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Old Northeast neighbors gather in street for Thanksgiving dinner

Friends and families gather to give thanks before a potluck Thanksgiving meal on 14th Avenue NE in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood in St. Petersburg. Fred Ryder, a resident for more than 30 years, got homeowners to sign paperwork to barricade the block and set up a bounce house for kids. Mike Meza, who gave the blessing, raised his kids on the street. His kids now bring their kids every year. “Each family brings one dish so it means less stress,” he said, “and it further punctuates us (neighbors) as a family. It’s a way for us as a community to congregate, to meet, to share.”

LARA CERRI | Times

Friends and families gather to give thanks before a potluck Thanksgiving meal on 14th Avenue NE in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood in St. Petersburg. Fred Ryder, a resident for more than 30 years, got homeowners to sign paperwork to barricade the block and set up a bounce house for kids. Mike Meza, who gave the blessing, raised his kids on the street. His kids now bring their kids every year. “Each family brings one dish so it means less stress,” he said, “and it further punctuates us (neighbors) as a family. It’s a way for us as a community to congregate, to meet, to share.”

ST. PETERSBURG — Friends and family members on 14th Avenue NE in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood continued a Thanksgiving tradition Thursday with a potluck dinner out on the brick street.

Jeff and Ann Wolf, who've lived on the street for more than 30 years, were among those who started the dinner eight years ago. Neighbor Fred Ryder, also a resident for more than 30 years, got homeowners to sign paperwork to barricade the block, and set up a bounce house for the kids to play in.

Mike Meza, who gave the blessing, raised his children on the street. His children bring their children every year. "Each family brings one dish so it means less stress," said Meza, "and it further punctuates us (neighbors) as a family. It's a way for us as a community to congregate, to meet, to share."

Old Northeast neighbors gather in street for Thanksgiving dinner 11/28/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 29, 2013 4:42pm]
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