Alabama Wildlife Center and Shelby County Commission honored for support of Oak Mountain State Park

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Alabama Wildlife Center was honored by Alabama State Parks during their annual Eagle Awards ceremony

This past weekend, Alabama State Parks honored the Alabama Wildlife Center and Shelby County Commission for their contributions to Oak Mountain State Park at the second annual Eagle Awards ceremony which was held at Guntersville State Park.

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Birmingham’s Malfunction Junction cracks national top 100 most congested bottleneck list

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Rendering of Malfunction Junction in Birmingham after ALDOT completes its bridge project. Graphic by ALDOT

Birmingham’s I-65 at I-20 “Malfunction Junction” was named the 80th most congested bottleneck for trucks by an American Transportation Research Institute study.

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Local annual reports from Red Mountain Park, Cahaba River Society and Coosa Riverkeeper

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Students from the Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN program, photo from the Cahaba River Society

One of the best signs of a healthy non-profit nature organization is their release of an annual report.  Last month, Red Mountain Park, Cahaba River Society and Coosa Riverkeeper posted their 2017 annual reports online.

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Birmingham Legion Football Club hires former MLS player and head coach as new President/GM

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Birmingham Legion Football Club ownership group and leadership team with Mayor Randall Woodfin. New Legion President/GM Jay Heaps is on Woodfin’s left. Photo by Hamid Al-Diagan

In front of a filled to capacity room of supporters at Good People Brewing Company, Birmingham Legion Football Club (FC) announced Jay Heaps – former Major League Soccer (MLS) player and former head coach for the New England Revolution – as president and general manager of its professional United Soccer League (USL) team.

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Crestline Bagel Company named best in Alabama; now prepares to open second store

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Jennifer and Ralph Yarbrough owners of Crestline Bagel Company, Photo by Pat Byington

Earlier this winter, Delish.com named its 50 Best Bagel Shops in America. Not surprising to longtime Birmingham residents, the popular digital site about all things food named the Crestline Bagel Company as the premier bagel shop in Alabama. 

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Why is Birmingham so far behind in recycling?

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The Alabama Environmental Council’s (Alabama Conservancy) Recycling Center in 1991

The numbers have improved ever so slightly over the past decade. But, according to the latest Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Solid Waste Biennial Report released in 2016, Alabama recycles less than 16% of its waste. The national recycling rate is 34.3%.

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Roll out the red carpet. Cahaba River Society is honoring rare snail

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Oblong Rocksnail, photo by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

January and February is award season.  The Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammys. On Thursday, February 1st, the Cahaba River Society (CRS) is going to hold their own special awards ceremony and roll out the red carpet for…. the Oblong rocksnail.

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Tree plantings, a sign the Kiwanis Centennial Park at Vulcan is nearing completion (photos)

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Red maple tree planting at the Kiwanis Centennial Park at Vulcan, photo via Kiwanis Club of Birmingham

On Friday, the Kiwanis Centennial Park moved one step closer to completion with the planting of red maple trees along the trail entrance to the park..

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Free Tax Prep: Make an appointment with the United Way to prepare your taxes

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United Way’s Judy Allen, photo by Pat Byington

United Way’s Judy Allen knows a thing or two about helping prepare peoples’ taxes and the impact it has on their lives. In 2006, Allen started working for the United Way Free Tax Prep program in its inaugural year.

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