Happy St Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2016

Happy St Patrick’s Day! There are tons of great ways to celebrate the holiday this weekend in Broward County. See just a few of the ways you can get into the spirit below:

 

Fort Lauderdale Parade and Festival

305 S. Andrews Ave., Ste 300, Fort Lauderdale FL

Fort Lauderdale will be hosting its annual parade Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. The event has no cover and will feature plenty of floats and bead throwing. Visit stpatsftl.com for more details on the event.

 

Downtown Hollywood Parade and Festival

Take a stop in Downtown Hollywood (Hollywood Blvd. and Harrison St. between 19 and 21 Ave.) on Sunday, March 13. Starting at noon and ending at 6 p.m., Hollywood will feature its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade complete with floats, bands,bag pipers, UV the U2 Tribute Band and more. Nearby restaurants will offer traditional Irish food as well. Visit stpatricksparade.com for more details on the event.

 

Delray Parade and Festival

Swing by Delray Beach to see their St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12. The parade is a 501c3 non-profit organization featuring over 60 WWII Veterans leading it. The festivities start at 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. Visit stpatrickparade.com for more details on the event.

 

Not feeling the luck of the Irish this weekend? Come check out  The Walk of Coral Springs – Coral Springs Festival of the Arts and Gardenfest! This is a great place to support your local community and have a fun weekend with friends and family!

 

Festival of the Arts

The 12th Annual Festival Of The Arts will highlight some of America’s finest artisans and contemporary crafters. There will also be exciting performing arts events including fine dance, theatrical, and literary presentations.

 

Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a fun and safe weekend in Broward County!

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Home Improvements With Your Tax Refund

March 11th, 2016

Are you getting a tax refund this year? We have discussed how to maximize your refund, now let’s put that refund back to work on your house! The average tax refund is between $2,500 to $3,000. Even if your refund wasn’t quite that much there are lots of ways to put that money to use in your home. It may not pay to redo the entire kitchen, but here are 5 things it will cover.

  • Add a back splash or paint a room! Fresh walls can transform any room in the house.
  • Swap out an old shower head. This may seem like a silly improvement, especially if your old shower head is still functioning, but swapping out old shower heads can reduce your home’s water-heating costs by about $150 a year!
  • Taken out a home equity loan for a home improvement project recently? Use this money to pay it down and save on interest!
  • Replace drafty windows.This will help your AC stay so your house stays cool, especially with the hot Florida summer right around the corner!
  • Organize your closet. Get new shelving or bins, find a system that keeps your clothing organized.

It may be tempting to use that refund money for a vacation or use small amounts of it here and there throughout the year, but your home is one of the biggest investments you will make in a lifetime – why not take care of it? Your home will thank you!

 

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Show Your Community Love!

March 2nd, 2016

There are some great events coming up in the Coral Springs community that are all about giving back! Show your appreciation for your community by attending a local event.

 

What? Help Bob Levinson Rally
When? March 5 at 2PM
Where? Center for the Arts

City officials encourage residents to attend the Help Bob Levinson Rally on March 5. Coral Springs resident Robert (Bob) Levinson has been held hostage in Iran since March 9, 2007. Levinson was  captured while visiting Kish Island, Iran, and is the longest held hostage in American history. Special guest speaker will be U.S Representative Ted Deutch.

“I want to thank everyone in Coral Springs and all over the country who are supporting our family’s efforts to raise awareness about Bob’s case.  We will never give up until he is back home in this community that he loves,” Levinson’s wife, Christine, said.

For more information, please visit the family’s Facebook page. The Center for the Arts is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

 

What? Our Town America
When? Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13
Where? Sportsplex

Our Town America will be coming to the Sportsplex on Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. This three-day arts, entertainment and business festival will feature events geared towards family fun and include live entertainment, food court, amusements, arts and crafts, merchant booths, classic car show, games, and the traditional Miss OurTown America Beauty Pageant. As always, festival admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee per car, $25 Wrist Bands All Day. For more details, visit www.ourtownamerica.org.

