The Intelligent Community Forum announced the 2011 Top Seven Intelligent Communities this week and Dublin was again on the list.

The Intelligent Community Forum announced the 2011 Top Seven Intelligent Communities this week and Dublin was again on the list.

Dublin was named a "Smart21 Community" in October for the fifth time, although last year was the first time the city reached the top seven list.

As a top seven community, Dublin last year received a visit from Louis Zacharilla, the co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum. Zacharilla spent three days in Dublin evaluating the city and how it has prepared itself for the future.

This year's theme for the Intelligent Community contest set forth by the New York-based think tank, Intelligent Community Forum, is based on innovative approaches to delivering healthcare while increasing productivity and eliminating unneeded costs, the website said.

According to a release from the Intelligent Community Forum, Dublin was chosen because "fiber and wireless broadband have penetrated and transformed every aspect of economic life in this community, from education to business, sports to government, and helped to create a wave of entrepreneurial growth."

Other communities that made the top seven list include: Chattanooga, Tenn.; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; Riverside, Cal.; Stratford, Ontario, Canada; and Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada.

The Intelligent Community of the Year will be announced in June.

For additional information, look online at intelligentcommunity.org.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will honor three Dublin police officers next month.

Dublin officers Bruce McKenna, Kyle Groves and Jacob Williams will be given the "Award of Excellence" at a luncheon on Feb. 17.

The award of excellence is given to police officers, judges, prosecutors and others who have "made a significant impact in their respective communities to stop drunk driving," a news release from the city said.

Both Groves and Williams will receive the award because of the "significant OVI enforcement during the past year," the release said. McKenna has been involved with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or DARE, program at Dublin schools and has helped launch the recent "Choose Your Ride" campaign aimed at reducing drunk driving.