3 things you can do now to help keep Alabama the Beautiful

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Roald Hazelhoff, director of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College. Photo courtesy of Southern Environmental Center

In our first two installments “Protecting Alabama the Beautiful by cleaning up our mess” and “Turning dumps into natural wonders” we examined Alabama’s legacy of pollution problems and remarkable comeback stories, including Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Red Mountain Park. In this, our third and final installment, we provide 3 ways you can help make, and keep, Alabama the Beautiful.

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Just voted? 8 places in Birmingham that will thank you with freebies and discounts

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Looking for a little incentive to vote today? Bham Now has identified businesses in the Birmingham metro area that are offering freebies and discounts for Alabamians that participate in the most contested local and statewide election in recent memory.

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Voter guide to 2018 Election Day, including discount rides to the polls by Uber and Lyft

Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day ! By Wednesday morning, Alabama voters will have elected its slate of constitutional officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor), a new State Senate and House, Chief Justice and judges statewide and locally.  All seven U.S. congressional seats are up for grabs, and so are local sheriffs, district attorneys, county clerks and local offices. And don’t forget the constitutional amendments.

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Alexander appointed to fill Birmingham’s District 7 seat. Parker named pro-tem. Council seeking 2 additional applicants.

Wardine Alexander sworn in as the new District 7 City Councilor. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn

Earlier this week, former Birmingham Board of Education President Wardine Alexander was appointed to fill the District 7 Birmingham City Council seat vacated by Jay Roberson in September. After Alexander’s approval, Birmingham City Councilor William Parker was voted in to take the reins as President Pro Tempore on the city council.

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Two previously dormant buildings in Birmingham are set to come back to life

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2200 Magnolia Avenue Building. Previously the site of a fire station, bakery, coffeehouse and antique mall, the newly repurposed building across from Brother Bryan Park will house Retail Specialists and Strategies. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Two buildings on Birmingham’s southside and in the Central Business District on the city’s northside are set to come back to life in 2019 and 2020. Both projects are prime examples of developments that meet Urban Land Institute of Alabama’s mission and priorities, according the Merrill Stewart, of Stewart Perry Construction, a ULI Alabama Board member and contractor of the two projects.

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Join 1500 high school students at The Birmingham College Scholarship and Career Fair at Boutwell Auditorium on Nov. 1. Free transportation provided!

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Attention Birmingham high school students! It’s time to collect your ACT scores and high school transcripts and head to The Birmingham College Scholarship and Career Fair at Boutwell Auditorium on Thurs., Nov. 1. Continue reading “Join 1500 high school students at The Birmingham College Scholarship and Career Fair at Boutwell Auditorium on Nov. 1. Free transportation provided!”

Be prepared. Red Mountain Expressway North to I-59-20 North to close on Halloween

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Got trick or treat plans this Halloween evening? If you normally use Red Mountain Expressway North to I-59/20 Northbound to travel home in the afternoon, be prepared to take an alternative route today and until further notice.  The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is closing the heavily travelled road at 4:00pm today, October 31 for bridge construction purposes.

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Despite a stronger economy demand for United Way of Central Alabama basic services growing

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Although Central Alabama’s current economic outlook is bright, United Way of Central Alabama is forecasting a greater demand for assistance throughout its five-county service area.

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Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church wins $150,000 Partners in Preservation grant

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963.  Statuary is part of a memorial across the street in Kelly Ingram Park. Photo courtesy of REV Birmingham

After a month long campaign, Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church won $150,000 from the 2018 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign. Finishing in the top 10 in a national online vote, the historic church will use the award to install protective glass on the outside of all the church’s recently-restored stained glass windows, as well as make repairs to the cupola and twin bell towers.

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Birmingham Jewish community to hold vigil on October 30 at Temple Beth-El for victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue tragedy

The Birmingham community will join together for a vigil on Oct. 30.

In light of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue that killed 11 people, leaders within the Birmingham Jewish community are holding a vigil to mourn the tragedy. The vigil will take place outside Temple Beth-El on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30pm. Continue reading “Birmingham Jewish community to hold vigil on October 30 at Temple Beth-El for victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue tragedy”

Toyota Green Initiative volunteers made ‘magic’ happen at the West End Community Garden

Birmingham residents, Felita Powell (mom) and Skylar Nicks (daughter) volunteering at the West End Community Garden. Photo courtesy of Toyota Green Initiative

Last week, before the Magic City Classic, the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) joined forces with Birmingham West End neighborhood volunteers and students from Alabama State University, Alabama A&M and nearby colleges to make some “magic” of their own, volunteering at the West End Community Garden.

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A Birmingham tradition since 1979. Don’t miss The Phantom of the Opera at the Alabama Theatre today

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Want to be a part of one of the longest and most cherished Halloween traditions in Birmingham? Attend the The Phantom of the Opera today, October 28, 2:00pm at the Alabama Theatre.

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This Saturday, Oct. 27, is THE day to go to the Market at Pepper Place. Check out Better Block Birmingham, a new John Lytle Wilson mural and more

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Better Block Birmingham project in the works at Pepper Place. Photo submitted

The Market at Pepper Place is always happening on Saturdays, but this Saturday is a can’t miss. Come out Oct. 27, 2018, from 7 a.m. to noon, for the Market, some pre-Day of the Dead Festival fun and Birmingham’s first Better Block—a complete reimagining of the streetscape of 2nd Avenue South between 28th and 29th Streets. Did I mention the unveiling of the latest John Lytle Wilson mural and a brewery bike tour?

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