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Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County SIGN AND DRIVE A NEW 2014 FUSION SE FOR ONLY $289 PER MONTH*36 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $0 security deposit. Only state title & license fees due at signing.*Stock #14c91. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $725 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 04/30/14. Thursday, April 17, 2014 Vol. 47 No. 16 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads The Immokalee Ministerial Alliance will present its Easter Sunrise Service Sunday, April 20, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 303 N. 9th Street Pastor Rev. Thom Street. Pastor Rick Heers will present the welcome and the opening song, He Arose, will be by First Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Thom Street will follow with the prayer, then Scripture will be read in Spanish, Haitian-Creole and English by Pastor Frank Williams, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor St. Lot of Omega Baptist Church and Joe Brueggen of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Bethel Assembly of God’s Praise Team will do a Song of Praise followed by the Introduction of the Preacher by Pastor Terry Mallory. Omega Baptist Church’s Praise Team will do a Song of Praise followed by Minister Tony Allen’s sermon, an invitation to accept Jesus as Savior by Bishop Remar Scott and the service will end with the Benediction and Blessing of the Food by Pastor Claretha Thomas. A pancake breakfast will be served after the worship service. Bring a lawn chair. A free will offering will be received. Churches currently af liated with this alliance include: Allen Chapel AME Church, First United Methodist Church, Lilly Bass COGIU, Victory in Jesus Christ Tabernacle. St. John Missionary Baptist Church, First Missionar y Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Omeg a Baptist Church, International Heaing and Deliverance MInistry and Highways and Byways Ministries. Easter Sunrise Service for community Pen pals emerge from tragedy Abbey Clements was in one of the toughest positions of her life. Two weeks after Clements and her 2nd-grade students survived the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was time to resume work. Yet nothing would – or could – be the same. They had moved hastily to an empty school building. Everything from their bullet-pocked former building had been loaded onto trucks. The children and teachers were traumatized. Psychologists had explained that minds jarred by the Sandy Hook tragedy would remain on high alert. Even an activity as simple as a child walking down the hall to the restroom was fraught with stress. Focusing was tough, but Abbey Clements needed to plan and implement lessons. Then came the manila envelope from Immokalee, Fla., addressed “To a second-grade teacher.” Letters, gifts and other good-will gesEnjoy a great game of golf and help your favorite hometown athletes at the same time. The Second A nnual Immokalee High School Golf Scramble is set for Saturday, May 7 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Panther Run Golf Club in Ave Maria. The event is sponsored by the Immokalee High School Athletic Department and all proceeds bene t the student athletes of I.H.S. The entry fee is $80 per player and includes golf, prizes and lunch. For further information contact Athletic Director Tony Allen 239-377-1818 or mail: A ttention golfers! Ann Marie Morgiewicz of the Immokalee Community School. Collier County Parks & Recreation w ill host the Easter Eggs-travaganza on Saturday, April 19, Immokalee Community Park, 321 North 1st Street. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., a free event for the w hole family with a variety of fun and games. Groups divided by age (ages 1-3,ages 4-7, ages 8-12, ages 13 and over) will scramble for toy and candy lled eggs. Egg hunts begin at 11:30 a.m. There will be prizes for all ages. Please bring your own basket for each child. Other activities include face painting and creating an Easter craft to take home. For more information, call Denis Lee at (239) 252-4449. E g g s t r a v a g a n z a In an April 8 news release, the Coral Gables, Fla.-based Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., announced one of its subsidiaries, Del Monte Fresh Production Inc., has agreed to the Immokalee, Fla.