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Welcome to June, the month that ush ers in the vibrant South Florida summer! As the heat and humidity rise, we invite you to embrace the essence of our region. Don’t forget your sunscreen and a refreshing beverage as you venture outdoors. With our winter visitors bidding adieu, let’s relish the less crowded conditions and bask in the beauty of our community.

June 10th marks the last day of school for Broward County Schools, a significant milestone for many students. As high schools and colleges gear up for their graduation ceremonies, we celebrate the hard work and dedication of our young people. These ceremonies are not just about moving on, but also about reflecting with pride on their achievements and looking forward with anticipation to the next chapter.

In recognition of graduation and summer vacation, we celebrate some of our community’s most impressive teachers. Be sure to check out the profiles in this magazine’s special “Leaders of Learning” section!

June is not just about graduations and summer vacations; it’s also Pride Month! This is a time to reflect on the progress made in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Let’s celebrate our diversity and strive for a more inclusive world.

Fathers across the country are looking forward to June 16th. Father’s Day was conceived in 1909 by Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Inspired by Mother’s Day, she wanted to honor her father, a Civil War veteran and single parent who raised six children. It became an official holiday in 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. We are so excited about all June of fers; enjoy!

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King of Coral Springs Chess

Call all buddy Chess Masters! Open to Aspiring Chess Players in grades K to 12 and limited to the first 100 entries, this fun chess tournament is hosted at Coral Springs Charter School and produced by the staff at The National Scholastic Chess Foundation. Our event is open to all students in grades K to 12 attending school (public, charter, private, religious or registered in homeschool) in South Florida. This event is not affiliated with BCPS. The tournament is free thanks to the support of The City of Coral Springs. 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Coral Springs Charter School Gymnasium. Scan the QR code to register.


Eats n' Beats

Majesty of Rock is one of the most sought-after Journey and Styx tribute bands in the country. They will be rocking at the Pine Trails Amphitheatre in Parkland. The FREE outdoor concert will host a wide array of food trucks. Be sure to bring a blanket, lawn chairs and your dancing shoes! 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheatre. For more info, call 954-757-4107.


Caribbean Heritage Dance

In celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month, Commissioner Nancy Metayer Bowen is hosting a Meet and Greet + Caribbean Dance Lessons. The event is free and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes. 9:00 am at Mullins Hall, 10170 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs. Email nmetayerbowen@coralsprings.gov for more info



Food Truck Fridays

Bring your family and appetites to the Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., on the last Friday of the month to enjoy food, games and music at Food Truck Fridays! 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd.


Parkland Fishing Derby

Take the kids or grand kids over to the fishing pier at Pine Trails Park for an exciting, FREE competition is allowed on the shoreline of the lake as well as the pier, but please do not wade into the water. Nobody wants to catch an alligator! Participants must bring their own fishing tackle and entrants must be ages 3-12 years old. Check-in starts at 7:45 am and the event lasts from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. For more info call 954-757-4215.


School is Out!

Hooray! It's the final day of the school year for Broward County Public Schools. Celebrate the end of a fantastic year with fun activities, class parties, and special events. Remember to say goodbye to friends and teachers. Don't forget to return any borrowed books and clear out your lockers. Have a wonderful summer break!

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Move with the Mayor

Join Mayor Scott Brook for Pickleball at Cypress Park! We are excited to announce the kickoff of the "Move with the Mayor" event series, designed to promote health, wellness, and community engagement. Our first event will feature Mayor Scott Brook leading a fun-filled evening of pickleball! Whether you're a seasoned pickleball player or a complete beginner, this event promises to be enjoyable for everyone. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Cypress Park (Court #1). For more info, call 954-344-5911.


Game Night at the Den

Take the family to Game Night at the Den with free ice skating! Everyone is invited to the Panthers IceDen for a fun night of interactive games, a party DJ, food, ice skating, and more! Admission is free, but you need to pre-register. Join us from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the Panthers IceDen. Scan the QR code for more info and to register.


Father’s Day

Celebrate fathers, fatherhood, and the special bonds between fathers and their children. Fathers have a big influence on our lives and society. In many countries, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, but other countries may celebrate it on different days. Happy Father’s Day!


Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Coral Springs will host an in-person celebration in honor of Juneteenth, Freedom Day; a day that symbolizes the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. The celebration will include messages of hope from community leaders, musical and step performances, and a historical perspective on the significance of Juneteenth. Juneteenth marks the liberation of thousands of enslaved men, women, and children of Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 – two and a half years after President Lincoln had already signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts.


Movie in the Park - Aladin

The Amphitheater at Pine Trails Park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theatre for the playing of Disney's Aladin. Join us as we transform the park into our own local movie theater with an 18-foot inflatable movie screen and delicious popcorn (limited supplies available). Bring your chairs, blankets, and pillows, and get comfortable under the stars. The show begins at 8:15. For more info call 954-757-4107.

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Experience Red Ginger: A Fusion of Tradition & Modern Flavor

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Our menu at Ginger Asian Bistro is a testament to our commitment to quality and creativity. It features a variety of unique creations, including our signature dishes like the General's Chicken and Garlic Shrimp. Each dish is a perfect balance of spice and flavor, prepared with meticulous attention to detail and presented with artistic flair.

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From a galaxy far, far away to Downtown Coral Springs, the city’s popular Bites-N-Sips food truck event returned to the City Hall Lawn on Friday, May 3. The event featured an intergalactic Star Wars theme, just in time for “May the Fourth” fun.

In addition to gourmet eats from local food trucks, crafted drinks from on-site cocktail stations, games, and free swag from vendors, guests enjoyed character appearances from the 501st Legion Everglades Squad dressed in authentic Star Wars costumes, and live music by the high-energy band, “Livewire.”

The event included the first-ever Doggie Costume Contest. Prizes were given to the pups who came dressed in the most out-of-this-galaxy, Star Wars-themed outfits. The contest winner was a paw-sitively cute pup named Leia. Other on-site activities and games included free Skee-ball, galaxy-themed arts and crafts, and Mother’s Day card-making.

Coral Springs Bites-N-Sips is held on selected weekends throughout the year and is free and open to the public. The event supports the city’s vision to be the premiere community in which to live, work, and raise a family.

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MSD GRADUATE SHINES: Emceeing FAU's Inclusive Program End-of-Year Celebration

Holden Kasky, a Parkland resident and Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduate, alongside his dad, took on the role of emceeing an end-of-year celebration for the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion (ACI). This academy is tailored for high school graduates diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities like Down syndrome and autism.

Kelly Kearney, EdD, BCBA-D, Associate Director of FAU’s Academy for Community Inclusion, expressed the day's significance, highlighting how the program has been instrumental in providing academic and workforce support to its students.

The celebration brought together students, recent graduates, alumni, parents, instructors, program coordinators, and community partners to commemorate the achievements of the program and its 50th and 51st graduates. Even FAU's mascot, Owlsley, made an appearance for photos.

Jeff Kasky, expressing gratitude as a parent, recognized the program's role in nurturing students like his son Holden,

emphasizing the importance of self-pride in their accomplishments.

The event underscored the transformative impact of the program, focusing not just on education but also on empowering students and their growth, celebrating their achievements and the positive influence they have on society.

Principal Investigator for ACI, Dr. Rangasamy Ramasamy, acknowledged the pivotal role of the Taft Foundation, emphasizing their support in making the program a reality. The partnership was a tribute to the vision of Dr. Mike Brady, the founding ACI Principal Investigator, whose dedication to supporting those with disabilities led to the program's establishment.

Holden concluded the celebration with a heartfelt toast, expressing gratitude to the community, families, faculty, staff, and partners for their unwavering support and for paving the way for the graduates' success.

The FAU Academy for Community Inclusion offers certificates in supported employment, supported community access, and supported

community living, fostering independence and enriching experiences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across FAU's Boca Raton and Jupiter campuses. The program aims to enhance employment prospects, self-determination, and community integration through inclusive participation in college activities, clubs, and events.

To learn more about the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion and to donate, visit fau.edu/education/academicdepartments/ese/aci/

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Holden Kasky, left, co-emceed the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion community celebration, with his dad Jeff Kasky




More than 850 youth in grades 6-12 joined United Way of Broward County's Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention's Broward Youth Coalition (BYC), Broward Behavioral Health Coalition (BBHC), and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), for the 2024 9th Annual Alternative Spring Break, a two-week long series of fun activities, community service opportunities, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The annual Alternative Spring Break program, led by United Way of Broward County's Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention's BYC, invited Broward County middle school and high school students to utilize their Spring Break to help give back to the community by volunteering for a number of service

projects throughout the County. From a Beach Clean Up, to an Above the Influence Rally, to a Hallandale Service Project, and a BYC Team Building event at Tigertail Ropes Course, the entire series of events provided fun for the students during their breaks, and also provided community service hours for all who took part in the programming. In addition, attendees enjoyed watching a NSU Sociodrama entitled “What’s Eating Alex” that explored bullying and its consequences.

