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Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, February 25, 2010

At a Glance



IHS students do well in
business competition
...See Page 4

IHS Project Grad
meeting set
Project Graduation Meeting at
Immokalee High School at 5:30
p.m. on March 1.

Attention Senior
Parents and Businesses
Immokalee High School 2010
Project Graduation and our chil-
dren need help. If you are able to
help or have any questions please
contact the Ms. Ayer at 239-377-
1818 or Floreida at 239-503-6598.

Casino collecting
donations for Haiti
The Seminole Tribe and Semi-
nole Indian Casinos, in association
with Food for the Poor, are collect-
ing donations for victims of the
Haitian earthquake tragedy. water,
boxed milk, packaged dry milk,
sanitary female products, diapers,
First Aid items, tents of any size,
blankets, toothpaste and tooth-
brushes, wash rags and formula.
Items may be dropped off at the
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Special to the Immokalee Bullelin/RCMA
It was bikes for many on Tuesday when more than 100
were distributed after they were donated by community
members in Sanibel Island. The donation drive was started
last year with residents of Sanibel taking their used bikes
to drop off points where they were gathered and loaded
for delivery to local Immokalee people as reliable means
of transportation. See story BIKES Page 2.




is back
It's that time of year again! It's
time to clean out your medicine
cabinet and visit one of our take-
back sites on Feb. 27, including
Friendship House in Immokalee,
602 West Main St.
Bring your unused or expired
prescriptions and over-the-coun-
ter medication to one of the lo-
cations listed below for proper
Please do not bring needles
or other "sharps" we cannot
accept those.
Tell your friends, family, co-
workers and neighbors. Let's
make it a goal to collect more
than the 6,700 medications we
collected last November.
See you on February 27!

Food distribution to

farmworkers begins

The recent cold weather has left
many thousands of farm workers
out of work and therefore not able
even to buy food for their families.
The Salvation Army along with
other agencies is trying to fill that
gap. The Naples Corps has opened
a food distribution center at 2050
Commerce Ave, Unit 3, Immoka-
lee, FL 34142. The use of the build-
ing has been kindly donated by
Robert W Juster and Walt Burdick,
owners of TMI.
Sign up for food ran from Tues-
day, Feb 16, through Friday, Feb 19,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Recipients
provided Collier ID, Farm Worker
ID and SS Card for members in
their family. Each worker received
a booklet with 6 vouchers inside
See FOOD Page 2

Submitted photo
Harvest Fresh
Amidst all of the outcome of the recent freeze, the annual
Harvest Fest will be celebrating 50 years with music, barbe-
cue, and famous Immokalee salad! See HARVEST Page 2.


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/
Rick Heers
A warehouse full of food and
supplies is being prepared for
distribution to farmworkers af-
ter the recent freeze in Janu-

Local kids

to gather for

little league

sign ups
2010 Registration deadline is
coming soon. Please not the fol-
lowing registration dates: Feb. 27,
at sports complex from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. March 27, at sports complex
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24, at
sports complex from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. May-4, 11, 18,25 at sports
complex from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June
19, last registration at sports com-
plex from 10 a.m-2 p.m. Bring: 2
x 2 picture or wallet size (no-hat
or sunglasses); Copy of birth cer-
tificate; Sports physical; Last report
card (due June 19) Fee: $100 Per
child (football); $160 Per child
(cheer). Forms needed for registra-
tion will be available at the time of

Vol. 43 No. 8

2 Immokalee Bulletin February 25, 2010

Bike donation links communities News in Brief
Little leaguers to

Two polar opposite Florida communi-
ties connected this week via two of the few
things they have in common bicycles and
social responsibility.
In an act of grassroots charity, affluent
Sanibel Island residents donated more than
100 bicycles to Immokalee residents. People
who ride bikes through quaint Gulf-front
resort villages are donating them to people
who cannot afford better transportation.
"It's just amazing," said Annie Nach-
tscheim, a Sanibel trucking company owner
who launched the bicycle drive last year.
Billy's Rentals, a bicycle rental business
in Sanibel, became a dropoff point for do-
nations. Owner Billy Kirkland hauled three
trailer loads of bicycles to Immokalee.
"The residents of the island are a very giv-
ing people," he said.
In Immokalee, Redlands Christian Mi-
grant Association, a non-profit child-care

