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Submitted photo/ Fred N Thomas, Jr Chamber awards scholarships On May 11, at Immokalee High School was the day to enjoy the IHS Senior Scholarship Program. The entire audience waited patiently for all the names of the Senior Scholarship and Awards especially the awardees from Christmas Around the World Parade and Snow Gala. This Christmas Event has given scholarships for more than 20 plus years to deserving students who were graduating in good standings. The Christmas Committee number one goal is to look for students who complete community services by volunteering for our event and other community events. This years winners are from left to right: Danny Gonzalez (President of the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce), Robert Mendoza Jr., Erik Hernandez, Cherryle Thomas (Chairman and Founder of Christmas Around the World Parade and Snow Gala) and Jonathan Martinez. Cherryle Thomass motto to the students... Please go out into the World and make your Fam ilies PROUD of your accomplishments!!! 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Kupiec Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools A few weeks ago, we made you aware of a new security enhancement the district is putting in place at all of its schools to further ensure the safety of our students, staff, and guests. Next week, our rst Immokalee school Immokalee High School will go live with this new enhancement. Effective Monday, May 21, the front ofce doors at Immokalee High School will be locked. Guests arriving on cam pus will need to ring the doorbell next to the door to request entry. When the front ofce staff answers, you will be asked your name and your reason for visiting, which may include your childs name. Please present your photo ID to the cam era directly above the doorbell. Once approved and access is granted, please do not allow other individuals to enter behind you. As you enter the lobby, you will again present a photo ID and receive a visitors pass using the existing visitor screening system. Please visit the following link for a tutorial video: keepcolliersafe. The video may also be found on the Immokalee High School webpage, Facebook, or Twitter pages. Guests should plan to arrive at the school a few minutes earlier to expedite their visit. Prioritizing student and staff safety is a commitment we all share. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Clara Calderon directly at caldercl@col IHS to go live with new security enhancement Submitted photo Part of the security enhancement at IHS. By Fred N Thomas, Jr Speical to the Immokalee Bulletin Last week, the Governors Ofce called the Immokalee Chamber of Commerce to help his staff set up an informal meeting of various persons with their concerns about the Immokalee community that needed help with and answers to. The meeting was held at the First United Methodist Church at 303 North 9th Street in Immokalee, Governor Rick Scott met with several members of our ministerial partners and community leaders. Danny Gonzalez( President of the Im mokalee Chamber of Commerce) started off with the questions of how the Governor could possibly help the community recoup from Hurricane Irma with all types of hous ing issues, job creations and the expansion of the Immokalee Airport. Governor Scott was very informative with various contact numbers to call for additional help in the state of Florida and Washington DC to help solve some the needed issues Danny stated Danny asked are there any new pro grams to help the area farmers coming down the pipeline presently. Once again the Governor gave contact information to keep up with the latest information on that particular issue. Governor Scott informed everyone that the value of land in Florida has gone up and that the Citrus Bill presently being consid ered may or may not be the answer for the future economy with jobs. Reverend Jerry Bremser ask for help in getting a Detox Center for Immokalee, which is desperately needed. The Governor gave lots of contact information to help with that question. Reverend Rick Heers asked, What are you going to do in your candidancy that Senator Bill Nelson is not presently doing? Governor Scott answered, My focus is on getting the economy moving faster than it is presently doing. Reverend Evens Saint Louis, wanted to know what is the future with Immigration? Governor Scott said that presently Congress is not acting on that issue. Please keep up with the latest news around you. If you want to make changes, one has to have ideals that Governor Rick Scott comes to Immokalee See Visit Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin May 17, 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 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. 