A staple in many families’ holiday traditions, the West Alabama Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority (PARA), this will be the 42nd annual parade. 

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. Whatever you do, we hope it is relatively stress-free and enjoyable.

Have a great week!

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Life is not fair.  Life is too fragile. These two truths converged unmercifully at 5:13 p.m., on April 27, 2011, when a deadly EF-4 tornado with winds of 193 mph swept into the southwestern edge of this city, and took aim at the heart of Tuscaloosa. In a matter of six minutes, 12 percent of the City was destroyed.  

Tuscaloosa’s world changed forever, yet, out the darkness, a confident hope emerged. 

For our children, the world has never been a more difficult and complex place, especially as it relates to the value of an education. According to most experts, two out of three jobs created in the next 25 years will require a minimum of a two-year degree with a heavy concentration of digital literacy.

Technology is creating a doubled-edge sword in forecasting the next generation of job opportunities. On one end, we have individuals who do well in school and are well versed in the digital revolution, thus they are poised to succeed. Conversely, for those who fail to achieve academic success, low skill jobs are disappearing from the landscape rapidly. The next time you visit Home Depot or Lowe’s notice the amount of self-check-out lines, as just one small example.

One can never have too many pizza options, right? In a college town like Tuscaloosa, the answer is a sure fire, “No way!” Making a late December debut, Post Office Pies, located in downtown Tuscaloosa right behind Innisfree Irish Pub, is just shy of being two months old. Despite being here only a short time, word has traveled fast through T-Town that this is the next pizza hot spot. 

I had a chance to interview Post Office Pies’ Social Media Manager Rachel Wallace, who was kind enough to share the eatery’s history with me. “John Hall, our chef and one of our three owners, made his culinary mark in Manhattan,” Wallace said. “There, he developed a passion and love for New York-style pizza. He even ran a bike pizza delivery service out of his Brooklyn apartment.” 

By Candice Morris

After a chilly winter, spring break is a welcomed week filled with sunshine, warmer temps, and out-of-town trips. If your spring break plans keep you local, don’t fret: Tuscaloosa offers a wide variety of activities to entertain both you and your kids.

For parents who aren’t able to take the whole week off work while their kids are off for spring break, you’re in luck. The Tuscaloosa Park and Recreation Authority (PARA) is offering a Spring Break Day Camp during the week of March 14-18. The camp, for kids K-8, will be held at two locations, the Belk Center and the Phelps Center. Both locations will host a variety of activities, including exercise programs, arts and crafts, and sports. There will also be swimming trips to the Faucett Center, lunch at Cici’s Pizza, and bowling. Day camp will be held from 6:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. and is $27 per child, per day. Be sure to ask about sibling discounts. For more information, visit tcpara.org.

Typically, I use this column to discuss incredibly important topics and share pertinent information as it relates to our country and our community (editor attempts to find sarcasm font). 

Admittedly, “LoO” is not a very serious column. It will never be cited in the Journal of the American Medical Association or peer-reviewed for inclusion in a professionally bound compilation. It’s just not my game.   

But for this month’s contribution, the urge has hit to compose a more serious piece as it relates to Tuscaloosa and the expanding drug issues that have gripped our society. 

The Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday for Alabama is coming up, and the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, along with Tuscaloosa County, are all participating. The sales tax holiday is set for the weekend of February 26-28. This marks the fifth straight year for the tax holiday, one that’s proven popular with Alabama residents.

What does this mean? It means that during those three days, shoppers won't have to pay the state or local sales taxes on certain items considered essential to helping residents and businesses prepare for severe weather situations. These items include things like batteries, first aid kits, cell phone chargers, flashlights, severe weather alert radios, tarps, duct tape and ice packs. This will allow everyone to stock up on certain common supplies priced at $60 or less.

Hundreds of people are expected to raise more than $14,800 to stop multiple sclerosis in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever at the Annual Walk MS: West Alabama taking place Feb. 27 at a new location—the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Walk MS is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect, be inspired and raise critical funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“We are thrilled to be holding Walk MS: West Alabama at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater this year,” said Deanna Deschenes, Development Manager with the National MS Society. “Holding the walk in this new location will allow us to reach an even greater number of people. The more people that join us in the walk, the closer we get to finding a cure. It’s encouraging to watch the movement grow.”

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