City Briefly

City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell sits patiently at his desk with his hand raised, just waiting to be called upon. When he's finally given the floor, he proceeds to filibuster us with that week's city memo. We wrote it all down, and here it is.Thanks, Tom! More yard work. yay?Leaf pickup to beginThe General Services Department will begin the annual residential leaf… 0

October 16, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell throws on a bodysuit, gets out the ol' paintbrush and goes to work on the outside of City Hall. By the time he's done, you'd barely recognize the place, as he's written the city memo on the walls in bright mauve.You'll never believe thisBut there's road workThis week on the Route 3/North State Street corridor, the contractor… 0

October 2, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, many Concordians sit down to a delicious pancake breakfast. As they cut into the fluffy flapjacks, they see that each one has an image of City Manager Tom Aspell emblazoned on it. No wonder they are selling like hotcakes! And here's the best part: the syrup drippings spell out the city memo in maple Braille. sky remains blueAnd work continuesThis week on the… 0

September 25, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell throws on a pair of overalls and a striped cap, dusts off the old Lionel train set and hops on board for a tiny train tour of Concord. As he passes the Insider offices, he toots his train whistle in Morse code, spelling out the week's city memo. Everett welcomes icesummer freezeThe ice is back at the Everett Arena, a sure sign that summer… 0

September 18, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, Tom Aspell searches the state for the biggest pumpkin he can find. Once he's got a 10-foot-tall prizewinner, he carves it, puts it out on the front porch and waits. Once some young ragamuffins happen by with the intention of smashing the gourd, the real fun begins. Tom bursts out of the pumpkin - where he was hiding all along - and stops the vandals in their tracks.… 0

September 11, 2012

City Briefly

Every week, City Manager Tom Aspell puts on his furry dog costume, heads down to Rollins Park and demands to be walked. We scold him with a rolled-up Insider - when we unroll it, the city memo is printed inside! Wow!like CHIPS, but betterBe 'On the Beat' 0

September 4, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell posts hundreds of photos from his mobile phone. There's a shot of the delicious French fries he ate for lunch. There's Aspell in a tricked-out limousine with a disco ball on his way to a rock concert. And is that Tom with Condoleezza Rice? Wow! No matter what kind of crazy photos he uploads, we look forward to none more than his weekly… 0

August 28, 2012

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Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell calls us up and tells us he has an emergency. Turns out, he threw something extremely valuable away and he needs us to find it! We dig through the trash for hours before finding his bag and revealing his lost item: another city memo. We squeezed out the garbage juice for you. it's elementaryNew schools unveiledThe Concord School District… 0

August 21, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, we show up at City Manager Tom Aspell's door with sacks and sacks full of mail. When he answers the door, we march right in to the kitchen and upend the mailbags all over the place. The contents? Thousands of letters nominating Aspell as a Concord Hunk. Sadly, each week, he declines the nomination. Fortunately, there's a silver lining - he gave us this city memo! Ballots… 0

August 14, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell goes down to his favorite ice cream shop, orders a waffle cone with a scoop of every flavor and wolfs it down. He napkins off his face and splits; that's when we swoop in, grab the napkin and copy down the city memo - perfectly imaged on the napkin like a Rorshach blot. dog delays of summerSteer clear, peepsThis week, new storm sewer infrastructure… 0

August 7, 2012

City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell faxes us a detailed map with a big X on it. We follow the map, dig on the X and find a treasure chest full of the most valuable substance on Earth - city memos! Assessing the situationIt's a Golden AgeThe assessing office announced the promotion of Susan Golden to deputy assessor, Aspell writes.Golden joined the city's assessing office… 0

July 31, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell writes 300 different city memos, each more informative than the last. Then he makes them into paper airplanes. Whichever one flys farthest wins! hot dogHeat safety tips 0

July 24, 2012