America’s Independence Day
“Taxation without representation!” was the battle cry in America’s 13 Colonies, which were forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III despite having no representation in the British Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell the early movement toward rebellion. Repeated attempts by the Colonists to resolve the crisis without military conflict proved fruitless.
Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
On June 11, 1776, the Colonies’ Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee whose express purpose was drafting a document that would formally sever their ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, crafted the original draft document. Discussions of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two — Pennsylvania and South Carolina — voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained.
John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock signed his name “with a great flourish” so England’s “King George can read that without spectacles!” Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.
Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal employees.
From PBS.org and Military.com
July Entertainment News
Our Travel Around the World Program has been very successful and we plan to continue it at least through the month of July. The first week of July, will of course be the United States of America. The next week is Spain, then Germany, Mexico and finally Australia. As it has been in June, there will be a quiz every week, a program every evening on Channel 195, and the special give-away on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 in the main elevator lobby. We are also following this theme with a couple of Wellness Programs as Petra will tell you about in her article.
We are cautiously looking at having live entertainment again. We have been in touch with several of our local entertainers and have gotten mixed answers as to whether they are willing to come perform. The two options we have are to use the auditorium with only 37 residents present, all wearing masks, and broadcasting the program live on channel 195. Or to set up the chairs on the third floor terrace, where we could hold at least 50 people, and hope the weather cooperates. We will continue to work on this and hope to have entertainment in August.
Good news: we can show movies on Channel 195! Since times have been so serious lately, we chose some light-hearted movies to show in July. The following movies will be shown: Wednesday July 1st will be “Guarding Tess” a comedy with Shirley MacLaine and Nicholas Cage. Saturday July 4th we will show “The First American” about the life and legacy of George Washington. “Dave” a comedy with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver will be shown on Sunday July 5th. “The Pajama Game” with Doris Day will be shown Wednesday July 8th and Saturday July 11th. On Sunday July 12th we will show “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. “Sabrina” with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart will be shown Wednesday July 15th and Saturday July 18th. “Quartet” a comedy directed by Dustin Hoffman on Sunday July 19th. Wednesday July 22nd and Saturday July 25th there will be an endearing movie called “Hello, My Name is Doris” starring Sally Field. Sunday July 26th and Wednesday July 29th you can see Tom Hanks in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.
By Petra Mueller
Exciting news – we will have a “Celebrate America” event on July 2nd on four of the newly renovated floors. Between 10 and 11 am you can start walking on any of these floors: 6, 8, 9 and 11. We are exploring the four corner states of the US: Maine, Florida, California and Washington. By answering questions about those states and walking the 3 wings of each floor to get one full mile of exercise; you then will receive a little souvenir from each state.
The end of the month, on July 30th, we have planned some games in the auditorium. With social distancing in mind we will offer a variety of tossing games, where you can score points and win prices. No previous experience needed, just come and have some fun. Focusing on the games and laughing will help ease the tension, which we all deal with these days.
Channel 195 offers a variety of classes at all different times of the day, check it out, if you have not done so yet.
Let’s go back to what seems like ancient history. It’s the Super Bowl 2020 and they have decided to try zero waste. At each NFL game there are usually 80,000 pounds of waste created, this amount can double and more at a Super Bowl game. Can we do better at Bay Village? The answer is “yes we can!” When we arrive at the “new normal”.
We can eliminate all single use plastic at ALL events. Paper still works and will disintegrate in the land fill. Please remember that paper containers go out with the trash. Its production does necessitate cutting down trees. Aluminum cups were used at the Super Bowl. Aluminum can be recycled endlessly. Also, at the game they substituted bamboo utensils. Bamboo trees grow extremely fast.
What else can we do at Bay Village? We recycle glass and plastics, however, only 10 percent of the plastic we put in the recycle bins ever gets sold to end users. There just is not a market for most recycled plastic. It is too expensive to clean and sort it. Just a reminder: Bring your own coffee cup/mugs, when you are going down to get coffee. Bring your paper bags to the café. You can reuse them many times, but the café cannot accept your bags to give to another resident.
NFL also had the venders give their left-over food to nonprofits.
When we work together we can accomplish much. If you have any ideas please contact the committee.
The Environmental Awareness Committee
A Fond Farewell
After almost 40 years at Bay Village, Leesa Rendeczky is resigning. Leesa started out as a Nursing Assistant on the second floor in August of 1981. She then moved to the activities department on the second floor in May of 1987. Leesa moved to the Resident Services Department in 1996 and has been there ever since. Leesa has been presented with the Employee of the Month Award 5 times and was Employee of the Year in 2010. Leesa is organized, plans great parties, and is a very hard worker. But most importantly she is the friendly face everyone sees when they enter the Resident Services Office. Leesa will be greatly missed by staff and residents alike, but she is moving to Indiana to be closer to her family. Unfortunately during this time we cannot have a farewell party, but there is a basket outside the Resident Services office if you would like to write her a card. Best wishes Leesa and THANK YOU!