http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Friends reflect on Winkler’s stories, laughter as she turns 100 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/friends-reflect-winkler%E2%80%99s-stories-laughter-she-turns-100 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_eva_winkler_turns_100_001_042314.jpg" alt="Mayor Dick McLean reads a proclamation to Eva Winkler who turned 100-years-old on Friday and declared April 18, 2014, Eva Winkler Day." title="Mayor Dick McLean reads a proclamation to Eva Winkler who turned 100-years-old on Friday and declared April 18, 2014, Eva Winkler Day." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Positivity and laughter are the secrets to living a long life, according to Brighton resident Ava Winkler, who turned 100 years old last week.</p> <p class="p3"> Winkler was all smiles during a birthday party April 18 with her friends at Vernon Park Apartments and was surprised when Mayor Dick McLean stopped by to proclaim April 18 Ava Winkler Day.</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;I feel great because I love friends,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I feel great and you know, I haven&rsquo;t always been feeling great, but I do today.&rdquo;</p> Burgeoning enrollment will see hundreds of BHS freshmen take classes at Heritage http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/burgeoning-enrollment-will-see-hundreds-bhs-freshmen-take-classes-heritage <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_bhsbha1_042314_cmyk.jpg" alt="The hallways and common areas of Brighton High School fill with students during passing periods in this September 2012 file photo. District 27J officials plan to have about 400 freshmen split time between the BHS building the the first floor of the Brighton Heritage Academy building to accommodate the growing student population. " title="The hallways and common areas of Brighton High School fill with students during passing periods in this September 2012 file photo. District 27J officials plan to have about 400 freshmen split time between the BHS building the the first floor of the Brighton Heritage Academy building to accommodate the growing student population. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Most incoming freshman at Brighton High School this fall will split their time between BHS and Brighton Heritage Academy.</p> <p class="p4"> School District 27J officials recently announced that beginning in August, about 73 percent of the high school&rsquo;s freshman will be attending classes held in the BHA building at 830 E. Bridge St. at some point during the day.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> Youth to be served with old Senior Center plans http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/youth-be-served-old-senior-center-plans <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_oldseniorcenter_042314.jpg" alt="The former site of the Brighton Senior Center, 575 Bush St. " title="The former site of the Brighton Senior Center, 575 Bush St. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Despite some mixed feelings over the cost of proposed changes, City Council voted 7-2 during the April 15 meeting to include the former Brighton Senior Center building on the local historic register.</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Mayor Dick McLean and Councilman J.W. Edwards cast the dissenting votes.&nbsp;</span></p> Easter Bunny pays a visit to Hughes Station http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/easter-bunny-pays-visit-hughes-station <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lcl_easter_bunny_visits_hughes_station_024_042314.jpg" alt="Matthew Derrickson, 3, participates in an Easter egg hunt at Hughes Station Apartments on Friday. " title="Matthew Derrickson, 3, participates in an Easter egg hunt at Hughes Station Apartments on Friday. " align="left" hspace="6" /> In honoring Joan Kniss, the writing is on the wall http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/honoring-joan-kniss-writing-wall <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lcl_joan_kniss_library_-_biner_041614.jpg" alt="Brighton High School Principal John Biner unveils the Joan Kniss Library and Resources Center to Kniss, her family and friends at the high school April 12. " title="Brighton High School Principal John Biner unveils the Joan Kniss Library and Resources Center to Kniss, her family and friends at the high school April 12. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Former School District 27J teacher and board of education member Joan Kniss was honored at Brighton High School April 12, when the library was rededicated the Joan Kniss Library and Resources Center in her honor. Family, friends and community members gathered to celebrate Kniss&rsquo;s legacy with School District 27J as well as her dedication to serving as a leader the community.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> City urges conservation with watering schedule in effect http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/city-urges-conservation-watering-schedule-effect <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> While the city of Brighton will not <span class="s2">be looking at additional drought restrictions this summer, residents will still have to abide by the city&rsquo;s watering schedule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;We still have a watering schedule in place and that just started going out in the water bills,&rdquo; city spokeswoman Kristen Chernosky said. &ldquo;So depending on your address depends on what days you can water. That&rsquo;s just the standard watering schedule that we have in place.&rdquo;</p> Brighton looks to add development wayfinding signs http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/brighton-looks-add-development-wayfinding-signs <p class="p1"> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash; </b>After launching a series of wayfinding signs last year for major attractions across the city, the city of Brighton is looking to add wayfinding signs for the many new housing developments.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">During the April 8 council meeting, assistant city manager for development Marv Falconburg outlined the possibility of reducing sign clutter and giving motorists a better sense for getting around Brighton.</span></p> Notes from City Hall http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/notes-city-hall-0 <p> <strong>&nbsp;E-Check, credit fee talks renewed with new billing software</strong></p> <p class="p2"> <span class="s1">Now that new billing software has been installed at the city, city council has to determine how it would like to proceed with e-check and credit card convenience fees.&nbsp;</span></p>