I have been continuing my recycling and fill up all three blue bins each week. I hope you have, too. I cannot believe how much we go through in a given week that can be recycled. To some degree, that is an indictment of the food industry, which has managed to over-package everything we eat, and of our eating habits, which consists of eating a lot of stuff out of containers.

I checked in with Mayor Mike Watson’s office last week and asked how the new single-stream recycling program was going. City spokesperson Jennifer Corriveau filed the following report:

"Excitingly, we just finished Friday’s route, which has about doubled since going single-stream. Our increased stops for the week [totaled] 706 additional households … , for a total of 1,589 households participating in our new single-stream curbside collection.

"Last year we only had 883 households participating. With our biggest increase happening on Wednesday’s route with 290 additional stops, followed by Friday, which has increased by 248 stops and then Monday’s route by 168 stops as in comparison to last year’s data. The total tons of recycling collected curbside from [Feb. 2 to April 3] is approximately 41.5 tons. We delivered 542 recycle bins in February and 157 additional bins in March."

That is impressive. We have doubled the number of households participating! So come on folks, order your extra blue bins and start doing your part to keep our landfills from overflowing. And kudos to our public works folks, who have doubled up and gotten the job done.

A total weather freak out

The jackets came off. Each TV station had its entire "meteorologist" team in the studio and out on the road, waiting on the impending doom. A "violent storm" was coming. Find your safe place!

Heard on one station: "Let’s go live to Conway where our reporter has been watching the weather this afternoon."

"It is becoming windy here in Conway and things are definitely starting to happen," said the over-reacting reporter.

Oh, brother. Nothing happened. We got a little rain. How did they miss it so badly? The school districts canceled all activities including a performance of the Natural State Brass Band at Maumelle High School. Hopefully, it will be rescheduled for May.

I know we have bad weather in Arkansas and we should never take it lightly, but the "meteorologists" need to learn when to calm down just a tad. South Arkansas did get some damage, but the anticipated Armageddon in central Arkansas never happened.

Maumelle Performing Arts Center to host part of symphony season

I told you about the Broadway Theatre Series staging their productions right here in our hometown, Maumelle. I received a notice from the Arkansas Symphony detailing which shows of their 2014-15 season will be performed here.

Sept. 27 and 28

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Oct. 18 and 19

Blazing Brass

Nov. 8 and 9

Beethoven & Blue Jeans

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2015

Tchaikovsky & Mozart Festival

Feb. 28 and March 1, 2015

Schubert’s "Unfinished"

April 11 and 12, 2015

Mozart, Prokofiev & Strauss

This information hasn’t been posted on their website yet, but it appears tickets will range from $14 to $53, based on this year’s prices. More information is coming at arkansassymphony.org. The acoustics of the theater are very nice and should make symphony-going a true pleasure. Get your tickets.

Bond issue debate continues

As it will probably will until the general election this fall, when three of the eight bond issues under discussion will appear on our ballot this November, the bond issue debate continues with different parties jockeying for position. The mayor tells me we should all get a chance to weigh in via some sort of survey in the near future.

See you on the Boulevard.

Neal Moore is COE (chief of everything) at Neal Moore Creative, a PR, advertising and marketing consultancy. He has lived in Maumelle over 10 years. If you have a community concern contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.