Coral Springs Influencer

April 2, 2021

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Most people wouldn’t want to be called a gadfly. Howard Melamed doesn’t mind it at all. The longtime Coral Springs resident, business owner, one-time political candidate, and lately an internet provocateur delights in telling city leaders his views on how to run the city of ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – At the start of the pandemic, the owner of a Coral Springs insurance company spent $700 of her own money to buy lunch for the overworked medical staff at Broward Health Coral Springs. Shirly Kauffman hand-delivered trays of chicken marsala, baked ziti, and other Italian ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – In his late teen years, Jarvis Brunson lost many family members to health problems, including his mother who went into cardiac arrest right in front of him. Those tragedies traumatized Brunson and lead him to a support system in Broward County that he quickly learned lacked ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Standing on a recently cut grass field in Coral Springs where he envisions building a surf park, Anthony Brown is reminded of what was in the same spot some 50 years ago. “This was all swampland,” said Brown, 55, who grew up a few miles away. “We’d go riding our dirt bikes ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – No matter what, David Levin starts every morning with a self-help support group meeting to fight off any temptations to use drugs and alcohol. “It’s my daily medicine,” he said. For the Coral Springs father of two young girls, his struggles with sobriety have taken him to ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – After the fires blew out and debris hauled away from the former World Trade Center site in New York City, Gina Orlando vowed to make sure she – and all of Coral Springs – never forget the horrors of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. And so, the former New Yorker-turned-Coral ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Runyon’s Restaurant in Coral Springs has been a part of Kevin O’Connor’s life for decades – the place where he celebrated big life events as a child, worked as a teenager and young adult, and now owns with his wife whom he met there. It’s fair to say the upscale eatery on ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – On most days, Tracy Lautomne is running a chamber referral group, attending government committee meetings, or helping to organize charity events benefiting children and families in need. The 53-year-old mother of two is connected to nearly a dozen who’s who of organizations ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As a girl growing up in Savannah, Ga., Nancy Brodzki still remembers crossing a picket line to attend her all-white school on a day in 1971 when it was integrated with African-American children. Angry white parents with signs stood for hours demanding African-American ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Stepping into the center of a crowd of demonstrators in Coral Springs this week, Delroy Robinson picked up a megaphone and demanded authorities take action against racial injustice. “We pray that change will happen now,” Robinson shouted, as hundreds of protesters raised ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As a teenager growing up in Montreal, Rabbi Yossie Denburg remembers his parents encouraging him to be a lawyer, doctor, or accountant. They were refugees of communist Russia who wanted their children to succeed in the free world. But the ambitious young man had other ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – If you want to make positive changes in a community, it helps to live there for 29 years. Ray Carballo knows this well. The business services director at Blue Stream Fiber has lived most of his adult life in Coral Springs and has worked with his company to assist local ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – When he first sat at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Bill Haggett saw a new potential in the 1,500-seat auditorium. It was the summer of 2016, and the long-time entertainment producer was about to become the center’s new general manager. “There was not one bad seat in ...

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