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Title: Immokalee bulletin
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Publisher: Independent Newspapers of Florida
Place of Publication: LaBelle, FL
Publication Date: 08-04-2011
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Thursday, August 4, 2011 V ol. 44 No. 30 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Inside...New book features Immokalee in photography ... Page 2 Household Finance Saving $$$ ...Page 5 Mortgage help for homeowners ...Page 7 News of the demise of the Immokalee Area Master Plan has been greatly exaggerated By Steve HartSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of internecine political squabbles and bureaucratic overhauls in Tallahassee, the Immokalee Master Plan survives and is – once again – awaiting a simple, nal vote of approval by Collier County lawmakers. The Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in a letter to Collier County, says county lawmakers have until Dec. 28 to grant the Immokalee Master Plan its nal approval. Eight years in the making the Immokalee Area Master Plan is a blueprint for Immokalee’s future and will ful ll the vision of transforming the community into “Florida in the 21st Century.” The plan’s highights can be found here. Its journey was stopped a few words and one vote short of nal adoption in May when two of the ve Collier County Commissioners balked at approving the nal adoption because the plan supported closing an Immokalee trailer park often cited as illegal by the county zoning department. The plan needs four of the ve county lawmakers to vote for its adoption. Collier County is currently embroiled in a lawsuit brought by the trailer park’s owners but commissioners have voted to foreclose on the property once the current suit is settled. When the nal adoption vote stalled in May, adoption of the Immokalee Master Plan seemed seriously in doubt because of new growth management rules that took effect in Florida in June. In short, the Master Plan appeared dead. The Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott drastically overhauled the state’s growth management rules in April. A new provision suggested counties have only 180 days after state approval to grant local approval to a new measure like the Immokalee Master Plan. The 180day rule appeared to end the effort to adopt the Immokalee Master Plan because Collier lawmakers could not agree to its adoption. But a June 15, letter from the DCA to Collier County grants the county until the December date to vote on nal adoption of the Immokalee Plan. The DCA, explained the letter from plan process administrator D. Ray Eubanks, ruled the county has 180 days the Immokalee Master Plan is alive and well Steve Hart, Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantAlicia Duarte, left, 15, and Celeste Montalban, 14, are both headed to high school next year. Alicia was working on a “Puerto Rican Princess” sign and Celeste was painting the initials MM for her sister. Earlier in the program she made a project for her other sister and an FSU cutout for herself. For more photos, see our Facebook page. By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Although most classes are over for the summer at iTECH, you could still nd quite a bit of activity there during the month of July. Forty students took part in the federal and state Migrant Program known as iCAMP, which uses the exceptional facilities at iTECH during the month of July. Two years ago Immokalee kids enjoyed the camp and it’s back this year. According to Mr. Gerald Williams, Coordinator for Workforce Education at iTECH, the program this summer has been very successful and he hopes the migrant program will continue it again next year. The program strives to present career-oriented programs to kids who would otherwise never get the experience. There are four different programs on this “career wheel:” health, culinary arts, construction and multi-media. Each program has its unique skill set and provides a very different experience for the kids. That way, kids get a better idea of the various careers available to them. There were 40 students in the Summer programs inspire local kidsSee PLAN — Page 2 See KIDS — Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin August 4, 2011Serving Immokalee Since 1969To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518€ LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Phone: (239) 657-6000 € Fax: (863) 675-1449 Submit NewsThe Immokalee Bulletin welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (239) 657-6000 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. E-Mail: ibnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone:(239) 657-6000 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classified AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 or to place it from home go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit or email Editor: Patty Brant Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara CalfeePublisher: Tom ByrdExecutive Editor: Katrina ElskenOur PurposeƒThe Immokalee Bulletin is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledgeƒ€To operate this newspaper as a public trust €To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. €To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. €To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. €To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. €To disclose our own conflicts of interest or potential conflicts to our readers. €To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. €To provide a right to reply to those we write about. €To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. P P u b l i s h e d b y Immokalee is a quintessential American town. That’s the message that emerges from the pages of “26 81,” a new 40-plate ne arts photography book that features rich, full-color images by Tennessee photographer Joshua Dudley Greer. The notion of Immokalee as an allA merican town, however, contradicts the stereotypical image of Immokalee as an immigrant community rife with poverty, crime and poor working conditions. “It’s true that Immokalee has its rough edges,” concedes Joseph Zednik, the Bonita Springs resident who, along with the W ashington, D.C.