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May 5, 2010: City Commission recognizes local volunteer committees

During the Tuesday, May 4, Commission Meeting, City officials recognized a group of volunteers who meet every Thursday at Sartory Senior Center and crochet for different charities. Currently, the group is crocheting helmet liners for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. These liners keep soldiers’ heads cool and dry. Members of the Coral Springs Crochet Club are Margaret Cox, Eleanor Dingus, George Fells, Carlyn Foster, Cheryl Hammond, Rona Katz, Joan Krone, Hyacinth Kuismi, Ann Lundy, Carolyn McCoyd, Angelina Meloi, Pandora Miller, Anna Sindelar, Susan Sissman and Nell Trimble, led by Arlene Walls. Anyone interested in participating can stop by Sartory Senior Center, 10150 N.W. 29th St., on Thursdays at 11 a.m. or call 954-345-2203 for more information.

City officials then proclaimed May 6, 2010 as the Annual National Day of Prayer. Each year, our City comes together, regardless of differences of faith, to pray for our nation and its leaders. Strength in Diversity in one of the City’s strategic priorities, and this year marks the 22nd celebration of this national event in our community. The City’s annual National Day of Prayer service will take place on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of City Hall, located at 9551 W. Sample Road. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Coral Springs Charter School cafeteria located at 3205 University Drive on the southeast corner of Sample and University. For additional information, call 954-344-1063.

“You really don’t want to miss this. Make an effort to be there,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said. “It isn’t just about prayer but it’s so much about unity and my favorite part besides sharing or hearing the word of many diverse faiths is when we start to light the candles at one end and symbolically pass it on from one person to another.”

The Commission also recognized John W. Ruffin, Jr., Chairman of the Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency, for his outstanding leadership and contribution to the United Negro College Foundation and the City of Coral Springs for more than 25 years. 

“John Ruffin has been a dedicated servant without getting paid a dime for many, many years. He’s a visionary, he’s an entrepreneur, a mentor,” Mayor Scott Brook said.

Next, officials recognized the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts Committee for raising awareness of the arts and culture in northwest Broward County, and for diligently working on bringing the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts to fruition. This year, the festival attracted tens of thousands of people to our community on March 20 and 21.

Committee members include: President and Founder Shirley Richards, Corp. VP Gisele Rahael, Secretary/Treasurer Paul Brite, Sgt. Joe Barbuto, Laurie MacDonald, Claudette Bruck, Gina Morera, Dan Bruck, Joe Morera, Joy Carter, Pam Neimand, Civil Air Patrol, Debbie Oistacher, Peggy Fox, Barbara O’Keefe, Shannicka Grenald, Vincent Rebecca, Martha Hoce, Dennis Reeber, Jeff Hochman, Abe Sternberg, Dave Jacobs, Ada Sternberg, Shirley Klein, Joyce Sweeney, Lenora Kohan, Andrea Zoller

“The Committee works long and arduous hours so that they can pull off seamlessly an Art Festival second to none,” Vice Mayor Bruck said.

The City Commission also proclaimed the week of May 9, 2010 as National Police Week. Our Police Department plays an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our residents. It is important that all citizens know and understand the responsibilities, hazards and sacrifices that our Police Department accepts as their duty. During National Police Week, City officials ask residents join us in commemorating those dedicated to law enforcement officers.

“Thank you to all the men and women that serve us everyday and sacrifice themselves to protect our City,” Mayor Brook said.

Lastly, the City Commission proclaimed the week of May 16, 2010 as Emergency Medical Services Week. Our emergency medical services teams are ready to provide life-saving care to those in need twenty-four hours a day. During this week, we recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical service providers and ask our residents to join us in thanking them.

“We can’t say thank you enough for everything you do for our City. You also provide sacrifice and we can’t have the success, safety and security of our citizens without your dedication,” Mayor Brook said. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Photos of these recognitions are available at 


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