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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. Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County Thursday, April 24, 2014 Vol. 47 No. 17 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Submitted photoBeacon Dance company member Lynn Hesse (at right) works with seniors who attend programs at the Roberts Center in Immokalee. See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads Balloons over Paradise Saturday A pril 26 – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and A pril 27 – 6 a.m. to noon Seminole Casino Immokalee w ill bring its third annual Balloons Over Paradise Festival to the Seminole Tribe Youth Ranch, April 2627. The event will feature 60 hot air balloons, including the fun and v ibrant Sharky and Elvis balloons. Live music will begin at 3 p.m., w ith special headliner Sister Hazel taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. South Florida’s Rachel/Hughes Band and J J McCoy will also perform. Additionally, there will be delicious food, arts and crafts, tethered balloon rides, classic car show, kid’s experience, and new to Southwest Florida, a polo exhibition from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., which will include instruction, history, polo match, meet and greet with the players and horses and of course the time honored tradition of the stomping of the divots. At the Culture Village enjoy beautiful NaThe United Arts Council of Collier County, in association with the Roberts Center and the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, presents a multimedia performance by Beacon Dance on Friday, May 2, 2014. Beacon Dance will perform “A Life Well Seasoned” at 5:30 p.m. at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Avenue, Immokalee, Florida. The performance is free and open to the public. “A Life Well Seasoned” was created by Beacon Dance members in collaboration with senior citizens who attend programs at the Roberts Center. Four members of Beacon Dance, a contemporary dance/theater organization based in Decatur, Georgia, conducted workshops with the elders over the course of a year-long creative movement residency. The workshops were designed to enhance the seniors’ physical abilities and give them an opportunity for creative expression. Each visit by the Beacon artists focused on one of the four seasons – summer, fall, winter and spring. The elders shared stories and memories associated with each season. Beacon’s artistic director, D. Patton White, and dancer/choreographers Lynn Hesse, Susan Keller and Ann Ritter, led the workshops over a nine-month period, starting in August 2013. One of their principal goals was to create an environment in which the seniors could learn more about one another through sharing personal stories. The nal performance will feature the four professional dancers from Atlanta as well as video images of the elder community members. The Atlanta dancers will be joined by members of the student dance team from the Redlands Christian Migrant Association’s Immokalee Community School, under the direction of Isabel Castro. The performance will be followed by a question-and-answer period and light refreshments. The Beacon Dance project was organized by Janice Paine, program manager at the United Arts Council. The Council partnered with Beacon Dance to create a new dance/theater performance especially for older members of the Immokalee community. White and the other Beacon Dance artists traveled to Immokalee in August, November and February to work directly with the seniors at the Roberts Center and with dance students at the RCMA Community School. This project has been made possible b y funding from Alternate Roots and the Ford Foundation through the ROOTS Tour and Residency Program. It is also funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Beacon Dance brings creative movement to Immokalee seniors and studentsSee Balloons — Page 2


Teresa Morgenstern, Director of Communications and PIO for Edison State College, was recognized as Business Currents Contributor of the Year by The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Each year the chamber recognizes members who make it a priority to help advance The Chamber towards achieving its mission: “To make Collier County the best place in America to live, work, and visit.” This is the second time Morgenstern has received this honor, with the rst being in 2011. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award and dedicated to advancing the efforts of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Business Currents™ magazine,” says Kathy Gulvas, Vice President of Communications for The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Editor of Business Currents. “Teresa goes above and beyond her duties as Chair to not only contribute story ideas, but often times to assume all the work that is required to bring many of those ideas to life. She will always be a reporter at heart and we’re lucky to have her expertise.” “We are extremely proud of Teresa, and know that she is a dedicated individual who works hard in every aspect of her life,” said Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President, Institutional Advancement at Edison State College. “She is truly an asset to Edison State College, and as evident by this recognition, to the community of Southwest Florida.” Since 2011, Morgenstern has served as the chair of the editorial board of Business Currents magazine, the monthly publication of The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Her career includes more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, including serving as a journalist and local reporter in Southwest Florida. She is a founding member, and served as the 2006 president, of Public Relations Society of America/Gulf Coast Chapter. Morgenstern also served as the public relations director for the Taste of Collier for 10 years, and was selected by Gulfshore Business magazine as a Top 40 Under 40 business professional in 2005. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Collier, and will graduate from the Leadership Lee chamber program in May. Throughout her career, Morgenstern has won multiple Image Awards from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) for excellence in public relations, in addition to four Telly Awards for excellence in short videos and television commercials. In 20102011 and 2012-2013, she was honored by the Student Government Association (SGA) at Edison State College with the “Above and Beyond” award. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most accessible and ranked nationally as one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Serving more than 22,000 students per year regionally, nationally, and internationally, students are also active in a wide variety of clubs and programs that cater to their interests. Nationally, Edison State is ranked 45th among associate degree producers and 26th for its prestigious associate producing Nursing program. For more information visit 2 Immokalee Bulletin April 24, 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 tive arts and crafts and yummy Native food along with some gator wrestling action and archery demonstrations. Admission is free to the all-ages festival. Amazing events will include: Hot air balloon takeoff 6 a.m. both mornings; Balloon glow Saturday night; Tethered balloon rides; Polo exhibition; Kids’ experience; Classic car show; Alligator wrestling and native crafts. Free parking at the Seminole Casino. All activities weather p ermittin g by Maribel De ArmasYou may recall from a couple of weeks ago that I mentioned something about a brand new way of enrolling our youngest of incoming students – our kindergartners. Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) is excited to launch its new Online Centralized Kindergarten Registration starting on Monday (April 28). So, if you have a son or daughter who is ready to start kindergarten come August for the 2014-2015 school year…listen up! A lso, if you maybe have a relative, neighbor, or friend who has a child entering kindergarten in the fall, read on because you can help us spread the word. An important note to remember – this online registration is only open to new kindergarten students (they must be ve years old on or before September 1st) and any of their siblings in other grades if they are not currently enrolled. In future years, we hope to have this online registration process available for all enrolling students, no matter their grade. So, here are the three easy steps to complete kindergarten enrollment: STEP 1 PRE-REGISTER FOR ENROLLMENT ONLINE This is the “online” part of the process. Starting on Monday (April 28), visit www. and click on the Kindergarten Registration image in the middle of the page, or on the icon in the “What’s New” area. Then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the online registration. There’s an option for Spanish or Creole translation if needed. Another important note – you will need an email address to complete the registration. STEP 2 GATHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS There’s a whole bunch of required documents you’ll need to gather to prepare for step 3. A list of required documents for enrollment can be found on the district website and will also be provided once you nish the online pre-registration from step 1. You’ll need all of these documents in order to complete the enrollment process. STEP 3 VISIT IMMOKALEE HIGH SCHOOL TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS After completing step 1 (the online preregistration) and gathering the documents in step 2, you will need to head over to Immokalee High School to meet with a Student Relations Representative. Remember to bring those required documents! This will be your last step in completing the enrollment process. If your child will be attending kindergarten elsewhere in Collier County, below are two other locations you can visit:  NAPLES (Greater Naples residents) (239) 377-0547 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center 5775 Osceola Trail, Naples  EVERGLADES CITY (Everglades City residents only) (239) 377-0539 Everglades City School 415 School Drive, Everglades City If you have any questions about registration requirements or the registration process, contact the Department of Student Relations at (239) 377-0547. We encourage you to complete the entire registration process by the end of June so your child is ready to go for the rst day of school. We want to make their rst day as CCPS students as fun and exciting as possible, and certainly take any undue last minute anxiety off of you as mom and dad. We can’t wait to welcome our class of 2027! Students First Submitted photoJohn S. Cox, CCE, CEcD, IOM, President & CEO for The Naples Chamber of Commerce and Michael A. Wynn, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Naples Chamber of Commerce present the Business Currents Contributor of the Year award to Teresa Morgenstern, Director of Communications and PIO for Edison State College. Morgenstern Contributor of the Year in Naples BalloonsContinued From Page 1


Collier County Public Schools is celebrating its employees by recognizing four teachers of the year and one school-related employee of the year. The ve received their good news in surprise visits from Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton. Honorees are: Karen Pelletier of Pelican Marsh Elementary School Collier County Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She is a 4th grade teacher and a 2008 Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Celeste Duplaa of Oakridge Middle School Collier County Middle School Teacher of the Year. She is a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher. Dulcie Neiman of Lorenzo Walker Technical High School Collier County High School Teacher of the Year. She is an English/Intensive Reading teacher. Bob Moore of the Immokalee Technical Center Collier County Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year. He is a Heavy Equipment Mechanics instructor. Nilda Nunez of Parkside Elementary School Collier County's Nominee for Florida School-Related Employee of the Year. She is a Family Service Worker. The ve, representing their peers, will be of cial recognized at the May 13th School Board Meeting. The four teachers will also be recognized at the May 9th Champions For Learning 24th Annual Golden Apple Celebrations of Teachers Dinner. 