Singing across Ireland - What do you get when you cross 45 Newfoundland 50-plus choir members and an oversees flight to Ireland? A lot of singing and laughing and basically no sleep for anyone on board. That was the scene on Sept. 19 when members of the St. John's based Fortissimos and The Legatos Choirs, both directed by Janet Bradbury-Pennell boarded the Air Canada flight. With the assistance of a phenomenal tour leader, Hilda Pollard-Milley, there was a to-die-for itinerary awaiting them in Ireland. From start to finish, said Pennell, it was an exceptional experience! The whole idea of the trip was for those who hadn't experienced Ireland before to do so and also it was meant to bond the choir members, some of whom have been with the choir for seven years — some for only a few months. But from the get-go it was one-for all and all-for-one. We did three performances: one in Galway where we helped fundraise for a new roof for the 300-year old St. Kummins Church and where we met and spoke with most of the audience who all seemed to have a story to tell about Newfoundland and our connection. One of the local people was from our very own Avondale, a Mr. Flynn, who met and married an Irish lady while teaching in Labrador and then they both moved back to Galway 30 years ago. From Galway the choir travelled to Waterford where they performed at City Hall — the area where so many of the choirs' ancestors had left those…
My Voting Record - In reviewing my record of performance as a councilor and Deputy Mayor you will note that I have always attempted to be consistent with my fundamental beliefs in sustainable development, conservation, fiscal responsibility, and council transparency. Below is my voting record as related to several issues that were significant and/or controversial. Voted AGAINST the 2013 Tax Increase. Voted FOR transparency reforms including public Q&A sessions after council meetings, public information sessions, and green communications. Voted AGAINST accepting small cash payouts (as low as $1,800 an acre) instead of required parkland in new subdivisions. Voted FOR beach cleanup, protecting our East Coast Trail, curbside recycling, playground upgrades, speed calming measures (speed bumps and radar signage), plans for a new Recreation Centre, and a comprehensive Open Space Management Strategy. Voted AGAINST the rejection of commissioner Sharpe's report indicating the Town must do water quality, zero-net runoff, and flood plain analysis before rezoning (later imposed by Municipal Affairs). Voted FOR reimbursing Torbay citizens when they won their appeal requiring the town correctly follow regulations and use 'fair market value' instead on small cash payouts in lieu of parkland going forward (later reconfirmed by Municipal Affairs).
Update as the election is only three sleeps away! - I have spent the time since my last post doing what I could to encourage the voters of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's to make sure they vote in the election on September 24th. Tis town deserves a council that truly reflects everyone living here. If as few people vote as voted in 2009 that probably I will not happen and we will have four years nwithnapparently a council that represents only the portions of the town that got out and voted. So, never think your vote does not matter - it does, especially if enough people vote. Obviously I would appreciate your support, but even more, I hope you will vote on the 24th I would have posted more blogs sooner but, as many of you probably know, this site was not functioning correctly for several days. So my comments have been rather limited. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me using the contact information given with these blog items. I will try and post one more item tomorrow.