Monday, March 30, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed the randomness of the items at both places. Its probably not for everyone but I had a great time and highly recommend a trip. The bad news for everyone is that I bought the only Santa riding a dolphin.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I watched about 10 hours of council meetings from this week and wanted to share some of the best parts. The following is citizen input from some very moving citizens.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
The name Richard Renaldi has been coming up in my Fall River Google alerts, for quite some time. It wasn't until yesterday that I clicked on one of the Renaldi updates, and am very glad I did.
In 2000, and for many subsequent years, artist Richard Renaldi came to Fall River to photograph our mills but was inspired by our people to take his work in a somewhat different direction. Renaldi wanted to capture the image of coming of age in a town with not alot of opportunity. His 184 page book with 89 images is available at Charles Lane Press .
From a review by 5B4 (a great read if you have the time)
An interview with the artist, Richard Renaldi:
when I see the young man Erik in plate 32 with his straightforward glare with one hand on a baby stroller you know that that new responsibility will have a profound effect on what risks, and ultimately what decisions, he makes. Each person may start with the potential to do anything as we are told, but the possibilities narrow greatly with even the slightest of choices.
Portrait after portrait, we look upon the faces and clothing and momentarily ask about their futures; which of them will leave the street corner, which will become artists, which will work passionless jobs and which will find their calling, which will learn to love life and which will learn to hate it.
The landscapes in Fall River Boys describe not a town of horrible circumstance but simply of the ordinary. It is not affluent but middle working class and perhaps mind-numbing. As Michael Cunningham who penned the absolutely wonderful introduction tells us, Fall River's motto is 'We Try' - a motto which seems to be apologizing for itself and preparing for disappointment. Renaldi gives just enough of the surroundings for us to get a sense of the industry and perhaps the limiting opportunity for those who remain. Limiting as it may appear, Renaldi's view camera also ups the ante with its lush descriptions that render even the most dreary of industrial site in its moment of beauty.
Richard Renaldi at Jackson Fine Art from Art Relish on Vimeo.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
City Council -
Kris Bartley - Fall River based artist/photographer, involved in the Ward 7 democratic committee
Don Berube - Attorney, recently moved back to the city and immediately recognized that Fall River needs a change
Jamie Boulay - Structural engineer, ran for council in 2007, active in the community, board member of the Children's Museum
Ron Cabral (possible) - Ran for city council in 2007, attends many municipal meetings
Dave Dennis - Attorney, veteran, **extra credit for already having a candidate website!, involved in the Ward 7 democratic committee
Chris Marcelino - former police officer, hosts a cable access show on Channel 95 "Bristol County News"
Mike Miozza (possible) - PhD, LNG Superhero, stances
Will Flanagan - Attorney, previously ran for school committee
Mike Raposa - here ..... and here
Who am I missing?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Cherry and Webb gallery is hosting an exhibit by artist Don Hammontree called "Photographs Near and Far" and includes many images of Fall River.
The Cherry & Webb opening is Thursday, 12 March 2009, from 5pm until 7:30.
Michael Close, Artist, 371 S. Main Street
Elizabeth Graham, Painter, 25 N. Main Street
Bob Martin, Photographer, 25 N. Main Street
Scott Camara, Illustrator, 18 Purchase Street
PLEASE CALL/WRITE LEO AND HAVE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, ETC. CALL/WRITE HIM TOO. Tell Leo how disappointed you are in him. After six years of fighting this LNG monster we are very close to killing it once and for all. This is not the time to give up! All local, state, and our federal delegation too (BOTH MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND) oppose this dangerous and environmentally damaging project. If you know Leo personally, please meet with him and explain the foolishness of what he proposes.
EVERYONE ELSE PLEASE CALL/WRITE LEO NOW - PHONE - 508-678-0209
COUNCILOR LEO PELLETIER
CITY COUNCIL OFFICE
ONE GOVERNMENT CENTER
FALL RIVER, MA. 02722
Leo "LNG truout the country; we have 96 truout the country. We have 43 in New England."
Me This is an example that clearly indicates his incredible misunderstanding of the issue/buying into Hess-LNG spin. The Weaver's Cove proposal is for an LNG terminal. There are not 96 in the U.S., there are eight. But he does say he isn't good with uhritmuhtic.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thank you for cutting so many police AND a very special thank you for cutting most of the gang task force! We owe you one. Also, thank you for using the graffiti removal machine to powerwash city hall rather than removing our gang tags.
Chew, Hanover Boyz, BK, Asian Boyz, etc.
Friday, March 6, 2009
WHERE: WHITE'S of WESTPORT 508-675-7185
TIME: Doors open at 6:30 Entertainment starts at 7:30
COST: $15.00 to go to out of work firefighters
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I think perhaps the most egregious lines in his verbal diarrhea were about the police:
In my opinion, the Herald News has done a 180. They are reporting in depth, on a variety of news stories, and it no longer pains me to read it. I think the comment section of the online paper is a great outlet for residents to share their thoughts and collaborate with ideas.
"It is not the Mayor who is the problem. Where was the tight bond of brotherhood and sisterhood we hear so much about, when the call came to agree to wage adjustments that would save the jobs of many. They talk of taking a bullet for each other, but I guess that love affair doesn't extend to a pay adjustment"
Bernie claims that the Herald News has the secret agenda of selling ads to make money...no shit (sorry mom) - that is how they stay in business, dumbass (again).
Is it easier to trust a newspaper whose agenda is selling ads and papers or the local radio station whose owners are trying to promote their political agenda, get their candidates elected, and keep an option to purchase on prime real estate in Fall River?
I'll take the newspaper hocking 'headache medication' any day, Bernie.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Given the poor decisions of the RDA and FROED over the 64 Durfee Street issue, several of the councilors have since expressed their refusal to turn any of these buildings to the RDA. Now, all of a sudden, the school committee, lead by Bob Correia, doesn't want to turn the buildings over....but they already did! Shouldn't the school committee know the old school rule of 'no take backs.'
Why are the administration and the school committee refusing to turn over the buildings that already belong to the city council. Is the Mayor afraid that without the help of the RDA/FROED that the buildings aren't going to get into the hands of his pals?
It is suspicious that now, after 20 years as the chair of the real estate committee, Leo Pelletier was replaced by, of all people, Pat Casey, a proud do-er of the Mayor's bidding.
Monday, March 2, 2009
- I think that pretty much sums up my thoughts at the moment.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
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