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Fall 2012/Winter 2013
City kicks off year of Anniversary events BizArt Festival State of the City Family Fun Day and Car Show MLK, Jr. Celebration Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration Half Marathon
Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers
John J. Hearn
Vincent M. Boccard
New Mayor and Commissioner are elected The votes are in and residents have elected a new Mayor and City Commissioner for Coral Springs. On Friday, November 16, Mayor Vince Boccard and Commissioner Dan Daley took their oaths to serve the citizens of Coral Springs. Boccard will serve two years as Mayor, while Commissioner Daley will serve for the remaining two years of Boccard’s term as Commissioner. "This has been a long journey and I’m excited to be the new Mayor," Mayor Boccard said. “I love what I do and it’s really an honor and privilege to be elected Mayor of this fine City.” Current City Commissioner Larry Vignola and Vice Mayor Tom Powers ran unopposed and took oaths to serve four more years. Commissioner Claudette Bruck’s term continues through November 2014. “I’m very excited about the future and look forward to the next 50 years. Our residents will receive the same level of service that our predecessors have provided,” Vice Mayor Powers added. Commission meetings change in 2013 At its October 16, 2012 meeting, the Coral Springs City Commission voted to change its meeting dates from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, effective January 2, 2013. Beginning January 2013, regularly scheduled Commission meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The first meeting of the month will begin at 9 a.m., while
Mayor Vince Boccard takes his oath of office, given by his sister Lisa Boccard, alongside (left to right) his daughter Sophia, wife Terry, mother Jean Boccard and uncle, Most Reverend Bishop Friend.
the second meeting of the month will be at 6:30 p.m. Shifting one meeting a month to the morning provides an alternative to our residents, school groups, and other interested parties who cannot attend evening meetings. “These changes represent a process improvement for the City, as well as our community, and allow adequate time to prepare for issues appearing on the agenda after the federally-recognized holiday weekends,” City Manager Erdal Donmez said. For information on Commission Meeting agendas and commissioner office hours, visit our web site.
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Fall 2012/Winter 2013
City kicks off year of Anniversary events BizArt Festival State of the City Family Fun Day and Car Show MLK, Jr. Celebration Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration Half Marathon
The City’s historic Covered Bridge was built in 1964. This issue features many articles about the 50th Anniversary Celebration, beginning on page 2.
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Coral Springs begins Anniversary Celebration
uly 10, 2013 marks the City’s 50th Anniversary and Coral Springs hopes all residents will join in celebrating this momentous occasion. The Semi-Centennial will have nothing “semi” about it. It’ll be a year full of events designed to honor the past five decades.
What started off as acres of bean fields turned into a master planned community and as a result, has attracted more than 120,000 people who now call it home. This golden anniversary is a great time to come together as a community and celebrate the place we love to call home. Residents can share their Coral Springs Story, photos or suggest an event idea at CoralSprings50.org. Stories and photos may be featured in various media throughout the 50th anniversary, including the Coral Springs magazine and
online. The site also features the City’s history, a calendar of events and volunteer opportunities. Staff and volunteers are putting together events for the entire community to enjoy, including several special events in July 2013 and an array of festivities throughout the year that families are sure to enjoy. Sponsorships are still available at many levels starting at $2,500. We hope everyone will join us in celebrating this milestone!
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Holiday Parade - December 12, 2012 BizArt Festival - January 12, 2013 State of the City - January 30, 2013 Family Fun Day and Car Show - February 2, 2013 Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration of Coral Springs - March 7, 2013 Fourth of July Celebration - July 4, 2013 Campapalooza Guinness Attempt - July 10, 2013 Birthday Block Party - July 10, 2013 50th Anniversary Concert - July 13, 2013 Salute to Veterans - November 11, 2013 Holiday Parade - December 11, 2013
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As part of the City’s 50th anniversary, residents are all invited to attend the City’s BizArt Festival on Saturday, January 12 from noon to 4 p.m. The festival, which will take place in the lot next to City Hall South at 9530 W. Sample Road, will feature live bands, face painting, and much more. Visitors will have a chance to enjoy local up and coming artists, as well as taste delicious meals from food trucks.
