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by Patty BrantImmokalee Bulletin Memorial Day is dedicated to remembering our heroes national and personal who have given everything for our freedom. It’s about keeping faith with our dead, with ourselves and our children. That’s why what happened at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens this Memorial Day was so important. It brought the focus back to our own veterans who served us w ell and have passed. Members of VFW Post 7369 Naples, Commander Ed Messer, along w ith members of Golden Gate V FW Post 7721, the American Legion and AMVETS returned dignity to the graves of brothers they never knew that day, in a small Veterans A rea right here in Immokalee. No one knows how many veterans rest there. Originally, VFW members thought there were 40-45 run down, overgrown and neglected graves of veterans, but found during their Friday work day that it could be more like 90 because many are unmarked. In fact, several more were found before the Memorial Day service began. The story on the visible markers show veterans being buried there from 1968-2013 former members of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Veterans resting there have names from Altman to Zetrenne. Their names also represent Americans who came here from many distant lands Willinski, Borrero, Meriweather. The revelation of these long forgotten gravesites began with a phone call all the way from Germany to VFW District 19 Commander Ken Coor from the granddaughter of one of the veterans interred there. She was looking for a photo of his gravesite. After making some inquiries, Commander Coor was unable to locate the site, so he called local VFW 7369 Commander Ed Messer, who took up the mystery. His investigation revealed only the overgrown graves and a neglect of fellow military members’ memory that he and his fellow vets could not sit still for. No one knows just how the graves came into such disrepair. Commander Messer said paperwork could have been lost or simply not done over the years. If there were no family members to take care of the details, it might explain Light falls on lost heroes 36 month lease with approved credit through Ford Credit. $0 security deposit. Only state title & license fees due at signing.*Stock #14c93. 20 cent per mile over 10500 per year. Includes $1000 RCL Bonus Cash. See dealer for details. More to choose from with similar savings. Image is for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 06/02/14. SIGN AND DRIVE A NEW 2014 FUSION SE FOR ONLY $279 PER MONTH* Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County Thursday, May 29, 2014 Vol. 47 No. 22 See Page 2 for information about how to contact the newspaper.newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 2014 I.H.S. Top ScholarsWith a 5.2 GPA, Dulce Maria Mendoza, 18, is Immokalee High School’s valedictorian. Dulce plans to attend Arcadia University in Pennsylvania on a full scholarship to study medical/healthcare eld possibly majoring in dermatology or orthodontics. She said her own experience in building self con dence in uenced her choice of a major. Dulce came from Mexico when she was just four-years-old and she said her parents, Miguel and Maria S. Mendoza, and in particular her father, have focused her and her siblings squarely on the importance of education. Her brother is an FGCU graduate, and sister is studying medical administration at iTECH. Of her parents, Dulce said, “I know what they did for me, bringing me to the United States.” She said that the Guadalupe Center has also been a crucial part in her success to this point. Dulce has been a tutor at the center since she was a freshman and sees herself in her young students, coming into kindergarten with no English skills, “I was in the same place as they are.” Dulce was one of the I.H.S. students recognized at this year’s Guadalupe Center Taste of New York fundraiser this year, where she delivered a speech titled “My American Dream.” Dulce’s seven-week experience at Harvard taking two summer classes Introduction to Psychology (in which she earned a B) and Introduction to Qualitative Methods (B+) let her know she could handle college, she said. While at I.H.S. Dulce was dual enrolled at FGCU and has a head start on a number of classes, although she realizes that she may need to take those credits as electives. She chose Arcadia after a visit there in April and fell in love with it. In particular she was impressed with the small class sizes. She hopes to take advantage of the study abroad program at Arcadia perhaps studying in China at some point. In spite of her desire to travel, Dulce de nitely sees herself coming back to Immokalee one day. Jennifer Acevedo has been named Salutatorian for the Immokalee High School Class of 2014. Submitted photoValedictorian Dulce Mendoza Submitted photoSalutatorian Jennifer Acevedo Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantSeven-year-old Steven Schindler enthusiastically did his part to clean up veterans’ gravesites at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens May 26. See Heroes — Page 2


