Friday, December 31, 2010

Fall River Thoughts

First Night
 
I miss First Night. I didn't go every year, and probably missed more than I attended but I have fond memories of the ones that I did go to.
 
I can remember ice sculptures near Government Center and the "ice rink" set up between it and the post office. I remember a Broadway review at the library and a country singer at Quackers. I remember fireworks cascading down the facade of Government Center and indoor fireworks at the Bank Street Armory. I remember a magician who made the Mayor disappear. I remember a few winters so cold that walking venue to venue was a test of endurance!
 
Polar Plunge
 
A little advice for Mayor Flanagan, Councilor Casey and the rest. I caught a little news piece about another Polar Plunge and they offered some advice. Basically when it's cold sand can hurt, so protect your feet. The guy on the radio suggested wearing old sneakers, although he said flip flops or water shoes would work also. I've been down to "Sandy Beach" and let me tell you there isn't a grain of sand to be found. It should have been called "Rocky Point" but I guess that name was taken. So dig in your closets and find an old beat up pair of sneakers. Apparently some also wear hats to help keep themselves warm, not sure I see that making much of a difference.
 
King Philip Lunch
 
I happened to be in the area tonight and saw the lights on. The place looked locked up and empty. Is this a good sign? Is a new owner getting ready to paint and spruce up a bit?
 
Mayor's Race
 
How soon will it be before people start announcing their intentions to run for Mayor in 2011? I will practically guarantee that Cathy Ann Viveiros will make another run and I would be surprised if Brad Kilby didn't throw his hat in the ring.
 
Back to the plunge..
 
Speaking of the Polar Plunge, who do you guess will end up wearing the Speedo?
 
99
 
This is the 99th post of the year and if I wrap it up quickly hopefully I can put number 100 out right behind it. I have this odd sense of math where i expect to blog about 4 posts a month but somehow magically reach 100 for the year. What's really upsetting is to realize that Mike Moran does one column a week and gets paid for doing it. That's not a knock against Mr. Moran but damn 52 articles versus 100 posts.. and most of mine are pretty damn wordy...
 
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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

First Night
They should bring it back. Bob Correia killed it. But give him credit for breathing new life into the Christmas Parade which is now bigger and better every year. I don't think the city can afford to do 2 big events so close to each other unless they do a scaled down First Night like some places do. Bright Night anyone? Something would be better than nothing.

Polar Plunge
A lot of people were in attendance. This event got a lot of publicity. Could it become a big annual event? Yes. Lots of people and lots of publicity ends up drawing lots of politicians. Here's hoping this doesn't become a yearly political polar plunge and we don't end up seeing Leo Pelletier in the Borat mankini. Yuck!

King Philip Lunch
Never been.

Mayor's Race
For those that dislike Flanagan as Mayor... CAV and Kilby can't beat him and that's the honest truth. Expect 2 more years of the boy mayor if that's the field.

Your 100th post. I don't know if that should count as a 100th post. Does just saying this is my 100th post actually count as a 100th post? Don't you have to blog about an actual topic for it to count as an official post? Hmm...

Lefty said...

Well I agree that the 100th post is a little light but like in baseball a hit is a hit..

I'm giving myself some leeway because for the most part I don't write short posts and I don't copy and paste news articles and call it a post. And I put myself in a hole and had to blog like crazy to get to 98!

I agree that Cathy and Brad would find it tough to beat Flanagan.

And despite my earlier post I'm glad to hear that the polar plunge was a success.

Anonymous said...

People didn't think Flanagan could beat Correia, I would take a pulse on the voters and the administration in the past year.

How many votes would they need to win ??

Anonymous said...

CAV lost by a lot of votes. I think maybe she could close the gap in half but when you lose by 3,000 plus votes closing the gap to 1,500 votes is still a huge loss. Kilby could make it a hell of a lot closer but in the end he doesn't pull it out. I agree with the posts about those 2 so far.

I look at the last couple of Mayor's races and you had Sullivan, Alves, Poulin, Whitty in 2007 and Hague and Steve Camara in 2009 besides those already mentioned. Of those I think maybe only Alves or Sullivan or Poulin would have a realistic shot against Flanagan but I don't see any of them running for that office again, from what I've heard they have all had their fill of running for mayor, I don't think you will see any of them take that chance again in their lifetimes so the question is who might run against Flanagan and win? I don't know at this point.

Anonymous said...

That mindset is exactly what Flanagan is "betting on" to win re-election. Do you think the business community is going to have high hopes to vote him in again? Correia was voted out after one term, after how many years in state office?

Anonymous said...

I hear Kilby will announce soon!!

Anonymous said...

Good news he can get the votes, wasn't one of the top voter getters on the council last time?

Lefty said...

There is a big difference between casting one of your "NINE" votes for councilor versus your ONLY vote for Mayor. Otherwise Leo would be the perfect candidate to challenge Will. After all who hasn't voted for Leo?

Cathy just didn't seem to have the momentum and Brad ran a poor campaign in 2007. He is a lawyer yet really didn't communicate his vision and passion very well. If Brad runs again that is something he HAS to work on.

Anonymous said...

Don't be surprised if the business community supports a cndidate who is a complete newcomer. The Mayor and business community are on less than friendly terms. The issue of casino gambling has caused somewhat of a rift. Thry have the money to support a high powered campaign for one of their own.

Anonymous said...

This could make sense, have a finance/business person running the city.

Anonymous said...

Lefty, you said, "Cathy just didn't seem to have the momentum and Brad ran a poor campaign in 2007. He is a lawyer yet really didn't communicate his vision and passion very well. If Brad runs again that is something he HAS to work on."

Who can stack up against Flanagan one on one and by stack up I mean actually stand a chance of winning so they have to be able to build an organization, raise money, debate well and communicate their message well and all of that?

I like many others see CAV as a longshot at best, I like her but she needs to give it up already, if the voters reject you 4 or 5 times you need to recognize that.

Kilby I think might be able to give Flanagan a run but he isn't the greatest communicator.

I would like to see an analysis from A View from Battleship Cove, of the current state delegation or School Committee or City Council or even wild card non-politicians that might enter the race who would actually stand a chance at beating Flanagan?

For all of the people complaining about Flanagan you have to admit that unfortunately we don't really have a huge talent pool of elected people here in the city. No offense to Leo Pelletier or Pat Casey from the Council or Bob Maynard or Tim McCoy or Marilyn Roderick on the School Committee and I could name a lot more names but my point is there aren't really a lot of superstars here in our city. I don't hear many names and think, "Hey that person could run a city."