LATEST HAPPENINGS: So many happenings, so little space. A few of the scenes from our latest events!
T H E O F F I C I A L P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E C I T Y O F T A M A R A C , F L O R I D A
Honoring our heroes
Will you be there?
Our annual assessment
about where we stand and
the direction ahead
Be careful what you let in
DAWN and DUSK
Tamarac’s latest public art pieces overlook
the pond between the Community Center and
Tamarac Branch Library
January / February / March 2010
The Tam-A-Gram is the official publication of
the City of Tamarac, Florida. The magazine is
published quarterly and mailed to residents and
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businesses within the City, under the direction of
the Public Information Committee and the Pub-
lic Information Office.
Reader questions and comments are welcome.
Please send your comments to: 3 4
Public Information Office
Attn.: Tam-A-Gram Open Windows Recent Happenings
7525 N.W. 88th Avenue Be careful what you let in. Open. Spook. Taste. Honor. Elect.
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You may also email your comments, or ques-
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CITY COMMISSION: Our latest public art. Special Section: How we’re doing.
Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco, Mayor
Harry Dressler, Vice Mayor, District 4
Pamela Bushnell, Commissioner, District 1
Patricia Atkins-Grad, Vice-Mayor, District 2 1 .....First Things
Diane Glasser, Commissioner, District 3 Shirley and Grace have their day; our garden needs you!;
Millennium pitches in; Tamarac and Challenger help teach us a
lesson; youth leagues are now enrolling; Joyce and Claudio read us;
Jeffrey L. Miller
and Ben rings in the New Year!
PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE:
Ben Chicofsky, Chair 3 .....Census 2010: It’s in Our Hands
Paul Dick, Vice-Chair 10 Questions, 10 Minutes
Carole Anne Paladno 5 .....Election Update
Maryann Zicchinolfi Welcome back Commissioners Atkins-Grad and Dressler!
Jon Breslav, Alternate
Claudia Krysiak, Alternate
Miriam Marin, Alternate
7 .....Special 8-Page Section: Annual Report 2009
Maurice Weinreb, Alternate Tamarac’s annual progress report... how we’re doing, our
accomplishments, and what lies ahead.
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Managing Editor: 15 .....Tamarac University 2010: Will you be there?
Andy Berns, Public and Economic Apply today for the 2010 class of our popular citizen academy!
Editor/Creative Director/Photographer: 15 .....Tamarac Theater
Chad J. Quinn, Public Information Specialist Coming up...
Police/BSO Tamarac District
I M P O R T A N T N U M B E R S (Non-Emergency)
MAIN NUMBER (954) 597-3500 Financial Services (954) 597-3550 Engineering (954) 597-3712
Citizen Hotline (954) 718-1800 Customer Service (954) 597-3590 Recycling & Trash Hotline (954) 597-3740
(Activated During Emergencies) Purchasing (954) 597-3570 Utilities (954) 597-3750
Building Services (954) 597-3420 Fire Rescue (Non-Emergency) (954) 597-3800 Customer Service (954) 597-3590
Building Inspections (954) 597-3430 Human Resources (954) 597-3600 Utilities (leaks, breaks, etc.) (954) 597-3750
Building Permitting and Job Line (954) 597-3615 Water Treatment Plant (954) 597-3775
Inspection Results (954) 597-3435 Risk Management (954) 597-3613 (Also used for 24-hour Utilities emergencies.)
City Clerk’s Office (954) 597-3505 Mayor and Commission (954) 597-3460 Service Providers:
City Commission (954) 597-3460 Parks & Recreation (954) 597-3620 All Service Refuse (954) 583-1830
City Manager’s Office (954) 597-3510 Community Center (954) 597-3620 Comcast Cable (954) 252-1937
PIO (Media) (954) 597-3523 Caporella Aquatic Center (954) 597-3660 Library (Tamarac Branch) (954) 720-2282
Community Development (954) 597-3530 Caporella Fitness Center (954) 597-3661 Post Office (Tamarac Branch) (954) 722-3152
Code Compliance (954) 597-3425 Social Services (954) 597-3642 Tamarac Theater (954) 724-1110
Business Revenue (954) 597-3536 Transit/Shuttle Bus (954) 597-3649 Waste Management (954) 974-7500
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CONGRATULATIONS: The Mayor and Com- Dear fellow citizens,
mission presented two very special Proclama-
tions at the October 28, 2009 Commission Another year has come and gone and as we em-
Meeting to a couple of extraordinary resi- bark on a new decade we’re able to reflect upon what
dents. October 28, 2009 was declared “Shir- has happened in our great City over the past year; ev-
ley Strassler Day” in honor of Ms. Strassler’s
erything from elections to some amazing events, and
100th birthday! Ms. Strassler is an active par-
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even a few challenges.
ticipant in Tamarac’s Senior Program and
was a volunteer in the City for more than 34
The Tam-A-Gram is heading into it’s 24th year and we
years! Ms. Grace Raia was honored with a appreciate your feedback and involvement in the maga-
day of her own, when the Mayor proclaimed Ben Chicofsky zine (especially the “Where do you read the Tam-A-Gram?”
November 1, 2009 as “Grace Raia Day” in has served on the feature) – our goal is to strike just the right balance be-
honor of her 102nd birthday! Ms. Strassler Public Information tween important information and entertainment… with
Committee for over over 80% of residents surveyed saying they get most of
and Ms. Raia celebrated their birthday’s at
20 years, most of that
the Tamarac Community Center the week time as Chair, and their information about the City from the Tam-A-Gram,
before with several dozen of their closest was instrumental in I think we’re achieving that right mix.
friends from the Senior Program. the creation of the Happy New Year! This is truly the dawn of a new
Tam-A-Gram when it
began as a newsletter era in Tamarac!
HELP WANTED: Volunteers are needed to
copied onto 11x17
help tend Tamarac’s Community Garden paper. Although the Sincerely,
located adjacent to the Caporella Aquatic Tam-A-Gram is no
Center (9300 NW 58th Street). From plant- longer produced
ing to weeding, harvesting to pruning, there by residents, the
committee continues Ben Chicofsky
to play an important Chair, Public Information Committee
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is always something to do at the Community restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance
FIRST THINGS: #1: Grace Raia and Shirley Strassler
Garden. If you’re interested in volunteering to is an award winning program designed to celebrated their birthdays, 102 and 100 respectively,
help maintain the garden, call Tamarac Parks manage falls and increase activity levels. at the Tamarac Community Center on October 20,
and Recreation at (954) 597-3637. Place your name and phone number on the 2009; #2: The first Matter of Balance Class gradu-
interest list for future classes at the Tamarac ates celebrated their accomplishment on November
GREEN THUMBS: Speaking of Tamarac’s Community Center. Classes are eight ses- 5, 2009 with their instructors; #3: Children from the
Kiwanis Builder’s Club at Millennium Middle School
Community Garden, on Wednesday, November sions long, held twice a week, two hours each receive instruction from Community Garden volun-
4, 2009 a group of Kiwanis Builder’s Club for four weeks. For additional information or teers Marty Slater and Lynn Rochelle at a Novem-
from Millennium Middle School under the if you are interested in teaching these ses- ber 4, 2009 planting.
direction of their teacher, Gerri Eckert, and sions and becoming a part of our “Coaching
volunteers Marty Slater and Lynn Rochelle, Team” call Tamarac Parks and Recreation at for a FREE lecture, “Life, It’s about how
transplanted a variety of vegetable plants to (954) 597-3620. you live,” hosted by the Broward Health
the Community Garden which they had nursed Gold Coast Home and Hospice. A free con-
from seeds in their classroom. LECTURE: Are you, or someone you know, tinental breakfast will be included. To regis-
dealing with aging parents, end of life plan- ter, call Tamarac Parks and Recreation at
IT’S A MATTER OF BALANCE: Many older ning, and other similar hard choices? Join (954) 597-3642.
adults experience concerns about falling and us January 23, 2010, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Continued: Page 2
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FIRE RESCUE CORNER
Fire Safety Poster Contest
IN honor of Fire Safety Month, October,
Tamarac Fire Rescue held a poster
contest for fifth graders from both Challeng-
discount coupon to dine at our community
partner for the contest, Ferro’s Italian Piz-
zeria (8146 N University Dr.). Be sure to Joyce Lantz enjoys reading the Tam-
er and Tamarac Elementary Schools — the stop by Ferro’s to see the winning posters A-Gram while relaxing in bed; and
results were exceptional. In total, fifteen proudly displayed in their front window. Claudio Grande, Tamarac’s own Chief
classes representing both schools, partici- In addition, the two winning classes Building Inspector and Director of the
pated in the contest with the winning post- were also invited to have lunch, catered Building Department takes a break
ers being chosen through an anonymous by Ferro’s, at Fire Station 15. After the from playing the slot machines in
vote by Tamarac Fire Rescue personnel. students ate they had an opportunity to Vegas to pose with his Tam-A-Gram!
