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Vol. 43 No. 44


Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, November 18, 2010



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Homecoming: IHS Indians

over Dade Christian, 35-28

By Moises Diaz
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Immokalee High School fin-
ished the season with a 35 to 28
homecoming victory over Dade
Christian. DC, who came into the
game undefeated, left with their
first lost of the regular season and
entering the Class 1A playoffs at
Immokalee came into the game
as the Class 2A District Champs
with a 4-5 record. The Indians were
shooting to finish 5-5 and gain mo-
mentum for the playoffs.
The game flopped back and
forth as the teams found them-
selves tied at 21 during the 3rd
quarter. The Indian defense came
up with a big stop in the red zone
on a Crusader 4th down attempt.
With a late 3rd quarter 82 yard
touchdown pass from sophomore
quarter back Tshumbi Johnson to
freshman wide receiver J.C. Jack-
son, Immokalee took the lead and

never looked back.
Johnson finished the night with
two touchdowns through the air
and three more on the ground.
Jackson caught six passes for 154
yards and two touchdowns.
The 2010 Homecoming King
and Queen were announced at
halftime. Senior linebacker Sam-
son Alberique took the crown and
is this year's King while senior
cheerleader Alicia Mendoza was
awarded this year's Queen.
The 2010 Runner ups were Ga-
briel Trejo and Katonya Addison.
Unlike pasted years, this year's
crowning came from a number of
passed Kings and Queens. Kristi
Williams, Zannon Garza, Ashley
Lozano, and last year's Queen
Samantha Molina presented the
Queen with her crown. Richard
Herrera and Luis Trejo Jr. present-
ed the King with his crown.
This Friday the Indians host
See IHS Page 2

Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Adam Herrera
Samson Alberique and Alicia Mendoza was awarded this year's
Homecoming King and Queen. See more Homecoming photos on
Page 8

CCSO: Kids targeted by gang member recruiting

ImmoKalee tbulletn/'atty urant
These gang implements including guns, knives, art and cloth-
ing were all confiscated from Collier County gang members.

By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
Gangs are a particularly dis-
turbing phenomenon in our soci-
ety. They threaten our safety and
our hard-earned possessions but,
more importantly, they target our
children, capable of turning them
away from their families and from
a productive life.
At this time there are 1,400
documented gang members/as-
sociates in Collier, according to
Collier County Sheriff's Office Inv.
Gene Meek, Some 400 of those are
in Immokalee.
Inv. Meek has served with the

Gang Unit for five years, and in
law enforcement 15 years. His
interest in gangs goes back to his
home state of Kentucky when he
saw gang activity accelerate in
Lexington. At that time graffiti, in-
creased robberies, burglaries and
the narcotics trade was passed of
as "disorganized social youth,"
which contributed to an escalation
in gang activity and violence.
In 1992 Collier County Sheriff
Don Hunter recognized the need
for a full offensive against gangs
and implemented the Gang Unit.
Inv. Meek told a large group of
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community leaders Nov. 4.
Florida Statute identifies a gang as three
or more people with a common name,
colors, talk and hand signs, who engage in
criminal acts.
Recently, Inv. Meek explained the his-
tory of gangs to a large group of community
leaders. Traditional gangs are those which
are well established. They have national ties
and send money to a central location. Non-
traditional gangs are local and motivated by
money, he explained, and their members are
often recruited into traditional gangs in pris-
on. Nontraditional gangs become a problem
when they affiliate with national gangs.
Crimes committed by gang members
support and further their gang in some way.
These crimes are tools to bring in money,
boost their reputation or mete out revenge.
Kids join gangs for several basic reasons:
fear, to replace family structure, to achieve
an identity and recognition status, to bolster
their self esteem, reacting to peer pressure
or to emulate gangsters.
These are kids, after all. Once they're
made to feel they fit into the group, it's easy
for them to manipulated into committing
Another reason why gangs are attractive
to kids: Being a gang member is also excit-
ing. They get to hang with other kids that
are perceived as cool, they get to live fast
and "on the edge," they get perks like new
electronics and clothes, they get rewarded
for defying adults and always have a "safe
haven" to return to.
Gangs love schools because they're such
fertile recruiting grounds, as is any place
where teens gather, Inv. Meek pointed out. In
fact, even elementary schools and churches
are not off limits for recruiting.
Gangs are actually criminal organizations
that earn money in all manner of illegal
ways: narcotic sales, burglary, robbery, pros-
titution, possession/sale of firearms. Accord-
ing to Inv. Meek, check schemes are very big
now with gangs because they're easy and
safe ways to make good money.
There is a truly ugly side for members. Kids
are often "beat in" to a gang. If getting in can
be tough, getting out can be even tougher.
If the gang is not hard core, members may
be allowed to leave by being "beaten out."
However, if the gang is hard core, there is no

