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May 21, 2008: City Commissioners honor locals’ accomplishments

On Tuesday, May 20, 2008, the Coral Springs City Commission made the following recognitions and proclamations:

· Recognized Vincent Medina from Ramblewood Middle School for winning the 68th Miami Herald Spelling Bee in Broward County. Medina will be competing at a national competition on May 25, 2008.

· Recognized Sawgrass Springs Middle School for being one of four Broward County public schools to win national honors from Magnet Schools of America. The group named Sawgrass Springs Middle School a Magnet School of Excellence in Environmental Science and Technology. “Sawgrass Springs has great staff and wonderful students,” Commissioner Gold said. “For them to receive this national honor is just fantastic.” 

· Recognized the following people and organizations for their invaluable support at this year’s Waterway Cleanup in March: Coral Springs Improvement District, North Springs Improvement District, Target, Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream Store, Coral Springs Forum Publishing Group, Commissioner Claudette Bruck, the Coral Springs Fire Department, Rick Engle, Todd Frank, Janet Gold, Michael Gold, Louis Goldstein, Cody Johnson, David Marks, Albert Russel, Jennifer Spencer, Michael Spencer, Susan Spencer, Steve Uber, Chad Unterbrink, Mark Westfall and Barbara Wolf. “Over the past 13 years, we have continued to break volunteer records. It is the largest volunteer event in Coral Springs and I’m grateful to everyone who participates,” Commissioner Gold said.

· Recognized Coral Springs Firefighter/Paramedic Stephanie Palmer for recently being named Paramedic of the Year for 2007 by the Broward County Fire Chief’s Association. Palmer was off duty, traveling to Orlando when an SUV rolled over in front of her. She was the first on the scene and she did all she could for the patients until local rescue transported them to the hospital. In 2006, Palmer was deployed to help post-Hurricane Katrina. She is a young mother who left her then 1-year-old son with family to help the people in Gulf Port and New Orleans. “This is the definition of a true American hero,” Fire Chief Mark Curran said.

· Proclaimed the week of May 18, 2008, as Emergency Medical Services Week in appreciation of our emergency medical services teams that provide life-saving care to those in need 24 hours a day. “On behalf of the City, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you do on a daily basis,” Mayor Scott Brook said.

· Proclaimed the week of June 2, 2008, as Code Enforcement Officer’s Appreciation Week. Code enforcement officers provide for the safety, health and welfare of residents by enforcing building, zoning, housing, environmental codes and other ordinances. “We have a terrific crew and our officers do a tremendous job out on the field. We all work together as a team to provide the community safe and aesthetic neighborhoods,” Chief Code Enforcement Officer Ken Maroney said.



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