The first place winners were Ms. Con- meet several firefighters and to check
lin’s 5th Grade Class from Tamarac Ele- out some of the equipment used by Fire
mentary (#1) and Mr. Azcarate’s 5th Grade Rescue during emergencies. F R E E T- S H I RT !
Class from Challenger Elementary (#2). Another Fire Safety Poster Contest is
All of the posters submitted were outstand- planned for 2010 and will be expanded Where do you read the
ing in detail and imagination. The balance to include all elementary school classes
of elements required for the contest were at schools in the City of Tamarac. If your
Perhaps, like Joyce above, you enjoy
portrayed in each of the winning posters business would like to become a commu-
pictured above. nity partner with Tamarac Fire Rescue to
reading it at home. Or maybe between
Each contestant received a Certificate help celebrate the winning classes, please rounds of golf or, like Claudio, on va-
of Appreciation for their participation and a contact Van Schoen, at (954) 597-3805. cation to exotic locations?
We want to know... send us a pic-
ture of you reading the Tam-A-Gram!
Continued From: Page 1 in various ways. He has helped with computer If you do, we may publish your pho-
YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES: Registration instruction assistance for the senior program to in an upcoming issue of the maga-
for the Spring Season of Little League, Girl’s and currently assists as a fitness assistant zine — and if your photo is chosen,
Softball, and Flag Football is going on now! at the Aquatic Caporella Center, and also we will send you a free t-shirt with
Flip For It and view page 2 of Discovery for works for the transportation division making the City's logo on the front!
contact information, or call Tamarac Parks calls to all the residents who participate in the Send your photos to: Tam-A-
and Recreation at (954) 597-3620. program once a week. Sam is always helpful
Gram Photos, 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue,
and has a great attitude. Special thanks to
Tamarac, Florida 33321; or via email:
VOLUNTEERS: Congratulations to Sam Sam for all his time and efforts. If you would
Blitzer who has been selected as Volunteer like to become a volunteer with the City, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note: Pho-
of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2009. contact Rose Cure-Persad, Social Services tos must be high-resolution to be eligi-
Sam has been with the City of Tamarac as a Supervisor, at (954) 597-3642, or via email ble for printing.) Include your full name,
volunteer since 2000 and has assisted the City at email@example.com. address, telephone number and a brief
description of the photo as well as your
shirt size preference (L or XL).
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You may have noticed that this issue of the
Tam-A-Gram is unique... as it says on the
cover, our ANNUAL REPORT is included
in a special eight-page section beginning
on page 8. We were unable to produce a
[be careful what you let in] Calendar/Annual Report this year due to
financial constraints, but we have includ-
THIS time of the year we are all
enjoying the cool mornings
and nights as well as the lower utility bills.
preventable user error and 20% of alarm
users cause 80% of all false alarms.
ed a wrap-up of 2009. You’ll get the lat-
est information on the budget, our various
The cooler weather invites us to open up Listed below are some common sense initiatives and more. Also, on the next two
the windows to let in the fresh air. Along ways to help to prevent false alarms:
with that comes the increased chances 1. Know your system and password!
pages we’ve included photographs cata-
of letting in criminals. 2. Make sure all doors and windows loguing some of our most recent events
Ensure that all windows and doors are are locked. — whether it’s an election or a grand open-
locked when you leave the home for even 3. With motion or glass-break detectors,
just a few minutes. Use interior light tim- ensure that windows are secured. A
ing... there truly is always something go-
ers to establish a pattern of occupancy. breeze can move curtains and plants, ing on in The City for Your Life!
Connect them to lights and a small radio causing motion sensors to trigger.
that is set to a talk station to give the ap- A glass break detector may react to
pearance that your home is occupied. outside noise.
Use additional locks on the windows to 4. Before setting your alarm system
lock them with only a small opening at make sure family pets are in a “safe”
nighttime as added security. History has area where they will not disturb mo-
shown us that one of the best deterrents tion sensor.
to burglary is a big dog or not so big but 5. Everyone with a key to your property
loud barking dog. If you choose not to live should know how to operate the
with man’s best friend then the next best system and have a valid password.
thing is an alarm system. 6. Do not allow any moving items to re-
According to the FBI, a burglary occurs main in an area where a motion sen-
somewhere in the United States every sor is located. Loose banners, fans
14.6 seconds. Burglaries are committed and balloons cause false alarms.
most often by young males, under 25 7. Call your alarm company before Ten questions, that’s it! The 2010 Census
years of age, looking for items that are tenting, fumigating or remodeling is just around the corner — questionnaires
small, expensive and can easily be con- your home to get advice on how will be mailed, or hand-delivered in March —
verted to cash. Favorite items are cash, to prevent false alarms caused by and it’s important that we all be counted, res-
jewelry, guns, watches, laptop computers, fumes or dust. idents and non-residents! Why? An accurate
CDs and other small electronic devices. 8. Investigate all unexplained alarms. count helps to determine federal funding for
An alarm system can bring you a sense 9. Have your system serviced on a schools and community programs; where new
of security and peace of mind and is ef- regular basis. shopping plazas and housing developments
fective with proper installation, adequate 10. Ensure that your emergency contact will be built; and where boundaries for state
training and regular maintenance. Poorly list is current and accurate. and local legislative and congressional dis-
used, installed or maintained systems tricts will be drawn. The Census questionnaire
can cause significant problems for the To learn more about home security sys- is only 10 questions and takes less than 10
resident and B.S.O. In the Tamarac district tems, you can access the National Bur- minutes to complete and is completely con-
last year, we were called to respond to glar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) fidential (by law, the information gathered
more than 4,000 alarms. More than 99% on the internet at www.alarm.org or the through the Census can’t be shared). If you
of those were false. Nationally, more than Alarm Association of Florida, Inc. at have questions about the Census, visit the
80% of false alarms are directly related to www.fla-alarms.org. website at: www.census.gov/2010census.
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months, from the poignant to the jubilant — we have it all!
capture various moments and events from the last several
In this issue of the Tam-A-Gram enjoy over 30 photos that
he fourth quarter of the year is always packed full of HAPPENINGS:
special events in Tamarac, such as our popular annual Tamarac’s
programs: Halloween Hoopla, Veterans Day Ceremony, new recreation
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, and the Holiday Light- with an official
ing. However, the end of 2009 also saw the opening of our new ribbon cutting by
Recreation Center, the Greater Tamarac Chamber of Commerce’s the Mayor and
Taste of Tamarac, the newly formed Tamarac Historical Society’s included a hip
presentation of their first exhibit, “The Behring Years”, in the Atri- hop dance group
um at City Hall (the display will be up through the first quarter of dancing, a unique
2010), and of course municipal elections for Commission Districts artist, cooking
2 and 4 as well as a city-wide mayoral election (see sidebar). Unfor- demonstrations,
tunately some of these events occurred after the Tam-A-Gram went face painting
to press, so we are unable to include photos of all of these happen- and more. Our
ings, however on these two pages we have highlighted just a few of included face
the scenes from the new Recreation Center Grand Opening, Hal- painting as well,
loween Hoopla, Taste of Tamarac, Veterans Day, and of course a spooky haunted COMMISSIONER ATKINS-GRAD
house, lots of
the swearing in ceremony for Commissioners Atkins-Grad and costumes and
Dressler. In Tamarac, there truly is something for everyone and it candy! And the
would be impossible to thank all those who contribute to the suc- Taste of Tamarac
had lots of tastey
cess of our programs and events, however we do want to mention food, a car show,
the continued support and partnership we share with the students antique show, and
of J.P. Taravella High School who braved the weather with us on a puppet show for
Veterans Day to play their music and present their Color Guard. the kids.
