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Publix at La Piazza Publix Center is now open8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily4975 Avila Ave., Ave Maria FL 34142 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, September 6, 2018 Vol. 51 No. 36 NAPLES Guadalupe Center again has earned a ve-star rating from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, an assessment signifying the Immokalee center is offering a safe, high-quality learning envi ronment for children. The coalitions Southwest Florida Stars program is a voluntary rating system, much like an accreditation, that evaluates child care providers in Collier, Lee, Hendry and Glades counties through on-site visits and data collections. Guadalupe Center is the only preschool in Collier County to earn a ve-star rating for four consecutive years, said Dawn Mon tecalvo, Guadalupe Center president. A strong early childhood education program sets students up for success once they reach elementary school, and were extreme ly proud of the fact that 94 percent of our students meet or exceed kindergarten readi ness standards. Guadalupe Center, which has a mission of overcoming poverty through education for the children of Immokalee, is among just a handful of Southwest Florida providers to earn a ve-star rating in 2018. According to the Florida Department of Children and Fam ilies, there are 654 registered providers oper ating in Southwest Florida, although not all pursue ratings through the Early Learning Coalition. The Early Learning Coalition evaluates childcare centers in six primary areas: health and safety; professional development and staff qualications; learning environment and classroom interactions; screening, as sessment and curriculum; family and com munity relationships; and professional re sponsibility. Rating teams visit each site and evaluate data to formulate results. The ve-star rating enables Guadalupe Center faculty to take advantage of free spe cialized training, personalized support, ac cess to educational scholarships, discounts on continuing education courses and mem berships to professional organizations. The Southwest Florida Stars top rating is earned by child care providers who vol untarily demonstrate a commitment to ex cellence in their services to children and families, said Susan Block, the Coalitions chief executive ofcer. Participation in this quality improvement and rating system assures distinctive care and education for children, family support and engagement, and an overall commitment to knowledge able, informed programming. Programs that strive to achieve the ve-star rating are to be commended for their dedication to the pro fession. Guadalupe Center has 307 children from infancy through ve years old in its Early Childhood Education Program, which in cludes The Martin Family Foundation Cam pus at Lake Trafford Elementary School, and has a waiting list that exceeds 500 children. The newly expanded SmartStart Program also provides weekly services for 50 children under the age of three, along with their fam ilies. Guadalupe Center earns ve-star rating from Early Learning Coalition By Geffory Ionescu Immokalee Bulletin There have been a lot of sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida. The veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) is a non-native lizard that has been present and breeding in Florida for about ten years. The species is native to the southwestern coastal regions of Saudi Ara bia and western Yemen, where it inhabits mountainous coastal regions, inland river valleys and agricultural lands where there is more moisture. In Florida its habit is in low density suburban development areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small towns. Veiled chameleons are not considered to be a threat to humans, but they might defend themselves when pro voked. The threat to native species is un known, but they could compete for insect prey with native lizards and potentially prey on smaller lizards. Chameleons are common in pet trade, they eat almost exclusively insects and are Sightings of veiled chameleons throughout southern Florida NAPLES Visitors to The Immokalee Foundations new website at https://im have the chance to meet several program participants and graduates through videos, photos and testi monials. On the home page, a prompt connects visitors to a video featuring students at var ious levels of success, including profession als who have achieved the ultimate goal of nancial independence in a career. The tes timonials include touching family histories and how each participant became involved in The Immokalee Foundations educational programs. Visitors to the site also learn about the history of the foundation as well as its cur rent programming. Staff, board members, community partners and sponsors also are featured. Photos throughout the site demon strate the foundation in action through its programs, including Immokalee Readers, Take Stock in