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Mesquite City Council approves expanded road improvements in two neighborhoods

Those living in the Quail Hollow and Town East Estates neighborhoods are the next Mesquite residents to have their streets designated for road repairs.

The Mesquite City Council approved two separate contracts at a Monday night meeting, clearing the way for localized concrete repair on streets, sidewalks, gutters and curbs. The work will begin as soon as next month.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, seen at a meeting March 19, 2020 in Dallas, is seeking re-election to a post he has held since 1985.

The council approved a $1.4 million contract with KIK Underground, LLC for the Quail Hollow project, which is expected to take six months. It also approved a $4.15 million contract with HQS Construction, LLC for the larger Town East Estates project, which is expected to take around a year.

“Quality streets in our neighborhoods is vital to maintaining community pride and curbside appeal of our housing stock,” Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer said in a statement. “The City Council is committed to repairing as many residential streets as possible, as quickly as

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Cocktails get the home treatment in several new books

Cocktails are having a moment, and because of the pandemic, that moment is happening most often at home.



A collection of spirits and cocktail recipe books are displayed at a home in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 4, 2020. Since the pandemic hit the United States, a lot of social drinking has moved back home. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)


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A collection of spirits and cocktail recipe books are displayed at a home in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 4, 2020. Since the pandemic hit the United States, a lot of social drinking has moved back home. (Elizabeth Karmel via AP)

Many restaurants have responded with cocktails to go, approved in more than 30 states, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, an industry trade group. Liquor stores offer cocktails-in-a-can, like those from Canteen and Cutwater, as well as hard seltzers and more.

But there’s also been a rise in home bartending, with a number of books on the subject released in the past six months.

Unlike the often complicated cocktail books of the past, these five offerings by new-to-the-cocktail-world authors are written specifically for the home cook/bartender. Each

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Marquette Township Lowe’s to offer drive-through trick-or-treating this year

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) – Lowe’s in Marquette Township will be offering up a new option for Halloween this year.

According to a release, the company is launching drive-through, curbside trick-or-treating events at all stores nationwide from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 10, families can visit Lowes.com/DIY to reserve a spot for Lowe’s Halloween experience at the Marquette Township store, or store closest to them.

Then, families can drive up to receive candy and a small pumpkin at no cost to take home. Lowe’s has even offered some cool pumpkin design ideas in this video. Costumes are encouraged, but are not required to attend.

“We know that customers still want to celebrate Halloween, even if the holiday may look different for us this year. While the pandemic has changed many elements of everyday life, the tradition of trick-or-treating doesn’t have to

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No. 5 Notre Dame basks in its unusual home ‘crowd’

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FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, fans wait for Notre Dame and Navy to play in an NCAA college football game, in South Bend, Ind. In a quirk this season, No. 5 Notre Dame enjoys a greater home-field advantage than most of its opponents: As of now, the Fighting Irish are slated to play in front of only one crowd bigger than their own, which is limited to about 10,000 people because of the pandemic.

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In a normal season, Kurt Hinish probably wouldn’t have been able to hear the students shouting his name from the ninth row of the bleachers at Notre Dame Stadium. But during Notre Dame’s 52-0 rout of South Florida, the senior defensive tackle could.

In the second quarter, Hinish shrugged at their yells and told his teammates he didn’t recognize the students. When their efforts continued into

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Ways to Embrace the Holidays During the Pandemic

Different doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. After all, it’ll be easier to avoid that family party you usually dread!

Yes, the holidays are going to be a little (a lot) different this year.

The pandemic is now part of our everyday life, meaning that normal things like knocking on a bunch of strangers’ doors to get candy or simply gathering in a big group may not be possible. (At best, these traditions aren’t encouraged.)

But the holidays don’t need to be canceled or minimized — unless you want to use the virus as an excuse to do less and by all means do you if that’s the case.

If you’re still feeling the holiday spirit, you can make this time of year just as special even while safely distanced. Here’s how.

