How can I be a better neighbor?

Good neighbors are usually unappreciated, but that doesn’t mean that they’re unnoticed. They are usually just taken for granted. People usually don’t comment that they have a good neighbor, but they will comment when they have a bad one, or when they have a neighbor that doesn’t socialize. Are you a good neighbor or a bad neighbor? Do your neighbors comment on your behavior in a good or a bad way? Do you want to change how they look at you? Keep reading for tips on being a better neighbor.

First of all, what makes a bad neighbor? Loud music, blaring television sets, keeping odd hours, driving too fast, and not keeping a respectable lawn are some of the biggest things that bother other neighbors. But those are obvious faults. What else is cause for concern? Leaving trash cans at the curb for days after garbage pickup, not bringing in your paper, leaving on your outside lights all day long, and letting your dog go to the bathroom on your front lawn and not cleaning it up. Those points are all self explanatory and easy to stay away from doing.

Secondly, what makes a good neighbor? A nice lawn, quiet music, no loud parties, and driving at the speed limit or below if there are children in the neighborhood. Those are obviously things that other neighbors appreciate. What else makes them smile in your direction? Being helpful is probably the biggest thing that neighbors appreciate. When you see that your neighbor’s lawn is overfull of leaves and one of your neighbors is outside trying to single handedly rake them up, offer to lend a hand. When a new neighbor moves in, offer to help unload the truck or unpack the boxes. A neighbor just had a baby? Offer to make a meal one night so the new parents aren’t so stressed out. Those are also somewhat obvious tips. What else would make a good neighbor? If your neighbor hasn’t brought in his garbage cans yet, roll them back into his yard. When you’re outside make sure to smile and wave at your other neighbors. Start a conversion if you like. These are things that other neighbors love.

Lastly, what can you do to make new neighbors feel at home? Besides helping with moving in, be sure to introduce yourselves to the new neighbors. Also, find out if they have kids and if they do, tell them where all the children in the neighborhood live. Tell them where the good places to eat are and where the good places to shop are. If possible, take a dessert or a plate of cookies to make them feel welcome. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could have a barbecue or a dinner party to introduce the new neighbors to everyone else in the neighborhood.

It is not too hard to be a good neighbor or a better neighbor. It also isn’t very hard to welcome a new neighbor. After all, don’t you want your neighbors to be good neighbors?

An Observation

AN OBSERVATION

Driving around Paulding one sees many unlicensed vehicles, junk cars, cars with expired license plates, automotive parts( tires and parts) on properties. There are tires that have been chained to a sign on the street right of  way for three or more months, tires stacked here and there, some in alleys. Several cars seen operating on the streets with only one  license plate displayed, Ohio requires license plates on front and back of vehicles, ORC.  There are ordinances pertaing to these issues and should be aggressively enforced.Please leave your comments and suggestions regarding these issues.  

A quote to ponder…

“Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot, but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”

― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

How do we make Paulding, Ohio, a better place to live?

Part 1 of 2


Coordination
Working together, residents, neighborhoods, government, schools, churches, businesses, clubs, and organizations can accomplish much more than they can when they work separately. Paulding has many hardworking, positive, bright and talented people. Different groups have different resources and skills, as well as different limitations. If we all have a common objective of improving our community, we can find ways to accomplish this faster and more effectively when we work together.

Communication
In order to coordinate the efforts of all of the individuals, groups, and organizations in Paulding, we need to communicate. While the best method would be to meet face to face, we can use all available methods, such as the phone, mail, web forums, texting or e-mail. We have to be willing to work together, and to listen to the goals and objectives of our neighbors.

Volunteers
Paulding has no shortage of people who are willing to give their time and expertise to help make their home town a better place to live. While some improvement projects are clearly in the domain of professional contractors or the Village of Paulding, many other improvements can be done with volunteer help only. Certainly, volunteer efforts are far more cost effective than professional or municipal improvement or maintenance efforts.

So where do we get these volunteers? Good question! Churches and other charitable groups are always willing to help make Paulding better for everyone. High school students who want to go on to college need community service credit to put on their applications. If we coordinate things properly, and communicate effectively, we can get people together to accomplish great things.

In Part 2: What is needed, and what can we do?

A thank you

Thanks to the Paulding Police Department for enforcing the junk ordinance that resulted in the property being cleaned up and resolving the unlicensed vehicle(s) problem at the property at the corner of Garfield and Walnut Streets This was a major concern to many in the neighborhood, knowing if not remedied this would lower property values and turn a nice neighborhood into an unsightly neighborhood.

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