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New Fairview residents invited to get involved

By KEVIN KELLEY
FAIRVIEW PARK

If you moved to the suburb within the past few years and are looking for ways to get involved, Fairview Park Community Council has an event for you.

“Welcome Home, Fairview Park” is a meet-and-greet open house with civic and community organizations that will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the city’s recreation center, the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road.

Tom Davis, the current leader of Community Council, came up with the idea along with Matt Hrubey, a school board member and chairman of Forward Fairview Park.

Davis, the incumbent Fairview Park Citizen of the Year, noted that many civic organizations struggle these days to attract members and volunteers.

“We thought about ways to engage new residents,” said Davis, a former Fairview Park Board of Education president.

The goal, Davis said, is for residents to have a convenient opportunity to learn what’s going on in their community.

Tammy Bertrand, the marketing director for the Power of More network of six area chambers of commerce, said the event has been in the works for months.

“We will have tables from all the local community groups, schools, churches and local businesses,” said Bertrand, who serves on the event committee.

Many civic groups regularly reserve space at Summerfest, the annual three-day festival at Bohlken Park, to raise money and promote their activities. Davis said the Sept. 20 event will be shorter in length and easier for organizations to staff.

“Welcome Home, Fairview Park,” Davis noted, was intentionally scheduled two days before Fairview High School’s homecoming parade and football game.

While the event is open to all residents, an effort is being made to attract recent arrivals. Eight-hundred post cards promoting the event have been mailed to residents who moved to the suburb since 2015, Davis said.

The format of “Welcome Home, Fairview Park,” is modeled after the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce’s Business Showcase. At that event, held at the Gemini Center from 2011 through 2016, area businesses reserved tables to promote their products and services.

Business Showcase outgrew the Gemini Center, chamber leaders said. Instead, the chamber will join with neighboring chambers to host a larger event, the Power of More Business Expo, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Crocker Park’s Market Square pavilion in Westlake.

 

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