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Title: Immokalee bulletin
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Publication Date: 08-25-2011
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Thursday, August 25, 2011 V ol. 44 No. 33 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Inside... ImmokaleeHigh School football is back! ...Page 8 The CRA’s open house was a great opportunity for colleagues and the community to get a good look at the organization’s new facility. Pictured from left: resident Joanne Loukenon, Maria Rodriguez of code enforcement, PACE Director Marianne Kearns, CRA Executive Secretary Rosemary Dillon, IBDC Manager Marie Capita, Project Manager Brad Muckel, CRA Executive Director Penny Phillippi and Ed Marad from code enforcement. Larger space opens new doors to better servicesBy Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Welcome to the new home of the Community Redevelopment Agency in Immokalee! That was the enthusiastic message imparted to each visitor at the CRA’s new of ce Aug. 17. Staff had nally left their cramped and inadequate space on Alachua Street for the spacious rooms at the old Barron Collier of ce at 1320 N. 15th Street. Barron Collier has relocated to Ave Maria. Previously, the CRA and Business Development Center shared a tiny building with the permitting department and code enforcement. Collier County Commissioner For District 5 Jim Coletta also has an of ce there, which staff had to vacate when he was in town. Now code enforcement, permitting and the commissioner’s of ce remain in the old building at 310 Alachua Street, where the CRA had been located since December Redevelopment agency moves to new spaceSee CRA — Page 2 By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin In miles and culture, Immokalee is about as far away from the Middle East as you can imagine. Still, there is much to share, some good, some bad. Last week a group of visitors, mainly from the Middle East, came to Immokalee as part of a multicultural program delving into human traf cking. Visitors from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Tunisia, Nepal and Mozambique spent the last two days of this trip in Collier County. Wednesday they heard about law enforcement and about the legal system from Ave Maria Law School representatives, the Shelter for Abused Women, Immigrant Advocacy Center and Human Traf cking Awareness Partnership Inc. In Immokalee on Thursday, they got a general appreciation of Southwest Florida’s agriculture history from local expert and Immokalee native, Dallas Townsend. The session hopefully provided some important background for the knowledge they learned previously. The Immokalee session took place at the PACE Center for Girls. Each person could take the information they learned and apply it to the situation in their own country. Mr. Townsend is a former Collier and Hendry County Extension Agent and grew up on a cattle ranch in the Immokalee/Felda Middle East visitors learn local historySee VISIT — Page 2 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantPACE Executive Director Marianne Kearns welcomed visitors from the Middle East to Immokalee Aug. 18. They were touring and learning about the area as part of a program on Human Traf cking hosted by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.


area, giving him special insight into the area’s agricultural roots. His presentation included facts and gures from around Southwest Florida. He said Collier County is approximately 14.5 percent in ag land. Hendry has the largest amount of land in agriculture in Southwest Florida, 88 percent. Both counties include large tracts owned by the government and used as natural preserves. He explained to the visitors that the area’s major commodities are beef, citrus, v egetable and, in Hendry and Glades only, sugarcane. Putting it all in historical context, he related that cattle was the area’s rst major industry, brought by Ponce DeLeon in 1521. He said the Seminoles have been raising cattle since the 1700s. In the 1800s Florida cattlemen shipped their herds to Cuba through Punda Rassa. They shipped to Cuba because the Cubans paid in gold. Florida was all open range till the 1950s. Cattlemen used brands and ear marks to identify their free-ranging animals. Mr. Townsend delighted the guests with a digital view of an original hand written Brand Register Book from the Hendry County Courthouse, dated July 10, 1929-September 7, 1948. Every county in Florida has such a book, he said. He then took the visitors on a digital journey through Southwest Florida’s agricultural history that included Texas fever tick infestations in the early 1900s and cattle dips. Cattle had to be dipped every 14 days to destroy the ticks, he said. The program began in this area in 1932. There were dipping stations in Immokalee, LaBelle, Chocoluskee Island, Marco Island and Naples. The v at in Immokalee was located just north of w here the casino stands