The rain held off until the bicycle parade completed, but the flag got a bit of a bath on its way up the flagpole. Nonetheless, the program went on, but in an abbreviated fashion. The Mayor kept his welcoming remarks succinct in deference to meteorological reality.
The keynote speaker, the Honorable Ted Lamb, Portsmouth School Board Member, gave his prepared speech but with all deliberate haste. For the sake of those who did not attend and those who did but might have focused more on staying dry than on the message, PCW requested a copy of the Board Member Lamb’s address. Continue reading
[Mr. James (“Jim”) B. Oliver, Jr., has graciously allowed us to post his remarks delivered at the March 24, 2016, meeting of People for Portsmouth. Among his many accomplishments, he served as Interim City Manager of Portsmouth from June 2004 until July 2007. The following biographical information is posted on the web site of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement, a public-spirited organization he helped to establish.
“Jim Oliver is the Emeritus Chairman of the Board for the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement extending his long career in communications, senior government management and civic leadership. He received a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in Urban Services from Old Dominion University and attended Columbia University on a CBS Fellowship in Government. His early career was as a reporter and correspondent for newspaper, radio and television companies. Continue reading