College, career and life ready: get to know the Birmingham Education Foundation

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The Birmingham Education Foundation (Birmingham Ed) is getting students ready for life after high school. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Ed

Did you know there’s a nonprofit in Birmingham that prepares kids for life after high school? It’s called the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed), and the organization is making an impact on students in Birmingham City Schools.

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Parkside is buzzing—check out the latest updates, including a new Birmingham startup

Craft beer, delicious food trucks, cool startups, great outdoor space—a Birminghamian’s dream if I’ve ever seen it. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Parkside has been on the up-and-up for a while now. Just take a drive through the area and you’ll see cranes, construction and growth on every corner. Catch up on the latest happenings. PLUS check out Birmingham’s latest tech startup, launching from Parkside.

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Restore the view. Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club seeks to re-discover Altamont Park

View of the Birmingham skyline from Altamont Park. Photo from the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club

Inquiring minds want to know… Who’s been clearing all the underbrush alongside Altamont Road beginning at the cannon and ending at the hairpin turn near Altamont School?

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Connecting Birmingham: Jones Valley Trail to extend from downtown to Avondale

The Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South is set to connect Downtown to Avondale by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust

Freshwater Land Trust announced some exciting news this week—the Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South will soon connect downtown Birmingham to Avondale. Here’s the latest on the project.

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Your guide to Black History Month in Birmingham, including events and where to visit

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The Aeolians of Oakwood University will perform at the Alys Stephens Center on Feb.9. Photo via The Aeolians’ Facebook.

In the middle of the 20th century, Birmingham rose to national and international fame as the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Through the efforts of Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Birmingham’s own Fred Shuttlesworth, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made all men equal in the eyes of the law. During Black History Month, we honor these leaders and more for their struggle toward equality. Here are must-see places and events you should check out in Birmingham during Black History Month. 

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Birmingham On-Demand, the new micro-transit ride-sharing program is easy to use and growing

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Community Foundation’s CEO Chris Nanni, Birmingham On Demand driver Sam Slaughter and Karli Matalka with the Community Foundation. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The results are in. After a month and a half in operation, the pilot rideshare program, Birmingham On-Demand powered by Via, is off to a promising start.

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How the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is helping stop human trafficking

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Junior League of Birmingham and Birmingham Airport Authority Announce Partnership to help stop human trafficking. Photo by Chaise Sanders for BhamNow.

Did you know January was Human Trafficking Awareness Month? The effort to end this issue doesn’t stop there. An estimated 5,000 people are trafficked through Birmingham each month. The Birmingham Airport Authority along with local partners aim to change this alarming statistic. Here’s how.

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Happy Heart Month! Meet Cecil Jarrells, a heart patient whose life was saved in Birmingham

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Mr. Cecil Jarrells with his daughter (left) and wife (right). Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

February is the month of hearts in more ways than one. Whether your heart belongs to a Valentine this year or not, you still need to make sure it’s healthy. Meet one Alabama heart patient whose life was saved right here in Birmingham, and learn about how you can take steps towards a healthy ❤️.

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World renowned scientists to discuss climate solutions at McWane Science Center Feb. 8

Author James McClintock. Photo courtesy of James McClintock

I first met James McClintock, a UAB world renowned scientist and author in 2011.  Back then, he vividly described to me how Antarctica, the place where he had spent decades conducting life-saving research, was melting away.

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United Way will support 249 Birmingham and regional programs in 2020

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Trained Volunteer Allocation members make a site visit at the agencies they are asked to review. This one was the Community Food Bank. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Recently, United Way of Central Alabama’s Board of Directors approved a $26.4 million allocation to 71 United Way partner agencies. The funding will support 249 programs within a five-county region that includes Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties.

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Rojo, Iron City Pizza, Black Market, received 95 and above food service scores in January

Iron City Pizza at the Pickwick Plaza near Five Points South. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Rojo on Highland Avenue, Five Points South  Iron City Pizza and Black Market Bar and Grill received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in January 2019.

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A century-old Birmingham company provides an easy way for JeffCo residents to go green

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Now, I know we’re fans of some deep-fried goodness here in Alabama. Only question is—when the meal is over, where does the oil go? Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Jefferson County residents are privy to a pretty unique perk, in addition to all the wonderful benefits that the area has to offer. One Birmingham company that’s been serving Central Alabama for almost 115 years helps make it happen. Check it out!

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The countdown to the World Games 2021 begins

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City of Birmingham leaders met with the President and CEO of the International World Games Association at Legion Field. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

Come July 2021, all eyes will be on Birmingham for the World Games 2021. 3,600 of the world’s best athletes from 110 countries are coming right here to the Magic City. The city’s gearing up for this pivotal event and the countdown has begun!

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“A destination for innovation.” The Switch is coming to downtown Birmingham

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The pink grid is the area now classified as “The Switch.” Map courtesy of REV Birmingham

Downtown Birmingham just. keeps. going. Big plans have been getting announced left and right, and we are loving in energy in our Magic City. A new brand for Birmingham’s innovation district was just unveiled, and we’ve got all the details.

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