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Festival of the Arts event celebrates Tenth Anniversary


Recycling rewards pilot program planned New Fire Chief Downtown Update Hurricane Preparedness

Your Coral Springs City Commission and Charter Officers

John J. Hearn

Dan Daley

Larry Vignola

Vincent M. Boccard

Claudette Bruck

Tom Powers

Erdal Dönmez

City Attorney


Vice Mayor




City Manager

Babinec named new Fire Department chief Beginning at a young age, Frank Babinec zation and our community.” wanted to be a firefighter, but he never Babinec has a bachelor’s degree had any idea that he would become the in Organizational Leadership from St. Fire Chief of an award-winning department. Thomas University and an MBA in Public From starting out as a volunteer 20 Administration from Columbia Southern years ago, Babinec now serves as the new University. fire chief for Coral Springs and Parkland. “This is truly an honor for me and I want Appointed in February, Babinec is ready to to thank the Commission and City Manager steer the department through whatever for their support. We – because it’s a team may come its way. effort – won’t let you down,” Babinec said. Babinec became a City employee 14 “To the men and women of the Coral years ago and, since then, has moved Springs Fire Department, we have a long up the ranks from Training Officer to and exciting road ahead of us. It’s an honor Deputy Fire Chief, and now head of the to be the 11th Fire Chief of this great orgadepartment. nization.” Fire Chief Frank Babinec “We have a unanimous recommenFor more information about the Fire dation to have Frank Babinec become Department, visit our website and also the next Fire Chief,” City Manager Erdal Dönmez said. “He is see page 4 for additional news from the Coral Springs Fire well respected in our organization and became interim fire Academy. chief when Mark Curran retired. His leadership will benefit the men and women of our Fire Department, our organiUnder the Sun • Spring 2014



HIGHLIGHTS Festival of the Arts celebrates ten years at The Walk..................... Page 2 Waste Pro launches pilot recycling rewards program.................. Page 3 Coral Springs Fire Academy honored............................................................... Page 4 DOWNTOWN Residents provide input for Municipal Complex................................ Page 6 Development Services moves to The Walk................................................ Page 6 HOT TOPICS Prepare early for hurricanes.........................................................................................Page 7 Submit nominations for beautification awards................................... Page 8 Government Academy to start in April........................................................... Page 9 LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Coral Springs schools make the grade......................................................... Page 10 ENVIRONMENTAL SPOTS Tips for dealing with White Fly............................................................................... Page 11 CULTURAL ENERGY Experience different cultures at Worldfest.............................................. Page 12 FUN UNDER THE SUN Register for Half Marathon and 5K.................................................................... Page 14 Summer Fun Guides available................................................................................ Page 15

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Festival of the Arts event celebrates Tenth Anniversary


Recycling rewards pilot program planned New Fire Chief Downtown Update Hurricane Preparedness

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The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts celebrates ten years at The Walk.

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Festival of the Arts celebrates ten years at The Walk Celebrate all things creative at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts on March 15 and 16. The Festival will be held at The Walk on University Drive with artists, crafters, musical entertainment, literary seminars, chalk artists, a children’s area and much more. In honor of the Festival’s 10th Anniversary, this year’s signature art piece is “The Walk” by Coral Springs’ own Jan Lower. The stars of the show are always the 200 plus artists and crafters from around the country presented by Howard Alan Events, Ltd. Howard Alan is the premier art festival promoter in the country and produces over 45 shows from coast to coast. This year’s musical entertainment is headlined by Blue Fire Band and Latin Grammy award nominee and Billboard winner Roberto Perera, a Uraguayan electric harpist. Blue Fire was so popular at the Coral Springs 50th Birthday Block Party that their presence was requested at the Festival. Their electric violinist Randi Fishenfeld is nicknamed “The Tornado.” Rounding out the weekend will be country music group Rodeo Clowns and Brass Evolution, a high energy dance band. The Festival strives to have different genres of music each year and to educate the public by exposure to musical groups they might not have experienced before. Throughout the weekend, South Florida authors will be speaking about their published works. The Festival will expand to the Northwest Regional Library for its literary seminars. The performing arts stage will feature the 50 member Redemption Young Adult choir singing contemporary African music, and the Ronin Japanese drummers as well as

other dance and theatre groups. The Children’s area will feature puppet shows, Mother Goose face painting, sing-a-longs, crafts by the Coral Springs Museum of Art, and the ever-popular bubble wrap dance. For the older kids, the Festival will have UCube, a mobile video game entertainment center. This year, Gardenfest Coral Springs is joining the Festival and will be located just south of the fountain. Hosted by the Garden Club of Coral Springs, visit this special area to experience a wide variety of plants and flowers, kid’s gardening activities, and a chance to ask a master gardener for advice. A free trolley will make parking a breeze for those who park at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts at Ben Geiger Drive (NW 29th Street) and Coral Springs Drive. 954-340-5992

The Walk by Jan Lower

Festival Highlights MUSIC STAGE - SATURDAY 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oceanik, steel drums 12:30–2:45 p.m. The Rodeo Clowns, country 3:30–5 p.m. The Blue Fire Band MUSIC STAGE - SUNDAY 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Gold Coast Banjo Band 12–12:30 p.m. The House of Winston Pipes & Drums 1–2:30 p.m. The ROB Quartet featuring Billboard Award

Winner and Latin Grammy Nominee Roberto Perera

3:30–5 p.m.

