Friday, April 30, 2010
And, from my business perspective on the Indiana shore, not much of Derby consumerism leaves the Commonwealth apart from Thunder, which I view as an egregious atrocity.
With each passing year, it annoys me to see the Hoosier money flowing into Louisville during Derby festival, when traditionally it’s so hard to reverse the stream. That’s changing, though, and the greater willingness of Louisvillians to venture north is positive.
Worst of all to me, these two weeks increasingly imply a complete suspension of productive activity, business or otherwise, as we wait for affairs to return to a condition of quasi-normalcy. I suppose it’s great for the folks who like it, and it is as boring as it can possibly be for people like me. It's like waiting for it to stop raining so you can get something done ... similar to what the Derby's adherents will be feeling tomorrow if the weather report is accurate.
My friend Matt Nash thinks Derby season is great, and he explains why in today’s Tribune.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
If everyone does not know my name is Michael Wickliffe and I am the owner of Wicks. I have been writing this goofy newsletter for a while now and I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to either read it or delete it from your e mail. With that being said I hope every one of you all cash a winning ticket this Derby, because with your help it seems like I have had a winning derby ticket every year. Thanks to all of you for supporting your local best of Louisville Wicks Pizza and Pub.
This Derby is not any different here at Wicks except that it will be the first Derby for our new store in Indiana. We are currently remodeling the second floor of this building. It is coming out better than I could have ever imagined. We will be adding another 5000 square feet of party space to this location. We are putting in a big new stage and we are adding a private party room for up to 100 people. You will be able to do power point presentations on a projection television and we will have a great stereo system in there. This is going to be a great new addition to the ever growing city of New Albany. I must give this town an A plus rating in the way it has treated my company and I. Big shout out to the mayor and his staff. If you have not been to this location the building is a treat in itself. Being built in 1866 and still with the original front doors, this building is fun to walk through.
Derby eve and Derby night the only place to be is in the highlands. That is where you will catch all of the locals having a good time. Let all the crazy people from out of town hang out downtown at the old Galleria. But if you cannot make it to Baxter, all of our family owned Wicks will have the best local musicians kicking it for you this Derby weekend. So get a sitter for the kids, or what the heck bring them out with you. They just cannot enjoy an ice cold beer, but they will love the pizza.
We have great specials at all 5 of our family owned and operated Wicks Pizzas. You can check out our newly redone website at www.wickspizza.com. They will have all the specials we have at our 5 locations. And you can check out our band calendars to see who is playing at your local Wicks Pizza and Pub.
We at wicks wish all of our great customers a very happy Kentucky Derby. Please make sure you wear your seat belts, and drink responsible!
Thanks for your business and Happy Derby,
Today, the musical schedule. For a glimpse at the posters for the festival and golf scramble, go here: Save the date: 2nd annual Celts on the River music fest, June 12, 2010 ... and here: Save the date: Charity Golf Scramble sponsored by Covered Bridge and Celts on the River music fest, June 11, 2010.
Celts on the River Performance Schedule
June 12th at the New Albany Amphitheater
2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Kick-off – 2:00 p.m.
Liam’s Fancy – 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cloigheann – 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Keltricity – 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Guilderoy Byrne (with McClanahan Dancers) 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (extra 15 minutes to allow time for plenty of dancing!)
Louisville Pipe Band 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Introductions (Mayors England and Abramson, Stan Curtis (or another rep from Blessings in a Backpack), singing of national anthems: 7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Headline Band – direct from Dublin , Ireland – The BeerMats – 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
“Celtic jam session” (ALL musicians are welcome to participate 9) p.m. - 10 p.m.
“After Party” at the New Albanian Bank Street Brewhouse – please stop by for the fun – last year we had a packed house ... 10:00 p.m. until the sun comes up (kidding … sort of!)
BAYLOR: Hassan in Pithion, 1985
There were valuable lessons to be learned from finding myself conversing with a Syrian traveling salesman during the hot morning hours of an aimless day in a tiny border town with more rail sidings and goats than humans.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The format's usually the same, and it's always worth a few minutes to peruse the art. You need not be a Commie to enjoy the links to Allan's on-line galleries.As in the past, permit me to thank Allan for his boundless hospitality and to share his latest posting.
We have a series of new exhibitions on the Gamborg Gallery on the web:
Nudes in Soviet Art
Artists in the Soviet period spent most of their time working on commissions from the state or state enterprises. However, in their private artistic lives, nudes often was a favourite theme for the artists. This exhibition shows works by artists Roman Zhitkov, Boris Sholokhov, Konstantin Lekomtsev, Natalia gippiu, Konstantin Gneushev, Marina Uspenskaya, Galina Shubina, Irina Vitman, Boris Uspensky, Veniamin Briskin, Boris Rybchenkov.
Gouache Posters commissioned by the Communist Party, by Veniamin Briskin
A series of unique gouache posters by Veniamin Briskin. The posters were commissioned by the Central Committee of the Communist Party. They have all been signed and approved by responsible persons, on behalf of the Central Committee. Later they went into production, and were printed in 50.000 copies.
Adolf Demko (born 1940)
The exhibition shows 1980s lithographs of Moscow in the very early perestrojka days. Adolf Ivanovich Demko was born in Moscow, and in 1965 he the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. He is a member of the Artists' Union since 1975. Since graudation his favourite media has been lithography, and his favourite topic is the streets of Moscow - particulaly evening cityscapes. He is a Merited Artist of Russia (заслуженный художник), and in 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of the Fine Arts.
