Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 - The Year in Review

Republican State Senator Scott Brown surprises everyone by winning a special election to fill the seat of the late (U.S.) Senator Ted Kennedy. The Mashpee Wampanoag's consider Fall River as the location of a possible casino.
A View From Battleship Cove celebrates its 4th anniversary. State Senator Joan Menard confirms she will not seek reelection. An A View From Battleship Cove Coffee Mug does a little traveling!
City Councilors Joe Camara and Linda Pereira are cleared of ethics charges. Heavy rains wreak havoc with local dams. A professional basketball team considers a Fall River franchise.
My mind is obviously not on the city as I talk about grills and seafood. Mayor Flanagan however concerns himself with a dire budget situation and announces plans on hosting several public forums.
With the new court house getting ready to open the issue of parking suddenly hits the news. The casino issue heats up. The city council hears about the plans for the new Morton Middle. Shawn Cadime  is tapped as the new city administrator.
Former Fall River Superintendent Dr. Nick Fischer gets mostly high marks in his new position as Superintendent in New London, CT. Meanwhile Fall River School Committee member Joe Martins gets into hot water over some remarks concerning Boston's Gay Pride Parade. Mayor Flanagan announces plans for a Downtown Farmer's Market.
Former Mayor John Arruda passes away. The RDA votes to sell 300 acres to the Mashpee Wampanoags. The legislature agrees in principle to a gaming bill.
City Councilor Brian Bigelow is arrested in a prostitution sting. The race for Joan Menard's senate seat gets ugly. Flanagan involves himself in the affairs of the Zoning Board.
The RDA votes to retain the services of the Fall River Office of Economic Development. State Senate candidate Mike Coogan gets "Hummeled". Primary Day results in ZERO surprises.
A View From Battleship Cove focuses on asking a question to the candidates. Steve Torres get angry "on air".
Rumors circulate that King Philip Lunch will remain open. Pro-casino forces say it's all about the jobs, I say that just isn't true. A look to Bethlehem brings MORE casino concerns not less.
Fall River announces plans to auction off 5 former schools in Feb of 2011. TJX announces AJ Wright closure. City seems ready to revisit Biopark proposal. Is the casino dead?

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