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Wrapping up 2018 with holiday traditions and neighborly love

Margot Seay • Dec 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

 

Favorite time of the year

One of our family’s favorite times of the year is when people begin to decorate their homes for the holiday season. Business storefronts get all gussied up, and the mood is festive. The Seays and Andersons hop into the car and drive slowly through Kingsport, following scribbled directions to search out the newest and best light shows.

But for some of our neighbors, the holiday season isn’t all about bright lights and a cozy home. We are lucky to live in a city where neighbors readily reach out to lend a helping hand. During this season, many local agencies ask for extra support through both volunteer time and financial gifts. We are blessed to live in such a giving community. Give a little extra to help our neighborhood agencies that help those in need.

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission sends holiday greetings to our neighbors all across the city. Share the gift of your time with a neighbor who might need an extra hug.

A year in the books

The November meeting of the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission marked the end of our inaugural year. During our first meeting in January 2018, the newly appointed commissioners shared their vision for our group, and during our last meeting we reviewed what has been accomplished this year.

Our first year has been a year of outreach to increase visibility for the Neighborhood Commission. Included in each month’s agenda was a time set aside for public comment — a time to listen. Each meeting also included a speaker representing a city department or a community partner who highlighted their work in the community — a time to learn. We developed ways to reach out to our neighbors, such as an active Facebook page, a monthly newspaper article and, most recently, an online Toolbox — a time to engage.

One of our goals for next year is to increase our presence and outreach to strengthen our neighborhoods. We have partnerships lined up to improve neighborhoods from extra pet waste stations in parks to an interactive neighborhood map as an informational tool.

Did you know?

The Kingsport community has a new website called “This is Kingsport.” It is intended to be a portal that connects you to all the things going on in the city. It is great for citizens, visitors and potential residents. Find out more at www.thisiskingsport.com.

Join us for a meeting

In 2019, the Neighborhood Commission will meet on the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The first meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 31, and all meetings will take place at City Hall in the Council Room on the second floor.

Please join us and share your successes and concerns as a valued citizen. We welcome you! In the meantime, if you have something to share, please email us at KingsportNeighborhoods@gmail.com.

Margot Seay is chairman of the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission.

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