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The following concerns were among those given to the governor as needs: Improved housing for our workforce community Assistance in recovery from Hurricane Irma Transportation assistance for better roads into and out of Immokalee Protection for children in the womb He discussed the challenge of helping Haitian families who fear being deported back to Haiti A willingness to intervene and assist a local minister who had his rights removed as a 16-year old Concerns over the compact with the native Americans Great compassion was shown for a local minister who was lied to by ofcials who promised a 5-year sentence for a rst time offender, and ended up sending him to the state penitentiary for 30-50 years. The hourlong meeting ended with a session of fervent prayer for the community and the governor as he embarks on a new road that Gods will be done. Visit Continued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ Fred N. Thomas Jr. Danny Gonzalez(President of the Im mokalee Chamber of Commerce) and Governor Rick Scott. Each year, the Collier County Sheriffs Ofce conducts a memorial service and candlelight vigil honoring local deputies who have died in the line of duty. This years vigil will take place Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m., during National Law En forcement Memorial Week. The event will take place at the East Naples United Meth odist Church, 2701 Airport-Pulling Road S. Members of local agencies including the CCSO, Naples Police Department and Marco Island Police Department will be in attendance, and the event is open to the public. National Law Enforcement Memori al Week is a time set aside nationwide to remember law enforcement ofcers who have made the ultimate sacrice. The event will begin with the presen tation of the colors by the CCSO, Naples Police Department and Marco Island Police Department honor guards with the National Anthem sung by Cpl. Sylee Gibson. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk will then introduce the in troduce the NAACP Collier County Branch Spiritual Aims Committee representatives, who will present a memorial wreath, read the NAACP Law Enforcement Memorial Resolution and lead attendees in prayer. Our guest speaker during the event is Pat rick OConnor. Mr. OConnor is a longtime member of the Collier County 100 Club, an organization that provides nancial assis tance to the families of fallen rst respond ers. He is a former president and current vice president of the 100 Club. He was recognized by the Naples Daily News as the 2016 Outstanding Citizen of the Year for his philanthropic work. Mr. OConnor is also chairperson of the Do The Right Thing program, which recognizes the good deeds of local students in the city of Naples. He frequently volunteers as a guardian for the Collier County Honor Flight. Members of the Harp and Thistle Pipe Band will perform Amazing Grace before the lighting of the memorial candles. At this time, family members of our fallen ofcers may step forward to light a candle and place owers on the table in honor of their loved ones. Taps will be played by Deputy Stephan Leoni the Benediction will be delivered by Chaplain Eric Housler. The following CCSO members have died in the line of duty and will be recog nized for their service: Deputy W.B. Richardson Deputy William Irwin Deputy William E. Hutto Deputy Maurice Eugene Anglin Investigator Arthur Allen Amos Cpl. Amedicus Med Quincy Howell III Cpl. Mark Caperton Sgt. Roy Arthur Williams Sgt. Joe Nathan Jones Deputy Raul Rudy Dimas Sr. Memorial Service to Honor Fallen Ofcers If you or someone you know has always wanted to learn to speak English or learn to speak English better, Immokalee Tech nical College invites you to take advantage of its summer English classes starting June 5 and ending July 26. Student Wooderson Jean Mary, who has been enrolled in the En glish classes all year, proudly says, I like the way the teacher teaches me. I learned new words. Im happy I have learned enough English to enter the GED program, and I learned enough English to get a job. In addition to learning English, iTECH students get real life experiences. They were able to participate in a eld trip to Alico Are nas recent job fair. One of my students who attended the job fair received a job of fer, boasts teacher Lori Neal. Maria Leyva, also a teacher of English, adds, Our classes are very engaging, and our students can have fun while learning English. Ill put all my energy into teaching, and I will make you feel excited about learn ing. Classes run Monday through Thursday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registra tion is now open. Tuition is $30, although for some students ages 16 to 21 and some adults the classes could be free. Stop by the iTECH Student Services ofce during the day or the night classes ofce in the evening to see if you qualify for the free tuition and to register. Summer English Classes being offered at iTech Submitted photo From left to right teachers Maria Leyva and Lori Neal with student Wooderson Jean Mary.


