2001-11-17 / Letters

Proud Of Belle Harbor

Proud Of Belle Harbor

Dear Editor:

 My wife and I have been proud residents of Belle Harbor for more than six years.

We were proud of our choice of community when we moved into our apartment and people from the block came over to welcome us.  We were proud when neighbors invited us to their annual beach parties, and when they stopped by to welcome our son, Ryan to the world.

We have been, and continue to be proud to live in a neighborhood where people still say "hello" to strangers, and hold the door open for people who are behind them.

We were extremely proud recently when we witnessed the courage and heroics of our neighbors and their families as we all coped with the horrors that occurred at the World Trade Center in September.  We have been prouder still as we tried to attend as many of the memorials and funerals of our Rockaway neighbors as we could, seeing the support and attention given to the families who lost loved ones, many of whom rushed into danger to help people they had never met.

Just when we thought we couldn't be prouder to live here, we witnessed hundreds of our neighbors drop everything to help those who were suffering after the crash of flight #587.

On and off-duty police, firefighters, medical technicians, nurses, doctors, and men and women from all occupations worked together to douse flames, evacuate homes, direct traffic, and support the rescue effort.  Others worked to feed, clothe, and shelter those who had lost their homes.

When Belinda and I were married in 1996, the caption in the WAVE stated that we planned to live here "until all the sand is gone."  Now we plan to stay even longer.  We hope that our family can live up to the example of others, as we continue to be proud residents of Belle Harbor.

ROBBY SCHWACH


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