LifestyleEntertainmentNewsMany hands make light work of New Year’s bashBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 826 ALMOST 2,000 people have been recruited and resourced in just eight weeks for Limerick City of Culture 2014’s New Year‘s Eve extravaganza.Details of the pageant and City of Culture ‘NYE Sky’ have been unveiled with a promise of being “the most exciting and exuberant interactive family event” Limerick has ever seen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The spectacular end-of-year bash promises to transport the streets of Limerick into a wonderful fairyland full of fantastical characters, glowing floats and magical music, with both skies and terra firma being brought to life.According to a press statement this week, the difficult task of creating this world-class show has been achieved in an “impossibly tight timeframe”. Involved in putting together this breathtaking project were: producer Joe Clarke, creative director Paul Boland, University Concert Hall, LITMT, Lime Tree Theatre, Murt Whelan Sound, Frontline Theatre School, Spotlight Stage School, Expressive Arts, Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Choir, Cantet, Limerick City Hall, Peter Dee’s Academy of Music, Limerick Gospel Choir, Honest Arts, Music Generation, The Learning Hub, and many more on third level co-operative education placement.City of Culture chief executive Patricia Ryan is now predicting “the biggest and most magnificent occasion that Limerick has ever seen” on December 31.“The City will be illuminated like never before, breathing new life into every nook and cranny. It will be the celebration of all celebrations to kick off Limerick as the National City of Culture 2014,” she said.“The positives the City of Culture will bring to Limerick with this event alone are extremely substantial. It’s hugely encouraging to see 900 volunteers getting involved together with over 700 kids and teenagers across 20 Limerick schools working together to make this wonderful world class event happen,” she added.From 6:30pm on New Year’s Eve, a procession will be led by the multi-award winning street theatre company Bui Bolg through the fully pedestrianised streets of Limerick, along the banks of the River Shannon to the Medieval Quarter.Son et Lumiere, will turn the city and its night skies into a live storybook using cutting edge digital mapping and special lighting effects which will be projected onto Limerick’s historic buildings. Live narration and accompanying specially composed music will bring ‘The Story of the Boy who Looked for the Trout’, written by local playwright Mike Finn, to life.There is an open call for children and adults in Limerick to get involved in the City of Culture NYE. For more information contact www.cityofculturenye.ie. #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Get ready for the New Years Eve Firework display in Limerick City TAGSCity of CultureMusic LimerickNew Year’s Eve Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Print Linkedin Twitter Previous articleMunster favourites over FrenchNext articleEditorial – lend me your ear to fix the problem Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
From a resident’s perspective, Woods also took issue with the idea that getting rid of the recycling tax was a good thing. “They were saying we pay 60 dollars a year, I’d be willing to pay 120 a year just to make sure the recycling is going and being processed and not going to the landfill,” she said. The new law requires garbage hauling companies operating in Tioga County be to take residents’ recycling with their garbage for an additional fee, which would replace the current recycling tax residents find on their bill. Residents will also have the option of bringing their recyclables to a transfer station themselves. “As a garbage company we just pick up garbage we’ve never picked up recycling,” she said. “Now the county is coming out saying in three months we’re going to be obligated to pick up the recycling, so we’ve got a lot of questions,” she said. Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey says the county’s current contract with Taylor Garbage expires at the end of the year. When the county sought bids for a new one, the lowest bid was double what the county is currently paying. Sauerbrey says the county’s concern was that the cost would be passed on to the tax payer. County Sustainability Manager Dr. Ellen Pratt kicked off the meeting with a presentation detailing the bid that was rejected. She said the contract would cost 2.48 Million dollars per year, 1.26 Million dollars more than what the county is paying currently. She argued that would push the county’s property tax rate higher than the state property tax cap. Multiple speakers agreed that if given the choice, they would take the higher recycling tax over having to coordinate pickup with their hauler on their own. Esther Woods owns a garbage hauling company in Nichols. She says her company is not equipped to pick up recycling and isn’t being given enough time or information to plan ahead, if the law goes into effect as scheduled in January. Those in attendance had the opportunity to voice their concerns with many like Doug Barton of Owego arguing that they feared by making recycling the responsibility of the resident, many would choose not to recycle at all. “Some will mix the garbage in with their recyclables at un-monitored drop offs, and some will deposit papers bottles and cans along roadways,” he argued “Tourism’s new motto will be ‘welcome to the litter gateway of the Finger Lakes.” The meeting was held at the Ronald E Dougherty Office Building introducing the new law. OWEGO (WBNG) — Tioga County Residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns about the County’s new recycling law at a public hearing Wednesday.