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The banks current President, Cary Soud said it took 94 years to get a full service bank in Immokalee.The new bank is located at 316 North 15th Street in Immokalee. The newly designed bank compliments the community of Immokalee beautifully. The bank and its full services are managed by Bernardo Barnhart, Vice President-Area Manager. Barnhart is a native of Immokalee. He attended the area schools and went on to further his education and graduated from Florida State. Barnardo is very visable in the commu nity of Immokalee. He is currently a mem ber of the Rotary Club of Immokalee, the local Immokalee Chamber of Commerce, a member of the MSTU (Lighting & Beautica tion Committee) and is an announcer at IHS football games. Bernardo is denitely a role model for any young resident who is trying to make a difference in their community with further ing their education and coming back to Im mokalee. Bernardo is married to Michelle, a teach er with the Collier County School District, and they have three children. The community of Immokalee and The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce wel come First One Bank with all of its full bank ing services. At the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony two lo cal community businesses surprised Barn hart with his unique avors of ice cream in his mobile wagon for the community to taste from Ralph Hester of the Immokalee Raceway and Buddy Fuller who prepared his delicious Pulled Pork Sandwiches for all the attendees. First1Bank has opened an Immokalee branch The Braden Hospitals Certicate of Need (CON) has been approved by Flori das Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA). Although the approval by ACHA can be challenged by other healthcare in stitutions one more time (a challenge must be led within 21 days from June 1), it is clear that the Braden Hospitals application was successful in demonstrating to the state what the residents of Ave Maria and Im mokalee have known for a while: it is time to build a hospital in Eastern Collier County. The Braden Hospital staff wish to thank everyone who has helped us reach this im portant goal and we look forward to forging partnerships with all of the shareholders in the community. We humbly ask for your continued support as we champion the health needs of our community and as we work towards opening the doors to the new hospital. The hospital will provide Ave Maria, Im mokalee and the surrounding rural commu nities with needed hospital services such as: 24 hour emergency care Inpatient care Swing bed care Pharmacy Infusion center Imaging Laboratory Rehabilitation Cardiorespiratory The hurricane that swept through the Immokalee and Ave Maria area left us iso lated from hospitals in Lee and Collier coun ty. We had a tremendous need and little to no resources. This brought home to us the need for a local hospital so that we will have access to healthcare in an emergency, said Dr. Braden, Owner, Managing Physician of the Braden Clinic. Florida regulators approve plans for Braden Hospital in Ave Maria Courtesy photo/ Fred N. Thomas, Jr Carey Soud, President of First1Bank had the job of cutting the ribbon as com munity members and bank personal looked on. By Jennifer L. Kupiec Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools For the students of Highlands Elementa ry School (HLE), reading has been a focus since the arrival of Principal Laura Mendici no. I believe we must encourage students to read for enjoyment because reading teaches children about the world around them and breeds creativity, allowing time to explore imaginary places. Reading for plea sure is also strongly correlated to academic achievement and increased employment opportunities later in life. To me, thats a win-win! Mendicino said. Three years ago, only 25 percent of HLEs third grade students were reading on grade level at the end of the year per state stan dardized testing. The school adjusted its focus and implemented many opportunities to celebrate student achievement and chal lenge students to reach higher. One example, over the past three years, HLE has gone from 19,000 Reading Counts points to 77,000 annual points. How? Media Specialist, Pete Cade, has worked closely HLE Principal sleeps on school roof for reading points Courtesy photo Principal Mendicino on the Highlands Elementary School roof prepares to spend the night there in her tent. See Reading Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin June 7, 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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If they meet their goal, Principal Mendicino has to do something crazy. Over the past three