2 Immokalee Bulletin May 29, 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 Patty Brant Advertising Services: Dale Conyers Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Executive Editor: Katrina ElskenOur 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 the lack of headstones for some. But he feels that the fact that so many of them had no marker and they were all overgrown, points to simple neglect and disrespect. The short but poignant ceremony on Memorial Day included the Immokalee High School JROTC Color Guard, Star Spangled Banner, hand salute and prayer, and ended with lowering the ag at half staff and Taps. The oldest visible marked grave is from 1968; the newest 2013. The grave of Rodney Deguise 1936-1988 has a homemade wooden cross; another, is simply marked with diamond shaped concrete shapes laid out in a cross; and there are a number of what were once nice headstones. A large number are old and worn, illegible. Many of the people at the ceremony have their own stories, reasons for being there. Isaac Persley of Naples was one of those veterans who made the trip to Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens. An Army veteran himself, he had two brothers, Marines who were both wounded in Viet Nam. He said he also had an uncle who was a Tuskegee Airman. The Becerra family of Immokalee Esmeralda Becerra, Elizabeth 16, Michael Lee 15, and Erick Reyes 6 came to the ceremony. Esmeralda said they come to take care of family graves just across the road from the Veterans Area and like to do their part for the veterans as well. They came to the ceremony to offer their respect to the heroes there. A World War II era Jeep stood by at the ceremony, transported from the Museum o f Military memorabilia in Naples. Owner Greg Garcia has researched its history. The 1942 jeep rolled off the assembly line at Toledo, Ohio, on December 7, 1942 exactly one year after Pearl Harbor. It saw service during WW II and Korea and ended its military usefulness at 29 Palms in 1973 as a Marine ambulance when it was purchased by Earl Hoffman. He had christened it Bonnie, for his wife, and used it on their property. Eventually, Mr. Garcia said, he will pass ownership along to the museum. Seven-year-old Steven Schindler 7, came with his grandfather Steven Smith of Golden Gate VFW Post 7721, to honor the militar y men there. His grandfather was in Army Air Defense and young Steven explained just what his grandfather did. "He's the guy who fought for our freedom." District Commander Coor said, "Ed (Post 7369 Commander) and his staff get all the credit . he and the post took the reins and have done a fabulous job!" During his brief remarks, Commander Messer issued a challenge to make a commitment to the veterans at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens and "make it right." by Maribel De Armas"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt. Tomorrow is the day the future begins for more than 2,700 seniors from nine Collier County public high schools. Tomorrow is the day these students bring the last thirteen years to a close and embark on a journey toward making their dreams come true. Tomorrow is graduation day! A day school-colored caps and gowns are donned proudly as we say "congratulations, you did it!" to our graduates. And it's a day for our graduates to say thank you to the family, friends, teachers, coaches and mentors who have helped each and every one of them reach this milestone. At Immokalee High School (IHS), tomorrow is a milestone for 335 graduates who will cross the stage during their commencement ceremony at Harborside Event Center. There have been tough moments of loss for Immokalee High and the entire Immokalee community this school year. But in true Immokalee spirit, through the loss, strength was gathered and successes were still achieved. Successes ranging from the school's third Gates Millennium Scholar (Dulce Mendoza, who I will feature in next week's column), to the fourth straight District Championship win for the football team and a State Champion track and eld athlete (Leo Delacruz), to yet another successful year for the school's BETA Club, and so many more achievements in between. Each and every one of our IHS graduates should be proud of who they are and what they have accomplished as they move their tassels from right to left tomorrow evening. Graduateswalk across that stage with your heads held high. Have faith in yourself and know that your family and friends are there to support you through any obstacle you may encounter and lend a helping hand might you drift from your destined path. You have a vast future ahead of you make it yours. In the words of Dr. Suess: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." Students First Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantVeterans graves have deteriorated over the years. HeroesContinued From Page 1 Collier County Public Schools' (CCPS) Nutrition Services Department will begin its Summer Food Service Program in a couple of weeks. Free, nutritionally balanced, hot meals (breakfast and lunch) will be available to all children 18 years old and younger MondayThursday at the following sites. Immokalee will open Monday, June 16, and will close Thursday, July 24. Eden Park Elementary breakfast: 7:408:00 a.m.; lunch: 12:00-12:30 p.m. (3650 Westclox Street, Immokalee, 377-9200) Highlands Elementary breakfast: 7:458:05 a.m.; lunch: 12:00 -12:45 p.m. (1101 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee, 377-7100) Monday thru Friday (5 days per week. The following sites in Immokalee will open Monday, June 9th and will close Friday, August 1. Immokalee High breakfast: 7:05-8:05 a.m.; lunch: 11:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee, 377-1800) Pinecrest Elementary breakfast: 7:409:30 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (313 9th Street South, Immokalee, 377-8000) Village Oaks Elementary breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (1601 S.R. 29, Immokalee, 377-8600). Summer lunch sites The Veterans Section at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens is now marked with the respect the veterans deserve.


