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Bay Area hardware stores battle through a crazy year

In San Francisco, the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have hit many local businesses like a ton of bricks. But for a select few sectors, business has been booming, from the grocery stores that saw mobs of panic-buyers to the gardening centers overwhelmed by bored quarantiners starting victory gardens.

So, what about our neighborhood hardware stores, trustworthy bastions of power tools and cleaning supplies? Are they crazy-busy from the legions of people taking on home improvement projects, or struggling to survive? Four of our favorite local spots told us how they’re doing, from enduring multiple burglaries to seeing soaring sales on unexpected items.

Cliff’s Variety

While business has generally been OK in 2020 at Cliff’s Variety in the Castro, general manager Terry Asten Bennett said they’re forecasting a rough fourth quarter. A lot of the store’s sales come from gifts, souvenirs and seasonal items, and with Halloween effectively canceled and

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More homes for Bay of Plenty through progressive home ownership

Minister of Housing Dr Megan Woods was in Pāpāmoa today. Photo / George Novak

Minister of Housing Dr Megan Woods. Photo / File A_190820NZHMMWOODS2.JPG

More homes have been promised for Pāpāmoa by Minister of Housing Megan Woods.

“Today we can confirm Manawa PHO Limited, the housing arm of Ngā Pōtiki has received support to provide progressive home ownership opportunities,” Woods said.

“The loan will help at least 30 whānau step into home ownership in Pāpāmoa.”

Woods made today’s announcement when she visited the Manawa subdivision in Pāpāmoa developed by Ngā Potiki.

Ngā Pōtiki has a housing arm – Manawa Community Housing Trust (Manawa CHT), and Manawa PHO Limited will receive the loan for $7.2 million which enables Manawa CHT to scale up its own PHO scheme and construct 30 more homes.

The Manawa subdivision is in the Eastern Growth Corridor for Tauranga, where there will be 240 residential sites in

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Imperial Homes sells Firenze model in Peninsula at Treviso Bay


Imperial Homes of Naples LLC, one of Southwest Florida’s most experienced and universally respected luxury home builders, has announced it has sold one of its models in the exclusive enclave of Peninsula at Treviso Bay.

The Firenze is a very popular floor plan. The three-bedroom plus study/three-and-a-half-bath home has 2,881 square feet under air and 4,282 total square feet, including its side-entry garage and screened in lanais.

Situated on a prime homesite, the Firenze offers its new owners one of the longest lake views in the enclave with the 18th fairway of Treviso Bay’s TPC championship golf course just beyond.

“As the developer/builder in Peninsula at Treviso Bay, I must say we’ve been experiencing incredible interest in the neighborhood due to

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Palm Bay to reconsider allowing hundreds of homes next to FAR Chemical after judge voids meeting


A witness called 911 to report an explosion at a chemical plant in Palm Bay.


Back in February, disregarding warnings of danger, the Palm Bay City Council voted 5-0 to rezone land bordering FAR Chemical’s industrial plant for construction of up to 699 homes and 190,000 square feet of commercial space.

On Sept. 8, FAR Chemical was rocked by a series of window-rattling explosions, sparking large fireballs and shutting down U.S. 1 as police and firefighters converged on the scene.

Nine days later, a Brevard County circuit judge invalidated the results of the February City Council meeting, ruling that Palm Bay officials had failed to comply with mandatory notice requirements.

Now, the City Council will re-hear the 22-acre multifamily housing-commercial construction proposal during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The FAR Chemical blasts originated from an industrial storage area containing 30 to 40 50-gallon barrels of an

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KBRA Releases Report Assigning Rating to the Narragansett Bay Commission Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements Project WIFIA Loan

On September 30, 2020, Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigned a long-term rating of AA with a Stable Outlook to the Narragansett Bay Commission Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements Project WIFIA Loan. At the same time, KBRA affirmed the long-term rating of AA with a Stable Outlook on the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Phase III Facilities WIFIA Loan.

Click here to view the report. To access ratings and relevant documents, click here.


Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.

A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies)

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Bay Briefing: Wine Country left reeling from loss of homes, wineries

Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Wednesday, Sept. 30, and San Francisco is at a new coronavirus reopening milestone. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Catastrophic fire for Wine Country

The Glass Fire grew to more than 46,000 acres on Tuesday, and more than 80,000 people in Napa and Sonoma counties were under evacuation orders from the fire. Eighty homes have been destroyed and numerous wineries and restaurants have either been reduced to rubble or seriously damaged by the fire.

As the fire continues to burn, some Wine Country restaurateurs are losing hope that 2020 will bring with it an eventual return to normalcy, Justin Phillips reports.

But among those promising to rebuild is the famed Restaurant at Meadowood, which was left completely gutted by the fire.

Executive chef Christopher Kostow says he hasn’t had the chance to think about whether he will return to a rebuilt

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Two rival concrete contractors fight over past debts: Bay Village Police Blotter

Bay Village, Ohio

Found dog

On Sept. 21 a dog owner reported that when he went into a local coffee shop, his nine-month-old, black and tan Belgian Malinois, jumped out of the window of his parked car and took off running. Bay Village Animal Control was called to assist. Luckily, an employee at a nearby retirement home came across the dog and was able to capture it unharmed. The dog was returned to a grateful owner.

Bay Village city logo

Spring is in the air, so Bay Village police find they have to remind residents of the city’s regulations regarding pets.

Altercation, Knickerbocker Road

On Sept. 25 a physical altercation was reported. Officers arrived and found that two rival concrete contractors, working just a few houses away from each other, had gotten into a physical altercation. Officers spoke with the men and found that there was bad blood between the 51-year-old Cleveland man and

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Bay Briefing: Glass Fire forces 68,000 people from their homes

Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Tuesday, Sept. 29, and yes, there is actually a presidential debate this evening. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

A familiar pattern

A chaotic wildfire that has already burned dozens of homes, destroyed wineries and forced about 68,000 people to evacuate continued to burn across Wine Country overnight.

Three wildfires that broke out on the east and west sides of St. Helena on Sunday spread quickly through extremely dry grasslands and merged into the Glass Fire by Monday morning. The fire has charred more than 36,000 acres and was not contained at all as of Monday afternoon. The city of Calistoga is now under a mandatory evacuation order and Santa Rosa City Schools have canceled all online classes through Wednesday.

Read more here and follow the live updates here.


• Here’s what we know about the Bay Area’s latest wildfire.

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North Bay wildfires explode into 11,000-acre monster devouring homes

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New Orleans Saints see improvements, but not enough to post victory over Green Bay

The New Orleans Saints did some good things on offense and defense against Green Bay. They just didn’t do enough of them.

There were enough loose ends for the Saints that they couldn’t produce a victory Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the Packers posted a 37-30 victory that was the second consecutive loss for New Orleans (1-2).

Penalties continue to be a significant hindrance (eight for 83 yards against the Packers), especially defensively, and two starters on offense (left guard Andrus Peat and tight end Jared Cook) couldn’t finish the game due to injuries. New Orleans has some cleaning up to do before it can put itself in position to win, and the next opportunity for that will come Sunday on the road against Detroit.

OFFENSE: Overall, it probably was the Saints’ best offensive showing this season. They had 397 yards, quarterback Drew Brees was sharp (29 of

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