years, shares Men dicino, the students have crushed their reading goals! Principal Mendicino has had to kiss a pig, hold a snake, and most recently, sleep on the roof of the school. According to Mendicino, Our annual Reading Counts challenge motivates our stu dents to read nightly. Research shows that students who read 20 minutes each night read on average 1,800,000 words per year and typically score within the 90th percentile on standardized tests. How do the students feel about Mendi cino sleeping on the schools roof? At rst I was scared for her safety. But then I was excited to see Mrs. Mendicino camping on the roof so I began reading more each night. I wanted to help the school reach the goal! shares fth grade student, Joaquin Renteria Vega. And the results of the Reading Counts challenge have been proven. This years goal was to reach 60,000 points and the stu dents surpassed that by over 17,000 points! And after only three years, 61 percent of HLEs third grade students are reading on grade level per our most recent Florida Stan dards Assessment (FSA) scores. Thats a 36 percent increase of students reading on grade level in just three years! Principal Mendicino has set the goal for the 2018-19 school year at 100,000 Reading Counts points. We cant wait to see what crazy thing she has to do next year! Reading Continued From Page 1 NAPLES The fourth annual Guada lupe Charity Golf Classic raised more than $72,000 as a record 132 golfers and 15 business sponsors helped infuse additional nancial support into Guadalupe Centers summer enrichment program. The event, which was held at Vineyards Country Club in Naples, included a lunch buffet, championship golf, cocktails, eve ning hors doeuvres, silent auction and awards party. The First Florida Integrity Bank team of Brad Butrum, Dan Grifn, Jack Grifn and Chuck Sammons won the scramble to win rst place among 33 teams that entered the Golf Classic. The golf tournament was a resounding success, and we couldnt have asked for a better turnout, said Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center. In fact, weve already decided to hold our fth an nual Golf Classic next year. See you on April 8, 2019, at Vineyards Country Club! Guadalupe Centers summer enrichment program is offered free of charge to 350 Im mokalee-area students identied as at-risk of failure by the Collier County School District. The nonprot organization strives to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, and its educa tional programs serve children from infancy through high school graduation. Beyond individual golfers and donors who helped make the Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic a success, these business spon sors also provided assistance: Platinum sponsors: Vineyards Country Club and the Seminole Tribe of Florida Gold sponsors: BCB Homes, Fifth Third Bank, First Florida Integrity Bank and Lee Health Foundation Silver sponsor: The Moglia Family Foundation on behalf of Amy and Paul Heu erman Bronze sponsor: London Bay Homes Hole-in-one sponsors: Audi of Naples and Naples Inniti Media and lunch sponsor: Gulfshore Life Auction partners: Naples Wine Collec tion, Ritz-Carlton Tiburon Golf Resort, Sea sons 52 and Tastebuds Custom Catering For more information, please contact Guadalupe Center at 239-657-7711 or visit Guadalupe Center raises more than $72,000 at fourth annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic NAPLES Guadalupe Center Board of Trustee President Linda Yost has announced the appointment of three new members to the nonprot organizations Board of Trust ees. Abel Jaimes, Marguerite Hambleton and Mark Nagan join Guadalupe Centers 22-member board that serves as an advo cate and ambassador for the children of Im mokalee. The leadership of our Board of Trustees has been exemplary, and their expertise and enthusiasm help guide the entire organiza tion, from myself and our leadership team down to teachers and students, said Dawn Montecalvo, Guadalupe Center president. Our board members also are some of Gua dalupe Centers most active volunteers and generous donors, and their commitment to this organization is unquestionably strong. Jaimes is director of the Title I program for the Collier County School District, focus ing on enhancing education for the regions low-income students and schools. He also has been a teacher and principal in Im mokalee schools, and is the parent of three high school students in Guadalupe Centers Tutor Corps program. Jaimes was raised in Immokalee and is still a resident of the com munity, and is involved with several area organizations, include the Kiwanis Club of Immokalee. Hambleton is the former president and CEO of AAA Western & Central New York. She