District 3 Digest
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Great Things are Happening in
The City For Your Life


So, what’s new in the City of Tamarac? I get asked this quite a bit while attending different functions around Broward. The nice thing is, there are all kinds of new happenings in our City!
 
We've broken ground on the Colony West redevelopment project, which will include a new clubhouse and a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, and we're about to break ground on Tamarac Village, a project that has been years in the making. Our buffer wall project is moving to the west side of town with the McNab section starting in the next month or so. Our citywide sign program is moving along as well.

To help foster literacy in our City, we now have Little Libraries for children to utilize at the Sports Complex and Caporella Park. These libraries hold books appropriate for school- aged children and provide a great opportunity for children to sit and read who are at the park for a sibling's game, or who want to take a little break from play.

Additionally, the City held its first Teacher and School Employee of the Year Recognition Breakfast on May 3rd. This is part of an overall strategy to develop better relations with the schools that serve Tamarac’s children. All 17 public schools were invited.
 
I introduced the new Whole Child Tamarac Initiative in February. The idea is to better prepare our children for kindergarten. As a City, I've asked that we focus on school readiness, a possible City-run voluntary pre-k program and City programs, such as summer camp and after care, with additional educational components.  We're also looking at the very important parental involvement component.

The City is putting together a stakeholder’s group, which I will be a part of, to study these areas and come back to the Commission with strategies to move forward. I will keep you informed of what happens with the Whole Child Tamarac Initiative.



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On a Personal Note


I started this e-newsletter back in January of 2017 to impart information on what’s happening in our City and elsewhere that impacts you, and to share my thoughts and ideas with the residents of District 3. This is a perfect outlet for my creative side, which doesn’t get enough use.
 
Many of you may already know that back in December, I lost my father. That was hard enough, but to have it happen during what for most is a very happy and joyful time of year made it more difficult. In addition, I had to put my 15-year-old dog, Missie, down in early February. This, on top of losing my dad, put me in a funk, as it would anyone.
 
During this time, I didn't write my monthly newsletter as it wasn't something I was mentally able to do. My creative side was not functioning. I'm happy to say that I am on the healing side of my funk, and am back to writing my newsletters. Obviously!
 
One of the things that has helped tremendously is my family’s adoption of our new dog, Gracie Lou. She is 1 1/2 years old and about 40 pounds. The shelter believes her to be a lab, shepherd and possibly Terrier mix. Watching her learn to play and her coming to understand that she's in a loving home after being left in a yard and forgotten for most of her young life, has been a gift. While some thank me for rescuing her, I promise you, she has rescued me. If you see us out and about, please stop to say hi as Gracie loves people!


City Events and Meetings


 
Don’t forget that the Tamarac Farmer’s Market is at Veterans' Memorial Park every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.

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