HERE’S MY CARDKeep the number of these locally owned businesses on hand for all of your service & shopping needs. 3 Immokalee Bulletin May 29, 2014 Pedro Julio Santiago, Sr., 74MOORE HAVEN — Pedro Julio Santiago, Sr. died May 21, 2014. He was born August 14, 1939 in Coamo, Puerto Rico to Julio and Jesusa Moreno Santiago. A resident of Moore Haven for over 50 years, he enjoyed shing and boxing. Mr. Santiago was preceded in death by his daughter, Luzdinella Santiago. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maria Santiago of Moore Haven; ve sons, Peewee Santiago of LaBelle, Turi Santiago of Moore Haven, Daniel Santiago of Georgia, David Santiago (Rosalinda) of Immokalee, Duran Santiago of Felda; three daughters, Margaret Santiago of LaBelle, Sylvi a Santiago of Immokalee and Mima Billie (James) of Brighton; 23 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; ve brothers and ve sisters. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton, Bass and Conway families of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Obituaries Executive Women’s Golf Association of SWFL has been responsible for over $57,000 in donations to PACE Collier at Immokalee in the form of cash and scholarships The partnership between PACE and EWGA goes all the way back to 2005, when the Executive Director of PACE Immokalee made a presentation to EWGA’s board. “We heard the story, we visited the Center, and we were hooked on the girls and the life-saving changes that PACE was making in their lives”, said Kathi Gray, who along w ith Chris Burgner and Cindy Booker Gatz Chaired the 2014 Charity Pro-Am event held A pril 27 and 28 at The Colony Golf &Country Club in Bonita Springs, FL. “We are deeply impressed with the teachers, the PACE girls, the entire staff, and love being a part of seeing the young ladies grow into responsible adults”, continued Ms. Gray. The Charity Pro-Am is one of the few w omen only pro-am golf tournaments in Florida. Three amateurs are paired with an LPGA-USGA teaching professional. Weekend events also included a buffet, raf e and the ever-popular silent auction with Scott Zedeker, Meteorologist for WINK TV, serving as the guest auctioneer. PACE Executive Director Marianne Kearns notes, “To date, EWGA has been responsible for over $57,000 in donations to PACE in the form of cash and scholarships. Without partners such as EWGA, we could not continue our mission of providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.” Since 1991, the Executive Women’s Golf Association has touched the lives of over 100,000 women. This not-for-pro t association currently has nearly 20,000 members in over 120 chapters throughout the United States, along with international Chapters in Canada and France offering a wide range of organized golf activities, player development and education programs, volunteer, social and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced golfers PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a non-residential juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration and declining grades. Right here in Collier County, PACE has served more than 1,200 girls since 1998. EWGA Charity Pro-Am donates $8,500 to PACE Collier Submitted photosEWGA chairs Cindy Booker Gatz, Chris Burgner and Kathi Gray and EWGA members with Marianne Kearns and PACE girls. Summer fun comingKids! Get ready for the summer programs at Immokalee South Park, at 418 School Dr.: Camp Collier June 9-August 9 Movie nights June 13, July 11, and August 8; $5.00 Daddy and me dance. School aged dances. We also have space available for rent. For more information and upcoming events feel free to call us at 239-252IMSP(4677).Register for Pop WarnerApply with the Immokalee Seminoles Pop Warner league for Cheer and Football players ages 5-15 for the upcoming season. If you would like to register your child you can pick up an application at the Print Shop, 1390 North 15th Street Suite 300 (across the Florida Community Bank) or go online at Register Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Print Shop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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. Community Briefs The Collier County Public Library and the Friends of the Library are excited to announce the Library Electronic Assistance Program (LEAP). The program, funded by the Friends of the Library, provides seven Collier County students the opportunity to work up to ten hours per week assisting library patrons with their various electronic device needs, using either a patron’s own personal device or equipment from the library. Assistance can range from instructing patrons on how to download eBooks on their personal devices to helping set up email accounts. When not providing electronic assistance, the teens will help library staff with shelving materials and other library projects. Collier County teenagers meeting the minimum requirements were encouraged to apply for this program through the county website. Students needed to be at least 16years-old, enrolled in high school or home school, have knowledge of electronic devices and computers, provide a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor or similar representative, and express an interest in working with the public. All applicants were interviewed by members of the LEAP committee, which consisted of two librar y staff members and a board member of the Friends of the Library. The program provides valuable work experience including being interviewed, recording scheduled wor k hours, and assisting the public and librar y staff both independently and as a part of the library team. The seven library locations participating in the LEAP pilot program are:  Headquarters, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, Florida 34109  Naples Regional, 650 Central Avenue, Naples, Florida 34102  South Regional, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, Florida 34113  Marco Island Branch, 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145  Golden Gate Branch, 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples, Florida 34116  Vanderbilt Beach Branch, 788 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, Florida 34108  Immokalee Branch, 417 N. First Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142 For more information, contact Jamie Reilly at (239) 593-0177 ext. 17 or via email at You can LEAP at the public library!

