Archives for November 2013

A Petition for the Yang Family

The Yang family live in Stierstadt, one of the suburbs of Oberursel.  For the past two weeks their story has hardly been out of the local newspapers, and at the last meeting of the Ausländerbeirat on Monday, 25th November, 2013, two representatives from Amnesty International came along to explain what it is all about.

The story begins 10 years ago when Mr. Yang came to Germany from China without a visa, but as an asylum seeker.  Mrs. Yang – at the time no relation – came later by foot!  She also applied for asylum, claiming that her family was discriminated against at home because her parents had had more than one child.

Their asylum applications were turned down, but as they did not have sufficient identification on them to travel back, their presence in Germany was tolerated – geduldet”. [Read more…]

Oberursel Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt)

Sweets beings sold at Oberursel Christmas Market 2011The 2013 Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Oberursel starts on Thursday, 28th November and continues until Sunday, 1st December.

The market is open Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday 2pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm and Sunday 12pm-9pm, and takes place in front of the town hall (Rathausplatz), along the “Vorstadt” and “Strackgasse”, and on the market square (“Marktplatz”) with around 100 stands in total.

The Marktplatz is the location for the “middle-ages” market, whereas a miniature steam train will be offering rides on the Rathausplatz. [Read more…]

Accident on the road to the Feldberg

A 41 driver from Frankfurt was heading along the L3024 road from the Sandplacken towards the Feldberg on Saturday, 2nd November, 2013 in the afternoon, when for some unknown reason he came off the road.

When the road went round to the left, he came off the right-hand side, first entering a ditch on the side of the road before hitting a tree.

The driver along with his passenger – a visitor from Korea – were both trapped in the car.  They were freed by the driver of another car and the ambulance crew, after which the driver was taken to the hospital in Bad Homburg

His passenger was taken to the university clinic in Frankfurt.  Police are investigating the accident.

Satnav Systems stolen

A number of cars where broken into in Oberstedten on the night of 2nd/3rd November, 2013, apparently with the intention of stealing satellite navigation systems.

The cars include: a BMW in the Bussardweg, another in the Goldgrubenstraße, two more in the Edith-Stein-Weg, another one in the Buchenweg, and both a BMW and a Mercedes in the Bergweg.

The thieves opened the cars either by cracking the locks or breaking one of the side windows.  The total damage is estimated at around €30,000.

Changes to the Bärenkreuzung roadworks

Roadworks sign - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / RedKoalaWork on the Bärenkreuzung in the centre of Oberursel started on Monday last week.

Since then, some modifications to the flow of traffic have been made.

It is no longer possible to travel from the Oberhöchstadter Straße across the crossing into the Liebfrauenstraße.

Additional traffic lights have been placed in the Lindenstraße to assist pedestrians.

The one-way system in the Austraße has been reversed so that traffic from the Aumühlenstraße can travel along it back towards the Oberhöchstadter Straße and into the Stadthalle car park.

Large book flea market at the library

Pile of books - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / NatikaThere will be a large book flea market in Oberursel’s library on between Wednesday, 27th and Saturday, 30th November 2013 with proceeds going to the library’s supporters’ association.

This market takes place on the 1st floor and has a larger selection of books than the monthly one, so there are usually foreign-language books there as well.

The opening times are:

Wednesday 10-1 & 3-6
Thursday 10-1 & 3-7
Friday 10-1 & 3-6
Saturday 10-1

The library is located at one end of the market square in Oberursel, in the Eppsteinerstraße.

The nearest car parks are “Bleiche” and in the Holzweg. The nearest train station is Altstadt (U3).

Tuesday night cinema at Bluebox Portstraße

Cinema Reel - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / AnatolyMTuesday night is film night at Bluebox Portstraße, located near the U-Bahn stop “Altstadt”.

As the organisation is not a commercial cinema, they are not allowed to advertise which film will be shown in advance. For Tuesday, 26th November, 2013, we are told that it will be a “Belgian Drama” film. If you do want to know which film will be shown then call 06171 636930 and they will tell you.

The showing starts at 9pm.

3,000 step walk for senior citizens in Stierstadt

Group of Senior Citizens walking - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / micropixA 3,000 step walk for senior citizens is taking place in Stierstadt on Tuesday, 26th November, 2013.

To take part, be at the bus stop “Altes Rathaus” in Stierstadt at 3pm.

Blood donated for 125th time

Karl-Heinz Burkart is one of the money people who regularly donates blood at the Red Cross in Oberursel.

What makes him unusual is that he lives in Bad Homburg, and so theoretically he could donate there.  But instead he comes to Oberursel, because, as he said recently “I like it here”.

In November 2013 he made his 125th donation, and by way of thanks was presented with a calling card box engraved with his name, a certificate, a pin with the number 125 and a hamper.

Karl-Heinz Burkart with Red Cross Volunteers Christine Schöck (left), Heike Wick and Michaela Tappenden (right)

Karl-Heinz Burkart with Red Cross Volunteers Christine Schöck (left), Heike Wick and Michaela Tappenden (right)

Anyone who is in good health and between 18 and 71 years old can donate blood, although you must not be older than 64 to donate for the first time.  To make sure that there are no complications, a doctor checks the health of all donors in advance.  The blood donation itself only takes a few minutes, but the whole process of registration, check-up, and the snack afterwards can take around an hour.

That hour can save lives, because in Hessen alone 5,500 people must donate blood each week in order to create sufficient supplies for the hospitals in the area.

The blood donation in Oberursel takes place on the 2nd Saturday in each month at the Red Cross building at Marxstraße 28 between 1pm and 6pm.  A further two appointments take place each year at the fire brigade in Weißkirchen, the next one being on Boxing Day (26th December) between 1pm and 5pm.

Rita and Helmut Hojenski – Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Golden Wedding Rings - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / montegoCongratulations to Rita and Helmut Hojenski in Oberursel who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary today!

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