Filed under: Birmingham AL restaurants, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Photographs, Random shots, Silvertron Cafe
Yes, I was lucky enough to catch people walking in. They’ve been open since 11 a.m. this morning! And Bets and I are heading over there for her birthday dinner (one day early). If you get a chance, get out and welcome this Forest Park establishment back!
Filed under: AL, Architecture, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Catalyst, Cities, EVDO, Photographs, Random shots, TechBirmingham, The Ticker, urban issues, Verizon Wireless
EVDO + Catalyst + TechBirmingham + Verizon Wireless = ?
As I prepare to start my weekend a day early, I figured I’d take a look at my friend Curtis’ Flickr account. Actually, I was checking mine to see if any comments had been made on images I’ve uploaded to my account. Don’t ask me why, I’m really not sure what made me do it. Anyway, I came across the following picture:
It’s Mr. Palmer, with Catalyst executive director Cherie Fields and board chair Elizabeth Dotts. Now, I was aware that Verizon Wireless was in town this morning to announce that they flipped the switch and now provide EVDO service in the metro Birmingham area. Click here if you don’t understand what those letters in the previous sentence mean. It’s interesting that the announcement was today since, according to Scott Allan, the “switch” got flipped on August 29th. Based on the big check they’re holding ($20,000!) and the title of the picture, it appears that Catalyst has been awarded funding from Verizon Wireless, but don’t ask me for what; I have no idea. I’m hopeful that Curtis, one of my fellow board members, or the newspaper may be able to share more about this soon. Needless to say, the presence of Verizon Wireless and TechBirmingham (Curtis) means something is about to happen in our ever growing tech scene.
UPDATE: Click here to learn exactly how the grant money will be used. It’s a great win for the community.
The baby giraffe at the Birmingham Zoo can now officially be called… Rowan. A 4th grader at Mountain Brook Elementary School won the right to name the newest resident of the Birmingham Zoo for his teacher, Mrs. Loretta Rowan. Apparently she really loves giraffes, and now everybody knows about it!
Click here to learn more about the honor. According to the zoo’s official website, more than 1,200 names were submitted in this contest, with voting closing last week. The image to your left comes from the zoo’s website, showing a surprised Mrs. Rowan in her classroom this morning as Birmingham Zoo officials informed her and Bill Perry, one of her students, about the decision. Check back for more info later on today.