-based workers organization’s terms. Del Monte joins the CIW and many of the largest U.S. retailers and restaurant chains that participate in the CIW’s Fair Food program, Paul Rice, Del Monte’s senior vice president o f North America operations, said in the release. “We are pleased to join the Fair Food program and continue our commitment to strong ethical sourcing standards which ensures that the products we sell are produced in a way that provides fair treatment for the workers in our Del Monte signs on to Fair FoodSee Fair Food — Page 2 Abbey Clements of Sandy Hook Elementary School See Penpals — Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin April 17, 2014 To 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: 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 Classi“ed AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 to place it from home or go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit or email Editor: Patty Brant Advertising Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken Publisher: Tom ByrdOur PurposeƒThe Caloosa Belle 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 pro“t margins below industrystandards. 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 con”icts of interest or potential con”icts 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. Masthead photo courtesy of Waddy Thompson Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County tures were streaming into the school. Clements opened many, but shielded from the children any items that mentioned the tragedy of Dec. 14, 2012 because they would aggravate psychological wounds. In contrast, the package from Immokalee held pure innocence. “Dear Second Grade Student,” a child had written. “I am eight years old.” The letter continued for multiple pages, decorated with snowmen, snow akes and poinsettias. It talked about food, family, favorite things and television. The envelope held 22 similar letters. A long-term writing lesson had fallen into Abbey Clements’ lap.‘Their faces just light up’Immokalee Community School was founded 13 years ago by Redlands Christian Migrant Association. The charter school, like the many child-care centers operated by RCMA, caters to the children of low-income farm workers, especially Latino migrants. The Sandy Hook shootings shook up Immokalee Community School. RCMA promptly hardened the campus so visitors can enter only by being buzzed into the front foyer. The fourth grade drew 26 pictures of angels, one for each Sandy Hook victim, and posed with placards spelling “WE WILL REMEMBER.” Ann Marie Morgiewicz, a second-grade teacher, also wanted to respond to Sandy Hook. “Let’s write some letters,” she told her children, “some happy letters.” Morgiewicz was careful to avoid expectations that Sandy Hook children might reply. Privately, she had serious doubts. But in January 2013, an exhilarated Morgiewicz found a package from Sandy Hook in her mailbox. Second-graders from Connecticut had written long letters about themselves. Abbey Clements had matched each of her students to a new pen pal in Immokalee, girls to girls and boys to boys, and the letters were individually addressed. By the end of the school year in May, the Floridians had sent three batches of letters to Sandy Hook, and received responses to the rst two. All children had received photos of their pen pals. The arrivals of letters had generated so much excitement that both teachers had to warn their secondgraders not to rip apart fresh letters while opening them. “Their faces just light up,” Clements said. “They’re so excited every time … it’s interesting, because kids just don’t get letters anymore.” Last month, the two classes talked via Skype. They sang and chanted to each other. Soccer vs. sledding The children are learning far more than writing. Immokalee, predominantly Latino, is one of Florida’s most impoverished communities. Sandy Hook is overwhelmingly white and af uent. Immokalee kids write about soccer; Sandy Hook kids write about sledding. One of Clements’ students, reading a letter from Immokalee, exclaimed, “His mom picks tomatoes! Cool!” Yet the similarities easily eclipse the differences. The letters have criss-crossed favorite desserts, colors, super heroes, movies and music. Meanwhile, the teachers have not sent letters to each other. They have communicated in hurried emails. Morgiewicz was brie y taken aback once when Clements wrote: “You don’t realize how much this means to me.” Only last month did Morgiewicz full y understand how she had come to the aid o f a struggling teacher. Morgiewicz pondered that silently for a moment, and tears rolled down her cheeks. PenpalsContinued From Page 1 supply chain,” Rice said in the release. “Our participation in the Fair Food Program demonstrates our commitment to improve the lives of the workers in our Florida elds and to the Florida tomato industry as a whole.” Last fall, Del Monte expanded its presence in the U.S. tomato market by buying 7,200 acres of land as well as packinghouses in Florida and Virginia from the defunct Mulberry, Fla.