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Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County Thursday, May 8, 2014 Vol. 47 No. 19 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Scramble for I.H.S. athletics Immokalee High School’s Second Annual Golf Scramble is coming up soon! Saturday, May 17, at Panther Run Golf Club in Ave Maria, players w ill tee off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $80 per player, which includes golf, prizes and lunch. The event is sponsored by the Immokalee High School Athletic Department and all proceeds w ill bene t the student-athletes at I.H.S. For further information contact A thletic Director Tony Allen at 239377-1818 or mail allento@collierschools.com. by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin There was a buzz of unusual activity at the RCMA Community School May 1, with 19 adult volunteers on campus painting, sanding and generally spif ng up the school. Employees of the Goldman Sachs Group’s Community Team World Works Project coordinated the work day with members of the Wounded Warriors Project and the Naples’ law rm of Quarles & Brady. Goldman Sachs is a sponsor of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which elded several volunteers on the renovation project. RCMA has been a bene ciary of NCEF’s work since 2005. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade attend the charter school run by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, which serves the rural poor. James W. Swanson is a 32-year veteran of the US Air Force. This CEO Naples Children and Education Foundation, was part of his company’s work team. New to the area, Mr. Swanson arrived in Naples just last January from Washington, D.C. where he worked with the American Bar Association, ready to share his experience with his new neighbors. His newness to the area did not hinder his passion for the project in any way. Watching the work transform the school grounds was bitter sweet for RCMA Community School Principal Jim McDevitt, who is leaving the school for family reasons. He’s going off to Colorado soon, but his heart may well be staying at the school. Covered with personal little notes students pasted all over his shirt, he declared, “I’ll be back!” RCMA Executive Director Barbara Mainster noted that the school recently had the highest rating in Collier County in math, reading and RCMA, focal point for many paths Last week we ran a story about Immokalee Soccer School player, Esteban Acevedo, as he was about to embark on a unique soccer training experience to Mexico. As a last minute addition, two more players were able to join him! Thanks to Inter Cups, the organization running the camp, players Jesus Paz and Luis Pablo Ramirez were also able to attend. While at camp the boys trained with other young players from Mexico and Guatemala. They were also given a special opportunity to tour the Azteca soccer stadium, visit the Cruz Azul training facilities, and attend the Cruz Azul vs. Leon Mexico game! A tremendous thank you goes out again to Inter Cups for believing in the Immokalee Soccer School and providing this experience to our players. We are very grateful. We also would like to thank the parents for supporting the kids in the way that they can follow their dreams. We are very proud of players. Esteban, Jesus and Luis Pablo are examples of what Immokalee Soccer School is all about: Working with the youth of Immokalee to inspire them to set goals, to work hard, and to be the best people they can be in all areas of their lives. Check back next week for a full report on the trip! The boys will be returning home this week and we are very excited to hear all of their stories from this unique and memorable experience. For more information on these organizations visit: http://www.immokaleesoccerschool.org/ http://www.intercups.com.mx/ Soccer School: Update from Mexico Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantVeterans and Wounded Warrior Project alumni Carlos and Rick work together to refurbish railings at the RCMA Community School. See Photos — Page 8 See RCMA — Page 2

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2 Immokalee Bulletin May 8, 2014 To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518 LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Phone: (239) 657-6000 Fax: (863) 675-1449 Website: www.newszap.com/immokaleeTo Submit NewsThe Immokalee Bulletin welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (239) 657-6000 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. E-Mail: ibnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone: (239) 657-6000 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classi“ed AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 to place it from home or go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit circulation.newszap.com or email readerservices@newszap.com.StaffNews Editor: Patty Brant Advertising Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Caloosa Belle