Fourteen individuals and five organizations, including the Deseret News, were honored as "good neighbors" by the Salt Lake Association of Community Councils and Key Bank.
The Good Neighbor Awards were presented as part of the Salt Lake Neighborhood Conference to honor individuals and organizations that have helped improve the quality of life in Salt Lake City's neighborhoods.Individual awards:
Norma Amodt, West Central City, was nominated by the People's Freeway Community Council for her 40 years of service on the council. She serves on the Multiethnic Board and was the community's representative on the Mayor's Baseball Task Force. "She is capable, dependable and very dedicated," a nominator wrote.
Terry B. Becker, Avenues, was honored for establishing the University Neighborhood Alliance to work out concerns between neighbors and the University of Utah. "It has resulted in cooperation and renewed spirit," the nomination said.
Lynn Beckstead, Rose Park, was cited for his efforts to resolve a controversial expansion of a parking lot at Smith's, 600 North and 1200 West. Beckstead held a number of meetings and in the end Smith's converted five duplexes into homes and the store got more parking. "What was accomplished was better than anyone could have hoped for," the nomination said.
Dan Bethel, West Salt Lake, was honored for his voluntarism and work as a professional architect and contractor. On one occasion, the former member of the Salt Lake Planning Commission produced a design to save a home from demolition by Mountain Fuel. "Dan donated many hours of his time as a professional architect to make the closure of 1100 West a win-win proposition for Mountain Fuel and the neighborhood," the nomination read.
Lumi Bradford, Central City, was nominated by 20 neighbors for his efforts as a Neighborhood Watch block leader in an area bordered by 500 and 600 East and 600 and 700 South. "As a result of Mr. Bradford's starting the Neighborhood Watch Group in this area almost two years ago, participation reached 95 percent, while the neighborhood experienced its most productive and safest growth," the nomination said.
Fred Fife, West Salt Lake, was honored for spearheading environmental projects in the area. Included in his work was planting and maintaining the Alzheimer's Nature Park at 200 South and the Jordan River and the Native Plants Project on 900 South between 800 and 900 West. He has also worked tirelessly to develop the Jordan River Parkway, a nomination said.
Frank E. Jacobsen, Fairpark, was honored for his work in behalf of five widowed neighbors. Jacobsen cuts their lawns in the summer and shovels their walks in the winter. "Most of the time Frank was outside by 6 a.m. shoveling snow so that people going to work and children walking to school would have a dry path to walk on. This is all done in addition to taking care of our home and yard," wrote the nominator, Jacobsen's wife, Yvonne.
Stephanie Harpst, who is leaving the city's Capital Planning Department, was given a "Special Award" for her concern with neighborhood issues. "She has been instrumental in organizing the community development advisory committee for Salt Lake and taking that process to neighborhoods," the nomination said.
Pam Heal, the immediate past president of the Salt Lake Association of Community Councils, was given a special award. "She brought cohesion to SLACC at a critical time in our history," the citation read. "Her leadership, grace, fairness and attention to issues has marked her administration in a positive way."
Heal has been active in the East Central Community Council representing the Gilmore Park area. She has been an active member of the national Neighborhoods USA organization.
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