Career pivot: Unlikely apprentice gets into clean water business with new paid Jefferson County program

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Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now
Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

The Jefferson County Environmental Services Department is in major need of new people to run the county’s nine water reclamation facilities—a.k.a. the place your dirty household water comes in and clean water goes out. Find out how an apprenticeship program is preparing people like 43-year-old single mom Brenda White for a future in the county department.

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Boutique hotel, mixed-use development coming to Parkside

The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted
The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted

New plans are in the works to bring another mixed-use property to Birmingham’s Parkside district. Developers announced this week their plans to build a 140-room boutique hotel, residential units, an entertainment venue as well as retail and studio space. Here’s a sneak peek into the plans for Parkside’s latest swanky development.

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The SEC Baseball Tournament returns to Hoover May 21-26. Here’s everything you need to know about the action-packed event

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Fans at the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament. To purchase tickets for the 2019 tournament, visit the SEC Ticket Office. Photo via SEC Baseball Tournament
Fans at the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament. To purchase tickets for any game during the six day event (or buy tickets to the whole thing!), visit the SEC Ticket Office. Photo via SEC Baseball Tournament

The SEC Baseball Tournament will return to Hoover May 21-26 as the top 12 SEC teams play for a chance to continue their journey to the College World Series in June.  Here are the details, as well as what fun shenanigans you can expect at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex this year.

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The inflatable water park at Oak Mountain State Park is now open

The inflatable water park at Oak Mountain State park has eight features guaranteed to make you wipeout! Photo via Flip Side Water Sports
The inflatable water park at Oak Mountain State park has eight features guaranteed to make you wipeout at least once! Photo via Flip Side Water Sports

School is wrapping up and summer is just around the corner! Do you know how you’ll fill those long summer days? Forget the sprinkler and ditch those kiddie pools—there’s a new inflatable water park open for business at Oak Mountain State Park. Here’s what you need to know before you get your bouncy jumpy on.

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Birmingham third graders going viral for “Old Town Road” remix

Ms. Merlette’s third grade class aced their state testing and celebrated with making their own version of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” remix, which has gone viral over the past week. (Photo via original Instagram video)

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus have nothing on Ms. Merlette’s third grade class in Birmingham! Watch their rendition of the No. 1 hit “Old Town Road” sweeping the nation and getting some pretty awesome feedback from the original artists.

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7 reasons we’re obsessed with the West Homewood area in Birmingham

Pizzaria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Pizzeria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Have you checked out West Homewood recently? Well, I hadn’t in a long time and was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled into the cute area around Patriot Park. A quick walk around the block of darling little bungalows, businesses and restaurants had me dialin’ up my realtor and planning my next family move. Here are the highlights of my adventure.

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23 celebrities you don’t want to miss at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am Day Wednesday, May 8

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The celebrity player list is stacked at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am tournament. From 2018, University of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin greet spectators.
The celebrity player list is stacked at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am tournament. From 2018, University of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin greet spectators. (Photo via Regions Tradition)

Regions Tradition will once again become the football capital of the South Wednesday, May 8. Many of the south’s legendary coaches and players are set take to the Greystone Golf and Country Club course for the Regions Tradition Pro-Am Day. We’ve got all the details on who to expect on the course. Also, where to score autographs around the grounds.

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Birmingham senior Jillian Jolly accepts $300,000 full ride to Yale University with help of citywide program

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin congratulates Ramsay High School senior Jillian Jolly for her scholarship to Yale University. They are joined by Jillian’s mother, Jacqueline Harrell. (Photo by Daniel Roth, City of Birmingham)

Ramsay High School senior Jillian Jolly is going to Yale in the fall. Find out how the College Choice Foundation, an Alabama-based nonprofit, helped the 18 year old from Birmingham achieve her lifelong goal of attending the school of her dreams, all on a full ride scholarship.

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PHOTOS: take a sneak peek into Crazy Cazboy’s discount bins before their May 10th opening in Homewood

Crazy Cazboy a.k.a John Cassimus stands in front of one of the many large boxes of liquidated goods in the Crazy Cazboy warehouse. Cassimus will open the discount store Friday, May 10th in Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Crazy Cazboy a.k.a John Cassimus stands in front of one of the many large boxes of liquidated goods in the Crazy Cazboy warehouse. Cassimus will open the discount store Friday, May 10th in Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

There are two types of people in this world: those who love thrill-of-the-hunt bargain shopping and those who would rather poke their own eye out than dig for a sale. Belonging squarely in the deal-loving, thrifty-to-the-core category, I decided to take a deep dive into the freshly stocked bins at Crazy Cazboy’s. Here’s what I found at the new discount store opening May 10.

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5 new residential developments to keep your eye on in Birmingham’s Parkside

Cranes are a common sight in Parkside as the area continues to grow! (Photo by Bham Now)

The flurry of activity continues in Parkside. In April, developers announced plans for two additional high-rise apartment buildings set to start construction this year. Find out what’s in store for the two properties, as well as an update on what other residential and mixed use buildings are in the works for the district on Birmingham’s west side.

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Channel your inner yogi at Shipt Yoga on the Green at Regions Tradition Sunday, May 5

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Bring your own mat and head to Shipt Yoga on the Green Sunday, May 5. (Photo submitted)
Bring your own mat and head to Shipt Yoga on the Green Sunday, May 5. (Photo submitted)

Shipt Yoga on the Green is the perfect way to kick off the Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover. Come for the yoga featuring Birmingham’s top instructors, stay for the wine (and margs!) at the Wine Down Social Hour. Find out more.

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Birmingham’s Walker Burroughs voted off American Idol

Burroughs (pictured right) sang Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on Episode 15 of American Idol. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
Burroughs (pictured right) sang Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on Episode 15 of American Idol. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Vestavia Hills grad Walker Burroughs will not move on to the next round on American Idol. Much to the shock of fans and followers, he did not receive the votes needed to snag one of six remaining spots left on ABC’s singing competition on Sunday night’s episode.

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DEALS: Birmingham entrepreneur John Cassimus to open deep discount store in Homewood

Signage is going up at Crazy Cazboy’s in time for the store’s grand opening May 10.(Photo via Crazy Cazboy’s Facebook)

Homewood is about to get a deep DEEEEEP discount store thanks to former Zoë’s Kitchen founder and serial entrepreneur John Cassimus. Crazy Cazboy’s will open in the Homewood Commons Shopping Center on Friday, May 10. Here’s what to expect when you go.

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You’re INVITED to Bham Now’s ‘Party on the Green’ at Regions Tradition Friday, May 10. Free tickets and 100 drinks are on us

Join us for the Bham Now ‘Party on the Green’ at Regions Tradition Friday, May 10.

Being dedicated explorers of ALL things fun here in Birmingham, Bham Now has decided to throw our very own party at The Watering Hole to kick off the Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club May 8-12.  All Bham Now newsletter registrants can get two free tickets valued at $25 ea.  Bonus: first 100 people get a free drink.

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