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Commission appoints new City Manager

Erdal Donmez

At a special meeting on Tuesday, October 26, the Coral Springs City Commission unanimously approved Erdal Donmez as the new City Manager effective November 1, 2010 through October 31, 2013. Current City Manager Michael Levinson will retire from his position effective October 31, 2010.

“Tonight, this Commission places its full faith and trust in me to lead this organization into the future. I am deeply touched by such recognition and honored to become the next City Manager,” Donmez said. “My focus will be on continuously improving the ways we provide services to our residential and business customers, and on ensuring we remain the premier community in which to live, work and raise a family.”

“You’ve been with us for many, many years. I’m very excited about the possibilities for our community under your leadership,” Mayor Scott Brook said.

“Having thoroughly reviewed the agreement and having had my questions answered, it is my honor and privilege to move for approval,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.

“I am honored to have you on with us. It’s good to see someone home grown that’s been here for a while,” Commission Tom Powers said.

“I am energized by you coming on board,” Commissioner Vince Boccard said.

“I’m looking forward to a wonderful future. I want the citizens of Coral Springs to know that I think you’re going to do a phenomenal job.” “You are taking a huge responsibility on of more than 750 employees and thousands of volunteers. It’s going to be very nice and as close to a seamless transition as we could possibly ask for,” Commissioner Roy Gold said.

To view Donmez’s bio, please visit

Donations needed for Thanksgiving Baskets by November 5

The City’s annual Thanks For Giving event relies on community help to donate items for Thanksgiving baskets that go to families in need. Residents and business owners are asked to give to this worthy cause as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

Since 1988, volunteers have made 3,790 baskets for local families. Needed non-perishable items include: canned yams, mashed or flaked potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned corn and green beans, canned fruit, and cookies. People also can give monetary contributions to the cause.

Donations can be dropped off at: City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road; City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd.; Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive; and all Coral Springs fire stations. All donations must be made by November 5.

All donated items are placed in baskets, along with a gift certificate for a turkey, ham or main dish, and distributed through local religious institutions to pre-selected families. For more information, call or

Veteran’s Day Ceremony on November 11
Bring your family, friends and neighbors, and join us for the City’s annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Veterans Park on Thursday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. Wear your patriotic colors and support those who served our country. The ceremony will include speeches by veterans and politicians, a 21-gun salute, placing of wreath and raising of the military and United States flags. The park is located at 8601 Royal Palm Blvd., just east of University Drive. For more information, please call

City encourages residents to support “Coral Springs Night” at Panthers Game on November 12
The City invites residents to make Friday, November 12 a “Coral Springs Night” to support our Community of Excellence as the Panthers host the Minnesota Wild. The newly elected Mayor of Coral Springs will be doing the ceremonial slapshot at the beginning of the Panthers game, which begins at 7 p.m. at the BankAtlantic Center. Coral Springs is home to the Saveology Iceplex, which boasts three sheets of ice and a training facility for the National Hockey League’s Panthers. Tickets are available for as low as $15 and can be purchased by calling or by e-mailing . Parking is complimentary. The BankAtlantic Center is located at One Panther Parkway in Sunrise.

Family Movie at the Park on November 13
The Family Concert Series attracts artists of all types. Everyone from rockers to jazz musicians has taken the stage. Residents can enjoy another free concert under the stars at Betti Stradling Park on Saturday, November 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Squeeze Play will feature a mix of classic rock. Attendees can bring blankets, chairs and coolers. No pets, glass containers or alcoholic beverages are allowed. 10301 Wiles Road

Pack your Bag Prescription Drug Education on November 17
CVS Pharmacy and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) have launched a Pack Your Bag community outreach program as part of their ongoing partnership designed to improve the lives of older Americans. The program will be administered by the CSPD’s Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Group on Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m. at Sartory Senior Center. Seniors will pack a bag with prescription and over the counter medications and dietary supplements, including vitamins, for a comprehensive review in one-on-one consultations with a local CVS pharmacist. The program also includes a presentation by the pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance. The free one-on-one medication consultation will give seniors a chance to ask questions about their prescription and non-prescription medications, receive tips and tools for medication compliance and ways to save money on medication, determine if there are any potential interactions between prescription medications, and identify duplicated and expired medications. Sartory Senior Center is located at 10150 NW 29 St. in Mullins Park. For more information, call

Story Time at the Art Museum on Wednesday, November 17
The Coral Springs Museum of Art now has story time for children ages 3-5. Partnering with the NW Regional County Library, children will be invited to hear a story, create an art project and visit the museum. The program is held the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. This free program is perfect for parents and their children. The Coral Springs Museum of Art is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

Donations needed as Giving Tree celebration kicks-off on November 19
Celebrating 16 years in Coral Springs, the Giving Tree project brings together community members to collect and distribute toys, nonperishable food and cash to those less-fortunate families in our community. The official kick-off ceremony will be Friday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. The Giving Tree is co-sponsored by City Hall in the Mall, Turtle Creek Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable Communications. Donations of food, toys and money will be accepted at City Hall in the Mall through Monday, December 13. Wal-Mart donated items are shaped into the well-known tree centerpiece located within City Hall in the Mall. “The tree is a reminder that the holidays are a wonderful time to share with those who are less fortunate,” said Marie Giacalone, senior community relations coordinator at City Hall in the Mall. For more information on how you can help, call

Mayor and Commission office hours
The Mayor and City Commissioners schedule office hours to discuss City issues with residents or business owners. Check to see the upcoming schedule.

Save the date for the annual Holiday Parade on Wednesday, December 15
Don’t miss the annual Holiday Parade as it proceeds along Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall. For applications, sponsorships and more parade details, visit The rain date is Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

Watch ‘In the Loop’ on CityTV Channel 25
Watch ‘In the Loop’ on CityTV Channel 25. This monthly show focuses on events and topics of local interest. ‘In the Loop’ airs everyday at 7and 10 a.m., noon and again at 2, 4, 7, and 10 p.m.

You can also tune in to CityTV Channel 25 for current Coral Springs news, as well as educational and cultural programming – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have questions or comments about CityTV, send an e-mail to .

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