University Heights Neighborhood Association looking ahead to 2020

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Photo credit: Annette Hollon. UHNA vice president John Stinson helps children select prizes while board member Linda Regan shares a laugh with the kids between game

The newly formed University Heights Neighborhood Association launched its spring/summer membership drive in earnest at the Springfield Art Museum’s Family Fun Night, held April 25 in conjunction with the Art in Bloom exhibit.

Kids were given the opportunity to play a free game to win prizes while the adults living within the UHNA boundaries learned the benefits of joining UHNA. It was a beautiful evening and resulted in a number of new members.

Momentum continued to build at a May 1 gathering to brainstorm ideas for increasing membership and to examine challenges that may lie ahead. The evening saw a large turnout of about 20 people (a taco bar may have played a role) and many lively, meaningful discussions. Best of all, it gave neighbors a chance to get to know each other better on a personal level.

UHNA is in the process of setting an aggressive schedule of events for the coming year, beginning with the neighborhood’s annual Fourth of July parade and celebration. Other milestones may include a fall cleanup, establishing a Neighborhood Watch program, participating in the SNUG Kickball Tournament next year and more.

Stay tuned. Big stuff is in the works.

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