Author: Lagniappe

Lagniappe: May 7 – May 17, 2017

Dig in to the latest issue of Lagniappe, where we take you to the outskirts of some of Mobile’s most urban neighborhoods and detail a program that aims to incubate a new generation of ecologically-minded youth. The grant-funded Coastal Alabama Conservation and Resiliency Corps provides full-time jobs for 10 young adults to remove invasive species and plant native species in urban wetlands. In Bay Briefs, we have new details from a civil lawsuit MLB pitcher Jake Peavy filed against his former manager, claiming fraud. There is also a story about how federal law enforcement agencies plan to liquidate millions...

Read More

Keep it up

Editor: Rob Holbert’s last column, titled “The Sound and the fury” (May 5), was one which I know the naturalist John James Audubon would have loved for its reference to the rebirth of bird life on our coast. It also reminded me so much of two great writers with Mobile and Creola roots. One, James William, wrote the beautiful poem “Creola” off of his 1986 work called “Floridays.” Another great writer, Celestine Sibley, lived in Creola as a child but then moved to midtown Mobile to attend Murphy High School. She later worked for the Press-Register before moving to Georgia and becoming a beloved journalist in Atlanta. Mr. Holbert, please keep up the good work. I think both Celestine and James William might agree with me, it was a great piece of writing! Charles Cort Spanish...

Read More

Are we keeping Mobile beautiful?

Editor: If you asked a room full of Mobilians if we are winning the war on litter, you probably wouldn’t see many hands in the air. In the past, the city has simply not devoted enough resources or attention to recycling, but that is all about to change. Our ultimate goal is to create a more robust recycling program while eliminating litter throughout our city. Nationally, more than 34 percent of municipal solid waste is diverted from landfills through recycling efforts. Mobile’s diversion rate is a dismal 6 percent. Mobile is woefully behind the curve, partially due to having only one recycling location, at 1451 Government St., a facility leased and staffed by the city. In order to move the needle, we studied municipal recycling operations in other cities. To increase the rate of recycling, we ultimately decided to expand our drop-off centers to locations throughout the city, so recycling would be more convenient to more citizens. We are also transitioning to a single-stream method to create a more accessible, less burdensome experience for citizens, because they will no longer be required to sort their recyclables. The city is joining five other community recycling programs to establish a regional recovery area that will feed into a large materials recycling facility. The current contracts awaiting City Council approval are to begin this progressive recycling program. The first contract is for...

Read More

Music Listings: May 11 – May 17, 2017

THUR. MAY 11 Bluegill— Les Hall Duo Blues Tavern— Little Delta Duo Callaghan’s— Bobby Butchka Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Dority’s Bar and Grill— Ryan Balthrop Felix’s— Soulshine Trio Flora Bama— Christina Christian, 2p// David Dunn, 5p/// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury, 6p//// Whyte Caps, 10p//// Logan Spicer and Tony Ray Thompson, 10:15p Listening Room— Avi Jacob ft. Emily Sholes Smith Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p Manci’s— Sean Carter McSharry’s— Rondale and the Kit Katz, 7p Old 27 Grill— Two Suzy’s, 6p Wind Creek Casino— Michael Stacey, 8p FRI. MAY 12 Alchemy— Star Wars: The Tease Awakens, 10p...

Read More

Calendar of Events: May 11 – May 17, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Grilled Cheese Meltdown Teams will compete in the inaugural Mobile Grilled Cheese Meltdown to create the yummiest grilled cheese sandwich. Thursday, May 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Cathedral Square. Visit Eventbrite.com for tickets. Lecture on Fairhope Join the FSTC Archives Committee Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. for a “Fairhope’s Public Librarians” talk at the Fairhope Public Library. Fairhope Farmer’s Market The city of Fairhope will host an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2. The market will be behind the Fairhope Public Library, downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Alabama landscapes Mobile Museum of Art joins the Mobile Botanical Gardens for a guided walking tour of the longleaf pine forest. Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m., 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200. National Public Gardens Day Bellingrath Gardens joins the celebration of National Public Gardens Day, to raise awareness of the nation’s public gardens on Friday, May 12. Bellingrath Gardens will mark the occasion with a special greenhouse tour. Call 251-459-8864. Home show The greatest home show in Mobile. May 12-14 at the Abba Shrine Center (7701 Hitt Road). For more information, call 251-661-6523. Creek Fest On Saturday, May 13, the free Creek Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive. Visit www.CreekFest.org. Mother’s Day Garden Concert Annual Mother’s Day Garden Concert at Bellingrath Gardens and...

Read More