Publisher’s comment - December 2023

Publisher’s comment

Embracing the Holiday Spirit in a World of Change

As the holiday season wraps us in its warm embrace, we find ourselves reflecting on a year that has undoubtedly been one of transformation and challenge. In Emery Village, these changes have resonated deeply, bringing both trials and opportunities for growth.

A Time for Tolerance and Togetherness this season: More than ever, we’re reminded of the power of tolerance and unity. Our world is changing, and our community is evolving into a more diverse and inclusive space. Let’s continue to champion these values, ensuring that every member of our community feels respected and valued, especially during these festive times.

Economic Realities. Inflation and Soaring Rents: The financial landscape has been tough, with inflation and rising rent costs impacting us all. It’s a harsh reminder of our interconnected world and the direct effects on our local economy. As we gather for holiday feasts and celebrations, let’s also spare a thought for those among us who are facing these challenges head-on.

The Power of Community and Local Support: This season, I’ve been particularly moved by the holiday spirit visible throughout our neighborhoods. The lights and decorations are not just adornments but symbols of our resilience and community spirit. In line with this, our recent food and toy drives, in partnership with local businesses, 31 Division, and active members of the community, have shown the strength of our community when we come together for a common cause.

As we navigate these busy times, let’s not forget the importance of supporting our local businesses. The pandemic, rising raw materials costs, Insurance, Interest rates, and rent have hit many of them hard, and they rely on our patronage now more than ever. These businesses are the backbone of Emery Village, not just economically but as integral parts of our community fabric.

Looking Ahead with Hope and Joy: Let’s approach 2024 with optimism. The new year always promises a fresh start and should interest rates and other staples such as fuel and food continue to drop in price, it’s easier to see a community filled with opportunities for both our businesses and residents. It’s a chance to rebuild stronger and more connected than ever before.

From my family to yours, I wish you a holiday season brimming with hope, joy, and a sense of community. May the spirit of the season bring smiles to your faces and warmth to your hearts. Let’s cherish the small blessings and look forward to a brighter, more prosperous 2024.

Please stay safe and well,

Sean Delaney

Publisher, Emery Village Voice