Coral Glades High School is hoping for a new auditorium for its drama program.

The school’s drama program has done very well and recently won awards at the Cappias awards ceremony.

Linda Gaynor, a parent booster of the Coral Glades drama program would like to see an auditorium for the school but the problem is money. It would cost between $7 and $10 million to build a new auditorium for the school.

So for now, the Coral Glades drama program is using the auditorium at J.P. Taravella High School and Coral Springs High School. Or it will use its cafetorium for shows.

“We would need help to raise money for a new auditorium. It does not have to be an enormous theater. We would like to get some help from the City of Coral Springs. When we go to another school, we only have a limited amount of time to rehearse for shows,” said Gaynor.

 

School is almost out and summer is in full swing. There are plenty of opportunities to stay active this summer. From art classes to tennis lessons, the City offers something for every child to enjoy. For more details, visit www.CoralSprings.org/summerfun to view our Summer Fun Guide.

Code Explorers

Slots are still available at the City’s Code Explorers. Microsoft has partnered with Code Explorers to bring real life experiences in engineering, technology and computer science subjects to students PK-12.  This camp helps students develop the capabilities and skills they are going to need to live better lives through the use of mobile learning and technology.   For more details on time and cost, visit www.CoralSprings.org/summerfun or call 954-345-2200.

Tennis Camp

Tennis is a fun way to stay active during the summer. The Coral Springs Tennis Center is offering an array of classes for players of all ages through Friday, August 22.   Juniors ages 6 to 16 can participate in the summer tennis camp. Programs are either half-day from 9 a.m. to noon or full day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants may register daily or on a week to week basis.  The Junior Tennis Academy is also available from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday.    Group classes for children and adults will also be available at Cypress Park on weekdays and Saturdays. from June 9 through July 5.  Each class is an hour per week for four weeks.  Specific days and times for classes are listed in the Summer Fun Guide. For more details, call 954-344-1840.

Today, May 27, 2015, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced four Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) seniors as winners of National Merit Scholarships, which are financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Each sponsor college selected its scholarship winners from the elite group of finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

Congratulations to the following 2015 College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners:

 

Karen Garza, National Merit University of Florida Scholarship, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Nathaniel Ma, National Merit University of Florida Scholarship, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Coral Springs High School will be offering some high quality academic and industry certification programs.

It is offering the Advanced Placement Capstone (AP) program. This will offer students the opportunity to take college level courses. AP courses will offered in economics, English Literature and Art. After completing these courses students will be able to earn an industry certification.

“This will give students an opportunity to earn a college credit and pair it with an industry certification,” Michael Marhefka, assistant principal at Coral Springs High School.

The Fire Academy at Coral Springs High School is a joint venture between the school and the Coral Springs Fire Academy. The courses are taught by instructors from the Fire Academy during the day at the school. The Academy is a three year program that prepares cadets for entry into postgraduate fire academies. Students must be part of the Coral Springs Fire Explorer program and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King was a man of wisdom, courage and foresight. And this is what Dari Patsiokas wants to show with her sculpture of King.

She is in the process of creating a 13.5 ton sculpture of King that will placed in front of the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. Dari is providing the sculpture on a pro bono basis. It will be ten feet tall and nine feet wide. It will be dedicated on January 15, 2016.

“If we do not continue his legacy, he will have died in vain,” said Dari. “We need to keep his wisdom alive. We need to continue his lessons for future generations.”

Dari believes slavery and abuse are still significant problems. Dari said that throughout slavery is still alive and thriving and people human trafficking is a huge issue. “This about man’s inhumanity to man. There is still police violence.”

Dari. “I want the community to buy into the way of life that Dr. King has provided through his quotations and speeches. Dr. King is probably the best role model a child can have.”

Dari is a strong believer in the importance of the non-violent struggle for civil rights. “I am doing this for my grandchildren and everyone else’s grandchildren so that they may experience freedom,” she stated.

Dari was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1957 and was raised during the Apartheid regime. “At an early age, I realized man’s inhumanity to man,” she said. She moved to the United States in 2009 and became a U.S. citizen in 2014.

The City of Coral Springs held a soft groundbreaking at the Northwest Regional Library.

Dr. Mark Gendal, chair of the Martin Luther King Memorial Committee gave a presentation on the importance of remembering the legacy of King. “We want young people and adults to come to this monument and ponder the legacy of Dr. King,” said Dr. Gendal. “We need to educate people about what King did for the nation. He promoted racial equality among people. It will be a place for kids to take field trips where they will learn about peaceful resistance to right wrongs and learn to love each other.”

Gendal hopes that school groups and other organization will visit the monument.

Joyce Campos, community relations manager for Coral Springs said it is important to promote peace in the community. “This will be a monument to Martin Luther King’s legacy. We are celebrating his efforts toward peace,” she said.

Commissioner Joy Carter said it is important to remember the legacy of King. “This monument will be a continued reminder that we need to respect each other,” she said.

Lou Cimaglia said, “I think it is a wonderful idea and I think a good idea to have it help us remember that King did and what he stood for

The monument will include a picture of King and eleven quotations from him. The Lac Du Bonnett pillar stands for equality, freedom of speech, unity and democracy. The base is made of Mesabi Black granite. The Raven Black monument stands for the Rainbow coalition and King’s dignity, teachings and strength. Coldspring based in Minnesota is the company that will fabricate the memorial piece. Dari will be present during the fabrication process because the project is too big for her studio. A picture of Dr. King will be blasted into the stone with fragments of garnet.

Coral Springs Police to Encourage Seat Belt Use – Once again, Coral Springs Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the nation-wide seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement from May 18th – 31st, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

“With families losing loved ones in crashes, it is important for us to focus on traffic safety programs that reduce injuries and fatalities,” said Coral Springs Police Chief Anthony Pustizzi. “We want to do everything we can to encourage traffic safety, unfortunately with that comes enforcement. Our ultimate goal is increase seat belt usage and to save lives.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. The focus of the Click it or Ticket campaign is to encourage seat belt use, and in turn, reduce to number of lives lost. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Coral Springs, the minimum penalty for a seat belt violation is $115.00.

Locally, 2 unbelted vehicle occupants died in 2014. Over the last three years 5 families have lost loved ones in Coral Springs crashes in which an occupant was not wearing their seatbelt. Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes nationwide as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.

“The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.” added Chief Pustizzi.

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Coral Springs honored military veterans and those who died while serving in the U.S. military with a Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park on May 25. Political and community leaders participated in the event.

Mayor Skip Campbell spoke on the importance of honoring the men and women who have served in the military and gave their lives defending the freedom of U.S. citizens. “These are men and women who died for us. Never forget,” said Campbell.

Major General (Ret) Steve Read spoke on the importance of honoring U.S. military veterans. “I will always be a solider,” he said.

General Read said that two men from Coral Springs died while serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The ceremony included the presentation of colors by the Coral Springs Civil Air Patrol. Vice Mayor Larry Vignola led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Air Patrol placed a wreath to honor those who died while serving in the military and the Coral Springs Police Honor Guard played Echo Taps.

Many of those who attended the ceremony were veterans of the U.S. military. Vice Mayor Vignola believes it important to honor military veterans.

After the ceremony, military veterans and those who attended had a chance to socialize and spend time together.

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