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by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Gateway to the Community it’s a nice phrase often applied to airports, and it really says a lot. Just ask Immokalee Airport Manager Tom Vergo. He’s been manager there for three years and with the Airport Authority for 11, so he’s got the experience to know what he’s talking about. Naturally, everybody wants to put their best foot forward when company comes to call, and that’s just what Immokalee Regional Airport is working on. There’s a lot of competition out there and it’s important for everyone to see you at your best. That’s why Collier County is investing so much effort into upgrading the airport. Already, the building on site has seen some pretty nice renovations with a new pilot lounge and ight plan area, airport users can enjoy a comfortable respite. That goes a long way toward making folks want to come back. Outside irrigation and picnic tables are yet to be done, but they’re all part of the plan to increase the attractiveness of the facility. The “real stuff” -renovating the runways will begin in just a couple months. Funding for this project has come from the Federal Aviation Association to the tune of $6.7 million with Florida Department of Transportation kicking in another $134,000. Generally, aviation funding is a three-way split: 90 percent federal money, ve percent FDOT and ve percent county. Mr. Vergo said the county is reimbursed for up to 5 percent of its project cost. The total cost of project will be $8 million. The renovation is coming none too soon. In 2011 FDOT rated Immokalee Airport’s two runways to be in very poor condition. An update is expected in December. Construction on runways 1-836 and 9-27 is to begin in several months. The two runways, which were joined when the airport was constructed as a training DRIVE A NEW 2014 FOCUS SE FOR ONLY $179 PER MONTH*36 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $1979 plus tax, title, & license due at signing. Includes “rst month payment, $0 security deposit, acquisition fee, & capitalized cost reduction.*Stock #14C55. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $500 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 11/21/13. xxxday, xxx xx, 20xx V ol. xx No. xxx See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads by Kevin Concannon, Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Earlier, the U.S. Department o f Agriculture (USDA) released ou r rst-ever Farm to School Census, and the results are promising: las t school year, schools served locallysourced foods to over 21 million students and re-invested over $350 million back into local economies. Farm to school programs are thriving in not only rural, but also urban districts in every state, with 43 percent of public school districts reporting having a farm to school program in place and an additional Healthy habits take root Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantImmokalee Regional Airport Gateway to the Community Big plans for the airport Thursday, November 14, 2013 V ol. 46 No. 46 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads R elay for LifeCelebrate BirthdaysHappy Birthday! Wouldn’t it be great to hear that more often? In a world without cancer, we would! J oin us at a party to celebrate Relay For Life’s 100th birthday and Immokalee Relay For Life’s 10th birthday! Teams should bring an inexpensive wrapped gift for the birthday game. Wed Nov. 20 from 5–7 p.m. at the iTech in Immokalee. RSVP to Kelly at 239-293-9826 or Thank you to everyone who contributed to making last year’s event so successful! Save the date: March 14, 2014 to participate in our Relay For Life Event! See Healthy — Page 5 Submitted photoImmokalee’s Varsity Indians what a team! See more on Page 5. See Airport — Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin November 14, 2013Serving 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 Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Publisher: 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 base in WWII, are scheduled to be decoupled at the FAA s request, for safety reasons. Runway 9-27 will shift 450 feet to the east to separate the two runways. According to Mr. Vergo, some pilots refuse to y into Immokalee Airport because the surface of its runways is so rough. Runway 9-27 is to get a full rehab with removal of old asphalt. Runway 1-836 will remain at 150 feet w ide, but will be slightly reduced in length to 4,550 feet (from 5,000 feet). Runway 9-27 w ill maintain at 5,000 feet, but its width will be reduced to 100 feet (from its current 150 feet). The runways will be designed to handle average business jets, which are a mainstay of Immokalee's air traf c. Plans also call for three new taxiway connectors, according to the FAA guide of standards. A third runway is used as the drag strip. An additional 6,000 feet of fencing will discourage wildlife, especially deer and hogs, from creating a hazard and a nuisance on the air eld and will also contribute to overall security. New runway edge lights will be installed for 9-27 and taxiway Bravo. During construction there will be no full closure of the airport, Mr. Vergo said. There w ill always be at least one active runway, He said runway 1-826 will be open except w hen the two runways are being decoupled. In addition, work will also be done to alleviate ooding along the runways, with land cleared and graded between the runw ays, ditches smoothed out and the installation of underground drainage to prevent tors (PAPIs) will show the proper length to land aircraft. Runway End Identi er