By Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton President
I remember vividly the last time I saw my fellow Sustainable Newton Board members in person, on the evening of March 9, gathered around a table in our usual meeting room at First Presbyterian Church of Covington.
Three days earlier, 21 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed on a cruise ship off the California coast, and the disease had reached a nursing home in Washington state. But the World Health Organization had yet to declare a pandemic.
Still, I recall the awkward silence when a colleague sneezed several times. "Bless you," we said out loud, but our body language was a little more complicated. We adjourned at the end of the meeting without saying so, but I suspected we might not see each other again for a month or two.
And, then, all Hell broke loose.