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Sunday, December 26, 2010

What time is that Council meeting?

Just what time IS tomorrow night's Council meeting? SEE CORRRECTED TIME BELOW.
It's a strange animal, billed as both an agenda-setting session (for the January 3rd re-org meeting) and the public hearing and adoption of the FY2011 budget.

At first, I thought being an AGENDA SESSION meant it would be at 7:30, and in City Hall Library. That's the way Bernice lists it in her post today (see here) and the way I had it on the CLIPS calendar for a couple of days.

Then I was told by some Council members that it would be at 8:00 PM.

Looking to the Council's online agenda was no help: the meeting is simply listed as December 27th (see here).

What to do? Check with the Clerk's office on Monday, I guess: (908) 753-3222.

Monday | December 27
City Hall Library
515 Watchung Avenue

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Blackdog said...

Wear your Redfeather Hikes!

As far as the Mayor goes, isn't this like taking the car keys away from the Drunk AFTER the 8 car pile-up?

Bernice said...

I can't find any official notice on this, but I recall that due to budget talks, the Dec. 6 agenda session was moved to Dec. 13. The Dec. 13 regular meeting was then moved to Dec. 20 and in turn the Dec. 20 agenda-fixing session for the January 2011 reorganization was moved to Dec. 27. So it should be at 7:30 p.m., with the special meeting at 8 p.m.

Bernice said...

UPDATE: The notice is on the city's web site but was not published, so is not in the NJPA archive. Note language at bottom.

Jim Pivnichny said...


As a native of Bethlehem, PA, I don't recall hearing that so-called Moravian or advent stars were manufactured by the Moravians in this country. The ones I have purchased in Bethlehem for the past 25 years or more were all imported from Germany. Perhaps the Moravians hand made them in the early days for their own use. They were originally made out of paper, but now one can also obtain plastic and glass versions. Displaying them on a covered porch was the traditional practice, perhaps because they were originally made of paper. Displaying candles in windows was also a Moravian Christmas tradition when I was a kid.

The Bethlehem city fathers (who, by the way, were seldom Moravians in the 20th century) set the goal of having every house display candles in the window. I doubt that they ever came close to the goal. The effect can be nearly as spectacular as a whole neighborhood of luminaria. My family considers candles in the windows and an advent star to be essential parts of Christmas, although there is no Moravian blood in our veins.

Happy New Year to you and all your readers from me and my family, and keep that advent star lit until Epiphany!


Dan said...

Thanks, Bernice!!

Your link does lead to a page that says 7:30 on the 27th, so will fix everything.

However, I could not find it on the city's website for the life of me.

This means at least two Council folks are under the wrong impression about the time of their own meeting.


Dan said...

Jim -- Moved your comment to the Bethlehem star page.