way out, Inv. Meek explained.
Gangs love tattoos as identifying marks.
A favorite gang tattoo is the drama masks
- one happy, one sad. It demonstrates their
philosophy of life. Other favorite tattoos in-
corporate crowns. Three dots also indicate
gang membership.
A teardrop tattoo typically means that
member has been in prison or a young gang
member is on a "mission."
Exchanging hand signals is a favorite
form of gang communication. If you see
someone flashing what appears to be gang
signs, you are asked to contact the sheriff's
Inv. Meek told his audience that the Gang
Unit targets younger kids in danger of join-
ing a gang, or already in one. At ages 11-14,
he said, you can try get them to break away
by talking to their parents and making use of
programs like those at the David Lawrence
Center to break that hold.
He also said that, once a gang member
has reached the age of 15-18 the Unit has
little hope of turning them around. They've
set in to the gang way of life, he said, and
law enforcement turns its attention to saving
the younger ones.
One woman in the audience expressed
concern about the older ones who want to
straighten out their life but can't because
they've been branded as a gang member.
She said they can't get a regular job and
there are no programs to help them. It's a
community problem, she noted.
Inv. Meek said there is a statewide list of
documented gangs which all law enforce-
ment has access to and the CCSO Gang Unit
is part of the area gang task force, working
together to combat this common problem.

The Immokalee Christian Fellowship
of evangelical churches in Immokalee
would like to invite the entire community
of Immokalee to an evening of worship
and praise in a multicultural environment
on Thursday evening, Nov. 23, at Bethel
Assembly of God Church on West Main
Street in Immokalee from 7-9 p.m. God has
been gracious to our community and has
allowed the many tropical storms and hur-
ricanes to bypass our community for the
past three years, and we look forward to
his continued blessings on our community
as we come together to honor Him for His
faithfulness to us.
Featured group for the evening will be
TRUST Quartet, singing Gaither style four-
part harmony. TRUST is a Florida-based,
Nashville recorded group who will pres-
ent their enthusiastic approach to some of
gospel's finest songs. TRUST not only has
great harmony, but also a unique minister-
ing ability with song. You won't want to
miss this great opportunity to participate in
this concert.
Joining TRUST will be a Haitian Praise
and Worship Team from Immokalee's lo-
cal Omega Haitian Baptist Church, and

Courtesy photo
Trust Quartet will be part of the enter-
tainment at the upcoming Thanksgiv-
ing Service.
also Hispanic worship led by the Praise
and Worship Team from the host church,
Bethel Assembly of God.
While there is no admission charge for
this great evening of worship, praise and
singing, a free-will offering will be received
to help pay expenses for the quartet. Ad-
ditional fund donated will go to help in the
establishing of the Immokalee Pregnancy
Center, a newly developed counseling cen-
ter focusing on helping young parents-to-
be through difficult pregnancies.

