Here we are honeybunch, jest two-plus weeks till the election, and in the middle o’ October. In jest a short while the kiddies will be out trick-or-treating, effen the politicos don’t take it away from them. As it is, the youngsters are handling things it seems a bit better than their elders, but Halloween is a big night fer them. Let’s hope things go off all right.
Here in the Asylum by the Sea things are perking up jest a bit. There is some normalcy. The Hysterical Society had its Walk a couple weeks back, and Cobina was of the opinion they were gonna have their Graveyard event, showing people from the past. Alas, it’s a victim of the China virus, and will not be put on this year. That’s too bad, a lotta people look forward to it with the crunch of the leaves and chill of the air. Maybe we’ll see it next year.
As yew might expect the politicos are busy as bees, working for this or that candidate in the Nov. 3 election. We passed by the Demmie headquarters last weekend and saw a bevvy o’ personae in the place. Of course, most o’ what the locals do is work for the General Assembly candidates rather than the national-ticket people.
And, there are signs popping up all over town for this or that state rep or senatorial candidate, not the US kind, he state kind. The two yahoos we have in the US Capitol seem to be havin’ a contest on how best to make danged fools outta themselves. Right now, we’d say they’re runnin’ neci-and-neck. Two bigger embarrassments one couldn’t find from any state in the union, but we did. That’s what happened when you have one-party rule.
As yew know, one o’ the things the citizenry of this community is gonna have to vote on is the charter revision package. In the last little while and up to election day, the supporters of the charter revision and those who want the status quo have been duking it out somewhat, but not on equal terms. Y’see sweets, according to Sammy Bluejay there are a lotta people who are misinforming others about what’s incluced.
Let’s take fer example an incident last week, reported by Sammy. Ed Granfield, who chaired the commish, was in a local eatery and approached by some interested parties, who said something entirely wrong about what was included in the charter revision. They had their facks completely wrong. Of the three who approached, two admitted they were told something entirely different. One jest flipped off Granfield and went on his way.
The same thing seems to be happening on the infamous social media sites. I swear, honey bunch, people seem to lose all their decorum on these sites, jest saying what pops into their skulls without much thought. We know, we’ve been told what’s been said about us.
Tennyrate, that seems to be where the opponents of the revision are going. Sowing seeds of misinfo all over the place in hopes the charter revision will fail
As I’ve said to you before, most of the politicos in this town don’t wanna see change cuz they know how to game the system. They don’t wanna learn any new rules.
Nelly Nuthatch came in t’other afternoon, and sez that the City Council’s grilling of the Haven developers happened, but there are still some queries that people have. Effen you haven’t been down that way, some more buildings have been taken down, and it seems that things are actually starting to percolate. We hope so. Still, it seems that some members of the council want a continuing update and timeline o’ what’s gonna happen for the foreseeable future.
Ya can’t blame them, it’s been six years since the thing was announced, and Nelly sez that some on the council feel they’ve been left outta the loop. So, as has been noted before, until the answers are forthcoming, the panel is not gonna give up the rights to Water Street unless and until all their questions and concerns are answered. That’s the right thing to do.
Nelly then brought up another something or other. We gotta tip that something is happening over at Armstrong’s former site. We at the papyrus posed a few queries on the matter, and the fack that some answers to our questions are coming, we seem to be onto something. It’ll be nice to see something done with that old headquarters building, for example.
I know in the past the thought of tearing down the building has been eschewed cuz the superstructure was constructed in setch a way as to withstand the constant vibrations from the passing trains, and when that was constructed trains were passing much more frequently. We shall see what happens.
Before we to on, we wanna mention the passing of Merle Stevens, a friend of the papyrus and a friend of Cobina’s over the decades. In fack, there have been only two people who’ve been given pet names in this colyume, Merle, who was known as Merlie Mae, and Stella Cretella, who was given the name Brunhilda. The last few years have not been good to Merle. Her domicile was engulfed in flames, wherein she was burned badly, and then she suffered a stroke that incapacitated her. A teacher at the high school for a span over six decades, she will be missed by all who knew her. Condolences to her family.
Iva Lootey tells me that the move outta the former Allingtown Community Center – the original Forest School – finally happened last week. It took more than two weeks to git the library moved, and all the books and shelving, desks and other items, into storage at the Elm Street location. As yew probably remember, the building was sold to Acorn, which is owned by David Beckerman, who has most of the rehab projects in Allingtown. Iva sez that he plans on taking a couple of adjacent properties before he begins work on the site, which might need as many as 250 parking spaces. Hmmmm. That sounds like a rather expansive development.
Iva sez the word on the street is once this one is complete, the site of the old Forest Theater will be the next on the docket. Right now, that area is being used for staging in the construction of the various places around the Green.
The only thing that still remains is the relocation of the library. The Louis Piantino Library once was at the corner of Front Avenue and the Post Road, then it moved to the former Forest School. Let’s hope that the search for a new location is successful. The people in the Allingtown borough thing they git short shrift from the Actors Colony, and sometimes they’re right…like in this case.
One last thing. Why is it that some city officials get…testy….when queries are posed to them? It’s something that Cobina has never understood. Some of them seem to have chips on their shoulders – and put the chips there themselves – when simple queries are put their way. We know people hate to talk to the press, or media in general, but we pose our questions in emails, let them answer in emails, and find it works great. They get their answers in full, and we are able to have perty informative stories.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this time till next, mitt luff und kizzez,