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July 8, 2009: City Commission recognizes locals' accomplishments

On Tuesday, July 7, the City Commission recognized members of the City’s Green Study Circles Planning Committee. As a sub-committee of the Customer-Involved Government Committee, Green Study Circles participants looked at best practices to guide the City toward becoming even more eco-friendly.

Committee members recognized included: Chairwoman Lorraine Campbell; Vice Chairman Zen Belmond; Vice Chairman Gordon Boast; Cyndi Amaya; Hilda Fiammetta; John Faiella; Rebecca Gervasi; Dae Gilmer; Gerald Modell; Stephen Oyer-Owens; and Linda Vercillo.

 “This is one of the best committees you could ever want,” Commissioner Tom Powers said. Powers also explained that Study Circles are special meetings of citizen volunteers to discuss topics the Commission and residents identify as important.

After several planning and brainstorming meetings, Green Study Circles members identified five themes for exploration: public education on sustainability; energy savings on large appliances; water usage; recycling; and what to do about your vehicle. City staff and committee members will be working together to review the committee’s suggestions.

“We have been working on this event since February, and it has been a weekly event – meetings, events, going out and getting the word out to the public about how important it is about our environment,” Campbell said.

Also at the meeting, Commissioners proclaimed Wednesday, July 22 as Dave Aizer Day in Coral Springs. Aizer, a long-time Coral Springs resident, hosts the WSFL-TV show Live and covers issues pertinent to the City.

“Dave is homegrown in Coral Springs, and if you haven’t seen Dave, he is the main guy, he is the superstar on Live,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “He’s been very helpful to the city, especially connecting us with other citizens on Facebook.”

Aizer, who moved to Coral Springs with his family in 1985 at age 11, attended local schools and played Little League sports. He told the Commission that his family still lives in the same house where he grew up.

 “First of all, this is about the coolest thing that could ever happen, so thank you to everybody for making this happen,” Aizer said. “This is really a dream come true. I love Coral Springs. This is where I want to raise my family. I don’t ever want to leave South Florida.”

State Representative Ari Porth (D-Coral Springs) also recognized local winners of this year’s Florida House of Representatives Community Service Awards. Honorees earned the recognition for everything from helping the homeless to cleaning up neighborhood trash.

“These young people are off the charts,” Porth said.

 For more on the July 7 meeting, visit

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