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March 18, 2009: City Commission recognizes local accomplishments and proclamations

On Tuesday, March 17, the Coral Springs City Commission recognized Boy Scouts Troop 397. Scoutmaster David Chen has led Troop 397 since September 2006. Since then, this troop made numerous contributions to our community and beyond, having logged more than 1,100 volunteer hours in 2008 alone.

”We teach our boys that it’s better to give of themselves than to take,” Chen said.

“I encourage any youth to join the Boy Scouts because it’s more than just a uniform. It’s about family values and giving back to the community,” Vice Mayor Vince Boccard added.

The Commission also recognized local students Illissa Melamed, Anthony Regolizio and Nicole Regolizio for recently participating as Mayor for the Day. “I do this not only so that they can be educated about local government and have fun, but I also learn from them,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “It is from the ideas of some of our Mayors for the Day that we are now texting teenagers.” Anyone interested in participating in the Mayor for the Day program should call 954-344-5906.

The Commission also recognized Autoworks Collision and Paint for their continued support of Project CS Teen Car Club and for helping the teens finish the Blazer in time for the Teen Car Show held in February. Owners Guy and Laurie Vignola have donated hundreds of hours to the painting of the Blazer.

“We had a great time working with the kids in the club and it was nice to see all of their enthusiasm restoring the car,” Guy Vignola said.

Al Lopez was also recognized for designing the graphics on the Blazer and for his dedication to Project CS.

“Autoworks Collision and Paint also opened up their body shop for the teens to work on their cars. With your help and support, we were able to raise $3,800 for Project CS,” Boccard said. To find out more on Project CS, visit

Later, the City proclaimed Saturday, March 28 as “Flip the Switch of the Globe Day.” Coral Springs is a supporter of sustainability, and on this day, the Commission encourages residents to unite with millions of citizens by committing to go dark for one hour at 8:30 p.m. As lights go out on this day, Earth Hour will bring global attention to the need to find solutions to climate change.

“Our City hopes to serve as an example of sustainability by flipping the switch,” Brook said.

Commissioners also recognized Coral Springs Fire Lt. Joseph Russoniello for his selection as 2008 Firefighter of the Year by the Coral Springs Fire Department. Carol Kalin was named 2008 Civilian Employee of the Year, and Assistant Chief Eduardo Lopez was awarded 2008 Supervisor of the Year.

“It’s through his hard work and his ability and dedication to motivate his staff that we have selected him for supervisor of the year,” Fire Chief Mark Curran said of Lopez.

Lastly, the City Commission recognized Coral Springs Police Detective Brad McKeone as 2008 Officer of the Year. Joann Brown was named 2008 Supervisor of the Year, and Tony Minutoli was awarded 2008 Civilian Employee of th

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