It’s over – the longest year ever. But there are silver linings as we look forward to 2021. We offer thoughts and thanks for the following.

• The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Altos Village Association, the cities of Los Altos and Mountain View, and the town of Los Altos Hills, for pulling together to assist our local businesses and restaurants. The creativity and spirit of cooperation has been amazing.

• Neighbors – checking on one another and offering support.

• Family time (lots of it). Working and schooling remotely has changed how we do things, and it has allowed us, as families, to spend more time with those we love.

• A vaccine – it’s here and will make 2021 a promising year.

• Optimism. Reflecting on the challenges of 2020, we are confident that it has made us stronger together. When we gather together again, it will not be taken for granted.

• Appreciation to those frontline doctors and nurses, and those keeping our economy running – the store and restaurant personnel, transportation and postal workers. All are heroes putting themselves at risk for us.

• Awareness – of each other, our interdependence and how fortunate we really are.

• Compassion – for the underserved members of our community, for those who need a hand up, not a handout.

• Love – for our families, our communities, our environment, and how it is all important to our well-being. The support systems that have arisen in this unprecedented time help address the situations we have faced.

• YOU – our readers, our advertisers, our supporters, all of whom have given us feedback on how to be better. Thanks to our community.

The Town Crier team wishes everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous new year.