Renovation of Ton Duc Thang Museum begins in HCM City

The renovation of the Ton Duc Thang Museum began in HCM City on Monday.

The museum, located on 6,021sq.m, will include a modern exhibition building of 2,000sq.m with a basement and four storeys.  

Ton Duc Thang Museum attracted nearly 2 million visitors last year. Its rebuilding began in HCM City on October 12. The museum, located on an area of 6,021sq.m, will include five display areas that will feature images, documents and objects about the Communist Party of Vietnam, its establishment, role, leadership and developments. (Photo courtesy of the museum)

The building will have five display areas which will feature photos, documents and objects about the Communist Party of Vietnam and its establishment, role, leadership and development in different periods. 

The investment, VND275.7 billion (US$11million), came from the city’s budget.

According to the museum’s director Pham Thanh Nam, the museum’s artefacts and documents have been transferred for storage at the

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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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City Hall Notebook: Timeline for DCU Center improvements up in the air – News – telegram.com

When the city hit the pause button back in the early spring on the planned Phase 2 master plan improvements for the DCU Center because of funding uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hoped it could be restarted in January.

Of course, no one back then foresaw that the city-owned DCU Center would remain closed seven months later. It is now expected to remain dark at least through the end of this year.

As a result, the possibility of a January restart for the project seems very much up in the air.

John Odell, the city’s director of energy and assets, told the Civic Center Commission last week that the restart will be determined when the revenue stream for it can support the work.

And with uncertainty about just when the DCU Center will be able to host events again, that makes the timeline for the project quite

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Benning’s Favorite Road City Becomes Home After Signing with Preds

Matt Benning has always listed Nashville as his favorite road city. Now, he’ll be calling it home.

The 26-year-old defenseman signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Predators on Friday afternoon, as the club added depth to their blue line. 

Benning, who filled that role for the Edmonton Oilers throughout the first four years of his NHL career, will now do so with the Preds, and he can’t wait to get started.

“It’s such a great town, great hockey organization,” Benning said of Nashville. “I’m really excited to join the squad and experience Nashville. It’s a great team with good core guys that have been competitive for a long time now.”

Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2012, Benning began his pro career with Edmonton after spending three seasons at Northeastern, winning a Hockey East title in 2015-16. The 6-foot-1 defender tallied eight points (1g-7a) and recorded a

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North Carolina City Ignores Its Own Rules To Keep Homeless Shelter Out Of Its New Home

For more than 30 years, the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Shelter has quietly served North Wilkesboro and broader Wilkes County in North Carolina. It’s a small, temporary shelter with 10 beds that helps those who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet; the maximum stay is generally two weeks. Most nights there are a few empty beds, but on occasion the shelter—the only one in 70,000 resident Wilkes County—must turn away the needy. After losing its lease on the home it has occupied for three decades, the shelter was offered a new building, free of charge. But it may never be able to move in.

A local dentist moved his practice and offered the shelter his now empty office building. And

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City of Longmont Ballot Question 3C: Water system improvements bonds

What it asks: Shall the City of Longmont be authorized to borrow up to $80,000,000 for the purpose of financing water system improvements, including but not limited to the Nelson Flanders Water Treatment Plant Expansion Project and replacement of aging water system infrastructure like treated water storage and raw and treated water transmission lines; and shall the borrowing be evidenced by bonds, loan agreements, or other financial obligations payable solely from the City’s water utility enterprise revenues and be issued at one time or in multiple series at a price above, below or equal to the principal amount of such borrowing and with such terms and conditions, including provisions for redemption prior to maturity with or without payment of premium, as the City may determine?

What it means: Longmont is asking voters’ authorization to sell up to $80 million in bonds — backed by a five-year schedule of water rates

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City To Consider Closing Popular Fishing Pier For Repairs

MARTINEZ (BCN)

Marvin Aguilar has a favorite place to relax — it’s near home and on the Carquinez Strait.

“It’s the main thing I do for my enjoyment, and after work, you just need to relax,” said Aguilar, of Martinez, as he took a silver lure out of his tackle box Tuesday morning and prepared to use it for casting for striped bass. He said he’s been coming to the Martinez fishing pier once or twice a week for 35 years.

But Aguilar and other people who come to the wooden pier to fish, take walks and sit and gaze across the Strait toward Benicia may soon have to find a new place to commune with the water, as the city is considering closing the pier to the public after a study found the structure needs significant maintenance work.

And that’s only above the water line — a dive team

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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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City of Venice seeks input on proposed improvements to Venezia Park

Earle Kimel
 
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

VENICE – The city of Venice is seeking public input on future improvements planned for Venezia Park both through a Zoom meeting and an online survey.

The city is hosting a Zoom meeting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 to discuss the preliminary design for the park and is also conducting an online survey – with hard copies available at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice – seeking additional input, too.

The park, located at 450 Nassau Street S., is located in the Venezia Park Historic District and is part of the original John Nolen plan.

New playground equipment was installed at the park in August.

All proposed improvements are passive and include ADA accommodations, picnic tables, park benches, a walking trail and landscaping.

All proposed park improvement will be funded through impact fees.

No additional parking is planned, and improvements will be

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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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