Rehabilitation of Carbondale.
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Carbondale, PA

#82 Nov 6, 2009
So relationships you say? What can we do to improve our relationships with people in our own town... Get involved... Ideas? Town council is one good way to get involved. Volunteer. Any others? Help your neighbors out....?(Good? Bad? What do you think?)

Carbondale, PA

#83 Nov 16, 2009
Just got back from the city council meeting ... how come no one was their?

Carbondale, PA

#84 Nov 16, 2009

Newark, DE

#85 Nov 16, 2009
ack! We're still here in Montgomery county. We settle on the 30th...which is fast approaching. We're just getting some last minute stuff done. Gotta run up to Carbondale on Friday for the final inspection.

(town council meeting) Ouch. Not even one???

As for ideas, well, Here's one. I would start small. By the block. I'm sure everyone has at least one neighbor they either know or talk to? That's a great start. Get to know them...know what they like, what their needs are, what their concerns are for their immediate area,what their interests are, hobbies, favorite foods, you name it. Do they have kids? How many? How old? What do they enjoy doing? Do they work? Where or doing what? You can even pick up on some of this by simply observing them. How about the neighbor you talk to? Do they have another neighbor they talk to as well? How about if they know someone down the next block! There's potential to spread. So much can happen by chain reaction...and it only takes one willing one to start it. It also takes time. Maybe neighbor one can introduce you to neighbor number 2 who you don't know very well...and maybe the three of you can have a small fun get together...and over time, begin adding on.

Council meetings here are sometimes a flop too. Not many show up at the actual meetings. But we know there's at least one who does on our block and she gets to know everyone. She personally gives us information that helps our neighbors become actively involved in local events. They all might not show up at the council reality, many people work different shifts, have kids,are disabled and do not look forward to sit at a meeting of any kind at the end of a long day.

Answer? Bring it to them. What a difference that makes. It may not increase the meeting attendance, but it certainly gets the neighbors involved in community activities on a more personal basis.

For instance, we have an annual yard sale here for the community. The council members may mail and/or provide the info. door to door on their block. They might recruit people through sign-up forms to participate. Reminders are delivered AND emailed, if possible. There's no cost involved. Each house can sell their own stuff right out front of their own properties. Participants and their families can also travel from house to house, to check out their neighbors "stuff", and introduce themselves along the way. Friends and relatives are welcome to attend, and neighbors can advertise however and wherever they wish. For nicer weather, we've had an annual cook out. You could also have a cook out by block similar to the yard sale set up. Nothing extravagant, just something to get neighbors out seeing and talking to each other. Elderly and unable? No problem. Just get that one good neighbor who is closest to or knows the elderly person best,to invite them to their "house" for the "cookout".

I could go on and on, but it's late and I need some sleep. I look forward to meeting some of you once we're settled in.:)

Winter Haven, FL

#86 Nov 17, 2009
c dale city council
c dale city circus

Laurel, MD

#87 Nov 17, 2009
Sorry I missed it. I got in very late last night from NYC. Hopefully next month's will be attendable.

Carbondale, PA

#88 Nov 18, 2009

Carbondale, PA

#89 Nov 21, 2009
So I spoke with Michelle(City secretary) and she said the best way to make progress is to join a comittee. I'm going to find out how to do that and am shooting for Parks and Recreation. I think it is something that families look for when moving to a town. We have pitiful excuses for parks. If anyone else is intrested in pursuing this let me know.
Evan uzalko suicide

Hampstead, NC

#90 Nov 22, 2009
Carbondale is a good place to go to buy drugs and hookers

Carbondale, PA

#91 Nov 22, 2009
Evan - we all know you speak of a personal experience of losing a friend over 20 years ago which you explained earlier. I am greatly sorry for your loss of your friend but must say your negative comments are really not needed here, this topic is for rehabilitation of Carbondale not bash the crap out of it. I respect your negative feelings on the town and nepa all together but this is not the place to voice them. Please show some respect to others who actually care about the town and it's future. Please start a topic and bash NEPA altogether if that's what you feel is necessary but please let people communicate positively about the towns future here! Thanks!

Newark, DE

#92 Nov 22, 2009
Thatguy wrote:

Laurel, MD

#93 Nov 23, 2009
JJC, Thatguy,
I'm finally set up for a permanent move with the job. The lack of a three hour commute each way will afford me a little more time to be more proactive, attend meetings, and check out what committees are available for joining. T-guy, did you get an idea of what other committee were open to the common man?
Evan uzalko suicide

Hampstead, NC

#94 Nov 23, 2009
I understand your point about my negative comments and I will stop posting them on this thread.

I do want to ask what you think you can accomplish by going to meetings?

If you are at all familiar with Carbondale and that surrounding area then you already know that there is nothing positive to do.

Its a small town atmosphere, people never leave, they are born and they die in the same location as their great great grandparents, its a very sad and gloomy place and that will never change, no matter how meetings you attend.

Newark, DE

#95 Nov 26, 2009
Nothing changes unless you change it. The meetings are to organize people to make those changes.

“This too shall pass”

Since: Dec 06

Small Town, USA

#96 Dec 1, 2009
Evan- Why would you try to discourage people from taking any positive action? You made a choice to leave and hopefully that was a good move for you. Others choose to stay and get involved. That is a good thing for them. They will improve things or they will learn something from the effort. It is all good.
That guy

Carbondale, PA

#97 Dec 7, 2009
Sorry, I've been a little lax on things lately. Christmas time is a busy time. 17 days left in the holiday season. Then my life resumes as normal.
Evan Uzalko wasagoodkid

Hampstead, NC

#98 Dec 7, 2009
I am not trying to discourage people from making a difference.
My point was that there is not way to change that area.
That whole area NEPA is so set in its ways (their ways) that nothing will ever change except the number of tombstones.
I am very happy and proud to say that i lived there and made it out, not dieing there was top on my list after i witnessed so many deaths. The only other thing top on my list at the time was to not end up in jail, which I am thankful to have made it out of that situation also.
I will not lie, you all have been good sports so far with my crazy posts but i was not a well behaved young man, I did my share of dirt and the things i saw during my stint were certainly not happy times.
I chose to use drugs because I did not know how else to escape such a sad situation at the time ( i was 17 at the time )
In the end i chose to run, the only thing I was ever at, I knew running would solve my problems and it did because thankfully similar to the people that live in NEPA, they stay where they are and rarely if ever leave the area.
I do not wish sorrow or bad things on anyone who lives in NEPA but I do pity them and will always do what I can to persuade them to try to live elsewhere so they do not have to suffer through what I had to live through.
I know you all think I am a horrible person but i do wish you all the best in you endeavors to make that area a better place, I also hope that you all have a safe, warm and happy holiday with your family, I know all to well that family is all you have in this world, if you are lucky enough to have that then you are truly blessed.
good night and good luck to you all, no matter where you live

Laurel, MD

#99 Dec 9, 2009
Evan Uzalko sounded like he was a good kid. Were you visited by three spirits last night or what? That was truly awe inspiring. Nice job on that last post. Almost brought a tear to my eye. Almost.

Carbondale, PA

#100 Dec 9, 2009
So did you guys know that I grew up in Carbondale too! I went to Sacred Heart it is closed now (so sad) I loved that school. But there are many great thing in Carbondale. Lis with your advice today I baked some cookies and gave them to my neighbors who were all very appriciative. And they all are lovely people.(We really don't have any bad neighbors Thank God!) I let them know what was going on with Council and we are working to make a few changes in our area of carbondale. My favorite part of Carbondale actually is my neighbors! What is yours?(That question is directed to everyone)Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, thank you all so much for being so helpful!

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