Coral Springs

IMG_1079The J.P. Taravella Band is doing very well. The program’s wind orchestra, wind symphony and symphonic band received superior ratings, the highest rating possible and the school’s concert band received an excellent rating. The J.P. Taravella Jazz Band received straight superior ratings. Also, about 70 J.P. Taravella band students traveled to the state solo and ensemble event in Sanford and performed well. Twelve students received superior ratings with distinction. The performed perfectly and from memory. Now, the band is preparing for a state band festival on April 30. Pictured above, members of the jazz band rehearse.

Associate band director Julia Baumanis is pleased with the work the band students. “We set really high expectations. There is a sense of urgency to be the best and a sense that we have to maintain a tradition of success. The students in our band like to be challenged and will work hard to meet a challenge.”

Danielle Soto, a percussionist and tuba player has enjoyed being a part of the J.P. Taravella Band. “This has been an awesome experience. Being in the band is like being a part of a family. I have so many positive memories of being in this band.”

Naomi Nagnoma, wh0 plays the oboe has also enjoyed being a part of the band and developing her musical talent. Pictured below, J.P. Taravella Band director Cheldon Williams leads a jazz band rehearsal.



In honor of Earth Day, we will create art using recyclable materials.

Family FunDays are a great way to explore the Museum and create art projects appropriate for kids ages 3 and up with parent or guardian.


Jeffery London still faces charges from five other boys and remains in jail.

The City is seeking adult and student volunteers to help beautify the City as part of a new program called “Keep Coral Springs Beautiful,” an Adopt-A-Street program in partnership with Community Foundation of Broward.

Volunteers will meet at their assigned locations and work with team captains cleaning up different areas throughout Coral Springs. The clean-up will be on Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided to volunteers after the clean-up.

Service hours will be provided and there will be raffles for participants. To sign up, fill out the volunteer forms available at For more information, call 954-260-8697.


To celebrate Earth Day, the City will be hosting EarthFest on Saturday, April 12 at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EarthFest features wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways for Coral Springs residents, children’s activities and refreshments.

Sandy Ridge Sanctuary is located at 8501 N.W. 40 St., east of University Drive between Sample and Wiles Roads. For more information, call 954-344-1117.

Teachers and support staff who belong to the Broward Teachers Union are giving an entire semi-trailer truck load of 50,000 free reading books valued at $500,000 to Broward schools’ teachers and parents of the county’s most needy and deserving students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Dillard High School located at the rear of the complex off of Northwest 27th Avenue.

BTU President Sharon Glickman, Esq. said she could not be happier that 133,863 of Broward’s students who attend the county’s 177 Title 1 schools will have the opportunity to receive their very own free reading books to take home for their very own at absolutely no cost to the district, teachers or parents. The truckload of new brand name reading books for kindergarten to eighth grades students was donated to the BTU for distribution to Broward schools’ Title 1 teachers and their students by “First Book,” which is a non-profit that provides access to new books for children in need.

“Our entire community has a vested interest in supporting our community’s most needy students,” said President Glickman who has been a teacher for over 30 years herself. “Many people tend to look the other way when it comes to issues such as local children living in poverty who can’t read. By working together through projects like this book giveaway, we can make a positive difference for county’s children who are most in need.”








Broward Sheriff’s Office Parkland detectives are searching for a Peeping Tom targeting Parkland residents in the communities of The Grand Cypress Estates and The Landings.

At 9:10 p.m. on March 24, Laura Drigo was shocked to find the silhouette of a man peeking into her bathroom window as she showered. Drigo tried to confront the man but the man had already fled. Drigo’s neighbor saw the man running from Drigo’s home. He is described as a white male, possibly in his late teens or early twenties, 5’10” tall with a thin athletic build. He was wearing dark shorts and a light zip-up hoodie. Security cameras captured the man walking around the victim’s property for over 45 minutes.

A week later, a similar incident was reported. At 10:25 p.m. on April 1, Lisa Ponczek heard noises as she slept and noticed a man standing outside her bedroom slider doors. She banged on the door, startling the man who fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BSO Parkland Detective Juan Hierrezuelo at 954-509-1458 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Michael Schaja will lead a Global Youth Service Day project at the Deerfield Pier this Saturday, April 12th starting at 11 am. Schaja, a 16 year old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland was recently awarded a $500 grant from Disney for a project to heighten awareness about the negative impact that fishing line debris has on human welfare, marine life, and water quality. “My team and I will set out on the Deerfield Beach Fishing Pier on Saturday to talk to fisherman about how to properly dispose of their fishing line. Other interested youth are encouraged to join me and free “Protect Wildlife t-shirts” will be given out while they last,” said Schaja.


The City of Coral Springs wants to buy 2.9 acres of land near the six acres of land designated for the planned new Coral Springs Municipal Complex. City officials are planning to meet with U.S. Postal Service officials to negotiate a deal. Two appraisals for the land have been received. One is for $1.5 million and the other is for $1.4 million. If a deal is reached between the City and the U.S. Post Office, the existing Post Office building would be demolished and a retail Post Office facility would be located in the new Municipal Complex. The distribution operations would be moved to a new location, according to Jennifer Bramley, deputy city manager for Coral Springs.

The accident caused by Mendoza killed Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante. Shortly before the wrong way crash, Mendoza was seen drinking at Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs. She tweeted “2 drunk 2 care.” She was found to have twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood.  Bond has been set for Mendoza at $600,000. Mendoza is continuing to recover from leg injuries sustained during the accident.

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