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The Tam-A-Gram is the official publication of the City of Tamarac, Florida. The magazine is published quarterly and mailed to residents and businesses within the City, under the direction of the Public Information Committee and the Public Information Office. Reader’s questions and comments are welcome. Please send your comments to: Public Information Office Attn.: Tam-A-Gram 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue Tamarac, Florida 33321 You may also email your comments, or questions, to Chad Quinn, Public Information Specialist, at: Please include “Tam-A-Gram” in the subject line of your email. CITY COMMISSION: Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco, Mayor Marc L. Sultanof, Vice-Mayor, District 3 Edward C. Portner, Commissioner, District 1 Patte Atkins-Grad, Commissioner, District 2 Harry Dressler, Commissioner, District 4 CITY MANAGER: Jeffrey L. Miller PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE: Ben Chicofsky, Chair Paul Dick Max Marcus Carole Anne Paladino Maryann Zicchinolfi Jon Breslav, Alternate Claudia Krysiak, Alternate Miriam Marin, Alternate Maurice Weinreb, Alternate PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE: Managing Editor: Andy Berns, Public and Economic Affairs Officer Creative Director: Chad J. Quinn, Public Information Specialist


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Hurricane Preparedness

(954) 597-3500 (954) 597-3430 (954) 597-3435 (954) 597-3420 (954) 597-3460 (954) 597-3510 (954) 597-3505 (954) 597-3425 (954) 597-3530 (954) 597-3712

Our New Look

Information you need to know.

Tamarac has a new logo.



Independence Day

Celebrating the Nation's 232nd birthday.

New & Improved

Tamarac's new and upgraded parks.

1 ����� First Things Tamarac wins an Emerald Award, celebrates Earth Day, hosts a cultural forum, turns forty-five, and much more including the Fire Rescue and BSO Corners. 5 ����� Free T-Shirts That got your attention! Check out page 5 for details on how you can get your very own t-shirt with Tamarac's new logo. 6 ����� Green Initiatives Tamarac has been certified the first green government in South Florida... plus planning for the future: purchasing green space now. 10 ����� Tamarac University The second class of Tamarac's community leadership program graduates... with honors of course. 11 ����� And Last Unlicensed contractors are not your friend... plus help us keep your storm water stations flowing — important tips you need to know.


Make note of the City’s updated telephone numbers. On February 1, 2008 the City of Tamarac discontinued the use of all old City number prefixes. MAIN NUMBER Building Inspections Building Inspection Results Building Services City Commission City Manager City Clerk Code Compliance Community Development Engineering


Finance (954) 597-3550 Fire Rescue (Non-Emergency) (954) 597-3800 Human Resources (954) 597-3600 Job Hotline (954) 597-3615 Mayor and Commission (954) 597-3462 Occupational License (954) 597-3536 Police (Non-Emergency) (954) 765-4321 Public Information Off. (Media) (954) 597-3523 Public Works (954) 597-3700 Purchasing (954) 597-3570

Recycling & Trash Hotline Risk Management Satellite City Hall Social Services Tamarac Transit Parks & Recreation: Community Center Recreation Center Aquatic & Fitness Center Service Providers: All Service Refuse Comcast Cable Library (Tamarac Branch) Post Office (Tamarac Branch) Tamarac Theater Waste Management Utilities Billing: Customer Service Utilities (leaks, breaks, etc.)

(954) 597-3740 (954) 597-3613 (954) 597-3580 (954) 597-3642 (954) 597-3649 (954) 597-3620 (954) 597-3644 (954) 597-3660 (954) 583-1830 (954) 252-1937 (954) 720-2282 (954) 722-3152 (954) 724-1110 (954) 974-7500 (954) 597-3590 (954) 597-3750

Dear fellow citizens, This is an exciting issue of the Tam-A-Gram. Not only are we celebrating the 232nd anniversary of the birth of our nation, but it is also the 45th anniversary of the incorporation of Tamarac and the 23rd anniversary of the Tam-A-Gram – which we are celebrating with the unveiling of a new look and format for our magazine! Tamarac is changing: our demographics continue to show that our population is getting younger – moving from a community of retirees just a few short years ago, to a City that is attracting more and younger people. A new City logo and a new look for the Tam-A-Gram highlight our diversity and focus on the future.

At the April 23, 2008 City Commission Meeting, the Mayor and Commission officially named the City’s newest park. This park, located on the northwest corner of Nob Hill Road and Southgate Boulevard, will be formerly known as Tephford Park after slain BSO Deputy Brian Tephford who lost his life in the line of duty on November 12, 2006. The official opening of the park will be later this summer. (Check out the article starting on Page 8 for more details on Tephford Park.)

Let us know what you think about the new look. We would love to hear from you. Send comments to: Chad Quinn, City of Tamarac Public Information Office, 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue, Tamarac, Florida 33321 or via email to:

GREEN INITIATIVES: Tamarac’s Water 1


Ben Chicofsky Chair, Public Information Committee


Treatment Plant won the Emerald Trophy from Broward County’s Environmental Protection Department. Emerald Trophies are presented to businesses, governments, individuals, or organizations in Broward County that demonstrate a commitment to protecting and preserving the environment. The City’s Water Treatment Plant won in the category of Pollution Prevention: Hazardous Waste Reduction for their efforts to keep hazardous materials kept at the facility


to a minimum, thereby decreasing the possibility of contamination. The award was presented to Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco along with City Manager Jeffrey L, Miller, Utilities Director Ray Gagnon, and Laboratory Manager Fran Oney, on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 by Broward County Vice-Mayor Stacy Ritter (whose district includes Tamarac) and the rest of the Broward County Commission.

CAPTIONS: #1: Children from Tamarac Elemen-

tary’s Garden Club celebrate Earth Day 2008. #2: The Tamarac Branch Library's 5th Anniversary will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2008. #3: Broward County Vice-Mayor Stacy Ritter presents the Emerald Trophy to (l to r): Fran Oney, Laboratory Manager; Ray Gagnon, Utilities Director; Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco; Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad; and City Manager Jeffrey L. Miller (Photo by: Linda Rahmer).