 

What? Give where you live
When? March 18
Where? Coral Springs Community!

Join City staff for a day to work together on meaningful service projects! On Friday, March 18, City staff will be volunteering at several projects throughout the community. Local organizations and students are invited to join the City’s efforts and “Give where you Live.” Volunteering will take place within Coral Springs from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Projects include making pillows for WWII Veterans, street clean up, lawn and shrubbery clean-up for low income seniors, food collection, and providing lunches for children in need. Service hours will be provided to students as it is a day off from Broward County Public schools.  Students are also encouraged to collect non-perishable food items from their neighbors to replenish local food banks.

To sign up, visit www.CoralSprings.org/volunteer and fill out a form or emailvolunteer@coralsprings.org, and include your name, phone number and the project you would like to work on. For more information, call 954-346-4430.

 

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This weekend has gone to the dogs!

February 24th, 2016

Animal lovers should come out this Sunday, February 28th, for the 6th Annual “Art 4 the Animals” event. The eventis a pet adoption day produced by Florida Humane Society, a non-profit, 501C3 no-kill animal shelter located in Pompano Beach. The Florida Humane Society generously offers to share 25% of the day’s proceeds with two no-kill animal rescue groups that attend the event and win the most votes in the Art 4 the Animals online poll.

The event will be hosted by volunteers, as well as students from our local area schools, from Noon – 4PM.  Artists and students of all ages may donate artwork and photography to be put up for sale at the event. Any size work and any medium is welcome – including sculpture, paintings, drawings, stained glass, photography and jewelry.  

The event will include animals available for adoption from more than 25 shelters and pet rescue groups from the South Florida area plus live music, a pet fashion show, police K-9 unit demo, pet photography, fabulous raffle prizes and so much more! Great family fun!

College and High school students can sign up prior to the event to volunteer for community service credit.

For every pet that is adopted, space becomes available for one more homeless animal to get a second chance at life.

For more information contact: Adriana Mattei at (754) 368-1476 or Barbara Cooper at Center Academy (954) 575-1231. Hope to see you all there!

 

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Happy 2016 Tax Season!

February 16th, 2016

On January 19th the IRS officially opened up the tax season and is now accepting 2015 tax returns! It may not be the most exciting time of the year, but there can be some benefits to filing your tax returns, especially if you are a homeowner. It was rumored that many home-ownership tax deductions were going to be done away with, but in mid-December, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015.

Items you can still deduct thanks to the Act:

  • Mortgage Interest
  • Property Taxes
  • Private Mortgage Insurance – *extra tip* you may even be able to deduct PMI for a second property (as long as it is not a rental unit)
  • Did you become a homeowner in 2015? Look at your closing documents to find things like your mortgage points or loan origination fees – both of which are tax deductible!
  • Do you work from a home office? Some home office items can be included as well.
  • Did you make energy efficient upgrades to your home? Maybe new storm doors, energy-efficient windows, insulation, air-conditioning and/or heating systems? You may be eligible for the energy credit on your tax returns

Still not sure what you can or cannot deduct for this year? check out the IRS tax information for homeowners guide here.

If you get a big tax return this year, using it on home improvements can be a great investment!

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Get Active!

January 26th, 2016

Still haven’t started on your New Year’s resolution to be more active this year? There are tons of upcoming events in Coral Springs that will motivate you to be active and healthy!

Registration opens for Coral Springs Basketball

Saturday January 30th, 2PM-4PM

Mullins Park. 10000 Ben Geiger Dr., Coral Springs, Florida 33065

There are leagues for all ages! Cost for the season is $110. Bring a copy of your birth certificate and proof of Coral Springs address for registration. Non-Coral Springs residents are welcome as well, but must obtain a supply sports card – which can be purchased at the Coral Springs gym. Not interested in playing, but still want to be involved? Coaches and sponsors are still needed and appreciated! The Coral Springs Basketball club is run strictly on volunteers! Check out more information on their website: www.csbhoops.com

Concert at the Park

Saturday January 30th, 7PM

Betti Stradling Park, 10301 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, Florida

Come and enjoy music with your family and friends at Betti Stradling Park for the City’s free Family Concert at the Park. Orange Sunshine, featuring music from the 60s, will perform on Saturday, January 30 at 7 p.m. Parking and admission to event is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, and refresh­ments will be available for purchase. Please refrain from bringing glass con­tainers, alcohol and pets.