Children, Career Development and Post-Secondary & Career Success; de tails about each effort show each programs performance by the numbers. The multimedia site is easy to navigate and places important information at the us TIF launches new website with focus on student success stories See Website Page 2 See Veiled Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin September 6, 2018 By Jennifer L. Kupiec Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools Mental wellness is a top priority for CCPS this school year. A focus will be on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) which is the process of devel oping and using the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that help youth and adults to: Identify and regulate emotions Develop positive relationships Make responsible decisions There are ve SEL priorities being implemented throughout CCPS this school year: 1. New Student 30-60 Day CheckIn 2. Handle with Care 3. Buddy Bench and We Dine To gether 4. Principal-led SEL Video Announce ments 5. Panorama SEL Student Voice Survey Last week, I shared information related to the New Student 30-60 Day Check-In. This week, well talk Handle with Care and Bud dy Benches/We Dine Together. Handle with Care will be implemented in elementary, middle, and high and focuses on student safety and mental well-being. It is an alert to staff regarding a student who has experienced a recent traumatic event. It is a just-in-time intervention that is situation al to the student. Teachers will utilize trauma sensitive inter ventions such as predictable classroom rou tines and tran sitions, positive communica tion, the antici pation of chal lenging times, and additional support to the student and look for observ able signs of student distress, such as change in personality or disengagement. Teachers will utilize the school psychologist or coun selor for assistance and support. Buddy Benches will be utilized at the ele mentary level. This priority focuses on social awareness and friendships on playgrounds, while promoting an inclusive school com munity. A Buddy Bench is where a student can go when he/she feels lonely at recess. It can serve as a gathering place and symbol izes a welcoming and inclusive environment on campus. Friendship ambassadors will be trained to look around from time to time to see if a classmate is using the bench and in vite him/her to play. The ambassadors will also help contribute to the overall positive school culture by modeling inclusivity. At the middle and high school levels, a new club called We Dine Together will be implemented. This priority fosters social awareness, advocacy, acts of kindness, resilience, and inclusivity. The student club includes a facul ty sponsor, a Be Strong State Representative student nominee, four student leaders, and student club members. The mission of the club is to go into the courtyard at lunchtime to make sure no one is sitting by himor her self and engage in related activities. Through the club members positive engaging ac tions, students will be able to assimilate into the school culture, form friendships, and learn to accept one another. Our SEL series will conclude next week as we review the nal two priorities, Princi pal-led SEL Video Announcements and the Panorama SEL Student Voice Survey. 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. Main St. Immokalee, FL (Across from Mimis Pinatas) HOURS: Monday-Fri 9:30am to 7pm Sat10am4pm We accept All Insurances. Lowest prices in town. New Pharmacy. Have Medical Supply (wheelchairs, walkers, canes etc). Se Habla Espaol 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 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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Visitors are never more than a click away from resources, including a donations page, events calendar, annual re port, photo and video galleries, a guide for mentors, information about how to get in volved, and much more. The press section not only helps working media stay informed about the foundations activities but also serves to bring up to speed anyone unfamiliar with The Immokalee Foundation. Online archives run from 2010 to the present, with information about previ ous fundraisers like the annual Charity Clas sic Celebration and Pro-Am golf tournament (scheduled this year for Nov. 9 and 12), as well as career panels, grants, awards and scholarships The Immokalee Foundation and its students have received. Our newly redesigned website is visually appealing, more engaging and user-friendly for our donors, mentors, families and com munity, said Noemi Perez, executive direc tor. Our goal is to provide the most up-todate information on the services we provide to our students, while offering a portal for those in the community who would like to learn more and support our efforts. 