Coral Springs


Stop by our Community Garage Sale on Saturday, September 20 from 7:30  to 11 a.m. at Mullins Park. This popular event offers a great opportunity to buy household and other items.    For more information, call 954-345-2119. Mullins Park is located at 10000 Ben Geiger Dr., just east of Coral Springs Drive.

IMG_2746The Coral Springs Charter School football team is doing well having achieved impressive wins over Benjamin and Pine Crest. Coach Adam Miller is pleased with the performance of his team and hopes that the Panthers keep playing well. “We have players who have been in our system for three years and they fully understand it. It we continue to play well, we could win our section of the conference,” said Miller.

Top players include Kalen Carson who rushed for 119 yards on six carries and scored two touchdowns in the Pine Crest Game. Cam Perez is leading the team in tackle. Strong opponents include Kings Academy in two weeks and Calvary Christian.

crowdAnthony Rizzo is an example of someone who has soundly defeated cancer and has gone on to success. A baseball standout at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he now plays first base for the Chicago Cubs and was a member of the 2014 National League All-Star Team.

But Rizzo has not forgotten the struggle he experienced with cancer and looks for opportunities to offer support to people who are facing the difficulties of fighting cancer. He and his family have established the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer.

The Rizzo Family Foundation is hosting the Third Annual Walk-Off for Cancer on November 16 at 9:00 a.m. at Pine Trails Park. It is a 5K/ 3.1 mile walk. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and there will be food and entertainment. Last year, about 1,000 people participated in the walk. In baseball a walk-off occurs when a player gets a game winning hit or homerun and everyone walks off the field.

“We call this a Walk-Off because we consider this a winning event,” said Laurie Rizzo, Anthony’s mother.

The money raised from the event will go to cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Center, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and children who are battling cancer.

Anthony Rizzo has achieved much as a young man. He graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 2007 after enjoying a successful high school baseball career. He was a top high school player in Florida and received many accolades.

He signed a professional baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox in June 2007. But then he was struck with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2008. Rizzo went through six months of treatment and recovered from the illness. He has been cancer free for six years. Rizzo was traded in December 2010 to the San Diego Padres. In January of 2012, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. He made his Cubs debut in June 26, 2012. He was named National League Player of the Week on July 20, 2014.

“He is a symbol of hope with goals and dreams. He never gave up in his fight against cancer,” said Laurie Rizzo.

When not playing baseball in Chicago, Anthony Rizzo will often visit children in Chicago hospitals who are fighting cancer. Sometimes he will simply talk with the children and in some situations, he will help their families with a specific problem. “He will help children get to a Cubs game or help families with other needs,” said Laurie Rizzo.

The Rizzo Family Foundation also holds a Cook-Off for Cancer during the summer which is a well-attended event. And Anthony Rizzo has a following in Parkland. December 10 is Anthony Rizzo Day in Parkland.

To register online, go to http://www.Rizzo44.com.

 

IMG_2689It is never easy to lose a loved one. Jennifer Gaver, a student at J.P. Taravella High School has experienced the pain of losing a loved one. Her best friend, Valentina, died of cancer when she was in junior year. She had been diagnosed with the cancer in the eighth grade.

Gaver wanted to help in the fight against cancer. She organized a chapter of Kids of Love at J.P. Taravella and has held fundraising events for cancer. “We have done car washes and other events to raise money. We have had a battle of the bands at Taravella and a raffle called “Hearts for Valentina.”

“I am doing this because we need to fight cancer,” said Gaver. September is National Childhood Cancer Month.

Gal Mashash, a senior and Kids of Love member at Taravella believes in the importance of raising awareness about cancer. “I think it is important that we work to stop this illness,” she said.

Narin Singh, a senior and Kids of Love member said, “It is a fact that cancer can affect a person’s life. I want to help people who have cancer,” he said.

Kids of Love is an organization founded by kids to help other children with cancer. It began with a group of students at Hunt Elementary School in Coral Springs. Randall Slapikas and his friends founded Kids of Love. They developed the organization when they were students at Forest Glen Middle School. Now, it is a growing club that is in high schools including Coral Springs, Coral Glades, J.P. Taravella and Piper. It is middle schools including Ramblewood and Forest Glen. The organization holds fund raising events like the Back to School bash at Sawgrass Lanes and networking events. The basic goal is to help children who have cancer. Sometimes that means inviting them to an outing or visiting them.

Kids of Love has become established at Coral Springs High School. Axel Cruz is the vice president. “This is a way to help kids with cancer. I think it is important for us to help people with cancer,” said Cruz.

His sister Gabriela Cruz is also active in Kids of Love. “I like to help kids who are going through cancer,” she said.

Jeremy Exume, a member of the Coral Springs High School football team and Kids of Love said, “I think we have a moral obligation to help kids with cancer,” he said. His brother Demitry Exume also enjoys being a part of Kids of Love.

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IMG_2727Laurette Homan is running for the Coral Springs Commission. “I want to keep Coral Springs moving forward and I believe we are going in a good direction,” said Homan.

She is favor of the planned new municipal complex and believes it is something the City needs. She is a longtime resident of the City and a graduate of Coral Springs High School.

IMG_2729Kerry O’Malley Cerra promoted her book, “Just a Drop of Water” during an event at Ramblewood Middle School on September 13. The book is about the 9/11 attacks affected people in Coral Springs.

The J.P. Taravella ProStart  program is enjoying a lot of success. The up and coming chefs and food service professionals won a state championship for their work and have received national recognition. They recently served people who were attending a book signing event.

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