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Battle of Rincon Hill Re-enactment Puts the City’s Proud Military History on Display

Battle of Rincon Hill Re-enactment Puts the City’s Proud Military History on Display

Visitors to the Rincon Memorial Park on the afternoon of June 22 were treated to a re-enactment of the Battle of Rincon Hill, on the sesquicentennial anniversary of the event that resulted in the only military casualties of the Civil War within city limits. Some highlights of the show: 3:00 pm – A group of…

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What You’re Voting For Tomorrow, Locally

What You’re Voting For Tomorrow, Locally

That’s right, tomorrow’s election day and, in addition to the presidential race, there are also many local races and issues to be decided, in what is expected to be a day of record turnout. A few items which will appear on (most of) your local ballots follow: Mayoral Largely between incumbent Mayor Joseph Wilders (D)…

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Washed Up? Cranford Baths to be Remodeled

Washed Up? Cranford Baths to be Remodeled

Green Spaces, the city public parks action group, announced this week that the derelict Cranford Baths on the banks of the East Patterson River, a dozen miles north of the city center, will soon be converted into a public park and memorial space to open next year. The news comes as a relief to residents…

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Sutter’s Hill/House/Café

Sutter’s Hill/House/Café

With the official arrival of May Day, the crossroads of Spring and Summer, locals flock out to enjoy Sutter’s Hill. Located between two abandoned railway lines—reminders of the city’s competing railroad companies consolidated out of existence long ago—Sutter’s Hill is a steep man-made mount overlooking the beautiful vista of a small man-made “lake” (though, a…

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Friday Facts: Spaghetti, Mad Beats, Otto-Mans

Friday Facts: Spaghetti, Mad Beats, Otto-Mans

:: The Knights of Pythias annual spaghetti dinner in support of Special Olympics has been canceled this year due to a decline in membership from three to one. Group spokesman, 101 year-old Charlie Cassidy, apologized for the cancellation, citing his difficulty distinguishing the numbers on the stove dials, and his inability to lift a full…

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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: 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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The City’s Most-Storied Piece of Property

The City’s Most-Storied Piece of Property

Folks often wonder whatever became of Wet-Foot Field, the stamping ground of the city’s first Ethnic-League baseball team, the Blue Stockings. Well, appropriately enough, it was excavated, lined with concrete and turned into the world-famous Swimporium public indoor swimming pools at Mabel Tripp Gardens in 1902. But wait, you might ask, whatever became of the…

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The Survivor- This Year’s Holiday Fest Tree

The Survivor- This Year’s Holiday Fest Tree

There is much you can say about this year’s official City Holiday Festival tree, to be lit tonight in front of Old City Hall. It’s very tall (49 feet), very Teutonic (Austrian Pine), will be very bright (over 8,000 lights, according to a press release from the City Manager’s office) and is very green (Pantone…

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Origins of Baxter Park

Origins of Baxter Park

Baxter Park’s location in the heart of the industrial district might not seem out of the ordinary; after all, most residents have grown up with the park and the name conjures up a treasure trove of images- ice skating on Bottom Pond in the winter, perusing the wares of street artists in the spring, bird…

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