-based creative agency Poccuo, published the book. “But that’s just one small part of the story. When examined more closely, Immokalee is like the new Ellis Island, where families arrive with this incredible work ethic and determination – they w ant to make sure their children can chase the American dream. It’s remarkable.” Zednik came up with the idea for the book after several years working with children and families in Immokalee through The Immokalee Foundation, a nonpro t organization where he is a board member. The stories he encountered in Immokalee did not always match the stories he read about in the newspaper. “It’s a far more interesting place than most people realize,” said Zednik, who was raised in South Chicago, where hardship and stereotypes were also prevalent. “Immokalee has a story that needs to be told, but when I looked, I couldn’t nd anything on the bookshelves that did it justice. So, I wanted to create the de nitive book to capture the story.” The book’s detailed images feature unique glimpses of the town’s residents (Haitian priest, machine worker, orange picker, young student), the town’s buildings (migrant-laborer hovels, packing house, tire shop, idyllic subdivision) and the town’s landscape (pepper eld, parking lot, trailerpark thoroughfare, mesmerizing horizon at Lake Trafford). “Many people think of Immokalee as a stop on the road to somewhere else or a place between places,” said Greer. “And yet when you get into the meat of it, there’s this wonderful culture, diversity and humanity.” Greer captured his images over the course of 2010, when he made regular visits to Immokalee along with Poccuo’s Christopher M. Maier, the writer who provides the book’s introduction. Greer spent weeks at a time lodging at the Immokalee Inn and talking to local residents, using a large-format camera to capture images that bring a fresh sense of texture to the traditional story of Immokalee. Greer made an early-morning trip to an orange grove, did a late-night ride-along with the police chief, attended a quinceaera, and sat at the dining room table of Mildred Roberts Sherrod, daughter of the region’s pioneering cattle baron, Robert Roberts. Together, the book’s 84 pages add up to a unique and compelling portrait of a town that embodies the bedrock America characteristics of community, perseverance and pursuit of opportunity, at the same time it points to a future Immokalee that begins to inherit the familiar markings of suburban Americana. The viewer is left to consider Immokalee’s present as a window into the past as well as an indicator of what’s to come. “26 81”, is available online through as well as on the shelves at select locations including the Collier Count y Chamber of Commerce, 1300 North 15th Street, Suite 2, Immokalee. Half of all proceeds will be donated to The Immokalee Foundation. For additional information, visit; or contact Maier at 202550-3145 or New book depicts images of Immokalee in photography program, middle schoolers age 11-14, separated into four classes of ten each. Each of the four classes continues for a w eek. The health and culinary arts programs w ere put on rst. When the rst week drew to a close, the kids swapped the health program kids switched to culinary arts and vice v ersa. In the health portion, students learned a lot about the basics of jobs in the health industry. They learned to take blood pressure and perform CPR. Working with mannequins, they were introduced to emergency rst aid, learned how the body works and became acquainted with community health services. The culinary arts portion taught them about food safety and preparation. There w as a component covering nutrition and also one that covered some basic restaurant business information. The last two weeks were set aside for the construction and multi-media classes. The week of July 25-29 saw the end of the project. The four-week program has been put on at four locations in the county: Lely, Golden Gate and Immokalee and will wind up the summer in Everglades City. John Moon is the iTECH building instructor and also teaches architectural drafting. He’s in charge of the construction section of the summer program. He said these kids come in without any skills, scared of tools. By the end of the week, they have learned to use simple hand tools and even have a working knowledge of hobby tools like a scroll saw. They use the computer to come up with their own shapes to build interesting things like shadowboxes. As the kids get progressively better, they go on to the next level of the project. He said they enjoy the class so much, they even come in early. In the Multi-Media Class, kids get acquainted with the basics of Adobe Photoshop, the computer photography program. Instructor Kelly Stevenson, along