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August 19, 2009: Commission recognizes locals' achievements

During the Tuesday, August 18, City Commission meeting, officials recognized Coral Springs Police Explorers Post 276 for placing second overall in a statewide competition. The competition, which took place in Coral Springs and featured teams from Tampa to Miami, included nine team-based scenarios and two individual events. Coral Springs Police Officers from Community Services, Tactical and Gang Unit, and the Bike Unit helped oversee the scenarios. The Coral Springs Explorers placed second by a mere .75 points.

“They have done an outstanding job in finishing second in the statewide competition for the Explorers,” said Commissioner Tom Powers, himself a former police officer. “This program is an outstanding program the police department has. It teaches leadership, shows officers as tremendous role models… and points them in a direction that is exactly what we like to see.”

Explorers recognized were: Michael O’Brien; Matthew Maguire; Ryan Biro; Troy Murdock; Lee Chamoff; Dakota Dussault; Jon Marlieb; Danny Powers; and Frank Weber. Commissioners also recognized advisor Ronni Kessler for her dedication, assistance and training to the post.

Next, Commissioners recognized Ramblewood Middle School student Vincent Medina for placing 17th overall in the 82nd Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. The fierce competition, annually broadcast on national television, began with 293 spellers.

“We just want you to know how proud we are of this young man,” Commissioner Roy Gold said. “This is the second time he’s taken part in the National Spelling Bee of Scripps… You did a great job.” Medina finished in 25th place in 2008.

Commissioners also recognized representatives from the Coral Springs Medical Center for making various landscape improvements to their property for the aesthetic and environmental benefits of the entire Coral Springs community.

“This is all part of the new ER… It’s a $21 million project, it’s extremely complicated, and the City’s Building Department has been there lockstep with us,” said Coral Springs Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Patrick Maloney. “We will continue to provide great services.”

Commissioners then recognized a group of 10 City employees who won the quarterly Applause Card drawing. Applause Cards are internal awards given to employees who provide premier customer service, and each quarter, 10 are chosen in a random drawing and recognized publicly at the meetings.
Employees recognized were: Juan Alonso (Police); Les Cheek (Information Services); Brian Elkin (Police); Jim Eveker (Police); Chris Gamba (Public Works); Lucien Gennaro (Police); Candaze Oltz (Fire); Gerald Snell (Fire); Mike Stanton (Public Works); and Rhonda Troino (City Manager’s Office).

“These few people represent over 300 employees that have been recognized with Applause Cards for what they do for us, the community,” Gold said. “Thank you for your representation. Thank you for your service.”

Local authors and poets also were recognized at the meeting for their literary and creative contributions. Mayor Scott Brook said he wanted to showcase local authors and poets because their talents often go unnoticed. Nearly 30 authors and poets were recognized Tuesday night, but Commissioners are still seeking more honorees for future meetings and events.

“It’s wonderful to know we have such talent, so congratulations and on behalf of the entire city, we’re glad you’re ours,” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said.

The final recognition went to the Tennis Center of Coral Springs USTA 2009 Broward Adult Mixed Doubles 7.0 team for becoming Broward County champions and advancing to the championships in Daytona later this year. The team is repeat winners, as it won the same division championship in 2007.

“We know that Coral Springs is truly the place to work, play and raise a family,” said team captain Fiesta Nicolas. “We play hard at the Tennis Center of Coral Springs.”

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