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February, 2013• Year 2 • Number 002 • Coral Springs, Parkland, Coconut Creek

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Coral Springs wrestling Wins District’s

Community News

Rick Scott proposes $2,500 teacher pay increase See page 3 Community News

Artists paint Mural on Coral Springs Water Tower

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Life & Arts

Natalie Cole and Her Sisters at Lynn University Concert

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Faith

Resisting Discouragement See page 19 Business

Rick Scott proposes $2,500 teacher pay increase The Colts are 24-1 and won the Coral Springs Duels. The defeated Everglades High School in the final round.

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Family Fun Day and Car Show People who wanted to see restored sports cars, enjoy a family social event and have a good time attended the Family Fun Day and Car Show on February 2 at the Sportsplex. Coral Springs Mayor Vince Boccard was pleased with the turnout and said it was a great way for families to get together and have fun. Pictured above are Boccard and Commissioner Larry Vignola. They are standing next to a car restored by the Coral Springs Teen Car Club. Boccard started the program and now Vignola is leading it. The organization is looking for new members as many of the teenagers are who were original members are now adults.

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Broward Schools release Three-Year Strategic Plan Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has announced distribution of the District’s new Three-Year Strategic Plan. The BCPS Strategic Plan was developed with the assistance and input of the BCPS community. In brief, the plan highlights three primary goals and provides a structure for “Strengthening the Paths to Success.” The BCPS Strategic Plan also highlights the District’s vision, which is “Educating today’s students to succeed in tomorrow’s world,” and the mission – “Broward County Public Schools is committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.” The three primary goals are: High-Quality Instruction – Measure and increase high-quality instruction. Continuous Improvement – Engage in continuous improvement. Processes will shift to efficient from inefficient services. Effective Communication - Communicate more effectively and with transparency. In addition, there are several areas of focus for the District within the Strategic Plan, including Early Childhood Education, Gifted and Talented Student Initiative, the Black Male Task Force, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Exceptional Student Education (ESE). As part of the initial planning process, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie embarked on a listening tour to meet and hear from students, parents and community members to ensure that their needs and concerns were proactively integrated into the strategic planning process. “This is not the superintendent’s plan,” said Superintendent Runcie. “This is not the School Board’s plan. This is the community of Broward County’s plan for the future of education and our children. I call on everyone to play a role in the transformation of our school system.” “This is a good school district. Let’s work together to make it a great school district. Let’s give our children the gift that will last a lifetime,” he added. As part of the final phase of planning to engage the community, the District held a community event called Ed Talk. More than 300 District stakeholders, including parents, staff, business and community leadership, elected officials, and current and former students, participated to provide input and feedback on issues important to the future of education in Broward County Public Schools.

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Rick Scott proposes $2,500 teacher pay increase Governor Rick Scott announced on January 23 that he is proposing a $2,500 teacher pay raise, in addition to an increase in K-12 education funding, in his upcoming state budget proposal.

teachers who work on the frontline of Florida’s future every day by teaching our children. I am asking the legislature to join with me in supporting my 2013 budget request that will provide every Florida full-time public Governor Scott said, “Today, classroom teacher the ability to I am excited to announce that as receive a $2,500 pay raise. we continue to move our state forward and create more jobs, “My proposed budget will inwe are doubling down on our clude $480 million in funding to investment in education. I can support a $2,500 pay raise for fullthink of no better investment for time public classroom teachers in our state than investing in those our state. This funding will sup-

port districts’ ability to provide a $2,500 teacher pay raise, plus the cost of related benefits. This teacher pay raise is in addition to an overall increase in education funding that will be included in our full budget proposal. “We are at an exciting place in the history of Florida education – in large part due to the hard work of our teachers. Our students and teachers were recently ranked 6th for educational quality. On a recent international read-

ing survey, our fourthgraders s c o r e d among the best in the world. And, the National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Florida teachers number one in the country in their 2012 survey,” said Scott.

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Coral Springs Tribune COMMUNITY NEWS Coral Springs, FL

Teen political forum on February 11 The sixth Teen Political Forum, brought to you by the City of Coral Springs, will be open to local high school students on Monday, February 11. This educational event will be held at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

ly to their elected officials on topics that are significant to them.

The event is open to all high school students who live in Coral Springs or who attend our local high schools: Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, The purpose of this Forum is to Coral Glades High, Coral Springs have city and county elected officials Charter, J. P. Taravella High and enlighten students with their per- Coral Springs Christian Academy. sonal experiences as elected officials Students may receive service hours and address teen issues of interest, for attending the Forum. Students concluding with a Q & A from the who are home-schooled or attend student audience. This is a great op- private schools and live in Coral portunity for students to talk direct- Springs are also welcome.

St. Andrew Catholic Church Carnival, January 24 - 27

Artists paint Mural on Coral Springs Water Tower

Rebecca Lowy is a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School and a very accomplished artist. A mural she created was selected to painted on the Coral Springs Water Tower at Mullins Park. A group of professional artists are now painting the mural on the Water Tower. The mural shows the people who live in Coral Springs. Lowy is helping to paint the mural. “I love working with these guys,” said Lowy. “I got my idea for the mural from my experience of living in Coral Springs. It is a beautiful community,”

Families came together on January 24 - 27 to enjoy the St. Andrew Catholic Church Carnival. The event featured 27 rides, live entertainment, food ven-

said Lowy. The project received a $67,000 grant from the Broward County Community Foundation. On February 16, the local community will have the opportunity to come and work on painting the Water Tank. The dedication will take place on March 9 at 10:00 a.m. The arists working on the project include Al Razza, Lester Salazar, Jan Kolenda, Anne Marie Goss, Janet Gold and Hong Nham.

dors, games and other carnival fun. The money raised went to St. Andrew Catholic School. Here a group of families enjoy some time together.

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Coral Springs Tribune COMMUNITY NEWS Coral Springs, FL

Free concert in Coral Springs on February 9 Coral Springs will offer a free admission is free. Blankets, lawn Family Concert Series. chairs and coolers are welcome, and refresh­ments will be availAcross the Universe will fea- able for purchase. Please refrain ture the ultimate tribute to The from bringing glass con­tainers, Beatles on Saturday, February 9. alcohol and pets. Betti Stradling The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Park is located at 10301 Wiles Betti Stradling Park. Parking and Rd.