Drivers needed to aid cancer patients

The American Cancer Society's Road to
Recovery Program is in need of volunteers
who are willing to drive cancer patients to
and from cancer treatments. Training is pro-
vided to those who want to volunteer their
time. Schedules are flexible and drivers can
drive as little or as much as they like.
Requirements for volunteering include


Immokalee Bulletin/Patty Brant
CCSO detectives and investigators
assigned to the Gang Unit in Collier
County are working to keep gangs
from targeting local kids.

Continued From Page 1
Tampa Robinson High School. Tampa Rob-
inson is runner up in the Class 2A District 5
with only two losses on the season. The first
one coming to the Class 2A District 5 Champ,
Tampa Jesuit and the second lost came last

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week to the two time defending Class 5A
state champion Plant high school.
The Indians will have to bring their A
game on Friday as the 8-2 Knights aver-
age 41.2 ppg and only allowing 13.7 ppg.
Immokalee on the other hand are coming
off their first convective win and look to roll
deep into the playoffs. The game will be
held at Gary Bates Stadium in Immokalee.
Kickoff time is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

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Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Marylou Navarrete

The photo above ran in error in last week's edition of the Immokalee Bulletin
with a story about the opening of the new Pregnancy Center.
The young girls came with their friends the older couple from Naples to tour
the new building given by a local missionary. The woman holding the baby is
the Young Women's program president, Marisol Robinson, in Immokalee and
was explaining the Young Women's program to them. They were not involved
with the Pregnancy Center as stated under the photo from last week's edi-
tion. We apologize for any misinformation.

Area chamber seeks new director

By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
Executive Director Dick Rice, Secretary
and Executive Director of the Eastern Collier
County Chamber of Commerce has retired
and the chamber finds itself at a crossroads.
It must incorporate its successes and chal-
lenges of the past and mold them into a fu-
ture under new leadership.
Chamber President Mike Ellis said the
chamber board is running the office with
volunteers, board members and interns
from Hodges University at this time.
The search committee is accepting appli-
cations through November. By Dec. 10, they
are to vet all applicants and have a short list
ready for the board of three they feel are
most qualified.
These candidates will be interviewed by
the board, which will then make its choice.
He said that, as of Monday, they had
some 10-15 applications already and he ex-
pects many more, considering the rampant
unemployment in the area.
The chamber position requires a special
type of individual, he explained, one who
is not as motivated by financial reward as
by the opportunity to serve the commu-
nity. The board's final choice should have a
background in the business community and
in particular the chamber of commerce.
There are no preconceived ideas of who
this person might be. It may be an older
person who wants to work part time or
a younger person on their way up, Mr. El-
lis noted. Whoever takes over the position,
he added, will need to be heavily involved
in the community and have a real feel for
working with a very diverse group, building
The Eastern Collier County Chamber of
Commerce encompasses a large and di-

verse area, from Immokalee to Ave Maria.
The ability to work with and through people
is key to the position, Mr. Ellis said. The di-
rector will need to find ways for different
types of people to work and pull together for
a common cause.
Mr. Ellis said Mr. Rice had a good grasp
of the community's needs and worked
hard to achieve them, putting in an incred-
ible amount of time on the job. He will be
Mr. Rice remains in the community and is
looking toward enjoying his retirement.
He and his wife are considering head-
ing to Bolivia as missionaries, he said. He's
been thinking of retiring for some time, and
said he would when the job "wasn't fun any
more." That time has come for him.
His six years with the chamber have been
filled with wonderful fellowship, he noted;
with challenges and networking opportuni-
ties to tell the chamber story.
He explained that his biggest challenge to
get the board to understand their responsi-
bility and role in the financial strength of the
Mr. Rice believes that the chamber is
stronger now than it was when he took on
the job. He feels it has now attained its iden-
tity and has a location of its own. When he
first came to the chamber, he recalls, he was
working out of his house.
He feels the chamber still needs to grow
and the board accept its fiduciary responsi-
bility so it can carry on its work and activi-
The chamber currently has some 175

Weather Forecast

Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Thursday: A 10 percent chance of
showers. Patchy fog before 7 a.m. Other-
wise, mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
North wind between 3 and 9 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 51. Light north wind.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Northeast wind between 3 and 8 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 53. Northeast wind between 3 and
5 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 54.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 61.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

25th year of fun in the snow!

