A Message from Mayor Ronald F. Roma; Jr.
To Our Beachwood Family
I for one, am very happy to say Good Bye to 2020! A YEAR WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
The impact of the Covid-19 virus hit us all very hard. With words like, Social Distancing, Virtual Learning, Self-Quarantine, Hand Sanitizing, Face Masks and CLOSED becoming our new norm.
No more leaving the house to go to a restaurant for dinner, it became Pick Up or Delivery. A simple trip to the Grocery Store, became a dangerous adventure for everyone. There are 6foot distance requirements, arrows on the floor to direct one-way traffic of our shopping carts through the aisles. Our older citizens who dared to venture out for staples were given special morning hours to line up outside the store and hope they would get in and then, only to find many products had limited quantities to purchase.
Movie theatres, restaurants and oh, yes, religious services put us at risk so they were ordered to close, as were our schools, so our students became educated via “distance learning” from online dedicated teachers.
Our Medical Professionals, Hospitals and their staffs were and are still fighting the lengthy battle against a Virus that mutates and changes with each victim it claims. Our state alone, as of this letter, exceed 16,993 Blessed Souls lost, and we were tossed into a world we never imagined we would see. Our Municipal Family did not go unscathed. Our doors were closed to the public but our employees weathered the storm and will continue to do so because of who they are.
As we began to come to grips with the PANDEMIC, we saw, that out of this crisis arose true HERO’S in many forms. This greatest nation in the world was fighting the greatest battle of its history, BUT we had a shining light to look up to, OUR AMAZING FRONT LINE HERO’S. They were all around us, fighting and serving, which is what they always do in times of need, they were and are OUR HERO’S
Doctors, Nurses, Hospital Staff, Police, EMT’s Fire, OEM, Emergency Transport Teams, Teachers, School Workers, Grocery Workers, Truck Drivers, Delivery Personnel, Sanitation Workers, Pharmacy Staff, Restaurant Workers, Health Care Providers, Municipal Workers, and of course, YOU our Neighbors and Friends.
I know I may have left many off this list, but to each and every Frontline Hero, WE OFFER OUR MOST HUMBLE THANKS FOR BEING THERE WHEN WE FELT WE WERE TRULY ALONE. To them we have dedicated our 2021 Calendar , a very small way to say thanks for being there for us.
The BATTLE is not over, we have not completely won the war yet. However, with Frontline Hero’s like ours, WE WILL SUCCEED IN DESTROYING THE ENEMY and WE WIL RISE VICTORIOUS!
From our Family to Yours
STAY SAFE – STAY HEALTHY
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER