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BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN BULLETIN Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County Thursday, May 24, 2018 Vol. 51 No. 21 By Lewis Perkins Special to the Immokalee Bulletin Thanks to Florida Gulf Coast University, FGCU, Immokalee Middle and High School students have an opportunity to participate in the College Reach-Out Program, (CROP). CROP, established in 1983, is a free program developed to inspire underprivileged mid dle and high school students to overcome odds and become rst-generation college graduates. After they receive their degree, the principles of the CROP program teach students how to become positive inuences in their community. FGCU coordinates the CROP programs in Collier, Lee, and Hendry counties and provides transportation to the campus. Connie Carter, a Language Arts teacher at Immokalee Middle School, has been a CROP Coordinator for 15 years, rst at La Belle Middle School and now, for the past eight or nine years, at Immokalee Middle School. I believe its important to start work ing with them even before they get to High school, Carter states. Carter further inu ences the students to work as a team, helping one another with issues that can arise while in middle school. In order to qualify for CROP, students, have to be rst generation college students in their family. The program teaches them skills that they will need to be successful at a post-secondary level. For students who are discouraged about college because of their grades, Carter assures them: students in college do not have to be A/B students in middle or high school. Some of the best college students are C students who have learned the skills and strategies of how to study. With many obstacles and unsurities facing todays youth, Carter motivates the CROP students to keep focused on college. I encourage, especially the eighth graders, to stay involved with CROP in high school and to take advantage of all opportunities for visiting and/or learning about colleges. FGCU offers summer residential programs that are a wonderful way for students to learn about and even visit different college campuses. Along with trips to FGCUs campus, stu dents get to visit CROP programs from other schools. Carter brags: When the IMS stu dents attend events they always amaze me with their very positive and polite behav Motivating Future Leaders See CROP Page 2 By Jennifer L. Kupiec Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools Its graduation time! Immokalee High Schools graduating seniors will be taking that all-important walk across the stage to morrow, Friday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Alico Arena. On Tuesday, however, these same Immokalee High School (IHS) seniors took another important walkthrough the halls of Immokalees elementary schools. Grad uation walks, as theyve been deemed, celebrate the success of our seniors while inspiring our younger students to see what they can one day achieve. At Eden Park Elementary School (EPE), the graduates were met with cheers and applause. Donned in caps and gowns, they received high-ves and handshakes from the much younger EPE students as they walked the halls to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance. And there were no short age of inspirational signs along the way. Priscilla Perez, a former EPE student and soon-to-be IHS graduate, shared that her brother now attends the school and has been motivated by the graduation walks. I know my little brother, whenever he had watched them last year, he was like, mom, I cant wait to graduate! I think its inspiring to them. Her advice to the younger generation, Keep pushing through. Even though its hard hard to wake up, hard to do your homework just keep pushing through be cause you can do it. Our kids connect to each other, but its really important that they connect to the school and that they begin connecting to their middle school and high school early, shared EPE principal Linda Salazar. We want them to feel a vested interest in that high school, that theyre a part of it even before they get there and that graduation is something that they have to look forward to as well. Salazars advice to seniors moving for ward, You belong wherever you want to be. Just like when we move and we buy new homes, we create it and make it our home. Thats what they have to do. They have to nd their niche, where they be long, and make their place there. Its not anything thats handed to you. You cre ate it. Go forward, be condent, be trust worthy, and cross that nish line which is college graduation. Congratulations, Class of 2018! IHS Seniors take a Graduation Walk at EPE Courtesy photo/ Jennifer L. Kupiec IHS seniors take a Graduation Walk through the halls of Edan Park Elemen tary to cheers and high ves. By Patty Brant Special to the Immokalee Bulletin FDOT plans have a huge effect on how the community can grow