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 Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! SPAYS & NEUTERS 1/2 PRICE BOARDING LOW COST VACCINATIONS ON SATURDAYSHEWMAKER ANIMAL HOSPITAL1095 N. 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"Considering the growing popularity of unproven cessation methods, particularly e-cigarettes, it is more important than ever for smokers to get appropriate advice from their health care providers." Robert Ostbye, Tobacco Prevention Specialist. Clear and consistent messaging from physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and health care professionals is important to help Collier County residents quit. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionand the U.S. Surgeon General have recently urged all tobacco control programs and health care professionals to connect more smokers to proven effective resources. In 2012, only half of Florida's health care professionals reported that they often assessed tobacco users' readiness to quit or assisted smokers with a quit attempt. Through Tobacco Free Florida, smokers have the option to call the Florida Quitline (1-877-U-CAN-NOW), use a web-based program, or attend in-person counseling services and they may receive free FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy. For more information and resources, visit www.tobaccofree "The health care community plays a critical role in helping patients understand the impact of smoking on their lives," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "Patients who discuss ways to quit with their health care professionals are ultimately more successful in their quit attempts." Why Team Up to Quit? Patients who work with their health care professionals are ultimately more successful in their quit attempts. When tobacco users receive treatment according to the U.S. Public Health Service's clinical practice guideline, they report higher satisfaction with overall health care received compared to untreated tobacco users. Smokers who quit can add up to 10 years to their life expectancy by quitting.What’s the Impact of Tobacco in Florida? Florida's leading preventable cause o f death and disease is tobacco use. If current rates continue, 270,200 Florida children alive today who are younger than 18 years of age will die prematurely as a result of smoking. In 2009, the annual direct costs to Florida's economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $19.6 billion, including direct medical costs of $7.2 billion. ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FLORID A WEEK The sixth annual Tobacco Free Florid a Week takes place from April 21-27. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TeamUpToQuit. Quit smoking this Tobacco Free Florida Week April 21-27 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. There were nearly 39,000 crashes in Florida last year in which a driver was driving distracted. Those crashes resulted in 201 deaths and more than 33,000 injuries. Whether it's texting on your cell phone, eating a hamburger between appointments, or tuning in your favorite radio station, any driver who takes their focus off the road is driving distracted and the end result could be deadly. April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month in Florida and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is working to bring awareness to Floridians about the dangers of distracted driving. "Anything we can do to drive home the message that distracted driving is dangerous and often deadly is crucial to making our highways safer," said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie Jones. "Don't Drive Distracted' is a message that is especially important for young, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 who have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes." Nationally, more than nine people are killed and more than a thousand other are injured each day in the U.S. as the result of a distracted driver. Texting is one of the major causes of distracted driving. The National Highway Traf c Safety Administration estimates that any given daylight moment, there are 660,000 people who are texting and driving. Texting while driving was banned last year in Florida. The message to all drivers is to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving. To learn more about safe driving behaviors, visit www. hsmv. gov and on Facebook. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the ef cient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. Visit www., follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or nd us on Facebook. Distracted Driver Month: Mind your driving


by Marylou V NavarreteEach April 2, the Organization Autism Speaks celebrates “Light It Up Blue” along w ith the international community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. “Light It Up Blue” is a unique global event that kicks-off Autism Awareness for the Month of April that helps to raise awareness worldw ide in honor of people with Autism. In honor of this historic day many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, businesses,and homes of families’ that are affected by Autism “go blue” by putting up special blue lights. The organization states more than 8,400 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in 1,300 cities on all seven continents participate, including the Empire State Building, the Aspen Mountain, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and even the International Space Station. Autism affects hundreds of thousands all over the world. The nation’s fastest-growing serious developmental disability that now affects 1 in every 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls). This is why parents Antonio and Marylou Navarrete, along with their family who live in our community of Immokalee, proudly participated for