Hi. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a Friday update. Happy Juneteenth.
Juneteenth marks the official end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 or thereabouts, the last enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas were notified of their freedom by Union troops who read aloud the Emancipation Proclamation. Beginning to recognize, commemorate, and celebrate this important day in American history is a small step. We have much work to do together to help Beverly live up to the promise of equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all our residents, and we are beginning the hard work necessary to really make progress. You’ll hear more soon, and I hope you will join in the effort.
A few other notes to share - Congratulations to all our school children for finishing your school year – it has been so different from what you, and we all, expected. You have done an awesome job with all your online learning, and we are proud of you! To everyone, with school done for the summer, PLEASE pay closer attention as your drive around Beverly. Our kids will now be out and about all day long. Please share our roads and sidewalks safely – let’s all rededicate ourselves to keeping our eyes and our attention on the road at all times while driving. Thank you!
Second, with a warm, sunny weekend on tap and people wanting to enjoy our parks and beaches, please remember these basics. When in our shared public spaces, let’s please keep our distance from each other, have our face coverings with us, and cover our nose and mouth with it when we are within six feet of others. While walking along Lothrop Street, let’s all respect the one-way sidewalks, walking along the left facing oncoming traffic. Elsewhere, on roads with two sidewalks, let’s do the same. On roads with one or no sidewalk, let’s use our best judgement, stay safe, and be patient and kind with each other.
Third, Lion’s mane jellyfish have arrived in Beverly waters this week. Please be attentive if you go to the beach. Their sting can be painful. If stung, the CDC says it is best treated with vinegar followed by hydrocortisone.
Last, our collective ability to more fully re-open our community really does depend on three things: hygiene, especially hand washing, keeping our distance from each other, and wearing face coverings. Doing these three things consistently will help keep us all healthy and our public spaces and small businesses open. I hope everyone has a happy, healthy weekend. Thank you, All.