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Late UA professor remembered through park dedicated in his name

On Friday, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will join the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation and the El Presidio Neighborhood Association to dedicate the Centennial Park in honor of the late Christopher Franklin Carroll.

Carroll was a distinguished professor of English at the UA and a scholar of medieval literature. He taught at the university from 1965 until his retirement in 2006.

Throughout his years as a professor, Carroll touched many lives of those at the university with his teaching. UA Distinguished Professor of English Jerrold Hogle remembers Carroll and the legacy he left the school.

“He was a colleague for many years. We were assigned the same office together and we became very good friends,” Hogle said. “He was quite generous with his time and support. He was a great teacher. He really devoted himself to his students’ welfare.”

By Kaite Fletcher
/ The Daily Wildcat

People sit during the dedication ceremony of Christopher Franklin Carroll Centenniel Park on Friday, Feb 12. Carroll was an english professor and Chaucer scholar at the UA.

Carroll was a legendary teacher to many students in his time at the university. Susan Aiken, distinguished professor of English and Carroll’s wife , recalls his character while teaching at the UA.

“In a file compiled when he was named distinguished professor in the mid-1990s, students attested to his brilliance in the classroom,” Aiken said. “He could dramatize Chaucer’s Middle English poetry so vividly that some students declared he might well be channeling Chaucer.”

In his personal time, Carroll was a part of the historic preservation in El Presidio and a leader of the revitalization of downtown Tucson.

UA English professor Lawrence Evers said that Carroll was heavily involved in promoting Tucson’s artists and bringing forth the Dinnerware building, which became home to the Dinnerware Artists Cooperative .

Renaming a park is a selective process that had to be approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Sierra Davenport, Tucson Parks and Recreation community promotions and marketing manager, said that Carroll’s close ties to the community helped the approval process go smoothly.

“The city has a process to go through to rename parks and Centennial Park was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission due to Christopher Carroll’s close involvement in that community and with the development of the park,” Davenport said.

The dedication of Centennial Park to Carroll is a memorable event that honors a beloved member of the Tucson and UA community.

“I am overjoyed about the park dedication. [Carroll] cared deeply about Tucson and worked hard to help the downtown thrive while preserving its history,” said Alison Deming, a UA English professor. “Having a place in town at which to remember and thank him is fitting. He beamed with joy in living. I am grateful for this park.”

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Barrio Stories Project brings Tucson history back

Less than 60 years ago, the place that we now know as Tucson Convention Center was located in one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Tucson.

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The O’Jays bring a little Philly soul to Senior PGA

The O'Jays bring a little Philly soul to Senior PGA

The O’Jays bring a little Philly soul to Senior PGA

The O’Jays feature, from left, Walter Williams, Eric Grant and Eddie Levert. They will perform a free concert May 26 at Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor in conjunction with the 77th Senior PGA Championship.

Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:00 am

The O’Jays bring a little Philly soul to Senior PGA

By JEREMY D. BONFIGLIO – HP Features Writer

The Herald-Palladium


BENTON HARBOR — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and RB legends The O’Jays will perform a free concert in conjunction with May’s 77th Senior PGA Championship, organizers announced Friday.

The concert, presented by Whirlpool Corp., will be at 7 p.m. May 26 at Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor.

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      Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:00 am.

      Besito in Ardmore: Ideas, ambition – but execution is a meal-killer

      At the end of my second meal at the new Besito in Ardmore, our server put a curious little doll the size of a penny at our place settings as a parting gift.

      “They’re Mexican worry dolls!” he said. If we put them under our pillows at night, all our worries would be gone by morning, he said.

      Hmmm . . . I’m generally not a big worrier. But the more I cradled this tiny figurine of sticks and colorful yarn in my palm, mulling the numerous lowlights of two disappointing meals at this expensive Mexican chain, a whole fiesta of worries suddenly began brewing in my brain.

      I worried, for example, that my first meal’s server was actually a long-lost friend I’d failed to recognize. She called me mi amor so many times – from the moment she gracefully mashed an avocado into guacamole beside my table to the end of our meal when she noticed my half-eaten plate of enchiladas – I felt a sudden blush when she asked: “Did you not like your mole Poblano, mi amor?”

