Cheers to the New Year

Admiration of Hoover Region Runs Strong

“With Hoover recently being ranked as the 17th most livable city in the United States, here’s to continued growth and more businesses coming to our area, such as Whole Foods. In 50 years, Hoover’s population went from 400 to 85,000, so I also toast Hoover residents, who are great people doing really great things in life.” —Bill Powell, Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce executive director

“Here’s to the magic of reading! Whatever 2018 brings, count on books to provide joy, laughter, knowledge, adventure and a chance to escape the ordinary. Travel to exotic, far-flung locales; fight on dusty, war-ridden battlefields; and solve age-old mysteries. Fall in love, slay dragons, ride broomsticks and see what the future looks like up-close and personal. Books allow us all to live more lives than just the one we’re given, and for that, I’m raising my glass to the written word! Join me.” —Amanda Borden, Hoover Public Library director

“May the new year be filled with peace and hope. May it be filled with family meals around the table, laughter with friends and being intentional about the things that matter most. Thank you all for your support at Chick-fil-A Greystone and for allowing us to be a part of this community. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. God bless.” —Brent Fielder, Chick-fil-A Greystone owner/operator

“Hoover residents and the city itself reflect so many wonderful attributes; it’s challenging to pick out only a few to toast. I hope everyone gets much-needed relaxation, peace and joy that this season uniquely delivers. Here’s to Hoover’s volunteers, and to all who serve and protect this great community. Wishing everyone blessings as we optimistically ring in a New Year.” —Frank Brocato, Hoover mayor

“I know negotiating the traffic on Highway 280 can be challenging, particularly if you have to do so every single day. If you dread the morning commute, I have a solution for you: Tune in to my radio show, ‘The Opening Drive’ on JOX 94.5. If you’ve never listened to us, we talk about sports (Roll Tide!), the news of the day and have a lot of fun. So if you’re a long-suffering 280 traveler, make your morning a whole lot more fun by locking that dial on 94.5 Here’s to more enjoyable commutes in 2018!” —Jay Barker, WJOX host of “Opening Drive”