The Harper Woods City Council and the Harper Woods Beautification Commission recognized the winners of the 2018 Beautification Awards at the council’s Nov. 19 meeting. The awards are given each year to those who put in the extra effort to maintain and improve their homes.

The Harper Woods City Council and the Harper Woods Beautification Commission recognized the winners of the 2018 Beautification Awards at the council’s Nov. 19 meeting. The awards are given each year to those who put in the extra effort to maintain and improve their homes.

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Commission recognizes most beautiful Harper Woods homes for 2018

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published November 23, 2018

HARPER WOODS — At the Harper Woods City Council meeting Nov. 19, the Harper Woods Beautification Commission recognized those in the community who went the extra mile to ensure their homes were beautiful in the last year.

Seven households were presented with awards at the meeting. The commission looked for those who made sure that their homes were positive examples in the community.

“We want to recognize people who take pride in the ownership of their home, whether they rent or own,” said Harper Woods Beautification Commissioner Mary Kingston. “A lot of people love to garden or work outside. The commission looks for people who planted some flowers, planted some bushes and are just generally taking care of their property. People who work hard on their property should be recognized.”

The winners were selected by the commission or were nominated by their neighbors. Any resident living in Harper Woods was eligible.

“Someone can only win an award every 10 years,” said Kingston. “There are eight commissioners, and we look at homes around Harper Woods, and each has an area of the city to look for houses that are neat or very pretty. Residents also can nominate others for a beautification award if someone has been working very hard.”

The winners voiced their appreciation for the commission, and many said it was their pleasure to put in the effort to better their homes and community.

“I mostly did work that can be seen as landscaping, like trimming the hedges, mowing the lawn and planting flowers,” said first-time winner Alvin Redmond. “I’m a city of Detroit retiree and have been a Harper Woods resident for eight years now, and I just like working in the yard.”

Some shared advice on how to maintain a nice home.

“Make sure that every year, you take an inventory of your house,” said winner Bernice Reed. “See what needs to be done and get it done. See if you need to paint, and check all the way up to the roof, trim the grass, and a speck of color always helps.”

Reed agreed that something as seemingly benign as maintaining a home can mean a huge difference when it comes to the well-being of a city.

“These little things can make such a big difference to not only your house, but to the neighborhood and city as well,” said Reed. “Make sure you make your home an eye-catcher and not an eyesore.”

Redmond said he thinks that working on a home has to be a labor of love.

“To do something well, you have to enjoy it. It’s all about the little things,” remarked Redmond. “You just have to like it and want something nice to come home to.”

Kingston said she hopes people will pay attention and be inspired to improve their own properties.

“It enhances their community and makes the neighborhoods better,” said Kingston. “People are so excited when they win. We’re proud of the residents who take such pride in their property.”