with student volunteer Tyler “King” Lane and aide Elisette Bruno keep the kids’ interest high. A recent IHS graduate, “King” was dual enrolled at iTECH and plans to continue there next year. The kids quickly took to the project and made a calendar using their own pictures, and collages using celebrity pictures. CCSO building great citizensIn addition to iCAMP, the Collier County Sheriff’s of ce put on a special construction class for middle schoolers. This class is taught by Dr. Joe Rakow, who shared his own “puzzle” folding chair design with the kids and offers a prize for the best chair in the class. A retired Miami shop teacher turned CCSO deputy, Dr. Joe Rakow came to Immokalee in 2005. He is now a Youth Relations Specialist. He pugs on drug relations programs and is the Do the Right Thing Coordinator for all of Collier County. The project gives the kids a feel for using hand tools, drilling and sanding, and a taste for building a project of their own. Commander Beth Jones CCSO said this is the ultimate SO summerfest program, one of the activities for Collier County’s middle school target group. She pointed out the project’s three goals: Help kids develop a sense of accomplishment, taking a project from zero to completion Give kids the opportunity to develop good relations with deputies relations that could pay big dividends later for the entire community, and Providing a sense of self esteem by giving the kids a project they can actually take home and enjoy. She said in August the CCSO will present a Build a Boat project for high schoolers, also at iTECH. After actually building their own boat from a kit, the kids get to put it in at Lake Trafford for a big splash at the end of the class. KIDSContinued From Page 1 new growth rules take effect to adopt the Immokalee Plan. That restores the timetable and sets the Dec. 28 deadline. It is still not clear when the plan might return to the Collier County Commission for its nal vote. The two commissioners opposing the plan’s nal adoption have not indicated they have changed their minds even though the trailer park provision has been removed from the plan and the lawsuit led by the trailer park owners has not yet been resolved. For a history of the building of the Master Plan go to: cfm/2011/4/29/Immokalee-planners-remove-lawmakers-objections-to-Master-Plan But true to the character of Immokalee and Immokaleans, hope remains a driving force toward seeing plan reach nal adoption, propelling Immokalee into its bright future. PLANContinued From Page 1


First Baptist announces Vacation Bible schoolCome to “Hometown Nazareth where Jesus was a Kid” is the theme for this summer’s exciting Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church from Sunday, Aug. 7-Thursday, Aug. 11. Each evening, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., any children from kindergarten through grade 6 can come to First Baptist from 6:30-8:30 p.m., to enjoy an evening of food, Bible lessons, crafts and games. For those who come between 6 and 6:15 p.m., a free light dinner will be provided. Children will get an upclose look at what it may have looked like for Jesus as a child growing up in Nazareth. They’ll visit shops-carpenters, food, crafts and even a synagogue. The church is located at 1411 Lake Trafford Road, and children are invited to come to the gymnasium behind the sanctuary where this year’s activities will take place.Christian Fellowship to host special serviceThe International Christian Fellowship formerly known as 1stUnitedPentecostalChurch will be celebrating 30 years o f ministry in LaBelle. The founding pastor and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Jerry F. Dean will be ministering Sunday morning, 10:30, Aug. 14. All are invited to help celebrate this event. A special invitation is given to all who have been a part of this local congregation throughout its existence. A delicious dinner and fellowship will follow the morning service. For more information, contact pastors Sammy and Tracy Co at 863-675-1112. HERES MY CARD!These locally-owned small businesses appreciate your support! YOUR CARD T H I S S P A C E $90 F O R 6 W E E K S Call 239-657-6000 or e-mail us at to learn more Call today1.866.557.1026 Admissions Hours: Mon Thurs 7:30a.m. 8p.m., Fri 7:30a.m. 5p.m., Sat 10a.m. 2p.m. Choice. WHAT MATTERS MOST FORT MYERS Earn your degree as a Medical Assistant Also offering:Nursing Health Science* Diagnostic Medical Sonography Health Service Administration*Contact an Admissions Counselor for a complete list of program offerings. *Online OnlySchools and Instruction 3 Immokalee Bulletin A ugust 4, 2011 Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming south between 4 and 7 mph. Thursday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Light and variable wind. Extended ForecastFriday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. East wind between 3 and 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Friday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 78. East wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy and windy, with a high near 93. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Saturday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 80. Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 93. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Sunday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 79. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Monday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. W eather Forecast Church News in Brief By Rick HeersSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin A group of loving and caring individuals from the “School of the Bible” at New Hope Ministries on Davis Boulevard in Naples have been coming out to Immokalee on Saturdays during the summer to provide free movies and snacks for children on Saturday afternoons at the Immokalee Community Park on 1st Street. Last Saturday they had several dozen children and their parents attend, and then, on Aug. 13, they will be having their last summer showing-but will continue to provide this special service on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year. All families are welcome, and, if parents have other things to do, they can drop off their children with the assurance that they will be supervised properly while they are being entertained. New Hope Ministries provides summer outreach to Immokalee kids Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast Region has created a class to help train Immokalee volunteers to be workers and managers in local Red Cross hurricane shelters. The class, Shelter Operation, will be offered Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the One Stop at 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee. Participants in the class will learn shelter procedures, call-out policies and management strategies. Many Red Cross volunteers are seasonal residents, so the local agency needs to recruit year-round residents who may be available during hurricane season. Participants must be at least 18-years-old and be willing to complete a background check before beginning service in a shelter. Any Collier County resident interested in this community service is urged to phone the Red Cross Chapter of ce at 239-5966868 to register. There is no charge for this course, but pre-registration is encouraged. Local Red Cross needs volunteers CHS Healthcare will be celebrating “National Health Centers Week” in August with open house events. The community is invited to visit our Immokalee campus on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. In Immokalee, both Marion E. Fether Medical Center, at 1454 Madison Avenue, and CHS/FSU Primary Care, at 1441 Heritage Blvd, will be open for tours. There will be activities and refreshments. Educational material will also be available. For more information call 239-658-3187. CHS Healthcare is a Federally Quali ed Health Center (FQHC), a “safety net” primary health care organization. CHS provides primary medical and dental care services to over 48,000 patients’ in our community each year. For information on all of our locations, visit our website at www.collier. org. This event is sponsored by Integral Quality Care and Henry Schein, Inc. CHS to host open house event


Celebrations Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at 4 Immokalee Bulletin August 4, 2011 By Dottie CookSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin In the last article, we talked a little about needs v ersus wants. This is an important concept and understanding it helps us control our spending. A need is something you must have like food, a safe place to live, utilities, etc., w hereas a want is something that would be nice to have but isn’t absolutely necessary. If y our money is limited, it’s important to stop and think about your purchases and whether they are needs or wants. Also think about w hat you might have to give up or not buy, if y ou buy that item. How many times have you walked into a store planning to buy just one or two things and left with much more than you planned to buy? Stores are great at placing their merchandise in places and ways that will tempt us to buy things impulsively. For this reason, stop and think about what you’re buying and whether you really need it. It also helps to make a list before you go into the store of w hat you really need and stick to your list. We may think that being on a budget means we have to cut out everything we enjoy or that we won’t have any fun if we have to constantly watch our spending. But as we talked about before, we shouldn’t try to cut everything from our budget we enjoy or we’ll get frustrated and give up. Rather, do some of these items in moderation and think of other things that are fun, but cost less. For instance, taking a whole family to the theater for a movie night along with refreshments can easily run $50-$60 depending on family size. Instead, try doing movie night at home since many movies are available from the library or for rent for just a few dollars. This can be a fun family night with popcorn and snacks at home for everyone for under $15. Beaches and parks are another great idea for together time with kids and they are free. When we have children, we can easily get hooked on the habit of always buying them things and taking them places to make them happy. But if you think back to your own childhood, probably some of the best memories you have are of time spent with your parents, grandparents, or siblings doing fun things together. You can help create similar memories for your children by spending together time with them doing things and you don’t have to spend a lot of money. By controlling our spending, we also are teaching our children about managing money. If they see us handling money responsibly and saving for things, they’ll learn the value of money and working toward goals. After all, most of us cannot afford to buy everything we want whenever we want, rather we have to save toward some