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Immokalee bulletin
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2 Immokalee Bulletin December 19, 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 ferred to as the Federal Graduation Rate so as to comply with the Federal No Child Left Behind legislation. The graduation rate for the district's atrisk students has spiked from 52 percent to 66 percent when comparing scal year 2012 to scal year 2013. The at-risk rate takes into account students who received levels 1 and 2 in both FCAT Reading and Math when they were in 8th grade. Graduation rates for at-risk students at each of our high schools increased dramatically as well with Lely High School leading the wa y showing an increase of 19 percent (65 percent to 84 percent), Palmetto Ridge with an increase of 15% (60 percent to 75 percent), and Gulf Coast and Immokalee High School increased by 13 percent (69 percent to 82 percent and 68 percent to 81 percent, respectively). The state's graduation rate for at-risk students increased from 50 percent to 52 percent. The graduation rates for the district, the state, and individual high schools, released December 11, are embedded in this news release along with a memo from Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent, to Collier School Board members. by Maribel De ArmasWhile the warmer weather around here may not be quite as indicative of the holiday season as some of us would hope, the jolly days of the season are right around the corner. This means Winter Break is upon us and our students will be out of school starting on Monday, December 23, all the way through Tuesday, January 7. For some families, the holiday season this time when kids are on vacation from school can prove to be a little bit extra challenging when it comes to putting food on the table. But it is the goodwill of people during this season of giving that can make things a bit bettera bit merrier. Many of our schools within the District have been working hard to bring a bit of holiday joy to families and individuals in need. From collecting canned goods for the Salvation Army to visiting nursing homes to hosting toy drives, and everything in between, students take pride in giving back to the community. One great example, among the many, is Gulf Coast High School's (GCH) Adopta-Family program which started back in 1990. This year, the program will bene t 54 families from the Immokalee area and within the GCH community. Immokalee Middle School is also giving back this holiday season, speci cally to bene t the Immokalee Friendship House. The school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has been collecting canned goods and other items, and the Junior BETA Club will host a bake sale to raise funds to purchase gifts for the children spending the holidays at the Friendship House. And there are so many other offerings of goodwill that just won't t in the few words I share with you here, but there is one more that I want to make sure to include. This one comes from a local organization called Meals of Hope and bene ts the families of some of our neediest students across the county during the time off from school all the way through January 7. Meals of Hope offers free meals at locations throughout our county. In Immokalee, that location is Habitat for Humanity located at 640 North Ninth Street, and they'll be open Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (they will be closed on December 24th, December 25, and January 1). The meals available include forti ed macaroni and cheese, forti ed beans and rice casserole, and forti ed soy chicken vegetable and rice dinners. Again, the meals are completely free. If you need help, stop by this Meals of Hope site during an open time. And if you don't need assistance, please pass the word along to someone who might need it. May you all have a safe and joyous holiday season with family and friends, and I hope you ring in the New Year with happiness! We'll catch back up the second week of 2014. Students First GraduationContinued From Page 1 CelebrationContinued From Page 1 The Ramirez and Martinez families would like to convey their sincere thanks for all the v ery kind expressions of sympathy received on the recent loss of their dear wife, mother, daughter and sister, Diana. We especially want to acknowledge the Collier County Sheriff's Department, Raynor's family and Immokalee Community for thoughtful donations and support during this sad time. We would also like to thank all who attended the funeral which took place at the Guadalupe Catholic Church. Our heartfelt thanks to you all. The Ramirez and Martinez Families Thank You A former employee of the Lake Trafford Marina is in custody in connection with the burglary and theft that took place September 26 of this year at the marina. Collier County deputies arrested Christine J ohnson, 44, of Immokalee on December 10 and charged her with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling unarmed. She is accused of stealing over $100,000. According to the arrest report, Johnson had previously lived in a trailer on marina property. In addition to working at the marina, she cleaned Mr. Olesky's