The event is free and parking will be available at the Financial Plaza and City Hall South. Volunteers are also needed and service hours will be provided to students. For more information, including booth sponsorship details, call Laura Atria at 954344-1162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. CoralSprings50.org CoralSprings.org/publicart
Residents invited to State of the City The 50th Anniversary Celebration continues at the State of the City event, where officials and staff takes the time to highlight the City’s accomplishments over the past year and to thank its volunteers for all that they do. This year, the City is inviting residents to join volunteers and committee members for this fun-filled evening. Good Vibrations will perform an ultimate tribute to The Beach Boys. The audience will reminisce and sing along to favorite tunes from the 1960s, the era when our City was first founded. State of the City will be held Wednesday, January 30 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The event is free for Coral Springs residents with I.D. and tickets are available first-come, first-served at City Hall and City Hall in the Mall beginning January 2, 2013. There is a limit of two tickets per household, for ages 15 years or older. CoralSprings50.org
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High schools to collaborate on 50th musical In celebration of the City’s 50th Anniversary, local high school students, along with special guests, will present “Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration of Coral Springs.” A project of the Coral Springs Community Chest, the musical parody will highlight the City’s history, told through fun songs and stories from the past five decades, while offering insight into how Coral Springs became what it is today. The performance will take place on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Starting in January, tickets will be available for purchase at the Box Office at the Center for the Arts and additional City locations. The five high schools that service Coral Springs residents will be starring in this show together. Auditions will be held December 15 from 9 a.m. to noon for all other Coral Springs residents who do not attend one of the five high schools, including private and home schooled students. Visit CoralSprings50.org of call Caryl Fantel at 954-372-7878 for audition details. The schools drama, chorus, orchestra and debate departments will be showcased and will show the diverse talents of our local high school students. The overall production will be
under the direction of Caryl Fantel of Arts Alive Community Performing Arts School. This is the first performance collaboration of its kind for Coral Springs, and “Once Upon a Dream” will be a true celebration of the wonderful city we live and work in, and the vibrant, gifted young people that we grow here. This event is not to be missed! For general information, please call 954-344-1111 or visit the 50th Anniversary website.
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BizArt Festival to highlight art, local businesses
City budget includes economic development initiatives City officials approved the Annual Budget, Business Plan, and financial strategy for FY 2013. During the numerous budget workshops, the City Commission discussed the proper balance between keeping the property tax millage rate as low as possible with the need to attract businesses and home buyers by investing in the community’s appearance, safety, and infrastructure. After hearing from citizens regarding the proper balance, the Commission decided to set the property tax millage at $4.5697, which is 4% higher than the current millage rate of $4.3939. The impact to the average singlefamily homeowner is approximately $42 a year in additional property taxes to the City. Even with the slight increase, Coral Springs’ millage rate remains one of the lowest among surrounding cities. The additional tax dollars raised by the tax increase have been allocated toward projects such as reducing the use of the City’s financial reserve, purchasing equipment for the Police Department’s new Burglary Enforcement and Reduction Unit, starting the design work for a new Safety Town, and renovating Sartory Hall. In addition, the City will add three additional police officers, three additional firefighters, and a park maintenance crew. The voter-approved Debt Service Millage Rate, on the other hand, decreased slightly from $0.2915 to $0.2906. In addition, the Residential Solid Waste Special Assessment decreased by $6.48 to $227.16 per year. The Fire Special Assessment Fee went up from $128.77 to $138.10 for singlefamily homeowners. There was no increase in user fees.
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Meeting our Community’s Service Needs “The City will continue to deliver consistent, quality services to our community,” City Manager Erdal Donmez said. Our residents clearly appreciate the value and quality of the services the City offers. Our recent residential (2011) and business surveys (2012) show that the City of Coral Springs is setting the standard with regard to the overall quality of City services. The City of Coral Springs ranked at or above the U.S. and Florida averages in all 47 areas that were assessed on the survey. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of the residents surveyed in the City of Coral Springs were satisfied with the overall quality of City services compared to a national average of just 56% and a Florida average of 60%. Key Initiatives for the Coming Year While the Annual Budget and Business Plan includes economic data as well as targets and goals for the upcoming
year, it also includes initiatives geared toward addressing our residents’ needs and enhancing our community’s look, feel, and overall appeal. These initiatives will serve as the guiding force behind the City’s Fiscal Year 2013 activities. In addition to celebrating the City’s 50th Anniversary, the City’s FY 2013 “work plan” includes:
• Encouraging business development and redevelopment by redesigning the Economic Development Foundation (EDF) web site, creating an economic development strategic plan, and establishing an economic incentive account. • Continuing to support educational excellence by fostering our alliance with Broward College and ensuring the Charter School remains highly rated. • Addressing the aesthetic appeal of our neighborhoods under the “Community Pride” umbrella. This initiative will enhance the appearance of our medians, rights-of-way, and public buildings and will also invest heavily in our parks. • Revitalizing key elements of our community’s infrastructure, in part by utilizing proceeds from the lowinterest 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. 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. Once these infrastructure improvements are completed, downtown Coral Springs will become more economically viable for investors. • Maintaining a safe community will remain a top priority. Not only will the high-visibility “Make a Call, Make a Difference” campaign continue, we will invest in the latest technology to ensure our officers have the best tools for enhancing neighborhood safety.
Fiscal Year 2013
We know that maintaining our premier community requires a joint effort and strong partnership between the City and our residents and businesses. While the Annual Budget and Business Plan is our “community contract” for the coming fiscal year, we consider it the means to an ongoing dialogue with our customers. We hope you will continue to offer your feedback and suggestions that will help us grow and improve.