-based East Coast Brokers and Packers Inc., in a series of bankruptcy auctions.From the CIW website Fair FoodContinued From Page 1 By Maribel De ArmasWhat better way to learn about the good and the “needs improvement” of our school district than asking our number one customer…our students! Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kamela Patton has done just that for three years in a row now. In fact, this week, she completed her annual tour of Student Roundtables, sitting down with high school seniors to chat about their experience as students in Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). Soon-to-be graduates from each of our nine high schools were selected to participate in these roundtable meetings and they all had some great comments to share. To start off, each student shared the activities they were involved in during their high school years and what their plans are for next year. I have to tell you, these students have some solid aspirations and will make a difference in our future. Some are headed off to Florida universities, others to Ivy League schools, and some will be on their way to the armed forces sometime this summer. Other choices shared included heading to the Immokalee Technical Center and Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology to study nursing or a trade, and a few are headed straight into the workforce. So when asked to share their best experiences, it’s quite telling that extra-curricular activities are at the top of the list, over your everyday algebra or physics class. It goes to show that while academics are a school district’s top priority, the entirety of the high school experience is very important in molding our future leaders. Among their best experiences, sports ranked high with many. One student-athlete even said that he’s going to miss sports practices, saying “you hate them when you have to do them, but you miss them when they’re over.” Students also shared that they loved being part of the marching band, their time spent as a JROTC cadet, and taking part in the Junior State of America, a student-run organization, or the similar Youth in Government program. One young man commented that “participating in Model UN competitions reassured me that our generation is in good hands.” n Immokalee High School student liked being part of the award-winning BETA Club, something he said “brought me out of my shell.” Dr. Patton then asked the students what CCPS does well. Immokalee High students commented on the quality of their teachers. “They put students before themselves,” said one young lady. Another student said we do a good job “integrating students with varying academic levels and needs.” Another liked “the opportunities available no matter your interest or passion. You make these happen,” he proclaimed. Some students pointed to the way we use technology to enhance learning. It is always wonderful to hear about these positive experiences and the things we, as a school district, do well. But, Dr. Patton always ends her Student Roundtable meetings asking what we can do better in the future. “Prepare us for high school,” said one student. One young man from Golden Gate High School felt the emphasis in high school was on “making the grade in order to pass a test instead of learning to retain the information as it was in my elementary and middle school days.” Other suggestions included topics such as lunch, scheduling, eld trips, and teaching more life skills (i.e. balancing checkbooks, taxes, etc.). Dr. Patton listened closely and added all of the suggestions to the “things to improve on” list, assuring the students their input would be taken into consideration. We sincerely thank these students for participating in Dr. Patton’s roundtable discussions and wish them the best as they pursue their goals and dreams. Students First


US 41 at Pelican Marsh Boulevard: Construction project: Work on this project includes installing pedestrian features and upgrades to meet current ADA standards, connecting existing sidewalks to ramps, installing signal back plates, and pavement markings. The contractor is installing silt fence for the purpose of erosion control, installing construction signs, mobilizing construction equipment and setting up maintenance of traf c. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction workers in the construction zone. Project completion is expected in spring 2014. The contractor is Traf c Control Devices, Inc. Gulf Shore Boulevard from Banyan Boulevard to Mooring Line Drive: Construction project: The project completes the 5-foot concrete sidewalk and brick pavers on the west side of Gulf Shore Boulevard. Pedestrians may be detoured in some areas. Motorists should expect construction equipment entering/exiting the roadway and possible delays. Estimated project completion is spring 2014. Contractor is Blacktip Services, Inc. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Construction project: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant. THE ENTIRE REST AREA IS CLOSED UNTIL PROJECT COMPLETION, ESTIMATED FALL 2014. ALL FACILITIES (including the picnic area, parking, restrooms or potable water) are unavailable. Entrance and exit ramps at mile marker 63 are open for motorists to turn around if needed. Motorists are cautioned to remain clear of the construction zone and be aware of construction vehicles entering/exiting the roadways around the rest area. Signs are posted to advise motorists of this closure. The rest area at mile marker 34 is open. Estimated project completion is fall 2014. Y ummy spaghettiThe Chamber is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner sale to raise funds for the students of the Miracle After School Program to go to an engineering eld trip to Busch Gardens next month. Donations accepted as well, so any monetary amount that you can contribute will be greatly appreciated and all go towards helping these kids have an amazing trip. Friday, April 25, $10 spaghetti dinners include delicious spaghetti with meat sauce, Parmesan cheese, toasted garlic bread, side salad with dressing and scrumptious dessert. Pick up at the Chamber of ce (inside First Bank) from 11 a.m.2 p.m. Delivery on ve or more plates ordered going to the same location. Put your orders in today by calling (239) 658-0704. For more information on the Miracle After School Program, please contact Gloria Rodriguez (239) 404-1370. Prayer breakfastYou're invited to a free prayer breakfast Saturday, May 3, at 9 a.m. at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 208 S. 3rd Street. Rev. Lori Snell Pastor. Men and women invited. Come and share physical and spiritual food. Theme: Faith. Guest speaker Dr. Juniace Etienne.NetworkingCome enjoy a pot luck dinner and network with Immokalee/Ave Maria merchant Thursday, April 24, 7-10 p.m. Join merchants and entrepreneurs for an evening of networking, food tasting and entertainment at 1170 Harvest Drive. Please RSVP by April 10 to or call 954-9930698.Register for Pop WarnerThe Immokalee Seminoles Pop Warner league is gearing up for the upcoming season. We have begun taking applications for Cheer and Football players ages 5-15 for the upcoming Fall season. If you would like to register your child you can pick up an application at the Print Shop located at 1390 North 15th Street Suite 300 (across the Florida Community Bank) or you can go online at We will be having registrations every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting April 14 at the Print Shop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. FAMILY DENTAL CARE GROUP K.S. Parmar D.D.S. • Exams • Cleanings • X-Rays • Crowns • Bridges • Root Canals • Extractions • Tooth Whitening & Fillings • Complete & Partial Dentures • Braces for Children & Adults Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 Saturday from 10 to 3 6A, 1013 Main St • Immokalee (In Kemp Plaza) (239) 658-1220 SPAYS & NEUTERS 1/2 PRICE BOARDING LOW COST VACCINATIONS ON SATURDAYSHEWMAKER ANIMAL HOSPITAL1095 N. State Rd. 29 € LaBelle € 863-675-2441IMMOKALEE MOBILE UNIT CLINICNext to the McDonalds € Immokalee € 239-657-2266CLEWISTON MOBILE UNIT CLINICat McDonalds € Clewiston € 863-675-2441Disclaimer: The Patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. SPRING SPECIAL! 3 Immokalee Bulletin A pril 17, 2014 For this edition of the Drum Beat we have a lot of exciting news to report as we come down to end of the school year. Many of our clubs and organizations are preparing for their state and national conventions, while our seniors are in the last stretch of their high school career. With this being the case Immokalee High was able to host the 2A District 12 track meet on April 10, 2014. The four top performers from Immokalee High were Leonel Delacruz (Mile, 2 Mile and 4x800), Anita Munoz (Mile, 2 Mile and 4x800), Marie Volcy (Long Jump, Triple Jump and 4x100) and Jaymon Thomas (High Jump, Triple Jump and 4x100). These four athletes along with 20 other I.H.S students quali ed for the regional meet that was held in Tampa on April 16. Other exciting news at I.H.S include our Key Club who will be attending their state convention on April 24 and our BETA Club who are in deep preparation for their national convention to take place this summer in Virginia during the month of June. Other important dates to remember include:May 9BETA Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. May 9Migrant Banquet at 6:00 p.m. May 14ROTC Banquet May 16Senior Scholarship & Awards Program 10:00 a.m. May 16– I.H.S Annual Red and White game 6:30 p.m. May 17Immokalee High Golf Scramble (Panther Run in Ava Maria) 8:30 a.m. May 17Junior/Senior Prom (Pelican Preserve Country Club in Fort Myers) 8:0012:00 p.m. May 19Underclassmen Awards 9:00 a.m. May 20Spring/Senior Sports Awards 5:30 p.m. May 23Spring football game vs. Clearwater Central Catholic 6:00 Drum Beat Community Briefs Road Watch