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008 was Earth Day. The Tamarac Parks and Recreation Department took a select group of children from Tamarac Elementary’s Garden Club on a field trip to Tropic Plant Nursery where they learned about a variety of plant species. The field trip also included a visit to Sunset Point Park where the children planted an oak tree to commemorate the occasion. The children participated in a discussion on “Saving the Florida Everglades” with guest speaker, photojournalist, Susan Buzzi, as well a water conservation presentation from the City's Water Conservation Specialist, Bill Franqui.



Continued From: Page 1 Friday, May 16, 2008, the City of Tamarac was awarded the Government Leadership Award at the 19th Annual ArtServe Encore Awards. This is the second consecutive year that Tamarac has won this prestigious award. The award is for governments who take a leadership role in enhancing the arts and culture within Broward County. Tamarac was recognized for its partnership with ArtServe and its continued effort to bring the arts to Western Broward County. Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco accepted the award on behalf of the City. At the May 28, 2008 City Commission Meeting, after receiving hundreds of suggestions from the community, the Mayor and Commission officially named Tamarac's new dog park Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups, after the City's late Chief Building Official and Director of the Building Department. Gary's foremost passions away from work included his family, enjoying the outdoors and breeding championship Samoyeds (a special breed of herding dog). Gary passed away on February 22, 2008. (For more details about our new dog park, see the article on Page 8.) The Tamarac Branch of the Broward County Library system will celebrate their 5th Anniversary on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM with an Open House that will feature live music and refreshments. The Tamarac branch, which is the third busiest library in the County, opened on October 22, 2003 and serves Tamarac as well as the surrounding communities. For more information, contact Nancy Ansley, Adult Programs Coordinator, at: (954) 720-2282, Ext. 241. Recently City Manager Jeffrey L. Miller and Assistant City Manager Diane Phillips were re-elected to the Broward City County Management Association (BCCMA) as President and Secretary/Treasurer respectively. The purpose of the BCCMA is to promote intergovernmental relationships, share ideas, and stimulate the highest standards of public service.


JULY 25, 2008 MARKS

the 45th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Tamarac. It was back in July 1963 that Kenneth E. Behring, the original developer of the City, along with his attorney William Morse (who would later become Tamarac’s first mayor), obtained the articles of incorporation for the new City from the Florida Secretary of State. Originally envisioned as an active retirement community of reasonably priced homes offering a maintenance free lifestyle, the City has grown in to one of the most sought after locations for retirees, empty nesters, families and young people alike in Broward County and South Florida. Tamarac’s first development was east of the Turnpike off of what is now Commercial Boulevard — the Mainlands. The popularity of the location and amenities offered helped fuel the expansion westward. This expansion explains the unique shape of the City’s current boundaries. Today, Tamarac is as exciting and vibrant a

City as ever! Just a few short years ago the average age of residents was in the low to mid 60’s. Today, the latest census shows that the City's average resident's age is 45 and that our diversity is changing just as rapidly. The City boasts a population that includes hispanic, creole, and other nationalities — more than ever before. Development continues within the City as evidenced by our continued growth, the revitalization of existing properties, and the enthusiasm for the future of the proposed new mixed use corridor which will include a live/work environment. Like fine wine, our City has aged well and continues to get better with time. As Tamarac’s new logo states, this is truly “The City for Your Life.” Happy anniversary Tamarac.


you are the first fire unit to arrive on the scene of a three-story condominium complex — dispatched as a “working structure fire.” All thirty-six condos in the building are in the process of being evacuated, and even though the fire alarm has been sounding for over five minutes, only ten of the residents are in the “safe zone.” Where are the residents? Will they need help evacuating? In February, Tamarac Fire Prevention began an intensive Fire Drill Sweep campaign to assess and educate the residents of the City’s multi-family housing complex-

cials to coordinate and plan each event. After each drill, Van Schoen, the City of Tamarac’s Fire Rescue Public Education and Preparedness Specialist, will return to each site to discuss the various life safety programs available to residents as well as other fire prevention practices. Van will also reinforce Fire Prevention tips and proper actions in the event of a fire alarm. For Tamarac Fire Rescue, these drills represent a chance to educate residents on the practices and skills that could save lives. For more information on this program, please contact Van Schoen at Tamarac Fire Rescue: (954) 597-3805.

Slow down. Move over. It's the law.


(Broward Sheriff's Office) wants to remind you that when you approach a stopped emergency vehicle on the side of the road, you must move out of the lane closest to the emergency vehicle. If it is not possible to move over, or you are on a 2-lane road, then you must slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. Recent tragedies involving law enforcement officers struck on the side of the road while conducting traffic stops have caused all public safety agencies to be more cautious and diligent. Help save lives by obeying the law. Visit the BSO web site at www. or for more information, or call BSO Tamarac at: (954) 720-2225.



Recently the Tamarac Fire Rescue 2008 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competition Team won First Place in the 12th Annual Broward ALS Invitational Competition. The competition measures the abilities of rescue teams to analyze and respond to a complex and unfolding emergency. The Tamarac team beat out teams from other fire rescue departments throughout the state, and also won the SMART (Street Management of Airway Resources and Techniques) Airway Award for the best overall airway management of a critical pediatric patient. Congratulations to team members (pictured above from left to right): Paramedic Firefighter Jorge Perez, Lieutenant Derek Cerny, Lieutenant Rex Van Mehren, and Lieutenant Alex Arias.

es about fire safety and evacuation. To date, over 1,000 residents in over 57 buildings have participated in these evacuation/education drills. The residential Fire Drill Sweep campaign will continue throughout the remainder of the year and has been expanded to include child care facilities and schools. The goal of this campaign is to conduct drills at all of the City’s multi-family complexes, child care facilities and schools. Tamarac Fire Prevention, along with firefighters and members of Tamarac’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will work with Homeowner’s Associations and school offi-

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Fire Rescue begins Fire Drill Sweep Campaign.

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Be prepared... be very prepared.

