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Little League Registration ...Page 5 Thursday, December 29, 2011 Happy New Year! V ol. 44 No. 50 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Inside... V oter information ...Page 3 LEASE A NEW 2012 FOCUS SE FOR ONLY $179 PER MONTH.*27 Month lease through Ford Credit. $2003 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes first month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction.*Stock # 12C49. 20 cents per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $250 RCLBonus cash. Others to chose from at similar savings. Se e Dealer for details. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 01/03/12.. By Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Even as many residents feel the pain in icted by the current economy, there are reasons to feel optimistic about the future. Some of these reasons were showcased at a special event Thursday, Dec. 8, at the iTECH center. Several organizations with the means to help people become successful came together to make their programs known. The object of the presentations w as to get young people thinking about their credit and their nancial future before they're in over their head. The event was coordinated by Fifth Third Bank with its unique eBUS, and geared toward ITECH students. Programs displayed included nancial services from Fifth Third Bank, business education opportunities from Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise, the Community Redevelopment Agency's IMMBIZ and Habitat for Humanity. Southwest Florida Works provided weight and blood pressure checks as well as general health information as part of its promotora program. First of all, Fifth Third Bank representatives offered nancial counseling and hooked people up with Business event sparks optimism for new growth Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantFrom the Enterprise Zone, Dottie Cook, left, and Angela Johnson, right, ank Fifth Third Ban k Vice President Community Affairs Manager Jadira Hoptry as they all enjoy the moment when Ms. Hoptry presented a $16,000 check to the Enterprise Zone. See BUSINESS Page 2 Special to the Immokalee BulletinFor me?Maya Boddison's face lights up as she opens her Christmas gift. Bank of America has awarded a $30,000 grant to Redlands Christian Migrant Association, which will allow RCMA to enhance its services to the rural poor. RCMA operates 74 child-care centers, providing quality preschool education to at-risk children and social-service help to their families. It helps needy children blossom during their rst ve years, a period when 90 percent of their brain development occurs. A Nobel-prize-winning economist has calculated that society's return on investment from such schooling is seven percent annually, for the life of the child. "Bank of America has reached RCMA awarded grant funding to enhance childcare services Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ RCMAChildren (left to right) pictured are: Jashir Castro, Ashley Valdez and Jessica Torres, from RCMA's Rollason Child Development Center in Immokalee. Adults are: Bank staff members Jeanne Rosales, Maria Vidaurri, Maria Ramirez and Michelle Thompson; Banking Center Manager Willie Brice; Ana Neuhauser, RCM A Program Coordinator for the Immokalee area; Leslie Moguil, RCMA's Associate Executive Director; and Bernard Hampton, Bank of America Consumer Bank Area Executive. See RCMA Page 2
their free credit reports and score. According to Fifth Third Bank Vice President Community Affairs Manager Jadira Hoptry, that information is key for people to w ork out an outline for their nancial life and budget. iTECH students have been exposed to these topics before through iTECH classes and Enterprise Zone outreach. This event helped underscore the importance of nancial awareness and planning. CRAs Rosemary Dillon explained that help is available for locals to open businesses in Immokalee in the form of free technical support from her agency. She said traditionally, automotives and hairdressing seem to be the most popular business opportunities. The most recent entrepreneur class has helped Immokalee residents start a cleaning service and a dance studio. Eliot Rittenhouse of Southwest Florida Micro Enterprise, in partnership with Goodw ill Industries, had a table set up to familiarize students with the micro enterprise class program. This program is designed to help prospective entrepreneurs learn to be successful. The next class will be Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. at 921 Anvil Circle in LaBelle. Y ou can register for class or get more information by calling Matt at 863-675-1412 or go to www.goodwillsw org/microenterprise. Dottie Cook and A ngela Johnson represented the Enterprise Zone. Ms. Cook pointed out that this is a good time to reach students with crucial nancial and entrepreneurial information. Ms. Johnson agreed, saying she hopes people take advantage of her agencys workshops to help people understand credit and for rst time homebuyers. People are just trying to make ends meet, she said. Theyre trying to survive overwhelmed with life. Ms. Cook added that often people are reluctant to deal with their credit issues until its unavoidable. By then, things are out of hand. Jackie Diaz and Adilene Garcia took some time at the Habitat for Humanity display. Jackie is taking Applied Academics for Adult Education class and is currently renting. Her friend, Adilene, is also renting and one day wants to own her own home. Jackie is studying to become a medical administration specialist and also hopes to own a home one day. The young women were getting information from Esther Arthur, who has been the Director of Immokalee Family Services for Habitat for two years. Her goal for the day was to offer a little insight into housing for iTECH students. Habitat is working to do away with substandard housing in Immokalee. Its a pretty simple program, she said. Habitat offers zero percent interest to homebuyers and, in general, people must make about $15,000 per year to qualify for a Habitat home. There are currently over 700 Habitat homes in Immokalee. Another development, called Faith Landing, will be under construction soon, with 170 lots, mainly for duplexes. Four of these lots will be for large single family homes. The new development will be located next to Liberty Landing. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantGerardo Hernandez, 18, is getting his GED at iTECH and looking for mechanics job. He is speaking with CRAs Marie Capita about possibilities for his future. 2 Immokalee Bulletin December 29, 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 Website:www.newszap.com/immokaleeTo 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 Thursdays publication. E-Mail: email@example.comTo Place a Display AdPhone:(239) 657-6000 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgBilling DepartmentE-mail: email@example.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 newszap.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.StaffNews Editor: Patty Brant Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara CalfeePublisher: Tom ByrdExecutive Editor: Katrina ElskenOur PurposeThe 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 Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We PledgeTo 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 BUSINESSContinued From Page 1 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantMisty Patterson and Stephanie Estrella of the Promotora Program offered free weight and blood pressure checks to anyone at the business information display at iTECH Dec. 8. Stephanie is pictured taking cosmetology student Kassandra Pedrazas blood pressure. straight to the heart of what we do, said Leslie Moguil, RCMAs associate executive director. We show little children the joy of learning in their most formative years. We set them on a path to be successful students, con dent and eager to achieve their hopes and dreams. Bank of America is enhancing our ability to do that. Bank of America is making a lasting difference in the communities we share. On Friday, Dec. 23, Moguil was part of an RCMA delegation that accepted an oversize Bank of America check at the Banks Immokalee branch. The group included three RCMA preschoolers who sampled refreshments, toured the bank and watched an ATM function. Bank of America has supported RCMA for years, through targeted community grants. Bank of America is committed to making opportunities possible for children in their formative years to have access to the education and experience they deserve, said Gerri Moll, Bank of America Lee and Collier County market president. We are pleased to invest in our communitys future through this investment in its children. RCMAContinued From Page 1 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantAdilene Garcia and Jackie Diaz with Esther Arthur, director of Immokalee Family Services for Habitat of Humanity.
The number of Florida voters whove requested absentee ballots is larger than the number of voters in the 08 GOP primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. Important voter deadlines: Voter Registration Form: Postmarked at least 29 days before the election. Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 5 p.m. on the 6th day before the election. Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 7 p.m. election day. How to vote by absentee ballot Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Widget. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form. If you dont have a Florida license or state ID card, you should include a copy of your identi cation. You can also download and ll out Floridas Voter Registration form. Mail the form to the Supervisor of Elections of your county. Verify your voter registration Its best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot. If theres a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding. NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Dont worry if you lost y our voter registration card. You dont actually need it to vote. Make sure youre eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Good news! Any registered Florida voter may vote by absentee ballot. Apply for your absentee ballot Effective July 1, 2010, all Supervisor of Election websites offer on-line absentee ballot requests. Youll have to click around a bit to nd them, but it looks like a fast and easy w ay to apply for your an absentee ballot. Or you can download and complete our Florida Absentee Ballot Application. (Since theres no of cial statewide application, we created one that has been veri ed as valid by Florida.) Mail your completed application to y our Supervisor of Elections. A family member or a legal guardian can also apply for an absentee ballot on your behalf using the same application. If you dont want to use the application form, and you dont want to apply online, y ou can write a letter to your Supervisor of Election which contains the following information: full name, date of birth The Florida address where you are registered to vote: mailing address, signature If a family member or legal guardian choses to write a letter on your behalf requesting an absentee ballot, theyll need to include the following information: the name of the voter who needs an absentee ballot, voters address, date of birth, requestors name, address, drivers license number (if available), relationship to the voter, signature (if the request is written). You can ask your Supervisor of Elections to mail your absentee ballot, or you can ask to pick up your absentee ballot in person, or you can designate someone to pick up the ballot for you. If you request that your absentee ballot be mailed to you, the request must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before the election. Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot. Most people will opt to receive their ballots in the mail. You can also pick up your absentee ballot in person from the Supervisor of Elections beginning ve days before the election right up to election day. You can also designate someone else to pick up your ballot for you. A designee may pick up an absentee ballot for you on election day or up to 5 days before an election. A designee may only pick up two absentee ballots per election (other than his or her own ballot and ballots for members of his or her immediate family). Designees must give the Supervisor of Elections a written authorization from the voter. Designees must also show a photo ID and sign a af davit certifying that they are authorized and eligible to pick up absentee ballots on behalf of others. Once you receive and complete your ballot, mail or hand deliver it to your Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on election day. If you return a voted absentee ballot to a polling place, your ballot will be destroyed and you will need to vote again in person. Check the status of your voted absentee ballot You can check if your absentee ballot was received and counted at the Florida Division of Elections website: http://registration.elections.my orida.com/ Important voter information 3 Immokalee Bulletin December 29, 2011 Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service Local Forecast Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. East wind around 6 mph. Extended ForecastFriday: Sunny, with a high near 73. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Northeast wind around 6 mph. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind between 7 and 9 mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. New Years Day: Sunny, with a high near 78. Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76. Weather Forecast Income Tax assistance program seeks volunteersThe Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site for tax season 2011 for the Immokalee community will be held at Guadalupe Social Service. We are currently in search of volunteers to help as tax preparers and screeners. Volunteers wanting to help as tax preparers must be certi ed by the IRS, we are offering a four-day training in January to get certied. We have a volunteer instructor coming from Arcadia to help teach the course. If you are interested in this training please ll out the attached volunteer form and send it to Guadalupe Social Service or contact them at 239-657-6242 if you have any questions, the training will be held at the RCMA Charter School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28 and lunch will be sponsored b y Catholic Charities.Special C.E.R.T. Training to be heldAndrew Marfongella, Fire Safety Inspector for the Big Corkscrew Island Fire Rescue located at Station #10-13240 Immokalee Rd (at the corner of Immokalee Road and Randall Boulevard) in Naples. If you are interested in being a part of this class please call Andy at 239-348-8006. Anyone from Immokalee is welcomed to attend. Community News in Brief Register by Jan. 3, to vote in presidential primaryTuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming January 31, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary Election. Registered voters wanting to change party af liation must also do so on or before the Jan. 3rd registration book closing. To register to vote, or change party af liation, you must complete a voter registration application form. Voter registration application forms are available at the Supervisor of Elections Of ce, driver license of ces, public libraries, government satellite of ces, recruitment of ces of the armed forces, state agencies that provide public assistance, and any state agency providing service to disabled residents. Online voter registration application forms, available at www.CollierVotes. com, must be printed, signed and returned to the Supervisor of Elections Of ce. For more information visit www.CollierVotes.com or contact the Supervisor of Elections Of ce at (239) 252-8450. Deadline approaches for Primary voter registration
4 Immokalee Bulletin December 29, 2011 Going green is easier than you thinkBy Joe LandonCollier County District Schools Kermit the Frog sang it, Its not easy being green. Thats the signature line of Bein Green. The 1970s tune begins with Muppet Kermit (in the voice of Jim Henson) wanting to be anything but green, because green blends in with so many ordinary things, and wishing he could be some other color. By the end of the song, after a bit of re ection, Kermit becomes very happy about being green Its beautiful! And its what I want to be! So this is kind of a long way around to tell you that with the dawning of the new year we are happy to be going green here at the school district. Were about the business of hopefully saving a few trees by replacing printed yers sent home with elementary school students with what were calling virtual yers thatll be posted on our school district website (www.collierschools.com) and on your school site as well. Just look for the green backpack icon for your link to these virtual yers. Hard copies of yers sent home to you as a mom, dad, or guardian by the school itself will still be coming home with your child in that weekly envelope or folder. These may be yers about homework, school activities, PTA/O fundraisers, or permission slips for an upcoming eld trip. But the yers that would normally be coming to you from community organizations or governmental agencies with offers of some sort of service available to you or those about special events, theyre the ones that well be posting online as virtual yers. So, what does all of this mean for you? For one thing, youll be able to see all yers posted and not just those meant for your childs school. And virtual yers will remain on the site for one calendar month at a time, so you can check back to take another look at one if need be. Plus, youll know that the yers you get in your childs backpack are really important because they are from the school or your childs teacher. Now what about the saving the trees piece? With 21,083 elementary school students in our 29 elementary schools countywide, a community organization or governmental agency wanting to reach all of their homes in the past would have to print 21,083 hard copies to be sent home. While we certainly wont be saving a forest, we should at least save a few trees with our new virtual yer concept. Now if you dont have Internet service at home no worries youll be able check out the yers each month by using a computer set aside at your childs school. Finally, please keep in mind that posting of a virtual yer in no way implies school or school district endorsement of whats being promoted by the yer. Students First Special to the Immokalee BulletinWhat I want for ChristmasOlivia Cisneros presents Santa with her Christmas letter. Repair your creditUnderstanding Your Credit Rating will be presented by Empowerment Alliance Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 10 a.m.