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Commission recognizes committee members and local neighborhood watch

During the Tuesday, October 18, City Commission meeting, officials recognized the International Dinner Dance Committee for once again hosting another successful International Dinner Dance, which highlighted the Indian culture. Now in its 16th year, the sole purpose of this event is to celebrate Broward County’s Multi-Cultural month in September and to increase awareness and develop appreciation for different cultures in our community.

Members of the committee include Chair Gladys Castro, John Adams, Addy Amir, Joyce Campos, Bessie Cristwell, Lydia Cutz, Annyse Gross, Ruth Hathorn, Hugo Hernandez, Laura Lopez, Catia Rodriguez, Arnode Thelemaque and Audrey Wong.

“For those of you who attended the Dinner Dance, you know how fabulous it was and these are the folks that meet, and spend long and arduous preparing, planning and taking care of every detail,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.

Then, officials recognized the Shadow Wood Neighborhood Watch group, who have been consistently proactive since 2005 with 42 out of the 50 households within the neighborhood participating. Recently, the Shadow Wood Neighborhood Watch group facilitated a “Make a Call, Make a Difference” presentation, which encourages the community to call in any suspicious activity to the Police Department. The distribution of flyers by block captains resulted in members reporting suspicious activity and in several in-progress residential burglary arrests.

“This group was instrumental in getting the word out about our program, “Make a Call, Make a Difference” and we were able to make some burglary arrests because people were looking out for their neighbors,” Police Chief Duncan Foster said.

Photos of these recognitions are available at     

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