Vol. 43 No. 47
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County
Thursday, December 9, 2010
this Saturday, Dec. 11
Tons of snow!
Tons of holiday fun!
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Students enjoy 'Walk
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Texas Roadhouse partners for Humanitarian Day
By Rick Heers county agencies listened attentive- benefitting the community's youth
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin ly to the passionate presentation and families.
A special Town Hall meeting by G. J. Hart, CEO and President of Bill Coleman, Texas Roadhouse
was held at the iTECH Center in Texas Roadhouse, whose purpose Community Outreach Liaison
Imokalee on Dec 2 to share for hiscompany is towork on proj- spoke to the point that one of their i
with leaders from the community
how a new partnership has been
forged between The Immokalee
Foundation and Texas Roadhouse.
April 18, 2011 has been set as the
date for "The Heart of Immokalee"
Humanitarian Day Project when
up to 1,200 volunteers will con-
verge on Immokalee to work on
a variety of projects as a part of a
$2 million grant to the Immokalee
Representatives from a variety
of businesses, not-for-profits, and
ects with their 40,000 employees
that will change the lives of people
in under served communities. A
short video showed a number of
projects that this restaurant chain
has worked on over the past few
years. One of the things that drew
them to our community was that
they saw great hope in Immoka-
lee, even though many people are
struggling. Another drawing force
in providing this sizable grant was
the great positive impact that the
Immokalee Foundation has had in
organization's main goals is to
strengthen existing partnerships by
encouraging local tradesmen and
organizations to work with them
in order to maximize the value of
their grant. Some of their partners
that they are already planning to
work with besides the Immoka-
lee Foundation are Immokalee
Housing and Family Services,
Hope for Haiti, the Immokalee
CRA, Immokalee High School,
the Immokalee Friendship House,
See TEXAS Page 2
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/
G.J. Hart, CEO and President
of Texas Roadhouse speaks to
attendees of Town Hall meet-
ing held at iTECH Center.
Rosters for Third Annual
All-Star game announced
Six Immokalee High
School Indians join
The Rotary Club of Naples North
has announced the coaching and
player rosters for the Third Annual
All-Star Football Game. Kickoff is
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, at
Golden Gate High School, 2925 Ti-
tan Way, Naples.
Each team will feature the tal-
ents of 38 players, along with the
guidance of 10 coaches.
The game serves as a fundraiser
to provide scholarship opportuni-
ties for Collier County graduating
seniors attending Edison State
College, Lorenzo Walker Institute
of Technology and other worthy
community projects. The game's
title sponsor is TIB Bank.
"This is a great game for the
community to enjoy, and come
cheer for the players and coaches,"
said Butch Manley of the Rotary
Club, who organized the inaugu-
ral event in 2008. "It's also an op-
portunity for players who are nor-
mally on the opposite side to play
The Rotary Club of Naples
North is organizing the event with
the cooperation of each of the
participating high school athletic
departments and coaches: Bar-
ron Collier, Community School of
Naples, First Baptist, Gulf Coast,
Golden Gate, Immokalee, Lely, Na-
ples, Palmetto Ridge and St. John
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Teacher of Distinction
Cindy Sans, of Pinecrest, is congratulated by Education
Foundation Board member Greg Pasanen, of Suncoast
Schools Federal Credit Union being selected as a "Teach-
er of Distinction." See Page 5 for story and photo.
December 9, 2010
Continued From Page 1
and the iTECH Center. They may possibly
add other partners as well in the next few
months. Some of their goals includes the
following: painting 100 homes and plant-
ing 3 fruit trees at each one, provide 500,000
meals to help feed the needy in Haiti, work
on some of the preparatory projects to help
the CRA move forward the "9th Street Plaza"
on Main Street, helping with painting and TF(H
possibly adding new bedding to the Friend-
ship House, and work on improving the ex-
isting training room and locker area at the
Immokalee High School.