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 Website Continued From Page 1 excellent climbers. How can the public help? Melody Kilborn of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission says to not release nonnative animals into the Flori da ecosystem. It is illegal and can be harmful to the native wildlife: Be a responsible pet owner and know what that animal requires before taking one on as a pet. If you have a veiled chameleon as a pet and no longer want to keep it, please call the Exotic Spe cies Hotline at 1-888-483-3681 or partici pate in an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day, where pets like these can be surrendered with no penalty and adopted. Veiled chameleons are not protected in Florida, except by anti-cru elty laws, and can be removed from private property year-round with landowner per mission. Veiled Continued From Page 1 Students First


September 6, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 3 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 Now Accepting New Patients Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MDMedicaid and Most Insurances Accepted. Discounted Fees Based on Income. You can make an appointment with Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MD by calling 1-844-FHCSWF or 1-844-342-7935. Betsabee Castillo Guerrero, MD is accepting new patients at our First Choice Kidcare ofce located at: 930 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL 33935National Quality Leader Path Excellence in Patient Service Award Winner Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is currently offering name your price adoptions, the event began on September 1 an will run the entire month of September. The shelter is full and there are many home less pets seeking their forever homes. The shelter has been at or near capacity the whole summer. Space is a hot commod ity right now, said DAS Director Darcy An drade. We are very hopeful that adopters will jump on the chance to take home pets at a great price no price is too low or too high, added Andrade. Those that are unable to adopt a pet are encouraged to volunteer for DAS or donate to the DAS Donation Trust Fund. The Dona tion Trust Fund provides medical care for sick and injured homeless animals. Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, ea treatment, heartworm test for dogs, FELV/FIV test for cats, rabies vaccination and 30 days of free pet insurance. Thats a value of more than $400. For more information on DAS, visit www., stop by the shelter at 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples, Florida 34104, or call (239) 252-PETS (7387). Visit the Immokalee shelter at 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, Immoka lee, Florida 34142, or call at (239) 252-7065. County Domestic Animal Services Offers Name Your Price Adoptions You can show your children you support them by simply spending time with them! This Saturday, September 8, there will be lots of fun and services for the whole fam ily at the Immokalee Community Park. Families can play games, be active together and just have fun! Ciclovia Immokalee of fers free family-friendly activities. The Har ry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry will be there. Door prizes will be available to some lucky families! Lets show our families that we support them by going with them to enjoy the morning from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Ciclovia Immokalee! Join us on September 8. Puede mostrarle a sus hijos que los apoya simplemente pasando tiempo con ellos! Este sbado, Septiembre 8, habr mucha diversin y servicios para toda la familia en el parque comunitario de Im mokalee. Ciclova Immokalee ofrece activ idades gratuitas para la familia. La despen sa mvil de Harry Chapin Food Bank estar all. Habran rifas y premios para todos! Mostrmosles a nuestras familias que los apoyamos compartiendo con ellos llendo en la maana al parque comunitario de Immokalee, desde las 10 AM hasta el me dioda del sbado. Ciclova Immokalee! nete a nosotros el Septiembre 8. Ou ka montre pitit ou ke ou sipote yo l ou senpleman pase yon ti moman av yo! Samdi sa, 8 Septanm nan, pral gen anpil amizman ak svis pou tout fanmi an nan Pak Kominote Immokalee a. Fanmi yo ap kapab jwe jwt, rete aktif ansanm, epi am ize yo! Ciclovia Immokalee ofri aktivite gra tis pou fanmi yo. Harry Chapin Food Bank ap la pou bay manje. Ap gen tiraj pou bay prim ak fanmi kap gen chans pou genyen yo! Nap montre nou sipote fanmi nou, l nou vinn amize nou av yo nan Pak Komi note Immokalee a Samdi sa depi 10 z nan maten pou midi. Ciclovia Immokalee! Vinn Patisipe avnn Samedi 8 Septanm. Ciclovia Immokalee! Event planned for this Saturday Airport Pulling Road South at Calusa Ave nue/Great Blue Drive: Construction project: Crews make median modications at the intersection of Calusa Avenue/Great Blue Drive. The directional left-turn median openings for both northbound and south bound trafc on Airport Pulling Road S. will be modied to align the turn lanes with the side streets. Left turns will be adjusted to improve line of sight for motorists. The me dian at Great Blue Drive will be shortened to allow for the crosswalk alignment to be straightened. No lane closures are permit ted during the peak hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Estimated com pletion is summer 2018, weather permitting. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC. I-75 from Alligator Alley (mile marker 61) to mile marker 146 (just north of SR 78, exit 143): Construction project: Work is under way to replace 24 Dynamic Message Signs. No lane closures are anticipated at this time. Estimated project completion is fall 2018. The contractor is Horsepower Electric, Inc. US 41 from Golden Gate Parkway to Orchid Drive: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect intermittent south bound lane closures during nighttime/over night hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, while crews replace a driveway, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work in the roadway. US 41 from Habitat Drive to SR 951/Col lier Boulevard: Maintenance permit proj ect: Motorists should expect intermittent southbound lane closures during daytime hours weekdays, while crews perform un derground utility work, weather permitting. Motorists should use caution as crews work in the roadway. Collier County Road Watch


4 Immokalee Bulletin September 6, 2018 Give Me a Call to advertise your business here! 239-657-6000 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 Collier Countys Conservation Collier Program announces two special sunow er viewing weekends at the Pepper Ranch Preserve, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, September 28-30, and October 5-7. These weekends are scheduled to co incide with the spectacular annual bloom ing display of the Pepper Ranch Preserves Southeastern Sunowers (Helianthus agrestis). All signs indicate there will be notable blooming this year. Visitors will have the opportunity to vis it the historic Pepper Ranch Preserve and will be permitted to drive their personal ve hicles through the preserve to the sunow er elds. Please note that the main ranch road to the sunower elds is not paved. Visitors must rst check in at the Visitor Center for the main ranch road gate code. Wildlife commonly observed at the ranch includes wild turkey, caracara, hog, deer, alligator, and sandhill cranes. Camer as are encouraged! For more information, please call 239252-2957. Pepper Ranch Preserve Sunower Weekend Viewing Dates The Collier County Sheriffs Ofce Traf c Unit will launch a pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign beginning this month with concentrated enforcement efforts through May 2019. In an effort to protect the safety of these most vulnerable road users, the CCSO will conduct high-visibility enforcement details beginning Monday, Sept. 10, at the following locations: Airport-Pulling Road from Davis Boule vard to U.S. 41 East U.S. 41 East from Davis Boulevard to Rattlesnake Hammock Road North 15th Street/ Main Street from New Market Road West to Immokalee Road State Road 29 South and Farm Worker Way These areas are overrepresented in trafc crashes, resulting in serious and fatal injuries to pedestrians and bicyclists. High-visibility enforcement details are funded through a contract with the Uni versity of North Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportations focused initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. The goal of this enforcement effort is to increase awareness of and compliance with trafc laws that protect the safety of pedes trians and bicyclists. Enforcement efforts will focus primarily on education to drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. However, violations may result in warnings or citations depending on the cir cumstances. As always, drivers should obey speed lim its, never drive impaired, and always watch for pedestrians and bicyclists. Bicyclists should also obey trafc laws, ride in the direction of trafc, and use lights when riding at night. Pedestrians should cross in crosswalks or at intersections, obey pedestrian signals, and make sure you are visible to drivers when walking at night. CCSO Trafc Unit Launches Enforcement Campaign Monday, Sept. 10: Immokalee Road and Everglades Boule vard Speeding U.S. 41 North and Vanderbilt Beach Road Red-light running Pine Ridge Road and Shirley Street Speeding Tuesday, Sept. 11: 48th Terrace SW at Golden Gate Middle School Aggressive driving Rattlesnake Hammock Road and Santa Barbara Boulevard Red-light running Goodlette-Frank and Carica roads Speeding Wednesday, Sept. 12: Sunshine and Green boulevards Redlight running Veterans Memorial Boulevard at Veterans Memorial Elementary School Aggressive driving Golden Gate Boulevard and 31st Street SW Aggressive driving Thursday, Sept. 13: Airport-Pulling Road and Glades Boule vard Red-light running U.S. 41 East and Triangle Boulevard Red-light running Pine Ridge Road and Meridian Place Aggressive driving Friday, Sept. 14: Golden Gate Parkway and I75 south bound exit Red-light running Texas Avenue at Parkside Elementary School Speeding Livingston Road and Positano Circle Speeding CCSO Trafc Enforcement Spots