Continued From Page 1

for food each week. Over 850 families have
signed up for food.
Food Distribution began on Tuesday,
Feb 23, between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and
then each day through to Friday for 6 weeks.
Workers from Six L's will receive food on
Tuesday and Wednesdays and other farm
workers on Thursdays and Fridays.
Agencies assisting in this project with the
Salvation Army are the Emergency Services
Collaborative of Immokalee, Harry Chapin
Food Bank, Collier Harvest and Six Us who
have been pro active in supporting and as-
sisting their workers with food and deliver-
I HOPE is working with FEMA, World Vi-
sion, Convoy of Hope and Compassion Alli-
ance, in an effort to bring in additional food
supplies over the next few weeks. Members
of the Immokalee Lions Club have provided
valuable assistance in the sorting and pack-
ing of food supplies.

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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
Hundreds lined up on Tuesday at the food distribution center at 2050 Com-
merce Ave, Unit 3, in Immokalee. Out of work farm workers and their families
were finally getting some relief since the January freeze put them out of work
and forced them to have to resort to scenarios such as this to feed their fami-
lies. The use of the building has been kindly donated by Robert W. Juster and
Walt Burdick, owners of TMI.

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provider for farm workers and the rural
poor, contacted a variety of social-service
agencies to share the bicycles among those
who needed them the most.
Bicycles are part of Sanibel Island's se-
rene ambiance. The island has 27 miles of
bike paths and a 300-member bicycle club.
In Immokalee, bicycles are a common, utili-
tarian vehicle for the thousands of area farm
workers who labor in the winter vegetable
The farm workers have suffered excep-
tional financial stress in the last month. Jan-
uary's prolonged freeze destroyed as much
as two-thirds of some crops, triggering com-
parable job losses in the fields and packing
In fact, as Sanibel Islanders give away bi-
cycles in Immokalee Tuesday morning, The
Salvation Army two miles away will be dis-
tributing emergency food supplies.

Bicycle distributions were held at two dif-
ferent times yesterday in Immokalee, one
from 10:30-11 a.m. and also from 6-6:30 p.m.
last evening at the Immokalee Community
School, 123 North 4th St., in Immokalee.
Organizers of the event include: Soon
Come Contract Hauling, Billy's Rentals,
Sanibel Island, Sanibel Bicycle Club, Red-
lands Christian Migrant Association, Groups
offered bicycles, Redlands Christian Migrant
Association, RCMA Immokalee Community
School, Immokalee High School Migrant Ed-
ucation Program, Farmworker Association
of Florida, PIT Youth Soccer Team, Coalition
of Immokalee Workers, Guadalupe Center,
Guadalupe Social Services, Collier County
Migrant Education Parent Advisory Commit-

open games soon
Little league opening day is anticipated
for Feb. 27. Please feel free to contact any
Board member if you have any questions,
Juan Garcia 239-634-2407, Corina Garcia
239 462-8705, Hector Ramos 239-564-9645,
and Terri Aviles 239-503-5568.

Harvest Fest

to celebrate

50 years

This year, the Annual Immokalee Harvest
Festival will turn a half century with a cel-
ebration to be held in John Jimmie Memo-
rial Arena Rodeo Grounds, 195 S.R. 29 S. in
Immokalee. The event will be held on Satur-
day, March 20, and will begin at 10 a.m. with
a parade. The rodeo ground will open at 9
a.m. and the Family Ranch Rodeo will start
at 6 p.m. that evening.
The event will be great family fun for all
and will include live music with Confeder-
ate Road and the Blackwater Boys, arts and
crafts, sack races, farm fresh produce, Big
Cypress Animal Exhibition, watermelon
spitting contest, small medical bull, Shy Wolf
Sanctuary Exhibition and Equinox Drum
Also included will be locally famous Wild
Hog Barbecue with Immokalee salad!
Admission to the event is $10 per person
and all persons under 12 years are free! Park-
ing is just $1.
You can redeem your entrance ticket at
our local Seminole Casino of Immokalee for
$10 free play. You must be 21 years of age
and a member of the Players Club to partici-
pate. What a bargain!
For more information, please call 239-
657-3237 Chamber of Commerce and ven-
dors interested in participating can call 239-

