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Vol. 43 No. 20

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Judy 1
Third-grader Lianna DeLaRosa, portrays Jasmine, and thel
grader Peria Ramirez, portrays lago in Immokalee Comm
nity School's production of Aladdin. Cast and crew prepare
take a final bow in Friday's final performance.

Beta Club holds
The Immokalee Beta Club will
have a garage sale-car wash and
more at the Babcock Plaza Satur-
day, May 22, from 8 a.m. till noon.
The group is raising money to
compete at national convention in
Lonesville, KY. For more informa-
tion call Linda Ayers at 239-377-

Head Start program
HOW regiStering fo0 fall
The Head Start Program is cur-
rently registering children for the
upcoming 2010-11 school year. In
order to be eligible for Head Start,
a child must be 4 years old by Sept.
1, of the current year, and a fam-
ily must meet low income guide-
lines. When registering, you must
provide the following: Proof of in-
come (tax return, W-2) Certified
birth certificate from vital statistics,
SCurrent blue shot record with
Varicella (chicken pox) Current
ph sical exa wt' pcheenog o i

cation Medicaid/insurance card
STwo proofs of residency (rental
agreement, electricity/water bill).
transportation must be provided by
parents. Families most in need may
apply for limited spots. To learn
more, please contact the Head
Start Office at 239-377-0590, or visit
their Web site at: http://www.col-
li erscho ols.com/headstart/.

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CC SO reaches

out to local


By Rick Heers
Special to the immokalee Bulletin
The monthly meeting of the
Minority and Ethnic Affairs Bureau
conducted a very informative com-
munity meeting at the One Stop
Career and Service Center led by
Lt. Rene Gonzales. Last Thursday's
meeting on Human Trafficking was
led by Cpl. Charlie Frost and Victim
Advocate, Marisol Schooendorn of
the Collier County Sheriff's Depart-
The subject of Human Traffick-
ing was one that has grabbed the
attention of local residents and
business owners. The capacity
crowd listed attentively as the work
of this important work was thor-
See CCSO- Page 2
!to Siv cit -d inr

f0od safety


TALLAHASSEE- Florida Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services Com-
missioner Charles H. Bronson an-
nounced that six tomato vendors
at a private Immokalee farmers'
market have been served with
misdemeanor violation notices for
failing to comply with food safety
rules involving with sanitizing and
packing of tomatoes.
The actions were taken during
aegswe p Mn ndaor nyBran on's
forcement officers at the farmers'
Market on new Market Road.
SBronson said authorities were at
the market to assure that vendors
selling tomatoes were complying
with rules enacted in 2008 that re-
ere quire tomatoes to be sanitized to
ec- reduce microbial contamination
See TOMATO Pagfe 2

special to tne Immol~alee tlulletin/MicK He
Leslie Harn and students presenting I HOPE Executive Dire
tor, Rick Heers with a check for $162 to help with the comma
nity work done by I HOPE.

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Thursday, MVay 20, 2010

At a Glance

Lights! Camera! Action!

Kids ready

fOr 'Aladdin'

Get ready for the final perfor-
mance of Aladdin, for this Friday,
May 21.
Aladdin, the "kid-produced
show" is being produced by the
students of Immokalee Commu-
nity School, a charter school with
grades kindergarten through six,
operated by Redlands Christian
Migrant Association.
The kids participating in the
production, taking on everything
from props to acting, are ready
for one last, "Lights, camera, ac-
tion" tomorrow evening. The fi-
nal performance promises to be
as entertaining as the opening
with the singing, dancing musi-
cal employing the Disney Broad-
way script and following
See ALADDIN Pagfe 2


Schooler s


By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee
Under the direction of teach-
er Leslie Harn a number of stu-
dents in the I.M.S. Miracle +3
afterschool program put their in-
r."eni andot me oebther t e
community. After considering
several alternatives the group of
seven students decided that they
would run a combination bake
sale and car wash and raised
$162 to donate for the needs of
the I HOPE ministry. As a direct
result of their efforts a family of
eight will have food on their ta-
ble for the next week.


Continued From Page 1

the story of the Aladdin animated movie.
The curtain rises at 7 p.m. There are still
tickets for this last show but they will go
quickly. Prices are $5 in advance; $10 at the
door. Advance tickets may be purchased at
RCMA Immokalee Community School, 123
N. 4th St., Immokalee.
For information, call Vanderson at 239-

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and harvested into plastic boxes. The rules,
which are part of the "Tomato Good Agricul-
ture Practices," also govern the growing and
post-harvest handling of tomatoes.
They were adopted after the Florida Leg-
islature passed a law in 2007 at the request
of the state's tomato industry and Bronson's
office designed to assure that Florida is ad-
hering to the strictest sanitary guidelines
possible in the production and handling of
In 2009, Bronson's Division of Fruit and
Vegetables and Office of Agricultural Law
Enforcement conducted regulatory compli-
ance inspections at several locations around
the state and issued warning notices to ven-
dors failing to abide by the law along with
warnings that repeat violations would trig-
ger misdemeanor charges.
The six vendors who were served with
misdemeanor charges were: Frank L. Rome-
ro, 26; Jorge Rojas, 46; Juan O. Sanchez, 52;
Salvador Arreguin, 55; Elizar P. Pineda, 41;
and Jose Partida, 73.

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May 20, 2010

While some of the victims do not have le-
gal papers to be here, the department does
NOT work to have them deported, but rather
helps them obtain non-immigrant visas after
the trials of their perpetrators.
The department works with the Collier
Health Services and the Health Department
to obtain health services for the victims, St.
Matthew's House and the Shelter for Abused
Women in Naples to provide temporary
housing and assistance to victims. Catholic
Charities and the Coalition of Farm Work-
ers also partner with CCSO to see that the
victims are assisted with their needs. They
also work alongside DCF, ICE and the De-
partments of Labor and Immigration to help
inform them of their rights.
In an effort to spread the word amongst
the farm workers, the Human Trafficking
Force attend the "Day of the Worker" an-
nual celebration in Immokalee, and sponsor
a "Day Without Slavery," and provide early

morning free coffee at their bus pickup ar-
eas in downtown Immokalee. On Wednes-
day, May 19, the department gave out free
bicycle lights and helmets to make their tray-
eling safer on our streets.
Two free days of training for crew lead-
ers and bus drivers are being offered by the
University of Florida/IFAS Center just north
of Immokalee on U.S. 29 under the auspices
of the Department of Transportation. They
will cover training on regulations for bus-
ses, harvest trucks and other vehicles used
by farm labor contractors, crew leaders and
bus drivers. Two days of training will take
place from 9 a.m. to noon on May 25 and
June 2. Training will be done in English, but
those attending are welcome to bring their
own translators, if needed. Grower/farmer
representatives are also encouraged to at-
To reserve a spot, please call Carlene
Thissen at 239-658-3400.

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
Members of the Minority Affairs council gathered at last Thursday's meeting and listened to informative guest speakers
from the Collier County Sheriff's Office speak to the council members on the issue of human trafficking.

Kids Against Hunger program brings community together

For the past two years, several commu-
nity agencies have collaborated to bring Kids
Games to Immokalee. This year the event will
again be held at Immokalee Sports Complex
on Saturday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is an exciting sports event based on
values that are actively promoted in church-
es, schools, businesses, and community
groups throughout the local community.
It is anticipated that hundreds of youth
from Southwest Florida will participate in
soccer, basketball, flag football, volleyball,
tug-of-war, miniature golf and water buck-
et races. Each child that participates in the
games will receive a reward.

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As part of the event, there will be a com-
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the multi-purpose room at iTECH to package
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organizations in our community. This year,
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Schedule of Events begin at 8 until 8:30
a.m. Opening Ceremony; 8:30 -9 a.m. Kids
Against Hunger Set-up; 9 -11:30 a.m. Food
Packaging/Outside Games (soccer, flag foot-
ball); 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Lunch (will be pro-
vided free); 1 -3 p.m. Inside games (basket-
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Outside games (miniature golf, water
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3:30 -4 p.m. Closing Ceremony
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oughly described. The purpose of this divi-
sion of the CCSO is to catch and prosecute
those who are involved in human trafficking,
sex trafficking and operating brothels in the
community, but, just as important, they are
also directly involved in assisting the victims
of these criminal activities.
Recently several brothels have been shut
down, some involving young teenage girls
brought in from other areas of south Florida.
In addition to catching the criminals, the de-
partment moves quickly to provide profes-
sional counseling, emergency housing and
food for victims. The department recently
housed 9 male victims of human trafficking
by placing them in a duplex, and providing
them assistance to get back on their own.

Farmworker killed in traffic accident

Letters to the Editor

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Local Forecast

Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny
and hot, with a high near 95. Light east southeast wind.
Thursday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before
7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind.
Extended Forecast
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with
a high near 95. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 6 mph.
Friday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with
a low around 67. East northeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a
high near 94.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a high
near 94.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.


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May 20, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

the candidates, while enjoying the talents of
our Culinary Arts program. You will have an
opportunity to mix and talk with the candi-
dates privately.
Thanks to our Chamber, this is an oppor-
tunity for you to get to know the people who
will be representing us.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Fred N. Thomas, Jr.
Program Chairman

Authorities are withholding the name
of an Immokalee farm worker who died
in an accident May 15 on a Hendry County

oa cording to the Florida Highway Pa-
trol, the worker was driving a farm picker
pulling a trailer northbound on CR 833,
north of CR 846. The vehicle's right rear
tire began losing tread, causing the vehicle
to travel out of control. The vehicle went
across the southbound lane and onto the
paved apron. The driver attempted to cor-

rect by steering to the right, but the vehicle
began to rotate clockwise and traveled
northeasterly across both the north and
southbound lanes. It then exited the road-
way where the front of the vehicle struck a
guardrail. The vehicle overturned onto its
right side and came to a rest on the east
shoulder of CR 833. The driver was ejected
during the crash.
The crash occurred at about 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 15.

How does your garden grow? The
School District of Collier County's Adult
and Community Education (ACE) program
may have an answer to that question. ACE
will offer a Squarefoot Gardening course '
beginning on Thursday, June 10, from 6:30-
8:30 p.m. at Barron Collier High School, lo-
cated at 5600 Cougar Drive.
Squarefoot Gardening is the most eco-
nomical way to garden. On your patio,
porch, or a sunny window sill, you can cre-
ate a garden filled with beautiful flowers,
luscious vegetables, and fresh herbs, with

no weeds or hard work! No heavy digging,
weeding, or thinning from over planting.
You'll have a productive, well-kept, colorful
garden. Squarefoot Gardening is a simple
system that adapts to all levels of experi-
ence, physical ability, and geographical
The six-week course is $69 and will be
taught by David Crowther, a certified Or-
ganic Gardener with 30 years of gardening
know-how. To learn more, please visit the
ACE Web site at: www.collieradulted.com
or call 239-377-1234

James 1Malone Blackburn
IMMOKALEE, FLA -James Malone Black-
burn, 86, of Immokalee, Fla., went home to be
with the Lord, Tuesday, May I I, 2010.
Born October 16, 1923, in Bonifay, Fla., he
was the son of Floyd Green Blackburn and Con-
nie Mae Bryant Blackburn.
James served in the Navy during World War II.
He married Georgia Florene Galloway, Decem-
ber 6, 1943. They relocated to Immokalee, Fla.
from north Florida, in the fall of 1949. As a dedi-
cated husband and father, he taught and in-
stilled in his children and grandchildren the
value of family and a strong work ethic. He will
be greatly missed by all that knew him.

James is preceded in death by his wife, Flo-
rene. He is survived by his two children, Patrick
(LeClaire) Blackburn of Lehigh Acres, Fla. and
Fleeta (Julian) Williams of Immokalee; three
grandchildren, Kevin (Glenda) Blackburn of Sas-
ser, Ga., Tanya (Royel) Saldivar of Immokalee,
Fla. and Julie (Gerardo) Alfaro of Davenport, lo-
wa. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren
and seven great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memori-
al donations be made in James's memory to
Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwvill Lane, Na-
ples, FL 34105.
A remembrance service will be held at a later

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Candidate Night
Dear Fellow Immokaleens'
To protect our future it is very important
dhatoi irnsak wise choices about thhe elect-
with this, The Eastern Collier Chamber of
Commerce and The Culinary Arts program
at iTECH, are hosting a "Candidates Night
Forum & Mixer" on June 1, from 6 until 9
You will have an opportunity to hear from


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Our congressman for many years, and
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then about the duties and responsibilities
we have as citizens, and the role govern-
rnent plays in our daily lives. He addressed
a gathering of about 250 students in the
School Board Meeting Roorn in the Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center.
While he was in our building, he stopped
by The Education Channel studio to spend
sorne time with Cornrunications Special-
ist Ryan Schwartz. Their District Digest TV
interview can be seen on the current edi-
tion of the show, on at 9:30 this evening,
tomorrow evening, and Saturday evening,
and at 11:30 Sunday morning, on Corncast
cable 99. If you watch this rare interview
with Director Goss, he'll share his message
about our role as citizens with you.

