Monday, January 21, 2002

Good News: Cleanup efforts rewarded




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        When Floyd Spencer decided to spruce up his area in the 2400 block of Sunnyhill Drive in the Fay Apartments in Fairmount, he had no idea that it would lead to receiving a community service award and having Jan. 15 proclaimed Floyd Spencer Day by Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken.

        The award was given by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Apartment Association in a ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Covington.

        “That was really something,” said Mr. Spencer, a self-employed painter. “What this really means to me is that it is an endorsement by my neighbors who saw what I was trying to do and joined in. The cleanup started in front of my door and now it is spreading throughout the apartment complex.”

        Mark Franks, executive vice president of the association, said it honored Mr. Spencer for helping to make the apartment complex a better place to live.

        “We wish all the apartments had someone like him living there,” Mr. Franks said. “We also gave him a $100 certificate.”

        The association has 400 members that represent 75,000 apartments in the Tristate.

        Mr. Spencer's efforts received the attention of Cincinnati financier Carl Lindner, owner of the Cincinnati Reds, who gave money for the project.

        Mr. Spencer started the clean-up, paint-up, grass-up project about four years ago. He spent $3,000 of his own money to carry out the project.

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        Darwin Henderson, associate professor of teacher education at the University of Cincinnati, has been selected to serve on the national panel that selects outstanding African American authors and illustrators for the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award.

        He will begin his two-year term on the seven-member panel this fall.

        “The award is in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the dedication and determination of his wife, Coretta Scott King,” Mr. Henderson said.

        The panel reads 80 to 150 titles between September and December that are submitted for consideration. The 2001 award winners will be announced today.

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        Diane Jordan, vice president for Organization and Human Resource Development at Beech Acres, 6881 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township, will be the speaker for the GAPP series from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Eastern Hills Friends Meeting, 1671 Nagel Road.

        Ms. Jordan has conducted diversity trainings across the country.

        “This workshop will help people embrace their own cultures and understand the cultures around them,” Ms. Jordan said.

        GAPP (Greater Anderson Promotes Peace) promotes a speaker's series on issues of diversity.

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        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are committing random acts of kindness that are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at ahoward@enquirer.com; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.

       



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