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April 22, 2009: City Commission recognizes young role models

On Tuesday, April 21, the Commission also recognized eighth grade students Richard Minichiello and David Starr for creating a short documentary on global warming. Their video, titled “Global Warming – A Fight for the Future,” was awarded an Honorable Mention among more than 900 videos that were submitted.

“These young men have done a wonderful project, and not only were their efforts great but their results were great,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “I hope that you both will continue on in these type of endeavors because I think you show great leadership skills for our community.”

The City Commission recognized members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas DECA Chapter for recently winning the following awards at a state competition: Michelle Curran for winning 1st Place in Business Services Marketing; Kyle Houston and Evan Dweck for placing first in Business Law and Ethics; Stephanie Goldman for taking the gold in International Entrepreneurship Business Plan; Lauren Polakoff for placing second in Apparel and Accessories Marketing; Ali Darrow and Jesse Henry for coming in third place in Business Law and Ethics; Matthew Flynn and Hamish Reed for placing third in Internet Entrepreneurship Business Plan and Ben Gajus for placing fourth in Hotel and Lodging Management. These students competed against 1,500 other DECA students throughout the State.

The Commission also honored fourth grade Maplewood Elementary student Roger Ali for having his original drawing included in the “Dear Mr. President” book. Only 150 entries were selected among 4,500 students nationwide. A digital copy of the book is available at

“Roger, you are quite a young man and our entire City and our Commission are very proud of you,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “You make a wonderful role model for others in our community.” 

Lastly, the City Commission presented Cadet Emmanuel Torres, 14, from the Coral Springs Civil Air Patrol, a Lifesaving Commendation from the Coral Springs Fire Department. On March 5, 2009, Torres performed the Heimlich maneuver on a 10 year-old girl who was having trouble breathing, saving her life. 

“Your bravery is wonderful and your preparation was excellent and that’s one of the things we teach you what we do through the Civil Air Patrol,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “We have some wonderful young role models in our community, like this cadet, that make a difference in people’s lives.”

Lastly, the Coral Springs City Commission proclaimed the week of April 26, 2009 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  The City recognizes that our response to crime victims plays an important role in their efforts to rebuild their lives following the offense.

“We have a wonderful department that is here to help you [victims] move forward,” Mayor Scott Brook said.

The Broward County Victim’s Rights Coalition has planned activities to commemorate crime victims, starting next Tuesday, April 28. For more information on these events, visit