apartment located at the marina. According to the report, about a week before the burglary took place, Johnson and Mr. Olesky had a disagreement that ended in her being red. During the months since the burglary, authorities had received a number of Crime Stopper and in-person reports stating that J ohnson had been heard talking about committing the burglary. On December 6, an eye witness came forward, telling law enforcement that Johnson had said she had been treated badly by Mr. Olesky and wanted help in burlgarizing his home and stealing his money to "teach him a lesson." Johnson was to split the money with this witness. The pair actually drove to the marina once after closing hours when Johnson knew Mr. Olesky was not home. However, there was a man shing on the dock near the dwelling so the plan was aborted. The next day the witness reportedly saw Johnson and another accomplice with boxes of papers marked Lake Trafford Marina and cash wrapped in bank wrappers. The accomplice complained about hurting his shoulder breaking down the door to Mr. Olesky's apartment. Money from the burglary was reportely used to buy jewelry in Miami. One charged in marina burglarybest Parade and Gala ever! This year Judges relied heavily on the "creativity" of each oat entry. Winners of the 2013 Christmas Float Competition for the Non-Pro t Entries are: First Place Float Winner: Immokalee Community School (RCMA); Second Place oat Winner: Collier County 4-H Program; Third Place Float Winner: Immokalee High School; Best all Around Float Winner Lake Trafford Elementary School. Commercial Entries: First Place Float W inner was Lipman's Produce Inc.; Honorable mentions: went to Eden Park Elementary, Pinecrest Elementary, Village Oaks Elementary, Highland Elementary and Immokalee Middle School and our IHS Band and ROTC staff. We have three winners for our Best Dressed Hollywood Theme Costume. The Christmas committee members and the President of our local Chamber (Bernardo Barnhart) extend our Thank You's to everyone participating in "Christmas around the World Parade and Gala." Thanks again for your loyal support of this Event. Cherryle Thomas, Event Chair


Early dismissal December 20A Collier County Public Schools’ early dismissal day for the 2013-2014 school year is set for Friday (December 20). The early dismissal time for elementary, middle, and high school students is three hours earlier than the dismissal time on other days. The early dismissal day is for the purpose of school improvement inservice for all staff, especially as they work in designing challenging and engaging lessons for our students. The district hopes that this advance notice will allow for after-school child care arrangements to be made. To view the entire 2013-2014 school calendar, including the remaining scheduled early dismissal days, visit the district’s Web site ( and click on “Calendars” under the “Quick Links” heading on the left side of the home page. A pply now for school choice or out-of-zoneParents – if you are seeking to have your student attend a school other that the one he or she is zoned for, it’s time for you to submit a Collier County Public Schools Outof-Zone or School Choice request. Parents of students who are currently in either program must reapply. Approval is based on space available at each school, and school bus service is not available in either case. For priority consideration, Out-of-Zone applications must be submitted between December 15 and January 15. For priority consideration, School Choice applications must be submitted any time during January. You may apply for either application online at For further questions or to submit documents: Email: Phone: 239-377-0540  FAX: 239-3770506 Mail: Lisa Roa/Student Relations at 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples, FL, 34109.Enjoy night excursions to FakahatcheePark visitors can now see the magni cent Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in a new light--the illumination of a full moon. The new “Ghost Rider” tram, named in honor of the famous Ghost Orchid found in the park, is operated by the Friends of Fakahatchee. The Fakahatchee is home to more orchid species than any other place on the North American continent. The Preserve is also a haven for diverse wildlife and migratory birds. Only three Full Moon tours will be offered this season: Thursday, January 16; Friday, February 14; and Saturday, March 15. All tours start as the sun is setting, prime time for spotting some of the mammal residents of the Strand as well as birds settling in for the evening. A naturalist will lead each tour to point out interesting features of the park. The Full Moon tours leave from the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, off Janes Scenic Drive. Please arrive early as the tram leaves promptly according to the following schedule: Thursday, January 16 – Depart at 4:45 p.m., return 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 14 – Depart at 5:00 p.m., return 7:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15 – Depart at 6:00 p.m., return 8:15 p.m. Reservations for the Full Moon tours are $25 per person and can be made by visiting www.orchidswamp.orgPhoto excursionsThe Friends of Fakahatchee and noted Naples photographer Dennis Goodman have teamed up to offer a new series of “photo excursions” into Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Each unique excursion is limited to 12 participants and combines Dennis’ extensive photographic knowledge with the expertise of Park Ranger Mike Owen. Excursions will be offered the second Wednesday of each month from January 2014 through April. The programs are designed for seasoned photographers who want to improve their skills. “We’ll be photographing the best this amazing preserve has to offer,” says Dennis. “Park Ranger Mike Owen will guide us to the park’s best sites each month, and I’ll be working hard to improve everyone’s photographic technique.” The excursion schedule for 2014 is as follows: January 8 -Orchids and plants of the Fakahatchee, 8 am to 10 am. Take a swamp walk into the Fakahatchee to photograph rare plants and orchids. February 12 -Fakahatchee Landscapes and Swampscapes, 8 am to 10 am. Mike Owen will lead group to restricted park areas to capture unique landscapes. March 12 -8 am to 10 am -Wild ower and macrophotography, 8 m to 10 am. Capture the beauty of Fakahatchee’s owers, butter ies and insects. April 9 -Capturing Fakahatchee Sunsets, 6 pm to 8 pm. This evening program will teach participants how to translate sunsets into striking photographs. The fee for each excursion is $115, payable in advance at Reservations may also be made by calling Dennis Goodman Photograph y at 239.825.4677. Each excursion will begin at the ranger station at 137 Coastline Drive, Copeland, FL. From I-75, take exit 80 and go south on SR 29 14 miles, turning right on Janes Scenic Drive. Have it all... PH: (239) 425-6000Licensed Real Estate Broker Investment Income 50% Occupied NOI $160,000Relocate your business to the 30,000 SF exspace at the Immokalee Tradeport Technology Park. 10 unit building has interior re sprinklers, CBS construction, 3-phase electric, 100 AMP service, wide truck turns & loading areas, 83 parking spaces. Units have pre-wired security systems, impact resistant windows and HVAC. Strategically located near Immokalee Regional Airport & Ave Maria University. Easy access to State Road 29. $1,968,000 WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENTHigginbotham and Soud PA, CPAs is pleased to welcome Kyndel Murray and her family to the rm. 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Action Adventure Fine Dining Entertainment Travel RomanceAnd Lots of Laughter! Wishing You A Newsworthy Season!May your holiday season contain all the makings of lasting memories for you and your loved ones. We appreciate your readership and look forward to your continued support. We also like to let you know about ourEARLY DEADLINESClassi“eds Thur 12/19 @4:00 Display ads Thur 12/19 @4 € Obits Friday12/20 @2:00 Paper on the street Tuesday 12/24 Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 4 Immokalee Bulletin December 19, 2013 Submitted photos/ Adam HerreraChristmas Around the World oat w innersTOP: First place Immokalee Community School. All awards were presented by Cherryle Thomas. MIDDLE: Second Place 4-H. RIGHT: Third Place Immokalee High School. BELOW: The I.H.S. Cheerleaders’ oat depicted the movie, Elf.


5 Immokalee Bulletin December 19, 2013 Submitted photos/ Adam HerreraFeeling the Christmas SpiritTOP LEFT: First Bank of Clewiston President Miller Couse, District 5 County Commissinoer Tim Nance, Bernardo Barnhardt and Co-Grand Marshal Jaime Weisinger, with young companion, got together for a little fun at the Christmas Around the World parade. TOP RIGHT: Parades and kids were made for each other! The 2013 Christmas Around the World celebration was another big hit, attracting Immokalee’s kids, grown ups, and even Santa! I.H.S. to host rst ever Jerry Ruiz Memorial TournamentThe Indians Wrestling Team, in collaboration with the Immokalee Indians Athletic Club, Inc. will be hosting the rst ever Jerry Ruiz Memorial Tournament December 20 and 21 in the Immokalee High School Gym. Seventeen teams will join the Indians for this two day tournament. Wrestling will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Door admission is $5. The Immokalee Indians Athletic Club, Inc. will be providing an All You Can Eat Waf e Breakfast for $5 Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. As the major wrestling home event for the Indians Wrestling Team, the wrestlers felt it only be tting to rename the tournament in memory of their 2013 State Quali er Jerry Ruiz. The Indians Wrestling Team has partnered with the Immokalee Indians Athletic Club, Inc. to have a percentage of the proceeds from the wrestling tournament be used to establish a scholarship fund in Jerry's memory. Come out and support YOUR Indians Wrestling Team! I.H.S. Drumbeat