Lidya Sukhova (1927-2001)
Well-known Moscow muralist (монументалист) and poster artist.
Sergei Datskevich (1917-1977)
Famous poster artist, mainly known for his classic posters of Soviet films of the 1950s and 1960s, for example "Служили два товарища" and Kalina Krasnaya (Калина Красная).
The Moscow Metro, 1954 illustrations by Roman Zhitkov
A series of original artwork for illustrations to the book “The Moscow Metro” (Московский метрополитен), by famous book illustrator and graphics artist Roman Zhitkov.
The Old Man and the Sea (Старик и море), illustrations by Vadim Volikov
Original artwork for illustrations to a 1960s Soviet edition of the famous tale by Ernest Hemingway, by artist Vadim Volikov.
The First Step (Первый шаг), illustrations by Marina Uspenskaya)
A series of original illustrations by Marina Uspenskaya for the book "Первый шаг" (The First Step) by Silva Kaputikyan, issued in 1972 by publishing house "Detskaya Literatura" in 1.800.000 copies.
The Wind (Ветерок), illustrations by Marina Uspenskaya
Illustrations to the 1964 book "Ветерок" (Wind") by Georgii Ball, Detskaya Literatura. Printed in 150.000 copies. Price was 17 copecks.
Enjoy the shows!
New Albany masterplan must be funded to work, officials say; Drainage plan calls for $22.4 million in projects, by Daniel Suddeath (Tribune)How did the expected CFA self-immolations proceed, anyway?
... But officials realize the city can’t afford to fund $22.4 million in projects within a few years, (Stantec project manager Steve) Hall continued.
Another gem, this one of the legal bagel/copperhead variety, comes packaged within Suddeath's account of the city council's shiny new 5-4 progressive majority, which held long enough to pass two 3rd readings at yesterday's special conclave. It seems that even though the council president and city clerk scrupulously obeyed the law as it governs placement of agenda items for such a gathering, it did not please the resident reptilian polymath:
New Albany council passes sewer loan; Full-time attorney, grant writer also OK’d by councilThat's a world classic quote, perhaps sufficiently profound to be printed on the front of the tickets required to visit the Open Air Museum.
“It is the law, yes. But to me, it’s not enough,” (Dan) Coffey said.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I'd like to add only this: Now more than ever, with more people of (shall we gently say) diverse socio-economic and educational backgrounds on bicycles, we need to remember that just like drivers of autos, cyclists need to be taught how to do it correctly. It can be chaotic out there, especially in enforcement-challenged New Albany, not to mention the fact that few bikes come equipped with ashtrays.
What we know about bike infrastructure: people want it
We know that 90 percent of the people are not going to be cycling to work or around town. But that opportunity and that kind of alternative is something people have said they want.
Can the flames thus engendered be doused with iced tea flavored Kool Aid? Will councilmen Jeff Gahan and Pat McLaughlin, the latter possessing the only known copy of the city's financial report, continue to excel in political spelunking?
Must the NAACP wait to protest a council meeting until after Jack Messer formally becomes a Republican? Is uncouncilman Price filling his rental properties with air mattresses and cans of pork and beans, and announcing a spring gala sale on room and board?
Is the Open Air Museum really this entertaining, or are we just that bored?
Business still to be decided for New Albany council; Council to take final vote on $7.4 million sewer loan Tuesday night, by Daniel Suddeath (Tribune)
The final piece of a sewer-rate increase puzzle will be vetted by the New Albany City Council today.
At 5 p.m., the council will convene to take a final ballot on a loan ordinance that would allow the sewer utility to accept a $7.4 million state loan. The second reading of the measure passed 5-4.
The third reading was delayed so sewer attorney Greg Fifer could finalize the rate structure and other details of the loan.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Ducats for Saturday night and Sunday afternoon games, Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers, at Fenway Park: Check.
U2 360 tour tickets for the show at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey: Check.
Still need Amtrak tickets BOS-NYC-BOS, someplace for us to sleep while in Boston, my cousin's plans for the family reunion in Concord MA later the same week, a New England brewery locations map, and a wheelbarrow of cash.
But: The 50th birthday trip planning exercise for July is coming along nicely. Maybe a year without Europe won't be so bad, after all.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Tribune editorial: Build the East End bridge, re-evaluate the Downtown bridge, and annoy the hell out of 1SI by disagreeing.
TRIBUNE EDITORIAL: Bridges plan not worth any cost
While the East End Bridge is worked on let’s discuss how the remaining parts of the plan can be modified or pared to implement a 21st century-worthy plan that doesn’t heap more vehicles and concrete on our landscape. We support the concept of a greener economy as a nation and we hope our region can lead the way with innovation such as enhanced public transportation. (Instead of letting the current regional transit authority cut service.) Many ideas and options are more feasible now than they were when this project began.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
April showers notwithstanding, the Bicentennial Art Project installation at Bank Street Brewhouse is almost finished.
The bottles in front compose the "lightbright" effect, while those on the sides stand upright and document the history of brewing in New Albany.
Imagine if those historically disadvantaged people started making educational strides in the public schools and they shut those schools down to better facilitate more spending in the privileged white areas, cutting a big "U" shape in a hillside school district to keep the privileged children from having to mingle with poor.