On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. Collier County Parks and Recreation
will host Snowfest welcoming more than
15,000 people who want to see snow in
Florida. No matter what the "real" weather
is that day, snow will be in the forecast to
celebrate the winter holiday. Chill out at the
25th Annual Snowfest
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 4); 6-11 p.m.
(Dec. 3, carnival only) at Golden Gate Com-
munity Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Gate Admission: $1 per person, 3 and un-
der free.
Parking: Calusa Park Elementary, 4600
Santa Barbara Blvd. Berkshire Commons at
Radio Rd. & Santa Barbara Blvd.
*Shuttles FREE to the event*
For information visit www.snowfestna-
ples.com or call 239-252-4000.
Santa Claus will sprinkle holiday spirit
with his elves as children enjoy 100 tons of

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Public Meetings

The Criminal Justice, Mental Health &
Substance Abuse Planning Council will hold
a public meeting on Friday, Nov. 19 at noon
at the Collier County Courthouse, Confer-
ence Room, Second Floor, Collier County
Government Center, 3315 Tamiami Trail
East, Naples.
The Collier County Hispanic Affairs Ad-
visory Board will hold a public meeting on
Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Golden
Gate Community Center Auditorium, locat-
ed at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples.
The Collier County Tourist Develop-
ment Council (TDC) will hold a public meet-
ing on Monday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. in the
Board of County Commissioners Chambers,
third floor, Collier County Government Cen-
ter, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.

Celebrate the winter holidays with Col-
lier County Parks and Recreation. Toboggan
snow hills, ice skating rink, Santa's work-
shop, festive foods and a full scale carnival
have established SNOWFEST as a popular
family event over the past 24 years.
Get into the spirit of the holidays at the
25th Annual Snowfest!

Earl Jackson Taylor Sr., 82
KINSTON, Ala. -Earl Jackson Taylor Sr., age
82, passed away in a Geneva, Ala., health care
center, Friday, Nov. 13, 2010.
A resident of Kinston, Ala., he formerly lived in
Immokalee, Fla. He was a ranch foreman in cat-
tle farming. He was a member of the First Bap-
tist Church of Immokalee, where he served as
He was a Past Master of Lodge 379. LaBelle,
Fla., Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Myers, and was
a member of Araba Shrinners, Fort Myers, Fla.
Earl enjoyed fishing in salt or fresh water and
hunting. He served in the U.S. Army in 1954.
He is survived by his wife, Jessie Lee Taylor of
Kinston; son, Earl Jackson Taylor Jr. and wife
Joy of Kinston; three grandchildren, John M.
Taylor, Chase Clemson, Wisper Langford; and
three great-grandchildren, Jasier Lindsey, Trinty
Lindsey, and Karmissa Lindsey.
Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, Nov.
15, 2010, at Evans Funeral Home, Florala, Ala.,
with Rev. Randy Holtz officiating. Interment in
the New Hope Cemetery, Florala.

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Immokalee Bulletin November 18, 2010

Highlands Elementary Fall Fest

set to entertain local community

Highlands Elementary School (HLE) will
host a fall festival from 5-6:30 p.m., this Friday
(Nov. 19), at the school located at 1101 Lake
Trafford Road, in Immokalee. Come join in
on an evening of music, food, and games.
Local community agencies will also be on-
site with useful information for parents.
Music will fill the air as carnival games
such as scooter races, a photo booth, duck
pond, cake walk, and other similar activities

entertain all in attendance. A menu com-
prised of hot dogs, nachos, candy, corn on
the cob, hot cocoa, water, and sodas will be
sure to appease your appetite. In addition,
the Immokalee Fire District, Collier County
Sheriff's Office, and the Shelter for Abused
Women & Children will be at the festival to
provide parents with useful information.
To learn more, please contact Jo Ann
Garza at 239-377-7100.

Snowflake Pageant searches for contestants

Do you have the most adorable child?
The Immokalee High School and Delta
Kappa Gamma 2010 Snowflake Pageant is
back. The Immokalee BETA Club will be
hosting the Snowflake Pageant in the IHS
Auditorium on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The pag-
eant is opened to all girls ages 6 months

to 9 years old. The winner in each division
will receive a trophy and a crown. The win-
ners are also expected to ride on the float
at the Christmas Parade on Dec. 11. For an
application or more information, please
contact Linda Ayer at 239-377-1818.

RCMA Community School students

get surprise return on letters written
By Manny Touron
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
The students in second and third grades .
in my Spanish class read about the life of
Judge Sonia Sotomayor as part of our His-
panic Heritage Week in October. They were
so impressed by her background that they
decided to write a letter to her.
In one of my third grade classes (Mrs
Garcia's class) we have a student named
Sonia. Every time we read the book and
the name Sonia was read her eyes opened
wide. We were reading about someone im-
portant that had a name just like hers. I told
the kids not to be disappointed if we didn't
get a response because Judge Sotomayor Tourin/Manny
was a very busy person. Well, not only did Sonia Domingo holds an autographed
we get a response from her, but she sent ev- photo of Judge Sonia Sotomayor sent
eryone of the students that wrote to her an to her by the famous Judge in answer
autographed picture with their name on it, to letters from Sonia and her class-
saying "Dream Big!" mates.

Students First

UF Improving
teacher learning
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
When you think about the University
of Florida (UF), high academic standards
come to mind -or perhaps a Gators game
in the "Swamp." It isn't likely that the Collier
County Public Schools' relationship with
the university would be the first thought
you'd have. Truth be told, the University of
Florida Lastinger Center for Learning has
had a healthy relationship with our school
district dating back to 2004. The Lastinger
Center's mission: To develop master teach-
ers for the highest needs schools to im-
prove student outcomes. The Center does
that by "improving teacher practice and by
improving the structures and support for
teacher learning to best occur." The Center
has been working with all of our Immoka-
lee schools since the beginning, and Mana-
tee Middle School and Lely High School
in East Naples are now part of the mix.
What the program does is give teachers
the chance to pursue masters or specialist
degrees with the help of full tuition scholar-
ships. Thus far, 31 teachers in Immokalee
have completed their graduate work thanks
to the program, and another 30 are hard at
work following in their footsteps. But that's
not all the UF Lastinger Center does for our
teachers. Their teacher fellow program is
designed to improve teacher practice by
providing teachers with the tools needed

rict cho to use what are
Schoo\ called "scientific
inquiry" methods
to study their own
practices. Carolyn
Spillman, Lasting-
er's Professor in
S Residence in Collier
Collier Coa County, says there
are 129 Immoka-
lee Teacher Fellows committed to doing
"in-class, teacher research on relevant is-
sues of classroom instruction." Their find-
ings will be presented at Collier County's
EXPO for Learning in May. We told you
last week that our district is a model in the
state when it comes to technology, well
we're a model in this case as well. There
are five districts in Florida, including ours,
who are contracting with the Lastinger
Center. Principals from four of those coun-
ties -Alachua, Dade, Duval, and Pinellas
converged on our county this week for the
Center's annual principals' meeting. While
here, among other things, they visited
classrooms at Immokalee Middle School,
and Highlands, Pinecrest, and Village Oaks
elementary schools. The bottom line on
the Lastinger Center involvement? Accord-
ing to Don Pemberton, Director, UF Last-
inger Center for Learning, "We are rolling
up our sleeves and going into high-poverty
schools and assuming some accountability
for improving student achievement" and
that's certainly something we very much

IHS hosts Feed the Families
Immokalee High School will be spon-
soring 11 families and they will be mak-
ing a food basket for a Thanksgiving din-
ner. The baskets will be filled with canned
goods, desserts, and a ham or turkey, so
the families will have a Thanksgiving
meal that they otherwise wouldn't have.
If you would like to help the high school
with the Feed the Families project, you
may bring can goods to the football game
this Friday.

