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Thursday, August 18, 2011 V ol. 44 No. 32 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Inside...Girls join soccer club ...Page 8 Back to school ...Pages 4 and 5 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Much attention has been paid to Immokalee’s de cits. However, perhaps the more important story is the strength and determination of so many Immokaleeans in overcoming obstacles. One such success story, James Garvin, returned to Immokalee last w eek, reconnecting with the place w here he grew up. Jimmy found his future in the unlikely sport of golf unlikely for a kid who grew up in a shabby logging camp called Cummers Camp, located near where V illage Oaks Elementary is now. Growing up he certainly never had any connection with golf. His passion was baseball and he dreamed of pitching in the big leagues. James Sr. was a logger, and J immy remembers watching him w ade into the swamps to make a living for his family. “My dad was a rock, a cornerstone for me,” Jimmy said. His mother was a migrant worker. His parents instilled a solid work ethic in the young boy, working from 5:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. He and his sisters grew up in a shack in the woods. Their dad passed when Jimmy was just 14. Life was a struggle, with no sign of hope. Nothing in his childhood pointed to a career in a sport like golf. Nothing except what Ms. Florence Jelks calls a “potential everybody could see.” Jimmy’s only remaining sibling, his sister Cleolis, has special memories of the man they called “Buddy.” Buddy, she said, was quite the little mischief maker. As result of one of his escapades, she and their sister chased him all around the house until they nally caught and “whipped him,” she explains with a sisterly smile. She also recalls that he walked two or three miles after school to work at John Dietz’ grocery store as a bag boy to help the family. Cleolis’ husband, Alton, also knew the young Jimmy Garvin, following his sports career at IHS. Jimmy was a great pitcher and a football standout. Jimmy was rst in family to graduate from high school; Ceolis got her GED and is now in food service at Village Oaks Elementary. A 1974 IHS graduate, Jimmy was very active as a percussionist in the Indian marching band and Fort Myers symphony. In sports he shone in baseball, basketball and football. He didn’t discover golf until after going off to Howard University in Washington, DC. He earned a four-year baseball scholarship at Howard University and harbored hopes of pitching for the major leagues until he hurt his arm in his junior year. While playing ball on a southern tour at Clemson, Jimmy was introduced to golf by Chuck Hinton, his coach at Howard U and a professional Successful golfer returns home to help others Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantJames Garvin, enjoys a few memories with his mentor, Ms. Florence Jelks, before lming a segment of Mr. Garvin's life story began at Immokalee High School August 10. Ms. Jelk's took him under her wing when he was a student and helped him on his way to achieving greatness in the world of golf and beyond. See GOLF — Page 2 Over 80 youth and their parents lined up on August 4, for the rst backpack giveaway hosted by Greater Immokalee Front Porch. The Back to School Fresh Start Backpack Program was a team effort involving local community groups and energetic volunteers who lled 100 backpacks with school supplies and personal care items. Even though most people began to show up around 5:15 p.m. one woman arrived at 4 p.m. with her two kids, added Pastor Dorothy Washington. Organizers and volunteers lled out registration forms, handed out backpacks and served refreshments donated by McDonald’s to attendees that represented the entire Immokalee community. Corporal Mike Taylor donated a bicycle as a raf e item and provided free child’s ID kits. Organizers were pleased with the turnout, although several families did not receive backpacks due to the overwhelming need and limResidents line up for Back to School eventSee SCHOOL — Page 2 Special to the Immokalee BulletinOscar and Kagley Morales (front), their friends and many others turned out to line up for the Back to School Fresh Start Backback Program event held on Aug. 4. The event included many other free giveaway items and services meant to help kids get a good start for the new school year.


2 Immokalee Bulletin August 18, 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 player for the Washington Senators. “That’s when I got the bug,” Jimmy said the bug for the game that inspired him to help inspire other Immokalee kids in danger of being “left behind” by life. After a storied career in golf, he still identi es with these kids. He responded by creating the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation for needy kids at the historic Langston Golf Course, including supplemental education. It is the only golf course in the country with such a facility. The foundation caters to kids K-12, includes golf and an education learning center with computer stations. These are kids who get no support at home their parents are low income with few opportunities. The foundation also supports GED education for them. Tying the educational format to golf, J immy’s kids and their whole families get a w ell-rounded experience. He sees the same hopeless situations in Immokalee and the same opportunity to use his golf expertise to help entire households nd a better life. The foundation concentrates on kids from Immokalee and River Park in Naples. This is the fourth year of the foundation’s golf tournament fundraiser in this area. There have been a number of accolades for Jimmy Garvin. In 2006, he was installed in African American Golf Hall of Fame in W est Palm Beach. One of only three African Americans who is a president of a golf course, he manages four courses in D.C. area, including the historic Langston Legacy Golf Course. Last week a television production company came to Immokalee to lm a local segment on Jimmy Garvin’s life for Golf in A merica on the Golf Channel. Immokalee High School’s newly appointed Athletic Director Tony Allen coordinated the day, beginning at IHS with lming a presentation of a certi cate from the county commissioners and then some footage out on the ball eld. The feature is expected to air in midSeptember on Golf in America. The halfhour show typically presents three stories, 7-8 minutes each, on a great golf personality not “stars” but “regular” folks who have made important contributions to golf. They had already lmed segments in Washington with some of the kids the foundation serves and comments from Congresswoman Norton, according to Senior Producer Matt Miller. One of Jimmy’s most energetic supporters here in Immokalee is Florence Jelks a lady who means a lot to many here. Now a retired assistant Immokalee High School principal and counselor, she touched thousands of lives, Jimmy’s included. She has been in Immokalee for 43 years, coming here in 1968. Jimmy was one of her “projects.” She calls herself his godmother and gave him special attention. She took him into her home, with the full consent of his mother. “She didn’t mind sharing him,” Ms. Jelks recalls, adding, “she already raised him.” But Ms. Jelks could do something for him that his mother could not. She guided him through college where he found the key to his success in golf. And that is what he wants for other Immokalee area kids struggling with school and life’s problems. He wants to provide them with hope and a positive attitude. The foundation’s annual Southwest Florida golf tournament fundraiser will be held Oct. 8-10, at the Ritz-Carlton or LaPlaya to bene t Riverpark of Naples and Village Oaks Interpretive Learning Centers. At that time, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners plan to present Jimmy with a proclamation for Jimmy Garvin Day. The fundraiser will be a big event for the kids from Jimmy’s foundation and for many in what can be the glitzy world of golf. But it will pale in comparison to the memories of a little shack in Cummers Camp, a family who provided him with love as well as sustenance and a community that helped show him the way to his destiny. Even that will not stand up to the glow in these kids’ faces and the opportunities that have the potential of providing them with a better future. It’s what keeps Jimmy Garvin coming back to Immokalee. “This is where it all started,” Jimmy said. “It has a special place in my heart. It’s where I became a young man.” GOLFContinued From Page 1 ited items available. Gift certi cates for “50” free haircuts were handed out. Interested youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate on a rst come, rst served basis Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m., 401 South 2nd Street. Parental consent is required. We plan to organize a larger event for next school year, said organizers. This sets the students up for a successful year… It gives them the tools they need to prepare. We extend a warm, heartfelt thank you to our sponsors for their support – Anonymous donor, Allen Chapel A.M.E., House o f Prayer, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Frank Williams, Mrs. Vevline Taylor, Immokalee Substation, McDonald’s, Sharon Howard, SWFL Works, and the Immokalee Apartments. Special thanks to the 2011 Alumni Basketball players who donated their time to raise money for such a worthwhile cause – Kudos! SCHOOLContinued From Page 1 Special to the Immokalee BulletinSharon Tims, Cynthia Clinton and Rhoderica Washington help to display school supplies so that the many visitors to the Fresh Start Back to School event could nd what they needed to begin the coming new school year. Uniform sale on SaturdayIn the main hallway of the school, Lake Trafford Elementary School Uniform Sale on 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 The 2011-2012 school year is fast approaching. To avoid the lines and extended waiting periods call 239-252-8595 or 239-2522564. You can also visit the Health Department web site at: for more information. School News in Brief


