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Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers
John J. Hearn
Vincent M. Boccard
City’s 2012 budget preserves services and financial stability City officials approved the Business Plan and financial strategy for Fiscal Year 2012, which focuses on maintaining service levels to our residents and businesses and on ensuring the long-term financial stability of the City. After hearing from the public, City officials decided to approve a millage rate of $4.3939 in order to help secure the City’s long-term financial viability. That means the owner of an average single-family home would pay an additional $19.59 in additional property taxes to the City. A nonhomesteaded condominium owner would pay $19.98 less in property taxes. The annual solid waste special assessment is expected to be lowered this year from $250.20 to $233.64. Homeowners will pay a slightly higher annual fire assessment fee – from $114.84, to $128.77 for single-family homeowners and from $138.55 to $143.94 for multi-family homes. The new tax rate is the second lowest operating millage rate among surrounding municipalities with greater than 70,000 residents. To balance the impact to residents, the City is also controlling expenses. During the coming year, negotiations concerning police pension reform will continue. In addition, the City’s workforce will decrease by as many as five employees due to attrition and restructuring. The City will also use $1.25 million in undesignated Debt Service Fund balance to pay the annual debt service on two revenue
bonds. The City will attract new businesses and residents by allocating $4 million in undesignated fund balances to apply toward fighting crime, grime, and decline. Finally, subject to negotiations, employees will receive a one-time four percent (4 percent) performance bonus rather than a salary increase. This structural change in the employee compensation system will offset the use of one-time reserves by ensuring future expenditures are reduced by a like amount. “As always, our most important goal is to continue to meet the service levels our community expects from the City of Coral Springs,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. The community has indicated that the City is successful in achieving this goal based on the results from a residential survey conducted in early 2011. Survey results indicated that the City of Coral Springs rated at or above the U.S. and Florida averages in all 47 areas that were assessed. Seventy-nine percent (79 percent) of the residents surveyed were satisfied (ratings of 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale) with the overall quality of City services compared to a national average of just 56 percent and a Florida average of 60 percent. To read more about the Fiscal Year 2012 Business Plan initiatives, see the article on page 2.
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City’s 2012 Budget preserves services and financial stability....Page 2 Businesses benefit from indexing signs along roadways................Page 3 A Day in the Life: Museum of Art....................................................................................Page 4
Business Plan Fiscal Year 2012
Meet City officials at annual Slice of the Springs meetings.....................................Page 6 Donations needed for Thanksgiving baskets, Giving Tree........................................Page 6 More plots available in Community Garden...............................................................................Page 8 Learn all about your City at Government Academy...........................................................Page 9
Volunteers needed for annual Waterway Cleanup...................... Page 10 RAD course teaches women to defend themselves................... Page 11 City launches college outreach program................................................ Page 11
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Prepared for a new year Financial strategy for 2012 maintains service levels
he Business Plan for Fiscal Year 2012 focuses on maintaining service levels to our residents and businesses and ensures the long-term financial stability of the City.
The City will continue to focus its efforts and sharply limited resources in four priority areas: community aesthetics, public safety, educational excellence and local business vitality. Initiatives include: • To encourage business development and redevelopment we will continue the successful CSBizAssist, Buy Coral Springs Campaign, commercial façade grants, and street indexing sign initiatives. The City will also work closely with the Economic Development Foundation, Community Redevelopment Agency, Chamber of Commerce, and the Retail Coalition to diversify the tax base and absorb vacant commercial space. Additionally, the City will fully fund economic development activity because we recognize its importance to the long-term viability of our community. • The City will continue to support educational excellence by fostering the alliance with Broward College and ensuring the Charter School remains highly rated. • In addition, as part of a Community Pride initiative, the City developed a multi-year plan that allowed for repairs and renovations to City facilities, rights-of-ways, parks and medians in fiscal year 2011. These projects will continue in 2012, including pressure cleaning of buildings, resurfacing and maintaining City roads and replacement of roofs at various City facilities, and upkeep of athletic fields and pools.
low-interest Economic Recovery Zone Redevelopment Bond. Projects include improving the appearance, safety, and ease of movement in Mullins Park, and also replacing and/or renovating the Tackle Football, Flag Football and Soccer buildings. Construction of the new Fire Station 71 will begin in early 2012. Additionally, infrastructure improvements slated as part of the Downtown Development plan-including burying power lines, installing turn lanes, erecting mast arms, and installing sidewalks-will also begin. • Maintaining a safe community remains a top priority. Not only will the high-visibility “Make a Call, Make a Difference” campaign continue to encourage residents to report suspicious activity, but we will make every effort to involve concerned citizens in the safety of their neighborhoods by creating web-based reporting mechanisms. An initiative to improve streetlights will also enhance neighborhood safety. • Finally, we will continue to develop innovative methods to make participation in local government possible for all residents. The City will provide closed captioning to make CityTV programming accessible to the hearing impaired. In addition, the Code Ranger program will continue and we will expand the park citizen-volunteer program. For more information on these and other initiatives in the City’s proposed 2012 Business Plan, visit our web site.
