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May 19, 2010: City Commission recognizes local teachers, students

During the Tuesday, May 18, Commission Meeting, City officials recognized the Coral Springs Aquacades, a synchronized swim team, for representing Coral Springs in the Junior National Championships in Austin, Texas and receiving Third Place Bronze Medal in Combo and Sixth Place in Team Synchronized Swimming. The Aquacades’ members are Kristina Aguirre, Noelis Orochena, Jannel Diaz, Ivana Radovanovic, Daniela Faria, Amber Reif, Amaya Gonzalez, Sarah Vega and Maria Nunez. Daniela Faria also won eighth place in a solo competition.        

“My guess is that it took a lot of concentration, hard work and dedication. We are so proud of you,” Mayor Scott Brook said. 

Next, City officials recognized the participants of the City’s first Teen Cook-Off, which was held on April 17. The following students from Coral Springs Charter School showcased their culinary talents as student chefs and won First Place:  Victoria Angelakos, Shannon Cochrane, Julia Rosenberg, Emily Smolich.

“We never considered ourselves cooks before but after this we have a little more faith in ourselves. Our recipes turned out great so it gave us all confidence and it was really of fun,” Cochrane said. 

Coral Glades High School came in second place. Participants included: Kristen Ferguson, Gabriel Grossman, Sierra Hester, Anna Kaufman, Jason Lutz, Cheryl Powell and Winnie Wong. The judges included State Representative Ari Porth, Sandy Lobel-Witlen, and  Chef Tommy Valdes. The Commission also recognized the committee for putting this event together: Rick Engle, Nedra Lyon, Alan Miller, Bob Sutton, Larry Vignola, Steve Witlen, and Diane Yousefi. A special thanks to The Country Club of Coral Springs, Coral Glades High School, Culinary Institute of America, Bob Sutton, Whole Foods Market of Coral Springs and Communications and Marketing Department.

“I want to thank all the participants, the sponsors and Whole Foods Market who provided the food,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.
City officials then recognized all of the local “Teachers of the Year” in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. The City recognized the outstanding contributions each of them makes to better the lives of our children.

The following teachers were recognized: Kerry Hovey (Coral Park Elementary), Luz Vargas (Coral Springs Elementary), Elaine McDermott (Coral Springs Charter School), Jane Davies (Coral Springs Christian Academy), Janice Medico (Coral Springs Christian Academy), Angela Scalici-Young (Country Hills Elementary), Melissa Figas (Eagle Ridge Elementary), Donna Klein (Forest Hills Elementary), Mercedes Vazquez (James S. Hunt Elementary), Vicki Ridinger (Maplewood Elementary), Georgina Sutton (Parkside Elementary), Jill Maughan (Park Springs Elementary), Alphonso Taylor (Ramblewood Elementary), Kitti Magill (Riverside Elementary), Cathy Marwood (Westchester Elementary), Charles Dadas (Coral Springs Middle), Rob Pollack (Coral Springs Christian Academy), Sharon Kolp (Forest Glen Middle), Karen Smith (Ramblewood Middle), Kathi Randolph (Sawgrass Springs Middle), Roberta Noderer (St. Andrew Catholic School), Maureen Cook (St. Andrew Catholic School), Jodi Potter (Imagine Charter School at Broward), Dan Tritto (Coral Glades High), Darren DeBoer (Coral Springs Christian Academy), William Kramer (Coral Springs High), Lisa Hitchcock (Marjory Stoneman Douglas High), and Neil Jenkins (J.P. Taravella High).

“This is really just a small sample of the excellent teachers we have in Coral Springs. Thank you so much for the time you put into our children and our community,” Commissioner Roy Gold said.

The City Commission then proclaimed the week of May 24, 2010 as “Providencia Week.” The City of Coral Springs will welcome a staff delegation from the City of Providencia, Chile during that week as part of a professional partnership that is a 2010 Business Plan initiative. The partnership focuses on the exchange of best practices and strategic management techniques designed for the benefit of both municipalities.

“I had the good fortune of being a keynote speaker for an international conference on corporate excellence and quality that was hosted by Providencia. I was so impressed with the City of Providencia, which is incidentally the same size, similar population…and really cutting edge technology. They are to South America and Central America what Coral Springs is to the U.S. They are the leader in municipal government excellence,” City Manager Michael S. Levinson said. “We’re going to learn a lot from them and they’re going to learn a lot from us.”

Lastly, the City Commission then proclaimed May 22, 2010 as Prescription Drug Destruction Day in Coral Springs. Prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused category of drugs and the National Institutes of Health estimate that nearly 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. On May 22, City officials ask the community to come together and destroy any unwanted prescription drugs at City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will receive a $5 gift card to Wal-Mart.

“In the last year, we have seized thousands of illegal pills from our community. It was a big initiative for us this year to really target drug abuse, especially among our young folks that are getting narcotics from their parents,” Police Chief Duncan Foster.

Photos of these recognitions are available at 

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