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New features to enhance Aquatic Complex The Coral Springs Aquatic Complex is known as a state-ofthe-art facility in the swimming world. Since it first opened in 1990, the facility has hosted national meets and competitions, drawing thousands of swimmers and spectators. The Aquatic Complex is open 365 days a year and only closes in the event of a hurricane. It offers competitive and recreational swimming and diving classes for people of all ages and skill levels. Swim America caters to young swimmers starting at age three, and adults of any age can get in shape with a Master’s swim class. Synchronized swimming, dive team and water polo are also available for budding champions. There are water aerobic classes for seniors, as well as yoga and Zumba classes for people of all ages. “We’ve sometimes had to turn away business we can’t accommodate,” Aquatics Director Mike McGoun said. “While it’s a good problem to have in this tough economy, we don’t like doing that.” As a result, the Complex is undergoing renovations to meet the needs of its users. The office space, which has
never been updated in the past 22 years, is being expanded due to the increased demand for program registration, membership and retail sales. Another 700 sq. ft. are being added to the Fitness Center, which will be used for personal training sessions. In addition, a juice bar and coffee shop is being built as a result of customer feedback. Lastly, the Swim Shop will be doubling in size to meet the increased demand for merchandise. “Our shop is the only swim wear team dealer in South Florida and we represent most swim wear and equipment lines in the industry,” McGoun added. “Sales have increased annually over the past decade and the expansion was very much needed.” With renovations soon to be complete, be sure to visit the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, located in the Sportsplex, just east of the Sawgrass Expressway between Sample Road and Royal Palm Boulevard. AquaticComplex.com
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Meet City staff at Slice of the Springs Save the dates for the upcoming Slice of the Springs, where City staff host meetings in 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, code compliance, parks and public works. Upcoming dates are: • Thursday, February 7 – Town Center and Center West slices at Parkside Elementary, 10257 N.W. 29th St. • Thursday, February 28 – Northside and Northeast slices at Coral Park Elementary, 8401 Westview Drive All meetings begin at 7 p.m. and agendas are available online. 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 after the meeting from CoralSprings.org/slice. Data from the Slice meetings also will be made available online, including crime, fire and code enforcement statistics. CoralSprings.org/slice
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Town Center and Center West meeting: February 7 Northside and Northeast meeting: February 28
Southwest and Southeast meeting: held November 29, next meeting Fall 2013
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Soar to new heights MLK, Jr. Celebration to feature former astronaut The Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. younger. Tickets for the 9 p.m. VIP Reception Committee has proudly hosted an annual are available for $20. During the VIP Reception Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration honoring the guests will have an opportunity to meet and life and work of the civil rights leader for the mingle with the keynote speaker. past 23 years. This year’s celebration is themed Tickets are on sale at City Hall, as well as City “Just Dream It! Soar to New Heights” and is set Hall in the Mall in Coral Square Mall. for Friday, January 18. The Committee also hosts an Art and Literary The keynote speaker will be Joan Contest open to students at all levels, focusing Higginbotham, one of only three African on the life and works of Dr. King. Donations are American females to fly in space to the also being welcomed for the City’s Scholarship International Space Station. Higginbotham, Program has been established which awards a Chicago native and motivational speaker, funding to financially needy high school Former U.S. Astronaut earned a degree in electrical engineering from students wishing to attend a higher institution Joan Higginbotham Southern Illinois University in 1987 and later of learning. earned her second master’s degree in space systems from Lastly, on Monday, January 21 – the King Holiday – the Florida Institute of Technology. Committee hosts a Diversity/Leadership Workshop for high The Business Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. at school and middle school students. The event, which will be Church by the Glades, 400 Lakeview Drive. Tickets are $35 held at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, begins at 9 a.m. and each. The evening Community Celebration begins at 7 p.m. ends at 1 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to earn at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs service hours. Drive. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children 17 and CoralSprings.org/mlk 954-344-1005
City Government Academy to start in February Gain valuable insights into local government at the City’s fifth 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 at 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of every month through June and a graduation ceremony will be held in July. Participants will become familiar with local government related issues, which will help foster potential community leaders by equipping them with essential information to share with other residents. Attendees will also learn about
the wide variety of City services and explore hot button issues and challenges that face the City. During the course of the academy, the participants will meet City Commission members, the City Manager and staff. The Government Academy is free and open to residents 16 and older. Committee members and City Commission board appointees are encouraged to attend. Class size is limited to 40 people, and participants must register in advance.