Imagine if our chamber of commerce and the head of our local university applauded such measures and egged them on.
Imagine if our state leaders built campaign platforms on the basis of it being unfair that the privileged should have to pay for such institutionalized luxuries.
And then do what the title says.
Wise: Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black
Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Join us for Art on the Parish Green, June 5th and 6th 2010, at 1015 E. Main Street, New Albany, Indiana.
Over 40 artists will showcase the best in various fine art mediums from all around the Louisville area. Live music provided by Jimmy's Music Center in New Albany on Saturday and the Rudyard Kipling on Sunday, Children's Activities sponsored by the YMCA of Southern Indiana featuring Jungle John and his Silly Safari on Sunday.
Art on the Parish Green is proud to serve the finest in microbrewery beer from the New Albanian Brewing Company and treat you to great food from great vendors like: Real Bison from That's a Wrap, Greek Gyros from AJ's in Georgetown IN, Cinnamon Roasted Nuts from M & T, Coffee Treats from the Hobnob Roasting Company and more festival favorites from Eat Your Heart Out Catering.
The show begins Saturday June 5th, from 10 am to 9:30 pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
Visit our website or call 812-944-0413 for more details and see our commercial beginning May 20th on the Insight Cable Network.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
BAYLOR: On certain hot local topics
Let's hope that the sun shines into the obscured conceptual niches of the political dark side, and tiny shoots of rationality start poking their way toward the light. If not, perhaps we can continue to rely on the council's only officially declared Republican to cast swing votes that really matter.
Randy Smith offers a dispassionate and thoughtful analysis of the increasingly surreal case of Jack Messer and racist comments that were made, or not made.
The crux of the issue remains this, as phrased by Randy: "Without a formal complaint, how does this become a public issue? How does the Merit Commission even take up the matter?"
I like Jack Messer, and believe he's done a fine job on the council. I've no clue as to his job performance as police officer, and having heard nothing negative, I'm inclined to take it as a positive -- not unlike umpiring. If his words have violated the racial compact, there obviously must be discipline. But surely there is a procedure to determine this apart from the unfolding trial by press release and media circus?
Does such a procedure exist? Or, are we seeing it now? I'm neither rushing to defend not hurrying to distance, just inquiring ...
Zero Tolerance, But What's Real and What's Not?
... Wednesday evening, the New Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) successfully summoned all 4 local TV stations, 2 local newspapers, and inadvertently 1 Internet journalist to a press conference on the steps of the New Albany Police Department.
The occasion was a hitherto unknown meeting of the Police Merit Commission, whose purpose was to conduct an inquiry into whether comments made by police officer Jack Messer in January constituted officially inappropriate conduct.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I'm headed back that way, and later this evening, I'll post more photos of Leticia's evolving project.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Did it then become a “want”? We await clarification from Professor Erika’s Tea Kettle Serenade.
Of all the news stories to come down the information rutted dirt goat path of late, this is the one that requires a master’s degree in protocol before finally managing to tunnel through to the actual topic. The city of New Albany has wrested 4.5 miles of Indiana 111 from the state, and before I can express cautionary mixed feelings, there must be a discussion about whom to thank and in what order they must be congratulated.
Alphabetically, the contestants are State Representative Ed Clere, Mayor Doug England, and Deputy Mayor Carl Malysz. I imagine that John Rosenbarger and Scott Wood should be included, but they are not listed in the press release. Some might suggest that Governor Mitch Daniels receive credit, but I’d rather drink Bud Light than stoop to that.
Thanks, guys. Does Clere’s opponent, Shane Gibson, get equal time here? Just in case, go ahead and throw his name in the pot, too.
Now comes the part that we’re all waiting to hear: A detailed plan to allay fears that the settlement cash won't go toward future widening and upkeep of 111. I can already hear Dan Coffey demand that it be divided among flood victims or used to subsidize sewer rates.
As for widening, a bicycle lane connecting downtown with IUS now becomes a possibility, doesn’t it? One that passes the city's largest public park?
After all, it’s the city’s road to control. Daniel Suddeath's article mentions adding a fifth auto lane near the Interstate. Given current conditions, green makes more sense, doesn't it?
Monday, April 19, 2010
Just the same, I’m not sure it was a good idea for Mayor England to take the recent “death threats” to the city council and make them public.
To begin, exaggerating a lesser threat runs the risk of imbuing it with unwarranted credence. We’re not talking Al Qaeda here, folks, although an element of the dynamic remains consistent. Drunk, sober, real or imagined, a person choosing to make a threat in any situation wishes to alter the dynamic by insinuating a possibility of physical violence.
Most of it is bluster and bluff from the terminally doltish, but if making such threats public manages to frighten anyone, then it’s a mission accomplished by the bully. My gut feeling is that this should have been handled by the police without public notification until after the fact, when it could be done coolly and dispassionately rather than interjected when it was.
My wife disagrees, correctly noting that the current anger fetish making its way among those fearing impending marginalization (read: angry whites, many male, some not) provides justification for some of the unwashed and unbalanced among them to shift their rage from an Internet portal or telephone call and transform it into the realm of the physical, and that these buds are nest nipped early.
Hard to argue with those lines of thought, either.
However, now that these “death threats” are public, it would be a fine time for all elected officials in New Albany to make a public pledge of opposition to violence of any form – written, verbal or physical. This could come as a written, signed statement from City Hall, and a resolution from the council.