today. Its remains can still be seen on the Roberts Ranch. He recounted the land boom of the 1920s, brought to an end by vicious hurricanes in Miami and Lake Okeechobee, in 1926 and 1928, respectively. Thus began a depression in Florida that started even before the Great Depression gripped the rest of the country. He told of the role of Range Riders who tried to gather cattle abandoned in the Cypress Swamp, but had to kill those they couldn’t get. In another bit of local history, he showed a receipt from the old Roberts Store (behind where McDonalds is now) from 1942. At that time two pounds of coffee sold for 70 cents. He also showed a bill for $50.34 that included two gallons of gas for 46 cents; and a $7.50 credit for ve days’ work. The document showed it took about one-third of a day’s wages to buy two gallons of gas. Locals also trapped animals for skins to supplement their income. In 1930 the government put up a batterypowered electric fence through Big Cypress to Bonita Springs from Palm Beach County to the Gulf to keep cattle out of the swamp. Some of the original posts can still be seen and remain in use (without the electrical charge). In 1937, the Federal government eliminated white tail deer in Florida and in the 1940s the deer tick was taken on. Other natural pests caused serious problems, such as 1.3 million cases of screw worm in Florida. A sterilization program for male screw worms was highly successful and in the late ‘40s cattle prices increased to 40 cents per pound from 15 cents. In 1948, the Collier family sold land to others including Immokalee’s Roberts family, which bought 2,700 acres in South Hendry County. By the 1960s most of the land in Hendry and Collier was in the hands of large landowners. Mr. Townsend recounted the move from Brahman and Red Devon cattle in ‘30 to Hereford, Angus and Santa Gertrudis bulls in the ‘40s. After WWII cattlemen established improved pastures on old vegetable farms. In the ‘60-70s the local cattle industry thrived with 150,000 brood cows in Hendry and Collier, but in 1975 there was a crash in the cattle industry. In the late ‘70s freezes sent citrus to from mid-state southward into Hendry and Collier along with vegetable crops. Back in the 1920s, timber was the big rush and in 1921 the Atlantic Coastal Railroad came to Immokalee. From 1908-28 Standard Lumber Co. supplied Sears and Roebuck prefab houses cut from local pines. There were some 24 sawmills south of LaBelle; “Sears” was a town in that area with a school, commissary and 500 people. Hurricanes ended the lumber boom in the 1930s. When the last virgin cypress in the area, located in Corkscew Swamp, was threatened, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was created to save these irreplaceable gems for posterity. Vegetables have always been important in South Florida. In the late 1800s the Tamiami Trail was cut through the wilds of the state to ship vegetables to market. Before WWII locals added lime to the pine atwoods acidic soils, which were farmed for vegetables. Immokalee turned out to be an excellent location for vegetable crops, with fungisides and plastic mulch added in the ‘60s to spur growth. In 1995, farmers from the East Coast moved in to both Collier and Hendry as the coastal areas became more and more crowded. There were some 175,000 acres cleared in Collier, and 250,000 acres in Hendry. Citrus also has a long history in Collier and Hendry. In 1894-95 two freezes in Marion County forced citrus groves to move south. At that time, Hendry County already had working groves at the Caloosahatchee River. In Immokalee groves were planted at Roberts Ranch in 1914. In 1960, citrus was a growing industry in these parts, with 983 acres in Hendry; and 191 in Collier. By 1961, there were 20,000 acres near LaBelle, mainly owned by A. Duda & Sons and Berry Groves. These days acreage has swollen to 66,814 Hendry and 30,336 in Collier. Citrus groves are battling their own enemies, including canker, which has killed 1 million trees in Hendry and Collier. Water is without a doubt the biggest challenge looming over South Florida’s agriculture industry, Mr. Townsend told the group. Without irrigation, farmers would have to use twice as much land to equal current production. And the area’s attraction for human population puts cities and towns in direct competition with agriculture for the precious resource. Environmental concerns are also chipping away at agricultural interests. Beginning in the ‘70s, the government began buying up land for environmental preservation, including Big Cypress Preserve and panther habitat. At this time some 64 percent of land in Collier County is set aside for such use, mostly south of Alligator Alley. In Hendry County, the story is the same. In addition, the government purchased Berry Groves on SR 80 west of LaBelle for the purpose of building a water reservoir. After millions of dollars to purchase, engineer and begin preparation, the project has been abandoned. The