BizArt attracts many people to downtown Coral Springs

Coral Springs to offer half-marathon on March 30 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 8th annual Race for 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, which provides free mammograms to women in our community who financially can’t 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. Prices for adults for the half marathon are $65 and $25 for the Race for Women’s Wellness 5K and $15 for students 19-andunder. Registration closes on March 20 and prices will go up as event nears. Those interested in participating can register at www.itzevents.com The Half Century Celebration will include a goodie bag, aid stations, Dri Fit t-shirt, finisher medal, age group race awards and post-race refreshments. Those interested in volunteering at the event should e-mail Kelle Burke at kelleinthezone@yahoo.com. Students will receive service hours.

Coral Springs Family Fun Day and Car Show

Many people came together to enjoy the First Annual BizArt event in the Coral Springs downtown area on January 12. Coral Springs City Manager Erdal Donmez was pleased to see so many people coming together to enjoy fellowship. “This is a good testimony to the community,” said Donmez. “The turnout was great and we had good entertainment.”

BizArt was a part of the Coral Springs 50th Anniversary celebration. It began with the Holiday Parade and there will be many other events during the year to commemorate success of the city. “We are hoping to do this next year,” said Donmez. People who came could enjoy food booths and could meet with local business and community organizations that had set up booths. There was live entertainment.

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the City’s Family Fun Day and Car Show on Saturday, February 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be held at the Sportsplex, across from the Tennis Center. 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 food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment for a nominal fee throughout the day, including a DJ. This 50th Anniversary Signature Event is presented by Golden Anniversary Sponsor Al Hendrickson Toyota along with Baptist Medical Plaza at Coral Springs, Advanced Cable Communications, Forum Publishing Group, Broward Health Coral Springs, Auto Works Collision and Paint, Inc.

and Scott J. Brook, P.A. Cost to preregister 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. The Sportsplex is located at 2575 Sportsplex Dr. For more information and to register, call 954-345-2204. This Signature Event for the City’s 50th Anniversary is part of a 13-month celebration which will have a large impact on the community and be remembered for years to come. Sponsorships are available starting at $2,500 for the entire year and offer businesses many unprecedented promotional opportunities. For information on the 50th Anniversary and sponsorship opportunities for this and other events, please visit www.CoralSprings50.org.

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Coral Springs Tribune EDITORIALS/LETTERS Coral Springs, FL

Founded January 15, 2010 Editorial DAVID VOLZ: Editor PEDRO HEIZER: Managing Editor Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr. CopyEditor

DOUGLAS HEIZER, Publisher Our Writers/Reporters and Columnists SKIP SHEFFIELD CHRIS J. NELSON SYNESIO LYRA OLEDA BAKER

DIANE FEEN GERALD SHERMAN KAY RENZ MARC KENT

Online Edition PEDRO HEIZER: Editor ANDRE HEIZER: Social Media ANDERSON MANCEBO: Software Engineer

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CORAL SPRINGS EDITORIAL By David Volz February is here and things are looking good for the City of

Many of the city’s elected officials are hoping to make improvements to the infrastructure of the city. Efforts are being made Coral Springs. to improve the city’s medians and The unemployment rate is entranceways. Also, efforts are getting better and more people being made to attract more busiare getting back to work. This nesses and thus more jobs to Coral is always very good news. Coral Springs. Springs is in the process of celOne thing that will attract ebrating its 50 year anniversary. Recently the City held a BizArt those businesses is the high ratFestival that attracted a number ing of its schools. Coral Springs of organizations. People enjoyed high schools, middle schools and live entertainment and some fel- elementary schools earned “A��� ratlowship. The City will host a 5K ings for the performance of their students. Many Coral Springs and 13.1 mile run in March. young people have won academic Work is continuing on new awards. Coral Springs high school buildings at Mullins Park. This is students are excelling academic a good sign because athletics are program, music and athletics. All important to residents in Coral this makes Coral Springs a great Springs. Nearly 3,000 young peo- place to live. ple play soccer every week in the The Coral Springs Tribune will City. Other sports such as basketball, baseball, swimming and cover school, family activities and tennis are very popular and more cultural issues. And it will cover people are showing an interest in political and business issues. lacrosse.

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Coral Springs Tribune EDITORIALS/LETTERS Coral Springs, FL

THOUGHTS FROM THE PUBLISHER By Douglas Heizer

The 5 P’s of Ethical Decision-Making Rick Boxx wrote a great column on The 5 P’s of Ethical Decision-Making and I thought it would be a great read for you! Hope you enjoy. - Douglas Heizer Not long ago I heard author and speaker Lee Strobel give an excellent message on what he called the “5 P’s for making ethical decisions.” I thought his insights would be good to present in “Monday Manna.” The first P he mentioned is Purpose. When making a challenging decision, it is critical to remember your purpose. If your purpose is to make money, you will often make the wrong decision. However, if your purpose is aligned with biblical principles, your decision will lead to a much different result. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 teaches, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Everything followers of Jesus Christ do should be for the purpose of glorifying God. When that becomes the motivation behind ethical decisions, difficult workplace decisions become

easier. The second P Strobel cited was Prayer. He stressed the importance of praying about hard decisions, seeking wisdom and guidance. We also should pray, according to Strobel, for the moral conviction and courage to do the right thing. Many times we know the right thing to do, but need the courage to do it. James 1:5 teaches, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” The next time you face a challenging ethical dilemma, take Strobel’s advice and pray boldly for God’s wisdom, then trust He will provide it. The third P in Strobel’s list was Principles. He urged his audience to make decisions by testing them against biblical principles. He said 50 percent of ethical decisions are based on emotion. Emotions like fear, greed, or anger can lead to very poor decisions. Pausing to consider how your proposed decision aligns with what the Bible teaches is more productive.

POSITIVE LIVING By Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr.