September 6, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 5 If youre over age 65, there may be an im portant piece of mail headed to your mail box. Starting this week, new Medicare cards are on the way to millions of Floridians and residents of four other southern states. The new red, white and blue paper card will not only look different, but it will also provide you with a new Medicare ID number. Your new Medicare ID will be a unique combination of 11 numbers and letters, de signed to cut down on potential fraud and identity theft. Until recently, Social Security numbers doubled as Medicare ID numbers, opening the door to potential identity theft and other forms of fraud. In fact, the Cen ters for Medicare and Medicaid services es timates that a whopping $60 million dollars was lost to Medicare fraud and abuse in 2016. But new Medicare cards dont make us immune to fraud. Scammers have been taking advantage of the situation. Some are reaching out to seniors, pretending to be Medicare representatives and asking to verify their information. Other con artists are calling beneciaries and asking for pay ment to process their new cards. Dont be fooled. To help ght Medicare scams, heed the following advice: Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask for personal infor mation, so if someone calls you and asks for your Medicare number, dont provide it. Medicare cards are free and are being sent to you automatically from the Social Secu rity Administration, so dont believe anyone who tells you that you need to pay a fee or le any special paperwork. And once you get your new Medicare card, you should destroy your old one. Also, beneciaries now have the option to laminate the new paper cards as the signature line has been removed. Finally, dont be concerned if you dont receive your card the same day as your friends, family, or neighbors. With approxi mately 4.1 million Medicare beneciaries in the state of Florida alone, it may take time to get your card. Most Florida cards should be delivered by October. To make things easier, you can ask Medicare to send you an email alert when your card is in the mail by visiting and signing up for updates. If you have questions about Medicare, your new card, or your Medicare benets, contact the Area Agency on Agings SHINE program for help. The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program provides free, unbiased counseling for Medi care beneciaries. SHINE is administered through the Florida Department of Elder Af fairs and helps tens of thousands of Bene ciaries in our state every year. SHINE is also the states Senior Medi care Patrol provider. SHINE counselors can help you identify Medicare fraud and report scams if you suspect that you are being tar geted. You can reach the SHINE program by calling the toll-free Elder Helpline at 866-4135337 (866-41-ELDER) or by visiting www. rfntbbnbfnr Guest Op-Ed Camilita Aldridge SHINE Liaison Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida Paws Park Dog Park Closed Paws Park Dog Park at Golden Gate Com munity Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., will be closed until Thursday, Sept. 27, for annu al maintenance. While Paws Park is closed, please visit Rover Run Dog Park at Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples, Flor ida 34109. Rover Run is open 7:30 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. Community Brief


6 Immokalee Bulletin Thursday, September 6, 2018 A.Duda & Sons Tractor Driver A.Duda & Sons has a great opportunity for a Tractor Driver at its Moore Haven and LaBelle Farms. Looking for a dependable team player. Duda offers great benefits and candidate must be able to successfully pass a drug/background screening. Apply in person: A. Duda & Sons 3635 North US 27 Moore Haven, FL 33471 OR A.Duda & Sons 12250 S. SR 29 Felda, FL 33930 Gate #4 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time A.Duda & SonsA.Duda & Sons has a great opportunity for the following positions at its Moore Haven and LaBelle Farms. Looking for a dependable team player. Truck Driver (no CDL required) Tractor Drivers Ranch hands Forklift Operator Mechanic Duda offers great benefits and candidate must be able to successfully pass a drug/back ground screening. Apply in person: A. Duda & Sons 3635 North US 27 Moore Haven, FL 33471 OR A.Duda & Sons 12250 S. SR 29 Felda, FL 33930 Gate #4 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Automotive Automotive 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 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 Villageinvites 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 954-595-0093 leads you to the best products and services.READING A NEWSPAPER... tr r rr rrfrn ff r rrrn r r rrf r f rfn f rrfr f rr rrfrn rrfr rrfr rrrrfrr rn r rrf r 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 !