Brass Evolution Band

Visit to view complete schedules for entertainment including: Food As Art demonstrations by Whole Foods Market® Coral Springs, Literary Performances and Workshops, Children’s Area activities, and the Performing Arts stage lineup. 2 • Under the Sun • Spring 2014

Single-Stream Recyclables RECYCLING ONLY

Helping the environment by recycling is its own reward, but now you can reap the benefits too. It’s simple - the more you recycle, Deposit Only These Clean Items: the more rewards you earn. You can take advantage of a recycling rewards pilot program offered by Waste Pro Plastic Bottles and Jugs Aluminum Cans Loose Glass Bottles starting April 1 (accounts may be activated Clean paper, Milk Cartons, Newspapers Steel or Tin Cans and Jugs Cardboard (limit 18 x 24) Magazines, Catalogs (no caps) Plastic Dairy Tubs (yogurt online starting March 15). Each single-family Junk Mail, Paper Egg Cartons, Phone Books margarine, etc.) no lids Cereal Boxes home will have the opportunity to save money annually on purchases from local businesses. the community and determine whether the program will Single-family recycling carts contain a Radio Frequency continue.” Identification Code chip that provides information about Local businesses can also advertise for free through this recycling participation. This program is designed to increase program. If interested, call 888-234-8211. To find out what recycling, and residents’ privacy is protected. items can be recycled, visit No Pizza Boxes No Aerosol Cans No Hoses No Plants No Toys No Dishes/ Every time you recycle, your home will be credited so that Paper Plates you can print your savings from several Coral Springs businesses. Every single family home resident is automatically Hazardous Waste options for 2014 a member of this recycling program, all you need to do is Residents have two options for household hazardous activate your account to access your savings. There are three No Juice Boxes No Tires disposal. No Styrofoam No Clothes No Batteries No Plastic Bags No Electronics waste tiers of prizes so the more you recycle, the better the reward. Textiles/Carpet or Pouches On the first Saturday of each month only , the Waste “I encourage every household to participate in our Going Transfer Station will accept paints, electronics and compact Green initiative. By participating in this program, you will flourescent bulbs (CFLs). Coral Springs residents may drop off help protect the environment, support local businesses and these items at the Waste Transfer Station, located at the west save money in the process,” Mayor Vince Boccard said. end of Wiles Road at NW 126 Ave. Two forms of I.D. showing Each year, the per ton landfill disposal costs increase and a Coral Springs address are required (Driver’s License plus bill, taxpayers share in paying these costs. With each ton that is registration etc.) diverted to recycling, the community saves money. Additionally, several local cities have established a coopSimply log on to today and erative agreement to allow their residents several opportuactivate your free account to access your coupon rewards. nities to dispose the full range of hazardous waste materials Multi-family apartments and condominiums will qualify at special one-day events throughout the year. The next starting June 1. opportunities are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26 (Pompano “This pilot program will run through August 31,” Public Beach, 1660 NW 10 Street) and May 3 (Tamarac, 6011 Nob Works Director Rich Michaud said. “The City and Waste Pro Hill Road). will then analyze the impact of this incentive program on




IMPORTANT TIPS • Place carts at the curb or at sidewalk edge • Arrows on carts must be facing the street; wheels must be facing the house YARD WASTE

• Bulk trash and yard waste separate from carts and each other (first pickup of the week only) BULK TRASH


Visit for tips and a helpful video!

• Three feet gap from other objects • Questions? Call 954-282-6800 or visit



If you would like to swap your garbage and/or recycling cart, to a smaller (35 gallon) or larger (96 gallon) size, you must contact WastePro by April 1. After that date, there will be a $75 charge per swap. Call 954-282-6800 or visit to request the swap.

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Waste Pro launches pilot recycling rewards program


Support a great cause at Fire Academy Expo

Coral Springs Fire Academy honored Congratulations to the Coral Springs Fire Academy for being named the “Florida Fire Service Training and Education Provider of the Year” for 2013. The Academy also received this distinguished recognition in 2007 and 2011, making it the only fire academy to receive this recognition for a third time. Out of 39 deserving training centers from all across the state, the Coral Springs Fire Academy was nominated and selected as the recipient for this coveted award. The Florida Fire Training Directors Association chose the Coral Springs Fire Academy for their outstanding performance in training current and future firefighters, as well as their contributions to the development of innovative training programs. “The Coral Springs Fire Academy appreciates this recognition and is proud to be able to provide training to the fire service,” Fire Chief Frank Babinec said. “Our goal is to provide education and development through partnerships with surrounding agencies. Chief Mike McNally and his staff have done a wonderful job at bringing needed programs to the region.” The Donald A. Haupt Training Center has hosted and delivered training for over 2,500 students in various fire and medical courses over the past year. The Academy has assisted the United States Coast Guard with training, provided technical rescue training to the region and FEMA USAR Florida Task Force 2, assisted in training South American Firefighters, and has provided valuable training as well as numerous promotional exams for area fire departments. The academy is a true asset to the fire service providing in-service training to the firefighters of the Coral Springs Fire Department and partner agencies which prepares them to respond to and mitigate a wide range of hazards. 4 • Under the Sun • Spring 2014

