Monthly Archives: July 2007

Random Shots: Christmas in July at Workplay

Workplay Christmas In July

Considering how hot its been around here, it’s nice to have a reminder of the cooler weather that’s supposed to be coming later this year. It’s also a great reminder about this Saturday’s Christmas in July event, organized by YP Birmingham and WorkPlay.

Photo credit: André Natta

The Radio Carousel: Citadel Broadcasting’s Daniels last day Friday

The man that brought Birmingham Hot 107.7 and FM sports talk while overseeing the fading of The X’s signal is leaving… for ATL. The Birmingham News says that Dale Daniels will be taking a job outside of the radio market industry after resigning from his position as market manager for Citadel Broadcasting, effective Friday.

Our current poll question in the Newsstand asks if local radio is better or worse because of Daniels’ tenure. Let us know what you think; maybe even put a comment or two down here.

The library is looking for Alabama authors

The Birmingham Public Library is in the early stages of planning its second annual Local Authors Expo. This year’s expo will be held on November 30 and December 1. The event’s official site has information from last year’s expo to give visitors an idea of what to expect. Their blog post provides contact information as well as information about changes in this year’s format. Sounds like a great way to support our ever energetic literary scene while getting some of those early Christmas gifts taken care of.

Vestavia School Board considers desegregation settlement

Vestavia Hills High SchoolThe Birmingham News is reporting that the Vestavia Hills School Board will discuss a possible settlement during tonight’s regular meeting of a legal battle over the system’s wanting to have voided a 1970 court ruling ordering desegregation in the town’s system. Those that live in the Oxmoor Valley section of Birmingham have been speaking out against plans by the board to stop the practice of busing children to Vestavia Hills schools.

Birmingham Blues has an interesting post up that includes some of the nuances involved in this case. It would be interesting to hear from not only someone who currently lives in the Oxmoor Valley area but also about the affect that the influx of students would have on the city’s school system.

Additional links:
Vestavia Hills Board of Education

UPDATE: The News has posted that the board has approved a settlement deal.

Random Shots: A rooftop view

Rooftop looking at The Hotel Highland
Workers on top of the parking deck at Five Points South on Monday, in the shadow of the newly remodeled The Hotel Highland (the former Pickwick Hotel). The property reopened earlier this week.

Photo credit: Bob Farley/f8photo

From the Stationmaster: We’re still “remodeling” & looking for writers

So I’ve been having conversations with some older, more established publications outside of our market trying to resolve some of our technical issues that would allow us to provide additional features to you on the site. I just wanted to take a moment to apologize for the delay in postings in recent days due to these conversations. I’m hoping that as we get more writers posting, delays during these periods will become less common.

For those that may be interested in helping out, we will be having a writers meeting tomorrow evening, July 26, at our offices. We’ll get started at 5:45 p.m.

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Birmingham relaxes water restrictions, joins Homewood, Vestavia Hills

The Magic City joined Homewood in relaxing the time restrictions placed on area residents during the region’s stage 3 drought. The News’ post details the Birmingham City Council’s approval of a modification of the ordinance. The revision also allowed some area car washes to resume operation.

That change allows for city residents to water between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. The council’s move was similar to Homewood’s, who made their modification during their council meeting last night, in that it did not affect the day of week restrictions currently in place. Vestavia Hills has also revised their ordinance’s time restrictions, now allowing residents to water between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The region remains under stage 3 drought conditions.

Old Gray Lady hosts AAFL tryouts Thursday

Legion Field will host the second session of national tryouts for the upstart All American Football League (AAFL) on Thursday, July 26. According to their press release, more than 200 are expected to take part, including at least 36 former Alabama and Auburn graduates.

Tryouts will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday with the Old Gray Lady’s gates being open to the public beginning at 4 p.m. There will be additional tryouts held in Michigan and Texas during August.

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2007 Drought: Time changes, restrictions don’t

The Homewood City Council modified the time portion of their water restriction ordinance during this evening’s meeting according to reports from Fox6 News.

Residents may now water their lawns before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. The restrictions are still in place however, as they are throughout the region as a result of our stage 3 drought conditions.

Random Shots: The Business Journal gets a sign

The Birmingham Business Journal has its logo placed of the Southside building where they have their offices. Bob Farley/
Fravert Services Inc. employee Roniie Blackwood climbs back into the bucket after completing the installation of the Birmingham Business Journal’s sign. The Birmingham Business Journal has it offices in the building at 2140 11th Ave South.
Photo credit: Bob Farley/