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Eastpointe recognizes its most beautiful homes of 2019

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 6, 2020

 Kathleen and Bill Jurewicz’s home on Holland Avenue was among those recognized by the Eastpointe Beautification Commission during its annual Landscape Awards.

Kathleen and Bill Jurewicz’s home on Holland Avenue was among those recognized by the Eastpointe Beautification Commission during its annual Landscape Awards.

Photo provided by Cardi DeMonaco

 Raymond and Marcia Cole’s home on Lydia Avenue was one of 11 homes chosen for special recognition by the Eastpointe Beautification Commission for 2019.

Raymond and Marcia Cole’s home on Lydia Avenue was one of 11 homes chosen for special recognition by the Eastpointe Beautification Commission for 2019.

Photo provided by Cardi DeMonaco

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Beautification Commission recognized the winners of its 2019 Landscape Awards at its meeting Feb. 27.

Each year, the awards are given out to residents and business owners in the Eastpointe community who went above and beyond in maintaining their properties and making the exteriors of their homes look appealing.

“We recognize residents and businesses in Eastpointe who go beyond and landscape their property really nice, and keep it up really nice,” explained Paul Kolbe, the chair of the Beautification Commission. “Each commissioner is assigned a section of the city, and we go out and find the houses. They get permission from the residents to take a picture of the house, and then in the fall, the commission gets together and votes to choose the best ones.”

Kolbe said the commission takes several factors into account when choosing the winners.

“There’s usually 11 winners, plus a business. We had two businesses this year. We look for variety, color, neatness and imagination,” he said. “Winners can’t win more than every three years, so we try to find new houses every year. … The winners get a certificate and a sign to put on their front lawn that says ‘2019 landscape winners,’ as well as a gift certificate from Evergreen (near Eight Mile and Kelly roads).”

He added that maintaining a home to an award-winning level benefits the homeowner and the community as a whole.

“This makes the city a lot nicer,” Kolbe remarked. “It helps keep home values up by encouraging everyone to keep their properties well maintained, and it encourages everyone to just make Eastpointe a better place to live.”

Kathleen Jurewicz, of Holland Avenue, won along with her husband, Bill. She said it was thrilling to have the diligent work she does in her garden recognized.

“I was thrilled because I have been doing this probably for about 15 years,” she said. “People always stopped when I was working out front, and they would compliment the landscaping, so this felt very nice. I enjoy being outside. When I go to work outside, my husband always asks me how long it will take, and I always tell him the same answer: ‘until.’”

Having lived in their home for 30 years, Jurewicz shared her secrets for maintaining a good garden.

“I don’t use pesticides — I actually pull my weeds and dig them up,” she said. “I’m outside all the time, and our property is probably the widest in the neighborhood, and I plant about 20 plots of flowers every year. I love begonias — they are my favorite. I think they really draw people into the neighborhood.”

“I do it all myself,” said Raymond Cole, of Lydia Avenue, who won alongside his wife, Marcia. “There are very few people in the neighborhood who plant flowers or anything, so I think our house stands apart. My wife and I think it looks pretty.”

Cole said he hopes more people follow the lead of this year’s winners and put in work on their properties. He said it was very rewarding to have his work appreciated.

“I think more people should get out there and make their neighborhood look better,” he said. “It was nice to be recognized. We’ve been living here for 35 years, and it was the first time to get recognized for something like this.”

Kolbe said residents who take the time to improve their homes and community in such a way deserve to be held up as examples to others.

“We appreciate their hard work and the time and effort they put into it,” he said. “We hope they keep it up and word spreads to other households.”