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Neighborhood Task Force News – Update

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors”
Pat Richards and Lili Seely

From Day One we adopted neighborhood watch groups as one of our primary goals. As we learned more we realized that our energy would be best directed in educating ourselves, and then applying that information to assist groups in developing their own groups. We are ready to deliver!

Police Chief Paul MacDonald spoke to our group in July and outlined important features of watch groups. This gave us the structure and insight to support John Lagarde, one of our task force members, in initiating a pilot program in the Compass Circle neighborhood.

A flyer was distributed to neighborhood residents, which resulted in better-than-hoped-for attendance. Again, Chief MacDonald was the speaker and offered facts about the neighborhood as well as his expertise and guidance. “You are the eyes and ears of your community” and “You know your areas better than the police” were key features of his message. He encouraged the group to report suspicious behavior including, but not limited to, unfamiliar cars patrolling the neighborhood.

The Compass Circle residents will hold their second watch meeting in early September and have compiled a list of concerns. A manual was presented to Mr. Lagarde, who, with our assistance and support will train block captains to achieve their goals.

A “Train the Trainer” step-by-step guide will also be offered to neighborhoods asking for assistance to better their communities and bring people together. The training program will assist neighborhoods to achieve goals such as neighborhood debris and cleanup, curb appeal to better property values, street lighting, stop signs and speed bumps, slow children signs, and noise control as well as the aforementioned neighborhood crime watches.

We are grateful to Chief MacDonald for his mentoring assistance. And thanks also to Roger Parsons from the Public Works Department who has initiated the beginning evaluation of the need for speed bumps on Sea Street, which was suggested by Task Force member, Russ Laporte. Co-chairs Jeanne Stevens and Pat Richards, along with NTF Facilitator, Ralph Krau, met with Mr. Parsons, and will add his information to the manual guide.

Enough said! We are on our way, and look forward to offering our services to any neighborhoods asking for our assistance. Feel free to join us at our next NTF meeting on Wednesday, September 14th, at 4:00 PM at The Federated Church in Hyannis on Main St.

If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch group in your area, please contact us via email at GreatHyannis@aol.com. For more information check our web site at www.hyanniscivic.com 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

NEIGBORHOOD TASK FORCE NEWS

by Jeanne Stevens, NTF Co-Chair

 

Hey, neighbor!  The Voices of the Village Neighborhood Task Force (NTF) has been a busy group this past month and we have lots to share
with you!  First off we want to congratulate our own Patti Richards for spearheading the float project for the July 4th parade. The float was a representation of the Veteran’s Beach and Korean War Memorial area of Hyannis and highlighted the family fun
available to all ages.  Our float won the ribbon for Best Depiction of the Parade Theme – Fun, Family, Friends, and
Freedom!  Pretty good for a bunch of first time float makers.  It was a wonderful project and fun was had by young and old alike.

Some of the areas NTF is researching include:  “Who you gonna’ call?” – a listing of what department or agency to call depending on your question or problem, how to determine if speed bumps are right for your street, and how to improve life in your little corner of the village through
neighbors helping neighbors.  We are also collaborating with the other Voices of the Village task forces to avoid repetition of efforts and to bring all the information to the village at large through a new website: www.hyanniscivic.com.

At the request of one of our members, we are assisting him to organize a neighborhood meeting to discuss a possible Neighborhood Watch.  We helped create an initial flyer inviting his neighbors to a meeting at his house to discuss their concerns and possible solutions.  One or two members of the NTF have offered to help him facilitate this meeting.  Out of his experiences, and those of others who have already established Neighborhood Watch in their neighborhoods, we plan to assemble a step by step guide on what to do if you think a Neighborhood Watch is the right step for your area, as well as some tips on what works and what doesn’t.  The bottom line is that each neighborhood has its own identity so the solutions need to come from the
people living there.

