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Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers
John J. Hearn
Vincent M. Boccard
State of the City Despite the tough economic climate, the City of Coral 10 years and I work very closely with the Police and Fire Springs managed to garnish some noteworthy accomplishDepartment… and I think they do a fantastic job making ments during the past fiscal year and once again, the City everyone feel safe here,” he said. remained on strong financial ground. Cindy Brief, Presidents of the Chamber of Commerce, During the State of the City 2010 event in February, the works closely as the liaison between the City and its busiCity Commission and newly appointed City Manager Erdal nesses. “The City goes above and beyond to work with our Dönmez recognized the dedication and hard work of the business community and listen to what the businesses many committees and volunteers have to say. We got the Street who contribute thousands of hours Indexing and Monument Signs 2010 Accomplishments to, and save thousands of dollars and that was a colossal effort • Ranked first in Florida by Money magazine for, the City each year. between the Chamber, the City • Named safest City in Florida by CP Press This year’s theme once again Commission and City staff. Staff • Code Ranger Initiative highlighted important accomplishmembers met with the Chamber • Completion of Public Safety renovations ments from the past fiscal year leaders and talked to them to get • Economic Development activities within the following four main the results of our survey so they • CSBizAssist initiative categories: “Live, Work, Play, Learn.” could improve signage in the • Neighborhood Stabilization efforts and City staff also interviewed key volCity,” Brief said. foreclosure assistance unteers, asking them why Coral Lastly, Ainsworth Clarke, Chair • Sustainability initiatives Springs was a great place for their of the Martin Luther King, Jr. • City aesthetics and Master Tree Planting Plan families and businesses. Committee spoke on the City’s • MLK 20th Anniversary Event Ronni Kessler, a volunteer with diversity and cultural awareness the Coral Springs Police Explorers, showcased through its many said she chose to live Coral Springs based on others’ recomevents. “It gives the City the opportunity to demonstrate mendation. “Coral Springs is definitely a family oriented comits diversity, to reach out to different members of the community – that’s why I moved here. When I moved here, I had munity and it really allows citizens and businesses within the small children and I was told ‘Come to Coral Springs, this a City of Coral Springs to participate and give back to the complace to raise a family.’ The schools are the best, the parks are munity in which they live and work,” he said. the best... There is nothing you can’t get your child involved Whether you live, work, play or learn in Coral Springs, in,” Kessler said. City officials hope you are proud to call Coral Springs your Michael Ditocco, a volunteer with the Community Community of Excellence. Videos from State of the City and Emergency Response Team, appreciates the City’s high safety the City’s Annual Report are available online. ratings. “I feel very safe living in Coral Springs. I’ve lived here CoralSprings.org/stateofthecity Coral Springs • Spring 2011
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STOP! Red Light Camera
CSPD partners with community on crime prevention.........................Page 2 Red Light Camera Safety Program coming soon........................................Page 3 A Day in the Life: Community Revelopment Agency............................Page 4
Tips for healthy grass
Embrace peace at Day of Prayer......................................................................... Page 10 Celebrate Mother’s Day at CommuniTea................................................. Page 10 Find your path with county’s BiKE Broward......................................... Page 11
Museum of Art features Tools in Motion Page 13
City Hall in the Mall offers extended passport hours, mobile services......Page 6 City’s annual financial report receives top marks.................................................................Page 7 Shred personal documents for free at City event.................................................................Page 7 Teens ask elected officials questions at Political Forum...............................................Page 8 Begin hurricane season preparation early....................................................................................Page 9
City recognizes long-term businesses Page 12
Fourth of July Celebration moves back to Mullins Park Page 14
Around the Town Page 17
What’s Happening? Page 17
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The Magazine for the Premier Community
in Which to Live, Work and Raise a Family
Keeping our City safe
Police Department partners with community on crime prevention Red Light Camera Safety Program Safe Teen Driving A Day in the Life: Community Redevelopment Agency Summer Fun and more inside...
The Protectors statue sits appropriately in front of the renovated Public Safety Building.