was director of the Buffalo, N.Y. branch of the Federal Reserve and has been an in dependent trustee of the M&T U.S. Treasury Money Market Fund since 2005. Hambleton has served on many professional boards, including the Greater Buffalo Partnership to the Boy Scouts, Western New York Public Broadcasting, Canisius College, SPCA, HSBC Bank and The Buffalo Club. Since retiring from a manufacturing com pany he founded, Nagan has become in grained with several Collier County nonprof it organizations. He is an active Rotarian and works on Habitat for Humanity projects in Immokalee every Monday, and is responsi ble for the creation of 12 little free libraries in Collier and Iowa. Nagan has volunteered as a big buddy at Guadalupe Centers Buddy Day for more than a decade and con tinues to mentor Tutor Corps students pur suing careers in engineering. Guadalupe Center is a nonprot orga nization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. The center operates an Early Childhood Education Program, After-School and Summer Enrichment Program, and the college preparatory Tutor Corps Program. For more information, please visit Guadalu or call 239-657-7711. About Guadalupe Center Guadalupe Center is a purpose-driven, nonprot organization with proven results in creating endless possibilities for the students of Immokalee through education and fos tering personal and academic success that leads to economic independence. With a fo cus on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, Guadalupe Center is proud of the childrens accomplishments: 94 percent ex ceed kindergarten readiness measures, 100 percent of Tutor Corps high school seniors graduate high school and are accepted into college, and more than 90 percent graduat ed with a post-secondary degree. Guadalupe Center appoints three new members to its Board of Trustees


June 7, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 Summer is the peak season in Florida for one of the nations deadliest weather phe nomena lightning. Wed like to take the time to remind you that when thunder roars, go indoors. On average, lightning accounts for more deaths per year than tornados. We have people working outdoors in this county every day. Remember, the safest place to be during lightning activity is a large enclosed building. If you are away from a building, the second safest location is an enclosed vehicle (car, van, etc.), but not a convertible, on a bike, or in other topless or soft top vehicles. If you are caught outdoors with no shelter nearby, stay away from tall trees. Crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as the tree is tall. Historically, the months of June, July and August are the deadliest months for light ning strikes in South Florida. This is due to the combination of our regions near daily thunderstorms and the plethora of outdoor activities held during this time when children are out of school. Nevertheless, lightning is a threat year-round in South Florida. Lightning safety tips for inside the home include: Avoid contact with corded phones. Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you plan to unplug any elec tronic equipment, do so well before the storm arrives. Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower, wash dishes or do laundry. Stay away from windows and doors; stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete oors or lean against concrete walls. For more information visit Please think ahead to keep your family safe. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Summer is the Peak Season in Florida for Lightning Strikes When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) strives to nd loving homes for all animals that enter its shelter. But, June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month so throughout this month the focus is on shelter cats. DAS encourages you to come check out its Certi ed Pre-owned Cats. DAS is offering huge savings on all cat adoptions during June. All cat adoptions, all ages, are just $10.00 (regularly $60.00). DAS has all makes and models of cats with standard four-paw drive, free microchip and a 100,000-purr warranty. Big or small DAS have them all. Adoption hours are Monday through Sat urday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at our main Naples shelter, 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104. Adoption hours at the Immokalee shelter, 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, Immoka lee, Florida 34142, are Tuesday through Sat urday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, ea treatment, heartworm test for dogs, FELV/FIV test for cats, and 30 days of free pet insurance. Thats a value of more than $400. For more information, call DAS at (239) 252-PETS (7387), or go to Domestic Animal services celebrates Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month Monday, June 11: U.S. 41 East and Bayshore Drive Redlight running Collier Boulevard and Rattlesnake Ham mock Road Speeding Immokalee Road at I75 southbound exit Aggressive driving Tuesday, June 12: Livingston Road and Positano Circle Speeding Pine Ridge Road and Napa Boulevard Red-light running U.S. 41 North and Strada Place Redlight running Wednesday, June 13: Coronado and Golden Gate parkways Aggressive driving Golden Gate and Collier boulevards Speeding Airport-Pulling Road and Orange Blos som Drive Aggressive driving Collier Trafc Enforcement Spots