      Suddenly shy to pipe up and disappoint her, I couldn’t bring myself to admit that the shredded chicken inside was dry and that the chocolate brown mole on top was shockingly bland for a 20-ingredient sauce that should have been deep and complex.

      “It’s fine. I’m full,” I said. But she didn’t buy it, and insisted on taking it off the bill. “I want you to be happy, mi amor!”

      After such caring treatment on visit one, I naturally worried that our second meal server hated us. Not only did he hastily whip our tableside guacamole into sloppy chunks with a spoon, he also neglected to inquire why my guest had not eaten much of his $24 mahimahi. We finally flagged him down too late in the meal for a replacement and noted that it had been so overcooked that it practically chewed back.

      “Well, you ate most of it,” he grumbled before taking it away, then softening into apologies and yet another bill adjustment.

      It’s a shame, since that fish, crusted in blue corn and crab over dual-toned sauces of sweet corn atole porridge and a pale green pumpkin-seed pipian, shows that there is a flicker of real ambition at the root of this chain out of Long Island (via an expansion partner in Tampa, Fla.) to take its cues from some authentic ideas. John Tunney, the surfer-turned-restaurant-chain-magnate who paired with one of the founders of Outback Steakhouse to open more Besitos in this region, says the “grandma recipes of Oaxaca” are the prime inspiration here.

      His original locations in New York may well taste that way. And corporate chef Carlos Arellano, who grew up in Mexico City, clearly has a passion for this menu, waxing poetic on the subtle differences between his roasted and raw renditions of salsa verdes, the al pastor’s guajillo-habanero marinade, his favorite cactus salad.

      Unfortunately, I worry even the best of intentions inevitably become distorted by the corporate restaurant machine, which can blandify anything with a soul – like a mole – once it trickles down the chain into the hands of “culinary managers” who paint the menu by numbers to the least offensive flavor volume possible. They even have studio photos to shoot for, which some of the servers insist on displaying in iPad slide shows to their tables (in lieu of old-school word descriptions) as if their customers have never seen an actual taco.

      Of course, I worry some of them haven’t, though that’s unlikely in this golden age of taco creativity. But I worry even more that some will be wowed enough by Besito’s evocative decor – from the moody candle wall to the eucalyptus wood ceilings, wrought-iron fixtures, and blazing outdoor hearth – to think this is what an upscale Mexican restaurant should be.

      With entrée prices hovering in the mid-$20s, it should deliver something more exciting than iron skillets oozing over with melted cheese and cheap US Foods chorizo, or $25 skewers of boring grilled shrimp perched against a giant berm of chopped pink tomato salsa. (I worry now I shouldn’t have let our server dissuade us from the camarones ajillo because they were “garlicky.”)

      The Philadelphia region has made far too much progress in its local Mexican scene over the last 15 years, from high-concept nuevo kitchens to humble taquerias, from South Philly to Kennett Square, to praise a high-profile step in the wrong direction. Just blocks away in Ardmore at a no-frills branch of El Limon, the cooking is superior at a fraction of the price.

      I worry Besito’s kitchen staff actually doesn’t know how to make a taco. How else to explain so many toppings piled over those mini-tortilla rounds, right up to the very edge, so that half our carne asada (actually very tasty even if the meat wasn’t hot) and half our fish (pale, underfried, and fishy) in the taco tumbled onto the plate when picked up.

      I worry something happened to the garnish of crunchy tortilla strips that were supposed to come with our tortilla soup but never made it. I worry that the tacos al pastor might actually have been great had they not sat around in the kitchen until the strips of pork turned tepid, dry, and chewy.

      I worry that all these worries have begun to cloud some of the reasonably decent things I had at Besito. The tamale de elote was fluffy and deliciously earthy sweet, made daily from fresh ground corn. The goat cheese and mushroom empanadas were full of contrasting flavors and crispy-creamy textures. The filete de res was also surprisingly good, considering the morsels of chipotle-sauced filet mignon were buried beneath a mountain of cactus salad, molten Chihuahua cheese, and plantains. The seafood tortilla lasagna called budin de mariscos was also an unexpected delight, despite its heavily cheesed richness. The seafood was bountiful and the creamy green poblano sauce was irresistibly good, even if it arrived with a heat-lamp skin puckering across its surface. (I worried about that.)