Conversations Which Break Relationships! I often hear people complain that persons they know don’t seem to talk to them anymore. In some cases, even those whom they considered to be close friends appear distant, and don’t visit or talk as much as it was done before. While they used to respond so readily to invitations for social interactions, they now appear to find reasons always to decline similar offers. Not that any fight took place between those people, nor misunderstandings erupt-

ed among them. They just question “Why” and lament, without knowing the cause. Through my investigation of some such reports, I quickly notice that what often happens is that the complainer tends to be a very domineering individual. In spite of the hospitality which such person extends to others, when it takes place it appears that they,alone, open their mouth the entire time of the visit. In the case of a couple, it is also quite

Psalm 119:9 teaches, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” When you face ethical dilemmas, do not let emotions rule. Pause, pray and seek help in God’s Word. Strobel’s fourth P was People. When faced with a tough decision, do not make it alone. Involving wise, trusted people in your ethical decisions has many benefits, including receiving good counsel, forcing you to be transparent, and adding built-in accountability. For years, I led a small group of CEOs. Many times, regardless of the issue, we found someone with insights that were helpful for arriving at a wise decision. Proverbs 15:22 teaches, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Being a leader can be lonely at times, but it does not have to be. When faced with a challenging ethical decision, allow other people to be a part of your decision. The final P was Popular Opinion. However, Strobel took this principle in a different direction. He recomfrequent that when a spouse says something relatively insignificant, the other immediately has to contradict, or deny what is being said. For instance, if a person refers to something being yellow, the other will interrupt simply to say, “No, it was green;” if one is describing a vacation taken together and alludes to some incident they experienced, the other has to revise and “correct” a minor, irrelevant detail which no one cares about, and which makes no difference to the report being presented. After experiencing some of the above, or other unpleasant distractions of this nature, some people begin to retreat whenever a new invitation is issued to them for dinner by the same individuals, or any other type of socializing with those people. Sadly, I’ve seen such things far too often, which make me understand the vacillation of some in being ready to respond and be with acquaintances which will just repeat the same “show” which quickly ceases

mended when confronting a difficult decision, consider what the popular opinion might be – and then be prepared to do the opposite. God is not concerned with what the majority of people think. In Isaiah 55:9, God teaches, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Ethical decisions based on popular opinion can be disastrous. Be courageous and, if necessary, take God’s opposing path instead, Strobel advised. Copyright 2013, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from “Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx,” a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick’s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.

from being interesting or desirable. If you wish to be hospitable to others, and to enjoy the company of such friends and acquaintances, seek to inquire more about them rather than talk about yourself. Allow them the opportunity to participate in a conversation if you ever want to see them back; give them the opportunity to speak, make the experience a true exchange, involving dialogues rather than the monologues you use to dominate the moments spent together. As you can see, you don’t need to start a fight in order to distance your friends from you; any of the above is a form of disrespect, even if unintentional, which most people prefer to avoid altogether. It’s always good to enjoy the company of others. But for that, there is the right way and the wrong manner of doing it! Know the correct manner and do it!

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School News Coral Springs Tribune

Taravella Track Team expected to do well this season

Taravella basketball

The Taravella Track is expected to have a good season this year, according to Coach Albert Caroccio. He expects a strong performance from Nick Baldwin, Isiah Rivera and Bryan Boggiano in the distance runs and Lewin Irving and Evan Hill in the sprints. Robert Miller is the high jumper and Kevin Humphries runs the hurdles. For the girls, Ashley Gordon, Dominque Moore and Karina Victoria will run sprints, Kheyanna Suarez

Basketball is popular in Coral Springs. Here Taravella plays Piper in basketball. Piper won 66 to 58.

will run the 400. She competed in the regional meet last year. Gordon and Victoria run the 200. Gordon competes in the high jump. Caraoccio said he expects many of the top Taravella track and field team members to qualify for the regional meet.

Coral Springs wrestling team

Coral Springs Schools receive “A” rating The City of Coral Springs congratulates the Coral Springs Charter School for receiving an ‘A’ rating for the ninth consecutive year.

and know how difficult it is to continue to raise the bar to earn an “A” each year as CSCS has,” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said.

Last week, the Florida Department of Education released the 20112012 high school grade results. 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.

“The fact that we have been an “A” school for the past nine years reaffirms the commitment of faculty, staff, and students,” Principal Gary Springer said. “I am so proud of the culture we have created at CSCS, which allows for everyone to be a part of excellence. It is important to extend a special thanks to our parents. It is never forgotten that we are trusted each day to provide a safe and academically challenging environment to their children. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve.”

“The positive school grade results reflect the determination and commitment of our administrators, teachers and students as they moved forward with academic excellence guiding each decision they made,” said Sherry Hage, Vice President of Education for Charter Schools USA.

Nick Mejias a Coral Springs wrestler takes on a South Broward wrestler.

“I am so proud of the Coral Springs Charter School, its administration, teachers and students who have worked so hard to achieve the goal of being acknowledged as an “A” rated school, over and over again. I congratulate them

The City also congratulates the following elementary, middle and charter schools for also receiving an ‘A’ rating: Coral Park Elementary, Country Hills Elementary, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Hunt Elementary, Park Springs Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Westchester Elementary, Coral Springs Middle, Forest Glen Middle, Ramblewood Middle, Sawgrass Springs Middle, Imagine Charter of Broward, Eagle’s Nest Elementary Charter, and Renaissance Charter School of Coral Springs.

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Coral Springs Tribune SCHOOL NEWS Coral Springs, FL

Taravella Band produces All State Band members

Madison Kronheim loves to play the french horn. And she does it very well. Kronheim, 17, a senior, plays french horn in the Taravella Band where she is first chair. She is one of two drum majors in the Marching Band. She has been a part of the Florida All State band for three years. She recently performed with the All State Band in Tampa. “I just loved playing the french horn. I practice two hours a day. Being a part of the All State Band was a reward for all my hard work,” To qualify, Kronheim had to go through an audition. She had to compete against some of the best musicians in Broward County. In Tampa, Kronheim found herself performing with some of the best musicians in Florida. Kronheim wants to continue her music career. She is now in the process of auditioning for college music programs. She hopes to attend the New England Music Conservatory. Noelle Rueschman, 17, a senior, plays the saxaphone and was also a member of the All State band. “I love playing the saxaphone but it takes a lot of effort to play it well.” She practices the saxaphone daily for about three to four hours. She also

plays the flute and clarinet. Rueschman is captain of the woodwind section and a first chair saxaphone player in the jazz band. Andrew Aniano, 16, a sophomore, plays french horn and participated in the All State Band. He was active in the band program at Ramblewood Middle School and hopes to develop a career as a musician. He says it takes long hours of practice to be a successful french horn player. “I loved being around top performers. Being a part of the All State Band was awesome.” Rueschman wants to perform music professionally and hopes to perform in pit orchestras or in studios. She developed a strong interest in band at Ramblewood Middle School. “Band has shaped my high school years and I have loved being a part of the Taravella band,” said Rueschman.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday

About 200 Coral Springs high school and middle school students came together on January 21 to participate in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday. The students learned about Dr. King. They also participated in seminars designed to help them deal with prejudice and stereotyping.

