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Good deeds, good neighbors


April 28, 2007

Six south Tempe residents are among 11 citywide recipients of Neighbor of the Year awards.

The top award, honoring 2007 Chuck Malpede Neighbor of the Year, went to Darryl Jacobson-Barnes.

Nominated by the Circle G Ranches Homeowners Association, Jacobson-Barnes was selected for her role in resolving an issue between residents and an office-building developer.

Later, as a member of the Circle G HOA board, she established procedures for bill paying and getting bids on projects. She also organized fundraisers and social events for the neighborhood, including the Circle G Ranch Garden Walk, which generated $14,000 a year to cover costs of the Youth of the Year Program for the Tempe Boys and Girls Club.

She established the first block watch in the neighborhood and still serves as her block's captain.

The award is named for Chuck Malpede, a high school history teacher who helped the city establish the Neighborhood Services program in 1987.

Other awards went to:

Mary Bell and BJ Graham — Nominated by their neighbors in the Estate La Colina Neighborhood Association, Bell and Graham have contributed 10 years of service to their neighborhood and have served on the board since the neighborhood group was launched. Bell serves as secretary/treasurer and Graham as social director.

John Ellis — Nominated by the Corona del Sol Estates Neighborhood Association, Ellis, a licensed contractor, provided equipment and skilled workers when his neighborhood wanted to update exterior walls, signs and landscaping along Warner Road.

Ellis coordinated efforts with the city and provided leadership for volunteers at the site—all while on crutches and recovering from a leg injury.

Judy Tapscott — Nominated by the Alta Mira Neighborhood Association, Tapscott has been responsible for initiating and developing the master plan that is under development for Goodwin Park.

She organized neighborhood gatherings and community mailings about the master plan.

Janis Webb — Nominated by the Alisanos Homeowners Association, Webb has served as a member of the association's board of directors. She also is chair of the city of Tempe's Human Relations Commission and works as director of early intervention for The Centers for Habilitation.


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