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Veterans Day Ceremony
has honored our nations
heroes for several years.
This year’s event was
poignant and memorable
in that rain fell calmly and
silently through most of the
mornings events. Tamarac’s
Mayor and Commission,
as well as other dignitaries,
spoke to the large crowd’s
hearts reminding them of
the sacrifice and courage
the men and women who
have served, and continue
to serve, have given to
their country and all of
our freedom. The keynote
speaker was LTC, MP, U.S.
Army, James E. Davis.
E L ECTION 2009
NOVEMBER 3, 2009 was election day in to be opened. As of the date that this pub-
Tamarac for both District 2 and District 4 lication went to press the outcome of this
Commission seats. In District 4, incumbent race was unknown (the mayoral election
Commissioner Harry Dressler ran unop- was scheduled for December 18, 2009).
posed and therefore automatically retained The official swearing-in ceremony for
his seat on the City Commission for a sec- Commissioners Atkins-Grad and Dressler
ond term in office. took place on November 10, 2009 at City
In District 2, incumbent Commissioner Hall. As family and friends looked on, both
Patricia Atkins-Grad won the most num- Commissioners were administered the oath
VICE MAYOR DRESSLER ber of votes and therefore was re-elected of office by City Manager Jeffrey L. Miller.
for a second term. Commissioner Dressler was elected by
As you may already be aware, there was his fellow Commissioners to serve as Vice
also to have been a mayoral election, an Mayor at the Commission meeting held
office that is voted on city-wide, howev- on November 25, 2009. The Vice Mayor
er after two of the three candidates, who serves for a one-year term — Commission-
qualified for the race, withdrew, State law er Atkins-Grad had held this position for
dictated that a new qualifying period had the previous year.
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With the Dawn of the new year comes many changes in
the City of Tamarac... we’ve opened a new facility (the
Tamarac Recreation center, see page 4), the results of our
latest resident survey show that our residents continue to
feel that Tamarac is on the right path (more information will
be in the next issue of the Tam-A-Gram)... and,
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BEAUTIFUL THINGS: Tamarac’s newest public art, Dawn and Dusk, are truly exceptional — be sure amarac unveiled its latest public art,
to check them out in person, or view more photos at: tamarac.org/slideshows/DawnandDusk.html. Dawn and Dusk, on Thursday, No-
vember 5, 2009. The two sculptures are
BUSINESS CORN E R located in between the Tamarac Com-
munity Center and the Tamarac Branch
of the Broward County Library, overlook-
ing the pond.
Designed by renowned sculpture art-
ist Jane DeDecker, the two pieces are best
described in her own words:
“Dawn, the sculpture closest to the Com-
munity Center represents the community
rising to bring in the day together.
[In] Dusk, closest to the library, the fig-
ures are nestled together in a pose of prep-
aration to put the sun to bed.”
Pangea Marketplace, an international Tamarac is also pleased to welcome the Both sculptures have multiple figures
themed market, has opened in the Furni- corporate office of KSM Electronics, Inc. and details and each incorporate a large
ture Power store plaza, located at 8399 N. to the Commerce Park. KSM produces circle which represents the sun. In Dawn,
University Drive. Pangea will be home to wire, cable, custom cable and connector the silhouette of the figures is represen-
over 200 vendors, a large farmers’ market, assemblies, as well as associated electri- tative of reeds and cattails flowing in the
and will also include a food court and live cal components. The new location on State breeze. Dusk’s figure’s silhouettes are
entertainment. Be sure to stop by, check Street will occupy 40,000 square feet and meant to evoke a treeline at sunset.
out the shops and welcome this exciting will bring 150 new jobs to Tamarac, boost- Like all public art in the City of Tamarac,
addition to our City! ing our local economy!
Dawn and Dusk were paid for using the
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C I T Y O F TA M A R A C ANNUAL REPORT 2009
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE: In this year’s Annual Report, we’ve paid special attention to the City’s five goals: an inclusive community;
a vibrant community; a strong economy; a healthy environment; a dynamic organizational culture; and clear communication.
Our vision in the City of Tamarac is to
INCLUSIVE: The City of Tamarac is committed to providing programs lead the nation in quality of life through
and services that meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community. safe neighborhoods, a vibrant economy,
exceptional customer service, and rec-
Did you know? Approximately 360 tree, as our community ognized excellence. Our motto is “Com-
Tamarac employees provide municipal grows and expands, so mitted to Excellence…Always” – and as
services to almost 60,000 residents and too do the demographics you will see in this annual report, the City
businesses. Services such as: fire and of our community. As the of Tamarac is committed to providing the
medical rescue services, water and sewer, Baby Boomer generation highest level of service possible, with cus-
street and median maintenance, storm- ages, the average age of tomer satisfaction rates that often exceed
water drainage, parks maintenance, Americans is increasing; the national average.
recreation programs, social services, canal however, in Tamarac, our How do we do this? Through a compre-
maintenance, code enforcement, permit- average age continues to hensive strategic planning process that
ting, inspections, communication… and decrease. If this trend con- uses data from our resident surveys, busi-
the list goes on. tinues, within the next few ness surveys, focus groups, and every-
Like the branches of a tree, the scope of years the average age of day interactions with you, our customer.
the services we provide the community Tamarac residents will be Using this information, the City has iden-
is far reaching. in their early forties. tified several goals to focus on over the
Speaking of branches, like any family Continued: Page 2 next few years... you might compare this
to choosing the right soil.
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Dear residents, 1
Smart Growth is the theme of this years’ An-
nual Report, and the imagery on the cover of
a seedling maturing into a stable sapling cap- 2
tures the essence of the City of Tamarac very
well. Even as we approach our fiftieth anniver- 3
sary in 2013, Tamarac is still quite a young City
with an interesting histo- U.S. Average
ry and a bright future. 4
We’re all very aware
of the difficult economic Tamarac Average
situation of the past cou-
ple years. Housing values 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
have tumbled, stock pric-
es have risen and fallen,
and the unemployment Continued From: Page 1 Figure: 1
rate seems to be on a per- This continued shift WHAT THE ABOVE CHART MEANS:
petual incline. in our age demograph- According to our most recent resident
Yet, there have been recent glimmers of hope ics had a profound ef- survey, Tamarac scores above the na-
that the economy may at last be experiencing fect on helping to create tional average in the following catego-
ries #1: Overall image of the City; #2:
a rebound — new home sales figures have re- a wonderfully diverse Overall quality of services provided by
cently seen an increase in year-over-year sales, population. Like most of the City; #3: Overall quality of life in the
that, coupled with other indicators, has caused South Florida, Tamarac City; #4: How well the City is planning
for growth; and #5: Overall appearance
many economists to declare the recession over. has benefited from the of the City.
In the City of Tamarac, despite the recent increase in the number
positive news coming from the financial sec- of nationalities, religions, reach out to them in a variety of ways,
tors, we still expect to endure another year, and cultures our area at- such as: resident and business surveys,
or more, of reduced revenues. As you may be tracts. Like a modern day focus groups, and customer interaction.
aware, the City of Tamarac receives revenue “melting pot”, South Flor- According to our latest survey, Tama-
based on tax rates that are tied to property ida has become one of the rac’s residents, on average, are more
values; as property values have declined, so most diverse metropolitan satisfied with the quality of services and
to have the City’s tax revenues. areas in the Country. To programs they receive than state or na-
Property values are assessed a year in arrears serve our expanding com- tional averages (Figure: 1)! These results
— the Broward County Property Appraiser munity, and their varied are based on our biennial resident survey
has said that we can expect to see further de- needs, we are continually conducted by ETC Institute where the
creases in 2010 assessed values... meaning an- expanding the programs respondents selected “satisfied” or “very
other year of reduced revenues. Of course, it and services we provide satisfied” on a variety of questions. Look
will take a couple of years for the values to bal- our residents: from Mid- for more survey results throughout this
ance out and become stable, until that time we dle Eastern Dance, to Mah Annual Report and see how Tamarac
must be ever vigilant of where we can make Jong, our goal is to em- compares against other cities and the
expense reductions while minimizing the im- brace our diversity and national average. We think you’ll agree,
pact on the services and programs we provide build upon it. Tamarac is The City for Your Life!
our residents. In order to know what An Inclusive Community… the roots of
This Annual Report will provide you lots of our residents want, we a thriving city.
valuable information about where we stand,
and where we’re headed.