      I was also impressed that my first server, Julia, had such a convincing accent for a nonnative Spanish speaker when she called me her amor – considering everyone else greeted us with such gringo awkwardness (“¡Ohhh-law aww-me-goes!”) it was like nails scratching across a Spanish class chalkboard.

      And at least there was a good Mexican chocolate pudding to compensate for the pasty, undersoaked tres leches cake, and a flan that would have been so much better without chocolate cake on the bottom.

      I’m sure there’s a doll just to fix the lukewarm coffee that I worry my server microwaved to reheat. But when the final-final parting gift appeared – a package of already cold and chewy churros whose grease was soaking through the bag – I began to really worry: Ardmore’s Besito is going to need more than a few dolls to get this right.

      Next week, Craig LaBan reviews 26 North BYOB in Old City.


      BESITO (zero bells out of four)

      105 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, 19003, 484-417-6825;

      This dressed-up Mexican chain from New York (via Tampa, Fla.) has landed on the Main Line at Suburban Square with a blazing outdoor hearth, a votive-candle wall, and a polished décor that reflects the upscale prices. Unfortunately, while the food has roots in authentic ideas, the execution is sloppy, the flavors are muted, and the servers, who range greatly in service skills and painfully gringo Spanish accents, often resort to iPad slide shows to sell the menu as if diners have never seen a taco.

      MENU HIGHLIGHTS Tableside guacamole; carne asada tacos; tamale de elotes y camarones; budin de mariscos; pescado con pipian y atole (when not overcooked); filete de res al chipotle; Mexican chocolate mousse.

      DRINKS There’s a wide assortment of margarita variations and tequila-themed cocktails, but none was especially tasty or well mixed beyond the Margaritaville standard. The tiny beer selection is weak and commercial – especially considering Ardmore’s beer culture. Best to stick with a snifter of something from the extensive tequila collection, including favorites like Casa Noble, El Tesoro, and Porfidio (as well as Ilegal mescal).

      WEEKEND NOISE A lively 84 decibels, but good table spacing and soft surfaces keep conversation possible. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)

      IF YOU GO Lunch daily, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner Monday through Thursday, until 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 p.m.

      Dinner entrees, $16.95-$27.95.

      All major cards.

      Reservations recommended.

      Wheelchair accessible.

      Free parking lot.


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      Antiques: Hand-painted items can bring high prices

      China painting was an important artistic talent in past centuries. Although single color transfer designs were developed and used by the late 1700s, they lacked the color and graceful lines that were possible if the ceramic was decorated by hand. Today, the work of exceptional painters brings much higher prices than other pieces by the same factory. Shirayamadani (1865-1948) was a Japanese artist at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati. Rudolph T. Lux (1815-1868) decorated white porcelain with portraits ordered by important politicians and businessmen in New Orleans, and William Powell (working 1900 to 1950) was famous for painting English birds on porcelains made by Royal Worcester. In the first part of the 1900s, painting ceramics was a hobby and sometimes a job of talented housewives. There were magazines like Keramic Studio, published by Adelaide Alsop Robineau that featured pictures and instructions and even furnished patterns. Large makers of dinnerware and decorative porcelains often had a team of young women who put patterns on plates or sometimes, painted original landscapes or floral designs. A Royal Worcester vase from the early 1900s was decorated with a picture of wetlands and two egrets in soft colors and gilded trim. It is marked with the green “Royal Worcester England” mark and the initials “WHB.” It also is signed “W. Powell” by the painter. The 12ø-inch-tall vase sold in 2015 for $1,180.

      Q: Is a scrapbook filled with valentines from the 1920s worth anything? It’s so old the pages are crumbling.

      A: Most old valentines sell for $1 to $10 depending on design, rarity and condition. If the valentines are glued to the pages, they are worth even less. Those with moving parts sell for more.

      Q: I have a small wash table with a metal tag on it that reads “The Ross Table Wash-Stand, Patented, Manufactured by Forest City Furniture Co., Rockford, Ill.” It has a hinged lid with a mirror on the inside of the lid and compartments to hold things. There is a shelf below. When was this made and what it might be worth?

