University Heights kids 'name that chicken'

Mayor Brennan with Clare Dolan and Jackson Lovato.

Thanks to Clare Dolan, 13, and Jackson Lovato, 9, the University Heights chicken has a name.

Of all the swag items bearing the University Heights logo for sale at UH City Hall, the most popular by far is the plush chicken. Inspired by the recent local ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens, the chicken proudly models the new city logo on his dark blue T-shirt.

In a few short months, the chicken has become the unofficial city mascot; but, the chicken needed a name. Thus, city officials invited local kids to “name that chicken.”

“There were many proposed names submitted,” Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan explained at a recent UH City Council meeting. “Names like Patty, Tender, Nugget, Curry, Piccata, Cordon Bleu, Extra Crispy, Marsala and Lincoln Park—these delectable names were all submitted by adults and, thankfully, were not valid entries in the contest, as we accepted entries only on behalf of children.”

There was only one winning name, but two winning entrants, as two children nearly simultaneously submitted the same winning name—Cooper.

Brennan presented Clare and Jackson with their very own swag bags, including their very own Coopers.

Cooper the Chicken plush toys are on sale for $10 at University Heights City Hall, during regular business hours.

Mike Cook

Mike Cook is the communications and civic engagement coordinator for University Heights.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:40 AM, 02.01.2019