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Lori was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Jacksonville, to Leo V. And Rosie Burch Geiger. She is survived by Sheila Skinner; one son, Todd Craft (Noka); two sisters, Barbara Plummer (Freddy), Darlene Maxie (George); one brother, Randy Geiger (Barbara); several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended families including Abe and Martha Skinner; Karen Walker, Kelly and Libby Skinner, Eric and Paula Walker; Nikki, Todd, Haley and Savannah Culmer; Kay and Doug Bartleson, Maxine and Gwen Prevatt, Lori Kay and Rick Baquero and family; Dale and Doreen Daniels and family. Following high school graduation, Lori served as a Medical Corpwave in the U.S. Navy from 1956-1960. Her lifetime education and career w as in the medical profession; becoming an LPN in 1996. During a hiatus, she worked as a Carto-Tech with the U.S. Department of the Interior mapping the Everglades. She worked in the medical department at Hendry Correctional Institute from 1981-2001 at which time she retired. Lori enjoyed all kinds of music. She played guitar and the harmonica and had a beautiful soprano singing voice. She was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, rock hounding and camping in the Everglades, the Colorado Rockies, and shing with her son, Todd. She was a sports enthusiast, especially for “Gator Football,” as well as professional sports. The Pallbearers were Kelly Skinner, Roger McGill, Terry Heath, Randy Geiger, Freddy Plummer, Efrain Hernandez, Ernest McClenithan, Mario Garcia Sr., and Skyler Myers. Visitation was 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Immokalee. The Funeral Service began at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dennis Norvell of ciating. Burial followed at the Baptist Cemetery, Immokalee. Care was entrusted to Brister Funeral Home, Immokalee. Sign the guest book at Obituaries For the purpose of corporate domination of politics, the Republicans, with their selected allies in the Supreme Court, are desperately trying to rede ne key terms. For example, they say that speech is money, and the corporations are people. A mericans recognize this as pure nonsense. If you are a Republican who has swallowed this undigested whopper, try paying your taxes to the IRS with speech. Perhaps you can tell them “no mas.” Juan Puerto, M.D. Immokalee Letters to the Editor Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service Immokalee and surrounding area Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. East wind between 3 and 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Thursday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, w ith a low around 75. East wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Extended ForecastFriday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. Partly sunny, w ith a high near 94. East wind around 6 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. East wind around 6 mph. Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. East wind between 5 and 8 mph. Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. W eather Forecast Javier I. Rosado, PhD, Florida State University College of Medicine, and CHS Healthcare are pleased to announce the arrival of two new FSU personnel. Dr. Frehe-Torres and Carlos Herrera will be located at the Isabel Collier Read Medical Center. Dr. Frehe-Torres arrived on Monday, Aug. 8, to begin a two-year Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in Behavior Health. Dr. Frehe-Torres comes from the University of Kansas where she recently completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology. In addition to receiving supervision and training, her fellowship will consist of clinical activities with CHS Healthcares Pediatric and Women’s Health patients. Dr. Frehe-Torres has a special interest in Women’s Health and will be screening for and providing support to those who have been found to be experiencing post partum depression. Carlos Herrera will begin immediatel y and will be working as a research assistant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. Carlos comes with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from FGCU and will primarily be assisting with the evaluation of a BMI Screening Program. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. FreheTorres and Carlos to Immokalee and happ y to see educational opportunities expand at this FSU College of Medicine training site,” said Dr. Rosado when announcing the ne w staff. The medical center is operated by CHS Healthcare, a private, nonpro t organization, in partnership with FSU College of Medicine. The university provides the educational component for the medical students and CHS handles the clinical operations. CHS / FSU Primary Care is located in Immokalee, at 1441 Heritage Blvd. For more information, visit: FSU expands services/staff at Isabel Collier Read Medical Center Javier Rosado, PhD So you think you want to start a business? Sign up now for the IBDC Entrepreneur School. The classes will be held starting Sept. 12-Oct. 17 each Monday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at 1320 N. 15th Street, Immokalee. This six-week course is designed to provide an approach for thinking through the development of a new business idea or the growth of an existing small business. For more details or to register, please call 239-269-9628. IMMBIZ to host new six-week session of Entrepreneur School  The Immokalee MSTU Beauti cation Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 4:30 p.m. at Southwest Florida Works (formerly Career & Services Center), 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee.  The Collier County Code Enforcement Board will meet Thursday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. at the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.  The Collier County Finance Committee will meet Friday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. in the County Manager’s Front Conference Room, second oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Public Meetings