Slice of the Springs meetings planned Residents who would like to discuss neighborhood improvements, voice a concern, or simply hear more about the City’s presence in their immediate community are invited to attend the Slice of the Springs meetings. The meetings are your chance to interface directly with staff members from all sectors of the City, including police, fire, parks, community development, public works and code enforcement. This year, each Slice meeting will also help celebrate the City’s 50th Anniversary, coming up

in 2013. Historical displays and an opportunity to share your Coral Springs story will enhance these important meetings. Town Center and Center West will meet on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. at Parkside Elementary, located at 10257 Ben Geiger Dr. (NW 29 Street). The meeting for the Northside and Northeast slices will meet February 28 at Coral Park Elementary, located at 8401 Westview Dr.

Aaron Meitz, 17, is the band captain and a senior. He plays trumpet in the jazz band and french horn in the concert band. “I like to express myself through music.’ Meitz developed an interest in band at Ramblewood Elementary School and continued playing in the Ramblewood Middle School program. He plans to be a part of the Florida State University band. Meitz is an Eagle Scout.

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Municipal News Coral Springs Tribune

Gov. Rick Scott supports election reforms Governor Rick Scott released the following statement, outlining his call for election reforms after a briefing with Secretary of State Ken Detzner: “I asked Secretary Detzner to meet with election supervisors following the November election to identify specific ways we can fix the problems we saw in some counties with long lines and delayed reporting. Our ultimate goal must be to restore Floridians’ confidence in our election system. I asked Sec. Detzner for a report with specific election reform recommendations, because I want to ensure we do whatever possible to improve our election system from the statewide level. “In short, these reforms need to address the three major areas I have pre-

viously outlined. We need shorter ballots. We need more early voting days, which should include an option of the Sunday before Election Day. And, we need more early voting locations. From my briefing with Sec. Detzner today, I believe all these reforms are strongly supported by the input and experiences of local election supervisors and others that the department met with for ideas on improving our current system – a system clearly in need of improvement. “The detail of these three overarching reforms will include, but is not limited to, the following: More Early Voting Days – Increase the number of days available for early voting. We should allow Supervisors of Elections the flexibility to offer anywhere between eight and 14 days of early vot-

Coral Springs receives $829,220 bonus to sign trash contract with Wheelabrator Coral Springs agreed to a waste disposal contract with Wheelabrator Environmental Services, Inc. Wheelabrator offered a Customer Loyalty payment of $829,220 based on a two year average of solid waste at $2 per ton if the agreement was executed by January 31, 2013 or $1 per ton, $414,610 if by June 30, 2013. The Coral Springs Commission approved the Interlocal Agreement with Broward County. Coral Springs will utilize Wheelabrator for Residential and Commercial Solid Waste with a flat tipping fee rate of $42 per ton and use Sun Bergeron for Yard Waste at a rate of $28 per ton and $1 per ton revenue share. The contract calls for bulk trash to be removed at a rate of $42 per ton plus a 50 cent per ton revenue share. Construction and demolition debris will be removed at a rate of $37 per ton with a $1 per ton revenue share. The contract is for five years starting in July

2013. On June 26, the County Commission approved agreements with Wheelabrator and Sun Bergeron providing two options for solid waste disposal facilities for cities entering intothe ILA. Both agreements with Broward County have a most favored pricing clause which states if the County determines that one of the companies offers a fee to any other city that is less than offered to the County, then the company shall offer the rate to all participating cities. There are various types of waste. Municipal solid waste is trash capable of being processed in a waste to energy facility. Yard waste is vegetative material resulting from landscape maintenance. Bulk Trash includes appliances, furniture and other large household items. Construction and demolition debris includes steel, brick, glass and other building material.

ing. Hours of operation should range between six and 12 hours a day. This should include the Sunday before Election Day, allowing Supervisors the option to accommodate the needs of their community as they requested in committee meetings this week. This would also allow the greatest access to early voting ever in Florida history - at up to 168 hours. More Early Voting Locations – Work with Supervisors to allow more and larger early voting locations to help reduce wait times, long lines, and to better convenience voters. Shorter Ballot – Reduce the length of the ballot, including the description of proposed constitutional amendments.

“I appreciate the secretary’s work in support of our goal to give all Floridians confidence in the fairness and accessibility of our election system. We must continually push to make improvements, and I look forward to working with the Legislature on a bipartisan bill to implement these reforms this session. I also appreciate the Legislature and the Supervisors of Elections for their feedback in committee meetings this week. As the Legislature continues its work, I look forward to working together to craft legislation that will ensure successful elections by making these important statewide reforms.”

Coral Springs Police respond to armed robbery

Coral Springs Police responded to TMobile, located at 1327 N. University Drive yesterday evening regarding an armed robbery.