Smash the Car
Immokalee High School will have a
car out at the football field on Friday; you
will be able smash the car for $1 a hit. For
every two canned goods donated for Feed
the Families you get one free hit.

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Doctor earns license
Dr. Javier Rosado has earned his
Florida Psychologist license. Dr.
Rosado has been a post-doctoral
fellow through Florida State Univer-
sity (FSU), and has been providing
high quality care to CHS Health-
care (www.collier.org) patients at
CHS/FSU Pediatrics. He has been
offered, and has
accepted, a full-
time faculty posi-
tion with FSU. His
position will keep
him in Immokalee
working collab-
oratively with CHS
and continuing
to serve their pa-
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/CHS

Immokalee Bulletin

November 18, 2010

IHFS luncheon honors 'Heroes' and brings results

The Immokalee Housing & Family Ser-
vices (IHFS) is proud to announce results of
their successful annual fall luncheon, "You're
My Hero" held on Nov. 9, at the Naples Sail-
ing & Yacht Club.
From the minute that Emcee, Lois
Thome, Anchor, WINK News and "Eye on
Education" arrived, the excitement stirred
with the children, the board members, vol-
unteers, staff and guests that this would be
an event to be remembered as a day to hon-
or Heros of many kinds. Lois invited every-
one to visit Immokalee to see first-hand the
results of IHFS's efforts and programs. Two
resident children then made heartwarming
presentations about their heroes, primarily
the teachers, tutors and mentors of our pro-
grams who inspired them and helped their
families. In addition, IHFS presented the first
ever "Special Hero Recognition Award" to
Sister Maureen Kelleher for her over 25 years
of outstanding and selfless service to IHFS,
their residents and their community.
"We are grateful for the nearly $20,000
contributed by the luncheon attendees,
sponsors and auction item donors" said
Don Shapiro, Board Chairman. "Our deep
felt thanks to all of them".
Lois Thome mentioned in her presenta-
tion that "Education is her passion and a
life long journey." The afternoon was espe-
cially meaningful to her as she enjoyed the
children's' presentations that honored their
Jim DeCuzzi, executive director of IHFS
said "We are so appreciative of our staff and
volunteers who worked so tirelessly for this
event". He added, The generous dona-
tions will enable us to continue our work
to improve residents' lives now and in the
Formed in 1985 as Immokalee Non-Profit
Housing, here's glimpse of our successful
track record. Immokalee Housing & Family
Services currently manages 74 single-family
rental units at Timber Ridge and Sanders

Pines subdivisions in Immokalee. In 2006
through donations from individuals and
community grants each of these homes was
refurbished. In 2008, The Carl J. Kuehner
Community Center at Timber Ridge opened
as the hub for our programs and services.
With your continued support, we hope to
maintain and hopefully expand these impor-
tant and successful programs which include
School's Out Enrichment Programs, an
iTeens Community Service and Leadership
Development Program, Adult Literacy Pro-
gram, Early Beginnings Program, Communi-
ty Gardening and Residents' Council. Other
programs such as health, education and ex-
ercises classes are provided to improve the
diets and general health awareness of the
residents, and to promote a sense of com-
munity involvement. In addition, we plan

special to ie immoKalee ulletlnn/Lane
Tricia Yeggy, Nancy Dagher, Howard
Agranat, all three play vital roles in
bringing the fundraiser event together.

