I recently attended the inaugural Andrews Avenue Block Club meeting. Andrews Ave resident Jason Weiner organized the meeting and was able to publicize the event with the help of his neighbors. There was an excellent turn out. Residents received updates about Kauffman Park and the Lakewood Traffic Calming Program, and were able to discuss other day-to-day issues on Andrews. The meeting concluded with an activity called The Marketplace. During this activity, each participant either offers a skill or item to the group or articulates a need and, at the end, the participants connect with the people by either taking them up on their offers or by offering to fulfill their need. For example, one participant offered her extra perennials and to plant them if needed and another offered their kayaks and paddleboards for neighbors to borrow. I thought this activity was a unique and constructive way to learn more about neighbors and conclude the meeting.
If you are interested in starting a Block Club on your street please contact John Storey at John.Storey@lakewoodoh.net