Lights (REEL) will help pilots nd the end of the runways at night and in low visibility conditions. Funding will also replace lights and the electrical vault building and blast pads the rst 150 feet or runway will be rehabbed. Construction is expected to continue for nine months and be complete by July or August 2014. It will improve safety and be better for business class jets and general aviation, with the result of adding new traf c. Construction is planned in three phases: rst, the reconstruction of runway 9-27, the primary runway, will be done rst because it's in the worst condition. The second and third phases will be concurrent: runway 1-836 closed at night while construction is ongoing. Mr. Vergo said the last rehab at the airport was done 20 years ago, when the runways were simply seal coated. Immokalee Regional Airport is the site of 36,500 aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs) per year. Mr. Vergo sees an airport ready to expand. He said that the Arthrex building in the area and Ave Maria are the catalysts for one or two new customers per month using a hangar or ramp. Currently there are 64 airplanes based here. The facilities area also used by eight ight schools as fuel and rest stops (from the east coast to Central Florida). Other customers include packing houses and coops and even colleges recruiters coming to Immokalee High School. In fact, recruiters from the University of Florida arrived via Immokalee Regional Airport. Mr. Vergo has spent lots of time working with tenants and users to schedule work and develop the project with the least disruption. In the end, the goal is for the community to be proud. "Rural airports don't get this much federal money," he said. He said he and previous Executive Director Chris Curry worked with the FAA and FDOT to secure this for aerial photography, ight training, crop dusting, charter services and gliders. Immokalee Airport averages two-tothree aircraft per day just coming in to the casino aircraft from little Cessna 150s to Citation jets, he said. He also pointed out that this airport, being 37 feet above sea level, has an edge over others near the water during natural disasters. Land for the National Guard is already leased and completely permitted ready for whenever the National Guard gives the goahead to nally move in. Recent funding cuts from the county have left the airport with just three employWith the loss of the administrative coordinator, the airport now operates under the manager. One maintenance employee position has also gone away. All this activity and the construction is leaving the remaining personnel with their hands full. One more point: Mr. Vergo said that, during construction, Immokalee's restaurants, motels gas stations and other businesses can expect to bene t from all the workers being brought in. Mr. Vergo has big plans for Immokalee Regional Airport and, by extension, Immokalee itself, saying, "You'll start to see a lot of stuff happening out here" when construction is done. A irport Continued From Page 1 by Marisol DeArmasThere's something new happening at all Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) high schools, including Immokalee High School. It's called the Entrepreneurship Program and it's all about our future business leaders. In collaboration with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Hodges University, and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, CCPS is providing the opportunity for our future entrepreneurs to acquire the skills and knowledge required for entrepreneurship. Through this program, students stay in school for a 7th period, receiving in-class mentoring and instruction from Junior Achievement volunteers and through video conferencing, virtual interactions with a local entrepreneur and peers from other schools. The year will then culminate with a competition of student created business plans in May of 2014. The program started at the beginning of this school year and continues to grow. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, the district held the rst meeting of the newly formed Entrepreneurship Advisory Board This Board seats many of Collier County's very own successful entrepreneurs, poised to provide leadership and guidance for the high school Entrepreneurship Program. This is such a wonderful opportunity for our students to develop business skills at an early age and learn in an environment where they can develop their creative ideas. I certainly can't wait to see what kinds of business plans our students develop at the end of the school year. Continuing on the topic of developing our students for their futures, so many of our schools are doing a great job teaching the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills needed for tomorrow's careers. Eden Park Elementary School (EPE) has an event coming up next week that brings the whole family together to learn about STEM. The school will be holding it's now annual STEM Night starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday (November 19). The theme this year is "Journey thru the Galaxy" and I've heard it's going to be out of this world! The evening will include STEM activities revolving around our galaxy and the planets. All EPE Kindergarten through sixth grade students and their families are invited to this special evening designed to enhance student learning, while teaching parents new ways to support rigorous thinking at home.If you have questions about EPE's STEM Night, call the school at 377-1144. Students First Immokalee Bulltin/ Patty BrantCurrently, 64 airplanes are based at Immokalee Regional Airport.


Thanksgiving food giveawayAllen Chapel AMC Church is planning its second annual Thanksgiving Giveaway and Outreach Ministry for Sunday, November 24. Last year 120 turkeys were distributed along w ith over 200 bags of rice and beans. The church needs the community’s support. This year their goal is to give 150 turkeys away. Please send your donations to 208 S. 3rd Street, PO Box 477, Immokalee Florida 33413. “The Church that is intentional about ministry.” Pastor Lori Snell.Help feed needyI am personally feeding 300 families throughout Hendry and unincorporated Collier counties. “To whom much is given, much is required.” I’m so thankful to be in a position where I can fund such an event to help those in need. I’m seeking pastors help w ho may know of families who are in need also teachers, social workers and etc. who know of families that can use the assistance. Please contact me asap. Larry Wilcoxson 305-609-3813. you live in Florida and your child turns 4 years of age by September 1, Your child is eligible to participate in Florida’s FREE Voluntary Prekindergaten (VPK) education program For more information please call (239) 252-4449.Want to make a real difference? Become a VITA volunteer! You can help a family get back the money they have earned and become more nancially stable. VITA is a program offered through the United Way that helps low to moderate income persons by providing free tax preparation assistance. We are looking for volunteers to better serve our clients. No experience is necessary and volunteers are provided free training online. Flexible hours are available January through mid April. Taxes will be prepared at many locations in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Collier and Charlotte counties. For more information email Amy Singer at amy@unitedwaylee. org or 239.433.2000 ext. 229. Walker plans open houseOn Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Lorenzo Walker Institute and Technical High School will hold a Fall Open House Festival showcasing their facilities and programs. This event is free to the public and includes mini-manicures, chair massages, free food, demos, door prizes, and live music. Come and see the beautiful campus and join us on this exciting day, the celebration of LWIT’s 40th anniversary – No RSVP necessary! Programs include Health Science, Transportation, Business, Computers, Culinary, and more.Public invited to iGeneration board meetingThe public is invited to the Board Meeting for iGeneration Empowerment of Collier at Immokalee. Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Community members, current students’ families and families who are considering advancing the education of their students are welcome. There is open enrollment for all Immokalee transfer or new students. iGeneration Empowerment Academy of Collier at Immokalee: 1411 Lake Trafford Road (corner of 29 & Lake Trafford Road, next to the First Baptist Church). For more information call Synthia LaFontaine, Campus Director, at 239-658-0690.iTECH class openMachining class, 1500 hours, MondayFriday 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Class begins on or around December 2, 2013 at the Immokalee Technical Center, 508 North 9th Street, (239) 377-9900. Program supported by: Arthrex, US Sugar, Haynes Corporation, Shaw Development. For more information about our graduation rates, costs and other important information, please visit our website at Afterschool Nutrition ProgramThe Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. This program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and suppers to children in afterschool programs. Snacks and suppers are available at no separate charge to the children at the sites listed below: iGeneration Charter School 1411 Lake Trafford Rd, Immokalee. Community Center 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee. Sports Complex 505 Escambia St, Immokalee. A nnie Lee Stokes James Sept. 20, 1924-Nov.6, 2013IMMOKALEE — Annie Lee Stokes James, 89 of Immokalee was called to Heaven Nov. 6, 2013. Mrs. James was born in Jeffersonville, Ga., Sept. 20, 1924. She was married for many years to Manies James until his passing in 1994. She loved her large family, caring for them and spending time with them all. She enjoyed sitting on her porch, listening to music and being a member of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. W hen she was younger she also loved to dance. Mrs. James is survived by three daughters, Arnita James, Julie James, and Elaine McCoy (Daktari); ve sons, Manies James Jr., (Samantha), J ohn James, Isaac James (Sandra), Walter J ames (Pamela) and Fred James (Phyllis). She also leaves to mourn her loss, 47 grandchildren, and 87 great-grandchildren; along with extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manies James, Sr. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church. The Funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at First Baptist Church beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Lake Trafford Memorial Garden. Obituaries Lisa D. Zack, MDBrad T. 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HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. Put your card in this space for six weeks for Only $90! Call us at 239-657-6000 or e-mail for more info 4 Immokalee Bulletin November 14, 2013 F i l l e d W i t h O u r G r a t i t u d e Filled With Our Gratitude a t T h a n k s g i v i n g at Thanksgiving A t t h i s s e a s o n o f r e e c t i o n o u r h e a r t s a r e f u l l a s w e c o u n t At this season of re ection, our hearts are full, as we count o u r m a n y b l e s s i n g s i n c l u d i n g t h e f r i e n d s h i p o f p e o p l e our many blessings including the friendship of people l i k e y o u W e h o p e y o u e n j o y a m a r v e l o u s a n d m e a n i n g f u l like you! We hope you enjoy a marvelous and meaningful c e l e b r a t i o n w i t h t h e o n e s y o u l o v e a n d w e l o o k f o r w a r d t o celebration with the ones you love, and we look forward to s e r v i n g y o u a g a i n s o o n serving you again, soon!Our of ce will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 The paper will be on the street, Wednesday, November 27 But in order to do this we have to move up our deadlines: Display ads are due by 5pm on Thursday, November 21 Classi ed ads & legal ads are due by noon Friday, November 22 Obituaries will be taken up to 2 p.m. on Monday, November 25 cturSubmitted photo/ Rick HeersImmokalee Spirit helps students cope with tragedyIn spite of the recent tragedy that took the lives of three classmates, Immokalee traditions, unity and spirit are clearly obvious on the campus. Skits previously scheduled for homecoming day were presented to the students and staff the day of the Indians’ nal regular-season game, which is also the game in which seniors are honored for their contributions to their school. In a hotly contested competition, the senior class came out as winners of the skit competition. One of the traditions is the constant beating of the bass drum throughout the school day. Star athletes, Jimmy Bays and D’Ernest Johnson, along with senior Alexis Romero, are showing that they can not only beat opponents on the football eld, but they can beat the drums for school pride. GO INDIANS. Pictured from left: Jimmy Bays, Alexis Romero and D’Ernest Johnson. The family of Joseph Daguerre, Jr. would like to thank the entire Immokalee community for the kind words, countless visitations, the beautiful sympathy cards and numerous acts of kindness that have been shown to us during our time of mourning. You all con rmed what we always knew about the people of Immokalee; we care about each other and in tough times, we pull together like a family. Also, there were total strangers w ho stopped by our home to bless us with v arious gifts. Thank you so much! The kindness that his classmates and friends showed was absolutely phenomenal! They surrounded us with so much love and care. They sat for hours with us. They made great sacri ces to show their love. Many even gave their entire paychecks to help out w ith expenses. Words cannot and will never be able to express our gratitude. Truly my only and much loved son will be missed by me, his sisters and one brother (Suerene Hall, Kelana Daguerre, Rechelle Daguerre, Jasmere Aikens, Kencarla Daguerre and Buna George) as well as a host of cousins, classmates, friends and neighbors. He was a kind-hearted jewel, who made this world a kinder and better place. Finally, we ask for your continued prayers. We know that the days ahead will be emotionally rough, but we believe in the power of prayer, and know that prayer changes things and will soothe our broken hearts. Likewise, we will be praying for you all, too. We pray God's peace will especially be with the families of Jacob Garibay and Gerardo "Gerry" Ruiz, who also suffered great loss. Lastly, we pray that God's strength will be upon the survivor, Lamorris Hall, Joseph's cousin, in the days to come. Sincerely, Regina Hall Letter to the Editor ShelterThe Shelter for Abused Women & Children would like to thank the community who participated in The Shelter's Annual Children's Fair & Peace March. The Shelter sends a hearty thank you to Collier County Parks and Recreation Immokalee Sports Complex for being co-sponsors and a tremendous supporter of this event. Thank you to Southwest Florida Insurance, Lozano's and Fiesta Tents who generously contributed toward this event and helped to make it a success. Thank you to all of the partnering local agencies who came to provide information to the community and support Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A dditionally, The Shelter thanks the Executive Board at Immokalee High School, Key Club from Immokalee High School, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the PACE Center for Girls for their contributions and efforts. Thank you Each year, artwork from students in Collier County Public Schools hangs outside Senator Garrett Richter's of ce in Tallahassee throughout the legislative session. It has become a tradition in Tallahassee and many legislative members and staff stop in just to view the artwork. They are always so impressed by the students' talent. The artwork will be on display until May, 2014. Senator Richter will recognize each student with a letter and a photograph. Congratulations to Giovanni Matias, sixth grader at Pinecrest Elementary, whose art was chosen for display this year. Giovanni's teacher is Keith Barber. Student artwork on display in senator’s of ce

