Lincoln community hopeful for 2021

Lincoln community hopeful for 2021

LINCOLN – As we leave 2020 in the rear view mirror, The Breeze asked a few members of the Lincoln community to share what gives them hope for the year ahead.

Rob Mezzanotte, Lincoln High School principal: I think that the challenges presented in 2020 will provide people with a greater sense of gratitude and appreciation for the “little things” in 2021.

Kathy Hartley, president, Friends of Hearthside nonprofit: As we enter 2021, I can only hope for an end to the overwhelming sadness that prevails. The loss of loved ones and the loss of normalcy that has disrupted our everyday lives has caused so much sadness.

We are so fortunate not to be living during the 19th century when there were no cures for such diseases. Having a vaccine that is made available to all offers us some much needed hope for a turn around, although we know it will take some time. Relaxing some of the restrictions and taking off the masks and seeing smiles once again would be a wonderful way to end 2021.

Larry Filippelli, Lincoln school superintendent: The cooperation that I have witnessed by our community, elected officials, administrative team, teachers, students and parents all coming together to make this first semester as productive as possible and as normal as we could for our students is what gives me hope for 2021. While we still have challenges ahead, there is light at the end of the tunnel and I think we will come out stronger as a district as a result.

PJ Johnson, business owner, Saltitude: We are resilient, we have always come together in times of need and I believe we will do this again. 2021 will be a better year. Together, we will be stronger and wiser.

Lois Durkin, Lincoln Senior Center director: Let’s pray the vaccine works.

Keith Macksoud, Town Council president: As a frontline health care provider, my biggest hope lies in the vaccine. The more people we can vaccinate, the less the virus can spread. As the spread of the virus goes down, then we can start getting back to normal activities and be able to socialize again. Go to movies, to dinner, enjoy the company of family and friends, visit those in nursing homes and hospitals, allow grandparents to see and hold their new grandchild, have children return to in-school learning and play sports, and so much more.

Lincoln is a great town and it’s because of our residents. All of them have endured a very difficult year but they have made it through 2020. It’s time to put the year in our rear view mirror, forget about what could have been, and concentrate on what can be in 2021. We made it through hell, we proved we’re survivors, and now as a community we can help each other return to our normal lives and normal way of living.

Note: This is the second installation in a two-part series. Last week, we asked the same people to reflect on the silver linings of 2020.