For more information about United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention’s Broward Youth Coalition and how to participate in events throughout the year, please visit www.drugfreebroward.org/byc.

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Our City believes in celebrating the individuals who profoundly impact our community. This June, we are excited to dedicate a special section of our publication to Teacher Appreciation. This section will highlight the extraordinary efforts and accomplishments of some educators who go above and beyond to shape our children’s future.

Teachers are the heart of our community, dedicating countless hours to ensure that each student receives the best education possible. Their commitment extends beyond the classroom, touching lives in ways that often go unnoticed. In this special section, we will share the stories of some of our most inspiring teachers, showcasing their dedication, passion, and innovative educational approaches.

Many highly successful people credit teachers who impacted them as children. One particularly successful person who credits a teacher’s influence is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah has often spoken about her fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan, who she says was the first person to make her feel valued and help her believe in her own potential.

Mrs. Duncan’s encouragement and support profoundly affected Oprah, helping to shape her into the confident and booming media mogul she is today. Oprah attributes much of her early development and later success to the positive influence

of this dedicated teacher.

Through these profiles, we aim to illuminate the incredible work our teachers do every day. Their stories are a testament to the power of education and the profound difference one dedicated individual can make.

Join us in celebrating these outstanding educators and recognizing their vital role in our community.

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Heather Elliot

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Heather Elliot exemplifies professionalism in her interactions with both colleagues and families. As Tamarac Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, she stands out as an exceptional educator. Mrs. Elliot always strives to implement effective teaching strategies, ensuring her students receive a high-qualit y education.

Her creativity and enthusiasm are hallmarks of her teaching style. Her lessons are engaging and provide daily experiences that make learning both fun and meaningful. Beyond her classroom, Mrs. Elliot is a supportive leader who mentors new educators and collaborates with her teammates to foster a positive learning environment.

Her dedication to fostering a love for learning is evident in the enthusiasm and curiosity she inspires in her students. Mrs. Elliot’s commitment to excellence makes her a truly valued member of the Tamarac Elementar y community.

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Peter Musso

Upper School Teacher

NSU University School

Peter Musso is a dedicated Upper School teacher who has spent the last twenty years looking at each new day as an opportunity to impact his students at NSU University School positively. His greatest satisfaction is witnessing his students’ development, ability to achieve their aspirations, and encounters with authentic happiness along their educational journey.

Peter’s commitment to Upper School remains steadfast. Both of his daughters are graduates. He continues to share his 33 years of teaching expertise by instructing in Sports Medicine and Human Anatomy/Physiology. Additionally, Peter expresses gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside his wife, Allison, at the school, emphasizing the strong familial and professional connections that have enriched their lives.

Peter Musso believes that fostering a love for learning involves teaching with unwavering passion, practicing openness and honesty, serving as a model of success, demonstrating character, instilling confidence, actively listening, deeply caring, inspiring students, and maintaining a strong belief in their potential.

Peter engages with students personally and demonstrates a sincere interest in who they are as unique individuals. He prepares every class in such a way that students leave feeling empowered and with the desire to learn more. He also leads by example, feeling that young people are very impressionable and always need positive role models.

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Danielle Nascimento is nearly the perfect employee, according to the administrators and teachers at Cypress Bay High School. Her peers renowned her as “the most cooperative, incredibly patient educator on campus,” while administrators remark, “Mrs. Nascimento’s work ethic is incredible, and her ability to facilitate many things at once demonstrates her multi-faceted teaching style.”

Mrs. Nascimnento’s students see her as one of the “most special teachers you will ever meet.” She is regarded as one of the most respected people on campus and has time for anyone.

Mrs. Nascimnento teaches in the CTE Marketing program at Cypress Bay. Her students learn the fundamentals of marketing, advertising, and promotion. She teaches real-world skills that prepare her students for the challenges they will face immediately after graduation. She loves her students and her job. You will never hear her complain to anyone!

