With so many people coming and going in our culture and lives, what exactly does it mean any more to be a neighbor? Jo Kadlecek, senior writer and journalist in residence, writes in the local Salem News about her New England neighbor, whose personal milestone of turning 95 years old, is newsworthy in itself.

“New England neighborliness and the Lady at Number Nine”

By Jo Kadlecek, Senior Writer and Journalist in Residence

About seven years ago, as my husband and I were preparing to move to the North Shore so I could take a job at Gordon College, we were duly warned: New Englanders are chilly people. Don’t expect to fit right in, folks told us, raising their eyebrows. And do not expect to get to know your neighbors. It won’t happen. There’s a reason, the charges went, that the stereotype of cold Northerners exists.

But stereotypes are almost always based on ignorance or a solitary experience gone bad. They are not to be trusted, I have learned.

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