These are difficult times, but our roots run DID YOU KNOW? Tamarac contracts with the Broward Sheriff’s Office
(BSO) for police services for our City. BSO is the nation’s largest accred-
deep and we will weather the storm... smart- ited law enforcement agency and, in response to community feedback,
ly. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.) continues to increase their outreach efforts — in fact, representatives
from BSO have increased their attendance at neighborhood and asso-
ciation meetings by more than 50%*. (*Data based on 2007/2008 year-
Sincerely, over-year figures).
Jeffrey L. Miller
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VIBRANT: The City of Tamarac will continually revitalize our neighbor-
hood and business districts.
Tamarac’s vibrant community is more tance towards the pur-
than just beautiful trees lining our road- chase and rehabilitation of
ways, open green spaces, parks and other abandoned and foreclosed
amenities. Tamarac is vibrant because properties. Tamarac has
of our people, our diverse population been awarded over $4.7
and business community. The City’s job million of federal money
is to maintain our infrastructure and to and, as of this writing,
improve where possible, or necessary. over 20 households have
In order to respond to the wants of the benefitted from this amaz-
community, we need to know what’s on ing program — more than
the minds of our residents; what they any other City in South
want, what they like, and where they’d Florida!
like to see improvements. To do so, the In addition to city and
Mayor, Commissioners, City Manager, federal grants that help
and Department Directors regularly hold- associations and individu-
ing neighborhood meetings throughout als keep our community
the City to present new initiatives to the looking great, City staff
public, provide updates on new or exist- maintain over 136 miles
ing projects and to get their feedback. By of roadway, 150 acres of
holding two District meetings in each of parks, over 300,000 square
Tamarac’s four Commission Districts per feet of City facilities, and Hampton Inn on Commercial Blvd. (ad-
year, our residents get to meet with City so much more. For in- jacent to the Sawgrass Expressway), as
staff in their communities. stance, did you know well as the relocation of the corporate
One program which City staff regularly that during 2009, over offices and a manufacturing facility for
promotes at community meetings is the 4,500 linear feet of new KSM Electronics, Inc. KSM relocated to
Neighborhood Beautification Program sidewalks were installed Tamarac, occupying 40,000 square feet in
(NBP). In 2009, 15 Homeowner Associa- or repaired in our City? our Commerce Park and bringing 150 new
tions/Neighborhood Associations took That’s not only great for jobs to our City. New businesses have a
advantage of this 50/50 matching grant the look of Tamarac, but ripple effect throughout the City, provid-
program by which associations may also for the safety of our ing an increase in spending at other local
receive funds to help improve the appear- residents which further businesses, additional job opportunities
ance of their communities along public contributes to the overall and a host of other other benefits.
road-ways. The NBP allows communities livability in our City. The results of our 2007 and 2009 Busi-
to make improvements to public areas That vibrancy, and liv- ness Survey’s further illustrate Tamarac’s
and have a portion of the cost offset by ability, is key to helping commitment to the business community:
the community grants. For 2010, $50,000 to maintain an active, en- the top three reasons businesses choose
has been allocated for this beautification gaged and thriving busi- to remain in Tamarac are: #1: low crime;
program. ness community as well. A #2: the tax rate; and #3: the attitude of
In addition, we’re pleased to take part in well maintained City helps local government towards business.
the federal government’s Neighborhood attract new business. This A Vibrant Community… you could say
Stabilization Program which provides past year saw the open- we take our job of nurturing the com-
assistance towards purchasing assis- ing a large new hotel, the munity very seriously.
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BECAUSE OF YOU, WE GROW: Based on our resident’s feedback
regarding the usefulness and accessibility of the City’s website, over
the past two years we’ve made improvements that resulted in a 10%
increase in the number of residents responding that they are “satis-
fied” or “very satisfied” with the City’s website.
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STRONG: The City of Tamarac will utilize innovative management to
develop and maintain a strong financial base. 2% General Capital
Despite the economic erty values are assessed a year in arrears,
challenges of the past cou- we expect to continue to deal with de-
ple of years, Tamarac con- creases for the foreseeable future. 22% Utilities
tinues to stand on solid The good news? Your City govern-
financial ground. A solid ment is fiscally conservative. During the
base does not necessarily housing boom years, which created new
translate into a surplus of found wealth for many government cof-
funding — as you may be fers, Tamarac did not expand its work- Figure: 3
aware, like most munic- force, increase facilities beyond what was
ipalities throughout the planned, or otherwise go on a spending
country, Tamarac has been spree. In fact, we saved for a rainy day.
dealing with a reduction Although our revenues have decreased,
in revenues for the past our credit rating remains very strong.
several years. In fact, since To help reduce our budget over the 2% Risk Management
2008, Tamarac’s budget past two years, we have: reduced our
has been decreased by a workforce, frozen all job openings (except
staggering $11 million. for critical positions), put on hold large
Through aggressive re- capital projects, and restructured our
structuring of both our workforce for greater efficiency, while
debt and workforce pro- at the same time continuing to provide 17% Fire Rescue
ductivity, we have been Customer Service… Second to None.
able to absorb two con- A Strong Economy… like the roots of
secutive years of millions a tree that search for water deep under-
of dollars in cuts. ground, we continue to prepare for the 8% Public Works
Traditionally Tamarac current economic drought.
has offered some of the
most affordable housing
in Broward County, how- 60%
ever that fact has put the
City at a disadvantage as 50%
the financial and hous-
ing markets continue to
correct themselves. Tam- 40%
arac’s property value as-
sessments have decreased 30%
11.5% and 16.4% for the
2008 and 2009 tax years 20%
respectively. This contin-
ued decrease in assessed
value has dealt the biggest
blow to the city’s financial
structure and, since prop- 0%
U.S. Average Florida Average Tamarac Average
WHAT THE ABOVE CHART MEANS:
Quite simply, value for your money! In our most recent resident survey, when
asked “How satisfied are you with the overall value you receive for your
tax dollars and fees?”, 55% of respondents said that they were “Satisfied”
or “Very Satisfied” with Tamarac. That’s 40% above the national average!
DID YOU KNOW? Tamarac maintains an extraordinarily high rating Bond
Rating, despite the recent economic turmoil that has had an adverse ef-
fect on revenues. Currently Tamarac has the following Bond Ratings: Fitch
Ratings Limited = A+; Moody’s Investor Services = A2; and S&P Invest-
ment Advisory = A+.
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3% Bonds Figures: 3
1% Community Development WHAT THESE CHARTS MEAN:
2% Finance Figure: 3: This chart shows a breakdown,
by department, of the City of Tamarac’s
4% General Government 2010 budget. The percentages have been
rounded to the nearest whole number for
1% Information Technology easier viewing. Tamarac’s budget for Fiscal
Year 2010 is $94,585,850, of which only a
small portion comes from taxes paid direct-
12% Non-Departmental ly to the City by property owners. In fact,
less than 20% of the City’s total budget
comes from ad valorem (property taxes).
The remaining balance of revenue comes
from fees for services provided by the City
(water for instance) and revenue sharing
4% Parks & Recreation from the State of Florida.
WHAT THESE CHARTS MEAN:
1% Human Resources Figure 4: This chart provides a detailed
breakdown of where your tax dollars go
in Broward County. As you can see, less
than one-third of every dollar you pay in
property taxes is allocated to Tamarac.
