As I write this newsletter, 2020 is just a few short weeks away. One of my good friends told me one time, “The days are long, but the years are short.” As I have gotten older, I have realized there isn’t really a better way to say it. Time surely does seem to be going faster. I hope you all were able to have good, quality time with your loved ones this holiday season and take a chance to pause from the hustle and bustle of life.
We did just that during our City Annual Holiday Party. It was the best one I have ever attended. We had a ton of residents that joined us. It was great to see a lot of the familiar faces and meet new people as well. I loved that some citizens brought their children and grandchildren and made it a family event. As usual, we had plenty of food and treats and of course, Santa was a hit! It was great to see people reconnect with neighbors and start new relationships too. At one point, we played a game where I asked everyone to stand. I then asked people to sit if they hadn’t lived in the city more than 10 years, then 20 years, then 30 years, etc. I am always amazed to see how many people have lived in our great city for 20, 30, 40 and 50+ years!
Special thanks to City Council Member Cheryl Willett for the outstanding job she does organizing and preparing our Annual Holiday Party each year. We would also like to thank Saint Andrew United Church of Christ for being so gracious with their facilities during the busy Christmas season. It really is a tribute to the quality of life in St. Regis Park.
The Live Nativity at Ascension was well-attended. For those that didn’t make it, I would really encourage you to check it out next year. There was a rolling 20-minute live performance with people and animals depicting the first Christmas that repeated 3-4 times. Inside the church, there was a choir and the cafeteria had free sweet snacks and beverages. Thank you again to Ascension and all that they contribute to our great city!
Last, but not least, Jane Ecker has offered me her resignation from the Tree Board. Jane has been monumental in getting the Tree Board up and running since it’s inception in 2014. Honestly, without her efforts, I don’t know if the Tree Board would have ever gained the momentum that it did. Under Jane’s watch, the board has planted close to 250 trees that will serve future generations and protect our environment and home values. As difficult as it will be for us to fill her shoes, we are asking anyone that is interested in joining the Tree Board to please contact City Hall. There are remaining tree board members, so it is not something that will be overly burdensome.
As I conclude, I ask that all of you take time during the New Year to slow down, catch your breath and reflect on what truly matters. If there is anything the council and I may do to help or be of assistance in any way, please let us know.
Remember, the City of St. Regis Park is a great place to live. Together, we will make it even better!
Brandt Davis, Mayor