Last Wednesday, January 14th we had our very first meetup of the year- officially marking the beginning of our 2015 Meetup Series. This year at Source The Station will be unlike the rest, and we are looking forward to sharing and collaborating new ideas for how we will go about helping to make Huntington Station a more united, vibrant community! Our first meetup of the year certainly set the tone for what this year has in store, and we would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and share in the spirit of new beginnings with us.
Our meetup this month was held at the Huntington Public Library-Station Branch located at 1335 New York Ave, right across from the Source The Station office! It was great to be able to collaborate with one of the keystones of our community and to be able to utilize and learn more about one of the greatest resources we have here in Huntington Station. As 6 o’clock rolled through the room was filled and buzzing with lively conversation; it was great to see Source The Station members, community members, and new faces connecting and getting to know one another-after all, that’s an important aspect of why we have meetups every month!
Once everyone was settled and savoring the unique tastes of one of our favorite local pizzerias-Guisseppe’s-Ryan Porter, our VP of Planning & Development, began the meetup by talking a bit about Renaissance Downtowns and a great milestone that happened only hours before the meetup: after months of meetings and re-negotiations, the CBA finally passed with a 5-0 vote! This is great news for us and for our community, as without the efforts of our champions, residents & stakeholders we would not be making these great strides to pave the way towards revitalizing our downtown! If you’d like to read more about the CBA, check out our CBA page here.
After a round of questions for Ryan, Andrea, one of our Community Liaisons, began to introduce Source The Station and how we’re working to help make Huntington Station a more walkable, vibrant, livable community! We believe in working alongside the community to share ideas and brainstorming ways to bring about a change for all to see and enjoy-although these things do take time, we try to keep in mind that nothing good comes easily! We thank each and every one who shares this positive outlook with us and hope that 2015 will be a year where we can continue this work.
After re-capping the success of our #GivingTuesday-Huntington Station Style and updates from our last meetup held in November (which you can read here), the time was given over to Mary Kelly, the branch manager at the Huntington Public Library Station Branch, to talk a bit about all the great things the library has to offer. Some of these things included the following:
- classes to learn English
- conversation classes in English and Spanish
- Programs for adults, children both preschool and school age, and teens. These programs include computer classes, cooking classes, crafts, fitness classes.
- Entertainment – musical performances as well as movies.
- Homework Help
- Meeting space that is used by community groups as well as literacy tutors.
- Computer labs for adults as well as computers for children and teens
- Fax, copies and scanner for public use
- Databases that include career cruising, resume help, bookflix, health hobbies, Brainfuse (help with homework as well as tests including Ged etc), Pronunciator which is a program to practice other languages
- Library also provides digital downloads, HOOPLA and Overdrive
To learn more about these programs and any general questions, please feel free to visit their website, or stop by and take a look around! There is always something to be learned & discovered On behalf of Source The Station, we would like to sincerely thank Mary Kelly & the amazing staff and library trustees that work diligently to help provide the best resources for the community. We look forward to our future collaborations!
Finally, as per a great idea by Andrea, we incorporated an exercise in which we highlighted the positivity we feel towards Huntington Station. We went around and learned What Huntington Station Is to everyone, what you would like it to be & what we can do this year to bring Huntington Station closer to where we would like it to be. It was interesting and inspiring to hear all the different perspectives and ideas everyone has, and brainstorming together to find the ways to make these inspiring ideas a reality. Here are some of the ideas you came up with:
We appreciate everyones enthusiasm and participation, and had a great time coming up ideas together, as well as hearing what you had to say! As we take inventory of the ideas, questions, comments and concerns during each meetup, we further our ability to mold our vision with the community, thus allowing everyone to benefit from this incredible time for Huntington Station.
Thank you to all who were able to attend, we hope to see you again for our next meetup which will take place on February 10th from 6-8PM at Sonia’s Waxing Plus (1090 New York Ave.). Come to meet your fellow community members as well as to learn more about this up & coming new business here in Huntington Station, and how they are taking initiative to help make Huntington Station the best it can be!
Until next time Stationers!