I hope you had a nice day yesterday celebrating the 4th of July. It certainly was a hot day as our heat wave continues.
The beach was where we went to seek relief. I’m happy to say that I avoided a sun burn but just about ran out of sunscreen yesterday.
We had a nice barbecue back at Braley Manor with the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers, potato and pasta salads.
I tried this new Bubba Burger, (well new to me) it was bacon and cheddar bits INSIDE the burger! And then I topped it with cheese because, well, why not?? Awesome!!!!
After that I just sat out in my front yard and watched the fireworks. I could just barely see the city’s fireworks but there were some great “illegal” displays going on.
We have to laugh because every year the town of Fairhaven puts a lighted sign up on Sconticut Neck Road that says “Fireworks are illegal. Strictly enforced.” Un-huh. Strictly enforced. Okay.
I’m happy to say that everyone seemed happy and safe.
GUESS WHERE I HAD TO GO THIS MORNING?
I don’t know what I was thinking when I planned a 9:30 a.m appointment for the day after a holiday but, on a day that I could have slept, I was up and out.
I asked my hygienist, Rene, how she ever got started in dentistry. She said she’s been doing it for 37 years and didn’t like working as a secretary so she sat in on a class at BCC and thought, “That looks interesting.” She told me some stories about how they never wore masks or gloves before the aids epidemic and I remembered that.
It wouldn’t be the job for me but I’m thankful that they’re there to take care of us.
SHAMELESS SELF PROMO
I sent in my column for Sunday’s Standard Times. It’s about last weekend when we painted our porch. The dogs couldn’t use the back door for three days.
“They always go out the back door. They’ve gone out the back door for ten years. Last weekend, they had to go out the front door, on a leash, and we took them for a walk around the yard to do their business. They kept looking at us like, “You’re watching? Uh, I usually do this alone.”
Look for it Sunday in the Standard Times and I’ll post a link too.
THE SOCCER TEAM IN THE CAVE
As of this writing, they’re still there. Twelve boys and their coach stuck in a cave in Thailand . I’ve been fascinated by this story and the dilemma of how they will get them out.
Their trying to pump out the water so the boys won’t have to go under water because they don’t know how to scuba dive, some can’t even swim. The water is thick like coffee and even experienced divers have trouble.
I guess it won’t be long before they start writing the movie.
Those Chilean miners are sending words of encouragement because they know what it’s like. They were trapped for ten weeks.
This was a good movie.
WOULD YOU WELCOME CHANGES TO BASEBALL?
Ever since the Expos moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005, there has been an ongoing movement in the Canadian city to regain a major league franchise. There has even been talk of support for building a ballpark downtown, which was one of the missing ingredients that led to the Expos’ departure.
In September, the folks in Portland, Ore., were given hope that they, too, could be home to an expansion team when commissioner Rob Manfred, for the second year in a row, mentioned Portland as a potential site for a franchise, and was quoted as saying “a team in the West” would be a part of any expansion.
There seems to be a building consensus that baseball will soon be headed to a 32-team configuration. It will lead to major realignment and adjustments in schedule, which will allow MLB to address the growing concerns of the union about travel demands and off days.
One proposal would be to geographically restructure into four divisions, which would create a major reduction in travel, particularly for teams on the East Coast and West Coast, and add to the natural rivalries by not just having them as interleague attractions, but rather a part of the regular divisional battles.
Consider four eight-team divisions with the addition of teams in Portland and Montreal:
East: Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington.
North: Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, both New York franchises and Toronto.
Midwest: Both Chicago franchises, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Texas.
West: Anaheim, Arizona, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
Key elements of this alignment:
A 156-game schedule would include 24 total games against the eight teams in each of the three other divisions—three games against each opponent.
The schedule would include 12 games—six home and six road—against each of the seven divisional opponents.
The format would provide for an off day every week (such as every Monday or Thursday).
The 156-game schedule would reduce each team’s slate by six games, but revenue could be made up by a major reduction in travel costs.
Fan interest could be maintained by allowing for the four first-place teams in each division to advance to the postseason, and having play-in games against the eight remaining teams with the best records.
With a day off every week, there would be a regular rest routine, much like prior to expansion when teams would often play Sunday doubleheaders and Monday would be off. It could be used for travel so teams did not have to make long flights, arriving in cities at 3 a.m. or later.
All teams would open the season with an inter-division series, and all out-of-division road trips would be two-city trips.