site is unsuitable for a reservoir a fact many locals tried to explain from the beginning. Mr. Townsend explained it was a $150 million failure of the South Florida Water Management District, currently being leased back to a private company. He pointed to the purchase of prairie land at Dinner Island Ranch, as a similar issue. Toward the end of his presentation, he mentioned other aws in government programs, like banning DDT, which was ver y successful in controlling pests. The chemical was blamed for causing thin eagle shells, causing a decline in the eagle population. However, he said it has been proven that the thin shells were caused by stress, not DDT. However, the chemical is still banned, which he said has contributed to an increase in malaria outbreaks in Malaysia. The international visitors ended their US tour in Immokalee. The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce hosted the local itinerary. V ISITContinued From Page 1 2 Immokalee Bulletin August 25, 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. 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P P u b l i s h e d b y 2007. Executive Director Penny Phillippi was all smiles as she and staff members provided tours of the facility, sharing plans that will result in more and better services to the community. Maps, renderings and posters line all sides of the “map room,” a spacious place for staff to consult with clients. In another large room, potential new businessmen and women will learn skills that can change their lives, and the community, for the better as they take the IMMBIZ entrepreneur class. Staff is very appreciative of the ten computers donated by Sun Coast for the computer lab. They will be used b y the entrepreneur class and also for classes in programs like Quick Books. The building has two good sized rooms that will be used as incubators for new businesses. These rooms may be split to accommodate more start-up businesses, depending on their space requirements. Entrepreneurs with minimal physical equipment needs can use this space to launch their businesses, also taking advantage of technical assistance from the CRA staff until they can grow and become self suf cient. Staff members have their own, adequate of ces something new for these hardworking people. At their old building, the y shared of ce space. CRAContinued From Page 1


From the EditorTo commemorate the 10 year anniv ersary of the 9-11 attacks and to honor our fallen heroes since that date, the Immokalee Bulletin is planning to print a page in tribute to those lost in the Sept. 8 edition. Sponsorships are available for local businesses, organizations and also for individuals to be printed along with the tribute page. The cost for each space is only $35. Please reserve yours as spaces are limited. For a look at how the page will be set up, please contact Dale Conyers at or 863-6752541 ext 4253. You can also see a copy of the page on our Immokalee Bulletin Facebook page. A fter school program2011-2012 Miracle after school program begins Aug. 29. Be sure to ask your school if y our child is eligible! The 21st CCLC Miracle grant serves approximately 985 students from 3rd-12th grade and operates at each of the school sites in the Immokalee community. Our program helps to motivate students and improve students grades, test scores, and school attendance. In addition to academic support, Miracle also provides personal enrichment and encourages leadership from all students. Miracle Place is based around a mini-economy that allows students to operate a community, within our program. Students will participate as business owners, elected of cials and consumers within their Miracle Place community. For further information please contact your individual school site. Sincerely, Gloria T. Rodriguez Site Coordinator Miracle 1/SES 21st CCLC Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board Thanks from allThis is written to offer our sincere thanks to Florida Community Bank for their generosity in providing an afternoon of food, fun and music to our students. On Aug. 19, all the students from Immokalee who participate in fall activities were invited to FCB to celebrate the beginning of an exciting school year. The cheerleaders, cross country team the band and also the football team took part in this event. This event allowed the students from Immokalee High the opportunity to interact with people from the community who have supported them over the years. We look forward to a great season and thanks again to FCB. T-shirts and other items will go on sale next week. We have new I.H.S materials as well as some things from last year. Here is a list of prices: Old T-shirts and Hats $10, Old Jackets $15, New T-shirts $12-$15, Season Tickets (home games) $50, Parking Pass (home games) $25, All sports pass (home games) $80 Tony Allen Immokalee High School Letters to/from the Editor Scarlett Lucille Hamm, 63FORT MYERS Scarlett Lucille Hamm, 63, of Fort Myers, passed on to