During the Tuesday, January 19, City Commission meeting, officials, together with the Kiwanis Club, recognized Brett Fernon as the Mentor of the Month for December 2009. He has been involved with the Boy Scouts since the age of ten. He later joined the Marine Corps, and after serving our country for four years, he returned to Coral Springs and became active in scouting again.
“On behalf of the scouts, we’d like to honor Brett with an antique compass because he guides and leads these boys to their future,” Coral Springs Kiwanis Club President Ray Slapikas said.
“Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. Thank you for being such a fantastic mentor to our youth,” Mayor Scott Brook added.
The Commission also recognized the Holiday Parade Committee for the wonderful community event that was held on December 16, 2009. The Committee members recognized are Louis Goldstein, Susan Knight, Nedra Lyon, Dale Stouffer, Christine Parkinson-Jahrsdoerfer, Kim Sanecki, Joe Barbuto, Eric Schuster, Frank Gross, David Marks, Kris Boogren, Sandy Lieberman, Ron Besser, and Melissa Krupin.
“Without this committee, we couldn’t have the parade and again, it was a fabulous community celebration,” Brook said.
Officials also thanked this year’s parade sponsors: Advanced Cable Communications, Awards Pro, Baptist Health South Florida, Big 105.9, The Country Club of Coral Springs, Edco Awards, Maroone Ford, Sun-Sentinel, Wings Plus, and Winterfest Boat Parade.
Commissioners also recognized the winners:
Business Group Entries:
MAYOR’ CUP: Applebee's
VICE-MAYOR’S CUP: Two Men and A Truck
COMMISSIONER’S CUP: Coral Springs Moving & Storage
MAYOR’ CUP: Knights of Columbus
VICE-MAYOR’S CUP: St. Andrew Catholic Church
COMMISSIONER’S CUP: Sons of Norway
High School Band
J.P. Taravella High School Marching Band
Middle School Band
Sawgrass Springs Middle School Marching Band
“This is something that we put on year in and year out, regardless of the circumstances we may have in the economy. Last year’s parade is one of the best that I have been a part of and we thank you for all your support and participation,” Brook added.
The City Commission also recognized the support of community partners during the 2009 H1N1 Vaccination Campaign. Dispensing of vaccines was made possible thanks to the partnership with the Broward County Health Department, the Broward Health Hospital District, Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, Chick-Fil-A, Pepperoni Grill, Bonefish Grill, Applebee’s, Mythos and Toojay’s. Collectively, the partnership of federal, state, county, and private sectors with the City of Coral Springs resulted in more than 12,000 individuals being immunized in our community.
“The City of Coral Springs was definitely a first with respect to your pandemic influenza plan and with respect to being the first City to commit to the mass vaccination effort and to actually carry out a public point of dispensing,” Broward County Health Department Dr. Paula Thaqi said. “That has really paid off because Broward County has had fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths from H1N1 that you would except from our population, and we have more vaccinations recorded for the state than any other county.”
Lastly, officials recognized Sergeant Clyde Parry, Sergeant Brad Mock, Sergeant George Soberon, and Sergeant Shawn Backer for their promotion to Lieutenants. They also recognized Detective Glen Dorow, Detective Brad McKeone, and Officer Carla Gorman for their promotion to Sergeants.
“We always love the opportunity to extend our appreciation for your hard work, sacrifice and dedication to our community,” Brook said.
Photos of these recognitions will be available on Thursday, January 21 at www.CoralSprings.org/Commission/Recognitions.