The 2008 Hurricane Season started June 1st and will last through November 30th. All residences in Tamarac should have received a 2008 Hurricane Preparedness Guide with valuable information on how to prepare for a potential storm. Below is additional useful information — as we all know, there is no such thing as too much information when it comes to these unpredictable and damaging storms. Free Wind Mitigation Inspections

The State of Florida is now offering free wind mitigation inspections through the My Safe Florida Home Program to any Floridian whose residence is a single family detached, site-built home. This inspection will outline improvements that can be made to your home to increase resistance to hurricane wind damage. This may result in a savings in homeowners insurance premiums. You can apply for a free wind mitigation inspection for a single family home online at: or by calling the My Safe Florida Home Helpline at (866) 513-6734. Properties not eligible for a free home inspection through the My Safe Florida Home Program include mobile homes, apartments, condominiums, multi-family dwellings, and Commercial buildings. However, you can still schedule your own wind mitigation inspection through an independent inspection firm, for a fee. A list of qualified independent inspection firms that perform mitigation inspections is available online at: http://www. Or you can check the Yellow Pages phone directory under insurance inspections and information.


Yard Waster Disposal

Through a partnership between Broward County Waste and Recycling Services, the City of Tamarac, and other partner Cities, Tamarac residents are eligible for disposal of yard waste, bulky waste, and scrap metals (white goods) at the North Transfer station at no charge. This is an effort to keep the county “clean and green” while preparing for the hurricane season. The following items can be deposited at no charge at the North Transfer Station

(2780 N Powerline Road) from April 5 September 27 (Saturdays only, 8 a.m. 4 p.m.). • Yard Waste & Woody Waste — including tree trimmings, branches, palm fronds, tree trunks, fencing and lumber • Bulky Waste — including sofas, chairs, mattresses, and carpeting • Scrap Metals — including appliances with refrigerant removed, BBQ grills, bicycles, and lawn equipment with fuels and oils removed. Scrap metals must be separated This service is in addition to the regular bulk collection for both curbside customers (single family homes) and those serviced with dumpsters (multi-family). Debris or waste generated from commercial lawn/yard service or other commercial operations (e.g. professional landscaper or contractor) are not eligible for curbside collection or free disposal. Curbside / Single Family: • Trimmings, tree branches, lumber, carpet, and metal poles must be cut into sections that do not exceed 4 feet in length in any direction and tied into bundles of 40 lbs. or less. • Rugs, carpet, padding, fencing, and material of this nature, must be rolled and securely tied. • Unacceptable items will not be moved in order to collect acceptable items. Multi-Family / Dumpster:

Contact Property Manager or waste hauler to schedule bulk waste collection. For more information contact the Tamarac Public Works Department at: (954) 597-3700.


The City of Tamarac's new logo is the third in its 45 year history.

Tamarac's new logo reflects changes in the City's demographics.


his Spring, the City of Tamarac unveiled a new logo. The new logo is part of an overall “rebranding” effort (including the TamA-Gram redesign) that evolved out of focus groups and the 2007 Community Survey. The goal of the effort was to develop a logo that is more up-todate, communicates a professional image, and reflects Tamarac’s changing community. The design of a new logo can be daunting because everyone has different preferences and ideas of what constitutes “good” art. However, a logo is not simply “art;” it is a symbol of an entire community. We relied on the expertise of a marketing firm, while also listening to residents and business owners who said they wanted a bold image that reflects a sense of community. The selection of the final logo was very difficult, many of the draft versions could have easily been chosen. However, in the end, a logo was chosen that reflects the character and spirit of the City of Tamarac.

So what exactly does our new logo mean? It is important to first know two of the primary goals in the logo development; we wanted to distinguish Tamarac from surrounding communities and we wanted to make our new logo easily identifiable. The green represents the abundant green space in Tamarac and the sensitivity the community has for the environment. The bright colors represent Tamarac’s reputation as a friendly city, the community’s growing diversity, and Tamarac’s commitment to arts and culture. The three boxes represent three distinct groups: youthful singles, growing families, and retired seniors. The tag line "The City For Your Life” is important because Tamarac is not only your city from the moment you’re born, it is also a full-service city that provides the quality and type of life people deserve. As the new logo's roll-out continues, you will see it more throughout the City. This is an exciting time for our community, please join us in celebrating this fresh new look.

...this logo which was a result of a City-wide contest.

F R E E T- S H I RT ! Where do you read the Perhaps you read it while lounging by the pool. Or maybe between rounds of golf? Do you take it with you on vacation to exotic locations? We want to know... and better still we would love for you to send us a picture of you reading the Tam-A-Gram. If you do, we may publish your photo in an upcoming issue of the magazine — and if we choose your photo, we will send you a free t-shirt with the new City logo on the front! Send your photos to: Tam-AGram Photos, 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue, Tamarac, Florida 33321; or via email: Include your full name, address, telephone number and a brief description of the photo as well as your shirt size.

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Our new look

The original logo served the City until 1990 when it was replaced by...


S PA C E [planning for the future]


In our continuous effort to provide for the future needs of our evolving City, the City of Tamarac has purchased the Chevron gas station located at the corner of Commercial Boulevard and Pine Island Road. This location is directly next door to the Tamarac Branch Library and Tamarac Community Center complex, providing an excellent opportunity to expand this recreational corridor. The Chevron site will become a passive park, providing additional green space for the community to enjoy. The vast majority of the cost for the acquisition of the site has come from Broward County — in 2000, voters approved a $400 million referendum which provides for the purchase and preservation of green space within the County. To offset the cost that was not covered by the County's contribution, the City has applied for grant money so that actual fiscal impact realized by the City is minimized. In these times of budget cutbacks and restraints, it is imperative that the City use all the resources at its disposal to accomplish its goals and provide for the current and future needs of our community. As Tamarac continues to grow and redevelop, the impact of acquiring and planning for additional green space now is immeasurable.



he City of Tamarac has officially been certified as a Florida Green Local Government. The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the built environment through conservation efforts, recognizes local governments for exceptional environmental stewardship. The FGBC has designated the City of Tamarac as a Florida Green Local Government. This award designation is the culmination of a formal year-long application process involving all City Departments and employees at all levels. The City of Tamarac was certified as a Florida Green Local Government on May 19, 2008 at the Silver level, having earned 31% of the maximum applicable points.

