Museum’s Ford Thrives on Bailouts

Museum’s Ford Thrives on Bailouts

One of the many historical treasures of the Keets Harbor area, the Maritime Military Museum has thus far avoided the budget shortfall common to many other municipal, civic and cultural institutions around the city. No small contributor to the museum’s fiscal health has been its Development Director, Albert Ford, who took over fundraising efforts in…

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The Santamobiles of Bradburn’s Department Store

The Santamobiles of Bradburn’s Department Store

Through the mid part of the century, the City’s Downtown was home to several large department stores, most of which were flagships of local or regional chains- Osberger’s, Whitestone’s, Bradburn’s, Foster & Asher’s, Harriman Bros. and even a branch of Gimbels. Of these, only Whitestone’s is still extant and the Macy’s in the old Bradburn’s…

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Profile: The Absent-Minded Philanthropist

Profile: The Absent-Minded Philanthropist

“One of my foster mothers always said God gave me such a big heart to make up for my lack of common sense,” jokes Bill Mayweather. “If that’s true, I must have a heart the size of a city block.” Mayweather, 37, works in the housekeeping department at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Shaffer Blvd.…

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For your ears: Smart City, new Wasted Words

For your ears: Smart City, new Wasted Words

Two audio items for you this week- :: Editor RJ White has a piece from The City Desk on this week’s “Christmas in the City” edition of public radio’s Smart City. It’s an amalgamation of some briefer holiday pieces over the years and he reads it slowly and with a pronounced Midwestern accent. Also on…

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New Mayor to Toss Quarters

New Mayor to Toss Quarters

One of outgoing Mayor Joseph Wilders’ best-received programs was his initiative to remove outdated ordinances from the city’s legal code (first item). However, the gratitude of the populace at no longer being required to maintain the lower edge of their moustaches above the upper lip (1871) eventually proved to have a negligible effect on his…

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In Case You Missed It: Thanksgiving Stories

In Case You Missed It: Thanksgiving Stories

As you’re getting ready to eat a largish meal this week, we present to you some of our more favored Thanksgiving-related pieces from the past. :: The End of the Thanksgiving Baby :: What A Character! – Fatty Turkey :: Thanksgiving and the night before :: Why it is called “Black Friday” Have a nice…

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The City Desk on public radio’s “Smart City”

The City Desk on public radio’s “Smart City”

The new episode of Smart City™, a wonderful public radio program covering urbanism and city life, features a reading by Leonard Pierce of one of his pieces from The City Desk. It is even referred to as a “special treat.” But of course it is. We all knew this. So- listen on your local station…

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City Residents Going Out of Town For Guns

City Residents Going Out of Town For Guns

This recession has meant hard times and few customers for most local businesses, but 23 miles south of the city, in nearby Lakeview Falls, at least one retailer is doing well. Slaven’s Outdoor World has been filled to capacity with city residents looking to purchase firearms. In fact, according to owner Lou Slaven, sales are…

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For Your Ears: Wasted Words

For Your Ears: Wasted Words

A new episode of the Wasted Words podcast is now available. It is hosted by your editor, RJ White, and the panel includes The City Desk contributors Shek Baker and Stephen Levinson. Thank you.

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