By Art Hanson on January 24th, 2010
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Many thanks to everyone who came out to our first sign posting yesterday! It was an awesome experience to be able to post our first sign across the street from the location of our first public presentation, some 4 or 5 years ago. We’ve come a long way since then, and it’s completely due to your help. Neighbors working together can improve communities. And improving communication between neighbors will give us all a better chance of success.
I’d like to single out Brian of Black Dog Coffee for a special thank you for providing refreshments. Not only is Brian a longtime member and supporter of Nation of Neighbors, he also owns and runs a local company, Black dog Coffee, that roasts some of the best coffee I’ve ever had the pleasure to brew. Anyone who knows me should know that’s quite a statement. I drink way more coffee than I should – and I’m picky! Brian offers free local delivery and ships his fresh roasted beans nationwide via priority mail. If you appreciate good coffee you owe it to yourself to check out http://www.blackdogcoffee.net/.
I’d also like to thank the Journal for covering the event and Corp. Tiong from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for joining us – and everyone who took the time on a beautiful Saturday morning to lend a hand. Thank you!
By Art Hanson on January 21st, 2010
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If we offered Twitter integration, would you use it?
I’ve noticed that some of the communities using Nation of Neighbors have a community Twitter feed. If we offered Twitter integration it would work like this: local reports would be published to your feed and your tweets could be listed on your NoN page for your community members who don’t use Twitter. Would anyone use it?
By Art Hanson on January 20th, 2010
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We’ll install the very first Nation of Neighbors Neighborhood Watch sign on Saturday! If your local to Jefferson County, please try to come out and join us! We’re going to try to take a ‘community photo’ at 9:20. If you need extra incentive, consider this: there will be Black Dog Coffee and donuts!
Here are the details:
Show Your Support for Community Policing
Saturday January 23, 2010 9:00am to 9:30am
Mission Road Community Center
We’ll be posting our first Nation of Neighbors Neighborhood Watch sign on Mission Road at the community center on Saturday morning, January 23rd. The following week, we’ll begin sending them out all over the country!
We’ll also take a group community photo around the sign. The photo will be submitted as a supporting document with our final proposal to the Knight Foundation. We’re asking for $800,000 to help support Nation of Neighbors for the next three years. We’ve made it to the second round but we need your support. Help us create a new high-tech non-profit right here in Jefferson County!
Come on out and join your neighbors, local officials and law enforcement in support of this home-grown initiative.
By Art Hanson on January 11th, 2010
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Nation of Neighbors Sign
I’m excited to announce that our first Nation of Neighbors Neighborhood Watch signs will be available later this week! They are high quality screenprinted aluminum road signs on a reflective white background. They are also manufactured locally. We will eventually offer these signs for sale. We’ll announce more information about the new signs later this week.
By Art Hanson on January 1st, 2010
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Happy New Year!
I want to take a moment to tell all of our members how much I appreciate you trying Nation of Neighbors. I know there are literally thousands of great web-based projects out there vying for your attention. Thanks very much for giving ours a chance. I hope that you have found Nation of Neighbors useful.
2009 was a wonderful year. We launched Nation of Neighbors in June and we’ve had a great response. We’ve made a lot of new friends, received some great feedback, made improvements, learned a lot and, hopefully, somewhere someone is a little safer.
Despite the great year we’ve just had, I’m really excited about 2010. We’re currently involved in several grant opportunities and exploring other funding options. We’ll be launching several new exciting features this month including the ability to reply to reports and other local news simply by replying to the notification email, discussion groups and Twitter integration. And on a more personal note, I’m also laid off from my full-time job as of today. While it’s stressful, I’m using it as an opportunity to devote more time and energy to Nation of Neighbors. As of today, this is my full time job. I’m looking forward to working with you.