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Akron to Celebrate Neighbors Days

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 10:59 AM

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Many people plan to gather with friends and family over the Memorial Day Weekend. Officials in Akron are hoping they'll meet with their neighbors. ideastream's Mark Urycki reports it's an idea the city's Mayor picked up in Europe.

Mayor Don Plusquellic has brought home a number of ideas from his business trips overseas. One that he discovered in Europe is the relatively new observance in May called “Neighbors Day.”

Plusquellic told a group of citizens meeting at a fire station that the city will distribute packets with invitations so they can get together and meet their neighbors for a simple cup of coffee or a picnic.

22 countries, including Canada, now mark the day. This year, it’s May 29th - a Tuesday - but Akron will celebrate it on May 26th, a Saturday. The Mayor lives in an apartment building but will participate himself.

He’s also running for reelection. Officials hope the observance will encourage people to also get involved in neighborhood crime watches.

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