May 17, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 Immokalee Water & Sewer District The availability of the 2017 Quality on Tap Report has been mailed to all of our customers. This report shows the results of our water quality monitoring for the pe riod from January through December 2017. Additional copies are available at the Im mokalee Chamber of Commerce, 1255 N. 15th St. STE 3, Immokalee Branch Library at 417 North 1st St, and in the IWSD ofce at 1020 Sanitation Rd, Immokalee. Copies are also available for download from our web site: ( in both English and Spanish. La disponibilidad de La Calidad de 2017 en Informe de Grifo ha enviado a todos nuestros clientes. Este informe muestra los resultados de nuestra escucha de calidad de agua para el perodo de Enero al Diciem bre de 2017. Las copias adicionales estn disponibles en la Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, 1255 N 15th St. Ste 3, en la Bib lioteca de Immokalee, en 417 1st Calle del Norte, y en la ocina IWSD en 1020 Sanita tion Rd, Immokalee. Copias tambin estn disponibles para su descarga desde nuestra pgina Web: ( en Ingls y Espaol. Thank you, Eva J. Deyo Executive Director Perseverance, dedication propel Guadalupe Center students from Immokalee into college Perseverance, intelligence and a quest to succeed dene the Class of 2018 from Guadalupe Centers Tutor Corps Program, a diverse group of Immokalee High School seniors who share one common element theyre all going to college. And theyre doing so with scholarships footing much of their tuition cost. These 29 students have overcome so many hardships poverty, language barri ers, lack of stability at home. It is inspiring to know theyre all graduating and moving on to college, said Linda Yost, president of Guadalupe Centers Board of Trustees. They are shining examples of what it means to persevere, and Im condent they have the skills, motivation and fortitude to be successful in college and beyond. 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. Tutor Corps participants must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and each is matched with an adult mentor to offer guidance and support. Guadalupe Center held a formal recog nition ceremony and dinner for Tutor Corps students on Tuesday, April 17 at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples. The teens and their parents joined mentors, donors and Gua dalupe Center staff in signaling the start of Phase II in their lives. Our mission is to break the cycle of pov erty through education for the children of Immokalee, and federal data show a clear correlation between education and career earnings, Yost said. At the dinner, Bob Spano, vice president of programs, announced that the 29 seniors have earned an estimated $2.6 million in scholarships and grants, making the dream of attending college a reality for each grad uate. Education promotes equality, said Spano. It is not just for a privileged few; it can be for everyone. Our parents reinforce this with their children and provided the di rection so they could qualify for Tutor Corps. Our mentors reinforce this by providing an added layer of support, guidance and time. Our donors reinforce this by investing in the future of our students. Our staff reinforce this by strengthening the academic founda tion of each of our students. This is why our students are able to break the cycle of poverty and attend univer sities throughout the United States. Senior Marie Claire Andris delivered the keynote address, eloquently describing the hardships resulting from being taken by her father at age 1, then essentially dumped back into her mothers arms at age 9 as he stated, You can have her. I dont want her anymore. The incident, coupled with watching her mother struggle to nd work without a high school education, inspired Andris to set lofty goals. Guadalupe Center is helping her reach them. There are so many students who miss amazing chances that could better their lives, but many are not able to utilize these opportunities because their parents have to struggle to just put food on the table, said Andris, who will be majoring in business ad ministration at the University of South Flori da. Someday, I would like to help them, just as this program has helped me. At the ceremony, it was announced that 55 percent of Tutor Corps seniors already have earned college credits through dual enrollment classes, and students average weighted grade point average at Immokalee High is 4.04. Tutor Corps has a 100 percent high school graduation rate and college ac ceptance rate for its seniors, and more than 90 percent of Tutor Corps graduates earn a college degree. The class of 2018 will be attending pres tigious institutions like the University of Flor ida, University of Toledo, Florida State Uni versity, Michigan State University, Arcadia University, Union College and University of South Florida. This years Tutor Corps seniors include Mikenly Abel, Marie Claire Andris, Gerson Destine, Jannet Frias, Lisa Guerrero, Lin da Hernandez, Omar Jaimes, Dadourcha Jean-Pierre, Steven Lopez, Eric Maldonado, Mark Maldonado, Samantha Mateo-Mateo, Nanci Medina, Jacqueline Montanez, Mi guel Olguin, Chrisla Pierre, Alejandro Quin tana-Garsia, Jaqueline Ramirez-Velazco, Ab igail Reyes Perez, Nancy