FAU researchers demonstrate effectiveness of face masks

By Giselle GalouistianFlorida Atlantic UniversityBOCA RATON — Currently, there are no specific guidelines on the most effective materials and designs for face masks to minimize the spread of droplets from coughs or sneezes to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. While there have been prior studies on how medical-grade masks perform, data on cloth-based coverings used […]

Doctor arrives to help with rapidly growing crisis in Immokalee

Matthew Hing, a doctor who has been conducting important work abroad, for Partners in Health (PIH), will be staying in LaBelle during the next month. Dr. Hing is volunteering to help with the COVID-19 crisis and recent explosive outbreak that has been occurring in Immokalee. He arrived on the evening of Tuesday, June 30. According […]

Fourth of July collection schedule

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, there will be no trash, yard waste or recycling collection on Saturday, July 4th in the areas of Collier County serviced by Waste Management, including Marco Island and Everglades City, or in the Immokalee area serviced by Waste Connections. There is no make-up day. Service will resume on […]

DeSantis blames farm workers for COVID-19 spike

TALLAHASSEE — In a press conference on June 16, Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to farmworkers as being one of the major causes of increased positive COVID-19 test results the state has seen in June. “When you have workers like that, they’re living in really close confines,” explained Gov. DeSantis. “Sometimes multi-generational. But the real, close […]

Alert Collier Notification for Persons with Special Needs

Collier County Persons with Special Needs (PSN) who have dated contact information in their records will be receiving a notification through the Alert Collier System on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., asking if they want their information to remain in the PSN database or if they want it removed from […]

Oakes Farm protests continue

Collier and Lee County School Districts recently canceled their contacts with Oakes Farm, after seeing a social media post where Oakes called COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement hoaxes and called George Floyd a “disgraceful career criminal.” An Oakes farmworker, who wished not to be named for fear of retaliation, said, “It’s so frustrating […]

Cloud-based technology helps farmers count citrus trees

By Brad Buck,Special to the Immokalee BulletinIn his quest to find the right drone and other artificial intelligence to help ensure citrus growers get an accurate count of their crop, Yiannis Ampatzidis and his research team have developed a system known as Agroview. The technology saves farmers time and money and helps them accurately count […]

Former Speaker John Boehner, Ambassador Francis Rooney host reception for TIF

NAPLES – Before COVID-19 interrupted Naples’ social season, U.S. Congressman and former Ambassador Francis Rooney and his wife, Kathleen, opened their home to former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, the leadership team of The Immokalee Foundation, and invited guests for a reception to share information and hear testimonials about the foundation’s […]

Red Cross supports families impacted by Collier County wildfires

NAPLES – Last night, local American Red Cross volunteers from the Florida Gulf Coast to Heartland Chapter responded to wildfires in Collier County that threatened neighborhoods in the surrounding areas. The Red Cross worked closely with emergency management officials to support two county-managed reception centers, provided to the impacted families to coordinate a safe place […]

The Immokalee Foundation awarded $25,000 Project ALICE grant

NAPLES, Fla. (May 13, 2020) – The Immokalee Foundation has received $25,000 in funding from United Way of Collier and the Keys’ Project ALICE grant program for fiscal year 2020-21 to support the foundation’s groundbreaking initiative, Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed. The United Way grants are awarded to local community impact programs that empower […]

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