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Title:
Immokalee bulletin
Place of Publication:
LaBelle, FL
Publisher:
Independent Newspapers of Florida, Patty Brant - Publisher
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Copyright Date:
2010
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Weekly (published on Thursday)
weekly
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English
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v. : ill. ; 44 cm.

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Newspapers -- La Belle (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Hendry County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Immokalee (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Collier County (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Collier -- Immokalee
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26.417801 x -81.416768

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Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 15 (Apr. 17, 1997).

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Copyright Immokalee Bulletin. Permission granted to University of Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
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That inevitable result of their en-US recovery is one big reason Floridians have en-US been hearing and learning more about the en-US endangered species lately, and it was the en-US motivation for a Florida Panther Outreach en-US Workshop conducted Saturday, April 14, at en-US the Archbold Biological Station here. Around 50 people attended the sessions that went on for about six hours, learning en-USfrom a host of wildlife experts and public en-US agency ofcials about the implications of en-US the panthers rebound in the decades since en-US an active propagation and reintroduction en-US program has reversed their slide toward ex tinction. The event began at 10 a.m. with a wel en-UScoming address by Elizabeth Fleming, se nior Florida representative of Defenders of Wildlife (DOW), which coordinated it, and en-USChristian Hunt, Southeast program associate en-US for DOW. The purpose of the workshop is en-US to provide volunteers, interested citizens and en-US activists with some tools that you can use en-US when you are talking with (people) to just en-US be able to give out proper, accurate inforen-US -en-US mation about panthers, said Ms. Fleming. en-US She noted that with the recent discovery that en-US panthers have become established north of en-US the Caloosahatchee River, human encounen-US -en-US ters only will keep rising since that area is en-US much more populated than where they had en-US been ranging in Southwest Florida. One exen-US -en-US ample is that the number of the cats killed in en-US collisions with vehicles has increased from en-US 20 in 2011 to nearly 40 in 2017.en-US Their spread north into areas where they en-US had not been observed for about 45 years is en-US another reason Florida panthers have been en-US in the news. Sightings of the rst females en-US seen north of the river since the 1970s were en-US conrmed in late 2016, with two separate liten-US -en-US ters of kittens, one panther depredation of a en-US domesticated animal and one intra-species en-US aggression mortality documented in 2017. Florida Panthers recovery raises concerns and hope Defenders of Wildlife preparing public en-US en-US for up-close encounters en-USImmokalee Bulletin/en-USChris Felker Lisa Ostberg, coexistence coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife, with DOWs en-USChristian Hunt, shows the audience a model of the safety pen that keeps pets en-US and and livestock safe from predation by Florida panthers or black bears. en-USCourtesy photo/ ReaganRule Photography The 2018 Golden Apple Recipients From left to right: Staci Haralson Barret en-USta-Big Cypress Elementary, Heather ThorntonGulf Coast High, Hope CliffSea en-US Gate Elementary, Mary B. EckardHighlands Elementary, Dylan Richard OpperPinecrest Elementary. en-USOn April 16, Champions For Learning en-US hosted the 28th Annual Golden Apple Celen-US-en-US ebration of Teachers Dinner at the Naples en-US Grande Beach Resort. During this event the en-US community honored and thanked the Golden-US -en-US en Apple Recipients, Teachers of Distinction, en-US and Collier County Public Schools Teachers en-US of the Year. en-US Champions For Learning invited each en-US Collier County School to put forward an eden-US-en-US ucator and best practice to be recognized as en-US this years Teacher of Distinction, providing en-US the opportunity for every school to be inen-US -en-US volved. The result was 57 teachers repreen-US -en-US senting 55 of our schools. From this group en-US of talented teachers, the Golden Apple Seen-US-en-US lection Committee chose ve to further highen-US-en-US light their best practices.en-US During the event, community members en-US were treated to students introducing their en-US teachers and teachers sharing their passion en-US for the profession. Champions For Learnen-US -en-US ing also honored Thomas Riley as the 2018 en-US Heart of the Apple recipient.en-US All Teachers of Distinction received a $250 en-US award, and the Golden Apple recipients reen-US -en-US ceived an additional $500 award thanks to en-US the Mary Ingram Fund of the Columbus Foundation. Each 2017-18 Golden Apple re en-US-en-US cipient