4 Immokalee Bulletin June 7, 2018 Hurricane season started on June 1 and ends Nov. 30, and making a hurricane plan ahead of time and stocking up on vital sup plies will go a long way toward helping you and your loved ones stay safe in a storm. Your Collier County Sheriffs Ofce offers these basic tips to help yo u before, during and after a storm: Before a storm Stock up on essential supplies and secure all important documents in an accessible lo cation. Use CCSOs suggested supply list and make sure to include anything else that may be important for you and your family. Develop a family disaster plan that meets the specic needs of your family by visiting Dont forget to also develop a pet disaster plan by micro-chipping your pet, keeping current on vaccinations and determining how to keep your pet safe during the storm. Contact Collier County Domestic Animal Services at 239-252-PETS (7387) for more information. CCSO and Naples Police Department have implemented the Smart911 database that al lows citizens to create a secure safety prole of vital personal and household information, including medications, medical conditions and even photographs of each member of the household. Information about family pets can also be entered. The safety prole will be displayed to 911 call-takers immedi ately when that citizen places an emergency call. This safety prole provides much richer information than is currently available on incoming calls and can contain the specic details that rst responders need in order to save lives. Smart911 is free and 100 percent private and secure. Safety proles can be created by visiting During a Storm Keep telephone numbers of local emer gency responders readily available. Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services can be reached at 239.252.3600 for a wide va riety of public concerns including shelter, weather updates and disaster recovery infor mation. The Sheriffs Ofce non-emergency hotline can also be reached at 239-252-9300. Only call 911 if you are faced with an imme diate, life-threatening emergency. CCSO will also provide updates through out the storm through its website, www.; its Facebook page, www.; and its Twitter account, CCSO will also send out push notications as necessary on its iPhone and Android app, CCSO2go, which is free and available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores. If you choose to evacuate your home and go to a shelter, it is recommended to bring any prescription medications, drinking wa ter, snacks, bedding (ex: air mattress), enter tainment items to help pass the time, and at least one pair of clothing. Follow local media reports about shelter openings. A person with specic medical needs can qualify to go to a special needs shelter to ensure they receive any needed treatment during the storm. CCEM maintains a Per sons With Special Needs registry. Persons with special needs must register prior to a storm. After a Storm If you evacuate, make sure to bring along photo identication (ex: drivers license) and proof of residency (ex: copy of a utility bill) in order to re-enter your home. Before re-entering your home after evac uation, emergency responders will have to ensure it is safe to return. Please be patient as emergency responders must take debris, ooding and other hazards into consider ation. If your property has endured signicant damage requiring repair, make sure to hire licensed contractors. Unlicensed persons may try to solicit business immediately fol lowing a storm and will often ask for pay ments up-front and perform little to no re pair work. The Federal Trade Commission works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices. To le a complaint or learn more about contractor fraud, visit, or call toll free at 1-877-FTCHELP (1-877-382-4357). Supply List The National Hurricane Center suggests residents should put together a disaster sup ply kit before a hurricane hits the Collier County area. A supply kit should contain at least the following items: Water at least one