Environment: Fracking & Earthquakes

Opinion by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Brett Coulstock.

Cary, NC – Forget about water pollution. How about earthquakes? Business-friendly Ohio is moving to stop the use of fracking wastewater disposal wells, suspected of causing eleven earthquakes in the state, including a magnitude 4.0 quake last weekend. Read more

Harold’s Blog: State of the Town


From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through January 1, 2012. Photo of downtown Cary by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Happy New Year!

This was a holiday week so there is not a lot to report except for the State of the Town Address. Read more

Humorist: Bang a Pan, It’s New Year’s Eve

Cris Cohen is CaryCitizen’s Resident Humorist. Photo by Paul Galipeau.

When I was a kid, New Year’s Eve meant sleeping over at a friend’s house, staying up very late, and physically assaulting cookware. At midnight, whoever was babysitting would send us out onto the driveway and have us hit pots with wooden spoons. Several new years were rung in to the sounds of some sort of saucepan violence. As a result, it is possible that various cooking sets dreamed of one day having a celebration of their own where they beat small children. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Busy Week, Prepping for 2012

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through December 18, 2011. Photo of Gurkan’s holiday-decorated Mercedes by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – This was a busy week with meetings, events, and dinners. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Cary Policeman Employee of the Year, Christmas Fun and Skittles Incident

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through December 11, 2011. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC –  This week was filled with events and meetings.

Since I had no scheduled meetings or events on Monday, I spent time on the State of the Town message. During the rest of the week I reviewed and fact checked the best I could. Tomorrow it goes to the Public Information Office for further fact checking and review. We will tape it the following week for Cary TV and I will give it live for the first time at Glennaire on January 7th.

Tuesday I had a phone meeting with the town manager to catch up on items. There was really nothing new and only status updates which is the reason we decided to use the phone.

Later Tuesday I went over my appointments of council members to inner town committees and external committees. It is important that council members share responsibility and are placed in an environment that they can provide the most benefit to the town. My appointments will be the first order of business after I am sworn in for my second term on December 15th. Read more

Editorial: Just Say No to Fracking in Cary

Editorial by Hal Goodtree. Map from Southern Environmental Law Center.

Cary, NC – Fracking has the potential to make North Carolina a net energy exporter. But serious concerns exist about contamination of water supplies. Until those concerns are laid to rest, Cary needs to ban fracking within our town limits. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Trains and Trees

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through December 4, 2011. Photo of Old Time Winter Festival by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – This week’s activities were comprised mostly of meetings and events. Read more

Humorist: Cell Phone Warning

Cris Cohen is CaryCitizen’s resident Humorist.

Cary, NC – My new cell phone came with a warning saying that “Failure to follow these safety instructions could result in fire, electric shock, or other injury or damage to the phone or other property”.

Hello, Mom?

It is the kind of warning that you would not expect to see with a phone as much as with a surface-to-air missile. “Thank you for purchasing The Kaboom. Following these basic safety guidelines will ensure that you have hours of military fun.” It just sounds like kind of an ominous, lethal description for something I use to call my mother.

On the Plus Side

On the plus side, though, the electric shock possibility means that I will not have to buy a Taser. If someone tries to rob me, I can just tell him, “I have a cell phone and I am not afraid to disregard the safety instructions.”

And how many campers might be saved by the fact that it can cause a fire? “Remember: If you get lost in the woods, you can start a fire by either rubbing two sticks together or by just using your cell phone improperly.”

Other Property?

The potential for the phone to damage “other property” is a little disconcerting though. It suggests that, just by calling for a pizza from your house, you could accidentally blow up some land you bought in Montana. “I told you not to press the # key.”

What Not to Do When Wet

The booklet also says to keep the phone away from water and “wet locations”. Ostensibly this means that you should not make calls from a car wash or Seattle. If the phone does get wet, the booklet warns against drying it with an external heat source, such as “a microwave oven”.

“Honey, have you seen my phone?”

“Check inside the casserole.”

It is not clear whether the company knows of someone who tried this. “We also want to remind you not to put your phone in a microwave oven (Alex Stewart: 1952 – 2009).” Although maybe that is how they found out that the phone can destroy other property. “It turns out that the back of our microwave faces what used to be the neighbor’s garage.”

Harold’s Blog: Mayors Meet, Police Pledges, Giving Thanks, Cary’s Low Costs

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through November 27, 2011. 

Cary, NC – This week was a holiday week so there were just a few events and meetings. Read more

Harold’s Blog: Transportation, Recognition, Downtown and Cats

From the blog of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, covering the week through November 20, 2011. Photo by Angela & Andrew.

Cary, NC – This week was a busy one. Read more