receives a grant of up to $5,000 from en-US Suncoast Credit Union to build on their best practices. At Suncoast Credit Union, we believe en-USthat the stronger we make our teachers, en-US the stronger our students will be. For this reason, we create opportunities for edu en-UScators to share best practices and to grow en-US professionally, said Cindy Helton executive director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foun en-USdation. The Golden Apple Awards enable en-US us to recognized teachers whose dedication en-US and practices stand above the rest. We hope en-US that the grants will inspire them to continue investing in our students and to develop in novative practices. The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is en-USfunded through the credit union members use of their debit and credit cards. The Sun en-UScoast for Schools Rewards Debit Card and en-US VISA Credit Card program automatically generates funds that are dedicated to educa en-UStion and health-related initiatives beneting children in the local community. You can view videos highlighting the best en-USpractices of our Teachers of Distinction and Golden Apple recipients at ChampionsFor en-USLearning.org/Teachers Champions For Learning Hosts 2018 Golden Apple Celebration en-USSee en-USPanther en-US Page 2

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2 Immokalee Bulletin April 26, 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 immokaleebulletin.com or email readerservices@newszap.com.StaffPublisher: Katrina Elsken Group Advertising 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. Masthead photo courtesy of Waddy Thompson www.facebook.com/waddytphotos 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 en-USThus, DOW is employing a proactive apen-US -en-US proach, preparing people especially ranchen-US -en-US ers and farmers to coexist with panthers in en-US areas where they had not bred in decades.en-US The presentations given were: Florida en-US Panther Recovery Past, Present and Future, en-US by David Shindle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife en-US Services Florida panther coordinator; Florien-US -en-US da Panther Management, Conict and Outen-US -en-US reach, by Mark Lotz, a panther biologist for en-US the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation en-US Commission (FWC); Panther Coexistence en-US Programs, by Lisa Ostberg, coexistence coen-US -en-US ordinator for DOW; Panthers North of the en-US Caloosahatchee River, by wildlife biologist en-US Jen Korn, a former FWC employee who en-US now works for Johnson Engineering and en-US DOW; and Opportunities to Help Panthers, en-US given by Ms. Fleming and other panther en-US advocates, who spoke about additional outen-US-en-US reach events and distributed materials reen-US -en-US garding living with wildlife.en-US There was also a presentation titled Liven-US -en-US ing with the Florida Black Bear, given by en-US FWC bear biologist Sarah Peltier. Afterward, en-US there was a panel discussion and Q&A for en-US audience members involving all the aforeen-US -en-US mentioned experts, plus an optional tour of en-US the Florida scrub habitat on the Archbold en-US property led by Mr. Hunt. Breakfast snacks en-US and, later, lunch and time for networking en-US were provided.en-US Mr. Shindle talked about the Puma en-US concolor coryi subspecies history that en-US led up to the point where, as early as the en-US mid-1950s, it had disappeared in most of en-US its historical range, which extended over all en-US of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana en-US and Arkansas and parts of Tennessee and en-US South Carolina in addition to Florida, where, en-US by the early 1970s, the population had dwinen-US -en-US dled to only 10-20 individuals. Panthers were en-US heavily hunted beginning in the early 19th en-US century, being perceived as threats to liveen-US -en-US stock, game animals and even humans, and en-US in 1887, Florida began offering a $5 bounty en-US for killing one. As late as 1968, they were en-US considered a detriment to cattle and poulen-US-en-US try raisers, he said.en-US That all began to change after the Enen-US -en-US dangered Species Act of 1973 became law en-US in the United States and the panther was en-US voted Floridas state animal in 1981. In 1985, en-US a genetic restoration effort started after the en-US effects of inbreeding began manifesting been-US -en-US cause of the Eastern panther subspecies en-US isolation from other, Western subspecies. en-US Then, in 1995, eight females were brought en-US from Texas to the Everglades, where they en-US were released into the wild, and ve sucen-US -en-US cessfully bred with Florida panthers, proen-US -en-US ducing at least 20 kittens. By 2007, the popuen-US-en-US lation had tripled to about 100. Today, there en-US are thought to be up to 230.en-US Due to efforts by federal and state agenen-US -en-US cies and private conservation organizations en-US such as DOW and the Nature Conservancy, more and more land has been protected en-USfrom development in the state, creating a en-US sort of panther pathway that has enabled the expansion of their range. Though they still focus on bringing more en-UShabitat under protected status, the groups en-US realized they had to do more to educate the en-US public and mitigate the impact of panthers en-US expansion on private