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May 20, 2010

Studies have shown there is a direct cor-
relation between students who eat a nutri-
tious breakfast and improved academic per-
forinance. As a way to continue to promote
this correlation, the School District of Collier
County's Nutrition Services Department is
pleased to announce it will once again of-
fer its highly successful breakfast program
next school year. Breakfast is provided to all
students at no charge, and parents are not
required to fill out a meal application for
the breakfast program; this only needs to
be done if they are seeking meal benefits for
their child at lunch.
The Nutrition Services Department also
encourages parents to apply for meal ben-
efits online. This can be done any time after

July 1. The online meal application allows
the Nutrition Services Department to process
applications much faster, so that qualifying
students can begin receiving meals within 48
hours. To learn more, please visit the Nutri-
tion Services Web site at: http://www.collier.
kl 2.fl.us/FoodService/, or yournay inquire at
your school's front office.
Lunch prices for paid students will re-
main the sarne for the 2010-11 school year
-$2 for elementary, and $2.25 for secondary
students. The district allows students who
qualify for reduced meals to enjoy lunch at
no charge.
To learn more, please contact Director of
Nutrition Services Dawn Houser at 239-377-

A very popular competition held through-
out schools in the School District of Collier
County is the "100 Book Challenge." The
challenge has students counting how many
books they read. At Pineerest Elementary
School (PCR), Carrnen Davis' fourth grade
class has put a unique twist on counting
how much they've read. Instead of add-
ing up the number of books students read,
they're actually counting how many words
they've read. Through a Scholastic program
called "Reading Counts," Davis' fourth grade
class has reached their goal of reading more
than 15 million words! Since the class has
reached its goal, they earned a Reading
Celebration, complete with pizza, from 2-3
p.m. May 19, at the school, located at 313
9th Street S., in Irnrokalee.
Reading Counts began last September;
however, the actual goal of 15 million words
read didn't corne about until late January.
Davis approached the students with the idea
when she noticed how much reading the
class was doing. But how does one count
that many words? Luckily, Reading Counts
has a Inanagernent systern with different
reports that calculates the number of words
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Hig h Sho students
Collier County District Schools

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-or the parent of even a seventh or sixth
grader, you'll need to know about Senate
Bill 4, passed by our state lawmakers just
last month. "Senate Bill 4 is essentially go-
ing to change high school dramatically,"
the words of our Superintendent, Dennis L.
Thogipson, during a recent meeting with
principals. Senate Bill 4 will eventually do
away with FCAfrat the higl :choo lalvel,

It'll replace FCAT with end-of-course tests.
This will all begin in August with Algebra I.
But there's a whole lot more you need to
know, and we've got all of the info for you
on a special TV show focused entirely on
the topic. Our Chief Instructional Officer,
Martha Hayes, guests on Parent Connec-
tion, sharing information she just learned
about Senate Bill 4 while attending a Flonida
Organization of Instructional Leaders con-
ference with her peers from across Florida.
Folks from the Florida Department of Edu-
cation were there to impart everything they
know about the bill. It was two full days of
sorting out the changes called for in Sen-
ate Bill 4. By watching Parent Connection,
you'll get the most up-to-date information

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May 20, 2010

Immokalee Bulletin

It's tricky business, beading, threading a
thin elastic band through tiny bead holes. One
slip of the grip, and beads escape across the
But 10 students at Immokalee Community
School have persevered
with the beads because
it's an honor and a chari-
table service all in one.
It's an honor because
students of counselor
JoAnn Blumenthal had to
earn the right to become
beaders. They must help
someone every day, and
record it in their journal. Dominique
"They have to write Rios
why they performed the
act of kindness," Blumenthal said.
The journals tell of helping tired momns with
housework, of caring for baby siblings, of help-
ing classmates in math, of holding doors for
people with burdens.
"Made dad's bed because I love him," reads
one entry. "I helped my mom carry my sister
because she was crying,"
reads another. Another: "I
felt happy when I helped
my teacher pass out the
Miss a day in the jour-
nals, and you're out of
Now that the bracelets
are finished, charity has
Fabian begun. The kids sold 100

