Well now that we’re in a two-week rotation, sweetie pie, there is plenty to tell yew. Of course, though we mentioned it in the papyrus and in our online edition, people sometimes don’t git the message, or missed the edition. Soooo, we did hafta field phone calls from some of our more frantic fans looking for the paper.
Of course, there was the brigade that can always be counted on to make snide comments, and one o’ those is a guy who is only happy when he’s miserable, and he tries to make everyone as happy as he is. He some cherce words over Mr. Bell’s invention, and thinks himself quite the pundit.
Natchurly, he didn’t ID himself, but it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figger it out. Heck, Dr. Watson would’ve had this one in a trice. Elementary, dontcha know. Tennyrate, he had his rant, but it wasn’t anything we ain’t heard before. He thinks himself quite the problem-solver, yet he’s never really accomplished anything, anywhere, anytime.
Cobina didn’t go to the social media sites either. As I’ve said before that is the world of the Perpetually Enraged. Most people like to spout their opinions, whatever they are, and usually negative. Not very many happy people work the social sites, just angry ones in our reckoning.
Nelly Nuthatch brought over the notice that the city is gonna have a seminar/info session on Allingtown under the aegis of the Planning and Zoning Commish. This is the latest in what is to be a serious of sessions about what the city has planned. I gotta tell you, foist off, that anyone who has been traversing that part o’ town after not seeing it for a while should be very impressed.
The new buildings, the one under construction and just the whole clean-up of the area has made the place something it hasn’t been in decades. Residents of the borough should be very happy with what they’re seeing. Traffic is better with the new pattern, and once they git something built where the Forest Theatre used to be, the place will have a facelift that is complete.
Nelly also had a few discussions and heard that the University of New Haven is huntin’ for property in the area. Needless to say that rumor has been going around for ages. The university is gonna need room to expand as they’ve jest about build every nook and crany of the old campus. The only place they have left is the North Campus where the athletic facilities are.
Nelly seems to think that a sale or two might be in the offing that will change the landscape of the college – and its footprint. We ain’t sure of the details yet, but even people in the Actors Colony are chirping about something getting ready to happen over there. Stay tuned.
I guess the fly in the ointment might be the fack that a storm was expected overnight that might put the meeting at risk. Cobina don’t believe it. We ain’t had any real snow this year, and it don’t look like it’s gonna happen at all – at least not in the near future.
Cobina ain’t a bettin’ woman, but there’s something in me that thinks we’re gonna git snow in March or even April. It’s happened before, and usually when we don’t have snow to speak of from October to March.
Over the hiatus, the venerable Dr. Dino Ciaburri, resident musician extraordinaire, happened to be talking to people in the office, our editor in particular, and sez that his Community Orchestra is going to be making some very interesting moves in the future.
Dino likes to play things close to the vest, and we don’t wanna let the cat outta the bag, but we seem to think that what we’re hearin’ ain’t gonna be bad for the orchestra. It will certainly give it a foundation that will make it last well into the future effen things go right.
Sooooo, music will be much in the news in 2020 methinks, and it will be a good thing for the city – which needs some good news. That’s for sure.
As I told yew a couple weeks back, keep yore eyes on Mikey Mercuriano. He found an old exemption from the General Assembly, and is wonderin’ effen something can happen down at the Haven property that will not be in the mercantile sphere.
He’s gathering things right now, and Sammy Bluejay seems to think that he will put forth his proposal to city leaders sometime soon. Cobina has an inkling of what it is, but she ain’t gonna be the one to let this one out. Let Mikey do it.
It’s a bit “outside the box” as people like to say. In fack, it’s so outside the box right now that it’ll be hard to fit it into one, effen yew git m’drift. Stay tuned. Cobina will make mention of it when it finally gets out. All yew hafta know is that Mikey has a one-track mind: making the city better. His approach may be a bit…off-putting….to some of the members of our ruling establishment, but he’s fought those people before.
Remember, after the city declared it wasn’t interested in a train station, it was he that waged a long battle, getting a petition that forced the state Dept. of Transportation and the city to take a new gander at things. It took years and a lot o’ work, but he did it. He’s like a dog with a bone effen yew give him half a chance.
Iva Lootey is interested in the fack that the city is now trying to put together its budget for the new fiscal year that will begin on July 1. This is a five-month process perty much, starting after the foist of the year, and running through these weeks of prep, and a final proposal in March. Then the City Council gits the thing, and it mulls it over for six weeks. Final vote is in May: the foist Thursday.
Effen yew think that’s a long time, yore wrong. It goes by perty quickly. It seems every time yew blink this process begins anew.
Herronner has some interesting things to say in our story this week on the process thus far. But as we know, the one thing that is certain is there will be a mill increase. The Municipal Accountability Review Board, affectionately known as MARB, has mandated via the five-year plan that city raise its mill rate up to 40 by the term’s end. Sooo, being we are in the third year, I think, we will see an increase.
The MARB held up last year’s budget cuz it didn’t have a mill increase in it. Herroner tried to do the equivalent via cuts in spending, but the pencil-pushers on the panel were having none of it. We’ll see how it goes this year.
Hmmm. Trundle on over to Eleanore Turkington’s colyume. It’s that time o’ year. People are complaining in bulk about potholes throughout the city. Even though we haven’t had a lotta snow, the salt and the rain have resulted in the same thing. When one is in the gassamobuggy traversing the streets and avenues, one must keep his eyes peeled for craters in the pavement.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this time till next, mitt luff und kizzez,