Cheers & Jeers

February 11, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Feb. 11, 2013

JEERS to people who can’t properly dispose of their cigarette butts. After a recent thaw, we spotted this scene in Elizabethtown. The receptacle is located on Park Street, across the street from the Horace Nye Nursing Home and the Essex County Government Center. The disgusting display continued in the gutters up and down the street and along the edge of an Essex County parking lot adjacent to a line of trees. Frankly, spent cigarettes are ugly enough without having them mar the landscape like this. We hope smokers will be more careful of how they dispose of the butts and that grounds crews will better clean up after those who don’t. 

CHEERS to Hannaford for some well-placed signs in its parking lot. The signs we are referring to remind customer to bring their reusable grocery bags with them when they shop. How many well-intentioned customers have their reusable bags in the car but don’t remember that until they are well into their shopping trip, possibly already in line to pay for groceries. So instead of the green gesture they had intended, they wind up using store-provided plastic bags. That is worse for the environment and more costly for the store. Hannaford has strategically placed signs in the parking areas and near the entranceways asking people if they remembered the bags. It is a small measure — but an effective one.

JEERS to people who don’t RSVP. Wedding season is coming up, so it seems like a good time to send out this reminder: “RSVP” is not written on invitations just because it is a tradition. It is there so the people putting on the wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, retirement party or other celebration will know how many people plan to attend. That is an important piece of information. It helps the organizers plan the right amount of food, the seating, possibly gift bags. If people don’t RSVP, the result can be too little food to feed everyone or, just as bad, money wasted buying too much food for people who never intended to attend. It takes only a minute to pick up the phone and call or email a response. And if you are a parent with children in their 20s or 30s, please make sure they know what RSVP is all about. It seems few people are passing on this information.

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