bracelets for $3 apiece. They used the $300 to
buy decorated Croes for children in Haiti. With
all the earthquake debris, Blumenthal's class
reasoned, Haitian children must be especially
careful to wear shoes.
This was a turnabout of sorts, because these
fourth-graders also come from low-income
families with their own limited wardrobes.
Next Monday, they will take the Croes to
Hope for Haiti, a Naples-based charity that col-
lects funds for established schools, clinics and
nutritional services in Haiti.
Through the project, Blumenthal has been
teaching her fourth-graders a blend of lessons:
Working as a group, Starting a business, Finan-
cial math, Helping others makes you happy
"It's been nice to help people," said Jenni-
fer Abundez, 9. "I help people do their home-
work. I helped my cousin Ashley learn how to
ride a bike."
"I taught my sister how to read," said Fabian
Venegas, 10. "She's 3. She hesitates a little."
"My brother fell down and scraped his
knee," said Dominique Rios, 10. "I wiped his
knee off and put a bandage on it."
Soon, these helping
hands will reach to Haiti.
"I like helping the kids
in Haiti," said Dominique.
"They're homeless, and
they need caring."
Students from Immoka-
lee Community School plan
to deliver Croes for Haitian
children to Hope for Haiti
Jennifer around 2 p.m. Monday May

24, following al1 p.m. lunch with a Hope for
Haiti representative at The Dock at Crayton
Cove, 845 12th Ave. South in Naples.
Hope for Haiti is located at 1021 5th Avenue

North in Naples.
For more information, please call in ad-
vance to counselor JoAnn Blumenthal, 239-


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The Collier County Health Department
and Tobacco-Free Collier Partnership would
like to congratulate Edison State College
Collier Campus for following in the lead
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In recognition of Edison State College,
Collier Campus implementation of a tobac-
co-free campus policy effective Thursday,
May 13, the college STRIKE club (anti-tobac-
co industry and awareness group) invites
community members and students to the
campus to celebrate this day. Attendees will
learn about manipulation tactics used by
the tobacco industry, obtain information on
quitting options, and learn more about the
cessation classes available on campus. From
1 1 a.m.-1 p.m., the Collier County Health De-
partment is hosting the Tobacco Free Florida
Street Team and Smokifier Van to educate
students and community members about

the dangers of tobacco use. The Smokifier
Van is equipped with age-progression tech-
nology to illustrate the harmful physical ef-
fects of smoking. Students will be seated in
an awning-covered booth outside the van,
where a photo is taken and then "smoki-
fied." The resulting photo depicts the po-
tential changes in ones facial features (i.e.,
wrinkles, discoloration) after years of smok-
ing versus years of remaining tobacco-free.

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daily to replace the 1,200 Americans who
die from a tobacco related illness. Approxi-
mately 90 percent of all smokers start before
age 18; the average age for a new smoker
is 13. Recently the Tobacco Industry has
focused on the 18-24 year old college aged
students. According to the American Lung
Association, "the industry recognized that
young adults are going through a transition
period in their life, moving from high school
to college or work, a prime time for develop-
ing and cementing new behaviors, including
smoking." Clubs such as STRIKE on the col-
lege campuses encourage students to edu-
cate, empower, and encourage the student

body and staff to become more educated
on tobacco issues, health risks related to to-
bacco use as well as cessation options. Ac-
cording the 2007 CHARTS Report (Commu-
nity Health Assessment Resource Tool Set)
17.4% of the overall population in Collier
smoke and specifically, 24.7% of individuals
between the ages 18-44 smoke. The average
student who attends the Collier Campus at

Th TIE CI has wo~r edh radrsat br n
ing awareness on the Edison campus about
the dangers of tobacco use and encouraging
students and staff to kick the tobacco habit.

The David Lawrence Center is hosting
an awareness generating, family centered
event in Immokalee. The Immokalee Com-
munity Meet and Greet will be held May 25,
from 2-6 p.m. at the One Stop located at
750 South 5th Street in Immokalee.

edu~ct the iti s ofImoar eeta outu
the variety of mental health and substance
abuse programs available at the David
Lawrence Center's Immokalee Satellite
Services office including newly expanded
in-home family support services. Families
will have the opportunity to meet clinical
and support staff in a confidential, relaxed
atmosphere with plenty of fun activities
planned for the kids.
There will be free food and drinks,
crafts, balloon twisting, face painting and
giveaways. Confidential, free onsite mental

health screenings for children and adults
who may be struggling with anger, sad-
ness, stress or drugs and alcohol problems
will also be offered with opportunities to
earn gift certificates to McDonald's and