by Marylou V. NavarreteOn March 27, 2014 The Boys Scouts of A merica – Cub Scout Pack 65, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Immokalee Branch, hosted their rst “Pinewood Derby” right here in Immokalee. The Derby is held once each year for Cub Scouts. Last year’s event was held in Bonita Springs. With a eet of over 20 cars competing in the Derby the Scouts worked for several w eeks to design, create, sand to a smooth nish, and paint to customize their race cars from a block of pine wood. Black plastic w heels are then attached to nails used as the axel, into slots cut on the bottom of the car. Ideally, Cub Scouts work with their fathers to create the car but where that is not possible, the boys work with the adult leaders from the pack to make them. Many Scouts made traditional racing designs, but three boys created cars that looked like Eagles. Chris Compere made a police car complete with roof lights painted in red and blue. Juan Pablo Hernandez with his dad created an Army tank complete with camou age. On the day of the race, the Cub Scouts along with their families and friends gathered to roll the cars in competitive heats down a wooden track to the delight of all. Overall race winners were: Rolando Hernandez who won First Place; Emanuel Oviedo’s car earned Second Place and Ronaldo Ortiz took Third Place. Rolando Hernandez then moved on to race his car in the Collier District Pinewood Derby in Naples on April 8 where he took the award for “Best in Show”. Other Scouts who won Honorable Mention for their creatively designed cars were Richard Trujillo, who took home the award for “Most Authentic Race Car Design” for his slick speedster; Aaron Reyes whose car won the award for “Most Creative” which included fenders, doors, windshields and windows; Marquavian Jackson, who won the “Cub Scout Choice” award with a race car that included a football on the front hood; Juan Pablo Hernandez earned the “Judge’s Choice” award for his Army tank design; and Pierre Percial, who was awarded the “Most Patriotic Award” for his car being carved and painted to look like an authentic bald eagle on wheels! To have a better understanding on the effort that is put forth from all the participants, here is a list of common rules for Pinewood derby. Generally, cars may not exceed ve ounces; the overall length cannot exceed 7 inches, but it can be smaller; the overall width of the car cannot be more than 2 inches; it must have 1” clearance between the wheels; and a 3/8” clearance underneath the body. Scouts must use the wood that is provided in the kit, shaped any way the Scout prefers. The wheels supplied with the kit must be used as they are, but you may remove the seam. Scouts must use the axles supplied with the kit must be used. Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited. The car must not ride on any type of springs. No starting devices allowed and loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used. At the heart of this event’s success is the process itselfbonds are strengthened as the Cub Scout partners with a parent or adult mentor to design, carve, paint, weigh, re ne and race the car. For a Cub Scout, racing in the Pinewood Derby creates strengthened bonds, sharing responsibility, developing teamwork, learning new skills, exercising creativity, building sportsmanship, and making new friends with all those who have raced, as well as those who will follow to participate in this same tradition. While the highlight of the actual race lasts only moments, the Pinewood Derby experience lasts a lifetime. Thank you to all who participated and supported this great event. 4 Immokalee Bulletin April 17, 2014 Submitted photoRolando Hernandez with his District Best in Show. Submitted photoImmokalee Scouts showed their talent and ingenuity at Pinewood Derby. Immokalee Scouts host 2014 Pinewood Derby


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 A consultation with our Board Certi“ed Cataract Specialists will put your mind at ease. We use only the most proven procedures for excellent results. Since 1971, thousands have relied on our highly skilled staff of professionals.Dr. David C. Brown & Associates. Clearly, the right choice.239.939.3456 5 Immokalee Bulletin A pril 17, 2014 Submitted photoChamber recognitionThe Immokalee Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Immokalee High School’s Leonel Delacruz for being such a great student athlete, holding a 4.3GPA and being our state cross country champion. The Immokalee Chamber would like to say Thank You for being such a good role model to our youth! Pictured from left: I.H.S. Principal Ken