PAGE 4 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 May 29, 2014 Submitted photoEmployee of the month Patrick Shepherd was selected as Employee of the Month for April 2014 by his peers and supervisors at Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Citrus Health Response Program Of ce in Immokalee. Allen Chapel A.M.E Church’s new feeding ministry, Martha’s Kitchen, got off to a bang on last Saturday, March 17, 2014. This small church that has a big heart for ministry and for being a blessing to Immokalee, was able to feed approximately 140 persons a free, hot, southern style breakfast of creamy cheese grits, scrambled eggs, sausages and buttered toast. Not only did their guests enjoy a hot meal, but they also were able to get a bag of groceries and fresh fruit and vegetables, that were provided by another ministry that Allen Chapel partnered with for this event, First Assembly Cornerstone of Ft. Myers (Apostle Gregory Ford, Pastor). Pastor Lori Snell, who has such a passion for doing impactful ministry in Immokalee, and strongly promotes unity in the community, especially among the faith community, was elated to have several ladies from other community churches (First Missionary Baptist Church (Terry Mallory, Pastor) and Victory in Jesus Christ Tabernacle (Clareth a Thomas, Pastor), volunteer to help bring this vision to fruition. All of the ladies worked harmoniously and joyfully together, which made the food taste like it had been cooked with love. Pastor Snell wants to give special thanks to this ministry’s coordinator, Diane Robinson and to David and Annette Anderson (Immokalee residents and members o f Cornerstone), who donated bags of food to be given away. This ministry will occur for now, once a month. Next feeding, will be lunch, and it is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, at noon. These meals are absolutely free. So come out and join us. Allen Chapel meal program feeding the areas hungry NAPLES, Fla. (May 23, 2014) – The Immokalee Foundation students gained v aluable insight from local business leaders during the organization’s third annual netw orking reception at the Hilton Naples. The workshop provided 30 high school juniors and seniors in TIF’s Career Development Program the opportunity to interact w ith some of the area’s top business leaders, sharing their goals, ambitions and how they plan to achieve their life vision. The business executives offered valuable insight about their own experiences and provided real-life lessons important in helping students prepare for their own transition to college and beyond. Prior to the afternoon’s reception, students were treated to an etiquette luncheon and training by Dawn Magaril and Dirga Buw ana, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. A fter, students were ready to practice their skills and were prepared to ask questions about their prospective career paths. They w orked the room, introducing themselves to more than 30 professionals in a variety of leadership positions from companies including Edison State College, Arthrex, Coldwell Banker, Hilton Naples, The Print Shop, McKenney Home Care, Collier County Sheriff’s Of ce, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Central Bank, Bay Colony Golf Club, NCH Healthcare Systems and Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and Public Relations. In addition, several TIF board members, staff, ambassadors and mentors gave their encouragement and advice to the students they support all y ear long. In preparation for the April networking reception, Lori Kleiman, an entrepreneur and member of National Speakers Association, hosted a networking training for the students in March. Arthrex’s Connie Byrne was impressed w ith the students, “There’s a lot of smart kids; I like to see new talent. Once they nish their secondary education, I would love for them to return to the area. It’s important for them to know about job opportunities in Southwest Florida.” Each student gained priceless networking knowledge of how to share necessary and interesting details in a concise and compelling manner. They created and exchanged business cards, which included their college major, in hopes of making connections that could further their potential job opportunities. Jovenel Benjamin, a member of TIF’s Take Stock in Children program, has dreams of attending Edison, then transferring to receive a degree in mechanical engineering. “It’s great to meet people with connections and bene cial to have con dence when meeting new people.” The face-to-face interaction is crucial in helping these future business leaders build con dence. Plus, socializing with such a diverse group of businesspeople allows them to understand the wide variety of options available to them in the workforce. Louise Penta, a TIF board member and mentor to four students, was particularly proud of the students. She is in Immokalee three to four times a week so knows and understands their challenges and their goals, “These kids are so polite and want to learn; they’ve come such a long way.” The day was made possible by the generosity of Hilton Naples and Shula’s Steak House, who were underwriters of the Career Development Etiquette Luncheon and Networking Reception. In addition, TIF corporate sponsors include Arthrex, Hope Society; GE Foundation, Corporate Matching Sponsor; Fifth Third, Founding Sponsor; Porsche of Naples and Naples Jaguar, Education Circle; Naples Illustrated, Media Sponsor; and Kevin Johnson of Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Success Circle Sponsor. The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences and life skills development leading to economic independence. To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239-430-9122 or visit www. IF students network w ith business leaders