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BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County Thursday, April 12, 2018 Vol. 51 No. 15 By Jennifer L. Kupiec Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools It is no secret that Hurricane Irma left the community of Immokalee in disrepair. In these tough times, however, a community comes together. We have heard numerous heartwarming stories of neighbors helping neighbors. We also had an outpouring of support from those outside the community. One example from Eden Park Elementa ry School started right after Hurricane Irma. An associate professor at Thomas Univer sity in Thomasville, Georgia, was very con cerned about the Immokalee community in the aftermath of the storm. She and her students decided to have a Scholastic Book Fair to benet a fourth grade class at Eden Park. The university also sent each child in the class a backpack with the book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, by Car men Agra Deedy, along with an additional book, pencil, and frisbee. Thomas University also works with local Boys & Girls Clubs in Cairo and Thomasville, Georgia. After much back and forth about what they could do to help, they came up with the idea of becoming pen pals with Eden Parks fourth grade students in an ef fort to give them emotional support follow ing the storm. The rst letters from Georgia were heart felt and incredible to read. The students have since written back and forth a couple of times. But it didnt stop there. Nineteen students from Georgia decided to come for a visit a few weeks ago to meet their pen pals in per son! It was such an uplifting and amazing experience for the students at Eden Park. The young Georgia visitors told our students about Albert Nobel and the Nobel Peace Prize. The visitors were excited to see that our students already knew about the Nobel Prize as it was just discussed in class during a lesson on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize. In fact, they found many commonalities during their visit. It was an incredible day for every one involved. For the fourth grade students at Eden Park, the simple act of kindness and empa thy, of writing a letter and sharing experienc es, has proven to ease the impact of Hurri cane Irma. And life-long friendships have been formed. STUDENTS FIRST Local students meet their penpals Submitted photo Immokalee area students meet their Penpals from Georgia. The Collier County Growth Management Departments Planning and Zoning Division continues to seek input from community members for the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA) Restudy. The next workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, Florida 34109. This meeting will include a discus sion on policies related to the preservation of natural resources and will seek input from those in attendance. The existing provisions in Group 3 Policies can be found at: https:// divisions-s-z/zoning-division/communi ty-planning-section/rural-lands-steward ship-area-restudy/rural-lands-stewardshiparea-restudy-pub/-fsiteid-1. The RLSA is an area surrounding the Im mokalee urban area, comprising approxi mately 195,000 acres. A subsequent meet ing is scheduled for May 24 to continue the discussion of natural resource preservation. Additional meetings are planned throughout 2018 to consider important topics for review. Please consult our meetings webpage (link above) for updates to future meeting times and related information. Agendas will be posted on the meetings website prior to each meeting. This website also includes background materials, current planning efforts and areas for public input so that the restudy team can capture the preferences and concerns of all citizens and stakeholders. Two or more members of the Board of County Commissioners, City of Naples City Council, the City of Marco Island City Council and any of their respective advisory committees may be present and may partic ipate at the workshop. The subject matter of this workshop may be an item for discus sion and action at future meetings of these boards, councils, committees and agencies. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or other reasonable accommodations in or der to participate in this proceeding, should contact the Collier County Facilities Manage ment Division, located at 3335 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112 or 239-252-8380, as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Such reason able accommodations will be provided at no cost to the individual. For more information, contact Commu nity Planning Manager Kris Van Lengen at 239-252-7268. Rural Lands Stewardship Area Restudy Workshop Books for Collier Kids (BCK), a non prot organization dedicated to providing a steady stream of new books to children in low-income families throughout Collier County, is pleased to announce that the charity received a $13,950 grant from The League Club, Inc. As a result of The League Clubs gen erous support, Books for Collier Kids will provide approximately 5,600 books to 560 children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, rst and second-grades at two elementa ry schools during the 2018-2019 academ ic year, explains Board Chair Sallie Wil liams. But, whats most important about this funding is that the 10 books each child receives helps to improve their academic experience, and success in school and life, opens new worlds to them, establishes their personal libraries and a life-long love of reading. The nonprot, volunteer-run organi zation already provides books to disad vantaged children (pre-k through second grade) in another sixteen School District of Collier County Title I elementary schools, donating more than 75,000 new, high-qual ity books to at-risk students annually. The funds, part of $327,920 awarded from its Community Trust Fund during an April 5, 2018, breakfast, allow BCK to pro vide new, high-quality, ageand curriculum appropriate books to students in two new Title I schools in Collier County. Grant Ensures 5,600 Books for local children at two schools See Books Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin April 12, 2018 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.immokaleebulletin.comTo 