Anyone offering odds on whether councilmen Dan Coffey and Steve Price would abstain?
Isn't this a pertinent juncture for the revival of a Human Rights Commission?
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Antievolution bill in Kentucky dies, from the web site of the National Center for Science Education.
When the Kentucky legislature adjourned sine die on April 15, 2010, House Bill 397, the Kentucky Science Education and Intellectual Freedom Act, died in committee.
Leticia Bajuyo's installation of her Bicentennial Art project piece at Bank Street Brewhouse starts today.
In short: Leticia Bajuyo's installation of her Bicentennial Art project piece at Bank Street Brewhouse gets under way today. Julie Schweitzer offers this revised installation schedule. Note that Leticia actively seeks volunteers to help her with this project.
I just heard from Leticia and below is her revised installation schedule. She is looking for volunteers to help with the project.Previously, all this was explained:
Sunday afternoon (18th) ... bring concrete form, set, and mix. Work till done with pouring pad.
Monday (19th) 2 p.m. - dark ... bring steel, plexi, and glass bottle cutter. Goal is to bolt steel frame together. If there are volunteers, they can peel paper off plexi and learn to cut bottles.
Wednesday (21st) 10 a.m - dark ... bring shelves and shelf backing. Goals include attach steel frame to concrete pad. If there are volunteers, they can poly shelves, finish bottle cutting, and place shelves.
Friday (23rd) 10 a.m. - dark ... bring front panels and labels. Goals include inserting front panels. If there are volunteers, they can label bottles and fill shelves.
Saturday (24th) ALL DAY ... bring roof and lights. Goal: Finish, of course. Specifically, put bottles in the front panels, add roof, install lights.
The New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project: Outdoor sculpture interpreting the city's history and heritage.
More on the New Albany Bicentennial Public Art Project.
Bunches of bottles against the wall.
Yesterday's WHAS-11 news segment on the NA Bicentennial Art preview at Bank Street Brewhouse.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
And: The NBA playoffs start now!
Friday, April 16, 2010
As during other unexpected outage occurrences previously, it's a great opportunity to explore the other restaurants in downtown New Albany. Good tidings for the future: I spoke with Israel Landin last night, and it appears that the Rosita's move to Pearl Street is back on track. More later.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
CJ_Harold_Adams @newalbanian It was a blast and still going when I left at 9:30.
CJ_Harold_Adams Sewer rate increase will have no effect until bond ordinance passes.
CJ_Harold_Adams Companion bond ordinance to sewer rate increaae tabled til 27th to update language to reflect selected rate option.
CJ_Harold_Adams Sewer rate increase passes on final reading 5-4. 23 percent immediately and 20 percent in 2012.
CJ_Harold_Adams Mayor England opened council mtg w angry attack on alleged death threats to members over vote on sewer rates. Calls for prosecution.
CJ_Harold_Adams Full time council attorney passes first two readings. Decisive third reading at next meeting.
trib_daniel Said it's over sewer rate
trib_daniel mayor says members oh his administration threatened, has on tape and will press charges
Reserve now for Bank Street Brewhouse and Chef Josh Lehman's five-course, fixed price menu for Oaks and Derby.
Here's the ad that Tony designed for the Louisville Restaurants Forum:
Shouldn't the city of New Albany put one of these at the corner of Shelby and McDonald?
I'd take it at the 1117 E. Spring Street Neighborhood Association, except that (a) I've already paid for a personal bike lane, and (b) it might interfere with access to the condom machine.
Meanwhile, as my vicious personal attacks continue, here's the rest of the story (thanks, TH): Council condemned over 'Britain's shortest cycle lane'
BEER MONEY: C’mon, tell me: Who are you?
By ROGER BAYLOR, Local Columnist
Butler’s unexpected trip to the national championship game isn’t the biggest shocker of 2010.
Ready? I agree with Dave Matthews.
In his Sunday guest column, the Floyd County GOP chairman wrote, “It would be great if citizens actually knew what the party they choose believes.”
Indeed. It would be even greater if the Democratic Party, the only viable local alternative to the errant Republican belief system extolled by Matthews, possessed a coherent platform and might, on widely scattered occasions, seek to advance it.
Aren’t elections the best time for that sort of recreational activity?
Alas, it seems too much to ask, and the famous words of Will Rogers ring as true today as in the 1920’s:
“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”
If the humorist had lived in New Albany, he’d have added: “Heck, I’m not really even a Democrat. I just pretend to be one, and vote Republican anyway.”
Admittedly, it’s easy for me to be skeptical. While generally preferring to vote against the GOP, with which I substantively differ ideologically, I remain unwilling to identify myself with any competing political party, save for the PDP (Pants-Down Progressives), which in a place as savagely reactionary as New Albany puts me into the position of advocating what amounts to a faith-based initiative.
All I know is this: There’ll be local elections this year and next, and there is a lengthy list of momentous city and county issues to consider. While I disagree with much of the GOP platform advanced by Matthews, at least he’s willing to cite beliefs, openly and on the record. This is in stark contrast to Floyd County Democrats, who seem as determined as ever to maintain a resolute vagueness bordering on invisibility when it comes to governing principles.
I’d be forced to conclude that long decades in office, performing as a patronage clique entirely devoid of intellectual aspiration, has rendered our local branch of the Democratic Party into an entity utterly allergic to ideas and devoid of irony, except that I can locate more than a few individual party members capable of mustering passion and authority when defending their core beliefs.
