TELL US: What Makes a Good Neighbor?

National Good Neighbor Day is Sept. 28. Share your stories about the neighbors who make your town a great place to live.


A good neighbor comes in many forms.

It may be someone who keeps an eye on your kids when they’re playing outside or someone who pet sits for you when your family is on vacation. Some even go above and beyond to make your community a great place to live by picking up trash in neighborhood parks or volunteering to start youth programs at the local library.

Celebrate the people who make your community thrive by honoring them on National Good Neighbor Day on Sept. 28.

New Canaan is filled with good neighbors, including 12-year-old Ashley Dunham, who recently teamed up with Station Eats to raise money for the American Diabetic Association, and the New Canaan High school students who participated in the Annual Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Race for Research back in June.

The concept of National Good Neighbor Day began in the early 1970’s when Montana resident Becky Mattson pushed to create a holiday that would recognize people who make their neighborhoods a great place to live.

The annual event became a National Holiday in 2003 when Senator Max Baucus sponsored a U. S. resolution naming Sept. 28 National Good Neighbor Day.

Are there people in your community who exemplify being a good neighbor? Today is a good time to tell them that you—and the entire neighborhood—appreciate all they do. 

TELL US: Who are the great neighbors in your town? Who makes your town a great place to live? Honor them by sharing your story in the comments section below.

Andy Kerchoff September 28, 2012 at 02:11 PM
We had an awesome turn out of great neighbors when the "SLOBS" of NCHS came and worked "on the line" at the 2012 New Canaan Rotary Lobsterfest! This was a great example of extraordinary men giving time to a local organization that ultimately gives back to the community. A HUGE THANKS goes out to those men and boys of "The SLOBS" Rotary Lobsterfest Chairman, Andy Kerchoff
ed jedziniak September 28, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Anybody but Michael Nowacki. Did anybody take him up on his offer to meet him at Dunkin Donuts today?
Hollywood2 September 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Glen Dumbar did. Free Donuts? i'm there Meeting of the minds.
Hollywood2 September 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Spelling error. Sorry Glen. I nominate you for good neighbor. Peace.
Hollywood2 September 29, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. I don't have neigbors i can see, except my goats!
Hollywood2 September 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Hi Glen Here's what Martin Luther King, Jr. says about good neighbors: "The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers." You bring life to Patch, Glen. You deserve an award.
Glen K Dunbar September 29, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thank You. I have not been on much. Had personal woes. I have missed you all though. Sorry if I am rough around the edges at times. Just how I am Glen
Hollywood2 September 29, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Not a problem, Glen. Ignore the other guy's negative vibes. You're a Patch tradition.
Big Willy September 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Two words, Nice pool!
holly gilbert September 30, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Most our neighbors are absolutely wonderful! Parties on holidays or general good fun brings us all together. Now, I really wish aome of these people would adhere to the noise laws, especially weekends. So please think of your neighbors before blowing, cutting or any other noise. Thanks & have fun!


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