is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on pro“t margins below industrystandards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€ To operate this newspaper as a public trust € 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 con”icts of interest or potential con”icts 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. Masthead photo courtesy of Waddy Thompson www.facebook.com/waddytphotos Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County science scores. She said the school is successful because it has a “laser” focus on the students. Two alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project lent their skills to the work day as well. Rick enlisted in the Army three weeks after 911, when he was just 22. He was working as a carpenter but felt he was meant to do something different. He served in the infantry in Kuwait and Iraq, suffered injuries and was medevaced to Germany. He served in the Army from 2001-04 and described himself as having been “shell shocked” and “lost” for years. He visited Florida from Michigan in 2007 to see a friend and promptly came back to stay. Eventually veterans community outreach helped him “ nd himself” and he’s been involved in the WWP for a year. The program offers social opportunities that can make a big difference for veterans living with the aftermath of war. He feels the WWP helped him nd a niche serving others is a lifestyle, he said, and he’s “ready to give back.” He’ll be turning 36 in June and things are looking up. Taking a break from sanding the second oor railing at the school, he said, “I like today!” At the other end of that railing, also wielding an electric sander, was veteran Carlos Ruiz, who served in Afghanistan from 200506. He was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and has the knees to prove it. Carlos is also an alumnus of the WWP. It was both men’s rst work project with the WWP. Carlos entered the Army at 17 and volunteered to go to Afghanistan. He spent ve years in the Army before being discharged with disabilities in 2008. He knows rst-hand about the isolation and alienation of PTSD and the group is helping him work through it. “It’s a lonely road,” he said. Now 28, he is going to college on the GI Bill, and is in his last year at Edison State College studying corporate nance. His goal is to start an online nonpro t that focuses on funding projects for PTSD. Jack Shelar is the outreach coordinator for South Florida and Puerto Rico with the WWP. For three years he was the managing liaison with the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where wounded servicemen and women were treated before going home. Working with the WWP is personal for him. “These are my guys,” he said proudly. He said the WWP has 50,000 alumni in the US, with about 1,200 in South Florida. The project sets up events like shing and baseball games for the alumni as well as community service like the one at the school and also helps the vets with bene ts. Marie Jimenez Grants Director for Napes Children & Education Foundation, a private foundation. She coordinates these projects with other groups. Their Winter Wine Festival is their most successful fundraiser, she said, the largest global event of its kind. The volunteers at the RCMA Communit y School came from many walks of life. The y came there via many different paths, but it was exactly where each needed to be at that moment, working a common goal to make the educational experience a little bit nicer for Immokalee’s children. by Maribel De ArmasThere are so many times during the year that we highlight student achievement. And, that’s okay! Education really should be all about the kids. But, it is also important to recognize the teachers that make student achievement possible; individuals who put students rst every single day. A few of months ago, you may recall that I shared thoughts from a handful of the twenty-six Champions For Learning Teachers of Distinction. The teachers I highlighted spend their school days right here in Immokalee. Since that time, one of these ne Immokalee teachers joined the ranks of “best of the best.” Frederick Rimmler, physics teacher from Immokalee High School, was named one of the ve 2013-2014 Champions For Learning Golden Apple Recipients. I had a chance to chat with Fred a few weeks ago when we interviewed him for The Education Channel’s yearly Golden Apple edition of “District Digest.” He shared that the surprise visit he received announcing him as a Golden Apple Recipient was fun for the entire class. Although he did say “it really didn’t sink in until a little later on.” I always like to ask our teachers what inspires them to do what they do. Fred’s answer… “I work with a great group of kids and a great group of teachers. I genuinely enjoy my job and my students make it enjoyable for me. They make it fun and exciting.” Fred also shared one last thing with me, a piece of advice for folks just starting out as teachers or maybe thinking about being a teacher. He said, “Be exible. My teaching style, I’ve