Author: Lagniappe

Calendar of Events: January 19 – January 25, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Bellingrath’s Winter Wednesday sessions are held each week through Feb. 22 in the Magnolia Room. “Growing Vegetables” with Bill Finch will take place Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m. Registration requested, call 251-973-2217, ext. 111, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org. League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of Mobile welcomes Dr. Jaclyn Bunch on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Mobile Bel Air Marriott. Open to the public but reservations are required. RSVP to Jane Gordon at 251-402-3321 or lovjan42@comcast.net. Mayor’s Breakfast The Mayor’s Breakfast will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at Renaissance Riverview. Mayor Sandy Stimpson will discuss plans for downtown and the city at large. Tickets cost $45 for Downtown Mobile Alliance members, $50 for non-members. Email tstrickland@downtownmobile.org. Monster Truck Destruction Tour Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour will be Friday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center. Tickets are on sale at mobilecivicctr.com. 10 years at 501 Join Fairhope Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as the library celebrates 10 years at 501 Fairhope Ave. There will be activities, cake, prizes and more. Visit fairhopelibrary.com. Beer with a Scientist Physician-scientist Dr. Jennifer Scalici of USA Mitchell Cancer Institute will give a 30-minute presentation and lead a Q&A session on “Chicken and the Egg: What hens tell...

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Make it stop

Hi, I’ve been trying to find a way to stop the delivery of the blue-bagged newspaper tossed in our driveway each week and came across this article you wrote back in April 2015 (Damn the Torpedoes, “Time to stop the newspaper thugs”). Please tell me there is a contact person, or some way to stop the delivery of this unwanted paper? I’ve tried off and on for over a year … no matter who I call it doesn’t seem to be the correct department and the people at the Mobile Press-Register don’t seem to know which paper I’m talking about. These papers are litter, plain and simple. We live in the county, but are still inside the Mobile police jurisdiction. Frequently the papers are thrown in driveways of vacant homes, where they’re allowed to accumulate. Over time they become a soggy, blue-bagged mess of trash. What ever happened to “Keep Mobile Beautiful?” What can we do to stop the delivery of this blue-bagged trash we never asked for? Sharon Reeves...

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Here’s an idea

Rob, After reading in your column (“Dothan learns NYE ‘drops’ aren’t always easy,” Jan. 5), I think Dothan should capitalize on the publicity. Instead of removing the phallus of balloons, they should add another nut and call it the Twin Nut Drop! Thanks for the best and longest laugh I’ve had in a long time! Jan Joseph...

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More to come

Editor: A recent Lagniappe article focused on projects needed and already underway at several public parks. Within the past few years, there have been major renovations of and upgrades to existing facilities at parks across the city. These projects are possible through the valuable funds provided by the City Council extending the penny sales tax. When we did that, in order to ensure we would be finally able to address long overdue infrastructure issues and repairs and upgrades at our parks and community centers, we developed the Capital Improvement Plan, which a portion of those proceeds would go toward. I joined many of my colleagues in devoting a significant part of the CIP funds allocated for the District toward renovations and upgrades of our parks. At Figures Park, we installed lighting and repaired the scoreboard for youth who play on the fields and extended the walking trail and added benches and trash cans. At Mill Street Park, we added a pavilion, grills, seating, trash cans and other items adjacent to the playground area for shade during the hot summer months and for families to enjoy. Meanwhile, Trinity Gardens Park has undergone a complete makeover — from two rusty swing sets with broken seats and dangerous pipes sticking out of the ground to a brand new playground where youth can play, with benches for caregivers and more benches and trash...

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Lagniappe: January 12, 2017 – January 18, 2017

You don’t need a prescription for the newest issue of Lagniappe, where our cover story examines the case against two Mobile-area pain specialists who were indicted in 2015 for allegedly running a “pill mill.” Doctors John Couch and Xiulu Ruan are facing years in prison as the trial against them continues this week, while prosecutors are also tying the case into a larger operation against opiate-producing drug companies. In Bay Briefs, we go behind the scenes of a recent Baldwin County Commission vote to make permanent a temporary tax for schools and roads. We also explain why a citizen-journalist’s...

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