Wow, what a year it has been.
I originally was going to blog from memory some of the things that have taken place in 2009. I then thought maybe I'd spend some time searching the Internet for the events of this past year. This it hit why not do a year in review based upon what I blogged about!
So here it is, the A View From Battleship Cove, year in review!
It was a very cold morning that prompted me to ask what we're doing about the homeless. Here it is a year later and I still can't tell you what we as a city are doing to help the homeless. Did the Mayor's task force ever come up with some ideas or solutions? It's a sad thing to have all these empty school buildings that we probably heat to some degree just to keep the pipes from freezing and realize there are people who are just trying to survive outdoors in the brutal cold.
It was also in January that I announced "Lefty for Mayor!" This was something I read in a comment on another blog and had some fun. I stated over and over again that I wasn't running but some people still seemed to take this seriously!
Fall River film maker, Jason Caminiti has his film Pawtucket Rising air on Rhode Island PBS.
Mayor Correia proposes drastic (or draconian) pay cuts in light of the City's fiscal crisis. A View From Battleship Cove turns 3!
The Abbey Grill closes its doors. The DESE report paints a bleak picture of our school department. Councilor Leo Pelletier changes his mind and states he is now for LNG in Fall River. Will Flanagan officially announces his campaign for Mayor. The rumbling of municipal layoffs begin to be felt.
A slow month for me hear at the cove! The New York Times features Ines De Costa. The political season begins to heat up and a brawl on South Main Street makes police layoffs seem like a bad idea.
Eric Poulin calls for our local delegation to hold a local meeting to explain potential cuts in the state budget. I rant about blogs, bloggers, and commentors. The tragic death of a DPW worker becomes political. A View From Battleship Cove publishes its 300th post.
The city begins to make foolish union agreements to reduce costs by 8%. The School Committee submits a bare bones budget just to have the mayor reduce it further. A fire at the Oriental Chow Mein Company shuts down production. Mayor Correia gets into a little fender-bender and then shows how to make a mole hill into a mountain.
I find a new favorite spot for seafood. An O Jornal introduces the idea of painting the braga bridge something other than green. The Herald's Marc Monroe Dion obsesses in story after story over what a waste of time it is. Eric Poulin toys with running for city council AND school committee. The FRC blog shuts down. Some questions come up about Bob's pay cut.
I reflect a little on the impact of all the budget cuts. We finally see some candidate forums. The loss of Ted Kennedy makes me predict Joe for Oil will be our next senator (oops).
Obviously with my bid for Mayor not going so well (see January) I announce "Lefty for City Council!". Bob Correia's bid for re-election isn't going so well either and he finds himself officially voted out of office.
Fall River-tastic reports no short sea shipping in Fall River. Is it time to raise the drop out age? I vent about Flanagan over-support. A Cathy Ann victory seems certain!
Upon reflection what an odd month! I spent a good deal of time recapping the mayoral election, alas I was wrong on the outcome of that one! The Navy makes "Big John" available, I ask why not Fall River? I defend the cranberry and suggest that maybe it's time we re-examine the need for FROED. At the suggestion of a friend I hype cyber-monday, which results in no sales.
So here we are, it's the end of the year. Mayor Correia rewards his loyalists, and returning Councilor Mitchell suggests the need to safeguard against lame duck appointments. It rained on our parade and First Night quietly gets cancelled. Our property taxes are going up, despite the Herald's headline. The upcoming special election puts Fall River into a jam to find a elections official.