Fairbanks, Leonel Delacruz, and Bernardo Barnhart from the chamber. (April 1, 2014 – NAPLES — The Education Foundation of Collier County—Champions For Learning would like to thank State Farm for their grant of $5,000, which will help us to fund classroom grants, for the upcoming 2014-15 school year, for outstanding S.T.E.M. projects that have a service learning component. In 2013-14, State Farm’s grant funding provided nine teachers with support for their S.T.E.M. projects. Many teachers that participated in the Summer S.T.E.M. Institute through the Conservancy of SW Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University were encouraged to submit their ideas out of these collaborative workshops for funding through the classroom grant dollars received from State Farm. Susan Alger’s 3rd Grade Class at Laurel Oak Elementary School was one of the recipients of last year’s classroom grants, which enabled their school garden project to grow. She joyfully stated, “Without the help from State Farm and Champions For Learning, the children in my class would not have been able to experience the amazing bene ts of learning with Zoomy microscopes in conjunction with gardening. These user friendly, hand-held microscopes connect with computers and allow students to view objects up to 53x their magni cation. We have used the Zoomies to discover items such as plants, seeds, bones, skin and properties of matter. The possibilities are endless when working with nature and technology!” The classroom grant also helped to rebuild Laurel Oak’s current garden structure with more durable, weather resistant material. The entire Laurel Oak school community now bene ts from the herb and vegetable gardens maintained by student volunteers. Various curriculum lessons can be integrated through gardening as well as students learning about healthy eating lifestyle choices. Susan Alger expressed her appreciation by saying, “Thank you again, State Farm and Champions For Learning for helping to make these opportunities possible for us.” The 2014-2015 S.T.E.M. Grant (with a service learning component) is available for K-12th grade classrooms in Collier County Public Schools. After May 9th, teachers who wish to apply should submit a “Connect with A Classroom” request at Teachers will need to create a pro le if they haven’t already. Classroom grant recipients will be noti ed in Fall 2014. About The Education Foundation— Champions For Learning™ The Education Foundation—Champions For Learning™, recipient of the 2014 Harvey Kapnick Award, is an independent, community-based, non-pro t 501 (c) (3) organization that brings our community together to invest in innovative practices that enrich the environment for student learning. Join us on the bus as a Champion for Learning and visit Champions For Learning receives $5,000 grant from State Farm


Employment Full Time Southern Gardens Citrus STAFF ACCOUNTANTPOSITION DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: The Staff Accountant position performs accounting and budgetary work and other nancially related tasks as required by the Accounting Manager including monthly closing responsibilities, preparation of annual budgets and forecasts, and account reconciliations. This position also analyzes nancial reports and records, monitors A/R aging, and assists in the implementation of Bills of Material and yearly standards. Responsibilities include documentation of detailed policies and procedures for responsible accounting areas. The position is expected to assist the Accounting Manager in special projects and perform other related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: Entry level position with a year or more of similar applicable experience desired but not required. Good interpersonal skills, effective verbal & written communication skills, decision making, team building, and customer service skills are required. A solid working knowledge of Microsoft applications (Excel, Outlook, and Word) is required. SAP experience preferred. Bachelors Degree in Accounting is preferred. Southern Gardens Citrus is a major supplier of 100% pure Florida not-from-concentrate orange juice to the private label industry and major brands. Position provides an excellent bene ts package that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401-K, and potential bonus. Send resumes to: Fax: 863-902-4315 E-mail: EOE DRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Employment Full Time Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full TimeCitrus Harvest Payroll Clerk Payroll for H2A Workers/Domestic 3-5 years experience in AR, AP and PR Multitasking a must, good computer skills and working with spreadsheets. Position requires accurate data entry into MS Access and Payroll Program Preferably Bilingual English/Spanish Please fax