      A: Forest City Furniture Co. was in business in Rockford from 1869 to 1919. L.P. Ross was granted a patent for a “combined wash stand and table” in 1886. The compartments in the washstand are meant to hold the bowl and pitcher, and there is a removable compartment for waste water. The shelf holds soap and towels. Your washstand is worth about $400.

      Tip: Phillips screws were introduced in the 1920s, a good clue to dating furniture. But remember, sometimes old screws have been replaced with newer ones.

      Write to the Kovels, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

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      Presidents Day Sales 2016: Best Deals On Appliances, Mattresses, Cars, Furniture, Electronics And Apparel

      Sales on Presidents Day don’t have the prominence of those on Black Friday, but shoppers can still snag tons of sweet deals on apparel, appliances, cars, electronics, furniture, mattresses and more. Here’s a roundup of the best markdowns either on or around Monday that’ll keep you from breaking into the piggy bank.

      Apparel. Fashionistas won’t have buyer’s remorse when they shop with these amazing deals on shoes, clothing and accessories this Presidents Day.

      ● Aeropostale: Use the code FACTORY10 to get an extra 70 percent off, plus an extra 10 percent off your entire online order through Feb. 17.

      ●  Save 20 percent when you shop for clothing, shoes and more online via Amazon. Use the code SHOEPRES to get an extra 20 percent off $100 shoes and accessories through Feb. 20.

      ● JCPenney: Get doorbuster deals both online and in stores Sunday and Monday. For example, get 50 percent off select styles of Xersion activewear for men and women, 25-30 percent off select styles of  fitness watches and 45-65 percent off select styles of fine jewelry.

      ● Kohl’s: Cardholders can take an extra 30 percent off when shopping through Feb. 21.  You can also get free shipping with the codes HUGS30 and FEBMVC at the online checkout.

      ● Macy’s: Both online and in stores through Monday, customers can get great deals on apparel items this Presidents Day holiday weekend. For instance, get 20 percent off select men’s and women’s watches, 50 percent off select women’s coats and 25-50 percent off men’s activewear from Adidas, Champion and the North Face.

      ● Nordstrom: Through Feb. 21, save up to 40 percent off select winter clearance styles for men, women and kids.

      ● Target: Get up to 25 percent off apparel, accessories and shoes with the promotional code PRES when shopping online this Presidents Day.

      ● Tommy Hilfiger: Use the promo code FEB4YOU15 to save 15 percent off your entire online order through Feb. 28. Also, get free ground shipping on all orders through Tuesday.

      Appliances. Upgrade your kitchen with top-of-the-line home appliances at fractions of their regular prices this Presidents Day.

      ● Best Buy: Through Feb. 24, get up to 30 percent off major appliances such as refrigerators, cooktops, ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, washers and dryers. Best Buy is also offering free delivery on appliance purchases of $399 and more.

      ● Home Depot: Save up to 30 percent on appliance special buys such as refrigerators, cooking ranges, dishwashers, microwaves, washers and dryers. Home Depot is also offering free delivery on appliance purchases of $396 or more.

      ● Lowe’s: Get up to 30 percent off select major appliances such as a Whirlpool French-door refrigerator, KitchenAid dishwasher, GE microwave and Samsung gas range. These deals plus free local delivery and haul-away are available through Feb. 23.

      ● Sears: Save 40 percent or more on Kenmore home appliances including refrigerators, washers, dryers and ovens, plus 20 percent off or more on other appliance hot buys.

      Cars. Some of the year’s best deals on cars are offered over the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with deep discounts and excellent financing on many models. The deals listed below are from manufacturer sites using representative ZIP codes. Car sales may vary depending on your location.

      ● BMW: You can lease a 2016 BMW X3 for $399 per month for three years with $4,324 due at signing. BMW is also offering a superb financing deal for the luxury vehicle: 2.92 percent interest for six years.

      ● Chevy: A 2016 Chevy Traverse is available with zero percent financing for five years and $500 bonus cash. If you’d rather lease it, the Traverse is available for $269 per month for 39 months with $4,029 due at signing.

      ● Ford: You can lease a 2016 Ford Escape for as little as $169 per month for two years with $3,463 due at signing. You can also purchase an Escape this Presidents Day with zero percent financing for as long as five years.

