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December 18, 2012

NJN/am for Tuesday, December 18


Tuesday’s child is full of — darn, we never could remember all of that poem…

Weather: Back to normal. Once this morning’s fog burns off, we will see sunny skies with highs in the lower 60s. Tonight will be clear and cold, with a low near 38. Wednesday will be sunny, with storms moving in overnight.

New date for Publix. The date on the sign at Northgate Village in Gardendale has been changed from “Coming Spring 2010” to the generic “Coming Soon,” but now the long-awaited Publix supermarket opening has a date: March 27, 2014. Developer Bob Madden told the City Council in its Monday pre-meeting work session that legal issues with tenant Dollar Tree have been worked out, and construction will begin on the renamed Century Shoppes at Gardendale in late February. Dollar Tree and Shoe Department will move into the new section in summer, then their old spaces will be razed to make way for the new Publix. In addition, council members heard a proposal from a Hoover fitness club to lease the empty space in the new Public Safety Center building (the former Food World) for a second 24-hour location, provided the city loans the club $250,000, to be paid back over the club’s seven-year lease.

Personnel moves. In the Gardendale council’s main meeting, City Clerk Keith Mosley was transferred to a new job: director of the Gardendale Civic Center. He’ll take the position on Jan. 1, with Dee Gray to take Mosley’s old job. The council also voted to draw on its line of credit with Regions Bank to pay final bills on the safety center renovation, and donated Kira, a retiring police dog, to her former partner and handler.

Picking up the pieces. Investigators continue to comb through the crime scenes in Newtown, Conn., site of Friday’s massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Connecticut State Police now say that the gunman had no known connection to the school, and merely picked it randomly. Funerals for some of the victims continue today.

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