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Friday, April 12, 2013

Newport Pavilion Picture Update, McConnell Opponent, Crossfit Pictures, UK Spring Game

Van Damme It's Friday!

- The construction crew at Newport Pavilion, or the "Men Playing in Dirt" as they are affectionately known in the Collier Homestead, have made some serious progress over the last few weeks.


They have poured the foundation for Chic Fil A, smoothed and prepped multiple future build sites, and are putting the finishing touches on the facades of both developments (the one in between Kroger and Target and the one on Pavilion Parkway near the Kroger Fuel Center).

Some of the chain restaurants that are planned for the development should be good additions, but other than that, I'm more excited for some of the rumored businesses that Debbie Buckley is trying to bring to Fort Thomas.

There are a a handful of current Fort Thomas business owners that have their businesses for sale. In most of those cases, a new owner would most assuredly bring a new concept to each space. Of course, at this point that discussion is blue sky. The optimist in me is hoping for good things.

- Well, my Ashley Judd photo from last week's VDIF roundup really started a firestorm. Just kidding obviously, but this whole Judd-McConnell-Watergate-bugging fiasco is really interesting to me for a few reasons. Front and center, the infighting between the Kentucky Democrats and how that shakes out about who to put up against McConnell in November. 

After Ashley dropped out (yes, I think I'm on a first-name basis with her) it was widely rumored that Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was the front runner, but her relationship with Dem. Gov. Steve Beshear is toxic, and he won't back her. Apparently the Beshears and the Lundergans fued goes way back.

Other contenders include State Auditor Crit Luallen, Attorney General Jack Conway (who lost in a landslide to Sen. Rand Paul for the other Kentucky Senator Seat) and 88-year old former Sen. Wendell Ford. Yes, 88 year-old Wendell Ford.

It's just kind of a circus. Should be interesting how it shakes out.

- The new cross-fit gym is coming together. A few shots from the inside:



- I think I'm heading down to Lexington Saturday to watch Patrick Towles and Ozzy Sheehan participate in UK's annual spring football game. 

I've been talking with some people close to the program about how the two former Bluebirds will factor into new coach Mark Stoops' system. Here are my predictions:

1) Patrick and Max will compete down to the wire to see who will start. Patrick's upside is much higher than Max's and I think Stoops will recognize that. It's Stoops' first year at Kentucky and with a stable of talent coming in the form of recruits for next year's class, Stoops will want to integrate Patrick into the system sooner rather than later. 

I think Patrick will start the season at Quarterback. 

2) Ozzy dressed a few games as a preferred walkon last year at UK. He was scout player of the week a few times and with the change in system, Stoops will utilize a lot more receivers than Joker Phillips did last year. For that reason, I see Sheehan getting on the field this year for some snaps and getting more significant playing time as a Junior and Senior. 

Regardless, it'll be fun to see them out there Saturday. 


4 comments:

  1. "Some of the chain restaurants that are planned for the development should be good additions, but other than that, I'm more excited for some of the rumored businesses that Debbie Buckley is trying to bring to Fort Thomas."

    What are those businesses, Mark???

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  2. Like I said, just rumors at this point. I can assure you they are things this city will love. Totally different from what's been here in the past.

    As soon as I get more concrete answers Ill pass them on to you.

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  3. A Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would fit well in the new development. Though I am such a dreamer I would like to see the Hiland movie theater restored in town. Mio's and a movie. It has worked well in Mariemont.

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  4. "A Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would fit well in the new development. Though I am such a dreamer I would like to see the Hiland movie theater restored in town. Mio's and a movie. It has worked well in Mariemont."

    I think these are all great ideas. I wish a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's location would open up closer to Ft. Thomas. Also, I would love to see a small, indie movie house open up on this side of the Ohio River. It has definitely worked for Mariemont and for the Esquire in Clifton, so why not Northern Kentucky too?

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