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Mass. furniture maker AIS to deliver 22,000 masks to poll workers – News – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

CEO Bruce Platzman said AIS expects to deliver more than 22,000 facemasks to city and town clerks for use by municipal employees, poll workers and volunteers. BOSTON — To ensure the safety of those working at polling places on Election Day, a Leominster furniture manufacturer plans to donate enough high quality facemasks to protect every poll worker who needs one in Massachusetts on Nov. 3.AIS plans said it's working with state and local officials to make sure masks are delivered ahead of Election Day. Already, more than 235 city and town clerks have requested mask donations from AIS, with some asking for as few as 10 and others seeking as many as 1,500 masks."AIS's generous donation of masks to each community who chooses to participate ensures that poll workers, volunteers and ...
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Modern design earns historic status for Tucson home by famed local architect | Local news

The modern-looking two-story home he designed for himself on Lind Road, near Fort Lowell Road and Tucson Boulevard, is an example of Brutalist architecture, a postwar movement that first emerged from Great Britain in the 1950s.The form is characterized by angular geometric shapes and bare building materials — usually exposed concrete or brick — with monochromatic colors and little adornment.Clinco said many civic buildings were built in the Brutalist style during the middle of the 20th century, including Pima Community College’s West Campus on Anklam Road and the Mathematics Building and library at the University of Arizona.Style goes from villain to heroBrutalist houses are much harder to find. “I think there are just a very, very small handful of homes in Tucson that are built in this st...
Living Rooms

Projected Plans brings renderings to life | News

Brian Porch opened Projected Plans after identifying a need that had yet to be fulfilled in the state.As the owner of Norman Heating and Air Conditioning in Norman, he often works with blueprints of houses when dealing with builders and homeowners. He discovered the concept of projecting blueprints online and realized there was a need for it in Oklahoma.After receiving strong feedback on the idea, Porch began to build the business based on this visual idea, using large projectors to project floor plans and other blueprints on a one-to-one scale. “It’s very visual whenever you’ve got these giant projectors on the ceiling and it’s projecting the floorplan of a whole house on th...
Pest Control

At Home: Some service companies add COVID-19 precautions – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Everything looks different in the age of COVID-19, including routine home maintenance and repair services.Three Topeka companies weighed in on how their business practices have been altered by the pandemic and what they’re doing to keep consumers safe.Have customers been expressing concern or asking about health and safety precautions during the pandemic?Dennis Bowser, owner of Countryside Chimney Sweep, said, "It’s 60/40. Some will shake your hand because it’s good luck to shake a sweep’s hand, and then we’ve had probably 10 percent cancel their annual appointment and then reschedule six months to a year out."Bowser says he’s made it a habit to ask customers what makes them comfortable before entering a home. Some customers prefer to be outside while the work is done, while ot...
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Rage room hopes to help people relieve stress – News – Herald Democrat

The Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission cleared plans this week for The Wreck Room, a new business that will let customers take out their frustrations by breaking objects inside.The Wreck Room is an example of what has been called a "rage room," or an "anger room." The concept started more than a decade ago in Japan and has since spread across the world, with many similar rooms in the United States."The proposed idea is that we are going to put a lot of great items in there and we are going to allow people to book group activities to come in and break these items with sledge hammers, crowbars, baseball and bats," Wreck Room Owner Charles White said. "It is a great way to get out aggression, tension, tiredness and things like that in a safe environment."A traditional rage ro...
Furniture

Modern designers can make furniture that is almost unrecognizable | Ag News

A table has three or four or more legs and a flat top. But some modern designers can make furniture that is almost unrecognizable but still serve the same purpose. Cottone Auctions had a recent sale featuring a collection of modern furniture, including pieces by Gianfranco Frattini (1926-2004). He is best known as an Italian architect, but he designed unusual furniture for Cassina and modern lamps for many companies. He is considered an important member of the Italian design movement of the late 1950s and ‘60s. The strange table pictured here is really a nest of four tables designed by Frattini in the 1960s. The group is fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. The four tables vary in height up to 15 inches. The hammer price for the set was $1,416. The tables ...
HVAC

Weakening duct supports a possible cause, say experts, Singapore News & Top Stories