It’s maddening. Individual party members have their platforms, the party itself does not, and Democrats remain entrenched in elective office while refusing to concede belief in any specific governing principle that might identify them as Democrats. It is a feat of formlessness leading to incredible, indescribable spectacles of perceptual contortion, as when Barack Obama carried the perennially Republican state of Indiana by a slim margin but was beaten handily in Floyd County, where Democrats (supposedly) still outnumber Republicans.
Am I mistaken in imagining that racism is institutionally opposed by genuine Democrats?
In the end, our Democrats behave as Republicans, sometimes more so, as when the city council’s Gang of Four displays a consistent propensity toward stunted comprehension of modernity, flaunts its inability to visualize, and babbles violent adoration for the palpably untrue.
Here in the city, the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, city attorney and city clerk all are Democrats, and so are eight out of nine council members. The result is chaotic gridlock.
City council watchers did not envision the continued existence of a congenitally obstructionist Gang of Four after Larry Kochert opted for a long overdue political retirement and Bill Schmidt was unceremoniously deposed at the polls, but there it is, same as ever, looming at the periphery of an otherwise hopeful future, still populated by alleged Democrats, with Jeff Gahan and Pat McLaughlin seamlessly picking up where their predecessors’ graceless caterwauling left off.
CM McLaughlin’s excuse might well be the glowering presence of Kochert, but as always the King is bluffing, and the best way to react to his threats is laughter, salted with the crocodile tears of a wannabeen. The more over-inflated the ego, the smaller the sharp edge required to deflate it.
CM Gahan’s descent into the recesses of the dark side is an odder story, one hardly any observer can fathom. “Enigmatic” is a mild way of putting it, and if you don’t know what “enigmatic” means, privately urge Dave Matthews to publicly ask me to tell you, since he likely doesn’t know, either.
As it pertains to CM Gahan’s straw-lined political abode amid the ward-heeling Dan Coffey’s and Steve Price’s flea circus, Matt Nash restated the prevailing argument in his column last week:
“Living in a district that has been controlled by Republicans in the past Mr. Gahan has tried to walk a tightrope lately trying to appease his constituents. His recent votes seem to confuse as he wanted to help out those that suffered damage due to the heavy rains last year but did not think it was necessary to take out a loan to correct some of the sewer issues that the sewer board thinks will help to alleviate the problems.”
If true, and in order to appease Republicans in his district, a presumed Democrat who surely knows better must consistently stoop to the subterranean levels of Coffey and Price, then we needn’t question the GOP’s chairman Matthews as to whether all of this reflects poorly on Republicans, because it does not.
Rather, we must ask John Wilcox, the Democratic chairman, an even more telling question:
How are any of them -- Gahan, Coffey or Price – actually Democratic in any coherent sense of party affiliation?
We await an answer, sans held breaths.
As he tries to avoid selling out, Roger knows who he is, prefers being out of his brain on the train, and won’t get fooled again. Read more at the NA Confidential blog: www.cityofnewalbany.blogspot.com
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Will Jeff and Pat, who know better, be on board for this next pivotal phase, or do they continue to pick tea-bagging nits in the Kochertian gloom? Let's hope that the sun begins to shine into the obscured conceptual niches of the political dark side, and tiny shoots of rationality start poking their way toward the light. If not, perhaps we can continue to rely on the council's only officially declared Republican to cast swing votes that matter.
I'll be joining the Trib's Daniel Suddeath this afternoon as part of a discussion on community media (I think) at Floyd Central High School. My job is to represent the blogging sphere, and his to chart the evolving dimensions of print media. Sounds like fun to me. Can I drive a pickup truck festooned with brewery logos onto school grounds?
Developer gets two years to purchase civic plaza property in New Albany, by Daniel Suddeath (Tribune)
The New Albany Redevelopment Commission approved a step Tuesday in a process to bring an estimated $30 million development downtown by 2013.
Referred to as the New Albany Civic Plaza Waterfront Development and part of Scribner Place phase two, the proposal would see the city fund a $12 million parking garage adjacent to the Floyd County branch of the YMCA of Southern Indiana.
On top of the garage, developer and attorney Jack Bobo would fund a three-tiered building with residential, retail and office space for lease and sale.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
To be continued.
Thanks to the Greenway project, there's a new route in part, just recently opened. It is a paved, multi-use path atop the levee, and I'll document it in this and two additional posts.
Beginning the bike ride in downtown New Albany, you start by accessing the east side of the city. For me, that usually means riding Main to Silver, then left, then right on Main, or Elm all the way to Beharrell, then right, and then left onto what crosses Silver Creek and becomes Providence Way, which crosses Lewis & Clark and becomes North Clark Boulevard.
The railroad that formerly crossed N. Clark Boulevard at the Williams Bakery (above) was pulled up a few years ago. The stones are big and potentially painful for bicycle tires, so you may need to walk your bike under the Brown's Station Way overpass. It's only about a hundred yards until the start of the paved levee path. Here's the left hand view along the old rail bed. An elevated section of I-65 is barely visible on the horizon.
However, the view is better to head up the new pavement, gain the levee top, and proceed toward the Clark Cabin. After all, downtown Jeffersonville's the goal in this ride.
To be continued.
“The only thing I can say is you’ve got to be kidding me. I just don’t understand it. There some members on this council that absolutely have their heads in the sand — that absolutely don’t know what’s going on.”
