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Calgary renovation companies bring awards hardware home



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Four Calgary-based renovation companies nailed down some significant hardware at the 2020 Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Alberta Awards online gala.

The Calgary winners include: Allenbrook Homes for Best Kitchen Renovation over $100,000 for a project in Marda Loop; Crafted Edge Homes won Best Bathroom/Ensuite Renovation for a makeover in Lake Bonavista, and; Creek Stone Fine Homes snagged Best Home Renovation under $500,000 for the remodel of a Century home in Okotoks.

In addition, the Calgary division of Ultimate Renovations captured two categories and a grand aggregate award. Ultimate won for Best Kitchen Renovation under $100,000, Renovator’s Choice for an outdoor living space and the Renovator Pinnacle Award for overall achievement.

Ultimate president, Danny Ritchie, watched the 35-minute online ceremony with staff and family members and says that if he would have been able to get up to a podium, he would have thanked

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New Britain lottery will bring opportunity for first-time home ownership to two families

Two families on relatively low incomes will win a lottery in New Britain next month that will let them buy their first homes.

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The city is selling two houses on the East Side that it bought and extensively renovated, with each set to sell for tens of thousands of dollars below market rate.

New Britain isn’t looking to make money on the deal, though, city officials emphasized. Using federal funds, it periodically buys and rehabilitates homes and then sells them to first-time homebuyers who otherwise could not afford to own property.

“It’s a great boost for them. The people we sell to have never owned a home, so just doing this is a great self-esteem boost that they take pride in,” said Margaret Malinowski of the city’s economic development department.

Many communities around the country use lotteries to award low- or moderate-income apartment leases when demand is high,

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Android TV Android 11 update to bring speed, gamepad improvements

Even compared to Android Auto, Android’s TV incarnation hasn’t exactly been getting much attention, especially from Google itself. The past months, however, have been particularly interesting, especially with rumors around Google’s first Android TV dongle. As if heralding the arrival of that “Sabrina” device, Google has now announced the Android 11 update for Android TV, promising to bring a handful of improvements that will hopefully prepare the platform for the future.

With so many smart TV platforms out there, including those from Samsung (Tizen), LG (webOS), and Apple (tvOS), it isn’t really that surprising that Android TV hasn’t exactly caught on. Aside from access to streaming apps, which other platforms and set-top boxes also have, Android TV may not look like it has much else to offer. Of course, you have access to some popular Android apps but viewing them on a larger screen might not exactly be that attractive.

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3 flexible side gigs for parents to bring in extra cash from home

  • Many parents have had to leave their jobs to take care of and homeschool their kids during the pandemic.
  • Several people told Business Insider that they’ve used this time to pick up side gigs, such as becoming call center agents, bloggers, or talent procurers.
  • Teresa Fong, a 34-year-old mother based in San Francisco, dedicates just an hour a day to finding talent for the job search platform Wanted and makes around $20 per hour, or $500 to $600 a month.
  • Stephanie Craig, meanwhile, started a third blog focused on local travel, and has brought in several hundred dollars a month in addition to income from her other two blogs.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Many parents in recent months have had to leave their jobs to take care of and homeschool their kids as schools remain closed or remote. The Wall Street Journal reported in September that “as

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‘Staycations’ bring on home improvement projects | News

Home improvement projects can be done almost any time of year, but as the season begins to transition, people are looking to fix up the interiors and prepare for the cold winter.

WCH Home Improvement owner George Howard said he is staying occupied these days, doing minor renovations, repairs, and winterizing, too.

“I may be fixing a roof one day, and doing a bathroom the next,” said Howard.

He said many people are looking to spruce up their homes, especially since they are spending more time in them.

“I’m painting walls and adding laminate flooring, building decks and add-ons,” said Howard. “It’s a good time to seal your decks. Wintertime is really hard on wood.”

Laura Young, Zenith Construction and Homes by Zenith co-owner, said they have been seeing a lot of home improvement projects this year, as well – and for the same reasons.

“Many people are at home,

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Ankeny seeks to bring artwork to its part of High Trestle Trail

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With its spectacular 130-foot-tall bridge over the Des Moines River, the High Trestle Trail draws more than 250,000 annual visitors from Iowa and beyond. Now Ankeny, at the other end of the 25-mile biking and pedestrian trail, wants to make its section just as memorable. 

A proposal submitted to the Ankeny City Council calls for a host of improvements to the already popular byway, which runs 4.1 miles from its eastern trailhead through one of Iowa’s fastest-growing cities.

The plan includes temporary and permanent art installations at points along the trail. Included are 6- to 8-foot-tall sculptures of Iowa prairie animals, pocket parks, colorfully decorated under- and overpasses and a 15-foot-high trestle bridge sculpture under which the trail would pass. 

The elaborate proposal document also envisions new signage that would make it easier for trail users to find their way.

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Future Amazon in Mt. Juliet to bring road improvements

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A huge Amazon facility under construction in Mt. Juliet that is scheduled to be operational in 2021 has several road improvements to come with it.

The five-story facility is projected to have 3.52 million square feet of warehouse space and 80,000 square feet of office space on land off Golden Bear Gateway, East Division and Athletes Way North.

Road upgrades funded by the development include:

Traffic lights at Golden Bear Gateway and Athletes Way and the Interstate 40 eastbound on-ramp and I-40 westbound off-ramp, all scheduled to be complete before Amazon is issued its certificate of occupancy, Mt. Juliet Director of Public Works & Engineering Andy Barlow said.

  • Turn lanes at Golden Bear Gateway and Athletes Way and the I-40 westbound exit ramp to be done before the facility opens.
  • Greenway or multi-use paths along
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