Aggressive panhandlers causing grief

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Police say staking claim to your sidewalk can help rid your business of problem panhandlers and vagrants Bijoux owner Shelley Muzzy said she has seen increasingly aggressive panhandlers chase would-be donors for blocks, as well as set up shop right in front of her store. After attending a workshop put on by the Downtown Renaissance [...]

Striking a balance: blending development and nature

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

As cities expand, combining environmental concerns and builders’ needs can be a tough task Environmental consultant Analiese Burns said environmental regulations have gotten much more complicated for developers in the past decade, making both her job and that of the developers that much more difficult. Dan Hiestand   As Whatcom County continues to grow, the pressure is [...]

PHONING IT IN: The telecommute

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Working at home can work — but only under the right circumstances Paul Van Metre, one of three owners of Pro CNC, a Bellingham-based manufacturing company, began working from home part time after his wife had their second child. He had to admit that his production suffered, but said that teleworking can succeed in the [...]

It’s time to set up your endowment

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

    As someone who attends many local cultural events, I increasingly hear that there is much more going on in Whatcom County than ever.    This growth in opportunities is hardly confined to cultural events; there is just more of everything these days. Without going into detail on them all, let me suggest one area in which [...]

Time to start planning your gardens, folks!

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

    Ah, spring is here, at long last. After what seemed like six months of "35 and drizzly," the sun has arrived, the danger of frost has passed, and our gardens await.   Which, here at the BBJ, means one thing — it’s Victory Gardens time again.   If you’ve read this column anytime in the past year, you probably [...]

Saturday paid parking should not be forced on all of downtown

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

     The Parking Commission’s recent decision to mull metered parking on Saturdays downtown — Saturdays are now free — has been met with a mixed chorus of cheers and groans by downtown business owners.   The problem is complex. In a nutshell, as the number of downtown residents increases, so does the strain on nearby public parking. The [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Pending4291 Meridian St., $180,000 for interior remodel of existing store. Owner: KIR Bellingham LP. Applicant: CB Bovenkamp Inc. 205 E. Magnolia St., [...]

TOWER POWER

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Developers looking at corner of Maple and Cornwall for new 15-story high rise Heidi Schiller    Cornwall Place joined the ranks on March 28 of proposed downtown high-rises such as the Bay View and Morse towers after developers submitted a pre-application for the new 15-story project to the city.   Chris Bigos, of Zervas Group Architects, submitted the [...]

Travel agents reinventing their industry

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

Internet-based airline ticketing forcing agents to focus on their expertise, personal service LaDonna Smith, owner of Whatcom Travel, said she has had to switch her focus from airline reservations to more of a one-stop tour shop, where she can focus on her years of experiences on trips and personal service in order to keep clients. [...]

Capitalism making major inroads in China

Filed on 30. Apr, 2006 in Contents

    Larry, Moe and Curley were doing slapstick in black and white. Nothing too odd about the Three Stooges on Sunday morning TV, except that this was Beijing and they were dubbed in Chinese.    Sean Connery and The Untouchables were shooting mobsters on another station, while CNN gave the Asian version of world news in English [...]

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