If other organizations would like to work
with them in any way, like providing tools
that they could use-ladders, power tools,
etc.-you may contact their marketing direc- Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
tor, Kirsten Sands at Kirsten.sands@texas- Kirsten Sands, regional director of
roadhouse.com, or community outreach marketing for Texas Roadhouse spoke
Director, Bill Coleman at bill.coleman@tex- to the group present about projects
IWSD announces Fire Hydrant Flushing
It is time again for Immokalee Water &
Sewer District to do the quarterly flushing of
the water lines. District employees will open
the fire hydrants and flushout valves to let
the water run. This is an important part of
our maintenance program, to prevent sedi-
ment and rust from building up inside the
lines. This buildup can cause discoloration
in the water, and result in undesirable tastes
and odors. It can also cause a reduction in
the effective diameter of the water line. The
water lines are flushed by opening a series
of hydrants and flushout valves and allowing
them to flow freely until the water is clear.
This can take anywhere from fifteen to thirty
minutes, or more, at each site.
After water lines have been flushed in
your area, you may have some discoloration
in your water, a yellowish or brownish color.
This is normal, and can be alleviated by al-
lowing the water to run in your faucet for
about ten to fifteen minutes until it is clear.
Some customers may still have discolor-
ation. If the cold water is clear, and the hot
water is discolored, then the sediment is in
your hot water heater, and you will need to
drain it. Most hot water heater manufactur-
ers advise that you flush them at least once
a year. If you have any questions, please
contact Jerry Warden, or Kerbi Alexandre at
Christmas Around the World this weekend
After the Dec. 4, Snowfest event, if you
didn't get enough "winter" weather, join
us with family, friends and neighbors for
Christmas Around the World to be held
this Saturday, Dec. 11, from 5-10 p.m. at
the Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Es-
cambia St. Fifty tons of snow will arrive
in Immokalee for the Collier County Parks
and Recreation's annual celebration. There
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Neumann. Golden Gate High School will
host the event.
The North All-Star Squad will be com-
prised of players from Barron Collier, Gulf
Coast, Palmetto Ridge, First Baptist and
Players from Immokalee High School
joining the All-Stars include: #7-Jackinson
Marcellus, a wide receiver/defensive back
at 6'1"-160 lbs; #12-Estevenson Senatus,
a linebacker at 6'1", 160 lbs.; #54-Viquesi
Timothe, an offensive lineman at 5'10", 215
lbs; #52-Matt Garza, offensive line at 5'10",
185 lbs; #70-Samson Alberique, defensive
line at 5'10", 210 lbs and #72-Kervins Clem-
ent, also defensive line at 5'11", 170 lbs.
Coaches attending with the team mem-
bers are: #3 Jerrod Ackley and #8 Tim
The South All-Star Squad will be com-
prised of players from Naples, Golden Gate,
Community School of Naples, St. John Neu-
mann and Lely. The coaches selected the
players from each high school for the all-se-
nior team. Only seniors can play in this post-
season game due to athletic eligibility rules.
The senior cheerleaders will also participate
in the event cheering on their respective
North or South team.
sale tickets are $3
and available at
S November 15.
sion and at-the-
gate tickets will
S be $6 each. Ad-
can be purchased
at any TIB Bank
in Naples and at
Club will also
sponsor an All-
Star banquet for
the athletes on
Monday, Dec 13, at the Hilton Hotel. Tickets
for the banquet are available for the parents
of the athletes at $40 each. Each head foot-
ball coach will have information for ordering
The Rotary Club of Naples North is selling
advertisements in the All-Star program that
will support the scholarship cause. If your
business is interested in placing an ad in the
All-Star program, please contact Jim Morey
at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-659-3813.
Training Fair set for next week
Southwest Florida Works recently
launched their new name and upcoming
programs through a series of open houses
in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Glades and Hen-
dry Counties. Southwest Florida Works is
a partnership between business, labor,
education, community and government
services. The organization was created to
assist job seekers and the business com-
munity in developing a stronger workforce
by providing work and career develop-
ment opportunities to local residents and
businesses. In the third quarter of 2010,
the organization has enrolled 165 residents
into training programs, placed 340 newly
trained candidates in jobs with average
wage of $22.29 and placed over 2,000 in-
dividuals in job openings with an average
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Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken
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of us want a change. Southwest Florida
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REER! SW FL WORKS will be hosting a Ca-
reer and Training Fair on Monday, Dec. 13,
from 2-6 p.m. for those of you interested in
starting a new career of training program.
