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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

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.


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.


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 ( 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.

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.

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.