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A full calendar – including July 4 fireworks in Oak Ridge!

This is always a busy time of the year. Some of the items listed on my calendar are:

Thursday, June 12, 2008 – City Council’s “Night Out”,, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Civic Center A/B and Club Rooms. The official announcement says: “Council’s Night Out provides an opportunity for City Council members and City staff to meet one-on-one with citizens. The meeting’s emphasis will be Housing and Neighborhoods, although attendees are welcome to discuss any topic of their choosing. Appointments are not necessary.” I expect that red light cameras, proposed commercial development in Woodland, and the ongoing construction on Oak Ridge Turnpike in west Oak Ridge (including the fate of the maple trees in front of the Rolling Hills Garden Apartments) will be hot topics.

Monday, June 16, 2008 – City Council meets at 7 pm in the Municipal Courtroom. The agenda includes red-light cameras and proposed commercial development at the edge of Woodland. ‘Nuf said…

Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, 2008Secret City Festival; it gets bigger every year. One new feature this year: the Secret City Festival is going “green” — aiming for “zero waste.” Organizers of the zero-wast Earth Day event back in April will help with collection and sorting of recycling and compostables, but they are looking for volunteers (this is something kids can do!) to help make this happen. If you are interested, e-mail Stan Duncan (stan dot duncan at comcast dot net) or call 481-6050 or call Angie Palau 223-8267.

July 4th, 2008Celebration on the Fourth on the Melton Hill Lake lakefront – Activities start at 2:30 p.m. with a wakeboard competition, followed by musical entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. This seems almost too good to be true — while the city is putting on the fireworks display, local promoter Mike Brown of M&M Productions USA is (with the help of several sponsors) supplying the other entertainment at no cost to the city!

I do have a couple of misgivings: (1) In years past, I recall that fireworks displays on the lake resulted in traffic jams. This year there are supposed to be shuttle buses to offsite parking at the Roane State Community College campus — I hope that arrangement works… (2) Traditionally, the Oak Ridge Community Band puts on a well-attended outdoor concert (featuring patriotic music) at the Civic Center music pavilion before the fireworks. I expect that this event — along with the change in the fireworks location — will eat into their audience. On the other, there may not be much overlap between the audiences for the community band and the musical entertainment out at the lake.



  1. Ray Kircher says:

    I believe you are correct with your misgivings. The lakefront is too small of a venue for anything on a city revenue generating idea. Cut back the commerce on our green space. I already see a lot of landscape and road damage being done by those regattas now the city wants to jam pack more cars onto grass lanes while our city center is a vacant parking lot. What is going on?

    This is a great Oak Ridge blog Ellen, no fat and cut to the meat of our issues topics.

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