13% Police Services
6.55% N. Broward Hospital
20.33% County Commission
1.50% Children’s Council
2.21% So.FL. Water Management 36.88% County Schools
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BECAUSE OF YOU, WE GROW: One of the top priorities for our
residents is good customer service. In Tamarac we are continually
reviewing and streamlining our customer interactions based on your
feedback with great results! In fact, our customer satisfaction rate is
24 percentage points above the national average.
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HEALTHY: While balancing the financial needs of the City, the City of The garden, located adjacent to the City’s
Tamarac is also committed to the preservation of a healthy environment. Caporella Aquatic Center, includes butter-
fly attracting plants as well as vegetables.
Perhaps the theme of our Annual Report save over a million gal- To further help in our conservation ef-
gives it away, but just in case you didn’t lons of water each month! forts, the City promotes Florida Friendly
notice… we take our commitment to the And, not only have they Landscapes (Xeriscape), most City fa-
environment very seriously in Tamarac. saved water, but they’ve cilities feature waterless urinals, newer
Tamarac has been a leader in recycling saved themselves some buildings include motion sensitive light-
for several years now, in fact, in Fiscal green as well... because of ing fixtures, and, pending final approval,
Year 2009 we collected over 2,370 tons of our water conservation ef- we will receive over $1.3 million in grants
newspaper and over 1,040 tons of other forts, the City was able to in the coming months to help fund new
recyclable materials. Although tradition- eliminate the 18% Utility solar powered lighting fixtures at both
ally recycling programs tend to wane dur- Surcharge. the Tamarac Sports Complex and the
ing economic downturns, Tamarac saw This past year also saw Tamarac Community Center, helping to
an increase of just over 1% in the amount the creation of Tamarac’s further our green initiatives.
of recycling collected – in comparison, first Community Garden A Healthy Environment… the key to sus-
Broward County saw a 3% decrease. Per – a partnership with the tainable growth.
capita, Tamarac residents recycled over Kiwanis Club of Tamarac.
110 pounds of material, nearly double
the Broward County average, and our
most recent survey shows that they’re
satisfied with both, our recycling and
trash removal programs (Figure: 5).
In addition to recycling, the City of-
fers free water saving devices, as well as 2
rebates on select low-flow water saving
fixtures, to its residents. With the help
of an aggressive conservation campaign, 3 U.S. Average
Tamarac residents have helped the City
4 Tamarac Average
0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
WHAT THE ABOVE CHART MEANS:
According to our most recent survey, Tamarac residents rate our trash
collection and recycling programs above the national and state aver-
ages in the following categories #1: Residential trash collection ser-
vice; #2: Curb-side recycling service; #3: Yard waste service; and #4:
Bulk trash pickup service.
DID YOU KNOW? Tamarac was the first city in South Florida to obtain
Silver Certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. This award
was given to the City in recognition of our environmental initiatives.
BECAUSE OF YOU, WE GROW: In our most recent survey results,
residents have expressed that additional safe walking and bike paths
are a priority. In response, the design of one of the city’s newest parks,
Tephford Park, includes extensive paths of both varieties. In addition,
the City has secured grant funding for more projects throughout
Tamarac to further expand our network of walking and biking facilities.
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DYNAMIC: The City of Tamarac will create and sustain a culture condu-
cive to development and retention of skilled employees.
Customer Service… Second to None. The our residents, customers,
words our workforce lives by in order to and business communi-
provide the highest quality customer ser- ty. The information we’ve
vice possible. A talented, committed, em- gained in the past helped
powered, and compassionate workforce us to develop a set of cus-
available to serve the needs of our resi- tomer service standards
dents is the City’s best asset. From medi- we call “Play Your PART.”
ans to mainframes, maintaining the City Every Tamarac employee
and ensuring that everything performs is trained in how to play DID YOU KNOW? We strive
properly is the top priority of our high- their PART to provide you to provide clear, consistent,
ly trained employees. Professional, Accurate, and accessible communica-
tion to our residents through
As you’ve seen throughout this annu- Responsive, and Timely a variety of means, like this
al report, our residents continue to rate service. Annual Report. In fact, our
their satisfaction with Tamarac above the A Dynamic Workforce… residents rank our efforts to
keep them informed 28 per-
national average. We continuously strive well trained, well pre- centage points above the na-
for improvement through the feedback of pared — at your service. tional average!
CLEAR: The City of Tamarac will increase communication within the
organization and throughout the City. We will increase both awareness
of and participation in city government.
Communication is the key to any great Our latest resident sur- Facebook (search Tamarac, Florida). In
relationship, and in Tamarac we’re con- vey tells us that a majority fact, when we officially launched our
tinually expanding our network of out- of our residents, over 84% Twitter account in February 2009, the City
reach. Through the use of neighborhood of you, utilize the Tam- of Tamarac was the first City in Broward
and community meetings; focus groups; A-Gram as their primary County to begin tweeting!
surveys; our website; our popular quar- source of information for Another way in which we commu-
terly magazine, the Tam-A-Gram; and of City related information. nicate with our residents, and promote
course additional publications such as That is an amazing num- involvement and participation in city gov-
this Annual Report, we strive to educate ber... and we’re thrilled ernment is through our citizen academy,
our residents about the latest happenings you like it, but we’re never Tamarac University (TU). 2010 will mark
in the city — whether that be a new pro- ones to rest on our laurels. the fourth year for this eight week inter-
gram offered at the recreation center, a Over the past year we’ve active course that offers participants a be-
recap of one of our most recent events, expanded our communi- hind-the-scenes and in-depth look at the
or a utility maintenance notice. cation network to include inner workings of their city. After gradu-
Our job is to provide you the best pos- social media networks, ation, many TU alumni become actively
sible balance of the information you need specifically Twitter (twit- involved in Tamarac through volunteer-
in order to stay abreast of the latest hap- ter.com/CityofTamarac ing or serving on boards and committees.
penings, make informed choices, and to and, for emergency com- Clear Communication… the way we
be able to take advantage of the best your munication only, twitter. learn, the way we educate, and the way
City has to offer. comCOTemergency) and we continue to thrive.
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BECAUSE OF YOU, WE GROW: Survey results show that Tamarac’s
residents like the types of communication they receive from their
City, but want more. In response the Tam-A-Gram received a major
re-design in 2008 to accommodate more information, our website
was freshened to provide a cleaner user experience, Neighborhood
Meetings are held twice a year in each Commission District to bring
your City government to you, and we continue to explore new methods
of communication, such as Twitter!
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GOVERNMENT WHO WE ARE:
From the distinctive and vibrant entrance
Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco signs which welcome residents and visitors
Mayor alike, to our amazing array of programs and
services that offer something for everyone,
young and old, it’s easy to see why we say
Tamarac is... The City for Your Life!
Vice Mayor, District 4 Located in the heart of beautiful Broward
County Florida, Tamarac is ideally located
Pamela Bushnell near major highways,
The City of Tamarac consists of four Commissioner, District 1 tourist attractions,
separate Commission Districts. Each Dis- shopping, and recre-
trict elects a City Commissioner to serve Patricia Atkins-Grad ational activities.
a four year term on the City’s legislative Commissioner, District 2 Originally founded
branch of government, the City Commis- as an active retirement
sion. A Mayor is elected city-wide for a Diane Glasser community by develop-
four-year term to serve as the head of the Commissioner, District 3 er Kenneth E. Behring
in 1963, Tamarac has
Commission. The role of the Mayor and
grown into one of the
City Commission is to set policy and the Jeffrey L. Miller
most culturally diverse
direction of the City. City Manager cities in South Florida and boasts a diverse
Tamarac’s City Manager runs the day- community, amazing amenities, award win-
to-day operations of the City and makes Samuel S. Goren ning programs and services, and some of
recommendations to the Commission City Attorney the most affordable housing in the area.
regarding policy and procedures.
ANNUAL REPORT 2009
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Will y be there?
It’s that time of year again... we’re now ac- government, but also their role in local govern-
cepting applications for the 2010 Tamarac ment. Upon completion of the multi-week pro-
University Class! gram, graduates become ambassadors of the
Would you like to know how your City govern- City within their neighborhoods, clubhouses, and
ment works? How about how the City’s budget circle of friends.
is developed, the relationship between the City 2010 will mark the fourth year of Tamarac Uni-
Manager and City Commission, or the respon- versity. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings
sibilities of departments such as Community in the Spring (April – June) from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.