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Businesses benefit from indexing signs along major roadways The City implemented street indexing signs during Fiscal Year 2011 as a way to better serve its residents and businesses. The City listened to local business owners who said some of their signs weren’t visible from the street due to the lush vegetation along the streets. As a result, signs were installed on either side of University Drive from Atlantic Boulevard to Sample Road during the past fiscal year. Due to its success, the City will continue installation of street indexing signs at the master parking commercial corridors along Sample and Wiles Roads. “The indexing signs along University Drive have been well-received thus far, and we are in the planning stages for the second phase of the program,” Commissioner Vince Boccard said. The signs will continue to be placed at mid-block locations to provide the specific address range within a block, resulting in better visability and facilitating the search of business locations. The second phase of the project will be located along both sides of Sample Road extending from Coral Springs Drive to University Drive and along the north side of Sample Road between Riverside Drive and Rock Island Road. Wiles Road signage will be on the south side of the street between Coral Ridge Drive and Coral Springs Drive, and along the south side of the street between Riverside Drive and Rock Island Road. C
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Day in theLife
Museum Director manages world-class facility
he Coral Springs Museum of Art will be celebrating its 15 year anniversary in February 2012 and Executive Director Barbara O’Keefe has been managing the unique space from the start.
Today is a busy summer day with the start of another weekly camp session. Close to 100 students fill the Museum and its different classrooms and you can hear the children’s excitement as they begin working on their sculptures, paintings, cartoons or ceramics. O’Keefe checks in with each of the classes to see how the students are doing on their first day and to make sure the instructors have the supplies they need. Upstairs, artist Jan Kolenda leads a group of 10 girls in creating teapots out of clay. The young artists are asked to include tool elements to their kettles to tie it into the Museum’s current exhibit, Tools in Motion. Kolenda will also be the featured ceramicist in the upcoming Artist in Residence program in January. The Museum has been hosting this program annually and in recent years decided to have a group of high school students be part of the process. Students will get to watch Kolenda’s creative process and get some hands on expe-
rience during a group project. When finished, the piece will be on permanent display at the Museum. “Many students don’t see the possibility of being an artist, but the potential is there,” O’Keefe says. After checking in on the campers, O’Keefe walks around the Museum to ensure nothing is out of place. The permanent pieces displayed throughout the Museum were all donated by local and international artists. The highlight of O’Keefe’s career at the Museum has been to have hosted the exhibits of an amazing caliber of artists, including Perez Celis, Romero Britto, Wolf Khan, Alexandria Nechita, Yuroz, Clyde Butcher and Rotraut, just to name a few. “A big part of my job is to find artists to fill the space,” O’Keefe adds. Extensive creative planning goes into making these wonderful exhibits come to life and O’Keefe and her slim but mighty staff start planning 24 to 36 months in advance. “We’ve had so many incredible artists,” O’Keefe says. All
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of the artwork on display is provided by the artists free of charge, while the Museum takes care of installation and lighting. The Museum’s next exhibit, By Artists For Collectors, will include beautiful ceramic pieces available for purchase. Art will be on display through November 5. Later that morning, O’Keefe meets with Board President Hap Pomerantz to go over last month’s budget. The Board of Directors’ primary goal is to raise funds to keep the Museum financially sound, as well as promote awareness of the arts. “In these difficult economic times, the first item to get cut is the arts and we are no exception. We’ve had tremendous cuts in our funding and its up to the Board to roll up our sleeves and raise some money for this magnificent cause,” Pomerantz said. “For me, it’s all about the kids and giving back to the community that I love.” Each day, O’Keefe must Hap’s wife, Michelle, is part of attend to a number of the Friends of the Museum, which projects, including discussing an upcoming supports many community events event with Associate in which the Museum participates, Director Sheri Adanti including the annual Festival of the (above), getting input from local artist Arts. The Friends will once again be Dagmar Hollmers on an featuring Pawcasso at the next Festival, planned for March 17 installation (left), and and 18, 