Alongside her teaching responsibilities, Danielle has been an active faculty advisor and sponsor to numerous clubs and student organizations at Cypress Bay. These include DECA, an international organization that nurtures emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges worldwide, and the Cypress Bay Student Government Association. Her involvement in these extracurricular activities showcases her commitment to the holistic development of her students.

In addition to the countless students she has mentored and taught, Mrs. Nascimnento is the mother of three children. –


Danielle Nascimento

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Cypress Bay High School

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Pride is more than a celebration; it’s a powerful declaration of identity, unity, and resilience. In the context of public safety, Pride signifies the commitment to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, is treated with dignity and respect. For the Broward Multi-Agency Pride Coalition, Pride embodies its mission to foster an inclusive environment where the LGBTQ+ community is protected and celebrated for their contributions to society.

In the vibrant landscape of Broward County, the Broward Multi-Agency Pride Coalition shines brightly, charting a progressive course through its collaborative endeavors. Founded in December 2020, this coalition stands as a testament to its members’ unwavering commitment to promoting safety, inclusion, and understanding for the LGBTQ+ community within law enforcement agencies, fire rescue departments, and various levels of government organizations at the city, state, and federal levels. As we celebrate Pride Month and reflect on the strides made in the fight for equality, it’s crucial to recognize the pivotal role played by this coalition in championing LGBTQ+ rights.

United in Diversity, Stronger Together

to protect and serve them.

At the core of the coalition’s mission lies the concept of representation. By appointing liaisons and allies within each participating organization, the coalition ensures that the LGBTQ+ community’s voices, concerns, and experiences are not only heard but prioritized. This direct line of communication serves as a lifeline, offering support, guidance, and advocacy within their respective departments and the wider community.

effect of positive change that resonates throughout South Florida and beyond.

The coalition’s work is a testament to the power of unity, the importance of representation, and the transformative potential of collective action. This coalition is a shining example of what can be achieved when diverse stakeholders come together with a shared vision of inclusivity and social justice. It reminds us that, despite our challenges, there is always hope in unity.

In the spirit of Pride, let us stand in solidarity with the Broward Multi-Agency Pride Coalition and reaffirm our commitment to building a more just, inclusive, and compassionate society for all. Together, we can continue to march towards a future where every individual is celebrated, every voice is heard, and every heart is filled with pride.

The birth of the Broward Multi-Agency Pride Coalition emerged from an acute awareness of the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in accessing public safety services and working within these agencies. Historically, LGBTQ+ individuals have encountered discrimination, bias, and exclusion in various aspects of society, including law enforcement and public safety sectors. However, the coalition aims to rewrite this narrative by breaking down barriers and building trust between the LGBTQ+ community and those sworn

From training frontline personnel to participating in town hall meetings, every initiative underscores the coalition’s steadfast commitment to equity and justice. By developing and implementing inclusive policies, comprehensive training, and targeted outreach initiatives, the coalition actively works to address the unique public safety concerns of the LGBTQ+ community. In doing so, it not only enhances the safety and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals but also strengthens the fabric of the community as a whole.

The impact of the Broward Multi-Agency Pride Coalition extends far beyond the borders of Broward County. It serves as a beacon for other counties seeking to foster greater inclusivity and understanding within their jurisdictions. By sharing their experiences and best practices, the coalition has inspired others to follow suit, including neighboring regions like Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County, sparking a ripple

Curious to learn more about the inspiring work of the Broward MultiAgency Pride Coalition? Visit www. browardpride.com or scan the QR code below to explore our mission, meet our board members, and see our community collaborations. The website features event galleries and resources for the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you want to participate in our initiatives or support our cause, our website has the information you need. Together, we can make a difference!

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For over half a century, our community has celebrated Pride, which commemorates the Stonewall Uprising on June 28th, 55 years ago. Since 1969, we have made great strides in our quest for equality, from marriage, the right to adopt and build a family, jobs, housing, and healthcare security to the right to serve in the military while being true to ourselves—all in under 55 years. The public acceptance of our community has been swift but not complete and certainly not without pushback.

The last few years with book bans and “Don’t Say Gay” legislation were stark reminders that complacency is not an option

Embracing Pride & Fighting for Equality

and “Silence = Death” still looms overhead. The differences between 2024 and 1969 are enormous, but we cannot take our eyes off those filled with prejudice, hate, and anger. As other nations institute the death penalty for their LGBTQ+ populations, we can be sure that like-minded people are in our midst as well. Keeping our organizations well-funded, our institutions healthy, and our community informed is not simply an option but a necessity.

