Letter to the Editor

Dear Residents of Everett,

My family and I would like to extend to each of you a Happy and Healthy New Year greeting. We are glad that 2020 is over and like most families are optimistic that 2021 will be better. The New Year is an opportunity to envision the future, but it is also a time to reflect on the past. Like many, we have lost friends and family in 2020 to COVID 19 and other causes. Nevertheless, their spirit remains with us and they will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have experienced a similar loss.

I realize that many of you are tired: tired of not being able to visit friends and loved ones, celebrate holidays together, to give someone a needed hug, to attend in-person school and work, and to enjoy your favorite places. Quite frankly, it has been a long, difficult, and exhausting year. That said, it was also a year that demonstrated our resilience and tenacity. As I reflected upon the year 2020, I was moved by how much we accomplished by working together and the countless examples of commitment to the community.

City Councilor Fred Capone.

One of the best things about Everett is that we care about one another. We always work together to find a way to help. I have seen this wonderful quality in so many amazing people throughout this past year firsthand – whether it is volunteering at food pantries, delivering meals to those in need, neighbors caring for other neighbors, individuals remaining in the home to care for homebound relatives, and the parents and grandparents working with their students at home. Everett is blessed with quality agencies and organizations dedicated to helping others. It has been a true team effort and I’m so proud of all the organizations, volunteers, and our residents. It is undeniable that these are trying times, but we will get through this together and will become a stronger community in the process. Work- ing together, we will ensure that 2021 is a much better year and that Everett will be a better place to live and work. Let’s all continue to do our part to help one another. Happy New Year to you all. Stay positive and be safe.

Fred Capone Councilor Ward 1

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