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It is with great pleasure that I introduce to y ou the Immokalee Water & Sewer District 2013 Employee of the Year: Mr. Armando Herrera, Jr. Mr. Herrera earned the employee of the year because of his hard work and w e are very proud to have him as the 2013 Employee of the Year. Armando Herrera was hired in February 2007, to work in our Wastewater Collection Department, as a Service Tech I. In that position, he inspects, maintains and repairs w astewater collection equipment and systems, including lift stations, pumps, sewer lines, service connections, and manholes. He locates sewer lines, and inspects grease traps. He pulls pumps at the various lift stations, installs new sewer services, locates and unclogs sewer backups. He also performs maintenance of traf c functions in his department. Mr. Herrera attended a short school, and became certi ed as a Wastewater Collection Technician, "Class C" and was promoted to a Service Tech II on February 15, 2013. On June 7, 2013 he received his Wastewater Collection Technician, "Class B" and was promoted to a Service Tech III. During the year, he was also certi ed in Utility Maintenance, and was recerti ed in CPR and AED. His supervisor, Hector Ramos says, "Thanks Armando, for going to school and working hard for Department 30 and the District!" Armando won the Employee of the Year by achieving the highest number of Employee of the Month points during the year; 329.25 points from October 2012 through September 2013. In addition to his educational achievements, he also received points for not using vacation or sick time, and for being on time. During the last year Mr. Herrera received the Employee of the Month Award for February 2013 and June 2013. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in being named 2013 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR, Mr. Armando Herrera, Jr. received 8 hours off with pay, an Immokalee Water & Sewer District shirt, $50 in Winn Dixie gift certi cates and this award from the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, along with our congratulations and heartfelt appreciation for a job well done. 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 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 7 Immokalee Bulletin December 19, 2013 IWSD: Armando Herrera Employee of the Year TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Health (DOH) Division of Medical Quality A ssurance (MQA) recently expanded its online license application capability to include the following professions: Pharmacist intern Consultant pharmacist Nuclear pharmacist Pharmacy technician in training Dentist Dental hygienist Dental radiographer Dental laboratory Dental teaching permits Dental residency permits Dental health access dental Dental temporary certi cate Athletic trainer Dietetics and nutrition Electrologist Electrolysis facility Acupuncturist Midwifery Emergency insect sting treatment "We are pleased to expand our online application option to these additional professions," MQA Division Director Lucy Gee said. "The online application process furthers our operational goal to provide an ef cient licensure process that meets statutory requirements, and our strategic objective to decrease the average number of days to issue an initial license for a quali ed applicant from 1.45 days to one day." Applicants can access the Online Licensure Application by going to and selecting "Apply for a License." After creating an account, applicants will have up to one year to complete the application. This online system also keeps applicants informed on the current status of their application, including any de ciencies. The mission of the Florida Department of Health and Division of Medical Quality Assurance is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Working in conjunction with 22 boards and six councils, MQA licenses and regulates seven types of facilities and over 200 license types in more than 40 health care professions. MQA evaluates the credentials of all applicants for licensure, issues licenses, analyzes and investigates complaints, inspects facilities, assists in prosecuting practice violations, combats unlicensed activity and provides credential and discipline history about licensees to the public. For additional information about MQA please visit http://www. index.html. DoH expands online process Brandon, FL Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida (BBBSAF) announced today that the State of Florida has approved a specialty BBBSAF license plate for sale to all Florida tag owners. 1,000 vouchers must be purchased on or before June 1, 2015. Once the goal of 1,000 v ouchers has been met, production of plates w ill begin. Vouchers for the new plates can now be purchased at local County Tax Collector's of ces for $25 plus county registration service fees. For more information on the BBBS license plate program, or how you can be an inspiration to a child, visit www.bbbs orida. org. About Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida: Organized in 1995, Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-pro t organization. Our statewide capacity-building initiatives assist to sustain and advance the 13 Big Brothers Big Sisters member agencies to provide children across Florida with long-term, nurturing, oneto-one mentoring relationships with caring adults to change the lives of our children for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Florida offer specialty license plate


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