Reyes-Hernandez, Zayda Saucedo, Katelyn Brianna Scott, Bar bara St. Fleur, Fabian Venegas-Ramos, Ber enice Villanueva, Yesenia Villegas, Vanessa Salas, Marie Rhau and Maria Pascual-Felipe. SCHOLARSHIP NOTES Thanks to the Blankley Tutor Corps Scholarship Endowment, donors who fund scholarships in their familys name, and those who help arrange or fund scholarship opportunities through their alma maters, the following scholarships were awarded this year: Ben OBryan Memorial Scholarship: Omar Jaimes (marketing or graphic design major) Santa Fe College Blankley Scholarship: Jacqueline Ramirez Velazco (English literature or jour nalism major), Abigail Reyes (biology and womens studies major) and Barbara St. Fleur (global media major) Arcadia Uni M a y 1 9 2 8 2 0 1 8 P u r c h a s e o f a n y s i z e M a t t r e s s a n d G E T A F R E E B E D F R A M E Letter to the Editor See Letter Page 4


4 Immokalee Bulletin May 17, 2018 The Immokalee Bulletin will be publishing a SpecialTribute to the Graduating Class of 2018! Please place your ad to appear May 24th or 30thPlease call Ana 863-342-4348to place your ad or e-mail Deadline is the Friday prior to the run date. ATTENTION: PARENTS! 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. en-USversityen-US Beverly Koren Education Scholarship: Maria Pascual Felipe (early childhood edu cation major) Florida SouthWestern State en-USCollege Cameron and Susan Stokka Education and Nursing Scholarships: Berenice Vil lanueva (education major) University of en-USNorth Florida; Jaqueline Montanez (nursing en-US major) Florida SouthWestern State College Donald G. Popejoy Memorial Scholar en-USship: Zayda Suacedo (dietetics or nutrition en-USmajor) Florida SouthWestern State College Griesdorn Family Scholarship: Mikenly Able (nursing major) Florida Southeastern en-USUniversity Guadalupe Center and Stanley Tate Project STARS Scholarship: Vanessa Salas en-US(biology major) University of North Florida Judith Herb Education Scholarship: Jannett Frias (early childhood education ma jor) University of Toledo Moorings Park Foundation Scholar en-USships: Steven Lopez (business management en-USand music major) University of Florida; en-US Samantha Mateo (international relations en-US and affairs major) University of North Flor ida; Nanci Medina (nursing major) Flori da SouthWestern State College; Alejandro en-USQuintana (marine biology major) Hawaii Pacic University; Fabian Venegas Ramos en-US(environmental studies major) University en-US of Florida or Saint Johns Universityen-US North Central College Scholarships:en-US Chrisla Pierre (accounting or management en-US major); Nancy Reyes Hernandez (environen-US -en-US mental studies major); Dadourcha Jean en-US Pierre (nursing major) North Central Colen-US -en-US legeen-US Robert Lisbon Memorial Scholarship:en-US Dadourcha Jean-Pierre (nursing major) en-US North Central College Rosemar y and Walter Blankley en-USEndowed Scholarship: Linda Hernandez en-US (biomedical engineering major) Union en-US College; and Miguel Olguin (graphic design en-US major) Michigan State Universityen-US Sandy and Roger Vasey Scholarship:en-US Marie Claire Andris (business administration en-US major) University of South Floridaen-US Tutor Corps Alumni Scholarship: Kateen-US-en-US lynn Scott (social work major) University en-US of North Floridaen-US In addition, generous scholarships by en-US Ametek Foundation, Grace and Douglas en-US Herr, Rose Marie and Eyk van Otterloo, and en-US the Joan and John Vatterott Foundation are en-US helping to support current college students.en-US About the Authoren-US Dawn Montecalvo is president of en-US Guadalupe Center, a nonprot organien-US-en-US zation with a mission of breaking the en-US cycle of poverty through education for en-US the children of Immokalee. Letter Continued From Page en-USUS 41 from Golden Gate Parkway to Orchid Drive: Maintenance permit project: en-USMotorists should expect intermittent south bound lane closures during nighttime/over night hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, en-USwhile crews replace a driveway, weather en-US permitting. Motorists should use caution as en-US crews work in the roadway. I-75 from Alligator Alley (mile marker 61) to just north of SR 78 (exit 143): Construc en-UStion project: Work is underway to replace 24 en-US Dynamic Message Signs. Motorists should en-US expect intermittent lane closures during en-US nighttime/overnight hours. Estimated projen-US -en-US ect completion is fall 2018. The contractor is en-US Horsepower Electric, Inc.en-US I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area (mile marken-US -en-US er 63): Construction project: Work is underen-US-en-US way to build a new rest area and water treaten-US -en-US ment plant on the north side of the roadway. en-USCollier County Road Watch


