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Commission proclaims Florida City Government Week, among other recognitions

During the Tuesday, October 4, City Commission meeting, officials proclaimed October 20, 2011 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.

“The YMCA has been in Coral Springs for the past 10 years and we feel privileged to be able to help this community,” YMCA Director of Operations Roberto Valera said.

Then, officials proclaimed October 9 – 15, 2011 as Fire Prevention Week. During this week, officials encourage residents to take personal steps to increase fire safety in the community. This year’s theme is “Protect your Family from Fire.”

“Even though this event is recognized nationally for a week, our department tries to bring awareness throughout the entire year to fire prevention,” Fire Chief Mark Curran said.

Some of the outreach the Fire Department does throughout the year is visit preschools and perform puppet shows, speak at the elementary and middle schools and provide station tours.

Officials also recognized the Coral Springs Fire Department for promoting Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing special shirts and pink gloves throughout the month of October.

“I can’t thank you enough from the bottom of my heart,” Commissioner Vince Boccard said. “It’s a wonderful thing when you see the community come together. Thank you for your support and for spreading the word.”

The Coral Springs Fire Department will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, October 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Station 80. This event is open to the public and for a minimum $5 donation, residents will receive a plate of pasta prepared by Coral Springs Firefighters. Donations will benefit the Coral Springs Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association, which contributes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Pink shirts will also be available for sale at Station 80 throughout the month. Station 80 is located at 2825 Coral Springs Drive, just north of Royal Palm Blvd.

The Commission also proclaimed October 16 – 22, 2011 as “Florida City Government Week,” which is part of an ongoing effort sponsored by the Florida League of Cities (FLC) to raise public awareness about the services that cities perform and to educate the public on how city government works.  Florida City Government Week activities are being celebrated around the theme, “My City: I’m Part of It, I’m Proud of It.”

“These are some challenging times we find ourselves in as a municipality and working our way up county, state and federal government. Being able to network with other cities and find out what has worked for them and what hasn’t is a tremendous benefit,” Commissioner Powers.

Lastly, the Commission recognized Troy Milner for his recent for his promotion to Sergeant. Sgt. Milner has been with the Coral Springs Police Department since 2002.

“He’s going to be working on the patrol shifts and he’s done a fantastic job for us and it really is an honor to promote him,” Police Chief Duncan Foster said. 

“This is honestly one of the best departments to work for,” Sgt. Milner said. “It’s been a great 9 years and I look forward to the next several years here.”

Photos of these recognitions are available at 

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