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Halloween Safety Tips

BUDGET FY 2011

ELECTION:

Challenging economic times and tough choices

Proposed Charter Admendments

SPECIAL SECTION: STRATEGIC PLAN 2010

TURKEY TROT 2010!

Tamarac is on target and planning for the future

WELCOME NEW COMMISSIONER Michelle J. Gomez

Tamarac’s annual tradition turns 30 this year! Join us for this great holiday tradition, and many more!

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The Tam-A-Gram is the official publication of the City of Tamarac, Florida. The magazine is published quarterly and mailed to residents and businesses within the City, under the direction of the Public Information Committee and the Public Information Office.

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Reader questions and comments are welcome. Please send your comments to:

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Public Information Office Attn.: Tam-A-Gram 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue Tamarac, Florida 33321

BSO’s tips for a safe Halloween.

Join us for these season traditions!

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You may also email your comments, or questions, to Chad Quinn, Public Information Specialist, at: chadq@tamarac.org. Please include “Tam-A-Gram” in the subject line of your email. CITY COMMISSION: Beth Talabisco, Mayor Harry Dressler, Vice Mayor, District 4 Pamela Bushnell, Commissioner, District 1 Michelle J. Gomez, Commissioner, District 2 Diane Glasser, Commissioner, District 3 CITY MANAGER: Jeffrey L. Miller PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE: Paul Dick, Chair Carole Anne Paladno Jon Breslav Claudia Krysiak Miriam Marin Maurice Weinreb PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE: Managing Editor: Andy Berns, Public and Economic Affairs Officer Editor/Creative Director: Chad J. Quinn, Public Information Specialist

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(954) 597-3500 Citizen Hotline (954) 718-1800 (Activated During Emergencies) Building Services (954) 597-3420 Building Inspections (954) 597-3430 Building Permitting and Inspection Results (954) 597-3435 City Clerk’s Office (954) 597-3505 City Commission (954) 597-3460 City Manager’s Office (954) 597-3510 PIO (Media) (954) 597-3523 Community Development (954) 597-3530 Code Compliance (954) 597-3425 Business Revenue (954) 597-3536

Safety Tips

Turkey Trot

It’s our 30th Anniversary!

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On Target for the Future

Special Section: Strategic Plan 2010-2012

1 �����First Things Farewell to Ben, congratulations to Claudio, and thank you to Neil; Welcome Commissioner Gomez; Ken and Pat read us; Paratransit offers assistance; and Tamarac Fire Rescue says “Get Ready.”. 6 �����Election 2010: Charter Amendments This November three Charter Amendments are on the ballot in Tamarac. 7 �����Getting to Know Us: City Clerk More than just file storage. 7 �����Goodbye: City Clerk Retires Marion Swenson retires after eighteen years of service to the City. 8 �����Fiscal Year 2010 Budget From parks and medians, to police and fire protection, Tamarac’s budget encompasses everything that makes Tamarac “The City for Your Life!” 15 �����And Last Save water and money with: low-flow toilet rebates are back (for a limited time!); and we can help you reduce your water use—just call... 15 �����Flip For It! Check out the latest events, programs, and activities in Discovery!

N U M B E R S Financial Services (954) 597-3550 Purchasing (954) 597-3570 Fire Rescue (Non-Emergency) (954) 597-3800 Human Resources (954) 597-3600 Job Line (954) 597-3615 Risk Management (954) 597-3613 Mayor and Commission (954) 597-3460 Parks & Recreation (954) 597-3620 Community Center (954) 597-3620 Customer Service (954) 597-3590 Caporella Aquatic Center (954) 597-3660 Caporella Fitness Center (954) 597-3661 Social Services (954) 597-3642 Transit/Shuttle Bus (954) 597-3649

Police/BSO Tamarac District (Non-Emergency)

(954) 720-2225 Public Works (954) 597-3700 Engineering (954) 597-3712 Recycling & Trash Hotline (954) 597-3740 Utilities (954) 597-3750 Customer Service (954) 597-3590 Utilities (leaks, breaks, etc.) (954) 597-3750 Water Treatment Plant (954) 597-3775 (Also used for 24-hour Utilities emergencies.) Service Providers: All Service Refuse (954) 583-1830 Comcast Cable 1-800-COMCAST Library (Tamarac Branch) (954) 720-2282 Post Office (Tamarac Branch) (954) 722-3152 Tamarac Theater (954) 726-7898 Waste Management (954) 974-7500


PARK/FACILITY CLOSINGS: Beginning October 1, 2010 the following parks will be closed on Mondays: Caporella Park, Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups, Sunset Point Park, Tamarac Sports Complex, Tephford Park, and Veterans Memorial Park. In addition, the Tamarac Community Center will be closed on Sundays beginning on October 1, 2010. For more information about park maintenance, or any of Tamarac’s parks, call (954) 597-3620. 1

VOLUNTEERS: Congratulations to Sandy Ehrlich who has been selected as Volunteer of the Quarter for the third Quarter of 2010. Sandy’s computer skills have truly been an asset to the City—and the Fire Rescue division in particular—as she took on a project which involved creating databases of businesses and schools that the Fire Inspectors use. Sandy spent many hours researching and perfecting these databases and although she was originally only scheduled to work two days a week, she would come in more often in an effort to complete the project. Her hard work has been a valuable asset to the inspectors and has helped Fire Rescue tremendously. If you would like to become a volunteer with the City, contact Rose Cure Persad, Social Services Supervisor, at (954) 597-3642, or via email at rosec@tamarac.org.

Farewell Ben Chicofsky, the long-time Chair of the City’s Public Information Office passed away in late July at ninety-eight. He had a tremendous impact on how citywide communication developed.

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On July 25, 2010 the City lost a great friend—Ben Chicofsky one of the original founders of the Tam-A-Gram passed away. Ben served for over 20 years on the Public Information Committee, most of that time as Chair. When the Tam-AGram was originally founded in the mid 1980’s it was produced by a dedicated group of residents who wrote the articles and laid out and copied the newsletter onto 11x17 paper. They even hand delivered the finished product throughout the City to the various communities! Over time the newsletter morphed into the glossy 20page magazine that it is today. Ben was proud of how far the Tam-A-Gram had evolved over the years and he was especially proud of the fact that the City’s latest resident survey showed that 84% of residents said they received their information about the City from the Tam-A-Gram. Ben... thank you for your service, you will be missed.

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FIRST THINGS: #1: On August 25, 2010 the Mayor and Commission presented Neil Jenkins, the recently retired Director of the JP Taravella High School’s Band a Proclamation honoring his years of service to the school and for his support of the City’s events over the years, such as the Annual Veterans Day ceremony (pictured l to r: Shawn Cerra, JP Taravella Principal and Neil Jenkins); #2: Back in July we sent out a tweet on the City’s Twitter account (twitter.com/CityofTamarac) asking for photos of the City’s July 4th celebration—resident Jennifer Hollman responded with this amazing photo: “I shot this just past the southeast corner of the park in front of the canal. We go there every year (same spot) because it’s just a perfect view over the water for that nice reflection!”; #3: Also on August 25, Mayor and Commission honored Community Liaison for State Senator Jeremy Ring, Ralph Baer, for his years of service and dedication to District 32.

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CONGRATULATIONS: This past June, the City of Tamarac’s Chief Building Official and Director of the Building Department, Claudio Grande, was voted by the members of the Building Officials Association of Florida as their President for 2010-2011 at their annual Education Conference. Claudio also received his Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification at the conference.