the rst time in the National “Lighting It Up Blue” A utism Awareness Day on April 2. To honor their son, Sebastian A. Navarrete, 12 years old, who is affected by a milder form of Autism called Aspergers Syndrome. A person with Aspergers Syndrome (or A S) has dif culties with social and communication skills. The characteristics of AS vary from one person to another. Children with A S usually want to t in and have interaction w ith others; they simply don’t know how to do it. They struggle to understand conventional social rules and show a lack of empathy. For example, they may stand too close to another person, or start an inappropriate topic of conversation, and struggle to make and maintain friendships/relationships with others. They may have limited eye contact, seem unengaged in a conversation and not understand the use of gestures, facial expressions or tone of voice, sarcasm, irony or humor. They may be socially awkward to those who don’t understand AS. Some may rock or spin to help with balance and posture or to help them deal with stress. In order to help a person with Aspergers Syndrome understand y ou, keep your sentences short – be clear and concise. People with Aspergers syndrome may have sensory dif culties. These can occur in one or all of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste). For example, bright lights, loud noises, overpowering smells, particular food textures and the feeling of certain materials can be a cause of anxiety and pain for people with AS. One of the major differences between A spergers Syndrome and Autism is that there is no speech delay in Aspergers. Though speech patterns may be unusual and have a repetitive nature, meaning they repeat themselves a lot when they talk, and may be formal, too loud or high pitched. Children with AS frequently like to collect and organize categories of things; they may have great memory skills but have dif culty with abstract concepts. There is no known cause for Autism, it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Researchers are investigating a number of theories, including the links among heredity, genetics, and medical problems. The rst step to diagnosis is an assessment or developmental screening; this should be done by medical professionals such as a child development specialist and other PDD’s experienced with Autism. An early diagnosis is also important as children with AS who are diagnosed and treated early in life have an increased chance of being successful in school and eventually living independently. The characteristic behaviors or signs of Aspergers usually become obvious during early childhood, from 24months to 6 years of age. I, Marylou V. Navarrete, would just like to say, “I noticed as I drove around town in my van throughout the day, that I was the only one raising awareness. I couldn’t help feel alone like the rst time that my son, Sebastian at the age of 5 was diagnosed with Autism. While I stopped at a store a man approached my vehicle pointing at my window. He asked me if today was the Miami’s walk now for Autism event because of the writing I had on my windows. I told him no, that it was National Autism Awareness Day and I was trying to do my part to bring awareness in Immokalee. I found out that he lived in Lehigh and his brother, 12 years old too, has Autism and their baseball team was going to join the walk in Miami on Sunday, April 8, that weekend in honor of his brother. What a relief I felt that I’m not alone in this area that has a loved one like me whom are affected by Autism. We shared helpful information with one another. Others at my job the next day told me they saw my house and thought it looked nice with all the blue lights that stood out. That it took great courage for me to share something so personal. It felt good that I was able to shine some light (Blue lights) here in Immokalee with information on Autism. In helping to bring awareness and take part in the “Light It Up Blue” event on April 2, our family hung blue Christmas lights all around the house, changed outdoor white light bulbs to blue, made blue signs and posted them on windows of the house, in the yard and wrote on our two blue vehicles the “Light It Up Blue” logo with a white light bulb and the Autism Speaks’ signature blue puzzle piece. We will participate again next year and on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Estero Community Park we will join the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” event to raise funds for research. “Honesty I hoped to bring awareness to not just family, friends and neighbors but to teachers and staff at schools, business owners and leaders in the community of Immokalee. Some day you may encounter someone who is Autistic and may have a better understanding of their world. With the right support and encouragement, your loved one or someone you may know with Autism can lead a full and independent life, may learn the skills necessary to have lasting relationships, to do well in school, to hold down a job, and to live a successful happy life”. Worldwide there are thousands of Autism organizations offering information on treatment, resources, education, advocacy, support groups and services. If you would like to read more about types of Autism (including Aspergers syndrome) and information on diagnoses, here are a few links;,,, www.autism. a local for S W Florida is www.autismspeakssw If you would like to donate to research you may send your donation to Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue 2014, Att: Donations, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540. Please make checks payable to Autism Speaks or go to or TEXT “AUTISM” to 25383 to donate $10 to Autism Speaks. You can also see all the participants’ pictures of the “Light It Up Blue” event from all over the world at this site. 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 4 Immokalee Bulletin April 24, 2014 Light It Up Blue Autism Awareness Day Submitted photo/ Marylou V. NavaretteThe Navarrete Family -Ethan, Antonio, Sebastian, Ivan, and Marylou Lighting It Up Blue and wearing blue for Autism Awareness Day.