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wellbeing. With appropriate access to treat
ment, people can and do get better. This
community outreach event will provide an
opportunity to learn about the David Law-
rence Center, how to recognize warning
signs and access services if needed."
For questions, please contact the David
Lawrence Center Immokalee Satellite Of-
fice at 239-65 7-4434 to learn more.

tractors, Crew Leaders and Bus Drivers about
Department of Transportation regulations are
being offered at the University of Flo~rida's Re-
search & Education Center in Immokalee. The
training is about DOT rules for busses, harvest
trucks and other vehicles used to take workers
to and from the fields or to take products out
of the fields. The training will be given by DOT
Officer Tracey McQuilken from the Motor Car-
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charge for this initial training. Grower/Farmer
representatives are also encouraged to attend.
The purpose of the training is to help Crew
Leaders and Bus Drivers avoid fines or Out-of-
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violations are corrected.
The first training date is Tuesday, May 25,
from 9 a.m. to noon. The class will be repeated
on Wednesday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.
It will be held at the University of Florida/IFAS
Research & Education Center on Highway 29,
about two miles north of the Winn-Dixie in
The training will be in English, but Crew
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someone with them to translate if needed, or
to send someone who speaks English to get
the information for them.
To reserve a spot, please call Carlene This-
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Immokalee Bulletin

May 20, 2010

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club has an-
nounced the addition of the Chicago Fire Ju-
niors Florida to the club's player development
system. Established to serve the Southwest
Florida soccer market, CFJ-Florida becomes
the eighth Fire Juniors satellite program out-
side of the hub in Naperville, IL and the third
CFJ club to compete in the United Soccer
Leagues Super-Y League.
CFJ-Florida comes together with the union
of Florida Premier Soccer Club, Gulf Coast
Soccer Academy, Southwest Florida United
Soccer Academy and The Soccer Pit and will
begin placing teams in the Ul3, Ul5, and U17
divisions of the USL Super Y-League in 2011i.
"We're excited to bring the Chicago Fire
program to this area," said CFJ-Florida Ex-
ecutive Director Mark Prizant. "Our coaches
look forward to working with the best players
throughout the region and we view

this program as the best way to establish
new and strong pathways to professional
soccer in Southwest Florida."
"We're ecstatic to welcome another ex-
tension of our club in Southwest Florida,"
said Chicago Fire Director of Player Devel-
opment John Dorn. "We view the region as
an excellent growth market which provides
unlimited opportunities both in terms of
player development and the added benefit
of another warmweather market for our elite
teams to visit during the winter months here
in Chicago. Our hope is that an initiative like
this brings together as many great soccer en-
tities in the area as possible."
Tryout information for CFJ-Florida will be
forthcoming in the next few weeks. Please
stay tuned to www. chicagofirejuniorsflorida.
com for more information relating to the
newest Chicago Fire Juniors club.

Chica o Fire Juniors club

launches Florida teams

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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Manny Touron
U15 Champions (left photo ) enjoy a moment in the spotlight after a winning
season. Ul6 Champs (right photo) gather after taking the title during the event
which took place at the North Naples Regional Park. 3 v 3 Qualifying tournament
for the Wide World of Sports in July. The Pit Cobras also had another champion
in the Open Division and a fourth place in our U11. The team is hoping to head
to Orlando for the Wide World of Sports Championship in July. !

New partnership helps local soccer club

By Manny Touron
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
The Soccer Pit Cobras took yet an-
other step towards expansion of soccer in
Immokalee. The club just became partners
with Chicago Fire from the Major Soccer
League. Just having an affiliation with this
club increases the importance of our club
1000%. Two members of the Chicago Fire
Juniors met with some of the coaches last
Tuesday to describe the advantages that the
Chicago Fire Juniors program can bring
our players and program. First team assis-
tant coach Larry Sunderland and our area's
representative Mark Prizant described the
program as an opportunity for player devel-
opment with the opportunity for some of

our top players to play at the highest level of
soccer and be exposed to college coaches.
They will also bring the opportunity for our
Soccer Pit coaches to be trained under their
top level coaches that have multiple soccer
certifications. Financial support can come
in the way of field and personal equipment
for all the players.
The mission of our club is to develop
players and get them to the highest level of
soccer, unfortunately, the economic situa-
tion of our families doesn't lend to the fi-
nancial support needed to take our players
to top level tournaments. The Chicago Fire
Juniors program will also help with some
of these costs for the club. This is an awe-
some step for our clubs and kids.

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