The Northland Community Council handed out a list of volunteer awards at its annual banquet April 12 at Little Turtle Golf Club, recognizing individuals and member organizations for their efforts.

The Sharon Woods Civic Association was honored for having the Block Watch of the Year and the Cooper Woods Condominium Association was named Civic Association of the Year.

Twenty community volunteers were honored by their individual civic groups.

The NCC also gave out awards to a firefighter, police officer and educator.

The firefighter award was presented to John E. Pizzuro of station 28 by his captain, Alexander Sundberg.

"Johnnie P, as he's known around the fire department, is a motivated self-starter who needs little to no direction from station officers," said the nomination recommendation for Pizzuro, who joined the Division of Fire in 1987. "He always keeps a positive attitude and is a bit of a character, delivering one-liners with the best of them."

Sgt. Eugene Duran presented Timothy D. Keller of the 18th Precinct with the police officer award. Keller joined the division in 1994, and has been at the same precinct the entire time.

"Officer Keller is a proactive officer with a mastery of skills in criminal detection and traffic accident investigation," Duran wrote in nomination of Keller. "Officer Keller is a silent leader of 18th Precinct 'B' Company and maintains a leadership role in the absence of a supervisor."

Michael Sain, director of the Columbus Global Academy at the former Brookhaven High School, was named Educator of the Year.

He also is director of English as a Second Language programs for Columbus City Schools.

Tara Ottey, the assistant principal at Columbus Global Academy, presented Sain with his certificate.

The evening also featured its own Oscars moment.

In an envelope mix-up reminiscent of the recent Academy Awards show, NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy inadvertently named Salem Civic Association as recipient of the Publication of the Year honor.

Oops. The winner actually was Karmel-Woodward Park Civic Association.

"Maybe next year," Remy told Dave Moody, Salem Civic Association president, in apologizing for the error.

Volunteers from civic associations honored were:

* Martha Sellers of the Blendon Chase Condo Association

* William "Jeremy" Tankovich of the Blendon Woods Civic Association

* Bryan Bond of the Cooper Woods Civic Association

* John Biteman and George Schmidt of the Forest Park Civic Association

* Jim McLeaster, Phil Pertee and Rufus Dixon of Friendship Village of Columbus

* Chris Mossgrove, Allison Yund and Anna L. Winders of the Karmel-Woodward Park Civic Association

* Jean McCall, Dick Busick, Robert Gale and Lisa Craddock-Thitoff of the Minerva Park Community Associationo Jared Brown of the Preston Commons Homeowners Association

* Holly Rast and Bob Hock of the Salem Civic Association

* Robert Poling and the Rev. Don Wallick of the Sharon Woods Civic Association

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