NAPLES, Fla. (April 15, 2014) – The eighth annual Inter-Club Challenge, a spirited golf tournament that pits golf club against golf club in a friendly rivalry, is set for Monday, May 5, at The Old Collier Golf Club, 790 Main House Drive, Naples. Proceeds from the tournament will support a brighter future for the children of Immokalee through The Immokalee Foundation’s programs. Michael Benson, chairman and CEO of Insurance Management Consultants LLC and TIF board member, is the 2014 InterClub Challenge event chair. Joining him on the committee are Chuck Campbell, Kevin J ohnson, Don Gunther, Mark Lye, Iain Mossman and Steve Waugh. Benson said he is happy to give his time and resources to an organization that is getting results, “With a 100 percent graduation rate for students involved in its programs, we know the TIF model works. We are helping to provide education and opportunity to kids and giving hope to a community.” The Inter-Club Challenge provides the unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of young people of Immokalee by giving them the chance to advance themselves socially, civically, economically and academically through the programs of TIF. Benson said participating in the golf tournament presents a way for individuals to give back in a big way, “For those unfamiliar with TIF, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the foundation and its mission.” Participation in the Inter-Club Challenge is $1,250 per golfer or $5,000 per foursome. Registration, breakfast and driving range practice begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:15 a.m. Lunch starts at 2 p.m., where prizes will be awarded to the winning men’s and women’s teams, as well as a closest to the pin. Additionally, there are numerous underwriting opportunities available for individuals and corporate partners, including hole sponsorships starting at $750 that help raise additional funds for TIF’s mission in Immokalee. Assisting with the day’s activities and cheering on teams from area clubs will be students from The Immokalee Foundation. The kids will also have the chance to play with the teams, allowing them to interact with their benefactors and pro golfers. For the team members, having the opportunity to meet the students whose lives they are directly impacting is often their favorite part of the annual tournament. Corporate sponsors of the 2014 InterClub Challenge are Arthrex, Fifth Third Bank, Porsche of Naples and Naples Jaguar, Kelly Tractor Co./Caterpillar and Kevin Johnson with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Naples Illustrated is the media sponsor. GE Foundation is the matching sponsor. The 2013 Inter-Club Challenge raised more than $154,000 for the students of Immokalee. The goal this year is to increase that amount so that even more students can bene t from TIF programs ranging from early childhood literacy education to college prep and advanced vocational training. 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 participate in the InterClub Challenge, serve as a volunteer or learn more about TIF, call 239-430-9122 or visit 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 24, 2014 Inter-Club golf challenge is set for May 5 Submitted photoTIF students at 2013 Inter-Club Challenge (back row to front row) Gerardo Lugo, Amos Francois; Charity Gonzales, Elijah Arreaga, Luis Parra; Esdras Duperard, Rolby Seneus, Daniel Hernandez; Diana Sanon, Julie Robles, Brittan Woolfork, Gissett Diaz. TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health would like to warn residents and visitors of the potential health hazards associated with “black henna” tattoos. Unlike natural brown henna tattoos, which use dried ground henna leaves to create a temporary tattoo, the unsafe and unnatural black henna paste produces a black design because para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a toxic chemical which is exempt from approval by the FDA and is included in small amounts in black hair dye, has been added to the paste. “It is important to make residents and v isitors alike aware of the possible health risks associated with black henna tattoos,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Of cer for Children’s Medical Services. “Before having a henna tattoo applied to your skin or your child’s skin, ask to see the ingredients of the paste. Natural brown henna tattoo paste