While we have no intentions of “invading” any neighborhoods and telling them what to do, we are recruiting people from various parts of Hyannis to join our group and be informed of all that is available to help grow stronger neighborhoods.  We meet every other Wednesday at 4pm
at the Federated Church on Main Street for 1 hour.
Just 2 hours a month could make a big difference in the quality of a neighborhood! So please talk to your neighbors and see if one or two of you want to share coming to the meetings and bring your questions
and/or suggestions.  We are especially looking for neighbors from areas north and west of Main Street:  the ‘Grove’ or tree street area (Maple, Elm, Linden, Mulberry, etc.), Hirimar/Fresh Holes, Pitcher’s Way, Castlewood, Suomi, to name a few. Our next meeting is August 3rd. Hope to see some new faces!

Neighborhood Task Force

Welcome Greater Hyannis Civic Association members!

This is your annual Membership Guide and Incentive Program details for June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.Inside you’ll find GHCA guide of events, meeting calendar, and other special programs we offer throughout the year to all our members. This year we’ve added a membership incentive card; and inside you’ll find all of the special incentives available from many of our Greater Hyannis Area business sponsors to our GHCA members. We hope you enjoy this new program, and help support our local businesses. We also hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Thank you again, GHCA Board of Directors

GHCA Discount Promo Booklet
Welcome Greater Hyannis Civic Association members!

This is your annual Membership Guide and Incentive Program details for June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.Inside you’ll find GHCA guide of events, meeting calendar, and other special programs we offer throughout the year to all our members. This year we’ve added a membership incentive card; and inside you’ll find all of the special incentives available from many of our Greater Hyannis Area business sponsors to our GHCA members. We hope you enjoy this new program, and help support our local businesses. We also hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Thank you again, GHCA Board of Directors

GHCA Discount Promo Booklet
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
Welcome Greater Hyannis Civic Association members!

This is your annual Membership Guide and Incentive Program details for June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.Inside you’ll find GHCA guide of events, meeting calendar, and other special programs we offer throughout the year to all our members. This year we’ve added a membership incentive card; and inside you’ll find all of the special incentives available from many of our Greater Hyannis Area business sponsors to our GHCA members. We hope you enjoy this new program, and help support our local businesses. We also hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Thank you again, GHCA Board of Directors

GHCA Discount Promo Booklet
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
Welcome Greater Hyannis Civic Association members!

This is your annual Membership Guide and Incentive Program details for June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.Inside you’ll find GHCA guide of events, meeting calendar, and other special programs we offer throughout the year to all our members. This year we’ve added a membership incentive card; and inside you’ll find all of the special incentives available from many of our Greater Hyannis Area business sponsors to our GHCA members. We hope you enjoy this new program, and help support our local businesses. We also hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Thank you again, GHCA Board of Directors

GHCA Discount Promo Booklet
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
Welcome Greater Hyannis Civic Association members!

This is your annual Membership Guide and Incentive Program details for June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011.Inside you’ll find GHCA guide of events, meeting calendar, and other special programs we offer throughout the year to all our members. This year we’ve added a membership incentive card; and inside you’ll find all of the special incentives available from many of our Greater Hyannis Area business sponsors to our GHCA members. We hope you enjoy this new program, and help support our local businesses. We also hope to see you at our upcoming events!

Thank you again, GHCA Board of Directors

GHCA Discount Promo Booklet
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

VOICES OF THE VILLAGE – MARKETING TASK FORCE

One outcome of the first “Voices of Village” meeting, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, was the creation of a “Marketing Hyannis Task Force” whose goal is to think though ways to improve the image of Hyannis, the heart of Cape Cod, and make recommendations designed to accomplish that mission. Made up of 21 volunteers representing the Hyannis business community, town government, non-profit institutions and residents, the group has now met twice and has begun laying out ideas and common sense implementation marketing strategies.