Priceless (if only we were).
What's your favorite Coffey quote? Use the comments, please attribute sources, and help us compile a data base for election year, 2011.
Full-time attorney back on New Albany City Council docket, by Daniel Suddeath (Tribune)
The New Albany City Council will be again asked to approve a full-time city attorney position after defeating a similar request in February.
But the job description has been tweaked, and one of the council members that voted against the February measure is sponsoring the new proposal.
Attendance was sparse, and behind us sat a leather-lunged Twins fan who cleverly heckled Earl Weaver, Baltimore's manager, without a single profane utterance for the entire nine innings. Players could hear him, and were laughing. It was an amazing performance, and I remember it better than the game itself.
For the past quarter century, the Twins have played in the notoriously kitschy Metrodome, originally the Hubert Horatio Humphrey Metrodome, later referred to as the Homerdome. Until this season, that is. Target Field has opened, and yesterday was the first home game there. The reviews are in, and they're glowing. First, from a Bay Area blog I regularly follow, which charts the future stadium prospects for the A's:
Envy Abounds: Target Field Opens
Today, for the 16th time in the last 22 seasons, at least one Major League Baseball team had a home opener in a brand new yard. This time it was the Twins turn. In the few shots I saw on TV I saw enough to see that the place is an absolute palace. (Here are a few local reviews, Finance and Commerce, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press)
And, Yahoo's story by Jeff Passan, who makes great play of the "Walleye on a stick." In Louisville, do we even get river cats at the Bats games?
Twins’ new playground a Minnesota state fair
The baseball stadium, at its finest, represents its patrons. And so like they did in the Bronx with outsized spending and in San Francisco with a festival on the water, the Minnesota Twins reached out to their fan base in the most honest fashion possible: by dipping foodstuffs in bubbling grease and/or impaling them with wooden instruments.
Monday, April 12, 2010
“It’s just the right size for the government we need,” said Price between strums. “The best part is that it’s up on blocks, just like the whole town. But I’ll keep grammaw’s cookie jar at my place, up on the shelf where them people can’t reach it.”
“I think we need to put some new vinyl siding on it,” added Price, “even if those preservation people don’t like it. First, I gotta be sure they paid their sewer hookups.”
The press conference ended when Price began performing "Roll Another Number for the Road," a song from Neil Young's 1975 album, Tonight's the Night.
(Photo credit: Mr. M)
The Republicans are like frat boys in Animal House; Reckless, anarchic and strident, the American right is living in a parallel world where fear and rage drive out the facts, by Gary Younge (Guardian).
... On the one hand there are the Blutos – characterised by their contempt for even the most basic facts. Their assertions are often not only verifiably false but patently ridiculous. The very people who claim that Obama is a Muslim were the ones who fumed about his relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his pastor in Chicago. Muslims don't have pastors. Last year the Investor's Business Daily claimed that if the renowned scientist Stephen Hawking were British he would be dead: Hawking is British and alive.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
No way, so here are two of the latest from the NewAlbanist blog:
So (angry) I can’t say much moreAnd: Living in a Reality-based (Under)World: "Show us this plan, Mr. Gahan. Call it your own, Mr. McLaughlin. Tell me where I’m just not getting it."
Four of New Albany’s city council members owe this city at least $6,000 a year for their dilatory tactics. These four (Gahan, Coffey, Price, McLaughlin) caused the city to incur 17 additional basis points on what should have been a “free” loan from Obama-instituted stimulus funds to bring New Albany (finally) into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
See also: Gahan opposed to NA rate increase due to added sewer debt, by Daniel Suddeath (Tribune).
Friday, April 09, 2010
NASH: City Council is one big happy family
As I sat through Monday’s New Albany City Council meeting I began to look at each of the participants individually. It seems that as an assembled group they have the same dynamic as the modern day family, maybe a somewhat dysfunctional family but what family isn’t just a little bit dysfunctional these days.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
BAYLOR: Mother, is the battle over?
... Indeed, war is hell, and so are most of the first Mondays and third Thursdays of the month, not because the ideal textbook definition of city council suggests the aspect of primal entertainment, Three Stooges style, but owing to our dogged insistence as voters in electing unprepared, undereducated, caterwauling ward heelers to their positions. Recalling Mencken, we get exactly what we vote for — good and hard.
Note: My mistake in the original text -- they're Thursdays, not Fridays. Corrected in the excerpt above.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture: For a fee, this service will place your dog or cat in the home of a caring atheist on Judgment Day, by Mike Di Paola (BusinessWeek).
Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture. In this event, they say, the righteous will be spirited away to a better place while the godless remain on Earth. But what will become of all the pets?
Studio’s Grill and Pub stuffs it right
It’s almost an obsession now. This stuffed cheeseburger is the stuff of cravings. It’s a one-third pound patty of lean ground beef infused with onions, hunks of bacon (yes, bacon) and seasonings, grilled to your specifications, topped with cheddar or blue cheese crumbles, and served with homemade chips and a pickle spear for a princely $7.75.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Thanks to JP for the link.
'Smart Growth' Taking Hold in U.S. Cities, Study Says, by Gabriel Nelson (New York Times, via Greenwire)
Redevelopment of urban centers has continued to outpace construction in the outskirts of suburbia, according to a recent U.S. EPA study, suggesting a "fundamental shift" has begun in the real estate market as the Obama administration pushes denser development through its "livability" initiative.
