Everyday Heroes Honored in Weston on July 4th
2019 4th of July Hometown Parade
This year, the City of Weston honors The Everyday Hero at the July 4th Hometown Celebration Parade. Thus it is fitting that everyday heroes in our community will be celebrated as honorary Grand Marshals for the event. Get to know some of Weston's Everyday Heroes and plan to attend the parade to be a part of the patriotic celebration on Thursday, July 4th! The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. in the area of Weston Town Center.
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Meet our 2019 Parade Grand Marshals *
(*Individuals shown in the order that they appear in the photos, left to right)
Judith Franco, Tequesta Trace Middle School
Nominated by Mr. Paul Micensky, Principal
Ms. Franco is an ESOL (English as a Second Language) teacher committed to the multinational, multilingual middle school English Language Learners at her school. She represents ESOL students as a member of the School Advisory Committee and supports her colleagues by participating in a professional teacher society. She is a positive role model, organized, resourceful and innovative.
Lourdes Johnson, Guardian ad Litem
Nominated by Anne Efros, Child Advocate Manager
Ms. Johnson has been an advocate for children in the Dependency system for 10 years. She currently advocates for the best interests of five children, ages 2 to 14. She visits the children at their homes throughout Broward county. She also attends school meetings, advocates in court on their behalf and is a wonderful resource to their families.
Johanne Miller, Cleveland Clinic Volunteer
Nominated by Stormie Neale, Director of Volunteer Services
Ms. Miller has been a volunteer at Cleveland Clinic since 2008. To date, she has given 2,700 hours of her time to serve, and has worked in most of the hospital’s departments. Her willingness to help others - patients, caregivers, staff and any one she can devote time to - make her a stand out volunteer.
Judith Malone, Falcon Cove Middle School
Nominated by Dr. Mark Kaplan, Principal
Ms. Malone is active beyond the classroom. An English teacher in the Cambridge program, she also serves as the school’s Yearbook/Journalism Adviser, Cheer and Track Coach at Falcon Cove, and Cheer Coach at Cypress Bay High School. Recognized as Teacher of the Year for the 2017 - 2018 school year, she is a dedicated and loyal employee who always goes above and beyond.
Kari Pallotto, Crime Prevention Deputy, Broward Sheriff’s Office
Nominated by Captain Kevin Butler, Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District
Throughout her 16 years of service, Deputy Pallotto has received numerous accolades, including “BSO Crime Prevention Deputy of the Year” and “Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year” for the State of Florida. She has been instrumental in fundraising and awareness efforts for the Special Olympics, M.A.D.D., and The Weston Alliance for Youth and has developed several crime prevention programs for children and adults.
This year's Grand Marshals encourage us all to be "Everyday Heroes" in our daily lives.
Happy Independence Day to all!