Friday, April 16, 2010

Cooper City's 51st Founder's Day Events

COOPER CITY'S 51st FOUNDER’S DAY PARADE and FESTIVITIES

SATURDAY, APRIL 24th

MORNING EVENTS held at the Community Center, 9000 SW 50th Place, 954-434-4300 x 233 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast - Tickets on sale at the door. 8:00 a.m.

One Mile 90th Ave Family Fun Run, Walk, Stroll 9:30 AM, Cost: $7.00 per person includes commemorative T-shirt. Register at the Community Center or Pool & Tennis Center.

Kiddie Show - Held on the Community Center front lawn. 10:00 a.m.

PARADE - Travels one mile along SW 90th Avenue from Cooper City Community Center to Cooper City High School beginning at 10:00 a.m.. Parade entry forms available at the Community Center, the Pool & Tennis Center or online at www.CooperCityFL.org.

AFTERNOON EVENTS held at Brian Piccolo County Park, 9501 Sheridan Street, 954.437.2600

1:00-5:00 p.m. Car Show, Call 954.434.1047 for entry information.
1:30 p.m. Optimist All-Star Baseball Games
3:00-6:00 p.m. Community Stage Presentations
3:00-8:00 p.m. Arts and Crafts Show - A variety of vendors to visit!
3:00-9:00 p.m. Food Booths - Support our local youth organizations.
3:30 p.m. Fun Bingo Held under the big tent. All ages!
4:00-8:00 p.m. Children’s Games and Activities - local clubs and organizations providing fun activities for children!
4:00-7:00 p.m. BSO Expo - Fingerprinting, helicopter landing, K-9 Presentation, Fire trucks and more!
4:30-5:30 p.m. Youth Free Throw Contest, K-12th grades.
6:30-9:00 p.m. CONCERT IN THE PARK - Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blanket!
9:00 p.m. FIREWORKS - Brian Piccolo County Park weekend gate entrance fee is $1.50 per person. Children 5 and under are free.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25th

ANNUAL FOUNDER’S DAY GOLF CLASSIC - hosted by the Cooper City Optimist Club. For registration & additional information call 305.970.4818

JOIN IN ON THE CELEBRATION! Individuals, groups, and organizations wishing to participate in Cooper City’s 51st

Founder’s Parade and Festivities are asked to please stop by the Community Center or call the Recreation Department at 954-434-4300 x 233 for details.

I'll see you there!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Crime Prevention Tips for Cooper City Residents...

Last evening I was invited to the Home Owner's Association meeting at Estada in Monterra. Commander (Acting Chief) Stoner and his Deputies were in attendance, and gave some very enlightening facts regarding crime and burglaries in our neighborhoods. Acting Chief Stoner gave some outstanding insights and tips on how to avoid crime and burglaries in our community.

Here is an extension of what NOT to do, and are real tips from convicted burglars...

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator..

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard yesterday. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier and less noticed.

3. I love those flowers. They tell me you have taste, and taste means there are nice things inside of your home. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin snow drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set or not. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink, and the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom, and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door; understandable. But understand this...I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. Don't take me up on it.

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. Oh and I don't forget to look under the matress. I've found some nice handguns under them.

11. Helpful hint: I almost never go into kid's rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.

14. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. Sometimes I look like a friend or a neighbor. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosey neighbors.

16. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he or she might stop what they're doing and wait to hear it again. If they don't hear it again, they'll ignore it and just go back to what they was doing. It's human nature.

17. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave, or enter your house without setting it, even for a few minutes?

18. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs, paintings or gaming systems I'd like to steal. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address. I already have more than what I need from your FaceBook or MySpace profile.

20. To you, leaving that window or garage door open just a crack during the day, or at night, is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an open invitation.

21. If you don't answer when I knock, I'll try the door. More than occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Protection for you and your home:

If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you...Wasp Spray. When asked by a concerned person about using pepper spray, the local police department recommended that you get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray can shoot up to twenty feet away and is more accurate, while with the pepper spray, an attacker has to get too close and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote.

More on Wasp and Hornet Spray - On the heels of a break in and beating in Toledo , self defense experts have a tip that could save your life. A teacher in the art of self-defense has told his students for decades to keep a can of wasp and hornet spray near their door or bed. "This is better than anything I can teach them." It is inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, "spray the culprit in the eyes". "That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save your life. Please share this with all the people in your life.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, Kentucky, security consultant Chris McGoey and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book 'Burglars on the Job'.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cooper City Sign Relief Proposal, Peacocks and more...

What great weather we have been having! I hope everyone enjoyed the city’s many garage sales that were held this past month. Lots of you attended the Country Address Garage Sale in addition to the Cooper City Annual Garage Sale, and it was great! Good stuff and wares were bought, sold and traded. This annual event proves the old adage that one man or woman’s junk is another man’s or woman’s treasure.

I have received numerous calls about signs. There has been controversy regarding signs, including ‘snipe’ signs in Cooper City. There have been issues regarding ‘open’ signs in business establishments, there are issues regarding ‘garage sale’ signs in our neighborhoods, there are issues of ‘open house’ signs utilized by Realtors used to help direct potential buyers to a home for sale, there are issues regarding temporary signs for houses of worship, and there are issues regarding selective enforcement, or non-enforcement.

A recent attempt at a sign code change was not recommended by the Planning and Zoning Board and supported by the Business Advisory Board. I agree with that recommendation, for now. The majority of the commission’s agenda regarding the sign issue is clear: We want to enhance revenues and opportunities for our local business owners and residents without detracting from the established aesthetics requirements of our beautiful city. The problem has been how to create a balance without being inconsistent, biased or selective in the enforcement process.

In an effort to support local businesses feeling the strain of our declining economy, I propose a temporary ‘Sign Relief Program’. The program may be a way to give businesses more opportunities to reach their customers. Banners, vehicle signs, inflatables and menu boards may be permitted as part of this program, giving businesses additional, relatively inexpensive promotional tools for advertising.

The process is simple. Businesses must apply for a temporary sign permit. Applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with the city acknowledging certain restrictions and limitations of the program. As part of the process, businesses would submit a description of their sign including location, dimensions and wording. With an application turnaround time of 48 hours or less, and no fee to apply for the program, business owners’ only concern will be the cost of the new signage.

Please contact me with your comments, concerns or ideas on how we can address this sign issue and do it in an unbiased, fair manner while being consistent in our efforts to promote our city’s shareholders. I have been contacted by many residents and business owners on this issue so far, but only one Realtor who chose to not offer an alternative solution. Your input and participation in commission meetings is vital!

I am glad to have sponsored the issue of addressing the Peacocks in our neighborhoods. The issue has been finally addressed, hopefully to the satisfaction of my constituents, yet there are some additional steps to be taken. They will be resolved forthwith, and I promise that there will not be any further issues and property damage from these unfortunately destructive and territorial, yet beautiful birds.

Remember, Cooper City residents are now able to watch our City Commission meetings live on the Internet at http://www.coopercityfl.org. Residents can instantly replay all or part of the meetings at their convenience through a link on the City’s web site.

It is my great pleasure to serve as your local city government representative. I am open to your comments and concerns and would like to continue to help resolve your problems regarding city issues. As such, you can contact me as usual at 954.445.6997 or E-mail me at Commissioner_Sims@Cooper-CityFL.org.