Volunteers, Gloria Andrade, Fran Bussing, Jameson Jean-Philippe, IHFS ,Tricia
Yeggy, Madeline Harvey, Madeline Meehan and Barbara are all volunteers who
worked together to help create the wonderful luncheon fundraiser. Proceeds
from the luncheon will support programs and services for families including
the School's Out programs, Leadership Development program and other such
programs geared at helping local residents.

to provide safer, affordable, housing at Es-
peranza Place, a 176 multi-family residential
complex scheduled for start of development
later this year. To learn more about IHFS
please visit our Web site: www.IHFServices.

Immokalee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.,
d/b/a Immokalee Housing & Family Servic-
es, is a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization,
registered in the state of Florida.

Special guest Emcee for the Luncheon, Lois Thome, Anchor, WINK News and
"Eye on Education" called for people to visit Immokalee to see how Immoka-
lee Housing and Family Services programs and services have made a positive
change in the community.

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DAS hosts Fifth Annual Howl-A-Day Jubilee event

If you're like most dog lovers, you crave
fun things to do with your furry friend. For
five years running, Domestic Animal Servic-
es' Howl-A-Day Jubilee has kicked off the
holiday season with a day dedicated to cele-
brating pets. Howl-A-Day Jubilee offers pet
& owner contests, holiday shopping, a dog
agility course, shelter animals for adoption,
live music, photos with Santa, awesome
raffle prizes, and more-all with the added
bonus of being able to bring your dog along
to enjoy the fun!
This year's event will be held Saturday,
Nov 20, at Veterans Community Park off

Immokalee Road in Naples, from noon to
5 p.m. The event is free, but donations are
Howl-A-Day raises money for the DAS
Donation Trust Fund, which is used to pro-
vide emergency medical care for homeless
animals. DAS developed the idea for Howl-
a-Day Jubilee after the shelter rescued a dog
named Hope in February 2004. Hope had
nearly starved to death at the hands of a ne-
glectful owner, and the shelter received an
outpouring of donations to pay for Hope's
critical care. Hope pulled through and
was later adopted by a Marco Island fam-

Career Centers get a new name

By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
South Floridians have gotten used to
visiting the Career and Service Centers
throughout the area. Need a job or training
for a new career? For several years, South-
west Florida Works was the place to go.
And it still is except that now it's called
the Career and Service Centers. Now, if you
are looking for a job or need training that
can get you into a new career, you still go
to the same building only the name has
Most of the center's job training is done
through educational institutions, but South-
west Florida Works still the place to start.

Get a job lead or update your resume.
Need a computer to search for a job?
Southwest Florida Works is the answer.
The whole focus of Southwest Florida
Works is the same as ever getting folks to
work. From Charlotte to Collier, Southwest
Florida Works opened its doors to tours
last week, just as it did in Immokalee. Many
groups took advantage of the opportunity
to showcase their unique contributions to
the community.
A partnership between business, labor,
education, community and government
services, Southwest Florida Works is lo-
cated at 750 S. 5th Street. Call 658-3300 for
more information.

Immokalee Bulletin/Patty Brant
Executive Director of Southwest Florida Works Joe Paterno, right, and Sin-
claire Williams, One by One Leadership Director of Programs, pay close at-
tention to speakers at the Southwest Florida Works open house.

ily. Hope's case led DAS to recognize the
long-term need to have funding for emer-
gency cases like hers. Howl-A-Day Jubilee
was created in an effort to raise the public's
awareness of the plight of homeless pets.
Each year, the shelter cares for approxi-
mately 6500 animals-mostly cats and
dogs, but also all domestic animals from
hamsters to horses. Last year, 2400 animals
were returned to their families or found
new homes after having been given tem-
porary shelter at DAS. "Pet homelessness
is a community challenge, and it is a privi-
lege to host a community pet festival where
owners can celebrate their own pets and

learn how they too can help prevent more
pets from becoming homeless," said DAS
Director Amanda Townsend. "I'd also like
to thank our many sponsors for helping us
stage Howl-a-Day Jubilee again this year."
Howl-a-Day sponsors include: Petco;
Bug Free Services; Allied Portables; Com-
cast; Naples Daily News; the Wigglebutt Inn;
Collier County Parks and Recreation; Coral
Palms Apartments; Fuller Funeral Home's
Pets at Peace; Pulse University Magazine;
Affordable Petcare Hospital; HomeAgain;
D'Latinos Magazine; Bark Busters; and Mix
104.7 WSGL-FM.

