Parking and Rental Car Information while Birmingham’s Airport is Under Construction

Regardless of whether you have traveled to and from Birmingham from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport numerous times, if you are traveling through the airport at any point in time this year, be aware of the change in parking location and rental car service location.

The airport’s rental car return facility has been moved to the second level of the aiport’s parking deck, while the parking deck undergoes roughly $7.7 million in renovations and upgrades.

Upgrades include increased and better lighting fixtures, fresh paint, and accessible bathrooms.

Since the project is not set to be completed until the end of this year, if you are moving to Birmingham and will be traveling through Birmingham-Shuttlesworth, make sure that you pay close attention to the construction signs.

If you will be needing a rental car once you arrive in the city, they can be found on the second level of the parking deck, in Section 1C, accessed from the terminal through Door 4L.

If you already live in the city and are picking up family or friends from the airport, daily drivers should remain in the right line when entering the parking deck.

Solving City Issues with Technology

If you have recently moved to Birmingham, new residents need to know that this is a city of innovation! If you notice ANYTHING about Birmingham that could be improved through the use of technology, the city wants to know about it!

Birmingham city officials, along with AL.com, Auburn University, the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Code for Birmingham will be getting together for a statewide “hackathon” from February 20-22. The event will be a collaborative effort amongst these technologically driven and innovation people, to come up with ways that technology could best serve to assuage some of the city’s issues.

Since the group will be focusing on municipal projects for an entire two days, they want residents to submit the issues that they feel are major and should be focused on.

A few city projects that are already on the table for discussion and innovation are:

1) Mobile Food Market: Turning retired city buses into mobile grocery stores to serve the areas that are currently lacking them.

2) Household Travel Survey: Tracking the flow of people within Birmingham and finding out why they go where they go and the way they go, each day.

3) Trail System Companion App: The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System is currently being constructed and will need a way of tracking how many people use the trail system each day.

If you believe that there is a major project in Birmingham that could benefit from the use of technology, local movers want you to please visit AL.com for information on how you can submit your idea, and for a full list of what is already on the agenda.

Birmingham Barons Tickets Go on Sale

If you know Birmingham, then you know the Birmingham Barons. The minor league baseball team is popular among locals and the games area a great way to spend the day with the kids. Single-game tickets go on sale January 8th at 10 a.m., so your Birmingham moving company suggests that you purchase a few and take the family. Tickets for all 70 home games are available, so don’t be shy when it comes to stocking up for the season!

This is the first season where paperless tickets are offered. Fans who purchase paperless tickets will gain entry with their mobile device. The new system will also allow ticketholders to transfer their tickets and skip the lines at the box office…score!

The Birmingham Barons first game is on April 9, at Regions Field. They will play the Mobile Bay Bears in a five-game series. First pitch will take place at 7:05 p.m. The opening game will also bring back Thirsty Thursdays, where all drinks, including beer, wine, and soft drinks are $2. The promotion is very popular with fans.

Tickets start at $7 for general admission, while Baseline Box seats are $9, Field Reserved seats are $12, and Dugout Premium seats are $14. Tickets for children, seniors, and military service members are all discounted. You can purchase tickets online at Barons.com or at the ticket office at Regions Field.

If you and your family are new to Birmingham, coming to a game is a great way to meet people, get a feel for the community, and have a great time.

How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

All of the presents have been opened, the decorations have come down, and almost everyone feels like they need to go on a diet. That’s right, the Christmas season is over, and now you will have to decide what to do with your Christmas tree. Luckily, your Birmingham moving company knows of a few options.

While some neighborhoods let you recycle your Christmas tree right on the curb for pickup, other residents may bring theirs to a designated drop-off center. This year, Birmingham hopes that people will take advantage of a recycling event put on by the Mountain Brook Tree Commission and the Birmingham Zoo. The program allows you to drop your tree off right at the Birmingham Zoo picnic area, next to the parking lot. You have until January 12th, so get there sooner than later!

The Birmingham Zoo will recycle your Christmas tree into fresh mulch that they will use for things like erosion prevention around the zoo’s grounds. Make sure to remove all decorations, garland and wire, because they will not be able to put it in the chipper otherwise. This is a great program for the Birmingham community, since the trees will have a purpose after Christmas and will not be taking up any room in the community’s valuable landfills.

If your neighborhood allows you to leave your tree on the curbside, it will be picked up and used as mulch for the city’s landscaping. To see a full list of drop-off locations, click here. If you have recently moved to Birmingham, we hope that you had a great first holiday season here!

