To the Editor:
The tribute to Jane Averill in the Dec. 16 Herald was certainly well deserved, but there is much more to her story. Jane was indeed a passionately and dedicated teacher; and she was also a passionate and dedicated community volunteer.
During our long fight to secure the expansion of Nichols Park, Jane was a stalwart supporter of the Friends of the Lot. As one of the original and active members, she was always available to attend even last-minute meetings, make phone calls, distribute leaflets, and advocate for the park expansion. Following our success the meadow, and – vital to the 4th on 53rd – allowed the use of her apartment’s electricity to power the “Bouncy House.” She took on an even larger role this summer by managing the Children’s Stage.
As a continual friends of the park, a stalwart volunteer, and a special friend of ours, she will be deeply missed.