Muskegon Press Release – September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014

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Date: September 3, 2014

Contact: Ann Cummings 231-724-6721


Beautification Awards

 Congratulations to the recipients of our 2014 Beautification Awards! Nominations were made by residents and neighborhood associations. Landscaping was judged by an independent panel and was based on originality, lawn upkeep, overall beauty of the entire property, how it blends with the architecture of the house, and original work (no professional landscapers). Awards are issued by the Neighborhood Associations in partnership with the City of Muskegon. This year’s recipients are:

First Place –                 Larry and Barbara Taylor

2515 Cumberland

Second Place –            Mary Ann Seymour

1446 Beardsley


Third Place –                Margaret Wimbley

936 E. Hackley

Most Unique –            Tom and Joyce Voyt

1760 Edgewater

Honorable Mention –   Richard Swenson

1875 Walnut Street

Monica and Scott Graham

3065 Knollwood Court

Lisa and Leon Conklin

1212 W. Dale

The Broughton’s

1650 Edgewater

Marilyn Magnuson

1634 Ruddiman Avenue

Sheila Porter

1430 W. Laketon

Labor Day Walk/Run

 This year’s Labor Day Walk was a great Success! A 5K fun run was added just last year and this year over 100 people participated in the running portion along with an additional 100 walkers walking four plus miles! This event is put on by the City of Muskegon in partnership with One in 21. Finishing times for runners who recorded it will be available on the City’s website at by September 4, 2014.

Community Development Block Grants & HOME Has Added New Programs

 Oneata Bailey, Community Development Director, announced the addition of new programs!

Homebuyer Assistance to families purchasing a home in the City of Muskegon up to $5000 for closing costs if one purchases a home in the City of Muskegon and is income qualified.

Neighborhood Grants will be awarded to active neighborhoods that show a need for their area and have identified resources but need additional funds to make it happen.  The need should be considered beneficial to the neighborhood.

Target Neighborhood/Blight Fight is an initiative to target specific areas of the City of Muskegon to invest extra time, resources and effort to improve any blighting features that can bring a neighborhood down.