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July 31, 2012 > Call for Entries: Milpitas Neighborhood Beautification Awards

Call for Entries: Milpitas Neighborhood Beautification Awards

Submitted By Mia Bradway Winter

"Happy and healthy families thrive in beautiful neighborhoods, so let's beautify our yards and make our neighbors smile every time they pass by." -- Mayor Jose Esteves

Wow! What a neat-looking yard!

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. "Let's be proud of this City by getting involved in the Neighborhood Beautification Program today," said 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 by," added Esteves.

Established in 2000 by the City of Milpitas, nominations are taking place now for the 12th Annual Neighborhood Beautification Awards in partnership with the Community Advisory Commission (CAC). All submissions are judged on improvements to landscaping of front yard properties visible from public view. The nomination deadline is August 31st.

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

All entries receive a Certificate of Recognition appreciation award at a reception presented by City Leaders and CAC during a November City Council meeting. Black Bear Diner, 174 W. Calaveras, winner of the 2011 Non-residential property award (business), is donating gift certificates to the winners.

Milpitas is divided into four areas:
Central Area: Milpitas/Fremont border, No. Milpitas Blvd. to Calaveras to Hwy 680 northbound

East Valley Floor Area: North Park Victoria at Jacklin to Landess Ave. back up to Evans Road

West Area: All residential neighborhoods west of No. Milpitas Blvd.

Hillside Area: Milpitas/Fremont border, North Park Victoria to Landess Avenue

Six categories will be judged:
1. Attractive Residential Property: single family homes.
2. Attractive Multi-family Units: mobile homes, apartment complexes and duplexes.
3. Attractive Home Owners Association: residential homes that pay homeowner association dues.
4. Attractive non residential property: non-residential properties including (restaurants, business, medical offices and shopping centers).
5. Staff Choice Award - case files of properties previously in violation of city ordinances and have improved, making a positive impact.
6. Building a Sense of Community - an organization, school or business that has created an environment positively impacting the City of Milpitas.

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 your form by mail or in person to the City of Milpitas, Neighborhood Beautification Awards, 455 E. Calaveras Boulevard Milpitas, CA 95035.

The cut-off date for the 2012 competition is Friday, August 31, 2012.

Mia Bradway Winter is Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Commission. Learn how the Community Advisory Commission is helping the community by attending one of our meetings, the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, City Hall.

Additional information can be found at:
City of Milpitas Home Page,
City of Milpitas, Neighborhood Beautification -
City of Milpitas, Community Advisory Commission -

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