February 23, 2006


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Manchester Publisher's Note: Parking problems

Itís time for our aldermen to change the cityís street parking rules. Recently residents of Amoskeag Place, a condo development west of Elm, between Kidder and Hollis streets, complained that they didnít have enough street parking.

One of the main reasons for this is city governmentís wacky parking rules that include a scheme to bilk residents of money through an odd-even parking schedule that is almost never used by snow removal equipment. The real reason for this odd-even parking rule is to make money through parking tickets.
This type of taxation is just plain wrong and makes living in Manchester that much more difficult.

Just as surely as weíll get another snow storm or three, people will be pulling their motorcycles out of storage. Itís one of the more unique things about Manchester. In other areas of the country motorcycles just arenít as popular. On the upside, this is a great way for many of us to get outside and enjoy the few months of warm weather we have. However, many riders have taken a great pastime and made it our must-cover-your-ears-time by replacing mufflers with straight pipes or modifying mufflers to be as loud as possible.

About the same time, others roll down their car windows and turn up the bass, rattling windows as they cruise by. Both noise sources show a great level of disrespect for fellow residents.

Since itís not a good idea for residents to take the law into their own hands and accost the noise makers, police should be more vigilant than they have in the past in enforcing Manchesterís noise rules. Police seem to be on top of writing tickets for odd-even parking violations, so noise tickets should be easy.

As far as nightlife noise, Manchester bars and clubs would get a lot fewer complaints if their customers were more respectful to the residents around them, by keeping stereos at a reasonable level and using proper mufflers.

Living in a city means accepting some noise, but it also means folks need to be respectful of their neighbors.

Fashion show of hair
In May, 50 of the areaís top hair stylists will compete at the Verizon Wireless Arena in what organizers hope will be New Englandís largest hair fashion show, Patron Tequila Hair Competition and Martini Revue. The event should bring thousands of people into the Queen City and hopefully help make Manchester more of a destination city.

The show will be designed like a fashion show with the hair models walking down a 50-foot catwalk into the audience. To add a twist to the fashion show model, audience members will vote for the best hair style. The winner will get $3,000 in cash.

The event will be held May 22 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for club seats. All proceeds will go to benefit the Elliot Breast Health Center and Manchester Sports Council.

The event will include a martini revue and is being sponored by Patron Tequila, Martignetti, CB Sullivan and several other local companies. Tickets can be bought at Verizon or online at ticketmaster.com.

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