things. We should help our children learn this as well so they grow up with realistic expectations. Some other tips for saving money include having paychecks directly deposited into your account, with at least a small part going into your savings account. Also, paying bills on time to avoid late fees and being sure you have enough money in your account so you don’t get charged fees by your bank for insuf cient funds. Late fees can be anywhere from $5 up to $35 and are like throwing money away since you’re not getting anything in return for them. The same is true with Insuf cient Funds Fees. To avoid this, track spending carefully and try to leave a small cushion in your account to cover those charges and not let your balance get too low. Another way to save money is to pay off the credit card in full each time the bill comes so there are no interest fees. This not only helps save money, but also helps build your credit score since you are showing you can use credit responsibly. In the nal article in this series, we’ll talk about achieving our nancial goals and the importance of an emergency fund. The Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization based in Immokalee but serving all of Southwest Florida. The Empowerment Alliance is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency. We provide free one-on-one budget, credit, homebuyer, and foreclosure prevention counseling that is funded through grants by Collier County, HUD, and private sources. For more information, call us at 239-658-3315 or e-mail us at: easf@ Household budgeting Tools for saving money Dottie Cook Lake Trafford Elementary hosts open houseIt’s time again for the annual Open House and Annual Title I Meeting on Friday, Aug. 19, from 1-2:30 p.m. Parents and Students are welcome to come and meet their teacher. Lake Trafford holds school uniform saleIn the main hallway of the school, Lake Trafford Elementary School Uniform Sale on Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-noon.; Saturday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-noon. and Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-noon. They will be selling Uniforms and taking orders. Tops—Polo shirt Colors: Forest green, Gold or White Bottoms—Khaki/Tan or Navy Open House Friday, Aug. 19, at 1-2:30 p.m. Parents and Students are welcome to come and meet their teacher.Students’ immunizations Avoid the rush Get them nowThe 2011-2012 school year is fast approaching. Why wait until the end of summer to get your child immunized for school? To avoid the lines and extended waiting periods, we encourage you to visit your local health department or private healthcare provider as soon as possible. Avoid the lines and get your child’s vac Additional information can be obtained by calling 239-252-8595 or 239-252-2564. You can also visit the Collier County Health Department web site at: for more information. 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WE BUY SCRAP GOLD & GOLD JEWELRYGOT GOLD OR SILVER? CASH IN DURING RECORD HIGH PRICES... COMPANY IN LEHIGH ACRES PAYING CASH ON THE SPOT!COINS: All coins made before 1965. All conditions wanted! VINTAGE GUITARS: Martin, Gibson, Fender, National, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Mandolins, Banjos & others WRIST & POCKET WATCHES: Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Waltham, Swatch, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Ebel, Illinois, Hamilton & all others JEWELRY: Gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, all types of stones and metals, rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. (including broken and early costume jewelry) WAR MEMORABILIA: Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc. ITEMS OF INTEREST ITEMS WE WILL ACCEPT INCLUDE:SCRAP JEWELRY DENTAL GOLD STERLING SILVERWARE STERLING SILVER SILVER DOLLARS ALL PRE-1965 COINS INDUSTRIAL SCRAP ALL FORMS OF PLATINUM PAID ADVERTISEMENT By David Morgan STAFF WRITERThe rst days of the 5 day reclamation drive in Lehigh Acres were a hit with those looking to sell their gold and silver coins. An estimated 55 people left the event with over $200 from old class rings, wedding bands, herringbones and gold teeth. Coins dated 1965 and earlier were bringing big premiums as well. Silver dollars, halves and quarters arrived in large quantities. Lots of gold coins were also brought in. On the other side of the room were representatives from the International Buyers Association. They were purchasing all types of guitars, large currency bills dated before 1923, military items and pocket watches. One watch was purchased by a collector in Montana for $835.00. There were piles of sterling silver items like old silverware sets and tea pots. Company ofcials reported spending over $90,000 the rst day of the event, alone. Brian Eades, with the Ohio Valley, said, We have had an overwhelming turnout this rst day, and we expect to get more busy every day this week.