Posts Tagged ‘ Mabel Tripp Gardens ’

Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

Friday Facts: Budget Woes, FDR, Himmler Bay

:: Estimated five-year city budget deficit awaiting Maribeth Cosgrove when she is sworn in as mayor on Monday: Over $650 million :: Portion of the city budget in ten years that will have to be paid for pension and benefits, according to current union contracts : 61% :: City union contracts up for renewal this…

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First Dirigible Conservatory to Land at Mabel Tripp Gardens

First Dirigible Conservatory to Land at Mabel Tripp Gardens

Commuters will witness a curious sight floating amid the Central Corridor’s skyscrapers tomorrow morning: a transparent dirigible filled with greenery will be seen making its northerly approach from its current week-long stop at New Heath’s Horticultural Center and Casino. The dirigible SS Wassermelone is currently on a transoceanic goodwill/window shopping tour after making several stops…

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Friday Facts: Burning leaves, weeping sausage

Friday Facts: Burning leaves, weeping sausage

:: The city is home to no less than seven junior and community colleges, one of which (Sparrow Valley Community College, on Cedar Ave and S.Sparrow Valley Dr.) boasts a Zagat-rated three-star cafeteria. :: The large outdoor clock above the main entrance of the City Hall Annex was accidentally set to Standard Time last weekend.…

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DeedlesCon 2007

DeedlesCon 2007

It’s once again time to grab your frying pan hats and potted mint plants; DeedlesCon is back in town! Celebrating its twentieth year of operation, DeedlesCon is a chance for memorabilia collectors and fans alike to come together and share their love of locally created comic strip icon Junior Deedles. Probably best known for being…

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Friday Facts: Mayors, Making Out, Meatloaf

Friday Facts: Mayors, Making Out, Meatloaf

:: Clarence ‘Big Stan’ Stanton is the only mayor to be recalled (1910) in the city’s history, though it is widely believed that Mordecai M. Miller resigned (1877) to avoid the same fate. His successor, M. Seymour Haley, faced recall in 1879, but retained his office by a single vote. Both Haley and Miller died…

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Friday Facts: Green, BLT

Friday Facts: Green, BLT

:: The WUIH-TV Weathersphere atop the Beacon Financial Tower has four colors of neon tubing (soon to be relaced with LED): Red (weather alert), Green (calm), Purple (rain and wind), Blue (ice and snow) :: According to a poll of more than 2,000 city residents, the most popular remedies for a hangover include raw eggs…

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The Shrouded City

The Shrouded City

Television dramatist Stirling Silliphant famously wrote that “there are eight million stories in the naked city.” Local author Burton Becker is out to prove that our city has a few million stories of its own, even if they are a bit more conservatively dressed. Becker has just published his fourth novel, Same Time Last Year,…

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“Famous Trees In Our City”

“Famous Trees In Our City”

With this Friday being Arbor Day, let us take a moment to examine some of this city’s famous foliage. Independence Elm (1781) During colonial times the city was just two muddy streets– a small collection of homes surrounding the church and graveyard. Word of the Continental Congress was slow to reach our isolated hamlet, but…

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Friday Facts: Hugs and Kisses, Matilda

Friday Facts: Hugs and Kisses, Matilda

:: Between 1975 and 1988, city-wide legislation prohibited the use of the words “New York” or “Chicago-style” in describing foodstuffs. :: Our city was home to the next-to-last surviving Passenger Pigeon, Matilda. Matilda passed away August 22, 1914. :: Number of businesses within the city limits with “Hugs” in its name: Three (The “Bun Huggs”…

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Friday Facts: Eggs, Monodirevr, Stripper Parkas

Friday Facts: Eggs, Monodirevr, Stripper Parkas

:: This Saturday is the 34th annual Last Year’s Easter Egg Hunt at Whittinger’s Park. The Greek Gardening Consortium insists that they hid more than 12 eggs and that if the rest aren’t found there will be no 35th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Whittinger’s Park. :: Acts of violence committed against actors dressed as…

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