September 6, 2018 Immokalee Bulletin 7 VPK positions available Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee formerly known as Immoka lee Child Care Center is ex-panding for the 2018-2019 school year! A few additional VPK enrollment spaces are available for three hrs or wrap-around care. Tuition Assistance is available. Please contact Diana; our Family Enrollment & Recruitment Specialist; for in formation at 239-657-4130 or visit the center at 415 Colorado Avenue, Immokalee. A Day for Kids The Boys and Girls Club of Collier Coun ty will have a Day for Kids on Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bolch Campus, 1155 Robers Ave W, Im mokalee. This free event is open to the pub lic so bring the kids in your life to a fun-lled event and remember just how awesome it is to be a kid. There will be games, food, face painting,crafts and bounce houses. Parents must accompany their children. Immokalee South Park 3 yr old teeny tots Register now ages 3 years old. The care will go from 7:00 a.m.5:30 p.m daily Play Learn and Grow Together. For more information call or visit 418 School Dr. Im mokalee Fl 34142 or call (239) 252-4677or check us out online at www.collierparks. com. Immokalee South Park 3 aos de edad pequeitos Regstrese ahora con edades de 3 aos. El cuidado ir de 7:00 a.m.5:30 p.m. Jugar aprender y crecer juntos. Para obtener ms informacin, llame al 418 School Dr. Im mokalee Fl 34142 o llame al (239) 252-4677 o vistenos en lnea en www.collierparks. com. After School Program Immokalee South Park, 418 School Drive, has an After School Program, Monday thru Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. We have home work help, games, arts and crafts and more. Plus snacks will be provided. Sign up today! If you have any questions call (239) 2524677. Collier Senior Resources Collier Senior Resources at the Golden Gate Senior Center has launched a new pro gram for low income elderly Collier County residents who need nancial assistance and who have exhausted all other resources. This one-time nancial assistance can be used for: Prescriptions, Utility Shut Off No tice, Rent or Mortgage Payments, Durable Medical Equipment, Small Appliances, Gas Cards, Eye Glasses and Other Items. Eligibility Requirements: 60 years and older Collier County Resident Within 175 percent of federal poverty level Exhausted all other resources To speak to a case worker and for more information about the Direct Assistance Pro gram for Needy Seniors, please call 239-2524550 and ask for Maritza. Collier Senior Resources Programa De Asistencia Directa Para Ancianos Necsitados Collier Senior Resources en el Centro de Ancianos de Golden Gate comenz un pro grama de ayuda nanciera para ancianos con escasos recursos econmicos y que es tn en necesidad de ayuda monetaria. La asistencia se puede usar para: Medicinas, Desconeccin de Utilidades, Tarjeta de Gasolina, Pagos atrasados de Renta o Hipoteca, Equipo Mdico Durable, Pequeos Electrodomsticos, Anteojos, Otras Necesidades. Requisitos de Eligibilidad: 60 aos o ms Residentes del Condado de Collier Dentro del 175% nivel de pobreza Hayan agotado otros recursos en la co munidad Llamar al 239-252-4550 para ms infor macin del Programa Directo de Asistencia. Pregunte por Maritza. 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. Immokalee Branch Library Events for September Registration for all programs began Mon day, August 13. The library is located at 417 N. First Street, Immokalee. Call (239) 6572882 for information on any of these events. Tuesdays, September 11, 18 and 25 is Family Story Time starting at 10 a.m. for all ages. Registration is not required. Back to School Scavenger Hunt September All Month Long School is in back in session! Join the fun at the Immokalee Library by picking up your scavenger sheet located in the New Book section of the childrens area. Hidden in the childrens area are pictures related to back to school. Find all the pictures and present your completed scavenger sheet to the cir culation staff for a small prize. How (and why!) Archeologists Find Sites will be on Thursday, September 13, 5-6:30 p.m. The Florida Public Archeology Network will be using a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to show children how to ex cavate and explore the concepts of stratigra phy and survey. They will use the scientic method to show how it is used in the eld. All ages. Registration is not required. Fuse Beading, Monday, September 17, 5-6:30 p.m. Join us for a night of creative fun using fuse beads! Create a star, horse, ower and other fun shapes! All ages. Regis tration is not required. Movie Day and showing that day is Ju manji: Welcome to the Jungle Wednes day, September 19, 2 p.m. No School! Have no place to go? Come to the Library and join us for an afternoon movie! Popcorn and water will be provided. (119 mins) All ages. Registration is not required. 