At approximately 9:22 p.m., the Coral Springs Police Department dispatch center received a call from the T-Mobile store that they were just robbed at gunpoint by three subjects. Upon police officers arrival, the employees advised that a black female and black male were posing as potential customers when the black male suddenly produced a handgun and ordered all employees to the back of the store. At that time a third subject, a black male, entered the store and proceeded to the back room and restrained the employees with zip ties. The suspects then removed approximately 25 Samsung Galaxy 3s cell phones and money. All three subjects then fled the store in an unknown direction by unknown means.

damaged and stole parts of the video surveillance equipment. Suspect #1 is described as a black male, 20 to 30 years of age, 5’9” to 5’11”, short black hair, wearing a black leather jacket, blue button down shirt, blue jeans and black dress shoes. Suspect #2 is described as a black male, 20 to 30 years of age, 5’11” to 6’01”, 180 to 200 lbs., with short black hair, wearing a white t-shirt. Suspect #3 is described as a black female, 5’3” to 5’5”, 120 to 140 lbs., black wavy long hair, wearing a blue and white dress and a gray New York Yankees hat. Anyone with information is requested to call Detective Chris Collins at 954-3461262

Prior to exiting the store, the suspects

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Coral Springs Tribune MUNICIPAL NEWS Coral Springs, FL

Coral Springs offers fitness classes Residents looking for a way to stay cool and in shape have to look no farther than the Aquatic Complex. Aquacise fitness classes are available for a lowimpact yet effective water-based workout that can burn up to 450 calories an hour. For only $3 per class or $30 for a package of 12 classes, participants are treated to resistance-based exercises using the pull of the water. Certified instructors lead all classes.

dio and stretches to improve flexibility. Sessions are offered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Aquatic Complex, located at 2575 Sportsplex Dr.

Florida unemployment rate decreases to 8.0 Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.0 percent for the month of December – down from last month and the lowest rate since November 2008. The December 2012 rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 9.9 percent. Said Governor Rick Scott, “Florida’s unemployment rate is down to eight percent, its lowest in four years. Trends show that we are also experiencing growth in many different economic indicators that are key to job creation. Housing starts are on the rise, businesses and families continue to move to Florida and more jobs are being created. The changes we are making to improve our state’s business climate are helping Florida families pursue the American dream.”

A Stretch class is also available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. The class is nonaerobic and a great way to stay physically fit in a weightless enParticipants are encouraged to vironment. For more information Florida’s unemployment rate has wear water-safe shoes, available or to sign up, call 954-344-2121. now declined year-over-year for 25 consecutive months. Initial claims for at most local retail stores. Classes Reemployment Assistance benefits focus on core strengthening, car-

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were down by 4.6 percent from one year ago while continued claims were down from an average of 553,000 in December 2010 to 270,181 for the week ending January 12, a 51 percent decrease. Florida job postings increased in December 2012 compared to the previous December by 19,380 (+8.0 percent), for a total of 260,281 openings (seasonally adjusted) according to the Help Wanted OnLine data series from the Conference Board. Florida has experienced positive annual job growth now for 29 consecutive months. Florida’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 14 of the last 18 months. Florida is expected to create more than 900,000 new jobs by 2018, according to the Florida Economic Estimating Conference. The number of available online job openings in STEM-related (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields in Florida have sharply increased since last year, up 16.5 percent, for a total of 61,271 postings in December 2012.

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Good Vibrations: The Ultimate Tribute to the Beach Boys performs at State of the City

The City of Coral Springs is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Hundreds of people came together on the night of January 30 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts to enjoy State of the City, 2013. The event celebrated the accomplishments of Coral Springs during the past 50 years. There was a presentation on the history of the City; how it began from a bean field and developed into a thriving city. Coral

Springs now features A rated schools, a successful business community and is a place many people want to live and raise families. Mayor Vince Boccard spoke on the recent achievements of the city and the efforts being made to make life in Coral Springs even better. Then Good Vibrations: The Ulitimate Tribute to The Beach Boys performed. They gave a rousing performance and many people danced to the music.

Gov. Rick Scott offers budget

Governor Rick Scott today unveiled his Florida Families First Budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. Governor Scott’s Florida Families First Budgetincludes $18.47 billion in total funding for K-12 education, an increase of $1.25 billion over last year’s budget, which also invested 1 billion in K-12 education. Governor Scott’s proposed budget also supports the elimination of tax barriers on manufacturers who buy equipment, which will help build up Florida’s manufacturing sector and create more jobs. Governor Scott said, “My message is simple – everything we do in gov-

ernment must be focused on helping families pursue their dreams by getting a great job and accessing a quality education.

the nation. The Sunshine State is now among the best states in the country for our drop in our unemployment rate. Florida’s economy is back on track.

“Over the last two years, we made the tough choices to get our economy back on track. Through cost-savings efforts, we were able to cut taxes and eliminate regulations on businesses to help them succeed and create more jobs. As a result of our work over the last two years, we have created an environment where Florida’s private sector was able to create thousands of jobs. We have also had the second largest drop in our unemployment rate in

“My Florida Families First 20132014 Recommended Budget includes an increase of $1.25 billion, or 7.3 percent, for K-12 public schools. This increase represents per student funding of $6,800, an increase of more than $400, or around 6.5 percent, over the current fiscal year. State funding for K-12 education totals $10.7 billion - the highest state funding level in history. Included in this historic total is $480 million to support $2,500 pay raises for Florida’s

K-12 classroom teachers, plus the cost of associated benefits.“Additionally, my budget focuses on building up our state’s manufacturing sector by eliminating the sales tax on manufacturers who buy equipment.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished already in the areas of jobs and education, but there is more work left to do. As long as even one Florida family is still struggling to find work or access a great education, our work is not done. This year, we will build on our successes through targeted investments that put Florida Families First.”

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Natalie Cole and Her Sisters at Lynn University Concert By Skip Sheffield

Natalie Cole joins her younger sisters Casey and Timolin of Boca Raton for the third annual Generations concert March 1 at Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University. The event benefits Nat King Cole Generation Hope, a non-profit organization founded in 2008 to further the cause of music education. The Cole twins grew up in Los Angeles immersed in music. They were only 3-and-a-half years old when their famous father died in 1965 at age 45, but because singer Nat “King’ Cole was so beloved his musical contemporaries often visited. “Duke Ellington introduced us to piano,” reveals Casey. “I’m sad to say we didn’t stick with it.” “We dreaded lessons with our teacher,” admits Timolin. “But our house was always filled with wonderful music. Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte and John Williams were all good friends.” Casey and Timolin were reunited in Boca Raton a little over ten years ago when they relocated here. When they learned of budget cuts in public schools affecting the arts- specifically music- they decided to start a foundation dedicated to musical education while perpetuating the memory of their father. Since its inception, Nat King Cole Generation Hope has dispersed more than $66,000 benefiting more than 5,000 children with “the greatest need and fewest resources” in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. This past July, the Cole Foundation partnered with Lynn University to sponsor a first summer strings camp. Some of the 105 graduates of that camp will perform at the March 1 concert. “It seems when budget cuts are being