gallon daily per per son for about three to seven days Food supply should last about three to seven days. Types of food include: nonperishable packaged or canned food/juices foods for infants or the elderly snack foods a nonelectric can opener cooking tools and fuel paper plates and plastic utensils Bedding blankets, pillows, air mat tresses, etc. Clean clothing everyday clothes and rain gear Medical necessities rst aid kit and medications Any special items especially for infants or the elderly Toiletries and hygiene items Flashlights with batteries and a box of matches Battery operated or hand-crank radio Fully charged cell phone(s) with back up charger Cash, credit cards and change banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods following a hurricane Keys to your home, vehicle(s), safes, etc. Toys, books and games Important documents insurance in formation, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security cards, and any other forms of photo identication such as a drivers license or passport. These docu ments should be safely contained in a wa terproof container or a plastic bag A set of tools Remember to ll your vehicles gas tank Pet care items identication/shot re cords/medications, ample supply of food and water, and a carrier or cage. 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 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 Ana at 239.657.6000 today, and let us start spreading the word about your business. 107 W. 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June 7, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 Say Yes Say Yes Say Yes Say Yes to Flavor to Flavor GrEeNwIsE ChIcKeN Is AiR-ChIlLeD GrEeNwIsE ChIcKeN Is AiR-ChIlLeD GrEeNwIsE ChIcKeN Is AiR-ChIlLeD GrEeNwIsE ChIcKeN Is AiR-ChIlLeD FoR OpTiMaL TaStE, AnD RaIsEd FoR OpTiMaL TaStE, AnD RaIsEd WiTh No AnTiBiOtIcS EvEr. WiTh No AnTiBiOtIcS EvEr. can help you overcome: Limited assets for a down payment Low credit Income and budget challenges personalized service that helps you get approved, fast decision making, and low that qualify you for key programs like Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance, where available FCBs comprehensive new website, with a range of free tools that help you get to closing days faster All credit applications are subject to credit and underwriting guidelines and approval. Non-business purposes loan only. NMLS #486539 5936 0917 r Speak to our team at 1-877-313-9103 Homeownership is a dream that FCB can help you make happen, and its easier than you think! fnt b By Chris Felker INI Florida The past month was the rainiest May ever recorded in the history of Big Cypress National Preserve, according to hydrologist Robert (Bob) Sobczak, who works for the National Park Service there and writes a blog at His journal, he writes, illustrates and celebrates the continuously changing and always interesting wetlands, waterways and watersheds of South Florida. Bobs blog reported Friday, June 1, that while the long-term average for rainfall during May in the sprawling Southwest Flor ida preserve (which covers a large part of Collier County) is 4 inches, this year there was a record 9.5 inches of rain during May, breaking the 2009 record on the last day of the month with another record rainfall. And now its June, Mr. Sobczak wrote, noting that over the long term, its our rain iest month. This record comes on the heels of the just-concluded dry season, which was the second-driest dry season drought of re cord with just 5 inches of precipitation, and last rainy seasons new ood of record with 70 inches of rain in 2017. Big Cypress National Preserve sees wettest May on record Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Courtesy of Go Hydrology blog Record rainfall on Thursday, May 31, added up to culminate in the wettest May ever at Big Cypress National Preserve.


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: Florida State University College of Medicine, en-USImmokalee 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-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 en-US11 de Junio en-US 5 p.m. 7 p.m.en-US 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 en-US June 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 in the life of a child is in their early education en-USexperiences. We are looking for volunteers. en-US The goal of the Literacy Buddy Program is to en-US put books into the hands of 3, 4 and 5-year en-US old children. Once you volunteer, you are 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. 