PAGE 5 Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 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 5 Immokalee Bulletin November 14, 201313 percent committed to launching a farm to school program in the near future. In Florida, 78% percent of school districts reported participating in farm to school activities or planning to start a program in the near future. The Census results give us a national snapshot of how schools are connecting w ith local farmers, ranchers and small businesses—everything from bringing healthy foods into the cafeteria and holding taste tests of local products to helping to plant school gardens and hosting eld trips to local farms. USDA’s Farm to School program helps to make these activities possible through research, training, technical assistance, and grants to schools and states. Beyond that, farm to school programs support the work of parents, teachers, school nutrition professionals and local communities as they raise a healthier next generation of Americans. Research shows that children in schools w ith farm to school programs eat more fruits and vegetables and are more willing to try and eat the new, healthy foods served in school breakfasts, lunches and snacks— positive steps in the forward in the ght against childhood obesity. I look at farm to school as an investment not only in the health of America’s students, but as an investment in the health of local economies. Studies show that the economic multiplier effect of buying from local businesses can be between two and three times higher than from non-local businesses, and farmers, ranchers and small businesses that participate in farm to school programs are reaping the rewards. There is plenty of room for growth— 56 percent of school districts that already have farm to school programs plan to spend even more on local purchases in the coming school year. Fruits, vegetables, milk, baked goods and herbs top the list of local products offered in schools across the country, but we also anticipate growth in beans and other legumes, grains and our, meat and poultry, and eggs. In Florida, school districts spent an average of 11 percent of food budgets buying local, to the tune of more than $29 million. Farm to school is core to USDA’s commitment to help farmers, ranchers and businesses take advantage of market opportunities in local and regional foods. We coordinate our work under the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which has helped increase the number of farmers markets to more than 8,100 nationwide, a 67 percent growth since 2008. We’ve invested in local food infrastructure – from cold storage facilities, to processing plants, to food hubs that aggregate products from many farms and help smaller producers reach larger buyers. As a result, there are over 200 food hubs in operation nationwide today. Submitted photoFirst Bank would like to thank Mrs. Torres and staff for having Bernardo Barnhart, VP, as principal for the day. According the Bernardo, it was a pleasure and an experience that he will never forget! Let me start this Drum Beat off by saying thank you to the entire community of Immokalee and surrounding communities for the support you have shown the students and staff of Immokalee High School. Despite the hardship and pain that many of our students are facing, they are doing their very best to continue to show their Indian Pride. Please see results. Cross Country: The last three weeks have been really successful for our boys and girls cross country teams. During this time they have competed in district, regional and state completion. In the district meet held in Lemon Bay, our boys were able to take rst, led by their senior leader Lionel Cruz, who was the overall winner. In this same race our girls took second as a team, but they too had an overall winner in senior Anita Munoz. At the regional meet running with a heavy heart, both teams were still able to nish third collectively, allowing each team the opportunity to compete at the state meet in Tallahassee. Again the Indians were led by Lionel and Anita, who were both overall regional champs. The Indians used the momentum gained at the district and regional meets to have a great weekend at states. The boys placed fourth as a team and the girls tenth with many