Originally I was going to do a post just on Mayor-elect Flanagan naming his current boss, Steven Torres, as his Corporation Council. It's an interesting choice. I would imagine that after working for him for 3 years our next Mayor feels that Torres is both qualified and someone he can work with. Yet, the role reversal is something that may prove awkward and could make for a difficult working relationship. I have to assume this is something both men have discussed and feel it will be a non-issue. Torres has been Taunton's City Solicitor for the past 10 years as has received praise as he announces he's leaving. I'm not sure why he would want to leave Taunton, where he has some security for Fall River where he might be out of a job in 2 years.
Flanagan has wasted no time getting the ball rolling. He won't be Mayor for over a month yet he has already named his Corporation Council and now with the help of outgoing Councilor Ray Hague is introducing an ordinance to restrict strip clubs in the Spindle City. I think Flanagan is right to assume that the city can't wait another month or so to put something in place. There is no doubt that his ordinance, if passed, will result in a legal challenge to the city. Still, I think it's a challenge worth facing. After all it's a legal CHALLENGE and the city could prevail.
I find it amusing that a threatened strike by Peter Pan Bus Lines is in the papers just days before the Kuss Middle School is staging a production of Peter Pan! While the pending strike may pose a hardship for holiday travelers my advice would be stay home and see the play.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner…
This morning I heard 'Happy Hec' on WSAR mention that the Salvation Army is 1,000 turkeys short of what they need for this Thanksgiving. They could also need non-perishable items and could use monetary donations. Times are tough and the thought of 1,000 area families going without a holiday meal is sobering. If you have the ability to help contact our local Salvation Army, I'm sure they would appreciate it.