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Mayor Battle Congratulates Holiday Homes Neighborhood Association on 3rd Anniversary


City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2012
(Huntsville, AL) - Mayor Tommy Battle is presenting a large cake tonight to Steve Morgan, president of the Holiday Homes Neighborhood Association, as the group celebrates its 3rd anniversary with a meeting and community dinner at All Nations Church on Drake Avenue.

"I am proud of the work Holiday Homes has accomplished these past three years, and I am exceptionally proud of the model they have created for other new associations," said Mayor Battle.

Holiday Homes is noted for their leadership among the Council of Neighborhood Associations and for their ability to effectively work with the other neighborhood associations on the west side of Huntsville. Positive influencers, Holiday Homes has a reputation of tackling challenges in a productive and professional manner and getting quality results.

"Holiday Homes is a good example of unity, and how a neighborhood can come together to help each other at the most basic level and to develop programs that will enhance their community," said Brenda Martin, Director of Multicultural Relations and the Mayor's liaison to the Council of Neighborhood Associations.

Holiday Homes has more than doubled membership in the past two years to 200 members. They have mobilized their community, established a Community Watch program, hosted monthly cleanup dates, and launched a web site for improved communications. Wanting face to face interaction, residents hit the streets to get to know their neighbors. When tornadoes ravaged the area in early April and Huntsville lost power, the Holiday Homes Neighborhood Association sprung into action to care for each other. About 25 members have undergone Community Emergency Response Team training to help ensure each home will be better prepared for future disasters with food, candles, flashlights, ice, batteries, gas, and radios.

Huntsville has more than 30 active neighborhood associations operating under the Council of Neighborhood Associations, including the newest organizations in Triana Village, Westlawn, Rock Creek, and Garden Parks.

Each neighborhood association is unique to their community, and goals and priorities may vary, but each wants the same things - safe, clean and attractive neighborhoods with residents abiding by city ordinances.

"When I ran for mayor nearly three years ago, I studied the effects that community associations were having in other cities, and became thoroughly convinced these groups could help empower neighbors to reclaim streets and shape futures in Huntsville," said Mayor Battle. "Their work is instrumental in our quality of life."

Mayor Battle credits Brenda Martin and the Huntsville Police Department's Community Resource Officers (CRO) program for their work in supporting the Neighborhood Associations.

For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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