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What a neat-looking yard!

By Mia Bradway Winter

Call for entries for the 12th annual City of Milpitas Neighborhood Beautification Awards

MILPITAS, Calif. -- Whether it's your own property, a rental, multi-family unit, Home Owners Association complex, or business establishment, get the credit you deserve for doing a great job keeping your front yard looking good.

"Letís show our civic and personal pride by getting involved in the Neighborhood Beautification Program," said Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves. "Happy and healthy families thrive in beautiful neighborhoods, so let's beautify our yards and make our neighbors smile every time they pass."

Nominations are being accepted for the 12th Annual Neighborhood Beautification Awards, a program established in 2000 by the City of Milpitas, in partnership with the Cityís Community Advisory Commission (CAC). All submissions are judged on improvements to landscaping of front yard properties visible to the public.

"CAC's involvement in community beautification efforts began in 1954 when the CAC was founded," said Samantha Beard, Chair, Community Advisory Commission. "With shrinking City resources, neighborhood beautification efforts start with you. We want to acknowledge property owners who make a difference in Milpitas."

All entries receive a Certificate of Recognition appreciation award at a reception hosted by City Leaders and the CAC during a City Council meeting in November 2012. Black Bear Diner, 174 W. Calaveras Boulevard, winner of the 2011 Non-residential Property Award (Business), is generously donating gift certificates to the winners.

The four areas include: Central Area (Milpitas/Fremont border, North Milpitas Boulevard to Calaveras to the 680 north-bound freeway), East Valley Floor Area (North Park Victoria at Jacklin to Landess Avenue back up to Evans Road), West Area (All residential neighborhoods west of North Milpitas Boulevard) and Hillside Area (Milpitas/Fremont border, North Park Victoria to Landess Avenue).

There are six categories for entrants. 1) Attractive Residential Property (focuses on single family homes); 2) Attractive Multi-family Units (focuses on mobile homes, apartment complexes and duplexes); 3) Attractive Home Owners Association (focuses on residential homes that pay homeowner association dues); 4) Attractive non residential property (focuses on non-residential properties including restaurants, business, medical offices and shopping centers); 5) Staff Choice Award (focuses on case files that have previously violated city ordinances and have subsequently complied and improved their property making a positive impact in the neighborhood); and, 6) Building a Sense of Community (focuses on how an organization, school or business has created an environment that impacts the City of Milpitas, positively.).

To request a nomination form and area map, call the Neighborhood Services division and leave a message at (408) 586-3072 or (408) 586-3075. Return the completed form by mail or in person to the City of Milpitas, Neighborhood Beautification Awards, 455 E. Calaveras Boulevard Milpitas, CA 95035. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, August 31, 2012.

Learn how the Community Advisory Commission helps the community by attending one of the Commissionís meetings, the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 455 E. Calaveras Boulevard Milpitas, Milpitas.

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