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Published by Halston Media, 2020-03-17 19:23:19

The Katonah-Lewisboro Times 03.19.20

VOL. 2 NO. 42 Visit for the latest news. THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

We are here for the community

during this uncertain time

Dear Beloved Community, essay in 1948 called “On Living in an and death, but how we live our lives, how Page 2 or Page 4, we provide a directory of
Atomic Age.” e point of the Facebook we treat our neighbors, and how we act as phone numbers and email addresses that
Iwant to avoid the pitfalls that may post was to replace the phrase “atomic leaders. you can contact at this newspaper, and we
come with writing a front-page letter bomb”with “coronavirus,”and Lewis’argu- encourage you to do so.
about COVID-19, the disease caused ment remains the same. My own response has been far from
by coronavirus. perfect. roughout this crisis, I’ve been A newspaper is no ordinary business.
“ is is the rst point to be made: incredibly concerned about the state of the We have the ability to make a positive, and
I don’t want to contribute to a panic, nor and the rst action to be taken is to pull local economy and how it will impact our in fact, life-saving impact on our com-
do I want to downplay the seriousness of ourselves together,”Lewis wrote.“If we are clients, and frankly, how it will impact us. munity. An example of this was a story
this either. all going to be destroyed by [coronavirus], I’ve probably caused undue alarm for my we published on March 5, on the front
let that [virus] when it comes nd us do- children, my wife, and my employees. page of our sister publication, e Somers
I aim to speak from the heart and to be ing sensible and human things—praying, Record, about a local woman in need of a
candid with you. I write this as a fellow working, teaching, reading, listening to But over the last week, I’ve been incred- kidney and liver donation.
member of the community, as a local music, bathing the children, playing tennis, ibly inspired by the leadership I’ve seen
business owner, and as the publisher of the chatting to our friends over a pint and by my colleagues in each department of After publishing the article, three resi-
leading source of hyper-local news in this a game of darts—not huddled together our business. One colleague who received dents in Somers contacted the woman to
town. I also write this as a father, husband, like frightened sheep and thinking about a rare piece of good news last ursday say that they would donate a kidney to her,
son, employer and friend. [coronavirus]…” sent an email to the entire sales team as should they be a match. What a blessing
an inspirational note, and as an attempt to that we could share this vital information,
I’m confused about this crisis. I read is is not a perfect analogy, because boost my mood and the mood of others. and what an amazing testament that we
con icting articles and analyses, where some sadly, in the case of coronavirus, our own had readers respond with such an amazing
compare coronavirus favorably to the u, and bodies may unknowingly be carrying the Meanwhile, my editorial colleagues have o er of sel essness.
some say coronavirus is far worse, and that deadly weapon that could cause harm to become leaders in communicating break-
our country will be completely shut down someone else. But our overriding concern, ing news through our com- at is the spirit that is alive and well in
in a few weeks, just like Italy. Indeed, since I especially for those of us relatively young munity websites and through our pages our communities. is is the life that C.S.
began drafting this letter, we’ve come close and healthy, should not be focused on our on Facebook. Because of their leadership, Lewis was calling us to live.
to this. It’s also a bit perilous to write my own personal safety, but how our actions we’ve become an important pipeline of
thoughts in a weekly paper, as the situation may impact the elderly and other vulner- information to the community. I know these health and economic
is fast-moving, and from the time this paper able people. scares are frightening. We will pull
went to press to the time it arrived in your And the rest of our team has stepped up through this stronger than before.
mailbox, things may have changed drastically. But to Lewis’point, as we are challenged by simply being present, working hard, and
But what I write about is timeless. as individuals, families and communities, trying to ignore all the pessimism sur- roughout this temporary crisis, it is our
and also as a country, our focus should not rounding us. pledge to you that we will be a calm, unify-
A Christian pastor and friend of mine be entirely on how we prevent sickness ing force for good in the community.
reposted a column on Facebook by the I want the community to know that
late, brilliant C.S. Lewis, who wrote an we are here for you. Each week, either on -Brett Freeman

CEO & Publisher of Halston Media Group

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