Fall is here and with it brings many changes, including the impending loss of daylight, which for some reason also includes the lack of seeing our next door neighbors for the next few months. The ONA Oaktoberfest is a great way to connect with friends and meet some new neighbors (we’ve had a lot of turnover recently). The details for the Oaktoberfest and Neighborhood Caroling are at the end of this email.
I. ONA Website, Facebook Page and Twitter
We apologize for the lack of updates recently on the website. The busy summer schedule took over for all of us and with that, our website, facebook page and twitter account all fell victim to under utilization. All those venues are being updated now and we hope you check in on a regular basis to see what is happening in the ‘hood. Please visit our website at www.theoaksneighborhood.com/. You can use the website to connect to our twitter account and facebook page.
II. Community Safety
It can probably be stated that we live in a neighborhood that is a hidden gem of Framingham. Where else can you find a neighborhood that has a great neighborhood park, access to a lake, a beach, walking trails, a rail trail and major retail/highways within 1 mile? We all have to work together to keep our neighborhood a gem and that includes reporting any suspicious or odd activity happening at the park, at the lake or even at individual houses (ie car break ins, etc). You can contact any of the ONA board members if you are worried about reporting activity. Please be sure to keep cars locked at night, watch out for neighbors (especially those of frail health) and practice good personal safety.
III. Using the ONA email list
As we approach the upcoming elections it’s probably a good time to remind everyone that we do not use this email list for political purposes. We try to use this for anything that applies to ONA business (ie upcoming events, helping out a neighbor in need, community classifieds, those looking to pool resources to have a service performed, etc). If you have a question please contact the ONA board before sending an email.
IV. ONA Treasurer
We are still looking for someone to take over the treasurer duties for the ONA. If you are interested please contact Josh at email@example.com (please include ONA treasurer in the subject line).
V. Upcoming Events (Oaktoberfest details; Neighborhood Caroling)
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, October 20th from 2-5 pm @ Reardon Park.
The Rain date is Sunday, October 21st from 2pm- 5pm.
To make this day fun and eventful, we’ll need your help. Please RSVP by Monday, October 8th or sooner. We will hold this event no matter what (unless mother nature plays a cruel trick like last October). The level of what we have at the event will be based on the number of RSVP’s. If we have enough RSVP’s then we will have the bounce house, cotton candy, etc. If the number of RSVP’s is low, then we will pare it down and have the BBQ portion and some games. We really want to have a kick butt party so please, please, please RSVP ASAP.
Please e-mail Eliza at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number attending and what food item you will be bringing and if you will be available to volunteer. We’ll keep a running list.
Here’s what we need some help with:
· A 6500KW generator to power the bouncy house and cotton candy machine.
· 3 -4 propane grills
· Volunteers to do some cooking about 8 to 10 people to do half-hour blocks of cooking
· Volunteers to monitor the bouncy house
. Volunteers for set up and clean up
· Appetizers, Drinks, Side Dishes, Desserts
· Games the children can play
. A face painter
If possible, a $20 donation from each family is requested to help off-set the cost of the slide and food. (Or $10 per couple, $5 per single) Payment can be made ahead of time to any of the four of us, or at the BBQ.
We brought this back to life last year and I think we can all agree that a little practice would have gone a long way We are going to do carol again this year and try to get at least one practice session in before going out. Please contact Josh at email@example.com (please list neighborhood caroling in subject line) to register for this event. The goal is to have music selected in November and a practice in early December.
Thanks for taking time to get up to date on your neighborhood. As always, we welcome your feedback and any and all volunteers.
Eliza, Amy, Heather and Josh