be with the Lord in heaven on Aug. 8, 2011, at Hope Hospice, Fort Myers. She was born on May 22, 1948, in Fernandina Beach, a child of Jacob Frank and Lois Lee (Morris) Hamm. She became a resident of Fort Myers when her parents followed the shrimping industry boom. As a kid, she remembers having tea parties with seagrape leaves as plates. Her brother (Frank) was forced to participate. But she also remembers playing "Zorro" and "Davy Crockett." Despite the fun, she also recalls the destruction of Hurricane Donna. Scarlett was a proud "Florida Cracker" but she held a soft spot in her heart for Texas, as her family often migrated between Florida and Texas following the shrimping season. As an elementary teacher for one year in the Lee County School District, she then taught at both Highlands and Lake Trafford Elementary Schools in Immokalee where she was known as both Mrs. Billman and Ms. Hamm. Scarlett was very creative and artistic and she made her school lessons fun and effective. She cared for her students very much and held the philosophy that to improve the future, we have to invest in our students today. She saw beauty in everything and over the years attended the First Baptist Church of Fort Myers Beach and McGregor Baptist Church. She was very loyal to friends and family. She loved them all dearly. She always rooted for the underdog, especially during the ups and downs of the Dallas Cowboy football seasons. Scarlett had a good sense of humor and would tell the most interesting stories of her life's adventures. She is well loved and will be missed very much. She is survived by her daughter, MaeLee (Juan) Madrigal of Fort Myers; and her sister, Glenda (Paul) Ranttalo of Emigrant, Minn. A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Florid a 33908. Family and friends may send owers to Hope Hospice or make a donation to one of the following organizations: Hope Hospice, ADK sorority, Red Hatters, C.R.O.W, First Baptist Church of Fort Myers Beach or McGregor Baptist. Friends may sign the second guest book at HERES MY CARD!These locally-owned small businesses appreciate your support! 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Breezy, with a north wind between 13 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Thursday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Northwest wind between 8 and 10 mph. Extended ForecastFriday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. Sunny, with a high near 94. West wind between 6 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Friday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Mostly clear, with a low around 75. West wind between 3 and 7 mph. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming west between 8 and 11 mph. Saturday night: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 75. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming west between 5 and 8 mph. Sunday night: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 75. Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, w ith a high near 96. W eather Forecast 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 session of Immokalee Business Entrepreneur School


4 Immokalee Bulletin August 25, 2011 Welcome back!By Joe LandonCollier County District Schools What a glorious day Monday was for everyone involved in any way with Collier County Public Schools. We saw a sea of smiling faces at the schools we visited. One principal described “a feeling of enthusiasm and excitement” as her school opened for the year. Lake Trafford Elementary School Principal Brian Castellani’s students “truly displayed the ‘Three R’s’ on the rst day – respect, resourcefulness, and responsibility.” Immokalee Middle School opened its doors to students as a “B” school for the very rst time. Principal Abel Jaimes says that, as expected, “students were nervous at rst and as the day progressed their nerves turned to relief after meeting their teachers and familiarizing themselves with our building.” Manatee Middle School is also a “B” school for the rst time ever, and Principal Peggy Aune thanked parents for helping make it happen. “I really value parent involvement and that’s part of the reason we have great student achievement.” Bob Spano celebrated his 34th rst day as an educator and the Mike Davis Elementary School Principal told me it was his best yet! His school, which had a “C” grade last year, began this year with an “A.” Veterans Memorial Elementary School Principal Tim Ferguson’s teachers were excited about launching a leadership development program, The Leader in Me, based on Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Lake Park Elementary School’s theme is Inspired Educators Create Champion Learners. “We have many ‘young champions’ on their way to a year to be lled with student success and learning” says Principal Tamie Stewart. Corkscrew Elementary School Principal Kim Lonergan called it a great day “with wonderful helpers (parent volunteers) called ‘pink