United Way of Central Alabama raised $194,143 for long term Lee County tornado disaster relief

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh presents United Way of Lee County’s Becky Benton a $194, 143 check for Lee County Tornado Recovery efforts. Screenshot of video from the United Way of Central Alabama

Following up on a story Bham Now published in March, the United Way of Central Alabama presented a check of $194,143 to the United Way of Lee County to support long term tornado disaster relief.

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The Market at Pepper Place named best Farmers Market in Alabama by Delish.com

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Buy local at the Market at Pepper Place on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Photo via Market at Pepper Place, Instagram

The Market at Pepper Place has been named the best Farmers Market in Alabama by Delish.com, one of the most popular digital food-related destination sites in the U.S.

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Superhero vision at Children’s South: a look at Alabama’s low-dose radiation imaging center

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Meet the “Superheroes” – staff at the Children’s South Pediatric Imaging Center. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Perhaps it was a tumble off the monkey bars. Or, maybe a scan is needed for diagnostic purposes or to monitor treatment. Whatever the case, you and your child are headed to Children’s South Pediatric Imaging Center, off Interstate-459 and Acton Road. Here’s why you can breathe easy.

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Fertilizing your new spring garden? Your help is needed to reduce phosphorus in Birmingham waterways. 2 things you can do now

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Algae Blooms in the Cahaba river are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen , thus killing off nearby fish.
Algae Blooms in the Cahaba River are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen, thus killing off nearby fish. (Photo via the Cahaba River Society)

Instead of spending $20-30 million on wastewater plant upgrades, Jefferson County is hoping you’ll help contain the last 1% of phosphorus in local waterways by not putting a certain type of fertilizer on your yard this spring. Why should you care and what can you do? Bham Now explains.

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The big Alabama plastic bag ban “ban” debate. Plastic? Paper? Fabric? Cast your vote here.

The checkout line at the Walmart on Montclair blvd in Eastwood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

It is the one question every Alabamian is confronted with on a weekly, if not on a daily basis at your local convenience store, grocery store or shopping center.

Plastic or paper?

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United Way launches online fundraising campaign to bring back Bike Rodeos in Birmingham

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It was a devastating moment.

Last summer, staff members and volunteers with the United Way of Central Alabama’s Healthy Communities Initiative were preparing for a local bike rodeo. When they pulled up to the lot where the trailer and bikes were stored both the trailer and its bike contents were stolen.

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The goodness of Birmingham was on full display at Hands On Birmingham’s IGNITE Awards

Winners of Hands on Birmingham’s 3rd Annual IGNITE Awards. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Hands On Birmingham Director Benga Harrison describes the IGNITE Awards, our community’s premier annual volunteer awards celebration, as the one day we take to – “celebrate and honor the goodness of Birmingham.”

Indeed, it is.

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BBC News describes how Birmingham’s Lyric Theatre, Alabama Theatre and more are reinventing the city

Lyric Theatre after re-development. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Landmarks

Birmingham woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning with a featured story by BBC News describing how the restoration of our theatres have  played a role in bringing back the downtown area in the Magic City.

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Move over Bo Jackson. Meet two-sport athlete Chris Biggins at United Ability’s abiliTEE on April 25

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United Ability’s Chris Biggins (in the center) readies for the abiliTEE on April 25. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Let me introduce Birmingham to the best two-sport athlete in town.

Meet United Ability Junior Board member Chris Biggins PGA Golf professional at the Country Club of Birmingham and potential Slalom, Super G and Downhill Skiing U.S. Paralympic participant.

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Stadium McStadiumface: Birmingham’s most popular (and curious) suggestions for naming the Protective Stadium

Protective Stadium rendering released at the stadium name unveiling Thursday, April 11.
Protective Stadium rendering released at the stadium name unveiling Thursday, April 11.

Yesterday, we asked you guys to guess the new stadium name prior to the big Protective Life Corporation naming rights announcement. Here’s some of your suggestions from our social media channels.

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Highly anticipated Magic City Art Connection happening April 26-28 at Linn Park. Win tickets!

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On April 26-28, Linn Park will transform into something magical. Birmingham’s largest city center arts festival, the Magic City Art Connection (MCAC), will bring together artists from around the country, local musicians & performers, chefs and other Birmingham tastemakers for its 36th year in Linn Park. Find out how you can win tickets (or grab them now) and get an inside look at the festival.

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Mayor Woodfin unveils new partnership to drive investment into Birmingham Opportunity Zones

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin flanked by Mayor Stephen Benjamin(L) and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles in front of the American Life Building site of an Opportunity Zone. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Today, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin unveiled the Birmingham Inclusive Growth (BIG) Partnership, a private sector-led, community-focused, city-inspired Opportunity Zone initiative with twin goals:

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