For the third time in the 37 years they’ve lived there, Kenneth and Maxine Pirkle’s house at 927 E. Lowell Street near Lake Parker won the city of Lakeland’s residential beautification award. The commercial award for February went to Osprey Manor, apartments for independent senior living at 810 E. Bella Vista St. Owners Mainstay Healthcare started renovations after buying the building in April 2017. Both awards, given at today’s City Commission meeting, recognize structures whose exterior and landscaping enhance the community.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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