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Lakewood eyeing OPWC funds for water main improvements throughout city

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — This summer Lakewood was awarded $750,000 in Water Main Replacement Project funds from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC).

Now the city is planning to begin work next spring on Lauderdale Avenue (between Detroit and Madison avenues), Leedale Avenue (between Lake Avenue and Edgewater Boulevard) and Elbur Avenue (Between Athens Avenue and Lakewood Heights Boulevard).

“This is all part of our yearly OPWC grant application for water main improvements,” Lakewood City Engineer Mark K. Papke said. “These projects are currently in design. They’ll be going out to bid in the first quarter 2021, start in May and wrap up around November.”

The project cost is $4,716,850. In addition to the grant, the OPWC is also providing a zero-percent 20-year loan for $866,850. That means the city’s total contribution is nearly $4 million.

“These water mains were installed in the early 1900s,” Papke said. “Most of them are

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More than $1.5M in federal funds to go to improvements at parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui

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                                Beachgoers enjoyed Waimanalo Beach Park on Oahu. Hawaii is set to receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to support improvements to city and state parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

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    Beachgoers enjoyed Waimanalo Beach Park on Oahu. Hawaii is set to receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to support improvements to city and state parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

Hawaii is set to receive more than $1.5 million in federal funding to support improvements to city and state parks on Oahu, Kauai and Maui, according to U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono.

The funding comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

On Oahu, a total of $653,036 has been awarded to the City and County of Honolulu to update playgrounds and make other renovations at Geiger Community Park, Lanakila District Park, Aina Koa Neighborhood Park and Waimanalo Beach Park.

On Kauai, a total of $500,000 has been awarded to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources to make improvements to walkways, parking areas, and other facilities

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Maker of At-Home Covid Test Seeks Funds at $1 Billion Valuation

(Bloomberg) — Everlywell Inc., a health startup that sells a Covid-19 home-testing kit, is in talks to raise fresh capital at a valuation of $1 billion or more.



a close up of a hand holding a blue object: A doctor wearing surgical gloves holds test tubes containing saliva swabs during coronavirus symptom tests in the outpatient clinic at the Paracelsus Clinic in Zwickau, Germany, on Thursday, April 2, 2020.


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A doctor wearing surgical gloves holds test tubes containing saliva swabs during coronavirus symptom tests in the outpatient clinic at the Paracelsus Clinic in Zwickau, Germany, on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Prospective investors including venture capital firms are participating in the discussions, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named. The company reached a valuation of $175 million after a fundraising round last year, according to Pitchbook estimates.

The latest effort, if successful, would vault Everlywell to unicorn status, giving it a lead among niche telehealth startups that are rushing to expand. The global pandemic has been a boon for such companies as patients seek to avoid the risk of visiting a doctor.

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Chef Justin Severino hosts Quarantine Kitchen to raise funds for Make-A-Wish

One of Pittsburgh’s best chefs, Justin Severino (of Cure, Morcilla and Salty Pork Bits) wants to teach you how to cook one of his great dishes. At the same time, he wants to raise money for kids who deserve a break.

Severino will supply the food — which you can buy as a meal kit — and then he’ll take you through how to cook and present the meal via video.

That’s the creative idea behind Quarantine Kitchen, a fundraiser on Saturday, September 26 benefiting  Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


The innovative fundraiser will support the foundation’s mission to fulfill wishes for kids with critical illnesses.

“I was really happy they called me,” says Severino, who notes that all involved in his restaurants miss pre-pandemic times. “To not be able to experience the most basic joy that we get to experience in the restaurant — which is feeding people

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Indianapolis councilors approve final $76 million in Cares Act funds

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Indianapolis moved to distribute the remainder of its federal coronavirus relief funding on Wednesday night, draining the remains of its total $168 million in Cares Act money that city officials have repeatedly stressed is not enough to weather Indianapolis through the ongoing pandemic.

The final $76 million continues a variety of public assistance programs while also launching new initiatives — including roughly $7 million in building modifications for the Indiana Convention Center and a foreclosure prevention program. 

 As city leaders  voted to spend the last federal dollars, Mayor Joe Hogsett lamented the lack of action from Washington, D.C. to provide more money.

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Salem council appropriates funds for Main Street improvements, business grant program | Local News

Construction is set to begin near the intersection of Broad and Main Streets as part of Salem’s latest streetscape improvement project.

The Salem City Council accepted an additional $310,734 in federal funding for the project. The new grant requires local funds totaling more than $200,000, which will be paid with a community development block grant, according to city documents.

More than $600,000 was put toward the project in 2018 from federal grants and local matches. The funding will be used on streetscape and intersection improvements from the west side of the intersection at Broad Street and East Main Street to the east side of White Oak Alley.

Improvements include wider sidewalks, renovated crosswalks, new lighting and landscaping.

The project is the latest for Salem’s downtown revitalization and streetscape improvements. City Manager Jay Taliaferro said the project on East Main Street between Thompson Memorial Drive and Brand Avenue is nearing completion.

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Staycation trend funds improvements in Moray village but campaigners warn government support is still needed

Campaigners are calling for more government support to upgrade rural tourism facilities as a result of the post-lockdown staycation boom.

The Findhorn Village Conservation Company has been collecting voluntary fees from the beach car park for more than two years.

The daily charges, which are £1 for cars and £10 for motorhomes, were introduced to generate income to maintain the site for visitors as well as make improvements for residents.

The model has been hailed as an example to follow by other communities by members of Moray Council.

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Vehicles at the beach car park in Findhorn.

However, the group believes government support is still critical to cope with the rising trend of staycations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday the Scottish Government stressed it was “very aware” of the concerns and stressed it had increasing funding pots to cope with demand.

Conservation company chairman

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Startup Lands VC Funds As Demand Surges For Its At-Home Test Kits

Proov, an at-home hormone testing kit company, has announced funding from two venture capital firms that aim to build up underrepresented founders.

The investment – the amount was not disclosed – from Lightship Capital and Texas HALO Fund will help Proov scale in the wake of Covid-19 as the company continues to offer fertility diagnostics technology to the retail market.

MFB Fertility Inc. launched Proov in 2018. Its FDA-approved at-home test measures the presence of progesterone metabolite PdG in urine to help a woman confirm ovulation; low progesterone is the number one cause of infertility and preventable miscarriage. The company was originally co-founded in Boulder, Colorado, by two women who both struggled to conceive.

Because of Covid-19, the

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