Ben Asgharzadeh

Can’t letter writers modulate tone?

Let’s cool our jets, folks! I’m talking about those who are writing in re: the Black & White Ball being “raised from the dead.” The latest one that takes the cake is Robert ...

Why condemn Downtown ball?

I can no longer sit and be quiet on the subject of the Black & White Ball (“Petition drive started against Downtown Auburn street party,” Journal, March 27). The mo ...

Down with downtown party-poopers

Here we go again (“Petition drive started against Downtown Auburn street party,” Journal, March 27). You would think (Ben) Asgharzadeh/(Margareta) Swann would be happy. Instead ...

Jewelry pieces bring Auburn close to the stars

Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne and Tony Curtis were great movie icons whose seemingly larger-than life lives played out a world apart from Auburn. But — at least for a few days — ...

Swann shop indeed golden

I am amazed at the ignorance of some (most) of the online comments regarding the robbery over the weekend at the Golden Swann. Those who think that the Golden Swann deserved to be ...

Tighter security possibility in Auburn

Local business owners have varying views on beefing up security in the city of Auburn. According to Capt. John Ruffcorn of the Auburn Police Department, new security measures are a ...

Powers fundraising dinner

Mayor Bridget Powers is continuing her campaign effort. The Bridget Powers for Auburn City Council Committee and Ben and Margareta Asgharzadeh are hosting a fundraiser from 5:30- ...

Put clocks forward an hour Saturday night

Daylight saving time begins Sunday — clocks spring forward an hour at 2 a.m. At the Golden Swann Jewelry in Downtown Auburn, it means resetting the time on 10 clocks, co-owner ...

Chamber drops Black & White Ball

The party’s over for Auburn’s Black & White Ball. The late-summer mix of music, food and open-air partying had been a yearly fixture in Auburn since the first ball in 1992. Bu ...

Clocktower reward fund organized

I don’t know if folks have been following the police reports but since the last article (Journal, July 3) the vandalism on the Clocktower has escalated. We put the last face on ...

It’s the everyday volunteers who make Auburn rich

Bart Ruud doesn’t seek the limelight. So when he wins a major award for volunteerism one day, lands on the front page on another, and climbs into the front seat for Auburn’s an ...

Clock tower is vandals’ target

I am writing this letter asking your readers to keep an eye out for vandals in Downtown Auburn. This past week, the clock tower has been vandalized on a daily basis to the cost of ...

Celebrity chefs flex spatulas for benefit gala

Don’t eat a big lunch Thursday. Having a full belly could greatly hinder the sampling possibilities at the 23rd annual Celebrity Chefs Gala Smorgasbord, hosted by the Auburn 49er ...

Business owners want ball moved

Some 73 Lincoln Way business owners have signed a petition to have the Black & White Ball moved to another location next year. Business owners object to having the ball on Lincoln ...

It’s time for a Clock Tower fix

It’s about time. Thanks to the efforts of the Downtown Business Association, Citizens Bank and notable donors such as longtime Auburn benefactor Norma Harris, a community fund- ...