4 Immokalee Bulletin August 18, 2011 A new year a new beginningBy Joe LandonCollier County District Schools Here we are on the eve of the dawning of the 2011-2012 school year – an exciting time. These last few days before school doors swing wide open once again, we want to share some “words of wisdom” gathered from our conversations with a few of our veteran Collier County educators:  This weekend: Get back into school routines if you haven’t already. Be sure your child returns to the “school year” sleeping schedule, and be sure he or she goes to bed early enough Sunday to get a good night’s sleep. Also Sunday evening, be sure clothes are picked out and maybe even laid out, and have book bags or backpacks ready and near the door.  Monday morning: Have your son or daughter eat a good breakfast at home, or keep in mind that a healthy breakfast is his or hers for the asking – totally free – at school once again this year.  Monday evening: Be sure to talk about the rst day. You’ll want to hear the good news and the not-so-good in case there’s a problem you can help with. As you know, probing questions are best – for example, “Tell me one thing you learned that’s new or interesting today.”  Finally, those big yellow taxis haven’t been on our streets in weeks. Our law enforcement friends remind us that with school buses added to the traf c mix, and more cars, we’ll want to allow a bit more time to get around. And please don’t leave those Kindergartners at the bus stop unattended. One more thing, something I really hate to bring up so as not to jinx us – but, should bad weather threaten the operation of our schools, please make note of the information sources to turn to for the latest in school information direct from the district of ce. You may call our Emergency Information Hotline at 888.994.NEWS (6397) for frequent updates in English, Spanish, and Creole. Or go to our home page at, or watch The Education Channel, Comcast cable 99. And something new this year, there’s a Hurricane Resources page posted year ‘round that’s chock full of helpful info. So we wish you a safe, happy, and successful new school year. Students First Fifth Third Bank, in partnership with The Education Foundation of Collier County, has announced its third annual “Back to School” supply drive, a project to provide local schoolchildren with free backpacks and school supplies, along with the 2011-12 Get On the Bus Roundtable series. From Aug. 8-26, Fifth Third Bank will collect donations of school supplies through collection bins placed in its Collier County locations. The bank will provide individual backpacks. Supplies and backpacks will be distributed by The Education Foundation in collaboration with Collier schools to students in need of assistance. In the last two years, more than 2,000 individual backpacks full of school supplies w ere collected, donated and distributed to students throughout South Florida. This y ear the partnership will include Collier, Charlotte, Lee, Sarasota, Manatee, and Palm Beach County markets. “Helping build strong communities is both a privilege and a responsibility for Fifth Third Bank,” said David Call, President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank (South Florida). He added, “Through this partnership, now in its third year, Fifth Third Bank hopes to equip local schoolchildren with all of the tools and materials they need to go con dently in the direction of their dreams.” The public is encouraged to donate supplies at any Fifth Third Bank in the area; for the nearest location, visit Suggested items include #2 pencils, spiral notebooks, 8 or 24-count boxes of crayons, washable glue or glue sticks, full-size boxes of tissue, anti-bacterial wipes or hand sanitizer, gallonor sandwich-size zip lock bags, etc. Contributions to The Education Foundation Back to School Supply Fund will also be gladly accepted. In addition, Fifth Third is the presenting sponsor for the three Get On the Bus Roundtable sessions this year that will bring together teachers, principals, parents, students, community members, businesses and organizations to have constructive conversations about ways to improve education in Collier County. These are great opportunities to learn more about education and identify ways we might all work together toward student success. The Roundtables will be held Sept. 21, 2011; Dec. 8, 2011; and March 27, 2012. The Education Foundation commends Fifth Third Bank for consistently demonstrating the “Get on the Bus” philosophy of “Learn – Volunteer – Give.” “Fifth Third Bank exempli es corporate citizenship that reaches out to those in need”, remarked Susan McManus, President, The Education Foundation of Collier