landowners. So DOW has established a Livestock Indemnity Pro gram to reimburse ranchers who lose live en-USstock to panther predation, as long as it is en-US documented by reporting to the FWC, and en-US the Livestock and Pet Enclosure Program, en-US which assists ranchers and homeowners in protecting their domestic animals with por table pens that are panther-proof. en-USAlso, state and federal agencies have de en-USveloped a response plan, which enables the trapping and relocation of individual pan en-USthers that become too comfortable around en-US people and pets or too much of a threat to en-US domestic animals. They are also working to en-US update their Panther Recovery Plan to make their goal of a sustainable population com en-USpatible with ranching and also hunting and recreational access to state lands. But, while it remains a federal crime to en-USkill a panther, the subspecies is still a very en-US long way from no longer being endangered. Taking it off that species list will require doc umentation of at least three separate pop ulations of about 240 cats sustaining them selves at t hose numbers for at least a dozen years. en-USPantheren-USContinued From Page 1 en-USDr. Kamela Patton, en-USSuperintendent, Collier County Public en-US Schoolsen-USKevin Rambosk, en-USCollier County Sheriffen-US Sheriff Rambosk and I, along with our en-US leadership teams, have met extensively en-US since the tragic Parkland school shooting to en-US review our security plans. This is in addition en-US to the long-standing partnership between en-US Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) and en-US Collier County Sheriffs Ofce (CCSO) that en-US has kept our schools safe for over 41 years.en-US Much of what we have discussed, includen-US -en-US ing tactics, safety equipment, and strategies, en-US cannot be discussed in public due to the en-US sensitivity of the information. What we can en-US tell you is that proper security is not built en-US around one technique. It is built around proen-US -en-US viding layers of protection.en-US We have concluded that an additional seen-US -en-US curity enhancement should be put in place en-US to further ensure the safety of our students, en-US staff, and guests at our schools. If you visen-US-en-US it a Collier County Public School, you will en-US soon notice our front doors will be locked en-US as another layer of security. This enhanceen-US -en-US ment will be phased in and put in place at en-US all schools before the start of the 2018-2019 en-US school year. Each school will receive a new en-US access control device prior to the ofce door en-US being locked. In addition to CCPS communien-US -en-US cating to parents/guardians, volunteers, and en-US community members as each new system is installed, schools will begin to notify staff, parents, volun en-US-en-US teers, and comen-US -en-US munity members en-US prior to their reen-US-en-US spective schools en-US implementation. en-US This is an enen-US-en-US hancement to the en-US existing visitor en-US screening proceen-US -en-US dures currently in en-US place.en-US Guests arriven-US-en-US ing on campus will need to request access en-US using the access control device with a video en-US monitor next to the front door. When the en-US front ofce staff acknowledges a visitor is en-US at the door, the guest will be asked for their en-US name and the reason for their visit, which en-US may include their childs name. All visitors en-US will be asked to display photo identication en-US to the camera. Once approved and granten-US -en-US ed access inside the school, our guests will en-US again present photo identication and then en-US receive a visitors pass using the existing visen-US -en-US itor screening system. We will be producing en-US videos to demonstrate and to further explain en-US the new entry procedures. en-US Again, our goal is to have this enhanced en-US security system at all schools by the beginen-US -en-US ning of the 2018-2019 school year. School en-US principals will notify you in advance of imen-US-en-US plementation. Guests should plan to arrive en-US at our schools earlier to help expedite their en-US visit. Prioritizing student and staff safety is a en-UScommitment we all share. Together we are en-US committed to continuing to maintain our en-US school safety and security best practices, but en-US to always review and improve our abilities en-US and our resources to protect our children en-US and our community. We also recognize and en-US appreciate the communitys role in helping keep our kids safe. Please check what your students are en-USbringing to school in their backpacks and en-US monitor student communications and social media accounts (for example: Snapchat, In en-USstagram, Twitter, Facebook). If you or your en-US child see or hear anything suspicious, you en-US can report it to your principal, administrator, en-US or go to the Collier County Public Schools en-US Keep Collier Safe webpage and click the en-US Report It button. That tip will go directly to en-US law enforcement. You can also take your tip en-US directly to law enforcement by visiting our onsite Youth Relations Bureau deputy or re en-USport it over the phone to the Sheriffs Ofce en-US at 239-252-9300. And in an emergency, dial 9-1-1. School safety remains a top priority. We en-UScontinue to look at all options to keep our schools as safe as possible. Thank you for putting your child and trust en-USin Collier County Public Schools. Thank you en-US for putting your trust in the Collier County en-US Sheriffs Ofce as well as all of our local law en-US enforcement partners. Students First en-USOur School Doors are Locked for Safety