so the SR 29 plans there are important for Immokalee. FDOTs plans for the area south of La Belle are important for anyone driving that direction, in particular for farm trucks. At this time, there is no accommodation planned for turn lanes to head south for ve hicles entering SR 29 at Portereld Oil and Evans Road just south of LaBelle. Folks there feel these key roads and busi nesses will lack direct access to the south bound lane of SR 29 vital because it handles so much Immokalee-bound trafc. In par ticular, it would affect farm trucks from the Immokalee area, which would have to turn off onto South Loop Road, swing around to North Loop Road and then to Portereld Oil via a driveway the business would be re quired to put in itself. They could also con tinue further north to refuel in an even more congested area. Over time, the extra time, fuel and inconvenience would hit those truckers in the pocketbook. A number of residents foresee long waits and trafc holdups if the current plan does not take their fears into account. Evans Road south of LaBelle would also not have a turn lane to the south, with the same results for many. Heres a quick PD&E update for the area: The widening and reconstruction Project Development and Environmental studies (PD&E) for SR 29 from Oil Well Road to SR 82 is ongoing. The PD&E is expected to be completed by November 15. A public hear ing is planned for that time with design to begin shortly after. According to JoAnn May, spokesperson, FDOT will begin coordina tion with all agencies at that time geared toward species and mitigation of any natural resource. Impact on any parks and recreational facilities and the airport will be considered then. A Safe Routes to School Sidewalks proj ect in the area of Eden Park Elementary will include six-foot walkways and design to be gin in 2019, with construction set for 2022. SR 29 South of Agricultural Way to CR 846 includes two separate projects: widening an A look at FDOT projects in Immokalee See FDOT Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin May 24, 2018 On May 14, Champions For Learning and CenturyLink surprised Collier County teach ers with Teacher and Technology grants to enhance educational opportunities for local school children. During the course of the day, CenturyLink awarded seven grant checks that totaled over $25,600 to seven schools in Naples and Immokalee, as part of an effort that award ed over $108,000 to 27 schools throughout the Sunshine State. The checks will provide teachers with the funds needed to incorpo rate technology into their classrooms. The Teacher and Technology program, which was established by CenturyLink in 2008, has awarded nearly $11 million since its inception. This program awards grants (up to $5,000) to teachers in CenturyLinks local service areas who have created an in novative curriculum that allows technology to be implemented in their classrooms. This year, CenturyLink is continuing its commit ment to education and students by awarding more than $1.4 million in grants in 34 states to support innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink recognizes the importance of introducing young people to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, concepts to better prepare them for success ful careers, said Sondra Smith, CenturyLink director of corporate social responsibility (CSR). STEM competencies help prepare students to be critical thinkers, persevere through challenges to achieve success, communicate and collaborate across real and perceived barriers, and solve complex problems. Below are the names of the grant recip ients. Rocio Bailey from Immokalee High School with a grant titled iLearn English with an iPad. Debora Mosby from Lake Trafford Ele mentary with a grant titled Kinder Bots En gineers. Aileen Zapata from Village Oaks Elemen tary with a grant titled Technology in Music. Yolanda Sohn from Calusa Park Elemen tary with a grant titled Creating, Communi cating, and Critical Thinking through Cod ing. Brittany Tessier from Corkscrew Elemen tary with a grant titled Tech Gives the Quiet est Students A Voice. The Career and Technical Education De partment from Palmetto Ridge High School with a grant titled Sea Perch Robots. Heather Van Osten from Veterans Me morial Elementary School with a grant titled iPAD= iDo, iLearn, iCollaborate, iDifferenti ate...iAchieve! 