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Gaining a sense of the community is an essential part of making new tenants and neighbors feel welcome in the neighborhood. If the newcomers are from across town or even across the country, they probably need some relevant information about the local community. Providing some local info can go a long way towards making new neighbors feel welcome. Here are are a few ideas of what to share:

"The Neighborhood" Welcome to What Used to Be t...

  • Excerpts from the Remarks by the President in Louisiana Welcome, December 3, 2002Click here for a full transcript But September the 11th brought home a new reality, and it'simportant for all our citizens to understand that reality. See, a lotof us, when we were raised, never really worried about the homeland. Weall believed that two oceans would forever separate us from harm's way,and that if there was a threat gathering overseas, we could pick andchoose whether or not we wanted to be involved in dealing with thatthreat. September the 11th delivered a chilling message to our country,and that is oceans no longer protect us. And therefore, it is myobligation to make sure that we address gathering threats overseasbefore they could do harm to the American people. And that's why -- that's why I elevated the issue of Iraq. That'swhy I took our message of peace and freedom to countries around theworld. I want them to understand the nature of the man who runs Iraq isthe nature of a man who doesn't tell the truth. He says he won't haveweapons of mass destruction; he's got them. He's not only got them,he's used them. And he's not only used them in his neighborhood, he'sused them on his own people. That's the nature of the man with whom wedeal. For 11 long years, he has deceived and denied. So I went to theUnited Nations -- I said, when is enough enough? They voted 15 tonothing to say, now enough is enough. (Applause.) The members of theSecurity Council had a chance and they accepted the challenge to makesure that this United Nations became an effective body when it comes tokeeping the peace, not an empty debating society. Then I went to NATO -- strong allies in NATO -- and overwhelmingly,the message was, enough is enough. And now there's inspectors insidethis country. But I want to tell you, the issue is not the inspectors.The issue is whether or not Mr. Saddam Hussein will disarm like he saidhe would. We're not interested in hide and seek inside Iraq. Thefundamental question is, in the name of peace, in the name of security,not only for America and the American people, in the name of securityfor our friends in the neighborhood, in the name of freedom, will thisman disarm? The choice is his. And if he does not disarm, the UnitedStates of America will lead a coalition and disarm him, in the name ofpeace. (Applause.) We have an obligation to our children and our children's childrento do everything we can to make sure the homeland is secure. And we'llmeet the obligation. We'll meet that obligation together. You know, the amazing thing about America is that I can predict --boldly predict and certainly predict, that out of the evil done to ourcountry will come incredible good. Because of the nature of ourcountry, I can say that. By being tough and strong and united in theface of danger, we can bring peace to the world. I believe that.(Applause.) I believe that, by doing what we need to do to secure theworld from terrorist attack, to rid tyrants of weapons of massdestruction, to make sure that somebody like Saddam Hussein doesn'tserve as a training base or a provider of weapons of mass destructionto terrorist networks -- by doing our job, that the world will be morepeaceful. By standing strong for what we believe, by remembering thatfreedom is not America's gift to the world, but God's gift to each andevery human being -- (applause) -- that we can achieve peace. I wantyou to tell your kids and your grandkids that amidst all thespeculation about war and military, that our drive and our vision isfor a peaceful world in which everybody can realize their potential andlive in peace. Printer-Friendly Version Email this page to a friend IssuesBudget Management

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"This certainly is not about me, nor is it about Dave," he tells EW. "And I just really wanted to be present, focused, and a part of what we were all trying to do with this episode. The idea was really, how can I make this least about me? And how do I best listen?"

Pet Perks - If the new family includes a four-legged member, put together a gift with treats, toys and a guide with scoop on local parks, vets, pet stores and groomers. Candles - Say welcome home with a sweet and savory candle set they can use in every room of their new pad. If you know a local artisan that makes candles, be sure to use them as a great way to support a local business.Notes in a Jar - Ask neighbors to write notes of welcome on colored paper then fold and put them in a clear vase or container for an easy to assemble gift. These positive messages will really make the new neighbors feel special!Olive Oil and Spice Set - Keep life flavorful with a selection of olive oil infused with garlic, lemon, basil or other herbs. Package with some fresh bread or crackers and oil accessories like a dipping dish and dressing shaker.Decorative Word Art - Whether you include a quote or art based on a specific word, these items a fun gift and really help bring inspiration into the home. You can find these as plaques, frames or other decorative forms.Wall Hanging Kit - A house becomes a home when pictures, art and memories go up on the wall. Help get the project started with a picture hanging kit that includes a hammer, nails, wire and a level.Flowers - Add a pop of color among all the brown boxes with a bouquet of sunshine delivered to their door. Coffee/Tea Bar - When the new homeowner sits down after a long day of unpacking, they will think of you when they unwrap a ready-to-go coffee or tea bar with delicious flavors and all the add-ins they need to make the perfect cup.With this list of ideas, you are sure to make a positive first impression on the new neighbors. Plus, hospitality is contagious. Before you know it, a small gift could create a welcoming atmosphere and friendships throughout the neighborhood. Keep this list handy and add your own ideas so you can be ready to welcome new neighbors!

Use welcome letters to establish a friendly relationship with new neighbors and to promote future cooperation. Introduce yourself and your family, and offer whatever specific assistance you are prepared to give. 041b061a72


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