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April 26, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 By Lewis Perkins Special to the Immokalee Bulletin Last Saturday, April 21, Lipman Family Farms held their annual 5k backpack walk/ run. Participants who were not up to a 5k, walked/ran a mile. Each participant received a bright green shirt that was easy to be no ticed by trafc. While the milers got to tour a short part of Immokalee, the people who raced the 5k ran through an immense part of Immokalee. 16 year old, Ellerman Mateo, last years overall winner, kept his title by nishing in an amazing 17:47.1. Even more amazing was that Mateo won by a fraction of a second, barely beating 14 year old, Christian Cruz who nished at 17:47.5. The race not only encouraged young runners, but runners of all ages as 61 year old Ricardo Martinez nished in 21:24.5 and 77 year old Maryann Wright nished in 38:28.8. Also worth noting is 7 year old C. Bates who was the overall miler winner with a time of 12:17. After all of the participants from the 5k crossed the nish line, there was a half mile fun run for children ten and un der. These children had endless endurance as the majority of them had just nished run ning the 5k and ran an extra two laps around the track. However, to the community this event was more than an athletic competition. Each participant paid from $10 to $30 and all of the proceeds went to buy backpacks and school supplies that will be given away on August 4. Last year, Lipman farms donated over 1,500 backpacks lled with school sup plies. Furthermore, the Backpack Giveaway will be an all-day event, lled with venders, free food, free haircuts, and in past years they had a bike giveaway. With over 350 participants, this is bound to be the most successful fundraiser. Many thanks to Lipman Farms, Americas largest eld tomato grower, who teamed up with several local businesses, to make each fundraiser more successful than the previ ous year. iTECH Director Honored The Council for Exceptional Childrens Division on Career Development and Transition has announced that Immokalee Technical Colleges Director, Mr. Dorin Oxender is Floridas 2018 recipient of the Making a Difference Award for his continued work to support excep tional students in their transition from Immokalee High School into career exploration and workforce preparation at iTECH. Mr. Oxender established the iTransitions Program for 18 to 22 year old students with spe cial needs to become excited about learning. He states, This is an outstanding way to help the students train and develop skills for meaningful careers so that they become productive, happy citizens who contribute in todays world. Mr. Oxender will be recognized for his innovative program at the Visions Conference Awards Luncheon on May 3 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront. To see a video highlighting the iTransitions program and the support iTECH offers, visit http://www.itech.edu/itransition. Alberto Longoria Jaques, Sr., 71 IMMOKALEE Alberto Longoria Jaques, Sr. passed away on April 14, 2018. He was born May 5, 1946 in Rio Bravo, Mexico. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Maria L. Jaques; one son, Demetrio Jaques. He is survived by three sons, Albert Jaques, Jr., Juan F. Jaques, Jose Jaques; and three daughters, Griselda Jaques, Maria Jaques, and Angie Jaques-Bembry. He also leave behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Viewing was Wednesday, April 18. 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Graveside service was 10 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens. Sign the online guestbook: Bisterfuneralhome.com By Rick Heers Special to the Immokalee Bulletin We, in our community of Immokalee, have been suffering so much heartache the past few weeks with a cloud of death and depression blanketing our area. There have been two suicides of students enrolled at the high school since Christmas break, plus the suicide of another student who gradu ated less than ve years ago, the unexpect ed heart failure death of a 14-year old girl a few weeks ago, the life sentence recent ly given for murdering a former student a few years ago, another recent graduate the victim of an unsolved murder on the East coast where the young lady was attending college...on and on, the incidents continue to pile up. Weve also witnessed the pass ing of several godly former employees of the Collier County Schools... Mrs. Florence Jelks, Mrs. Phyllis Fryson, and most recent ly Mrs. Beverly Pringle. I know that many of you have been and are continuing to pray for our Immokalee families, but, as co-director with T.W. Mal lory of the Immokalee Ministerial Alliance, we are calling on all our churches in town to join together and have a united PRAYER WALK around Immokalee High and Mid dle Schools. I believe we need to reclaim the peace, health and prosperity that GOD in tends for us to enjoy. Its time for us to lay aside any de nominational differences and take back all that the Enemy is try ing to do to us. Thursday, May 3 is the National Day of Prayer, and we are asking that everyone in the Immokalee community that believes in GOD and the power of prayer join with us at the Immokalee Parks and Rec pavilion on 1st Street for a walk of prayerful vic tory around the middle and high school campuses. There are plenty of Biblical examples that could be used when united community prayer brought about positive changes. If you are unable to join with us, you can do the same individually. Invitation for all Immokalee Christians Lipman Farms Annual 5k backpack giveaway