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Welcome COMMISSIONER MICHELLE J. GOMEZ

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[ new commissioner] On July 21, 2010 the Mayor and Commission appointed Michelle J. Gomez as the new commissioner for District 2. Commissioner Gomez will serve out the remaining term for suspended Commissioner Patricia Atkins-Grad; through November 2014. However, if Commissioner Atkins-Grad is acquitted of the charges against her, she can be reinstated to office by the Governor. Commissioner Gomez is an attorney and a Class of 2009 graduate of the City’s citizen academy, Tamarac University. Fifteen applications were submitted to fill the vacant seat; three candidates withdrew — the Commission interviewed the remaining twelve over a two day period, July 13 - July 14, and narrowed the field to three finalist. The final three were interviewed again on July 21 with the Commission ultimately deciding upon Ms. Gomez. Once selected, the new Commissioner was immediately sworn-in by Tamarac’s City Manager, Jeffrey L. Miller.

Paratransit offers transportation to physically challenged residents, seniors 60 years of age and older, and City residents who are unable to use the City of Tamarac Transit System. Offering a full range of transportation services, Tamarac Paratransit provides access to medical appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacies and the Tamarac Community Center. Effective October 1, 2010, there will be a few modifications to the Paratransit service which include: • Office hours to make appointments will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • The last available appointment slot will be 2:00 p.m. • NEW! There will be a Tamarac Community Center Shuttle with a morning pick up between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and a choice of return trip of either 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. • Grocery shopping trips to Publix will be offered to residents on all days except when it falls on a holiday. GOOD NEWS! The Paratransit membership fee will remain the same; $30 for 3 months, $40 for 6 months or $60 for one year of unlimited rides. If you have any questions, please contact Tamarac’s Transportation Division at (954) 597-3649.

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KEN TARNOVE

PAT TEUFEL Ken Tarnove enjoys reading his TamA-Gram while relaxing in the backyard of his Woodmont home; and Pat Teufel, Tamarac’s Assistant City Clerk, took her Tam-A-Gram far from home— on vacation to the Grand Canyon!

F R E E T- S H I RT ! Where do you read the Perhaps, like Ken above, you enjoy reading it at home. Or maybe between rounds of golf or, like Pat, on vacation to exotic locations? We want to know... send us a picture of you reading the Tam-A-Gram! If you do, we may publish your photo in an upcoming issue of the magazine — and if your photo is chosen, we will send you a free t-shirt with the City's logo on the front! Send your photos to: Tam-AGram Photos, 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue, Tamarac, Florida 33321; or via email: chadq@tamarac.org. (Please note: Photos must be high-resolution to be eligible for printing.) Include your full name, address, telephone number and a brief description of the photo as well as your shirt size preference (L or XL).


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safe this Halloween with these safety tips from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. FOR DRIVERS: • Stay alert and don’t exceed the posted speed limit. Be especially cautious in residential neighborhoods. • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars. Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. • Remember that children may be dressed in dark clothing. FOR PARENTS: • Ensure an adult accompanies children as they trick-or-treat. • Plan and discuss the route children will take, and their return time, and make sure they stick to it. • Make younger children stay in familiar areas. • Have children carry flashlights or glosticks for easier visibility. • Ensure children stop only at houses that are well-lit, and teach them to NEVER enter the home of a stranger. • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten. Don’t let children eat anything that is unwrapped or seems unusual. • Before eating any fruit, wash it and slice it into small pieces. • Pin a slip of paper to the costumes of younger children listing the child’s name, address and telephone number in the event the child gets separated from their group. • Turn on your home’s exterior lights and remove any objects from your walkway that may be a hazard to trick-or-treaters. • Place jack-o-lanterns out-of-reach

so children won’t burn themselves or their costumes. • If possible, send children trick-ortreating before dark. • Be aware of any suspicious activity; report any concerns to BSO or your local police agency. FOR KIDS: • Walk, don’t run from house to house. Use streets, sidewalks and driveways to enter and leave houses. • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks. • Cross the streets at crosswalks or at corners, never in the middle of the street. • Only accept candy that is wrapped or packaged. • Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your treats. • Never enter the home of a stranger. If a stranger insists you come inside, leave immediately and tell a parent, a police officer or other trusted adult. • Be smart. Don’t play pranks that can hurt other people or property. If you see someone doing something they shouldn’t, tell an adult immediately. COSTUME TIPS: • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes. Use light-colored materials and strips of reflective tape to make children visible. • Avoid long costumes that may cause the child to trip (falls are the leading cause of injuries on Halloween). • Use facial makeup instead of masks that can hinder a child’s vision. • Avoid using simulated knives, guns, or swords. If these props are used, ensure they are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently celebrated September as National Preparedness Month. Preparedness is an essential element of a resilient and secure City, and the City of Tamarac has made preparedness a top priority. We urge all residents and business owners to take the appropriate measures to better prepare themselves, their families and their businesses for emergencies. Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. By taking a few simple steps now, we can all ensure that our community will be better prepared before the next emergency arises. We encourage you to prepare an emergency supply kit that will provide at least five days of survival necessities. It is also important to develop a family plan to address sheltering or evacuation of the area. Don’t be caught unprepared; plan now for a safer tomorrow. For more information on FEMA’s Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month, visit their website at www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. For information about local preparedness and Tamarac’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training please contact our Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at (954) 597-3805.

DID YOU KNOW? During and after an emergency, such as a hurricane, the City of Tamarac will activate the following numbers: Hurricane Hotline................ (954) 597-3800 Recorded Updates.............. (954) 718-1800 Volunteer Desk..................... (954) 597-3620

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H A P P E N I N G S

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Trick or Treat Tamarac! Tamarac’s annual Halloween Hoopla and BSO National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Tamarac MultiPurpose Center (7501 N. University Drive). Kids will enjoy costume contests, face painting, free Halloween treats, games, music, displays of BSO vehicles and equipment, and so much more! The best costume wins a great prize.

Honoring our Veterans: Celebrate your patriotism and say “thank you” to our country’s veterans by joining Tamarac’s Mayor and Commission, as well as other local dignitaries, at the City’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony to be held at Veterans Memorial Park (7825 Southgate Boulevard; corner of University Drive and Southgate Boulevard). Thursday, November 11, 2011 at 10:30 am. Refreshments will be served after the event.

Light Up Tamarac! Tamarac’s annual Holiday Lighting event will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at the Tamarac Community Center (8601 W. Commercial Boulevard). Starting at 6:00 pm, get your holidays started with the sights and sounds of the season. This wonderful event includes a concert by Tamarac’s best school choirs, a visit by Santa, magic show, and the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree, Menorah and Nativity Scene!

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Residents and visitors of Tamarac know that Fall brings so much more than cooler weather—it brings some of the City’s most cherished and popular traditions such as...

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Join the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tamarac Saturday, October 30th, 2010, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm for the 7th Annual Taste of Tamarac & Business Expo—an afternoon of family fun featuring some of the areas favorite restaurants and caterers serving fabulous food and delicious desserts. In addition to the great food, you and your family will enjoy an informational business expo, great entertainment, a spectacular car show, puppet shows, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating for the kids and so much more! Samplings from some of the participating restaurants, caterers and food vendors will

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include: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Colony West Country Club/Sandtrap Lounge, J.P. Taravella High School ProStart Kids, The Melting Pot, Rita’s Italian Ice, From Scratch Restaurant, and more! Admission is $10.00 per person at the door, children under 5 are FREE! Be sure to stop by the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce office located in City Hall (7525 N.W. 88th Avenue) for ½ off coupons! Schedule of events: Puppet Shows at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm; Costume Contest at 1:00 pm; Car Show at 11:30 am with judging and trophy presentation at 3:00 pm For more information, contact the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce at (954) 722-1520.