pals,’ only one crier (a mom), and a lot of learning!” Gulf Coast High School Principal Ken Fairbanks led the opening day pep rally as Sharkey the mascot and the students loved it. An excited Mike Davis teacher, Brianna Bailey, one of 425 new teachers, told me she was so very happy. “I have a wonderful class and I’m part of a wonderful team.” Naples High School Principal Nancy Graham says the kids were great but “my reality on the rst day is that if everyone arrives safely, has a place to go each period, eats lunch, and gets home safely then the rst day is a success!” And that it was! New Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton, called Monday an “A++ day for all of our schools.” Students First Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantLove that Dress!PACE of Collier County is busy getting ready for its inaugural Love that Dress! fundraiser auction Aug. 31. PACE directors had a great time helping to sort over 1,000 new and gently worn dresses for the event Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Naples Grand Hotel. PACE has 17 centers throughout Florida, which provide educational and social guidance for young girls. From the left are: Mindy DiPietro, Angelina Spencer and Vice Chairman Lori Cohen all of the PACE Board of Directors, help sort over 1,000 dresses donated to the cause. With the beginning of the new school y ear comes a new way of reporting a child’s progress to mom and dad for students in all School District of Collier County elementary schools in grades Pre-K through second. It’s called Standards-Based Progress Reporting. The report replaces traditional report cards, and is better aligned with the state of Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, which require that all classrooms instruct students using a standards-based educational approach. During the 2010-11 school year, four elementary schools in the district were pilot schools for the new standards-based progress report. Teachers and parents provided ongoing feedback regarding the progress report. It was found that the new system prov ides more speci c information about the individual student’s progress toward meeting curriculum standards. A district committee is also currently w orking on the expansion of the standardsbased progress reporting system for the intermediate grade levels (3rd through 6th grade). This year, the district will pilot the intermediate grade level standards-based progress report with future plans for districtw ide implementation in the 2012-13 school y ear. A special TV program focused on the Standards-Based Progress Report will be aired on The Education Channel, cable 99. The program, Standards-Based Progress Reporting: The New Report Card PreK-2nd is hosted by Jan Goldsmith and brings together a panel of guests including principals, teachers, and parents to discuss aspects of the new progress report. The program will be shown at 6:30 p.m., on The Education Channel, cable 99, on Monday, Sept. 5, and Wednesday, Sept. 7 through Friday, Sept. 9. After viewing the show, we’d like to get your thoughts. If you found the program helpful, or have any suggestions for future programming, please send your feedback to To learn more about the standards-based progress reporting system please visit the district’s Web site at www.collierschools. com and click on “Standards-Based Progress Reports” under “Looking For?” Contact any district elementary school, or contact the district’s Executive Director for Elementary Programs, Jennifer Kincaid, at 239-3770107. New student progress reports rolled out


5 Immokalee Bulletin A ugust 25, 2011 On Aug. 16, Florida Community Bank staff members volunteered at the Guadalupe Soup Kitchen. Giving back to our community and getting involved is a trademark of Florida Community Bank. From the Immokalee Branch were Izzy Prieto-branch manager, Bernardo Barnhart-vice president relationship manager, Mariela Pea, administrative assistant. Also volunteering were Beth Reid-mortgage loan of cer from the Naples branch, Linsay Armstron, training and development manager from North Cape Coral, Ashley Brooks-training/branch manager of the Punta Gorda branch, Cindy Stover-branch manager of North Port Charlotte, Patty Hensly-Englewood branch manager, Maria Quinones-Golden Gate branch manager, and the following three staff from the Lehigh Acres Branch, Samantha FegueroaTeller, Anita Harman, teller supervisor, and Amanda Partridge, branch manager. The folks at Guadalupe were very appreciative of their cheerful endeavor to give of their time. The bank is not only looking to donate to great organizations with great cause, but also to get involved and show our support to this community. Local bank gives helping hand at Guadalupe Center Courtesy photoPictured from left to right are Juan Delgado, Gavino Barrera, Iliana Perez, Teacher Joe Lee Gallegos, Branch Manager Izzy Prieto, Vice President Bernardo Barnhart, Lisa Souza, Marielena Garcia, Nadege Severe. We recently