      ● GMC: A 2015 GMC Yukon is available with zero percent financing for five years, plus up to $750 bonus cash if you finance through GMC. If you choose to finance through your own bank or credit union, you can take up to $2,250 cash back.

      ● Honda: You can lease a 2016 Honda Odyssey for $269 per month for three years with $2,499 due at signing or you can finance it with 0.9 percent interest for as long as five years.

      ● Hyundai: A 2016 Hyundai Elantra is available through one of the best Presidents Day car deals on the market: zero percent financing for six years and up to $1,500 bonus cash if you finance through Hyundai. You can also take up to $2,500 cash back if you choose to finance through your own bank or pay cash. And if you prefer to lease, the Elantra sedan is available for $169 per month for three years with $1,399 due at signing.

      ● Kia: A 2016 Kia Sorento is offered with zero percent financing for as long as 66 months and $500 bonus cash when you finance through Kia. If you’d prefer to pay cash or finance through your own lender, you can get $1,500 cash back. And if you choose to lease, the Sorento midsize SUV is available for $264 per month for three years with $1,999 due at signing.

      ● Mazda: The car manufacturer is offering great deals on a number of models this Presidents Day. You can lease a 2016 Mazda CX-5  for $229 per month for three years with $1,999 due at signing. You can also get a zero percent interest deal for a limited time if you finance through Mazda. If you prefer a sedan, the 2016 Mazda3 is available for as little as $159 per month for three years with $1,999 due at signing. You can also purchase the car with zero percent financing for a limited term.

      ● Nissan: You can lease a redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano for $289 per month for three years with $2,699 due at signing. The midsize crossover SUV is also available with zero percent financing for three years and $500 bonus cash when you finance through Nissan, or with $1,000 cash back if you finance through your own lender or pay cash. If the Altima sedan is more your style, Nissan is offering zero percent financing for as long as six years plus $750 bonus cash on its 2015 model. If you choose to finance through your own bank or pay cash, you can take $1,500 cash back. You can also lease the 2015 Altima for as little as $179 per month for three years with $1,799 due at signing.

      Electronics. You can finally get that big-screen television set you’ve been eyeing for weeks with these Presidents Day markdowns.

      ● Best Buy: Get up to 25 percent off high-definition TVs marketed by the likes of Insignia, Samsung and Sharp. You can also get an Apple iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi for $299.99, a savings of $300 from the regular price. A 128-gigabyte iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi and cellular capability is also on sale for $429.99, a savings of $300 from the list price. Best Buy is also offering great deals on mobile phones. A variety of iPhones with 64 GB of memory are available for $99.99 with a two-year contract from either Sprint or Verizon. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are both on offer, and a 128 GB model is selling for $199.99. All come with free shipping. If you prefer Samsung phones, the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+ are available at $250 off for customers on a two-year activation plan with either Sprint or Verizon. These deals end Monday.

      ● Dell: The computer company is offering up to 42 percent off personal computers, laptops and other electronics through Wednesday.

      ● Sears: Get huge markdowns on all treadmills, such as the NordicTrack T 6.5S, which is going for $589.99, as opposed to its regular price of $899.99.

      Furniture. Redecorate your home with these great deals on bedding, rugs, sofas and more.

      ● Ashley Home Store: Use the code AHSPRES10 to save up to 25 percent on sale items, and get an extra 10 percent off all sofas, sleeper sofas and more when shopping online this Presidents Day.

      ● Get up to 70 percent off, plus 10 percent off bedding, furniture and rugs when you shop at the retail website this holiday weekend.

      Mattresses. If you’re looking for more peaceful nights of sleep, check out these Presidents Day deals on mattreses.

      ● Kmart: Save big when you shop Kmart’s Presidents Day mattress sale, held in stores and online from Sunday to Feb. 20. For example, get a Serta Perfect Sleeper Hessel Ridge firm queen mattress for $297, regularly $349.99, or a Serta Perfect Sleeper Wandering Creek Eurotop queen mattress for $397, regularly $549.99.

      ● Macy’s: Through Monday, use your Macy’s credit card or savings pass to get an extra 10 percent off select sale clearance mattresses.

      ● Save up to 70 percent off select mattresses and memory foam this Presidents Day.

      ● Sears: Save up to 60 percent and get free shipping when you shop the Sears Presidents Day mattress sale.

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