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Newark Brightens Up for Community Pride Day


The Village of Newark streets, front yards and parks got cleaner and greener recently at the village’s 18th Annual Community Pride Day on May 18th. Volunteers planted flowers, pulled weeds and picked up trash throughout the village. Residents and business owners all over the village also showed their pride by cleaning and adorning their own front yards and storefronts with beautiful flowers in an effort to make our community sparkle.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s contest, Patricia and Ron Lootens at 304 West Maple Avenue for the “Most Colorful Natural Flowers in a Newark Resident’s Front Yard” and Runaway Blue Brewing Company at 102 South Main St. for the “Most Colorful Natural Flowers on the Exterior of a Newark Business”. Mayor Jonathan Taylor presented each of them with a $200 prize for their efforts. If you are interested in winning a prize next year, please make sure to call and register when the time comes!

The Community Pride Day Committee would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their generous support of The 2024 Newark “Color our Community Pride Day”: HEP Sales/North Main Lumber/Builder’s Bargain Outlet, Plassche Lumber, Q’s Landscape Enterprise, Inc., Newark Rotary Club, Newark Garden Club, the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, and the Village of Newark.

Thank you to Erie Shore Landing Café for surprising Community Pride participants with delicious pastries and quiche. Special recognition goes to Gail Chambers and Barb Wells for their tireless dedication and the many hours they spend planning and organizing the event. The committee would also like to thank the many community volunteers and residents who got their hands dirty and have colored our community with beautiful flowers!

Mayor Jonathan Taylor with Ronald and Patricia Lootens
Mayor Jonathan Taylor with Runaway Blue Brewing owners Brian and Maria Bremer
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