2012. checking in on a the first day of an art class by The Great Art Affair is also a big endeavor for the Friends. instructor Jan Kolenda In celebration of the Museum’s 15th anniversary, the Art (below). O’Keefe’s office Affair will be on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is adorned with years of keepsakes from family, Another husband and wife team involved in both the Board friends and artists who of Directors and Friends of the Museum is Steve and Bonnie have visited the Museum Opler. “The arts nurture the soul,” Bonnie said. “The only reason of Art. we got involved was because we were so impressed with Barbara. She is the Coral Springs Museum of Art.” Later that afternoon, O’Keefe continues to work diligently on putting together a MAP assessment of the facility and their methods in hopes of becoming an accredited museum in the future. In 2009, O’Keefe and the Museum were the recipients of the Cultural – Barbara O’Keefe, Executive Director Foundation of Broward’s prestigious Moretti Award, Art classes and programs which recognizes outstanding artistic achievement by an Classes are available to children and adults throughout the individual or group in any creative discipline of the arts. year, including intermediate and advanced Ceramics, Figure “It hasn’t been easy in today’s economy, but I think it’s a Drawing, Painting, Cartooning, and much more. great accomplishment that we’ve been successful for the The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 past 15 years,” O’Keefe said. “We are very thankful to the City a.m. to 5 p.m. of Coral Springs for their vision and contributions, to the artists for their creative talent, to sponsors and donors for csmart.org 954-340-5000 their gifts, and to the Board of Directors and Friends of the 2855 Coral Springs Drive Museum for their guidance and fund raising efforts.”
Meet City officials at annual Slice of the Springs meetings
Save the dates for the upcoming Slice of the Springs meetings, where city staff come to your neighborhood to discuss relevant issues or concerns. The meetings allow residents to interface directly with staff members from all sectors of the City, including police, fire, community development and code enforcement. Upcoming dates are: • Thursday, November 3 – Southeast and Southwest slices at Maplewood Elementary, 9850 Ramblewood Drive • Thursday, February 9 – Town Center and Center West slices at Parkside Elementary, 10257 N.W. 29th St. • Thursday, March 22 – Northside and Northeast slices at Coral Park Elementary, 8401 Westview Drive All meetings are held on Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Can’t make a meeting? No problem. Catch replays on CityTV, channel 25 on Advanced Cable Communication or channel 99 on AT&T’s U-Verse. You can also stream it online from CoralSprings.org. Data from the Slice meetings also will be made available online, including crime, fire and code enforcement statistics.
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Giving Tree to benefit needy families during holidays The annual tree inside City Hall in the Mall is made from cans of food and gifts donated by Wal-Mart and will eventually go to needy families in the community. The Giving Tree kick-off ceremony is set for Friday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. City Hall in the Mall, Turtle Creek Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable Communications co-sponsor the Giving Tree. Donations of food, toys and money will be accepted at City Hall in the Mall November 14 through December 13.
“The tree is a reminder that the holidays are a wonderful time to share with those who are less fortunate,” Senior Community Relations Coordinator Marie Giacalone said. 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. 954-344-1834
Donations needed for annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Since 1988, volunteers have created more than 4,000 Thanksgiving baskets for families to be able to enjoy a holiday dinner complete with all the fixings, including a certificate for a turkey, ham or main dish. Like every other year, the City needs residents’ help with donations of non-perishable food items, including canned yams, mashed or flaked potatoes, canned fruit, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned corn, green beans and cookies. Monetary contributions also are appreciated. Baskets are distributed to local religious organizations that later identify needy families and distribute the baskets to them through their organizations.
Donations can be dropped off at several locations throughout the City, including: • City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road • City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. • Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive City employee Janis Humpage has been part of the committee that puts these baskets together for the past 23 years. “In these difficult times it is great to see people step up and share with those less fortunate,” Humpage said. Donations are accepted through Friday, November 4.
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MLK, Jr. Celebration honors civil rights leader The Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee has proudly hosted an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration honoring the life and work of the civil rights leader for the past 22 years. This year’s celebration titled “Moving Forward with Dignity and Respect” is set for Friday, January 13. The special events of the day all feature an inspirational keynote speaker and dynamic entertainment. The day begins with a business luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Church by the Glades, 400 Lakeview Drive. Tickets are $40 or $400 for a table of 10. The Community Celebration begins at 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children 17 and younger. Tickets for the 9 p.m. VIP Reception are available for $20. During the reception guests will have an opportunity to meet the keynote speaker. Tickets will be on sale beginning December 1 at City Hall and City Hall in the Mall, located inside the Coral Square Mall. The Committee also hosts an Art and Literary Contest open to students at all levels, focusing on the life and works of Dr. King. A Scholarship has been established which awards funding to financially needy high school students wishing to attend a higher institution of learning. CoralSprings.org/mlk
Community garage sale set for October 22 Whether you are interested in buying or selling items, don’t miss the City’s next Trash to Treasure Garage Sale on Saturday, October 22, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Mullins Park. Vendor spaces are still available for $45. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional $30-perspace deposit is required and will be returned after the event if the space is clean. There will be no refunds for any fees if a vendor cancels their space after payment. To reserve a space, stop by the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. Mullins Park is located at 10000 N.W. 29th Street, between Sample Road and Royal Palm Boulevard, just east of Coral Springs Drive. CoralSprings.org/events
Avoid becoming a victim and bring any personal documents to the City’s next Shredathon, where they will be shredded for free on site. The City’s next Shredathon event is scheduled in front of City Hall for Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or until truck is full. There is a limit of five boxes per person. Each additional box of paperwork will be accepted for a $5 donation toward the Special Olympics. Please refrain from bringing paperwork in plastic bags. The Shredathon is co-sponsored by the Coral Springs Police Department, Coral Springs Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, and Data Shredding Services of Ft. Lauderdale. CoralSprings.org/events
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City hosts free senior health fair The City is hosting a free Health Fair Extravaganza on Wednesday, October 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. Participants include health care agencies, Hospice, senior housing services, and other providers offering senior care. “The fair will has been designed for you, and will include refreshments, a variety of health screenings and wellness advice. I look forward to seeing you all there,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said. “Be sure to bring your neighbors and friends.” As part of the City’s initiative to deter the use of illicit prescription drugs, the Coral Springs Police Department will be accepting any unused, unwanted or expired prescription medication during the event. The Health Fair will also feature raffles and giveaways. The event is open to all seniors, family members, residents or business owners who offer services to seniors. Vendors or sponsors that would like to participate are encouraged to call Jacqueline Holloway at 954-345-2203. CoralSprings.org/events
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More plots available in Community Garden
New crime mapping tool available to residents online
Carrots, radish and cabbage are just some of the vegetables that resident Alex Rodriguez planted at the Rotary Community Garden with the help of his 6 year-old son, Jaiden. “At the time, I lived in a condo and I wanted to teach my son where food came from,” Rodriguez said. “I learned a lot about gardening from the community that was formed, was able to ask questions of our group on Facebook and it was nice meeting people while we were at the garden.” Since the garden opened, the number of plots has nearly doubled and some are currently available to residents interested in growing their own produce. The garden is located at the Sportsplex, just outside the Dr. Steven G. Paul Dog Park. Plots, which are 8’ by 4’, can be leased for $32 a year. Participants may grow whatever produce they’d like and once it blooms, it’s all theirs. There is a limit of one plot per participant. The City provided the land and the Coral Springs Rotary Club implements and oversees the guidelines and procedures for use of the land.
The Coral Springs Police Department has a new crime mapping program available to the public through a webbased company, RAIDS Online. RAIDS Online is a public interactive crime-mapping program that provides crime mapping, anonymous tips and neighborhood watch e-mails at no cost to law enforcement or to the public. Two years of crime data will be available. The program is very user friendly as it allows the user to search by address, date range filters and 27 different crime categories. Individuals can also sign up for neighborhood crime activity reports and emergency alerts sent directly from local law enforcement. “We encourage residents to visit our web site, explore the different mapping capabilities and become more knowledgeable of the crimes occurring in their neighborhood,” Police Chief Duncan Foster said.