As we look to the future and the next 50+ years, we can celebrate that we are a talented community able to stand up for itself. We must never forget that our community thrives in every other community regardless of color, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, or place of origin. We are on all sides of every issue and carry the good and bad of the world in which we live. Those shared experiences give us strength. It allows us to be the world’s unifiers, even in these most divided times.

We even have a month dedicated to our efforts toward global unification: June is Pride Month. We have the opportunity to bring everyone under the rainbow flag, for those colors represent not only the LGBTQ+ population but everyone. We know how these other people think, how they feel, and why they act as they do. They are our parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends. We work with and live with them, and by welcoming them under our rainbow tent, we give them the communit y they seek.

Yes, we have a great deal more to do to protect our LGBTQ+ family from those who fear us because of who we love. Still, by being more inclusive, by being more welcoming, by reminding

others we are all more alike than we are different, and by holding to our belief that we are all the colors of the rainbow, we can weaken the grasp of hate and expand the meaning of liberation and Pride. So, this June, wherever you are, invite everyone you know to Pride; it should not matter who they love.

The Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale is a beacon for LGBTQ+ history and culture. Founded in 1973, it houses over 34,000 books and more than 6 million pages of archival materials, making it one of the largest gay archives in the U.S. The museum offers a rich collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs from the gay rights movement, providing interactive educational programs and special events throughout the year. With its extensive library and archival resources, the museum serves as a crucial hub for scholars, researchers, and the public to explore and celebrate LGBTQ+ heritage.

Discover LGBTQ+ history and culture at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives. For more, visit their website at www.stonewall-museum.org or scan the QR code. You can also call them at (954) 763-8565. The museum is located at 1300 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.


As we celebrate Pride, it is essential to shine a light on the diverse experiences within our community, including those of our older LGBTQ+ members. At The Pride Center at Equality Park, we’re not just celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride; we’re also championing “Gray Pride,” highlighting the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ Active Agers, ensuring they remain integral to our community ’s tapestry.

The Pride Center at Equality Park is South Florida’s vibrant hub for fabulous Active Agers, fostering holistic health and well-being throughout the lifespan.

In the United States, there are approximately 2.7 million LGBTQ+ adults aged 50 and over, with 1.1 million aged 65 and older. The Pride Center hosts the nation’s largest weekly gathering of LGBTQ+ Active Agers. Local and visiting older adults converge every Tuesday from 10 AM to 12 PM for Coffee & Conversation. You can spot the line out the door as you drive down Dixie Highway. This lively, welcoming group gathers weekly for donuts, laughter, social support, education, corny jokes, service linkage, fun announcements, and the latest community news.

“We create an engaging environment where people can meet new friends and enjoy comfortable conversations with fellow active agers,” says Bruce Williams, long-time Active Aging Manager at The Center and local icon in aging services. “We guide first-timers to a welcoming table, introduce them, and connect them to vital resources and community services to support their holistic health. Coffee and

Fostering Lifelong Health & Community

Conversation may be their only social contact for some all week. We decrease isolation and increase social support. For others, we’re part of a bustling calendar that includes lunch and movies with other attendees in the afternoons. We offer community connection.”

The Pride Center also organizes the Active Aging Expo. The 15th Annual Expo, set for Saturday, October 19, 2024, from 10 AM to 2 PM, will connect businesses and service providers with the ever-growing LGBTQ+ Active Aging Community. The Expo offers a comprehensive overview of community resources, including health, housing, finance, insurance, legal, travel, entertainment, retirement, and many other helpful community organizations.

“The popular Expo is an excellent way to get to know our LGBTQ+ active agers,” says Williams. “Every year, we sell out to over 60 sponsors and exhibitors, and more than 500 seniors attend.”

The Center’s Active Aging program also offers individual linkage services, wellness workshops, daily senior exercise classes, engaging speakers, artistic presentations, social events, healthy aging seminars, cultural events, skills training, and more!

“Shawn White, our Active Aging Specialist, is reaching a younger group of adults,” says Williams. “He offers creative workshops, activities, and services on nights and weekends for working adults who can’t attend our daytime programs but still need resources, seminars, and support to aid in the aging process.”