May 17, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 Collier County middle school students will participate in a Mock County Com mission Meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, in the Collier County Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Cen ter, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112. This is the third year Immokalee and Gulfview middle schools have participated in the mock commission meeting, which began as a collaborative effort with Com missioner Penny Taylor reaching out to Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, in co ordination with Immokalee Middle School Principal Ryan Nemeth and Gulfview Middle School Principal Kristina Lee. Manatee Mid dle School, Pine Ridge Middle School, and Lely High School students will also partici pate this year. Teachers have been preparing their civ ics class students to discuss topics of their choosing. Some of the selected topics in clude: Building a digital park Building a homeless shelter or battered womens shelter Renewable energy solutions for county buildings and vehicles Fracking and drilling bans Students will assume the roles of com missioners, the county attorney, county manager, and deputy county manager. Oth er students will play the role of community members prepared to debate both sides of the presented topics. County staff will be on hand to assist the students. For more information, contact Sherry Greco, executive coordinator to Commis sioner Penny Taylor, at (239) 252-8604, or Mikie Stroh, coordinator, K-12 social studies, at (239) 377-0096. All about shopping with a plan? Then you'll love our weekly ad. Get the rundown on our latest deals and BOGOs before you shop! Available in stores and online at Check our weekly ad for current deals AUTO HOME COMMERICAL BOAT RV Phone (239) 657.3614 Fax (239) 657.6468 Email 711 West Main Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142 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 Middle School Students to participate in mock commission meeting TALLAHASSEE The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) an nounced today that Public Assistance (PA) payments of $3,260,618.42 were processed to the Department of Financial Services (DFS) on May 9 for their review and pay ment to end recipients. The PA program funds the debris re moval, emergency protective measures, repair, restoration, reconstruction or re placement of a facility or infrastructure that is damaged or destroyed by disaster. The PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities and infrastructure from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The Division will continue to ensure that Floridas communities successfully recover from major disasters as quickly and with as much future budget certainty as pos sible. We are committed to expeditiously processing federal public assistance reim bursements in a fully transparent manner immediately following FEMA obligation. For additional updates, follow us on Facebook at daSERT and on Twitter at www.Twitter. com/FLSERT. FDEM Provides update to ongoing Public Assistance Payments Submitted photo/ Richard Heers Governor Rick Scott discusses local issues with community leaders on Friday, May 11.


Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!2x2 Classified Fillers 6 Immokalee Bulletin Thursday, May 17, 2018 A.Duda & Sons Equipment Operator Be able to operate efficiently and productively the road grader. Able to grade dirt roads, cut ditches and level fields for purposes of drainage or farm production. Operate the rubber tire backhoe. Such tasks include digging up existing irrigation lines, clean ditches, set header pipes, drain water off roads and patch holes. Some backhoe work is with a rake, be able to clear right of ways and fence lines. Willing and able to get down in the irrigation trenches and utilize a hand shovel when needed. Glue large irrigation lines. Operate a tractor and some basic farm implements including mowers, discs, and plows. Please apply in person @ A.Duda & Sons 12250 S.SR. 29 Felda, Fl. 33930 Gate #4 Or call the office Ask for Susie Nieto 863-675-0545 ext 3110 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida: Electrician This is skilled work at the journeyman level regarding the installation, alteration, maintenance and repair of electrical systems, Residential facilities. Duties include working independently with considerable latitude in determining methods of work and using specialized tools and testing instruments of Diploma/GED is required. Minimum of one Submit Resume to: or apply at Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Residential Building Inspector. Applications must be received at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Automotive Automotive Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 R oo ng R oo ng Employment Full Time BalGas Propane is seeking a full time Customer Relations Representative, Bi-Lingual (Spanish preferred) for the Immokalee, Florida office. Competitive pay and excellent benefits. Only on-line applications will be considered. Please apply using the below link: https://amerigascareers. ats/Posting/view/10070 BalGas Propane 211 Jerome Drive Immokalee, FL 34142 Employment Full Time Equipment Operator Tamiami Citrus, South Immokalee Oper ator with prior expe rience preferred for Citrus Grove Caretak ing. Competitive pay with rich benefit pack age, includes Health, Dental, Vision, Life & 401k. DWFP/EEO. Send resume or con tact information to: hr@ Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or consid ered 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 num ber 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 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 !


