Dear Fellow Members and Friends,
I have missed all of you and wanted to reach out. I am enclosing a thank you note I sent to our Bay Shore Moms & Dads Group along with some personal thoughts. Even though we are unable to work regularly from our office during this pandemic, I pick up phone messages almost daily and can receive emails on my laptop. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason.
Dear Moms and Dads,
I wish to thank all the wonderful members in the Bay Shore Moms & Dads Group for the outpouring of support you have shown our restaurants in Bay Shore and Brightwaters during this pandemic. Our restaurants represent the heart of our Downtowns and your many food orders over these past weeks encouraged them to stay open when conditions seemed almost hopeless. We know this is an unprecedented time in our country’s history and Americans everywhere are asking what they can be doing to help during this crisis. Our heroic health workers and first responders are keeping our communities safe day after day. Also on the front line are the employees of our essential businesses and entities that we must frequent regularly. Our neighbors are staying home for weeks at a time to stop the spread of the virus, and almost everyone is practicing social distancing when they dare to go out. Everyone is doing their part and I want you to know how much we appreciate the important role your organization has been playing in our community. You have kept us informed by telling thousands of our residents what our needs are, and what actions should be undertaken to keep our Town going. You even suggest diversions to keep our families happy.
My favorite columnist, David Brooks, talks about the things Americans are doing presently, not for ourselves or others, but for the common good. He explains that most of us are experiencing the same pause in normal life, undergoing deeper reflections inspired by that pause, while experiencing the same anxieties and fears. And “When life’s plans are upset, there is a quieter and better you beneath them.”— It is a lesson in humility for us to heed. The people in Bay Shore and Brightwaters already get it. Like all other communities, we must not dwell on what we miss now. Instead we must look forward, praying for the strength to embrace this new uncertainty in our world. But one thing does remain certain — the fact that we need one another. It will take much valor and grace on our part, but soon we shall see joy return to our community.
-Donna Periconi, President
Established by an English Royal Patent in 1708, Greater Bay Shore has steadfastly retained its unique heritage while evolving into a model American community.
Located forty-three miles east of New York City, Greater Bay Shore can be swiftly accessed by road, rail, air or water. Its central location at the heart of Long Island’s South Shore affords its residents both the proximity to a myriad of metropolitan offerings and the pleasures of a waterfront community that proudly calls the majestic Great South Bay its backyard. Greater Bay Shore includes the picturesque mile-square Incorporated Village of Brightwaters. Bay Shore is also the gateway to the Fire Island National Seashore, a beautiful strip of land thirty-five miles long, just a short ferry ride across the bay. Encompassing over twelve square miles, Greater Bay Shore is home to more than 30,000 residents, many of whom can trace their solid community roots back to past generations. Together, with a culturally diverse blend of newer residents, Bay Shore is today, as always, a caring community united in spirit, purpose and values.
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