CDS President and CEO, Chris Bernardo (Center) is joined by North Ward Councilman, Anibal Ramos Jr. and State Senator, M. Teresa Ruiz in front of the historic Ballantine Gates in Branchbrook Park.

Residential stakeholders that live in and around our commercial corridors have a tremendous impact on the level of cleanliness and beautification that we see in the community.

This past spring State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz and North Ward Councilman, Anibal Ramos Jr. saw the value in highlighting the important acts of neighborhood stewardship that are demonstrated each day by many stakeholders throughout the North Ward.

In April, May, and June, residents were encouraged to nominate their neighbors who go above and beyond with activities like picking up litter from the sidewalk on the way to work, cleaning the small park across the street, or planting a beautiful garden for neighbors to enjoy. These are all thoughtful acts that make for a great community and which you can observe in the North Ward every day.

This past Friday, I was thrilled to be able to join the Senator and Councilman in recognizing twelve great recipients as part of the first annual North Ward “Golden Broom Awards.”

Those recognized as “Golden Broom Award” recipients included: Paul Agostini, Armando Aviles, Maria Dolia Cicchino, Robert Gray, Nadia Hernandez, Jeff Morgan, John Patino, John Rodriguez, Jose Santiago, Jonah Sierra, Lidia Velasquez, and Bilal Walker.

All award recipients received a $200 gift card to Home Depot to help assist in their continued efforts to improve their homes and neighborhoods.

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