Written by Peter Cavallaro Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
I want to take this opportunity to wish each resident of the village and their families a very happy and holy holiday season.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or are of any other faith or tradition, the holidays are a time to reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy, both personally by ourselves and our families but also collectively as a community.
Let us all take some time this season to be thankful for our blessings. Let us also take some time to be thankful for the servicemen and women from our own community, and those from places far from Westbury, who are in harm’s way and away from their families this holiday season. It is because of brave and selfless individuals such as these (and the many generations who served before them) that our great nation is able to enjoy the freedoms and privileges that we have today. Let us pray for peace in 2010, and for the safety and safe return of our men and women in uniform.
Let us also take some time this holiday season to understand, despite whatever differences we have in our backgrounds, religions, beliefs or cultural upbringings, that the things that bind us together as Americans are far greater and more important than any of the things that might divide us. Let us commit ourselves to act with the conviction and knowledge that we are stronger as a people, and as a community, when we celebrate our individual identities, but also share in our common heritage of freedom and liberty. Westbury has always been special and different, distinguished by the presence of both a diversity and sense of community not found elsewhere. We must cherish and defend these characteristics that distinguish our community from many others.
As we celebrate our holy days, I want to wish all of my fellow residents a happy and healthy 2010. To be sure, the challenging times facing our nation and community will continue. Please know that I and my colleagues on the village board are deeply committed, especially in these trying times, to acting in the best interests of our residents. It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as your mayor. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, and with each and every resident, to ensure that Westbury continues to be the special, strong and vibrant community that we all love.