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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Whats more fascinating about CROP is that 82.6 percent of its members get a post secondary education. CROP has become successful, not only because of the Academ ic skills taught such as preparation for the ACT/SAT test and offering homework assis tance, but CROP teaches personal skills by offering workshops in selfesteem building and conict resolution training. Many thanks to teachers like Connie Carter and FGCU who dedicate their time and effort to make this program a success. CROP Continued From Page 1 existing bridge and a pedestrian crossing. Advanced design is planned for several years in the future. Two more sidewalk projects are set for Lake Trafford: from Carson Road to Laurel Street six-foot sidewalks with design be ginning in 2019; and the same from Little League Road to Laurel Street. A $13 million TIGER Grant Award, with a 20 percent match from Collier County (to tal cost $16.4 million) will go toward design and construction of 22 miles of new side walks, upgrade 32 intersections and add 22 shaded bus shelters here in Immokalee. In addition, ve miles of streetlights and 22 miles of drainage ditches will be included. Work is expected to begin in late 2019, with a completion date of 2021. FDOT Continued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ Rick Heers Pastor Frank Williams, seated with Immokalee pastors. By Rick Heers Special to the Immokalee Bulletin The Immokalee Ministerial Alliance (I.M.A.) met recently and honored the longtime ministry of Rev. Frank Williams as the pastor of St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church. He was awarded with a gift certif icate for a free dinner for two generously donated by Mi Ranchito restaurant. He has served not only his parishioners faithfully, but our community as well. Recently his church on Eustis Avenue has hosted the rehearsals of two developing local gospel choirs, under the direction of Rev. Tarrence Mallory of First Missionary Baptist Church each Saturday, a mens chorus which meets Saturday afternoons, and an open choral group Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. Any local Christians are invited to participate. In addition to its regular meetings, the I.M.A. recently awarded eight scholarships at Immokalee High School to graduating students who are active members of local church with plans to attend local and statewide colleges and universities. They also hosted an informative afternoon meeting with Governor Rick Scott which included a number of pastors, as well as civic and busi ness leaders from our community. The recent meeting was well-attended with special guests representing the Blue Zones Project, Mrs. Chante Pemberton and Naples Pastor Irvin Stallworth, who serves as pastor of Unity Faith Missionary Baptist Church and is a board member of the Blue Zone Project. A number of churches are planning to become Blue Zone partners. Many organizations in Immokalee and Col lier County are joining with Blue Zone Proj ect to encourage our people to LIVE LONG AND BETTER by making wise choices for their daily lives. Among the projects discussed were hav ing our Alliance work with government and community leaders to investigate starting up a program to provide a residential treatment center to assist those in our community who are ghting addictions, in an effort to sup plement the great work being done by St. Matthews Friendship House. It was also an nounced that the Benison Distribution Cen ter, established to help local families over come the ongoing challenges of recovery from Hurricane Irma, has now established a new website, to assist local families in getting help they need. I.M.A honors Pastor Williams Champions For Learning and CenturyLink surprise area teachers with Teachers and Technology Grants


May 24, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 David Lawrence Center (DLC), Collier Countys only comprehensive, not-for-prof it mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce that the Community Foundation of Collier County has awarded the Center a $20,000 healthcare and mental healthcare grant for the Childrens Crisis Stabilization Holistic Wellness Program. The Community Foun dations healthcare and mental healthcare grants are designed to provide teens with disabilities with mental health services, case management and access to health services. This grant will help fund the compre hensive, holistic services for children and adolescents residing in the eight-bed inpa tient unit who are experiencing an acute behavioral, emotional or psychiatric crisis. To meet the growing demand for 24/7 emer gency mental health services, DLC doubled the capacity of the Childrens Crisis Unit in 2017 by adding four additional beds, a new bathroom and a secure, outdoor tness and recreation area. The grant funding will sup port the increased holistic services provided as a result of the increased admissions on the new unit. DLCs integrated recovery method uti lizes a holistic bio-psychosocial treatment approach that combines evidenced-based practices and state-of-the-art medical super vision, while teaching new skills and activi ties that the individual and family can incor porate into their daily lives after discharge. The goal of this integrated recovery mod el is to reduce symptoms related to anxiety, depression and trauma, and improve the childs overall functioning and quality of life. As a result, the child has a better opportunity to