County. “We are so grateful for their participation in these worthy events.” Together, we can make a difference. Local bank partners to help kids get good ‘Back to School’ start The start of the 2011-12 school year is approaching quickly – rst day is next Monday, Aug. 22. The School District of Collier County is encouraging anyone new to Collier County to register their child for school before school starts. School of ces across the District are open and ready to register new students. It is very important to register new students before school starts so that the school is able to generate a schedule for the student or have them assigned to a classroom. This helps the District with the assignment of teachers for the start of school. More importantly, it makes for a smoother start to the school year for the student. Instead of being held up for the rst few hours of “day one” waiting for a schedule, they are able to hit the ground running with the rst bell. For speci c enrollment/registration information, go to the home page of the District Web site at www.collierschools. com and click on the Back-to-School red schoolhouse icon located on the right side of the page. Be sure to check with your child’s school to see if appointments are necessary for registration. Immunization requirements, school bus schedules, as well as other pertinent backto-school information will also be found using the same home page link: To learn more, please call the Communications and Community Engagement Department at 239-377-0180, or send an e-mail to Register now, avoid the wait Eden Park hosts Open House full of Freebies eventWith the start of the 2011-12 school year less than two weeks away, schools are in full swing getting everything prepared to welcome back students on Monday, Aug. 22. An event that is a part of getting ready is “Open House” – the opportunity for parents to get a sneak peek into what’s in store for the new year at their child’s school. At Eden Park Elementary School (EPE), not only will parents have the opportunity to meet the teachers as well as new EPE Principal Linda Salazar and new Assistant Principal Kate Drilling, the rst 50 adults in attendance will receive a free EPE t-shirt, and the rst 300 people will receive a free lunch to take home! The Open House is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, in the school’s cafeteria located at 3650 Westclox Street, in Immokalee. To learn more, please contact EPE at 239-377-9200.


5 Immokalee Bulletin A ugust 18, 2011 This summer, students who are attending the Heavy Equipment Mechanics program at the Immokalee Technical Center (iTECH) had the opportunity to take their training one step further. Thanks to participating Caterpillar dealerships, they participated in a 10-week summer internship that provided v aluable hands-on experience and real life preparation for the workplace. The Immokalee Foundation’s students w ere chosen by HEM’s instructor, Bob Moore. The selection was based on grades, attendance, student conduct and motivation. Participating companies included Kelly Tractor in Fort Myers and Clewiston; Ring Power in Tampa; Gregory Poole Equipment Company in Raleigh, N.C.; and Yancey Bros. in Atlanta. Nick Gamez traveled to Yancey Bros. for his internship. “The overall experience is w hat I enjoyed the most,” he explained. “I w orked at the CAT rental store and the atmosphere was all about getting the job done quickly, but also with quality. This internship de nitely prepared me for the future.” HEM program was a collaboration of Don Fites, former CEO of Caterpillar, TIF and iTECH. With the support of the Caterpillar Foundation, Fites Family Charitable Trust, Kelly Foundation Inc. and Kelly Tractor and Collier County Public Schools, HEM was launched in Fall 2010. “With the full support of CAT and Mr. Fites, we are able to provide training in highskilled positions, which ultimately allows students to be way ahead of the game after graduation,” said TIF’s Board Emeritus Jay Stonesifer, a staunch supporter of the HEM program. He said the summer internships are a natural extension of the training and are critical to its success. “The iTECH center accommodates students who choose not to go to college, but still prepares them with the skills necessary to obtain good paying jobs,” noted Stonesifer. Thomas Powell, for one, couldn’t agree more. He is spending the summer interning at Kelly Tractor in Fort Myers, and said the position gives him real world experience that he just can’t get in the classroom. “You can only go so far in the classroom,” he said. “Here, we are immersed completely in the job and what it’s like on a day-to-day basis. It opens your eyes to what is expected.” Alonso Garcia is so enjoying his internship at Gregory Poole Equipment Company that he would consider relocating. “I wouldn’t mind moving to Raleigh to work for the company. I had great co-workers and everyone helped me when I needed. I just can’t thank Caterpillar and The Immokalee Foundation enough for giving me this opportunity.” The HEM training program at iTECH is a state-of-the-art curriculum that will prepare graduates to enter a eld currently in high demand throughout the United States and Latin America. The program includes instruction for diesel engine technician, diesel engine mechanic/technician helper, diesel drivetrain technician and more. The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and vocational school, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit TIF summer internships provide real world experience Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ iTECHiTECH summer intern students in the center’s Heavy Equipment Management program gained hands-on experience working with some heavy equipment “heavy hitters” including Ring Power, Yancey Bros., CAT, Kelly Tractor and others during the 10-week program. Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Charles KrauseA perfect ‘6’Eden Park Elementary fourth grader, Kasandra Soto became the rst student at Eden Park Elementary to ace the state writing test. She attributes her score to her hard work and determination. The staff at Eden Park are extremely proud of Kasandra and all of the students. Overall as a school they improved from 48 to 83 percent of students passing the test. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon will host a Back to School Bash on Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rst 800 school-aged children to enter Sun-N-Fun Lagoon on that day will receive a free backpack. The park opens at 10 a.m. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Activities will include a D.J., games and prizes. The reduced cost to get into the Back to School Bash is $8 for 48” & over and $4.50 for less than 48.” Children three and under enter free. Add sales tax to all fees listed above. The event is sponsored by Integral Quality Care, B-103.9, Chickl-A, Neapolitan Family Magazine and Parent & Child Magazine. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park is located in North Collier Regional Park at 15000 Livingston Rd. Group rates, seasonal passes and party packages are also available. Call 239-252-4073. For more information contact Sun-NFun Lagoon at 239-252-4021 or visit www. Sun-N-Fun Lagoon hosts ‘Splash Bash’


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Child CareIMMOKALEE CHILD CARE CENTER Has openings for children ages 1 year VPK. Call Diana at: 239-657-4130 or stop by 415 Colorado Avenue Immokalee, FL. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! For more listings, go to Employment Full TimeCITRUS GROVE MECHANIC HELPERFT Repair & maintain agricultural equipment. Inspect, diagnose, & repair equipment such as buses, trucks, fruit loaders, tractors & other heavy equipment. Hydraulics & air brakes experience a must. Must have own tools & a FL drivers license. Preferably 3 yrs. experience in citrus grove operations. CITRUS GROVE FOREMANSeeking supervisor able to effectively lead other employees in day to day harvesting activities. Preferably 3 yrs. experience in citrus grove operations. CITRUS GROVE CREW LEADERSeeking crew leader that will supervise in the daily operations of citrus harvesting. Prefer experience & knowledge of the H2A program. Fax resume to 239-369-2267 or call Marge @ 239-369-7794. CREDIT MANAGER RETAIL SALES ASSOC. Royal’s Furniture is accepting applications for Bilingual (Spanish/English) Credit Manager / Retail Sales Associate with strong communication skills and with previous Credit collecting, sales or customer Service experience. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Competitive salary and bene t package. Apply in person at Royal’s Furniture at 1255 15th Street North, Unit 9, Immokalee. 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 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time JOURNEYMAN MECHANICS$21.99 per Hour Permanent Full Time Bene ts after 90 Days Responsibilities: Maintain inspect, troubleshoot and repair processing equipment such as pumps, screw conveyors, belt conveyors, hydraulic systems, centrifugals, gear boxes, fans, pipe ttings and valves. Minimum three years experience. ABOUT US SUGAR CORPORATION United States Sugar Corporation is one of America’s largest diversi ed, privately-held agribusiness rms. The company is headquartered on the southern shore of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. In addition to growing, milling and re ning cane sugar, US Sugar owns a short line railroad and its Southern Gardens subsidiary is one of Florida’s foremost producers and processors of oranges and orange juice products.FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION Email: Apply online at Employment Full Time 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. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. For more listings, go to Apartments 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 Timber Ridge 2726 Wilton Court (Rental Of ce: 2449 Sanders Pines Circle) Available for Immediate Occupancy Available for Immediate Occupancy $99 Move In Special for 1st Month’s Rent Must be farm or grove labor employed 3Br/1Ba Single Family Home Starting at $700 plus utilities. Central HVAC, Elec Appliance Washers/Dryers Rental applications available at the Rental Of ce or call 657-8333 Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM (TDD 1-800-955-8771) Equal Housing Opportunity Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Apartments Sanders Pines 2449 Sanders Pines Circle Available for Immediate Occupancy $99 Move In Special for 1st Month’s Rent Must be farm or grove labor employed 2Br/1Ba, 3Br/1Ba Apartments Starting at $500 plus utilities. Central AC, VCT tile, Elec Appl Community Gardens Rental applications available at the Rental Of ce or call 657-8333 Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM (TDD 1-800-955-8771) Equal Housing Opportunity Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 6 Immokalee Bulletin August 18, 2011 Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. For more listings, go to For more listings, go to