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The Florida Crime Prevention Association has recognized the Coral Springs Police Department’s “Make a Call, Make a Difference” initiative as Program of the Year. The campaign educates residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and report it to the Police Department. “We need and want our residents help,” Deputy Chief Clyde Parry said. “By calling us, the Police Department is able to decipher hotspots and trends, and catch criminals in action.” Since the program’s inception, the Police Department is now receiving 57 percent more calls for suspicious vehicles, 49 percent more calls for suspicious persons and 33 percent more reports of suspicious incidents. 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. Please continue to report any suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood by calling 954-344-1800. CoralSprings.org/police
The Coral Springs Police Department continues to target and deter the use of illicit prescription drug use within our City. The Police Department is encouraging residents to bring any unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication to the following drop off locations: • Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N. University Dr. • Saturday, February 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. in front of City Hall, located at 9551 W. Sample Road. "This program is a safe and legal way for people to dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications,” Community Involvement Coordinator Cindy Heafy said. “We also want to discourage the improper use of prescription medications and to help keep them out of the wrong hands.” Residents are also asked to not dispose of any prescription drugs by putting them down the sink or toilet because it may contaminate the water supply. CoralSprings.org/events
Free Shredathon in January
Residents can now file police reports online Residents can now file a police report online for certain incident types, including minor theft, vehicle burglary, lost property, hit and run and crime tips. The Coral Springs Police Department expects this convenient internet-based reporting option to be very popular among citizens. The service will allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back. The public will be able to print a temporary copy of the report upon submitting the report. The report will be reviewed by police personnel and once approved the filing person will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost. The report will transfer into the Coral Springs Police Departments records management system and be investigated as if the report had been filed by a police officer. This web-based reporting option will allow officers more time to address community needs while keeping pace with the public expectancy to complete services via the internet. CoralSprings.org/onlinereporting Watch CityTV
Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and bring any unwanted 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 for Saturday, January 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the back parking lot of City Hall. Please note that there is a limit of three boxes per vehicle. Each additional box of paperwork will be accepted for a $5 donation toward the Special Olympics. Please refrain from bringing paperwork in plastic bags. Once the truck is full, no other paperwork will be accepted. This service is free and open only to Coral Springs residents. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled and will not be rescheduled. Future events will be held several times each year. CoralSprings.org/events
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Police host prescription drug collection
Program recognized by state agency
Bridge to the Past
by City Historian Wendy Wangberg
Celebrating our milestones The upcoming 50th Anniversary year of events has a lot to live up to, as Coral Springs has a history of celebrating its milestones. On July 10, 1988, Coral Springs celebrated its 25th anniversary. The morning began with an appearance on ABC’s morning show with of dozens of residents in Mullins Park shouting “Good Morning, America!” Afterward, residents had a cardboard boat race at Mullins Pool. With a legacy of doing things in a big way, Coral Springs attempted to break two Guinness World Records that day: the world’s biggest hamburger and the world’s largest milk shake. To make the burger, a 26-foot grill was constructed in Mullins Park out of cinder blocks. Flamethrowers lit 8,500 pounds of Royal Oak charcoal. More than 5,063 pounds of ground beef were pressed onto a pan and swung over the fire by a crane. The Fire Department flipped the burger piece by piece onto individual grills. More than 12,000 people stood in line for their serving – it was BYOB, or bring your own bun. A 310-gallon chocolate shake was made from 100 gallons of milk, 174 gallons of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. It was all mixed in a huge stainless steel vat. Coral Springs
retained the record for the largest shake for two years. In 2003, Coral Springs hosted several 40th Anniversary events. The City presented The Love Bug for an outdoor movie event and everyone was invited to “Come for Tea Because We Are For-tea” at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. At the event, the City once again attempted a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest iced tea party, but didn’t meet the requirements. More than 700 people consumed tea from a 1,000 gallon tub, but the Guinness judges determined that an iced tea party was the same as a “hot” tea party. On July 10, 2003, the Center for the Arts presented performances by tribute artists Beatlemania and Memories of Elvis by Chris MacDonald. There was a birthday cake with a chocolate covered bridge to top off the occasion. As the City’s 50th anniversary nears, we hope residents will join us in the many festivities planned throughout the year. The official City of Coral Springs Facebook page also features an interactive timeline of historical events dating back to 1963. Facebook.com/CityofCoralSprings CoralSprings50.org
50th Anniversary Historical Calendar available For several years, Coral Springs residents and enthusiasts have enjoyed the historical wall calendar filled with black and white City photographs from the past 50 years. The 2013 calendar features color images for the first time from Coral Springs’ past, fun facts about the City and historical dates and observances. Dates have also been marked for the City’s 50th Anniversary Signature Events. The theme of the calendar is Coral Springs Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence and is available for free, while limited supplies last, at City Hall, City Hall in the Mall and other City facilities. CoralSprings50.org 8 • Coral Springs • Fall 2012/Winter 2013
Donations needed for Giving Tree project
The Giving Tree project, celebrating 18 years in Coral Springs, is once again coming together for the holiday Residents are invited to season to help those less-fortunate families in our City. attend a free concert feaThe City is asking the community to donate toys, nonperCoral Springs Cares... ishable food and cash to this worthy cause. turing 100 Proof Band on Tuesday, December 18 from The Giving Tree is co-sponsored by City Hall in 6 to 9 p.m. at The Walk. The band will perform a mix of classic the Mall, Turtle Creek Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable rock. The concert is free but donations will be accepted for Communications. Donations of food, toys and money will City and band memorabilia to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief be accepted at City Hall in the Mall through December 17. efforts. The Walk is located at 2700 N. University Dr. The annual “tree” inside City Hall in the Mall is made from cans of food and gifts donated by the sponsors and will CoralSprings.org/events 954-344-1008 go to needy families in the community. “The holidays are a wonderful time to come together as a community and help those less fortunate,” Senior Community Relations Coordinator Marie Giacalone said.