Please join us on this date for more infor-
Come to SW FL Works (formally known
as the Career and Service Center), 750 S.
Fifth Street Immokalee, Monday, Dec. 13,
2-6 p.m. For more information please call
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December 9, 2010 Immokalee Bulletin
00li Xs on undaunted by Weather Forecast
by Patty Brant
At 32, Immokalee resident Larry Wilcox-
son has already marked a path for himself a
path he hopes other young people will not
only be aware of, but be inspired to blaze
as their own.
Defeated in his first bid for political of-
fice, he's not spending a lot of time licking
his wounds. He's already looking forward to
Mr. Wilcoxson said he has been ap-
proached by people in Naples to continue
his political aspirations. Although he said
he's not inclined to run against Matt Hudson
for District 101 representative again -- he pre-
fers to allow him to term out -- he may be
interested in more local races.
"I want to stay in Immokalee," he said,
where he feels he can contribute to his com-
munity. "I want to be the voice of Immoka-
lee. Without a stable voice," he said, "noth-
ing gets done."
Unhappy with what he sees as "infight-
ing," Mr. Wilcoxson said he wants to keep
personalities out of community service, say-
ing, "It can only hinder us." He feels he lost
his hometown vote because "Immokalee
doesn't believe in itself; it believes in the out-
He said he's tired of the "negativity" he
perceives in his hometown. He wants to
turn that around. "If I can't get them to un-
derstand, then I'm not a leader," he com-
Still, he's proud of his showing in his very
first political campaign. He said he actually
received over a third of the votes from the
district and that's gotten him noticed. He
said Naples believed in him and he got a lot
of votes from Golden Gate.
He said he wouldn't change anything
about how he conducted his campaign but
he is disappointed that he couldn't raise
more money for it.
Mr. Wilcoxson said the system from
Washington D.C. to the local level is not
catering to everyday people but to corpora-
tions and lobbyists. We need to get back to
everyday people," he said, "We make this
He has a passion for educating the youth
and wants to help them get more involved
in their community. Youth has been a strong
point in his campaign, he said, adding that
he was always the youngest at any political
"We need the ideas and energy of youth
to carry on," he noted.
Mr. Wilcoxson said his political role mod-
els are two former presidents: Thomas Jef-
ferson for his intelligence, determination
and will power, his character and youth;
and, Andrew Jackson for his tenacity. He
didn't back down and Mr. Wilcoxson com-
pares himself to the seventh president, say-
ing, "I fear no one."
He wants Immokalee's kids to know that
"You determine your own success. I was
told I wouldn't finish high school," he said,
"I finished early. I was told I wouldn't finish
Larry Wilcoxson, seated, with some of
the Immokalee residents who helped
on his campaign. From left: David Tur-
rubiartez, Mario Ramirez, Tina DeLa-
Rosa, Victor Ledezma, Crystal DeLa-
Rosa and Kovan McSwain.
college. I was at the top of my class. It de-
pends on how bad you want it. I came from
the same background as these kids," he not-
ed. "I open my life to these kids. I grew up
with a single mother. The lights were turned
off ... welfare ..." He can relate to kids who
may not think they have a future, but there's
no excuse for letting yourself down, in his
Mr. Wilcoxson noted that several
Immokalee kids worked on his campaign.
"They were on point ... they did a good
He would like to thank the young people
who worked on his campaign: Victor Le-
dezma, David Turrubiartez, Kovan McSwain,
Tina Delarosa, Mario Ramirez and Crista
Mr. Wilcoxson would also like to thank
Representative Matt Hudson for being such
a class act gentlemen during our campaign,
"We did not sling mud, and he helped me
out with some pointers here and there.
That's a class act and it should not go un-
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Weather forecast for Collier County from
the National Weather Service
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
North wind between 3 and 7 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a
low around 43. Calm wind.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 73. Calm
wind becoming northeast between 4 and 7
There will be a community blood
drive on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 3:30-
6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the First
Baptist Church, 1411 Lake Trafford Road.
You may sign up for a specific time by
calling the church office at 239-657-2639.