ENTERTAINMENT An Exhilarating First Sunshine Blues Festival at Mizner Park made, strings are always the first to go,” says Timolin. “We were so fortunate to be able to partner with Lynn University and their Conservatory of Music. Dr. Jon Robertson has been wonderful. It is so gratifying when kids are able to see what they can do. Some of these kids didn’t know if they could play in an orchestra.” The success of the strings camp was tempered with the sorrow of the passing of the Cole sisters’ beloved mother Maria Cole just three days before the finale concert of the week-long camp. “Natalie came to Boca when our mother passed, and she was able to see what we are doing with the foundation,” said Casey. “That’s when we began making plans to have Natalie featured at our next benefit concert. She supports us fully.” Natalie Cole is also performing at Broward Center and Kravis Center, but

the Boca Raton concert is an up-close and personal exclusive. The event begins at 7 p.m., at which time audience members can see items on display for a silent auction. These include a portrait of Nat King Cole by Salvatore Principe, a vintage handbag from Maria Cole’s wardrobe, and limited edition signed prints of the artists who performed and recorded “We Are the World.” VIP tickets are $350, which includes premium seating, an open bar at the Celebrity Cruises pre-concert reception, a meet-and-greet with performers and a dessert reception. Donor tickets are $150 and include priority seating and two drinks. General admission seats are $75. Call Lynn University box office at 561-237-9000 or Nat King Cole Generation Hope at 561-213-8209 or e-mail info@natkingcolefoundation.org.

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FOOD REVIEW See page 16

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Old Pros, Old Jokes and Preposterous “Stand Up Guys” Three old pros team with young actor-director Fisher Stevens and novice screenwriter Noah Haidle for the crazy crime caper comedy “Stand Up Guys.” Al Pacino is one “stand up guy” named Val. Christopher Walken is his best buddy Doc. Alan Arkin is their former wheel man, Richard Hirsch. The trio was a team of lower-level criminals before a bust 30odd years ago. Val took the fall for the gang rather than ratting them

Viagra, hookers, dancing and booze, springing their old driver Hirsch (Alan Arkin) from a nursing home in the process. To demonstrate how preposterous the story is, the guys handily steal a new Dodge Challenger, which Hirsch drives like Mario Andretti despite having been hooked up to oxygen moments before. Then they set off on a merry chase pursued by half the Los Angeles Police force, eluding them handily, and then continuing the spree as if nothing had happened, never to be bothered by the cops again.

out, and for his silence he was rewarded with a 28-year stretch in the penitentiary. Doc picks up Val from the slammer. They go to Doc’s crummy apartment and Doc insists they need a big night on the town. Unbeknownst to Val, Doc is under orders to liquidate Val from the vengeful local crime boss Claphands (Mark Margolis), whose son Val rubbed out. The deadline is 10 a.m. the next morning, or terrible things will happen to Doc and his innocent granddaughter (Addison Timlin). So the guys head for a night of

Alan Arkin could make the Real Yellow Pages funny, but sadly his part amounts to only a cameo. After all the old guy jokes peter out, we are left with Val, Doc and the inevitable showdown. Even at their level of fame and acclaim, maybe actors the caliber of Pacino, Walken and Arkin crave the work regardless of the script. Maybe they just need the money. Whatever the reason, you should save your money- unless you get a kick out of seeing great actors slumming. Two stars

By Skip Sheffield

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Food Review

Marc Kent

LIVELY ENGLISH TAP AND BEER GARDEN

With 77 comfort food items on the menu this is no ordinary pub. Try any of the 16 appetizers that are imaginative and be rewarded with fine tasting dishes. We sampled crispy battered calamari with cherry peppers and served with salsa and chipotle aioli and a light spice bite. The ceviche had bass, shrimp and scallops marinated in lime for a cool, crisp taste. We tasted a great lobster mac and cheese – five cheeses with tender macaroni plus Maine lobster meat – it was outstanding. The braised little neck clams, steamed with applewood bacon and vermouth, had an unusual and light taste we appreciated. We’ll try other appetizers at our next visit. 5 sliders are listed and we loved the seared ahi tuna slider which was grilled with seaweed salad, wasabi mayo and sweet soy... a superior treat. Turning to the list of soups and salads we had a delicious French onion soup, rich with slow cooked caramelized onions and a melted provolone crown. Tomato bisque is offered along with a prime rib beef chili and 9 other salads. The Caesar salad had the romaine shards in an excellent cream dressing with garlic croutons and parmesan cheese – very nice! 7 flatbreads and 4 panini’s, 8 burgers and 8 sandwiches grace the menu. Will report on these in the future. Pub favorites presented includ-

ed Shepherd’s Pie – beef and pork ragu with creamy corn and cheddar mashed potatoes for a unique and delicious taste – a very filling portion. The baby back ribs were slow cooked with the house seasoning and basted with a whiskey BBQ sauce for a sweet taste to these tender ribs. The fish and chips featured a haddock filling, nicely battered and crispy with their steak fried and cole slaw. There was a gentle taste to the fish and a large portion as well. We note 3 steak versions and 4 pasta versions will sample them another time. This evening the daily specials numbered 5 items at reduced prices. Among these were a snapper Florentine and a buffalo chicken mac and cheese. P.S. Were pleased to note a kids menu with 6 choices available. From 4:00pm – 7:00pm the happy hour menu offers ½ price on draft beers, wines by the glass and select liquors. There are 3 levels of reduced pricing for some 15 appetizers…a bargain! The wine list has 30 selections by bottle or glass, 5 house wine choices and some 17 creative specialty drinks. Their tap beers include both domestic and imported brews. There is a lively bar and dinner crowd enjoying food at reasonable pricing. English Tap Beer Garden is located at 5050 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton (561-544-8000). It’s a fun place…so go and enjoy!

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Performers from Abundant Life Christian Centre peform at Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Performers from Abundant Life Christian Centre gave a performance at the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Celebration at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.

