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MOORE ON MAUMELLE Single-stream recycling off to a shaky start; Facebook police get huffy, censors posts

After totally confusing the Maumelle citizens as to how the single-stream recycling will operate, the city started its effort toward almost-single-stream recycling this week.

As you might recall, we were supposed to have a single, larger bin to put everything in, hence the term, single-stream. Then, out of nowhere with no explanation from the mayor or public works as to why, we get a “trash mail,” somewhat explaining there is a new plan.

We’ll now use our blue bins to recycle all of our stuff, oh, except glass. You still have to take that to the recycling center. If you dig deep enough, you can find out that you can get up to three blue bins, but you have to call Public Works and request them. Read more about the program at the city’s website, www.maumelle.org, (click on public works).

The city began promoting its program this week on Facebook. I posed the following question on the page: Can you use an alternate bin of similar size? That was answered with a terse,” You must use the blue bins.” I responded that that seemed bit silly since I had been using an alternate bin (for plastic) for over a year and the city had always picked it up until last week. So, whoever posts for the city on the Facebook page decided they would censor my remarks and simply delete them.

Of course, I immediately shot a note to the mayor and the City Council about the censorship. As I told the mayor, you botched the introduction of the new program and now you are censoring citizen comments on your Facebook page.

The Facebook police noted that they do not allow comments or responses. You must contact Public Works if you gotta gripe about something. Well, Facebook police, that’s not how Facebook works! It’s not a static bulletin board. It’s a SOCIAL MEDIA page where PEOPLE respond to each other, make comments and share information.

The censoring went on for several hours before the Facebook police either gave up or was told to quit fighting with this crazy old idiot. It appears now that they have taken the whole exchange off of their page.

Oh well, let’s see how the recycling goes. The mayor tells me this program will be cheaper than the original idea. But they failed to tell us that when they changed the plan. Hopefully, the next time we decide to do something as a city, they will have a complete news release or a news conference with all the details up front. And maybe we can even ask questions.

I have my three allotted blue bins and will have them full and ready to be picked up.

Broadway series coming

Do you know what the Maumelle PAC is? I didn’t either until Celebrity Attractions announced that this year’s Little Rock Broadway Series is temporarily relocating its Robinson Center Music Hall shows to the Maumelle Performing Arts Center at Maumelle High School.

If you’ve never been in the theater, you really owe it to yourself to make plans to see at least one of the shows. It’s a beautiful facility and is well suited to be the temporary home of the Broadway Series.

Little Rock voters approved a bond referendum to restore Robinson Center Music Hall, so the touring shows will land at the Maumelle PAC. Once the renovation is completed in 2016, the series will move back to Robinson Center Music Hall. The shows scheduled for Maumelle run through mid-2015.

The Maumelle PAC is smaller than Robinson, with about 1,200 seats, so the Celebrity Attraction folks are adding an additional performance and are moving the performances to weekends.

It looks like a promising lineup of shows and hopefully Cheers will offer a special seating to accommodate “dinner and a show” right here in our back yard.

The shows include: “The Music Man”(Oct. 3-5, 2014) starring Shirley Jones and son, Patrick Cassidy in a “concert” version of the musical. Other shows coming to town are: “The Love Letters”(Jan. 16-18, 2015) with Barbara Eden and Hal Linden, “Camelot”(Feb. 13-15, 2015) and the “The Million Dollar Quartet,”(April 24-26, 2015) based on the music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

The season ticket price ranges from $111 to $259 per ticket for the four shows, making the average show price about $30 to $65 a show for the good seats. Check out www.celebrityattractions.com for more information. It’s a somewhat confusing website and you have to print off a season ticket application and mail it in to get a guaranteed seat for all four shows.

See you on Broadway and the Boulevard.

Neal Moore is COE (Chief of Everything) at Neal Moore Creative, a PR, advertising and marketing consultancy. If you have a community concern or if you’re just irritated about something contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.

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