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Posted on: October 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A Letter to the Community from Mayor Kearns

October 15, 2020 

Dear Residents,

It hardly seems real that we are in the heart of Fall, racing toward the end of 2020. In the 10 months since taking office, we have faced many circumstances that can be considered abnormal at a bare minimum. However, I was so encouraged last week to see many of you and your families during our National Night Out Community Tour. Despite the necessary redesign of this year’s event to keep everyone safe, the true spirit of Grandview Heights was still very much present. Thank you to all who came out to wave and say hello, and to our wonderful first responders and Parks & Recreation staff for making it possible. 

The remaining weeks of this year will go quickly, but they hold much anticipation and uncertainty with the election on November 3, the pandemic numbers remaining consistent, and having to grapple with how to celebrate a season of gathering while keeping the best interest of our families and those around us at the forefront. There has been a great deal of tension at every level in the recent months as society faces complex, challenging questions on which we may find ourselves having a different view than our friends, relatives, and neighbors. As we go through these upcoming weeks, I implore you to keep being good neighbors to one another and respect those who may not share your views or values. One thing I reiterated countless times in 2019 and continue to is that we are a community coming together as one to represent the voices of many. We are in the home stretch of a year in which we have all experienced hardships and I challenge each one of you to muster the strength to end this year as well as we possibly can.  

While there is a flurry of activity to be expected as we end 2020 and head into 2021, we look forward to honoring some of our traditions in the best way we know how in a global pandemic. As a reminder, our young residents will be trick-or-treating from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on October 31. Look for additional communication next week on tips to keep your family safe while participating. We have a few fun holiday offerings to be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned for some exciting news. 

These times are difficult but our community is nothing if not resilient. “We will get through this together” has been repeated often this year but truly, it takes a village. I am so proud to be part of this one. 

Take care and be well,

Mayor Greta Kearns

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