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  • Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

    "As co-owner of The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24, I appreciate how the Lancaster City Alliance works with merchants to troubleshoot issues facing the local business community."
    - Dreya Moore, Creative Director, The Artist Studio and Gallery at Annex 24

  • Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

    "The West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Group has benefited so much from the efforts of Lancaster City Alliance. Thanks to their efforts we can proudly say that West Lancaster Jewels is “Love Where We Live,” as we have some of the most blocks adopted in the City of Lancaster.”
    - Miriam Ortega-Brown, city resident and co-chair of West Lancaster Jewels Neighborhood Committee

  • Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

    "The Lancaster City Alliance is a ground-breaker in promoting small, local businesses making our city vibrant and safe. They are visionaries, promoters, and connectors."
    - Henrietta Heisler, owner of Henrietta Heisler Interiors Inc.

  • Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

    "The Lancaster City Alliance team worked with me to find the perfect location for my store and helped to promote the launch of my new enterprise."
    - Timbrel Chyatee, Founder and Designer, Lush Bazaar

Neighborhood Connector: Andrew Whalen

Name:  Andrew Whalen
Neighborhood Group: Northeast Neighbors United

Your work as one of the leaders in your Neighborhood Group is important because:

There are so many opportunities to get connected to all that’s happening in the City and with the people in our neighborhood. I help neighbors reconnect with each other through events and discover that City living is much better when you experience it together.

Challenges that you are facing in your neighborhood right now:

We are facing two challenges. One is litter. Even with a handful of good neighbors working overtime to make a difference, the problem does not go away. It’s everywhere!

The other is finding the best way to reach out to our neighbors. Despite a strong presence on social media, there is no substitution for face to face conversations. Unfortunately, we are busy people who have forgotten how to be neighborly.

What are some of the rewards from being a neighborhood connector in your Group:

I get excited when my neighbors get excited about adopting a block, planting a tree, decorating for the holidays, planning a house party, helping out a neighbor or supporting a local business. The biggest reward is when others, who share my love for the neighborhood, step up and create a better place.

Can you give a specific example of how your neighborhood has worked together?

National Night Out is a BIG deal in our neighborhood. Everyone wants to help! We get volunteers to serve hot dogs, facepaint or lead game time. We have many neighbors who are involved in organizations that serve the community — I love when they come out and share all about it with their neighbors.

What is your secret to meeting new neighbors and welcoming them into the community?

We live on a busy street and see lots of people coming and going. If I’m working in my yard, I’ll just look up and say hello. If I’m grilling, I’ll offer to throw another burger on the grill — a couple of neighbors have taken me up on that! In the winter, it may be as simple as helping someone shovel their sidewalk.

Favorite way to spend a day with family, or friends in Lancaster City:

We have many favorite places we love to visit as a family and with our friends. We usually start our Saturday morning at Central Market, weather permitting we spend the rest of our morning in our yard reading or gardening, hopefully we will have dinner at our favorite Himalayan Curry and Grill (or one of the many stops on a Taste the World Tour), and we like to end our evening with a walk around the neighborhood.

 

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