A new and improved Harmon Park is open in Tuscaloosa – after being destroyed in the April 2011 tornado.

“Harmon Field and Rosedale Park are a gateway to our city and the eastern terminus of the City Walk, which simulates the path of the tornado,” said Becky Booker, public relations and marketing manager for the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority. “The centerpiece of this playground is a custom 21-inch tall, hand-sculpted, hand-painted treehouse, the tallest piece ever designed by the manufacturer and possibly the tallest in the southeast.”

The University of Alabama is implementing a clear bag policy for all Crimson Tide football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, beginning this fall.

The new policy is in line with what other SEC members, including Auburn, South Carolina, Florida, Texas A&M and LSU, are putting into place this year. The NFL and other professional organizations have similar policies.

In a statement, UA said the decision to institute a clear bag policy for football games is “in the interest of the continued safety of all of our guests, players and stadium personnel.”

The Literacy Council of West Alabama is teaming up with Stillman College to host a health literacy enrichment camp from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22 to kick off the Literacy Council's “Feed to Read” campaign. The camp, located on the Stillman campus, is free and open to children from five to 10 years of age. 

“We are combining health, nutrition, and literacy, showing the link between how what you eat, and how you take care of your body impacts how you think.  We are partnering with Stillman College, Central Elementary School, the Weaver Bolden branch of the Tuscaloosa Library, and the Tuscaloosa River Market,” said Literacy Council Executive Director Lauren McFarland. 

It's important to give children lots of opportunities to be physically active by running, jumping, climbing and exploring their world.  Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The possibilities are endless; children will enjoy exercise if you introduce it early and often. Go out and play. Have fun as a family!

While most people are thinking about vacation this time of year, the Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition is in full swing, working hard to raise funds for 2,000 plus city and county preregistered students in need of backpacks and required school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.

 Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition is currently holding its annual school supply drive, collecting school supplies for students in need.

Interviews are set for later this month for five candidates to become the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ next superintendent. These are the five names in the running for the position.

If you’re looking for a great way to beat the heat with the kids and enjoy some fun movie time, the City of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department has a solution. “The Green Scene” indoor summer movie series starts on Friday, July 1, at the Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex. Movies will be shown each Friday afternoon through July 22.

It’s summer and for many, this means it’s the perfect time to buy a home. If you’re thinking about buying a new home, it’s important to know your numbers – and not just the numbers in your budget.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama administers a number of hugely important area services, including the Meals on Wheels program – which provides a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the disabled population in our area.

Lake season is here! Happy Father's Day to everyone. While out celebrating summer, I have noticed quite a few changes on Lake Tuscaloosa. 

There appear to be more boats on the water. The usual brands are accented with new, sporty models that we didn't see as recently as last summer. One I might call a "mini-ship" puttered beside us as we were taking our first dip in the water last month. 

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