of aour thletes running their best times of the year. To make this trip even more special, Lionel Cruz was able to capture the 2A State individual championship becoming the rst in school history to do so, with a time of 15:50. Anita was able to place third in the girl’s race with a time of 18:30. With the season over, Coach Hugo and Coach Galicia would like to thank the parents, the community and the school for all their support through-out the season. Football: The last three weeks have been exciting for the football team as well. After a wee k off, the Indians were able to defeat the Trojans of Lely 20-14 to capture their fourth district title in a row. During this time they also defeated Lee County power house South Fort Myers 32-29 to close out the regular season. Indians who made contributions during these games are: Aaron Contreras, JC Jackson, Marvens Volcy, Jaymon Thomas, Bernardino Salas, Taeler Porter and Johnson Louiegene. With this success the Indians have quali ed for the state playoff to begin this Friday at Gary Bates Stadium. Your Indians will play host to the Chiefs of Cardinal Gibbons. Admission for this contest is set at $8 and only FHSAA passes will be accepted. I.H.S. Drumbeat Healthy Continued From Page 1


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Sell it sooner in the classifieds 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)777-2788 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. Campers/RVs HOLIDAY TRAILER SALES• Used 12’ wides Starting @ $10,000 • New Breckenridge Park Models Starting @ $28,000 • New 12’ & 14’ Wide Jacobsen Park Models Starting @ $30,000 Need trades now! 19710 South US 41 Fort Meyers, FL 33908(239)590-0066 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE Board meeting to be held: COFFO, Inc 778 West Palm Drive Florida City, FL 33034 On Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10:00am. 456298 IB 11/14/2013 6 Immokalee Bulletin November 14, 2013 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds No wonder newspaper readers earn more!saves you money by providing information about the best buys. READING A NEWSPAPER...


NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2013) – The Immokalee Foundation’s 2013 Charity Classic Pro-Am golf tournament will pair two dozen of the world’s greatest golfers with Naples’ most philanthropic players on Monday, Nov. 18 at Bay Colony Golf Club in Naples. Mark Lye, PGA and Champions Tour professional and Golf Channel analyst, will not only play, but has once again recruited top professionals to take part. To date, the lineup includes gol ng greats Michael Bradley, Ken Duke, Steve Flesch, Jeff Gove, Dudley Hart, Nolan Henke, Tim Herron, Skip Kendall, Luke List, George McNeill, George Murray and Joe Ogilvie from the PGA Tour; Russ Chochran, Damon Green, Mike Hulbert and W ayne Levi from the Champions Tour; Mark Lye, Frank Nobilo, Craig Perks and Charlie Rymer, professional golfers and television personalities; Veronica Felibert, Pernilla Lindberg, Michelle McGann and Kris Tschetter from the LPGA Tour; and Jamie Sadlowski, a Long Drive Champ. Chairing the event for the third year is Kevin Johnson, senior vice president, with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Johnson said, “Although this promises to be a fabulous day of golf, it is so much more than that – it is about making a signi cant difference and enhancing the lives of some great kids.” The exclusive event is slated to include only 25 foursomes, plus pros. The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and golf demonstrations, followed by a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The scramble format pairs players with a different pro for each of the nine holes. Lunch and an awards presentation w ill be held immediately following the bene t tournament. Entry fees begin at $5,000. All Pro-Am golfers will receive two tickets to the 2013 Charity Classic Celebration dinner and auction Saturday, Nov. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The event will bene t the foundation’s educational programs such as Immokalee Readers, Take Stock in Children, Career Dev elopment and College Success. With the continued generosity of TIF benefactors, sponsors and participants, the nonpro t is able to expand programs and help more children. Sponsors of the 2013 Charity Classic Celebration and Pro-Am are Arthrex Inc., hope society sponsor; Fifth Third Bank, founding sponsor; Jaguar Naples; Porsche of Naples; Bigham Jewelers; Naples Illustrated, media sponsor; and Kevin Johnson with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Corporate matching sponsors are GE Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation. This year’s Charity Classic Celebration and Pro-Am are more important than ever for TIF’s overall success. “We are aiming higher this year and with the help of sponsors, benefactors and participants, we know we can do it,” said Johnson. “Your support can help set