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Celebrate local restaurants at Taste of Coral Springs
Coral Square Mall, SW Corridor, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Become empowered at women’s self-defense course The Taste of Coral Springs returns to the Coral Springs Center for the Arts in February with a “groovy” sixties theme and samplings of the best food, wine and spirits in the area, all to benefit local children’s charities. The Taste of Coral Springs 2013 takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. Tickets are $50 prior to the event, and $60 at the door. VIP Tickets are available for $75 each, which allow guests early admission at 5:30 p.m. to get the first samples, which are all included in the admission. Don’t miss your chance to spend a spectacular evening under the stars with fabulous ‘60s entertainment by live bands on the outdoor dance floor and inside as a DJ spins retro favorites, themed in honor of Coral Springs’ 50th Anniversary in 2013. There will also be silent auction items, all benefiting Coral Springs Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, Junior Achievement of South Florida, and North Broward YMCA. Previous Taste of Coral Springs events have contributed more than $322,500 to worthwhile charities. Sponsorship packages with tickets are available starting at $250. TasteofCoralSprings.org
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The Coral Springs Police Department is offering two sessions in early 2013 for the Rape Aggression Defense program. Participants will learn to be empowered in the event they are faced with a potentially dangerous situation. The program is for women ages 13 and older. RAD focuses 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 meets on four consecutive Tuesdays, and the next session begins Tuesday, January 15 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. Another session is scheduled to begin on April 2. Participants must register in advance for a $25 refundable fee. After completing all four classes, payment will be refunded. Otherwise, payment will be withheld. CoralSprings.org/police
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Hurricane Sandy Springs Cares... benefit concert ACoral Time for Giving at The Walk
Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. Seniors can now sign up for an AARP Driver Safety Class set for Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other upcoming dates are Wednesday, March 27 and Saturday, May 18. This driver safety course reviews the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate a vehicle more safely. Attendees will learn how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Particpants must be seniors over the age of 55. Course costs $12 for AARP members or $14 for non-members. Participants who successfully complete the course will be provided with a certificate for their auto insurance agency. Most agencies will allow for a discount on auto insurance premiums for up to three years.
Participants must register in advance. The class will be held at the Coral Springs Public Safety Building, 2801 Coral Springs Drive. The Police Department is also offering a CarFit Inspection for seniors on Saturday, February 23 at 9 a.m. to noon behind St. Andrew Towers, located at 2700 N.W. 99 Avenue. CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and increase their mobility in the community. Professionals will work with each participant to ensure they "fit" their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit inspection takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is free. CoralSprings.org/events
Driver Safety Class and car inspection available for seniors
Since standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. National Flood Insurance
Your Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover Floods...
For more information on obtaining flood insurance, visit floodsmart.gov – the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program – or FEMA.gov.
City’s flood protection practices save money The National Flood Insurance Think of the cost ofRating Program’s community rating systemnot gives the insured City of Coral Springs high marks being against flooding. for its flood protection activities, which translates into a 10 percent discount for residents on new or renewed flood insurance policies. Get a preferred risk flood insurance policy for as low as $129 a year. With more than 90 percent of the City in a Special Flood Homeowners insurance does not cover floods. And even a small flood can cost Hazard Area, all residents areprotect encouraged to know flood thousands. So call me today, and your biggest investment. safety and preparation skills. The City, Broward Office of Emergency Management and National Weather Service issue information about weather conditions and flooding through local media, including CityTV and CityRadio 1670am. Infooff hereelectricity and If a flood threatens, you shouldAgent turn 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 floodwater from one area to another or increase PRP_CoOp_Ads_0111.indd 1
erosion. Regulations also are in place concerning filling, grading and dredging. Permits are necessary 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 or substantially improved buildings. The City utilizes 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 N. 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 954-3441169.
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Whether you’re looking for a job in Coral Springs or trying to recruit employees, check out the City’s Career Outreach Program online. The portal helps match local businesses with prospective local talent. Anyone looking for a job in Coral Springs can post their resume and interests online and set up an account for free. Employers post current job openings and if it seems like a prospective match, participants receive an email notifying them of a job opportunity. The database is passwordprotected and information is not disclosed to third-parties. Since the site was launched in 2011, more than 500
people have posted their resumes. “Our main goal is to keep in touch with students who leave the community to attend college or vocational school to inform them about opportunities after graduation here in Coral Springs," Vice Mayor Tom Powers said. Local students are the driving force behind the Career Outreach Program and are working in partnership with the City of Coral Springs and Coral Springs Economic Development Foundation. csoutreachproject.com
What’s Going Up? New businesses open in Coral Springs In a difficult economy, it is always impressive to hear about companies that are growing and expanding. Coral Springs continues to attract businesses and residents will reap the benefits. In October, Sports Authority opened at the old Kmart location at 9188 Wiles Road. The sporting goods store offers an assortment of sports equipment, including golf, softball, basketball, football, and tennis. The store also carries fitness equipment, bicycles, clothing, shoes and sports apparel. Ulta Beauty is now open at 4601 University Drive. Ulta sells more than 20,000 beauty and hair products from prestigious and mass-market retailers. Last but not least, children will be able to bounce away their energy when Monkey Joe’s opens in December. The business offers an indoor playground with inflatable jump
equipment where kids can play throughout the week or host a birthday party. It will be located at 10301B Royal Palm Blvd., on the northeast corner of Royal Palm Blvd. and Coral Springs Drive. To see a listing and map of current and possible future projects in Coral Springs, visit our web site.
