Queen Creek residents recognized for being good neighbors

From left, Great Neighbor recipients Tasha Bantau and Kristi and Chuck Pradelt, Mayor Gail Barney, Great Neighbor recipient Alissa Pope and children, Councilwoman Dawn Oliphant, Councilman Jeff Brown, Councilwoman Emilena Turley and Great Neighbor recipient Tony Silva. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

From left, Great Neighbor recipients Tasha Bantau and Kristi and Chuck Pradelt, Mayor Gail Barney, Great Neighbor recipient Alissa Pope and children, Councilwoman Dawn Oliphant, Councilman Jeff Brown, Councilwoman Emilena Turley and Great Neighbor recipient Tony Silva. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

 

Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney and other members of the Queen Creek Town Council recognized six Queen Creek residents as “great neighbors” during the Sept. 16 council meeting.

Lilli Eguchi, Tasha Bantau, Alissa Pope, Chuck and Kristi Pradelt and Tony Silva were nominated by their neighbors for a Great Neighbor Award for going out of their way to improve and enhance the quality of life in the Queen Creek, according to a press release.

“It is an honor to recognize six individuals as Great Neighbors,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said in the release. “These individual exemplify the true meaning of neighbor. We have genuine and kind people living in this community, which is one of the many elements that makes this town so special.”

Ms. Eguchi was nominated by her neighbor Tiffany Nieman for her commitment to her neighbors and their pets. In addition to helping care for neighborhood pets, Ms. Eguchi strives to locate missing pets and is fostering a dog that a neighbor no longer wanted.
“Lilli goes above and beyond to help her neighbors. Her heart is so big and she deserves to be recognized for her generosity,” Ms. Nieman said.

Andrea Polyak nominated Ms. Bantau for her dedication to bringing the neighborhood together. In addition to starting a walking group and bunco group, Ms. Bantau organized a progressive dinner, joined the social committee and assists the community through Girl Scout Troop 872 that she leads. Ms. Polyak said Ms. Bantau has substantially increased the neighbors she has met in the community.

Ms. Bantau also was nominated by Karen Mallo. Echoing Ms. Polyak’s comments about the groups Ms. Bantau has organized, Ms. Mallo said, “She has personally helped Villagers by collecting monies for a dog the Villagers saved or loaning a wheelchair to a neighbor. Tasha asks for nothing in return and is always willing to help (just ask the Easter Bunny). Tasha deserves this award because she is the perfect example of a great neighbor, kind and selfless,” Ms. Mallo said in her nomination.

Ms. Pope was nominated as a Great Neighbor by Roberta Santillanes, who said in her nomination she is lucky to have Ms. Pope as a neighbor.

“She goes out of her way to be the kind of neighbor we should all be,” Ms. Santillanes said. She said Ms. Pope checks in on her neighbors, assists with kids and pets and coordinates fun activities. The honoree and her family go out of their way to help anyone in need and she always makes time for others, Ms. Santillanes said.

Terri and Eric Hansen nominated neighbors Chuck and Kristi Pradelt for their efforts in making Queen Creek feel like home, going out of their way to extend friendship and hospitality.

“They are always there to check on our place. … Our first Christmas here, we came home to a Christmas tree, decorations, stockings for our kids and presents,” they wrote in their nomination.

Mr. Silva was nominated by Lea and Albert Spall for demonstrating the essence of a great neighbor.

“We often see him doing random acts of kindness when no one is watching, as well as planning events to develop a better sense of community,” the Spalls wrote in their nomination.

The town is accepting nominations through Nov. 30 for the next set of Great Neighbors to be recognized at the Dec. 16 town council meeting. To nominate a neighbor, visit the town’s website.

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