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This Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2010, the City of Tamarac will mark a milestone— the 30th Anniversary of the Tamarac Turkey Trot 5K race! Over 1,500 runners and 1,000 spectators make Tamarac’s annual Turkey Trot one of the City’s most popular events; not to mention one of the most anticipated running events of the year with participants from all over the State, Country, and even the world! Help us celebrate this milestone! This Thanksgiving morning, wake up early, throw your turkey in the oven, grab your running shoes, or perhaps your lawn chair if you prefer to be a spectator and cheer the runners on. Get your Thanksgiving festivities off to a great start by celebrating this City tradition with friends and family! The Tamarac Turkey Trot 5K Race is the City of Tamarac’s signature event. The certified race course starts at 77th Street and N.W. 88th Avenue, winds through the Woodmont community and ends at City Hall. Participants are treated with complimentary fruit, snacks, refreshments, and massages, and the event ends with an awards ceremony presented in all age categories from under 10 through 80 and over. Awards are given to the top three runners in each age group and to the top three overall. Join us Thanksgiving Day, November 25, at Tamarac City Hall, 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue. Race starts promptly at 7:30 am. Register early at www.splitsecondtiming.com or www.tamarac.org; or call (954) 597-3620 for more information.

GIVE & GET!

Help those less fortunate this holiday season by bringing canned and other nonperishable food to the 30th Anniversary Tamarac Turkey Trot—the first 500 people (one per family) to bring their donations will receive a special 30th Anniversary commemorative give-away! Donations will be collected on behalf of the Tamarac Interfaith and Community Leadership Council and will benefit Family Central (www.familycentral.org). Be sure to look for collection boxes at other City events; donations are always welcome!

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The City of Tamarac is governed according to two key documents, the City Charter and the City Code of Ordinances. The Charter, which is like the City’s Constitution, sets the overall tone as approved by the voters. Any changes to the Charter must be approved by the voters of Tamarac. In following the City Charter, the Mayor and Commission then consider and adopt the resolutions and ordinances that comprise the City Code.

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The City Charter is reviewed every six years. The 2009-2010 Charter Review Board, which was comprised of residents appointed by the City Commission, was tasked with performing a thorough review of the City Charter and making recommendations for updates and changes to the City Commission. Three recommended changes have been subject to public hearings, and have been heard and passed by the City Commission. These items will next appear on

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Title: RESERVE SURPLUS AND PLANNING FOR FINANCIAL EMERGENCIES Description: The City Charter currently provides that the City may maintain an unappropriated surplus of no more than ten percent (10%) of its total proposed expenditures of the General Fund budget. Shall the Charter be amended to remove the maximum cap on the amount of unappropriated surplus funds that the City may maintain in its reserves to enable the City to be better prepared for financial emergencies and other unexpected municipal expenses? Summary: Hurricanes and other financial emergencies can place a huge demand on City resources. This change would allow for prudent financial management, enabling the City to be better prepared in the event of emergency.

WHAT TO KNOW: Although there are no general elections in Tamarac this November, residents do have the opportunity to vote on three important Charter Amendments. The Charter Amendments were suggested by the Charter Review Board, a group comprised of representatives of the community who are appointed every 6 years, by the Mayor and Commission, to serve a one year term. Each proposed change to Charter is detailed below. Be sure to VOTE Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

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Title: TRANSITION OF SPECIFIC ADVISORY BOARDS FROM THE CITY CHARTER TO THE CITY’S CODE OF ORDINANCES Description: The City Charter currently references a number of advisory boards which are also governed by the City’s Code of Ordinances. In an effort to avoid redundancy and unnecessary Charter language, shall the Charter be amended to remove any references to these advisory boards since they are fully regulated in greater detail by the City Code? Summary: It is unnecessary for these advisory boards to be referenced in both documents. This change will allow for updates and changes to be made as needed, and not be made to wait until the Charter Review Board meets every six years.

DID YOU KNOW? The quickest way to find your precinct information; who your city,

county, state, and federal elected officials are; information about absentee ballots; how to become a poll worker; and so much more, is by visiting the Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ website: www.browardsoe.org. Or, call (954) 357-7050.

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the November 2010 ballot for consideration by the City’s voters. The proposed changes to be decided by the voters this year are detailed below. The ballot item title and description are included as they will appear on the ballot. A brief summary is also included. For more information on these proposed Charter Amendments, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (954) 597-3505. For polling locations, visit: www.browardsoe.org.

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Title: PROCUREMENT REQUIRING A COMPETITIVE PROCESS AND ADVERTISING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SOLICITATION OF COMPETITIVE BIDS Description: The Charter requires that the solicitation for bids for the purpose of capital equipment and all contracts over $25,000 be advertised in at least one daily newspaper of daily circulation. Shall the Charter be amended to allow the Commission to set the financial threshold for requiring the procurement of contracts through a competitive process and to establish the advertising requirements, which may include online advertising, in accordance with Florida law? Summary: This change allows the Commission to take advantage of the cost efficiencies and greater circulation potential available by advertising online. The proposed change also allows the Commission the discretion to determine the value of contracts to be advertised. In order to ensure an open and fair procurement policy, all advertising must be consistent with state law.


CONTINUING SERIES: GET TO KNOW YOUR CITY

he City Clerk’s Office has been a time honored and vital part of local government; and is the longest standing profession among public servants which acts as a link between the citizens of local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels. It is the mission of the City Clerk’s Office to serve the public, City departments, and City Commission by efficiently providing relevant information regarding the many diverse functions that fall under the direction of this office and in conjunction with the City’s Strategic Plan. The City Clerk’s Office provides information and assistance to all Departments and the public in English and Spanish; works closely with government partners and keeps abreast of current laws. Staff performs research and responds to public records requests, attends all City Commission meetings and other public meetings as necessary and prepares and distributes agendas and backup and retains official minutes. The City Clerk’s Office also manages City wide records, legal advertisements and meeting notices. Our Records Management Division educates employees in records and information management and provides support for the exchange of infor-

RECORDS: More than just files; Tamarac’s City Clerk does so much more than collect and maintain the official documents of the City.

mation and the establishment of standards within records management practices. The Clerk’s Office works closely with the Broward County Supervisor of Elections to efficiently run City of Tamarac elections. The next election is November 2, 2010 at which time Tamarac will have three referendum questions on the ballot regarding changes to Tamarac’s Charter. Tamarac also maintains close working relationships with City Clerks from neighboring municipalities. Tamarac’s City Clerk’s Office is also an acceptance facility for the US Department of State for passports and provides current and accurate information regarding passport applications. The Tamarac City Clerk’s Office strives toward ethical behavior in accordance with the Florida Statues, City Clerk Code of Ethics and the Florida Association of City Clerks Code of Ethics.

GOODBYE

City Clerk Retires after eighteen years of service to the City of Tamarac

After over eighteen years with the City, Tamarac’s City Clerk Marion Swenson retired on August 31, 2010. Marion, who started with the City in March 1992, originally worked in the City Attorney’s office. In May 1998 she was promoted to Assistant City Clerk and in July 2000 she was named City Clerk. Prior to working for Tamarac, Marion worked for other municipalities and in the private sector. Over her tenure, Marion oversaw many changes in the Clerk’s office including the electronic media conversion of records and increased access to public documents through the web. City Manager Jeffrey L. Miller summed up the collective feelings of all of Marion’s friends and colleagues at the City when he said, “Marion, you’ll be missed—we wish you all the best and a happy retirement. You’ve earned it.”

MARION SWENSON

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Tamarac’s annual budget encompasses everything that makes our City “The City for Your Life!”—parks, police and fire protection, and so much more.

CREATING VALUE IN CHALLENGING TIMES

n June 30, 2010, the City Manager released his proposed FY 2011 Operating and Capital Budget. The development of the budget was a culmination of work spanning the previous five months beginning in January. The development of the budget required analysis, planning, review and assessment. This work focused on providing an annual strategy that recognizes and addresses our community’s service needs while dealing with a challenging economic environment. The City’s primary operating fund, the General Fund, was proposed at $44,776,200, which is the same budget adopted for FY 2010 and represents 44% of the total budget. Property taxes and state-shared revenues are the primary funding sources for the provision of general governmental services in the City. Service levels for police, fire, and emergency medical services remain unchanged for this next fiscal year. The City experienced a third straight decrease in taxable assessed values in 2010 with the highest percentage decline to date of 19.6%, the majority of which occurred in the residential sector. As such, and in conjunction with other steps enumerated below, the City Commission set a tentative millage rate of 6.5000, an increase of 8.3% from 5.9999 adopted for FY 2010. Although there is an increase in the millage rate, most property owners will likely pay less in property taxes this year than last due to the decrease in taxable values of 19.6%. In fact, the number of properties in the City that have no taxable value (pay nothing in property taxes) increased from 2,497 to 3,574, an increase of 43% or 11.58% of the 30,856 residential properties. As part of the budget development, the City also evaluated staffing, service levels and alternative revenue sources. The evaluation of staffing resulted in fifteen (15) positions being eliminated this year for a total of seventy-five (75) positions eliminated over the last three (3) years. The offer of a Voluntary Separation Incentive Program to long-term employees to further achieve www.tamarac.org

VALUE: The budget provides for all of the elements that make Tamarac a great city to live, work, and do business. Annual favorites such as the Turkey Trot and the Taste of Tamarac as well as cherished traditions celebrating Halloween, Veterans Day and the December holidays (pages 4-5) continue to offer families, friends, and neighbors opportunities to enjoy all our City has to offer. The budget also ensures the business of the City will continue and its infrastructure will remain strong including: clean parks and medians; well maintained roads and facilities; police and fire protection; streets lights; summer camp; clean water; sewer service; code compliance; hurricane preparedness and clean-up; and all the things that happen behind the scenes. Despite the challenges we face, Tamarac is an amazing City with something to offer everyone; our residents, and our staff, take great pride in “The City for Your Life!”

reductions in personnel services costs has further reduced the workforce. In an effort to align service levels with the reduction of staffing, all parks will be closed on Mondays and the Tamarac Community Center will be closed on Sundays. In order to continue to meet the expectations of our residents, as well as ensuring the City’s long-term financial stability, staff analyzed its continuing revenue sources. Towards that end, in an effort to diversify our revenue and not be totally dependent on property taxes as a primary revenue source, the City Commission expanded its use of the public service tax from natural gas and propane to electricity with a 10% tax on electric usage effective October 1, 2010. This action will support long-term financial sustainability for the community. In addition to the above, the City Manager proposed that the Fire Service Assessment fee remain the same for FY 2011 as the previous years. A slight increase in the Debt Service Millage of .0894 per $1,000 in value from .0801 automatically occurred as a direct result of the overall decrease in taxable value in the City. The City Commission held public hearings on September 13, 2010 and September 22, 2010 on the adoption of the millage rates and the operating and capital budgets for FY 2011. If you have any questions on the City’s budget, please call Tamarac’s Financial Services Department at (954) 597-3550.


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Dear Residents, I am pleased to present to you the City of Tamarac’s latest Strategic Plan. You may be asking yourself, “What is a Strategic Plan?” and “Why does Tamarac need one?” Glad you asked… like any organization or business, a government such as ours must always be looking toward the future; not just next month or next year, but two years from now; ten years from now; and, in some cases, even 15-20 years from now. Not only must we save for a rainy day, so to speak, but we must also be willing to invest in our future—it’s a delicate balancing act that has many moving parts and stakeholders; stakeholders such as: our residents and business owners; and our elected officials and employees. The purpose of our Strategic Plan is to set priorities for resource allocation and to provide direction as we look to the future. Tamarac is a young City—we’ll turn fifty in 2013—with a rich history and a bright future. This Strategic Plan provides a glimpse of where we’ve been over the past several years and where we’re heading. Tamarac conducts Strategic Planning every year under the direction of the Mayor and Commission. City staff has diligently worked on this latest edition, taking into account the results of our most recent resident and business surveys, as well as input gathered through community meetings, focus groups and Citizen Advisory Boards. Our five key goals remain: Inclusive Community; Strong Economy in a Healthy Environment; Dynamic Organizational Culture; Clear Communication; and a Safe and Vibrant Community. As you read through this Strategic Plan, check our progress and make note of our goals. I invite you to help us as we strive to achieve everything we’ve set out to accomplish—after all, this is your community—Tamarac, The City for Your Life!

Sincerely,

Jeffrey L. Miller City Manager


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Inclusive Community

Provide programs and services to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community. This includes: • Recognizing and embracing diversity • Gathering and using feedback to continually refine programs and services How we measure our success: Measure

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FY 07 Actual

FY 08 Actual

FY 09 Actual

FY 10 Target

FY 11 Target

Resident Satisfaction With City Services (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

+30

+30

+29

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Business Satisfaction With City Services (Business satisfaction levels to mirror resident satisfaction +/- 5%.)

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Resident Satisfaction With Quality of Life (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

+2

+2

+1

+1

+5

Workforce Diversity (Diversity mirrors community +/- 5%.)

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Steps to ensure continued success: • Conduct ongoing transactional surveys with monthly reviews in all operating departments • Implement CSI Tamarac, an internet based customer service inquiry system, and review monthly • Adopt and implement a Public Art Master Plan to provide a variety of cultural opportunities

DID YOU KNOW? To stay abreast of changing customer service needs, the City of Tamarac regularly conducts transactional surveys—if you’re asked to fill-out a survey, please be sure to take the time to let us know how we’re doing. These surveys help us to evaluate our overall customer service including professionalism, accuracy of information, responsiveness, and timeliness.

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Continued From Cover... over the last couple of years. Additional feedback was gained through surveys our residents and the business community, as well as the City’s employees, took part in. It is this feedback from the community, along with lessons learned through our successes and challenges, that forms the basis for the 2010 Strategic Plan. As a City we have a lot to be

proud of and as we move forward we’ve set some lofty goals: whether to increase our already high customer satisfaction ratings; maintain our credit rating in these trying economic times; retain a qualified workforce; further enhance our recycling programs; increase the quality of communication we provide the community; or reduce the crime rate, we’re right on target!


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Strong Economy in a Healthy Environment

Utilize innovative management practices to develop and maintain a strong financial base, balancing the financial needs of the City with preservation of the environment. This includes: • Maintaining a strong financial base • Leveraging tax dollars by identifying alternative funding sources • Utilizing HPO and Sterling frameworks to foster innovative management practices • Improving and developing solutions to environmental concerns How we measure our success: Measure

Goal

FY 07 Actual

FY 08 Actual

FY 09 Actual

FY 10 Target

FY 11 Target

Bond Rating

AA-

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AA-

AA-

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Recycling (Annual pounds per capita.)