May 17, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 Planning for Christmas Celebration The Christmas around the World Parade and Snow Gala committee is meeting on May 17 at 3 p.m to plan the Christmas activities for Christmas around the World Parade and Snow Gala. The meeting will be at the Aquatic Pool Ofce, 321 N. 1st St., Im mokalee, FL 34142. The Date for the Christ mas Event is December 8. The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and the Snow Gala at 7:15 p.m. Any questions please call 239-657-0080. Retail Food Sumit Please join us for the 3rd Annual Blue Zones Project Retail Food Summit on Wednesday, May 23, at the Naples Daily News. This event is offered to all grocers and restaurateurs in Collier County, Boni ta Springs, and Estero. Hear from industry leaders and learn how to increase your traf c and sales. Its FREE, its FUN, and its for YOU! The average American makes more than 200 health-related decisions a day. What if it was easier to make healthy choic es? Blue Zones Project incorporates les sons learned from places in the world where people live the longest and healthiest lives to help communities across the country make healthy choices easier for everyone to nd and enjoy. RSVP today at: retailfoodsummit. Ribbon Cutting Please join First Bank for their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on T uesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. 316 North 15th Street, Immokalee iTech Summer Class Summer ELL Classes from J une 5 to July 26, Monday Thursday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The class is $30. Must be 16 years old to attend and not enrolled in the K-12 system. ELCATE is tuition exempt. Some students may qualify to receive free tuition. Clases De Ingls Del Verano 5 de Junio 26 de Julio Lunes Jueves 8 a.m. -12 p.m. $30 Klas Angl Nan Sezon EteA 5 Juin 26 Juy Lendi Jedi 8 A.M. 12 P.M. $30 Training and support group This support group is for families of chil dren with special needs of any kind. It pro vides the ability for parent training and for families to connect and establish supportive relationships. When: The last Wednesday of every month from 9 a. m.-11 a.m. Where: Florida State University College of Medicine, Immokalee Health Education Site, 1441 Her itage Boulevard, Immokalee. Cost: Free to families. Snacks and beverages will be pro vided for free. For more information or to register to attend, call Tara Tallaksen at (239) 254-4279 or Rosa Martinez (239) 658-3129. Looking for volunteers One of the best investments we can make in the life of a child is in their early education experiences. We are looking for volunteers. The goal of the Literacy Buddy Program is to put books into the hands of 3, 4 and 5-year old children. Once you volunteer, you are matched with a child in a preschool con tracted by the coalition. Your child writes to you and tells you what they are interested in and then you write back and include a book about those interests. These exchanges hap pen three times during the school year. Its a great way to start a young child on the path to literacy and the love of learning. For more information visit and click on the Big Buddy Button. Emergency Preparedness Collier County Emergency Management invites you to participate in Emergency Pre paredness & Planning: A Workshop for the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition. The event will be on Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, FL 34113 in the Collier County Emer gency Operations Center (EOC)on the third oor. To register, please contact Lauren D. Bonica, Human Services Program Manag er, Collier County Emergency Management, Lauren.Bonica@CollierCountyFL.Gov or 239-252-3608. Coming soon to the Firehouse Community Theatre This season the Firehouse Community Theatre will offer two Summer Youth Pro grams. These Summer Youth camps offers area children the experience of live theatre. Registration fees are $50 per child, $25 for additional children in a family. The rst Summer Youth Program will be for the older kids ages 10 to 16. THE GREAT AMERICAN TALENT SHOW directed by Kristin Green. Play dates are June 14, 15 and 16 at 7p.m. and June 18 at 2 p.m. The second Summer Youth Program will be for the younger kids ages ve to 10. MONSTER IN THE CLOSET directed by Ky lie Bancroft and Valerie Shough. REGISTRA TION/AUDITIONS for this production will be Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Community