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Make a Call, Make a
Difference CSPD partners with community on crime prevention Coral Springs is known for its crime safety ratings. In 2009, Coral Springs came in with the lowest crime rate in Florida and 48th in the nation. To keep our community safe, the Coral Springs Police Department is asking all residents and businesses to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Residents can be of vital assistance to the department by following these tips. • Report any suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood. • Criminals have been known to pose as solicitors and often knock to see if anyone is home. Make sure to ask for ID and call the company to verify that they are in fact an employee. • If anyone knocks on your door and asks about your neighbor and whether they are home, don’t provide any answers. Instead, call the Police Department as soon as possible. “The Police Department wants to implement an inclusive community watch; residents, businesses and City employees can really make a difference in our community just by making a quick call when they see something suspicious,” Deputy Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said. With your help, we can continue to keep Coral Springs a safe community. CoralSprings.org/police Crime Prevention Unit: 954-344-1835 Crime Tips Line: 954-227-COPS (2677) 2 • Coral Springs • Spring 2011
Make a Call, Make a Difference! Report non-emergency suspicious activity by calling the Police Non-Emergency line at
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• Always keep your doors locked, and if you have an alarm, use it • Trim landscaping around windows and doors so that bushes and hedges cannot conceal criminals • Install outside motion sensor lights to illuminate the driveway and front of residence • Close your garage door even when working in the backyard • Complete an inventory of all valuables to include: make, model, serial number, description, and cost • Photograph your property • If an unfamiliar or suspicious vehicle travels through your area or is parked in your neighbor’s driveway, call 911 • Establish a neighborhood watch group • Call for a free security survey at 954-344-1835 • Call 954-344-1800 to request a “Vacation Watch” while you are out of town Visit CoralSprings.org
Once red light safety cameras are activated this summer, our streets will be a little safer and the Police Department will be able to free up officers who can then be deployed elsewhere. The Red Light Safety Camera Program is designed to deter drivers from running red lights and reduce serious traffic collisions. The intersections were selected after a recommendation from the Coral Springs Police Department based on the increasing number of violations and severity of collisions. A violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection and crosses the stop line after the light has turned red. When a moving vehicle is detected during a red signal phase, the safety camera initiates the capture of two digital images and a video clip. Notices are non-criminal and will not result
in points being assessed to drivers’ licenses. The registered owner will have 30 days from the mail date to pay the $158 fine or file an affidavit denying commission of the violation, which may require providing necessary documentation. A study by the Federal Highway Administration shows red light cameras had a significant effect in reducing dangerous crashes, including serious rightangle collisions. Selected intersections will display sign to remind drivers that red light cameras are in use. The City hopes to install the first camera by the beginning of May; visit our web site for updates on which intersections will be installed first.
STOP! Red Light Camera Safety Program
City rewards teens for safe driving Students can once again be recognized for not having a traffic citation or an “at-fault” accident during this school year. The Coral Springs Police Department launched its Safe Teen Driving in 2007 and since then has recognized 165 local teenagers. Students that meet the criteria will receive a Wal-Mart gift card, along with a certificate of recognition from Police Chief Duncan Foster. Seniors will also receive a cord to wear during their graduation ceremony. Students are eligible to apply for recognition if they attend Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs Christian Academy, Coral Springs High School or
J.P. Taravella High School. Teenagers must submit driving records from August 2010 until April 2011 to their School Resource Office by April 20. Copies of driving records are available online at hsmv.state. fl.us or through one of the Broward County courthouses. “Our Safe Teen Driving Initiative is a cooperative effort of local teens, parents, high schools and the Coral Springs Police Department to promote the safe operation of a motor vehicle by our youth,” Captain Brad Mock said. “Operating a motor vehicle is a big responsibility for young drivers and we want to recognize students for their safe driving.” 954-346-1746
Children can learn life-saving skills at Safety Town Celebrating 25 years in Coral Springs, Safety Town is a comprehensive early childhood, hands-on safety education program designed to introduce all types of safety situations to children between the ages of 4½ and 6½. Registration for Safety Town is set for Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Safety Town in Kiwanis Park. The cost is $60, and participants must meet the age requirement as of June 2011. Proof of age, such as birth certificate or passport, is required at registration. The tentative schedule for Safety Town is as follows: • Session 1: June 20 to July 1, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. • Session 2: June 20 to July 1, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. • Session 3: July 11 to 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. • Session 4: July 25 to August 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parents must register their own children. No more than two children, including siblings and friends, can be grouped together. Registration is on a first-come, firstserved basis because of limited class size. 954-344-1811
Kiwanis Park, 520 Ramblewood Drive
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Red Light Camera Safety Program coming soon
Day in theLife
CRA Board Member envisions Downtown redevelopment
ernie Moyle is a busy man who has Coral Springs’ best interests at heart. He and his wife, Cheri, moved to Coral Springs with their family in 1991, and he has become very involved in the community since then.