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 Thursdays publication. E-Mail: ibnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone: (239) 657-6000 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Fri day for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classied AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 to place it from home or go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit or email Katrina Elsken Group Adveristing Manager: Jamie Limoges News and Ad Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Sales: Anakaren Salinas Advertising Services: Barbara CalfeeOur PurposeThe 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 prot margins below industrystan dards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Indepen dents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Consti tution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledge 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 conicts of interest or potential conicts 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. 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The League Club women have also contribut ed thousands of volunteer hours in various areas. Members have served on numerous agency boards, worked in childcare and adult centers, with the illiterate and home less, in conservation and arts groups and in churches. For more information, visit www. Liz Winebrenner, President of The League Club, stated, We are pleased and grateful to be able to give so much to help our community partners raise the quality of life for residents in Collier and Lee coun ties. We thank our 600 members, Circle of Friends supporters, the community member who support our events, and our business sponsors. Their nancial generosity and car ing for the community are what enable us to make these grants. The mission of Books for Collier Kids is to provide new books to children in need, ad dressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books. Launched in 2005 as First Book-Collier County, Books for Collier Kids has distributed more than one million new, high-quality, age-appropri ate and personalized books to pre-K, kinder garten, rstand second-grade students inneed to transform childrens lives. The nonprot organization partners with more than 20 local organizations, including Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, Christ Child Society of Naples, Grace Place, Health care Network of Southwest Florida, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, Hab itat for Humanity of Collier County, Friends of Foster Care, the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County and Guadalupe Center. Books for Collier Kids: Addresses one of the most important factors affecting literacy access to books by providing children from low-income families a new, high-quality, age-appropri ate book, complete with their name inside the cover once a month throughout the ac ademic year. Ensures more than 7,500 Pre-K through second grade children that live below the federal poverty line have access to books and can build their home libraries. Addresses summer slide reading con cerns through a summer program, ensuring students dont fall behind in their reading skills during the break. For more information on Books for Col lier Kids, please visit www.booksforcol, or call Sallie Williams, Board Chair at 239-394-4062. Books Continued From Page 1 With proms approaching, the Collier County Sheriffs Ofce reminds teens and their parents to celebrate safely. Deputies say it is important for parents, teens and party hosts to understand the laws in order to keep everyone safe. Some parents host after-prom parties where alcohol is provided, thinking that they can better protect teens by supervising their drinking, and by keeping them from driving drunk. Deputies are warning par ents and guardians that they will be held re sponsible if any underage drinking occurs on their property and they could be subject to criminal and civil sanctions. Establishments that sell alcohol are re minded to ask patrons for ID. Underage sales and purchases could result in criminal prosecution. CCSO offers these tips to help keep teens safe during prom: Communicate with your teens regu larly and openly about alcohol and drugs. Communicate with other parents about your expectations and theirs. Discuss your expectations and rules for prom and graduation outings. Know who will be driving and what your teens plans are. Make sure your teen has a cell phone. Have pre-established times when your teen calls in to check in with you. Remind your teen not to use alcohol or drugs, or ride in a vehicle with anyone under the inuence. Never provide alcohol or drugs to your teen or others. Remind your teen to buckle up when riding in a vehicle. Get involved by volunteering to super vise prom events. Dont rent a hotel room for teens. Stay up until your teen gets home. Regular and open communication be tween parents and teens can make a dif ference in preventing drunken driving, drug use, DUI accidents, and other destructive behavior. Take the time to give your teens the information and tools they need to stay safe. Prepare for Prom with safety in mind David Lawrence Center, Collier Countys only comprehensive, not-for-prot mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and fami lies, is pleased to announce that the Har mon-Meek Gallery Fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation has award ed the Center a $2,500 grant for the Creative Expressions: Arts for Health and Wellness art therapy program. What originally began in 2014 as a sixmonth pilot program, this community-based art therapy program is now in its fourth year, thanks to the continued generosity of the Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund. To date, more than 73 children enrolled in the Centers Childrens Community Action Team have reaped the many therapeutic benets of their total investment of $41,500. Research suggests that artistic contem plation and expression can improve prob lem solving, increase focus, interpersonal skills and feelings of empathy while reduc ing stress levels. Scott Burgess, President and CEO of Da vid