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Waltham's REACH prepares for "Say Hi Week" once again, including new scavenger hunt

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 14, 2014 01:39 PM

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Waltham's REACH Beyond Domestic Violence will hold its first annual scavenger hunt next month as part of its "Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week," which is part of the nonprofit's yearly Small Actions campaign to end domestic violence.

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Locals celebrating "Say Hi Week"
"Say Hi" week will take place March 1 through March 8 throughout Waltham. Events scheduled as part of the week, such as sending local sweets to neighbors or attending meet-and-greets with local officials, typically encourages residents to get to know their neighbors.

Allison Berry, REACH’s community organizer, previously told the Globe that saying hello to strangers, acquaintances, and neighbors can help create a safer community, break the isolation felt by people experiencing violence, and help citizens look out for each other.

“The personal connection to one another makes a difference - people will talk to someone they know about their problems before going to someone like REACH,’’ Berry previously said. “Families and neighbors are the first people to know. It’s about building relationships.’’

The initiative has a growing Twitter following, with a handle, @SmallActions, and a trending phrase, #sayhiwaltham.

This year, the newly-introduced scavenger hunt will take place Saturday, March 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting and ending at Watch City Brewing Co. on Moody Street. Day-of registration starts at 10 a.m.

Teams will race on foot around downtown Waltham looking for clues to answer trivia questions, searching for specific people to greet, and trying to find specific things to snap photos of, according to event organizers. Winners will received an undisclosed prize and a trophy, organizers said.

Participants can sign up in advance online.

For more information about REACH or to see a full calendar of "Say Hi Week" events, please visit reachma.org or call 781-891-0724.

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Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com

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