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Minor Decline in Home Prices Improves First Quarter Affordability

New and existing homes sold between the beginning of January and end of March were affordable to 65.5 percent of families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900, according to the housing affordability index published by the National Association of Home Builders. The first quarter report marked a 0.8 percent improvement from the 64.7 percent of affordable homes sold to the same group in the fourth quarter.

OPEI Launches Ethanol Education and Consumer Protection Program
Since E15 fuel got the green light, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, a trade group for power equipment manufacturers, has been working for more effective signage requirements to help prevent consumers from putting the biofuel in their lawn mowers, string trimmers and similar equipment.

Cincinnati's Jewel: Smale Riverfront Park

Downtown Cincinnati's Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park is the largest in a series of open spaces that link in a necklace around the Ohio River. Recent construction at the site includes a new event lawn and performance space, 1,000 feet of riverfront promenade, and several interactive fountains illuminated by LED lights. The cascades, jets and water curtains of the grand staircase fountain dazzle at night with thousands of color combinations, and the staircase includes a bike runnel carved into the granite that allows riders to easily roll bikes up or down the stairway.

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SureGuard provides long-lasting preemergence control and fast, effective postemergence control of broadleaf and grassy weeds in landscapes, hardscapes, cracks and crevices.

George's Monument Welcomes Back Visitors
Loss of joint mortar and interior cracking above the 460-foot level were among the reasons for the latest repairs to the Washington Monument. Contractors from WJE had to make heart-quickening rappels down the monument on Sept. 28, 2011, to assess the exterior damage.

Heavy Metal Plant
Scientists aptly call the newly discovered plant in the Philippines Rinorea niccolifera, which is descriptive of its nickel-absorbing abilities.

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Concrete Recycling Robot Targets Cleaner Demolition

An award winning design for equipment that recycles concrete and separates it from rebar and other debris on the spot could provide new avenues for urban sustainability and pollution reduction.

Design and Construction Industry Associations Commit to "Resilience"

The essence of the joint "resilience" statement of design and construction industry organizations (whose logos are displayed) is to develop cost-effective mitigation and planning practices to break the cycle of destruction and rebuilding inherent in disasters. Such practices and commitment, says the statement, will improve the economic competitiveness of the U.S. and build a more resilient future.

DOJ Increases Fines for Pool Lift Violations

Earlier this spring, the Department of Justice increased the maximum civil monetary penalties that can be assessed or enforced by the Civil Rights Division, including fines levied under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The maximum fines for first time violations were raised from $55,000 to $75,000. Subsequent violations can be up to $150,000. According to a pool equipment manufacturer, this applies to the rules mandating pool lifts in public pools.

Marketing Sustainable Flowers Digitally

A recently launched online platform gives flower farms an opportunity to be part of a directory that will connect end-users to flowers grown in their locale using sustainable methods.

British Bricks in Short Supply

Brick manufacturers in Britain are struggling to keep up with increasing construction demand, which has grown for four consecutive quarters, according to an industry trade group. Material shortages are leading to rising production costs and delayed orders, which could hinder growth in the construction sector.

L.A. Mayor Garcetti Appoints Landscape Architect Glen Dake to Metro Water District Board
Landscape architect Glen Dake, a principal with DakeLuna Consultants, is filling the L.A. County vacancy of Aaron Grunfeld on the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. MWD is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving some 19 million people in parts of L.A., Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Silver Leaves N.C. Planning Post to Head NYC Parks

New York City Mayor de Blasio (right) appointed Mitchell Silver, AICP, as NYC Parks Commissioner in a ceremony at Seward Park on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Silver's first day of work was May 12, 2014. He has the daunting task of overseeing 1,900 parks. He has already indicated plans for new parks in the poorer areas of the five boroughs.

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Homebuilders Lack Confidence in May Single-Family Markets

Homebuilder confidence remained underwater in May, as the NAHB index measuring builder sentiment fell two points to 45 after an initial report of 47 in April. An index score below 50 indicates more builders view conditions as poor than good.

Construction Control in the Cloud

The cloud is the base for a new release of a construction management program that is designed to handle budgets, invitations-to-bid, the approval process for change orders, pay applications, invoices, archiving and more in real time.

OxCart Utility Cart: the Next Generation in Hauling Heavy Loads

A next-generation utility cart designed to move heavy loads with a riding mower, OxCart is now available for turf, lawn and landscape professionals. Featuring an innovative, exclusive power-assist lift, OxCart reduces dumping effort by up to 90 percent.

Progress Lighting Unveils Outdoor Collections for Seamless Design
Progress Lighting's four collections complement indoor lighting designs and a variety of architectural styles. Traditional and rustic detailing define the Scope outdoor lantern collection. Etched opal glass and antique bronze finish each fixture.

Wright Manufacturing's New, Compact Stander(R) Intensity

For landscape contractors who want Stander I handling features but need a larger deck, Wright Manufacturing's mower is available with a 48" or 52" deck as well as the 36" deck. Engines range from 18.5 to 22 hp.

NIH's Play Park Brings Joy, Respite and Honor

A new play area at the National Institute of Health garnered its design firm an Honor award for their work in redeveloping an outdoor space for patients of various age groups and abilities, as well as for their families and caregivers.

The Biting Truth

Chemical means for warding off biting pests are losing some ground to products made from 100 percent natural fragrances and oils.

Irrigation Annual Report

The Irrigation Foundation, arm of the Irrigation Association, that strives to advance irrigation education, has released its 2013 annual report.

2014 School of Grounds Management

PGMS, an organization for grounds professionals, has announced the 2014 School of Grounds Management educational line-up.

2014 HortScholars Announced

AmericanHort, a national horticultural trade association, has announced six students as 2014 HortScholars.

PLANET Announces New 2014/2015 President
PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced incoming president Jim McCutcheon.

ASGCA Adds Fellows

ASGCA, a non-profit organization of experienced golf course designers located in the United States and Canada, has announced three new fellows.

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