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Neighborhood association forms in Fairlawn Heights

9/4/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

FAIRLAWN HEIGHTS — The Fairlawn Heights Neighborhood Association (FHNA) is inviting all residents of Fairlawn Heights to attend its first annual meeting Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Northwest Akron Branch Library of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, located at 1720 Shatto Ave.

The meeting is for FHNA members and nonmembers living in one of Fairlawn Heights’ 1,200 or so residences, according to Amy Freed Humbert, co-chair of marketing/communications for the group.

The meeting will start with a business portion, during which the group will ask members to approve the organization’s bylaws and include a discussion of committee accomplishments and the annual budget. Following official business, Akron City Councilwoman Marilyn Keith (D-Ward 8) will speak and answer questions about the neighborhood.

The FHNA started meeting formally about a year ago, and members so far number 105 households, according to Humbert.

The proposed bylaws include a description of the boundaries of the neighborhood — Market Street to the northeast, Interstate Route 77 to the southwest, Miller Road to the northwest and Frank Boulevard Park to the southeast.

Current residents of the neighborhood are eligible for membership upon full payment of the annual dues ($50 per household due annually) and completion of the membership application according to the proposed bylaws.

The organization also is announcing its first major social event, a neighborhood Party on the Boulevard, to be held Oct. 4 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on the green on Fairlawn Boulevard.

At the party, the FHNA has planned live entertainment, including the Cuyahoga Valley Frackers and the Brick Road Ramblers. There also will be food trucks, beer and wine for adults and games for children.

“This will be a terrific opportunity to celebrate our neighborhood and make some new friends while socializing with old friends,” said Robert Keener, FHNA president. “We have heard from so many of the residents that they never have a chance to meet their neighbors. We thought the Party on the Boulevard would give a perfect opportunity to do just that.”

According to its mission statement, the FHNA was created to “provide a forum to express and discuss issues of concern to the homeowners of Fairlawn Heights, to engage with appropriate governmental authorities to resolve matters of concern to the residents of Fairlawn Heights, to enhance community awareness in order to maintain the neighborhood’s culture and environment and to protect property values.”

“The FHNA was created by residents who were concerned about the future of our neighborhood,” said Keener. “We want to be sure that the residents feel safe, are being kept informed about the area, have opportunities to meet their neighbors and can participate in making decisions.”

Membership is not required to attend either event; however, residents are encouraged to support the organization with both dues and time. Volunteer committees include Membership/Finance, Safety, Social/Welcoming, Grounds and Marketing/Communications.

“We think this is a very exciting time to be a resident of Fairlawn Heights,” Keener said. “We are coming together to support our neighborhood and each other.”

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