If you are reading this and can confirm dates for the 2010 -- my guess is October 2 for the parade, and October 7-10 for booths -- please comment, or e-mail me at the usual address. Thanks.
Coffey: Call someone who cares, and by the way, can you come to my meeting as soon as I find a place that will host it?
Here's the garble.
We will have another Town Hall Meeting 6 p.m. to discuss concerns from our residents and a presentation with Paul Haub and others to discuss the crime problems facing our city. Everyone with questions or concerns is invited to attend. For information, call Dan @ 502-797-8347 (cell) or home @ 949-1262. Thank you and God Bless!
Sorry, I put the wrong date. The correct date is Wednesday the 7th at 6p.m.
Actually, Sewergeddon was averted, if only temporarily. Perhaps the chief omen was the clock on the wall. It stopped working after a mishap with the projection screen. Could a stopped clock be right one of two daily times during a meeting itself? Could it mean that the council itself might ... be ... right?
It had been suggested that there were five firm votes in favor of (a) seven million bucks for sewer projects, and (b) the mayor's "Plan B" for phased rate increases, and if any doubt remained, Dan Coffey's antennae spasmodically jerked with intermittent cattle prod jolts as the bile collected and end game approached.
Further evidence was provided when Steve Price abandoned pretense and began gatoring to the tune of Screaming Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You."
And, through it all, as the council sometimes debated, sometimes grandstanded, Pat McLaughlin sat, relieved, because knowing that there were five firm votes in favor, he was afforded the luxury of voting against it without once having to explain why. Even Jeff Gahan undertook an explanation, although barely adequate. Not Donnie ... I mean, not Pat. Perhaps having King Larry there, glowering at you, seems a bit too much like he's a vulture, and you're carrion. So much promise ... so little performance.
Here's the media rundown. I took notes, but the schedule is bruising today, and I may or may not get around to posting them right away. Discuss if you wish. I'll be back later.
New Albany City Council passes 23 percent rate hike on second reading, by Daniel Suddeath (Tribune).
Vote advances New Albany sewer rate hike, by Harold J. Adams (C-J).
ALEX, I'LL TAKE PLAN B FOR $7.4 MILLION, by Shirley Baird (VOP blog)
Monday, April 05, 2010
They're lubing the turnstiles, sweeping the floors, cleaning the draft lines and preparing to roast hundreds of weenies ... and in Indianapolis, there's a basketball game tonight.
And all we got was this lousy Iditarod of pandering, ward heeling and doltishness.
We'll make the best of it ... no guts, no glory ... who put that grow room in grandmaw's cookie jar? ... and so on, and so forth. We're in. Anyone else? I'm arriving early to show off my legs. Flasks?
Previously at NAC:
Tribune sez: Just say "Steve Price" to using EDIT, TIF riverboat funds to subsidize sewers.
The return of Blevinsian neutrality.
Sewergeddon Monday: Delightfully and wonderfully us, and just as perpetually dysfunctional.
Subject: New Natural Foods Store in New Albany?
Dear Grocery Coop Friends,
When we organized our first coop meeting, we did so because we knew our community could better address certain health and food related issues. Areas of interest and concern included:
- Healthy eating
- Childhood obesity
- “Slow Food”
- Promotion of regional agriculture.
- Promotion of the local economy.
We saw a stellar example in Paoli with their Lost River Market & Deli grocery coop. At our meetings, we agreed on the general goals. We also agreed that there’s more ways than a coop to achieve these goals.
I’m pleased to share news that New Albany very well many have a new ally in promoting local, healthy and sustainable eating. Southern Indiana residents and health food industry pros Tom & Jenny Van Cader have exciting plans for Southern Indiana's first large-format, full-service natural foods supermarket. Sunnyside Natural Foods Market is set to open on State Street in late 2010. I just joined Sunnyside’s Facebook page to keep up with their progress. I hope you do too.
Sunnyside’s presence will fill an important niche. Its presence also will allow volunteers to focus their energies on other healthy initiatives, initiatives at work in other cities and with proven track records. Links to a few such programs are posted on the New Albany Grocery Coop Facebook page. We’ll meet again later this month to more clearly define our goals and strategy. Meanwhile, please check out these links of the other exciting programs and let us know which you’d most love to see in New Albany!
The visiting artist lectures at Purdue College of Technology are a huge success. The commercial art and technology students are excited and receptive to seeing ways in which the tools at their disposal can be used in new and creative endeavors. I would like to thank Professors Richard Kopp, Tim Cooley, John Finnegan and Ananth Sriraman for working with me to create this program. There are three more lectures in the series and they are free and open to the public.
Leticia Bajuyo - April 15
Valerie Fuchs - April 29
John King - May 13
They're from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
For more information go to our website.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
“West Spring Street School is now the Hampton Inn. That’s a nice little use of space next to the interstate,” Snyder said. “Why would you want a school there anyway? But when we did that, there was emotion. But that’s a higher and better use.”
Reading Bruce Hibbard's and Brad Snyder's comments in the Sunday Tribune is like being given access to the Saturday Night Live sketches that weren't provided airtime the night before and understanding why others were chosen.
How did people so socially inept ever get to be in charge of a public school corporation?
TRIBUNE EDITORIAL: Don’t take from our future to pay down today’s sewer bills
It doesn’t take a genius or an elected official to look around New Albany to see all the needs this city has such as infrastructure.
Besides that, there's the perennial council problem with locating the information. It's never there when they need it, it's always being hidden from them, and when on occasion their stopped clocks strike the correct time, the information is ... is ... in code (gasp).
Today's Tribune asks: All the cards on the table for New Albany sewer rates?
If the will of the New Albany City Council coincides with its president, only one of the final two votes on a sewer rate increase will come Monday. Council President John Gonder still has some questions he’d like answered. “If there’s $1 million of excess fat in the operating budget of the sewer utility, why didn’t we know that in the very beginning,” he asked.Maybe it was a conspiracy. Meanwhile, just as I predicted on Friday, Pat McLaughlin's transformation into Donnie Blevins is so utterly complete that he'll be offering a rote prayer to kick off Monday's council session.
A potential swing vote on a sewer rate increase, Councilman Pat McLaughlin maintained he’s undecided. “I’m just right now so neutral, there’s so many things to look at,” he said.As you ponder the impact of neutrality sans information, let's turn to a council member who absolutely, positively knows how he'll be voting.
Councilman Steve Price is opposed to both options ... “This decision will have an unbelievable impact,” Price said. “It’s probably the biggest vote I’ve ever had to make.”If it's the biggest vote the Babe Ruth of "no" votes has had to make, and if he already knows he'll vote "no", in reality, is it a big vote at all?
It's just another nay, isn't it? Price votes "no" the way that some folks say, "you know."
Except, he doesn't.
Bank Street Brewhouse closed today for Easter, but we'll be at Louisville Beer Store for Chef Josh's food and beer pairings.
My recommendation today is the Louisville Beer Store (746 East Market in Louisville) and Day Three of NABCieged Harder (II). NABC has taken control of LBS's draft lines for the weekend, and the first two days were suitably revolutionary, with a Trolley Hop on Friday and flights narrated by the Publican (that's me) on Saturday.
Chef Josh Lehman will be at LBS today for The Pairing, with a special 4-course food and matched beer flight beginning at 3:00 p.m. Here's the menu:
rabbit & accompaniments
shrimp & grapefruit ceviche
celery root soup, duck confit salad & blood orange
Kentucky spoonfish caviar & eggs with crepes
For more information, visit the Louisville Beer Store web site, and don't forget that our own Nate "Nasty" Little's PA Project headlines the Bank Street patio kickoff party this Wednesday, April 7.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Imagine: I can vote against Mike Sodrel by voting for Travis Hankins, knowing that if by some miracle Sodrel’s money doesn’t triumph in the primary, the extremist nutcase Hankins will be far easier for Baron Hill to topple in the fall.
And: I can vote for Ron Grooms and help dispense with the latest local Palin wannabeen.
Trouble is, I won’t be able to drink Progressive Pints while doing it, but in the fall, SB 75 kicks in, and then … Elector!
Friday, April 02, 2010
During a Wednesday meeting, Councilmen Kevin Zurschmiede and Bob Caesar declared their intentions to support Mayor Doug England’s proposal that would see sewer customers pay an immediate 23 percent rate increase.Meanwhile, somewhere on the periphery, as CM Pat McLaughlin rehearses lines from either Hamlet or the memoirs of Donnie Blevins, while The King of Wannabeenville giddily prepares for the prospect of seeing the Publican in bike shorts Monday night, and pausing only to allow Jeff "What Flooding?" Gahan to take his pleasure craft for another outing down the River Styx, the oddsmakers are calculating factions.
Mayor England's "Plan B" has one tremendous positive factor going for it: Wizard of Westside Dan Coffey's against it, and was thoroughly kneecapped by it, although we know that he'll take a pound of the city's future from someone's flesh as retribution, and it doesn't ever matter about Steve Price, since he's been singing Dean Martin (to the tune of "That's Amore") for so long that it no longer matters:
When Maalox comes and tries to get funds -- why ask why?
That's a No vote
When a plan is designed, to make us realign
That's a No vote
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And I’ll say “Not with my dime"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like the POH-lice overtime
When the facts make you drool, then go and play the fool
That's a No vote
If they’re paving the street, just move fast and delete
That's a No vote
As you snore through their dreams, turn your ire into screams
That's a No vote
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And I’ll shout, “no eggs in this basket!"
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
But the pergessives can fit in one casket
They’re all nooooooh voooohhhhhtttts!!!
So, for the sake of argument and cheap laughs, let's say that there's a 5-4 count in favor of "Plan B from Lower Sewer Space". Given that Gahan and McLaughlin can now be counted on to shine Coffey's shoes on command, one of those "ayes" must be Jack Messer's, right?
And, the vote will be on Monday night, which brings Harold Adams' delightful C-J headline into view: England to review Messer comments on race.
New Albany Mayor Doug England said he will decide Monday whether to act on racial comments made in January by Jack Messer, a city police officer and at-large city councilman.What the hell is this, a city or "One Life to Live"?
Just imagine if we all set about to accomplish something rather than appease the dullards and pander to the non-achievers. What a wonderful world it would be. I'm not holding my breath. Beer anyone?
Portland's sewers right as rain, by Dennis Cauchon (USA Today)
The most surprising tourist attraction in Portland, Ore., is its storm sewer system.
Eco-friendly tourists flock to the city to understand how Portland's innovative system of curbs, gutters, roofs and rain gardens sharply cuts water pollution.