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April 24, 2014

Parkland seek residents' nod to increase commission salaries

Parkland city officials have had enough of earning a salary of $200 a month.

At last week's City Commission meeting, officials voted 4-1 to approve, on first reading, an ordinance that amends the city charter to increase the salaries of city officials. The charter amendment, which has to be approved by voters, will appear on the November 4 ballot.

City officials in cities of comparable size within the county take home salaries in the $25,000-$35,000 range. In Parkland, the annual salary of $2,400 hasn't changed since 1982, when it was locked by a charter amendment.

If voters agree, the salaries and benefits will be adjusted every October based on the average salaries of the mayors and city commissioners in Deerfield Beach, Margate and Coconut Creek. The salaries would be one percent less than what their counterparts earn in the three cities.

"This is not us doing anything on our salaries," Mayor Michael Udine said. "We are asking residents if they want to unlock the salaries and do the average of the salaries of city officials in three cities of comparable size. I don't even know what the salaries are (in the other cities)."

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April 21, 2014

Sunshine Water Control District gets a new member

Jim Maguire, a past president of the Country Club of Coral Springs and a long-time resident of the city, has been elected to the Board of Supervisors of the Sunshine Water Control District. He serve a three-year term.

Maguire fills the seat of outgoing Supervisor, Emily Heafy, and joins Supervisors Joe Morera and Daniel Prudhomme on Sunshine’s Board. The board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Sartory Hall, located in Mullins Park, 10150 NW 29 St., Coral Springs 33065.

The District, established on July 10, 1963, maintains 22 miles of interconnected waterways providing flood control for over 16,800 residences, business, schools and government facilities. For more information, visit

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Local residents inducted into National Honor Society

This Spring semester, Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY inducted students into Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students.

Inductees included Justin Mixon of Coral Springs, Abraham Alejandro of Sunrise and Riley Strickland of Boca Raton.

Founded in 1924, the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society has been recognizing the best first-year students for over 80 years. With chapters at over 250 institutions of higher education, Alpha Lambda Delta extends membership to those students who have succeeded in maintaining a 3.25 or higher GPA, and who are in the top 20% of their class in their first year of college.

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August 28, 2013

Applications sought for Broward Center Teen Ambassador Program

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Broward Center Teen Ambassador Program, which is open to high school students residing in Broward County who are interested in the performing arts.

The program is held from Oct. 2013 through May 2014 and provides an insider's view of working behind the scenes at an arts organization that is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 venues in the world. Each participant will receive a Broward Center Teen Ambassador I.D. badge and earn community service hours.

Applicants must be a high school student and reside in Broward County as of Aug.19. If accepted, students must attend and review at least one performance per month for which tickets will be provided by the Broward Center; attend one meeting per month at the Broward Center; maintain a minimum “B" average; promote the Broward Center and its presentations via social media and grass roots activities; and have access to a computer and at least one social media account.

To apply to the 2013-2014 Broward Center Teen Ambassador Program, interested students must complete the application, which must be signed by a parent or legal guardian, and submit a copy of their 12-13 school year report cards. Applicants must also include a letter of recommendation from someone associated with an educational arts program such as a teacher, school counselor or principal.

Applications are available online and will be accepted through Sept. 6 by 5 p.m. Those accepted into the program will be notified by Sept. 18. The first meeting will be a mandatory orientation with a parent or legal guardian in attendance, scheduled on Sept. 30, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Visit, call 954-468-2689 or email for more information.

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August 26, 2013

CSID gives property owners good news

The Board of Supervisors of the Coral Springs Improvement District unanimously voted to reduce the drainage assessment by 5.6% in their upcoming fiscal year 2014 budget. A public hearing was held in June, 2013 to adopt that budget.

This action marks the second year in a row that the Board reduced the assessment for the District’s residents by more than 5%.

Board president Martin Shank attributes this multi-year reduction in assessments to the overall improvement in managing costs and proper capital improvement project management.
Contact the District at 954-796-6639 for more information.

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August 22, 2013

Temple Beth Orr welcomes new Cantor

Temple Beth Orr has a new Cantor - Karen Braunstein.

Braunstein, born and raised in the New York metropolitan area, began studying music at age 8, attended the Usdan Centre for the Arts on Long Island for five summers, and went on to the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. She completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice

In 1988, Cantor Braunstein received her Masters of Sacred Music, and Ordination as Cantor from the Hebrew Union College in New York. That summer, she toured Israel with a group of ten cantors, performing throughout the country. While serving as cantor in various synagogues in the Northeast, Cantor Braunstein continued concertizing, and performing with her band, KlezMechayeh.