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Career Outreach Program matches employers with applicants
Exciting season underway at Center for the Arts Your hometown theater is gearing up its 2012-2013 season with some great performances. Enjoy the holidays with several holiday performances, including the Nutcracker Ballet December 15 and 16 and the Cinderella Ballet December 27 and 28. Spend a hilarious evening with the Kosher Comedy Tour on December 22 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with beautiful song and dance during the Salute to Vienna performance inspired by Vienna’s world famous New Year’s Eve concert. The dancers and orchestra come to Coral Springs on December 31 at 8 p.m. The new year will kick-off with STOMP on January 2 at 7:30 p.m. The performers use every day household objects such as basketballs and trash cans to create musical rhythms and amusing choreography. Then, on January 12 , celebrate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 78th birthday at Chris MacDonald's Memories of Elvis in Concert Rockin’ Birthday Bash. For information on these and other shows coming to Center of the Arts, please visit the website. CoralSpringsCenterfortheArts.com 2855 Coral Springs Drive
Ricky Bernstein, Kitchen Dreams
Ethel Grodsky, The Kuhn Family Gallery
Museum offers winter exhibits, classes Through February 2, don’t miss the mixed media glass sculptures of Ricky Bernstein: Kitchen Dreams; the mixed media paintings of Robert Mars: Captivated, and the paintings of Ethel Grodsky in The Kuhn Family Gallery. The Museum will also display the finest work of AP students from Broward County high schools as part of the Superintendent’s Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibition from January 5 to February 2. The creativity corner in the Museum will have projects for kids to create based on the exhibition, as well as the popular Art Detective game. Group tours are available. Art of the Community In March 2012, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Coral Springs and a Citizens Task Force, was one of three organizations to receive the Community Foundation of Broward’s “Art of the Community” Grant. This project will use art as a catalyst to create a sense of community and celebrate the diversity present in the City of Coral Springs. Residents representing all the cultures of the City will be involved in the design and painting of a graphic on the water tower in Mullins Park. Events will also be open to the public to enjoy and to participate in. For additional information on the project, how to participate or how to become a sponsor please contact the Museum at 954-340-5000. Art Classes in the Museum Classes at the Museum of Art incorporate discussions of the current exhibits. Children and adults will learn about the artists and their art. Class size is limited and cost varies per class. All supplies are included for children’s art classes. Classes are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Five-week sessions begin January 8 and February 12. The Museum also offers a $5 discount for siblings. A Winter Camp will also be available for children ages six to 12 while schools are closed for the holidays. Each week will be three days from 9 a.m. to noon. CSMART.org 954-340-5000 2855 Coral Springs Drive
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Come and dispose of your household chemicals and other items that are hazardous to the environment. On Sunday, January 20, 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. broward.org/wasteandrecycling 954-765-4999
Volunteers needed for annual Waterway Cleanup During last year’s annual Waterway Cleanup in Broward County, more than 2,800 volunteers removed 41 tons of trash from county waterways. Coral Springs again had one of the largest sites, attracting more than 400 volunteers who pulled out trash, bulk items such as furniture, and other items from the waterways. Now in its 17th year in Coral Springs, this year’s Waterway Cleanup is set for Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverside Park, 205 Coral Ridge Drive. “We encourage our many civic groups, schools and businesses to join us in carrying on the community’s long standing tradition of environmental awareness and once again make the Coral Springs location the number one volunteer site in Broward County,” Parks Superintendent Lou Goldstein said. Participants do not need to pre-register to attend. Students will receive volunteer hours. WaterwayCleanup.org
To fertilize ... or not to fertilize? Fertilizers can be beneficial to plants and trees, but applying too much can have the opposite effect on trees and hurt the environment. The type, amount and application frequency depends on several factors including the nutrient content of the soil and the preferences of the tree. As a broad generalization, fertilizer should be applied in the spring when the growing season starts. Native trees will generally need less fertilizer, both in concentration and frequency, while ornamentals and non-natives will need more. When buying fertilizers, make note of the three numbers prominently displayed on each bag. These are also referred to as the “N-P-K numbers” and stand for NitrogenPhosphorus-Potassium concentrations. “Soils in Coral Springs have sufficient naturally occurring Phosphorus, which means that any added through fertilizer will not be used by plants,” City Forester Mark Westfall said. “When buying fertilizer, try to get one with a low middle number, like 2 or 4.” Otherwise, the consequence on a larger scale is that it runs off through City canal systems and causes environmental damage in the Everglades or to the coral reefs in the ocean. Soils in Coral Springs are also very alkaline and have a high pH. Some trees that are being planted in Coral Springs prefer a lower, more acidic pH and using an acid rich fertilizer formulation will greatly benefit these trees. The label on the fertilizer bag will indicate if it is acid rich or not. Prominent examples of trees that benefit from acid rich fertilizer include Magnolias and Red Maples. When looking to fertilize palm trees, it is essential that a specially formulated palm fertilizer be used. As a rule of thumb, you can use palm fertilizer for any plant but cannot use any fertilizer for palm trees. Palm fertilizer contains trace elements such as Manganese, Boron and Magnesium that palms need to thrive. CoralSprings.org/trees.cfm
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Holiday Parade kicks-off 50th Anniversary Reaching this 50-year milestone is cause for a celebration. To commemorate the occasion, the City will kick-off the festivities with the annual Holiday Parade on December 12 at 7 p.m. The parade will feature decorated floats and other entries along Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall. The parade draws thousands of spectators and more than 60 floats, bands and other entries. Schools, community groups and businesses are encouraged to celebrate the City’s anniversary by entering trailered and decorated floats. Awards will be given in both non-profit and business divisions. Bugs Bunny of The Looney Tunes Show will appear courtesy of Advanced Cable Communications. Spectators should plan to make a night of it, as businesses along the parade route are encouraged to stay open to serve those watching the parade. Sponsorships are now available and are a great way to promote your business to thousands of local consumers. Please note that Sample Road west of University Drive and east of NW 110th Avenue, and Coral Springs Drive north of NW 29th Street and south of NW 37th Street, will be closed on the night of the parade from 5 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m.
