Facebook has been in the news a lot lately, and blamed for everything from increasing confusion about COVID to tearing the country apart politically.
But when it does what it was designed to do, it can be wonderful. And that’s what we’ve found with the official Stephens Grove Neighborhood page. You’ve seen us refer in previous blog posts to interesting things we’ve found there, and you’ll no doubt see that again.
Have you checked it out? You should. Whether you have something you want to share with your neighbors, or you just want to browse and find out what’s been going on around you, it’s worth the effort.
But note that it’s not for everyone. It’s not for outsiders trying to sell something, or even folks just curious about our neighborhood. It’s what the page says it is: “We are a Facebook group that acts as a place for Stephens Grove neighbors to connect.” Anyone can find the page, but only members can see who’s in the group and what they post.
The description continues:
We encourage you to post about community news and events, safety and crime concerns, missing pets, curb alerts, for sale by owner, locally owned businesses, neighborhood real estate, plan block parties, find a petsitter or babysitter, etc.
Please be respectful and if someone offends you, just block them. We are not interested in policing thoughts.
When you do go there, you will find a mix of news about what’s happening, interesting trends you might have missed, and upcoming events. For instance, some recent posts have included:
- The pool closing for the season. That happened a few days ago, but the posts about it would have given you advance notice to hurry if you wanted to get in one more refreshing dip this year.
- Octoberfest. It’s coming up on Oct. 2. You — assuming you are a resident — are invited to “Come have some fun with your neighbors and enjoy authentic German Bier, Food, & Music! “
- Need help with something? This might be a good way to go about it. One resident was recently looking for a teenager to coach a younger child in tennis. And she got some promising responses.
- Other recent posts of that nature included someone looking for a teenager (they seem to be in demand) to mow her lawn, another person wanting to buy some used soccer cleats (the stores were out), and a man looking for umpires for Little League. No umps stepped forward, but the other folks got responses.
- Want to connect with people who might understand what you’re going through? One lady asked, “Are there any expecting moms here?” Yes, there were, and she found some new friends.
We have other ways of staying in touch. For instance, you are urged to sign up for the neighborhood newsletter here. But check out Facebook as well. We think you’ll be glad you did.