succeed in school and develop healthier relationships at home and in social interac tions. The Childrens Holistic Wellness Program includes a variety of services provided by li censed professionals, including: Certied tness training and education services Dietary and nutrition education Occupational therapy Music therapy Aromatherapy Coping skills groups Therapeutic journaling The grant funding will specically support the expansion of the highly-specialized oc cupational and music therapy services. Oc cupational therapy utilizes an activity-based approach to highlight areas of strength and engage the child in functional and age-ap propriate tasks. These groups teach children to use the body to calm the mind, become more self-aware and regulate behaviors and emotions. Music therapy incorporates live music, improvisation, guided imagery, creative songwriting and lyric analysis to en gage the child or adolescent to shape and target behaviors, explore feelings and emo tions, address complex clinical issues in a safe forum and address treatment goals and objectives. David Lawrence Center wellness services are complementary and are not covered by insurance. Scott Burgess Chief Executive Ofcer, stated, Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an essential part of mental health recovery, particularly for children. Holistic wellness services provide troubled children and teens a healthy outlet for stress and anxiety, and help them practice healthy coping and so cial skills while residing with us. On behalf of the hundreds of children who will benet from these enriching and holistic therapies, we offer our sincerest appreciation to the Community Foundation and their support ers for their continued support. Southwest Florida nonprot David Law rence Center is a national leader in provid ing world-class mental health and addiction recovery solutions for children, adolescents and adults. The Centers innovative, integrat ed treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, David Lawrence Center creates life-changing wellness for more than 9,000 people through over 225,000 treatment ses sions. To learn more, please call 239-4558500 or visit www.DavidLawrenceCenter. org. 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 CONGRATULATIONS JOEL LINGIS CARDENAS! We are proud of you and love you! Love, Mom, Levi, Leilah & Levian Community Foundation Awards David Lawrence Center $20,000 for grant program Collier County Sher iffs Ofce detectives have charged a 22-year-old man in con nection with a May 5 ho micide in Im mokalee. Stephen Perez Jr., of Immokalee, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon in the commission of murder, and distribution of marijuana in connection with the death of Juan Herrera, 19, of Immokalee. Perez was located Thursday in Lee Coun ty by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. He was taken into custody initially on a Col lier County violation of probation warrant. The other charges were added subsequent to his arrest. He remains incarcerated in the Lee County Jail. Man charged in connection with May 5 homicide Stephen Perez Jr. The Rising Senior Workshop series pro vides Collier County rising seniors (Class of 2019) and their parents information about the college access process, nancial aid, and scholarship resources on local college campuses. Each session will cover a different topic and include a campus tour (FSW, LWIT, and FGCU) and a presentation from that schools admission/nancial aid team. All workshops are 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Spots are limited and will be lled on a rst come, rst serve basis. Pre-registration is required. Students currently participating in Cham pions For Learning Programs will cover this material through the curriculum they receive during the weekly labs and do not need to attend these workshops. The workshops are: The Application Process is on Saturday, June 2 at Florida Southwestern State Col lege, capacity 150. The Financial Aid Process is on Saturday, June 23 at Lorenzon Walker Technical Col lege, capacity 150. Scholarships is on Saturday, July 21 at Florida Gulf Coast University, capacity 150. Rising Senior Workshops


4 Immokalee Bulletin May 24, 2018 The Immokalee Bulletin will be publishing a SpecialTribute to the Graduating Class of 2018! Please place your ad to appear May 24th or 30th Please call Ana 863-342-4348 to 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. By Fred N Thomas, Jr Special to the Immokalee Bulletin The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce was invited to a very special event that was very rewarding for Danny Gonzalez, Pres ident of the Immokalee Chamber of Com merce. While Hurricane Irma left marks on the Immokalee Community, Dannys rst decisions after the hurricane left Immokalee was to reach out to all Day Care Centers in Immokalee with assistance May 18, 2018 was the VKP Graduation Ceremony which took place at the