Theatre. Play dates are: June 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m. For more info call 863-675-3066 (leave a message) or online at www.rehousecom NOTICE OF PUBLICATION To whom it may concern Notice is hereby given of intention. To apply/file/Enroll into the 2018-2019 Session of the Florida Legislature for passage (Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida). Petition the Florida Legislature to waive statutory. Hence 768.28 F.S. of an act for relief for the local Claim Bill of Claimant(s): Peggy Bryan Dupree & Betty R. Gosnell, Karen J. Federighi. Petition Excess Judgment Claim filed pursuant as required by Article III Section 10 of the Constitution Article X Section 13 Florida Constitution. SECTION 284.30 F.S. TO BE ENTITLED TO: A BILL TO BE ENTITLED. & PETITION THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REQUEST EXCEPTION WAIVING A STATUTORY WAIVER. SECTION 11.066 PETITION LEGISLATURE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH IT RULES, TO SEEK AN APPROPRIATION TO PAY A JUDGEMENT, AGAINST THE STATE OF FLORIDA OR STATE AGENCY OR SUBDIVISION THEREOF: IN EACH OF THESE LOCAL CLAIM BILLS OF EACH CLAIMANT(S) IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR COLLIER. LEE, CHARLOTTE, GLADES HENDRY REQUES/PETITION CON GRESS TO WAIVE ABROGATE STATE IMMUNITY FLORIDA FAILED TO WARN IT CITIZENS THE DANGER OF LIVING IN FLORIDA OF THIS STATE AGENCIES TARGETING ITS CITIZENS WHICH SENATOR NANCY SHAFER INFORMED WASHINGTON D.C. OF THE DANGERS AND WARN OUR CONGRESS TO WARN IT CITIZENS WHICH GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT FAILED TO WARN CLAIMANT(S)PEGGY B. DUPREE,BETTY R.GOSNELL, KAREN J.FEDERIGHI,FAILED IN THE AGENGIES EXECUTION OF POLICIES & OPERATIONAL ACTIONS. NOTICE OF 11.065 HAS BEEN GIVEN. PETITION FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO HEAR THESE LOCAL CLAIM BILLS AT THE SAME TIME AT THE MASTER HEARING SET. WHEREAS: Peggy Bryan Dupree & Kenneth Lee Bryan: Nature of Injuries & Financial lost: Arising out of gross negligence supervision, Brain Injuries, other health illness, Torture & Irrevocable Psychological & Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Breach of Contract, Duty, Causation, damages, Property Damages: Incident(s) 03/09/16 & 04/14/16 & 5/01/16-to the Present. WHEREAS: Betty R. Gosnell & Jamie Lynn Curtis: Nature of Injuries & Financial lost: Arising out of Gross Negligence Supervision, other health illness, Torture &Irrevocable Psychological & Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Breach of Contract, Duty, Causation, damages, Property Damages: Incidents(s) 07/07/2016, 09/16/2016, 04/19/2017to the Present WHEREAS: Karen J. Federighi: Nature of Injuries & Financial lost: Arising out of Gross Negligence Supervision, Torture & Premeditated Murder, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Breach of Contract, Duty, Causation, damages, Property Damages: Incident(s) 01/14/2016, 01/22/2016to the Present. Respondent(s) Caused Claimant(s) Injuries Lee Sheriff (Mike Scott) Office, Collier County Sheriff (Kevin J Rambosk) Office, Agency for Persons with Disabilities Director (Barbara Palmer), David Lawrence Center Director /President (Darcy Taylor & Scott Burgess), Department of Children Family Director (Robert Anderson & Jerry Seiden ), Collier County Clerk of Court Chief Judge (Michael T. McHugh & (Judges)Lauren Brodie, Frederick R. Hardt, Christine Greider, James Shenko, Hugh D. Hayes, Magistrate Maria Dented, Magistrate Amy Ellis, Mary Evans, (Magistrates) Maria Dente, Amy W. Ellis, David Friedman ,Larry Pivacek, Patrick Charles Weber, SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO, GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. Claimant (1): Peggy Bryan Dupree claim amount $166,666,666.00 against the State of Florida & Municipal of Collier County, Collier County Sheriff Office, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, David Lawrence Center, Department of Children and Family & Protect Services, Collier County Clerk of Court, Larry Pivacek. SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO & GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. Claimant (2): Betty R. Gosnell claim amount $166,666,666.00 against the State of Florida & Municipal Lee County & Collier County Florida. Lee County Sheriff Office, Collier County Sheriff Office, Department of Children and Family & Protect Services, Collier County Clerk of Court. SENATOR KATHLEN PASSIDOMO & GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. Claimant (3): Karen J. Federighi Claim Amount $166,666,666.00 against State of Florida Municipal, Collier County Clerk of Court, Patrick Charles Weber, Larry Pivacek. SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO & GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. 