Development and Public Works? Tamarac Uni- There is no fee to participate; however, since
versity was created to answer all of these ques- space is limited to 25 participants, attendance
tions and many more. at all sessions is expected.
Tamarac University held its inaugural class Applications will be available January 1, 2010
in 2007 and was an overwhelming success. on the City’s website (www.tamarac.org) and at
Tamarac University functions as a citizens’ acad- various City facilities. Be sure to fill your’s out
emy where residents and business owners can and hopefully we’ll see you this Spring.
improve not only their understanding of local So, will you be there?
Continued From: Page 6 lating to design, artist selection, and location
Public Art Fund which was established by the of the art to be displayed, with the Commis-
City Commission in 2005 with the passage of sion voting on those recommendations. Many
the Public Art Ordinance. This ordinance re- of Tamarac’s facilities and parks have been de-
quires that 1% of the construction value of new signed with space set aside for future art, as
projects or improvements be set aside for public was the case with the walkway that runs adja-
art. These funds can not be used by the City for cent to the pond at the Community Center, as
any other purpose and, if they go unused, must well as Tephford Park, where the next piece of
Tam-A-Gram, it's time to Flip For It!
and learn about the great programs
Recreation Department offers... it's
all in the Discovery section of the
and activities Tamarac’s Parks and
Now that you’ve read the informative
be returned to the developer or property owners. art, Shadow of a Big Tree, is to be located.
Tamarac’s Public Art Committee makes rec- For more information about Tamarac’s Pub-
ommendations to the City Commission re- lic Art projects, contact (954) 597-3530.
OF PERFORMING ARTS
New show... New show...
“Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Bloom” “Fannie and Sadie”
January 16 - February 7, 2010 March 6 - March 28, 2010
SHOW TIMES: SHOW TIMES:
Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm
and Sundays at 2:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm
TICKETS: $20 per show TICKETS: $20 per show
FOR MORE INFORMATION: (954) 726-7898 / www.ttopa.org
Discover the Benefits of Tamarac Parks and Recreation
o you blog? Do you tweet or twirl? Are you friends and Recreation Department on Facebook. To get frequent
with people on Facebook or a fan of pages? Do updates of Department happenings including class changes,
you have a widget? Have you set up events and field closures, events and activities, bus route revisions and
invited your friends? Do you “like” or “unlike” a friend’s much more, log onto www.Facebook.com (you must be a
post or status update? If you’re familiar with any of this or member to view our page and it’s a free service), go to your
not…. one thing you are familiar with is the City of Tamarac. Home page and click on “pages” in the left hand side under
And you know about our continuous improvements in NEWS FEED and then search for “Parks and Recreation
technology and getting information out to you, our residents. Department” to become our FAN!
You’ve been able to follow the City “tweets” on Twitter for Once you’re a FAN of our page we can also invite you to
almost a year and we now have a Fan Page for the Parks Continued: Page 2
January / February / March 2010
So. Florida, FL
PAID Tamarac, Florida 33321-2401
US Postage 7525 N.W. 88th Avenue
Standard City of Tamarac
"Follow us..." Continued From: Page 1
ALL upcoming events within the Department. You can also
invite your Facebook friends to become FANS of our page Tamarac @ Twilight Concert Series
and then invite them to attend upcoming events with you. Don’t miss the City of Tamarac Parks and Recreation Depart-
This quarter we have the Twilight Concert series, Family ment’s 2010 Tamarac at Twilight Concert Series. The concerts
Valentine’s dance, Springfest and more! You’ll learn more are free and light refreshments will be served so grab your lawn
chairs and enjoy music and dancing under the stars. In addition,
about our transit system, see upcoming trips, and sign up
there will be a bounce house for the kids.
as soon as they are announced! View our hours of operation
Where: Tamarac Sports Complex
and where to pay your water bill or turn on/off your service. When: Friday, January 8th, February 12th &
Never miss out on knowing when you can sign your child March 12th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
up for Little League, Girl’s Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Fee: FREE
Football or Cheerleading! Get information on our upcoming
cultural events, community garage sales, art exhibitions, Community Garage Sale
Where: Tamarac Community Center
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senior program activities, and more!
When: Saturday, January 23rd, 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee: $20.00 per vendor space/FREE to public!
TA M A R A C AT H L E T I C S
Black History Month Art Exhibition
The following sports leagues are offered in the City of Where: Tamarac Community Center
Tamarac. Please contact the sports league at the phone
When: Monday, February 1st, 6:00 pm
number provided for more information.
Daddy & Daughter/Mother & Son Sweethearts Ball
Youth Sports Leagues......................... Phone Number
Enjoy a special evening of dinner and dancing.
Tackle, Flag Football/Cheerleading.... (954) 721-5131
Girl’s Softball ...................................... (954) 881-7033 Where: Tamarac Community Center
(www.eteamz.com/tamaracgirlssoftball) When: Saturday, February 6th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Little League ...................................... (954) 720-0301 Fee: $10.00 per couple/ $5.00 additional family member
T-Ball/Coach Pitch ............................. (954) 720-0301 Crazy Canine Couture Contest
Youth Basketball ................................ (954) 722-1166 Prizes awarded for craziest and most original canine couture
Youth Football/Cheerleading .............. (954) 721-5131 and top dog trick.
Youth Soccer ...................................... (954) 804-5022 Where: Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups
(www.tamaracsoccer.com) When: February 19th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Fee: $3.00 per pet
Adult Leagues ...................................... Phone Number
Coed Softball ..................................... (954) 720-7103 Peter Cottontail’s Wet & Wild Egg Hunt
Men’s Basketball ................................ (954) 533-5538 Children ages 2 – 5 years old will enjoy an egg hunt, music,
Men's Basketball League (Over 30)... (954) 720-7103 games, candy, a chance to win a gift basket, and a picture taken
Men’s Soccer ..................................... (954) 553-0272 with Peter Cottontail. Remember to wear your bathing suit as
Men’s Softball .................................... (954) 726-2013 you will be getting wet. Pre-registration is required.
Where: Caporella Aquatic Center
When: Saturday, March 27th, 9:30 – 11:00 am
FA C I L I T Y L O C AT I O N S Fee: Residents: $4.00, Non-residents: $6.00
Caporella Aquatic Center (Wellness Center) Springfest
9300 N.W. 58 Street Event features face painting, bounce houses, games, and an
egg hunt for ages 10 & under. Find the golden egg and win a
Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups prize. Egg hunt starts promptly at 10:00 am. Don’t be late or
8101 Southgate Boulevard you’ll miss the action!
Where: Tamarac Park
Tamarac Community Center (TCC) When: Saturday, April 3rd, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
8601 W. Commercial Boulevard
Tamarac Multi-Purpose Center Show Your Talent!
7531 N. University Drive Calling all local artists! Show off your creativity and share your
love of art with the residents of Tamarac. If you are interested in
Tamarac Park / Recreation Center displaying your artwork, applications are available at the Tamarac
7501 N. University Drive Community Center or call (954) 597-3635.
Tamarac Sports Complex
Community Garden Project
9901 N.W. 77 Street
Volunteers are needed for Tamarac’s Community Garden project.
Tephford Park For more information, call (954) 597-3637.
10003 Southgate Boulevard
More information: (954) 597-3620 / www.tamarac.org/parks.
A D U LT T R I P S
Register for all trips at the Tamarac Community Center located at
8601 W. Commercial Boulevard from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. All bus
trips will leave from this location. For information about any of
our trips, call (954) 597-3620. Trips are subject to cancellation.
No refunds one month prior to trip date (no exceptions).
Phantom of the Opera: Broward Center
When: Tuesday, January 12th
(Bus: leaves 6:45 pm / returns 11:00 pm) SENIOR PROGRAMS
Fee: Residents: $68.00, Non-Residents: $78.00
Calling all Seniors! Be part of the fun and become a member of
the award winning Tamarac Community Center Senior Program!
