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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356


Good Neighbor Awards recognize acts of kindness

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Neighborhood Community Services Department and the 3-1-1 Action Center, a division of the City Manager’s Office, will hold the third Good Neighbor Awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Robert J. Mohart Multi-Purpose FOCUS Center, 3200 Wayne Ave. Immediately following the presentation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Advisory Council will hold a candidate forum for those seeking to join the council.

The awards come from resident input and recognize City residents from a variety of areas and neighborhoods who have provided a substantial service to the community.

Ray Barber - Shoal Brook II

Barber is a talented, generous, concerned neighbor and willing handy man who helps maintain the quality and safety of Shoal Brook II neighborhood.

George and Pearl Burns - Marlborough Heights

The couple provides unofficial neighborhood watch for the neighborhood, picks up litter to keep the neighborhood clean and is always helping and willing to help any neighbor.

Doug Collins - East Swope Highlands

Collins keeps the grass mowed on the right-of-way along the heavily-used Gregory Boulevard.

Terry Everley - Marlborough Renaissance

Everley, who is fondly known through out the neighborhood as Mr. Terry, cuts weeds in the right-of-way around the traffic stop signs, checks on the neighbors and acts as a mentor.

Wayne Fair - Wendell Phillips

Fair works all summer to cut down limbs and branches. He also picks up trash, cuts the grass of those who can't maintain their yards and monitors illegal activity on vacant properties.

Tammy Gay - Waldo

Gay mows the lawn for a neighbor who is recovering from surgery, collects and donates paper goods, is actively engaged in the homes association and organizes block parties.

Marquita Henry - Foxtown West

Henry assist with countless neighborhood clean-ups and is known for using a shovel and blue trash bags to work through the neighborhood to pick-up trash.

Tim Johnston - Briarcliff

Johnson picks up trash along 169 Highway at the Briarcliff Parkway exit, collecting 40 gallon bags of beer bottles, water bottles, pop cans, car parts, Styrofoam and other litter.

Minnie Mitchem - Noble

Mitchem has continually picked up litter and trash in the Noble neighborhood for more than 35 years.

Sharon Mohler - Armour Hills

Mohler, a mother of 5 young children, organizes block watches, trims the large shrubs in Arbor Villa Park, clears weeds and mows the yard of an elderly neighbor when he is not up to it.

Darryl Rider - Hertz Rental

Rider donated equipment to the Friendship Baptist Church Block-by-Block Clean Pp to help with their efforts.

Steve Shawhan - East Swope Highlands

Shawhan picks up litter frequently along the heavily-used Gregory Boulevard.

The award is a nomination-based program that relies on input from residents. Nominations can be sent to or to, with a subject line of “Good Neighbor Award.”

Media inquiries and information requests should be directed to Eric Hudson, customer service supervisor in the 3-1-1 Action Center at (816) 513-2008.


City News Releases - 2009

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