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December 2, 2009: City Commission recognizes locals’ accomplishments

During the Tuesday, December 1, City Commission meeting, officials recognized Sawgrass Springs Middle School for its recent participation in setting the World Record for the largest simultaneous performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance. “It took a lot of practice but we all did it together and it came out great,” student Clarence Murray said.

Of the 103 students who participated in the performance, Murray, Daniel Adelstein, Simeon Coby, Alissa Laye, Taylor Lerner, Shawn Smith, and Dara Tinoco were recognized during the meeting.

“We’re very proud of you and thank you for participating in this,” Mayor Scott Brook said.

The City Commission also recognized Samantha Brook, Mayor Brook’s youngest child, for recently being honored by Westchester Elementary School as the “Kid of Character” for Respect in her third grade class.

When asked why it’s important to be respectful, she said “It’s important to be respectful so you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.”

“Samantha is unbelievable. She has a heart of gold and says exactly what she means. I’m so proud of her,” Mayor Brook said.

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: William Capplis (Police), Patricia Cummings (Development Services), Hillary Gentry (Police), Frank Gross (Public Works), James Miller (Police), Monique Morlan (Development Services), Patti Patruno (Police), Matthew Shuford (Police), Marla Sullivan (Police), and Steve Uber (Public Works).

“We’re glad you got caught in a good act. We want to thank you on behalf of all the employees because the City couldn’t be anywhere near as special without the dedication, time and love you give to it,” Mayor Brook said. “Thank you very much.” 

Lastly, officials gave a special thanks to this year’s Giving Tree sponsors –  Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable Communications. City Hall in the Mall hosted the 15th Annual Giving Tree Project on November 16, reminding residents to support our community by visiting local retailers for all holiday shopping needs as part of the City’s “Buy Coral Springs” initiative. 

“The Giving Tree is a great thing we do for the community, and we can’t give out these great food baskets and money to families that are in need in our community without the support of Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable Communications,” Mayor Brook said.

The Giving Tree is an annual project to collect and distribute toys, non-perishable food items and cash that will be donated to those less fortunate in our community. Constructed with non-perishable food and personal items that are donated by Wal-Mart, the tree is a reminder that the holidays are a wonderful time to share with those in need. All items used in the Giving Tree display and other donated items are distributed to local needy families. Advanced Cable Communications, which has included our Giving Tree Project in their Annual Holiday Toy Drive campaign, offers big savings on installation charges with a toy or cash donation.      

“Thank you, not just for this, but the many things you do for this City. It’s that kind of spirit that makes this City what it is and so I thank you on behalf of all of our residents,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck added.

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