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February 25, 2010 Immokalee Bulletin

Letters to the Editor

Speak Out/Public Forum

Black History event
On Feb. 20, "The Taste of Soul Parade
and Festival," held it's second event. This
will be an annual Black History Event (Feb-
ruary) for purposes of raising Scholarship
monies for our young leaders graduating
from Immokalee High School who aspire to
to go off to college or selecting a vocational
career of their choice. This year's event was
huge a success.
On behalf of all Our African American
churches in Immokalee, we would like to
thank the community for their support and
participation in making this event the best
ever. We also would like to thank our local
Sheriff Department, Parks and Recreation,
all of our African American churches and all
the workers bees in the Immokalee commu-
nity for a job well done.
Cherryle Thomas

An article in Ft Myers News Press on
Feb. 5, focused on the fact that the Federal
Census Bureau is employing a professional
2010 Census group called "The 2010 Census
Portrait of America Road Tour" to make sure
all the legal and "Illegal" migrant workers in
Florida and any and all states that are known
to employ migrants. They were in Immoka-
lee, in Collier county, near Naples which
has an estimated 14,000 Hispanic migrants
out of a total population of 20,000, and are
scheduled to make 800 more visits by April
1, when the census officially starts.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in
the census of 2000 only about 56 percent of
the Hispanics in Collier county were count-

ed due to fears "that if they come forward
and are counted they will be sent back to
their country and they'll never come back."
All of this despite the fact that they are being
told by the "Road Tour" people that "They
never ask for Social Security" numbers or
whether they are documented. They also
said they don't share information with any
other government agencies and that an ac-
curate count will bring more government
funding to Immokalee."
Fears also have been expressed that be-
cause of the nations economic woes lead-
ing to foreclosures and job losses, many
families have moved in with each other and
they are afraid that their landlords will find
out that they are in violation of their rental
agreements that sets a limit on occupancy
numbers. Most often 4 people max is now
seeing as many as 13 people per house.
In an effort to quell these fears, the "Road
Show" is telling them that, like any other
government agency, they don't share any in-
formation with the landlords either."
So, if we are to believe that legal citizen-
ship is not a necessary qualification in the
census, then all the efforts to stop illegal im-
migration and deport the millions already
here will not stop the resultant counting of
the illegals in determining government rev-
enue sharing and political gerrymandering
in this the "Portrait of America Road Tour"
version of "Censusphobia."
T. W. Bill Neville

Benefit luncheon helps

mend broken hearts

The tenth annual Mending Broken
Hearts with Hope Luncheon, featuring
Victor Rivas Rivers, national spokesperson
for the National Network to End Domestic
Violence, actor, author and former NFL of-
fensive guard for the Miami Dolphins who
will share his personal story of triumph
over enduring horrific child abuse and wit-
nessing domestic violence on the level of
torture at the hands of his father.
The itinerary for this year's event in-
10 a.m. Designer Boutique, Plaza Ball-
10:30 a.m. Press Conference, Artisan
11 a.m. Silent Auction, Raffle, General
Reception with keynote speaker
12:30 p.m. Luncheon featuring special
guest presentations, including Chico's
Brand President Cinny Murray and keynote
address by Victor Rivas Rivers
The event will be held on Friday, Feb.

The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road (beach)


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Airport Expansion
It's about time the county invested

Local Forecast
Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Today: Mostly sunny with a high near 69
and winds from the north between 8 and 13
Tonight: Mostly clear with a low around
36 and winds from the northwest around 6
mph becoming calm.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Sunny with a high near 71 and
winds from the north between 3 and 8
Friday night: Mostly clear with a low
around 40 and winds from the north be-
tween 3 and 6 mph.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near
73 and a 20 percent chance of showers.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a
low around 47.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low
around 51.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near

News in Brief

Reunion planned
The Immokalee Child Care Center will be
hosting a reunion for all former graduates.
If you are a former Immokalee Child Care
Center graduate and would like to be part of
this celebration, please contact Valarie Bos-
tic at 239-657-4130.

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some money in helping Immokalee. The
airport expansion sounds like a step in the
right direction.
Five Days of Spay
I wish all communities would provide
low cost spay and neuter programs. I am so
sick of seeing dogs and cats just abandoned
and then they create problems for the ho-
meowners by tearing up trash or attacking
family pets.