adapted from about half a dozen great teachers that I’ve worked with over the past couple of years My style continues to change in response to students, integrating technology, and seeing what really works for the kids. It’s that exibility that I would recommend.” Another Immokalee-area teacher also received recent recognition, this time as a Collier County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Bob Moore from Immokalee Technical Center (iTECH) was named the 2013-2014 Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. He teaches Heavy Equipment Mechanics. Principal Dorin Oxender says, “Bob came to us with more than 25 years of corporate training for heavy equipment dealers across North America. His contacts and outstanding instruction have been the one-two punch for student achievement and job placement success. He boasts the highest placement percentage in the school, an amazing 99 percent!” Fred, along with the rest of the Golden Apple class of 2014 and Teachers of Distinction, and Bob, along with all of this year’s CCPS Teachers of the Year, will be of cially recognized tomorrow evening at the Champions For Learning 24th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner. Congratulations and thank you to all of our wonderful teachers. Stay tuned for next week when I’ll share news of yet another special recognition that recently happened right here in Immokalee. Students First Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantShantel Jilani of the Quarles & Brady law rm, Greg Ferrero of Goldman Sachs and RCMA's Kristina O'Hern rejuvenate the alligator in the RCMA Community School's courtyard with some fresh paint and a little love. RCMA From Page 1 A research study in Immokalee is seeking participants in a prenatal care use study. You must be: 18 years old or older, Haitian and pregnant. No medical care is this study, but you will be compensated for your time. Interviews scheduled around work hours. Michele Bolduc, a doctoral student in geography at the University of Kentucky, is the investigator. Call China Pierrelus at ((239) 601-6258 or email cpierrel@eagle.fgcu.edu. Nou Bezwen Patisipan Pou Yon Rechch N’ap Fe Sou Zafe “Swen Avan Akouchman” ak Fanm Ayisyn Nan Immokalee Rechch saa k’ap ft nan Immokalee a ap chche volont pou patisipe nan yon etid sou jan fanm ayisyn itilize swen anvan akouchman nan zn nan. Ou ka patisipe si’w nan kategori saa yo: 18 ane oswa pi gran; Ou se yon famn ayisyn; Ou ansent kounye a. Rezon etid sa ap ft se pou egzaminen eksperyans swen anvan akouchman pou fanm ayisyen k’ap viv nan Immokalee. Ou pap resevwa swen medikal nan etid sa a. Patisipan-yo va slman reponn kesyon sou eksperyans yo ak opinyon yo sou swen anvan akouchmanou pa pral sibi ankenn lt eksperimantasyon medikal. Entvyou yo kapab planifye pou yo pa entfere ak l ou nan travay. Tout patisipan ap resevwa konpansasyon pou tan yo. Michele Bolduc, yon elv doktora nan jewogra nan University of Kentucky, se ankt a pou pwoj rechch sa a. Si w vle aprann plis sou etid sa a oswa ou vle detmine si ou ka kalifye, tanpri rele China Pierrelus, yon elv nan Florida Gulf Coast University, nan (239) 601-6258 oswa voye yon iml cpierrel@eagle.fgcu.edu. Haitian study

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Fire Consolidation Equals Bigger GovernmentBy now, I’m sure that many of you have heard about the consolidation of various re departments in Naples. If you have read some of the latest editions of the Naples Dail y News you may have seen Fire Commissioner Jim Burke’s (North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District) articles. You may have also heard that the Fire Commissioners from North Naples and Big Corkscrew Island have started holding joint meetings similar to that of what the Fire Commissioners from East Naples and Golden Gate have been doing for some time now. Fire Commissioner Burke asks several questions in his April 12, 2014, article published in the Collier Citizen which include:  How will this consolidation improve my service?  How will this consolidation save taxpayer dollars?  Give me an example of a service improvement that I will receive.  Can these objectives be achieved without a consolidation? If not, why not? But with all the questions, we have yet to see any answers. In fact, Fire Commissioner Burke even writes “Ask questions, demand answers.” Let’s take a moment to look a little further back in time. Fire Commissioner Burke ran another article this time in the Pelican B ay Post where he boasted about how much money Pelican Bay residents paid for re protection. Pardon me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t think it was the Pelican Pay Fire Control and Rescue District, I thought that Fire Commissioner Burke was supposed to represent the entire area encompassed by North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District. Again, Fire Commissioner Burke w rites, “Pelican Bay residents should ask many questions, among them:  How will this improve the service I already receive?  