It is hard for me to believe that it is December already; it’s my favorite time of the year. I have such fond memories of those who are no longer with me: Mom, Dad and, of course, my beloved Frank.

I must admit that I acted terribly as a child when I carefully opened wrapped presents under the tree—before Christmas Day. For a long time, no one knew. They found out when the tree fell on me as I was trying to open a small, gift-wrapped box. My sister had to wake up my mom to help get me from under the tree. I tried to cover up what I was doing, but Mom knew what I was up to. I was in trouble and was told that my presents would be taken back or given to someone else. They did take them away, and I wasn’t sure what would happen. Fortunately, my parents put them back, and I was thankful. I learned my lesson and never did that again.

After I married Frank, Mom told him that he would have to hide presents from me so that I couldn’t open them early. He wound up stapling my presents.

The holidays can be a lonely time for many people; but I know Mom, Dad and Frank are tucked in my heart forever.

December will be a busy time in Coconut Creek. Some of the activities will be the Explorers 5K Run on Dec. 2 at North Creek Presbyterian Church. Dec. 8 is the Concert in the Park at the Community Center by Sosos, a folk band, 7-8:30 p.m. Our new farmers market takes place Dec. 10 at the Recreation Center on Sol Press Boulevard, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Mayor’s Chess Challenge is Dec. 16 at the Recreation Complex, 10 a.m.-noon. For the kids, we will host a special event, Winter Wonderland, on Dec. 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. The Women’s Club of Coconut Creek will sell luminaries at the Rowe Center, Recreation Complex, Community Center and some of our parks. Funds from these sales will go toward scholarships. Keep up to date on our website and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Whatever you celebrate, I hope it is a time filled with love, family and friends. See you next year!


Mayor Tooley’s Cookie Recipe

I have a special recipe that was one of Frank’s favorites: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup shortening

½ cup butter

1¾ cup flour

2 eggs

2 cups quick oats

2 tablespoons cream or milk

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips


Cream shortening, butter and sugars. Add eggs and milk; blend well. Add the remaining dry ingredients, saving oats and chocolate chips for last. Drop from a teaspoon on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Makes five to six dozen. For crunch, add one cup nuts.