NAPLES, Fla. (May 19, 2014) – The 14th annual Lipman Golf Classic netted more than $80,000 to directly support Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)’s 70 child care centers and three charter schools located in Florida’s farming communities. Recently held at Naples Heritage Golf and Country Club, the tournament is RCMA’s largest annual fundraising event. RCMA’s child care centers and charter schools provide cutting-edge early-childhood education to children while their parents work. All RCMA programs serve low-income families, particularly, Hispanic immigrants. Over the years, the Immokaleebased RCMA has broadened the range of its services, enabling Early Head Start centers to accept infants as young as six weeks and the after-school programs to serve children ages six to 16. “RCMA has made and continues to make a direct impact on our employees and their families,” said Jaime Weisinger, Lipman’s Director of Community Relations and a board member of RCMA. “Over the years, we have seen the difference RCMA has made in the education and success of our community and it is a cause we want to contribute to.” More than 7,000 children will bene t from the money raised at this year’s Lipman Golf Classic, with funds used to enhance services statewide. For more information about RCMA, visit Event provides child care to area


Celebrations Just married? Golden anniversary? Birthday? Holiday? New baby? Share your news in print and onlineFor a modest charge, each package includes: and family Submit your good news today at 5 Immokalee Bulletin May 29, 2014 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantDowntown focal point openOn May 20, Immokalee celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting r its rst Zocalo, a traditional Central American plaza at Main Street and First. Advisory board members of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, the Enterprise Zone Development Agency and the Immokalee Lighting and Beauti cation Municipal Service Taxing Unit, along with Commissioner Tim Nance joined CRA Executive Director Brad Muckle to dedicate Immokalee's newest landmark. The newly opened plaza will be joined by a twin to be built at Main Street and 9th, serving as gateways to downtown Immokalee and provide community gathering places. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantLEFT: CRA Brad Muckle offered his thoughts on this day of celebration. RIGHT: District 5 Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance said the Zocalo was “built for the long term” and invited everyone present to help “bring Immokalee forward to its future together.” Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantMusic by the Immokalee High School Drum Line and Band livened things up and got the ribbon cutting off to a great start. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantBlack Violin and the tropical beats of Caribbean Groove kept it mellow after the ribbon cutting. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantWelcome to Immokalee! Welcome to the Zocalo!


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Someone needed to operate a shuttle tractor/trailer to pick up and deliver products in the area. Must have a valid CDL License with 1-2 yrs experience and able to work as needed including weekends & holidays. Call (800) 685-7475 ext 2353 (Paul) Apply in person at Lipman, 306 E Main St., Immokalee. ApartmentsOne bedroom apt. for rent. Refrigerator, stove, lawn care & pest control included. $500.00/mo. + sec. dep. Near i-TECH. Call David at 239-849-8023, leave mesage, se habla espanol. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. ApartmentsESPERANZA PLACE Affordable 1, 2 & 3 BR 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 Farm Property RentFarm Land for lease: 230 acres with drip irrigation, Felda area. $210/A/yr. 5 year lease. 239-503-4037 Shop here first! The classified ads Houses Rent PUBLIC NOTICE The Collier County Housing Authority has developed its 2014-2019 5 Year Plan in compliance with the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1988, as it relates to their Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8 Program). It is available for review on May 30, 2014 thru July 14, 2014 at the Authority’s main of ce located at 1800 Farm Worker Way, Immokalee, Florida or at its Naples of ce located at 5251 Golden Gate Parkway, Ste #D, Naples, Florida. The hours available for review are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Public Hearings will be held June 24, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Immokalee of ce and on June 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Naples of ce. 465546 IB 5/29/2014 Farm 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. Farms Sale14 acres for sale. Road frontage, Hwy 29 and Heritage Rd, Felda, Fl. Great commercial site $8900/acre Possible owner nancing. More info call 239-503-4037 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot. Call 941-347-7171 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Houses Rent Public Notice RCMA School Board Meeting Notice For Immokalee Community School The RCMA School Board Meeting will take place on Monday, June 9, 2014. The meeting will be held at University of Florida Gulf Coast and Research & Education Center (IFAS), 14625 County Road 672, Wimauma, FL 33598. The School Board Meeting begins at 12:30 PM and is open to the public. Questions or concerns, please call Angie Alfaro at (239) 658-3560, ext. 224. 465548 IB 05/29/2014 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. Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO ! click on classifieds Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! 6 Immokalee Bulletin May 29, 2014 READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. 