The Community Blood Center reminds
all donors that you must have a photo ID,
be at least 16 years of age, with a mini-
mum weight of 110 pounds, and no tat-
toos/body piercings within 12 months of
donating. As an added incentive all who
donate will have their names placed in a
drawing for a free Apple iPad on Tuesday,
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 51. Light north wind.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 57.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
Chamber to host
Inaugural Turkey Shoot
Shoot will be
held on Dec.
18, from 1-4
p.m. at the
ing Range, Oil
sion is $10,
and 3 shots. Adult and Kids (12 and up).
Partial proceeds will benefit Chamber
Scholarship Fund. For admission tickets
or information, contact Eastern Collier
Chamber of Commerce at 239-657-3237
or Jay Roth at 239-293-7555.
The Martinez Family would like to dedicate this to our dad,
Bernabe L Martinez. December 13th will always be a day that we will
never forget for the rest of our lives. You brought us so much happiness
and joy into our lives which in turn made the best memories, not just
for us, but for our children too. A piece from all of us went with you on
that sad day and a piece of you stayed in our hearts forever!
We love you Dad and we miss so much
but we will see each other again!
Today marks 10 years
And my heart still feels pain like from a sharp knife.
But we all can't wait for the day
when we hear, "Where have you been all my life?"
Your swing is still here
and yes, we still use it.
We imagine you still sitting there
One leg up and the other swinging it.
Y mientras te sentabas alli
Esperando aver quien venia.
Para dicirnos un chiste nuevo
O solo decir, "Ay viene mi Reina!"
We still tell mom when she's watching her novelas,
"Oooohh, chingow, es puro pinche pedo!"
We remember when we'd travel and see a cop along the way,
Que decias, "A que le tiro el dedo!"
Todas estas cosas y munchos mas recuerdos, I
s in our minds & hearts & always what we need.
Te extranamos y queremos con toda el alma y corazon,
Pero lo mejor de todo esto es tu presencia, "Oh, yes Indeed!"
December 9, 2010
Elementary kids enjoy 'Walk Safely to School Day'
Sixteen elementary schools in Collier
County will participate on Friday, Dec. 10,
in Walk Safely to School Day which is be-
ing spearheaded this year by Collier County
Growth Management Division's Traffic Op-
erations Section and the Community Traf-
fic Safety Team (CTST). The purpose of the
event is to provide additional instruction and
support in walking and bicycling safely to
school. Five of the schools will participate
in a "Walking School Bus" (WSB) which
is a group of children walking from their
community with adult supervision to their
school. The five schools are: Avalon Elemen-
tary (WSB starts at 7:15 a.m.), 3300 Tho-
masson Dr; Eden Park Elementary (WSB
starts at 6:30 a.m.), 3650 Westclox Street,
rict Schoo4 Immokalee; Naples Park
I ~ Elementary (WSB starts
at 7:15 a.m.), 685 111th
Ave N; Parkside Elemen-
S tary (WSB starts at 7:15
a.m.), 5322 Texas Ave;
,Collier Cou" and Golden Terrace El-
(WSB starts at 7:15 a.m.), 2711 44th Terrace
S.W Golden Terrace Elementary/Interme-
diate School plans to have two "Walking
Commissioner Jim Coletta, District 5
plans to ride his bike with the Walking School
Bus for Eden Park Elementary School in
Immokalee and Commissioner Donna Fiala,
District 1, schedule permitting, will make an
appearance at Parkside Elementary School.
Having many volunteers and community
organizations support the effort to help teach
children safe walking/bicycling procedures
is imperative to a successful event. Partici-
pants include: Collier County Sheriff's Office
including McGruff the Crime Dog, K-9 Units,
Patrol Cars and the School Liaison Officers;
Florida Highway Patrol with their cars; North
Naples and East Naples Fire Departments
with their fire trucks for display; Smokey the
Bear from the Division of Forestry; Helmut
the Safety Dog from Florida Brain Injury Pre-
vention; Clicky the Internet Safety Mascot
from The National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children; Collier County Health
Department members; and this will be the
first year that the Collier County Waste Man-
agement Department will have their trucks
participating in the event.
