Home repair companies, City of Phoenix help rebuild resident’s home after fire

Phoenix homeowner Mary Chavez thought a day like today would never come.

After a gas water heater fire nearly destroyed her home last year, Mary’s been without power or a ceiling over her kitchen for eight months. 

Chavez says she was relieved when total strangers stepped up to rebuild her broken home.

“I’m very thankful,” she said. “I never thought it would be this much.”

Local home repair companies teamed up with the City of Phoenix for “Building Safety Month,” coming together to give back to those in need.

“We’re rebuilding the roof structure that weak[sic] before we put the new roof down,” said Don Councilor. “We’ve got the engineering and repairs done and we had it inspected. Now, we’re just replacing bad parts

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Kennedy historic facade renovation nears completion

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This is the kind of facelift no one minds talking about.

An impressive $5-million façade renovation to Kennedy Collegiate Secondary School is almost complete.

Built in 1928 using an elaborate Gothic design, the historic high school next to Jackson Park was showing its age.

Now, the entire façade facing Tecumseh Road has been brought back in brilliant detail, from the leaded glass library windows to the eye-catching masonry.

“It made for an interesting project,” said Brad Gyori, the co-ordinator of capital projects for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Work started eight months ago and faced a few set backs, including a COVID-19 slowdown.

WINDSOR, ONT:. SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 -- The front facade of Kennedy Collegiate Institute is pictured after a nearly $5 million in renovations, Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
The front facade of Kennedy Collegiate Institute is pictured after a nearly $5 million in renovations, Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Each original stone was taken down and assessed for its integrity. Those that were in good

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Mask ordinance extended through Nov. 8th; Hospital and nursing home restrictions eased

Governor Kay Ivey extended her health order including a statewide mask ordinance through November 8th as part of Alabama’s continued efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We’ve heard from a lot of you and I hear you but I look forward to lifting the mask order as much as you do, if not more and hopefully that can be sooner, not later,” said Ivey acknowledging the frustration among many Alabamians eager to return to a sense of normalcy. 

Ivey’s announcement kept virtually all of Alabama’s Safer At Homer order in place. The new order did ease restrictions on hospitals and nursing homes by allowing patients and residents to  be visited by one caregiver or visitor at a time.

Nursing homes are still subject to a series of federal restrictions issued in September by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The regulations state a facility must go 14 days

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