Trash household chemicals at Hazardous Waste Collection Come and dispose of your household chemicals and other items that are hazardous to the environment. On Sunday, January 29, the City of Coral Springs and Broward County are partnering to host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the rear parking lot at City Hall South, 9530 West Sample Road. City and County residents are encouraged to bring their old paint, used motor oil, batteries, household cleaning supplies and other hazardous wastes to the collection site for proper disposal. Other items accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection include: solvents, pesticides, lawn and pool chemicals, propane tanks, compact fluorescent light bulbs, tires (a maximum of four per person), fire extinguishers, car batteries, flares, mercury thermometers, televisions, computers, monitors, keyboards, mouses, printers, fax machines, cell phones, and rechargeable batteries. Business generated waste is not accepted at this event. CoralSprings.org/events
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For the past four years, the City of Coral Springs has hosted a Teen Political Forum offering high school students the opportunity to interact with local, state and federal elected officials. This year’s Forum will once again allow local teens to organize the event, which allows young people to ask questions of their elected officials and public servants. The Forum will be scheduled in Spring 2012 – visit our web site for details in January. City, county and state elected officials will enlighten students with their personal experiences and address teen issues of interest, concluding with a question and answer session with the student audience. Coral Springs Chief of Police Duncan Foster and Fire Chief Mark Curran will also participate in the panel discussion. The event is open to all high school students who live in Coral Springs or who attend local high schools: Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter, J. P. Taravella High and Coral Springs Christian Academy. Students will receive service hours for attending. Students who are home-schooled or
Students from Coral Springs high schools work together with City officials to plan the Teen Political Forum each year.
attend private schools and live in Coral Springs are also welcome, and there is no need to pre-register. CoralSprings.org/events
Learn all about your City at Government Academy
Academy graduates attend sessions about many aspects of City government, including the environment, safety and parks.
Gain valuable insights into local government at the City’s fourth Government Academy, which will give residents an inside look into how this organization approaches local government. The five session program, set to begin in February, meets the last Thursday of every month through June and will address the complex task of running a municipality, including overviews of the government organization as a whole; community development; transportation and environmental services; leisure and cultural activities; and public safety. Participants also will learn how the City’s strategic and business planning models are focused on its customer, leadership and process management. The Government Academy is free and open to residents 16 and older. Participants will take away essential information that can help prepare them for more community involvement roles. Committee members and City Commission board appointees are encouraged to attend. Class size is limited to 50 people, and participants must register in advance. CoralSprings.org/ga 954-344-5907
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Teen Political Forum connects youth, government officials
“There’s so much to do here. From volunteering, to enjoying a day at the park, there’s always something to keep you entertained. The parks are always filled with fun activities for families and friends. To have the opportunity to discover new and interesting places in my community is great.” – Valerie K.
Volunteers needed for annual Waterway Cleanup
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The City invites residents to submit their best photos of life in Coral Springs. Submitted photos may be featured in an upcoming magazine, on CityTV or on the City’s web sites. E-mail your full-resolution photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to include your name, description of the people or places pictured, as well as a sentence about why Coral Springs is your Community of Excellence. Residents of all ages are encouraged to complete the Coral Springs Experience program by visiting CSExperience.org.
“I recently completed the Coral Springs Experience program. On the Fourth of July, I went to Mullins Park and watched the fireworks show. I didn’t know there was a Fourth of July festival in Coral Springs so that was a new, fun experience. I also went to the Red Lichen Sanctuary. It’s nice to see that in our city, where there are a lot of business buildings and housing communities, there is still a natural area for plants and animals to call home.” – Tyler H.
Now in its 16th year in Coral Springs, this year’s Waterway Cleanup is set for March 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverside Park, 205 Coral Ridge Drive. Mayor Roy Gold, a longtime environmental activist, leads the Coral Springs site each year. Coral Springs is known for having one of the largest cleanup sites in Broward County, attracting an average of 400 volunteers annually who pull out trash and other items from the waterways. “The Community has supported this volunteer environmental event in a big way for over fifteen years,” Gold said. “Please come out to assist and be a part of this environmental cleanup initiative.” Participants do not need to pre-register to attend. Students will receive volunteer hours.
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The Coral Springs Police Department wants to empower women faced with a potentially dangerous situation. The department offers the Rape Aggression Defense program for women ages 13 and older. RAD does not employ fancy moves or daunting tricks. Rather, the RAD system relies on repetition, practice and muscle memory to help women survive during a struggle. Participants have a chance to practice what they learn during live scenarios. RAD is taught in four-week sessions from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. Upcoming course dates are January 10, 17, 24 and 31. Starting January 2012, there will be a $25 fee per person. The payment will be returned after completing all four classes. If participants fail to complete the course, the payment will be withheld. Checks must be made payable to the City of Coral Springs and must be received during registration prior to the first class. The course is physically involved, but no prior self-defense experience is required. Participants must register in advance. RAD students learn defensive skills and how to gain the upper hand in an attack. Part of the sessions include practice during live scenarios.