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If you are among the 750,000plus Florida bass anglers, now is the time to provide your opinion about Florida’s proposed change to largemouth bass conservation by lling out a new online survey. The change being considered is a ve-bass daily bag limit, only one of which may be 16 inches in total length or longer. This means that each person would be allowed to keep up to ve largemouth bass less than 16 inches, or four largemouth bass less than 16 inches and one largemouth bass 16 inches or longer each day. This change would replace current length limits, but would not alter the current statewide bag limit of ve bass. To take the survey and to learn more about largemouth bass, and current and possible future management changes, go to Fishing and select the “Speak out on bass rules!” link under the bass image near the middle of the page. Based on public input and future edits to the proposal, the earliest this rule change is expected to be implemented is July 2016. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) takes public opinions very seriously,” said Tom Champeau, director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “Combined with the best science and case studies that we have to go on, public input helps us strive for optimal sustained use of these popular and valuable sh.” In addition, it is important to note that there is no intent to alter the simple Bass Tournament Exemption Permit process (see then click on “Freshwater” and “Black Bass Tournament”). Currently, bass organizations holding tournaments may apply online for a temporary exemption to bass size limits. This is done to ensure the health of Florida freshwater resources while encouraging shing participation from small clubs to major tournaments. Tournament organizers and sponsors must emphasize proper handling and care o f bass to their participants and adhere to live-release guidelines stipulated in the permit. Moreover, in return for the temporary exemption to allow weigh-in prior to live-release o f the bass, all tournament participants must forego any harvest. Hence, the y are not allowed to keep what would otherwise be their vesh bag limit. Any sh that accidentally die in a permitted tournament must be donated to charity or for research. Tournaments are not required to have a permit if they choose to abide by existing regulations (e.g., currently one bass longer than 22 inches or the proposed one bass over 16 inches). Besides lling out the survey, those interested in ensuring qualit y bass shing can do two other things: Sign up for our TrophyCatch citizenscience program that rewards anglers for catching, documenting and releasing bass heavier than 8 pounds (see ), and purchase a “Go Fishing” largemouth bass tag for your vehicle or trailer (see The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HCN) recently welcomed three new members to its board of directors. Dr. Bernard Feldman, Jerry Starkey and Dr. Louis J. Traina joined the HCN governing board in late April 2014. Dr. Feldman is board certi ed in pediatrics and perinatalneonatal medicine and practiced as a neonatologist in Las Vegas, NV for 29 years. His professional career includes a long list of hospital, teaching and administrative appointments at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Feldman has authored and co-authored 18 scienti c publications and holds the position of professor and chair of pediatrics, emeritus at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He currently serves as a physician member of the Collier County Medical Reserve Corps and a volunteer pediatric instructor in the primary care center at the Isabel Read Medical Center in Immokalee. Starkey has been an executive and principal in the real estate, hospitality, senior living and nancial services industries for three decades. He is currently CEO of RE Partners International and was previously CEO of WCI Communities. Starkey is an active supporter of institutions and charities focused on children and education, including among others, the Naples Children and Education Foundation, Florida Gulf Coast University, and The Shelter for Abused Women and Children. As Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Edison State College, Dr. Lou Traina oversees the Edison State College Foundation and college-wide development as well as the public relations, marketing and communications division of the college. Dr. Traina has served the not-for-pro t community since 1974 and is an accomplished fundraiser, top executive, and community leader. He currently serves on the board of directors for Leadership Foundation, The Greater Naples Chamber o f Commerce and the Forum Club of Southwest Florida. “It is truly an honor to have these tremendously talented individuals on our board,” said Mike Ellis, CEO. “Their signi cant contributions to healthcare, the betterment of their community and overall philanthropy speak volumes of their commitment to our mission of providing quality healthcare accessible to everyone in our community.” Established by community leaders in 1977, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is a private not-for-pro t organization providing primary medical and dental care for more than 36,000 people in Southwest Florida (25,000 are children) at 13 medical and dental service locations in Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. New directors at Healthcare Network Public Notice COLLIER COUNTY, FLORIDA HUD Action Plan FY 2014-2015 and Substantial Amendment Public Meeting Notice Citizen Participation Announcement Collier County is developing its FY 2014-2015 One Year Action Plan as part of its 5-Year Consolidated Plan (CP) FY 2011-2016 as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goals of the Consolidated Plan are identi ed as: provide decent housing; provide a