How will this improve response times to Pelican Bay 911 calls?  What functions will be consolidated and how will that improve service? Will it save tax dollars?  How will such a consolidation make more ef cient use of my tax dollars?  What will I see of the dollar savings to come from consolidation?  Pelican Bay is a tax dollar donor community. Will our money fund Big Corkscrew service improvements? Budget de cits?  Can these objectives be achieved without a consolidation? If not, why not?” Again, we see no answers, suggestions of improved service, or any hint of his thoughts on how to save taxpayer money. Fire Commissioner Burke ran another article in the March 15, 2014 edition of the Collier Citizen and the March 11, 2014 edition of the Naples Daily News where he wrote, “Let’s rst consider the reality of a 911 medical call. The caller wants help to arrive as soon as possible.” When someone calls 911, the Collier County Sheriff’s Of ce dispatches all calls for service directly to the most appropriate re and EMS units predetermined by the local Fire Chiefs. If Fire Commissioner Burke is somehow thinking that consolidation will improve or “ x” response times, maybe he should answer the question as to how changing names on a building and creating a larger re district will somehow magically make a re unit respond faster to a call for service. Fire Commissioner Jim Burke also went on to say in his February 20, 2014 article posted in the Naples Daily News that “For seven years I have been commenting on and touting the bene ts of streamlining the emergency services delivery structure…that would allow us to fully utilize 21st century personnel, equipment and technology.” I don’t know what kind of emergency response system is being used in North Naples, but I almost bet that the staff of the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District certainly is not stuck in the 20th century, that their equipment is not substandard, and that their technology is not limited. As Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Fire Control District, I nd Fire Commissioner Burke’s comments to be offensive toward the professional re ghters throughout the county (many of whom are EMT and/or Paramedic certi ed already). In reading through Fire Commissioner Burke’s list of questions and articles, I could never seem to nd an answer to his many questions that he says you the taxpayer should be asking. So, let’s help him out a bit, shall we?  How will this improve the service I already receive? o My answer: Unless Fire Commissioner Burke plans on taking out additional loans to fund new station construction based on population differences throughout the county/district or somehow nds funding for construction of new stations, re units will still respond from the same stations they have been responding from. So from a noticeable service standpoint, you aren’t going to see a difference.  How will this improve response times to Pelican Bay 911 calls? o My answer: I don’t know about you, but if I were concerned about response times, it would be on a county-wide basis, not just in one residential community in North Naples. But, I am not concerned at all about how 911 responds to calls period. The ne men and women who work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, handle several hundred thousand calls for service per year here in Collier County. Changing the name on a re station will have no impact what so ever on how fast a dispatcher answers your call, type’s information into the system, or dispatches units.  Will it save tax dollars? o My answer: Well, not if consolidation means building new stations, purchasing equipment and hiring additional staff, it sure won’t. Look at East Naples-Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District for example. Their Fire Commissioners are working through an administrative consolidation, but let’s say they complete their consolidation efforts. What are they going to do with their numerous of ce staff members? I say “numerous” but even that’s an understatement. Have you seen their website? They now have a Fire Chief, an Assistant Chief of Operations, a Deputy Chief of Fleet, Facilities, and Logistics, a Deputy Chief of Fire and Life Safety, and a Deputy Chief of Administration and Finance. Really? Do they really need all of these administrative positions? I can certainly understand a Fire Chief and an Assistant or Deputy Chief to help with day-to-day functions, but what’s next a Deputy Chief to handle janitorial services or lawn care? So, here’s my point. Prior to November of 2012, YOUR re department was facing many issues. At the time, you didn’t have Fire Chief. The prior Fire Board (through years of not focusing on the budget), terminated the Fire Chief, laid off re ghters and closed Station 31 on Carson Road leaving many of you with a response time of close to 12 minutes if units were coming from Station 30 on New Market Road and even longer if the nearest unit responded from Ave Maria. Since 2012, YOUR Fire Commissioners