A cool greenspace in Bayberry

My outreach assignment last weekend from the Liverpool Public Library took me and my camera bag to the Bayberry neighborhood. An old friend, Mike Banks, had alerted my colleagues Laurel Griffith and Dave Witkowski when he spotted them out at a previous event that he was cooking up a big celebration from his spot at…

Lunch with the old sports department crowd

You bet I was excited to see David Elfin for lunch last week. He and I worked together in the sports department of the big daily in the mid-1980s. I was his boss, technically, the assistant sports editor to his men’s basketball beat writer. In reality, though, we’d both come up here with time spent…

A bunch of library treats for Elvis Presley week

Oh, what a sight greeted me in the break room of the Liverpool Public Library on Tuesday. A colleague is obviously a fan of the King. Tuesday marked the anniversary of the celebrated rock ‘n’ roller’s passing. He left this world in an unfortunate way on Aug. 16, 1977, way too young. People across the…

Spotlight delivers what we needed

Hooray, daily journalism. Boo, Catholic Church. That would be the easy way to review the award-winning Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy from the script he co-wrote with Josh Singer about the true tale of how Boston Globe’s investigative team painfully and pain-stakingly put together the series that once and for all brought the decades of…

Meeting Roxy

Rescue dogs are special. I had the pleasure of meeting Roxy at Jeff’s 30th birthday party last weekend. She’s a little bit of a thing. I remember how Kristin was texting Karen back and forth with photos when she and Jeff were making the final plans for the rescue. Karen had been over to meet…

Observations

When Paul Curran titles his weekly Sunday guest column Observations, well, I certainly sit up and take notice. Hey, it’s hot on that side of the border, too. Welcome to the weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here at Mark Bialczak’s Little…