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New Orleans fun came to Pompano Beach. The Second Annual CrawDebauchery Festival took place on March 21 at Pompano Community Park. There was plenty of New Orleans food and music.

Jenni Brocekelmann enjoyed the opportunity to sell Cajun style food. She works for the Shuck N Dive Cajun Café. “This is a fun event and I enjoy selling crawfish,” she said.

Chris Culbreth of Catfish Deweys also enjoyed the festival. “Our Swamp Sampler sold really well. This is fun event. I think everyone is having fun and there is plenty of good food here,” he said.

Many of the people who participated were volunteering for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Jonathan and Tracey Keith helped the bands and volunteered in other ways to raise money for this organization. “I want to help in the fight against cancer,” said Tracey.

And there was plenty of good music. Performers included Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Chubby Carrier, the Soul Rebels and the Lee Boys.

The crime rate has decreased in Coral Springs by 4.2 percent during the past year. There have been fewer residential burglaries, 299 in 2013 and 285 in 2014.

The J.P. Taravella baseball team is enjoying a winning season with a 7-4 record. Top players include Gavin Robinson at centerfield and pitcher, Chad McDaniels at first base and catcher, Zach Costanzo at second base. Zach Pernick, a pitcher has accepted a scholarship to Dominican College in New York and Justin Walker has signed with Barry University.

Rachel Weis is looking forward to taking Ryan Rodriguez to the Coral Springs Charter Prom.

“Prom is a tradition, a once in a life time thing. I am looking forward to it and designed the prom ticket. The theme is “An Enchanted Forest.” A lot of people will come in limousines. I think the ticket prices are reasonable,” Weis noted.

“I am very excited to be going. It is an opportunity to spend time with my friends from school,” remarked Rodriguez.

Erin Hernandez, a senior at Coral Springs Charter School is also looking forward to the prom. It will be her first experience. “It will be a really good night and one last chance to have fun with my classmates,” remarked Hernandez.

The Coral Springs Charter Prom will take place on May 15 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $90 and this includes food and entertainment. There will an indoor tree and grass green carpet.

“This is a special event for kids. They go mostly with friends. It is nostalgic time for kids,” remarked Susana Lopez, the Coral Springs Charter teacher who is in charge of the school’s prom.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prom will take place on May 9 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale – Broward County Convention Center. And the students are looking forward to it.

Hallie Arnold, a Douglas student said, “I went to the prom during my sophomore year. It was a nice event. I am now a senior and I am looking forward to going to the prom this year,” she noted.

Rachel Nicolaison is also looking forward to the Douglas prom. “It is a time to be with friends and it will be fun. To have a successful prom you need a good DJ and good music. People need to be in a positive mood. It will be a special night,” she remarked.

Ty Thompson, principal of Douglas stated, “Prom is a rite of passage and something kids want to come to. It is always a great and kids have made some great memories. The theme is a secret surprise for kids.” He added that it will be a safe event and students will be checked before entering and that it will be well chaperoned.

The Coral Springs High School prom will take place on May 16 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at the Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club and Convention Center. Tickets are $110 and the event will include a full dinner beginning with hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and deserts. There will be a DJ and plenty of dancing. The theme will be “Frozen in Time Winter Wonderland.”

It will be a safe event. Students entering the prom will be given a breathalyzer test and if there is any suspicion of prior drug or alcohol use will not be permitted to enter. Once inside prom, they will be expected to remain there until the end; there will be no going back and forth between the dance and cars. There will be Coral Springs police officer present, the school security team, teachers and chaperons. Students will have received a presentation from the Coral Springs Fire Department on the consequences of drug and alcohol use and misbehavior. They are given instructions on what is expected of them at prom. “We try to instill in our students the importance of making right decisions,” said Michael Marhefka, assistant principal of Coral Springs High School.

“It will be very upbeat and fun. For seniors it is one of the culmination events of high school. It means different things to different people. Parent will talk to their children about their proms. They get all dressed up for a night on the town,” mentioned Marhefka.

Some students will get together and rent a limousine. Others will come in groups. Students who don’t have a date are not discouraged from coming to the prom. It is a chance to have fun.

Shawn Cerra, the principal of J.P. Taravella High School is looking forward to this year’s prom. The theme will be “A Night at Gatsby’s.” It will take place at the Westin Fort Lauderdale hotel on May 8 at 7:00 p.m.

The Coral Glades High School prom will take place at the Westin Fort Lauderdale on May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $100. A theme has not been announced. “For the seniors it is way to cap off four years and celebrate their high school careers and accomplishments with their friends. It is a high school tradition and a part of the fabric of American life,” stated Steve Carruth, principal of Coral Glades High School.

During the March 18 meeting, the Coral Springs Commission discussed a Municipal Complex Parking Garage. The discussion included a public/private partnership to build a  garage. Also, the commission discussed a garage with 300, 400 or 600 spaces. The commission tabled a final decision on the parking garage until the first meeting in April.

Rachel Weis is looking forward to taking Ryan Rodriguez to the Coral Springs Charter Prom.

“Prom is a tradition, a once in a life time thing. I am looking forward to it and designed the prom ticket. The theme is an enchanted forest. A lot of people will come in limos. I think the ticket prices are reasonable,” she said.

“I am very excited to be going. It is an opportunity to spend time with my friends from school,” said Rodriguez.

Erin Hernadez, a senior at Coral Springs Charter School is also looking forward to the prom. It will be her first experience. “It will be a really good night and one last chance to have fun with my classmates,” stated Hernandez.

The Coral Springs Charter Prom will take place on May 15 at the Hyatt Pier 66 at 7:00 p.m. The theme will be an enchanted forest. Tickets are $90 and this includes food and entertainment. There will an indoor tree and green carpet.

“This is a special event for kids. They go mostly with friends. It is nostalgic time for kids,” said Susana Lopez, charter teacher.

 

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Hundreds of people got together at Tijuana Taxi to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. They enjoyed live music, green beer and the chance to socialize and have fun. Everyone enjoyed the luck of the Irish.

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