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 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. For more info call 863-675-3066 (leave a message) or online at www.rehousecom 6 Immokalee Bulletin Thursday, June 7, 2018 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 tue, 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. Pe ts/Supplies Happy Jack Xylexide is a fungicidal shampoo to treat ringworm & allergies. For dogs & horses. JACK & ANNS FEED & SUPPLY ( 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 Trales Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Keiths Towing 903 Alachua St. Immokalee, FL 34142 239-657-5741 Auction Date: 06/18/18 @ 9a.m. 1995 FORD VIN#1FTEE14N0SHA95408 2005 NISSIAN VIN#5N1AR18U25C765025 2002 NISSIAN VIN#3N1CB51D82L613725 Auctions Auctions 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 R oo ng R oo ng 1999 OLDS VIN# 1G3NG52M2X6303190 Auction Date: JUNE 18, 2018 at 9 am Mikeys Towing 6450 Bottlebrush Lane Naples, FL 34109 239-200-3762 Auctions Auctions spaper elp ime wisely rea y life Reding a e th pportuni o get volv i your mmuniy.No wnde nwpape eaer are ore popular! Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! ading pe k you a mo ormed and en-USCommunity Briefs Collier County Road Watch en-USI-75 from Alligator Alley (mile marker 61) en-US to just north of SR 78 (exit 143): Construcen-US-en-US tion 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 en-US is Horsepower Electric, Inc.en-US I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area (mile marken-US-en-US er 63): Construction project: Work is unen-US -en-US derway to build a new rest area and waen-US -en-US ter treatment plant on the north side of the en-US roadway. Estimated project completion is en-US spring 2018. The contractor is West Conen-US -en-US struction, Inc.en-US US 41 from Pine Ridge Road to Sandpine en-US Drive: Construction project: Crews will be en-US placing sidewalk, drainage structures and en-US lighting on the east side of US 41. Crews en-US will also resurface the intersection of US 41 en-US and Pelican Bay Boulevard. Work occurs en-US during daytime and nighttime hours. Motoren-US -en-US ists should expect intermittent lane closures en-US through the duration of the project during en-US nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 en-US a.m. Drivers should use caution traveling in en-US this area. Estimated completion is summer en-US 2018. The contractor is American Lighting en-US & Signalization, Inc.en-US US 41 from Golden Gate Parkway to en-US Orchid Drive: Maintenance permit project: en-US Motorists should expect intermittent southen-US -en-US bound lane closures during nighttime/overen-US-en-US night hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, while crews replace a driveway, weather en-USpermitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work in the roadway. en-USUS 41 from Habitat Drive to SR 951/Col lier Boulevard: Maintenance permit proj en-USect: Motorists should expect intermittent en-US southbound lane closures during daytime hours weekdays, while crews perform un en-USderground utility work, weather permitting. en-US Motorists should use caution as crews work in the roadway. SR 29 from South 7th Street to South en-US2nd Street: Maintenance contract project: Motorists should expect intermittent east en-USbound lane closures during daytime hours, en-US while crews make water main connections, en-US weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work near the roadway. en-US8th Street NE from Golden Gate Boule en-USvard to Randall Boulevard: Construction en-US project: This project constructs a new en-US bridge over the Cypress Canal. Crews will en-US also widen existing lanes, add sidewalk to en-US the west side of the roadway and improve en-US drainage throughout the project area. Work en-US will occur during daytime hours. Motorists en-US should expect intermittent lane closures en-US from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local area residents en-US will have access at all times. Motorists and pedestrians should use caution while trav eling in this area. Estimated project com en-USpletion is spring 2019. The contractor is Bergeron Land Development, Inc.


