Notes for November – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – November 2017

Did you know we have a town historian? Well, we do! He’s one of the many volunteers who serve without pay in our community. His name is […]

Humor Needed – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – October 2017

I recently had occasion to remember a political figure I listened to every week on the radio. His name was Senator Claghorn and he was a true […]

A Day in the Life of Your Mayor – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – September 2017

We all have one of “those days,” a day when unforeseen circumstances alter our plans. Sometimes they offer pleasant surprises. Oftentimes they are anything […]

Thanks for the 4th! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2017

July 4th has come and gone… now for the “lazy hazy days of summer.” If you missed it, we had one “swellegant” party here in town on […]

Celebrating America – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – July 2017

Independence Day is at hand. Congratulations and Happy Birthday America. It’s been quite a ride for 241 years. When the Continental Congress formalized the Declaration of Independence […]

From New York to Hollywood to Happiness – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – June 2017

Last month, we ran a film called Saturday’s Children at Old City Hall. It’s a story about people living in tenements… people like my own family.

In buildings […]

Potpourri a la Winchell – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – May 2017

I’ve always wanted to “play” Walter Winchell in one of my columns. Walter would jump from topic to topic in almost every other sentence. So… with the […]

Jacksonville Goes Broadway! – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – April 2017

In my years as Mayor, the two questions I get most often are, “Will we have a museum again?” and “What are the chances of having a […]

Civility: Bogie-Style – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – March 2017

Did you wake up angry this morning? A great many people do, judging by the news reports every day. I’ve never seen so many people this angry […]

Reflecting on Change – by Mayor Paul Becker

A Few Minutes with the Mayor – February 2017

Each New Year finds me more perplexed than usual regarding the subject matter for this column. Due to my degree in history, I am tempted to write […]