The FGBC acknowledged the City of Tamarac’s commitment to the environment and praised innovative green practices such as BSO Police being trained in crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), use of energy saving computer equipment, the availability of a number of free and discounted green products, and a vast majority of City medians, streetscapes and facilities being certified as Florida Friendly landscapes. Most importantly, the City's designation has come at very little cost — most of the items that Tamarac received points for were programs already in place. Tamarac is the first municipality to be awarded this designation in South Florida, and also the first City in Broward County to win.

GREEN INITIATIVES is a recurring series within the Tam-A-Gram. Be sure to check future issues for more about how Tamarac continues to go "green."



“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” ~THOMAS JEFFERSON

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Tamarac celebrates our Nation's 232nd birthday.

It began for our country long before a group of great men with great ideas gathered for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was Columbus, pilgrims, colonists and countless others — determined to experience opportunities, freedom and liberties unheard of anywhere else in the world — who settled an uncharted land and planted the seeds of what would become the greatest country on earth. These events occurred long before the official birth of our Nation on July 4, 1776. It is on that date, two hundred and thirty-two years ago, when destiny and determination collided, a people united, and history was re-written — the United States of America was born. Today, July 4th is celebrated around the country and in every territory of the United States as Independence Day — the Nation's official birthday. Traditional festivities include picnics, concerts, parades, fireworks, and most importantly, time with friends and family. The City of

Tamarac has offered its residents these activities, and more, for more than twenty years. The annual July 4th Celebration is the City's most popular event; it draws thousands of residents from Tamarac and our surrounding communities together to commemorate and enjoy the revelry. Even with the budget cutbacks the City has experienced, there was no doubt that the show must go. As in past years, there will be plenty of activities for the entire family including a cookout, visits from 1

Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross, a concert, and an incredible fireworks display. July 4th, the birth of our Nation, is also a time to reflect on what it means to live in this great country, the struggles we've endured as a Nation, the sacrifices we continue to make, and the benefits of our experience. Tamarac embodies the best our Nation has to offer — diversity, inclusivity, and kinship. Come out and enjoy this wonderful celebration with friends, family, and neighbors starting at 6:00 PM! 2


SCENES FROM LAST YEAR'S JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: #1: Children enjoy the festivities. #2: A glimpse of the incredible fireworks display. #3: A visit from Uncle Sam.





ON THE LEFT: Aerial view of the Sports Complex Expansion, showing the extensive renovations and new facilities.


ON THE RIGHT: Current aerial view showing the progress of the City's new dog park.

Tamarac Sports Complex, originally opened in 1982, is undergoing a major upgrade. The City purchased property adjacent to the original park in 2002 and with community input began deciding what type of improvements would best suit the needs of residents. The expansion includes two full-size and one little league size baseball fields, a picnic shelter, playground, fishing pier, multi-purpose path, additional parking and more. The park is used for football and soccer leagues as well as other events including the City's annual July 4th celebration. Location:

9901 NW 77 Street (Corner of Nob Hill Road and NW 77 Street)

Est. Completion Date:

Fall 2008

Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups (see story on Page 2 regarding the naming) will be the first of its kind in Tamarac. Once completed the 3.5 acre park will include: a fenced, double-gated area for small dogs; a fenced, double-gated area for large dogs; walking paths; drinking fountains for both humans and canines; and common area with additional shelter and a dog washing station. The need for the park was identified during the City's master planning process and was also advocated for by a group of residents called Kaz's Corner. Location:

Just west of Tamarac's Veteran's Park, on the corner of University Dr. and Southgate Blvd.

Est. Completion Date:

Fall 2008



ON THE LEFT: Almost completed, Tephford Park is undergoing its finishing touches before its official opening in early July.


ON THE RIGHT: An artist's rendering of the entrance to the City's new Recreation Center.

Tephford Park, known during the planning and construction phase as Southgate Linear Park, is an area just over 57 acres south of the C-14 canal and west of Nob Hill Road, off Southgate Boulevard. This new park will include: a multi-purpose path, fishing pier, sitting areas, an open play area, restroom facilities, and parking. Along with the traffic calming project on this stretch of Southgate Boulevard, Tephford Park has completely transformed the landscape of this northern most area of the City. The park is named after BSO Deputy Brian Tephford (see story on Page 1).

The Tamarac Recreation Center is in the process of being completely rebuilt. The old facility was demolished in February 2008 to make way for a larger, two-story Recreation Center to meet the needs of our growing community. The new building will include: an arts and craft room with kiln, an instructional kitchen, a warming kitchen, youth/teen game room, meeting rooms, and staff offices. Other improvements will include revamping the parking lot to improve traffic flow, drainage, additional parking, as well as refurbishing the existing ball fields.


NW corner of Nob Hill Road and Southgate Blvd.


7501 N. University Drive (Adjacent to Tamarac Elementary School)

Est. Completion Date:

July 2008

Est. Completion Date:

Summer 2009

“My family, friends, and neighbors are all benefitting from what I’m learning in Tamarac University.” ~ RICHARD CARREY

THE CLASS OF 2008: Boris Bastidas Carmela Borrelli Pamela Bushnell Sophie Cariveau Richard Carrey Frank DiPaolo Kathy Gerstenslager James Griffin

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Kimberly K. Hackett Bob Malkoff


amarac University is an annual City program modeled after community leadership programs and citizens’ academies around the nation. Participants are provided a first-hand, behind-the-scenes view of Tamarac's government. The goal of this program is to educate and empower a group of residents each year so that they can share information and knowledge about Tamarac with their friends and family. Classes kicked off on April 15th, and over the next seven weeks, participants were given in-depth presentations by every City department. Participants enjoyed two and a half-hour sessions every Tuesday at various facilities, including the Community Center and BSO-Tamarac headquarters. Department Directors and staff made presentations, providing an overview of their De-

Joan Marcus Henry Maya Barbara E. McNeil Ana M. Romagosa Cory Sadowitz Elaine S. Bailey Tonia Shultz Barbara C. Tarnove Bernard Tudor Gary Wulf Elinor L. Wurz

partment’s responsibilities and how their services impact the community. The highlight of each class was the question and answer period, participants and presenters stated this was their favorite portion of each class. Already in its second year, this class of students graduated on June 11th at the City Commission Meeting. The City congratulates the Class of 2008 and we look forward to them serving as ambassadors and leaders in our community.