The dislodging of a ventilation duct from the ceiling of a cinema hall at Nex shopping mall on Sunday was possibly a result of weakening duct supports, such as loose nuts and bolts or spalling concrete slabs, said industrial experts here. These ducts carry cool air from a central air-conditioning system to different parts of a building. Associate Professor Daniel Wong from the department of building at the National University of Singapore's School of Design and Environment said that the duct is usually bolted to metal rods that are secured to a concrete ceiling slab. "For the ventilation duct to fall, there are three main possibilities: a damaged rod, nuts and bolts which are loose or faulty, or that the concrete slab is beginning to rust or break," explained Prof Wong. "However, based ...
Bathroom

Police roundup: Bathrooms at Valley Park in Hurricane vandalized | News

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Valley Park in Hurricane, West Virginia, was the target of vandalism over the weekend, according to a post Sunday on its Facebook page.Bathrooms at the large shelter of the park will be closed until further notice after sinks in the building were shattered.“Our staff works very hard to keep Valley Park nice for our community,” the post read. “Vandalism will not be tolerated.”The park’s bathrooms were also vandalized in late July when toilets in the baseball bathrooms were damaged.Staff at the park found rocks from the playground in the toilets, causing permanent damage to the pipes.Those who have any information regarding the recent vandalism can contact the park staff at 304-562-0518.The Huntington Police Department listed six new incide...
Pest Control

Pest control program to support communities post-fires | Port Macquarie News

news, latest-news, PORT Macquarie-Hastings is among mid north coast communities targeted in a range of incentive programs developed to improve invasive pest management while supporting local economies. North Coast Local Land Services will implement these incentive programs in areas affected by the recent bushfires and in adjacent lands up to 50km from fire scars. Funded by NSW government's Bushfire Recovery Stimulus package, activities will focus on Ballina, Bellingen, Byron Bay, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, Kempsey, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley and Tweed. The program will include feral pig, wild dog, feral cat and wild deer control projects as outlined in the Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan for the North Coast. Works on cane toad...
Heating & Cooling

Can indoor air filtration protect you against COVID-19? Maybe | Local News

MERIDIAN — Like many other business owners in the Treasure Valley, J.P. Green decided he needed to make changes to reopen his business this spring, after he was legally able to do so, following historic closures meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.He owns and operates CycleBar Village Meridian, a studio that offers stationary bike classes. The risk of the spread of the virus was there, he knew, but he was legally able to open the business again in May. He took precautions: smaller class sizes, a contactless check-in process, a 30-minute window between each class for deep cleaning.Green said he wanted to go further in making the studio safe for customers and staff, so installed the REME HALO, an air purification device that attaches to the studio...
Interior

Lexington interior designer finalist for ‘Designer of the Year’ – News – Lexington Minuteman

Wednesday Sep 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM Lexington-based interior designer Robin Gannon is one of 12 national interior designers in the running for HGTV’s Designer of the Year Award in the “Waterside Retreats” category.Gannon’s project, titled “Cape Cod Haven with Contemporary Style,” is located in Orleans. The design details of the home give a nod to its waterfront location.“It’s a home with beautiful views of the water, but we tried not to make it kitschy, with fish and boats everywhere,” Gannon said. “We do have that in places, but we kept it more modern. The design is aware of the surroundings, but it’s not in your face every time you turn around.”The seaside theme and restrained use o...
Home improvement

Disrupted: Politics creates economic illusion in small towns, mid-sized cities of Wisconsin | National News

The Midwest Paper Group mill in Combined Locks, Wis., is seen from across the the river in Little Chute, Wis., part of the greater Appleton area, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. At the mill, there is a story of recovery, but one where credit lay with the union and the county executive, not with Trump. As the need for white paper waned, more than 600 workers were handed pink slips in anticipation of it being shuttered. Instead, the mill added new machines to make materials for cardboard, capitali...
Home improvement

How do students get hands-on education that vocational schools are known for during COVID-19? Students and teachers adapt to a new reality. – News – Wicked Local

UPTON – Connor McNamara, 17, watched the towering piece of equipment he programmed to make a chessboard Tuesday morning, as it whirred, drilled, and cast piles of white shavings onto the floor.The day was one of about four per month when McNamara and his classmates have on-site classes at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, under coronavirus safety precautions.“Despite remote learning, I am on track,” the advanced manufacturing and fabrication student said, noting that a lot of his study, like learning coding, doesn’t require him to practice on the machine regularly. “All of our textbooks were previously online to begin with.” A room over, in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration shop class, 17-year-old Nick Loschiavo didn’t feel t...
Bathroom