One central theme of the Task Force was to recognize the reality that everyone can help fight negative community stereotypes and untruths and to also recognize that there are issues in our Town that cannot and should not be ignored. The group concluded that the best way to refute negative stories is to actively work to resolve or at least diminish real issues, whether it is crime, drug abuse, homelessness or poverty. We were heartened by the creation of four equally active groups which will aggressively tackle those neighborhood concerns. And, while the Marketing Task Force is under no illusion that making progress on any of these issues will be fast or easy progress is already underway.

It is not just Town government or social service agencies which must act, it is everyone. Property owners must keep their rental units in good repair, tenants need to respect their neighbors, homeowners should organize their neighborhoods into crime watches, if needed. Everyone needs to be observant and report suspicious activity to the police or the appropriate town regulatory agencies. Our Town government needs to be proactive. It needs to appropriately fund and staff critical services and, importantly, aggressively work with neighborhoods to respond to real or perceived issues. Social service and housing agencies need to continue to provide essential drug treatment and mental health services and, when possible, develop employment opportunities and training for their clients. In sum, it does not take too many bad stories to denigrate the reputation of our community and it takes a concerted, broad-based effort to repair the damage.

And, there is another, more positive story to tell about Hyannis. A short term task for the group is to work with the Greater Hyannis Civic Association to assist it in developing the communication tools needed to be, along with others, an effective voice for the village. We have much to be proud of and we need to work together to get the word out to everyone willing to listen.

The Task Force itself will identify short term marketing projects aimed at improving our image, in concert with established organizations. We also intend to develop an overarching marketing theme for Hyannis which we will try to have adopted by every organization having a stake in our economy or in our quality of life. If you have additional ideas, please send them in an e-mail to the Greater Hyannis Civic Association, at greathyannis@aol.com

 

 
VOICES OF THE VILLAGE
Sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association
GreatHyannis@aol.com

Voices of the Village – Neighborhood Task Force

The Neighborhood Task Force was created as one of the Voices of the Village priority task forces. Its goal is to develop a feeling of community in our neighborhoods and to work with others in dealing with the street people and the camps. It is a group of 21 individuals co-chaired by Jeanne Stevens and Patti Richards. Sue Eastman and Lili Seely serve as the co-secretaries. The group meets regularly at the First Federated Church on Main St in Hyannis.

Police Chief Paul MacDonald and Deputy Chief Craig Tamash met with the task force to provide an understanding on neighborhood watches and what makes them successful. They focused on the need for the neighbors to know each other and to have some events together (perhaps 3-4 times per year) for a neighborhood watch program to really work. Mark Ells and the GIS staff provided maps of Hyannis to facilitate the identification of natural neighborhoods. After much discussion on how to begin a neighborhood watch group, the task force is developing a how to guide to create a neighborhood feeling that includes a watch component. Recognizing that all neighborhoods are slightly different, the plan will be fine-tuned each time it is used. A neighborhood has been identified for a pilot program and the task force will develop its plan throughout the summer.

At another meeting, Heidi Nelson, CEO of Duffy, and Rick Brigham from the Noah Shelter met with the task force to explain the new coalition between the two organizations. Key elements of the integration are the requirement for new residents of Noah to have a health assessment done by Duffy in order to remain a resident of Noah. Duffy is also providing additional case management services to the residents of Noah via their mobile van. Both organizations indicated that they are focusing on their service area of Cape Cod and the Islands and helping those not from the area return to their area of origin. Some brainstorming was done to develop an approach to help a neighborhood currently troubled by street people during the day when the shelter is closed. One of the members of the Neighborhood Task Force will be working with the neighborhood and Noah to address the neighborhood concerns.

Creating a sense of community is also a critical part of neighborhood development. This task force is spearheading the plan for a Voices of the Village float for the Town of Barnstable 4th of July parade. It will be an opportunity for all the task forces to come together and celebrate Hyannis. A special place in Hyannis will be represented on the float. The float will join with the Decorate Your Bike Contest and Parade sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association.

If you are interested in joining the task force, working on the float or the bike parade or for further information on the Voices of the Village, please contact the Voices of the Village Coordinating Committee at GreatHyannis@aol.com