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The City of Derby is happy to announce the winners of the Neighbor and Neighborhood of the Year awards. Official presentation of the awards will be made at the Nov. 9 City Council meeting.
The Neighbor of the Year is Melvin Robinson, and the Neighborhood of the Year is Hamilton Estates Homeowners Association.
“We were pleased to learn about all the great things happening in our Derby neighborhoods,” said Randy White, Mayor. “Thank you to Melvin Robinson and the residents in Hamilton Estates for making us Derby Proud.”
Robinson is known in his neighborhood for his friendly and caring attitude and his efforts to build relationships with his neighbors. He introduces himself to new residents, helps plant flowers, replaces light bulbs and even takes neighbors to doctor’s appointments. The nomination stated: “Melvin does all these things out of the goodness of his heart, and his neighbors appreciate the friendship he brings, his watchful eye and the sense of community that has been developed because of him.”
Robinson was nominated by seven neighbors with the names of 21 more who supported the nomination.
Hamilton Estates Homeowners exemplify the spirit of this award program by working together and conducting projects to engage residents and serve not only their neighborhood but the entire Derby community.
Residents created a Little Free Library and stock it with books. The homeowners installed benches so people can sit and enjoy their pond as well as landscaping to make the neighborhood more inviting. The HOA also has a history of scheduling social events to engage residents, like barbeques and holiday open houses.
This awards program was established in 2021 to highlight and recognize work being done by neighborhood leaders and residents.