Ž The event continues today and runs through Saturday. It is free and the public is encouraged to attend.DOZENS CASH IN YESTERDAY WITH JEWELRY, RAILROAD WATCHES AND GUITARS. AN ESTIMATED $200,000 IN LEHIGH ACRES. By David Morgan STAFF WRITERA spokesperson for the event said he expects to spend in excess of $200,000.00 this week for vintage items and precious metals from local residents. At previous events: One person sold an old Gibson guitar that was purchased in the 1960s for less than $250.00. A collector at the event paid him $2,175.00 for it. Another person had a pocket watch collection that sold for $4,600.00, with one of the watches making up $375.00 of the $4,600.00 total. A husband and wife brought in a box of old jewelry, wrist watches, coins and 2 German daggers from WWII and left $785.00 richer. This is cool that something like this would come here to our town. Where else would this stuff ever be sold? The Renery has teamed up with the collectors for a 24 month tour of the United States, both big and small towns, to dig up hidden gems.They are paying out right on the spot for my stuff. Unbelievable! Above: Renery representatives will be on hand through Saturday to purchase all gold, silver and platinum items, as well as coins. Public welcome! WHO: Ohio Valley Refinery Reclamation Drive WHAT: Open to the public to sell their gold and silver WHEN: August 2nd 6th WHERE: Microtel Inn & Suites 1320 Business Way Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 Directions: 239.369.2121 TIMES: TUESDAY…FRIDAY 9:00am…6:00pm SATURDAY 9:00am…4:00pmFOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 217.787.7767 5 Immokalee Bulletin A ugust 4, 2011


6 Immokalee Bulletin August 4, 2011 If you lost your job through no fault of y our own, and are facing foreclosure on y our home, a federally-funded program could help. The federal government has allocated funding to help pay the mortgages of quali ed homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed through no fault of their own. Troubled homeowners in all 67 counties who want to apply for HHF nancial assistance will be able to do so via the web site at Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) was directed by US Treasury (Treasury) to create and administer foreclosure prevention assistance programs that address the unique issues of our state. Treasury requires that Florida use a portion of these funds speci cally for targeted unemployment programs that provide temporary assistance to eligible homeowners. Funds can be used to help a homeowner w ho is in danger of foreclosure catch up on back mortgage payments or to help make mortgage payments for up to six months. Applicants must meet all of the Florida Hardest-Hit program requirements to be eligible. An eligible homeowner: Must be a Florida resident; Must occupy property as primary residence (the property cannot be vacant, abandoned or rented); Borrower/co-borrower must be unemployed or underemployed through no fault of his/her own, which makes the rst mortgage unaffordable; Must have documented total household income at or below 140% of the area median income (AMI), adjusted for household size; Must have an active checking/savings account that can be debited by the ACH method of funds transfer; May not have unencumbered assets of $5,000 or more, or three times the current monthly mortgage payment (whichever is greater); Cannot have a bankruptcy that has not been discharged or dismissed; and Cannot have been convicted of a mortgage-related felony in the last 10 years. The current mortgage: Must be serviced by a participating lender, who agrees to accept payments on behalf of the homeowner; Must not be more than 180 days past due at the time of application; Must have been originated on or before January 1, 2009; and Must have an existing principal balance of less than $400,000. An eligible property must be the homeowner's primary residence, must be located in Florida and can be any one of the following structures: A single-family home; A condominium [unit must be listed on current Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae approved list]; A townhome; A manufactured or mobile home on a foundation permanently af xed to real estate owned by the homeowners; or, A two-, threeor four-family dwelling unit of which one unit is occupied by the homeowner as the primary residence. The property cannot be abandoned, vacant or condemned. The homeowner cannot have more than one property other than their primary residence. Applications for the program can be made online at Consumers are warned that some scammers have been using the words "Hardest Hit" to make other web sites look like part of the of cial program. Please be aware that is the OFFICIAL website for Florida's Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) information and to apply for assistance. Consumers are urged to verify that the website you are using is, in fact, the of cial Florida HHF website BEFORE you provide your personal information. If you are suspicious that the web site you are using is not the correct site, contact the HHF Information Line toll-free at 1-(877) 863-5244 to verify the web site address. Application for the Florida's Hardest-Hit Fund program is FREE-OF-CHARGE and you will not be asked to pay for any eligibility determination services in conjunction with applying for the Florida HHF. Mortgage help available for those who lost jobs Learn how to improve your credit score.Do you know your credit score and how it affects you? Do you know how to dispute incorrect items on your credit report and repair negative ones? These issues and others w ill be discussed at the Understanding Your Credit Workshop to be held Monday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Empowerment A lliance of ce at 750 South Fifth Street in Immokalee. Many people don't realize that credit history affects more than just the interest rate on a loan for a house or a car. More and more, landlords, insurance companies, and even employers are reviewing credit reports before deciding to rent apartments, set