Nurse returns from Detroit to face rapid increase of COVID-19 cases

Jessica Flores has been a nurse for 9 years. She started her nursing journey at ITech in 2010, when she enrolled in the LPN program. “I completed that program in 2011, went back to college for Associate Degree in Nursing in 2013, took my state exam and officially became a Registered Nurse.” Flores added, “I […]

New emergency shelter opens in Immokalee

Despite a worldwide pandemic that delayed the opening from April to May, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children cut the ribbon on the new Shelly Stayer Shelter, May 26, in Immokalee. The residential wings of the long-awaited facility opened to residents in need of safe shelter on Monday, June 1. “The dream we planted […]

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers expresses concern regarding the rapidly growing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Immokalee:

There are alarming signs of a major COVID-19 outbreak in Immokalee – and the immediate next steps are clear: We need ongoing and accessible testing, effective contact tracing, and wrap-around services to support hundreds of COVID-positive patients and their families.‬” Coalition of Immokalee Workers can be found online at: Or via their Facebook page: […]

Guest Commentary: The day South Florida agriculture died

By Gene McAvoySpecial to the Immokalee BulletinIMMOKALEE — “Up to the end of February our growers were having a banner year, and it looked like this season would be one of those home runs that come around every 5-6 years.” Here is a report that I prepared on the state of South Florida agriculture and […]

Guest Commentary ‘Be Flamazing’ gala shines spotlight on possibilities

By Dawn Montecalvo President of Guadalupe Center As the leader of a nonprofit organization, potential donors and volunteers often ask me to explain Guadalupe Center’s mission. The official mission statement is to “break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.” The dots are easy to connect – a high-quality education is […]

Immokalee Boxer ranked 9th in the Nation

It’s official. Immokalee’s Nate Martinez has clenched a spot at the national level. After an impressive performance at last month’s U.S. Olympic Team Boxing Trials in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Nate closed out the year ranking ninth in the country in the USA Boxing Junior Men’s 114 pound weight class division. The accomplishment, in and of […]

TIF joins U.S. Senator Rick Scott for roundtable discussion

NAPLES – Noemi Y. Perez, president and CEO of The Immokalee Foundation, and Walt Buchholtz, the foundation’s operations director, met with United States Senator Rick Scott and community leaders during a recent visit to Immokalee for a roundtable discussion on issues important to the community, including the economy and workforce development. The Immokalee Foundation has […]

Immokalee Principal featured on new PBS Show

IMMOKALEE – Zulaika Quintero, principal of RCMA’s Immokalee Community School, will be featured in Family Pictures USA, a new PBS project that explores families around the country through the lens of family photo albums. Six of the school’s students also appear in the episode with her. Family Pictures Southwest Florida will debut at 9 p.m. […]

Two Teens Arrested in Homicide

Two Immokalee teens are facing murder charges following a drive-by shooting Tuesday evening. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Jesus Montelongo III, 19, and 17-year-old Malachi Montelongo, on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies responded to calls of a shooting along Amos Court at 6:21 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies […]

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee receives grant

NAPLES – Students at Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee (Pathways) will have greater access to the center’s nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum because of a $10,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The grant will fund Pathways’ Tuition Assistance Program for families that would not otherwise be able to afford year-round early education. […]

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