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4 Immokalee Bulletin April 26, 2018 Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 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. The Collier County Public Library has learned its newly redesigned website will be awarded the 2018 Florida Library Asso ciation (FLA) Library Web Presence Award at the FLA annual conference in May. The award is for an academic, public or special library in Florida that provides excellent service via the World Wide Web. Criteria include excellence in the following: Creativity and/or innovation in overall design and appearance Arrangement of information and ease of use Accessibility for all users, including users with disabilities Quality of content Access to virtual library services Linked websites Services and databases available to the campus or community served Social media Library staff, working with Exploritech, a Naples, Florida-based web design agen cy, designed the site to be exciting, color ful, easily navigated, and a show piece for the Librarys virtual presence. Online ser vices include eBooks, magazines, newspa pers, articles, streaming movies, and more. Visit the site at collierlibrary.org. For more information, contact Library Director Tanya R. Williams, MLIS, CPM, at 239-593-3511, or Tanya.Williams@col liercounty.gov Collier County Public Library wins Web Presence Award Board members at large are Joyce Ha gen, chair; Jim Markiewicz, treasurer; Alison Douglas, secretary; Chuck Campbell; Luis Cartagena; John Costigan; Curt Culver; Don Gunther; Donald Huffner; Kevin Johnson; David Legus; Barbara Morrison; Pete Negri; Steve Pryor; and Joseph Zednik. Board emeritus members are George Franks, Blake Gable, John Henry, Skip Hil debrand, Wil Larson, Mac McDonald, Lisa Merritt, Don ONeill, Louise Penta, Peggy Redlinger, Ann Stallkamp and Dick Stone sifer. Our board of directors demonstrate an unconditional devotion to The Immokalee Foundation and our mission, said Steven Kissinger, executive director. Our board members are an inspiration to our students and their families as well as to our staff and supporters throughout Southwest Flor ida. We are grateful for the seless dedica tion and encouragement of our foundation family in providing countless opportunities for our students futures. 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 www.immokaleefoundation.org. TIF recently announced a new board of directors I-75 over Wildlife Crossing #14 (mile marker 77): Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect the outside north bound lane closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 while crews perform maintenance on the bridge, weather per mitting. Motorists should use caution and expect delays. I-75 from Alligator Alley (mile marker 61) to just north of SR 78 (exit 143): Construc tion project: Work is underway to replace 24 Dynamic Message Signs. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours. Estimated proj ect completion is fall 2018. The contractor is Horsepower Electric, Inc. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area (mile mark er 63): Construction project: Work is under way to build a new rest area and water treat ment plant on the north side of the roadway. Estimated project completion is spring 2018. The contractor is West Construction, Inc. 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 Golden Gate Parkway to Orchid Drive: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent south bound lane closures during nighttime/over night hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, while crews replace a driveway, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work in the roadway. 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. Collier County Road Watch 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 $35 Call Ana at 239.657.6000 today, and let us start spreading the word about your business.

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April 26, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 SoUtHeRn GrOwNSuPpOrTiNg O uR R oOt S Helen Midney, Guada lupe Centers Tutor Corps high school coordinator, has been invited to speak at a statewide higher edu cation conference about mitigating the impacts of Hurricane Irma on this years graduating class. Midney will participate in a panel discussion at the Florida College Ac cess Network Summit on Friday, May 11 to ad dress how a contingent of Collier County groups worked together to ensure the Class of 2018 did not have their dreams dashed by Hurricane Irma. Many Collier families, particu larly those in Immokalee served by the Guadalupe Center, experienced sig nicant property damage and job loss because of the storm. This is an incredible opportunity to share with my colleagues about how we were able to keep high school graduation, and college admission, a pri ority when students and their