suitable living environment; and expand economic opportunities for very low, low and moderate-income persons. The Consolidated Plan guides Collier County’s efforts for addressing both housing and non-housing community activities. This One-Year Action Plan determines expenditures for projects that will be conducted in the 2014-2015 program year. Collier County, along with its entitlement city, Naples, has been allocated $2,196,746 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for FY2014-2015. In addition, the County has been noti ed that Marco Island did not apply for their FY2013-2014 entitlement allocation ($84,307). Collier County is the recipient of total funds of $2,281,053. In addition, supplemental funds will be used from FY2009-2010 and FY2011-2012 of unspent and/or unallocated funds. Eligible activities for CDBG funds include, but are not limited to: construction and renovation of public facilities, land acquisition, and public services in accordance with 24 CFR § 570.201. Approximately 100% of the total allocation will bene t low and moderate-income persons. Collier County has been allocated $501,110 in HOME Initiative Partnership Program (HOME) funds for FY2014-2015 to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing for low and very low-income families. This year’s HOME funds will provide building/land acquisition. HUD required CHDO Set Aside funds are allocated once an eligible project request is received and approved. Approximately 100% of the total HOME allocation will used to bene t very low and low-income citizens. Collier County has been allocated $163,440 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from FY2014-2015. ESG funds may be used for emergency homeless shelters operations, re-housing of homeless individuals and families, Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS), and homelessness prevention activities and outreach. Approximately 100% of the total allocation will bene t the homeless or individuals/families that are at risk of homelessness. ESG will be distributed in accordance with HUD guidance. Proposed projects for the FY2014-2015 funding year have been identi ed in the One Year Action Plan. During the Public Hearing on June 24, 2014, these projects will be presented for approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Public Comment Period There will be a public comment period from May 23, 2014 to June 23, 2014 regarding the One Year Action Plan. During this period, the draft Plan will be available for review in all County public libraries, at the Public Information Desk in the Harmon Turner Building on the Collier County Government Main Campus, in the Housing, Human & Veteran Services Department of ce located at 3339 E Tamiami Trail, Building H, Suite 211, Naples FL 34112, and the Collier County web site at The document is available in a format accessible to persons with disabilities upon request (239-252-2664). All comments (received through the HHVS of ce, either written, by telephone, via email, regular mail or in person) from ci tizens will be considered in preparing the nal Consolidated Plan One Year Action Plan FY 2014-2015. HHVS will respond to all comments in writing within 15 days of receipt. Collier County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Collier County complies with the Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3600, et seq) and County Fair Housing Ordinance 92-9. Next Step Two public meetings will be held to take input on the draft Action Plan. The rst public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Immokalee Library located at 417 N. First Street, Immokalee, FL 34142. The second public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Golden Gate Library located at 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples, FL 34116. Final Action Adoption of the One Year Action Plan (FY 2014-2015) is scheduled for Tuesday June 24, 2014 at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. This provides the ability to meet the HUD deadline for the Action Plan submittal on August 15, 2014. The Action Plan may be amended after this time, should the need arise. If you require special aid or services as addressed in the Americans with Disabilities Act or require someone to translate or sign, please contact the Housing, Human & Veteran Services of ce at (239) 252-4663, no later than two (2) days prior to the public hearing date. For additional information contact Elly Soto McKuen at (239) 252-2664 or COLLIER COUNTY, FLORIDA HUD Plan de Accin del ao scal 2014-2015 y de modi cacin sustancial Aviso de Reunin Pblica Anuncio de Participacin Ciudadana El Condado de Collier est desarrollando el plan de accin de un ao para el ao scal 2014-2015 como parte del Plan Consolidado de 5 aos (CP) para los aos scales 2011-2016, como es requerido por el Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de EE.UU. (HUD). Los objetivos del Plan Consolidado se identi can como: proporcionar viviendas dignas; proporcionar un entorno de vida adecuado; y ampliar las oportunidades econmicas para las personas de muy bajos, bajos, y moderados ingresos. El Plan Consolidado gua los esfuerzos del Condado de Collier para abordar las actividades de vivienda, as como las actividades comunitarias. Este plan de accin de un ao determina los gastos para los proyectos que se llevarn a cabo en el ao del programa 2014-2015. El Condado de Collier, junto con la ciudad de Naples, han estado asignados $2,196,746 en fondos federales para el ao scal 2014 -2015. Adems, el Condado ha sido noti cado de que la Cuidad de Marco Island no aplico para su asignacin en el ano FY2013 -2014 ($84,307). El Condado Collier es el destinatario de un total de $2,281,053. Adems, los fondos suplementarios no utilizados o no asignados, se utilizarn a partir de los aos 2009-2010 y 