NYC developer to buy Commerce Building in Worcester to create market-rate housing downtown – News – telegram.com

WORCESTER - A New York City-based developer has reached a tentative agreement to purchase the Commerce Building - once hailed as the downtown's first "skyscraper" when it was built in 1906 - and pursue a substantial redevelopment project for the nine-story Main Street building.City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said SilverBrick Group, LLC, is looking to invest $54.45 million to create 312 units of market-rate housing over two phases, with commercial uses on the first floor.The units will be comprised of 80 studios, 183 one-bedroom units, 39 two-bedroom units and 10 three-bedroom units.To facilitate the project, Augustus is recommending that the City Council designate 340 Main St. as a certified project and approve a tax increment exemption plan, also known as a TIE, for the pr...
HVAC

Arctic heating so much a ‘New Arctic’ climate will soon begin – study | Science | News

Thanks to climate change, the Arctic heats at almost twice the rate of the rest of the world, excluding Antarctica. This is because as the snow and ice melts, which usually deflects light particles, the darker ground beneath the freezing surface absorbs more sunlight.However, researchers have now noted that the climate has shifted so much in the Arctic Circle that researchers have stated a "new Arctic" dawn will soon come.Scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have found that it has just taken a matter of decades for the climate to shift.NCAR scientist Laura Landrum, the lead author of the study, said: "The rate of change is remarkable."It's a period of such rapid change that observations of past weather patterns no longer show what you can expect next year."Th...
HVAC

Sharon teachers protest against state of school ventilation as first day nears – News – Easton Journal

While Sharon teachers are instructing kids for the first time virtually today, the Sharon Teachers Association (STA) held a rally at town hall on Monday expressing concerns that the buildings still have lingering issues to a crown of approximately 200 teachers, parents, students and former students.The group stood on sidewalks along South Main Street holding signs reading, “Students Deserve Safe Schools” and “Do Not Enter Sick School Buildings.”Last week, the group said they would not enter the buildings, but the STA and the school committee reached an agreement to instruct in the facilities. As part of the agreement, the STA admitted their actions were an illegal strike.At issue are conditions staff and students face in the buildings that STA President Bernadette Murphy said a...
HVAC

Nauset superintendent more optimistic on HVAC issues – News – capecodtimes.com

High school students could return for in-person classes by mid-October. EASTHAM — Schools Superintendent Thomas Conrad said Nauset Regional High School might be ready to welcome students as early as Oct. 15. The news comes one week after Conrad told regional school committee members that the high school would not be ready for in-person learning at the start of the school year. A preliminary report by Mechanical Air Controls showed that the ventilation system was not operating at full capacity. More than half of the ventilation units that provided air exchange for classrooms were not working. That report led to a decision by the regional board to go from a hybrid learning model to a fully remote model for all high school students. On Thursday, Conrad was much more optimistic. Rep...
Pest Control

Falconry for Pest Control | Mother Earth News

 Falconer Danny Duque with Anna, a gyr x peregrine falcon. Photo by Adam’s Falconry ServiceAnna is thought to be among the best female gyr x peregrine falcons in the United States for harassing other birds. You might consider Anna petite, at no more than 2 feet tall when her 3-1/2-foot wingspan is contracted. Set loose on a strawberry farm being terrorized by European starlings, though, she’ll corral and chase off up to 5,000 birds on her own, flying at more than 150 miles per hour. A flock of starlings can decimate 80 percent of a berry crop in about five hours; that’s why Anna’s work is valuable. She’s one of about 20 birds of prey flying for Adam’s Falconry Service, a bird abatement business in Southern California that uses birds of prey as nontoxic, nonlethal bird control.“It can look ...
Living Rooms

Scott Young selling Sterling home on 13th green of golf course for $1.3M – News – telegram.com

STERLING — Warmth meets elegance and comfortable sophistication in this contemporary estate situated on the 13th green at the Sterling National Country Club, a championship-level, visually spectacular golf course.Signature elements in this 5,437-square-foot brick faced home at 17 Sandy Ridge Road include a sauna, wine cellar and lodge room, all at a list price of $1.295 million.It was built in 2002 by Scott Allen Young, a former professional ice hockey right winger, two-time Stanley Cup winner and a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Young, who grew up in Clinton, also took a silver medal on the U.S. hockey team at the 2002 Olympics.Today, he is a director of player development for the Pittsburgh Penguins.“I was playing in St. Louis when I went to see a model home...