Do you or an Active Ager you know need help accessing culturally proficient services for adults? Are you interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the annual Active Aging Expo? Contact The Pride Center’s Active Aging Manager, Bruce Williams, at bwilliams@pridecenterflorida. org or their Active Aging Specialist, Shawn White, at swhite@pridecenter florida.org.

The Pride Center at Equality Park—your local LGBTQ+ community center—is celebrating 30 years of service. Their mission: “We provide a welcoming, safe space—an inclusive home—that celebrates, nurtures, and empowers the LGBTQ+ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida.” Thousands visit the 5-acre Equality Park campus annually. The Pride Center’s innovative programs, events, and groups serve as models for LGBTQ+ centers worldwide, focusing on Active Aging, advocacy, holistic wellness, Women with Pride, transgender services, the arts, recovery, social connection, community outreach, HIV prevention, spirituality, athletics, skills-building, and more. A variety of support, recovery, education, discussion, and social groups meet there daily, weekly, and monthly.

Follow The Pride Center on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Learn more by visiting PrideCenterFlorida.org or scan the QR code.

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United Way of Broward County is a dedicated supporter of Pride Month, an annual celebration that honors the LGBTQ+ rights movement, highlights LGBTQ+ culture, and encourages everyone to embrace their true selves.

Recognizing the importance of LGBTQ+ individuals’ well-being in enhancing the quality of life in Broward County, United Way funds numerous partner organizations and agencies that support their mental and physical health.

One of these esteemed partner organizations is SunServe (www.sunserve.org) in Wilton Manors. Established in 2002 as the first agency providing social services to the LGBTQ+ community in South Florida, SunServe is a collective of advocates, allies, and champions for economically disadvantaged and marginalized youth, families, adults, and seniors.

Misty Alicea, Director of Women’s Programs, Transgender Services, and LGBTQ+ Competency Training at SunServe, recently shared insights on the organization’s impact on Broward County’s collec tive health.

Why is it important to have a social service agency dedicated to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wilton Manors is the second-gayest city in the U.S., and Fort Lauderdale is the gayest mid-sized city in the U.S. SunServe is a nonprofit providing a safe, inclusive space for our clients to receive mental and physical care without discrimination,


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prejudice, or stigma. We address unique health disparities among LGBTQ+ people, such as higher rates of mental health issues and substance abuse.

Grants from United Way of Broward County support our health and wellness programs and enable us to connect clients to clinicians who treat LGBTQ+ individuals with respect and understanding.

Over the past two decades, we have supported the health of thousands in the LGBTQ+ community and their families, friends, loved ones, spouses, parents, children, coworkers, employers, and businesses.

When people thrive, our entire community thrives. Empowering just one person can bring about enormous changes in the collective mindset. Much like the United Way of Broward County, we are building a healthier Broward County for everyone who lives here.

What does Pride Month mean to you?

Pride Month is a platform that empowers people and a time to acknowledge the progress we have made and the progress still needed. When I participate in a Pride event, I experience a celebration of inclusion—it’s LGBTQ+ people, allies, supporters, and heteronormative people.

Pride is a celebration of everyone’s rights and freedoms. At SunServe, we celebrate Pride 365 days a year, and I know United Way of Broward County does as well.

How does United Way of Broward County support SunServe’s great work?

The teams at United Way are fantastic allies. Several of SunServe’s programs are entirely reliant on support from them. The needs in Broward County are tremendous, our caseload is increasing exponentially, and we are available to our clients 24/7. Because of United Way, SunServe is expanding its reach and impact. The dedication and contributions of its teams enable SunServe to provide optimal care to an incredibly diverse population.

Contact United Way of Broward County to get involved and support its initiatives. Together, we can create a thriving, inclusive community. Visit www. UnitedWayBroward.org or scan the QR code for more information.

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It is hard to believe that another school year is already ending. Congratulations to all the graduates!

We are grateful to all the teachers, administrators, staff, and volunteers for everything you do throughout the school year for our students. We are especially thankful to the teachers who made every effort to connect, educate, inspire, and support their students. Finally, to our students, we are extremely proud of you and wish you the best of luck whether you are moving on to work, college, or to your next grade in your educational journey. Continue to do your best, follow your interests, and learn from your experiences. Each day is a new opportunity!