Coral Springs to hold “Once Upon a Dream: A Musical Celebration of Coral Springs” 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. Tickets are available for $10 at the Box Office at the Center for the Arts, City Hall in the Mall, Saveology.com Iceplex and Chamber of Commerce.

The five high schools that service Coral Springs residents will be participating in putting this show together for the community. 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.

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Coral Springs Tribune ENTERTAINMENT Coral Springs, FL

Entertainment Marry Poppins Spreads Her Spoonful of Sugar in WPB A revved-up, scaled-down version of the musical “Mary Poppins” is enjoying a short stay through Feb. 3 at Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. This is a kind of jewel box, pop-upbook version of the show, featuring an ingenious revolving, unfolding set designed so scenes can be changed very quickly. Unlike the touring version that visited Broward Center a few years ago, this production does not have the magical Mary Poppins flying over the audience. I’m guessing the much higher ceiling of Kravis makes rigging the flying much more difficult. Mary still flies, but her flying is confined to the stage. This isn’t “Peter Pan” after all. The fact that Mary can levitate with her umbrella is just one of her many talents. Mary Poppins changes people for the better, and in Madeline Trumble’s

performance that quality shines loud and clear. There is a clear need for change in the Banks household in London at the turn of the 20th century. Father George (Chris K. Hoch) is a grouch and a tyrant, obsessed with his banking job and old before his time. The Banks children Jane (Madison Mullahey alternating with Julianna Rigoglioso) and Mi-

chael (Zachary Mackiewicz alternating with Eli Tokash) are out of control, have driven away six previous nannies. Mother Winifred (Kerry Conte) tries in vain to keep the piece. Serving as narrator is Bert the chimney sweep (Con O’Shea-Creal, an excellent singer and dancer from the Broadway show), who is also a close friend of Mary Poppins, who suddenly appears one day at just the right time, just as the latest nanny has fled in frustration. The familiar songs, by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, are augmented by new songs and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Crewe. Rest assured your toes will be tapping to such favorites as “Chim Chim Cheree,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” played by a most spirited orchestra in the pit. A hallmark of this show is its excellent dancing chorus, with Matthew Bourne’s imaginative, clever choreography. You could say this is the ideal family show, for really that is what it is about. “Mary Poppins” provides a much-needed shot of optimism in troubled times. Tickets are $25 and up. Call 800572-8471 or go to www.kravis.org/marypoppins. 50 Years of High Fashion at Boca Museum You will have plenty of time to see the just-opened “IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA Showcases,” for it is on display at Boca Raton Museum of Art through April 13 in Mizner Park.

CFDA stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America and this is the first museum exhibition devoted to the American artistry of the leading fashion trade organization in the United States. The show was spearheaded by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and its features costumes, garments and accessories of the past half-century’s most important designers. Interactive touchscreen displays illustrate a timeline of American fashion made by the nearly 600 designers who have been members of the CFDA over the past 50 years. Curators are Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Fred Dennis, the FIT curator. Famous names include Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Carolina Hertera, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Alexander Wang and Thom Browne. The show is sponsored in part by Neiman Marcus. Call 561-392-2500 or go to www. bocamuseum.org for more information. FAU Dance Theatre “Choroflo” FAU Dance Theatre Ensemble presents “Choreoflo” performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2 and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Florida Atlantic University Theatre. Admission is $20 adults, $16 faculty staff and alumni, $12 students and $5 children under 12. Call 800-564-9539 or go to www.fauevents.com.

“The Whole Caboodle” at Mizner Park “The Whole Caboodle” is on display through Feb. 24 in the second floor Studio Theater of Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center. This is the second offering of the second season of Parade Productions. The amazingly productive Michael McKeever both wrote and will star in this collection of his short plays. Topics include Stephen Sondheim, Abe Lincoln, Munchkins, ambivalent lesbians and artist Grant Woods’ “American Gothic.” Directing “The Whole Caboodle” Kim St. Leon and lending support are Elena Maria Garcia, Jaqueline Laggy, Clay Cartland, Casey. If you would like to join in on the fun, for a $100 or more tax-deductible donation to Parade Productions you can be part of the show in a walk-on role. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 and $40 ($30 group). Call 866-811-4111 or go to www. paradeproductions.org. For group sales call 561-291-9678.

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Coral Springs Festival of the Arts on March 16 and 17

Celebrate the City’s 50th anniversary in a Community Birthday Celebration at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts on March 16 and 17. The Ninth Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will be held at The Walk on University Drive with artists, crafters, musical entertainment, literary seminars, chalk artists, a children’s area and much, much more. 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 featured art pieces are Florida Birds by Isabel Perez Salazar and 50th Anniversary by Coral Springs’ own Ezi Algazi. Originally from Egypt, Ezi has showcased paintings all over the world.

music of both the green and the orange. Irish music will be played by Avalon, followed by the House of Winston Pipe Band. Visit Mythos to see South Florida’s only Cake Decorating Challenge.

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 St. Patty’s Day will feature featuring Chris Golden, NY Times best-selling author and Michael Mayo, columnist for the Sun Sentinel. If you, or your student, are interested in writ-

ing, these free seminars are for you. The Children’s area will feature puppet shows, Mother Goose face painting, singa-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. A free trolley will make parking a breeze for those who park at The Coral Springs Center for the Arts at 29th Street and Coral Springs Drive.

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FAITH By Rick Warren

Resisting Discouragement

Most of us feel fairly self-sufficient. When a crisis arises, we do whatever is necessary, work through the problem, and move on. What happens, however, when we do everything we know to do and the crisis remains? Often we then adopt the motto, “When all else fails, pray.” But what happens when even your prayers go unanswered?