259689 IB 5/10,17,24,31/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 1 Indian prince 6 Bert, to Ernie 9 Formal agreement 13 __ Gay: WWII bomber 14 Dutch cheese 16 Tibets continent 17 Casino machines 20 Small stream 21 Dashboard prefix with meter 22 Fleur-de-__ 23 Sound from a Guernsey 25 Intense fear 27 Suffix with formal or custom 28 Novelty item whose user always wins a coin toss 32 Divide into shares 33 Foldable selfcooling device 34 Eyeglasses glass 35 From __ to riches 38 Connecticut Ivy 40 Nailed, as a test 43 Banking convenience, briefly 45 Log home 49 Cooperative picnic running contest 53 Actor Stephen 54 Strikes lightly 55 Work on a hem, say 56 Org. auditing 1040s 57 Comedian Margaret 58 Opinions 61 Game involving eight knights 66 Head of the manor 67 Christian of couture 68 Weddings, e.g. 69 French summers 70 Twice five 71 Perturbed 1 __ Speed Wagon: classic truck 2 Today anchorat-large Curry 3 Snoopy, when hes wearing shades 4 Banned fruit spray 5 Loser to the tortoise 6 Looked when you shouldnt have 7 Contribute 8 In 2014, it fell on September 1 9 Writing tablet 10 ... my way 11 __ Kane: Welles film 12 Fez danglers 15 Like a Prayer singer 18 Prefix with physics 19 Formal Me neither 23 NYC subway org. 24 Hooting bird 26 TKO signaler 29 Massive group 30 Train schedule abbr. 31 Easy to grasp 36 Round Table knight 37 Drive faster! 39 Flat panel TV component 40 Slightly 41 Cigar with open, untapered ends 42 Sign of a changed test answer 44 British sports cars 46 Droopy-faced hounds 47 Freezer cubes 48 Hot off the press 50 Scratch into glass, e.g. 51 Run the country 52 City near Tulsa 59 Earth tone 60 Blender speed 62 Charing Cross and Abbey: Abbr. 63 Forest female 64 Understand 65 Former Air France jet, briefly rfntbnnnt rfnntb ttEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Community Briefs


8 Immokalee Bulletin May 17, 2018 Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 To learn more about how your organization can participate with Blue Zones Project, at no cost, please visit or call 239.624.2312 Congratulations to all the NEW organizations that are helping to spread well-being in Southwest Florida by participating with Blue Zones Project! CONGRATS! Copyright 2017 Blue Zones, LLC and Sharecare, Inc. All rights reserved. The Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS), in partnership with the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition, recently completed criti cal repairs to a home that suffered roof and interior damage from Hurricane Irma. The house was inhabitable due to holes in the roof and ceiling where water came through, damaging furniture underneath. Thanks to MDS and the Coalition, however, the roof was replaced the drywall was repaired, and the homeowner was nally able to return home after living with her son since the storm struck. Her house was one of 23 homes the vol unteer group, MDS, worked on while here in Immokalee. The group arrived in early January and completed their nal project last week before returning home for the summer. The Collier Comes Together Fund, held at the Community Foundation of Collier County in partnership with the United Way of Collier County, provided funding to the Coalitions partner, Rural Neighborhoods, to cover the cost of materials. MDS is just one of the Coalitions many partners. The Coalition includes a mix of local and national non-prot organizations, faith-based groups, Collier County staff, and interested residents who volunteer their time and resources to help families impacted by the storm. The Coalition currently has about 300 open cases in the Immokalee area and is working hard to nd resources to help families. If someone you know is still suffer ing from Hurricane Irma and hasnt sought help, please contact the Salvation Army Di saster Assistance Center in Immokalee at 239-657-2198. Mennonites Key Partner in Immokalees Recovery Submitted photo This happy homeowner was nally able to return home after living with her son since Hurricane Irma damaged her home.