Central Park -- Rich Hovey received a Vancouver Sparkles Award on March 28 at the Central Park Neighborhood Association meeting for his volunteer work. Hovey has been the neighborhood association’s communications specialist for more than a decade. As the editor and photographer for the neighborhood newsletter, he makes the neighborhood’s stories come alive through words and photos. He meets newsletter deadlines remotely, whether he is in Arizona or Italy. He also helps distribute the newsletters as a member of the delivery team. He has served as the association’s president and vice president and participated in the annual neighborhood clean-up day.