CC SO: Holiday safety or holiday ticket

Safety belts save lives, but sometimes the
fear of getting a traffic ticket is the only rea-
son someone will wear one. That's why the
Collier County Sheriff's Office is joining law
enforcement agencies nationwide for the
Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Campaign. The
heightened safety belt education campaign
will take place through Nov. 28. CCSO Safety
belt education and enforcement efforts are
paying off. At 91 percent, Collier has the
highest safety belt compliance rate of any
Florida county.
Of the 25 motor vehicle occupants who
have been killed in crashes on Collier Coun-
ty roads so far this year, only seven were

known to be wearing safety belts.
During a Click it or Ticket campaign in
May, CCSO deputies handed out seat belt
violation citations to 1,229 unbelted drivers
and passengers. An additional 286 drivers
and passengers received written warnings.
So far this year CCSO has issued 2,880 cita-
tions to unbelted drivers and passengers.
The combination of active law enforcement
and high-profile publicity continues to be an
effective means for increasing safety belt use
- and saving lives.

Local shelter office
needs of volunteers
The Shelter for Abused Women & Chil-
dren's Immokalee Outreach Office is seek-
ing volunteers to assist with the Resource
Library and childcare. For more informa-
tion on volunteer opportunities with The
Shelter, please call 239.775.3862, ext. 235.

Flu shots offered

The Collier County Health Department
-Immokalee Branch, is currently offer-
ing seasonal flu vaccine for anyone over 6
months of age. Flu vaccine is free of charge
for children and $25 or less for adults. We
are also offering Tdap vaccine (tetanus,
diptheria, pertussis) for adults 19-64 years
of age, free of charge. Clinic hours are Mon-
day through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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garage? Advertise your
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vertisement that is illegal
or considered fraudulent.
In all cases of ques-
tionable value, such as
promises of guaranteed
income from work-at-
home programs if it
sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it
is. If you have questions
or doubts about any ad
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ing or sending money
ahead of time, you check
with the Better Business
Bureau at 772-878-2010
for previous complaints.
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire 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 number out of
your area, use caution.

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garage? Advertise your
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2702 W. Immokalee
Now Accepting
Be the first to Occupy!
Newly constructed;
affordable rental
apts. Rental assistance
available to qualified
households; income
limits apply.
Available for move-in
Dec. 2010
Get a new address for
1Br, 2Br/2Ba, 3Br/2Ba
Starting at $385
plus utilities.
Rental applications
available at
2702 W. Immokalee
Drive or
Call (727) 443-3251

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Queen and Court

Immokalee Indians District 6 champs take to the field at last Friday night's
Homecoming game against Dade Christian.

All photos Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Adam Herrera
2010 Homecoming Court
Samson Alberique and Alicia Mendoza, King and Queen (center) Homecoming
Court included: Katonya Addison first runner up, Miranda Davenport, Erline
Destine, Jayla Griffin, Alicia Mendoza; King Candidates included: Samson Albe-
rique, Matthew Garza, Estevenson Senatus, Gabriel Trejo- first runner up, Jesus
Vidaurri. Freshman representatives: Maleighna Cade and Bernardino Valdez,
Sophomore representatives: Melissa Leon and Edmin Grijalva and Junior rep-
resentatives: Veronique and Wedner Dolly.

(Photo left) 82 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Tshumbi
Johnson to freshman wide receiver J.C. Jackson and in photo on right, Tshumbi
Johnson scores a touchdown.

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Alce, Matt Garza and Tshumbi Johnson. Mr. Barnhart donated meals for play-


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