As we hoped the roof would hold on The Star Friday afternoon, the sand and debris flying down Midway Avenue at the front of the storm looked to be achieving speeds of 50-70 mph. This community, humbled before that power, can be thankful for the small amount of damage.
Energy saving mandates of the 1970s certainly did their part to hurt architecture in general and local school buildings in particular. The news that Center School needs more fresh air comes as no shock. Let’s hope that today’s policies and architecture, as we get ready to build a new school, place the building’s users ahead of any other policy initiatives of this era.
Chutzpah is a Yiddish word that derives from the Hebrew for “insolence” or “audacity.” It could easily fit into a description of a lawyer who would defend a city council’s decision to limit citizen speech by declaring that the new rule only limits the council’s ability to listen to it.
One might wonder whether a state grant for a new sidewalk that approaches Center School was awarded with the idea that it would still be a school long after the concrete cures.
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