insurance premiums, or even offer jobs to prospective employees. Due to the economy, medical issues, or other unforeseen circumstances, many people have negative items on their credit report. It is important to review your report periodically, to make sure there are no errors on it from misreported items, as well as to know w here your credit stands. This is especially important if you are thinking about making a large purchase such as a car or house in the future. Spending some time rebuilding your credit score before applying for a loan can save you substantial money through reduced interest rates that are available only to buyers with good credit scores. In the workshop, we will focus on how credit scores are calculated and what affects them. We will also cover how to dispute any incorrect information that appears on a credit report and strategies for repairing and rebuilding damaged credit. We will also brie y discuss ways to establish credit for teenagers and young adults. The workshop will be offered by the Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida and is sponsored by Florida Community Bank and the Collier County Housing, Human, and Veteran Services. The Empowerment Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-pro t organization and is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency. It has been offering budget, credit and foreclosure prevention counseling in Immokalee and the surrounding areas for more than seven years. The workshop is free. To register, please call Angela Johnson at the Empowerment Alliance at 239-658-3325. Concerned about your credit? Guadalupe Center of Immokalee will be hosting its annual Back to School Shoe Program during the week of August 15-19. Parents with children in kindergarten-eighth grade are encouraged to apply to see if they qualify. Applications are being taken only until tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 5 from 8:30-10 a.m. and from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Guadalupe Soup Kitchen at 211 S. 9th Street. Parents or legal guardians must bring a form of ID, two months proof of income of both parents and their children's birth certi cate or legal custody form. For more information, please contact Merline Dieujuste at 239-657-3202. Annual Back to School Shoe Program accepting applicants A rummage sale to bene t Outreach Ministry is planned for Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Limited table space is available at the House of Prayer, 401 South Second Street, Immokalee. Set up fee is just $10 donation to bene t the ministry. Bring your own tables, chairs and tent. Come out and show your support. Entrepreneur Day Rummage Sale planned


IMMOKALEE CORAL PINESApts. 601 to 613 Nassau St., 2BR, Central A/C, heat, carpet, verticals, laundry on premises. Convenient location in quiet residential area. $600 includes water/sewer/trash. No Application Fee. Ask About Senior Citizen Discount. Apply at 601 Nassau St. #4 Immokalee or Call 239-694-1951 MIRA VERDEMOVE IN SPECIAL, 1st MONTH FREE! $20.00 Application FeeLower Security Deposit***With Approved Credit***• 2 BEDROOMS AT $364.00 PER MONTH• 3 BEDROOMS AT $411.00 PER MONTH• 4 BEDROOMS AT $464.00 PER MONTH LOCATED AT: CALL US AT: 6760 Santa Fe North (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL Here’s the keys to your new home! Aqui estan las llaves de su nueva casa!MIRA VERDEESPECIAL DE ENTRADA PIMER MES GRATIS!! $20.00 cargo de aplicacionDeposito de Seguridad Bajos***Con Credito Aprovado***• 2 RECAMARRAS A $364.00 POR MES• 3 RECAMARRAS A $411.00 POR MES• 4 RECAMARRAS A $464.00 POR MES LOCALIZADOS EN: LLAMENOS AL: 6760 Santa FeNorth (863)675-3339 LaBelle, FL For more listings, go to Apartments Esperanza Place 2693 Marianna Way #308 Available for Immediate Occupancy Be the rst to Occupy! Newly constructed; affordable rental apts. Handicap units available. Rental assistance available to quali ed households; income limits apply. Must be farm or grove labor employed 3Br/2Ba Apartments Starting at $635 plus utilities. Rental applications available at the Rental Of ce or call 657-2009 Mon-Fri, 8:00AM-5:00PM (TDD 1-800-955-8771) Equal Housing Opportunity For more listings, go to Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to Computer/ SuppliesDell Desktop PC Tower, works great! Reprogrammed like new, XP Pro, Of ce etc. DVD/CDRW, Internet ready. Must sell $30. (239)247-4839 Shop here first! The classified ads Apartments Apartments Apartments Apartments Condos/Townhouses Rent TRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. • 3 BR & 2 BR CBS Construction All include Stove, Refrig., Air, Ceiling Fans, Util. Rm. w/W&D Hookup, Sound Barrier Between Apt./Twnhs. Free Trash Pickup, Free Lawn Service. Pets Allowed w/ Deposit. Walk to Store. NEW Management Privately Owned Call (239)867-4265 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Houses RentFarm Worker Village invites you to come home. Available now 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom rental homes, starting as low as $425 per month. You may qualify for Rental assistance. Please Call us at: 239-657-3649 or stop by at 1800 Farm Worker Way. For more listings, go to Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 Mobile Home and lot 1065 Chickasaw, 4 blocks north of river. Septic, well and power. Needs repairs $12,000 cash 239-503-1385 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY 7 Immokalee Bulletin A ugust 4, 2011 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!