have made sure that Station 31 has been reopened and staffed. We would certainl y like to have additional staff in place at each station not only for YOUR safety, but for the safety of the limited crew we do have. The taxpayers within the Immokalee Fire Control District supported an increase in propert y tax in order to continue the service YOUR re department provides. Did you notice that when you were asked to help support YOUR re department, you stood up and did so while the citizens East Naples and Golden Gate said no to their re departments? Each Fire Commissioner across the county, with the exception of YOUR Fire Commissioners here in Immokalee, receives a salary! If you don’t believe me, take a loo k at their websites and click on their budget information or pick up the phone and call to ask. The information about their salary is all public record. YOUR Fire Commissioners have voted in the past to not receive a salary for their services. I wholeheartedly agree with this vote! Why should we take taxpayer money, when re ghters have been laid of f and stations have been closed? But, while you hear about Fire Commissioners in Naples wanting to consolidate to save money, not one Fire Commissioner in Naples has voted to put an end to receiving a salary. All it takes is a simple vote to do so. I wonder why it is that they refuse to do so. Why is it they want to create a larger, county-wide re department? Could it be that if they create a HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! SPAYS & NEUTERS 1/2 PRICE BOARDING LOW COST VACCINATIONS ON SATURDAYSHEWMAKER 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. 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Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at 4 Immokalee Bulletin May 8, 2014 county-wide department, taxpayers and residents will have less input on day-to-day activities? Remember, each re district must provide ample public notice (newspaper, website, and at the re station) as to when and where public meetings will be held. In fact, a recent meeting was scheduled in Naples so that Y OUR Fire Commissioners could hear how East Naples Fire Commissioners planned to dissolve the Fire Code Of cial's Of ce. But, y et again many of the re districts in Naples failed to publicly notice the meeting. However, YOUR re district publicly noticed the meeting at the administrative of ces (Station 30) and on the District's website (www.imm re.com). So, the meeting has now been postponed until the other re districts, with their large organizational structures and abundant amount of of ce staff, gure out if the left hand knows what the right hand should be doing. Once this meeting is rescheduled, it will again be posted on the Immokalee Fire Control District's website and at Station 30 on New Market Rd. Prior to this incident, East Naples and Golden Gate Fire Commissioners held a meeting at the Fire Code Of cial's Of ce without fully publicly noticing the meeting. While they ran the notice in the Naples Daily News they failed to list the meeting on their own calendar of public meetings on their joint website. Y OUR Fire Commissioners only heard about the meeting through word of mouth. Remember, YOUR Fire Commissioners typically meet at 6 p.m., on the third Thursday of every month at Station 30. Twice a year (April and October), YOUR Fire Commissioners meet at the workout facility on Annunciation Circle in Ave Maria. These meetings are always publicly noticed so that you can stay up to date with changes at the department and speak out against or in support of an item on the agenda. As scheduling con icts arise, monthly meeting dates and times may be changed, so I encourage you to check the District's website (www.imm re.com) often. As a rm supporter of local government, open access to public records, and input from local citizens who need to have their voice heard, I leave you with this to considerThe Department of Fire Rescue Command Staff (working under the umbrella of the Broward County Sheriff's Of ce) has 24 Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Division Chiefs, District Chiefs, Battalion Chiefs, a Medical Director and a Business Manager. Do you think the residents of Broward County have a voice in their re service after years of consolidation? Keeping Immokalee Fire Control District a local government entity ensures that you will always have a voice in what happens in YOUR community. Thank you for allowing me to serve you, Travis Anderson Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners Immokalee Fire Control District tanderson@imm re.com The opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the other Fire Commissioners with the Immokalee Fire Control District. LetterContinued From Page 3 Submitted photoSome of the players in this years event. IMMOKALEE, Fla. (April 30, 2014) Lipman recently hosted its fourth annual Homerun Harvest, a free community event to bene t the children of Immokalee. As a result of the event, enough money was collected to purchase an