Families and aspiring firefighters are invited to come out to the Fire Academy Expo on Sunday, March 30. The Coral Springs Fire Academy is hosting the Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the award-winning facility and learn just what it takes to be a Firefighter or EMT. Families are also invited to stop by to view the safety demonstrations geared toward home safety, like CPR and drowning prevention. As part of the Expo, the Coral Springs Professional Benevolent Association will be sponsoring “Niko’s Charity Combat Challenge” in hopes of raising funds for Niko Peros, whose father is a Battalion Chief for the City of Pembroke Pines. Niko is suffering from Fanconi Anemia (FA), an autosomal recessive blood disorder which leads to bone marrow failure and leukemia at an early age. To find out more about Niko, please visit Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Combat Challenges by forming teams of five for $125. There will be truck pulls and bucket brigades. Registration can be done online Niko Peros or at the Expo starting at 7 a.m. To register your team or make a donation, visit Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Attendees will receive a free registration fee to any fire class offered at the Academy. The Academy complex, the Donald A. Haupt, Jr. Training Center, is located in the Coral Springs Corporate Park near Wiles Road and Coral Ridge Drive. 954-346-1774 4180 N.W. 120th Avenue

Explore educational programs at Broward College Open House The City of Coral Springs and its Community Redevelopment Agency, in partnership with Broward College, realized a key goal when the Coral Springs Academic Center opened in October 2012. The Center offers a convenient Downtown location and competitive educational edge to local students.

Even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. You can now sign up for a Driver Safety Class, provided by AARP, set for Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other upcoming dates are Wednesday, April 9 and Saturday, May 17. 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. This class is open to all adults. Course costs $15 for AARP members or $20 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.


Open House April 19 Broward College will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, April 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Prospective students will be able to tour the classrooms and get information on the many associate, baccalaureate and general education courses available. RSVP to for the free visit and enjoy entertainment, refreshments and giveaways. About the Academic Center The College is located at the northwest corner of Sample Road and University Drive and is well situated to take advantage of the Downtown activities once the City’s new Municipal Complex is completed right across the street. The Academic Center is providing cutting edge higher education strategies and a variety of studentcentered classes that lead to greater success. The access to local business and industry leaders allows the college to develop relevant high-wage, high-demand programs which produce competitive students. “We are excited and pleased to be in a partnership that serves the Coral Springs community as a whole: its students, businesses and industries. With our innovative educational strategies and local business collaboration, we are delivering quality programs that will ensure our students receive industry-recognized degrees and a competitive edge in the market,” Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. said. 954-201-2952 3500 N. University Drive

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Driver Safety class available


Residents provide input for Municipal Complex Plans for the Municipal Complex in Downtown Coral Springs are underway. But before the design phase could begin, the project architect asked for residents’ input. Song and Associates, along with City staff, gathered at the Northwest Regional Library on March 1 to solicit ideas from anyone who lives, works or studies in Coral Springs. Participants joined in on an interactive survey on the features they would like to see at the Municipal Complex, as well as the look and feel of it. For example, participants had the opportunity to provide input on the type of water feature they would like to see incorporated in the outdoor common area, should a water feature be included in the design. Residents also had the chance to express their opinion on the architectural style of the building such as classical, modern, colonial or Mediterranean. “The existing City Hall is outdated and functionally obsolete,” Mayor Vince Boccard said at the meeting. “Since the building was never designed as a City Hall, the building layout has always been inefficient for serving the needs of its residents.” Built in 1967 as a real estate office, the current City Hall

does not meet some ADA requirements, is not a hurricanehardened facility, and is not energy efficient. The City Commission Chambers can only accommodate 37 people making it difficult for residents to participate. The building also cannot accommodate all of City staff, making it inconvenient for residents to have to visit two separate locations. “As always, your City remains committed to fiscal responsibility and community involvement. As the project moves forward, there will be numerous opportunities for residents and business owners to express their opinions and offer their feedback,” Mayor Boccard added. Once the space study is complete in April, Song will begin to design the architectural and engineering aspects of the complex. Later on, a construction company will be selected and financing mechanisms will be solidified. “Our goal is to create a Municipal Complex that truly reflects the history, interests and cultures of the community,” Architect Young Song said. To view the survey results, visit our web site.

Development Services has moved to The Walk


IS NOW LOCATED AT BUILDING DIVISION Monday - Friday • 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Monday - Friday • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Community Development and Building leave City Hall South The Community Development and Building Divisions have moved their office from City Hall South to The Walk at University. To file or pick up a permit, research microfilm records, or get a paint color approved, etc. stop by their new office located at 2730 University Drive in The Walk at University, near the main fountain. There is plenty of parking behind the building, and customers may enter behind BurgerFi, by taking the elevator to the second floor. Their phone numbers remain the same – call the

Building Division Customer Care Center at 954-344-1025 or Community Development at 954-344-1060. The move out of the City Hall South building coincides with progressing future plans for that site as part of the new Municipal Complex project. The Code Compliance Division and Business Tax Office still remain at the main City Hall building at 9551 West Sample Road.

