Good Tuesday morning, and let's get warmed up: "Should old acquaintance be forgot..."
Weather: Chilly. Overcast skies will finally give way to some sun later today, but high temperatures will stay in the middle to upper 40s. Lows tonight will be near freezing. New Year's Day will be sunny and a bit warmer, with highs in the middle 50s, with rain moving in later in the day.
Watch the ball fall. You can stay at home and watch the big crystal ball fall in Times Square on television, of you can see Gardendale's version in person at midnight tonight. The festivities start at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings with a "glow run," followed by fireworks at 9 and the local ball drop at the stroke of midnight. By the way, if you're out and about tonight and had a little too much to drink, remember that AAA will tow you and your car home at no charge. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) for help and details.
So long to "Pizza Bob." Bobby J. Braswell, the longtime owner of Pasquale's Pizza in Gardendale and Tarrant, died on Sunday. His age was not given by the family. Braswell was better known to locals as "Pizza Bob," and saw Pasquale's stores here as well as in Auburn through nearly half a century with various ups and downs at the locally-based chain. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.
Sports: Two local finalists. Pinson Valley junior running back Nick Gibson and Fultondale senior lineman Kadarrius Lawrence are both finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Back and Lineman of the Year awards. Gibson was in the top three for Back of the Year in Class 5A and Lawrence for Lineman of the Year in 2A. The winners, as well as the Mr. Football award, will be announced two weeks from today in Montgomery; we'll be there to cover it... NFL: Black Monday. It's the day of the year the coaches of losing teams dread: the first day after the end of the regular season. Five got pink slips on Monday: Mike Shanahan at Washington, Jim Schwartz of Detroit, Leslie Frazier at Minnesota and Greg Schiano at Tampa Bay, plus Rob Chudzinski at Cleveland, who was actually fired on Sunday after running the Browns for all of one season.
The North Jefferson News will be closed Wednesday for New Year's Day. Here's hoping you have a great, safe holiday.