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April 7, 2010: City Commission proclaims Arbor Day, Communications Week and National Alcohol Awareness Month

During the Tuesday, April 6, Commission Meeting, City officials proclaimed April 17, 2010 as Arbor Day. This is a great time to plant trees for the many benefits they provide, including reducing topsoil erosion, cutting heating and cooling costs, moderating the temperature, cleaning the air, producing oxygen, providing wood for our homes, offering habitat for wildlife, and giving a renewable source of paper.

“Our City has a long and great career of planting thousands and thousands of trees to make our City ever so beautiful and we’re here to celebrate Arbor Day,” Commissioner Roy Gold said.

To celebrate Arbor Day, the City will be hosting EarthFest on Saturday, April 17 at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EarthFest features wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways to Coral Springs residents and refreshments. Sandy Ridge Sanctuary is located east of University Drive between Sample and Wiles Roads at 8501 N.W. 40th Street. For more information, call 954-344-1117.

Then, the Commission proclaimed the week of April 11 to 17, 2010 as National Public Safety Communications Week. This is a time to honor those persons who perform vital duties for municipal, county, state and federal public safety. Telecommunications personnel are the link between the public and the agencies that provide help. They often work long and hard hours under extremely stressful conditions. They are the nation’s unsung heroes who are responsible for helping to protect life and property.

“These folks are the unsung heroes of public safety. They do a phenomenal job and they respond to over 185,000 calls for service every year,” Police Chief Duncan Foster said. “We have a very unique distinction with Margate of being the only free standing completely self-sufficient communications system within Broward County.”

Lastly, officials proclaimed April 2010 as National Alcohol Awareness Month. This April, the Coral Springs Commission highlighted the important issue of underage drinking by joining the NCADD in this proclamation. Alcohol use by young people is associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, and other problem behaviors.

“With the amount of young people in our community, it is one of the concerns that we have to be vigilant about,” Chief Foster said. “We know that education works, and we are confident that the more we educate people, they’re going to see that turning to alcohol and narcotics is not a road they should go down on.”
Photos of these recognitions will be available on Wednesday, April 7 at 

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