June E. Phelan, 78
IMMMOKALEE June E. Phelan, 78, passed
away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Feb. 19,
She was a long time resident of Immokalee.
She moved from Homestead, to work at the
Clinic in 1975. She later worked as a Correction-
al Officer at H.C.I. and then at the Hendry
County Jail. She was born June 12, 1931, in
Belleville, Ill., the daughter of Clarence and Car-
rie Jessup.
She will be missed by her family and many
friends in the community.
Survivors include her husband, Claude "Sarge"
E. Phelan; step sons, Steve Phelan of Nevada;
Joe Karban of Illinois; one grandchild, and three
Cremation took place at Caloosa Crematory in
Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funer-
al Home LaBelle.

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February 25, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

Immokalee Bulletin February 25, 2010

Students First
IHS It's a good year!
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
Immokalee's schools are enjoying a very
good year. That was the word from prin-
cipals during a recent School Board com-
munity dialogue meeting held at the new
Immokalee Technical Center.
Linda Salazar, Immokalee High School
principal, told Board members that as she
looks at her data, she sees that "everything
that you would want to see going up is go-
ing up. And everything you'd want to see
going down is going down. Our attendance
rate is up, out of school suspensions are
going down. Discipline is going down. The
amount of parent involvement has more
than tripled since our first year at the school,
and that always sets the climate for the rest
of the school."
Principal Salazar says that students are
showing up each day ready to learn. She
also reports that gains are being made in ev-
ery area. "Last year our freshman academy,
which has been re-established in the last
three years, had 12 percent reading gains on
FCAT highest amount of gains made in the
State of Florida. So we were very proud of
them." Those of us at the school district of-
fice are proud of Linda's students as well.

Seventeen Immokalee High School stu-
dents involved in Future Business Leaders
of America (FBLA) competed recently at the
Annual FBLA District Competition in LaBelle
and received high marks. First place winners
now advance to the state competition to be
held April 5-8, in Orlando. Congratulations
to all the students for a job well done.
First Place: Andrea Guerrero Business
Second Place: Diane Dorsinvil Econom-
Christina Occeus Public Speaking II
Third Place: Elizabeth Castaneda Word
Processing II,
Robert Garcia Business Calculations

strict School of Immokalee
SA 5 1 High School,
the school's
A-Team Chal-
lenge academ-
ic team will go
head to head
lo ur ~ with Fort Myers
Collier Co0 High School
on TV on the
A-Team Challenge TV show. Students from
Collier County's high schools face off against
students from more than 20 other Southwest
Florida schools in this competition which is
billed as one which "fosters academic excel-
lence." The shows are hosted by NBC-2 TV's
Craig Wolf. Now the show featuring our
Immokalee High School students will be on
TV at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday (March
1st) on The Education Channel, Comcast
cable 99. If you can't watch during the day
on Monday, it'll also be on TV at 4 p.m.
next weekend both Saturday and Sunday,
March 6 and 7. We know the "Indians" ex-
cel in sports on the field and on the court
- and they're awesome in BETA Club per-
formances and competitions, but we know
that that they excel academically as well. It'll
be neat seeing them on TV watching as they
take part in the A Team Challenge.

Richard Hernandez and Ruby Olvera -
Business Ethics Team
Juan Raul Sandoval Job Interview
Fourth Place:
Benissa Chery Impromptu
Jose Hernandez Word Processing II
Fifth Place:
Adriana Lara Impromptu
A special thank you goes to The Immoka-
lee Foundation for their continuous mon-
etary support and commitment to the club.
To learn more, please contact Business
Education teacher Ada Campos at 239-377-
1852 or via e-mail at Camposad@collier.

RCMA's Mainster honored

Barbara Mainster, who expanded a trio
of child-care centers into one of the na-
tion's largest nonprofit child-care provid-
ers, was honored last week by the National
Council of Jewish Women.
The Naples/Marco section of the NCJW
named Mainster as one of four "Agents
for Change" at a luncheon Tuesday at The
Vineyards Country Club.
Mainster is Executive Director of Red-
lands Christian Migrant Association, which
serves nearly 8,000 children of low-income
rural families in 21 Florida counties. Also
honored Tuesday were:
Wilson G. Bradshaw, president of
Florida Gulf Coast University.