If you feel discouraged because of God’s delay in answering your prayers, understand the delay does not mean denial. Just because the answer or the miracle hasn’t come – yet – that does not mean God is not going to answer, or that He has forgotten you, or that He does not care about you. It simply means, “Not yet!” Spiritual maturity is knowing the difference between “No” and “Not yet” – the difference between a denial and a delay. The Bible tells us, “He who is coming will come and will not delay” (Hebrews 10:37). The delay may be a test of your patience. Anyone can be patient once, and even twice. And, just about anybody can be patient three times. So God may choose to test your patience again and again – and again, until you think you cannot be patient any longer. Why does He do this? To determine how patient you are? No, He already knows that. He delays his answer to reveal to YOU how patient you are. In this way you will discover what is inside of you, and be able to understand your level of commitment. God tests your patience so that you can know He is faithful, even if the answers you seek are delayed. If you have become discouraged, turn this negative emotion around

by remembering God teaches you patience during times of delay. Ask him to transform your discouragement into patience. You may be going through difficult times right now and feel like running away or dropping off the planet. You have become discouraged because the situation you face – at work, in your home, in your finances or your health – seems unmanageable, unreasonable, or even unfair. It may seem unbearable and inside you find yourself basically declaring, “God, I can’t take it anymore. I just can’t take it anymore!” But you can. You can endure, staying with the situation longer because God is with you. He will enable you to press on, if you are willing to trust Him and rely on Him. Remember, you are never a failure until you quit. Do not quit. Resist discouragement and finish the race God has set before you. As it says in the Scriptures, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay” (Hebrews 10:36-37). Adapted from a column by Dr. Rick Warren, the author of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed, The Purpose-Drive Life, which has been translated into many languages and sold throughout the world. It affirms the importance of having a carefully considered, clearly expressed purpose to guide everyday life. Most recently, he also has written The Purpose of Christmas.

Divorce Florida Style By Mike Gora

HOME SCHOOL Q: We have twin girls. We lived in another state until the girls were in second grade. We then moved to Boca Raton, so that I could take a job offer, a significant advancement in my career. My, wife, who had been teaching elementary school in our old home state, looked into public elementary school education in our neighborhood. She was not happy about what she found. We cannot afford a private school. She suggested home schooling the children. I am against it, and told her so. I didn’t want the girls to grow up and be educated without having the benefit of having to deal with other children of the same age, and teachers who were not their parents. We compromised. We agreed that the girls could be home schooled, through fifth grade, but would go to a public middle school, and high school when the time came. Our agreement was not written. Our daughters have completed fifth grade for the 2012-2013 school year. My wife and I are going through a divorce, in which I filed the petition. She has, conveniently forgotten our verbal agreement, and insists that she be allowed to continue home schooling, at least through middle school, and, perhaps, high school, which I do not want her to do. Can the judge in our divorce case address this issue? A: Your children’s best interests must be taken into consideration by the judge. That consideration will, if properly raised by the pleadings, include the school issues. If your petition for dissolution of your marriage does not specifically raise this issue, your lawyer should file an amended petition. If your petition did not raise the issue but your wife’s counter-petition did, that would be sufficient once you denied her request in your answer to her counterpetition.

Since your daughters are half way through fifth grade, the judge will have time to decide what happens next, before your girls are ready to enter middle school, next fall. Your attorney and your wife’s counsel will have to be prepared to put on a case that addresses either of the judge’s choices. The judge can either make a choice between the public middle school and home schooling based upon an evaluation of the success of the home schooling verses the quality of the middle school available in your neighborhood. The State of Florida grades the schools through the FCAT process. Testing is available for children being home schooled. If the judge goes in that direction he, or she, may want the decision to cover high school as well, unless you and your wife can agree on that issue in advance. The judge is going to look for a way to end the case that will not bring it back into court after three years, for a high school determination. The second alternative available to the judge would be to delegate to one of you, total control over all educational matters, even though you will have shared parental responsibility on other matters. Your or your wife would, under such a final judgment, not be required to consult or agree with the other on any further school decisions. There is no way to accurately predict which method the judge will use. Your wife may have an edge, as a schoolteacher. However, if progress tests show that your children under perform public school children in progress tests, you may be the parent selected to make the decisions. It would be wise to have private and/or public testing, or both given to you daughters, as soon as possible, so that this issue can be intelligently litigated and discussed when you sit down with your attorneys and a mediator.

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Coral Springs Commission approves purchase of 36 passenger bus The Coral Springs Commission agreed to purchase a 36 passenger bus for the city’s senior program during the February 6 Commission meeting. The bus will cost $135,405 and is manufactured by Matthews Buses, Inc. of Orlando. The Commission approved the

purchase of King Vision Video Laryngoscopes, Blades and Accessories on a sole source basis to Bound Tree Medical of Dublin, Ohio in the amount of $57,135. It is partially funded through the Florida Department of Health EMS Trust Fund. The City’s Matching portion is $14,535.

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Dolphins Stadium Bill Gets Florida Senate Committee Approval By Sunshine State News and South Florida Business Journal A bill drafted by the Miami Dolphins to give them up to $3 million per year in state money to help fund a renovation of Sun Life Stadium cleared its first hurdle Tuesday morning, passing the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee by an 11-0 vote.

The bills could also grant MiamiDade County the authority to raise the cap on the mainland hotel tax to 7 percent from 6 percent. Ross has said that the purpose of the upgrade is to continue to attract Super Bowls and to seriously compete against the San Francisco 49ers’ future $1.2 billion stadium and the Houston Texans’ Reliant Stadium for the Na-

The state Senate’s Commerce and Tourism Committee voted to approve a bill that could provide as much as $200 million in state and county dollars toward upgrades to the stadium where the Miami Dolphins play. Courtesy of Miami Dolphins State Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and Rep. Eduardo Gonzalez, R-Hialeah, have sponsored bills (HB-165 and SB-306) that begin the discussion on whether the state would allow taxes to be directed to help stadium upgrades. The legislation casts a wide net, offering a $3 million tax rebate annually to a sports team that is undertaking a $250 million stadium upgrade, as long as the team owner is paying a minimum of $125 million, according to the bills. In Stephen Ross’ case, he has offered to pay $200 million out of his own pocket.

tional Football League’s 50th Super Bowl in 2016. An improved stadium would also guarantee the Dolphins play at Sun Life Stadium until at least 2034, he has said. Supporters of the proposal include Donald Trump, owner of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Opponents include car dealer Norman Braman, who characterizes the push by Ross as welfare for a billionaire. Next up for the bill in the Senate is the Appropriates Subcommittee on Finance and Tax, with no date set for the hearing.

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