Beautiful Home Awards, 2012

Hayes - 17222 Riverside - G. Ara Hamamjian - presented by Susan Lust and Gail Higgins, Photo Dan Morgan, Straight Shooter

Hurricane Sandy may have left its mark on our fair city, but that's not stopping Keep Lakewood Beautiful from awarding its annual "Beautiful Home Awards"

Keep Lakewood Beautiful is a City of Lakewood committee comprised of volunteers who work to promote citizen involvement and investment toward the beauty of Lakewood through green space activity, litter prevention, and recycling efforts; the committee also encourages individual environmental education. The committee's activities include an annual Clean up Day, Adopt-a-Spot program, Humus Sales, Earth Day Event and Beautiful Home Awards. 

The Beautiful Home Awards are awarded to one home in each school district in order to include a wide range of home values and styles. The nominations are accepted, in July and August, from friends, neighbors, and often even the home owners themselves. The board of directors from Keep Lakewood Beautiful then divide the school districts up among themselves and determine the winners based on 3 major criteria: landscaping, house maintenance, and overall beauty of the property.

The first thing that most people consider is curb appeal, because we see many of our neighbors homes from the sidewalks or the streets as we walk or drive by. Surprisingly, we often find even more beauty in the back yard than in the front. We usually find, if the front is well maintained, the back is too. This years awards are no exception. We have some home owners who really go all out to exhibit their pride in Lakewood home ownership. Sometimes through seasonal decoration, sometimes landscaping, and sometimes tremendous outdoor living spaces create year-round enjoyment and beauty in a home.

Congratulations to the Winners, listed here by school district, followed by the Keep Lakewood Beautiful board members who had final say in their designated district.

Horrace Mann - 17852 Lake - Stacy & Tim Doane - presented by Dan Morgan and John Gilbride.

Lincoln - 1101 Leedale - Ralph & Shelly Zittowski - presented by Dan Morgan & Marianne Quasebarth

Roosevelt - 2162 Wyandotte - Anthony Kohutt & David Heller - presented by Maria Parke

Hayes - 17222 Riverside - G. Ara Hamamjian - presented by Susan Lust and Gail Higgins

Emerson - 13932 Clifton - Delores Quail - presented by Carla Kowalski and Ruth Gillet

Harrison - 2026 Magee - David & Gloria Rothhaas - presented by Carla Kowalski and Ruth Gillett

Grant - 2220 Warren - Paul & Kimberly Jenkins - presented by Maureen Kermode and Melissa Meehan

The Beautiful Home Award winners and the Adopt A Spot volunteers  will be treated to an appreciation breakfast at the Lakewood Park Womens Club Pavilion. The cost of the Awards and souvenir programs at the breakfast were funded with a generous contribution by First Federal of Lakewood. The Root Cafe, Eddie and Eddie and Jammy Buggars all contributed gift cards as additional support for the Adopt A Spot volunteers this year.

The Keep Lakewood Beautiful board would like to thank over 100 volunteers who help make Lakewood beautiful every day with their many hours of volunteer contributions. With this support, Keep Lakewood Beautiful is able to continue its unique partnership with the city bringing these programs to Lakewood. The Keep Lakewood Beautiful board is always considering new ways to expand our Adopt-A-Spots and it's many other great programs. Lakewood residents are encouraged to participate in all their programs, including the Beautiful Home Awards nomination process, and can contact the board with ideas and volunteer interests. via e-mail at

Keep Lakewood Beautiful urges residents to 'like' the new Keep Lakewood Beautiful facebook page or keep up with our upcoming events at our web site

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 10:37 AM, 11.14.2012