It’s so easy to focus on what we can’t do right now. But many

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Halloween Isn’t Canceled! Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely at Home This Year

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means we are all gearing up for our usual tricks and treats in this not-so-usual time. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming large, it can be hard to know how to celebrate. But just because this Halloween is going to look different doesn’t mean that it has to be boring or lacking in any way. Talk to your kids about what they love about Halloween and get their input. From there, you can decide — together — what is going to be the most fun for them!

Need some ideas? From socially distant spooky activities to at-home fun for the whole family, we have compiled a list of fun ways to celebrate safely.

Turn Your Home into a (Temporary) Haunted House

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There’s no time like the present to lean into outfitting your home for the holiday! By making it a fun activity

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Gardens McDonald’s reopens dining room after $450,000 renovation

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PALM BEACH GARDENS — COVID-conscious and color-coordinated, the McDonald’s restaurant on Alternate A1A in the Promenade Shopping Plaza welcomed back customers to its newly renovated dining room last month.

Owner Ricky Wade, who operates 30 McDonald’s restaurants in Palm Beach and Martin counties, including a second Palm Beach Gardens location at 3805 Northlake Blvd., transformed the eatery at 9880 Alternate A1A from a traditional look into a contemporary one.

The $450,000 renovation includes a modernized dining room with locally inspired decor, remodeled counters, digital menu boards, new furniture, privacy seating, curbside and in-store pickup through mobile order and pay, and remodeled bathrooms.

More: Miller’s Ale House to open next year at Alton Town Center in Gardens

More: Shake Shack opens at The Gardens Mall

“The new look is much more relevant to millennials and those ages 18-to-36,” said Wade, who has remodeled all but

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MPS Building Report Details Air Quality Improvements, Challenges

MEDFORD, MA — A report compiled late last month and released by the Medford Public Schools Friday shows the improvements done to the HVAC systems in school buildings, as well as some of the air quality challenges the district faced. Workers were onsite last week addressing what the district called “long overdue” repairs to the HVAC systems at its schools. There were enough areas within each school that met, or exceeded, the increased air quality standards to accommodate the return of high needs and kindergarten students.

The MPS report specifically pertained to Cohort A, or the district’s high-needs student population. The district measured air exchanges per hour (ACH) and deemed rooms underneath that threshold unfavorable.

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Data showed favorable air quality in the third floor of the B building, or the science labs wing, which was extensively renovated over the last several years. Students in Cohort A, who

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ Home Returns to the Market

Four years after it last changed hands, a Pennsylvania home that played a crucial role in “The Silence of the Lambs” is on the market again.

The Queen Anne Victorian at 8 Circle St. in Perryopolis, which was built in 1910, is available for $298,500.

The 2,334-square-foot home on the railroad tracks served as the fictional home of Jame Gumb, aka Buffalo Bill, in the Oscar-winning movie from 1991.

Some creepy scenes took place in the home, but it was all Hollywood magic. There is no history of real horror—or moths—on the premises.

“When we got the call to go over and meet with [the owner], I’m not going to lie, I was totally freaked out,” says listing agent Eileen Allan. “And then we got to the house and I forgot … that it was in the movie. It just seemed like we were walking back in time. It

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Sheriff: Man wanted after filming under bathroom stall in Lowe’s

They say he filmed someone from under a bathroom stall.

RIVERVIEW, Fla. — Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man they say was caught filming inside the restroom of a Riverview home improvement store. 

Deputies say the man entered the Lowe’s on Gibsonton Drive in Riverview around 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 29 and immediately walked toward the store’s bathrooms.

Later, around 6:30 p.m., the victim told deputies they saw the man reach under the bathroom stall with a cell phone to record them. According to law enforcement, the victim attempted to confront him following the incident, but the man quickly left the store. 

Surveillance video shows a man leaving in a dark-colored Chevrolet Suburban. 

Deputies say the man is between the age of 50 and 60 years old. Investigators say he was last seen wearing a white and blue paid button-up shirt, blue jeans and a black M5

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