Palatine library renovation to begin next month

The Palatine Public Library District board has approved a construction contract for the renovation of the main library, and the work is expected to start next month.

The library board awarded the $3.7 million contract to Chicago-based F.H. Paschen, which was selected among 17 proposals ranging from $2.9 million to $4.2 million, plus additional costs for technology. The company was the low bidder when all alternates were accepted, library Executive Director Jeannie Dilger said.



F.H. Paschen’s past work includes interior renovation at the Naperville Public Library and several branches of the Chicago Public Library. The company “understands our need to provide a safe environment while we keep the building open to the public during renovation,” board President Andrea Vanderhoek said.

The library board also awarded a $183,332 moving contract to Iron Mountain. The furniture will be provided by Interiors for Business, Office Revolution, and Library Furniture International at a total

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UK retail sales grow for fourth consecutive month

UK retail sales reached pre-pandemic levels last month, driven by supermarket and home improvement purchases. 

Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent in August compared to the previous month, which was the fourth consecutive month of growth. 

Read more: A New Look for high street retail? Here’s what matters in the Covid-19 world

UK retail sales were up four per cent compared to February, before the coronavirus pandemic hit the country. 

Non-store retailing volumes were 38.9 per cent above February and household goods stores saw sales rise 9.9 per cent.

However clothing stores remained 15.9 per cent lower than February’s levels due to subdued footfall in city centres following months of lockdown.

Online UK retail sales, which have boomed during the pandemic, dipped 2.5 per cent compared to July. 

But the strong growth during the coronavirus lockdown meant sales were still up 46.8 per cent compared to February, according to

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Get into DIY spirit for National Home Improvement Month

If ever an excuse was needed to spruce up our pads, September is National Home Improvement Month. Fiona Evans finds out how the campaign is spreading DIY cheer.

Home is where the heart is, so the saying goes.

How much that rings true may depend on your experience of lockdown but there is little doubt that the pandemic has seen most of us spending more time in our nests.

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And that has brought with it rising scrutiny of our abodes, from house-share to mansion; city flat to suburban semi, few can have been immune from the critical gaze of a nation told to stay at home.

It comes as no surprise then, that lockdown encouraged many of us to dabble in DIY, whether born out of a need to keep busy, part of a dawning era of

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Mews House With Fireplaces, Garden on Cobble Hill’s Verandah Place Asks $10,500 a Month

Verandah Place must be one of the most photographed little streets of Cobble Hill, and the 19th century brick homes that line it are a huge part of its charm, along with its position overlooking Cobble Hill Park. One of those little houses, No. 6, is up for rent. While the total monthly nut is not exactly modest (though there is some room for negotiation, we hear), it does include four floors of living space.

Not all of the houses on this scenic stretch in the Cobble Hill Historic District were built as stables; some were originally single-family homes, as is the case here. This particular pre-Civil War house belongs to journalist Cara Greenberg, who pens Brownstoner’s Insider column.

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In addition to the 19th century features, such as marble mantels and

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