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May 20, 2009: City Commission recognizes teachers and local volunteers

On Tuesday, May 19, the Commission recognized local 2009 Teachers of the Year as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. The teachers recognized were: Freddy Ponton, Ingrid Larragoity, Gayle Boshek, Stephen Gesin, Melissa Goldstein, Alicia Blonde, Suzanne Tresser Sinberg, Kim Norton, Evelyn Sibelle, Johanna Adams, Linda Recchio, Dori White, Margaret Dougherty Moccia, Jennifer Lucas, Janice Woods, Sylvia Simmons, Brent Van Maanen, Amy Oppy, Charwin Erich, Melissa Carrasquillo, Jessica Lisi, Helene Weingarten, Karen Zwerling, Gina VanVliet, Gisela Parra, Roxanne Lay, Katie Policastro and Miriam Miniet.

 “We really thank you from the bottom of our hearts for teaching our children. It’s because of what you do for our community that you make our City as valuable and loved and appreciated as it is, so thank you,” Mayor Scott Brook said.

“The City has always been so supportive of our schools and in times like these where things are so difficult, it’s nice to have evenings like this where we get to share the good things that are happening. It’s always about the kids,” Sawgrass Springs Middle School’s Teacher of the Year Dori White said.

The City Commission also recognized a number of volunteers and sponsors of this year’s Waterway Cleanup, held in March. The Coral Springs site was once again the largest site in the county with over 470 registered volunteers.

“I just want to thank Commissioner Gold for his leadership, vision and dedication over all these years with the Waterway Cleanup. You make a big difference in the community with this and in many other ways,” Mayor Brook said. 

Sponsors recognized include Lowe’s Home Improvement, Kilwin’s Ice Cream, Coral Springs Forum Publishing Group, Adopt A Mile, North Springs Improvement District and Coral Springs Improvement District. Some of the volunteers recognized include Commissioner Claudette Bruck, Dae Gilmer, Janet Gold, Michael Gold, Cody Johnson, Susana Soler, Jennifer Spencer, Michael Spencer, Susan Spencer, Barbara Wolf, Robert Wolf, Rick Engle, Lou Goldstein, David Marks, Chad Unterbrink, Mark Westfall and the Coral Springs Fire Department.
“Thank you so much for your contribution to this event. Without you and all the other volunteers, this event would not be as great as it is and I cannot thank them enough,” Commissioner Gold said.

The City Commission also recognized Adam Kam for being voted to represent the South team in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association State All Star game and for being voted by the County Coaches to be the FACA 6A Broward County Player of the Year.

The Commission also proclaimed the week of May 17 as Emergency Medical Services Week. During this week, we recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical service providers and ask our residents to join the City in thanking our providers.

“EMS is such a big part of what we do and we’re very proud of what all of our firefighters do on a daily basis and we thank you,” Deputy Fire Chief Frank Babinec said.

They City also proclaimed May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed in great and significant ways, including works of literature and art, as athletes, and in the world of academia and technology. During this month, we remember the challenges they have faced and celebrate their achievements.

The month of May is also National Bicycle Safety Month. During this month, the Commission wants to encourage safety and awareness as part of the City’s Move Over bicycle safety campaign.

“Cycling is a sport, a hobby and a fitness activity that is health conscious and environmentally friendly, yet safety is a concern for all cyclists,” Founding member of CSP Express Kurt Taylor said.

The City is offering a free bicycle safety class on Thursday, May 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Broward County’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Mark Horowitz has over 40 years of cycling experience and he will be sharing tips for cyclists and drivers alike on how to stay safe on the road, help minimize cyclists’ chances of injury, and more. The presentation will be given at the West Wing Conference Room at City Hall, located at 9551 W. Sample Road. To register or for more information, call 954-344-1039. For more information on the City’s Move Over Campaign, visit

The Cultural Foundation of Broward presented the Moretti Award to the Coral Springs Museum of Art and Executive Director Barbara O’Keefe on Friday, May 15, for the Museum’s outstanding achievement.

“The arts and the art community within Coral Springs and Broward County all know what you have done for our City. You’ve been there since the beginning and you’ve had world-reknown artists exhibit at the museum,” Commissioner Gold said. “You and your team have done a great job.”

Lastly, the City proclaimed the month of May as Elder Law Month, which encompasses laws for estate planning, asset protection, incapacity planning, residence rights and more. The City dedicates this month to educating the community about this law.


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