BELD Broadband Backyard Challenge makeover rescheduled
Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) has announced the winner of its “BELD Broadband Backyard Challenge” contest.

BELD Broadband customer Patricia I. Foley has won up to $3,500 in plantings, energy efficient lighting and installation from Skinner-Overlook Landscaping & Design. Her essay and photograph were selected from 40 total entries by independent consultant Leone Marketing Solutions, Inc., using blind selection. Foley’s entry scored highest based on need and originality. Her essay was written from the point of view of the last blade of grass “amongst thousands of weeds.”

BELD Broadband ran the contest during the month of July, encouraging all customers 18 years of age and older to enter. Entrants were instructed to write an essay of 100 words or less explaining why their Braintree yard is most in need of a makeover and submit it to BELD Broadband with a photo.

The makeover, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16, has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 18, due to the recent inclement weather. The day’s activities will be taped for BELD Broadband’s Backyard Challenge: From Ordinary to Extraordinary, a half-hour program to air on Braintree Community Access and Media, BELD Broadband channel 16. The show will be hosted by Braintree Electric Light Department Energy Advisory Ruth Slater and Skinner-Overlook owner Frank Sullivan. In addition to outdoor energy conservation, Slater will discuss the Dig Safe utility notification system, while Sullivan will demonstrate how to plant trees and shrubs.

For more than 110 years, Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) has been a nonprofit public power utility owned and operated by the citizens of Braintree. BELD Broadband has offered high-speed Internet service since 1998 and cable television service since 2000.

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