HLE Principal sleeps on school roof for reading points

For the students of Highlands Elementary School (HLE), reading has been a focus since the arrival of Principal Laura Mendicino. “I believe we must encourage students to read for enjoyment because reading teaches children about the world around them and breeds creativity, allowing time to explore imaginary places. Reading for pleasure is also strongly correlated […]

First1Bank has opened an Immokalee branch

May 29 was the day for the grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the First1Bank of Immokalee. The banks current President, Cary Soud said it took 94 years to get a full service bank in Immokalee.The new bank is located at 316 North 15th Street in Immokalee. The newly designed bank compliments the […]

The League Club grants $10,000 to The Immokalee Foundation’s Immokalee Readers program

NAPLES – The Immokalee Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from Southwest Florida’s League Club to support its Immokalee Readers program. Immokalee Readers is an after-school early intervention literacy tutoring program designed to help the lowest-performing young readers by supplementing their regular classroom instruction in reading. The tutors are high school students supervised by certified […]

Be wary and safe during alligators’ active season, FWC advises

A funny video showed up on Facebook recently, by Daniel McNamara via Storyful, that shows a resting alligator, awakened by an errant golf drive, then devouring said ball and slinking off into the water hazard. So far they haven’t been trained to fetch by Florida golf course owners, but a local trapper tells the story […]

Chamber hosts Roundtable with Redevelopment Agency

The Immokalee Chamber of Commerce (ICOC) and the Community Redevelopment Agency hosted a Roundtable Meeting with Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of DOE at the Boys & Girls Club-Bolch Campus located at 1155 Roberts Ave in Immokalee on May 29 with various community business members. There was an opened discussion on the following topics: •Availability of […]

North Collier Professional Fire Fighters Local 2297 to Fill the Boot for MDA

NAPLES – Members of the North Collier Professional Fire Fighters Local 2297 will finish off their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease in Southwest Florida. “Throughout 2018, MDA and fire fighters are celebrating 64 years of proud partnership, joined together in the fight against life-threatening muscle […]

TIF appoints Noemi Perez as new executive director

The board of directors of The Immokalee Foundation has appointed long-time foundation employee Noemi Perez as the organization’s executive director effective July 1, 2018. Steven Kissinger, who has served as the foundation’s executive director since 2014, will assume the position of vice president of Take Stock in Children of Florida on July 1. Perez, who […]

A look at FDOT projects in Immokalee

FDOT plans have a huge effect on how the community can grow so the SR 29 plans there are important for Immokalee. FDOT’s plans for the area south of LaBelle are important for anyone driving that direction, in particular for farm trucks. At this time, there is no accommodation planned for turn lanes to head […]

I.M.A honors Pastor Williams

The Immokalee Ministerial Alliance (I.M.A.) met recently and honored the long-time ministry of Rev. Frank Williams as the pastor of St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church. He was awarded with a gift certificate for a free dinner for two generously donated by Mi Ranchito restaurant. He has served not only his parishioners faithfully, but our community […]

Motivating Future Leaders

Thanks to Florida Gulf Coast University, FGCU, Immokalee Middle and High School students have an opportunity to participate in the College Reach-Out Program, (CROP). CROP, established in 1983, is a free program developed to inspire underprivileged middle and high school students to overcome odds and become first-generation college graduates. After they receive their degree, the […]