Outside a festive Hope Gardens Community Center, decorated with tinsel and strings of lights, several community board members are bringing large containers of food. It can only mean one thing. A special Christmas-themed Community Board 4 running diary!
6:30 PM: Yes, it’s time for Community Board 4’s Annual Christmas Party, which is held in lieu of its monthly meeting. At the entrance of the room are three tables with sixteen foil food compartments, heated by small Bunsen burners. There are white paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and about two-dozen round tables with tartan tablecloths from the Martha Stewart Living Collection. The board’s familiar U-shaped table is missing. So is Chair Julie Dent.