Column: Fall season has much in store for east Bronx residents

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My constituent services team and I kicked this week off by joining the children of District 13, at PS 12, PS 14, PS 105, PS 108 and PS 175, for their first day of school — dispensing hand sanitizer and child-sized masks. I wish them all a successful and safe academic year.
The summer saw a return, albeit altered, to a lot of the usual pre-COVID district fare. We held our annual summer concert series, putting the full music spectrum of the Bronx on display for district residents. But now summer is over, and this last weekend — as we progress to the halfway mark of September — we put on an amazing afternoon of fun and culinary delight with a Chowder Festival, in cooperation with the City Island Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to the winners. The fall season with Team Gjonaj will be one to remember, with many more events and offerings in store. Stay tuned to our social media for news and updates.
The weekend also took on a somber and contemplative note — we, myself and other community leaders, gathered at Jacobi Hospital to remember the lives lost on 9/11. From its 20th anniversary onwards, may we never forget the lives lost, the heroics of our first responders and the indelible impact it has had on our city and country ever since. As the city faces another challenge in COVID-19, which has tested us physically, socially and economically, let us remember the lessons of unity and rebuilding gleaned from 9/11.
For questions, concerns or assistance from my constituent services team, please do not hesitate to contact my district office at either or at (718) 931-1721. Thank you and stay safe, it’s an honor to serve the great east Bronx.

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