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Local neighborhood is finalist for Neighborhood of the Year

The Shadow Wood community is in the running to be named the 2012 Neighborhood of the Year by Neighborhoods USA, the largest non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to building stronger communities.

In the past six years, Shadow Wood has only had three burglaries. In 2005, the community came together and decided to develop the Shadow Wood Neighborhood Watch. The group has been committed to making the community a safer place. When the City’s Police Department unveiled a new community program, “Make a Call, Make a Difference,” the group began reporting any suspicious activity to police. As a result, officers were able to make more than a few in progress residential burglary arrests. 

As finalists, the group will be making a presentation to a panel of judges at the 2012 Neighborhoods USA Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 24. The winner will be announced on May 25. Other finalists in the running are Fort Worth, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Little Rock, Arkansas.

The City of Coral Springs has been a part of the NUSA organization since the late 1990s when the City began its Slice of the Springs Neighborhood program and has been recognized by the organization in past years:

 • 1999 Forest Hills awarded Neighborhood of the Year;

• 2000 NUSA Notable Paul Tavilla landlord honored for helping reduce crime and improve the quality of life in the Woodlake/Castlewood neighborhood;

• 2007 Physical Revitalization Project – Government Entity Second Place Award for Street Tree Subsidy Program.

About Neighborhoods USA

Founded in 1976, Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) is the largest non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to sharing information and experiences to build stronger communities. 2012 marks the 28th year that NUSA will recognize the outstanding work of neighborhood organizations across the United States for their work in improving the quality of life in their communities. NUSA encourages networking and information sharing as a way to facilitate the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector.


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