Remember the days when some kids would smoke across the street from the school? Now, no one, not teachers, administrators or visitors will be able to smoke on Broward School District properties. The Broward School Board agreed to prohibit smoking on all district properties. This includes administrative office buildings. This includes cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

IMG_0987Jay Goldstein loves to run. And he enjoys running with friends.

Goldstein is president of the Northwest Broward Road Runners Club an organization that includes about 200 active runners. The Club welcomes members of all running abilities and helps people train for races.

“We work with people who have never run before and people who are very experienced runners,” said Goldstein. “We work with runners on improving their pace and partner runners with similar paced groups.”

Many of the runners are training for 5K runs, half-marathons and full marathons. They want to train with others who are motivated to become better runners. “It is great to have other runners to help you accomplish your goals,” said Goldstein.

The organization trains on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:00 a.m. Members meet at the Starbucks at the intersection of Holmberg Road and Coral Ridge Drive and run three or six miles. The Club completes a longer run on Saturday mornings usually six to 20 miles. The Club also has a youth running program that prepares kids age seven to 14 years of age for a 5K run.

In addition to running, the Club holds three or four socials each year and large holiday party. Runners will compete in races together. They help each other prepare for races.

“I started running about 14 years. I gave up smoking and I traded one addition for another,” said Goldstein. “I like watching people improve. We have great camaraderie and it is fun.”

Keeping personal paperwork with account numbers, PIN numbers and other sources of identification could lead to identity theft. Avoid becoming a victim and bring any personal documents to the City’s next Shredathon, where they will be shredded for free on site.

The City’s next Shredathon event is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the back parking lot of City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road. Please note that there is a limit of three boxes per vehicle. Each additional box of paperwork will be accepted for a $5 donation toward the Coral Springs Police Explorer Post. Please refrain from bringing paperwork in plastic bags. Once the truck is full, no other paperwork will be accepted. This service is free and open only to Coral Springs residents.

IMG_1266The J.P. Taravella Boys Volleyball Team is doing well. The Trojans recently defeated Stoneman Douglas High School 3-0. The Trojans are pictured here. Douglas is pictured below.

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Shane Braslow, 24, a former Coral Springs Paramedic pleaded guilty to federal charges that he lured  young girls into sexual contact. Federal agents found video on his computer showing inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls. He also attempted to kidnap a 44 year old Coral Springs woman.

Mrs. Mikaylova a math teacher at J.P. Taravella High School was honored as the Broward County Math Teacher of the Year.

Also, the ProStart Culinary Team won first place overall in a statewide ProStart Culinary Competition and first place in the Cracker Barrel Management Competition.

IMG_1086Families received free trees they could plant in their yards at the EarthFest event at the Sandy Ridge Sanctuary. Various environmental groups were present to educate people about the importance of preserving the environment. Tours were given of the Sandy Ridge Sanctuary. Linda Lidestri, a teacher at Sawgrass Springs Middle School advises students in the Environmental Issues Club. students were making t-shirts that could be used as bags for recycled items. And they displayed a brightly colored can used to collect recyclable items around Sawgrass Springs Middle School.

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