told you about a donation of school supplies the School District of Collier County received from radio station B103.9 FM. The station’s “Big Mama and The Wild Bunch” crew delivered two pallets full of everything ranging from pens, pencils, notebooks, crayons, and more were dropped off at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Administrative Center. All of the supplies will go to district students. The idea to collect and donate the school supplies arose when Big Mama and The W ild Bunch felt, and even more so, knew the local area was having trouble nancially. Executive Morning Producer for Big Mama and The Wild Bunch, Adam Star noted that, “just seeing the burden of stress on the parents’ faces in this community was heart w renching.” They teamed up with Pepsi and lived in a house made out of Pepsi in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart located on Colonial Boulevard and Six Mile Cypress Parkway, in Ft. Myers. The Pepsi house was described as being comparable to an apartment. It had actual w alls, doors, and windows – all made out of Pepsi. The crew brought in furniture and broadcast their show every morning out of the cozy house, raising school supplies for four-and-half days! For each school supply someone donated, they would, in turn, receive a can of Pepsi. As the days went on, the house got smaller, but the crew wasn’t leaving until all the Pepsi was gone – making sure they had school supplies for schools in Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties. After all was said and done, Big Mama and The Wild Bunch raised more than $10,000 worth of schools supplies. In addition, they also sponsored 43 kids from The Abuse Council Treatment Center (ACT). All 43 kids have a brand new out t for school – shirt, pants, and shoes, as well some supplies for the rst day of school. “We really owe it to the community for coming out and donating, as well as some local businesses contributing too. The kids in this community are the future leaders. We need to supply them with the tools to be successful,” said Star. Radio station donates school supplies The Immokalee Foundation announces the appointment of Heather Meech as event coordinator. Meech will be responsible for developing, planning and coordinating TIF events. “Heather’s event planning experience is a valuable contribution and we welcome her to the team,” said Jennifer Whitis, director of development for The Immokalee Foundation. Meech has more than seven years of hospitality and event experience, including Garden of Hope and Courage, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Little Blac k Dress, Stiletto Sprint, Campiello Golf Invitational, Tommy Bahama Coconut Classic and Naples Winter Wine Festival. She attended the University of Akron and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast Universit y with a Bachelor of Science degree. 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 welcomes new coordinator Heather Meech Susan Wulber joins TIFThe Immokalee Foundation announces the appointment of Susan Wulber as director of nance and administration. Wulber will be responsible for accounting operations, planning and day to day employee administration. Wulber has an MBA with more than 25 years of professional experience providing managerial, business and nancial analysis for organizations, including Allen Systems Group, Chemical Abstracts Service, Bell & Howell Publications Systems Company and LEXIS/ NEXIS. 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 Susan Wulber


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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. Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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. Shop ForemanFull-time hourly, exempt position. Working foreman for a SW Florida citrus and sod farm directing work to mechanics and welders primarily for diesel but also gasoline systems, welding, pump servicing, utility vehicle maintenance, and tire repair. Applicants should have 5 yrs. of experience working in a shop environment, high school diploma or equivalent, able to work 5-7 days/week depending on season, lift 80 lbs., and have some familiarity of farm equipment. Supervisory experience, implement knowledge, computers, and being bilingual a plus. Physical and drug test. Excellent bene ts. Applicants should apply at 12250 South Hwy 29, Felda, FL or send resume to Employment Full Time Employment Full Time PURCHASING SPECIALIST (Temporary)Position responsibilities include:• Preparation of orders and follow up to expedite delivery when necessary• Order problem resolution working with vendors and employees • Obtains certi cations of delivery and checks against orders • Develops and maintains necessary records• Compiles and analyzes data for cost analysis • Prepares charts and graphs of ndings • This is a temporary position Three to four years of Purchasing experience is preferred. This position requires good general of