Currently the Vice Chair of the Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), he and the CRA Board are in charge of overseeing the redevelopment of approximately 150 acres in Downtown Coral Springs. For the past five years, some of his key roles within the CRA include negotiating the acquisition of land critical to the redevelopment plan and heading up negotiation of the Broward College campus agreement. “In Florida, education is both a critical business and a facilitator for business development because it provides jobs and creates a qualified workforce,” Moyle said. “Therefore, Broward College coming to the Downtown area in Coral Springs is a double positive.” Another significant undertaking for the CRA is overseeing negotiations for downtown infrastructure improvements. “Downtown Coral Springs is a transportation hub in Broward County,” Moyle said. “This City started off with a vision, and our job is to take that vision into the next 30 years.” Moyle was excited to hear that the CRA recently acquired $750,000 in grant funds from the County Incentive Grant Program (CIGP) to use toward some of the City’s planned
infrastructure improvements for the Downtown area, including five right turn lanes, sidewalk and streetscape enhancements, landscaping and six bus shelters. “The funds will become available in 2015 but plans are already in the works,” he added. The City also received $5.9 million of Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Of the $5.9 million approximately 4.2 million dollars will be used to implement the Sample Road and University Drive Infrastructure Master Plan, which includes right turn lanes, the “four corners” fountains, sidewalks, cable and power line burial and foundations for new traffic signal mast arms. Vision for success Prior to the CRA, Moyle served as Chairman of the Board for the Economic Development Foundation of Coral Springs for eight years. During his service, he was vital in attracting more than 50 new businesses to Coral Springs, creating thousands of jobs and bringing in millions of dollars into the community. In addition to public service, Moyle is one of the founders
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social networks and methods available, including Facebook, Twitter and foursquare.com, to go viral in today’s technology environment. He has plenty of vision for the Country Club and is excited about its future. “Vision is a process. It’s downstream,” Moyle said. That afternoon, he met at The Club with Joan Kohl from the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital. They are partnering to develop a butterfly garden and other nature zones on the Country Club grounds. He hopes to get The Club approved as a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat within the next few months and to bring more attention to the work of the Sawgrass Nature Center that is located in the Sportsplex. Among other things at the Country Club, Moyle is having his team give the course and banquet
Partnering with the community No day is ever the same for Moyle, but on this particular day he is serving as moderator of a panel presentation for the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s – Bernie Moyle, Vice Chair, (NAIOP) Brokers Breakfast held at Community Redevelopment Agency The Country Club of Coral Springs. Over 80 commercial brokers from all over Palm Beach and Broward Bernie Moyle speaks at the County took part in the event, where they could ask quesOne Charter Place tions of the expert panelists and generally learn more about Ribbon Cutting what the City has to offer their clients. Ceremony City Manager Erdal Dönmez, EDF Executive Director Paul in Downtown Coral Springs. Cawley, Founder of Amera Corporation George Rahael, Executive Director of Industrial Transactions Services at Cushman & Wakefield Christopher Metzger and President facility a facelift, which includes course improvements, and and CEO of Community Bank of Broward Bruce Keir all gave replanting the 400 trees that were lost back in 2005 during different perspectives on doing business in Coral Springs. Hurricane Wilma. Moyle was the perfect fit for the job of panel moderator as While Moyle manages multiple businesses, he often takes he is very comfortable with public speaking and is knowlthe time to scope out the golf course and the facilities to edgeable about the City’s business community and the ensure everything is up to par. The Course is now in very economic drivers that give the City a competitive advantage. good playing condition and the banquet facility is booking Moyle is a big believer in partnering, and thought the up on a regular basis. “Since the facility was private for so event was a great opportunity to reach out to local brokers. many years, most people don’t even realize that we’re here,” “It’s direct target marketing,” Moyle said. “We get to tell Moyle said. Certainly, that is changing. brokers why Coral Springs is a great place to do business and “What I do here [at the Country Club] benefits the City, they can tell us what potential businesses are looking for.” the CRA, the Sawgrass Nature Center and the community at There are plans to have the breakfast semi-annually. large,” Moyle said. “I just hope to be a catalyst in the City.” Later that morning, Moyle met with his management CoralSpringsCRA.com team at the Country Club and discussed future marketing strategies. The team discussed sales and marketing including ccofcs.com
“Vision is a process. It’s downstream. I just hope to be a catalyst in the City.”
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of and serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Vantage Hospitality Group, which is headquartered in Coral Springs. Moyle, a 1984 Nova Southeastern University law graduate, also practiced commercial law for 18 years before joining Vantage Hospitality Group. Currently, as President of ACC Strategies, LLC, Moyle, is also managing The Country Club of Coral Springs. The Club has been a staple in Coral Springs for more than 40 years and under Moyle’s management has been converted to a semiprivate club whose golf, tennis and banquet facilities are now open to the public. Moyle, with the assistance of his hospitality company, Vantage, is taking on the role of managing The Club back to profitability and establishing it as a key contributor to an excellent quality of life in Coral Springs. “I didn’t want to see it [The Country Club] fail, as it would have been detrimental to the City,” Moyle said. “The golf and banquet businesses aren’t much different than the hotel business so I determined that with the benefit of our hotel company’s resources, we were well positioned to succeed.”