Pathways Early Education Center affectionately know to the Immokalee Community as The Im mokalee Day Care Center. The graduation ceremony was beautiful ly performed by Ms. Regina White, Center Director and her staff. The Pathways Educa tional Center also has a new Executive Di rector, Ms. Beth Hatch. Beth, a former prin cipal of the CCPS(Vineyard Elementary) in Naples, gave out lots of special recognitions to VKP teaching staff. Last but not least, Hatch gave recognition to all of the parents who had kids graduat ing. The parents of graduating kids all stood up and gave themselves a Hugged Clap. The graduation class sang songs, re ceived books for each Pathway family, com pleted the graduation walk with Pomp and Circumstances, and received their graduat ing Diplomas. The nal excitement was en joying the Graduation Cake Ceremony. The following students were graduates: Tyier Jeremiah Sims, Sandra Cortez, Jona than Ruiz Cruz, Rodrigo Pena Terron, Itza riah Colin, Marco Antonio Ramirez, Jr.,Yomi Sunshine Smith, Christian Ramirez Santana, Lucia Lopez Patino, Brandon Salisbury,Dari el Chavez Magana, Khloe Paz, Jayden Trejo Abarca, Israel Thomas, Diego Lopez Mjan gos,, Jaylen Jordon Alviar, Martin Vargas, Melanye tinajero-Perez, Lukas Jesus Mal donado, Nevaeh Marie Lopez, Michael Do mingo Gomez, Miracle Rose Vidaurri. Allan Rojas, Nayeli Perez Resendez, Jayce James Aragus, Maria Venegas Lopez,, Jovanny Al sonso Jeronimo, Wiberline Jean, Christian Mendoza, Jianna Gisella Sifontes, Joseluis Figueroa-Jarquin, Josiah Shaffer. Damian Rubio Magna, Gael Juarez Soriano, Lesly Nava Calllejas, Miguel Palma Padilla Jr. and Jose Lito Tlasmanteco. Chamber attends day care graduation Courtesy photo/ Fred N Thomas, Jr Excited students are ready for a new adventure in life


May 24, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 In todays face paced soci ety we are always on the go. So many people desire peace, happiness, and a sense of ful llment in their lives, but they dont know how to get it or what to do to keep it when they do experience it in brief snip pets between board meetings, baseball games, dinner parties, and dance recitals. People often say to me But, I dont have timeisnt there a short cut? The best way to get into the alignment of all the things you want (like peace, happiness, a sense of ful llment, a great romantic relationship, more money, and the list goes on) is to do things that put you in a feeling good space. If taking a walk feels good to you, take a walk. If cook ing is fun and brings you joy then cook your favorite meals amp up the good feels by creating a playlist of your favorite tunes and dance around the kitchen merrily as you make your familys favorite recipes. If driving with the top down or windows open is your go to for clearing your mind then take the long way home. Try to inject fun into as many spots in your day so that when you look back on your day it is sea soned with various sorts of feeling good memories. Make feeling good a priority, so much so that when you notice a circumstance or thought that arises that makes you dip out of your high vibration, you quickly do your next fun activity to raise you back up! My teacher and mentor, Gabrielle Ber nstein, says that The Universe works fast when youre having fun. So try to ll your day with moments of fun, laughter, joy, and things that you love. I created a guided meditation that is avail able for free on my website (www.valwhite. com) and it is a perfect tool to introduce this type of mindset shift into your daily life. This week try to have as much fun as possible, and see how other problems in your life seem to start work themselves out. 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 Do things that put you in a feeling good space On May 26, The Rivers Edge Motel will host Bass, Bikes & BBQ: A Memorial Day Kick-off Event. In addition to the food vendors, merchan dise and business displays Chef Tay lor Sanders will be performing cooking demonstration on her Fire Disk Grill and meeting with fans. Chef Taylor, with roots in LaBelle, was recently featured on Food Networks Kids BBQ Championship Series where she took home $10,000 and was crowned the queen of barbecuing! Her skills have earned her a spot to train at the International Culinary Center in NYC whose alum include Bobby Flay, Dan Barber and more. Chef Taylors mother, Jessica (Skinner) Blair, is a LaBelle native who supports her daughter in her cooking adventures. She is thrilled to be able to bring her daughter back to her hometown to showcase her skills. Chef Taylor is active in the region al community with fundraising and local cooking shows. The event will also be the nal stop for an American Le gion Poker Run, fea ture live music, BBQ vendors food, cold drinks, boat display, an animal show by Gatorama, and a free reworks show after sunset. The motel will be hosting Bass, Bikes & BBQ: A Memorial Day Kick-off Event on Saturday, May 26 at the location at 284 Old County Road 78, LaBelle, FL. The Rivers Edge Motel is located right on the Caloosa hatchee River with dock space and beau tiful sunset views off the water. Within walking distance from downtown LaBelle, The Rivers Edge is quickly-growing as an event-venue and recreation facility. They are also home to the Anchor Point Fitness Club. For more information call 863-6756062. Celebrity Chef to Come to LaBelle for Memorial Day Event Chef Taylor Sanders