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City launches Career Outreach Project to keep talent local The City, together with a group of dedicated student volunteers, has been working on launching a student database to help pair students who return to Coral Springs with local businesses looking for new talent. The Career Outreach Project group, a subcommittee of the Customer-Involved Government committee, began meeting in October 2009 with the goal of appealing to local college students to return to their hometown to live and work post graduation. “This is an opportunity where government can create an environment for business to be successful while meeting the needs of our citizens,” Commissioner Tom Powers said. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone.” Students are encouraged to search jobs posted on the database and businesses can search for local students to find a prospective match. The Economic Development Foundation is soliciting local businesses to post job openings on the database. To sign up, students and businesses can visit the web site. CSoutreachproject.com Watch CityTV
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RAD course teaches women to defend themselves
Center for the Arts unveils exciting season lineup Hou will perform on January 15 at Your hometown theater is gearing up Around the Classical World. If you’re a fan its 2011-2012 season with some great perof American Idol and So You Think You formances. Can Dance, don’t miss Louis Van Amstel Laugh out loud at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Saturday, October on March 10, as he and his cast present Ballroom with a Twist, an evening of 15, with Richard Lewis and Susie Essman breathtaking performances and stunning from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Then, on costumes. October 22, enjoy the Battle of the Boros when doo-wop artists from the Bronx, Salute to Vienna Brooklyn and Manhattan take the stage to Looking for Volunteers The Center for the Arts is looking for vibrant, enthusiastic sing classic oldies. Spend New Year’s Eve with beautiful song and dance volunteers who enjoy interacting with people. Volunteers will have the opportunity to provide service during many of during the Salute to Vienna performance inspired by Vienna’s world famous New Year’s Eve concert. The dancers and the events featured at the venue. Anyone interested in volorchestra come to Coral Springs on Saturday, December 31 unteering should contact Susan Foresta at 954-344-5999 or email@example.com, or stop by the venue to apply. at 8 p.m. The Strauss Symphony of America, along with a cadre of talented dancers and singers, perform everything CoralSpringsCenterfortheArts.com from Viennese waltzes to operetta excerpts. Then in the Spring, world famous violinist Yi-Jia Susanne 2855 Coral Springs Drive 954-344-5990
City officials speak on quality journey in Providencia, Chile Officials from Providencia, Chile hosted Mayor Roy Gold and Baldrige National Quality Award for performance excellence. Budget and Strategic Planning Manager Bob Goehrig at the The trip was entirely funded by the City of Providencia. 6th Annual Quest for Excellence in Local Government con“It was an honor to be a guest of the City of Providencia ference held August 28 - 30, 2011. Mayors from every Chilean and to exchange the ideas and best practices that enable city were invited to attend the conference. In addition, officials both cities to offer the finest quality of life to their residents from throughout South and Central America were in attenand businesses,” Mayor Gold said. dance. The City’s partnership with Providencia, Chile was an iniThe forum’s aim was to demonstrate the application of tiative in Coral Springs’ 2010 Business Plan. Similar to Coral Business Excellence Frameworks and the use of quality tools Springs’ receipt of the Malcolm Baldrige Award, Providencia to fuel the modernization of the municipal sector. Through received the “National Quality Award and Excellence in the use of case studies, participants discovered the key Management” in 2010. Providencia has also earned the factors necessary to achieve excellence in the management International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifiof local governments and practiced using quality tools to cation for 21 quality processes in the areas of environmental gain a better understanding of how to achieve continuous systems, security, and occupational health. improvement. Finally, participants developed a concrete Providencia City officials originally visited the City of action plan to get them started Coral Springs in May 2010. At on incorporating specific meththat time, both cities entered odologies and practices to into an official Letter of improve internal service delivery Understanding to engage in a processes thereby improving business exchange to improve the quality of services delivered the process of municipal service to residents. delivery to their respective resiSince the City of Coral Springs dents. was used as a case study of the In addition to Providencia’s successful implementation of Mayor Labbe, Mayor Gold had quality principles, Mayor Gold the opportunity to share best and Bob Goehrig presented practices and discuss strategic The conference was attended by many international officials, including (left to right) Yasir Al Naqbi of Abu Dhabi, UAE; on Coral Springs’ continuous management techniques with Providencia Mayor Christián Labbé; Providencia Controller improvement journey that led to many of Chile’s mayors as well Ramiro Mendoza Zúñiga; Global Benchmarking Network Chair the City’s receipt of the Malcolm Dr. Robin Mann of New Zealand and Coral Springs Mayor Roy Gold. as other international dignitaries. 12 • Coral Springs • Fall 2011
