NKOTB/Backstreet Boys think Mirimichi has … “the right stuff.”

From the Mirimichi golf course:

“Mirimichi had the pleasure of hosting members of the New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys tour for golf while they were in town. Big thanks to Donnie, AJ, Jesse and Earl – you guys are great!”

The joint New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour rolled into Memphis for a date at FedExForum Monday.

Click here for Mirimichi pics.

A Love Letter to you from Shelby Farms

The folks who run Shelby Farms Park and the Greenline have sent a love letter to fans and supporters, many of whom were instrumental in showing support in the face of a possible – but failed – attempt to cut Shelby Farms’ county funding this.

Here’s the letter:

“We are proud to announce that the County Commission approved its operating budget yesterday, and there was no amendment made to cut any of our funding.

Have we told you lately that we love you? Word on the street is that hundreds of emails and phone messages were sent to commissioners, and that the notes were substantive and passionate. You made an impact. You were even commended during the County Commission session by a commissioner who noted that Shelby Farms Park and Greenline supporters lobby well (without being rude or disparaging). We are so proud to work for you. Your voices were heard.

With a few clicks of the mouse–an email sent, a Facebook update posted–you jumped into action. Many of you copied us on your messages, and we read every single one. We were energized and inspired by your support when we needed it most. Our friends at Otherlands put on a fundraiser for us, and nearly 200 of you packed the room. We know how lucky we are to have your support of Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline. We know how great a responsibility we are entrusted with in managing these incredible assets.

A lot of Park and Greenline fans were surprised to see that we have to raise more than $2 million to meet the operating needs of Shelby Farms Park and Greenline each year. Yes–it’s an enormous challenge, but once again, we know that we can do it with your help. Become a member of Shelby Farms Park and Greenline here and join us in our mission to help Shelby Farms Park reach its potential as the next great park of our time.

This is our love letter to you. You’re our favorite. We can’t stop talking about how great you are, and we think about you all the time. What can we say? You’re the wind beneath our wings.

Love,

Your friends at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy”

What housing recovery?

The chart below ought to spoil anyone’s appetite who thinks the economy will be getting back to normal anytime soon – whether you run a business, or, in Barack Obama’s case, a country with the most significant economy in the world.

It shows a staggering amount of time that homes around the country have been sitting in default, which chokes bank balance sheets and ultimately keeps the economy hamstrung.

It also shows that the average number of days mortgages have been in default in Shelby County is between 220 and 443.

 

 

(Graphic via nytimes.com)

Shelby Farms wants your help

Park supporters on the email list of Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline got an email over the weekend warning that the future of one of the county’s most popular community assets might be on the line.

The County Commission, in a push led by Commissioner Terry Roland, may vote to cut some or all of the county’s funding to the park at the commission meeting Monday, June 20.

The email limits a separate request that supporters write letters to the editor of the Commercial Appeal. We at The Daily News, of course, would gladly welcome them as well.

The Shelby Farms email reads, in part:

“We know your passion for Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline. We urge you to show your support by letting your county commissioners hear from you about what these incredible public amenities mean to you and to Shelby County.

-We first ask that the county honor the management agreement we entered into mutually. Our public-private partnership with Shelby County was formed to better serve the community. As part of that agreement, our ten-year management contract shows that the county will continue to provide the $576,000 it was spending on maintenance for the land under county management.

-For every dollar the county gives, we raise at least four more from private sources to meet the operating needs of the Park and Greenline. We are careful stewards of the county’s investment, and we have honored our commitment.

-We assumed management of Shelby Farms Greenline, Woodland Discovery Playground and Wolf River Pedestrian Bridge and did not ask for an increase in county funding, even though the new amenities added almost $250,000 to our operating expenses.

-Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline are two of the popular, important and transformative features of our community, with more than 3 million visits a year by our estimation. If we lose our funding, we may not be able to continue operating Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.”

Happy Birthday, Le Bonheur

I discovered this week that Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and I share a birthday, but Le Bonheur’s got a few years on me.

The Memphis area’s only comprehensive pediatric medical center this week turned 59. Wednesday’s celebration included cake, courtesy of The Le Bonheur Club, and the unveiling of a commemorative work of art near the hospital’s second-floor skybridge.

Beneath photographs of the celebration posted on Le Bonheur’s Facebook page this week, commenters shared stories about their own children and grandchildren who are alive today thanks to Le Bonheur’s staff.

Founded on June 15, 1952, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital annually treats more than 100,000 children, most of them under the age of five. Althought most patients come from a six-state referral area, they also come from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

In late December, Le Bonheur moved into its new, sustainably built $340 million, 12-story facility at 50 North Dunlap Street in the Memphis Medical District.

The new campus is 50 percent larger than the previous one, with 255 beds and room to expand. The new hospital also features cheerful, child-focused art, and brightly painted patient rooms and playrooms placed along the outer-lying areas of the building, allowing for abundant light and panoramic views of the city.

In addition, Le Bonheur has improved patient care with state-of-the-art technological improvements, including a computer-based nurse call system; a 3T intra-operative MRI that provides high-resolution images; and a 320 slice CT scanner that produces better images and emits less radiation.

“People need to understand that this is an unduplicated resource for 250 miles,” Le Bonheur President and CEO Meri Armour said when the new hospital opened. “ A 3-year-old needs a different level of care than a 30-year-old or a 70-year-old. Children’s health care is very different from adult health care, so having this kind of facility in the region is very powerful and a very positive thing for Memphis. Not every city has a children’s hospital, and kids have to go a long ways away to get special care – but you don’t here.”

Happy Birthday, Le Bonheur.

Dansette

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