estimated 1,200 backpacks lled with school supplies to be distributed to Immokalee students prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year. "We're very pleased with the turn-out and want to thank the Immokalee community, especially our fellow produce companies, for the support," said Jaime Weisinger, director of government and community relations for Lipman. "Each year this event becomes even more meaningful because it's so close to our home and hearts." The majority of involvement came from produce companies also headquartered in rural areas. Like Lipman, these companies recognize a similar need to support the children in the communities where they're based. In addition to Lipman, main event sponsors included Everglades Farm Equipment, Bronco Packaging, Aljoma Lumber, Bruno A ir Conditioning, Immokalee Produce Shippers and Produce Connection. "This was just the rst step," said Weisinger. "We look forward to distributing the w ell-deserved and much-needed backpacks and school supplies at the end of the summer." About Lipman Based in Immokalee, Fla., Lipman is the largest open eld tomato grower in North America, providing dependable year-round fresh produce through an integrated network of research & development, farming, processing, and repacking. Farms in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, California and Mexico totaling tens of thousands of acres allow Lipman to grow and ship fresh produce 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.LipmanProduce.com. Lipman recently hosted Homerun Harvest

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5 Immokalee Bulletin May 8, 2014 The Immokalee Little League hosted the Girls Senior Softball Tournament (ages 1316) at the Tony Rosbough Park on April 25 and 26. It was a very good turnout. We had two teams from Lehigh Acres that participated (Lehigh Acres Hurricanes and the Lehigh A cres Seminoles). We had another team from LaBelle called the LaBelle Seminoles and of course our very own the Immokalee Lady Royals. The Lehigh Hurricanes had 2 losses and one win, The LaBelle Seminoles had also 2 losses and one win. The Lehigh Seminoles had 2 wins and 1 loss and The Immokalee Lady Royals also had 2 wins and 1 loss. The Lehigh Acres Seminoles came out on top for the Championship and our Immokalee Lady Royals came in second. Congratulations to all the girls that participated in the Tournament for a job well done. VOLUNTEERS We would also like to thank all our volunteers who came out and helped when we really needed it. Our Immokalee High School Beta Club kids, Immokaee Foundation, Our umpires and coaches who gave their time to be here with us on the eld and of course our Immokalee Little League Board of Directors. Thanks again to all our volunteers that w ere here at the Little League Park instead of being with their families.Thanks again for all your help. We are still in bad need of umpires If you would like to make a difference please call at the number provided. 239-3243072. "Our Kids Today, is our Future Tomorrow." Some news for Immokalee Little League Submitted photosLeft: The Lehigh Acres Seminoles came out on top for the Championship. Top: Batter up!

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Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 MECHANIC to work on farm/ranch equipment, diesel and gasoline engines, eet maintenance, fabrication and electrical. Computer skills preferred. Florida Driver License required. Pay based on experience. Drug-free workplace. Apply in person from 8am-11am & 1pm-4pm Monday thru Friday @ 109 Arron Drive, Lake Placid, FL 863-465-2821 or of ce@lpclp.com The Guadalupe Center is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant for our management team. Duties include compiling board meeting packets, scheduling volunteer groups, processing mail, technology liaison, and other clerical duties. Full time bene ts eligible position. Requirements: Minimum High School Degree Minimum 2-3 years administrative experience in deadline-oriented environment Bilingual a plus Excellent MS Of ce skills required Ef cient, well organized, productive Please submit resumes to hr@ guadalupecenter.org EOE/DFWP Beauty Salons/SpasFully Equipped Beauty Salon For Rent. High Traf c Area. Permit approved. Start working today. Plenty of Parking Spaces available. 211 B West Main St Immokalee FL 34142 Contact Hulda @ (239)324-2488 Pets/Supplies All New Happy Jack Kennel Dip II kills eas, ticks, & MANGE mites on dogs or as a perimeter spray to kill mosquitoes and ies. Do NOT use on cats!!!JACK & ANNS FEED & SUPPLY www.happyjackinc.com Condos/Townhouses RentTRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. 2 & 3 BR/1BATH All appliances & low deposit. $450 & up. Call (239)777-2788 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Farm Property RentFarm Land for lease: 230 acres with drip irrigation, Felda area. 3 or 5 year lease. 239-503-4037 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. Farms Sale14 acres for sale. Road frontage, Hwy 29 and Heritage Rd, Felda, Fl. Great commercial site $8900/acre More info call 239-503-4037 Mobile HomeSaleLarge 3br, 2 bath doublewide located on 1/2 acre lake front lot. Property on A Road (short drive from Immokalee) Only $54,900 with $5,000 down. Financing available with your average credit. Call 863-675-8888 Trade in your old mobile home for your down payment. Financing is easy. Call 863-675-8888 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 6 Immokalee Bulletin May 8, 2014 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds

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Early dismissal FridayCollier County Public Schools will be dismissed early this Friday, May 9. The early dismissal time for elementary, middle, and high school students is three hours earlier than the dismissal time on other days. Summer fun comingKids! Get ready for the summer programs at Immokalee South Park, at 418 School Dr.: Camp Collier June 9August 9 Movie nights June 13, July 11, and August 8; $5.00 Daddy and me dance. School aged dances. We also have space available for rent. For more information and upcoming events feel free to call us at 239-252IMSP(4677).Mothers DayOn Sunday, May 11, at 11 a.m. Allen Chapel is having a very special Mother’s Day Worship Service to honor three community mothers who sacri ced much. Their sons (Jacob, Joseph and Jerry) were best friends and they were killed in a car accident on Halloween night. They were only 17 and one was 18. The mothers are Soyla Gutierrez, Regina Hall and Isabel Ruiz. The Allen Chapel Mother of the Year is Sister Alice German. Come out for worship and fellowship and to show these deserving mothers love and support. Speaker: Pastor Melinda Hernandez. Allen Chapel is locates at 208 S. 3rd Street.Martha’s Kitchen to feed hungryAllen Chapel AME Church will open Martha’s Kitchen Feeding Ministry once a month to provide free hot meals for those in need, alternating between breakfast one month and lunch the next. The kitchen is set to open May 17, when the ministry will provide breakfast at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served the following month at noon. The church is located at 208 S. Third Street. This is a joint ministry with the Missionary Society and Evangelism.Computer basicsLearn computer basics. No prerequisites. This is an introductory computer class for beginners. Learn terminology, how to operate a PC and how to create and manage les. Class size limited. Come to the Immokalee Branch Library Thursday, May 15, 5-7 p.m. Registration required. Call 239-657-2882. Register for Pop WarnerApply with the Immokalee Seminoles Pop Warner league for Cheer and Football players ages 5-15 for the upcoming season. If you would like to register your child you can pick up an application at the Print Shop, 1390 North 15th Street Suite 300 (across the Florida Community Bank) or go online at www.ImmokaleeSeminoles.com. Register Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Print Shop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Chamber needs photosThe Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is seeking old pictures of Immokalee and its events to display at the of ce. Please contact Mariela at 657-3237.Get government contractsSmall Business Administration can help your business get state and federal government contracts. Come to the Southwest Florida Works Building (One-Stop), 750 S. Fifth Street Friday, July 19, from noon-1:30 p.m. This is a free workshop but, due to seating, registration is required. Call Marie Capita at 239-867-4121 or go to MarieCapita@Immokalee_Biz. Business & Service Directory AUCTION2001 Ford1FMZU67E01UB35033 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onMay 19, 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. Fax (863) 612-1158 7 Immokalee Bulletin May 8, 2014 Community Briefs “No time is better than Florida Volunteer Month to re ect on how much the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) appreciates its volunteers,” said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley. “FWC v olunteers are exceptional – collectively and individually – in offering their time and efforts to help conserve Florida’s amazing wildlife diversity.” More than 4,000 volunteers help with 80 v olunteer projects annually, bringing a wide range of skills, experiences and perspectives to the FWC team. Their efforts lend to the agency’s success in conserving the naturally beautiful habitat of Florida, which is a key to w ildlife sustainability. Over the past six years, FWC volunteers have contributed 656,955 volunteer hours to make great strides in conservation as they tirelessly continue to:  Fight the formidable battle against invasive species.  Expand the range of many valuable imperiled-species-monitoring projects.  Instruct Florida’s youth, residents and v isitors on how to become responsible anglers and hunters.  Educate the public about living with w ildlife.  