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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 12:00 am

By Angeles Negrete Lares

The Brownsville Herald

The Southmost Beautification Committee will begin handing out awards once

again for residents who have done their part to make the area beautiful.

The committee had not given the monthly award for seven months.

The Beautification Award was first given out in 1999 by the committee and the

Southmost Community Network Center, with Wal-Mart, as main sponsor.

The purpose of the program was to give residents an incentive to embellish

their gardens and front yards.

Since then, almost 20 such awards have been given out to Southmost families,

said Brownsville police Lt. William Kingsbury, head of the community center.

The award was put on hold for about seven months during administrative changes

at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3500 W. Alton Gloor Blvd., Kingsbury said.

Beginning Aug. 27, 2001, the partnership with Super Wal-Mart will be

reinstalled for the presentation of $50 gift certificates to the winners, he

said.

We feel that we are going to give many more (awards), because so many

residents are involved, Kingsbury said. Along with our partners (Wal-Mart)

in the community, we hope to make Brownsville a beautiful place to live.

Maria Trinidad Olvera, 65, was one of the first persons to receive the prize

in 1999.

I was really flattered and proud of having received this award, because it

encourages us to maintain our gardens and front yards, said Olvera, a

Carolina Street resident.

It takes time, but what better reason to do it than your family? she said.

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