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June 8, 2011: City Commission recognizes employees and local talent

During the Tuesday, June 7, Commission Meeting, the City Commission proclaimed the week of June 6, 2011 as Code Enforcement Officer’s Appreciation Week. Code Enforcement Officers provide for the safety, health and welfare of residents by enforcing building, zoning, housing, and other ordinances.

“We appreciate what you do, day in and day out,” Mayor Roy Gold said.

Then, the Commission recognized Girl Scout Troop 10922 for receiving the Bronze Award for a community project. Samantha Basso, Sarah Mitchell, Maxine Nazaire and Alyssa Quinlan made a butterfly garden outside Westchester Elementary.

“Thank you so much for making our community a little more beautiful, we really appreciate it,” Mayor Gold said.

The City Commission also recognized the winners and judges from the Teen Cook-off Challenge held in April. Winners include Winnie Wong, Anna Kaufman,

Kristen Ferguson, Gabriel Grossman, Sierra Hester, and Kelin Sorger from Coral Glades High School. Sabrina Segredo, Brittani Segredo, Kerina Rodgers and Kaycee Rodgers also won the independent team category.

“We decided to invite the high schools to a cooking challenge last year and this year was even better,” Commissioner Vince Boccard said. “The students were very focused and professional. I felt like I was watching a television show.”

A big thanks to the judges who took part in this event. Chef Tommy Valdes from Trattoria Bella Cibo Restaurant, Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck, Meyer’s Latin Restaurant, student Paris Gay, Parkside Elementary Teacher Sandy Lobel-Witlen, and Culinary Teacher Susan Shank.

Lastly, officials recognized a group of 10 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, 10 are chosen in a random drawing and recognized publicly at the meetings.

Employees recognized were: Lisa Bilbao (Police), Bill Castelli (Parks And Recreation), Tom Ciampi (Police), Jeanine Clemente (Public Works), Jackie Holloway (Parks And Recreation), Maria Lozito (Police), Rich Michaud (Public Works), Aimee Notargiacomo (Police), Bud Rager (Police), and Chad Whittington (Police).

“We have many employees in this City and today we recognize some of those who rise to the top. Thank you very much,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.

Photos of these recognitions are available at 

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