families were dealing with enormous stresses at home, Midney said. The FCAN Summit will be at tended by more than 300 college administrators and advocates from around Florida, so I hope we can provide them with valuable lessons if they should ever have to overcome a sim ilar situation. FCAN is a collaborative network of edu cation leaders that aims to improve college and career readiness, access to higher edu cation and degree completion for all Florida students. Members include public, private and not-for-prot institutions, foundations and organizations. Also on the Irma panel are Peggy Aune, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Collier County Public Schools; Lisa Church, vice president for Champions for Learning; and Jessica Manchette, senior director of programs for Champions for Learning. Despite the hurdle posed by Hurricane Irma, all 29 seniors in Guadalupe Centers Tutor Corps program will be graduating in May from Immokalee High School and at tending college in the summer or fall. This marks the 13th consecutive year that 100 percent of Tutor Corps seniors have been accepted into colleges and universities. Tutor Corps is a college preparatory pro gram that offers scholarship money as well as a wage for tutoring elementary school students in Guadalupe Centers After-School and Summer Enrichment Program. Tu tor Corps participants must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and each is matched with an adult mentor to offer guidance and support. The Guadalupe Center Tutor Corps team members also offer guidance on the college application, scholarship and nan cial aid processes, as well as SAT and ACT prep. Guadalupe Center program coordinator to speak at Florida Education Conference about overcoming Hurricane Irma Helen Midney Submitted photo/ Rick Heers Friends and neighbors pitch in to help One of Immokalees own has returned to town. Cissy Sage, daughter of Wayne and the late Maudie Sage, has moved back with her daughters to Immokalee after having lived in Georgia recently. She has rented the old Dupree house on Raulerson Road that had been vacant for some time. Since there was a great amount of debris, some of it Hurricane Irma debris, Sharon Turrubiartez arranged for a number of local friends to help Cissy out. Cissy was severely injured and permanently disabled in an auto accident in Naples nearly 20 years ago that took the life of her son, Aaron. She was a very active part of our community growing up, and even served as the Drum Major for the Immokalee High School Band; but now she needed assistance. She and her daughters have expressed great appreciation for local individuals that came out recently to spruce up the outside of her home.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 Keiths Towing 903 Alachua St. Immokalee, FL 34142 239-657-5741 Auction Date: 05/07/18 @ 9a.m. 2004 Cadillac VIN#1G6DM577140121330 HOME MADE TRAILER Seminole Tribe of Florida Heavy Equipment Mechanic Skilled work in the repair and maintenance of the Environmental Resources Management heavy equipment such as graders, backhoes, and loading shovels used in construction, log ging, and other industrial equipment. Must be able to work independently in the maintenance of equipment for safe and proper oper ation and inspections to detect defects when equipment malfunctions. HS Diploma/GED is required. Valid FL drivers license is required. Submit Resume to: michaeljean@semtribe.com or apply at www.seminoletribe.com 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 A. Duda & Sons is looking for 2 full-time Tractor Drivers to join our team. Please apply in person @ A.Duda & Sons 12250 S SR 29 Felda, Fl. 33930 Gate Or call the office Ask for Susie Nieto 863.675.0545 ext. 3110 Seeking Experienced (2+ yrs min), licensed Insurance Sales Repre sentative (440 or 220). You will quote clients via telephone sales, lead generation, referrals. Basic insurance office responsibilities. You will build and develop client relationships promoting Bruce Hendry Insurance agency products includ ing Auto, Home and Commercial products. Great pay and bene fits. Experience in high paced insurance sales preferred. Email resume to: Karen@bhins.com Employment Full Time 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. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 The Immokalee Water & Sewer District is accepting applications for a Full-time Maintenance Tech I for its Maintenance Department. The successful applicant will possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, usually a GED, experience in the maintenance field, and a valid FL Drivers License. The applicant in this position must have some general fleet maintenance, and general building maintenance, grounds keeping/ operate mowing equipment and mechanical and/or electrical knowledge, with the ability to learn basic electrical and/or mechanical, plumbing as well as learning advanced mechanical functions. The position requires the ability to operate lawnmowers, weed eaters, hedgers, trimmers, shovels, rakes, vehicles, dump truck, tractor, track hoe, backhoe and other equipment; uses computer, diagnostic tools, mechanics and electricians tools, drafting instruments, carpentry tools and various hand and power tools. The applicant must be able to pass a criminal background check, drug test, and drivers license check before employment can begin. There will also be a written examination prior to employment. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and a DrugFree Workplace. This position may involve working on holidays and weekends, and will be on call. We will be accepting applications until May 3, 2018. Please apply at 1020 SanitationRd., Immokalee, FL 34142. The salary range begins at $14.38 per hour, depending on experience. Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Auctions Auctions Roofing Roofing tr rrfr frntr rrfr rr r fn tfr rrfr rrfr rrrrfrr rn rr No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. READING A NEWSPAPER... Ad Appears In the Newspaper and Online Free of Charge! Reasonable Rates For Private Party Ads Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO !newszap.com/class

