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Justin Emens, Barbara Evans, David Gordley, Robert Mirakian, Stephanie Dixon Submitted Photo

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DAS Finds Homes for 51 Pets During Adoption Event

Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hosted Home for the Holidays, a 33-hour adoption event Dec. 9 – Dec. 10 that found homes for 51 homeless animals, including 25 cats, 22 dogs, two ferrets and two guinea pigs. DAS is extending the discounts on adoptions offered during the event until Dec. 31. All dog adoptions will be $20; all cat adoptions will be $10.

“The adopt-a-thon was a successful event, and everyone at DAS is happy that 51 pets found their home for the holidays,” said DAS Director Darcy Andrade. “Even with 51 animals being placed into homes, there are still quite a few animals at the shelter, which is why we are extending the adoption promotion until the end of December,” Andrade added.



Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, heartworm test for dogs, FELV/FIV test for cats, rabies vaccination, and 30 days of free pet insurance. That’s a value of more than $400.

For more information on DAS, visit, stop by the shelter at 7610 Davis Boulevard, Naples, Florida 34104, or call (239) 252-PETS (7387). Visit the Immokalee shelter at 405 Sgt. Joe Jones Road, Immokalee, Florida 34142, or call (239) 252-7065. New Drug Court Program Agreement Approved

JCMI BINGO JCMI Monday Night Bingo committee member, Hanita Kern, awards cash to our

JCMI BINGO JCMI Monday Night Bingo committee member, Hanita Kern, awards cash to our

The Board of County Commissioners (Board) approved and authorized its Chairman to sign an agreement with David Lawrence Mental Health Center (DLC) to operate a post-adjudication, court-supervised, substance abuse treatment program known as the Collier County Drug Court Program.

In March, the Board approved the submission of an application for participation in the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program: Enhancement. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) through Grant # 2017-DCBX 0053. Collier County proposed enhancing a post-adjudication, courtsupervised, substance abuse treatment program. Subsequently, in November, the Board executed a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to receive $400,000 in federal funds. As a condition of the award, the Drug Court Team provides a $163,380 match. Matching funds will come from participant fees and in-kind services generated by the Drug Court Team while operating the program.

The application submitted by Collier County proposed an initiative that will enhance the collaboration of the Drug Court Team, including Judge Janeice Martin, DLC, Court Administration, State Attorney, Public Defender Office, and the Sheriff’s Office Department of Corrections. Collier County’s Community and Human Services Division will act as the fiscal agent and manage the grant.

The agreement between Collier County and DLC will allow the non-profit agency to begin operation of the program as outlined and approved in the application. The program will target adults 18 and over who have not been charged with a violent drug-related felony offense, and are substance dependent and at risk of failing in less intensive rehabilitation programs. Collier County Commissioner Bill McDaniel, Chairman of the Collier County Public Safety Coordinating Council, said, “I’m very pleased with this grant. I have said many times there is little rehabilitation that comes with incarceration.” IBERIABANK Provides Hurricane Irma Relief IBERIABANK, a 130-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, recently completed a food drive and provided a $5,000 donation to benefit the food pantry at Grace Place for Children and Families. “The demand for food at our weekly Friday Food Pantry increased substantially following Hurricane Irma. Many of the families who benefit from our services were out of work due to disruption in jobs within the tourist industry. These families are still struggling, and we are grateful to the generosity of the associates and clients of IBERIABANK who donated food to the drive. The $5,000 donation from IBERIBANK will help support our Friday Food Pantry for 700 families for two weeks,” said Barbara Evans, chief development officer at Grace Place.

Founded in 2004, Grace Place for Children and Families is a faith-based, non-profit neighborhood center teaching literacy, language and life skills to atrisk children and impoverished families in Golden Gate city. Each week, the center serves an average of 800 individuals through its education programming and food pantry. They provide free high quality, educational programs that foster social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual development. Programs concentrate on academic excellence, social competency, relational mentoring for positive behavior choices, safe, structured opportunities for enrichment activities, parenting skills, and family literacy. The goal is to help children reach their full potential as literate, happy, healthy, and productive members of society. two big winners on Monday, Tracey Taylor and Barb Rola. Played every Monday at 991 Winterberry Drive on Marco, doors open to all at 5:30 – enjoy our famous complimentary hot dog and sides! Students express the spirit of democracy

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office is proud to announce the winning artists for the 2017 Art for Democracy contest: Bianca Bernstein of Mason Classical Academy and the Gulfview Middle School’s Art Department.

A call for entries took place between October 5 and November 16 and students were challenged to create a piece of artwork that expresses the meaning of democracy. Among the 145 submitted works of art, six winning entries were selected to appear in election publications between 2018 and 2019, including in the 2018 Election Calendar.

A reception for the winning artists will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, at the East West Fine Art Gallery located at 2425 Tamiami Trail N. #102, Naples FL 34103. The Supervisor of Elections office partnered with the Collier County Public Schools and Champions For Learning during this year’s contest. For more information about the Art for Democracy project, please visit or call (239) 252-VOTE. Voter Challenge nets 1000 New Voter Registrations

Since October, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office has been engaging high school students in the electoral process by challenging them to register and pre-register to vote.

So far, 11 schools have participated in the fifth annual High School Voter Registration Challenge and already, the office has collected more than 1,000 new voter registration applications from students.

Approximately 1,073 new voter registrations have been received by the elections office since the challenge kicked off, which is nearly double the number collected during last year’s challenge.

“We are excited to see so many students participating in this challenge. Pre-registered voters who turn 18 prior to Election Day next year will be eligible to vote in that election.” – Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of Elections

To learn more about the schools participating in this year’s High School Voter Registration Challenge, visit the Community Calendar at FWC Law Enforcement

Officer Arbogast was on water patrol with an Everglades National Park Ranger in a park service vessel. The officers were pulling away from the dock when they observed a 14’ jon boat idling towards the boat ramp with several fishing rods hanging out the sides. During a resource inspection, several indicators of impairment were observed. When asked how much he had to drink. He replied “a few, 3 to 4.” The operator consented to Seated Field Sobriety Tests which he performed poorly. Officer Arbogast placed the operator under arrest for BUI. The operator refused to provide a breath sample and was booked into the county jail.

Officers Oldsen, Amuso, Araujo and Kleis responded to Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT) call regarding two missing boaters in a remote part of the Ten Thousand Islands. The local Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit and a National Park Service Vessel also responded to the call. The missing boaters were found by Officers Kleis and Amuso, and aside from being scared and lost, they were unharmed. The officers escorted them back to the boat ramp.

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