Collier County will soon be joining all the other counties in the state of Florida as the 211 information system will be set up and functioning as a service to everyone in our county. Thanks to the concentrated efforts of the Community Foundation of Collier County, this information and referral service will be provided as a free service to all residents and visitors of Collier County. A group of Immokalee business leaders met this week to learn the details on the new system. Community Foundation President and C.E.O. Colleen Murphy introduced former President Mary George who has been appointed to head up the project. Collier 211 will provide this service by connecting with Collier County government, non-pro ts and for-pro t organizations to assess services that they provide to people in need. In addition, the information will allow prospective donors to better understand community needs, and to more effectively invest their philanthropic dollar. The initial cost to implement the program will be $611,000 and the Foundation will work toward raising this amount and the annual ongoing cost of $200,000. The program will be connected to Switchboard of Miami, Inc., a nonpro t organization with 40 years of experience in operating a community information and referral service. CFCC staf f members Claudia Polzin and Brad Bailey, will help develop this important project and will work with Jeff Struchtemeyer of Switchboard Miami to hopefully get our program up and running by December of this year. Included in the services provided will be adolescent/teen issues, community services-disaster assistance, educational information, family problems-adoption/foster care, 211 service is coming to Collier County CHS Healthcare has celebrated National Health Centers Week in August with Open House events in Immokalee and Naples. Scores of local residents attended the events. The Immokalee campus had its Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m.2 p.m. and included free HIV testing, free blood pressure testing, free glucose testing, Radiology Regional Mammogram Mobile Unit, Integral Quality Care, and Susan G. Komenthe Cure information centers. In Immokalee, both Marion E. Fether Medical Center, at 1454 Madison Avenue, and CHS/FSU Primary Care, at 1441 Heritage Blvd., were open for tours. In Naples, the Creekside Pediatrics location hosted an Open House on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m.2 p.m. Creekside Pediatrics is located at 1265 Creekside Parkway, Suite 208 in the Polaris Building. CHS Healthcare is a Federally Quali ed Health Center (FQHC), a "safety net" primary health care organization and partners with Florida State University and the University of Florida. CHS provides primary medical and dental care services to over 48,000 patients' in our community each year. For information on all locations, you can visit the CHS website at These events were sponsored by Integral Qualit y Care and Henry Schein, Inc. CHS celebrates success with open house Apartments 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 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 Condos/Townhouses RentLEHIGH DUPLEX 3br, 2ba, carport, exc. cond., Mirror Lakes area, close to SR 82, No pets, $650/mo + sec. (239)369-9567 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 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. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds For more listings, go to Mobile HomeSale For more listings, go to Public Notice INVITATION TO BID NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by Big Cypress Housing Corporation (BCHC), at their Main Street Village Of ce located at 104 Anhinga Drive, Immokalee, FL 34142 until 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011. Bids must be hand delivered. These bids will be opened and recorded at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011. BCHC is accepting bids for replacement of electric water heaters and split system air conditioners and air handlers at Main Street Village, a 79 unit single story multifamily structure located at 104 Anhinga Circle, Immokalee, FL. Bidders must be State of Florida or Collier County Certi ed General, Plumbing or Air Conditioning Contractors. Further information may be obtained by contacting Ted Hoffman, Project Manager, (863) 674-0499. Email: Big Cypress Housing Corporation is the owner of this property. The Owner and Collier County Department of Housing, Human and Veteran Services, using the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and/or HOME funds, provide funding for this project. Federal Regulations during construction including Davis Bacon will be enforced. Any award of this contract is contingent on the availability of these funds. Type of bids desired: Lump Sum Price as per plans and speci cations. Bid and Payment and Performance Bond will be required. A pre-bid meeting will be held at the site (104 Anhinga Circle, Immokaee) on Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 10:00 AM. This meeting is for the purpose of allowing contractors to bring any omissions, or questions concerning the Schedule of Work to the attention of the Owner. This is an opportunity to observe the existing site limitations and ask questions concerning the project prior to bidding and failure to do so will demonstrate the contractors’ acceptance of the Scope of Work as de ned in the Schedule. Any addenda issued as a result of this meeting will