Hard Rock Casino
With over 50 different activities, programs and services per
When: Thursday, January 28th week, there is truly something for everyone. The Senior Pro-
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(Bus: leaves 3:45 pm / returns 10:00 pm) gram has over 1200 members who participate in activities such
Fee: Residents: $15.00, Non-residents: $25.00 as Jazzercise, clay workshops, painting, line dancing, scrabble,
volleyball, chair yoga, and much, much more. Where else can you
Laffing Matterz Dinner Show: Broward Center enjoy all these activities all for $25 a year! Membership is valid
When: Thursday, February 11th through September 30, 2010.
(Bus: leaves 6:15 pm / returns 10:30 pm) The Senior Program is available to seniors ages 55 and up
Fee: Residents: $64.00, Non-Residents: $74.00 from Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. For more in-
formation and to check out our program listing, please visit the
Singin’ in the Rain: Broward Stage Door Community Center (8601 W Commercial Blvd.), or call (954) 597-
When: Thursday, February 25th 3620, or visit us on the web at www.tamarac.org/parks. You can
also get updates on the Senior Program through Twitter; sign up
(Bus: leaves 7:15 pm / returns 11:00 pm)
Fee: Residents: $32.00, Non-Residents: $42.00
Below is a list of the classes Tamarac’s Senior Program has
Palm Beach Princess Cruise to offer. Call (954) 597-3620 for more information...
When: Thursday, March 11th
(Bus: leaves 8:00 am / returns 6:00 pm) CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
Fee: Residents: $35.00, Non-residents: $45.00
Arts & Crafts
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Moonlight Tour/ Badminton
Bayside Marketplace Battle of Sexes Trivia
When: Tuesday, March 30th Bingo
(Bus: leaves 3:45 pm / returns 10:00 pm)
Fee: Residents: $17.00, Non-Residents: $27.00 Card Playing
KIDS COOKING CLASS Chicken Soup for the Soul
Happy Hookers Club
Stretch & Tone
Think Loft (Brain Games)
Water Exercise Class
Weekly Dance Party
S O C I A L S E RV I C E S
All services are provided at the Tamarac Community Center (TCC) unless otherwise noted. Call the Information and Referral
line at (954) 597-3642 for more information on social service programs that may be available in Broward County. For transportation
issues, to register for our Transportation Program or to inquire about transit, please call (954) 597-3649. Schedules for the Red and
Yellow Transit Routes are available at www.tamarac.org and at City facilities.
PROGRAMS SERVICES/ GROUPS
Caregiver Support Group Alzheimer’s Support Group
Are you a full-time caregiver for someone over the age of 60? When: 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 10:30 am
Do you feel stressed out and overwhelmed with the challenges?
Here’s a chance to meet with others who share similar experi- Bereavement Support Group
ences. Call Susan Panzer at Jewish Family Service of Broward When: Every Monday, 10:00 - 11:30 am
County at (954) 370-2140 for more information.
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When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 10:00 - 11:30 am Eye Screenings
Please call (954) 597-3642 to schedule an appointment.
Center for Hearing and Communication
Provides amplified phones and TDDs free of charge to residents Free 911 Cell Phones for Seniors
of the State of Florida who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Please 2nd Monday of each month at 9:30 am. Call (954) 597-3642 to
call Social Services at (954) 597-3642 with any questions. set up an appointment. Donations of cell phones are accepted.
When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Free Eyeglass Repair Program
Depression & Bipolar Peer Support Group When: Tuesday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Women’s Group: Every Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Co-Ed Group: Every Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Hearing Screenings
Meet with other people who share their personal experiences When: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:00 - 10:45 am
dealing with their mood disorders. For more information, call De-
pression and Bipolar Alliance at (954) 588-3272 or visit them LUNCH: Meals on Wheels
online at www.sfdbsa.com. Served at 11:30 am for seniors 60 and older. Suggested dona-
tion is $2. Provided by Broward Meals on Wheels. Must reserve
Guiding Good Choices a meal no later than noon the day prior by calling Patrick Massa-
Guiding Good Choices is a five session curriculum to educate quoi at (954) 724-2544 between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm.
adults about the challenges and difficulties faced by youths. Spon-
sored by the Broward County Substance Abuse Commission and Mammovan
facilitated by Tamarac Broward Sheriff’s Office. Please call Dwight Mobile Mammography Screening provided by North Broward
at (954) 661-9365 for more information. Hospital District. Most insurance is accepted. If insurance is un-
When: Monday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm available, there will be a $58 fee to cover the cost. A referral is
recommended. No HMO taken. Call (954) 597-3642 to sched-
Women’s Individual Empowerment Sessions ule your appointment.
Women of all ages will receive eight free individual counseling
sessions. Topics include empowerment, self-improvement, re- Mother’s Group
lationships, legal issues, domestic violence, and parenting. Ses- Call (954) 597-3637 for more information.
sions are facilitated by Lakshmi Subrahmanian, a licensed mental
health counselor. Call (954) 655-7040 to register. Osteoporosis Screenings
Call 1-800-257-0944 to schedule an appointment.
Senior Coping Skills Group
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month,
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free Individual Senior Counseling: Please contact Sharon
Roseman, LCSW at (954) 895-6031 to make an appointment.
Tamarac residents only.
The City relies on the involvement of volunteers to build a strong Join us for bagels and coffee and an educational lecture.
sense of community. Our volunteers participate in a wide vari- When: Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:00 am
ety of activities including helping seniors, participating in special
events, assisting the Parks and Recreation Department and other ac- Serving Health Insurance Needs for the Elderly. Questions re-
tivities. We are currently in need of volunteers for our senior pro- garding your Medicare/Medicaid Insurance? Call to speak to a
gram to help with activities such as the dance, senior social, etc. If SHINE counselor: (954) 745-9779.
you have some time and would like to get involved, please contact
us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (954) 597-3642. Thank you When: Every Friday, 8:00 - 11:00 am
for your interest and support, we look forward to welcoming you
to our volunteer program.
A D U LT A C T I V I T I E S
Activity Day Time Ages Location Session
Mon. & Wed. 6:00 - 9:00 pm
A D U L T
Badminton Sat. 5:00 - 9:00 pm 13 & over $3/$5 Community Center Per Class
Sun. 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Clay workshop Mon. & Wed. 5:30 - 8:30 pm 18 & over $55/$65 Community Center 8-week
Internet (Beginner) Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 - 8:30 pm 18 & over $35/$45 Community Center 4 classes
Kundalini Yoga Thurs. 9:30 - 10:30 am 18 & over $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Line Dancing (Beginner) Thurs. 6:00 - 8:00 pm 18 & over $7/$8 Community Center Per Class
Line Dancing (Intermediate) Tues. 7:15 - 8:45 pm 18 & over $5/$6 Community Center Per Class
Line Dancing (Intermediate) Thurs. 8:00 - 9:30 pm 18 & over $7/$8 Community Center Per Class
Medicine Ball Workout Sat. 10:30 - 11:45 am 13 & over $30/$40 Recreation Center 4-week
Middle Eastern Dance Tues. 7:00 - 8:30 pm 18 & over $45/$55 Community Center 4-week
Pregnancy Yoga Tues. 6:30 - 7:30 pm 18 & over $24/$34 Community Center 4-week
Salsa & Ballroom Dance Wed. 7:00 - 8:00 pm 18 & over $35/$45 Community Center 4-week
Sport Specific Training Sat. 2:00 - 3:00 pm 10 - 17 yrs. $10 Multi-Pupose Center Per Class
Taekwondo Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 - 8:00 pm 13 & over $70/$80 Recreation Center 4-week
Teacher’s Power Hour Tues. & Thurs. 3:45 - 4:45 pm 18 & over $60/$70 Recreation Center 4-week
Tennis Lessons Sat. 9:00 - 10:00 pm 13 & over $40/$50 Sports Complex 4-week
Windows Computer Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 - 8:30 pm 18 & over $35/$45 Community Center 4 classes
Wed. 6:30 - 7:30 pm
A C T I V I T I E S / F I T N E S S
Zumba 13 & over $25/$35 Community Center 4-week
Fri. 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Body Sculpting Thurs. & Fri. 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Boot Camp Wed. 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hi/Low Impact Aerobics Tues. 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Kickboxing Mon. & Thurs. 6:00 - 7:00 pm Where: Tamarac Community Center
Pilates Mon. 7:00 - 8:00 pm Fee: Residents: $5, Non-residents: $6 per class
Residents: $45, Non-residents: $55 for 10 classes
Step Fusion Wed. 6:00 - 7:00 pm Residents: $99.38, Non-residents: $198.75 for annual membership
S C H E D U L E
Mon. 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Yoga Thurs. 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Sat. 9:00 - 10:00 am
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Activity Day Time Ages Location Session
Acrobatics Wed. 5:30 - 6:15 pm 5 - 9 yrs. $40/$50 Community Center 4-week
Art Techniques Sat. 12:00 - 12:45 pm 4 - 11 yrs. $36/$46 Community Center 4-week
Ballet Basics Tues. 4:30 - 5:15 pm 4 - 7 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Basketball Fundamentals Mon. 6:00 - 8:00 pm 8 - 13 yrs. $40/$50 Multi-Purpose Center 4-week
Bellydance Wed. 6:00 - 7:00 pm 13 & over $45/$55 Recreation Center 4-week
Cold porcelain Sculpting Sat. 10:30 - 11:30 am 5 - 12 yrs. $60/$70 Recreation Center 4-week
Computer Graphic Art Sat. 10:00 - 11:00 am 8 - 12 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Creative Minds Arts & Crafts Tues. 12:00 - 5:45 pm 5 - 11 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Drama Wed. 3:30 - 5:00 pm 6 - 14 yrs. $50/$60 Recreation Center 4-week
Fun-Art-Tastic Spanish Fri. 5:00 - 5:45 pm 4 - 11 yrs. $36/$46 Community Center 4-week
Guitar Lessons Sat. 5:30 - 6:30 pm 8 - 12 yrs. $50/$60 Community Center 4-week
Gymnastics Sat. 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 - 11 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
3:30 - 4:30 pm 3 - 5 yrs.
Hip Hop Dance Thurs. 4:30 - 5:30 pm 6 - 12 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
5:30 - 6:30 pm 13 & over
Hip Hop / Cheerleading Sat. 12:00 - 12:55 pm 5 - 11 yrs. $40/$50 Community Center 4-week
Kid’s in the Kitchen Tues. & Thurs. 3:30 - 5:00 pm 7 - 11 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Level 1 Ballet & Tap Sat. 10:00 - 10:45 am 3 - 5 yrs. $40/$50 Community Center 4-week
Level 2 Ballet, Tap, & Jazz Sat. 11:00 - 11:55 am 6 - 10 yrs. $40/$50 Community Center 4-week
Salsa & Ballroom Dance Wed. 4:45 - 5:45 pm 7 - 12 yrs. $40/$50 Multi-Purpose Center 4-week
Taekwondo (Advanced) Tues. & Thurs. 6:00 - 7:00 pm 7 - 12 yrs. $70/$80 Recreation Center 4-week
Taekwondo (Beginner) Tues. & Thurs. 5:00 - 6:00 pm 4 - 12 yrs. $70/$80 Recreation Center 4-week
Tap 1 Tues. 5:30 - 6:30 pm 8 & over $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Tap 2 Tues. 6:30 - 7:30 pm 8 & over $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Teen Council Program Thurs. 6:00 - 7:00 pm 12 - 17 yrs. $15/$25 Multi-Purpose Center Annually
Tennis Lessons Tues. 5:30 - 6:30 pm 6 - 12 yrs. $40/$50 Sports Complex 4-week
Tots Ballet Tues. 3:30 - 4:15 pm 18 mos. - 3 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
Tumbling Sat. 11:00 - 11:45 am 3 - 5 yrs. $40/$50 Community Center 4-week
Tutorial Program Wed. 5:00 - 6:00 pm 7 - 14 yrs. $69/$79 Community Center 4-week
Yoga Wed. 3:30 - 4:30 pm 6 - 12 yrs. $40/$50 Recreation Center 4-week
P R O G R A M H I G H L I G H T
A Q U AT I C C E N T E R
Visit the Caporella Aquatic Center located at 9300 NW 58 Street.
Most Americans believe that badminton is a backyard
game played during picnics and cookouts. What you
Enjoy its many amenities including a 25 meter swimming pool may not know is that countries in Europe, Asia, and the
with zero depth entry and slide, children’s water playground,
3,000 sq.ft. fitness room, locker rooms, picnic tables, and more. Caribbean Islands play badminton as a major compet-
itive sport. There are many clubs and leagues in these
Early Lap Swimming: countries as well as others that play badminton as a
Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00 - 10:00 am professional paying sport. The game is so popular that
Pool Hours: the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognizes
Weekdays: Pool: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm the sport as an Olympic event and is played during the
Slide and Sprayground: 2:30 - 6:00 pm summer games. In continuing to build creative sports
Weekends: Pool, Slide, and Sprayground: programming, badminton is offered at the Tamarac
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Community Center, and has been an ongoing activi-
For Aquatic Center rental information and fees, ty for over two years. The game has proven to be quite
please call (954) 597-3660. popular and draws participants from many world cul-
tures. China, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, Jamaica,
NOTE: Pool is closed for general admission in January and
Britain, and the Caribbean Islands are just a few of the
February, however classes continue as scheduled.
nationalities that are represented by our participants
Pro-active Arthritis Water Exercise Class that come from all over the tri-county area as well as
Work on balance and coordination while increasing range of mo- areas as far north as Orlando to compete with our lo-
tion, joint flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness
cal players. Participants have also come from over-
without causing strain.
When: Monday, 10:30 - 11:30 am, and seas to play badminton as they spend their vacation in
Wednesday, 12:30 - 1:30 pm South Florida. To learn more about badminton, chal-
Fee: Senior Program Members: Free lenge some of our talented players, or if would like to
Non-Senior Program Members: $2.00 per class watch what competitive badminton looks like, come to
Swim Lessons the Tamarac Community Center. Badminton is played
Swim Lessons are offered for beginner level swimmers. Swim- every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00
mers will learn front float, back float, and general arm and leg pm, Saturday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Sunday
motions for swimming freestyle and backstroke. (Parent-Tot: from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Ages 3 - 5; Level 1: Ages 6 - 16; Level 2: Intermediate: Ages 6
- 16; Adult: Level 1: Ages 17 & Over.)
Parents/Tots (Ages 3 -5):
Monday/Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm; WELLNESS CENTER
Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00 - 5:45 pm;
Saturday, 9:00 - 9:45 am & 10:00 - 10:45 am We invite you to visit the Tamarac Wellness Center (9300 N.W.
Level 1 (Ages 6 & over): 58th Street). We have a variety of free weights, life fitness
Monday/Wednesday, 5:00 - 5:45 pm; machines, treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, recumbent life-
Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00 - 5:45 pm & 6:00 - 6:45 pm; cycles, stationary bikes and more. The Wellness Center offers
Saturday, 9:00 - 9:45 am a friendly non-competitive wor out environment with an awe-
Level 1 (Advanced): some view of our competitive pool or community garden. If this
Saturday, 10:00 - 10:45 am is your first visit, our qualified friendly staff will show you around
Level 2 (Intermediate, Ages 6-16) and get you familiar with the equipment. We also have per-
/Adult Level 1 (Ages 17 & over): sonal training sessions available. Visit the Tamarac Wellness
Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm Center today at 9300 NW 58th Street or contact us at (954)
Fee: Residents: $40.00, Non-residents: $50.00 597-3661 or visit our website at www.tamarac.org/parks.
Tamarac Tiger Sharks Swim Club
The swim club will improve children’s (ages 5-17 years) over-
all swimming skills, build endurance and get them ready to join
a competitive team.
When: Monday/Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Fee: Residents: $30, Non-residents: $40
Get a total body workout to improve motor skills, balance, strength, Now that you’ve read about [just a few] of the great
and posture. Moderate to high level of cardio will be achieved. programs and activities Tamarac’s Parks and Recreation
When: Monday/Wednesday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Fee: Residents: $45, Non-residents: $55 Department offers... Flip For It! and read the City’s
informative magazine, the Tam-A-Gram!