Since coming to Florida in 1997, she has continued performing and teaching, and has served both Reform and Conservative congregations in Palm Beach County. Many of her summers have been spent working in the northeast summer camps, including the Workmen’s Circle’s “Circle Lodge,” where she was program director/artist-in-residence

During her many years as the cantor of Temple Shaarei Shalom in Boynton Beach, Cantor Braunstein directed and produced many shows and reviews, including her own comedic parodies, working with casts of adults as well as children. She recently founded the Wellington Children’s Theatre, to bring theatrical and vocal training and performance to Wellington youth.

"I already hit it off with Cantor Braunstein, in our initial planning for the upcoming program year, and anticipate engaging and uplifting worship celebrations with her on the bimah," said Rabbi Mark Gross.

Temple Beth Orr is located in Coral Springs at 2151 Riverside Drive. For information, e-mail or call 954-753-3232.

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August 19, 2013

Coral Springs to organize 5K Run/Walk honoring 9/11 victims

Each year, Coral Springs remembers the victims and honors the heroes of September 11, 2001.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, the city will honor the victims by laying a wreath at the September 11th Memorial at the Northwest Regional Library, followed by patriotic musical presentations in the Library’s Community Room presented by JP Taravella Band and the Coral Springs Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

The city will also host its second annual September 11th 5K Remembrance Run/Walk, on Sunday, September 15 at 7:30 a.m. A number of Coral Springs Firefighters will be running in full gear to honor those lost on September 11th, 2001.

The certified course follows flat roads through the heart of Coral Springs, starting and finishing at the September 11th Memorial located in front of the Northwest Regional Library. The 5K will be professionally timed and everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a Finisher Medal at the end of the race. Children activities will be available provided by Fitwize4Kids of Coral Springs and children will also receive a medal for participating in games.

Adult registration is $25, and $20 for children under 18 years old. To register, visit Race day registration will be available from 6 to 7:15 a.m. for an additional $5. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer contact event organizer Gina Orlando at For more information, call 954-344-1147.

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April 8, 2013

NatureScape Broward Emerald Award for Coral Springs

Coral Springs has been awarded the annual Naturescape Emerald Award under the Government/School/Municipality category by Broward County.

The award recognizes the city for its Street Tree Subsidy Program, which was established in 2006 to reach a 30 percent average tree canopy coverage citywide. The program allowed eligible property owners to plant appropriate, code required shade trees as street trees and receive up to $200 in subsidy per required tree.

The program was later expanded to include multi-family and commercial properties and it resulted in over 4,000 street trees being planted citywide in 2012. Throughout this program, the City also developed a “Homeowners Tree Care and Ownership” guide to educate homeowners on tree quality, proper planting and long term proper care of trees.

The award was presented to the city recently at Tree Tops Park in Davie as part of the Broward County Water Matters Day.

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April 2, 2013

April Walkabouts program in Parkland

Parkland will organize an Adult Walking Program on April 5 at Pine Trails Park in Parkland and April 26 at North Community Park in Coral Springs.

The activity is open to Parkland residents ages 50 and older and is free of charge. The participants should meet at 9 a.m. on April 5 at the basketball courts in Pine Trails Park and on April 26, the participants should meet at the pavilion located near the playground at North Community Park in Coral Springs.

Advance registration is required with the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, contact Melissa Soto, Recreation Specialist, at 954-757- 4120 or email

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March 29, 2013

Coral Springs sees a decrease in number of residential and auto burglaries

According to the latest figures released by the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) compiled by the FBI, the overall crime rate in Coral Springs fell by 6.8% in 2012. With the exception of shoplifting, the number of crimes in all robbery and burglary categories dropped significantly.

Theft from vehicles dropped by 23%, the number of non-residential burglaries plunged 21%, robberies declined 13%, residential burglaries fell by 8%, and auto thefts dropped by 36% from 115 stolen vehicles in 2011 to 73 in 2012. The number of crimes solved increased by nearly 5% between 2011 and 2012.

In January last year, the city started the Burglary Enforcement and Reduction (B.E.A.R.) Unit, a special crime-fighting unit dedicated to preventing and solving burglaries. The city also added three additional officers, invested in hi-tech crime fighting tools such as improved license plate readers, implemented the “Report a Crime Online” portal on the city’s web site, and continued to promote the “Make a Call, Make a Difference” program.

The immediate reporting of suspicious activity by our citizens has assisted us in the apprehension of suspects while in commission of a crime,” Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said.

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Arun Sivasankaran has covered Coral Springs and Parkland for the Coral Springs Forum since February 2007. Before...


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