It’s a beautiful Easter day and I’m in a thankful mood today. First, I want to say “thank you” to all of our neighbors here in Harborside for making this a great community. We don’t always agree on what’s best for the neighborhood, but we all care about it and that’s what counts.
Thank you to all those who came out yesterday to the special called meeting. In the next few days, I’m going to be posting some of my thoughts and reflections on that meeting. There were some misunderstandings that I want to clear up, for those who were there and for those who weren’t. But on this day, I just want to thank everyone who took time out to attend.
Thank you to my fellow members of the board of directors for being such a great group to work with. We don’t always agree about everything among ourselves, either, but we talk it out and listen to one another’s opinions and come to consensus and get the job done. Some may think otherwise, but I think at the annual meeting you’ll see that the facts show this board has been working hard for you. We’ve made some mistakes, we’ve not always communicated as fully as we should have, but we’ve learned and continue to learn going forward, and we have the best interests of the community at heart.
Thank you to Brad for his seemingly endless patience and decorum in the face of the challenges that go with the board presidency. Thank you to Michael and Carl for going “above and beyond” by taking on the double challenge of serving on our board while at the same time serving our city as councilmembers.
Thank you to all five folks who volunteered for the open board position. I know every one of you did so out of a sincere desire to help and that’s appreciated. Thank you to John Biernacki for accepting the position and bringing some “new blood” to the board.
Thank you to Janelle Allen for the great job she’s done as chair of the ACC, for improving the organization and efficiency of that Committee, and for the spirit of cooperation she’s shown in working with us to get past disagreements. Thank you to her and her husband, Steve Gallob, for their willingness to “walk the walk” (literally). Thank you to the other members of the ACC for their own hard work.
Thank you to Joe Huse for all the work he does to keep the pool area cleaned up and looking nice and everything running smoothly there on a daily basis. Yesterday afternoon, when Tom and I were walking the dogs, he was there at the pool on a holiday weekend, getting the gravel off the sidewalk. Thank you also to Ed Morrow, the chair of the pool committee, for taking care of the many tasks involved in getting the pool ready to open for the season.
Thank you to Martha Bubel and the landscape committee, for their efforts to make our common areas look nice even under the circumstances of drought and water restrictions, and for their work on the Yard of the Month project.
Thank you to all of those involved in the efforts to persuade the NTTA to mitigate the noise problem that severely affects those in our neighborhood who are closest to the PGBT. Brad Cruse has led the way, Rick Rabinowitz, Bill Wright, Janelle, and many others have devoted many long hours and continue to fight the fight on the front lines.
Thank you to Rick for all the time he’s spent on digging into the financial issues and attempting to renegotiate contracts, and to Bill for his work on the crime watch committee. Thank you, too, to all the block captains and others who are working to make the neighborhood safer. Thank you to Teresa Miller for her wonderful idea to put together a program for helping the elderly and disabled get their properties in shape and working to “make it so.”
Thank you to my husband, for being there to support me and for his own contributions to our community. Thank you to my kids, for growing into such smart, responsible and caring adults.
I also want to thank all those who can’t be with their families on this Easter day, because they’re busy saving lives or protecting the rest of us from danger – the police officers, the firefighters, the doctors and nurses, and most of all the members of the military who are far away from home, protecting our freedom to celebrate (or not celebrate) this and other religious holidays. They deserve a special place in heaven and in our hearts.
I’m sure I’ve left someone out and I apologize. I’m blessed to have so much and so many to be thankful for that I can’t even keep track of all of them.
DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER