|Mendell Plaza in lights. Photo: Footprints|
No wonder, then, that Bayview Opera House Executive Director Barbara Ockel (pictured above, center), was so happy when the tree on Mendell Plaza that she helped decorate the evening before was ceremonially "lit" last Friday.
The tree lighting was part of a cluster of events at the Opera House and Old Skool Cafe, and attracted about 20 participants on what was a rainy evening. Many were governmental representatives, including Police Chief Greg Suhr and Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Services Joaquin Torres. Involved residents included the YMCA's Gina Fromer and Old Skool's Teresa Goines.