Local students awarded Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships
By Nicol Jenkins
Local students were honored for their dedication to their community through the City of Coral Springs scholarship program.
The Coral Springs City Commission recently recognized 16 deserving high school seniors who were awarded Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships for their freshman year in college. The students were selected on the basis of financial need and quality of community involvement. They were interviewed by a panel made up of representatives of the Community Chest and Martin L. King, Jr. Committee.
With the generous assistance of the Coral Springs Community Chest as the major donor, the Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee was able to match their contribution, as well as supplement the Scholarship fund further by donations from various individuals and businesses in the community.
The recipients of the 2014 MLK scholarships are: Djery Clement, Dhina Clement, Tiffaney Thompson, Eliette Casimir, Jazmin Santamaria, Christie Jacques-Louis, Alejandro Rivera, Jessica Harrold, Francesca Arnillas, Anthony Castro, Shain Joseph, Domenica Vera, Roxana Cardenas, Maajiya Bintu Raqib, Landon Thaler and Nozama Vincent.
High school seniors who are residents of Coral Springs and attend Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and J.P. Taravella High Schools are eligible to apply for this scholarship for the 2014/2015 school year. Applications can be obtained in the Fall from the Brace Advisors at each school or from the City’s website at www.CoralSprings.org/mlk.
For further information or to donate to this worthy cause, contact Joyce Campos at 954-344-1005.
Hurricane season is here again and while we’ve been lucky the past 9 years, it’s important for our residents to be prepared. Our Under the Sun magazine is a great source of information and it includes a summary of all the City can do for you before, during and after a hurricane. In the event of a hurricane, residents can reach the City’s call center at 954-344-1001. You can also log onto CoralSprings.org/hurricane or watch CityTV, Channel 25 on Advanced Cable and Channel 99 on U-Verse, for updates. Coral Springs residents can also tune their radio dials to AM 1670. CityRadio delivers information about City services, upcoming events, weather updates, and emergency bulletins when necessary.
On another note, if you haven’t stopped by the Coral Springs Mega Green Market, check it out every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is located at Downtown Coral Springs, just west of University Drive on Sample Road. There is fresh produce, vegan products and much more!
Join me and the City Commission on Saturday, June 14 as we celebrate Flag Day at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Park. This traditional Flag Day ceremony will include the ceremonial retirement and burning of frayed, tattered or faded flags. Residents may drop off any flags they want to be retired at City Hall or the Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive. For more information, call 954-345-2200. The park is located at 8601 Royal Palm Blvd.
The City’s Fourth of July celebration will once again be held in Mullins Park. Join us for an evening of dazzling fireworks and entertainment for the entire family. Residents are encouraged to come out and celebrate on Friday, July 4. Starting at 6 p.m., families are invited to come and enjoy games, bounce houses, food and entertainment. The fireworks display will begin promptly at 9 p.m. The event is free, but there will be fees for food, bounce houses and games. Parking will be available for a $3 fee at the Coral Springs Gymnasium for early arrivers, and also at the main Mullins Park/Center for the Arts parking lot. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. Personal fireworks will be confiscated by Coral Springs Police. Mullins Park is located at 10150 Ben Geiger Dr. For more information, call 954-345-2200.
Now that summer is here and children are playing outdoors, it is critical that they have water-safety skills that could save their lives. Make sure to take advantage of the many drowning prevention and learn-to-swim programs the City has to offer. The Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, Cypress Pool and Mullins Park Pool each offer classes for all ages and skill levels. For more information, call 954-345-2121.
As always, if you would like to meet with me to discuss any City issues, feel free to visit with me during my office hours. To view my scheduled monthly hours, please visit www.CoralSprings.org/events. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the City on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CityofCoralSprings. For behind the scenes photos, follow us on Instagram at CoralSpringsFL.