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September 8, 2010: City Commission recognizes locals for contributions

During the Tuesday, September 7, Commission meeting, City officials thanked Commissioner Ted Mena and Commissioner Bill Stradling for their invaluable service.

“Commissioner Stradling and Commissioner Mena gave so much respect to the seats which they temporarily filled,” Mayor Brook said. “We are so thankful for your service.” 

City Commissioners also honored some of its oldest residents. Seniors are one of our most valuable assets and the City of Coral Springs commemorated their character and wisdom. This year, in honor of Older American’s Month, City officials recognized Lillian Lipscomb (103), Louis Rosenthal (102), Ann Nappi (101), Miriam Sherman (100), Frances Addelson (101), Alfred Robbins (100), Otilia Siera (100), Danny Weinberg (101), Alex Hoffman (102), and Louis Susman (101).

“These folks are the Key to the City. We owe so much to that generation for much of who we are and aspire to be,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.

The Commission also recognized David Gulkis, a fifth grader from Hunt Elementary, and Daniela Salazar, an eighth grader from Ramblewood Middle School, for winning the art poster contest on childhood obesity, sponsored by The Links, Inc.

“Salazar’s artwork will be the official poster for childhood obesity of The Links, Inc. in all publications and placards, and will travel around on 300 buses [throughout the county],” Brook said.

Commissioners then presented Walter Dix with a Key to the City for representing Coral Springs internationally. Dix attended Coral Springs High School, and set a state record of 10.28 seconds in the 100m and broke the 200m Florida high school record with 20.62 seconds. Both of these times were within the Olympic standard for the events and he competed at the US Olympic Trials in the 200m category.

“The City molded me into the person that I am today…I really appreciate this and this motivates me to continue to work hard and set those world records,” Dix said.

“As a community, we can’t have enough role models like you and you inspire the community more than you can imagine,” Brook said. “We are so proud of your accomplishments.”

The Commission then proclaimed September 21, 2010 as International Day of Peace.

The City encourages residents to establish peace in our community and to attend one of the events scheduled for that weekend.

“I’m always excited about the International Day of Peace events that we have throughout our City,” Bruck said.

The City also recognized One Planet United and the Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association for their continued involvement in this celebration. For more details on the events, visit 

Commissioners then recognized a group of nine City employees who won the quarterly Applause Card drawing. Applause Cards are internal awards given to employees who provide premier customer service, and each quarter, up to 10 are chosen in a random drawing and recognized publicly at the meetings.

Employees recognized were: Gretchen Byrne (Police), Joyce Campos (Human Resources), Maybelline Choy (City Clerk’s Office), Justin Parrinello (Fire), Michael Ralabate (Public Works), Tim Riley (Fire), Chris Sollecito (Public Works), John Stewart (Police), and Patrick Thurman (Police).

“I want to congratulate you all for a job well done. There is no way the City could be as successful as it is without the work that you do, day in and day out,” Brook said.
Officials also recognized Joseph Faustin and George Taylor, drivers for Waste Management, for being good Samaritans and going above and beyond their customer service by helping an elderly woman who fell outside her home.

“We want to thank you for your unselfishness and for coming to the rescue of one of our citizens,” Brook said.

Then, commissioners recognized Allana Ziff for her involvement in coordinating the Teen Task Force for Healthy Choices.

“Thank you and congratulations for doing such a wonderful job and having a great spirit about this project and volunteering your time,” Brook said.

Lastly, commissioners proclaimed September 2010 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery month. During this month, the commission would like to remind residents, particularly those who struggle with an alcohol or drug addiction, that recovery is possible.

“We commend those who have faced these struggles and succeeded and encouraged others to start treatment.  We also want to thank those who make recovery readily available to those in need,” Brook said.

 Photos of these recognitions are available at 

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