ce skills and computer skills, i.e., Excel, SAP etc. Southern Gardens Citrus located in Clewiston, Florida is both a citrus grower and major supplier of 100% pure Florida not-from-concentrate orange juice to the private label industry and major brands. QUALIFIED LOCAL CANDIDATES SEND RESUMES TO: Fax 863-902-4315 or Email EOE MANAGER Wanted for pecan orchard in Albany, Georgia. Farming experience required preferably orange grove. SEND RESUME TO: The Graham Farms, P. O. Box 1108, Moore Haven, FL 33471 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeCREDIT 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. Site maintenance technician wanted for 76 units of multifamily rental housing and community center, ofc bldg. Must be knowledgeable in plumping, electrical, carpentry/drywall repairs. HVAC license bene cial. Must have own tools and reliable transportation. Cash compensation plus employee health bene ts. Apply to: Immokalee Housing & Family Services c/o Southwind Management Services, Inc. P O Box 10293, Clearwater, FL 33757 Fax: 727-447-2252 Email: southwindgm@ Equal Employment Opportunity Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in 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. Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Part Time AFTER SCHOOL TUTOR To work for non-pro t organization in Immokalee. Tutoring students in grades K-2. High School diploma req. Exp. preferred. P/T Monday Friday. Fax resume to (239)657 7136 or email atorres@ For more information call 239-657-7131 EOE Drug test required. 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 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 How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. 6 Immokalee Bulletin August 25, 2011 For more listings, go to Employment Full Time READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular!Your community directory is a click away! Free Speech Free Ads


Over the past few weeks many local community members have participated in Community Circle discussions in the Immokalee area. Community Circles met at Farm Worker’s Village, at Ave Maria and at several neighborhoods in Immokalee. The goal of these discussions was to develop ideas for action that would make their neighborhoods and community a better place to live. We think your role in the community gives you a special interest in the topic, and we’d like you to be involved as we move to community action. We’d like to invite you to the Action Forum, where all the groups come together and share their ideas. This program is a partnership with the Immokalee community, the Collier County Public Services Commission-the University of Florida Extension Of ce and IFAS Center, Ave Maria University, the Southern Rural Development Center, the Farm Foundation, the Kettering Foundation, and Everyday Democracy…but the most important component is YOU, the people of Immokalee! The Action Forum will take place at the Immokalee Technical Center – iTECH, 508 North Ninth Street on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. A pancake breakfast will be served. From the discussions that have taken place so far, many good ideas have arisen and the Action Forum is the next step. The Action Forum will include: 1. Highlighting of themes and top priorities emerging from the community circles. Public forum open for participants 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 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 Apartments 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 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 Condos/Townhouses RentLEHIGH DUPLEX 3br, 2ba, carport, exc. cond., Mirror Lakes area, close to SR 82, No pets, $650/mo + sec. (239)369-9567 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 Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items 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 Doublewide, 2BR, 2bath on acre lot. Like new with deck and central a/c. Lease to own, only $5,000 down. Bad credit or no credit accepted. Located between LaBelle and Immokalee. Kenny 863-673-4325 ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! 7 Immokalee Bulletin A ugust 25, 2011 No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. READING A NEWSPAPER... 2. A process for the Action Forum attendees to choose priorities from among the many ideas. 3. A chance for people to sign up for action groups. 4. A celebration of accomplishments and a chance to meet others from communit y circles and the community. 5. An opportunity for community leaders to see the fruits of this form of civic participation and comment. 6. Announcements of plans for the future. Your presence at the event would be greatly appreciated by the community. For more information, contact Robert Halman, Collier County Extension, at 239-353-4244.  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.  Staff of the Growth Management Division, Land Development Services Department, Comprehensive Planning Section and the County Attorney’s Of ce will conduct a public meeting regarding new proposed boundaries for the Collier County Board o f County Commissioners and District School Board of Collier County and meet Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m., in the Game Room, Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. First Street, Immokalee.  The Collier County Planning Commission will meet Thursday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.  The Collier County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Hearing will be held on Friday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. in the Board o f County Commissioners chambers, third oor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.  The Collier County Development Services Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Growth Management Division/Planning & Regulation, conference rooms 609 and 610, located at 2800 N. Horseshoe Drive, Naples. Public Meetings


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 25, 2011 Catch all the Immokalee High School Indians actionCan’t get away to watch the exciting Immokalee Indians football games on Friday evenings? Now you can listen to the games, live, broadcast over one of Immokalee’s distinctively new and great radio stations, the Call-FM at 90.5 on your FM dial. That’s right, football fans. Rob Robbins, president of the Call-FM has made arrangements with Immokalee High School and the Collier County School board to announce home and away games. The CALL’s of cial organization is Call Communications Group Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonpro t organization, and they are actively seeking sponsors for this new w ork. The CALL operates three full-power primary FM radio stations and four FM translator stations, with headquarters in Miami and a potential audience of 4.1 million listeners across south Florida. One of their translator towers is located here in Immokalee. The Call-FM caters especially to youth from the ages of 13-25, and caters to youth-oriented Christian music with a positive message. As a nonpro t, they raise funds to operate through direct donations and local advertising. Local longtime announcer for the Immokalee Indians, Steve Price, will be sharing announcing responsibilities with Bernardo Barnhart, another IHS alumnus. Anyone interested in talking further with the owner can reach him at 305-494-0392. You can also check them out at: Football games to be broadcast to Immokalee The Hendry County Motorsports Park is ready to re-open its gates for the second half of the 2011 race season Saturday, Aug. 27. Saturday’s re-opening will have a special gate price for that night and a special cause Back to school night. It will only be $5 to enter the grandstands and kids 12 and under will be free. Also kids, don’t forget to bring your bicycles for the kids bike race (all kids competing will receive a prize). Immokalee is one of hardest hit areas for unemployment. Many families in our community cannot afford school supplies for their children, and with the tough economy it is hard for our school system to provide the much needed supplies for the children. Stop by your local dollar store and pick up a few school supplies before you head to the race track. Most school supplies are needed. Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. For more information go to their Web site Hendry Motorsports host back to school night By Moises DiazSpecial to the Immokalee Bulletin The Immokalee High School football team kicks off the 2011 season in a preseason classic game against LaBelle High School. The Indians are coming off a productive season and were crowned District Champs a year ago. Heading into his second year as head coach, Mr. Jerrod Ackley is looking forward to bettering last year’s progress. Although the game between the Indians and the Cowboys doesn’t effect either teams’ hopes to reach the playoffs, it will be an exciting game. Tshumbi Johnson, Xavier Richardson, and J.C. Jackson are a few of many who will be returning this year. Come out and support the Indians this Friday night at Cowboy Stadium at LaBelle High School. Kick off time is at 7:30 p.m. Immokalee High School Indians Football is back! Immokalee Bulletin File PhotoThe upcoming season of Indians Football is about to begin. Don’t miss any of the hard hitting action. Go Indians! Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Adam HerreraCheck presentationTony Allen (left) and Jerrod Ackley (right) from Immokalee High School were on hand to accept a check in the amount of $1,200 from the Immokalee branch of Florida Community Bank on August 19. The presentation was part of a day long event for student participants of Immokalee Fall Sports programs. The funds donated will be used to support Immokalee High school student fall sports programs. Presenting the check is Florida Community Bank Vice President, Bernardo Barnhart.

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