Lawrence Center, said, David Lawrence Center greatly values the continued invest ment and partnership of the Meek Family on this highly effective, holistic opportunity to teach children who are struggling how to positively channel their emotions and com municate through art. This innovative art therapy program was developed and is run by licensed mental health counselors and registered art thera pists. It provides participants the opportunity to visit, view, and discuss artwork created by professional artists within a gallery space such as The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples and Harmon-Meek|modern, where chil dren learn how artists express thoughts and emotions through the use of line, shape, col or and pictorial metaphors. They then prac tice these learned techniques, share their artwork, and process their experiences and associated feelings in a group setting and with their treatment team. The overall program objectives are to help children develop new coping skills, learn socially appropriate methods to ex press and contain thoughts and emotions, experience healthy leisure and recreational skills, gain self-reection, and enhance com munication skills. Kristine Meek, Director /Co-owner of Harmon-Meek Gallery, stated, The goal of our donor-advised fund is to support at-risk youth and childrens arts programs in Lee and Collier Counties. As long-time support ers of David Lawrence Center, were thrilled they came to us with such a collaborative and constructive art-based program. Teach ing children to express themselves through art can be an incredibly powerful coping skill and it is our honor to be part of making this healing, therapeutic technique available for children struggling with their mental health. Harmon-Meek Gallery Fund awards grants to local charities through funds raised at the annual Harmon-Meek Gallery Vision aries of the Visual Arts Award Dinner. David Lawrence Center receives Art Therapy Grant


April 12, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 THE CLASSIFIEDS To place an ad call 239-657-6000 or go online to 400 WORDS + 4 PHOTOS ON LINE FOR FREE Place your FREE ad online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at click on classi eds! FREE CLASSIFIED ADS in any of these Florida Papers for as as Immokalee Bulletin, Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Okeechoobee News, Glades County Democrat and Belle Glade Sun Have you ever decided that its nally time to take action on that thing that youve always wanted to do only to be inundated with a paralyzing fear or feeling of over whelm that stops you dead in your tracks? Maybe its painting a mural on your kids wall, or planting an organic garden of veg gies in your backyard, starting a home busi ness, or writing a book; whatever it is youve been wanting to get started doing but have had difculty amping up your getting start ed juices. But youve nally worked up the motivation to do it and just before you get ready to take that rst action you are ooded with thoughts like What if I fail? What if Im really bad at this? Who am I to think I could paint a life size painting? Who am I to write a book? I will never be able to tend a garden. I should just stop now before I even have the opportunity to fail. If you know what Im talking about, and I know you probably do, then I want you to know you are not alone in this. We all have these fears and these limiting beliefs. It took the famous inventor, Thomas Edison, over 1,000 attempts to successfully create the light bulb; but, instead of giving up he kept pursuing his desire to invent the light bulb. He said I didnt fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps. Ask yourself What if I dont fail? What if Im an overwhelming success at painting, or gardening, or writing a book? and add to that Even if I do fail at rst, imagine how much better Ill be equipped to begin again! This week I encourage you to take a look at the list of things youve always wanted to do and just start. Just take one little tiny action daily toward get ting that thing done. If its gardening, go and buy some organic potting soil, if its painting a mu ral then sketch out some ideas. If writing a book is your thing, then start by writing an outline or just sitting down to your comput er and start typing. Get something done and see how the energy of actually doing that which youve always wanted to do pulls you forward to your goal! Its a really exciting feeling to create something from a space of diving in head rst, so go ahead and let your self get excited. Even if you fail at rst, itll be an exciting journey; and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said Life is a journey, not a desti nation. It is time to overcome the fear that stops you in your tracks Participants in the Lipman Golf Classic will enjoy a morning of championship-cal iber golf while they help the low-income families of south Florida. The tournament, a key fund-raiser for Redlands Christian Migrant Association, is scheduled for May 5 at Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club. Golfers will receive a continental breakfast and buffet lunch, with door prizes galore. Sponsorships range from $225 for an individual golfer up to the $10,000 title sponsorship held by Lipman Family Farms. These fees are largely tax-deductible. Each dollar raised qualies RCMA for $16 in op erations funding from the state. Based in Immokalee, the nonprot RCMA operates 66 child-care centers and three charter schools for Floridas rural, low-income families. For information, call Kathleen Roehm at (863) 781-2874, send an email to cr@ or check online at www.rcma. org. Tourney aids farmworkers children US 41 from Pine Ridge Road to Sandpine Drive: Construction project: Crews will be placing sidewalk, drainage structures and lighting on the east side of US 41. Crews will also resurface the intersection of US 41 and Pelican Bay Boulevard. Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours. Motor ists should expect intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers should use caution traveling in this area. Estimated completion is summer 2018. The contractor is American Lighting & Signalization, Inc. US 41 from Habitat Drive to SR 951/Col lier Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent south bound and northbound lane closures during daytime hours weekdays, while crews ex tend turn lanes, weather permitting. Motor ists should use caution as crews work in the roadway. 8th Street NE from Golden Gate Boule vard to Randall Boulevard: Construction project: This project constructs a new bridge over the Cypress Canal. Crews will also wid en existing lanes, add sidewalk to the west side of the roadway and improve drainage throughout the project area. Work will occur during daytime hours. Motorists should ex pect intermittent lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local area residents will have ac cess at all times. Motorists and pedestrians should use caution while traveling in this area. Estimated project completion is spring 2019. The contractor is Bergeron Land De velopment, Inc. Collier County Road Watch