On Track for Higher Performance


n our continued efforts to bring you the best programs and services, the City of Tamarac recently took another important step towards becoming a High Performance Government. A team of volunteer “Examiners” from the Florida Sterling Council spent a week in Tamarac examining our processes. (The Sterling Council is based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, which recognizes organizations whose programs and services exceed national quality and performance standards. Past winners include the Ritz Carlton, Motorola, and Boeing Aerospace Support). While the Examiners were here, they visited nine sites throughout the City, interviewed staff, reviewed documents, and ‘examined’ City processes. As you may be aware, over the past few years we have made great strides in our HPO efforts — we developed a new vision of where we want to be in five to ten years, revised our strategic plan that lays out the plan to get us there, incorporated new standards of how we interact with our customers, completed two cycles of Tamarac University, and completed our second annual Community Survey to better identify and meet your needs

SECOND TO NONE: Cindi Natale of the City's Customer Service Department assists a new resident with setting up his Utilities Account at City Hall.

— and all of this was done with your input! Our customer satisfaction rating is higher than the national average, as is our employee satisfaction rating. But this visit was an important step designed to get us to the next level of Performance Excellence. The purpose of this visit was for a team of industry experts to evaluate our programs and services, and the methods by which we deliver them. Their report will ensure we recognize and capitalize on our strengths, as well as identify and focus on our Opportunities For Improvement (OFIs). While as of this writing, we have not received the final report yet, the information the Examiners presented to staff on the last day of their visit reinforced that the City of Tamarac is on the right track to becoming a High Performance Organization!


all contractors are licensed, and too many home and business owners have learned this lesson the hard way. These tips will help you recognize the warning signs and avoid the costly problems that so many victims have experienced. Warning Signs: An unlicensed contractor is often uninsured and lacking the necessary experience to do the job right. They are unable to obtain a building permit and may ask you to obtain one on the pretense that it will “save you money.” They may use high-pressure tactics and special “bonus” offers as a lure. They may also ask you to pay in cash or with checks made out directly to them instead of a company. Don’t be misled by any of these tactics, and

don’t believe that your homeowner’s insurance will protect you from a lawsuit filed by a supplier that wasn’t paid, or an uninsured worker that may have been injured. If an unlicensed contractor fails to pay their supplier, a lien could be placed on your property! Contact Us: The City of Tamarac’s Building Department can help you in the process of locating and hiring a qualified contractor. The Building Department office staff can determine if the contractor’s required license and insurance coverage is current. Remember, using an unlicensed contractor is not worth the risk or aggravation. Call the Tamarac Building Department at (954) 597-3420 and let us help you.

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Beware of Unlicensed Contractors.


Important Notice: Lend us a hand. THE

wastewater (sanitary sewer) system for the City of Tamarac is experiencing problems due to an overload of debris found in the pump stations. Wastewater, primarily through the flushing of toilets, is transported through the sewer lines to pump stations. The pump stations have impellers that process and move debris forward through the system to Broward County for treatment and disposal. The problem the Pump Stations are experiencing is due to an overload of non-flushable debris such as: paper tow-

els, disposable cleaning or dust rags, diapers, 3-ply paper towels, and other similar items. These items tangle in the impellers of the pumps slowing their capacity and, in some cases, disabling them completely until repairs can be made. To avoid mechanical failures and future back-ups to the City’s wastewater collection system, please refrain from the disposing of such items through the sanitary (toilet) system, and remember to recycle your eligible paper products. For more information contact: (954) 597-3765.


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June 28 - July 20, 2008 SHOW TIMES:

Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM TICKETS:

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With the redesign of the Tam-A-Gram, we are introducing a new "flip for it" format... so go ahead, flip over the magazine to DISCOVER our new and improved Discovery section. Discovery includes the information you need to know about the activities, programs and services offered by Tamarac Parks and Recreation.

Discover the Benefits of Tamarac Parks and Recreation


All American Celebration Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a comfortable evening watching the band play until the fabulous fireworks display starts. The event promises to be fun for all, with plenty of games and activities. Please no personal fireworks or alcoholic beverages. Refreshments will be sold during the event. Where: Tamarac Sports Complex When: Friday, July 4, 2008, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Fee: Free

Several Tamarac residents enjoy the annual lunch with Uncle Sam.

Princess Party The royal celebration will take place at the enchanted kingdom. Children ages 5-11 are welcome! Treat yourself like a princess! Enjoy cupcakes, cookies, punch, games, crafts and giveaways. Sign up at the Tamarac Community Center. Pre-Registration is required (space limited to the first 100 children). Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Saturday, August 16, 2008, 10:00 AM Fee: Residents: $10, Non-residents: $20 Continued: Discovery Section Page 2

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Senior Lunch with Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross Enjoy an all American Lunch with hosts Uncle Sam and Betsy Ross at the Tamarac Community Center. Hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fixings will be served. Get your tickets in advance at the Tamarac Community Center (space limited to the first 200 senior citizens). Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 12:00 PM Fee: $5.00 per ticket

Special Events Continued From: Discovery Section Page 1


Caporella Aquatic Center Summer Pool Parties Enjoy a fun evening at the themed pool parties at the Caporella Aquatic Complex from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Where: Caporella Aquatic Complex When: Hawaiian Luau Party – July 18, 2008 / Caribbean Island Night – August 6, 2008, 7:00 – 10:00 PM Fee: Residents: $3/Adults, $1.75/Children (12 years & under); Non-residents: $3.50/Adults, $2/Children (12 years & under) Dive-In Movie Wrap up the summer with swimming and a movie. The Caporella Aquatic Complex is combining the two with a Dive-In Movie. Families will enjoy watching “Surf’s Up” on a large screen visible from the deep end and the zero depth entrance of the water. Viewers can also stay dry by watching the movie from the pool deck. The movie will begin at dusk, and the features and slide will be turned off. The pool's concession stand will be open and offering pizza, candy, and other refreshments. Where: Caporella Aquatic Complex When: Friday, September 12, 2008, 8:00 PM Fee: Residents: $3/Adults, $1.75/Children (12 years & under); Non-residents: $3.50/Adults, $2/Children (12 years & under) Artist of the Month Exhibit Visit the Tamarac Community Center to view the Artist-of-theMonth exhibit. July: 9 Muses Art Center "Inspiring Since 1996" (Mixed Media) Aug.: Shirley Tiano “Evolution” (Acrylics) Sept.: Reginald LaChance “Living Wood” (Wood) Show Your Talent! Calling all local artists! Show off your creativity and share your love of art with the residents of Tamarac. If you are interested in displaying your artwork, applications are available at the Tamarac Community Center. For more information, please call (954) 597-3635.