dreams into motion and help lead TIF’s students on a pathway to success.” The Immokalee Foundation has a range of programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and postsecondary training, mentoring and tutoring, and opportunities for broadening experiences, life skills development and economic independence. To learn more about TIF, the Charity Classic Celebration, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit Photos by Charlie McDonald PhotographyKevin Johnson at 2012 Charity Classic Pro-Am. Immokalee Foundation’s 2013 Charity Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament Business & Service Directory AUCTION2000 Ford1FDRE1428YHA474082006 Arct4UF06MPV56T3041561956 Boat586518 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onNovember 25, 2013 at 9amKeiths Towing925 E. Delaware Ave. € Immokalee, FL (239) 657-5741 ROOFING Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Of“ce: (863) 675-704 5 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 7 Immokalee Bulletin November 14, 2013 Register for baseball/softballThe Immokalee Little League is starting to register your little and big ones for the 2013-2014 season. We will be registering the month of November and December every Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 6-8 p.m. We will now be accepting registration for all 4 year old and up for for T-Ball as long as they turn four on or after May 1. Fee will be $75 for T-Ballers, Minors and up $85. Birth certi cates are required at registration. For all 9 years old and above, three proofs of residency will be required. For all players already 13 years old before May 1, please register ASAP for possibly immediate play. For more information, Please give us a call at the numbers provided. Thank You, Immokalee for all your support. William Trevino 239-324-3072, Hector Ramos 239564-9645, Elsa Zamora 239-776-4958, Josh Rincon 239-229-8972 Sport Shorts


8 Immokalee Bulletin November 14, 2013 FORT MYERS (Oct. 29, 2013) –Leaders of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s (SWFLCF) along with community leaders from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties will be traveled to a number of nonpro t agencies in the Southw est Florida region the week of November 4 to present and celebrate $440,000 in funds during this inaugural “regional road trip.” Fifteen agencies in the ve-county area received funds totaling $439,812 in Community Impact Grants provided by the SWFLCF. The foundation administers more than 330 endowed funds that are created through the generosity of local donors today and those w ho plan for the future through the power of endowed funds. Turning the unemployed into entrepreneurs, improving conditions for homeless animals and protecting people from human traf ckers are just a few of the ways the recipient nonpro ts are helping to strengthen our region. On November 4, the organization visited Redlands Christian Migrant Association Immokalee Community School. The school received $25,237 to provide iPad minis for student, which will be used for individualized instruction, learning, and assessment in math and science and will also be used to involve parents in their children’s education. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, supports the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of over $70 million, the SWFLCF has provided more than $56 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. During its 2013 scal year, the SWFLCF granted more than $4 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. For more information about SWFLCF, please call 239-274-5900 or visit www. SWFL Community Foundation presents grant monies Submitted photoRCMA was one of the agencies awared grant money. Running Club Comes to ImmokaleeThe Gulf Coast Runners Youth Team is creating a running branch in Immokalee. The GCR youth team is open to all young runners 7-17. Most of our members are in elementary or middle school. We train for both tness and competition year round. Runners have to learn skills such as self-discipline, motivation, and setting and achieving goals. The GCR youth team wants to give every young athlete who has the desire to run, the opportunity to run. If you are interested in joining the running clubthere are practices twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, located at the Immokalee High School Track at 5:00pm. There is no cost to join-get involved! If you have any questions Hugo Gijon (239) 273-3171.Parks/Rec launches web siteCollier County Parks and Recreation recently launched its mobile web site. Access on your smart phone or tablet to view the mobile device-friendly site. Add the Collier Count y Parks and Recreation icon to your home screen to access quickly the information you need to enjoy all the recreational amenities offered by Collier County Parks and Recreation. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Administration at (239) 2524000. Community Briefs