At your service City Hall in the Mall offers extended passport hours, mobile services Planning a trip? Don’t forget to pack your passport. If you’re in need of a passport, stop by Coral Square Mall. City Hall in the Mall offers a convenient location and is available Monday through Saturday. Through the end of May, City Hall in the Mall will be offering extended passport hours every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are a local business or organization, City Hall in the Mall is also now available for on-site visits. If there are 10 or more people interested in passport services, someone from City Hall in the Mall will gladly stop by and provide that service. To register, please call 954-3441829. Passports are now being offered in two forms: a Passport book (for air, sea or land border travel) or a wallet-size U.S. Passport card (for land border and sea travel only). The price
for a passport book is $135 for adults and $105 for children, age 15 years or younger. The wallet-sized card costs $55 for adults and $40 for children, age 15 years or younger. Please note that these fees must be paid in two separate checks, with $25 payable to the City of Coral Springs and the remainder to the U.S. Department of State. Passport applications may also be turned in at Citizens’ Service in City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road, weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. This location does not take passport photos. For details, call 954-344-1001. For application details and paperwork requirements, visit our web site.
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City’s annual financial report receives top marks The City recently received top marks on its annual financial report from its external auditors, McGladrey & Pullen. Brett Friedman, CPA reported on the firm’s audit of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended September 30, 2010. The City’s annual CAFR captures the organization’s financial position and activities as required by local ordinances and State statutes, but it also provides an informative narrative of City operations. Friedman listed numerous areas in which the CAFR demonstrated the City’s fiscal responsibility and transparency of accounting practices. These included the auditors’ findings of no significant or unusual accounting transactions; no findings contrary to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); no significant audit adjustments or uncorrected misstatements; and no disagreement with management over application of accounting principles. In addition, the auditors did not identify any deficiencies in the City’s internal controls over financial reporting that would result in more than a remote likelihood that a material misstatement of the financial statements would not be prevented or detected. “In fiscal year 2010, the City continued its strong tradition of solid financial management despite difficult economic times,” Director of Financial Services and Human Resources Susan Grant said. “The audit results reflect positively on the Coral Springs’ business model, which focuses running our organization like a business.” The Coral Springs way of doing business has long been recognized by Wall Street. When major credit rating agency Fitch Ratings recently reevaluated the City’s financial condition and awarded Coral Springs the highest possible rating, AAA with a Stable Outlook, Fitch noted that “the City’s financial profile remains strong. Financial operations are very well-managed.” CoralSprings.org/budget Watch CityTV
Avoid being a victim of identity theft by shredding any personal paperwork with account numbers, PIN numbers and other sources of identification at the City’s next free Shredathon on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Shredding will be available at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. Please note that there is a limit of five boxes or bags per person and once the truck is full, no other paperwork will be accepted. 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
Free self-defense course for women available The Coral Springs Police Department wants to empower women faced with a potentially dangerous situation. The department offers the Rape Aggression Defense program free for woman ages 13 and older. RAD does not employ fancy moves or daunting tricks. Instead, 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 classes, and the next session begins Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. The course is physically involved, but no prior self-defense experience is required. Participants must register in advance, and must be able to attend all four weeks. CoralSprings.org/police/safe.cfm 2801 Coral Springs Drive
Waste Station open Memorial Day The Waste Transfer Station will be open on Monday, May 30 for any resident who wants to drop off bulk trash, including appliances, furniture, carpeting, and any recyclable materials. No commercial waste or raw garbage is accepted at this station. This service is free and available to Coral Springs residents only. Please remember that two forms of identification are required for proof of residency. The Waste Transfer Station is open weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on Wiles Road at N.W. 126th Avenue. 954-974-7500 Spring 2011 • Coral Springs • 7
Shred personal documents for free at City event
City features new resources on web site to help teens find career path The City of Coral Springs recently added new features to its site, CSTeensUndecided.com, which launched in 2009 to help local teens find potential career paths that are right for them. The site came from a brainstorming session of a City team comprised of City staff, high school guidance counselors, and college advisors. On the site, students can find information about jobs, volunteer service, and alternative education opportunities including online high school and college, and career/ technical school for after graduation. There is also a page devoted to GED information. The new Counselors Corner features new frequently asked questions for parents and video clips of individuals discussing their business experience. The City of Coral Springs will once again participate with WorkForce One to offer jobs for teens this summer. The program is open to all Broward County youth ages 16 to 18 who meet eligibility requirements. For more information, visit the site. CSTeensUndecided.com
College outreach program to help 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 College Outreach group, a subcommittee of the Customer Involved Government committee, began meeting monthly 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 will be able to search jobs posted on the database and businesses can search for local students to find a prospective match. The Economic Development Foundation will be soliciting local businesses to post job openings on the database. The site is expected to go live in April.
