Volunteers remove nearly 3 tons of trash from Black Warrior Watershed in 2021

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper cleanups in 2021. Photo via Black Warrior Riverkeeper Watershed

Back in January of this year, Bham Now reported on an important Black Warrior Riverkeeper initiative to rid the watershed and local neighborhoods of trash. Three months into 2021, they have enlisted the help of more than 250 volunteers to remove nearly 3 tons of debris. 

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7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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See Birmingham’s first “flex” lanes and learn why it matters (photos)

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Flex lane on Birmingham’s 20th Street North. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Have you driven toward downtown Birmingham on 20th Street between 1st Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North lately? The right lanes on both sides of the boulevard are colorfully painted green, orange and purple with the word “FLEX” painted on the street. What is it? Answer: Birmingham’s first permanent flex lanes. 

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Winn-Dixie, BHM Airport, local pharmacies added to Bham COVID vaccine sites

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Dr. Celeste’s team is providing the utmost care at Birmingham airport’s vaccine site. Photo via Birmingham Airport Authority

This week, Jefferson County is adding two Winn-Dixie locations, the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and some local pharmacies to the growing list of COVID vaccine administration sites. Keep reading to learn where to get your closest COVID vaccine.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is April 24. Here are the details.

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Jefferson County Household Hazardous Waste Day in 2020. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Save the date Jefferson County!  The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is fast approaching. Start gathering up all the items you need to toss NOW. Need details?

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Two Miss Fancy statues are coming to historic Avondale Park

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Miss Fancy is an icon for Avondale Brewery. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Good news—Leslie Smukler, the Avondale resident who found Miss Fancy’s original statue, received all the funding she needed to restore Miss Fancy’s statue to Avondale Park. But did you know about Friends of Avondale Park and Bryan Council’s efforts to build an eleven-foot-tall Miss Fancy statue? Keep reading to find out.

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List of tornado relief efforts underway in the Birmingham metro area

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Photo of March 25, 2021 tornado damage in Pelham, Alabama. Photo via Pelham Police Department Facebook page

On March 25th, a string of destructive tornadoes and storms struck numerous communities in the Birmingham metro area. A partial list of local cities and neighborhoods reporting damage include Pelham, Helena, Hoover, Indian Springs, the Roebuck neighborhood in Birmingham and adjacent residential and commercial areas. 

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Hunker down Birmingham, “High Risk” in the forecast for Alabama

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The March 25, 2021 , 5:00a.m. forecast via the NWS Birmingham Office

Be prepared Birmingham. Today, the Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe weather potential for most of Northwest and Central Alabama to “High Risk,” it’s highest severe and dangerous weather threat level. 

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3 remarkable women who left their mark on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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Alabama girls’ high school sports pioneer Noona Kennard. Photo via Noona Kennard for Bham Now

Trailblazer. Character builder. Champion. 

This month in honor of Women’s History Month, I interviewed three remarkable women, Noona Kennard, Yvonne Michelle Simmons and Cat Reddick-Whitehill. Each one made a lasting impact on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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Little lending libraries are popping up around Hoover—here’s why

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A Little Free Library in Birmingham. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

The City of Hoover will soon see more little lending libraries popping up around town. As part of a new program from the Hoover Public Library, new little lending libraries will appear in 15 of the city’s apartment complexes.

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