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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell gets out his easel, slaps a canvas on it and gets to work painting. He works day and night, obsessing over each detail, sleeping only when he passes out from exhaustion. Finally, his work of art is completed and he delivers it to us at the Insider. This week, like every week before, it's a handpainted city memo. We don't think your minds… 0

May 8, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, Tom Aspell cruises the streets of Concord, looking for discarded food. When he finds a tasty morsel, he takes a picture of himself eating it and sends it in to the Insider. Then we tell him that that isn't how scavenger hunts work and he sheepishly writes us a city memo. Dog licenses are dueThe long paw of the lawThe City Clerk's Office would like to remind… 0

May 1, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell digs a 5-foot hole in his backyard, climbs in and then buries himself up to the neck in soil. Then, he waits for the April showers to come along and water him. A few weeks later, a beautiful flower blooms from the top of his head. When we stop to smell it, we're suddenly filled with all the knowlege in the universe - including the city memo! Heed… 0

April 24, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell razes his giant cornfield and builds a baseball field in its place. The ghosts of former baseball stars appear out of the corn, but they can't take the field until Tom's done laying down the chalk lines. Viewed from above, those lines spell out the city memo! Share the… 0

April 17, 2012

City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell throws a couple of spray cans and some markers in a backpack, heads down to an underpass and spraypaints a colorful city memo on the bare concrete. Then he challenges us to a breakdance fight! You win, Tom, we can't pop and lock like you! Here's that bomber of a city memo. The beav is backTee off on the cheapIn celebration of its earliest… 0

April 10, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell walks the parapets of a lonely tower, waiting for his knight in shining armor to rescue him. Finally, he collapses, and his soul rushes from his body and ascends as steam, leaving behind only a city memo on a bit of tattered parchment. Water work beginsfeeling flushThe General Services Department began its annual flushing of the water mains… 0

April 3, 2012

City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell digs into his closet, finds his dance outfit and lays it out on the bed. He puts on his leotard and tutu, looks in the mirror and sighs before putting his suit and tie on over the whole shebang and stepping out into the workaday world. Then he writes a city memo. The clock is tickingExemption apps dueThe deadline to submit new applications… 0

March 27, 2012

City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell blindfolds himself, then fills out his March Madness brackets without so much as a peek. He gets every pick right and wins the office pool, but he's such a nice guy that he uses the money to take the whole staff out to lunch. Awesome, baby! A taxing reminderProperty bills dueResidents are reminded that fourth quarter installment payments… 0

March 20, 2012

Dog license reminders

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell heads to a mountain, starts an avalanche and ends up buried deep beneath the snow. Once the weather warms up, the snow melts and he tumbles downhill, finally coming to rest on Main Street. Then he hops up, brushes off and reads the city memo.fido's got mailState of New Hampshire RSA 466:1 requires that every owner or keeper of a dog 4 months of… 0

March 13, 2012

City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell walks out 100 paces into the woods, turns right and walks 50 more, then starts digging. And what does he unearth? A buried treasure - the city memo! Work continuesAll the live long dayWork continues on the rehabilitation of the large box culvert under North State Street, in the… 0

March 6, 2012