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Hurricane season will be upon us soon, and it’s never too early to start preparing. It is important to always have a family plan and supplies on hand. “When we take the time to prepare for emergencies, we reduce their impact and save lives,” Emergency Management Coordinator Jennifer Vilchez said. City staff works year-round to ensure that all departments are prepared in the event of a storm. The Public Safety Building is the City’s dedicated Emergency Operations Center, allowing the City to provide quicker, more efficient responses should a disaster hit. “The more we as a community preplan and communicate before an emergency, the better equipped we are to respond and restore after a critical event,” Emergency Management Facilitator Karla Hines said. City media provide extensive coverage of hurricane-related information before, during and after a storm. Visit for the latest updates, and be sure to tune into CityRadio 1670am for up-todate emergency information. CityTV 25 on Advanced Cable or Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse will also broadcast emergency information. After a storm hits, the City opens its Hurricane Call Center, with City staff answering specific questions. In the event of a hurricane, the number to reach the Call Center is 954-344-1001. Broward County also provides valuable hurricane safety information, including tools to create a family plan that establishes an out-of-town emergency contact, tips for stocking up on food, supplies and medicines for your family and pets, and details on securing your home and property. Sign up for CodeRED Whether you are a resident or a business, register for the City’s CodeRED service to stay informed on the latest hurricane information before, during and after a storm, tornado warnings, boil water alerts, 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 mobile 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 system dials each number three times and leaves a message should no one pick up. All information is stored on a secure database.

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Prepare early for hurricanes

Veterans lend a helping hand The Veterans Coalition has launched some new initiatives of interest to our local veterans. Together with the Coral Springs Code Compliance Division, volunteers are assisting veterans who have received a code violation to resolve the situation. In addition, the Veterans Coalition is assisting Coral Springs and surrounding communities to properly dispose of any worn American flags. Lastly, members will provide “One-on-One” services to individual veterans in need. Whether it’s as simple as transportation to a drug store or grocery store, or paying them a visit, the Veterans Coalition is available to lend a hand. 800-445-1934

Seniors sought to volunteer for Police programs If you’re a senior looking to get involved with law enforcement, come to our monthly Senior and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) meetings. Volunteers meet the third Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. at Sartory Hall in Mullins Park, located at 10150 Ben Geiger Drive. During the meeting, representatives from the police department and local social service agencies discuss criminal activity, security concerns, upcoming events and safety tips. The meetings generally last an hour and lunch is provided. The City is also looking for seniors to volunteer with Seniors vs. Crime. This program, operated by the Coral Springs Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office, is geared toward eliminating the civil victimization of seniors by dishonest businesses and service providers. Specially trained senior volunteers are assigned to a case to make every attempt at resolving the matter through mediation. If the complaint is criminal, not civil, it is forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further investigation and action. If you are a senior and have questions about the program or feel you were the victim of consumer fraud, please call 954-340-4168. If you are interested in joining our monthly SALT meetings or volunteer for our Seniors vs. Crime program, contact the Community Involvement Unit at 954-344-1833. Spring 2014 • Under the Sun • 7

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Submit your nominations for landscape beautification award program Don’t miss this opportunity to reward schools, churches, public properties, parks, residential and private properties who do their part in making and keeping Coral Springs a beautiful community. The City is currently seeking nominations for its beautification award program, “Coral Springs – Looking Good.” The program, established by the Garden Club of Coral Springs and the Neighborhood and Environmental Committee, was formed to recognize exceptional properties that contribute to keeping Coral Springs aesthetically pleasing and “looking good.” There are five categories, including commercial and

public properties, small businesses, residential neighborhoods, single family properties and any property that provides wildlife shelter. The winners in each category will be invited to attend the annual Garden Club of Coral Springs Award Luncheon on May 8, where they will receive their award. Anyone submitting a nomination ballot will automatically be entered in a drawing to be a guest at the awards luncheon. Nomination ballots, due March 21, are available at City Hall, City Hall in the Mall and online.

Residents can feel a little safer knowing that the Coral Springs Fire and Police departments now have a new specialized dive rescue boat to help improve capabilities of the dive teams and enhance water rescue coverage. The dive boat purchase was supported in part through a FEMA Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant the City successfully competed for and received in 2012. The Fire Department averages 28 water rescue calls each year, many of which require the support of the dive boat. Staff also uses the boat for dive rescue training for our own dive rescue team, as well as rescue divers from departments in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. This is one of the very specialized training programs offered through the City’s award winning Fire Academy.

The dive boat is also used in mutual aid calls because no other department in northwest Broward County currently has its own boat. In addition, the Coral Springs Fire Department provides assistance to search and rescue operations in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades Wildlife Management Area. Newly appointed Fire Chief Frank Babinec was a department rescue diver for many years. He points out that the boat will help reduce risk to Fire Department personnel. “This dive boat can make a critical difference in not only response time, but also diver safety by providing an extra margin of safety for divers operating in these hazardous environments,” he added.