Christine Greider, Circuit Court judge
presiding over felony drug court in Hendry,
Glades and Collier counties.
Colleen M. Kvetko, founder of Florida
Shores Bank Gulfcoast, and a pioneer for
women bankers.
Mainster joined the Immokalee-based
RCMA in 1972, and was named executive
director in 1988. RCMA caters to low-in-
come and migrant families, offering qual-
ity preschool education to the children and
a broader menu of help to their families.
RCMA recruits employees extensively in
farm worker communities, to deliver its
services consistent with the families' cul-
tures. Most are Hispanic.

Migrant Education takes

outreach to the streets

The Collier Migrant Education Program
is continuing the tradition of conducting
community outreach in the spring to iden-
tify and serve migrant Out-of-School Youth
(OSY) through its "Taking it to the Streets"
initiative. We are currently scheduling this
outreach on Tuesday and Thursday eve-
nings from 4:30-7 p.m.
If you would like to join us any of these
days to share information regarding your
services, please contact our program sec-
retary, Isabelle Campbell at 239-377-1829
to confirm a location prior to going in case
there is a cancellation due to weather or
another reason. You will need to bring
along your own table and chairs, if need-

ed. Although we specifically target youth
between the ages of 16-21, older persons
are also usually in the area.
2/23 Pantry Shelf
2/25 C & C Rental behind Handy on
Main Street
3/2 La Mexicana II
3/4 Starling 1509 Immokalee Drive
3/9 Wells Street
3/11 Carter's Trailer Park off Carson Rd
3/16 511 New Market Rd
3/18 N. 10th St. across from Immokalee
Middle School
3/23 Boston and 4th
3/25 Tara Park

Education News in Brief

Free On-Line Tutoring Computer class helps
Free online tutoring service by Tutor.com answer questions
connects students to expert tutors for assistance Bilingual staff from Naples Free-Net answers
with math, science, social studies, English, your computer and Internet related questions.
chemistry, book reports and more using the In- Class size is limited to 7 participants. The classes
ternet. The Immokalee Branch Library is here will take place on Thursdays, March 11, April
to help! Available to students K to adult Mon 15, May 13, at 6 p.m. at Immokalee Community
day-Friday from 2 p.m until close at Immokalee Park at 417 N. First St. in Immokalee. Call 239-
Community Park, 417 N. First Street. Call for 657-2882 for more information.
more information at 239-657-2882.

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Immokalee Bulletin

FebruarY 25, 2010

The Immokalee Foundation, volunteering for the community

More than a dozen students with The
Immokalee Foundation volunteered at
the First Annual Wings & Wheels event at
the Immokalee Airport this month. These
students affiliated with Future Builders of
America and an after-school tutoring pro-
gram called Immokalee Readers worked at
the balloons, raffle and popcorn booths. A
wide variety of aircraft, racecars and Florida
National Guard equipment was on display
among many other attractions, including a
car show, bounce house and food booths.
The students volunteered and also par-
ticipated in activities including wall climb-
ing, where they learned to work as a team,
gained trust in others, increased self-confi-
dence and took positive risks.
The Immokalee staff members, Elda
Hernandez and Noemi Perez, described the
event as fun and educational.

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education, empowerment, hope.
"It was a great day," Ms. Hernandez said.
"Students volunteered and received an array
of information from the organizations that
participated as well."
Volunteering at events, such as Wings &
Wheels, is just a part of what The Immoka-
lee Foundation does for the community.
Since 1991, The Immokalee Foundation
has been creating pathways to success for
Immokalee's children through a variety of
programs that focus on mentorship, after-
school activities, college scholarships, the
development of vocational skills and incen-

tives for educational growth. In 2009, The
Immokalee Foundation served 2,700 chil-
dren through its seven core programs.
The Immokalee Foundation offers a
road map toward a brighter future. It helps
manage six core programs including: Col-
lege Success: Take Stock in Children, Direct
Scholarships, Vocational Success: Future
Builders of America, Out of School Program:
The First Tee of Naples/Collier, Immokalee
Readers and Community Grants.
One of The Immokalee Foundation's old-
est programs, Community Grants has pro-
vided nearly $2.5 million in project-specific
funding to Immokalee community organi-
zations since 1991. Community Grants has
helped a local elementary school to keep
its library open during the summer, a read-
ing organization to give pre-kindergarten
students books for their homes, a health or-