Students participating in the event will
receive backpacks stuffed with free goodies.
The backpacks have been provided by the
Florida Department of Transportation for the
expected 6,000 participating students. Items
to be included in the backpacks are: reflec-
tive bracelets, coloring books/crayons on
safety topics, and pencils. Area high school
students are helping to stuff the backpacks
with the various safety promotional items.
For additional information, please con-
tact CTST Secretary and Collier County
Technician Nancy Frye at 239-252-8192 or
out to kids in need
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
Teachers and other staff working at Pine-
crest Elementary School are certainly familiar
with poverty and resulting need. That's why
it is so cool to see them actively reaching out
to help those across the county who are in
need of help. Pinecrest staff will be taking
part in a one-mile walk/run to support the
United Way. It'll be held tomorrow (Friday,
Dec. 10) between 1:50 and 2:30 p.m. at the
school (313 S. 9th Street). Their hope is that
they'll be able to help raise awareness and,
as a result, increase the level of support for
the United Way. And event organizer Lesley
Webster tells us there's an added benefit:
"The walk/run has motivated staff to get
physically active. It's a fun affair and our
way to involve students and parents if they
want to give, without putting any pressure
on a population that is basically financially
strapped." Staff will do the walking or run-
ning with students enjoying the view. The
event "winner" gets to pick the United Way
agency that'll receive any money raised to-
morrow. Pinecrest Principal Karey Stewart
says, "Staff and students are so excited about
tomorrow. It will give our children a gift that
keeps on giving: the thrill of giving!"
Anew Youth Resource Center has opened
in East Naples to serve the needs of all youth
in the county. The Collier County Sheriff's
Office made this happen with the help of
a multi-agency partnership including the
school district, the David Lawrence Center,
Department of Juvenile Justice, Drug Free
Collier, Florida Department of Children and
Families, and Lutheran Services of Florida.
The center is located in the Collier County
Courthouse on the East Trail at Airport Road.
The spot was chosen to make the use of
the center convenient for families who are
directed by the court to get help with fam-
ily issues. The center deals with things like
delinquency, truancy, and dependency. In
addition to juvenile assessments, services
include individual and group counseling,
substance abuse counseling and drug test-
ing, anger management and crisis interven-
tion training, parenting classes and parent
support groups, mentoring services, and a
24-hour hotline -all focused on kids. Learn
more at youthresourcecenter@colliersheriff.
org or by calling 239-252-0900.
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December 9, 2010
Local 'Teachers of Distinction' get surprise recognition
The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition
Program's 2010-11 Teachers of Distinction
were announced today in surprise classroom
visits to their schools. They learned that they
will continue in the Golden Apple selection
process and be honored at the Golden Apple
Teacher Recognition Program.
In January and February, all Teachers of
Distinction will be observed by all Selection
Committee members. After the conclusion
of the classroom observations, the Selec-
tion Committee will interview all thirty (30)
Teachers of Distinction.
Six (6) of the Teachers of Distinction will
then be selected to receive a Golden Apple
and give a speech at the 21st Annual Golden
Apple Teacher Recognition Celebration pre-
sented by Suncoast for Kids Foundation at
the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on May
3, 2011. Media partners WINK-TV and Na-
ples Daily News provide ongoing coverage
of the program.
Suncoast for Kids Foundation is spon-
sored entirely by the Suncoast Schools Fed-
eral Credit Union, and 100 percent of funds
are contributed to organizations and initia-
tives that assist children in the communi-
ties Suncoast Schools FCU serves. "Since its
inception, Suncoast for Kids has supported
educators who help foster an enriching at-
mosphere in the classroom and it's impor-
tant that we recognize their commitment to
excellence through programs such as the
Golden Apple awards," says Greg Pasanen,
Suncoast Schools FCU Regional Vice Presi-
On Dec. 14, Stock Developmentwill host a
private reception at the Club at Olde Cypress
to meet and welcome the new Teachers of
Distinction. They will also be recognized at
the McDonald's Breakfast in March and re-
ceive gifts from the community throughout
In addition, each of the Teachers of Dis-
tinction received a $200 cash prize in rec-
ognition of the honor, which was provided
through the Mary Ingram Fund of the Co-
Jaime Hernandez, of ITECH, is congratulated by principal Dorin Oxender and
Greg Pasanen of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union.