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8 Immokalee Bulletin September 6, 2018 TM rf ntbb rtbrbt TALLAHASSEE The Florida Depart ment of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is leading the Drowsy Driving Pre vention Week campaign starting this Labor Day weekend. DHSMV is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Flori da Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Trucking Association and AAA The Auto Club Group to recog nize September 1-10, as Drowsy Driving Pre vention Week. DHSMV reminds motorists to get adequate rest before getting behind the wheel, take breaks to remain alert and never drive drowsy. Driving drowsy affects your reaction time and ability to focus, and can have dan gerous, and sometimes deadly, consequenc es, said DHSMV Executive, Director Terry L. Rhodes. Get adequate rest before you get behind the wheel and employ safe driving techniques if you start to feel fatigue. Never drive drowsy. In 2008, eight-year old Ronshay Dugans lost her life after a cement truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit the school bus she was riding. Floridas Ronshay Dugans Act was established in 2010 to honor her memory by recognizing the rst week in September as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, reminding Florida every year of the dangers of drowsy driving. Safe driving is everyones responsibility, said FHP Director, Colonel Gene S. Spauld ing. A few simple precautions will ensure your safety and avoid the dangers of drowsy driving. Get plenty of rest before sitting be hind the wheel and make the decision to pull into a rest area when you feel fatigued to Arrive Alive. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Fatigue slows thought pro cesses and reaction time, affects judgement and vision, impairs the senses and abilities and can cause micro-sleeping (nodding off) or falling completely asleep, making it very unsafe to drive. It is important all motorists understand drowsy driving is impaired driving, said FDOT Secretary Mike Dew. We want ev eryone traveling on our roadways to prac tice good habits behind the wheel and that includes not operating a vehicle while drowsy. Driving when you are drowsy endangers not only yourself but those around you, said Florida State University Police Chief David Perry, President of the Florida Chiefs Association. The impact of driving while drowsy has proven to have tragic results. If you are feeling drowsy dont get behind the wheel or simply pull over. Protecting the citizens that we proudly serve is the primary mission of the Florida Sheriffs Association. Please join us by simply ensuring that no one drives without being sufciently rested and alert. On behalf of our Florida Sheriffs, I enthusiastically endorse the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Drowsy Driving Prevention Campaign, said Sheriff Mark Hunter, Presi dent of the Florida Sheriffs Association. If you are driving drowsy, you are driving impaired because you are not at your best behind the wheel, said Matt Nasworthy, Public Affairs Director for AAA The Auto Club Group. Dont put your life and the lives of others at risk by not getting the prop er sleep. Just missing two hours of sleep can quadruple a drivers crash risk. DHSMV urges all drivers to be fully alert when operating a motor vehicle. Commer cial motor vehicle drivers are required by federal and state law to adhere to hours-ofservice regulations that put limits on when and how long they may drive. As part of its commitment to commercial driver and carrier safety, the FHPs Ofce of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (OCVE) completed 540 education and outreach events with the commercial motor vehicle industry and conducted more than 100,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections in s cal year 2017/2018. FHP OCVE inspections and safety audits are conducted in accor dance with national standards and consis tent inspection and auditing process helps to ensure vehicles who travel across state lines are held to the same safety standards. Commercial drivers can put in long hours on the road. FHP inspections ensure all motor ists can Arrive Alive and keep commercial vehicles safely moving along Florida roads. Commercial drivers are all-too aware of the risks of drowsy driving on our roads, said Ken Armstrong, president and CEO of Florida Trucking Association. Whether you are driving a truck, a car or a motorcycle, safety is the number one prioritystay alert, know the signs of fatigue and stop to rest when you need to. DHSMV offers additional safety tips for all motorists to prevent drowsy driving and Ar rive Alive at their destinations: Avoid driving at times when you would normally be asleep. Get enough rest before you drive. On long trips, take a break every 100 miles or two hours. Allow plenty of time to travel to your destination. If you start feeling tired while driving, pull over in a safe place and take a nap if you can. Drink caffeine. Two cups of coffee can increase alertness for several hours. Use the buddy system and switch drivers when needed. Read the warning information on all medications you take. If it will make you drowsy, do not drive a vehicle. Visit the DHSMVs website www.hsmv. gov/drowsydriving for more information and resources to spread the word about drowsy driving prevention. Follow the campaign on social media by using the hashtag #Drowsy DrivingFL and to add or share drowsy driv ing prevention information. YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE. DONT DRIVE DROWSY!