To find out about becoming a parade volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 954-346-4430. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Thursday, December 13. Holiday Parade Fun Run 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 6 p.m. The event is open to runners of all ages and abilities and will be approximately 1.5 miles. Participants must pre-register online and are asked to park at the Center for the Arts. Participation costs $20 for adults prior to November 15. Late registration is available until December 11 for adult runners, and until race day for walkers, for $25. Children 17 and under are $15 for all registration periods. CoralSprings.org/holidayparade
Family Fun Day and Car Show set for February Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Family Fun Day and Car Show on Saturday, February 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show, sponsored by the City of Coral Springs and co-sponsored by Auto Works Collision and Paint, Inc., will be held at the Sportsplex. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children and students. This year, the City is looking to feature cars of all types and models highlighting each decades over the past 50 years in celebration of the City’s 50th Anniversary. There will be music, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses, a photo booth 14 • Coral Springs • Fall 2012/Winter 2013
and entertainment. There will be a nominal fee for some of the activities. Cost to pre-register a vehicle is $15 or $20 on the day of the event. Trophies will be awarded to winners in multiple categories in addition to each decade. Businesses can also register to set up a 10’ x 10’ booth for $40. For more information and to register, call 954-3452204. CoralSprings50.org 954-345-2200 2575 Sportsplex Drive Visit CoralSprings.org
Kreul Classic attracts basketball teams from across the nation The Kreul Classic, a national basketball tournament held in Coral Springs each December since 1990, benefits the community by both bringing national attention to Coral Springs and awarding academic scholarship to local students. One of the most anticipated prep tournaments of the year, the prestigious event tips-off December 19 at Coral Springs Gymnasium with teams from Coral Springs High, J.P. Taravella High and Coral Springs Christian Academy shooting it out against top South Florida squads and powerful national contenders from Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia and North Carolina. Teams will showcase their skills for hundreds of fans and scouts with the common goal of claiming one of the coveted Kreul trophies. Competition takes place in three separate brackets (Kreul Championship, Kreul Elite Challenge, Publix Challenge) with the championship finals of each bracket played on Saturday, December 22. The tournament schedule and pairings are available online.
Register now for City’s first half marathon, in honor of 50th Anniversary Start training and register now for the Coral Springs Half Century Celebration, the City’s first-ever Half Marathon, on Saturday, March 30 at 6 a.m. Broward Health Coral Springs will also have their 7th annual Women’s Wellness 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. The races are part of a list of sanctioned events to mark the City’s 50th anniversary. Both races will benefit the Broward Health Coral Springs Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. The Fund provides free mammograms to women in our community who financially cannot afford them. Runners and walkers of both the half marathon and 5K will start at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex on Sportsplex Drive. From there, participants will proceed on a fast, flat and paved course that winds through the City. There will be a four-hour time limit for runners to complete the Half Marathon, which equals a pace of 18 minutes per mile or faster. The Half Marathon costs $65 per entry. Participants will receive a goodie bag, Dri Fit t-shirt, finisher medal, and post-race refreshments, and the race features aid stations as well as overall and age group race awards. Registration closes on March 20 and prices will go up as the event nears. The Race for Women’s Wellness 5K is $25 per adult and $15 for students 19 and under. Those interested in volunteering at the event should e-mail email@example.com. Students will receive service hours. To register for either race, visit the website. itzevents.com
Sign up for Zumba classes at Aquatic Complex The Aquatic Complex offers a variety of fitness classes for all ages. Zumba Fitness is the fastest growing Latininspired dance fitness Program that blends red-hot international music and contagious steps, while burning up to 800 calories during one hour “fitness-party” that is downright addictive. Cost is $7 for walk-ins, $50 for a 10-class card, or $85 for a 20-class card. Classes are available Monday thru Friday at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, located in the Sportsplex just east of the Sawgrass Expressway between
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Enjoy free Movie in the Park Come sit under the stars and enjoy music with your family and friends at Betti Stradling Park for the City’s free Movie in the Park. On Saturday, January 12, the City will feature The Odd Life of Timothy Green, rated PG, at 7 p.m. Parking and admission to both events 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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Take a swing at Ralleyball Tennis is a great way to develop your child’s confidence while staying fit. Ralleyball is designed for the child who has never played tennis, as well as those who have had instruction but are not ready for full court doubles. Players are placed on teams according to age and play a one-hour match on Saturday afternoons. Each team also has a one-hour weekday practice with an instructor. Players will use appropriate sized tennis courts, balls and rackets depending on their age. Children from kindergarten to fifth grade can now sign up for the upcoming session at Cypress Tennis Park. The six-week program will run February 25 thru April 13. Cost is $65 and includes team practice, matches, t-shirt and end of season pizza party. Participants must register by February 1.