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Government Academy to start in April Gain valuable insights into local government at the City’s Government Academy, which will give residents an inside look into how this organization approaches local government. The program will meet April 10, 17, 24 and 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 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. All sessions will be held at a location within the City and dinner will be provided. Class size is limited and participants must register in advance.


To keep drivers and pedestrians safe from harm, the City Commission passed a new ordinance prohibiting anyone from soliciting at some intersections. This ordinance also refers to any advertising in the medians and requesting donations. Police Chief Tony Pustizzi pointed out that a motorist traveling at 40 miles per hour needs 140 feet to recognize the need to brake, apply the brake, and then come to a complete stop. If someone slipped off the median at a major intersection, the motorist would most likely be forced to make the choice of striking the fallen solicitor or swerving into traffic to miss the fallen person, thereby causing an accident. The City Commission felt this action was necessary to protect the traveling public, as well as those soliciting from the medians. City staff analyzed each of the major roads within the City and determined that certain roads pose the greatest threat to the public safety and the free flow of traffic in connection with the activities of right-of-way canvasser or solicitors. The presence of right-of-way canvassers or solicitors at the roads specified creates an inherently dangerous condition that threatens the health, safety, and welfare of pedestrians and the passengers and operators of motor vehicles alike. The City Commission of the City of Coral Springs deems it to be in the best interests of the residents, and those who travel through the City, to prohibit right-of-way solicitors and canvassers at the following intersections: • Royal Palm Blvd. & University Drive • Atlantic Blvd. & University Drive • Riverside Drive & University Drive Sample Road Intersections: • Sample Road & University Drive • Sample Road & 441 • Sample Road & Riverside Drive • Sample Road & Coral Springs Drive • Sample Road & Coral Ridge Drive • Sample Road & Rock Island Road • Sample Road & NW 62nd Street Wiles Road Intersections • Wiles Road & University Drive • Wiles Road & 441 • Wiles Road & Riverside Drive • Wiles Road & Coral Springs Drive • Wiles Road & Coral Ridge Drive

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Commission passes ordinance prohibiting intersection solicitation

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Coral Springs schools make the grade Congratulations to the Coral Springs Charter School, which has received an ‘A’ rating for the tenth consecutive year. The Florida Department of Education released the 2012-2013 high school grade results and Coral Springs Charter, along with Coral Glades High, Coral Springs High, J.P. Taravella High, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, all received an ‘A’ rating based on students’ performance relative to state standards, graduation rates, participation and success in accelerated courses, and postsecondary preparation. “Coral Springs Charter School is proud to be an A rated school for 10 consecutive years. It is our belief that, in addition to our strong academic curriculum, we provide a superior culture focused on personalization. All stakeholders play an integral part in the success of our school and we are thankful for their support,” Charter School Principal Gary Springer said. “I am so proud of the Charter School students for their hard work and their commitment to building a strong future, for its students” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said. The City also congratulates the following schools for receiving an ‘A’ rating: Country Hills Elementary, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Park Springs Elementary, Westchester Elementary, Imagine Middle School at Broward Charter, and Eagle’s Nest Elementary Charter.

Shred your paperwork for free at City Hall Avoid becoming a victim and bring any personal documents to the City’s next Shredathon, where they will be shredded for free on site. The City’s next Shredathon event is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the back parking lot of City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. 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 Coral Springs Police Explorer Post. 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 and provided by recordSHRED of Broward. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled, with future dates to be determined. 9551 W. Sample Road 10 • Under the Sun • Spring 2014


Most Coral Springs homeowners are familiar with the little white flies that have taken over their Ficus hedges. This pest, known as the Ficus White Fly has led to the widespread defoliation of Ficus plants throughout the City. If your Ficus has been affected, here are a few tips: • Treat your Ficus regardless of whether there are symptoms or not. By the time defoliation has taken place, the White Fly has already been on your plants for three to six months. • Spraying the plant with insecticide is less effective and more expensive in the long run than using a root drench. When insecticide is sprayed onto a plant, it is only effective for 2-3 weeks and would need to be applied monthly in order for it to be useful. This is not recommended for financial and environmental reasons. In addition to killing White Fly, you are also killing any beneficial insects that are eating White Fly. The root drench can be effective for up to six months and targets White Fly without killing beneficial insects. Even entirely defoliated Ficus hedges might recover if treated quickly and on an ongoing basis. A one-time treatment will not be sufficient to allow the plants to recover. Another White Fly, the Rugose Spiraling White Fly (RSWF), has also been detected in Coral Springs and it is much bigger and easily recognizable. The RSWF has a much broader host plant range than the Ficus White Fly. So far, it has been found on Gumbo Limbo, Brazilian Beauty Leaf, Coconut Palm, Christmas Palm, Cocoplum and other ornamental plants.