June 7, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 1 Crawled, perhaps 5 Broadway show whose title woman can coax the blues right out of the horn 9 Renege, with out 12 Andalusian appetizer 13 Accord competitor 15 Hole starter 16 Postal service 18 __-pitch 19 Kanakaredes of CSI: NY 20 Plastered 22 Curled-lip look 23 Brigades, e.g. 25 The tar, in Spanish 27 Anonymous John 28 The Black Cat author 31 __ moss 32 Mountains dividing Europe and Asia 35 With 37-Across, sentence openings, and what the ends of 16-, 23-, 47-, and 57-Across can be when rearranged 37 See 35-Across 40 Hop follower 41 Modest dress 42 NASCAR __ 43 Lion or tiger 45 Exercises begun in a supine position 47 You made your point 50 ... if you want to __ mans character, give him power: Lincoln 54 Part of 56-Across 55 Eats pretzels, say 56 Google hit 57 Form small teams at school 60 What I may indicate 61 Common soccer score 62 Only 63 June honorees 64 Blind component 65 Breyers competitor 1 Restrains 2 Like Madame Tussauds figures 3 Traditional temptation 4 Manhattan Oscar nominee Hemingway 5 Galaxy gp. 6 Source of 20s, briefly 7 Harmful gas 8 One of the Bronts 9 Dishonorably dismissed 10 Bird thats probably not wise and certainly not old 11 Trudges 13 Fit __ fiddle 14 One way to think 17 Mesmerized 21 Porcine sniffer 23 Kazakhstan border sea 24 Collecting Soc. Sec. 26 Arthur who won a Tony for 5-Across 28 IBM 5150s, e.g. 29 Furniture wood 30 Inner circles, in astronomy models 33 Coach Parseghian 34 s hallucinogen 36 Old Bristol-Myers toothpaste 37 Beer choice 38 College email ending 39 Extreme summit 41 Former space station 44 Solve __ decimal places 45 Reddish-brown horse 46 Bagel choice 47 Eat loudly 48 Main artery 49 Mars pair 51 Drew back 52 NFL analyst Bradshaw 53 Beasts of burden 55 St. Louis-toChicago dir. 58 Place to see RVs 59 NFL mistake rfntbn rffnt nbnEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Free Speech Free AdsYour community directory is a click away! en-USHOMESTEAD Everglades National Park en-US and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservaen-US-en-US tion Commission (FWC) are partnering toen-US -en-US gether to expand efforts to remove Burmese en-US pythons from within the park. The partneren-US-en-US ship will expand the parks Python Removal en-US Authorized Agent Program by allowing paid en-US FWC contractors to remove pythons in Everen-US -en-US glades National Park. The expansion will trien-US-en-US ple the maximum allowed number of particen-US -en-US ipants in the park from 40 to 120, allow FWC en-US contractors to use rearms or other humane en-US methods to euthanize pythons in the wild, en-US and qualify additional trained NPS personnel en-US to live capture and turn in pythons. The puren-US -en-US pose of this controlled invasive species manen-US -en-US agement program remains to remove invaen-US-en-US sive pythons and other invasive species from en-US the wild and advance research in methods en-US to control pythons. en-US The Park is working closely with the FWC en-US on the terms of the agreement which would en-US allow FWC contractors to engage in python en-US removals in the park, potentially as early as en-US July 2018. en-US We are excited to partner with FWC on en-US invasive species management and are ceren-US-en-US tain this partnership will increase python en-US removals within our park, said Everglades en-US National Park Superintendent Pedro Ramos. en-US We worked hard in planning this expanen-US -en-US sion to ensure it wont harm the park and its en-US exceptional resources. en-US To that end, the Park and the FWC will en-US hold a required Everglades National Park en-US orientation for the contractors so they fully en-US understand the parks program and rules en-US they must follow prior to beginning removen-US -en-US als within the park. en-US We appreciate the support and efforts of en-US our partners, especially Everglades National en-US Park and Superintendent Ramos. With the en-US leadership and support of Gov. Scott and our en-US Commissioners, we have seen a signicant en-US increase in efforts and results to remove en-US the Burmese pythons and other invasive en-US species, said FWC Executive Director, Eric en-US Sutton. Our success moving forward relies en-US on everyone pulling together collectively en-US including agencies, nonprots, private landen-US-en-US owners and individual citizens. en-US Burmese pythons pose a signicant en-US threat to the Everglades ecosystem. Along en-US with State, Federal, Tribal, and local parten-US -en-US ners, Everglades National Park and the FWC en-US have invested millions of dollars and counten-US-en-US less hours in developing and testing ways to en-US remove pythons from the Everglades. While en-US this research has improved knowledge of the python population, eliminating pythons en-USusing current technology is impossible. en-US Search and removal by trained individuals remains the best method to remove py thons. The park used volunteers for remov en-USal in the past, and while it will continue to en-US do so, the addition of FWC contractors will en-US allow greater numbers of skilled people to engage in removals than ever before. While hunting remains prohibited by law in Everglades National Park, said Ever en-USglades National Park Superintendent Pedro en-US Ramos, we believe the expansion of