Edison State College announces Commencement Ceremony
Edison State College will host the Fall
Commencement Ceremony Thursday, Dec.
9, at 7 p.m. in the Barbara B. Mann Perform-
ing Arts Hall. The ceremony will include
graduates from Edison State's entire dis-
trict including campuses in Lee, Collier and
Charlotte counties, the Hendry/Glades Cen-
ter and Edison Online.
This Fall marks the first class of students
graduating with a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing degree. Seven students will be
pinned as nurses.
"This is a truly monumental and mean-
ingful day for all of our graduates," said Dr.
Kenneth P. Walker, President of Edison State
This is the second year Edison State has
offered students the opportunity to partici-
pate in a Fall ceremony.
Dr. Steve Atkins, Vice President of Aca-
demic and Student Services. "More than
1,600 students from our Lee, Collier, Char-
lotte Campuses, Hendry/Glades Center will
earn a degree."
Diploma breakdown by degree pro-
Bachelor Degree: 126
Associate in Arts Degree: 974
Associate in Science Degree: 367
Certificate Programs: 167
Profile of Graduates:
Collier Campus student Maria "Vicky"
Ramirez is a candidate for the Bob Graham
Leadership Award in the Student Category.
Ramirez grew up in Immokalee; her parents
are migrant tomato farm workers. While in
high school Vicky earned the Project HOPE
(Help One Person Excel) Scholarship at Edi-
son State College. Students who receive this
scholarship are carefully selected for their
kind hearts and great potential. Ramirez is
described as kind, compassionate, loyal,
Early student dismissal day today
The third of seven School District of Col-
lier County early dismissal days is set for
Thursday, Dec. 9.
The early dismissal time for elementary,
middle, and high school students is three
hours earlier than the dismissal time on
The early release day is for the purpose
of school improvement inservice for all staff,
especially as they work in designing chal-
lenging and engaging lessons for our stu-
The district hopes that this advance no-
tice will allow for after-school child care ar-
rangements to be made.
The four remaining scheduled early dis-
missal days for the 2010-2011 school year
are February 9, March 8, May 19, and June
9 -the very last day of the school year.
To view the entire 2010-2011 school cal-
endar, go to the home page of the district
Web site (www.collierschools.com) and
look under "Calendars" on the "Quick Links"
menu on the far left side of the page.
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In a little over a year she has completed lee Soup Kitchen and many other organiza-
eight hundred volunteer hours working with tions. On campus she served as a senator in
the Edison State College Collier Student Gov- the Student Government Association and in
ernment Association, MS Society, American the Multicultural Club.
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December 9, 2010 Immokalee Bulletin
receive Big Cypress update
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC) learned Wednes-
day that the general management plan for
the Big Cypress National Preserve Addi-
tion lands is complete and has been made
public. The FWC, along with several other
state agencies, provided comment to the
National Park Service to make sure the
plan includes a full range of recreational
opportunities, public access and resource
protection, as per the original intent of the
U.S. Congress. The FWC manages hunting
opportunities within the preserve.
In 2008, the FWC adopted a resolution
urging the federal government to open the
lands quickly. The preserve addition com-
prises approximately 146,000 acres to the
northeast of the original preserve.
Chuck Collins, FWC South Region di-
rector, advised commissioners that staff
provided recommendations consistent
with Congress' intent that the lands be
distinguished from a typical national park.
The intent of the congressional acts es-
tablishing the preserve and the addition
was to ensure the protection of the area's
flora and fauna and allow traditional rec-
reational activities such as hunting, fishing,
wildlife viewing, trapping and associated
"We are disappointed with the des-
ignations of 'backcountry primitive' and
'wilderness.' Those designations will
place restrictions on significant portions
of Big Cypress," said Commissioner Ron
Bergeron. "However, we are committed
to moving forward and working with our
partners and elected officials to open these
lands as quickly as possible to a wide range
of recreational activity, while protecting its
The FWC and the National Park Service
will be working together to develop a hunt
plan for the area.