resume to 239/369-2115 MECHANIC to work on farm/ranch equipment, diesel and gasoline engines, eet maintenance, fabrication and electrical. Computer skills preferred. Florida Driver License required. Pay based on experience. Drug-free workplace. Apply in person from 8am-11am & 1pm-4pm Monday thru Friday @ 109 Arron Drive, Lake Placid, FL 863-465-2821 or of TECHNICIAN needed for Redi-Plants in Estero, duties include pollinating tomato plants in the greenhouse, basic plant growing tasks such as pruning and sowing, transplanting and harvesting tomatoes in the eld, some occasional spray work as well. Must have a valid driver’s license and able to travel when needed. Bi-Lingual is a plus. For more information call 239-229-5937 or to apply fax your resume to 239-949-6536. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. ApartmentsESPERANZA PLACE Affordable 1BR Apartments, Energy ef cient appliances, washer/dryer hook ups, spacious oor plans, community center on site with computer lab for resident use and classes. From access to Carl Kuehner Community Center educational and social programs. Must be farm or grove labor employed. Pay no more than 30% of your households adjusted monthly income for rent and utilities. Call Rental Of ce at 657-2009 Mon-Fri, 8:00AM-5:00PM 2693 Marianna Way, #308 (TDD 1-800-955-8771) Equal Housing Opportunity Provider & Employer Condos/Townhouses RentTRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. 2 & 3 BR/1BATH All appliances & low deposit. $450 & up. Call (239)777-2788 Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. 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/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Business & Service Directory AUCTION1999 Pontiac1G2NW52E3XM791173 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onApril 28, 2014 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 Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! 6 Immokalee Bulletin April 17, 2014 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds.


Immokalee Water & Sewer DistrictApril 2, 2014 The Immokalee Water & Sewer District is accepting applications for a full-time “Water Department Supervisor” for its Water Department. The District operates three class “C” drinking water plants in Immokalee, FL. Under limited supervision, the Water Department Supervisor, supervises plans and directs the daily operations of the District’s well elds, water treatment plants, pumping systems, water storage tanks and distribution system, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations and policies. Reviews work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy. Reports to the Executive Director. Plans, directs and supervises the daily operations of the District’s water department, ensuring a reliable and safe water supply for customers. Supervises the work of Water Department employees; assigns workloads and establishes work schedules. Oversees the maintenance of all water facilities and equipment, ensuring compliance with applicable local, state and federal requirements, including all environmental requirements. Maintains inventory of equipment, materials, parts and supplies; prepares purchase or ders as needed. Prepares reports as required by the District and by regulatory agencies. Develops new and recommends revisions to existing departmental policies and procedures. Monitors changing regulations governing the drinking water industry; implements operational changes to ensure continued compliance. The successful applicant will possess a high school diploma, or GED, supplemented by college-level course work or a vocational diploma in water treatment operations and maintenance, with a minimum of ve years of technical and administrative experience in public utilities, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess a Class “C” or higher, water plant operator license (or classi cation required by federal or state laws), and a valid Florida Driver’s License. The applicant must be able to pass a criminal background check, drug test, and drivers’ license check before employment can begin. There will also be a written examination prior to employment. This position will involve working on holidays and weekends, and begins on April 15, 2014. The salary range is from $56,000 to $84,000 per year, based on experience. Employee bene ts include paid Vacation time, paid Sick leave, paid Personal leave, Holidays, Health Insurance, LTD, Life Insurance, and 401 (a) Retirement plan. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. Applications can be downloaded from our website at or picked up at our of ces at 1020 Sanitation Road, Immokalee. Applications will remain on le for six months. 