State Representative Ari Porth joined City Commission members and other elected officials in answering teens’ questions at the Forum.
Teens ask elected officials questions at Political Forum The Teen Political Forum recently hosted its fourth event, bringing together students and local government. At least 400 local teenagers packed the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on January 27 to ask questions of their elected officials from all levels of government. The Forum stemmed from Mayor Roy Gold’s desire to create an event similar to one Mayor Roy Gold he had attended at Marjory addresses the crowd Stoneman Douglas High at the Teen Political Forum. School a couple years ago. He felt that such an educational exercise in our political process would be very valuable to our young people. While Mayor Gold wasn’t able to be part of the panel this year, as he had just had surgery two weeks prior, he addressed the audience briefly and remained seated in the audience. He remarked that he was very impressed with how the event turned out. Students from Coral Springs High School, Coral Springs Charter, Stoneman Douglas, Taravella, Coral Glades and Coral Springs Christian Academy formed a planning committee and designed the program, under the guidance of adult advisors. They moderated the event, asked questions of the panelists and monitored questions from the floor directed at the panelists. The Forum also included a series of quick-fire questions aimed at the more lighthearted side of the elected officials, as well as some hard-hitting audience questions. Panelists included the Coral Springs City Commission, State Representative Ari Porth, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, and School Board Member David Thomas. Police Chief Duncan Foster and Fire Chief Mark Curran were also available to answer questions.
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Are you ready? Hurricane Wilma, 2005
Begin hurricane season preparation early Hurricane season will be here again before we know it, and now is the perfect time to start preparation early. It is important to have supplies on hand despite a quiet season
Sign up for Whether you are a resident or a business, register for the City’s CodeRED service to stay informed on the latest, including hurricane information, tornado warnings, evacuation orders, missing people and local criminal activity. CodeRED is a free, automated voice messaging service that delivers the information right to your home, business or cellular phone. You must have a Coral Springs address to sign up but can register several different numbers, including an out-of-town contact person. The City began offering this service three years ago as a way to immediately transmit vital information to those living and working within the City. Since the program began, more than 42,000 residents and 6,200 businesses have come on board. The system dials each number in its database three times and leaves a message should no one pick up. All information is stored on a secure database that is only accessible by the Coral Springs Police Department.
last year – visit the sites below for checklists and tips. The City offers many resources for residents to use before, during and after a storm. • CodeRED is the City’s automated phone alert system that will send notifications about weather conditions, boil water alerts, evacuation orders and more. Residents and business owners can sign up for this free service • City media provide extensive coverage of hurricanerelated information before, during and after a storm. Visit CoralSprings.org for the latest updates, and be sure to tune into CityRadio 1670am for up-to-date emergency information. CityTV on Advanced Cable Channel 25, or Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse, will also broadcast emergency information. • After a storm hits, the City opens its Hurricane Call Center and volunteers answer City-specific questions. The number to reach the Call Center when it is activated is 954-344-1001. Broward County also provides valuable hurricane safety information, including creating a family plan, establishing an out-of-town emergency contact, stocking up on food, supplies and medicines for your family and pets, and securing homes and properties. Broward County information can be found at Broward.org/hurricane. CoralSprings.org/hurricane
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City offers Uni-Series for students Embrace peace at Day of Prayer
The annual National Day of Prayer celebration highlights the strength in diversity found in our community. Every house of worship in Coral Springs and adjoining cities are invited to participate. Youth from participating congregations lead the prayers for our leaders, our nation and peace in the world. This non-denominational event, hosted by the City’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, brings together people from all faiths and fosters an understanding of the world’s different religions. The event is scheduled from Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the front lawn of City Hall. There is no cost to attend. 9551 W. Sample Road
Celebrate Mother’s Day at CommuniTea Join the Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Committee for a cup of tea in honor of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Coral Springs Country Club, located at 10800 West Sample Road. This fifth annual tea party will delight you with entertainment, an array of international teas and Tea Trivia with a multi-cultural flair. Bring your own special teacup and share your favorite teacup story. Gifts will be offered for interesting teacup stories and best decorated tables. Participants are encouraged to wear ethnic attire to add to the multi-cultural flair. “This is a great occasion to celebrate Mother’s Day with the special women in your life – your wife, mother, daughter, sister or grandmother,” Community Relations Manager Joyce Campos said. Come out and join your fellow residents in a fun-filled afternoon.” Participants will enjoy camaraderie and live entertainment at the event. If you cannot attend, but want to support the event, you may sponsor a table for $200 for ten people. Admission is $20 per person. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, May 2 at City Hall or at City Hall in the Mall. Please make checks payable to City of Coral Springs/ Tea. Please note that tickets will not be sold at the door. CoralSprings.org/events
The Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee takes great pride in hosting diversity-training programs for students of all ages. These programs, affectionately entitled UniSeries, include UniKids, UniTeens and UniTown, and showcase the Committee’s commitment to educating youth about our differences and similarities. Each program is designed for different age groups ranging from elementary to high school. “We recently completed another amazing UNITOWN experience with 62 High School students who started out barely knowing each other, or not knowing each other at all, to establishing relationships that may last for a lifetime,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said. “Each workshop, skit and dialogue is designed to encourage leadership and recognize the damage done by hate and discrimination.” This past February, more than 60 students participated in UniTown, a youth leadership and diversity weekend for local high school students. Student Avleigh Du didn’t know what to expect at first, but loved every minute of UniTown. “I came back from Unitown sharing close bonds with newfound friends and an increased awareness on a variety of cultures and ethnicities,” she said. Another sister event is UniKids where elementary aged students will also participate in workshops dealing with diversity, bullying, disabilities, prejudice and much more. A dozen students from each of the City’s elementary schools will be invited to attend UniKids on Tuesday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Coral Springs Gymnasium. Each elementary school is asked to submit a poster showcasing their students’ view of multiculturalism. All the posters will be displayed at the event and students will be invited to explain their meaning. “We find it refreshing to provide this type of sensitivity awareness program for our elementary school age children,” says Joyce Campos, Community Relations Manager. “The students are eager to learn and absorb our message of respect and acceptance.” The UniTeens program, which targets middle school students, is usually held in the month of November. The City’s popular UniSeries currently features diversity education for students of all ages. UniKids, UniTeens and UniTown are youth leadership programs geared toward elementary, middle and high school students, respectively. Attendees learn the values of diversity, friendship and racial harmony.
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community Find your path with BiKE Broward Cyclists can find out the best way to reach their destination with the help of BiKE Broward. The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) launched this innovative internet-based bicycle route planning tool to helps riders plan their trips. Cyclists only need to enter their start and end locations to receive turn-by-turn directions. BiKE Broward users are also able to select from five types of routes: short, fast, least interaction with traffic, simple and scenic. In addition, riders may enter multiple travel points along their journey. The program is a joint effort between Broward MPO, FIU’s Geographic Information System Center and UF’s GeoMatics Program at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center. Take advantage of this new tool by visiting the interactive web site at http://bike.browardmpo.org.
If you’re driving, keep the following in mind: • If you are passing a bicyclist on the road, Florida law states that you must pass by at least three feet. Wait for a safe opportunity to pass. • When exiting a driveway or making a turn, watch for bicyclists on the sidewalk. Bicyclists may be traveling in either direction on the sidewalk. • When making a right turn treat a bike lane next to you as a travel lane. First look for bicycle traffic behind and to your right, then merge into the bike lane before turning to prevent a bicyclist from passing on your right as you turn.
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by our readers
Coral Springs invites residents to submit their best photos of life in Coral Springs. Submitted photos may be featured in an upcoming issue of this magazine, on CityTV or on the City’s web sites. Please e-mail your full-resolution photographs 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.
“I’m a nature photographer, and my eye caught these bright colors drawing me into the Community Garden in the Sportsplex – wow! There are some talented people working there!” – Cheryl Devlin
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City recognizes long term businesses Long term businesses are the heart of our community and the City Commission wanted to recognize them for all they’ve done in our community. On January 18, the City recognized a number of long-standing local businesses at the annual City-sponsored Chamber of Commerce Wakeup Breakfast. The City’s Business Recognition Program is an ongoing effort to acknowledge companies that have been in business in the City for more than 20 years as of January 2011. Long-time business owners are encouraged to provide their contact details so they may receive a special recognition that celebrates their long history in the City and contributions to the community. The businesses recognized in January were Advanced Cable Communications, Allstate Insurance, Art Plumbing &
Air Conditioning, Inc., Auto Works Collision and Paint, Condo Management Alternative, Inc., Capital Abstract & Title, Coral Springs Auto Tag and Insurance Agency, Coral Springs Melting Pot, Darrow Chiropractic Center, Dr. Benjamin Graber, M.D., Frank J. Petraglia & Associates Insurance, Inc., Johnson & Walters P.A., JWN Corporation, Mrs. P’s Dance and Acrobatics Studio, Sample Road Animal Hospital, and Dr. Louis Wasserman, O.D., P.A., and Wasserman Chiropractic. Businesses can provide their details by calling 954-3441021. The next recognition will be at an upcoming City Commission meeting. For the latest business tools and resources from the City and the Coral Springs Economic Foundation, all businesses are encouraged to visit the CS BizAssist web site. CSBizAssist.org
Historical photos of Sample Road showcase the City’s ever-changing business landscape. While Coral Springs is home to new businesses each year, some still remain many years later and are being recognized for their long-term operation in the community.
