Almost 50 years ago, I parked my car on Pine Street in downtown Brentwood, walked past the Lion’s Den, a little hamburger stand on the corner, and walked on the campus of Liberty High School to go to school. This morning on my way to work, I drove down that same street and tears came to my eyes. My hometown high school was gleaming with pride as she opened up the campus to another school year with the new streetscape welcoming all who entered.
Then, I saw the beautiful palm trees in the morning sun guiding me to historic downtown. Having been in this area since the fourth grade and a proud resident of Brentwood, I felt it necessary to write the editor of my favorite hometown paper to tell him how proud I am of the City of Brentwood and the Liberty Union High School District for putting on this new face for our community. I know there has been an abundance of controversy over the building of our new civic center, but it was without a doubt, a wonderful experience for this local girl.
It is all somewhat like a wedding coming together. Some days are happy, some sad but in the end, it is a joyous celebration as two lives join together. I personally welcome my fellow residents to join me as I watch as the finishing touches are made on our historic downtown and to take the time to stop in and patronize those incredible merchants who have weathered the economic storm and caution tape outside their doors. Whether it be breakfast at M.J.’s, dinner at Sweeney’s, Cap’s or La Fuente or a glass of local award-winning wine at Co. Co. County Wine Company, I think you will agree, it is worth the journey.
And finally, to those decision makers at City Hall, both school districts and the merchants who choose to hang their shingles here: I commend you on a job well done and will continue support your efforts as a loyal customer and resident.
Peggie Schuitemaker, Brentwood