PARK AND RECREACTION FACILITIES LOCATIONS Caporella Aquatic Complex 9300 N.W. 58 Street Tamarac Community Center 8601 W. Commercial Boulevard Tamarac Park 7501 N. University Drive Tamarac Sports Complex 9901 N.W. 77 Street For more information on any of the programs or activities listed in the Discovery section of the Tam-A-Gram, please contact Tamarac Parks and Recreation at: (954) 597-3620. Times and locations may be subject to change without notice. Please call with questions or to confirm availability.

ADULT TRIPS Register for all trips at the Tamarac Community Center located at 8601 W. Commercial Boulevard from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. All bus trips will leave from this location. For information, call (954) 597-3620. Trips are subject to cancellation. No refunds one month prior to trip date (no exceptions). Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park/Boca Raton Friday, July 11th: “King of Diamonds” A Neil Diamond Tribute Friday, July 25th: “Jimmy Buffet Tribute” Experience the “Summer Musical Series” at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Enjoy a light dinner at the many restaurants or check out the local vendors for a hot dog on your own. Also, enjoy browsing the fine shops before the concert. Chairs for the concert can be rented for $2.00 or bring your own. Bus leaves at 4:30 PM and returns at 10:00 PM. Fee: Residents: $13.00, Non-residents: $23.00 (per trip) Isle of Capri Tuesday, August 19th Come experience the newest casino around. With extensive experience in multiple gaming jurisdictions, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. is one of the most seasoned companies in the regional gaming entertainment industry. Isle of Capri is located at Pompano Park. Sign up for your Isle One Card and enjoy the benefits. Bus leaves at 11:00 AM and returns at 4:00 PM. Fee: Residents: $5.00, Non-residents: $10.00 Laffing Matterz Thursday, September 18th The Laffing Matterz Theater is recognized as one of the top restaurants in South Florida offering gourmet dining and live entertainment. It’s a musical satire to expose the folly and vice we see every day in politics, TV, courtrooms, and more. Bus leaves 6:30 PM and will return approximately 11 PM. Fee: Residents: $59.00, Non-residents: $69.00 Biltmore Estate and Asheville, North Carolina Sunday through Friday, September 14-19, 2008 (6 days/5 nights) Depart by motor coach as you head for beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, nested among the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the trip you will enjoy a guided tour of Asheville along with a visit to the spectacular Biltmore Estate, America’s largest privately owned home, and Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, NC. The journey home will include a stop at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC. Deposit of $75.00 due at registration. Balance will be due July 9, 2008. Fee: Residents: $475.00 per person/dbl., Non-residents: $485.00 per person/dbl.

adult Adult Activities

All classes held at Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Boulevard. (954) 597-3620.


Senior Zumba When: Monday at 11:30 AM

Scrabble/Dominoes Club When: Monday at 10:00 AM

Coffee Talk When: 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 10:00 AM

Meditation When: Monday at 12:30 PM

Movie Matinee When: Monday and Wednesday at 1:00 PM (free popcorn)

Tai Chi When: Monday at 1:00 PM

Bingo When: Mondays at 12:30 PM

Line Dancing When: Friday at 12:15 PM

Happy Hookers Knitting Club When: Monday at 2:00 PM

Balance Exercise When: Wednesday at 11:00 AM / Friday at 1:30 PM

Creative Writing Group When: Tuesday at 10:00 AM

Co-ed Basketball When: Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 AM Volleyball When: Monday at 11:45 AM / Wednesday at 10:30 AM / Thursday at 11:30 AM Yogalites When: Wednesday and Friday at 12:15 PM Stretch & Tone When: Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 AM Yoga When: Monday at 10:30 AM Chair Yoga When: Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM Arthritis Water Fitness Class When: Wednesday at 12:00 PM Secure & Fit Exercise Class When: Wednesday at 12:00 PM

Painting Class When: Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM What’s Your Opinion? When: Wednesday at 10:00 AM Cranium Quiz Game When: Thursday at 10:30 AM Walking Club When: Thursday at 9:00 AM


Line Dancing (Intermediate) When: Tuesday, 7:15 – 8:45 PM Fee: Residents: $5, Non-residents: $6 Line Dancing When: Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM (Beginner) / 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Intermediate) Fee: Residents: $7, Non-residents: $8 Middle Eastern Dance When: Tuesday, 7:10 – 8:40 PM Fee: Residents: $45, Non-residents: $55 Afro-Caribbean Dance When: Thursday, 7:00 – 8:00 PM (6-week sessions) Fee: Residents: $42, Non-residents: $52

SPECIALTY CLASSES Clay Workshop Price includes some clay and use of kiln When: Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 – 8:30 PM (8-week sessions) Fee: Residents: $55, Non-residents: $65 Beginner Spanish When: Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM (8-week session) Fee: Residents: $35, Non-residents: $45

Meet and Greet Dance When: Thursday at 1:00 PM


Arts & Crafts When: Thursday at 1:00 PM

Learn the basics of computer word processing or navigating the Internet.