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of updating National Flood Insurance Program maps in Broward County. Part of this update includes a certification of the East Coast Protective Levee. Currently, FEMA and a group of Broward County officials have requested that the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) repair any deficiencies and subsequently provide the necessary documentation to ensure that the 60-year-old levee meets modern-day standards. Flood zone maps are used to determine flood insurance purchase requirements and rates, and establish minimum floor elevations for new construction and substantial improvements to existing structures. A levee that does not meet FEMA standards could result in an expansion of The 105-mile East Coast Protective Levee borders Coral Springs areas in Broward County considered suson the west side of the Sawgrass Expressway. ceptible to flooding, which may cause an increase in the cost of flood insurance. After completion of levee construction, ownership was The East Coast Protective Levee stretches more than 100 transferred to the SFWMD, which has actively maintained it miles from the Homestead area north to the eastern shore of for approximately 60 years. Based on regular inspections, the Lake Okeechobee. Prompted by massive flooding of South District carries out routine maintenance, including raising Florida in 1947, the levee was constructed by the U.S. Army the levee to its design height at two localized areas, filling Corps of Engineers in the 1950s to provide flood protection eroded areas due to boat wakes and removing exotic vegand retain water in three Water Conservation Areas, which etation. are sections of Everglades wetlands in western Miami-Dade, sfwmd.gov Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Two-day water restrictions still in place Despite the rainy season, South Florida has been slow to recover from the months of record-low rainfall. During this time, conservation is critical to protecting our water supply, which supports more than 7.5 million people in South Florida. Please note that two-day-a-week residential landscape restrictions remain in place. Water restrictions include: • No watering allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Residents and businesses with odd-numbered street addresses may water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. • Residents and businesses with even-numbered street addresses, no street address or irrigate both even and odd address within the same zones, including multi-family units and homeowners associations, may water lawns and landscapes on Thursdays and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or from 4 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. • Please note that new landscaping can be watered without regard to restrictions on the first day it is installed. It is always important to make sure your irrigation system is working properly. For instructions on how to set your sprinkler timer and other conservation tips, visit our web site. CoralSprings.org/conservation Watch CityTV
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SFWMD to provide documentation for levee certification
Halloween Haunted House sets the scene for spooky fun Pirates and princesses are all welcome at this year’s family friendly Halloween Haunted House. The haunted house will be at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive. Both toddlers and young children will weave and wander through age-appropriate themed areas inside the classrooms. Then, kids will have a chance to play in bounce houses and on slides. Trickor-treaters will get their share of candy as they leave. The haunted house is scheduled for Friday, October 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 29 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child, $2 per adult. CoralSprings.org/events 954-345-2200 2501 Coral Springs Drive
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Fire Department hosts Spaghetti Dinner in support of breast cancer awareness To recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the Coral Springs Fire Department will wear a special uniform during October. The uniform will feature pink medical gloves and a special shirt with the ribbon located inside the Maltese cross as a symbol of support to our community and to any person affected by this disease. “Pink represents hope for all forms of cancer. This is a way to bring the community together and raise awareness of not only breast cancer, but all forms of cancer,” Lieutenant Michael Farmer said. The Coral Springs Fire Department will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, October 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Station 80. This event is open to the public and for a $5 donation, residents will receive a plate of pasta prepared by Coral Springs Firefighters. Donations will benefit the Coral Springs Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association, which contributes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. CoralSprings.org/events 2825 Coral Springs Drive
The Family Concert Series attracts artists of all types. Everyone from rockers to jazz musicians has taken the stage. Residents can enjoy another free concert under the stars at Betti Stradling Park on Saturday, October 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Orange Orange Sunshine Sunshine will feature a mix of classic rock. Then, on Saturday, November 19, bring the entire family and enjoy Cars 2, rated G. The movie begins at 7 p.m. at Betti Stradling Park. Parking and admission is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please refrain from bringing glass containers, alcohol and pets. CoralSprings.org/events
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Fall Fun Guide available Looking for fun activities for your little ones? From dance, etiquette, sports and special needs camps to swimming and tennis programs, the City offers something for everyone to enjoy. Get your copy of the 2011 Fall Fun Guide, which includes a variety of after school and weekend activities available for children of all ages. The guide is available at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive; City Hall in the Mall, Coral Square Mall; the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex and Tennis Center of Coral Springs, 2575 Sportsplex Drive; and the Cypress Park Tennis Center, 1301 Coral Springs Drive. Guides are also available at City Hall, located at 9551 West Sample Road. To view and download the Fall Fun Guide and application forms, visit the City’s web site. CoralSprings.org/fallfun 954-345-2200
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Family fun at the park starts this Fall with free concerts and movies
Holiday Boat Parade returns: Hope to ‘sea’ you on Sample! Save the date for this year’s “Anchors Aweigh!” Holiday Boat Parade as it sets sail along Sample Road on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. The rain date will be the same time on Thursday, December 15. The Holiday Parade Committee is encouraging all participants to celebrate the nautical theme and to enter trailered and decorated boats. Awards will be given for both nonprofit and business entries. Entry guidelines and height restriction information is available in the Participant Guide online. The 2011 event will mark only the second “waterless” Holiday Boat Parade – the first was in 2003.