It is likely that additional species will be added to the list as this insect spreads. The first signs of a RSWF infestation are white spirals on the underside of the plants leaves. Eventually this leads to an accumulation of a white, waxy substance spreading throughout the plant. In extreme cases, the plant looks like it has snow on it. In the next stage of infestation, the insect’s excrement, which is sticky (referred to as honeydew), begins forming all over the plant and allows black sooty mold to develop. The sticky honeydew can also drip to the ground below or cover anything under the tree such as cars, pool decks or patio furniture. Once the plant has been treated and the infestation is knocked back, the sooty mold and honeydew will also disappear. The good news regarding RSWF, if there is any, is that the damage caused to the plants does not seem to be as devastating as the Ficus White Fly. In extreme cases, some defoliation can occur but the plants are able to recover on their own. Treatment for RSWF is essentially identical to the treatment described above for Ficus White Fly. When dealing with an infested large tree it is nearly impossible to effectively spray the entire canopy. In these cases, a systemic pesticide is the only practical solution. When it comes to treating large trees, a root drench or basal bark treatment (spraying the insecticide directly onto the lower part of the tree trunk) can be very effective. Both of these methods should only be done by an state licensed pesticide applicator.

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Tips for dealing with Ficus and Rugose Spiraling White Fly

Celebrate at EarthFest Your kids will have a wild time at EarthFest on Saturday, April 12 at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and it will feature lots of informative sessions the entire family will enjoy. There will also be wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways for Coral Springs residents, children’s activities and refreshments. 954-344-1117 8501 N.W. 40th St.

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Worship together at National Day of Prayer Come join us as we pray for our community and leaders on National Day of Prayer. The City embraces people of different faiths, and this candlelight celebration highlights the strength in diversity found in our community. Every house of worship in the Coral Springs area is invited to participate. Youth from participating congregations lead the prayers. This nondenominational event, hosted by the City’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, brings together people from all faiths to pray, sing or chant together, fostering an understanding of the world’s different religions. “This is a great way to join in a community shared prayer for our elected officials and peace in our nation,” Community Relations Manager Joyce Campos said. The event is scheduled on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Charter School cafeteria. There is no cost to attend. 3205 University Drive


Celebrate Mother’s Day at CommuniTea Enjoy a cup of tea or two on Saturday, May 10 and celebrate a special lady in your life. It all starts at 2 p.m. at the Marriott at Heron Bay, located at 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. This annual multi-cultural tea party will feature 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 multicultural flair. Admission is $25 per person and must be purchased in advance as tickets will not be available at the door. If you cannot attend, but want to support the event, you may sponsor a table for $250 for ten people.


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Experience the beauty of different cultures at WorldFest Celebrate different cultures right here in Coral Springs at WorldFest. Bring your family and friends to the Sportsplex on Sunday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and enjoy ethnic foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts, games and amusements for children. There will be free cooking demonstrations where visitors can sample delicious ethnic food items, with free samplings and recipes. Children and students under 12 can enjoy arts and crafts and free entertainment in Kid’s World. Each kid will receive a passport, which will be stamped as they visit different corners of the world. Children will also enjoy pony rides and playing with the animals at the petting zoo, for a nominal fee. Pure Energy of Coral Springs will also feature dancing, challenging games and other fun activities for teens at Teen World. Food, entertainment, vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Community groups and individuals who are willing to volunteer their time to display their talent on stage also are encouraged to sign up. There is no charge for the outdoor WorldFest entertainment, music and exhibitions, but there is a $3 parking fee and a nominal charge for food and attractions. “This event is a great way for families to experience the richness of our various cultures without having to leave Coral Springs,” Community Relations Manager Joyce Campos said. 2575 Sportsplex Dr.


Be sure to visit the Museum of Art’s new exhibitions starting March 27. The Museum’s Main Gallery will host Henning Haupt’s Drawing Lines – Making Space exhibition, featuring paintings that explore visual, spatial compositions by using different modes of line structures in combination with fields of painted colors. 18348 Craig Carlisle’s exhibition Big Heads White Vertical Lines & The Peaceful Valley Paintings will by Henning Haupt debut in the Museum’s East Gallery. The idea of meditation and contemplation play a major role in the paintings of artist Craig Carlisle. Infused with serene happiness and optimism, his paintings articulate indelible images which evoke emotions reminiscent of childhood innocence. Lastly, Florals, by artist Sylvia Tarshis, will be exhibited in the Kuhn Family Gallery. This exhibition of Tarshis’ floral compositions highlights a selection of her large body of work. The artist reception will be on March 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission for non-Museum Members is $10. Please call 954340-5000 to RSVP.

