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Cal Hts. Neighborhood Ass'n Wins Neighborhood of the Year Honors At Neighborhoods USA Nat'l Conference


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(May 25, 2012, updated from initial dispatch) -- LB's California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) has won double Neighborhood of the Year honors from Neighborhoods USA (NUSA).


Photo via CHNA Facebook page

UPDATE: At about 9 p.m. Pacific Time Friday (May 25), the Cal Hts. Neighborhood Ass'n Facebook page stated:

Thank you all for the wonderful comments of support after our early post. It has been a long but rewarding day. While we are proud of our awards (we take home to Long Beach First Place in the Physical Revitalization category and the overall Grand Prize!) and honor CHNA's recognition, Stacey, Tim and I have been inspired by the dedicated people we've encountered this week at the Neighborhoods, USA ...(NUSA) 2012 conference, who are all solving problems in their respective neighborhoods, beautifying, restoring, collaborating with community partners, making friends and building community all across this nation of ours. We can't wait to be home to share our excitement and experiences. Thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters for making this award possible.

Word first flashed on Facebook on Friday morning (May 25), which carried word that CHNA had won won first place in its category AND neighborhood of the year!

Three reps from the group flew to Indianapolis, IN to present the group's activities at NUSA's annual conference (May 23-26) (JetBlue donated two of three air fares).

CHNA knew it was one of four finalists...and its latest newsletter previewed the competition:

To qualify, neighborhood organizations had to complete a neighborhood improvement project or an activity that promotes community building in 2011. For CHNA, we had more than one event that qualified, so we decided to wrap everything into the package that makes all that we do possible, the Home and Garden Tour. That single, very involved, labor intensive volunteer extravaganza finances just about every project we undertake, especially those that involve physical revitalization, like the Cal Heights mural, ReLeaf tree planting and care events, weekly Clean Streets activities, and the single most expensive project, our signature lamppost restoration program. In fact, CHNA dedicated $10,000 of the 2011 Home Tour Proceeds directly to lamppost restorations! So if you allowed us to open your home, volunteered, purchased a ticket or sponsored an advertisement in the tour booklet, you share in the camaraderie of this award nomination.

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