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Plumbing Richmond Hill for Trusted Services in Ontario

Richmond Hill, Ontario – Plumbing is a concern for most households, a reason why Plumbing Richmond Hill is around. They are one of the most reliable companies to turn to, ready to help and perform whatever necessary for plumbing-related issues. They house licensed, insured, and skilled plumbers, each pegged to come up with the necessary diagnosis and resolution for both commercial and residential folks. This ranges from clogged drains all the way to complicated sewer lines which can leave people stressed and looking for a solution. There are plenty of plumbing issues that households and offic…
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Former Mango Tree in Cocoa Beach to be demolished Monday to make way for new Fat Snook

  As of Monday, the 1930s cottage that once housed the popular Mango Tree Restaurant will be no more.  Out of its rubble will rise an urban cottage with a California coastal feel. By the end of the year, the 4,000-square-foot space will house The Fat Snook. “We’ve always felt like the Fat Snook deserves a fabulous home,” said Mona Foy, who owns the Cocoa Beach restaurant, as well as Crush XI in Melbourne, with her husband John. Demolition wasn’t the first choice for the Foys. They bought the building in October 2016 with plans of renovating it. Plans were drawn up to enlarge the kitchen, raise the ceilings, give the charming old building a complete face lift. “But the deeper we dug …,” Foy said. It was like peeling a historical onion. With each layer, they found different paint colors, plumbing from multiple decades and new problems. Several additions had been made over the years, some with proper permits, others without.  Eventually, Foys decided it would be best to start from scratch. The Fat Snook opened in 2007 in a 45-seat space at 2464 S. Atlantic Ave., just south of Cocoa Beach, once occupied by a deli. In 2007, the dining room was enlarged to hold 60 people.  It’s small, and parking can sometimes be problematic, but the restaurant has an intimate, cozy feel and a reputation for creative, innovative food. In 2014, celebrity chef Emeril Legasse taped an episode of his Food Network show, “Emeril’s Florida” there. The original restaurant will remain open until the new building is complete. The new place at 118 N. Atlantic Ave., targeted to open by December, will almost triple the restaurant’s seating.  “The city did mention that they would love to keep the cottage feel,” Foy said, and that’s the plan. The building shouldn’t look out of place among its neighbors. It will have high ceilings and an open feel with three dining spaces: The patio will have a fireplace, swinging pod chairs and beds of edible plants. It will also have a large communal table. “I can’t wait to share with everybody how it’s going to look,” Foy said. “I’m so excited.” Email Leonard at Facebook: @SuzyFlemingLeonard Instagram: @SuzyLeonard
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25 Quick Tips for Working in Small Mechanical Spaces

Most of you have been there. Looking up to the heavens with outstretched arms, you exclaim loudly, “Why?!” I’m talking about working in the smallest mechanical rooms known to mankind. How does one navigate them to work efficiently? I asked some contractors and here are some quick tips: Of course, this could be a running list. If you have any suggestions you’d like to share, please comment below or email John Mesenbrink: Thank you to the contractors that added their feedback to this list: Tim Kuhlman, Grasser’s Plumbing and Heating; Eric Aune, Aune P…
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City seeks grants for major restroom renovation

“Many times throughout the year a plumber is required to address this issue for us; sometimes more than once in a day or several times during a weekend when there is heavy traffic in town and in the parks. The existing maintenance costs are not sustainable and takes away from funds that could be used towards renovation,” the narrative reads. News-Review/file photoCity of Boyne City officials are applying for two grants from the State of Michigan to renovated the restroom and inside and the exterior of this building located at 45 North Lake St. in Boyne City. Courtesy imageThis drawing by Envi…
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When $63 Million Dollars Doesn’t Buy Working Toilets

When 450 students arrived at Anacostia High School in the District of Columbia’s southeast neighborhood on April 4, they found that few of the sinks or toilets were functioning and the cafeteria was flooded. They were advised by the Department of General Services to use the facilities at a middle school two blocks away until repairs could be completed. Exasperated teachers organized an impromptu hour-long walkout to protest, which is why this particular dysfunction made the news. A casual reader might note the plumbing fiasco and chalk it up to neglect of poor students and poor neighborhoods. That is the interpretation urged by D.C. Councilman Trayon White Sr., who attended the walkout and declared, “The students and teachers need support from the leaders of the city because of the constant neglect happening at Anacostia.” But it’s far from so simple. The District of Columbia has one of the worst-performing public school systems in the country. It is also one of the most generously funded. Anacostia High School itself received a $63 million renovation in 2013. According to the D.C. school’s website, the project included “full modernization and renovation of the existing high school using an adaptive re-use approach. Modernization … included … exterior restoration, roofing, systems replacement, ADA improvements, phased occupancy, technology enhancements, and sustainable design initiatives.” But not, it seems, working toilets. Average per-pupil spending nationwide is about $11,000 per year, but according to the National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, D.C., was spending an average of $27,460 per pupil in 2014, the most recent year for which these data are available. While most states spend about half of their funds on instruction — California is typical, expending $11,043 per pupil, with $5,757 going to instruction — the District spends only about a third of its total on instruction. It vastly outspends all of the other states. The next-biggest spender is New York at $21,213 ($14,124 on instruction). Where does the money go? “A great chunk seems to wind up in administration,” notes the Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey. Even cautioning, as McCluskey does, that D.C.’s administrative costs may look elevated because it is required to do everything a state would do, the spending still far exceeds small states such as Montana and Wyoming. Teachers in D.C. are not slighted. The National Education Association lists Washington, D.C., as offering the highest starting teacher salary in the nation. Ask the average voter if we should be spending more on K-12 education and you will get thunderous agreement, though people become a little less enthusiastic when they learn the true scope of current spending. While education spending has tripled over the past 40 years, student performance has remained flat. But back to Anacostia High. Why in the world would a newly renovated school have malfunctioning plumbing? If you suspect corruption, I’m with you. According to the City Paper, between 2000 and 2013, the District spent more than $1.2 billion on school modernization. Yet auditors could not find evidence that $168,997,484 worth of expenses had been approved. City Paper quotes the audit as surmising that “the District may have paid fraudulent or inaccurate invoices.” Anacostia High School’s enrollment is 100 percent minority and 100 percent poor. If these students are to have any shot at a decent life, they need to earn at least a high school diploma. Yet only 19 percent of seniors are on track to graduate this year. Is it all the responsibility of the public school system? Clearly not. These kids come overwhelmingly from disadvantaged neighborhoods and single-parent families. Their environments are characterized by disorder, crime and drug abuse. But if parents, religious leaders and, yes, community activists were serious about confronting this decades-long disaster, they would look to what works. There are schools in D.C. with healthy graduation rates, followed by college attendance. Some are regular public schools, but more are charters. Many of the successful schools draw from the same pool of applicants as the failing ones. It’s appalling that the plumbing failed at Anacostia High, but the far greater travesty is the non-education it is providing to the neediest kids. Schools should be launching pads, not sinkholes.
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FCTS students work with local company installing solar panels

GREENFIELD – Franklin County Tech School students received real-life experience installing solar panels on a Habitat for Humanity house in Greenfield last week. Ten juniors enrolled in the electrical program at FCTS partnered with licensed electricians and installers from local company PV Squared to install roof-mounted solar panels on the home. FCTS students have previously done plumbing, wiring, and landscaping work for this house as well. “This was a really cool opportunity to do this with PV Squared,” said FCTS electrical instructor Todd Weed. “They’re really strong allies of ou…
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 Posted on : April 6, 2018

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