LWIT High School Book Club event

The Mustang Book Club of Lorenzo
Walker Technical High School (LWTHS) will
hold a book fair from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on
Saturday, Feb. 27, at Barnes & Noble Book-
sellers in the Waterside Shops located at
5377 Tamiami Trail. Come out and shop the
wide selection of books, music, gifts, and
even caf6 items. A portion of the day's sales
will benefit the book club when patrons
mention "Lorenzo Walker Technical High
Some special activities planned for the

day include:
Clifford the Big Red Dog, visiting with
children from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Storytime at 10:30 a.m., where members
of the Mustang Club will read their favorite
Clifford and other popular book selections -
bring your children, nieces, nephews, broth-
ers, and sisters!
A scavenger hunt, coordinated by the
Barnes & Noble staff, will also take place
during the fair. The hunt is available the en-
tire day. Challenge your skills and be eligible

for a basket full of Lorenzo Walker goodies
including gift certificates towards culinary
delights, a relaxing massage, and cosmetol-
ogy and automotive services.
An information table about the Loren-
zo Walker campus will also be set up and
staffed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more
about both the technical high school and
the adult postsecondary programs that are

ganization to provide children in need with
emergency medical services assistance
that allows Immokalee's next generation to
keep its eye on educational success.
The Immokalee Foundation teamed up
with First Book-Collier County to provide
more than 3,500 new books for pre-kinder-
garten kids. Immokalee High School ben-
efited from grants in support of a range of
extracurricular programs, including music
education, career exploration and Junior
Achievement. The Immokalee Foundation
joined forces with Village Oaks Elementary
School to keep the school's library open
during the summer.
For more information call 239-430-9122.
You can also e-mail: info@immokaleefoun-
dation.org and visit online at www.immoka-

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Library presents
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Immokalee Branch Library, 417 N. First
St. will present Story Time on Tuesdays at
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open to children age 10 months-5 years.
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Taste of Soul
Harold Weeks, president of the Collier Branch of the NAACP, standing beside
Sgt. William Carey of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Division, Portrayed by
Fred N. Thomas Jr., a local community leader. Both were some of the guest
speakers at the "Taste of Soul" event.

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Collier County's Community Traffic Safe-
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a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Collier Regional Park
near the Administration building. These ac-
tivities are part of the Second Annual Miracle
Limbs-Courage in Motion Benefit Bike Ride.
The Bike Safety Rodeo will teach six ele-
ments of safe bicycle riding to children and
teens. Participants can either bring their
own bike or use one of the children's bikes
supplied by CTST. Children are required to
know how to ride a bike. To find the location
of the Bike Rodeo and free helmets with fit-
tings, look for the large trailer with the CTST
bears riding their bikes. There will be lots
of fun and prizes. In addition, raffle tickets
will be sold for a child's bike that will be
on display at the CTST trailer. The raffle will
benefit Miracle Limbs-Courage in Motion, a
non-profit organization devoted to the psy-
chological, medical, financial, and spiritual
support of amputees.
Free helmets will be provided to children

Collier County residents can now take
their neighborhood crime map with them
wherever they go, thanks to a new iPhone
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fice in partnership with CrimeReports, the ap-
plication provides local crime mapping and
national sex offender data. CCSO already pub-
lishes its crime data on its Web site through
Crimereports. The iPhone application makes
the information more accessible than ever.
The application is free and available at the
iTunes App Store.
Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk said the applica-
tion is one of many ways CCSO is partnering
with the community to keep Collier County
"I have always believed that an informed
community is a safe community," Sheriff
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on a first come, first served basis until they
are gone. Helmets will only be provided to
the children present since the child must be
there to ensure proper fit.
The Second Annual Miracle Limbs-Cour-
age in Motion Bike Ride registration begins
at 6:30 a.m. with the first ride starting at 7
a.m. followed by staggered starting times for
the rest of the rides. The event will feature a
two-mile family fun ride through the park, as
well as 10-- 28-, 42-and 62-mile city rides and
a new 4.8-mile timed trial ride. The registra-
tion fee is $35 per rider for those 11 years
and older, $10 per non-rider; and children 10
and younger are free. Registration includes
a free T-shirt, power breakfast, lunch buffet,
a children's bike safety clinic and additional
fun activities. There will also be fully sup-
ported rest breaks and prosthesis for ampu-
tee rider support.
For additional information on the CTST
Bike Safety Rodeo and free helmets with fit-
tings, contact CTST Safety Coordinator Nan-
cy Frye at 239-252-8260.