-noon. Learn about your credit score and what it means; Register now: 239-867-4121 ext: 206 or e-mail RosemaryDillon@immokalee.biz. Come to the Credit Repair Workshop at 1320 N. 15th Street, Immokalee, FL 34142.Join new business classSign up now for the IBDC Entrepreneur School. Contact RosemaryDillon@immokalee.biz or 239-867-4121 ext: 206. Classes will be Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. from Feb. 7-March 13. This six-week course is designed to provide an approach for thinking through the development of a new business Come to 1320 N. 15th Street-Suite 2. Immokalee. Community News in Brief
Celebrations .newszap.com/celebrationsEngaged? 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 Happy New Year From all of us at the Immokalee BulletinWe would like to thank you for all your support thoughtout the year, and look forward to serving you in the New Year. Wed also like to let you know we will be CL OSED Mon., January, 2, 2012 This means all advertising will need to be to us by: Fri., December 30 at 3 pm for the 01/05/12 issue Thank you again, Patty, Barbara, Dee and Dale 5 Immokalee Bulletin December 29, 2011 This Christmas, Santa brought more than toys and goodies to children at the Immokalee Child Care Centerhe brought the gift of literacy. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Santa and his elves delivered Christmas bags full of toys to the children from the centers annual giving tree program. This year Santa (aka Bill Morris) also spent time reading, The Night before Christmas to the children. The children in turn gave Santa their own special handw ritten thank you cards. Valarie Bostic, the Centers Executive Director says Immokalee Child Care Center places a major emphasis on early literacy and that the ability to read is a key factor for success in life. Exposing children to books and encouraging a love of reading gives them a head start when they enter school, she says. Even Santa wants children to understand how important education is to their future, so this year he spent time not only reading to the children but promoting language by encouraging them to ask questions as he read. Santa did have to get a little creative when one of the children asked about his reindeer. Santa just smiled and said, We had to park them! Immokalee Child Care Center participates in the Early Learning and Literacy Program (ELLM) that promotes phonological awareness and letter recognition. The center also partners with the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Floridas Literacy Buddy program. Santa brings gift of literacy Its that time of year to register your little one for baseball or softball. If you register your child between Jan 7-28, the cost will be $65, after that the cost will be $75. We will be registering starting Jan. 7 every day Monday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Little League park. We are still looking for Coaches and volunteer. For registrations you will need a copy of birth ceti cate, parents or guardians ID, 3 proofs of residential address. If you have any questions feel free to contact us for any information: Juan Garcia 239-634-2407, Hector Ramos 239-564-9645, William Trevino 239-3243072, and Lisa Garcia 239-503-0922. Immokalee Little League Save when you register early PACE board member Angelina Spencer met Sgt. Linda Pierre on an airplane and became friends, shortly thereafter Sgt. Pierre died in combat. Angelina has made many contacts with individuals from Sgt. Pierres unit and was given a scrapbook that was started by another soldiers mother. Ms. Spencer brought the scrap book to PACE and the girls worked on it to make it special for Sgt. Pierres family. Ms. WillRose Etienne, Sgt. Pierres cousin attended the ceremony in honor of her fallen relative. Representative Matt Hudson attended as well. The celebration began by welcoming guests, Mitzy Berry Lee from Immokalee Front Porch sang Silent Night and Representative Matt Hudson told the group about how Sgt. Pierre was honored at the state capital while holding back tears. Ms. Spencer came up with two students Diovionne and Aysia, and spoke about her experience with Sgt. Pierre and then the girls presented the scrapbook and a bouquet of owers to Ms. Etienne. It was a beautiful ceremony followed by lunch and dancing at the center to end the day. PACE girls also received their holiday presents. At PACE we strive to teach girls about themselves, their relationships and their options for the future. Sgt. Pierre was a role model to them. We want girls to know that they can do anything they set their minds too, even if joining the armed forces is their hope or goal. We dont want Sgt. Pierre to be forgotten and will continue to support causes at our PACE center such as supporting our troops and cancer awareness, explained Marianne Kearns. IHS graduate will have scholarship in her name Submitted photos/ Angelina SpencerThe family of Sgt. Linda Pierre who died in combat this past spring attended a recent ceremony held at the PACE Center to honor their lost cousin. Cousin Will-Rose Etienne with children Jacqueline (left) and Andre (right).