Coral Springs Farmers Market

Sunday, January 31st, 9AM-1PM

ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs, Florida 33065

What better way to be healthy than buy some fresh produce at the Farmers Market? The new Coral Springs Farmers’ Market will feature 40+ vendors selling fresh and organic produce, herbs, flowers, delicious breads, baked goods, as well as a variety of gourmet foods, including olive oil, fresh mozzarella, jams, honey and more.

Family Fun Day and Car Show

Saturday, Febrauary 6th 10AM-2PM

Downtown Coral Springs, 9400 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065

Admission is free, so bring the entire family for a day of fun. There will be music, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment. There will be a nominal fee for some of the activities. For those interested in showcasing their vehicles, pre-register for $15 or $20 on the day of the event. Trophies will be awarded to winners in multiple categories. Businesses can also register to set up a 10′ x 10′ booth for $40. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should email nlyon@coralsprings.org. For more information, call 954-345-2119.

 

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Join the City of Coral Springs in honoring Martin Luther King Jr

January 14th, 2016

Join the City of Coral Springs in honoring Martin Luther King Jr this weekend. Below is a schedule of events for the weekend.

Award Ceremony

Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive

Thursday, January 14, 2016 • 5:30 p.m.

Come see the Student Art & Literary Exhibits with Keynote Address by Andrew Holmes,Former MLK Scholarship Recipient. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at City Hall. Call 954-344-1063 for more information on the event.

 

Unveiling and Dedication of Coral Springs MLK Monument

Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N University Drive

Friday, January 15th, 2016 • 4:00 p.m. Sponsor Reception • 6:00 p.m.

The Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is very proud to announce that we are erecting a Monument to demonstrate our commitment to equality and peace after having completed 25 years of celebrating the legacy of Dr. King in our community.

The impressive three-dimensional monument, designed by resident and Sculptor/Artist, Dari, will be permanently installed at the Northwest Regional Library on University Drive in Coral Springs, Florida. This prominent location will attract the much-deserved attention, recognition and respect Dr. King merits, as many families with children visit the Library daily. You can read more about the monument and the dedication program here.

 

Leadership/Diversity Day

Coral Springs Charter School Gymnasium • 3205 N University Drive

Monday, January 18, 2016 • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Monday, January 18– the King Holiday – the Committee hosts a Diversity & Leadership Workshop for high school and middle school students. The event, which will be held at the Coral Springs Charter School Gym, begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. This is a “Day On, Not a Day Off” and offers students to learn what Dr. King stood for by participating in interactive activities and listening to a motivational speaker. Students interested in attending should sign up at their respective schools.

 

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Signs it’s Time to Move

January 9th, 2016

Moving can be a hassle, but it can also be a fun and smart move if you have reached a time in your current home where relocation will be best. Start 2016 off by thinking about whether your time has come to make that necessary move and break out the moving boxes! Here are some telltale signs that may help you make the decision.

Empty Nest or Bursting at the Seams

Family size is a big reason people decide or need to move. Have your children recently moved out and started their own journey leaving you with empty rooms? If the rooms have been empty for months and you can’t decide what you need more, a sewing room or a home gym or a theater….it may be time to downsize. There is such a thing as too much house!

If you just had a new baby or even added a pet to the family it may be time to look for more space. Even if space isn’t a factor yet, now that your family is growing aspects of your neighborhood you didn’t consider before may now become more important such as school districts, parks, etc. An A-rated school district is always a plus, even if kids are not a part of the family as it helps when it comes time to sell your home.

Upgrade Time

Things are going well at work, you have been saving a lot, and have looked at your dream home house features on pinterest more than a few times a week – it may be time to start the search for your dream home!

