TELL US: What Makes a Good Neighbor?

National Good Neighbor Day is today, Sept. 28. Share your stories about the neighbors who make Brewster and Southeast a great place to live.

A good neighbor comes in many forms.

It may be someone who keeps an eye on your kids when they’re playing outside or someone who pet sits for you when your family is on vacation. Some even go above and beyond to make your community a great place to live by picking up trash in neighborhood parks or volunteering to start youth programs at the local library.

So, who comes to mind? Is it the teenager next door, who shovels your walkway when it snows, even during freak storms like the one last October? Perhaps it's . Maybe it's the Brewster diner owner who you spent Thanksgiving with that year.

No matter who it is, celebrate the people who make your community thrive by honoring them on National Good Neighbor Day today, Sept. 28.

The concept of National Good Neighbor Day began in the early 1970s, when Montana resident Becky Mattson pushed to create a holiday that would recognize people who make their neighborhoods a great place to live.

The annual event became a National Holiday in 2003 when Senator Max Baucus sponsored a US resolution naming Sept. 28 National Good Neighbor Day.

Are there people in your community who exemplify being a good neighbor? Today is a good time to tell them that you—and the entire neighborhood—appreciate all they do. 

TELL US: Who are the great neighbors in Brewster and Southeast? Who makes the village or town (or both!) a great place to live? Honor them by sharing your story in the comments section below.

cathychris September 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Thanks - great article! Great timing for launching a NW/Neighborhood Watch!! We have great neighbors up off PH/Peaceable Hill - we were welcomed with a basket of fresh peaches from Salingers Orchards, help each other snow shoveling, pet sitting, picking up mail&newspapers, Sunday Pot luck dinners, and on and on..
Ashley Tarr September 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM
So nice to hear, Cathychris! Thanks for sharing. We spend part of most holidays with our neighbors—a nice tradition that started when they first moved in about 10 years ago. It's always good to know who lives next door, whether it's to borrow a household item or to check on one another during a storm.


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