The best thing that transpired this summer was the number of people who met and made friends with people they didn’t know. Opportunities to do this were at block parties - Hollister; Eastwick; Newbury/Forest Hill/Burlington; Rumson East/Westover; and Rumson West/Kew/Chelsea/Newbury/Burlington/Bolton all had their annual block parties again this year. We encourage residents on other streets to step up and mobilize your neighbors. Contact us for instructions on simple steps to take to organize a block party on your street.
We also has a very successful Sunday afternoon Book Swap and various spontaneous pop-up parties, attended by residents from all parts of Forest Hill, in people’s back yards.
A garden walk introduced neighbors to fantastic back yards in our area.
We connected with and were recognized by Future Heights, with requests from other neighborhoods for our Stop Here and Chat signs. A core of Forest Hill people worked at homes on the Cleveland Heights House Tour in September.
Numerous residents were engaged through thank-you notes and condolence cards. Your President, Jo Fox, met many residents in person as she contacted them on foot, going door to door. Responses to all of these efforts were extremely positive with offers to help on projects or events.
It was gratifying to have business owners and individuals support our efforts with generous dollar contributions.
Small groups shared rides to concerts, theater performances and films this summer. Each time those who went felt closer to the others.
As we moved from fall into the holiday season, and from outdoor activities to those inside, opportunities to meet people you didn’t know before were still abundant. Small living room gatherings can lead to fast friendships and discoveries of mutual interests.
A lot of research shows that members of a community are safer and happier when they know and share enjoyable activities with those who live near them.
We will continue to provide residents with opportunities to participate in meaningful gatherings over the coming months.
Going forward, we hope that all Forest Hill residents will make an effort to know their neighbors, by name and in friendship. We hope that we will help when help is needed, reach out to isolated neighbors and nurture a community of interactive and supportive people who enjoy life together.