6 Immokalee Bulletin Thursday, May 24, 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 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 Automotive Automotive Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Highway Maintenance Technician I. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 1,2018 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 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@ Wanted Tractor Trailer Dump Driver, full time Flash Trucking LaBelle 941-232-5407 or 863674-1011 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. 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 Houses Rent The most important 20 minutes of your day is the time spent reading with your child from birth to age nine. READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. Employment Part Time Employment Part Time H elp Wanted: REPORTER/WRITER Love to write? Enjoy talking to people? Interested in the LaBelle community? The Immokalee Bulletin/Caloosa Belle needs a reporter to work part-time. Please email resum and writing sample to


May 24, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 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 Training and support group This support group is for families of chil en-USdren with special needs of any kind. It pro vides the ability for parent training and for en-USfamilies 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, Immokalee Health Education Site, 1441 Her en-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-USLets Talken-USLets Talk is a workshop for Parents on en-US How to Communicate Better with their Chilen-US -en-US dren. The workshop will be held on June 11 en-US from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. at the Center for Child en-US Strees and Health, FSU College of Medicine, en-US 1441 Heritage Boulevard, Immokalee, FL en-US 34142. Pizza Night! Kids are invited to creen-US -en-US ate their own healthy pizza. Free dinner and en-US childcare Provided. RSVP not required but en-US appreciated at or en-US call 239-658-3123.en-US Taller para familias sobre cmo comuen-US -en-US nicarse mejor con sus hijos 11 de Junio | en-US 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 1441 Heritage Boulevard, en-US Immokalee, FL 34142. Noche de Pizza para en-US los Nios! Los nios estn invitados a venir en-US y crear su propia pizza saludable. No se reen-US -en-US quiere reservacin, pero se agradece fsusen-US -en-US 239-658-3123.en-USiTech Summer Classen-USSummer ELL Classes from Jen-US une 5 to en-US July 26, Monday Thursday from 8 en-US a.m.-12 p.m. en-US The class is $30. Must be en-US 16 years old to attend and not enrolled in en-US the K-12 system. ELCATE is tuition exempt. en-US Some students may qualify to receive free en-US tuition.en-US Clases De Ingls Del Verano 5 de Junio en-US 26 de Julio Lunes Jueves 8 a.m. -12 p.m. en-US $30en-US Klas Angl Nan Sezon EteA 5 Juin 26 en-US Juy Lendi Jedi 8 A.M. 12 P.M. $30en-USLooking for volunteersen-USOne of the best investments we can make en-US in the life of a child is in their early education experiences. We are looking for volunteers. en-USThe goal of the Literacy Buddy Program is to en-US put books into the hands of 3, 4 and 5-year en-US old children. Once you volunteer, you are matched with a child in a preschool con en-UStracted by the coalition. Your child writes to en-US you and tells you what they are interested in en-US and then you write back and include a book about those interests. These exchanges hap en-USpen three times during the school year. Its a en-US great way to start a young child on the path en-US to literacy and the love of learning. For more en-US information visit and click on the Big Buddy Button. 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. 