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th. Thank you so much to all the Dads out there for all you do for your families and for our community. We are very fortunate to have so many Fathers in our community who are always willing to lend a helping hand. We appreciate you and all you do to make a difference! Father’s Day can also be a difficult day for those who have lost their Dads and for those Fathers who are missing their children. Please remember to be mindful of one another and check in on your friends who may be hurting.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery by recognizing June 19, 1865, the day that Union Army Major General Gordon Granger told those who were enslaved in Galveston, Texas of their emancipation. This occurred more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The City of Coconut Creek’s Juneteenth Celebration features a free concert, literary readings, and guest speakers. This event will be on Saturday, June 15, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the City Hall Courtyard, 4800 West Copans Road. The City of Coral Springs is also hosting a Juneteenth Celebration on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

June also marks the beginning of Hurricane season. The season officially begins June 1st through November 30th. Now is the perfect time to make your household preparedness plan and to stock up on supplies. This year, the State Legislature approved a two-week Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday from June 1- June 14. Please take advantage of this opportunity to purchase hurricane supplies, such as batteries and flashlights, tax-free. For more information on what items are eligible for tax-free status, visit www.floridarevenue. com/disasterprep. For more information on preparing for a hurricane, visit www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare.

I wish everyone a safe and wonderful summer and hope you have an opportunity to spend quality time with your family and reconnect. Time moves by so quickly and life can change in a minute so please take the time to appreciate the moments and look for the beauty around you.

As always, we are here to help with any state issues you may have. Feel free to reach out to me at any time at c.hunschofsky@myfloridahouse.gov or 954-956-5600 with your questions, concerns, or comments. Additionally, you can sign up for our email updates by emailing HD095@myfloridahouse. gov and follow me on Facebook @RepChristineHunschofsky or Twitter @RepHunschofsky for updates. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Congratulations to the class of 2024 on your graduation! We wish you a future filled with success, and we hope that you will carry a sense of belonging and hometown pride no matter where your path leads.

The arrival of summer also signals the start of hurricane season. Now is the time for residents to review their Hurricane Preparedness Plans. Florida residents can take advantage of a “disaster preparedness” sales tax holiday through Friday, June 14 for the purchase of supplies like flashlights, batteries, and generators. Residents are encouraged sign up for emergency alerts from the city, including severe weather advisories, by texting the keyword AlertCS to 888-777. For more information visit CoralSprings.gov/Hurricane.

We’re pleased to announce that Deputy Chief John Whalen has been selected to serve as the new Fire Chief for the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department (CSPFD). Whalen will replace current Fire Chief Michael McNally, who announced his plans for retirement. Whalen will be formally sworn in during a Transfer of Command Ceremony on Friday, June 28.

Recently, Coral Springs was chosen as one of 12 cities to participate in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities Local Government Leadership Program for 2024. Coral Springs was selected for its commitment to citywide sustainably, most notably the implementation of the city’s Sustainability Action Plan. We’re proud to see Coral Springs represented on a national level for our environmental efforts. Read more on our website, CoralSprings.gov/news.

Special events are making waves this month. Join Mayor Scott Brook for a game of Pickleball on Tuesday, June 11 at 5 p.m. as he kicks off the next series of Move with the Mayor events at Cypress Park (1301 Coral Springs Drive.) An indoor Juneteenth Celebration event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts (2855 Coral Springs Drive.) For all event details, visit CoralSprings.gov/ events.

This month’s Commission Meetings will take place on Wednesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. As always, the public is invited to attend Commission meetings. The meetings are aired on CityTV, Blue Stream Channels 25, 25.7, 725 and on AT&T U-Verse channel 99.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of your City Officials, please call 954-344-5911. Make sure to follow Coral Springs on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Mayor Scott Brook @CSCommissioner1, Vice Mayor Shawn Cerra @CSCommissioner2, Commissioner Nancy Metayer Bowen @CSCommissioner3, Commissioner Joshua Simmons @CSCommissioner4, and Commissioner Joy Carter @CSCommissioner5.

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As the school year draws to a close, we can all take a moment to remember the importance of community. We come away in the summer, many of us preparing for a different rhythm or different setting altogether – a nice way to break up the routine.

But as we all go into summer mode, we should remember just how connected we still are – and continue to practice respect and kindness toward each other - between groups, during observances, family events, and throughout our neighborhoods.