Mah Jong Lessons When: Thursday at 10:00 AM

Windows Computer When; Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (four classes) Fee: Residents: $35, Non-residents: $45

Computer Club When: 1st Friday of the Month at 9:30 AM Battle of the Sexes Trivia When: Friday at 2:00 PM Daily Card Playing When: Monday through Friday at 12:30 PM

Beginner Internet When: Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 – 8:30 PM (four classes) Fee: Residents: $35, Non-residents: $45

Duplicate Bridge When: Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 PM Fee: Residents: $4.00, Non-residents: $5.00



Jazzercise When: Monday at 9:00 AM / Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10:00 AM





Teen Council This program is designed to assist teens in developing and maintaining high standards of health, education, character, and citizenship necessary to grow into responsible, productive adults. Teens will enjoy interactive meetings, field trips, volunteer work, and much more. Where: Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center When: Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Ages: 12 – 17 years old Fee: Residents: $15, Non-residents: $25/year Music Lessons This music class will teach children ages 6-11 how to identify notes, read music, the location of keys on a piano and more. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Tuesdays (4-week session) Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM Fee: Residents: $40, Non-residents: $50

Tutorial Program Tamarac will be offering an after-school tutorial program in reading and math. This is a computer based program that directly relates to the FCAT test. Where: Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center When: Wednesdays (4-week session starts in September) Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM Ages: 7-14 years old Fee: Resident: $69, Non-Resident: $79 I am an Artist Students are inspired to create an art masterpiece by learning Monet, Picasso and more. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Wednesdays (4-week session) Time: 4:45 – 5:30 PM Ages: 4 – 11 years old Fee: Residents: $49, Non-residents: $59 I am a Princess Children will learn manners, greetings, hairstyles, the art of posing, how to set a table, use of utensils, and much more. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Wednesdays (4-week session) Time: 3:45 – 4:30 PM Ages: 4 – 11 years old Fee: Residents: $35, Non-residents: $45 Drama Class So you think you can act? If so, this class is for you. DRAMA will teach your child self-confidence, discipline, motivation, and team building skills. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Wednesdays (4-week sessions) Starts in September Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM Fee: Residents: $60, Non-Residents: $70

Youth Activities DANCE CLASSES

Ballet, Tap, & Jazz Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Saturday, 10:00 - 10:45 AM Ages: 3 - 5 years old Fee: Residents: $40, Non-residents: $50 (Classes are 4-week sessions)

Hip Hop Dance Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Saturday, 12:00 - 12:45 PM Ages: 6 -11 years old Fee: Residents: $40, Non-residents: $50 (Classes are 4-week sessions)

Cheerleading Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Saturday, 11:00 - 11:45 AM Ages: 5 -10 years old Fee: Residents: $40, Non-residents: $50 (Classes are 4-week sessions)

Gymnastics Where: Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center When: Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Ages: 4 – 9 years old Fee: Residents: $40, Non-residents: $50 (Classes are 4-week sessions)

BabyDance BabyDance is a new and innovative creative movement program that encourages physical activity in toddlers & preschoolers. Where: Tamarac Community Center Ages: 16 months-4 years old When: Wednesdays, 10:00 – 10:45 AM Fee: Residents: $48 per monthly session, Non-residents: $58

SPORTS & FITNESS Jumpstart After-School This fitness program is designed to help children get active and healthy and to become more physically active and adopt heart healthy eating habits that are essential to lifelong health. Where: Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center When: Wednesdays (4-week sessions start September 3, 2008) Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM Ages: 7 – 11 years old Fee: Residents: $10, Non-residents: ? Youth Tennis Lessons Instruction includes hand-eye coordination, racquet skills, and stroke production for beginners and intermediate students. Where: Tamarac Sports Complex When: Tuesdays (4-weeks sessions) Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM Ages: 6-12 years old Fee: Residents: $40, Non-residents: $50 SOCCERTOTS Curriculum is professionally designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness and create self confidence in children. Classes are broken into three age groups. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Wednesdays or Thursdays (9-week session) Time: 2:30 PM – 18 Months to 35 Months, 3:30 PM – Ages 3-4, 4:30 PM - Ages 4 to 5 Ages: 18 months to 5 years old Fee: Residents: $129, Non-Residents: $139



The Social Services Division is pleased to offer these services to our residents. All services are provided at the Tamarac Community Center (TCC) unless noted otherwise. Call the Information and Referral line at (954) 597-3642 any time you need information on social service programs that may be available in Broward County. For any transportation issues, to register for our Transportation Program or to inquire about transit, please call the Transportation Office direct line at (954) 597-3649.

All services and groups held at the Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Boulevard / (954) 597-3620.

Women’s Success Group Women’s Success Group is a therapeutic support group for women of all ages. Topics include empowerment, self-improvement, relationships, legal issues, domestic violence, and parenting. Sessions are facilitated by Lakshmi Subrahmanian, a licensed mental health counselor. Call (954) 597-3642 to register. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Free sessions take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Blood Pressure Screenings When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Free Eyeglass Repair Program Get free help repairing your eyeglasses; screw and nose replacements, minor frame and nose pad adjustments. No appointment necessary. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Tuesday, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Guiding Good Choices Guiding Good Choices is a five session curriculum to educate adults about the challenges and difficulties faced by youths. Sponsored by the Broward County Substance Abuse Commission and facilitated by Tamarac Broward Sheriffs Office. Please call Dwight at (954) 661-9365 for more information. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM League for the Hard of Hearing Provides amplified phones and TDDs free of charge to residents of the State of Florida who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Please call Social Services at (954) 597-3642 for any questions. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Bereavement Support Group When: Every Monday, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Consumer Affairs Advisor Do you have a consumer related problem? To participate, you must be a Tamarac Resident with no legal representation. Call (954) 597-3626 for an appointment. When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eye Screenings Please call (954) 597-3642 to set up an appointment. Hearing Screenings When: 1st Wednesday of the month, 9:00 - 10:30 AM LUNCH: Meals on Wheels Served at 11:30 AM for seniors 60 and older. Suggested donation is $2. Provided by Broward Meals on Wheels. Must reserve a meal no later than noon the day prior by calling Patrick Massaquoi at (954) 724-2544 between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Mammovan Mobile Mammography Screening provided by North Broward Hospital District. Most insurance is accepted. If insurance is unavailable, there will be a $58 fee to cover the cost. A referral is recommended. No HMO taken. Call (954) 597-3642 to schedule your appointment. Osteoporosis Screenings Call 1-800-257-0944 for an appointment. When: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Free 911 Cell Phones for Seniors Free cell phones that dial 911 for seniors 60 and older who qualify. Project S.A.F.E. meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 9:30 AM. Call (954) 597-3642 to set up an appointment. Donations of cell phones are accepted. Senior Coping Skills Group When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Senior Social Join us for bagels and coffee and an educational lecture sponsored by the Coral Springs Medical Center. When: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 AM SHINE Counselor Serving Health Insurance Needs for the Elderly. Call (954) 5973642 to set up an appointment. When: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Veterans Advisor When: Every Friday, 8:00 – 11:00 AM