Each year, more than 60 entries march, dance or sing down Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive toward City Hall as part of the popular event, seen by thousands of spectators. The parade will feature local bands, entertainment, floats and other entries pertaining to the theme. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Participant and sponsorship applications are available at online. Adult and high school volunteer parade marshals are always needed. Students will earn service hours for participation. To volunteer, call 954-346-4430. Family Fun Run to precede parade Before the holiday parade, individuals and families are invited to participate in a Holiday Parade Fun Run along Sample Road near Coral Springs Drive at 5:45 p.m. The event is open to runners of all ages and abilities and will be approximately 1.5 miles. “The reason why we are doing the Fun Run is because it’s something that the residents wanted and it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Commissioner Larry Vignola said. “I look forward to seeing everyone there.” Participants must pre-register online and are asked to park at the Center for the Arts. Participation costs $15 for adults prior to November 14. Late registration is available until December 11 for adult runners, and until race day for walkers, for $20. Children 17 and under are $12 for all registration periods. CoralSprings.org/holidayparade 954-345-2112
US Air Force Reserve to perform free concert The Band of the United States Air Force Reserve will continue its long history of presenting free public performances when it appears at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Band presents more than 400 performances a year throughout the country. The concert is co-sponsored by the City of Coral Springs, Advanced Cable Communications and Friends of Music, Inc. Free tickets will be available for Coral Springs residents only starting January 2 through January 20. Tickets will be available to the general public from January 21 until the day of the concert. All tickets are free and will be available at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road, City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic
Blvd, and the Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive There is a limit of four tickets per family and persons must present a photo ID when picking up tickets.
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Always visit CoralSprings.org/events for the latest updates and additions to this list of events happening in Coral Springs in the coming months. Family Concert: Orange Sunshine (see article page 15) Saturday, October 15 • 7 to 9 p.m. • Free Betti Stradling Park • 10301 Wiles Road • 954-345-2200 Health Fair Extravaganza (see article page 7) Wednesday, October 19 • 7 p.m. • Free • 954-345-2200 Coral Springs Gymnasium • 2501 Coral Springs Drive Trash to Treasure Garage Sale (see article page 7) Saturday, October 22 • 8 to 11 a.m. • Free Mullins Park • 10000 N.W. 29 Street • 954-345-2204
Slice of the Springs Neighborhood Meeting (see article page 6 for complete schedule) Southeast and Southwest Slice: Thursday, November 3 • 7 p.m. Maplewood Elementary • 9850 Ramblewood Drive Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, November 11 • 10:30 a.m. • Open to the public Veterans Park • 8601 Royal Palm Blvd. • 954-345-2200 Movie in the Park: Cars 2 (see article page 15) Saturday, November 19 • 7 p.m. • Free Betti Stradling Park • 10301 Wiles Road • 954-345-2200
Halloween Haunted House (see article page 14) Friday, October 28, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 29, 2 to 7:30 p.m. • $5/child, $2/adult • 954-345-2200 Coral Springs Gymnasium • 2501 Coral Springs Drive
Holiday Parade (see article page 16) Wednesday, December 14 • 7 p.m. • Free Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall
Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner (see article page 15) Saturday, October 29 • 4 to 8 p.m. • $5 per plate Fire Station 80 • 2825 Coral Springs Drive
Kreul Classic Basketball Tournament December 16-20 • kreul.com Coral Springs Gymnasium • 2501 Coral Springs Drive
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Don’t miss the 2011-2012 season!
December 28 & 29
Royalty of Doo-Wopp and Rock ‘n Roll January 28
December 10 & 11
Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis January 7
Tickets for these shows and many more concerts, comedy headliners and holiday engagements are on sale now! Coral Springs Center for the Arts 2855 Coral Springs Drive coralspringscenterforthearts.com Box Office: 954-344-5990
Judy Gold December 3
Kosher Comedy Tour December 24
Three Hysterical Broads January 20
Bobby Collins March 3