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Best blocks in Brooklyn recognized

Grassroots gladiators were delivered a tall salute for being committed to their communities during a Block Association Recognition Day, presented by Community Board 17.

Block presidents, association members and community leaders were feted with glowing words, awards and free services for their “accomplishments and service within the community” at the tribute program, entitled “For the Community by the Community” and held at Nazareth Regional High School, East 58th Street off Clarendon Road.

Visitors received information about available services at resource tables manned by representatives of city agencies and organizations.

In addition, awards were presented to winners of a children’s essay contest, requiring entrants to write about the role of block associations within a community.

Special Awards were presented to: East 40th Street Progressive Block Association, “Best Block Accomplishment”; East 45th Street Block Association, “Family & Friends Activity Day”; and East 34th Street Block Association,” “Block Beautification.”

Hailed as “Outstanding Block Presidents” were: Leonie Logan, East 40th Street; Tricia Ocona, East 58th Street; Hazel Martinez, Four−in−One−Block in East Flatbush Association; and Judith Arindell, Troy Avenue Block Association.

The “Most Industrious Block Pioneer” award was presented to Wendy Weekes, East 38th Street 2001 Block Association.

Essay contest winners in the age seven and under group were: Rebekah Soverall, East 93rd Street Block Association; Zion Beeram, East 48th⁄East 49th Street; Justin Andries, East 48th Street⁄Foster & Avenue D; Zainb and Adetokunboh Osineye, East 93rd Street; and Jonathan Oliver, East 48⁄East 49th Street.

Winners in the age 14 and above category were: Judah Soverall, East 93rd Street; Caleb Gibson, Four−in−One Block Association; and D’Andre Andries−Chester, East 48th Street⁄Foster & Avenue D.

In addition, Tamara McDonald, East 38th Street 2001 Block Association; Dara Jones, East 48th Street⁄Foster & Avenue D; and Kimberly Joseph, East 38th Street 2001 Block Association clinched the age 18 and below division.

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