Improve the visitor experience at many w ildlife management and wildlife environmental areas. For example, volunteers discovered a rare w asp species. This rare invertebrate effort was a partnership with the Florida Natural Areas Inventory to identify rare invertebrate species as well as determine invertebrate diversity at Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area and the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Volunteers also expanded the nest box monitoring range for the Southeastern America Kestrel Partnership. Volunteers monitored 10 boxes in Hernando County during the 2011 breeding season and are currently monitoring 95 boxes throughout the north central and southwest regions of Florida. The kestrel nest box monitoring program is a citizen science effort to help biologists assess kestrel populations statewide. Individual volunteers also shine as much as the collective work of all 4,000:  David Blatt, from Chassahowitzka, became the FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation Volunteer of the Year for 2011-2012.  Bruce Antognoni, from White Springs, w as the FWC’s Volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year in 2012.  Danielle DeSilvestro, a high school student from Gibsonton, became a national nalist for the 2013 Future Farmers of America Pro ciency Award for work completed with the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study through the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute during the summer of 2012. To those who have not yet explored the rewarding experience of volunteering, it is never too late to get involved. Learn more about the FWC Volunteer Program at MyFWC.com/Get-Involved. FWC highlights efforts of 4,000 volunteers for V olunteer Month

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www.ecof.com A consultation with our Board Certi“ed Cataract Specialists will put your mind at ease. We use only the most proven procedures for excellent results. Since 1971, thousands have relied on our highly skilled staff of professionals.Dr. David C. Brown & Associates. Clearly, the right choice.239.939.3456 8 Immokalee Bulletin May 8, 2014 I, along with Indian Nation, wanted to take the time to let everyone know about a great accomplishment that took place this w eekend at the state track meet in Jacksonv ille. Senior, Anita Munoz became the fastest girl to ever run the 3200 meters (2 miles, 8 laps on the track) for Immokalee High School. Her time of 11 minutes and seven seconds shattered her previous record of 11:19. In addition to that Anita became the 2nd fastest girl ever to run the 1600 (1 mile) in 5 minutes and 8 seconds, again shattering her previous record of 5:14. We also had a great showing by another Immokalee High student who closed out his career in grand fashion. Leonel Delacruz, who will also be attending Florida Gulf Coast University with A nita, placed fourth in the one mile while capturing his second state championship of his senior year with a resounding victory in the 2 mile. Another placer from Immokalee w as Jaymon Thomas, who placed 6th in the high jump. Another exciting event taking place at I.H.S will be The May Mayhem Talent show sponsored by the Immokalee High BETA club. The show will take place Friday, May 9, in the auditorium starting at 7:30. Admission is $5.00 and all school rules will apply. Upcoming Events:Booster Meeting May 12 -5:00 Red and White Game May 16 -6:00 I.H.S Golf Scramble May 17 -7:30 a.m. Registration (Panther Run Golf Course) I.H.S Prom May 17 at Pelican Preserve Senior and spring awards May 20 -5:30 Drum Beat Esteban Acevedo Jesus Paz Luis Pablo Ramirez Submitted photosSoccer experienceThanks to Inter Cups, the organization running the camp, three Immokalee soccer players are enjoying a unique soccer training experience with other players from Mexico and Guatemala. Watch for more information about their experiences. NAPLES – Thousands of Florida’s most vulnerable children will bene t on May 10 when the Lipman Golf Classic tees off at Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club. The tournament is the largest annual fund-raising event for the nonpro t Redlands Christian Migrant Association, based in Immokalee. RCMA operates some 70 child-care centers and three charter schools in 21 Florid a counties. All target the rural poor, especially the children of migrant farm workers. Lipman Produce is one of RCMA’s leading supporters, and RCMA has a child-care center on a Lipman farm near Immokalee. Lipman became a major sponsor of RCMA’s annual golf tournament in 2012. “RCMA serves the kind of people we like to employ,” said Jaime Weisinger, Lipman’s Director of Community Relations and a board member of RCMA. “They are dependable, hard-working parents who want their children to have all the bene ts of the American Dream. RCMA gives those little kids a terri c start.” Last year, the Lipman Golf Classic netted $85,000 for RCMA, used to enhance services statewide, and much of the money helped RCMA qualify for 16:1 matching funds from the state of Florida’s Of ce of Early Learning. Lipman golf classic May 10