115

116

116

116

122

# General Fund Employees Per 1,000 Residents

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3.4

3.4

3.2

3.2

Water Conservation (Monthly average per capita water use in gallons.)

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101

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Steps to ensure continued success: • Retain Green Local Government Gold Level Certification and evaluate long range plan to pursue Platinum Level • Continue to decrease reliance on property taxes through streamlining and the development of alternative revenue sources • Expand the Residential Recycling Program • Decrease greenhouse gas emissions through implementation of an energy conservation strategy • Develop and implement financial plan to rehabilitate aging utilities infrastructure • Enhance community value through creation of a Redevelopment Master Plan • Ensure financial sustainability though the adoption of policies that solidify long range planning

DID YOU KNOW? Tamarac is a leader in environmental initiatives. In fact, Tamarac was

one of the first cities in Broward County to adopt a recycling program in the early 1990’s. Today, Tamarac has one of the highest per capita recycling collection rates. Other environmental initiatives include a community garden, the distribution of low-flow water devices, rebates on low-flow toilets*, the use of Florida-friendly landscaping in City medians, facilities, and parks, as well as many more award-winning initiatives! AWARDS: Tamarac’s environmental initiatives helped the City earn a Gold Level Certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition (the City was the first in South Florida to earn the Silver Level Certification back in May 2008). In addition, the City received the Milestone Achievement Award for Climate Protection from ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. The Arbor Day Foundation named Tamarac a Tree City USA for the seventeenth year in a row. *Low-flow toilet rebates are available for a limited time only, call the City of Tamarac’s Water Conservation Specialist at (954) 597-3792 for more information.


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Dynamic Organizational Culture Create and sustain a culture of high performance conducive to the ongoing development and retention of a skilled workforce. This includes: • Fostering an organizational culture focused on workforce development and retention • Sustaining a professional and ethical organization • Utilizing mentoring and succession planning to provide continuity How we measure our success: Measure

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FY 10 Target

FY 11 Target

Employee Satisfaction (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

+10

+10

+23

+23

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Employee Engagement (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

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+11

+11

+15

Workforce Development (Percentage vacant positions filled internally.)

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45%

44%

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Turnover Rate (Annualized “avoidable” employee separations.)

4 1/2 %

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1 3/5 %

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Steps to ensure continued success: • Identify and develop action plans to address high priority areas outlined in employee survey • Deploy use of the intranet to share knowledge, streamline operations and expedite citizen requests • Survey volunteers • Align employee performance goals and development with the Strategic Plan

DID YOU KNOW? In 2007 the City of Tamarac invited customer input through focus groups and surveys to determine what was important to the customer. This helped us to develop our customer contact standards, known as “Play Your PART”: Professionalism; Accuracy of Information; Responsiveness; and Timeliness. Staff training and regular monitoring help ensure that we play our PART in all customer interactions.

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The City of Tamarac, Our Community of Choice—Leading the nation in quality of life through safe neighborhoods, a vibrant economy, exceptional customer service and recognized excellence.

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We are: “Committed to Excellence . . . Always” It is our job to foster and create an environment that: Responds to the Customer; Creates and Innovates; Works as a Team; Achieves Results; Makes a Difference

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Clear Communication Ensure effective communication within the organization and throughout the City, and enhance visibility of City programs and services. This includes: • Increasing citizen awareness of the role of local government • Encouraging participation in local government • Sustaining an open dialogue with the community and the workforce • Using technology to automate the delivery of services and information

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Resident Satisfaction With Availability of Information About City Programs and Services (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

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Resident Satisfaction With Quality of City Web Page (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

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Resident Satisfaction With City Efforts to Keep Residents Informed (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

+27

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+28

+28

+30

Employee Satisfaction With Communication (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

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DID YOU KNOW? Improvements made over the past two years to the City’s website have

resulted in a 10% increase in the number of residents that are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the City’s website. The website is continually undergoing improvements and updates to serve our residents better, such as the “Big RED Button” and the “Big GREEN Button.” The RED button is your link to contact the City 24/7; leave comments, request information and more! The GREEN button is a quick, easy, and secure way to pay your utility bill any time of day or night.


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Safe & Vibrant Community

Continually revitalize our neighborhoods and business districts. This includes: • Providing services to ensure communities remain safe • Taking proactive measures to preserve and enhance community appearance How we measure our success: Measure

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FY 07 Actual

FY 08 Actual

FY 09 Actual

FY 10 Target

FY 11 Target

City Crime Rate (Occurrences per 100,000 residents; as compared to County average.)

2,526 (4,521)

2,807 (4,686)

2,673 (4,535)

2,660 (n/a)

2,650 (n/a)

EMS Return of Spontaneous Circulation (Industry Average = 10%)

29%

46%

45%

50%

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Neighborhood Safety Index (How safe residents feel during the day and at night; Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

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+7

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Resident Satisfaction With Community’s Appearance (Percentage points above (+) or below (-) the national average.)

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+17

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ISO Rating - Fire

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2

2

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ISO Rating - Floodplains

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7

7

7

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Steps to ensure continued success: • Establish business and commercial area police details • Operate (at a minimum) one proactive, high visibility traffic enforcement activity per month • Implement EMS Hypothermia Pilot Program • Develop long-range master plan for the 57th Street corridor

DID YOU KNOW? Tamarac contracts with the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) for police services. BSO is the nation’s largest accredited law enforcement agency and continues to increase their outreach efforts—in fact, representatives from BSO have increased their attendance at neighborhood and association meetings by more than 50%*. (*Based on 2007/2008 year-over-year figures). WHO WE ARE: From the distinctive and vibrant entrance signs which welcome residents and visitors alike, to our amazing array of programs and services that offer something for everyone, young and old, it’s easy to see why we say Tamarac is... The City for Your Life! Founded in 1963, Tamarac is ideally located in the heart of beautiful Broward County, Florida, near major highways, tourist attractions, shopping, and recreational activities. Visit us online at: www.tamarac.org.


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again, beginning October 1, 2010, the City of Tamarac will be offering rebates on ultra low flow (1.28 gallon /flush or lower) toilets to encourage a permanent reduction in indoor water use. To qualify for the rebate, you must: be a customer of the City of Tamarac water system; and live in a single family home. If you qualify, you can receive up to $100 towards the price of one ultra low flow (ULF) toilet and installation. The rebate for the second toilet is $75. Please note, the rebate can not exceed the cost of the fixture and/or installation (maximum of two toilets/rebates per household).

Other program restrictions include: • Rebates are not retroactive. Rebates will only be given for toilets installed after October 1, 2010; • The homeowner is responsible for fixture installation; • Homeowners will receive their rebate check in 3-4 weeks after receipt is accepted by the Utilities Department; • Homeowner agrees to a random inspection to assure installation of ULF toilet has taken place; • Participants must also agree to use only low flow showerheads (less than 2.5 gal/ min). These shower heads will be provided by the Utilities Department. • Building Permits are required for the installation of new toilets, but the fee will be waived for participants of this program. • Applications are available on the Utilities De-

partment page of the City’s website (www. tamarac.org/utilities). Incomplete applications will be rejected. For information, applications, and to assure funds are available for your rebate, please contact Bill Franqui, Water Conservation Specialist at (954) 597-3792 or billf@tamarac.org. Please note, funds are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

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can help you reduce your outdoor water use and maintain a healthier landscape! Most landscapes are watered too often or for too long and are unhealthy as a result— that means you may be paying for extra water that your landscape doesn’t need. During your FREE check-up, our specialist can guide you through your sprinkler system operation and evaluate its water-use efficiency. You’ll learn how to find and repair minor broken or misaligned sprinkler heads, make scheduling adjustments to your controller, and increase your water-use efficiency outdoors with retrofit devices like a rain shut-off device. To schedule your free appointment, contact Bill Franqui, Water Conservation Specialist, at 954-597-3792 or billf@tamarac.org. Please note, appointments are limited, call today!

