Archives for May 2013

Two accidents whilst leaving parking spaces

Two accidents that took place in Oberursel on Friday, 17th May, 2013 happened when cars were being driven out of parking spaces.

The first happened in the Holzweg car park, where the driver who was leaving a space frontwards oversaw a car that was passing by.  The car had to be towed out and the total damage is estimated at around €2,150.

Later on in the day, another car was being backed out of a space in the Kumeliusstraße, when it hit a grey Mercedes Benz parked at the side of the ride.  The driver who had been backing out left the scene of the accident without taking care of the damage, but the number plate of his car was noted by a witness who passed the information on to police.  The driver, whose car was not damaged, was later found by police.  The damage to the Mercedes is estimated at around €1,000.

Changes to refuse collection at Fronleichnam

Due to the bank holiday on Thursday, 30th May, 2013, the “Restmüll” – the black bags and rubbish bins – will be on Friday instead of Thursday, and Saturday instead of Friday.

What did the Ausländerbeirat learn at FIS?

For all of the articles on this website that have criticised the work of the Ausländerbeirat in the past year, none caused such a stir as the one that appeared in the Taunus Zeitung after the last meeting at Frankfurt International School.

To be fair to the members of the Ausländerbeirat, the article makes no mention of the questions from teachers and parents that were answered, no mention of the tour of the school, and in fact does not even mention that the meeting even took place there.  All it does it criticise the formal part of the meeting for many of the things that I have written about in the past.

It was one of the first things to be discussed when the committee met this week, and one of the lessons learnt was that they should work more closely with the town hall press office, rather than doing their own thing.

Generally, though, the members of the committee found the outing to FIS a positive experience and plan to hold a meeting there in future at least once a year. [Read more…]

Find out more about the Bundestag at Oberursel’s town hall

A travelling exhibition about the work of the Deutscher Bundestag (the German parliament) is currently in Oberursel’s town hall.

It was opened on Thursday evening by local member of parliament Dr. Stefan Ruppert (MdB), who will also be talked to classes of schoolchildren about the work of parliament when they visit the exhibition which is open to the public until Tuesday, 28th May, 2013.  At other times a member of the parliament’s public relations corps will be on hand to answer questions.

In addition to the information on display, visitors also have a chance to take home a copy of the German constitution (“Grundgesetz”) and DVDs about the history of democracy in Germany and the Reichstag building, including one especially for children called “Politibongo”.

Dr. Stefan Ruppert (MdB) with Mayor Hans-Georg Brum in the town hall foyer

Dr. Stefan Ruppert (MdB) with Mayor Hans-Georg Brum in the town hall foyer


Waltraud and Günter Härtel – Diamond Wedding Anniversary

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

This weekend is Brunnenfest

This weekend sees one of the largest festivals in Oberursel take place – the fountain festival or Brunnenfest.

The event kicks off on Friday evening at 5.45pm with  an open-air church service at the Marktplatz followed by the official opening with Fountain Queen Annabel I.

Other highlights include the inauguration of the Stork Fountain on Saturday morning at the Maasgrundweiher at 11am and the 10km festival run at 10am on Sunday morning at 10am.

For children up to the age of 10 the Kindermeile will be in the Obere Hainstraße on Saturday between 3pm and 6pm and the annual duck race on the Urselbach will be held on Sunday at 3pm with tickets being sold in the Weidengasse.

The fun fair is in its usual place on the Bleiche car park as is the craft market in front of the town hall. [Read more…]

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 being organised in Stierstadt bei Hedi Madl on Tuesday, 28th May 2013.

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

The second Bahnhofsfest – and the less than grand opening

This time last year Oberursel was celebrating the grand re-opening of the station building after the restoration work had been completed.

So when I heard that the Bahnhofsfest (“station festival”) was being held again this year – albeit at short notice – I was looking forward to it.  All of a sudden, everywhere I looked there were flyers and posters advertising it, and details were published in the local newspapers.

Whilst I was certainly looking forward to seeing Roy Hammer & Die Pralinées play in the evening, from a news point of view the highlight could well have been the opening of the new Ärztehaus opposite the station – a building containing a number of doctors’ surgeries, a chemist and a bank.

Except that when I went to the opening at 11am, I, along with other members of the press and the public were politely told that the opening was by invitation only, and myself and two other photographers were definitely not on the list of people being allowed in.

Eventually we found out that a public opening was taking place on the stage at the station at 11.30am. [Read more…]

Documentary and Discussion at Bluebox Portstraße

Cinema Reel - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / AnatolyMA documentary entitled “Die Kämpfer der Pflaumenblüte” (“The fighters of the plum bloom”) is being shown at Bluebox Portstraße, located near the U-Bahn stop “Altstadt”, on Thursday, 23rd May, 2013 at 8pm.

After the showing there will be a chance to talk to journalist Diana Zimmermann.

About the film

Money rules in China.  The upward trend in the economy in recent years has changed people, and yet there are still people who have not been so lucky.  In the village Gucheng in Hebei province the farmers live by the ancient philosophy of their ancestors – Meihua Quan.   Plumbloom boxing is not just a sport, it is a type of religious cult.

The name comes from the winter plum trees and the boxing is more than just a defensive martial art.  It describes a doctrine that influences social life in particular.  It is about the unifying fighting and thinking, physical training and philosophy.  Those that practise it are seen as a counterweight to the fast lifestyle of modern China.

They learn both loyalty to their master and discipline, but also respect for their parents.  In the middle of the 20th Century they attempted to prevent the communist takeover of the country.  The sport was banned for considerable time, but not forgotten.

Since 2006 children in all parts of China have been training in Meihua Quan.  The film shows 19-year-old Xuena, one of the first young women in her village to do so.  She has learnt not only fighting techniques and how to handle weapons, but also the basics of philosophy, influenced by Confucius, Taoism and Buddhism.

Capitalism may have left its mark in the village, but it is not the desire to earn more money that motivates the inhabitants.  Instead they value the chance to celebrate and pray together.  It may sound old-fashioned, but it makes the strong in coping with modern life.

TaunusDisco for over 40s at Tanzschule Pritzer

Oberursel Station at night with the Taunus Disco going on insideA disco for over 40s is being held under the name of “TaunusDisco” in the dance school “Tanzschule Pritzer” in the old station building on Saturday, 25th May, 2013.

The music will be a mixture of current music such as “funk” and “soul”, and also some lesser-known pieces such as World Music, all mixed by DJ Param.

Entry is from 9pm and costs 8 Euro.

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Taunus Disco – Dancing in the station for the over 40s

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