Summer Camp and Classes The Coral Springs Museum of Art is offering Art Camp for Kids at the studio for children and teens ages 6 to 16. Art Camp begins June 9 and run for 10 weeks. Children may sign up for one, two or more weeks. Classes are divided by age and subject. Some of the subjects offered are Ceramic Hand-building, Exploring Sculpture, Art of the Animal, Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Cartooning, Comic Book Design, Papier Mache and much more. Classes are taught by professional artists. The Museum is offering new subjects this summer including PhotoshopDigital Painting, Enhance Your Photos – Lightroom, Exploring Digital Animation-Greenfoot, and Digital Photography (ages 12 to 16), Chalk Murals (age 10+) and Digital Animation-Alice & Scratch. Summer Camp consists of wither a three-hour morning or afternoon session. Children may attend both sessions. The Museum offers lunchtime supervision for $10 a week, but students must bring their own lunch. Camp fees are $135 and up and include supplies. Check Facebook and the Museum’s website for discounts and deadlines. Homeschool classes available The Museum offers art classes tailored to homeschooled students. Young artists (ages 6 to 12) explore a different medium or type of art each four week session. All Homeschool classes integrate the visual

arts with an educational subject. Classes are available through May on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The Masterpiece Event: Chefs Challenge On Thursday, May 1, art enthusiasts and cultural patrons can “eat their art out” at the Coral Springs Museum of Art’s Chefs Challenge. Guests can enjoy dishes from popular restaurants and vote on their favorite bite of the night while enjoying drinks, live entertainment and auctions. Proceeds benefit Coral Springs Museum of Art. 

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Museum of Art highlights variety of artistic styles

RRAZZ Room at the Coral Springs Museum of Art In partnership with the Coral Springs Center for the Arts and RRAZZ Room Productions, join us for the new Jazz Cabaret Series. Set in the spacious Main Gallery of the Museum, listen to world class jazz performances while surrounded by beautiful works of art. The jazz series will run through May 2014. Cocktails will be available for purchase during the evening. For more information, call the Center for the Arts Box Office at 954-344-5990. Scheduled performances include April 25 & 26: Franc D’Ambrosio & Glory Crampton - Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, 7:30 p.m. 954-340-5000 2855 Coral Springs Drive

Museum Admission $6 Adults (18 & over), $5 Seniors, $3 Students (with ID) Children (age 5 & under) and Members FREE First Wednesdays (of each month) are FREE to Public Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday & Major Holidays

Big Head Hearing the Sound of Love by Craig Carlisle

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Exciting spring lineup at Center for the Arts Off the heels of a new album, Boz Scaggs will be performing at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on May 2, at 8 p.m. This is a one-night performance that surely must be seen. Grammy Award winning artist, Boz Scaggs, and his band are making a return to the stage. His newest album, “Memphis,” showcases both original songs and choice covers. Born in Texas and raised with an abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music, Scaggs has combined rock, jazz, R&B and blues to create a trademark sound. With an extensive and distinctive career that has spanned 30 years and many accolades, Scaggs continues to prove himself as one of music’s most creative and original artists. Tickets can be purchased at the Center for the Arts Box Office, online at or by calling 954-344-5990. Broadway camp comes to Coral Springs Young aspiring actors will have a chance to take the stage at the Next Stop Broadway camps throughout the summer. The camps start in early June and run through August, offering participants real-life training and expertise. The sessions take place in the Coral Springs Center for the Arts,

our hometown professional theater with experienced actors and technical staff. Participants learn much more than acting skills, including openness, confidence and self-esteem. Parents who enroll two or more children will receive a 20 percent discount for the second child. If campers enroll for all three camp sessions, the third session is 50 percent off. For the first time, all registered campers will be entered in a chance to win two floor seats to the One Direction concert that will take place at Sun Life Stadium on October 5, 2014. The following sessions are available this summer: • Teen Camp, June 30 to August 1: 14 and older/grades 9 and up. The theme is Young Frankenstein and cost is $1000 (payment plans available). • Youth Camp, Ages 6 to 13/First-Eighth grades. The themes are Seussical The Musical (June 9 to June 27), The Little Mermaid (June 30 to July 25) and Sleeping Beauty (July 28 to August 15). Three-week sessions are $705 and the four-week session will be $940 (payment plans available). 954-344-5999

2855 Coral Springs Drive

Summer is perfect time to Learn to Swim! The City of Coral Springs offers American Red Cross swimming lessons for all ages and ability levels. Registration for the popular summer sessions begins on Saturday, April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aquatic Complex for swimming lessons at all three pools. As of April 20, registration will be taken at the respective pools.

All participants ages 3 and older must be swim tested prior to registering for summer swim lessons due to the restructuring of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. All sessions are eight 45-minute classes for $57.50. For details, visit our web site.


Register for Half Marathon and 5K on March 29 There is still time to sign up for the Race for Women’s Wellness Half Marathon and 5K Run on Saturday, March 29. The half marathon will begin at 6 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Both races will benefit the Broward Health Coral Springs Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, which provides free mammograms to women in our community who financially can’t afford them. The half marathon and 5K will start at the Tennis Center of Coral Springs. From there, participants will continue on a fast, flat and paved course that winds through the City. Cost is $75 for adults for the half marathon, which includes a goodie bag, aid stations, Dri Fit t-shirt, finisher medal, age group race awards and post-race refreshments. Registration closes on March 27 and prices will go up as event nears so sign up today. Race for Women’s Wellness 5K registrations are $35, and $15 for students 19-and-under.