CLIMBING LADY LIBERTY
The woman who prompted an evacuation of Liberty Island of the Fourth of July is expected in court this morning. Officers with the N-Y-P-D’s Emergency Service Unit were able to grab Therese Okoumou and bring her to safety.
After scaling the base of Lady Liberty, Okoumou engaged in a nearly four hour standoff with police. She was on the island with the group “Rise and Resist,” who did illegally hang a banner there. But she broke away and independently climbed the statue.
At one point she held up a t-shirt with an anti-Trump slogan on it.
Police did evacuate thousands of people from the island because they didn’t know at first what they were dealing with.
HOT, HOT, HOT
Thousands of people turned out in Bristol Wednesday for the 233rd Fourth of July Parade.
But the heat and humidity presented some challenges at the event, with at least a dozen patients taken to the hospital.
While about 50 people were treated in the parade area, nearly 100 incidents required a response.
Firefighters told NBC 10 News the illnesses were minor, such as dehydration and a lack of food.
Mayor Jon Mitchell presents the 2018 Summer Sound Series, FREE Concerts on City Pier Fridays 6:00pm – 8:00pm! On July 6th, one of the finest live performance bands in New England, Front & Center, takes the stage. Playing a great variety of music, Top 40, R&B, Pop, Rock, Oldies, Jazz, Funk and Reggae
The Zeiterion Theater presents the 23rd Annual New Bedford Folk Festival Saturday and Sunday with an impressive lineup of the best in contemporary, Americana, traditional, blues and Celtic folk music.
The New Bedford Folk Festival presents over 90 shows on 8 stages. The festival runs from 11 am to 9 pm both days and is located in the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and throughout the 11 blocks of historic downtown New Bedford and the Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford.
The festival also presents a major juried arts and crafts show which is open to the community and features more than 80 artisans and crafts.
Also featured at the festival is a Food Court and Beer Garden on Purchase Street in front of The Zeiterion Theater. Food vendors include Seafood Hut, Acushnet Creamery, Dorothy Cox’s Candies serving Del’s Lemonade, Fancheezical, Timi’s Greek and Middle Eastern Food, Kettle Corn, Big T’s Jerky, Teddy’s Lunchbox and Wursthaus III.
Saturday at 11:00am The 46th Annual Cape Verdean Recognition Parade Steps off from Union Street at Buttonwood Park and Rockdale Avenue. The parade route is : Straight down Union Street, right onto County Street, left on School Street, right on to Acushnet Avenue, right onto Grinnell Street and right onto Purchase Street. The Parade will end at 561 Purchase Street. Vendors on Bedford Street between Purchase and Acushnet Avenue from 11 am to 8pm. The Parade Marshal is Peter Britto for his dedication to the youth in our community.
Onset Fireworks are Saturday night at 9 PM at Onset Beach.
Westport Friends are having their annual Book Fair at 938 Main Rd Saturday from 10AM to 7 PM. It’s the 57th Annual Book Fair that has grown over the years.
Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers will be at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield Saturday night at 7:30 PM.
There’s an Independence Day Thrill Show at Seekonk Speedway Saturday night at 5PM.
Lee Brice will be at the Cape Cod Melody Tent Saturday night at 8 p.m.
The Little River Band will be at the Cape Cod Melody Tent Sunday night at 8 p.m.
(Not much happened, it was too damn hot.)
1937 Spam, the luncheon meat, is first introduced by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
1986 Nancy Reagan cuts a red, white and blue ribbon to reopen Statue of Liberty after refurbishment.
1989 “The Seinfeld Chronicles”, pilot episode of Seinfeld starring Jerry Seinfeld debuts on NBC.
1991 MLB owners approve the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins as new NL franchises to start play in 1993.
1993 A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson leads off both games of Oakland’s doubleheader vs Cleveland with homers (first time since 1913).
1994 Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos.
2016 FBI releases report stating Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” handling classified emails but doesn’t recommend prosecution.
JULY 5TH IS……
NATIONAL APPLE TURNOVER DAY
NATIONAL GRAHAM CRACKER DAY
NATIONAL BIKINI DAY
Since July 5, 1946, women have been hitting the beaches and poolsides in bikinis. Named after the Bikini Atoll where the United States conducted atomic tests, the two piece bathing suit made its debut in Paris. French designer Louis Reard wanted to name revealing bits of fabric “atom”.
THE THOUGHT FOR TODAY
“When it hurts, observe. Life is trying to teach you something .”