Tuesday, October 6, 2009
America in Bloom(r) Awards Westfield a Four Bloom Rating
The votes are in...here is how Westfield did in the America in Bloom competition:
Westfield, NJ - Westfield recently competed for the first time in the
national America in Bloom(r) competition and was recognized at the eighth
annual America in Bloom (AIB) Symposium and Awards Program on Saturday,
October 3, 2009 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Westfield
was the only town in the state of New Jersey to compete in the 2009
AIB is a national campaign and contest that promotes enhancing communities
through beautification. In the friendly competition, communities are
matched by population and evaluated on their efforts related to floral
displays, urban forestry, landscaped areas, turf and groundcover, tidiness,
environmental awareness, heritage conservation, and community involvement.
Judges visited Westfield in early July.
Among 25 towns in the United States, Westfield was one of three finalists in
two of the eight criteria: Floral Displays and Urban Forestry with the
winning towns being Greendale, Indiana and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
respectively. Westfield also received a four-bloom rating out of a
possible five-bloom rating in recognition of its floral displays. Westfield
followed second in the population category with Collierville, Tennessee
winning the top prize in the 20,001 to 50,000 population category. In
addition, Westfield's efforts were mentioned many times in a new edition of
America in Bloom's Best Ideas book published in September 2009.
"Westfield in Bloom" was the name of the local program during the America in
Bloom competition held during the spring and summer. Through this effort
co-lead by Sherry Cronin, Executive Director, Downtown Westfield Corporation
and Dave Williams of Williams Nursery, many town departments, organizations,
businesses and residents joined the committee and continue to be part of an
ongoing effort. A WestfieldinBloom.com blog was created by Dave Williams to
garner support for the Westfield in Bloom program.
"We were pleased to receive this recognition. America in Bloom officials
and judges said that Westfield scored extremely well especially for a first
year community." stated Sherry Cronin. Dave Williams added "We are looking
forward to sharing the detailed report and judge's recommendations with the
Town and committee and to garner support to compete again next year."
Westfield received a total of 859 points of the possible 1000 points across
the eight criteria.
America in Bloom is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
encouraging nationwide beautification programs, personal and community
involvement, educational programs and the challenge of a friendly
competition among participating communities across the country. To date,
more than 170 communities in 38 states have participated in the AIB program.
Picture attached: Dave Williams of Williams Nursery, Sherry Cronin & Beth
Brenner of Downtown Westfield Corporation accept Westfield's Four Bloom
Rating from the recent America in Bloom competition.