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Beautification committee to plant new ideas for second crop of ‘Bright Spots’


This Wright Avenue home was one of last year's "Bright Spots." (Photo courtesy of Rocky River Beautification Committee)

Rocky River

By Sue Botos

The Rocky River Beautification Committee’s Bright Spot program will return for a second season this summer, but the group has come up with a new twist.

“The committee is soliciting nominations for homes now, and 48 will be selected,” Mayor Pam Bobst announced at last week’s City Council meeting. Last year was the first for the program, which recognizes homeowners who have taken the extra time and effort to beautify their property with quality maintenance and landscaping. Bobst said that this time around, there would be a public component.

“Public spaces maintained by private citizens can be nominated. We would like to recognize this special effort,” she stated.

In addition, instead of choosing a few homes per month from each of the city’s wards, all recipients will be announced at the River Days celebration on July 14. Committee members stress that this is not a competition, but rather recognition of residents who have gone the extra mile when it comes to sprucing up their property.

“Approximately the same number of homes will be recognized again this year, but we want to make a big splash with the timing,” commented Sara Doan, chair of the Bright Spot program. She added that attention would be paid to geographic distribution with the hope of dividing the honors as evenly as possible throughout the city.

“There are beautiful homes and gardens throughout Rocky River, and we want everyone to explore.”

Beautification Committee President Liz Harmath spoke of the decision to include public spots. “We know that residents care not just about their own homes, but about the public areas around them. We want to recognize that effort.”

For example, she said that cul-de-sacs, traffic triangles, such as the one near Kensington Oval, and median strips like the one dividing Westway Drive are spots where residents volunteer their time, and often supplies, to beautify a public area.

Nominations for residences and resident-maintained public areas can be sent to by Sunday. To find out more about the Rocky River Beautification Committee, visit



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