School Auditorium. Doors open up at 5 p.m. show to start promptly at 6 p.m. We will also be crowning the Little Mr. & Miss Tomato 2014. Get pre-sale tickets for $5 now at the Chamber ofce. Tickets will be $7 at the door. Kids under the age of six are free. For information on this event contact Mariela Romero at the Immokalee Chamber of ce (239) 692-2178. The chamber is located at 1300 N. 15th Street, Suite 2 Immokalee. Queen Court CompetitionSaturday, March 22, 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. Contact Pete and Julie Cade at (239) 281-5418 (239) 628-6132 for more information.Little Mr. & Miss TomatoSaturday, March 22, 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@ Harvest Festival EventSaturday, March 29, 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 p.m. on stage. First place winners receive $1,000 Grand Cash Prize with beautiful trophy, second and third place winners receive trophy and small cash prize. Cost to enter competition: $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@ Be a Harvest Festival Sponsor: Platinum $4,500; Gold $3,500; Silver $2,500; Bronze $1,500; Supporter $500. Happenings at the Harvest Festival The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce and the Collier County Parks and Recreation needs your beautiful "Leggs" on March 29, 2014 at our "Annual Harvest Festival Event"...mainly for all the FEMALES IN OUR COMMUNITY to show them you can strut your stuff across the Event Stage for Mr. Legg Contest!. Daniel Washington is Co-Chairing this Event and he promises you will never have so much fun showing off your Leggs as in this contest. This will be a Kodak moment! There will be all types of Leggs winners. Contact information is 239-250-5088 or Please call the Chamber of Commerce(239-658-0704/Mariela mromero@ or Cherryle@ 239657-0080/ for your application. The entry fee is ...FREE! We are waiting on you! Hello Guys! We need your legs!