2021 Design & Construction Week Moves to Virtual Event

After evaluating multiple safety and travel concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently announced its intention to move the 8th annual Design & Construction Week, which features the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to a robust, all-virtual event platform.

While Design & Construction Week was originally scheduled to take place on Feb. 9-11, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the new all-virtual DCW 2021 will still take place the week of Feb. 8 with extended programming.

“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our exhibitors, attendees and the thousands of onsite workers who support the premier event of the residential construction industry, we feel the only prudent course is to make this year’s show a virtual event,” says NAHB chairman

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Real Estate Market: Rent or Buy a House During Covid? Home Hunters Explain Moves

Maybe it’s too many months living and working in the same cramped quarters. Or the ultra-low mortgage rates. For some, spending less during the pandemic means they finally have enough saved for a down payment.

All that is prompting people to ask themselves whether now is the time to buy a home — even as the long-term outlook for the real-estate market remains uncertain.

There’s been a burst of home buying across the U.S., especially in suburbs outside cities where people were cooped up during the spring Covid-19 lockdown. In August, contracts to buy single-family houses in Greenwich, Connecticut, nearly tripled from a year earlier. Contracts were up 57% in nearby Westchester County.

Homes Get Scarce

The supply of single-family homes in the U.S. is getting tight

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The U.S. market is so hot that the supply of homes for sale is

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Washington Theater moves forward with renovation plans

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New plans are now in place to help bring a historic Quincy theater back to life.

The Washington Theater Commission approved an architectural plan for the 96-year-old theater this week.

It includes spending $70,000 to document the proposed use of the theater, develop a layout, and begin a new fundraising phase for the project.

The commission is working with a professional theater consultant and architect called “Killis Almond.”

It’s been a key member in renovating more than 80 historic theaters.

Commission President Brian Heinze says timing couldn’t be better for these unfolding plans.

“In the feasibility study, they said an opened theater — not just a movie theater but a multi-purpose venue — could bring up to $4 million into the city. So the timing is right between the riverfront restoration and what they want to do and the downtown revitalization,” Heinze said.

The plan

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Bruna’s Cheese Bread Moves From Food Truck to Cottage Bakery

“It’s a bread meant to be eaten fresh out of the oven,” says Bruna Piauí Graf, founder of Bruna’s Cheese Bread. “It can be good later, but I don’t suggest that.” Brazilian pão de queijo — or cheese bread — are savory puff pastries made with gluten-free tapioca flour and cheese. They’re served everywhere in Brazil, and now, thanks to Graf, here in Denver, as well.

Graf says she started Bruna’s Cheese Bread because she couldn’t find good pão de queijo in Denver. In 2019, she used the bread as inspiration for a food truck serving Brazilian sandwiches. But when this year’s pandemic ended plans for owning the food truck, Graf turned to selling the pre-made dough as it’s often found in Brazil: frozen and ready to be baked in the oven.

Pão de queijo originated in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The key ingredient, tapioca flour, comes from

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Conroe moves forward with $320K drainage study

The city of Conroe is moving forward with a study of Alligator Creek to determine the next steps on improving the drainage on the waterway that winds through downtown Conroe.

On Thursday, the council approved a $320,265 contract with Conroe-based Halff Associates Inc. to create a master drainage plan, focused on Alligator Creek, with the goal to provide prioritized needs and improvements and to help facilitate grant funding that is available.

“With this plan, we can apply for grant fund that we could not before because we did not have a master plan,” said Tommy Woolley, director of capital improvements and transportation.

According to information provided by Halff officials to the city, the plan will focus on projects to reduce the flood risk for all major watersheds within the city limits, specifically Alligator Creek. The other watersheds included will be West Fork of the San Jacinto River, White Oak Creek,

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LDCPH moves clinic services for renovation project

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) – Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is moving its clinic services temporarily to the building’s second-floor for a renovation project.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health says its clinic services will be temporarily moved to the second floor of the Community Health Facility at 200 Maine St. starting on Oct. 5 in order to accommodate a building renovation project.

According to LDCPH, clinic services are currently provided on the first floor and include family planning, STD testing and counseling and immunizations. It said the clinic will be closed on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 for the move and will remain on the second floor until renovations on the first floor are finished.

LDCPH said the almost $720,000 renovation project will include new floors, cabinets and paint in the 10,000 square foot building. It said the pharmacy and labs will get reconfigured cabinetry to

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What happens when toxic office behavior moves online while working from home

When millions of U.S. office workers were sent to work from home in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus, employers did something few have done successfully at scale — they sent corporate culture home with them.

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For several weeks in the spring, office professionals banded together to adjust to a new way of living and working online. But as weeks of remote work have stretched into months, it’s becoming clear the toxic environment sometimes housed in office cubicles and shared break rooms is moving into workers’ homes, too.


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“If you work at an organization that has a toxic culture characterized by mean behavior, incivility, aggressive behavior and perhaps bad interpersonal treatment, that behavior and culture doesn’t stay in the building,” says Manuela Priesemuth, a professor of management at Villanova University. “When we talk about work culture, we talk about the employees’ perception

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