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The City of Coral Springs held a groundbreaking for ArtWalk on August 27. Members of the Coral Springs Commission and city leaders participated.

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Cheerleading is a popular sport at Taravella High School. Pictured here are members of the J.P. Taravella Cheerleading Team during Trojan Night.

IMG_2455The J.P. Taravalla football team is hoping for a successful season. The Trojans have already enjoyed a 21-20 victory over Treasure Coast and will travel to Orlando this weekend to play a Dakota Ridge, a team from Colorado for an ESPN event. Coach Dan Marguriet said, “I am always an optimist. We have a competitive team and we need a lot of hard work to be successful,” he said.

Marguriet expects tough competition in the district from Monarch, South Plantation and Deerfield Beach.  Top players for the Trojans include Jawanza Evans-Morris, Adam Sinclair, Enrique Caraballo and Nevelle Clarke. Pictured above, the J.P. Taravalla football team enjoys Trojan Night.

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IMG_2452On Wednesday night, many people from the cities of Coral Springs and Tamarac come to an area on the west side of University Drive to enjoy food trucks. These trucks offer a wide variety of food items and treats and there is something for everyone. Sean Haldane loves the Food Truck event and comes every Wednesday with his family. “We love coming here to eat. The food is good and it is a family atmosphere,” said Haldane.

Sierra Evans also likes Food Truck night. “We always come here and we have a good time. It is fun and the food is great,” said Evans.

Sandra Cueva operates a food truck. “We offer just about any kind of food. We have Coconut Shrimp, Tuna Burgers and many other items,” Cueva said.

Jessica Leigh came with her friends Francisco Davila and Gus Davila. “This is a great place to be. I really like the Salsa Truck,” said Leigh.

“This is a nice place to be and I like the food,” said Francisco.

There is something for everyone at the Food Truck event. There is live music and bounce house for children. Families and friends get together to eat and socialize.

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IMG_2447Cory Smith is the new principal of Ramblewood Middle School.

She brings a wealth of experience and education to her new position and plans to lead Ramblewood, a very successful middle school to more accomplishments.

Smith is entering her 17th year in the Broward County School District. She taught English at Perry Middle School and Stoneman Douglas and then became an assistant principal at Coral Springs High School, a position she held for eight years. She is bilingual and speaks both Spanish and English.

“My highest priority is high quality instruction in the classroom. I want teachers to be able to share their best practices with each other. If a teacher is struggling in a certain area, I want that teacher to be able to learn from and observe a teacher who is having success in that area,” said Smith. “I want teachers to work collaboratively with one another.”

Smith also wants Ramblewood students to be prepared for high school. Ramblewood is part of the Taravella zone and many of the school’s students will go on to Taravella. “I want parents to know about all the good things that are taking place in the Taravella zone,” said Smith.

Another priority for Smith is to promote the strong arts program offered by Ramblewood. The school is considered a Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) school and is known for its strong math and science program. Principal Smith said, “I want to take the program from STEM to STEAM, which would incorporate the Arts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).”

“I want to promote our arts program,” said Smith.

Ramblewood has a strong band program with about 400 students, orchestra and a chorus program that meets at Taravella. And there is a new drama teacher. These programs have won many honors over the years.

Also, Ramblewood has added two culinary arts classes that will prepare students to enter the successful culinary arts program at Taravella.

“I will be a good listener and work to build relationships. I want to do what is best for the students,” said Smith.

She is married to a physical education teacher at Heron Heights Elementary School and has two children in the Broward County School District.

Governor Rick Scott highlighted that the reductions in Florida’s motor vehicle registration fees are set to take effect on September 1. Floridians will save approximately $17 to $25 when renewing their registrations, depending on the size of vehicle. The fee reductions were proposed by Governor Scott earlier this year as part of the It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget, and were approved by the Florida Legislature during the 2014 legislative session. While the reductions will save Floridians millions of dollars each year, it will not affect the level of service provided by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Governor Scott said, “This year, we set out to cut many taxes and fees on Florida families, and starting next week we are rolling back many of the 2009 tax increases on annual motor vehicle registrations. This fee cut will result in an annual savings of about $25 per typical motor vehicle. Families deserve to keep more of their hard earned money, and we will now be able to save Floridians $400 million, because it’s their money!”

“The reduction in vehicle registration fees will benefit both individuals, as well as the Florida business community,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “There are more than 14 million registered vehicles here in Florida that are covered by these fee reductions and that is a lot of savings for the people of Florida.”

Each year, the City remembers the victims and honors the heroes of September 11, 2001. On Saturday, September 6, the City is hosting its annual “September 11th Remembrance 5K.” This year, the route will begin at the Northwest Regional Library and head northbound on University Drive.  The route will continue on University Drive and loop back at 48th Manor heading south on University Drive, finishing at the 9/11 Memorial. Please note that no bikes, skates or pets are permitted.   Participants may pre-register on Active.com. Cost is $25 for adults and $20 for participants 18 and under. Race day registration will begin at 5 a.m. and cost will go up $5.  Photo ID is required and only cash will be accepted on race day. Also, you can register to be a volunteer at the race at Active.com Please note that no volunteer applications will be accepted on Race Day.   All proceeds go toward future September 11th Memorial services, future 5Ks and for maintenance of the Memorial site.   On Thursday, September 11 at 6 p.m., the City will honor the victims by laying a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial located outside Northwest Regional Library, followed by a tribute service inside the Library in the Community Room.   Lastly, on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Coral Springs 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb at J.P. Taravella High School. Each participant will pay tribute to the FDNY firefighters by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. The proceeds of the event, hosted by J.P. Taravella High School DECA, will help the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors. Cost is $30 and participants will receive an event t-shirt and a Challenge Coin.

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