Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bost & Bradshaw

I have noticed several yards with yard signs for both Mike Bost and Paula Bradshaw. Since the other signs in the yards all tout Republican candidates, I would assume promoting Bradshaw's candidacy along with Bost's is part of the Bost campaign's strategy to siphon off votes from the Enyart campaign. It would be nice to have some form of proportional voting but under our current system, any vote for a third party candidate equates to an eventual vote for the winning candidate.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trick Or Treating

Official trick or treating hours for this Friday night are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to the press release below from the mayor. In addition, a number of downtown businesses (17 by my count), ranging from Longbranch and the Town Square Market on Jackson St. to Vintage Soul on S Illinois will hand out candy from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Also, Murdale Shopping Center will host Murdale Safe Halloween from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1

Acting Mayor Donald Monty has proclaimed Friday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as the official “Trick-or-Treat” hours for Carbondale children. 

Residents wishing to welcome “trick-or-treaters” should illuminate their porch and exterior lights. It is recommended that “trick-or-treaters” wear reflective tape or clothing and that parents check all treats for potentially harmful objects.

Monday, October 27, 2014


In yet another spate of pro-business activity, the Chamber of Commerce is asking the City Council to allow extensions of the time frame for hanging a banner during August and the holiday season:

We, the Government Affairs Committee and the Board of Directors of the Carbondale Chamber of
Commerce, representing more than 400 businesses and organizations in our community, urge the
Carbondale City Council to consider one or more revisions to the Carbondale revised city code which we
believe will increase the viability of the city’s business community.
Currently, business and organizations in the community are restricted in the usage and display of standalone
banners to 60 days per year with valid permit and adherence to other banner restrictions and
Given that there are two “seasons” of intensive retail sales in our community (the weeks leading up to the
start of Southern Illinois University semesters and the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we
would like to encourage the City of Carbondale to allow business more freedom in the use of temporary
signage and banners to promote their restaurants, stores and services.
As such, we are requesting that the Carbondale City Council amend Section of the Revised
City Code to allow businesses to display temporary signage or banners in the following periods of
time without permit and without counting toward the 60-day limit: November 20 through January
31 and the month of August, provided the signage or banners adhere to all other portions of the city
We believe this will allow our businesses to better present themselves to residents, visitors and new
students and increase revenue both for the businesses themselves and for the City of Carbondale.
Additionally, December and August are the two highest sales-tax-producing months for the City.
Allowing businesses to further advertise their businesses, products and services will aid in generating
more sales and ultimately more revenue for the City.
We appreciate your consideration of this request.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Empty Bowls

While you are particpating in Safe Halloween at Murdale Shopping Center on Nov. 1:

The Neighborhood Co-op Grocery and the SIU Ceramics Program are joining to create an event to give back to the community. Empty Bowls are “art for your table” and “food for the community.”  The sales of the bowls will be donated to the Good Samaritan House of Carbondale.
Empty Bowls takes place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery. 

The hand made bowls are being crafted by students and faculty at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Pattie Chalmers, Associate Professor of Ceramics at the School of Art and Design states:

“My idea with this project is to combine a lesson in community participation with a lesson about the hand made objects and most importantly give a little assistance to individuals in need.”

The Co-op will fill the bowls with one of our delicious soups. The soup can be enjoyed on site in our community room.  A family friendly event, everyone is welcome!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Oakland Ave. House Damage

A photo of the house struck by the drunk driver who sped up North Oakland Avenue Friday afternoon to avoid police and failed to make the turn onto Willow. One occupant of the house was sleeping on a couch at the time just beyond where the car struck the house and was treated at Memorial Hospital for what apparently were comparatively minor injuries.

Friday, October 24, 2014

REACH618 Ribbon Cutting

This Monday .  Hopefully the press release is in error an the ribbon cutting is at 4:30 PM:

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting at 4:30 a.m., Monday at REACH618. The organization operates out of the former Bowen Gym on North Oakland Avenue.

REACH618 is a basketball-based outreach for Southern Illinois high school students. The organization strives to provide a safe place for teens to meet, interact and learn through conversations, activities and character-development activities.

Representatives of the Chamber, City and organization will participate in the ceremony. The event is open to the public.

Popeye's Returning

The headline on this story in the Southern should read "Popeye's Returning to Carbondale". Long time residents will remember a Popeye's used to occupy a space nearby on the other side of East Walnut. The building houses a payday loan operation now. Of course, back then it was called Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits, rather than Popeye's Louisiana Chicken.