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April 26, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 Free Family Event Walking to Wellness there will be games, a Food Bank, Zumba, bike safety, physical en-UStness, Health information and more! On en-US Saturday, May 5, at the Immokalee Com en-USmunity Park, 321 North 1st Street from 10 en-USa.m. 12 p.m. The event is hosted by Ciclo via Immokalee. Camindo hacia una buena salud! en-USJuegos y comida Zumba Medidas de seguridad para ciclistas Acondicionamien to fsico Informacin sobre la salud y ms! en-USPero sobre todo DIVERSIN! El Parque de Immoka en-USlee, 321 North 1st Street. Sbado, 5 de Mayo, en-US2018 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Mache pou yon pi bon sante! en-USJwt ak manje Prekosyon pou monte bisiklt Zumba Aktivite zik Enfmasyon en-USsou lasante ak plus ank! Men se sitou AM en-USIZMAN! Nan Pak Kominote Immokalee a ki en-US nan, 321 North 1st Street. Samdi 5 Me, 2018 en-US 10am-12pmen-USDenied by FEMA? en-USFind out if you qualify to appeal. Need en-US help with Social Security? An event is being en-US held at the Guadalupe Social Services, 211 en-US South 9th Street, Immokalee on en-US April 26 en-US from 1 to 8 p.m. and on April 27 from en-US 1 to 5 p.m. en-US For FEMA please bring: en-US Denial Letteren-US Social Security Cardsen-US Recent FEMA Correspondenceen-US For childrens Social Security replaceen-US -en-US ment cards please bring: en-US Birth Certicateen-US School record and/or immunization en-US records.en-US Hosted by the Ofce of U.S. Senator Maren-US -en-US co Rubioen-USEske FEMA te rezeen-US en-US aplikasyon ou?en-USVini aprann si ou ka reaplike? Bezwen en-US d ak sekirite sosyal? Guadalupe Social Seren-US-en-US vices, 211 South 9th Street, Immokalee. en-US 26 en-US Avril 1 p.m. 8 p.m. 27 Avril 1 p.m. 5 en-US p.m.en-US en-US Pou FEMA silvoupl pote:en-US Lt re aen-US Kat sekirite sosyal pou tout moun ki te en-US aplikeen-US Dnye korespondans FEMAen-US Pou ranplasman kat sosyal sekirite en-US timoun, souple pote: en-US Ak denesans timoun yoen-US Dosye lekl ak dosye vaksenen-US Program sa ap presente pa biwo Senate en-US Etazini Marco Rubio.en-USFue negada su solicitud a en-US FEMA?en-USAverige si usted calica para una apelen-US -en-US acin. Necesita ayda con su Seguro Social? en-US Guadalupe Social Services, 211 South 9th en-US Street, Immokalee. en-US26 de abril 1 p.m.-en-US 8p.m. 27 de abril 1 p.m. 5 p.m.en-US Para FEMA lleve con usted:en-US Carta de negacinen-US Targetas de Seguro Socialen-US Correspondencia reciente de FEMAen-US Para tarjetas de reemplazo del Seguro Soen-US -en-US cial para nios, lleve con usted:en-US Registros de immunizacinen-US Acta de nacimientoen-US Expediente escolaren-US Patrocinado por la ocina de Senador en-US Marco Rubio, Senador de los Estados Unien-US-en-US dosen-USLeadership meetingen-USThe rst Leadership Immokalee meeten-US -en-US ing will be held on en-US Wednesday, May 9en-US at en-US 10:00 a.m. in the Career Source Conference en-US Room, 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee FL en-US 34142. An agenda will be sent a week prior en-US to the meeting. All are welcome to attend. en-USTraining 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 tatal de Florida, Sitio de Educacin de Salud en-USde 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) 254-4279 o Rosa Martnez (239) 658-3129. en-USEmergency Preparedness 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 cadepe@collierschools.com. 1 Kid-lit classic __, Plain and Tall 6 Dust Bowl refugees 11 Part of many a texting request 14 Unborn, after in 15 Its a Wonderful Life director 16 Pitcher rim 17 *Tricky puzzle 19 Tenn. neighbor 20 Commuters woe 21 Astronomy : Urania :: poetry : __ 22 Basic chord 24 City between Paris and Marseille 25 Just this time ... 27 Mensa membership consideration, perhaps 30 Most plucky 31 Myanmar, formerly 32 SeaWorld attraction 33 Stonestreet of Modern Family 36 Actress Wasikowska 37 *Let me give it a shot? 40 __ Today 41 Essentially fatfree 43 Credit report blot 44 Film with dusty streets, typically 46 Seconds flat 48 Eight dry gallons 49 Hiya! 51 Genesis creator 52 Pasture measures 53 Users shortcut 55 Meditation beginning? 58 Marine pronoun 59 *Historic route west 62 Noir hero 63 Large jazz combo 64 Tourist __ 65 Origin of an eggshaped spaceship 66 Locations 67 Praise 1 Alg. or geog. 2 Razor brand 3 20 quires 4 First name in shipping 5 Bees nectar reservoir 6 Vast expanse 7 Longtime pitcher Jim with the nickname Kitty 8 By its very nature, in law 9 Afore 10 Being and Nothingness philosopher 11 *Unvarnished facts 12 Fragrant bloom 13 Fictional falcon seeker 18 Relaxed pace 23 Left the runway 24 Apollo lander, briefly 26 General Bradley 27 AT and PS/2 computers 28 Nestl __ 29 Calamity, and whats literally hidden in the answers to starred clues 30 Complain 32 Be right with you 34 Ah! Say no more 35 Poet Sandburg 38 Like New Mexicos climate, largely 39 Darned if I know! 42 Style 45 Cool-cucumber link 47 Poultry magnate John et al. 48 Alpine capital 49 Must 50 Yellowish pigment 51 Highland Games participants 54 A Death in the Family author 55 Agreement 56 Wealthy, in Jurez 57 Ben Gurion airline 60 King at Versailles 61 King in old Rome rfntbtttb rffnt nbnEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis en-USCommunity Briefs

