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Chicopee City Council votes to support Holyoke Soldiers’ Home renovations

CHICOPEE – The City Council has become the latest to throw support behind a proposal to expand and renovate the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home after 76 residents died in a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Council voted unanimously last week to endorse a proclamation calling for the rebuilding of the home, so each resident has a private room and bathroom and space is added for an adult daycare.

“I think the veterans’ (home) is a good cause,” City Councilor James Tillotson said. “They certainly ought to take care of Western Massachusetts.”

Tillotson said the state spent nearly $200 million to upgrade and rebuild the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea in 2017 and it is time to now focus on making improvements to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Mayor John L. Vieau said he would also sign the resolution, Council President Shane D. Brooks said.

The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs agreed to provide 65% of

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Jersey City Council has plan to flush away filthy port-a-potties

Jersey City residents may not have to “just hold it” when they pass a port-a-potty in the future.

The City Council introduced an ordinance Wednesday that will establish maintenance and cleaning standards for portable lavatories, flushing away unkempt port-a-potties around the city.

The legislation would require port-a-potties to be cleaned at least once a week, including the removal of waste from toilets, deodorizing and sanitizing the interior, as well as restocking hand soaps, sanitizers and hand towels.

Council President Joyce Watterman said residents who live near Berry Lane Park complained about a port-a-potty in the park that was filthy. She said the city had to track down the company that owns the portable toilet to get it cleaned.

Watterman said due to COVID-19 restrictions that closed some public bathrooms, port-a-potties should not currently be in parks.

“People were constantly using it and it was filthy,” Watterman said.

“I just want

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Christchurch City Council approves concept designs for new Hornby Centre

The pool hall looking west towards the creative activities and multi-use room.

Christchurch City Council/supplied

The pool hall looking west towards the creative activities and multi-use room.

Christchurch City Council has approved the concept designs for the new Hornby Centre planned fort the east side of Kyle Park.

The council is investing $35.7 million into the multi-use centre to meet the community and recreational needs of the growing population living in the southwest of Christchurch.

“The new Hornby Centre will be an important asset for the community and will help plug a gap in our network of community and recreation facilities across the city,’’ mayor Lianne Dalziel said.

“The Hornby community have been pushing for many years for this type of facility, and I am delighted that we are a step closer to being able to give it to them.”

* Christchurch residents cry out for long-awaited new pool, library
* Council confirms $35m pool and library for Christchurch’s southwest

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In Bid to Adapt, Equinox Designs Outdoor Gym for New York City

“Weather is not holding us back,” Nadia Biski, Equinox’s SVP of architecture and design, says to AD PRO. It’s a confident—and almost enthusiastic—statement that’s particularly striking at this moment. As October temperatures continue to drop, it’s becoming increasingly difficult not to think about upcoming inclement winter. Because for those in many regions of the country, the solace gained from an outdoor walk or socially distanced park outing will likely fall by and large by the wayside. 

That’s one reason it’s so interesting that Equinox would choose to open up a new outdoor gym in New York City this past weekend. The luxury fitness brand, which debuted its first space of this type earlier this year in Los Angeles, is part of a sector that has been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19. Chic home exercise equipment may be more in demand than ever before, but the same certainly can’t be said of

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City Of Austin Website To Be Offline For Maintenance

AUSTIN, TX — The City of Austin website will be offline for six hours on Sunday for maintenance work, officials said.

The website at will be down from 6 a.m. to noon, officials said in an advisory. The city is conducting routine maintenance on the data server during this time period, oficials explained. The scheduled maintenance will improve the city’s digital security across a variety of services and applications and will ensure the continuity of services for residents of Austin long-term, officials added.

During this time, the Austin Airport’s website and the City’s COVID-19 resource page will be offline, as they are sub-sites within, officials added. “Please be patient as the city works to protect the integrity of our digital systems,” city officials said.

COVID-19 Resources:

  • Scheduling a test: COVID-19 test scheduling and online assessments will be offline during the maintenance window. Please book your COVID-19 test before

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New York City Shopping Inches Back. No Store Required.

The city is woollier than it’s been in a while — everyone seems to be crimping the usual boundaries. E-bikes and scooters zip through the middle of the street, and restaurants have annexed the pavement outside their doors in hopes of keeping their businesses afloat. After a brutal spring and summer of pandemic uncertainty and economic instability, New York is doing its best to pass for its old self, but in truth, things haven’t felt this unsteady since right after 9/11.

In this context, shopping for anything other than essentials has felt foolish verging on irresponsible. I’m still haunted by the last item of discretionary clothing I bought before quarantine — so much so that I won’t share it here. Even now that stores are open, that humble jolt of electricity you feel when touching a new, covetable garment is almost always dampened by the rank sweat gathering beneath your

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Tulane inventors, University of New Orleans scholarships, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

INNOVATION COMPETITION: The TrachTech team from Tulane University is one of five undergraduate finalists in the 2020 Collegiate Inventors Competition sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The finalists were chosen on the basis of originality of the idea, process, level of student initiative, and potential value and usefulness to society. Winning teams will be announced Oct. 29. Members of the TrachTech team are Morgan Bohrer, Stephen Hahn, Michael L’Ecuyer and Alex Verne; the team adviser is Mark Mondrinos. The TrachTech entry, “Restoring Airways,” involves development of a specialized device to clean biofilms and debris from ventilator intubation tubes without the risk of extubation. 

TULANE UNIVERSITY: An environmentalist lawyer living in Iowa has donated $3 million to support the river-coastal science and engineering department at Tulane University. The gift from Charlotte Beyer Hubbell (Newcomb College ’71) will establish a department chair and excellence fund. In 2007, Hubbell was appointed

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