2011-2012. Las actividades elegibles para los fondos CDBG incluyen, pero no se limitan a: la construccin y renovacin de instalaciones pblicas, adquisicin de terrenos, y los servicios pblicos, de acuerdo con el 24 CFR § 570.201. Aproximadamente 100% de la asignacin total bene ciar a personas de bajos y moderados ingresos. El Condado de Collier ha recibido $501,110 en fondos del Programa de Asociacin para Inversiones en Vivienda (HOME) para FY2014 -2015 para ampliar la oferta de vivienda digna y asequible para familias de bajos y muy bajos ingresos. Fondos recibidos en este ao se porcionera para la adquisicin de terrenos/edi cios. HUD requiere que fondos reservados para CHDOs sean asignan cuando una solicitud para un proyecto elegible esta recibida y aprobada. Aproximadamente el 100% de la asignacin total de HOME ser utilizado para bene ciar a los ciudadanos de muy bajos y bajos ingresos. El Condado Collier ha sido asignado $163,440 en fondo para el programa de Soluciones para Emergencias (ESG) en FY2014 2015. Estos fondos pueden ser utilizados para las operaciones de los refugios de emergencia, para el realojamiento de las personas y familias sin hogar, el Sistema de Informacin de Gestin de Personas sin Hogar (HMIS), y actividades de prevencin contra la falta de vivienda. Aproximadamente 100% de la asignacin total bene ciar las personas sin hogar o los individuos / familias que estn en riesgo de quedarse sin hogar. Los fondos de ESG se distribuirn de acuerdo con la direccin de HUD. Proyectos propuestos para el ao scal 2014 -2015 han sido identi cados en el Plan de Accin de Un Ano. Durante la audiencia pblica el 24 de junio de 2014, estos proyectos sern aprobados por la Junta de Comisionados del Condado. Perodo de comentarios pblicos Habr un perodo de comentarios pblicos desde el 23 mayo 2014 al 22 junio 2014 en relacin con el Plan de Accin de Un Ao. Durante este perodo, el proyecto del plan estar disponible para su revisin en las bibliotecas pblicas del Condado, en el mostrador de Informacin Pblica en el edi co de Harmon Turner en el campus central del Gobierno del Condado de Collier, en la o cina del departamento de Vivienda, Servicios Humanos y de Veteranos, ubicada en 3339 E Tamiami Trail, Edi cio H, # 211, Naples FL 34112, y el sitio web del Condado de Collier en El documento est disponible en un formato accesible para las personas con discapacidad que lo soliciten (239-252-2664). Todos los comentarios (recibidos a travs de la o cina de HHVS, ya sea por escrito, por telfono, por correo electrnico, correo postal o en persona) de los ciudadanos se tendrn en cuenta en la preparacin del Plan Consolidado de un ao el Plan de Accin del ao scal 2014-2015 nal. HHVS respondern a todas las observaciones por escrito dentro de los 15 das de recepcin. El Condado de Collier es un Empleador de Igualdad de Oportunidades. El Condado de Collier cumple con la Ley de Vivienda Justa (42 USC 3600, et seq) y la ordenanza de Vivienda Justa #92-9. Siguiente Paso Dos reuniones pblicas se llevarn a cabo para tomar la entrada en el proyecto de Plan de Accin. La primera reunin pblica se llevar a cabo el Martes, 10 de junio 2014 a las 3 p.m. hasta las 5 p.m. en la biblioteca en Immokalee, ubicada en 417 N. First Street, Immokalee, FL 34142. La segunda reunin pblica se llevar a cabo el martes, 17 de junio 2014 15:00-17:00 en la Biblioteca en Golden Gate ubicado en 2432 Lucerne Road, Naples, FL 34116 Accin Final Aprobacin del Plan de Accin de Un Ao (Ao Fiscal 2014-2015) est programada para el martes 24 junio, 2014 en el reunin regular de la Junta de los Comisionados del Condado. Esto proporciona la capacidad de cumplir con el plazo de HUD para la presentacin del Plan de Accin el 15 de agosto de 2014. El Plan de Accin podr ser modi cado despus de este tiempo, en caso de necesidad. Si necesita ayuda o servicios especiales segn lo indica la el acto de Americans with Disabilities o requerir a alguien para traducir o rmar, por favor comunquese con la o cina del departamento de Vivienda, y Servicios Humanos y Veteranos en el (239) 252-4663, en el plazo de dos (2) das antes de la la fecha de la audiencia pblica. Para obtener informacin adicional, comunquese con Elly Soto McKuen al (239) 252-2664 o 465522 IB 5/29/2014 Public Notice Public Notice Business & Service Directory AUCTION 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 May 29, 2014 Dr Bernard Feldman Jerry Starkey Dr. Louis J Traina FWC seeks input on proposed shing change


8 Immokalee Bulletin May 29, 2014 Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantThe Becerras: Michale Lee, Erick Reyes, Esmeralda and Elizabeth found it in their hearts to include the overgrown veterans’ graves when they care for those of family members nearby. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantThis 1942 jeep was a point of interest to those attending Memorial Day ceremonies at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens May 26. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty BrantI.H.S junior and JROTC member Ramiro Moreno is in his third year a JROTC, Victor Ino Mendoza, is going into junior year and is a two-year JROTC member. Yosi Trejo is considering a future as a military nurse some day, Jennifer Gomez is to going into her sophomore year next fall and said membership helps her realize the sacri ces of others. Susana Gomez will be a junior next year and likes the discipline and respect that is integral in the JROTC. Immokalee Bulletin/ Patty Brant Y oung Steven Schindler pays his respects to a hero he never knew. He was at the May 26 Memorial Day ceremonies at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens, where numerous overlooked and overgrown graves of veterans have been discovered. VFW, American Legion and AMVET posts are making things right. The I.H.S. JROTC will continue the upkeep.