Bring the entire family to the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital’s annual family friendly festival, “Go Wild In The Park” on Saturday, January 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to take a walk through time to activity stations throughout the Nature Center. Children will leave with a special treat and a better understanding of what Florida used to be like. The festival features professional animal acts, games, entertainment, food and education activities, all for a $5 donation. Food, some activities, plants and other items will be available for an additional charge. The Center’s small staff and team of dedicated volunteers treat hundreds of injured or orphaned wild animals each year with the goal of releasing them back into their native environment.
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Students invited leadership and diversity retreat at UniTown
SawgrassNatureCenter.org 954-752-9453 3000 Sportsplex Drive
Next Garage Sale March 9 Mark your calendar now for the City's next Trash to Treasure Garage Sale on Saturday, March 9, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Mullins Park. Vendors can reserve a space beginning in January at the Coral Springs Gymnasium, located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. Spaces for the garage sale are limited and cost $25 before February 10, $35 from February 11 through 24, or $45 thereafter. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional $30-per-space deposit is required and will be returned after the event if the space is clean. There will be no refunds if a vendor cancels their space after payment. CoralSprings.org/events
High School students are encouraged to apply for the Annual UniTown program hosted by the City’s Multi-Cultural Committee. This weekend retreat is unique as it helps students to explore personal biases, develop strategies and develop leadership skills that benefit them greatly in their schools and community. The 2013 UniTown event is scheduled for Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18, at Gold Coast Camp in Lake Worth. UniTown is facilitated by trained professionals and adult advisors from the community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our youth. The program is subsidized by the City and donations from the community. Participants must live in or attend school in Coral Springs. A deposit of $50 is required to reserve a spot, half of which will be refunded upon completion of the program.
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International Dinner Dance Visit CoralSpringsPhotos.org to view more event pictures!
Veterans Day Ceremony
Always visit CoralSprings.org/events for the latest updates and additions to this list of events happening in the coming months. AARP Driver Safety Class (see article page 10) Saturday, January 26 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. BizArt Festival (see article page 3) Saturday, January 12 • noon to 4 p.m. East of City Hall South • 9530 W. Sample Rd.
State of the City (see article page 3) Wednesday, January 30 • 7 p.m. • Tickets available Jan. 2 Coral Springs Center for the Arts • 2855 Coral Springs Dr.
Prescription Drug Collection (see article page 7) Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, February 9 See article for locations and times
Family Fun Day and Car Show (see article page 14) Saturday, February 2 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sportsplex • 2575 Sportsplex Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (see article page 6) Friday, January 18 • CoralSprings.org/mlk Business Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Community Celebration 7 p.m. • VIP Reception 9 p.m.
Slice of the Springs (see article page 5) Town Center and Town West: Thursday, Feb. 7 Northside and Northeast: Thursday, Feb. 28
Shredathon (see article page 7) Saturday, January 19 • 9 to 11 a.m. City Hall rear parking • 9551 W. Sample Rd.
Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration of Coral Springs (see article page 3) Thursday, March 7 • 7:30 p.m. • Tickets on sale in January Coral Springs Center for the Arts • 2855 Coral Springs Dr.
Hazardous Waste Collection (see article page 13) Sunday, January 20 • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. City Hall South rear parking • 9530 W. Sample Rd.
Garage Sale (see article page 16) Saturday, March 9 • 8 to 11 a.m. Mullins Park • 10000 Ben Geiger Dr. (NW 29 St.)
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The City wants you to share your stories and photos about life in Coral Springs! Submissions will be featured in City media throughout the 50th Anniversary Celebration and will help enhance our historical archive. Visit our Anniversary web site for details!
CoralSprings50.org “My husband David (third from the left) moved to Coral Springs with his family in 1970. I have been told many stories about what life was like for him and his siblings growing up. There wasn’t even a school for them to attend, only portables where the hospital now stands. His class was the first to attend the newly built Coral Springs High School and voted on its school colors and mascot. He was on the championship CSPS Little League baseball team in 1971 and 1972. My mother in law remembers that the first street to go up was Sample and Riverside, “I watched them put it up out my kitchen window!” They both have been living here for the past 42 years and are eyewitnesses to the growth of our lovely city. And we too are raising our two boys here in Coral Springs; in the Heikkinen home, the home my husband grew up in, the first model home in the Village Green.”
– Kimberly Heikkinen