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Summer Fun Guides available


Now is the time to start planning summer activities for your children and the Summer Fun Guide lists all the City has to offer. The City has Kamp Kool, dance, etiquette, sport, special needs camps and much more. The Summer Fun Guide offers a wide selection of quality programs and unique amenities suited for all ages and abilities. Pick up a copy of your 2014 Summer Fun Guide and applications at one of the City’s facilities, including: City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road; 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. To view and download the Summer Fun Guide and application forms, visit our web site. uide Summer Fun G

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Enjoy free family-friendly concert at the park Come and enjoy music with your family and friends at Betti Stradling Park for the City’s free Family Concert at the Park. Brass Evolution, a five-piece band, will perform rock and roll on Saturday, March 29 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.

Betti Stradling Park, 10301 Wiles Road

Coral Springs High hosts Special Olympic event

Learn self-defense tactics for women Women are often a target, but they no longer need to become a victim. The Coral Springs Police Department is offering a new session of its Rape Aggression Defense in April. Ladies ages 13 and older will learn to be empowered in the event they are faced with a potentially dangerous situation. 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, April 29 from 6 to 9 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 for a $25 refundable fee. After completing all four classes, payment will be refunded. Otherwise, payment will be withheld.



Coral Springs High School will host the Broward County Special Olympics Games on Saturday, March 15 at 9:30 a.m. This event is one of the largest grass roots fundraising efforts coordinated directly by law enforcement personnel and its sole purpose is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. This event welcomes a few hundred athletes from Broward area elementary, middle and high schools to participate in 12 different track and field events. ”The funds raised by officers helps support Special Olympians from across Broward County so they can participate in county and state-wide games – building confidence and self-esteem,” Community Involvement Coordinator Lynne Martzall said. According to the Special Olympics program, its mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

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Watch as aspiring student chefs compete in Teen Cook Off Stop by Whole Foods Market and watch as student chefs battle it out at the next Teen Cook Off on Saturday, April 5. Teams will be given the same ingredients and they must whip up a tasty meal in two hours. Spatulas will be ready to fly starting at 10 a.m. Judges will then sample the each team’s dishes – an appetizer, entree and dessert – before awarding each category. The competition is sponsored by Whole Foods Market

Coral Springs, and will take place at the Market, located at 810 N. University Drive.

Flood safety information available to residents City’s flood protection practices save money The National Flood Insurance Rating Program’s community rating system gives the City of Coral Springs high marks for its flood protection activities, which translates into a 10 percent discount for residents on new or renewed flood insurance policies. With more than 90 percent of the City 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 flooding through local media, including CityTV and CityRadio 1670am. City regulations prevent or regulate construction that could divert floodwater from one area to another or increase erosion. Regulations also are in place concerning filling, grading and dredging. Permits are necessary before starting any construction, so contact the Building Department at 954344-1025. 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. Various drainage districts are responsible for the canals. Visit for a list of drainage districts and contact numbers. The City utilizes drainage catch basins that the Public Works Department maintains. To report a street 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. Information is also available at 16 • Under the Sun • Spring 2014


Flood safety is very important. Residents are encouraged to prepare an inventory of personal property in the case of a flood event. The inventory should include descriptions and photos of the items. In addition, residents should be prepared with additional drinking water, portable radios and flashlights with extra batteries, and a complete first aid kit. Though not likely, if an evacuation order is given, residents should remember to turn off their gas and electric utilities at the source. In the case of a flood event, Coral Springs residents should take into consideration the following tips and guidelines: • Do not walk through water unless absolutely necessary. • Flowing water can be deceptive and can be dangerous. • Do not drive through flood waters. Roads may be washed away and are not visible when underwater. • Keep a look out for downed power lines and stay away! • To create a disaster preparedness plan, visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s web site at To protect your property in the case of a flood event, a few simple steps can be taken: • Board up or shutter your windows and doors • Relocate vehicles to higher ground • Raise furniture off the floor or relocate the furniture to upper levels of your property. • Keep materials like tarps, sandbags, and plywood on hand to make quick repairs following a storm event. • Retrofitting of your property is a way to reduce flooding impacts prior to a storm. For information regarding retrofitting, please visit

city sights BizArt Festival in Downtown Coral Springs

City Sights Visit to view more event pictures! Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Family Fun Day and Car Show

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Half Marathon & 5K


RACE FOR WOMEN’S WELLNESS benefitting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund

Saturday, March 29 Half Marathon: 6 a.m. • 5K: 7:30 a.m. Sportsplex at Coral Springs 2575 Sportsplex Drive Register at

Sunday, March 30 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coral Springs Fire Academy 4180 NW 120th Avenue

Sunday, April 6 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free Admission • $3 Parking Sportsplex at Coral Springs 2575 Sportsplex Drive

Coral Springs Mega Green Market Saturdays • Downtown Coral Springs • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Near University Dr. & Sample Road

Broward College Open House Saturday, April 19 • 3500 N. University Dr. • 12 to 4 p.m. See article page 5

Driver Safety Class March 22 • April 9 • May 17 • Register in advance See article page 5

National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 1 • 7 p.m. See article page 12

Family Concert Series: Brass Evolution Saturday, March 29 • 7 p.m. See article page 15

Shredathon at City Hall Saturday, May 3 • 9 to 11 a.m. See article page 10

Earthfest at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary Saturday, April 12 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See article page 11

CommuniTea at Marriott Heron Bay Saturday, May 10 • 2 pm. • $25 per person See article page 12




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