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8 Immokalee Bulletin April 26, 2018 AUTO HOME COMMERICAL BOAT RV Phone (239) 657.3614 Fax (239) 657.6468 Email Karen@bhins.com 711 West Main Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142 www.bhins.com Se habla Espanol LOW DOWN PAYMENTS LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS We make sure youre always with the best company! WE SHOP FOR YOU! Over 25 Dierent companies en-USFor the fourth consecutive semester, 100 percent of Florida SouthWestern State Col leges (FSW) School of Education gradu ating teacher candidates have received job en-USoffers for local teaching positions. FSWs School of Education provides a rigorous learning environment ensuring en-USteacher candidates will achieve their great est potential. FSWs teacher education program im en-USmediately begins preparing our students to en-USwork in the classroom by putting them in en-US the eld at the very start of their education, en-US said Dr. Joyce Rollins, chair, School of Edu cation. Additionally, we have high expecta tions for initiative and passion, and our pro fessors model teaching with both passion en-USand dignity. All 39 candidates in the class of 2018 re en-US-en-US ceived the offers during the FSW School of en-US Educations annual teachers career fair held en-US on the FSW Thomas Edison Campus.en-US The teachers career fair allows us to en-US provide an additional level of support to en-US our students and to welcome our district en-US partners to FSW, said Dr. Larry Miller, en-US dean, School of Education. It is also nice en-US to see some friendly competition across en-US district boundaries for our hardworking and en-US well-prepared future teachers.en-US We are so proud of all of the hard work en-US of our teacher candidates, and we are conen-US -en-US dent that they will positively impact the lives en-US of children in southwest Florida, Dr. Rollins said. 100 percent of FSW School of Education 2018 Teacher Candidates receive job offers en-USSubmitted photoen-USArteaga completes basic training en-USU.S. Air Force Airman Julian Arteaga graduated from basic military training en-US at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.en-US The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included trainen-US -en-US ing in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness, en-US and basic warfare principles and skills. en-US Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an assoen-US -en-US ciate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air en-US Force.en-US Arteaga is the son of Fidel Estrada of Immokalee, Fla., and Diana Arteaga of en-US Lehigh Acres, Fla.en-US He is a 2017 graduate of Immokalee High School, Immokalee, Fla. en-USThe Board of County Commissioners proclaimed at their recent meeting that en-USTamiami Trail Day in Collier County will en-US be Saturday, April 28th this year. This coin cides with the big celebration being planned en-USin Everglades City where the Trail was of cially opened amidst much fanfare 90 years en-USago by Barron Collier. Endorsement by the BCC was request en-USed by Patricia Huff, president of the Friends en-USof the Museum of the Everglades who are en-US hosting the all-day event. The highlight is a en-US reading of Colliers original speech by his en-US grandson Barron Gift Collier III during the en-US Opening Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on the en-US porch of the original Courthouse. Everglades en-US was the County seat after Collier persuaded en-US the legislature to create a county named af ter him in 1923 so he could fund the com pletion of the road across the swamp and en-USsawgrass. To mark this special day, there will be arts en-US& crafts booths, the Naples Dixieland Jazz en-US Band, Marco Historical Re-Enactors, a talk en-US about the Trail Blazers by Jonathan Ullman, en-US Story-Telling by Old-Timers, and a formal en-US tea with birthday cake at the historic Rod & en-US Gun Club. The schedule has been posted at en-US www.evergladesmuseum.org. All the events en-US are free of charge. To make reservations for en-US the tea and for more information, phone en-US Patty at (239) 695-2397.en-US DIRECTIONS: Take Exit 80 on I-75 and en-US drive about 20 miles south on SR-29 until en-US you cross US-41 (the Trail). Continue south en-US another 4 miles to the majestic old Courten-US-en-US house (now Everglades City Hall). You will en-US nd McLeod Park and the Museum nearby. en-US You cant get lost in this friendly rural outen-US -en-US post, a touch of Olde Florida so close in disen-US -en-US tance but not in time to the urban sprawl. April 28 is Tamiami Trail Day! Tamiami Trail Arch in 1928