... to the New Albany City Council members that stated recently they were unaware of street closures for the city’s new entertainment venture, Live@5, until either the day of the first event or from phone calls from residents.
On May 2, the News and Tribune printed an article confirming Mayor Jeff Gahan’s administration was considering closing streets for the events. On May 24, the News and Tribune ran a second article confirming the intersection of State and Market streets would be closed for the June 1 event.
Furthermore, the city’s website also provided information on the event, parking and the street closure for several days leading up to the concert. While it may be excusable for some people to have overlooked these multiple announcements, surely elected officials would be more proactive about informing themselves of the city’s happenings. It’s as easy as reading the newspaper.
— News and Tribune
... to those who have spoken out against hunting.
A recent letter to the editor against hunting sparked several Web comments and an opposing letter in support of hunting. I hope all those that spoke out against hunting are vegetarians. If not, they are supporting factory farms that treat animals much worse than a local hunter ever will. And if the hunters eat what they kill (every one that I know does) then there are that many fewer meals eaten with meat from animals that went through our disgustingly mechanized food system.
— Copy Editor Michael Reschke
... to New Albany High School sprinter Jermaine Parrish for winning the state championship in the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.67 seconds. He also finished second in the 200-meter dash.
Parrish will now go down in history as one of the school’s all-time greats in track and field.
Also, Congratulations also to Floyd Central’s Codie Hamsley for finishing second in the discus event at the state meet with a throw of 184 feet, 3 inches.
— Assistant Editor Chris Morris
... to Abbey Gahan and her troop for the production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” which played May 10 and 11 at Fairmont Elementary School.
What hours were spent in the set design and many practices. The kiddos were rock stars. I know the parents and I truly enjoyed it. The more community support we show for the arts the better.
— Pat Harrison, New Albany
... to the New Albany High School senior class of 2012.
As a class, you have excelled in academics, the arts, community service and athletics. In every area you have raised the bar to set new standards that will be hard for the upcoming classes to match. You will be missed. Congratulations and good luck.
— Steve and Linda Bonifer, New Albany
... to Roger and Berry Howard of New Albany.
While on vacation with their families in Destin, Fla., the brothers rescued one man and assisted in the rescue of three others who were swimming on the beach during unfavorable weather conditions.
— Judy Cooksey, New Albany
... to the youth seen June 9 painting fire hydrants and curbs in Housing Authority Parkview Terrace.
— Bill Longest, New Albany
... to the New Albany City Council.
For the first time in more than five years of attending council meetings I am beginning to see the steps toward better governance for the city, and readers need to know.
Recently, the council held a special workshop with the accounting firm they hired earlier in the year to review the firm’s findings regarding the discrepancies that have been plaguing the city’s state audit reports. A special cheer for Councilman Dan Coffey for being persistent with the call for the review; also to Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti for the new energy coming from the president’s seat; also to Councilman Kevin Zurschmiede for sponsoring an ordinance that will help the council and mayor do their job correctly and legally; and any council person involved with making all this happen.
New Albany residents need to know that their representatives on the council are working for their best interest, and Thursday night they all were.
— Jameson Bledsoe, New Albany
... to the staff of Clark Memorial Hospital.
On June 8, I went in for surgery at Clark Memorial and was admitted overnight for observation. During my short stay, the staff of nurses and aides on the 300 floor went out of their way to make me comfortable as possible. I have never been treated kinder by any group of medical professionals.
I would like to say thank you for exceptional service. The nurses and aides go above and beyond their duty to make their patients feel safe and secure. I would also like to thank Dr. Seneshen and her surgical staff for a job well done. It makes you feel good to receive this type of service right here in your home town. This is truly a five-star hospital.
— Russell McKinney, Jeffersonville
— Do you have someone or something to cheer or jeer? Submissions should be sent to Editor Shea Van Hoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 221 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130.
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