This past Friday, December 6th Oakland Park Oakland Park kicked off its 4th annual Holiday Village with a Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa was ushered in with the help of the Northeast High School marching band. Along with Mayor Sparks he lit the giant Christmas tree and the menorahs and the party was on!
As part of the festivities the City held its annual annual Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. Amidst the fun and the fanfare the trees were perused by all until finally the judges came to a decision in each of the three main categories: Best Children’s Tree, Best Florida Tree, and Best Traditional Tree. There was also a fourth category, the People’s Choice category.
This competition included a Florida themed Christmas tree. This allowed decorators to use their imagination and join Florida themes and Christmas in a very unique way. Ocean Conservationist Lisa Miceli, who won the Florida Tree competition, went all out on her Stoked on Salt Christmas tree. Her tree included sea themed decorations like a dive mask, sea horses, sailboat, mermaid and other ornaments that brought the tree to life in a truly Floridian way.
Sal’s Towing took the spirit of Christmas one step further and delivered each of the trees to an Oakland Park family in need. Way to go Sal’s Towing!
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Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 33 years. In addition to publishing LivingInOaklandPark.com, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism.
Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR, and SFR. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to Realtors® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry.
She is esteemed by her real estate colleagues and has consistently received 5 star reviews from her clients. Her philosophy about real estate is that being a Realtor® is a way of teaching and helping people, and in the process a real estate transaction may occur, that is to say her foremost priority is and has always been about helping others.
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