A mother and son who cleaned up an unsightly yard and a woman who took in a sick neighbor's dog are the recipients of the 2013 Good Neighbor Awards.
The awards are given annually by the Worthington Community Relations Commission to recognize community members who promote cooperation and goodwill in their neighborhoods.
Accepting the awards at the Worthington City Council meeting April 21 were Lisa Abrams, her son, Luke Neiger, and Deanna Mears.
Luke, who is in the second grade at Evening Street Elementary School, worked with his mother to remove tall weeds, garbage and other debris from the yard of an unoccupied house in their neighborhood.
They also are frequently ready to help by collecting mail and newspapers for neighbors who go on vacation.
They were nominated by neighbors on Weatherburn Place.
Mears, a Pittsfield Drive resident, was nominated by a neighbor. Even though she had lived on the street a short time, the neighbor said Mears was willing to take her dog into her house when she was in the hospital. The dog was a former rescue dog and was scared, according to the nomination.
Mears also has been known to help a child who was locked out of the house, loan whatever might be needed and drive neighbors on errands.
"Through her many good deeds, Deanna Mears has set an example for all of us to follow," stated the resolution that was approved by council and presented during the meeting.
In other matters, council:
* Approved a rezoning and subdivision necessary for the development of a shopping center at the southwest corner of West Dublin-Granville and Linworth roads.
* Hired the firm of EMH&T Inc. to do the study and preliminary design work for the reconfiguration of the intersection of Huntley, Wilson-Bridge and Worthington-Galena roads. An appropriation of $247,203 will pay for the study and for assistance in the pursuit of additional construction funding for the project, which is estimated to cost $11 million.
* Approved the subdivision of a residential lot at 130 W. Clearview Ave. into two lots, allowing a new house to be built at the northeast corner of West Clearview Avenue and Evening Street. The two lots were combined in 2004 so that the property owner would receive only one tax bill.