TAMARAC THEATER OF PERFORMING ARTS

New show...

“Guys & Dolls”

New show...

“I Hate Hamlet”

October 16 - November 7, 2010

November 27 - December 19, 2010

Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm TICKETS: $20 per show

Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm TICKETS: $20 per show

SHOW TIMES:

SHOW TIMES:

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (954) 726-7898 / www.ttopa.org / 7143 Pine Island Rd.

Now that you’ve read the informative Tam-A-Gram, it's time to Flip For It! and learn about the great programs and activities Tamarac’s Parks and Recreation Department offers... it's all in the Discovery section of the Tam-A-Gram!

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layful City USA – a national recognition program honoring cities and towns determined to prioritize play and ensure that children are healthy by providing the time and space for play. KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play, recognized 118 cities across the country as Playful City USA communities, including the City of Tamarac. A primary goal of Playful City USA is to encourage cities

and towns to share creative ideas, concepts and programs in an effort to increase play opportunities for children. Tamarac Parks and Recreation is making a commitment to play and physical activity by developing unique action plans to increase the quantity and quality of play in the community proving that parks and play are more important than ever. Some of these action plans include participating in First Continued: Page 7 October / November / December 2010

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FA C I L I T Y L O C AT I O N S Caporella Aquatic Center (Wellness Center) 9300 N.W. 58 Street Caporella Park 5200 Prospect Road Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups 8101 Southgate Boulevard

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Sunset Point Park 11000 W. McNab Road Tamarac Community Center (TCC) 8601 W. Commercial Boulevard Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center 7531 N. University Drive Tamarac Park / Recreation Center 7501 N. University Drive Tamarac Sports Complex 9901 N.W. 77 Street Tephford Park 10003 Southgate Boulevard Veterans Memorial Park 7825 Southgate Boulevard For more information about Tamarac’s Parks and Recreation and the programs and services we offer call (954) 597-3620. For a detailed map of our parks and facility locations, visit us online at www.tamarac.org/locations.

TA M A R A C AT H L E T I C S The following sports leagues are offered in the City of Tamarac. Please contact the sports league at the phone number provided for more information. Youth Sports Leagues.......................... Phone Number Tackle, Flag Football/Cheerleading.... (954) 721-5131 Girl’s Softball/T-Softball....................... (954) 933-3049 (www.tamaracgirlssoftball.com) Little League....................................... (954) 720-0301 (www.tamaraclittleleague.com) T-Ball/Coach Pitch.............................. (954) 720-0301 Youth Basketball................................. (954) 722-1166 Youth Football/Cheerleading............... (954) 721-5131 Youth Soccer....................................... (954) 804-5022 (www.tamaracsoccer.com) Adult Leagues....................................... Phone Number Coed Softball...................................... (954) 720-7103 Men’s Basketball................................. (954) 533-5538 Men's Basketball League (Over 30).... (954) 720-7103 Men’s Soccer...................................... (954) 553-0272 Men’s Softball..................................... (954) 726-2013

SPECIAL EVENTS Teen Summit Join us for special guest speakers who will discuss various Teen topics. Continental Breakfast, lunch, and goody bags are included. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: October 16, 2010, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Fee: $5.00 per person Halloween Hoopla and BSO National Night Out Against Crime Enjoy this event for all ages which will include music, dancing, arts & crafts, costume contest, games, prizes, candy, and much more. Ages: All Ages Where: Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center When: Saturday, October 30, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Fee: $5.00 bracelet for unlimited rides Veterans Day Ceremony Please join us as we recognize our fallen heroes who served our country. There will be invaluable information on organizations and services that are available to assist you along with refreshments after the ceremony. Where: Veterans Memorial Park When: Thursday, November 11th, 10:30 am 30th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race Join us Thanksgiving Day morning for a Tamarac holiday tradition— the 30th Annual Turkey Trot! The race starts promptly at 7:30 am. For more information Flip-For-It and read the article on page 5 of the Tam-A-Gram or visit www.tamarac. org/parks for more information, or pre-register for the race at www.splitsecondtiming.com. Where: Tamarac City Hall When: Thursday, November 25, 7:30 am Fee: Before November 12 $20.00 November 13 - 24 $25.00 November 25 (Race day) $50.00 Holiday Lighting Festival Join us while the Mayor and Commission light the Christmas tree and Menorah. There will be a special holiday concert featuring Tamarac’s best school choirs along with a special appearance by Santa Claus and children’s entertainment. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Tuesday, November 30, 6:00 pm Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland Join the City of Tamarac for a holly jolly night of reindeer games. Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, candy cane hunt, pictures with Santa, and a special appearance by Rudolph the rednosed reindeer. Ages: All Ages Where: Tamarac Park, 7501 N. University Dr. When: Friday, December 17, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Fee: $5.00 bracelet for unlimited rides Artist of the Month Exhibit Visit the Tamarac Community Center to view: October: Ramona Tarrant Bryant, “Passion Reflected” (Oil & Water Color) November: Donovan Edmond, “Scenes of Nature”, (Oil) December: Reginald LeChance, “Living Wood” (Wood Carving)


A D U LT T R I P S Register for all trips at the Tamarac Community Center located at 8601 W. Commercial Boulevard from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. All bus trips will leave from this location. For information about any of our trips, call (954) 597-3620. Trips are subject to cancellation. No refunds one month prior to trip date (no exceptions). “Guys & Dolls”/Dinner at Tides Grill — Lake Worth When: Thursday, October 21 (Bus leaves at 4:00 pm / returns at 11:00 pm) Fee: Residents: $60, Non-Residents: $70

“Steel Magnolias” and Dinner at Pardisio Italian Restaurant — Lake Worth When: Thursday, November 18 (Bus leaves at 4:00 pm / returns at 11:00 pm) Fee: Residents: $60, Non-Residents: $70 Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant When: Wednesday, December 8 ( Bus leaves at 6:15 pm / returns at 11:00 pm) Fee: Residents: $35, Non-Residents: $45 Dinner/Show at Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant When: Thursday, December 16 (Bus leaves at 5:00 pm / returns at 10:00 pm) Fee: Residents: $44, Non-Residents: $54

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IMPORTANT NOTICE PARK/FACILITY CLOSINGS: Beginning October 1, 2010 the following parks will be closed on Mondays: Caporella Park, Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups, Sunset Point Park, Tamarac Sports Complex, Tephford Park, and Veterans Memorial Park. In addition, the Tamarac Community Center will be closed on Sundays’ beginning on October 1, 2010. For more information about park maintenance, or any of Tamarac’s parks, call (954) 597-3620.

SENIOR PROGRAMS Calling all Seniors! Want to live a more vibrant life, form new friendships, feel a sense of achievement, and get in heart healthy shape? Be part of the fun and become a member of the award winning Tamarac Community Center Senior Program! With over 50 different activities, programs and services per week, there is truly something for everyone. The Senior Program has over 1200 members who participate in activities such as Jazzercise, clay workshops, painting, line dancing, scrabble, volleyball, chair yoga, and much, much more. Where else can you enjoy all these activities all for $25 a year! The Senior Program is available to seniors ages 55 and up from Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. For more information and to check out our program listing, please visit the Community Center (8601 W Commercial Blvd.), or call (954) 5973620, or visit us on the web at www.tamarac.org/parks. You can also get updates on Tamarac’s Senior Program through Twitter (www.twitter.com/CityofTamarac) and Facebook (www.facebook. com/TamaracParks). Below is a partial list of the classes Tamarac’s Senior Program has to offer. Call (954) 597-3620 for more information... CLUBS & ACTIVITIES Arts & Crafts Badminton Battle of Sexes Trivia Bingo Body Basics Card Playing Chair Yoga Chicken Soup for the Soul Coed Basketball Creative Writing Duplicate Bridge Happy Hookers Club Jazzercise Jewelry Making Line Dancing Mah Jong Mediation Scrabble Stretch & Tone Tai Chi Think Loft (Brain Games) Volleyball Walking Club Water Exercise Class Yoga Yogalites Zumba

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IMAX & Dinner When: Thursday, October 28 (Bus leaves at 4:00 pm / returns at 10:00 pm) Fee: Residents: $20, Non-Residents: $30

ACHIEVEMENT... It Starts in Parks! Big achievements in life start with small successes. Like learning how to be part of a team or figuring out that excellence comes from a daily commitment of time and hard work. Tamarac’s parks give children a chance to learn those life lessons, to experience success early, and to dream big. Parks build future leaders by giving youth the opportunity to lead. Personal Achievement...


S O C I A L S E RV I C E S All services are provided at the Tamarac Community Center (TCC) unless otherwise noted. Call the Information and Referral line at (954) 597-3642 for more information on social service programs that may be available in Broward County. For transportation issues, to register for our Transportation Program or to inquire about transit, please call (954) 597-3649. Schedules for the Red and Yellow Transit Routes are available at www.tamarac.org and at City facilities.

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PROGRAMS Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Tomando Control de su Salud Aprenda a contolar su enfermedad cronica-Clase en Espanol disponsible. Llame a (954) 597-3642 para registrarse.) Do you suffer from a chronic disease? Classes are 2.5 hours, once a week over a 6 week period. Participants who suffer or who are caregivers to those with chronic disease are invited. Light refreshments will be served at each class. In partnership with the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County. Days and times to be announced. Space is limited. Please call (954) 597-3642 to register. Depression & Bipolar Peer Support Group Meet with other women who share their personal experiences dealing with their mood disorders. For more information, call Depression and Bipolar Alliance at (954) 588-3272, or online at www.sfdbsa.com. When: Women’s Group: Every Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Co-ed Group: Every Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Financial Counseling: Learn to manage your finances... Learn how to budget or use online banking with one on one counseling with a financial specialist. Also get assistance with applying for federal programs such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Cash Assistance. Free for Tamarac residents. Please call (954) 720-2485 to set up your free sessions. By appointment only. A partnership with CareSource, Inc., a non-profit social services agency. Women’s Individual Empowerment Sessions Women of all ages will receive eight free individual counseling sessions. Topics include empowerment, self-improvement, relationships, legal issues, domestic violence and parenting. Sessions are facilitated by Lakshmi Subrahmanian, a licensed mental health counselor. Call (954)655-7040 to schedule an appointment. Tamarac residents only.

SERVICES/ GROUPS Alzheimer’s Support Group When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 Bereavement Support Group When: Every Monday, 10:00 - 11:30 am Eye Screenings — FREE! Please call (954) 597-3642 to schedule an appointment. Free 911 Cell Phones for Seniors 2nd Monday of each month at 9:30 am. Call (954) 597-3642 to set up an appointment. Donations of cell phones are accepted. Free Eyeglass Repair Program When: Every Tuesday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Free Individual Senior Counseling: Contact Sharon Roseman, LCSW at (954) 895-6031 for an appointment. Residents only. Hearing Screenings When: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:00 - 10:45 am Mammovan Mobile Mammography Screening provided by North Broward Hospital District. Most insurance is accepted. If insurance is unavailable, there will be a $75 fee to cover the cost. A referral is recommended. No HMO taken. Call (954) 597-3642 to schedule your appointment. Meals on Wheels: Lunch Served at 11:30 am for seniors 60 and older. Suggested donation is $2. Provided by Broward Meals on Wheels. Must reserve a meal no later than noon the day prior by calling Patrick Massaquoi at (954) 724-2544 between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. Osteoporosis Screenings Call 1-800-257-0944 to schedule an appointment. Project SAFE When: 2nd Monday of each month, 9:30 - 11:00 am Senior Coping Skills Group When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The City relies on the involvement of volunteers to build a strong sense of community. Our volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities including helping seniors, participating in special events, assisting the Parks and Recreation Department and other activities. We are currently in need of volunteers for our senior program to help with activities such as the dance, senior social, etc. If you have some time and would like to get involved, please contact us by email at rosec@tamarac.org or call (954) 597-3642. Thank you for your interest and support, we look forward to welcoming you to our volunteer program. www.tamarac.org/parks

Senior Social Join us for bagels and coffee and an educational lecture. When: Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:00 am SHINE Counselor Serving Health Insurance Needs for the Elderly. Questions regarding your Medicare.Medicaid Insurance? Call the Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resource Center to speak to a SHINE counselor: (954) 745-9779. Veterans Advisor When: Every Friday, 8:00 - 11:00 am. No appointment necessary.


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Middle Eastern Dance

Mixed Art

Salsa & Ballroom Dance

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

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18 & over

16 & over

13 & over

Ages

$25/$35

$20/$30

$40/$50

$70/$80

$1/$2

$35/$45

$40/$50

$45/$55

$7/$8

$5/$6

$7/$8

$55/$65

$25/$35

Where: Fee:

$6

$55/$65

$60/$70

$3/$5

Resident/ Non-Resident Fee

Community Center

Recreation Center

Sports Complex

Recreation Center

Community Center

Community Center

Recreation Center

Community Center

Community Center

Community Center

Community Center

Community Center

Community Center

Community Center

Community Center

Multi-Purpose Center

Community Center

Location

4-week

4-week

4-week

Per Class

4-week

8-week

4-week

Per Class

Per Class

Per Class

6-week

4-week

Per Class

8-week

Membership

Per Class

Session

Tamarac Community Center Residents: $5, Non-residents: $6 per class Residents: $45, Non-residents: $54 for 10 classes Residents: $99.38, Non-residents: $198.75 for annual membership

FITNESS SCHEDULE

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Wed.

Boot Camp

Body Sculpting

Zumba

7:00 - 8:00 pm

2:00 - 9:00 pm

7:00 - 8:00 pm

9:30 - 11:30 am

7:00 - 8:30 pm

8:00 - 9:30 pm

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Thurs.

Line Dancing (Intermediate)

7:15 - 8:45 pm

Mon.

Tues.

Line Dancing (Intermediate)

6:00 - 8:00 pm

6:30 - 8:00 pm

6:30 - 7:30 pm

9:00 - 10:00 pm

Thurs.

Line Dancing (Beginner)

5:30 - 8:30 pm 12:30 - 4:00 pm

Sat.

Tues.

Jewelry Class

Tennis Lessons

Mon.

Duplicate Bridge

Jazzercise

Mon. & Wed. Tues. & Thurs.

Clay Workshop

7:00 - 8:45 pm

5:00 - 9:00 pm

Sat. Thurs.

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Mon. & Wed.

Co-ed Volleyball

Badminton

Time

Day

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Hip Hop / Cheerleading

Imagination Mornings

Mon. & Wed.

Wing Chun

10 & over

3 - 5 yrs.

6 - 12 yrs.

12 - 17 yrs.

4 - 12 yrs.

$75/$85

$40/$50

$40/$50

$20/$25

$70/$80

$70/$80

Recreation Center

Community Center

Sports Complex

Multi-Purpose Center

Recreation Center

Recreation Center

Multi-Purpose Center

4-week

4-week

4-week

Annually

4-week

4-week

6-week

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7:00 - 8:30 pm

11:00 - 11:45 am

5:30 - 6:30 pm

7:00 - 8:00 pm

5:00 - 6:00 pm

7 - 12 yrs.

$30/$40

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The City of Tamarac offers all of these great activities and more! For more information call Parks and Recreation at (954) 597-3620. To sign up for any of our activities, or to speak with someone in person, visit our Customer Service Division located at the Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd. (Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sat., 8:30 am - 8:00 pm, Sun.). For the latest on what’s happening in the City, you can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CityofTamarac or become a fan of “Parks and Recreation”on Facebook! Please note, date and times of activities are subject to change, please contact Tamarac’s Parks and Recreation Department for more details.

Sat.

Tues. & Thurs.

Taekwondo (Beginner)

6:00 - 7:00 pm

3 - 5 yrs.

Recreation Center

4-week

4-week

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Tumbling

Tues. & Thurs.

Taekwondo (Advanced)

6:00 - 6:45 pm

$40/$50

K - 2 Grade

Community Center

Community Center

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Tues.

Thurs.

Start Smart Sports Dev.

6:00 - 7:00 pm

$40/$50

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6 - 10 yrs.

$40/$50

4-week

S

Tennis Lessons

Tues.

Soaring Into Reading

11:00 - 11:55 am

3 - 5 yrs.

Recreation Center

4-week

S

Thurs.

Sat.

Level 2 Ballet, Tap, & Jazz

10:00 - 10:45 am

$40/$50

Recreation Center

E

Teen Club

Sat.

Level 1 Ballet & Tap

13 & over

$55/$65

4-week

4-week

4-week

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1:00 - 3:00 pm

14 - 18 yrs.

5:45 - 6:45 pm

Community Center

Community Center

Recreation Center

4-week

T

Sat.

10 - 13 yrs.

4:40 - 5:30 pm

$10/$15

$40/$50

$40/$50

Recreation Center

6-week

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Latin & Caribbean Cuisine Cooking

16 mos. - 3 yrs.

5 - 11 yrs.

7 - 14 yrs.

$30/$40

Recreation Center

4-week

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10:00 - 10:45 am

12:00 - 12:55 pm

6:30 - 7:30 pm

7 - 12 yrs.

$60/$70

Community Center

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Mon. & Wed.

Wed.

Guitar Lessons

6:30 - 7:30 pm

10 & over

$35/$45

6-week

T

Kempo Karate

Wed.

Creative Writing

6:30 - 7:30 pm

4 - 11 yrs.

Recreation Center

Session

C

Tues. & Thurs.

12:00 - 12:45 pm

$70/$80

Location

A

Cartooning Class

Sat.

Art Techniques

14 & over

Resident/ Non-Resident Fee

H

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Ages

T

Time

U

Wed.

Day

O

Animation Class

Activity

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CAPORELLA A Q U AT I C C E N T E R Visit the Caporella Aquatic Center located at 9300 NW 58 Street. Enjoy its many amenities including a 25 meter swimming pool with zero depth entry and slide, children’s water playground, 3,000 sq.ft. fitness room, locker rooms, picnic tables, and more. Early Lap Swimming: Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00 - 10:00 am Pool: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Slide and Sprayground: 2:30 - 6:00 pm Pool, Slide, and Sprayground: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Pool, Slide, and Sprayground: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (June, July, August)

For Aquatic Center rental information and fees, please call (954) 597-3660. NOTE: The pool is closed December, January, and February. Pro-active Arthritis Water Exercise Class Work on balance and coordination while increasing range of motion, joint flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness without causing strain. When: Monday, 10:30 - 11:30 am, and Wednesday, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Fee: Senior Program Members: Free Non-Senior Program Members: $2.00 per class Swim Lessons Swim Lessons are offered for beginner level swimmers. Swimmers will learn front float, back float, and general arm and leg motions for swimming freestyle and backstroke. Parents/Tots (Ages 3 -5): Monday/Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm; Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00 - 5:45 pm; Saturday, 9:00 - 9:45 am & 10:00 - 10:45 am Tots Only (Ages 3 -5): Monday/Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm; Level 1 (Ages 6 & over): Monday/Wednesday, 5:00 - 5:45 pm; Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00 - 5:45 pm & 6:00 - 6:45 pm; Saturday, 9:00 - 9:45 am Level 1 (Advanced): Saturday, 10:00 - 10:45 am Level 2 (Intermediate, Ages 6-16) Adult Level 1 (Ages 17 & over): Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm Fee: Residents: $40.00, Non-residents: $50.00

SKATE PARK Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign” which is geared toward solving the childhood obesity issue within a generation through a variety of ways, including unstructured play. Tamarac Parks and Recreation Department will also work with local schools to incorporate play opportunities into their curriculum and educate students in areas of play. In addition, the City of Tamarac just constructed and opened a new play space for all ages—the Tamarac Skate Park which is located at the Tamarac Sports Complex at 9901 N.W. 77th Street. In Tamarac, we take play seriously and we are doing something to address the play deficit. Our leadership has taken steps to make sure that our children have access to great places to play. The City has various play areas at our parks and encourages children and parents to come out to your City park and PLAY! You can learn more about our programs, play spaces, and how we’re helping children at www.tamarac.org/ parks or by calling (954) 597-3620.

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Pool Hours: Weekdays: Weekends: Summer:

WELLNESS CENTER We invite you to visit the Tamarac Wellness Center (9300 N.W. 58th Street). We have a variety of free weights, life fitness machines, treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, recumbent lifecycles, stationary bikes and more. The Wellness Center offers a friendly non-competitive workout environment with an awesome view of our competitive pool or community garden. If this is your first visit, our qualified friendly staff will show you around and get you familiar with the equipment. We also have personal training sessions available. Visit the Tamarac Wellness Center today at 9300 NW 58th Street or contact us at (954) 597-3661 or visit our website at www.tamarac.org/parks.

Competitive Swim Team Beginners to serious competitors of all ages can join the competitive swim team. Private lessons are also available. Call (954) 597-3660 for more information. Water Aerobics Get a total body workout to improve motor skills, balance, strength, and posture. Moderate to high level of cardio will be achieved. When: Monday/Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm Fee: Residents: $45, Non-residents: $55

Now that you’ve read about [just a few] of the great programs and activities Tamarac’s Parks and Recreation Department offers... Flip For It! and read the City’s informative magazine, the Tam-A-Gram! www.tamarac.org/parks

Tam-A-Gram | October-December 2010  

The October/November/December 2010 issue of the Tam-A-Gram, the quarterly magazine I wrote, designed, and edited for the City of Tamarac.