by Cindy Pantea
The 2014 Beautification Watch Awards have been mailed! This year 3347 Akron residents and 218 organizations/businesses were nominated and received a certificate.
Each year from July to late August, volunteers, staff, and/or citizens canvass the City of Akron for Beautification Watch Award nominees based on the following criteria:
- Litter free
- Well-maintained with flowers, shrubs and/or trees
- Free of weeds
- Stands out from its surroundings.
Through these folks, we hear a lot of wonderful, feel-good stories, such as how a neighbor bought a once run-down home and have turned it around to be a beautiful addition to the neighborhood. Or, other stories letting us know how much their neighbors love to be in the yard and/or take pride in their gardens.
Keep Akron Beautiful hopes everyone appreciates this small token of thanks for helping to keep our Akron beautiful, and it wouldn’t be possible to include so many worthy Beautification Watch Award businesses and homes if we didn’t have our great volunteers who take the time out to canvass the neighborhoods for this program.
Keep Akron Beautiful Building Nominated
In turn, we want to publicly thank Polly, the Flowerscape Director, and her crew of three: Chuck, Tim and Sue, who work so hard to keep up the beautiful flowers at 850 East Market Street.
Of course, as the address shows, this award is shared with the building, which includes not only John Eaton’s group in Customer Service, along with “J. J.” (John Jones), who keeps the yard nicely trimmed, but also all of the people working with Rob Snyder in Motor Equipment, who are conscientious in keeping the property litter free.
How to Nominate
If you would like to nominate your neighbor, friend or relative for a Beautification Watch Award in 2015, we take the nominations July through August, and we begin sending the certificates in September.
Thank you for helping to keep Akron beautiful by taking pride in your properties. It is up to all of us!