Ave Maria Children's Theater to
perform: 'A Christmas Carol'
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Pres-
ent and Future as they lead the miserly
Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of trans-
formation and redemption in this timeless
The performance is being presented by
the players of A.C.T. (Ave Children's The-
ater) Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the
Student Union Ballroom at Ave Maria Uni-
versity, 5050 Ave Maria Boulevard.
The performance is expected to last an
hour and a half; tickets will cost $5 per per-
son and $25.00 for families with 5 or more
Tickets are on sale now and may be
purchased on line at:
News and Events.html or by calling 239-
261-2606. Tickets will also be available at
the door which opens at 2:45 p.m.
CCSO issues 're-shipping' scam alert
The Collier County Sheriff's Office is cau-
tioning residents about a re-shipping scam
circulating via the Internet.
Over the past few weeks, CCSO has be-
come aware of unwitting citizens being
recruited for this scam, which is a mixture
of credit card fraud, identity theft, auction
fraud, Internet fraud, and bank fraud.
The scam targets mostly job-seekers and
online chat site guests. For job-seekers, the
applicant believes that he or she will be re-
sponsible for forwarding, or re-shipping,
merchandise that was purchased in the
United States to the company's overseas
home office. Soon after employment be-
gins, the packages arrive, along with ship-
ping labels to the correct destination. All the
employee has to do is take the packages) to
a shipping store and send off. Unbeknownst
to the employee, the items in the package
had been purchased with fraudulent or sto-
len credit cards. Another form of this scam is
when a job-seeker is recruited as a payroll co
ordinator or similar position. The unwitting
recruit's job function would be to receive a
lump sum of money and then wire or send
payroll to various persons provided by the
employer. The unwitting employee may be
held responsible for the loss the financial in-
stitutions suffer, as this scam involves stolen
or ill-gotten gains as well.
Recruits are at a higher risk for identity
theft, since they usually provide the con art-
ists with their banking and other personal
information when applying for the job.
For online chatters, the scam artists
will target someone for friendship or love.
The new friend will make up an excuse
as to why he or she cannot have packages
shipped directly to him or her and persuade
the unwitting friend to forward the packages
overseas. Once the victimized merchants re-
alize the scam, the unwitting re-shipper is
contacted and the plot unravels.
If you believe you may have fallen victim
to this type of scam and wish to report it,
contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office
at 239.252.9300. You may also contact the
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at:
Community News in Brief
Christmas Concert planned
Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal
(A.M.E) Church will be having a free Christ-
mas concert on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m.,
featuring the world renowned tenor, Mr.
Charles Haugabrooks. Door prizes will be
given at the concert. A free will offering will
be received. On this same day, they will also
be giving away personal care and household
cleaning items away, immediately following
their morning worship service (1 p.m.).
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. Re-
quirements for volunteering include having
a good driving record, a valid driver's license,
and a vehicle in good working condition.
For more information please call 1-866-739-
5288 ext. 5803. Lack of transportation is one
of the biggest challenges facing cancer pa-
tients. Please consider making a difference
in a cancer patient's life.
Help plan celebration
The Immokalee Celebration of Cultures
Inc. will hold a meeting on Dec. 16, at the
Immokalee Community Park located at 321
North 1st, Immokalee, at 3 p.m. The purpose
of this meeting is to organize the Second An-
nual Celebration of Cultures Event that will
be held on January 15-16 at the Immokalee
Airport Park. We are looking for volunteers
who would like to participate. For informa-
tion please call Christie Betancourt at 239-
252-2313 or go to our Web site at www.
Help for needy families
The deadline for signing up for assistance
with clothing, food furniture and Christmas
gifts for very needy families and children
is Dec. 13. If you are in need of assistance,
or know of a family in need, please contact
Sharon at Lake Trafford Marina at 239-657-
2401 or Cherryle Thomas at 239-657-0080.
Cowboy Gospel planned
Immokaleeans are welcome at the Cow-
boy Gospel Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. La-
Belle Revival Center, 3025 CR 78W Special
message by Brother Cliff Gobble.