FISH (Families Invested Support Health) FISH is a free support group for families of children whose behavior challenges family relationships, social development, and school performance. Sponsored by the Mental Health Association and funded by the Broward County Human Services Department. Call (954) 746-2055 or e-mail for more information. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Alzheimer’s Support Group When: 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 10:30 AM




ZUMBA! Zumba is a dynamic and exciting class full of Latin and exotic music flavors. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Wednesday and Friday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Fee: 4-week session: Resident: $25, Non-resident: $35; 6-week session: Resident: $32, Non-resident: $42; 8-week session: Resident: $35, Non-resident: $45

Where: Tamarac Community Center. Fees: Resident: $4, Non-resident: $5 (per class); or Resident: $36, Non-resident: $46 (10 classes); or Resident: $106, Non-resident: $159 (annual membership)

Badminton Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturdays at 5:00 – 8:00 PM Fee: Residents: $2/person, Non-residents: $4/person Table Tennis Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Saturdays at 5:00 – 9:00 PM Fee: Residents: $1.00, Non-residents: $2.00 Open Gym Where: Tamarac Community Center When: Adults: Sundays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Youth: Monday – Friday, 3:00 – 5:30 PM, Sundays – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Fee: Adults: $3.00/per visit; Youth Resident: $5.00; Youth Nonresident: $10.00 Open Gym Where: Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center When: Youth: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Fee: Youth Resident: $5.00; Youth Non-resident: $10.00 Youth & Adult Taekwondo Where: Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center When: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 PM (beginners ages 7-12); 6:00 – 7:00 PM (advanced ages 7 & older); 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (adult) Fee: Residents: $70, Non-residents: $80.00 (4-week session; 50% discount for additional family member)

Step Aerobics/Kickboxing When: Monday, 6:00 – 7:00 PM / Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Pilates When: Monday, 7:00 – 8:00PM Boot Camp When: Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Hi/Low Impact Aerobics When: Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:00 PM Yoga When: Saturday, 9:00 – 10:00 AM / Monday, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Body Sculpting/Kickboxing When: Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 PM / Friday, 6:00 – 7:00 PM / Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

TAMARAC ATHLETICS The following sports leagues are offered in the City of Tamarac. Please contact the sports league at the phone number provided for more information. Youth Sports Leagues......................................Phone Number Little League...................................................(954) 720-0301 T-Ball/Coach Pitch..........................................(954) 720-0301 Youth Soccer...................................................(954) 804-5022 Youth Basketball.............................................(954) 722-1166 Girl’s Softball...................................................(954) 720-7080 Youth Football/Cheerleading...........................(954) 721-5131 Adult Leagues...................................................Phone Number Men’s Basketball.............................................(954) 533-5538 Men’s Softball.................................................(954) 726-2013 Men’s Soccer..................................................(954) 553-0272 Coed Softball..................................................(954) 720-7103



Visit the Caporella Aquatic Center located at 9300 NW 58 Street. Enjoy it’s many amenities including a 25 meter swimming pool with zero depth entry and slide, children’s water playground, 3,000 sq. ft. fitness room, locker rooms, picnic tables, chairs, large pavilion, and concession stand.

Get in shape by joining the Tamarac Wellness Center located at the Caporella Aquatic Center located at 9300 NW 58 Street. The wellness center offers free weights, machines, treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, recumbent lifecycles, and more. Visit the Tamarac Wellness Center for information on membership fees and packages or call (954) 597-3661.

Early Lap Swimming: Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00 – 10:00 AM Pool Hours: (Pool closed December through February) Weekdays: Pool: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Slide and Sprayground: 2:30 – 6:00 PM Weekends: Pool: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Slide and Sprayground: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Summer: Pool: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Slide and Sprayground: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Pool Fees: Daily Fees Adult Senior/Student/Military (All must show ID) Child (12 and under)

Resident $3.00 $2.00

Non-resident $3.50 $2.25




Senior Program

(Groups of 15 or more people receive a 10% discount — must book in advance) Splash Card: (10 Visits) Resident Non-resident Adult $27.00 $31.50 Senior/Student/Military $18.00 $20.25 (All must show ID) Child (12 and under) $15.75 $18.00


*For rental information and fees, please call (954) 597-3660. Swim Lessons Swim Lessons are offered for beginner level swimmers. Swimmers will learn front float, back float, and general arm and leg motions for swimming freestyle and backstroke. Parent—Tot: Ages 3-5; Level 1: Ages 6 & older; Level 2: Intermediate; Adult: Level 1 When: Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00 AM / Tuesday and Thursday: 6:00 – 6:50 PM Fee: Residents: $40.00, Non-residents: $50.00 Water Aerobics Get a total body workout to improve motor skills, balance, strength, and posture. Moderate to high level of cardio will be achieved. When: Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 – 6:45 PM Fee: Residents: $45, Non-residents: $55 Pro-active Arthritis Water Exercise Class Work on balance and coordination while increasing range of motion, joint flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness without causing strain. When: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Fee: Senior Program Members: Free, Non-Senior Program Members: $2.00

What is the best kept secret in Tamarac? The Senior Program at the Tamarac Community Center on West Commercial Boulevard! The Parks and Recreation Department offers a diversified program for seniors ages 55 and up Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:00pm. Where else can you go for a fitness class, to play volleyball, go line dancing, yogalites, card playing, duplicate bridge, water fitness classes and a movie — all for $25 a year! And those are just the Wednesday activities! And right now all fees are prorated… sign-up this month and residents pay only $12.50 while non-residents pay $22.50 and your membership is valid through September 30, 2008. With over 30 different activities, programs and services per week, there is truly something for everyone. For more information and to check out our program listing, please visit the Community Center located at 8601 W. Commercial Boulevard, or call for more information (954) 597-3620.


Individual Membership (Fees are Pro-rated and membership expires September 30th) Residents Non-Residents One time visit: $7.95 $9.01 April 1st: $79.50 $132.50 July 1st: $39.75 $66.25

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