7 Immokalee Bulletin A pril 17, 2014 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Collier County Veteran Services and Domestic Animal Services (DAS) are teaming up to support veterans and give shelter pets a second chance with the creation of Operation Welcome Home: Shelter Pets for Vets. The program is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could bene t from a companion animal at no cost. Medical studies have shown that companion animals signi cantly improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, depression and anxiety; symptoms experienced by many who have served in the military. DAS Volunteer and “The Pitbull Crew Inc.” Founder Jeanette Jolly has spearheaded the creation of the Collier County Operation Welcome Home: Shelter Pets for Vets. “As the child of a veteran, this program hits really close to home for me,” said Jolly. “As a nation, we are indebted to the brave men and women who serve our country. This is one small way we can give back to them for their service,” Jolly added. Gary Vincent, Manager of Collier Count y Veteran Services, worked with DAS Volunteer Coordinator Kathlene Drew to establish a partnership between the two departments. Veteran Services will identify the veterans in need of a service animal, and DAS will identify the shelter pet that best matches the needs of the veteran. “With over 6,000 animals coming into DAS each year, ever y opportunity to match a dog or cat with their forever home is a life saved. With this program, it’s not just the pets that are bene tting; it’s a win-win for both vets and pets,” Drew said. Jolly has started introductions between the rst veteran participant and potential companion pets. If a successful match is made, the pet will receive the appropriate training and begin its new life serving a deserving U.S. veteran. For more information, call Daniel Christenbury, Public Information Coordinator, at (239) 252-6956. New Collier County program heals vets and saves pets NAPLES – Thousands of Florida’s most vulnerable children will bene t on May 10 when the Lipman Golf Classic tees off at Naples Heritage Golf & Country Club. The tournament is the largest annual fund-raising event for the nonpro t Redlands Christian Migrant Association, based in Immokalee. RCMA operates some 70 child-care centers and three charter schools in 21 Florida counties. All target the rural poor, especially the children of migrant farm workers. Lipman Produce is one of RCMA’s leading supporters, and RCMA has a child-care center on a Lipman farm near Immokalee. Lipman became a major sponsor of RCMA’s annual golf tournament in 2012. “RCMA serves the kind of people we like to employ,” said Jaime Weisinger, Lipman’s Director of Community Relations and a board member of RCMA. “They are dependable, hard-working parents who want their children to have all the bene ts of the American Dream. RCMA gives those little kids a terri c start.” Last year, the Lipman Golf Classic netted $85,000 for RCMA. The funds were used to enhance services statewide, and much of the money helped RCMA qualify for 16:1 matching funds from the state of Florida’s Of ce of Early Learning. The Classic returns for the second year to Naples Heritage, a top-caliber certi ed Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary course, teeming with wildlife. “It’s a stunning place,” said Barbara Mainster, RCMA’s executive director. “I heard so many compliments from the players last year that I knew immediately we would be coming back.” Anyone can compete in the tournament. The fee for an individual is $225, which includes a light breakfast, a hot buffet lunch and likely door prizes. Sponsorships start at $250. To sign up, call Judy Brill at (239) 289-6822, or email her at Teeing off for the American Dream Tallahassee, FL – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service shared tips today urging Floridians to be extremely careful with res outdoors. This week is Wild re Awareness Week, which recognizes wild res that raged across Florida in 1998, burning more than 500,000 acres and damaging or destroying 337 homes and structures. “This year, we have been very fortunate with increased rainfall in some parts of the state, but other areas are still very dry,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Our re ghters are working to minimize risk of wild re and help keep homes, businesses and residents of Florida safe, but there are also simple steps Floridians can take to help prevent wild re.” Wild res generally occur in the spring and early summer months due to a lac k of rainfall, low humidity and strong winds combined with increased springtime yard burns. Since Jan. 1, the Florida Forest Service’s re ghters have responded to more than 500 wild res on 9,183 acres, most from human carelessness. More than 500 Wild res Have Burned 9,000 Acres Since January


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