should only contain ground henna leaves, lemon or grapefruit juice and possibly botanical oil.” The addition of PPD in black henna paste dyes the skin quicker and makes the tattoo look more like a permanent tattoo. The PPD found in “black henna” tattoos makes them unsafe and has been known to produce serious adverse health effects in children and adults. The general progression of symptoms is itching or burning; blistering; oozing; scab formation; and unfortunately, in some cases, permanent scarring in the shape of the tattoo design. Symptoms may occur within a few hours or up to a few weeks after receiving a “black henna” tattoo, depending upon the concentration of PPD in the paste and the severity of an individual’s allergy to PPD. Medical attention should be sought immediately upon any symptoms of an allergic reaction. In addition to seeking medical attention, allergic reactions should be reported electronically to the department on the Injury Report Form found on the department web site at: http://www. The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. 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19th Annual Citrus, Ranch & Produce SpecialŽ Auction Saturday ~ April 26, 2014 ~ 9:00 am1885 Hwy 441 N | Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee County Cattlemans Association Arena 800.985.5699 Tractors … Construction & Farm Equipment … Vehicles & Much MoreCONSIGNMENTS WELCOME!A 10% Buyers Premium will be charged for all items selling for $35,000 & under A 5% Buyers Premium will be charged for all items selling above $35,0011894 Sylvester Hwy | Moultrie, GA 31768 229.985.4565 | Fax |sales@demottauction.comAuctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr. FL #AU1833 … AB1285 Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against the INI USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to INI USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Public NoticeIMMOKALEE WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Immokalee Water & Sewer District at 1020 Sanitation Rd., Immokalee, Florida 34142, will receive sealed bids until Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM, when they will be opened and publicly read. The bids are concerning: Lawn Maintenance Contract for the Immokalee Water & Sewer District, for June 1, 2014 May 31, 2015. Complete speci cations or additional information may be obtained upon application to the Human Resource Specialist, 1020 Sanitation Rd., Immokalee, FL 34142, phone (239) 658-3630; fax: (239) 658-3503. The Immokalee Water & Sewer District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to award bids on a split-order by item number when applicable, to waive any bid informalities and to re-advertise for bids when deemed in the best interest of the Immokalee Water & Sewer District. Immokalee Water & Sewer District Eva J. Deyo Executive Director 465018 IB 4/24/2014 Employment Full TimeDRIVERS: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus! Great Pay! Consistent Freight, Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2488 PSYCHOLOGIST NEEDED NOWMoore Haven Correctional Facility in Moore Haven, Fla. PRN (as needed) APPLY ONLINE TODAY EOE & Drug Free Workplace Auctions Employment Full TimeIntegrated Solutions Specialist Come Join the #1 John Deere Dealership in the world. We are looking for an energized and organized specialist that is familiar with Auto track, agricultural precision farming products and services, Trimble, AG leader and/or Topcon. Pro cient knowledge of electrical and wireless communication systems. Self motivated and sense of humor is a must. We offer comp. salary and bene ts package! Apply@2017 NW 16th Street, Belle Glade or email: Auctions Shop here first! The classified ads Employment Full TimeTECHNICIAN 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. Auctions Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. 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! 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 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Condos/Townhouses RentTRAFFORD PINE ESTATES INC. 2 & 3 BR/1BATH All appliances & low deposit. $450 & up. 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. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds 6 Immokalee Bulletin April 24, 2014 Public Notice READING A NEWSPAPER...leads you to the best products and services.


