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HIGHWAY AVENUE TO CLOSE THIS WEEKEND
What has been a traffic mess for more than a month, will be worse this weekend. Workers continue to repair the floodwall closure seal on Highway Avenue between Western Avenue and Wright Street in Botany Hills, the main artery from Covington to Ludlow. The work has resulted in traffic being reduced to one lane that is managed by a traffic light. The date of completion was pushed back from the end of November to Thursday, December 15. That date still stands according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, but there will be work through at least this weekend. This time, city workers will take the place of those working on the state project:
Beginning at 7:00 am on Saturday, December 17, Highway Avenue (KY 8) will be closed in both directions between Western and Wright Street. The closure is necessary in order to facilitate the mock closure of the flood protection gate. City crews will install as much of the closure as possible ahead of time to minimize the amount of time the road will closed. A signed detour will be in place directing motorists through Devou Park. Large Trucks will need to use Sleepy Hollow Road to get around the closure. The road will be re-opened to traffic as soon as the work has been completed.
|Highway Avenue near Western Avenue has been|
reduced to one lane since October 17
HOUSE PASSES PAYROLL TAX EXTENSION 'LOADED WITH POISON PILLS'
Maybe at some point Congress will just pass a jobs bill without any strings attached:
The plan would pay for the one-year, 2 percent payroll tax cut by means-testing Medicare so that recipients making $85,000 and above have to pay higher premiums -- effectively raising $31 billion. Another $62 billion would come from freezing federal pay for a year and making federal retirees pay more for health care. It would raise yet another $38 billion by hiking fees on banks doing business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Besides the controversial methods of paying for the bill, it would also stop clean air regulations estimated to save 20,000 lives, circumvent an environmental review of the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline, slash emergency unemployment benefits from 73 weeks to 33 weeks, and allow states to force the jobless to prove they're not on drugs in order to get unemployment benefits.
It passed 234 to 193 but yet again NKY's Congress Geoff Davis (R-Hebron) called the bill 'bipartisan'.
HERE'S WHAT GEOFF DAVIS HAD TO SAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR:
CongressmanDavis @ YouTube (Won't let me embed)
AND HERE'S WHAT ANOTHER OF KENTUCKY'S CONGRESSMEN HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE SAME BILL:
Now, isn't that an interesting mix of perspective on the same piece of legislation.
Can this country be helped?
CITY PRIDE? HOW ABOUT THESE PHOTOS OF COVINGTON?
Just gorgeous. These photos were taken by Thomas DiBello and were shared by the Center for Great Neighborhoods on Facebook. Click the link and enjoy.
BUT... MAYBE A VIDEO BY COVINGTON WORKERS WOULD BOOST PRIDE TOO?
Maybe... but not if they sing like these poor bastards in Middletown, OH:
Cute? Tragic? Turns out, a lot of people in the city are not happy with the video, calling it inappropriate during a time of municipal layoffs:
Critics of the video say the video was filmed at the wrong time and are upset that the Middletown Fire Chief is featured in the video while the fire department is going through a tough time. In late November, Middletown laid off nine firefighters and closed a fire station. Middletown Fire Chief Steven Botts acknowledged the tough times for the city, but says he participated in the video because it's the holiday season, and it was a fun way to say thank you to other employees and residents.FOX 19
STREETCAR LANDS FEDERAL GRANT TO STRETCH FROM THE BANKS
According to a Congressional source that spoke to the Business Courier, anyway:
But a Congressional source said Cincinnati’s streetcar will be among the projects named in Wednesday’s announcement. The city sought $56.8 million for streetcar spurs running to the Banks and the Uptown neighborhoods near UC, as the Courier reported last month. The city says it already has funding for a $99.5 million starter line, which would run from Findlay Market to Fountain Square.Business Courier/Dan Monk
WANT TO READ GOVERNOR BESHEAR'S ENTIRE INAUGURAL ADDRESS?
You do? OK, then click the link!
Commonwealth of KY
NOT MUCH FLU GOING AROUND, KNOCK ON WOOD (THEN SANITIZE HANDS)
The current level of flu activity for the state of Kentucky is "sporadic," the lowest level of flu activity. As of December 8, 2011, 10 cases of flu have been reported in Northern Kentucky. In the 2010-2011 flu season, 891 individuals in Northern Kentucky tested positive for the flu. VaccinationThe Health Department is offering the intradermal flu vaccine free of charge for residents age 18 to 64 by appointment at its four county health centers.NKY Health
COVINGTON SHELTERS SEEK HOLIDAY GENEROSITY
From the Emergency Shelter of NKY:
Send our Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky a donation of $15 or more and we will personally send your family/friend a Christmas/Holiday card from our shelter letting them know you made a donation in their honor. We also will let them know how this donation will be helping us shelter over 260 people this winter season. Send your donation to ESNKY, P.O. Box 176601, Covington, KY 41017 along with the information about in who's honor you are giving.
And from The Welcome House:
"...the holiday season is not far away. That means it is time to start planning. At Welcome House, the holiday giving season is essential to our ability as an agency to serve client needs." Take a moment to view our Holiday Wishlist. You have the power to CHANGE LIVES this holiday season and throughout the year.I don't like the stores on their gift certificate list (I don't know how an organization concerned about poverty could request that people spend money at Walmart) but in any case this is a most worthy organization that saves lives. We are fortunate to have the Welcome House in Covington.
KENTUCKY FAMILY ROBBED DURING GIRL'S BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT
The family was in Cincinnati, but the crime happened in Lexington:
Leah Nash looks like a normal, bubbly eight-year-old, but for the last four years she's been in and out of hospitals. The little girl is battling leukemia. After a year remission, the disease is back. This month the Nashes traveled to Cincinnati for her painful bone marrow transplant. "Our minds and our hearts were completely away from lexington," said Leah's father, Robert. "Completely away from home."And then a gun registered to Nash shows up on a minor at a school. Full story with video at the link.
And someone knew the Nashes wouldn't be back any time soon, and that would be in Cincinnati for at least three months while Leah healed. On December 5, someone broke into their house. "They literally went through every drawer, including the fridge, and basically wiped us out," said Robert Nash.
DID YOU MISS ANY NEWS FROM THE RIVER CITY NEWS TODAY?
A majority of Kentuckians now favor a statewide smoking ban; An apology for my overblown river drama involving the Mike Fink; "The 12 Days of NKY Christmas" - the Chamber rewrites the song and for better or worse there is a video! Those stories and more at the link!
News Round-Up -- Tuesday Afternoon
Uh, oh: A prominent Covington building has a date with code enforcement; Governor Beshear is sworn in for second term today, lots of Inauguration fun facts at the link; Plus, Kentucky's new biology test sets of an evolution debate. Those stories and more at the link!
WHY CAN'T ANYONE TELL I'M WEARING THIS BUSINESS SUIT IRONICALLY?
Fresh from the tailor's in my new suit, I hit all the hippest spots, just waiting for the scenesters' jaws to drop at my sheer audacity. To make sure the irony was pitch-perfect, I got the matching shoes, the cuff links, everything—I even matched my silk socks to my eye color and the accents in my tie! I could barely keep a straight face! But in every single bar, club, and after-hours house party I went to, I got the same reaction—everybody just treated me like some kind of lame-o. They looked at me like I wasn't supposed to be there.