Eastpointe 2016 Landscape Awards recognize 12 winners

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 22, 2017

 Award winners Anthony and Thelma Fuller accept their award from the commission Feb. 15. Residing on South Park, their landscaping includes a lot of repurposing, such as a wrought iron fence and posts that they got from a Detroit home that was being torn down.

Award winners Anthony and Thelma Fuller accept their award from the commission Feb. 15. Residing on South Park, their landscaping includes a lot of repurposing, such as a wrought iron fence and posts that they got from a Detroit home that was being torn down.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Beautification Commission recognized residents and Michigan First Credit Union at the commission’s 2016 Landscape Awards Feb. 15.

Eastpointe City Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr., the council liaison for the Beautification Commission, explained why the city enjoys giving out these awards.

“We work on putting events like this together to recognize all the residents that do great things throughout the city to keep their property clean, and that’s what we recognize today,” said DeMonaco.

He explained how the commission picks the winners.

“We’ll try and start as early as we can in the summer and just look throughout the summer. We’ll try to split the city in 11 parts so that everyone is not scrambling (around) the entire city. (The commission members) come up with their top three, and we narrow it down at a meeting and come up with the final list. Everyone usually takes their own pictures, and we put it into a presentation,” he said.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley remembers the Landscape Awards going back to the early 2000s. 

“I think we started doing the Landscape Awards in 2001 or 2002. It’s been a good 15 years or so on and off,” said Pixley.

Pixley also said the Beautification Commission has been in existence since the 1950s.

“This is a nice award and a nice way to say thank you to the people that work so hard to keep Eastpointe nice. People work really, really hard. They may not have a tremendous amount of money, but they have a lot of pride in their house,” said Pixley.

During the awards, winners were able to meet and greet one another and were welcomed with speeches by Beautification Commission Chairman Paul Kolbe and Pixley.

Afterward, award winners watched a video and were presented with their awards.

The award winners included Margaret Bernardi, Anthony and Thelma Fuller, James and Laura Hogg, Judy Challis, Gayle and Joe Wauldron, John Pepper, Ken and Ruth Bono, Christopher Ouwerkirk, The Wilson family; Beth Pirkola, Valerie and Adam Sims, and Michigan First Credit Union.

Once the awards were handed out, the winners took a group photo with their 2016 Landscape Award Winner lawn signs.

The awards ended with refreshments and cake to celebrate the winners.

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