On Tuesday, October 19, the City Commission recognized Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. for providing invaluable services for our community. October 2010 is being designated as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and the Commission encourages residents to visit www.womenindistress.org to learn about their services and ways the community can help.
“I know that over the years as a guardian ad litem, some of the children who I’ve represented were able to find shelter and safety in your facility, for which I am most grateful,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.
The Commission also proclaimed October 21, 2010 as “Light on Afterschool! Day”. Coral Springs stands firmly committed to quality afterschool programs and opportunities because they provide safe, challenging and engaging learning experiences to help children develop their social, emotional, physical and academic skills.
“I know the concern of those that have to seek afterschool care because they are required to work and have children that are to old for daycare because as a mom raising three children on my own, that was always a tremendous concern for me,” Bruck said. “Thank you for all that you do.”
The City Commission recognized J.P. Taravella Band for participating in this year’s September 11th Memorial Service. J. P. Taravella participated in the 2008 and 2009 services by providing musical presentations performed by the school band and chamber singers. The band performed in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade and is highly recognized throughout the state for their commitment to excellence.
“I know we’ve had some J.P.T. alumni whose lives were lost on September 11 and who also protect and defend our country and for you to pay tribute as you do, we really appreciate,” Mayor Scott Brook.
Then, the Commission recognized five firefighters on behalf of a citizen’s request. The Fire Station 43 team responded to Mr. Johnson's call for assistance as he was having trouble breathing and at one point he actually stopped breathing. In requesting this recognition, Mr. Johnston emphasized that the Fire Station 43 team treated him as if he were a member of their family and he wishes to personally commend them for performing their duties in an exemplary manner.
“After Rob was stabilized, the emergency room doctor came out and he said, ‘These gentlemen were heroes today. They saved your husband’s life.’ I just wanted to share that with our community and let them know what dedicated and talented men we have here,” Pam Johnson said.
"They saved my life. I will always be thankful to the Coral Springs Fire Department,” Mr. Johnson said.
Charter Schools USA presented Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck with the "Outstanding Board Member of the Year" award. Bruck was chosen for her leadership of the Coral Springs Charter School Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has been a guiding force behind the recent academic and operational success of the Coral Springs Charter School.
“The governing board helps us set strategic goals and they hold schools accountable for performance. They lend their expertise and they do this all as volunteers. It is my pleasure to recognize Claudette Bruck with this award,” said Debbie Von Behren from Charter School USA.
Lastly, the City Commission proclaimed October 30, 2010 as Mike Levinson Day in the City of Coral Springs. After 15 years of serving the City of Coral Springs, Mike Levinson retires from his post as City Manager. Through his inspired leadership, the City sustained excellent results in the best of times and also in the most challenging of times. Under his stewardship, the City was twice honored with the Governor’s Sterling Award and remains the first and only state or local government to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which was bestowed by the President of the United States.
“You’ve done amazing things for our City. You’re a wonderful leader, great colleague, financial acumen like non other. Besides a long list of accomplishments for the City and the community, your heart is always with us,” Mayor Brook said.
“Thank you for all you have given us. For flying at such a high level of performance, for selecting such an outstanding staff. The good news is that you, as the magician, are leaving behind the rabbit, the hat and the magician’s wand. You will be missed,” Vice Mayor Bruck said.
“Through your many years, you have put together a government that is second to none. Thank you very much,” Commissioner Powers said.
“We are known throughout the country for excellence because of what you helped developed here. You brought a team together here of excellence. I consider you a great friend and I appreciate everything you’ve done. I know you will do wonderful things,” Commissioner Roy Gold said.
“I’ve really enjoyed your friendship and mentoring. I know wherever you go, you will leave your mark there as well. You leave a wonderful legacy in Coral Springs,” Commissioner Vince Boccard said.
“I’ve given my heart and soul to this community for the past 17 years and the community has very gracious and generous in rewarding me with their confidence and steadfast support of my administration and for that I’m deeply appreciative,” Levinson said. “I can say without hesitation and without reservation that this is the finest organization I’ve had the pleasure to work with and the finest community I’ve had the pleasure to serve.”
Photos of these recognitions are available at www.CoralSprings.org/Commission/Recognitions.