The Liberty Ridge Garage Sale was, for most residents, something of a bust. To begin with, even though the notice of the planned neighborhood-wide sale was mailed to everyone, many people seem to have failed to notice it; and when they did, they weren’t sure that it was actually going to happen. The management company received about a dozen responses, but in most cases those submitting the forms never received a confirmation.
Others seemingly got wind of the planned sale, but weren’t sure who to ask; a question about it was posed on the NextDoor site, and answered by someone who also wondered if it was happening before I could give it a definitive answer (and even then I was still uncertain as to whether it was both Saturday and Sunday, or just one day).
But perhaps the most important problem was that someone stole our nicely-printed signs. The management company had ordered up ten of them, in bright yellow, and put them up early in the neighborhood, in part in order to get the word out. A day later, they were all gone. Someone had gone around and removed every single one.
The Board of Trustees is distributing a flier announcing a neighborhood-wide garage sale for June 7th & 8th, 2014. The Board writes:
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the attached form send back to MEM by May 16th [Fax: 201- 377-9235 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org]. We will reassess our plans once we have seen the level of interest so we encourage everyone to please respond.
In addition, the flier (download PDF here) adds the following “friendly reminders”:
As everyone gets ready for summer, please remember to:
- Keep your home and property in a good state of cleanliness and repair. This includes but is not limited to making sure that your home’s siding is clean, your trim remains painted, leaves are raked, etc.
- Trim trees/bushes to ensure that the sidewalks are not blocked by low-hanging branches.
- Please honor the property lines of our neighbors and don’t cut through someone’s property without permission.
- The cul-de-sacs are not for continuous or permanent parking.
- Get an approved variance before making any alteration or modification to the exterior of your home.
These are in response to the most common complaints and violations we hear about, including the growth of green algae on the siding of houses, trees obstructing sidewalks, people cutting through other people’s property to get to the Recreation Center, leaving cars overnight in the cup-de-sacs, and most significantly making modifications to their homes without neighborhood approval. Read more
We’ve just added a “NextDoor” site, which offers a variety of interactive tools which I don’t have time to incorporate into this site. I invite you to sign up for it and check it out here: https://nextdoor.com/invite/errmhdxxkjtswnvgaeej.
It offers classifieds, personal announcements, file and photo sharing, and other features. We hope to use to increase the level of social activity in the neighborhood. Some of us remember a much more active community atmosphere when we first moved in; in fact one of the things that attracted us was that the neighborhood was small enough to be develop close friends for our daughter while she was growing up, yet large enough to support nearby services. It also seemed very diverse and cosmopolitan, not a bland suburban neighborhood where everyone was trying to keep up with the Joneses. And we attended a great neighborhood-wide barbecue the summer we moved in.
The big surprise – given that a few days also we had less than 20 people signed up – is that by last night we’re counting a total of 91 adults and children signed up for the party this Saturday, September 13; and that this does not even include all the Board members or all of the volunteers yet!