During the Tuesday, April 20, Commission Meeting, City officials recognized the Broward Waterway Cleanup sponsors and volunteers. For the 15th year, the Coral Springs site of the Broward Waterway Cleanup was a huge success. Volunteer turnout at the site was again the highest in the County, with more than 520 people registering to help. Those volunteers retrieved an entire waste bin worth of trash from waterways in the City.
“I just want to thank the community for coming out to this event,” said Commissioner Roy Gold, who leads the Coral Springs site each year.
The City thanked the following sponsors: Coral Springs Improvement District, North Springs Improvement District, Sunshine Drainage District, Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream Store, Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, The Coral Springs Forum Publishing Group and Whole Foods Market.
The Commission also recognized the following volunteers: Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck, Janet Gold, Michael Gold, Susana Gold, Susan Spencer, Barbara Wolf and Robert Wolf.
“Roy, on behalf of the City Commission and our City, I want to extend our thanks and appreciation to you for your diligence and hard work over all these years as an activist, as a volunteer, as a wonderful commissioner for our City. Thanks for leading this,” Mayor Scott Brook said.
City officials then recognized Teresa Basilone for her commitment to mentoring in our City and for being named Mentor of the Month by Kiwanis Club of Coral Springs for January 2010.
“For those who know Teresa, you know that everyday she wakes up with a smile and has an relentless positive attitude. She’s done so much for the children at Coral Springs Middle School, Silver Lakes Middle School and her own children, and is always helping people in the community be a better person,” Kiwanis Club President Ray Slapikas said.
The Commission then recognized three Coral Springs Fire Department employees for their diligent work. Battalion Chief Michael McNally was recognized as the 2009 Supervisor of the Year. McNally was a key driver in the development and actual construction of the material and process for the new development program.
Captain Juan Cardona was recognized as the 2009 Firefighter of the Year. Cardona has played a key role in implementing and training staff with the new Documed Tablet System and is continuously looking for opportunities for improvement.
“The Fire Department in this City is the finest in the world and we appreciate all the work that you all do,” Commissioner Bill Stradling said
Elizabeth Rodriguez wasn’t able to attend, but she received the 2009 Civilian Employee of the Year. Though she works part time, she is responsible for a budget of more than $1.4 million and has trained other staff, allocating workloads and assignments.
In the Police Department, Tammy Micensky, although not able to attend, was recognized as the 2009 Supervisor of the Year. She has been part of the Police Department since 1986 and during the past year, she has worked on the Public Safety Building expansion, the largest construction project in the department’s history, while still managing her other assignments.
Jose “Louie” Guzman was recognized as 2009 Civilian of the Year. He also began his career at the Coral Springs Police Department in 2003. In 2009, Guzman processed 72 crime scenes and submitted 293 latent fingerprints. Out of the 293 latent fingerprints processed, 210 were deemed to be “of value” and from those, 22 suspects were identified. These numbers are unmatched by any non-Crime SceneInvestigation member of the department. “He has the heart of a true volunteer and is always the first one to clear and take a complex call or direct traffic in the rain,” Police Chief Duncan Foster said.
Paul Kempinski was recognized as the 2009 Officer of the Year. He began his career at CSPD in 2003. On May 23, 2009, Kempinski was shot while on duty. Officer Kempinski’s actions demonstrated his professional ethic, level of training, and commitment to survive with a warrior mentality.
“We want to thank you for your valiance and what you do day in and day out. This is just one way of acknowledging what you’ve done for our community,” Mayor Brook said.
The City Commission then proclaimed April 2010 as National Autism Awareness Month. Persons with Autism can be helped to reach their greatest potential. Accurate, early diagnosis and education are vital to the future growth and development of the individual.
“I have a precious nephew who is autistic and I so appreciate all that is done for those that are facing the challenge of Autism,” Vice Mayor Bruck said.
City officials then proclaimed April 25, 2010 as Family Night in support of the City’s Youth Development and Family Values strategic priority. Because youth and family are the cornerstones of our community, the City Commission encouraged residents to designate a “Family Night” during which parents and children can prioritize family-oriented activities and enjoy quality time together.
“Our hope is that the fourth Sunday of every month will be Family Night and we do really hope that you will share this at home and with other families,” Mayor Brook said.
Then, the City Commission proclaimed April 18 to 24, 2010 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The Commission recognized that our response to crime victims plays an important role in their efforts to rebuild their lives following the offense. For more information on events held during this week, please visit www.BrowardVictimsRights.org.
Lastly, the City proclaimed April 22, 2010 as AIDS Awareness Day. Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School’s Peer Counselors have worked on raising HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness among high school students. On April 22, from noon to 5 p.m., they will host an event at North Springs Community Park, where they will offer free testing, raffles and entertainment with the goal of bringing awareness to our community.
“AIDS is a very pressing issue and we want to bring awareness to this through our event. We’re doing this to give courage, strength and support to those who are too scared to come forth and get tested,” student Becki Hathorn said.
Photos of these recognitions are available at www.CoralSprings.org/Commission/Recognitions.