Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 8, 2012

Neighborhood Watch group gives Outstanding Citizenship Award

BRUSHFORK — The organizers of a Neighborhood Watch program in a manufactured home park off the Old Bramwell Road in Brushfork expressed their appreciation to a neighbor who stepped up to clear brush from the entrance to the park to make the area safer and more cosmetically appealing.

“The girls tried so hard, so I decided to help them out,” David White said. “It’s a lot better in here now. I worked about 12 days on it from daylight to dark. I cut the wood and cleared the brush off the hillside. It’s prettier and its safer.”

White’s neighbors, Jennifer Lively and Donna Walker, moved into their home about 18 months ago, and decided to start the Neighborhood Watch about five months ago, Lively said.

“Sgt. M.S. Haynes with the West Virginia State Police worked with us to set up the watch,” Lively said. “There’s only 11 homes in this neighborhood,” Lively said.

The park is owned by J-Squared Investments. After J-Squared property manager Jason Mathis, learned of the award, he contacted J-Squared to inform them of White’s recognition.

“J-Squared Investments are presenting a $100 Outback gift certificate to Mr. White in appreciation for his efforts,” Mathis said. The street through the park was named “Noah’s Place,” by the previous owner, and J-Squared called the park “Ark’s Landing Estate.”

“We have had three meetings so far,” Lively said of the Neighborhood Watch. “Anyone who would like to organize their own Neighborhood Watch should call the West Virginia Sate Police or contact us,” she added.

“These two ladies have done a wonderful job in getting this Neighborhood Watch together,” Mathis said. “And Mr. White has done a great job on making the hillside in front of the girl’s place look good.”

Walker and Lively wanted to repay White for his efforts, so they presented him with the organization’s first “Community Citizenship Award.” Walker thanked T&N Trophies for donating the plaque. Walker and Lively expressed thanks to Sgt. Haynes for helping them develop the program.

“Mr. White doesn’t ask for anything for everything he does,” Lively said.

“David even took it upon himself to contact West Virginia American Water to get the road repaired where the water company repaired the waterline,” Walker said.

Walker presented the plaque to Mike Vinciguerra of the Mercer County Commission who presented it to White. Trooper W.H. File of the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police represented Haynes at the presentation.

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