This summer, with school out of session, more of us will be on the roads throughout the day and more of us will have opportunities to ride our bikes, electric bikes, and electric scooters on sidewalks and in bike lanes. As the BSO-Parkland District continues to stress the importance of safety, remember to drive with caution and continue to share the roads.

We also need to remember to share perspectives. Many of us will volunteer this summer, which is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people. Take time to understand someone else’s point of view and remember to be respectful to those around you, regardless of background or beliefs. May was Mental Health and Awareness Month. Carry what you may have learned last month into this month, and throughout the summer. Pay attention to the needs of others. A simple act of kindness can save a life.

And as we get into the hotter months, be smart and think about what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. Check the weather before you go out for a long day. Dress accordingly, and, as we ease into a hot, humid, hurricane season, get your preparations in order, if you haven’t already done so.

Early June is a great time. Kudos to our students, who have worked so hard this past school year. You are moving on to the next level of life - whether that be the next grade, graduation, college, or a job - and you deserve a break. For now, take a moment to relax, reconnect with your families, and enjoy just being kids.

As we all move forward to our next chapters, remember that we are all connected in some way. We see each other in the grocery stores, at community-based events, on the fields for games, on the roads, and in our neighborhoods. The beauty of our City goes beyond the aesthetic backdrop. At the end of the day, who we are and how we look, as a community, is about how we care for one another.

Enjoy the summer, be well, and take care of each other.

Rich Walker

If you have questions or comments you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached via e-mail at rwalker@Cityofparkland.org or via cell phone at (973) 390-1453. Of course, I am frequently available monthly at Parkland businesses and love to talk with residents there. I encourage you to visit the City’s website Cityofparkland.org and click on the social media icon that you prefer, to ensure that you stay informed on events and helpful information.

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On Tuesday, May 7, State Senator Tina Polsky and I held a town hall meeting in the Commission Chambers at Coral Springs City Hall, where residents were able to learn about the recent Legislative Session and voice their comments, questions, and concerns directly to their legislators. The Senator and I started with a brief Session overview and then spent time answering questions. The main issue attendees wanted to hear about was property insurance, and unfortunately there isn’t much good news to share on this front. While many good proposals were put forward by the minority party, these proposals did not get the hearing they deserved. We will continue to work on this important issue.

My legislative priorities for 2024 began with Jaime’s Law, which I have filed yearly since 2019. HB 145 would require background checks on the sale or transfer of ammunition to help prevent tragedies like the one that took the life of Jaime Guttenberg, the bill’s namesake, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.

Some additional bills I introduced:

HB 161 Payments for Health Care Providers and Surgical Procedures under Workers’ Compensation:

Increases maximum amounts of certain witness fees related to workers' compensation cases; increases maximum reimbursements for physicians and surgical procedures under workers' compensation. This is the first substantive change to the workers’ compensation system in 25 years and will encourage more providers to enter the space. This bill was passed and signed into law.

HB 765 Leave of Absence to Officials and Employees:

Provides that certain public officials and employees may receive full pay for leave of absence relating to active federal military service that lasts a certain length of time. This bill passed and as of this writing is waiting for the Governor’s signature.

HB 903 Educator Certification and Training (Expanding FERTES):

Revises provisions relating to teacher and educator preparation programs, educator certification requirements, and educator in-service training to require certified educators to receive training relating to mass casualty incidents. This bill will be filed again next year.

HB 915 Outpatient Mental Health Services:

Empowers courts to order outpatient treatment for misdemeanors, enhances criteria for involuntary inpatient placement, and emphasizes continuous monitoring and evaluation. This bill was incorporated into HB 7021 and ultimately passed.

HB 983 Public Records Exemption for Clerks of the Courts:

Introduces an exemption from public records requirements for personal identification and location information of current or former clerks of the circuit court, their deputy clerks, and personnel. Notably, it extends this protection to their spouses and children as well. This bill passed and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

HB 999 Post Trial Counseling Services for Jurors:

Creates an optional post-trial counseling program for jurors who have experienced testimony of a disturbing nature.

To summarize, the Legislature passed a number of the bills I sponsored this past Session, more than that of any other Representative from the Democratic Party. I was also able to secure over 2.8 million dollars in the 2024 State Budget on behalf of my constituents. As a public servant, my number one goal is to benefit both our community and the state.

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