 

How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

All of the presents have been opened, the decorations have come down, and almost everyone feels like they need to go on a diet. That’s right, the Christmas season is over, and now you will have to decide what to do with your Christmas tree. Luckily, your Birmingham moving company knows of a few options, including how to recycle your Christmas tree.

While some neighborhoods let you leave your old Christmas tree right on the curb for pickup, other residents may bring theirs to a designated drop-off center. This year, Birmingham hopes that people will take advantage of a recycling event put on by the Mountain Brook Tree Commission and the Birmingham Zoo. The program allows you to recycle your Christmas tree off right at the Birmingham Zoo picnic area, next to the parking lot. You have until January 12th, so get there sooner than later!

The Birmingham Zoo will turn your old Christmas tree into fresh mulch that they will use for things like erosion prevention around the zoo’s grounds. Make sure to remove all decorations, garland and wire, because they will not be able to put it in the chipper otherwise. This is a great program for the Birmingham community, since the trees will have a purpose after Christmas and will not be taking up any room in the community’s valuable landfills.

If your neighborhood allows you to leave your tree on the curbside, it will be picked up and used as mulch for the city’s landscaping. To see a full list of drop-off locations, click here. If you have recently moved to Birmingham, we hope that you had a great first holiday season here!

Historic School Has Been Saved from the Wrecking Ball

Nearly burnt down by a fire back in 2011, Birmingham’s historic Powell School was recently saved from the chopping block when the city passed a plan that will turn the old school into downtown apartments.

The city of Birmingham is requesting $3.7 million in federal HUD loans in order to transform the historic school located at 2329 Sixth Ave. N. into a 24-unit apartment building. The $3.7 million would be part of a 20-year loan on behalf of Atlanta-based Integral Development.

Birmingham’s Director of Community Development John Colon says that, “We think this is a deal that’s going to happen. It is something that compliments Park Place and is going to bring more housing options into the marketplace. It also takes a long-neglected, blighted property and increases property values.”

After catching on fire in 2011, the historic school was originally meant to be torn down, until local historic preservationists urged the city to find another option. The preservationists group known as the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation, was then granted $500,000 by the city in order to spruce up the old school and have the roof replaced.

Former President of Operation New Birmingham and Alabama Trust volunteer Michael Calvert says that they are very excited to see how the apartments turn out and that they are glad that Integral is the company in charge of repurposing the historic school.

Birmingham City Council endorsed the application just two weeks ago.

If you are moving to Birmingham and looking to rent, check online for when the Powell School apartments’ completion date will be and a local Birmingham moving company will be happy to move your belongings into one of the city’s historical landmarks.

2014 Christmas Events in Birmingham

If you are moving to Birmingham this month and are looking for fun family Christmas festivities, your local Birmingham moving company has compiled a list of scheduled Christmas events for the 2014 holiday season.

1) A Parade of Holiday Movies: the Gardendale Christmas Parade will take place on Thursday, December 4 at 6 p.m., with a theme of “Favorite Christmas Movies”. Following the parade will be a Christmas tree lighting at the Gardendale Civic Center, where Santa Claus and Christmas carols can be found.

2) The Regional Library at Warrior will be hosting a Christmas Tree Extravaganza on Saturday, December 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Christmas Tree Extravaganza can be found at the armory on Cane Creek Road and families can pick out their own Christmas tree to take home, while visiting the decorated tree, doing arts and crafts, and entering to win a raffle.

3) The Warehouse in Gardendale will be hosting a Holidays at the Warehouse event on Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. You and your family can enjoy having a great laugh as actors act out various holiday-themed skits. The skits are Rated R and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students.

4) The Birmingham Community Concert Band will be joining the 2014 Christmas events with Music of the Season. This Christmas concert will take place on Sunday, December 7 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gardendale Civic Center and is free to the public.

5) The Warrior Christmas Parade will be on Thursday, December 18 at 6 p.m. this year.

Alabama Votes YES on Amendment 3

As part of the 2014 mid-term election ballot, the Alabama Right to Bear Arms, Amendment 3, better known to the Alabama Legislature as House Bill 8, has been passed.

Holding 72 percent of votes, the official ballot title of the measure read as follows:

“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to strict scrutiny; and to provide that no international treaty or law shall prohibit, limit, or otherwise interfere with a citizen’s fundamental right to bear arms.”

The summary that was provided for correct interpretation by voters was as follows:

“Amendment 3 provides that every citizen has the fundamental right under the State Constitution to bear arms in defense of himself or herself and the State. Amendment 3 also provides that this right would be entitled to the highest protection of the law.