*All prices plus tax, tag fees, dealer fee.STORE HOURS 9A TO8P M-F 9A TO5P SAT CLOSED SUN 2007 Cadillac SRXIt's Not Just A Luxury SUV...It's A Cadillac!!ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000 DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$15,988 NEW 2011 Buick Regal CXLPREMIUMSPORTSEDAN, 2.4L 182-HPENGINE, LEATHERINTERIOR, 12 WAYPOWERSEAT, BLUETOOTH, CDPLAYERWITHMP3 XM RADIO, ONSTARRMSRP: $26,995.00 Dealer Invoice: $26,096.44 GM Rebate: -$1,000.00Dealer Cash: -$1,000.00 Dealer Holdback: -$787.35 -$3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINEYour Price: $20,309.09NEW 2011 Silverado 2500 LT Crew CabDURAMAXTURBODIESEL, 18" POLISHEDALUMINUMWHEELS, 6-DISC CDPLAYER, CHROMESTEPBARS, HDTRAILERTOW, POWERSEAT, DUAL ZONEA/C, BLUETOOTH, ONSTARRMSRP: $50,054.00 Dealer Invoice: $46,703.31 GM Rebate: -$3,005.00 Dealer Holdback: -$971.77 -$3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINEYour Price: $39,726.54 2003 Lexus ES00 SedanBLACKONYXWITHEBONYLEATHER, POWER SUNROOF, ONLY48,510 MILESALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000 DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$8,588 2010 Chevrolet Equinox "LT"CHROMEPACKAGE, REARVIEWCAMERASYSTEM,ONLY13,983 MILESALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000 DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$18,688 2010 Chrysler Sebring LimitedSTK# 3165168 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000 DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$13,984 2011 Chrysler Town & Country TouringMSRP $29,995 DISCOUNT& REBATE$3,500 $3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINESale Price: $22,108PLUS 1.9% FORUPTO60 MONTHSORLEASEFOR$3192011 Dodge Ram 1500 Q/C SLT Big HornMSRP $32,660 DISCOUNT& REBATE$5,250 $3000 CASHORTRADEEQUITYLINESale Price: $22,456PLUS 1.9% FORUPTO60 MONTHSORLEASEFOR$339 2010 Chrysler Town and Country TouringSTK# 5121421 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000 DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$15,884 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie 4x4 Diesel STK# 543582 ALLTHESEPRICESAREAFTER$3,000 DOWNORTRADEEQUITYSALE PRICE:$43,884 Total Savings$3,685.91 Total Savings$7,327.46O O U R P R O M I S E T O Y O U We price our cars, not our customers. You dont need negotiating skills to make your best buy. Our pricing philosophy make car buying fast and easy. Youll shop the way you do at a department store. Every car has the lowest price on the windshield, 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Our customers drive from all over Florida because we have guaranteed lowest price and commitmentto 100% customer satisfaction. W W E G U A R A N T E E T H E L O W E S T P R I C E O N E V E R Y N E W C A R & T R U C K P E R I O D We guarantee to beat your best deal by $500! Customer must present a local competitors legitimate advertised price or written buyers order of identical vehicle. Must be in stock in comparably equipped. Offer valid date of publication only. Not responsible for typographical errors or photo placement errors. Plattner Automotive Group is authorized to buy competitors vehicle at price presented by customer. If unable to do so, competitors offer will not be deemed legitimate offer.Ž WARRANTY€ 12-Month, 12,000 Miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty € 100,000 Miles 5-Year Powertrain Limited Warranty € Courtesy Transportation € Roadside Assistance € $0 Deductible € 117-Point Inspection € Free Vehicle History Report € OnStar/XM Radio € 3-Day/150 Mile Customer Satisfaction Guarantee AVAILABLE€ 8 Year/80,000 Limited Warranty € 3 Month/3,000 Mile Maximum Care € Lifetime Certified Upgrade Plans € 125 Point Inspection € Carfax Vehicle History Report € 24 Hour Roadside Assistance € Car Rental Allowance STK# 3192439 STK# 3324240 STK# 9172994 1 1 T O N, 3 / 4 T O N,D U A L Y, D I E S E L, 4X2 4X4 S H O R T B E D, L O N G B E D, C O M E R C I A L S T R U C K S, A L L A T S I M I L A R S A V I N G S STK# 3165168 STK# 5121421 STK# 543582 STK# 274367 STK# 2501653 STK# 1179860 STK# 2218909 LEATHER WITH20,000MILES 34,000MILES ONLY5,000MILES*Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment extra. Based on 800 Beacon score, 39 Month Lease, $2999 Due at signing Mileage charge if over per year mileage See Dealer for Details. Pictures do not depict actual vehicle. Program incentives subject to change. 8 Immokalee Bulletin August 4, 2011

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