This issue of The Bridge, as you might have guessed, is going to be a bit different than usual. While some readers have expressed that they’re “sick of hearing about the coronavirus,” and are looking forward to reading about something, anything else in our March 25 issue, the fact is that many community members are without internet and are sheltering at home with limited access to information. Some may be unsure of what resources are available to them or who to call for help if they need it. We at The Bridge feel a profound sense of duty to provide as much information to those readers as we can.
As such, in this issue you will find a new Community Bulletin Board filled with neighbors advertising offers of assistance or new ways of obtaining services remotely. We have also provided a list of community and government resources, including phone numbers where possible, for elderly readers who may need extra help during this time. Also included is a business directory with up-to-the-minute information about what local stores are open, closed, or offering alternative hours and methods of shopping. We’ve tried to live up to our publication’s name, and bridge the chasm between those in need and those who can help; those who seek accurate information during this crisis and those who can provide it.
We know this issue doesn’t provide much of a distraction from the anxiety of this moment. But we hope the information contained in it will provide some comfort, or ideally, be a resource for our most vulnerable readers.
Stay safe, and see you all soon.
Editor in Chief