Triangle celebrates holiday lights and gears up for a new year

 Congratulations to 2017's winner!

Congratulations to 2017's winner!

If you follow the Triangle neighborhood on social media (@triangleofNWV on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), you have likely been keeping up on the coverage of the second annual Holiday Lights Contest, thanks to the design skills of the Triangle’s media wizard, Mikey. The prizes for this year’s winner and runners-up surpassed last year’s haul, with 13 local businesses donating over $400 in gift cards and merchandise!

Giving out presents around Christmastime is enjoyable no matter what the reason, but the Holiday Lights Contest is special way to thank neighborhood residents for reinvesting their time and energy (and let’s face it—their RG&E bill!) into keeping the Triangle bright and beautiful in the darkest and coldest season. So, to our winner and runner-up at 22 Dyson/846 Grand and 212 Akron—and the four honorable mentions—another BIG thank you!

Of course, illuminating the winter streetscape is not the only reason to hold a Holiday Lights Contest. It has proven a fantastic method of connecting neighbors to one another, from engaging via social media to piling in a van and judging each decorated house in the Triangle to delivering the prizes to unsuspecting winners and hearing their stories—like how this year’s winner started putting up decorations in September and spent over 60 hours crafting his display.

 The winners with Mikey and Yvonne from the Triangle group.

The winners with Mikey and Yvonne from the Triangle group.

As we turn the corner into 2018, which is the final year of the Healthy Blocks Initiative’s commitment to supporting the neighborhood, there are plenty of reasons and ways to become more involved! No matter what your interest or skill set, the Triangle needs you. Help us decide how to best use the resources available in this final year and set up the neighborhood for success into the future! This year, we will talk:

·         Cobblestone: What should go there? How can we make it happen?

·         Culver/Garson Plaza: A mural on the kiosk? What else?

·         Social Events: Pub Crawls, Potlucks, Clean Sweeps, and more;

·         But more importantly: What do YOU want to see?

Joining the Triangle neighborhood group for one of our monthly meetings (every third Thursday at Johnny’s Pub) is the best way to be on the forefront of what’s happening. The next one is January 18th at 6:30. See you there, and Happy New Year!