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. Coming soon to the Firehouse Community Theatre This season the Firehouse Community Theatre will offer two Summer Youth Pro en-USgrams. These Summer Youth camps offers en-US area children the experience of live theatre. en-US Registration fees are $50 per child, $25 for additional children in a family. The rst Summer Youth Program will en-USbe for the older kids ages 10 to 16. THE en-US GREAT AMERICAN TALENT SHOW directed en-US 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 en-USbe for the younger kids ages ve to 10. en-US MONSTER IN THE CLOSET directed by Kylie en-US Bancroft and Valerie Shough. Play dates are: en-US June 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m.en-US For more info call 863-675-3066 (leave a message) or online at www.rehousecom 1 Plant owner: Abbr. 4 Quieted (down) 10 Novelist Clancy 13 Go it alone 14 Starting squads 15 Commotion 16 *Tailors fabric marker 18 Fortysomething, e.g. 19 Parts of stairs 20 Paving supply 21 Suits actress Torres 22 Oft-blessed outburst 23 *Like a job that doesnt cause ulcers 25 Nonstick kitchen brand 26 Pro offering IRA advice 28 Netherworld 29 Uppity one 31 Chapter in a geology text, maybe 33 Finished first 34 *Anna Sewell novel narrated by a horse 38 Early hrs. 39 Misspell or misspeak 40 Woodshop tools 43 NCIS actor Joe 46 Personal connections 48 Extinct emu-like bird 49 *Icon in billpaying software 53 Top-selling Toyota 55 __ Hashanah 56 Bambi doe 57 Runway figures 58 What was __ do? 59 Remember what I said! ... and a hint to what can follow each part of the answers to starred clues 61 Jazz genre 62 Layered rock 63 Pull up stakes, to Realtors 64 USCG rank 65 Hardly boastful 66 Dreyers partner in ice cream 1 Tribesman in a Cooper title 2 Apparently spontaneous public gathering 3 Loggers contest 4 Spending limits 5 Completed the course? 6 Slowly, to Mozart 7 Colorful parrot 8 Mideast leaders 9 High-speed www connection 10 Rolled up to the jetway 11 Danish birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen 12 Marshy tract 13 Torn-off paper pieces 17 McDonalds founder Ray 21 Research funding sources 23 Carefree diversion 24 __ shalt not ... 27 Push-up targets, briefly 30 Boil briefly, as asparagus 32 Honest __ 33 Tip off 35 Out of control 36 Composer Satie 37 Whined 41 Urbane 42 States as fact 43 Book copier of yore 44 Particle of light 45 __ Fables 47 Garbage vessel 50 Bingo relative 51 No right __: road sign 52 Jack of The Texas Rangers 54 Really love 57 Computer game title island 59 Studio with a lion mascot 60 Submissions to an ed. rf ntb rfnntb ttEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis 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 en-USCommunity Briefs 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 nighttime/overnight hours. Estimated proj en-USect completion is fall 2018. The contractor is Horsepower Electric, Inc. US 41 from Golden Gate Parkway to en-USOrchid Drive: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent south bound lane closures during nighttime/over en-USnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, en-US while crews replace a driveway, weather en-US permitting. Motorists should use caution as en-US crews work in the roadway. en-USCollier County Road Watch


8 Immokalee Bulletin May 24, 2018 The board of directors of The Immokalee Foundation has appointed long-time foun dation employee Noemi Perez as the orga nizations executive director effective July 1, 2018. Steven Kissinger, who has served as the foundations executive director since 2014, will assume the position of vice president of Take Stock in Children of Florida on July 1. Perez, who was raised in Immokalee, has worked for The Immokalee Foundation for nine years and currently serves as the foun dations program services director. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Hodges University, Perez chose to use her knowledge and experience to serve her community through The Immokalee Foun dations programs and services. As a lifelong Immokalee resident, Noemi brings a unique and important perspective to our work that will serve the foundation in meaningful ways, said Joyce Hagen, chair of The Immokalee Foundations board of directors. We appreciate the substantial advancements made under Stevens leader ship and look forward to our next chapter in creating pathways to success for the youth of Immokalee with Noemi at the helm. Perez will lead the foundation following several years of successful growth and sol id nancial health. The organization also has achieved the coveted 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Perez is member of the Hodges Univer sity Alumni Advisory Board, Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, Immokalee Techni cal College Advisory Board, and The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Foundation Alumni Association. She completed the Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN) program in 2016, the same year she was honored by Gulfshore Business maga zine as a 40 Under 40 professional. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to professional careers through support, mentoring and tutoring, 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 Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 CONGRATULATIONS MARITZA L. GONZALEZ and the Class of 2018 Extremely proud of you, and your accomplishments, wishing you the best in the future. Love Always, Marciano and Monica Calderon Congratulations Eliana and Gary,Wishing you the best! Love Dad and Mom Atanasio & Norma RB Harvesting & Trucking,Inc. TIF appoints Noemi Perez as new executive director