“Happiness Found” Brings 7X Chili Cookoff Perpetual Trophy Back to NRPMD

Vanesa Brignoni, winner of the Fourth Annual Chili Cookoff
Vanessa Brignoni, winner of the Fourth Annual Chili Cookoff
With 22 entries from County employees/part-time chili cooks and more than 100 votes cast by hungry chili tasters, Natural Resources Planning and Management Division (NRPMD) awarded one of their own, Vanessa Brignoni, with the 7X Perpetual Trophy at the Fourth Annual Chili Cookoff and Tasting for United Way for her winning . Brignoni’s winnings also included a $25 gift certificate from the Bru’s Room.

The Chili Cookoff, held on November 9, was a great success and raised $560 for the United Way of Broward County.

Runner-up and last year’s champ, Pete Schwarz (Broward Planning Council) finished a close second with his “Buffalo Chicken” chili. Also scoring high were Edna Frazier’s (Housing Finance and Community Development) VaVaVoom Chili, Elliot O’Roark’s (NRPMD intern) Thunder Bowl Chili, Elissa Taylor’s (Water Resources) Four Pepper Chili, and Mike Zygnerski’s (Water Resources) Honey Boo Boo’s Ultimate Grand Supreme Chili.

Chili entries are welcomed from all County employees. It’s never too early to start developing your recipe.

Happiness Found Chili
By Vanessa Brignoni

  • 1.5 lbs. of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of white onion
  • 15 oz. of red kidney beans (undrained)
  • 15 oz. of diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 2 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. of black pepper
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. of brown sugar

Place all ingredients (except ground beef) in a pot and bring to a boil on high heat. Once boiling about 5 minutes, add ground beef. Let boil at medium heat for approximately one hour. Simmer on low heat approximately one additional hour.

This recipe will serve 3-4 people.

Honoring Veterans

Hall of Heroes
Government Center West employees honored Veterans, both past and present, in November with a Veterans Day display in the lobby. Photos of family members and staff who are now serving or have served were proudly displayed along with their service information.

Walk to Defeat ALS

Walk to defeat ALS
Walkers are needed to participate in the annual Walk to Defeat ALS at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at T.Y. Park in Hollywood. You can form a team or walk as an individual. ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig ’s disease, is a deadly neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, eat and eventually breathe. There is no known cause or cure for ALS. To register for the walk, or for more information, visit WalktoDefeatALS.org.

Tanya Simons-Oparah
Tanya Simons-Oparah
Libraries Manager Tanya Simons-Oparah is retiring after 35 years of service. During her tenure, she served as director of outreach services, staff development officer and project administrator, fostering partnerships with community and government agencies to enhance cultural resources for Broward residents. A retirement celebration will be held in her honor on Thursday, December 27, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Contribution is $35 per person, which includes refreshments and a gift. To RSVP, call 954-357-6194.

JoAnne Greiser
JoAnne Greiser
After more than 12 years of County service, JoAnne Greiser, Enterprise Resource Planning Project (ERP) director, will retire at the end of the year. She joined the Office of Management and Budget in 2000 as internal consulting manager. During her tenure, Greiser was responsible for analyzing work processes for efficiency, delivered process improvement and performance measurement training and led the transition from paper-based performance reporting to paperless using Excel. A highlight of her career was the landmark interagency agreement in 2002 for coordinated permitting and inspection of the Airport Rental Car Center ― a project that was completed on time and within budget. In 2008, Greiser was appointed to lead the ERP initiative. Her retirement plans include a return to tennis, music, gardening, more travel and time with family and old friends, and perhaps the occasional facilitation. Colleagues and friends are invited to a sendoff reception on Wednesday, December 19, from 3 – 5 p.m. in Room 430 of the Governmental Center.