Thumbs up: To filling a void left by a departed retailer. Already, we knew that discount retailer Five Below would be filling part of the space in DeKalb’s Oakland Place Shopping Center formerly occupied by Old Navy. This week we learned that shoe-seller DSW would be filling the other half of the unit. Residents want more options when it comes to shopping, and another shoe store is a step in that direction.
Thumbs down: To revenge governing. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, thought to be a Republican presidential hopeful for 2016, found himself embroiled in a scandal when emails showed that his staff members had been part of a scheme to create a traffic jam in the town of Ft. Lee to settle a score with the town’s mayor. Christie, known for his swagger and criticized by some as a bully, insists he had no knowledge of the plan, which was put in motion by one of his top aides, whom he has fired. Some may take Christie at his word; no doubt others will see a politician trying to save his own hide at the expense of underlings.
Thumbs up: To Kirkland firefighters for making the best of a difficult situation. The Kirkland Fire Station served as a warming shelter when homes throughout the village lost power during Monday’s frigid weather. The fire station was powered by a generator, so firefighters provided water, cookies and tours to people who hadn’t been there before. They also kept the children entertained by showing them the fire trucks. What a great way to make the polar vortex more bearable.
Thumbs up: To Heritage Woods of DeKalb, 2626 N. Annie Glidden Road, for volunteering to serve as a warming shelter for senior citizens through Wednesday this week. They offered meals, hot drinks and activities. Other options in the community existed, but local seniors probably felt more comfortable there.
Thumbs up: To all the outdoor workers who had to endure the bitterly cold temperatures this week to get their jobs done. From police officers and firefighters to tow-truck drivers, postal workers, waste management workers and even fast-food drive-thru employees. They all did their part in record-setting conditions. We really appreciate their work.