Amendment 3 also protects a citizen from being compelled by any treaties or laws of another country to take an action which would prohibit, limit, or otherwise interfere with his or her right to bear arms if that treaty or law would violate the United States Constitution.

If Amendment 3 IS PASSED, the right to bear arms will be elevated under the State Constitution to a fundamental right and given the highest possible protection. This right will also be provided with additional protection from potential interference by international treaty or foreign law.

If Amendment 3 IS DEFEATED, the right to bear arms in Alabama will still exist in the State Constitution, but will not be declared as a fundamental right and may not be subject to the highest possible protection. The right to bear arms will also not be protected from potential interference by international laws and treaties.

No source of funding is required for this law.

The measure will have no impact on taxes.

The Constitutional authority for passage of this Amendment is set forth in Sections 284, 285, and 287 of the State Constitution. These sections outline the way a constitutional amendment may be put to the people of the State for a vote.”

With a total of 714,389 votes in support, the amendment was PASSED and amends Article I, Section 26 of the Alabama Constitution.

Supporters argued that the amendment would simply strengthen the current Alabama right to keep and bear arms and ensure the highest level of constitutional protection.

If you are moving to Birmingham and are an avid concealed weapons carrier, rest assured that you and your family can be safe and protected by the Alabama Constitution in the unfortunate event that you may need to use a concealed weapon in self-defense.

Governor Robert Bentley Celebrates a Second Term

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley won by a landslide yesterday during midterm elections. The Republican candidate beat Democratic opponent Parker Griffith after collecting 58 percent of the votes.

The governor’s allies hope that this will allow him to continue to push his current agenda.

Bentley and over 500 supporters celebrated his victory last night at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery, where Bentley thanked voters and said, “We have the absolute greatest, hardworking, loving, caring, toughest people and I’m talking about Alabamians.”

In the past four years, over Bentley’s watch, the state has seen unemployment reduced, jobs created, and government revamped to work more efficiently. But Bentley promises more.

“I can promise you this: I will work hard every day to honor the trust they have given me. And I’m asking every public official … to do the same, he said. “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to continue to serve you.”

Bentley faces challenges in his upcoming term that include: the cutting of $230 million from the General Fund and the crisis in the state’s prison system where overcrowding and the abuse of prisoners (especially women prisoners) may lead to the system being taken over by the federal government.

If you are moving to Birmingham, Governor Bentley welcomes you and your family and hopes that his initiatives will help serve newcomers with jobs and an efficient state government system.

2014 Kid-friendly Halloween events in Birmingham

From haunted hayrides, corn mazes, walking trails, to scream parks, there is no shortage of haunted attractions in Alabama around Halloween! Even though Halloween is supposed to be scary, some events may not be suitable for younger children. If you and your family are moving to Birmingham this October, be sure to check out these kid-friendly events.

  1. Smith Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Although it is called “the SCARIEST Corn Maze in Alabama”, this attraction is suitable for all ages as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Get chased by Goblins and Ghouls and then catch your breath by roaming the pumpkin patch. This year also features a walk-through haunted house. Open every weekend through Halloween, Smith Farms Corn Maze is open from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  2. CornDodgers Farm Haunted Trail: This family fun farm welcomes all ages. Prepare to get lost in the haunted maze, take pictures with the pumpkins, try the corn cannon, and check out the barn. The Haunted Trail Maze will be open October 18, 24, 25, 31, and November 1 starting at 8:00 p.m.
  3. Springville Pumpkin Patch: This family pumpkin patch has a bouncy house! Your children can bounce around, get their face painted, catch a hayride, play games, and so much more. Plan on spending the day at the Springville Pumpkin Patch.
  4. Atrox Factory: known as “The Southeast Largest Haunted Attraction”, this 50,000 square foot indoor madhouse is only recommended for children aged 12 years and up. This is the perfect place to take your young teens for the ultimate Halloween that will leave them begging to go back next year. Tickets are $18 during the week and $23 Friday and Saturday, and will be open from October 3 – November 1st this year.
  5. Oktoberfest Trussville: will take place on October 11, 2014 and is the annual authentic German festival. With no admission charge, food, drinks, music, and a pumpkin patch; guests can enjoy this German fest from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located at Holy Infant of Praque. Eat breakfast and lunch while partaking in festivities, and take dinner home.

Need more? Check out more kid-friendly Halloween events in Birmingham, and let All My Sons Moving Company assist you and your family in all of your moving needs this fall.