Wintzell’s, Church Street Coffee among establishments receiving 95 and above Food Service scores in December

Staff of Church Street Coffee. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several popular Birmingham area  restaurants, including popular places such as Wintzell’s and Taco Mama in Mountain Brook received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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Birmingham City Schools see big improvements in newly released 2017-2018 school report cards

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Ramsay High School earned a B for academic year 2017-2018. Photo by Bham Now

It’s not just students who get report cards. Schools get them, too. Find out which Greater Birmingham schools made the A/B honor roll—and why we’re giving Birmingham City Schools a high five.

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Urban Land Institute of Alabama: 3 young professionals, 4 questions, one bright future for Birmingham

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Urban Land Institute of Alabama met on December 4, 2018 at Sloss Furnaces. Photo by Wanda Gilmore

For newcomers attending recent Urban Land Institute of Alabama events and workshops, the first thing you notice is the youthful audience. Regularly, the room is filled with young professionals from all walks of life.

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Birmingham superhero Austin Perine named one of CNN’s most influential people of 2018

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Screenshot from CNN’s Making an Impact segment about President Austin Perine of Birmingham.

5 year old Austin Perine, recent winner of the Vulcan Park Foundation 2018 “Spear Award” and superhero against homelessness and hunger has been named one of CNN’s most influential people of 2018, according to WPMI NBC 15 – Mobile.

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Where can you recycle your gift wrapping, boxes and Christmas tree in Birmingham?

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Recycling truck at the Alabama Environmental Council

For the first time in four decades, there will not be an Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center to drop-off all your Christmas gift wrapping and boxes.

Have no fear, there are a few additional options in the Birmingham area to recycle paper, boxes and of course Christmas trees.

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Remembering Birmingham songwriter Hugh Martin and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Photo of Birmingham native Hugh Martin playing the piano. Martin wrote Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Photo from HughMartin.com

Did you know, one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time was written in the Magic City by Birmingham native Hugh Martin?

The song?  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

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UAB’s Greg Harber has bicycled to work everyday since 2013. See how much money he saved

Greg Harber riding through Railroad Park. Photo from the Le Tour de Ham Facebook page

According to Commute Smart records, UAB employee Greg Harber bicycled or walked everyday to work and back home in 2018.  Since 2013, he has only driven a car twice to work.

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New opportunities for Birmingham families with surprise gifts from BBVA Compass’ Project Blue Elf

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BBVA’s Project Blue Elf makes donations to the community in December of every year. Photo via BBVA

BBVA Compass is on a mission to bring the age of opportunity to everyone – in Birmingham and across the country. One of the ways the Birmingham-based bank does this is through Project Blue Elf, the company’s signature holiday initiative where employee volunteers work together with community partners to donate impactful gifts to families who have participated in BBVA Compass’ financial literacy programs. 

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Vulcan Materials Company fulfills over 60 children’s Christmas wish lists through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

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Vulcan employees drop off Angel gifts at the Birmingham Salvation Army. Photo submitted

The Salvation Army Angel Tree is a longtime Christmas tradition at Vulcan Materials Company in Birmingham. This year employees rallied to fulfill the wish lists of more than 60 local children. Bham Now has the details, and hang on for a special rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas” at the end.

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8 things you need to know about the Red Mountain Community, including a Christmas music light show, restaurants and a secret cottage community

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Third Friday at Naked Art Gallery is a fun place to see local art! Photo submitted by Wil Cushman

Chances are, you’ve found yourself driving slowly through the neighborhoods of the Red Mountain Community, checking out the beautiful homes and funky restaurants or stopping to relax at one of the great parks. Red Mountain is made up of three neighborhoods: Forest Park, Highland Park and Redmont park. Find out why it’s one of the coolest communities in Birmingham.

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Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend moves to Railroad Park in 2019. Registration Prices Increase at midnight on December 31

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For the first time in its 18 year history, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend on February 8-10, 2019 will be held at Birmingham’s Railroad Park.

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