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					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?

                                                                                  2009 ANNUAL
                                                                                  Our annual assessment
                                                                                about where we stand and
                                                                                       the direction ahead

                                                                                     BSO CORNER
                                                                                Be careful what you let in

   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

                                                                                                    01 | 02 | 03 | 2010
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.
           Tamarac, Florida 33321

You may also email your comments, or ques-
tions, to Chad Quinn, Public Information Spe-                            6                                                 7
cialist, at: Please include
“Tam-A-Gram” in the subject line of your email.             Dawn and Dusk                                     Annual Report
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!
  Ben Chicofsky, Chair                                       3 .....Census 2010: It’s in       Our Hands
  Paul Dick, Vice-Chair                                             10 Questions, 10 Minutes
  Max Marcus
  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.
  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!
  Affairs Officer
  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)
                                                                                                    Public Works
                                                                                                                                       (954) 720-2225
                                                                                                                                       (954) 597-3700
  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
                                                              advisory role.

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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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                                                                                                                                 JOYCE LANTZ

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Fire Safety Poster Contest
                                                                                                                            CLAUDIO GRANDE
                     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,  (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                               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 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                          website at:
                             H A P P E N I N G S                                                                                Back to First Page

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
                                                                                                 center opened
                                    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
                                                                                                 Commission 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
                                                                                                 Halloween Hoopla
                        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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              Tamarac’s annual
         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

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                                         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,
                                                                                                            among other
                                                                                                            we’ve unveiled
                                                                                                               some exciting


                                     DAWN                                                                      DUSK

               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:         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
                                                                                                                     Florida Average
                          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
               City Manager
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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.
                                                                                   5% Stormwater
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

                                     Figure: 2
                                     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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                 1% Grants
                              3% Bonds                                                 Figures: 3
                                         2% Building
                                               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.

                                                                                       Figures: 4
                                                                                       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
           32.51% Tamarac

                        Figure: 4

   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
                                                                                                            Florida Average
                                                   4                                                        Tamarac Average

                                                   0%          20%          40%         60%          80%         100%

                                               Figure: 5
                                               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-           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
                                                  Harry Dressler
                                                                         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 ( 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.

                            TAMARAC THEATER
                                  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 /
                                                  Discover the Benefits of Tamarac Parks and Recreation

     Follow us!
              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 (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

Permit #1401
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
                                                                                                                           SPECIAL EVENTS
                                   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

                                   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
                                          (                                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
                                          (                                              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 /
                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).
                                                                      SENIOR PROGRAM
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 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
                                                                                            Body Basics
        (Bus: leaves 3:45 pm / returns 10:00 pm)
                                                                                            Card Making
Fee:    Residents: $17.00, Non-Residents: $27.00                                            Card Playing
                                                                                             Chair Yoga
 KIDS COOKING CLASS                                                                   Chicken Soup for the Soul
                                                                                          Coed Basketball
                                                                                          Computer Class
                                                                                          Creative Writing
                                                                                          Duplicate Bridge
                                                                                        Happy Hookers Club
                                                                                           Jewelry Making
                                                                                            Line Dancing
                                                                                              Mah Jong
                                                                                           Stretch & Tone
                                                                                                Tai Chi
                                                                                      Think Loft (Brain Games)
                                                                                            Walking Club
                                                                                        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 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.

                                   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                                             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.

                                                                                                         Senior Social
      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
                                                                                                         SHINE Counselor
      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
                                                                                                         Veterans Advisor
      us by email at 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
                                                                                                          Non-Resident Fee
                                                      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

                                                                              FITNESS SCHEDULE
                        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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                                                                                 YOUTH ACTIVITIES

                                      Activity              Day                Time                Ages                                     Location           Session
                                                                                                                 Non-Resident Fee

                        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

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

Water Aerobics
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!


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