the program to include allowing FWC contrac en-UStors to remove pythons in the park will be en-US welcomed by concerned citizens that want en-US to play a role in helping with this signicant problem. The FWC designed the Python Removal Contractor Program to further engage qual en-USied individuals with python management en-US efforts. Python removal contractors are paid for their efforts to survey for and, when pos en-USsible, capture Burmese pythons in specic en-US areas which will soon include Everglades en-US National Park. They may also respond to en-US survey requests in areas where pythons have been reported. Burmese pythons became established en-USin Florida as a result of escaped or released en-US pets. People should never release nonnative en-US pets in the wild in Florida. It is illegal and can en-US negatively impact native wildlife and habitat. The FWC has an Exotic Pet Amnesty Pro gram that allows nonnative pets to be sur rendered without penalty. For more information about the FWCs en-USPython Removal Contractor Program or en-US Exotic Pet Amnesty Program, visit MyFWC. com/Python. en-USFor more information about invasive Bur en-USmese pythons in Everglades National Park: mese-python.htm en-USFor more information about python man en-USagement in the Park: ever/learn/nature/npspythonmanagement. htm Everglades National Park and FWC to expand python removal efforts


8 Immokalee Bulletin June 7, 2018 By Helen Midney, Guadalupe Center Special to the Immokalee Bulletin It was 90-minute ceremony that ultimate ly will change their lives. Although the magnitude of becoming a Tutor Corps student likely hasnt yet hit them, 29 Immokalee students took the rst major step toward college by saying yes on Tuesday, May 15. Guadalupe Center held a formal induc tion ceremony to welcome a new group of underclassmen into Tutor Corps, a college preparatory program that has produced an astonishing 100 percent college admission rate for 13 consecutive years. It truly is a life-changing program, said Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Gua dalupe Center. Our Tutor Corps students show great academic promise and leader ship abilities, and our objective is to help prepare them for college while reducing nancial obstacles that often pose roadblocks in higher education. Tutor Corps students are eligible for Gua dalupe Center scholarships of up to $16,000, and the average wage earned by tutoring younger children in Guadalupe Centers pro grams is $2,500 annually. Additionally, Gua dalupe Center staff members help students secure merit and need-based scholarships to defray the cost of a college education. The 29 members of Tutor Corps Class of 2018, for example, were offered an estimated $2.6 million in scholarships, grants and nancial aid. Weve all heard the phrase money is no object, but in reality, money is an object a big roadblock that prevents many capable students from pursuing a college degree, Montecalvo said. Guadalupe Center has mitigated that roadblock for Tutor Corps stu dents. The newly inducted Tutor Corps students include 25 incoming freshmen and four in coming sophomores. Throughout their time at Immokalee High, Tutor Corps students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average while leaning on an adult mentor for guid ance and support. Guadalupe Center staff also provide workshops on nancial literacy and public speaking in addition to SAT and ACT prep. Federal statistics show that a bachelors degree leads to about $1 million more in life time earnings compared to individuals with high school diplomas. Put simply, a college degree is a difference maker in an impov erished community like Immokalee, where the U.S. Census reports only 7.7 percent of adults have a college degree and the aver age annual household income is $38,071. By comparison, the Florida average is 37.2 percent and $69,936, respectively. Guadalupe Centers mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, and the fact that weve been able to send every Tutor Corps graduate to college and a achieve a 92 per cent college graduation rate for more than a decade is a testament that were fullling our mission, Montecalvo said. For more information about Guadalupe Centers Tutor Corps program, please visit or call 239-657-7711. Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 Guadalupe Center opening doors to higher education for another 29 Immokalee students through Tutor Corps A section of passenger railroad in Alaska called the Hurricane Turn. Rather than mak ing scheduled station stops, it operates as a ag-stop meaning passengers in this remote area can simply wave the train down to stop. Its one of the last true ag-stop trains in the U.S. Did You Know?