Someone dropped the ball yesterday at city hall and for once the Mayor was no where in sight. Mayor Correia's presence was felt, however, when revelers in the single digit temperatures tried to get into to city hall to await the 2009 ball drop beginning at 10:30pm and listen to the DJ, who was announced on the city website press release, and were welcomed by locked doors. (**Also a distinct lack of trolley at the festivities despite Correia's committment to provide trolley service between the evening's venues).
Despite his anticipated arrival and listing on the service program, Correia was also noticeably absent from the annual New Year's Eve ecumenical service offered by the First Baptist Church and attended by many, including the Bishop of the Diocese of Fall River.
Congrats to the local community activists who joined together to organize this event. This was tangible evidence of the power of the people. Most impressive was the fact that this event was organized in a matter of weeks and at a minimal budget. Thank you to all those who participated. You are the ones that make Fall River great. Despite Correia getting his name on "Back to Main Street: New Year's Eve in the Neighborhood" press releases his participation and pledged contributions to the event were lacking.
And finally.....Correia said he was cancelling First Night because of the hungry and homeless in Fall River. Did the hungry and homeless ever get the $30,000 that is usually used for First Night?