Political Notebook

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More than a candle

In announcing the kick off to this year’s senior athletic games, Mayor Tom Henry on Monday noted the day also marked his wife, Cindy’s, birthday.He joked his wife was as old as the event, 34.

After announcing the kickoff, and proceeding to lose in bocce to Parks Director Al Moll, Henry was questioned about mentioning his wife’s birthday at a public event. The mayor winced, but then proceeded to note he tried to tell her he was lighting up the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge for her special day. The bridge lighting ceremony was also Monday.

The effort to impress his wife, Henry admitted, was rebuffed immediately.