4 Immokalee Bulletin April 12, 2018 By Patty Brant Special to the Immokalee Bulletin For years there has been a widely held be lief that education training is the way this long-time agricultural area will survive and thrive in the future. Although it is a standing goal to bring vocational training to Hendry and Glades on a large scale, the reality has been extremely difcult to accomplish. For several years both Hendry and Glades have been systematically working toward that goal. The Glades County Regional Train ing Center (GCRTC) is at the core of the plan, the place where they hope to provide the training that will spark this areas economic rebirth by providing trained employees for manufacturing and logistics jobs. Interest has waxed and waned over the years as a number of large companies have shown strong interest in the center, then backed away as the recession took its toll. Now the counties are again ready to pool their efforts to make that center, which is lo cated at U.S. 27 and SR 78 near the Glades County Sheriffs Ofce and health depart ment, a focal point for growth. Several years ago, the State of Florida provided $3.5 million for the centers rst year and Glades kicked in $0.5 million for the building and parking lot, along with an other $1 million for infrastructure, including roadway, electric and water. The facility is currently offering GED and citizenship classes, provided by the Glades County School Board, and CDL classes, by Suncoast Trucking. At a joint meeting Thursday, April 5, com missioners, administrators and educators from both counties continued brainstorm ing about the future of GCRTC and its poten tial impact on the area. A successful training program like the one envisioned for the cen ter could provide residents with good, solid employment and the county with economic stability. Planners know that goal is not yet in reach, and they know they will need support from outside the immediate area to make it so. One of the topics of discussion was lin ing up just that kind of support. In previous conversations, the commis sioners had discussed hiring a director for the facility. However at the joint meeting they were more inclined toward hiring a sin gle administrative person to coordinate the center. The planners had a consensus that the GCRTC should be run through the Local Ed ucational Agency (LEA), keeping control of the project local. However, the hope is that an experienced educational entity can be found to under write and run the project. Planners are look ing forward to providing a center like iTech in Immokalee, on a smaller scale. Collier County Public Schools, with its highly successful iTech facility, is willing to work on the project. In fact CCPS Superin tendent Dr. Kamela Patton is scheduled to visit here in the next few weeks. Assistance is also being sought from Flor ida Gulf Coast University, Hodges University, Florida Southwestern College, Fort Myers Technical College and more An experienced educational entity will be able to run the facility and expand into ap propriate courses for incoming businesses. Perhaps, a local VISTA volunteer, which would not require any local funding, would be useful as well. Planners are seriously considering using money from Hendry, Glades and the South west Florida Workforce Development Board (each has pledged $20,000) for three years to cover salary and benets for an adminis trator to coordinate the facility. Senator Denise Grimsley is looking at possible funding that might be available from Senate Bill 10, which expedites con struction of water storage reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Tuition may also provide some funding. Planners agreed that they need to mar ket the center to area high school students, including Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee and other surrounding counties to make the project viable. There are many variables to consider, but the commissioners would like to see some additional progress for the fall term. They re alize local students are at an economic dis advantage and this center could ultimately provide them with a way of life through a good living in the trades. The two commissions will meet again on June 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Glades County to continue sharing information and discus sion points. Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 Engaged? Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and a modest charge, each package includes: A print announcement in the newspaper of your choice. An online listing at Online guestbook for friends and family to sign and view. Online photo gallery for up to 10 photos. Gift registry page Prole pageSubmit your good news today at Progress on Glades training center picks up speed Submitted photo/ Patty Brant Glades County Regional Training Center.