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Waterway Cleanup a success
On Saturday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m., the City is hosting an Adopt-A-Street Cleanup on Ramblewood Drive, from University to Coral Springs drives. Volunteers will meet at Maplewood Elementary School, located at 9850 Ramblewood Drive. Space is limited, so you must preregister by calling 954-345-2204 by Monday, April 22. Students will receive service hours for participating at each event.
More than 350 volunteers helped cleanup Coral Springs waterways during the annual event, held this year on March 5.
Tips for healthy grass during summer heat Like plants, grass needs water to survive but finding a balance between over- and under-watering has proven to be a challenge for most residents. Over-irrigating your lawn, no matter what the source, favors the growth of water-loving weeds and pests and also creates runoff, which may carry fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides into nearby waterways and onto the ocean or Everglades. In order to maintaining a healthy lawn that can meet current water restrictions and still look great, water your grass only when it is absolutely needed. Below are signs to indicate that it’s time to irrigate: • Grass has a dull bluish-gray color • Foot prints remain visible in the grass after you have walked through • Leaf blades are folded in half on at least a third of the lawn • The soil from the root zone is dry and crumbly Using these indicators to tell you when to irrigate will result in making your lawn more drought resistant and heartier by forcing the roots to dig deeper in search of water. Residents will also save dollars on their water bill as a result. As always, irrigate in accordance with applicable water restrictions, which require residences and businesses with odd-number street addresses to water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays, only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Residences and businesses with an even-numbered street address may water on Thursdays and/or Sundays only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Additional watering days are allowed for new landscaping. broward.org/WaterMatters
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City looks for volunteers to Adopt-A-Street
New exhibits and summer classes await at Museum Make plans now for a visit to the Coral Springs Museum of Art to view the latest exhibits, or sign up to attend a class or camp and learn about art in a museum setting. Current Exhibits Tools in Motion: Works from the Hechinger Collection will be on exhibit from May 12 through August 20. This extraordinary selection of artworks celebrates repetition and motion in common, everyday tools and hardware. This exhibition was chosen to spark the viewer’s imagination and prompt deeper contemplation of each work’s possible meaning. The Hechinger Collection celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works of beauty, surprise and wit. Exploring the collection’s rich diversity and major themes, Tools in Motion features 47 highlights from the unique holdings of hardware industry pioneer John Hechinger with works by artists such as Arman, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenberg and Jacob Lawrence, among others. This exhibition was organized from the Hechinger Collection of International Arts & Artists, Washington DC. Gift of John & June Hechinger.
Summer Camp and Classes The Coral Springs Museum of Art is offering Summer Camp ArtShops for children and teens ages 6 to 18. Art Camp begins June 13 and runs for 10 weeks. Children may sign up for one, two or more weeks. Summer Camp ArtShops consist of either a three-hour morning or afternoon ArtShop. Children may attend both sessions. The Museum offers lunchtime supervision for $10 a week, but students must bring their own lunch. ArtShop fees are $110 and up. ArtShops are divided by age and subject, some of the workshops offered are Ceramic Hand-Building, Exploring Sculpture, Art of the Animal, Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Cartooning, Comic Book Design, Papiér Mache, Green Art Explorations, Adventures in Art and much more. Classes are taught by professional artists. Museum Hours The Museum of Art is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under 12, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and tours, and $3 for students. Wednesdays are free for all visitors.
