’Tis the season for giving and we are surrounded this December by far more fine examples than can be mentioned in this small space. A sampling:
*The voters of Warren, who showed more involvement in their town’s matters than has often been the case in recent years. They approved the Hope and Main kitchen incubator deal not once, but twice, and did so overwhelmingly both times. It’s great to see residents show up at public meetings and participate.
*The volunteers who are launching RUFF (Residents United for Furry Friends), a campaign to replace the aging, inadequate Warren Animal Shelter. They’ve got a daunting task ahead of them, but members of RUFF have a good cause on their side. See www.ruffri.org.
*Those volunteers who gave up their Christmas-week busy time to help cook and deliver meals to needy residents across our area. They got help from friends of all sorts, Vietnam veterans, American Legion members, and the public.
•Mark Lombari, the owner of Parker Mill, who bank-rolled the construction of new “Welcome to Warren” signs at entrances to town. Kudos, too, go to Hand Made Signs and Lettering owner Tony Depoto, who donated his services at a reduced cost for the good of the town.
*The foresight of the Key family, which deeded development rights on its Kickemuit River-front land to the town in perpetuity.
•Those who sought any way at all to ease the Sandy Hook pain shared by all this holiday season. These gestures, no matter how small, do make a difference.
•As always, a thanks to the volunteer fire fighters of this town. Their dedication was no more apparent than a few weeks ago, when a volunteer put himself in harm’s way to rescue a woman from a burning car.