From the Desk of the Publisher

What A Difference A Day Makes

 

On Thursday when Amy and I made our way to Cambria – the equivalent of Disneyland to many – I had no idea what was about to unfold.

On Thursday the fears surrounding COVID-19 were just begining to take hold. On Sunday, we returned to empty store shelves and news of closures of public places. Granted, we weren’t totally uninformed while we were away; family members told us how challenging it was to find certain items – especially toilet paper. Wow! That was unexpected. And bottled water was highly sought after. What – faucets don’t work anymore? But people can be funny.

And people can be kind. Late on Tuesday night, I came home to find that my neighbors, Berolina Bakery owners Anders and Youna Karlsson, left a “care package” of rolls and breakfast pastry on my front porch and the porches of some of our neighbors.

Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly.
She can be reached at
robin@cvweekly.com or
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On social media I was touched to read of those who have the time and ability reaching out to shop for those who are susceptible to COVID-19. Also on social media are posts where certain hard-to-find items, like milk, bread and eggs, can be purchased. That to me is the strength of social media – what I call the “over the fence” discussions, suggestions and recommendations.

Unfortunately that is not all that can be found on social media. Not surprising is the rise in scams that include promising a cure for COVID-19. (Mary O’Keefe shares scam information on the bottom cover of this week’s paper.)

Standing in the grocery store on Sunday, I took a photo of the empty shelves (toilet paper aisle), absorbing how historic the times are that we are living in. Unfortunately the toll will be high, and I’m not just talking about those who will perish due to the virus. The stock market is a mess and many businesses – including this newspaper – are suffering financial losses. In our case it’s because many of our advertisers have to temporarily close their business negating the need to advertise. We are hopeful that other resources will step in to fill that gap.

I took the opportunity to write a note this week to our advertisers and supporters. In it I said that, despite current hurdles, CV Weekly understands that we are in a unique position to alert the public of the important changes in our community. Distributing reliable, trusted information is what we have done since the Station Fire in 2009 and every other challenge we, as a community, have encountered. I encouraged people who want to share information or that they’re open for business. I ended by writing that we are all in this together and together we will all get through it.

I believe that. I can’t say that I know that we will come out unscathed, but I take comfort that we will get through these trying times – together.

Finally, I encourage you to follow us on our website and social media or sign up for our e-blasts (send an email to robin@cvweekly.com to get in the “blast zone”). We are providing information just about every day regarding the changing landscape of our community.