The Kiss by Edgar Soberon
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2855 Coral Springs Drive Visit CoralSprings.org
Fourth of July Celebration moves back to Mullins Park Join the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 4 at Mullins Park. Families are encouraged to celebrate the holiday safely by enjoying a grand fireworks display set to begin promptly at 9 p.m. Food and entertainment will also be available prior to the fireworks display. Personal fireworks are not allowed in the park. Commissioner Larry Vignola suggested moving the City’s Fourth of July Celebration back to Mullins Park, located in the heart of our City. “Having the show at Mullins Park will improve the accessibility for all of our residents to view the show,” Commissioner Vignola said. “I grew up near Mullins, and I remember our 4th of July parties and getting together with friends and neighbors to watch the show in our backyard. It really helped build our sense of community.” The event is free, but there is a $3 parking fee. Parking will be available at the Coral Springs Gymnasium for early arrivers, and also at the main Mullins Park/Center for the Arts parking lot. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. Food and refreshments are available for purchase. Coral Springs Police remind residents that setting off illegal fireworks could result in criminal charges against the user. Any fireworks that explode or fly in the air are illegal. Airborne fireworks run the risk of damaging property or causing serious injury to users. As for legal fireworks, follow these tips to ensure safety: • Light fireworks only on non-flammable paved surfaces on your own property. • Do not wear loose clothing and keep hair pulled back while using fireworks. • Stand several feet away from lighted fireworks. • If fireworks do not go off, do not stand over them. • Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby. • Supervise children around fireworks at all times. CoralSprings.org/events
Mullins Park, 10000 N.W. 29 St. Watch CityTV
Seniors with a love for cooking won’t want to miss the City’s first Cooking Matters. This free six-week program begins Monday, May 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Sartory Senior Center. The class will be partly hands-on and will be instructed by a chef. Participants will be provided ingredients and a recipe book. There is a limit of 15 participants. To register, visit Sartory Senior Center, located at 10150 N.W. 29 Street in Mullins Park. CoralSprings.org/events
Summer Fun Guides available From Kamp Kool, dance, etiquette, sport and special needs camps to swimming and tennis programs, the City offers something for everyone to enjoy. Parents will find a wide selection of quality programs and unique amenities suited for all ages and abilities in this useful guide. Get your 2011 Summer Fun Guide and applications 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 Summer Fun Guide and application forms, visit our web site. Registration for Summer Swim Lessons begins on Saturday, April 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aquatic Complex. As of May 1, registration will be taken at the respective pools. Check out the Summer Fun Guide for details. CoralSprings.org/summerfun
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Seniors invited to attend Cooking Matters
Always visit CoralSprings.org/events for the latest updates and additions to this list of events happening in Coral Springs in the coming months.
Residents are encouraged to know flood safety and protect their property in case of a flood.
UniKids (see article page 10) Tuesday, April 26 • 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Coral Springs Gymnasium • 2501 Coral Springs Drive Call 954-344-1063 for details Learn to Swim Summer Lesson Registration begins April 30 (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and May 1 (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Coral Springs Aquatic Complex • 12441 Royal Palm Blvd. Visit CoralSprings.org/Recreation/Aquatics for details. Shredathon (see article page 7) Saturday, April 30 • 9 a.m. to noon City Hall • 9551 West Sample Road • 954-344-1833 Safety Town Registration (see article page 3) Saturday, April 30 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kiwanis Park • 520 Ramblewood Drive • 954-344-1811 National Day of Prayer (see article page 10) Thursday, May 5 • 7 p.m. • open to all faiths City Hall • 9551 West Sample Road • 954-344-1005 CommuniTea (see article page 7) Saturday, May 7 • 2 p.m. • $20 per person • 954-344-1063 Coral Springs Country Club • 10800 West Sample Road RAD Self Defense Classes (see article page 7) Beginning Tuesday, May 24 • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Public Safety Building • 2801 Coral Springs Drive Preregister by calling 954-346-1227 Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 30 • 9 a.m. • 954-345-2200 Veterans Park • 8601 Royal Palm Boulevard Cooking Matters for Seniors (see article page 15) Beginning Monday, May 2 • 3 to 5 p.m. • 954-345-2203 Sartory Senior Center • 10150 NW 29 Street Fourth of July Celebration (see article page 15) Monday, July 4 • 6 to 9 p.m. • $3 parking Mullins Park, 10000 NW 29 Street • 954-345-2200
City’s flood protection practices save money The National Flood Insurance Rating Program’s community rating system consistently gives the City of Coral Springs very good marks for its flood protection activities, which translates to a savings of 10 percent for residents on their flood insurance policies. This discount should already be reflected in your current flood insurance policy. Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, and because more than 90 percent of the City is in a Special Flood Hazard Area, all residents are encouraged to know flood safety and preparation skills. The City, Broward Office of Emergency Management and National Weather service issue information about weather conditions and flood through local media, including CityTV and CityRadio 1670am. If a flood threatens, you should turn off electricity and natural gas; move furniture and valuables to the upper part of your home; listen to battery-powered radio or TV for evacuation orders; and be careful when traveling at night. City regulations prevent or regulate construction that could divert flood water from one area to another or increase erosion. Regulations also are in place concerning filling, grading and dredging. Permits are needed before starting any construction, so contact the Building Department at 954-344-1025. Note that the City requires elevation certificates on homes built after 1991 as part of the permitting process for newly constructed of substantially improved buildings. The City maintains drainage catch basins that the Public Works Department maintains. Various drainage districts are responsible for the canals. Visit CoralSprings.org/publicworks/ waterservice.cfm for a list of drainage districts. To report a drainage problem, call Public Works at 954-345-2210. The Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, has flood protection information, copies of flood insurance rate maps and flood zone explanations. For more information about your property, call Public Works at 954-344-1169.
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around the town WorldFest 2011
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Project CS Car Show
Ramblewood Adopt-A-Street Cleanup Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
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