Parkinson’s Group Meets Sunday

The Auburn/Opelika Parkinson’s Disease Support Group has an upcoming meeting scheduled for Sunday July 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Eagle’s Nest Meeting Room in the back left side of Monarch Estates located at 1550 East University Drive in Auburn. Jessica Hutzul, the Executive Director of the Carlisle Enrichment Foundation, will be our speaker. Jessica is a graduate of Auburn University and holds a Master’s degree from the department of Kinesiology. She is an athletic trainer and is working with individuals with a variety of conditions (including Parkinson’s disease) to improve functional abilities in activities of daily life. She will talk about exercise in general and specific exercise to improve strength, balance, flexibility and movement. She will also discuss the Carlisle Enrichment Foundation which provides personal training and exercise at no cost to those in the community. Come join and learn how you may benefit from the program and the Foundation. She is also planning a community exercise program which could be a help to us all. Those with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, family members and/or friends are invited and urged to attend. For more information please contact Linda Drummond at 334.444.2836.

Reflections from the Fourth

070414_Jerry_KatzThis past Fourth of July was one of those perfect weekends. Weather the past week in Opelika was great, cooler temperatures in the 80’s and a great breeze no doubt part of the larger outer rings of Arthur on the east coast.  The perfect way to celebrate our independence from England is to hang out with an Englishman and his wife, which I tend to do each year. Sitting poolside with friends, listening to a variety of Patriotic songs while having a refreshing summer beverage is my idea of a great holiday. Okay, the shrimp Tacos were a nice touch.  Had it not been for a tumble I had when exiting the pool, and some pain from the fall, it was great.

But this weekend is also another anniversary, a new Independence Day of sorts. Just over four years ago a company I had been with or thirteen years had a series of layoffs, which got me in May. But July 5th, just two months after that I walked into the corporate offices of my new employer, BroadView Software in Toronto.  Along with getting to meet staff, I saw a Blue Jays Game that week, a Canadian Football League game and did a wine Tour of the Niagara Region, south of Toronto.  Since then my roll has changed or should I say evolved. It’s great to be a part of BroadView as the Corporate Offices expand this summer and our staff increases in size this year with additional hires in several areas to keep pace with demands of current and new clients!

Outdoor Movie Downtown Thursday Night

Movie NightTonight’s the night! See you at the depot lawn for #opelikaisfilm and The Princess Bride! Fun, vendors, activities AND an inflatable slide ($3 per ride) all begin at 6 and the movie starts at sundown! — don’t want to bring dinner to the movie? Buy your dinner here! We’ll have picnic-style dinners fromNiffer’s at the TracksJefferson’s Opelika and the perfect summer dessert – pops from Overall Company — at Opelika Train Depot.

Update, That Scam Was Not a Scam

Scam PostHere’s an update from the City of Opelika regarding that alert they issued yesterday! And I had such a cool graphic of a call center guy with a long nose!

On Tuesday, June 24, 2015 the City of Opelika issued an urgent press release titled “Another Scam Circulating the Area”.  The City issued this alert because several businesses had informed the City that they had received phone calls from a company with an Iowa phone number, looking to sell “their company’s name to go on a banner at the SportsPlex – or have their logos placed on towels at the SportsPlex.”

Because neither the City of Opelika Administration, nor the Director of Parks & Recreation had been given any information about this company or the project – and because there had been other “scams” involving city departments in the recent past few months the City of Opelika issued a SCAM ALERT throughout the area.  The purpose of this alert was to notify the citizens / businesses about a project that had not been authorized by city management.

Unfortunately, the City of Opelika has discovered that an employee of the Parks and Recreation Department did have a conversation with a marketing company out of Iowa and did, in fact, authorize the hanging of a banner and placement of logos on towels to be distributed at the SportsPlex, with local businesses who wished to be affiliated with the SportsPlex.   The employee did not follow policy and did not notify management about the existence of the agreement.

We apologize to the Iowa Company (563-424-XXXX) for having made inaccurate statements.  This is a legitimate project taking shape at the Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center.  The City was remiss in not checking more carefully to ensure the accuracy of our information.