be issued in writing within two (2) working days of the meeting to all contractors present at the meeting. IT IS MANDATORY THAT THE CONTRACTOR OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE ATTEND THIS PRE-BID MEETING. FAILURE TO ATTEND WILL RESULT IN FORFEITING THE RIGHT TO BID ON THIS PROJECT. A copy of the contract documents including the plans, speci cations and bid forms are now available from Ted Hoffman, Project Manager, (863) 674-0499. Email: Questions regarding contract procedures and technical speci cations should be directed to Mr. Hoffman. All bids must be in accordance with the plans and speci cations and identi ed by the name of the bidding contractor, name and address of the Owner, name and address of project, and the date and time of bid opening. Minority, female-owned and small businesses and Section 3 Certi ed Employers are encouraged to submit bids for this project. General Contractors are encouraged to solicit bids from minority and female-owned subcontractors. The work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (section3). The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD-assisted projects covered by Section 3, shall to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low-very low income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing. The Owner reserves the right to reward the contract to the Bidder of his choice or to reject any or all bids. 395306 IB 8/18/2011 Public Notice ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY 7 Immokalee Bulletin A ugust 18, 2011 For more listings, go to READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!BANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 domestic violence, law enforcement/crime prevention, parenting classes, mental health and suicide prevention/counseling, health care needs, to name a few. Counselors will be available in Spanish, English and Creole. Quarterly reports will give a good indication of the success of the program once it is implemented. To learn more about if your organization is eligible, and to receive an online registration form, you can contact Brad at, or you can call the Community Foundation at 239-649-5000.


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 8 Immokalee Bulletin August 18, 2011 Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Manny TouronImmokalee Soccer Pit Cobras now includes a girls team for the new season. The inaugural team includes team members, Brenda Garcia, Adriana Galvan, Dolores Vazquez, Ilda Penaloza, Coach Woods, Leslie Gutierrez, Maria Rodriguez, Reyna Pineda. In the bottom row are: Yeisa Barrera, Araceli Molina, Cynthia Gomez, Maria Leon and Liliana Cruz. For the rst time there is a girl's soccer team playing club ball in Immokalee. The Soccer Pit Cobras just introduced the rst girl's team in their short history. The fact is that Immokalee has never elded a girls soccer team to play in a youth league. This team is comprised of middle and high school girls that played in school but never with a club. The soccer experience was limited to a very short season. Now these girls will play 13 games before the high school season even starts. We want to thank the Immokalee Foundation for sponsoring the girls, without their help it would not have happened. The girls played their rst game this past Saturday against San Carlos, and although the score was not favorable, a 6-0 loss, the fact that our girls never gave up and played down two players in the second half due to the heat and exhaustion of the game told us that these girls are for real. We saw many positive things about their game and several things that we will correct during this week's practices. Our next game is this Saturday Aug. 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Immokalee Sports Complex. Come and support your local girls on the soccer eld. Immokalee Girls Soccer: Sports history in the making Summertime funSummer means family fun time and cooling off at the local pool. (Photo at left) Janie Conde enjoys the pool with her daughter Sara Conde, 10 (right), granddaughter Aleyah Alvarez, on the left and also with her grandson David Alvarez, 9. Sara says, ”I don’t want the summer to end but . I know we have to go back and learn more.”Basketball(Photo at right) Letticia Ramos enjoys a little quality time with son Daveon Phillips, 4, her nephew, Joseph “Junior” Boney Jr., 8. Junior, a third grader at Eden Park says he likes to play basketball at Sports Complex because “it’s a workout and it’s fun. His favorite player is Michael Jordan. He also says he is ready to go back to school to learn more and have fun. Glowing prideProud Immokalee grandparents Ganina and Bubba Urqhart are part of a family celebration as their granddaughter Courtney Bancroft signed to play softball for the Ave Maria University Gyrenes this year. Courtney was a member of the LaBelle High School Cowgirls, who shut out the Bishop Verot Vikings 3-0 for the District Class 3-A Championship in April. At the signing celebration August 4, LHS Softball Coach Raymond Marroquin said that Courtney “kept me straight” and reminded him of things he had to do. He said that, before this past season started, Courtney came to him with this promise: “This is my senior year. I’ve got something to prove to everybody and to myself. I refuse to be second to anybody.” Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty Brant Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty Brant

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