President’s Message by Monica Allison

This post originally published in the June 2012 edition of the Cedar Park Neighbors Newsletter. It's Jazz Season, can you hear the music in the park? Come out and support Jazz in Cedar Park. The first show was held on Friday May 25, 2012. For 12 years, the Jazz Series has been the focal point of Cedar Park on Friday nights in the summer. It is an opportunity for neighbors and friends to gather, children to play, and neighborhood businesses to receive new customers. We cannot stand the thought of the Jazz Series going away, but with the declining economy, we are experiencing a slow down in donations to keep this series going, and we need your help! We only have enough funding for seven shows this year, so would you consider a contribution to Jazz in Cedar Park? All monies raised will be used for the summer jazz series. Donations to jazz in Cedar Park can be made by going to our website or mailing a check to CPN noting in the memo line that it is for Jazz in Cedar Park. Thank you for your continued support.

The City is putting into play its Philly2035 plan. This summer we will be conducting interviews throughout the community to see what people envision for our area of West Philadelphia. Within this newsletter you will find a paper version of this survey. We hope you will participate by filling it out on line or returning this paper survey to CPN at the address above. We would love to receive your personal stories aside from the survey about what you love about Cedar Park. You could be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

In every good organization there should be change in leadership and the time has come for me to pass the torch to our next President. Over the last four years together as a community we have accomplished much. We have had fun. We shared some losses. We have welcomed new businesses and new neighbors. Together we maintained our namesake, Cedar Park and celebrated its centennial. We continued the tradition of jazz in the park and had wonderful fairs. As a community we raised scholarship money for our students, fed families with our Holiday Baskets and beautified blocks within our neighborhood. We had meet and greets at local restaurants to introduce you to some of the food choices we have. In these last four years, we conversed about our vision for Baltimore Avenue and we are embarking on a City plan for 2035. In walking the neighborhood and attending events we have talked about schools, business, housing, politics, and much more. There is so much that goes into serving a community such as ours as we are such a diverse community in many respects. I would like to thank our Board of Directors, both past and present for their continued support and all of our neighbors. Without you, Cedar Park Neighbors could not do the things we do. I would like to thank the businesses along Baltimore Ave. They have all supported the efforts of Cedar Park Neighbors and have opened their businesses to us for many occasions and have supported us financially for many of our endeavors. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our elected officials who have given me the opportunity to bend their ear about this community over the last four years. I am looking forward to the many things Cedar Park Neighbors will accomplish in the future. It has truly been a blessing and honor to serve as your President these last four years. And now I look forward to serving in the capacity as First Vice President. So, with this newsletter, I turn over the reins to our President Elect Michael Froehlich, I know that you will all welcome him with open arms.

And remember.....there's always something good happening in Cedar Park.