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Some Gresham MAX stops to close starting Sunday

The Blue Line Improvement Project is nearing completion, but the final steps require a week-long closure of five Gresham stations.

GRESHAM, Ore. — Heads up for riders of the MAX Blue Line: TriMet is finishing some upgrades to the east end of the line in Gresham, starting this weekend. Part of the work involves rebuilding the only wooden trestle bridge in the entire MAX System.

The nearly year-long Gresham Max Improvement Project is in the home stretch, but that means there’s a week of station closures and shuttle-bus detours for riders who typically use stops from Ruby Junction to Cleveland Avenue — that’s the east end of the Blue Line.

Starting Sunday, TriMet will close those five stations to finish signal upgrades, improve the rail crossing at Eastman Parkway, which will close a section of the parkway for one day, and make repairs to a nearly 80-year-old trestle bridge over Fairview Creek, the only one of it’s kind in the entire MAX system.

Tyler Graf of TriMet says, “We acquired it in the early 80s as we were developing the MAX Blue line, and this will be the first significant refurb of that trestle in almost 40 years.”


In recent months, TriMet says about 2,100 riders a day commute on this part of the Blue Line. Shuttle buses will follow the normal MAX schedule closely, but it’s still good to plan ahead.

“We still encourage people to plan up to 15 extra minutes for their commutes, and understand that due to COVID-19 precautions, we are limiting the number of passengers on buses to between 19 and 24 passengers,” said Graf.

Regular service resumes Sunday, October 18, once the project is wrapped up.

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Utilities can send shutoff notices to Maryland homes starting this week. But help is available.

Utility companies could soon send termination notices to Marylanders who are behind on their bills, as a months-long moratorium on shut-offs comes to an end.



Under a ruling by the state’s Public Service Commission, residents will have 45 days notice to address unpaid bills with their utility company once they receive a termination notice. They will not have their service disconnected if they work out a payment plan or apply for energy assistance.


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Under a ruling by the state’s Public Service Commission, residents will have 45 days notice to address unpaid bills with their utility company once they receive a termination notice. They will not have their service disconnected if they work out a payment plan or apply for energy assistance.

A state prohibition on residential disconnections began in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A moratorium remains in place for water, gas and electric service turn-offs until Nov. 15, but notices can begin going out Oct. 1.

Consumer advocates, state officials and utility companies all have the same message: Reach out now if you need help.

They said people should contact their utilities and apply for assistance as soon as possible.

Under a ruling by the state’s Public Service Commission, residents will have 45 days to address unpaid bills with their utility company once they receive a termination notice. They will not have their service disconnected if they work out a payment plan or apply for energy assistance.

“I would describe the magnitude of the situation as immense. It’s important for any customer that needs assistance … to reach out immediately.””,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:1/83/8,”inline_comments”:1/83/83/4,”_id”:”JIQE5PGPW5GUZBOLKXFIM234XM

Jason Stanek, chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission

More than $150 million has been set aside for energy assistance in Maryland, but many people who need help have not applied.

“The bottom line is we want to ensure that people keep their electricity — and as we’re entering into a colder season, that their heat says on,” said Maryland People’s Counsel Paula M. Carmody, whose office represents consumers and had pushed for a longer moratorium.

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Five Things to Do Before Starting Your Remodeling Project

You would like to remodel your bathroom or kitchen and you have a pretty good idea what you want it to look like, but where do you start. Who do you call first? Do you find someone in the Yellow Pages or on the Internet? Quit pulling your hair out, because I’m about to share five of the most important things you need to consider before starting any home remodeling project.

1. Go to the library and get some books? If you’re going to remodel your bathroom, find some books on bathroom remodeling and start looking at the pictures, learning about the different styles and then get more books. More books usually means more pictures and more pictures leads us to our next tip.

2. A picture is worth a thousand words. It doesn’t really matter which section of the home your remodeling, if you don’t know exactly what you want it to look like, you’re going to need to start looking at pictures and look at as many pictures as you possibly can, until you come up with something that you truly desire.

3. Will this design work well in my home? It’s never going to be a good idea to install Spanish floor tile in a contemporary bathroom. Make sure that your remodeling project matches the style of the rest of your home.

4. How much is this going to cost? You can get prices for all of the items that you’re planning on installing and this should give you a pretty good start. For labor prices, you’re going to need to contact a contractor, but only do that after you read tip number five.

5. How do I find a good contractor? This isn’t as tough as most people think it is, but you’re going to need …

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Read This Before Starting A Bathroom Remodeling Project

Completing repair work, maintenance, and upgrades on your home is not a matter to take lightly. Many important decisions go into completing such endeavors and it is always in your best interest to step back, take some time to access the situation, consider options, and make a well informed decision. The consequences of failing to do so are too great. When it comes to remodeling your bath, you need to make sure you have weighed all your options so you have a great outcome and things turn out well. Here is a guide you need to read before starting a bathroom remodeling project.

  1. Make sure you have enough room

Believe it or not, some spaces are more conducive to a make over than others. In some instances, a bathroom can be sized and shaped in such a way that a total construction re-do is the only way to go if you intend to put in a bigger bathtub, new sink, and an efficient toilet. This requires expert advice from construction pros who could do a demolition job safely and properly. If your bathroom is sized and shaped well for a remodel, lucky you, you can begin to plan your next step.

  1. Consider plumbing and electrical

Depending on how old your house is, you may want to consider replacing the plumbing and electrical systems. If you are going to be tearing down walls or pulling out old cabinets, sinks, and tubs, you might as well take a look at the plumbing and make sure everything is working as it should. If not, now would be the time for updated and upgraded plumbing. While you are at it, the electrical wiring and outlets may need to be replaced or updated as well. This expensive up front, can save you money in the …

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