Dems to meetThe Democratic Club of Immokalee will meet on Tuesday, April 29, at 6:45 p.m., at Mi Ranchito, 710 W. Main Street, Immokalee, Fl 34142, (239) 657-1766. The club will be discussing the 2014 elections from governor to school board, and topics concerning Immokalee. The meetings are open to all.Martha’s Kitchen to feed hungryAllen Chapel AME Church will open Martha’s Kitchen Feeding Ministry once a month to provide free hot meals for those in need. They will alternate between breakfast one month and lunch the next. The kitchen is set to open May 17, when the ministry will prov ide breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served the following month at noon. The church is located at 208 S. Third Street. This is a joint ministry with the Missionary Society and Evangelism.Chamber needs photosThe Immokalee Chamber of Commerce is seeking old pictures of Immokalee and its events to display at the of ce. Please contact Mariela at 657-3237.Computer basicsLearn computer basics. No prerequisites. This is an introductory computer class for beginners. Students will learn terminology, how to operate a PC and how to create and manage les. Class size limited. Come to the Immokalee Branch Library Thursday, May 1 and 15, 5-7 p.m. Registration required. Call 239-657-2882. 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. J uniace 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. LDS Temple Open houseWe invite you to tour the newly completed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Open house dates and times through Saturday, April 19, 2014 is as follows. On Mondays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. On Tuesdays–Fridays, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. On Saturdays, 8 a.m.–8p.m. No tours on Sundays. Tours are free, and all ages are welcomed. The 40-minute walking tour allows the public to view the many rooms where each is designed to accommodate certain ceremonies, such as marriage, baptism, and instructional sessions. It will also include a short video. Modest attire is recommended. Cameras, video recorders, and backpacks are not permitted on the tour. Reservations are required and you may visit or call 1-855-537-2000 (toll free) to schedule your visit. The address is 3901 SW 154th Ave, Davie, Florida (off of I-75 south, Exit 13A). All visitors should approach the temple from the south. Turn west onto Orange Drive from Grif n Road.Get government contractsSmall Business Administration can help your business get state and federal government contracts. Come to the Southwest Florida Works Building (One-Stop), 750 S. Fifth Street Friday, July 19, from noon-1:30 p.m. This is a free workshop but, due to seating, registration is required. Call Marie Capita at 239-867-4121 or go to MarieCapita@Immokalee_Biz. Photo 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 Wednesda y of each month through April. The programs are designed for seasoned photographers who want to improve their skills. 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. Business & Service Directory AUCTION2003 Honda2HGES26713H613830Aeroteck BikePJ779220 Time for a new car? Check out this auction onMay 5, 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 7 Immokalee Bulletin A pril 24, 2014 Community Briefs


8 Immokalee Bulletin April 24, 2014 Amazing is the word to describe the 4th A nnual Immokalee Ride for Literacy event held by the Jump Start Family Literacy Academy and took place at the Farm Worker V illage in Immokalee on Sunday, April 13. The event brought out a record number of athletes and participants on their bicycle for Sunday’s Ride. On ride morning, approximately 175 cyclists came to ride one of three routes: a metric century (62 miles), a thirty mile loop, and a 15 mile course that traveled to Lake Trafford and back. Riders enjoyed breakfast tacos prepared by the mothers of the Jump Start Family Literacy Academy before starting. Upon completing their rides participants w ere treated to pulled pork; grilled chicken donated by Osvaldo Vega; black beans and rice donated by Roma in Havana; and pizza donated by Little Caesar’s. Soda and water w as donated by Pepsi and by Publix. A raf e during lunch included gift cards and prizes from TREK Bike; Lake Trafford Marina; Caloosa Riders of Southwest Florida; The Secret Ingredient; Quality Inns & Suites Gulf Resort; CJ and Hung Bikes & Trikes; The Bean; Publix; Milano’s Pizzeria & Eatery; and Britany Snyder, Licensed Massage Therapist. Each participant left with a bag of v egetable donated by Lipman’s Produce and coupons and goodies from McDonald’s and Homewood Suites. Sponsors and partners for the 4th Annual Ride for Literacy are Lipman Produce; Collier County Housing Authority; Caloosa Riders of Southwest Florida; Kipling Capital, L.P.; Publix Super Markets; One on One Leadership Foundation; Mendoza Laundry; Davis Oil Co.; Aclamate Farms, Inc; and Gulfview Photography. Immokalee Run and Ride for Literacy Submitted photosLEFT: Riders get ready for the start of the race. TOP: Riders going single le done SR 82.