Dear Editor,

This past Saturday was a beautiful day, made even more special by the love and caring shown to my nephew Gabriel by the City of Bayonne. Gabriel turned 4 that day. No party could be held this year due to the rules of social distancing, but his parents wanted to make the day special for him as our youngest members are feeling the effects of this quarantine but clearly cannot comprehend the reasons their lives have been turned upside down. 

My sister-in-law Michelle, an ICU nurse at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, and her husband, Danny, a Special Ed math teacher at Union City High School, contacted me to see what special event we could plan for the day. 

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We have all seen on the TV and Facebook these new “drive-by” celebrations, so I made a phone call to our mayor, Jimmy Davis. In 10 minutes, he was able to get the police and fire departments to schedule a drive by on Willow Street for the next day. 

At the scheduled time of the parade my nephew was on his porch and his eyes lit up with joy as a fire truck, police car and ambulance all drove by with their horns honking and sirens flashing.

And this was ALL FOR HIM. Gabriel could not have been happier, and I could not be more blessed than to live in Bayonne, a town that cares so deeply for all of its residents. 

Thank you, Jimmy Davis and all the public servants who make our lives more enjoyable and special each day. You are all heroes.

Thank you, BAYONNE,

Lisa Prusko