April 12, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 So many ways to make every room smile. Find great deals all over the store! So many ways to make every room smile. Find great deals all over the store! So many ways to make every room smile. Find great deals all over the store! en-USThe Womens Foundation of Collier County, a fund at the Community Foun dation of Collier County, awarded twelve en-US$5,000 scholarships for local women at the en-US 2018 Women of Initiative Honorees Lun cheon. The Women of Initiative Scholarship en-USFund was founded by Women of Initiative en-US alumnae in honor of the 20th anniversary of en-US the awards. The scholarship is for women of any age who wish to pursue the completion of a en-USpost-secondary degree or certicate. They en-US may be a graduating high school senior, a en-US nontraditional student returning to school, en-US or a student already in her post-secondary en-US path. Among the twelve scholarships recip en-USients is Jasmine Lopez-Ramirez who will en-USgraduate from Lely High School this year en-US and will be attending Embry Riddle Aero nautical University to major in Aerospace en-USEngineering and minor in ight. She will also en-US have her private pilots license by the end of en-US her senior year. In addition, Gerta Laine, single mother en-USof 2 young children, received a scholarship. en-US Gerta is a Naples High School graduate, who en-US was previously homeless and car-less, and is en-US now enrolling in Lorenzo Walker Institute of en-US Technology to study Practical Nursing.en-US The following women were awarded en-US scholarships:en-US Stephanie Desinor University of Richen-US -en-US monden-US Daniela Fernandez Hodges Universityen-US Tammy Gutierrez Hodges Universityen-US Brittany Ignell Rasmussen Collegeen-US Gerta Laine Lorenzo Walker Institute of en-US Technologyen-US Jasmine Lopez-Ramirez Embry Riddle en-US Aeronautical Universityen-US Maria Lourdes Lopez-Whitney Florida en-US Gulf Coast Universityen-US Yveleissa Martino Florida SouthWestern en-US Universityen-US Adjhany Severe Florida SouthWestern en-US Universityen-US Heather VanBrummlen Hodges Univeren-US -en-US sityen-US Jean Viva Hodges Universityen-US Ashley Williamson Rasmussen Collegeen-US We understand that education is the key en-US to escaping poverty and a brighter future, en-US said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, President and en-US CEO of the Community Foundation of Colen-US-en-US lier County. We are so grateful to the Women-US -en-US ens Foundation of Collier County Class Amen-US -en-US bassadors for taking on this new scholarship en-US initiative that will changes lives for local en-US women.en-US To learn more information about this en-US scholarship or to make a donation to help en-US more local women, visit swscholarships.en-US org or call 239-649-5000. en-US The 2018 Women of Initiative honorees en-US recognized for their achievements are: Alice en-US Arena, Bunny Brooks, Debra Haley, Judy en-US Hushon, Emily James, Amanda Jaron, Patrien-US -en-US cia Jilk, Brenda Melton, Jeanne Nealon, and en-US Wynnell Schrenk. en-US The 2018 Women of Initiative (WOI) en-US Honorees Luncheon was sponsored by en-US BMO Private Bank, eBella Magazine and Waen-US -en-US terside Shops. Womens Foundation of Collier County en-USawarded $60,000 in scholarships en-USPhoto by Reagan Rule Photography Back row, l-r: Stacey Herring (WOI Event Chair), Emily James, Amanda Jaron, Patricia Jilk, Jeanne Nealon, Brenda en-USMelton, Debra Haley and Vicki Tracy (WOI Event Vice-Chair). Front row, l-r: Bunny Brooks, Judy Hushon, Wynnell Schrenk en-US and Alice Arena. Collier Area Transit (CAT) is offering free en-USrides on all xed-route buses Friday, April 20, en-US to promote Try Transit Day. In recognition of Earth Day, the Collier County Board of Com en-USmissioners and CAT are raising awareness en-US of the CAT system and its routes throughout the county to increase ridership while sup porting environmental protection. Try Transit Day is intended to encourage en-USresidents and visitors to use public transit. The use of public transit helps to reduce traf en-USc congestion, reduce energy consumption, en-US improve air quality, and promote health and en-US physical tness. This event is organized in en-US collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportations Commuter Services pro gram. Individuals who use alternative trans en-USportation modes such as transit, carpooling en-US or cycling can track their trips here and will be entered to win prizes donated by Com muter Services. For more information on Try Transit Day, en-USvisit CATs website at or call customer service at (239) 252-7777. To reg en-USister to win prizes, visit commuterservices.en-US com or call Commuter Services at (866) 585RIDE (7433). en-USTry Transit Dayen-USFree Rides on en-US en-US Collier Area Transit


6 Immokalee Bulletin April 12, 2018 T mmokalee Bulletin 9 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION To Whom t May Concern: Notice is hereby given of intention to apply to the 2018 sesson of the Florida Legislature for passage (Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida). Hence 768.28 F.S. of an act for Relief of Claimant(s): Peggy Bryan Dupree, Betty R. Gosnell Karen J. Federighi. Excess Judgment Claim filed pursuant as required by Artcle III, Section 10 of the Constituton. Article X Section 13 Florida Consttution. A BILL TO BE ENTITLED: WHEREAS, Peggy Bryan Dupree & Kenneth Lee Bryan in Collier County Florida. Nature of Injuries: Arising out of Gross Neglgence (Torture, Premeditated Attempted Murder, Brain Injuries, Other Health Illness & Irrevocable Physiological Damages). Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice. Property Damages: Incident(s): 10/12/2015, 10/16/2015, 10/19/2015, 10/29/2015, 03/09/2016, 04/14/2016, 05/01/2016 & other dates unknown. WHEREAS, Betty R. Gosnell & Jamie L. Curtis. Nature of Injuries: Arising out of Gross Negligence (Torture, Premeditated Attempted Murder, Possible Death & Irrevocable Psychologcal Damages), Medical Malpractice, Professional Mal practice, Property Damages. Incident(s): 07/07/2016, 09/16/2016, 04/19/2017 to present. WHEREAS, Karen J. Federighi. Natures of Injuries: Arising out of Gross Negli gence (Torture & Premeditated Murder), Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Property Damages. Incident(s): 01/14/2016, 01/22/2016 to present. Respondent(s) Caused Claimant(s) Injuries: Lee County Sheriff (Mike Scott) Office, Collier County Sheriff (Kevin J. Rambosk) Office. Agency With Persons With Disablites Director (Barbara Palmer). David Lawrence Center Director/ President (Darcy Taylor, Scott Burgess). Department of Children & Families Director/Secretary (Mike Carroll), Collier County Clerk of Court Chief Judge McHugh. Lauren L. Brodie. James Shenko. Christine Greider. Larry Pivacek, Patrick Charles Weber. Claimant Peggy Bryan Dupree: Claim Amount $166,666,66600 aganst State of Florda & Municipal. Collier County Sheriff Offce. Agency With Persons With Disabilities. David Lawrence Center. Department of Children & Families & Protective Services. Colier County Clerk of Court. Larry Pivacek. Claimant Betty R. Gosnell: Claim Amount $166,666,66600 against State of Florida & Municipal. Lee County Sheriff Office. Collier County Sheriff Offce. Department of Children & Families & Protective Servces. Colier County Clerk of Court. Claimant Karen J. Federighi: Claim Amount $166,666,66600 against State of Florida & Municipal. Coller County Sheriff Office. Collier County Clerk of Court. Patrick Charles Weber. Larry Pivacek. 485000 B 3/15,22,29;4/5,12/2018 NOTICE OF MEETINGThere wll be a Regular Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, on Wednesday, April 18 2018 at 4:30 PM. at the office of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, located at 1020 Santation Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142.REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Preliminaries A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Roll Cal C. Adoption of Agenda D. Employee Recognition 1. February 2018-Norma Garcia E. Public Concerns F. Staff Good Cause Items G. Board Concerns H. Old Busness 1. USDA Documents I. New Busness 3. Consent Agenda A. Adoption of Mnutes 1. March 21, 2018 Board Meeting B. Civil Rights Compliance Report C. March Budget Revew D. Fixed Assets Acquistions-Disposals E. Various Reports F. Project Change Orders G. Engineers Report Greeley and Hansen H. Directors Report 4. Action Agenda A. Resolution 18-06-Closing on USDA Bond Contract B. Resoluton 18-07-Authorizing Executive Director to Pay Contractors 5. Discussion Agenda A. Attorneys Report 6. Other Public Interests 7. Adjournment Public discussion will be limited to three (3) mnutes per speaker, unless additional information is requested, and additional time is granted by the Board Members. SPECIAL REQUREMENTS: If you require special aid or services as addressed in the Amercan Disablites Act, please contact the District office at (239) 6583630, no less than five (5) days prior to the above stated workshop date. 254561 IB 4/12/2018 Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 Employment Full Time Triple J Grassing is currently seeking an ex perienced, Crew Lead/ Foreman with a clean driving record. Class A drivers license not nec essary, but will be given preference. Must have experience running a crew. Pay is dependent on experience. This is a working foreman position. If interested, please call Bryan at (239)284-7088. Serious inquires only. Benefits: Weekly Pay Paid Holidays after 90 days & Vacation after one year. Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance after 90 days. 401k after one year We are an Equal Oppor tunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Triple J Grassing is currently seeking to hire motivated, hardworking, individuals to lay sod. We offer weekly pay, benefits after 90 days, and 401k. You will need two forms of valid ID. If interested please fill out an application in person at 2360 Prince St, Ft. Myers, 33916. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. Benefits: Weekly Pay Paid Holidays after 90 days & Vacation after one year. Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance after 90 days. 401k after one year WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND DRUG FREE EMPLOYER. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers 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 772878-2010 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. Houses Rent Farm 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 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. 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April 12, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 Blue Zone event planned Blue Zones Project event, Learn the Secrets to Well-Being will be on April 16. en-USNY Times Bestseller and Blue Zones Project en-US co-founder, Dan Buettner will be speaking at en-US Florida Gulf Coast Universitys Alico Arena at en-US 6 p.m. Come learn about the people around en-US the world that are living the longest and what en-US their secrets to longevity are. Well be giving en-US away Blue Zones Project t-shirts, 25 copies en-US of Dans new book, Blue Zones of Happi ness, and more than $1,800 in restaurant gift cards! After Dans presentation we will host en-USan optional walk, followed by plant-based en-US food tastings and a ribbon cutting ceremony en-US at The Boardwalk Caf. Come join us for this en-US FREE event! Doors open at 5 p.m.!RSVP at en-US en-USYouth Extravanganzaen-USAre you between the ages of 16-24 and en-US interested in a GED, Continuing Education en-US or Employment? Then join the CareerSource en-US of Southwest Florida at 750 S. 5th Street in en-US Immokalee on April 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 en-US p.m. There will be free food, door prizes and en-US a guest speaker. Contact Yvar Pierre or Verden-US -en-US ier Clement for more info at 239-658-3300 en-US ext. 6506 or 6713.en-USMaster Plan en-US en-US Meeting scheduleden-USThe Immokalee Area Master Plan guides en-US the future growth in your community how en-US land uses are arranged for housing, busien-US -en-US nesses, and civic uses; how these are supen-US -en-US ported and connected by the transportation en-US network, and with the protection of importen-US-en-US ant environmental areas. The next round of en-US Public Workshops will be on April 25. The en-US Morning Workshop will be from 8:30 10:30 en-US a.m. at CareerSource 750 South 5th St. Imen-US-en-US mokalee, FL 34142 OR Evening Workshop en-US 5:30 7:30 p.m. Immokalee Community en-US Park 321 North 1st St. Immokalee, FL 34142. en-US For more information call Anita Jenkins, en-US AICP Collier County Community Planning en-US (239) en-US 252-8288 and support groupen-USThis support group is for families of chilen-US -en-US dren with special needs of any kind. It proen-US -en-US vides the ability for parent training and for en-US families to connect and establish supportive en-US relationships. When: The last Wednesday of en-US every month from 9 a. m.-11 a.m. Where: en-US Florida State University College of Medicine, en-US Immokalee Health Education Site, 1441 Heren-US -en-US itage Boulevard, Immokalee. Cost: Free to en-US families. Snacks and beverages will be proen-US -en-US vided for free. For more information or to en-US register to attend, call Tara Tallaksen at (239) en-US 254-4279 or Rosa Martinez (239) 658-3129.en-US Este grupo de apoyo es para familias de en-US nios con necesidades especiales de cualen-US -en-US quier tipo. Proporciona la capacidad para en-US el entrenamiento de los padres y para que en-US las familias se conecten y establezcan relaen-US-en-US ciones de apoyo. Cundo: El ltimo miren-US -en-US coles de cada mes de 9 a. m.-11 a.m. Dnde: en-US Colegio de Medicina de la Universidad Esen-US -en-US tatal de Florida, Sitio de Educacin de Salud en-US de Immokalee, 1441 Heritage Boulevard, en-US Immokalee. Costo: Gratuito para familias. en-US Se ofrecern refrigerios y bebidas gratis. en-US Para ms informacin o para inscribirse en-US para asistir, llame a Tara Tallaksen al (239) en-US 254-4279 o Rosa Martnez (239) 658-3129.en-USLooking for volunteersen-USOne of the best investments we can make en-US in the life of a child is in their early education en-US experiences. We are looking for volunteers. en-US The goal of the Literacy Buddy Program is to en-US put books into the hands of 3, 4 and 5-year en-US old children. Once you volunteer, you are en-US matched with a child in a preschool conen-US -en-US tracted by the coalition. Your child writes to en-US you and tells you what they are interested in en-US and then you write back and include a book en-US about those interests. These exchanges hapen-US -en-US pen three times during the school year. Its a en-US great way to start a young child on the path en-US to literacy and the love of learning. For more en-US information visit and click on the Big Buddy Button. Emergency Preparedness en-US en-US & Planning: Collier County Emergency Management invites you to participate in Emergency Pre en-USparedness & Planning: A Workshop for the en-US Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition. The en-US event will be on Saturday, May 12, from 9 en-US a.m.-1 p.m. at 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, FL 34113 in the Collier County Emer en-USgency Operations Center (EOC)on the third oor. Learn how to further assist Immokalee before, during and after an emergency -Participate in an Immokalee-designed Table Top Exercise (TTX) -Take a tour of the Emergency Operations Center en-US-Earn a certicate for this free training!en-US -Registration is limited! To register, please contact Lauren D. Bonica, Human Services Program Manag en-USer, Collier County Emergency Management, en-US Lauren.Bonica@CollierCountyFL.Gov or 239-252-3608 en-USBaby Shower Planneden-USThe Third Annual Immokalee Commu en-USnity Baby Shower is being planned for May en-US 3 for the low income and Migrant farm en-US working pregnant women of Immokalee. en-US Healthy Start of Southwest Florida and FSU en-US College of Medicine partner together to host en-US a community baby shower for these women en-US that may not have anything for their babies, en-US and whom may never have a baby shower en-US of their own. There will be a morning of en-US games, food, gifts, rafes and education. They would like to invite community part en-USners to come and set up tables with services and information, and an educational pre en-USsentation by one of the FSUPsychologist. en-US The organization is asking for any one or en-US any agency/organization interested in being en-US a sponsor for this event to please contact en-US me: Rosa Martinez -239-658-3129 or Estela Aguilar239-425-6922. en-US5th Annual Leadership Day Highlands Elementary School, 1101 Lake Trafford RdImmokalee, FL 34142 will cel en-USebrate their 5th Annual Leadership Day on en-US Friday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. en-US We encourage you to join us as we celebrate en-US our recently achieved Lighthouse status! en-US Our Student Leadership Teams will spotlight en-US the 7 Habits through an array of approaches en-US in order to provide guests with a rst hand en-US look at the important role of each habit! en-US With our theme of Lighting the Wayen-US our young leaders are eager to showcase en-US their accomplishments through leadership! Please RSVP so that we may plan according en-USly. Send name(s) of each person attending en-US along with their physical mailing address. en-US Formal invitations will be mailed out prior en-US to the event. Please feel free to contact the en-US school with any questions @ 239.377.7100. en-US RSVP to 1 18th Greek letter 6 Instagram account creator 10 Gunpowder container 13 Contest submission 14 Campus sports gp. 15 Call, retro-style 16 Symbol of a good try 18 To be, to Cato 19 Just okay 20 Place to apply gloss 21 Use unwisely, as time 22 Movie for all 26 Organ near the stomach 29 Playground threat 32 Rips 33 Clash of clans 34 Ornamental pond fish 35 JFK postings 36 Straight-A students bane 38 Show sleepiness 39 Christmas tree 40 Follow ones new job, in Realtorspeak 41 Private student 42 Go up alone 44 Persian Gulf ships 45 Lady Chatterleys Lover author 48 Gaze intently 50 Before, to Frost 51 Like skyscrapers 55 Bee flat? 56 Noted O.J. Simpson attorney 59 Bone-dry 60 Bartlett cousin 61 Like the man of ones dreams 62 Marry 63 Yeah, sure! 64 Tractor maker 1 Goes out with 2 Data 3 Classic Pontiacs 4 Wont you be my neighbor? TV host 5 Nautical consent 6 Not up to the job 7 Check (out) 8 Musical skill 9 Singer in an interrogation room? 10 Musical inspired by The Taming of the Shrew 11 Fort Worth-toDallas direction 12 Merriment 15 Passed out cards 17 Caramel-topped custard dessert 21 Like some very bad pitches 23 Legal matter 24 God, in Grenoble 25 Reasons for school absences 26 Sheet music quintet, and with 31-Down, what the first letters of 16-, 22-, 36-, 45and 56-Across represent 27 Danger 28 Seinfeld cocreator 30 Farther down 31 See 26-Down 33 Progressive Insurance spokeswoman 36 Dracula star Lugosi 37 Furrow the fields 38 Christmas season 40 Part on stage 41 Muscle spasm 43 Destroy, as files 44 Premium plane seat, usually 46 Pee Wee in Brooklyn 47 Upright 48 Pygmalion playwright 49 Radial __ 52 Out of the wind 53 Gonerils father 54 Country singer Lovett 56 Source of DVD warnings 57 Easy throw 58 Help out r fntb rffnt nbnEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis en-USWe hope you enjoy en-US this new feature we en-US are adding to the en-US en-US Immokalee en-US en-US Bulletin. Check back en-US next week for the en-US en-US answers to this en-US weeks crossword in en-US this space. en-USCommunity Briefs


8 Immokalee Bulletin April 12, 2018 HELLO Immokalee! My Business Is... ...Introduce yourself to new customers in our next local shopping guide! Its a great way to showcase your products and services to consumers who care about keeping our community vibrant and strong by supporting local businesses like yours,Ads are just $35Call John at 239.657.6000 today, and let us start spreading the word about your business. Collier County continues to display a rotating exhibit of local artists and photog raphers work in the Board of County Com missioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112. Artists must be residents of Collier County, at least on a part-time basis. The artwork must be appropriate imagery for a public space and should have a broad appeal to people of all ages, backgrounds and cul Those interested in being considered must submit a brief letter of interest de scribing their level of expertise, training and experience along with digital images of seven art pieces proposed to display to Mike Shefeld, director of the Countys Communication and Customer Relations Division at Mike.Shefeld@colliercounty. gov. For more information, contact Mike Shefeld at (239) 252-8569. Collier County Looking for Artwork/Photography to display at the county government center The Immokalee Foundation recently re ceived $10,000 from the Naples Daily News, which administered a grant awarded by the Gannett Foundation Grant Program. The parent company of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press, the Gannett Founda tion awarded a total of $40,000 to ve non prots chosen from among more than 100 applicants. Grants ranged from $1,000 to $10,000. Were pleased to receive this signicant grant, which will enhance our ability to pro vide pathways to success through education for the youth of Immokalee, said Executive Director Steven Kissinger, who accepted the award on behalf of The Immokalee Founda tion. The nonprot was founded in 1991 to as sist the Immokalee community by investing in its youth. In 2001, the foundation began partnering with the statewide Take Stock in Children scholarship program; it also offers Immokalee Readers, Career Development and Career Success, among others. A look at the numbers proves the suc cess of the foundations programs, made possible through a strong staff, committed volunteers, and generous community and corporate support. Students enrolled in The Immokalee Foundation programs have a 100 percent high school graduation rate. In addition, 84 percent of enrolled students are post-secondary graduates from college or vocational institutions. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through college and post-secondary prepa ration and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to eco nomic independence. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering as a career panel speaker or host, becoming a mentor, making a donation, including the foundation in your estate plans, or for addi tional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit The Immokalee Foundation receives $10,000 grant Music lovers can enjoy a series of spring concerts performed by students in Florida SouthWestern State Colleges (FSW) Mu sic program in April. Concerts are held in the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30. The concerts are free and open to the public. Concert schedule: The FSW Symphony Orchestra, along with the FSW 70-member Chorale, will present Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45. Brahms began work on this piece in 1858 in memory of his friend and mentor, Robert Schumann. The result ing Requiem did not approach maturity, however, until after the death of Brahms beloved mother in 1865. Rather than a mass for the deceased, this work is his per sonal statement of afrmation and conso lation for the living who have suffered loss. Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m FSW Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and Trumpet Trio The FSW Concert Band will be perform ing movements from Carmina Burana by Carl Orf; Bizets LArlsienne Suite; Fill mores arrangement of Poet and Peasant Overture; Hungarian March by Berlioz; Frank Tichelis band arrangement of Ave Maria, and Glenn Bainums concert band arrangement of Hanssens Norwegian march Valdres. Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. FSW Jazz Ensemble FSWs two Big-Band Ensembles and two Jazz Combos will play the sounds of New Orleans jazz, swing, blues, big band, hard-bop and mainstream jazz by such composers as Les Hooper, Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, John Coltrane, Pat Metheny, Snarky Puppy, Frank Mantooth and Oliver Nelson. For more information, contact Kelly ONeil, FSW Music department, at 239-4325203 or Enjoy the Sounds of Spring during FSWs free Concert Series Submitted photo Last show of the season Held over for another week! LaBelles own Elton John impersonator will be per forming with the Firehouse Singers nightly at 7 p.m. from April 12 14 and the April 15 Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. at the Firehouse Community Theatre. Come out and see this fantabulous celebration of the Theatres 25th Anniversary! Get your tickets by calling our ticket hotline at (863) 675-3066 or online at re, and come on down and enjoy the show. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located at 241 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle.