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Sept. 26, 2016

Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards winners announced 

The results are in for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards. There were two categories available this year: Mayor’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. Whispering Heights HOA was selected by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Dobson Estates III was voted as the People’s Choice Award winner by Chandler residents.

Both neighborhood organizations were announced during this weekend’s G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) kickoff event hosted by Chandler Police. “Many themes came out in this year’s applications including relationship building, increased communication and interaction, trust, safe places and most important of all – fun,” said Mayor Tibshraeny. “These are the building blocks of successful neighborhoods, and a key factor in our success as a City.”

Whispering Heights HOA goes above and beyond to make new neighbors welcome and create a sense of community. Last year they invited the entire neighborhood to the G.A.I.N. event and coordinated it to take place during their annual Halloween party to increase attendance. They were able to invite McGruff and get kids from the neighborhood involved. The HOA board also makes a point to introduce themselves to any new neighbors and provide them with a welcome packet. They encourage communication on Nextdoor and their neighborhood Facebook page and they regularly post about community events and any crime-related information. They also host monthly Bunco games, Neighborhood Watch meetings, a Halloween Block Party, Easter Egg Hunt and a movie in the park. 

Last year, the Dobson Estates III neighborhood hosted a G.A.I.N. event that brought the entire community together. Each major street in Dobson Estates has their own Block Watch, and the G.A.I.N. event brings everyone together as one unit. Both Chandler Police and Fire, Health and Medical departments attended to help educate kids and adults about safety tips, security and more. Their highly attended event encourages communication and re-enforces neighbors to be vigilant and engaged. Throughout the year, they stay connected with Block Watch parties and through social media.   

The Mayor’s Excellence Awards are coordinated by the City’s Neighborhood Programs Office, in partnership with the Chandler Police Crime Prevention Unit. The awards recognize neighborhoods for their previous G.A.I.N. events, dedication to creating community through events, increasing neighborhood involvement and developing the next generation of leadership.