Make a wish come true Donate a gift
Fulfill a holiday wish for adult and child
victims and survivors of family violence this
holiday season by donating new, non-violent
and un-wrapped gift items to The Shelter for
Abused Women & Children as part of the or-
ganization's annual Holiday Drive.
Whether selecting an Angel off one of
the more than 50 Angel Trees hosted in
Starbucks, Publix and other establishments
across Southwest Florida, participating in
the Adopt-A-Family program, or dropping
donations at The Shelter's thrift stores, the
organization is seeking the following new,
Non-violent toys, games and bat-
teries, Dolls (all ethnicities), Non-vio-
lent CDs and DVDs, Non-violent video
games, Non-violent books for adults
and children, Baseballs, basketballs,
soccer balls, etc., Sports equipment,
Roller skates/blades, Skate boards,
Portable CD players, MP3 players,
Adult clothing (all sizes), Children's
clothing (all sizes especially teen
boys), Shoes (boys, girls, men, wom-
en), Purses and wallets, Gift sets bath
& body scrubs, lotions, etc., make-up
sets, Hair brushes, hair dryers and
accessories, PJs for adults and chil-
dren (all sizes), Slippers for adults
and children, Gift cards to Target, Pay-
less Shoes, Walmart, Coastland Center
Mall, etc., Phone cards and gasoline
To host a Holiday Drive, Adopt-A-Fam-
ily or find the nearest Angel Tree location,
please call 239.775.3862, ext. 235, or e-mail
Donations of new, un-wrapped, non-vio-
lent gift items should be dropped off at Op-
tions Thrift Shoppe, 968 Second Avenue N,
Naples, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Please take items around back to
the warehouse area.
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Edgerrin helps to build better future for local kids
Former NFL running back Edgerrin
James and local football coaches put to-
gether a trip to take local Immokalee kids
ages 5-16 to the Miami Hurricanes Football
game on Saturday, Nov. 27. Over 55 kids and
about 20 chaperones traveled to Miami. The
kids arrived by chartered bus sponsored by
the Seminole Casino around 10 a.m. They
tailgated and played football until the game
started. Each participant received a UM shirt
and a UM wristwatch. The shirts were spon-
sored hv the Florida Communitv Rank of
Immokalee. The Tailgating, UM wrist watch,
and game tickets were sponsored by the
Edgerrin James Foundation.
James, has played for the Indianapolis
Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Sea-
hawks in an 11-year NFL career. James be-
came the first Collier County high school
product to play in a Super Bowl the previous
season when the Cardinals lost to the Pitts-
burgh Steelers in Tampa. He is currently a
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Immokalee's own Edgerrin James accompanied a gaggle of young football
players to a University of Miami game recently. Here the football great takes
some time to show the kids what it's all about.
Immokalee Middle School -
Seminole team helps others
By Eugenia Burton, Asst.
Immokalee Middle School
Immokalee Middle School's Seminole
Team is sharing the true spirit of Christmas!
Throughout the month of November, the
Seminole Team students sacrificed pur-
chasing a bag of chips or an extra snack at
lunch in order to make a donation to World
Vision. World Vision is an organization that
"helps children and families overcome
poverty in nearly 100 countries". Currently,
all of the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters,
and private donations have enabled the
team to raise enough money to purchase
a pair of goats ($150) and additional farm
animals for a needy family in an impover-
ished country. We hope that this success-
ful adventure encourages others to give to
families who are in need throughout the
Immokalee Middle School's first quarter
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) activities
were a huge success! More than 500 stu-
dents participated in team activities includ-
ing movies, popcorn, and ice cream parties.
Approximately 300 students who earned
30+ stamps or had no infractions/referrals
participated in a dance/game party.
The school-wide Perfect Attendance
Bingo Bash hosted 400 students! Keep up
the good work and we look forward to see-
ing you at the second quarter PBS activi-
Check it out...
The Immokalee Middle School PBS
store has many items to purchase for just
a few stamps. One fun item is the mystery
gift bag which contains a variety of sur-
Congratulations to eighth grader Bran-
don Gonzalez for recently purchasing a
mystery bag containing an iPod shuffle!
Students can purchase their own mystery
gift bag for five PBS stamps.
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