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Bohnett Park to Close for Renovation, Storm Water Treatment Project | Local News

October 12, 2020
| 12:10 p.m.

Bohnett Park in Santa Barbara is scheduled to close beginning Thursday, Oct. 15 for construction of a park improvement and storm water treatment project.

The park improvement project, developed with extensive community input, includes the installation of new turf and landscaping, irrigation, picnic tables along Old Mission Creek, barbecue grills, trash and coal receptacles, accessible park entrance and walkways, and new streetscape fencing.

“Bohnett Park is a key recreational area for the Westside,” said Parks and Recreation director Jill Zachary. “We are pleased to be moving forward with a project that will make the park more usable for all.”

The storm water improvement portion of the project includes the installation of underground gravel filled chambers that will capture, treat and infiltrate storm water runoff from the neighborhood surrounding Bohnett Park.

Retaining the storm water on site and allowing it to slowly infiltrate into the

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Inmates cook up a storm in Changi catering kitchen as part of training, rehab programme, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – When father-of-two Faruk was sentenced to seven years and 10 months’ jail in 2017 for drug-related offences, he did not expect to find a passion for decorating cakes or learning how to fold pastries while behind bars.

The 38-year-old, who declined to give his full name, spends six days a week in a kitchen as part of his work programme during his incarceration in the Changi Prison Complex.

While his family has yet to try his creations, the former mechanic hopes to make his sons, aged 12 and 13, their favourite strawberry cheesecake, when he is released.

“My family was surprised that I could bake cakes. I could see from their faces that they are happy I’m learning because I have never done this kind of thing before,” said Faruk in a phone interview on Wednesday (Oct 7). “(In the kitchen,) I learnt how to be patient, relax,

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‘Of course’: Space City Weather meteorologist’s baby arrived as Tropical Storm Beta neared Texas

Tropical Storm Beta was drizzling on Houston when Denise Lanza noticed she was having regular contractions.

This scenario had been in the back of her mind. Denise, a biological scientist, is married to Matt Lanza, a meteorologist who writes for Space City Weather, a go-to source for the region, especially during storms.

The couple learned in January that they would be having a second child — due in September. Matt felt excited hearing the news, then realized: “Oh, of course, we’re going to have a baby due right at the peak of hurricane season.”

And what a hurricane season it had been. Hurricane Hanna hit Padre Island in July. Hurricane Laura barely missed Houston in August. Planning to name their son Theodore, Matt never imagined Hurricane Teddy would form by September.

Yet already, the National Hurricane Center had identified so many storms that, for the first time since 2005, it

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Alabama storm victims warned to look out for price gouging, home repair fraud

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRBL) – The Alabama Attorney General’s Office and Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams and price gouging during home repair or storm damage cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

State officials joined Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters and State Representative Matt Simpson in Fairhope, Ala. on Sept. 28 to warn coastal Alabamians about the possibility of fraud as they hire workers to repair storm damage.

As consumers begin the process of home repair, the HBLB recommends using licensed home builders and roofers, as required by law. On Sept, 23, HBLB Executive Director J.R. “Chip” Carden waived some requirements for issuance of a roofer license, allowing emergency roofers licenses to be issued in Baldwin and Mobile counties.

“Based on the Governor’s disaster declaration, the Home Builders Licensure Board has activated its emergency roofer license for Mobile and Baldwin

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Orange County residents pleading for drainage improvements while bracing for Tropical Storm Beta

In parts of the county, it doesn’t even take a named storm to leave neighborhoods in high water

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — It’s been nearly a month since Hurricane Laura hit, and people in Orange County are still picking up. 

They’re also preparing for Tropical Storm Beta. Residents are no strangers to flooding. 

In one Orange County community, they’ve been asking for something to be done about the drainage system. Tom Clary owns a home in the area and says Adams Bayou is part of the problem. 

It doesn’t even take a named storm to leave neighborhoods in high water in parts of Orange County. 

“This is pretty much a common occurrence now,” Clary said.  

Just down the road from his house is Adam’s Bayou. 

“I’m old, I can’t be putting sandbags around here,” Clary said. 

Clary and other residents know there’s not much that can be done about Mother

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