To the editor:
It has been an honor and a pleasure to have served the dear people of Ryal Side for the past 22 years. I have made many friends along the way and I have gained a lifetime of experience that no other job could give. My fellow Ryal Siders are my heart and Ryal Side will always be my home. I especially thank my hardworking campaign workers for getting me to this place. Thank you for believing in me.
As I look back on the last 22 years, much has been accomplished in the city and I am proud to have been a part of the renaissance of Beverly. I am proud to have served with so many councilors who helped make the Cummings Center, our schools, our parks and our city what they are today. We worked together to make Beverly a better place for our children and our families throughout the city.
Going forward, you are well represented in the newly elected officials. I wish them well in their future endeavors for Beverly. Government is not the easiest creature to understand, especially when common sense tells us differently. As I go forward I will continue to be involved in civic affairs. It is about time I spend more time with my family. They are so precious to me.
I am thankful for this diverse community in which I grew up. Beverly has always had so much to offer. It has nice parks to play in, a cultural society to broaden your aspects, great schools that educate the mind and great ocean views to calm the senses. It is home.
I want to thank the employees of the city of Beverly. As I placed an arrangement on my loved one’s grave, I thought to myself how nice the cemetery is kept. Someone must have cared. As I visited the Beverly Common with my granddaughter, I saw the beauty and realized someone really took care to create this beauty. As I shopped downtown and walked on the plowed sidewalks, I felt safe that someone cared to plow them. As I see the city lit up and the trash being collected, I realized someone is playing the bills. Everywhere I went, I got the sense that someone was you. You give everyone in the city these services and you deserve a big thank you.
Lastly, it would behoove me to mention my tenure with Mayor Scanlon. I served with him for 18 years and it has been a pleasure to have been a part of his team, working together, to bring Beverly to the desirable place it is. Mayor Scanlon had the uncanny ability and business background to promote an idea, find a way to fund the idea and put the idea on a map. When he ran out of city resources, he looked to the state. He got involved with the Massachusetts Municipal Association and numerous other organizations at the state level to pursue the awarded grants for our waterfront. I respect and honor this man for what he has done for the city of Beverly.
“I am part of all that I have met,” Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Ward 1 councilor