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Stick to your New Years Resolution with Help from The Collier County Health Department and Tobacco Free Florida. If resolutions were as easy to keep as they are to make, there would be much fewer cigarette smokers in Collier County. Seven out of 10 adult smokers report that they want to quit completely. Last year, about half of them made an attempt to quit. Y et, few (6.2 percent) were successful. As 2012 approaches, the Collier County Health Department and Tobacco Free Florida are encouraging smokers to use the programs free and convenient quit resources to start the year smoke-free and increase their chances of staying smoke-free for good. Evidence-based cessation counseling and FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies (NRTS) provided by the program can double to triple your chances of successfully quitting. Nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals. The current design and contents of cigarettes make them more attractive and addictive than ever before. Today, cigarettes deliver nicotine more quickly from the lungs to the heart and brain. Poor preparation and a quit plan thats not entirely right for you can make quitting even harder. While quitting is dif cult, it is not impossible. In fact, there are more former smokers in Florida than current smokers. Each year many Collier County residents make a quit attempt. said Dr. Joan Colfer, Director of the Collier County Health Department. While quitting cold turkey may work for some, there are several free resources that are available. Utilizing tobacco cessation services such as the Florida Quitline or the Quit Smoking Now classes can greatly increase your chances of staying tobaccofree. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S. Cigarette use results in an estimated 28,600 deaths in Florida each year. Despite the known dangers of smoking, more than 2.5 million Floridians, or 17.1 percent of the adult population, are current cigarette smokers. Free Quit Resources Tobacco Free Florida offers a number of free and convenient resources to help Floridians quit using tobacco. Phone: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan. Online: Enroll in the Web Coach, which will help you create your own webbased quit plan thats right for you, visit https://www.quitnow.net/ orida. In-person: Sign up for Quit Smoking Now group classes at your local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) by calling 1-877819-2357. Mission: To promote, protect and improve the health of all in Collier County. Please note: Florida has a very broad records law. Most written communications to or from state of cials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Resolve to quit smoking in the 2012 New Year ROOFING HOME SECURITY AUCTIONBUSINESS & SERVICE DIRECTORY 7 Immokalee Bulletin December 29, 2011 Take the pledge Drive safely during the holidays and throughout the coming year!You can let everyone know that youre driving responsibly this holiday season. Avow Hospice and the Collier County Sheriffs Of ce are offering free red ribbons that you can tie to your cars rear-view mirror. The ribbons carry the words Red Ribbon Promise and represent your pledge not to drive impaired. The holidays are traditionally a time for fun and celebration, but its important to remember that driving impaired can have devastating consequences. If youre attending a party or event, use a designated driver or call a cab if you plan to consume alcohol. If you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages and plenty to eat during the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. By displaying one of these ribbons you are not only making a pledge, you are reminding other motorists on the road that driving impaired is dangerous, said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. Lavigne Ann Kirkpatrick of Avow Hospice said she hopes the ribbons help keep Collier County roads safe over the holiday season. The holiday season is the time we are reminded of how precious our family, friends and life are, Kirkpatrick said. Keeping what is precious to us safe is always important, but especially during the holidays. Lets keep Collier safe for all. Red ribbons are available through Jan. 2 at CCSO headquarters, 3319 U.S. 41 E., Building J., all six CCSO substations, and at Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, North Naples. Make a red ribbon promise to drive responsibly Upcoming awards celebration highlights achievementsEvery year, the Men of Distinction Awards honor men for their dedication and philanthropic service to bene t the Collier County community. The 2012 Men of Distinction are: Doug Campbell, Eugene Frey, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Paul Garrah, F. Craig Jilk, Thomas D. McCann, West McCann, Bob Morantz, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, Keith Riley, D.D.S., and George M. Walters, Jr. The nominees came through a public call for nominations. Join us on Thursday, February 16, from 6-9 p.m. to honor these ten men at the 11th A nnual Men of Distinction Awards Celebration generously hosted by Hilton Naples. In addition to the presentation of the men, the evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner and auctions. Tickets are $150. The Men of Distinction Awards are sponsored by The Naples Daily News, The ACE Group classic, The Journals, and Hilton Naples. All proceeds from the awards celebration support the work of The Education Foundation of Collier County which is an independent, not-for-pro t 501(c) (3) organization that eliminates barriers and creates opportunities for students, families, educators, and the community to work together so that every student may succeed. To purchase tickets to the awards celebration or more information, please visit www. GetOnTheBusCollier.org/Events or call The Education Foundation at 643-4755. 2012 Men of Distinction celebration planned for February Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/ Reagan RuleSelected as the 2011 Men of Distinction are: (In the back row, left to right) Lt. Col. (Ret) Paul Garrah; Eugene Frey; Bob Morantz; Doug Campbell; F. Craig Jilk. Front row: Thomas D. McCann; Keith Riley, D.D.S.; Sheriff Kevin Rambosk; George M. Walters, Jr.; West McCann.
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