Seeking a Shorter Commute

Feel like you spend more time in your car than in your home? Tired of the stress of traffic? When your commute is taking away time you could be spending in your home, it may be time to look for something closer to work.

Fresh Start

Sometimes you just need a fresh start. Unfortunately you can’t just up and move every time you want a fresh start or a new year begins, but sometimes this is just what the doctor ordered. If you have been putting off moving for awhile because just the thought of it stresses you or you’ve just been waiting for that push – it may be time to go for it.

Moving is a big step and you need to be sure it is the right time for you, but the start of a new year is a great time to reflect on the year before in your home and what you hope to get out of your home in 2016! The GreatFloridaHomes Team is here to help walk you through these big life steps!

Let the new adventures begin!

Leaving for Vacation? Keep your home safe!

December 29th, 2015

During the holidays lots of families travel and visit extended family and friends, which unfortunately means many homes are left empty and vulnerable to criminal activity. Here are some tips that will help keep your home safe while you are away this holiday season, and anytime you go on vacation!

  • Call your local post office to stop mail delivery until you get back. They can hold mail from three to 30 days. In many locations, you can even submit a stop mail request online. Just enter your address and stop and start dates. If you are gone for a few days, mail tends to pile up and anyone passing by the home can tell the house is empty! You can always ask a neighbor to check your mail and hold for you as well.
  • This may seem like an obvious option. but locking your home makes it less attractive to opportunistic burglars. Many people have that window they always leave open or the back door unlocked to let the dog in easily. Check all doors and windows before leaving. If you don’t make it easy, there’s a better chance that when you get home, your house will be in the same condition as when you left it.
  • Installing a home security system or even just exterior lights that run on timers is a good way to ramp up security. Installing a security system of some kind makes your house safer whether you’re around or not!

The City of Coral Springs Police Department also wants to reminds residents that unscrupulous criminals often drive around neighborhoods during and after the holidays looking for evidence of recently purchased gift items such as televisions, gaming systems, computers, etc. In an effort to prevent burglars from “casing” your home this holiday season, the City of Coral Springs will place a dumpster to collect “high end” holiday trash in the parking lot located between the City Gymnasium and Public Safety Building (2600 and 2800 Coral Springs Drive). You can discard your trash starting December 24th through January 1st (holiday gift trash only). If you still have that large TV box or gaming system box, put the trash in the dumpster, not in front of your home.

The GreatFloridaHomes team wishes you and your family a happy and safe New Year!

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Downtown in December

December 10th, 2015

Snow may not be part of the South Florida holiday experience, but we still know how to celebrate the holiday season! Bring your entire family to the City’s Downtown in December on Saturday, December 12. The fun begins at 5 p.m. at the ArtWalk and will include cookies, hot cocoa and other fun winter surprises. The event is free but there will be food and refreshments available for purchase. There will be a giant snowglobe and ice skating rink, that will put you in the holiday spirit! The event will feature an outdoor showing of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and other short holiday films on a huge movie screen. The featured presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m., but come early to secure your spot and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

Be prepared for a chance of snow! Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome in the movie area. Please refrain from bringing pets or alcoholic beverages. For more details, please call 954-344-1111 or visit CoralSprings.org/events. The ArtWalk is located at 9405 NW 31st Court. Downtown Coral Springs is located at 9400 W. Sample Road, just west of University Drive. There will be ample free parking in the Downtown area. Still looking for more ways to get in the holiday spirit? Head out to the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Sunday for The Nutcracker! This popular holiday spectacle follows the story of a young girl who receives a prince-shaped nutcracker for Christmas. At night when everyone else is sleeping, she creeps through the house to visit her gift, only to discover that he and the other toys have come alive and are battling an army of mice. Brought to life by gorgeous costumes and breathtaking choreography, this fanciful ballet will enchant viewers of all ages! You can catch the show at 2PM on December 13th.

However you celebrate the holiday season, the Great Florida Homes Team wishes you and your families a happy and healthy new year!

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