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a binder containing all of the addresses that
didn't send back a filled out census form
The census taker then visits all of those
addresses and records the answers to the
questions on the form If no one answers at
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History lesson
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Soup kitchen has tough

time helping others

Help is needed now!
During the early 1980's, while evaluating
the needs in Immokalee, Srs. Jane Burke
and Marie McFadden concluded that the
most critical need of Immokalee's poor was
food because an overwhelming number of
families, with no jobs or money, were going
hungry on a daily basis.
Three decades later the need is once
again critical. In Immokalee, workers in the
agricultural industry are struggling to make
ends meet. The crop killing freeze has left
field workers and packing house employees
without jobs for weeks. The increased need
for food, clothing and showers has been
overwhelming. The soup kitchen is now
serving twice as many people about 400
The Guadalupe Center has a number of
programs to help the most impoverished in-
dividuals living in Collier County. However,
financial assistance is needed to support our

Client Services programs which include our
Soup Kitchen as well as our Clothing and
Shower Program. Our Soup Kitchen is open
5 days a week and serves approximately
50,000 hot meals per year. Donated cloth-
ing is distributed to approximately 7,000 cli-
ents annually and hot showers and toiletries
are available 3 days per week. We rely on
the individual volunteers and groups from
churches and communities who assist us in
our daily operations.
Take the time to give thanks for all that's
good in your life-and help us give to oth-
ers who may not be as fortunate. Donations
can be mailed to the Guadalupe Center, 509
Hope Circle, Immokalee, FL 34142. All do-
nations are 100 percent tax-deductible and
will be used to benefit the children and
families served by the Guadalupe Center.
To schedule a visit, support, or for more in-
formation, please call 239-657-7711 or visit

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Guadalupe Center
Long, long lines wrapped around the building at the Guadalupe Center Soup
Kitchen gives an indication of the dire need for a continual stream of supplies
to help the local people and farmworkers of Immokalee.

Emergency needs to help

the people of
The Guadalupe Center operates the only
Soup Kitchen in Immokalee. Due to the re-
cent freezes and the current cold tempera-
tures, there is little to no work in the fields.
This means thousands of Immokalee resi-
dents and families have no income, no way
to provide the basic needs. The Guadalupe
Center Soup Kitchen is doing its best to help.
We are currently serving twice as many peo-
ple each day, almost 500 women, men and
The Guadalupe Center needs your help.
You can help by sending a cash donation
509 Hope Circle, Immokalee, FL 34142
Or you may help by providing items
needed for the Soup Kitchen.
Immediate Needs: Large #10 cans of:
Green Beans, corn, peas, carrots, potatoes,

mixed vegetables, beans (kidney, red, navy,
black, black eyed, pinto, etc.), large cans
of fruit including peaches, pears, apricots,
mixed fruit, tropical fruit. Other items need-
ed are: powdered drink mixes and peanut
In addition to our food necessities there
are a few other specific needs for the oth-
er Client Services programs. The clothing
room needs men's pants, sizes 30 and 32s,
and men's tennis shoes, sizes 7 and 8. The
shower program is in need of razors.
All donations may be dropped of at one
of the below locations:
The Soup Kitchen in Immokalee, 211
Ninth Street South, Immokalee, or Guadal-
upe Upscale Resale and Consignment Shop,
8100 Trail Boulevard, Naples.

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/DAS
Pets of the Week
These two kitties are waiting for
new homes, both are young and
love attention. Zora (left) is a or-
ange and white domestic short hair
6 month old male cat. Zora likes to
cuddle and relax with you. Thomas
is a black and white domestic short
hair 7 month old male cat. He enjoys
hanging around with you and likess
other cats.

You can adopt one of these nice cats,
or another pet from Collier County
Domestic Animal Services at 7610
Davis Blvd., Naples. For information,
Call 239-252-PETS (7387) or visit
DAS online to find lost/adoptable
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