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October 22, 2008: City recognizes locals’ accomplishments

On October 21, City Commissioners recognized the accomplishments and achievements of several residents for their commitment to the community.


-         Recognized Michael Wites for helping save a woman’s life after she became trapped under her car. Wites, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, helped an elderly woman standing near her car put on a raincoat before making his way into the 1500 building on University Drive. He looked back at the woman in time to see her car rolling backwards and knocking her underneath. Wites pushed the car off the woman before EMS arrived to transport the woman to the hospital.

o       “I’m so appreciative of your effort. As long as I’ve been on the commission, I don’t really recall seeing many or any lifesaving commendations, so this is rare honor that you received and well deserved,” Commissioner Roy Gold said.

-         Recognized the winners of the “Importance of Voting” poster contest. The poster contest was an initiative of the Customer-Involved Government Committee in 2004 to increase voter turnout, and this year local children submitted more than 200 posters. Winners are:

o       Grades kindergarten through second: Michelle Guralnick (first place, Westchester Elementary); Mia Raducci (second place, Ramblewood Elemenetary); and Eric Diano (third place, Coral Park Elementary).

o       Grades third through fifth: Chelsea Liroff (first place, Park Springs Elementary); Sofia Castaneda (second place, Park Springs Elementary); and Nicholas Shindle (third place, Park Springs Elementary).


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