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Industry News

The Security Industry Association Releases 2008 Legislative Agenda
PR Newswire (press release), NY  - Dec 13, 2007
Advocating for full federal funding to secure our nation's ports, rails and public transit systems are top priorities on The Security Industry Association's (SIA) 2008 Legislative Agenda. The ambitious 12-point plan includes advocacy in a range of new areas including agriculture, trade, education ...
Universal Forest Products' ProWood Micro® earns coveted Environmentally Preferred Product recognition
Press release, MI  - Dec 11, 2007
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 11, 2007 - Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI), the nation's leading manufacturer and distributor of treated wood products, is proud to note that the chemical formulation it uses to treat wood is the only one to earn the esteemed Green Cross recognition, which marks its treated wood as an Environmentally Preferred Product. ...

Decking Industry News

Eco-Friendly Decking Material Made from Self-Adhesive Labels Makes ...
BuildingOnline, CA  - Dec 12, 2007
WESTMONT, IL -- A new recycled wood/plastic composite material, primarily used as decking, is being introduced to North America ...
Exclusive Composite Decking Line for Distributors, Launched by ...
Emediawire (press release), WA  - Dec 12, 2007
New 'Vanguard' brand of composite deck aimed at distributors is set to meet upcoming demand for spring 2008. Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) December 12 ...

Local Government Issues

Black Vinyl Chain Link Fence? Forget It
New Haven Independent, CT  - Dec 13, 2007
John Izzo wanted to build a fence for his marina. The keepers of City Point's historic rules had other ideas. City Point is the newest of the city's historic districts, so designated in 2000...
Council accepts blame for faulty fence
TVNZ, New Zealand  - Dec 17, 2007
The Wellington City Council has now accepted responsibility for a faulty fence through which a man fell to his death earlier this month ...
Move that fence back!
Ithaca Journal, NY  - Dec 17, 2007
A couple's attempt to make life safer for their foster child has been scuppered by planning regulations. Brenda Gowland, 52, and her husband Tony, 47, foster children who have various problems...
Commons proposal on fence
Cabinet.com, NH  - Dec 17, 2007
While the Bedford Village Common Committee waits for word on a wetlands permit from the state Department of Environmental Services, it's continuing to work on the details of the park it hopes will be constructed next year...


Schools and Fences

School fencing misery
Bolton News, UK  - Dec 17, 2007
AN eight foot fence, installed to protect a school from vandal attacks, has left nearby residents with a headache...
Cactus residents blame leaning fences on school's retention basin
Glendale Star, AZ  - Dec 14, 2007
Residents who live on 48th Lane south of Carol Peck Elementary School are upset. Not about the school, but about their backyard fences, which are leaning, they said, since the school and its accompanying retention basin were constructed...

Community Issues

Surfrider appeal puts Access 33 fence on hold
Lumina News, NC  - Dec 13, 2007
On Friday, Dec. 7, Sean Ahlum, chair of the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, successfully filed an appeal with the Wrightsville Beach Planning Department to protest the construction of a fence at the Murchison property, located at 301 S. Lumina Ave., which would effectively block off Public Beach Access 33...
Township: REIS placed fence illegally
Northville Record, MI  - Dec 13, 2007
Chip Snider, Northville Township manager, said a 30-foot, electric fence installed by developer REIS Tuesday afternoon on the former Northville Psychiatric Hospital property violates local ordinances...
Fencing for Flooded Farmers helps keep the cattle safe
Post-Bulletin, MN  - Dec 17, 2007
The fences that had held the cattle were gone. Richard estimates they completely lost a mile and a half of fencing and more was damaged...
Fencing lakes not feasible: McGinty
ABC Online, Australia  - Dec 11, 2007
The Minister for Health, Jim McGinty, says the drowning of an 18-month-old boy is a tragedy, but it is not feasible to fence public lakes...

Pool Safety

US Senate passes pool safety bill
Minnesota Public Radio, MN  - Dec 17, 2007
St. Paul, Minn. - U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's pleased the Senate passed a pool safety bill. Klobuchar pushed for the legislation after a 6-year-old Edina girl Abigail Taylor lost most ...
Senate bill would protect kids from pool-drain dangers.
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN  - Dec 17, 2007
The bill also would create an incentive grant program for states to adopt more comprehensive pool safety laws...

Community Fence Projects

Dog owners volunteer to build fence at Treman off-leash park
Ithaca Journal, NY  - Dec 17, 2007
ITHACA - As their owners pounded fence posts and sweated in the cold morning air, Rowen, Aldo, Reo, Romeo and Flora tussled and played with each other like unleashed dogs will do, oblivious to all the fuss their free roaming has caused. ...


USA Mexico Border Fence

Fence to protect America turns out to be Made in China
Los Angeles Times, CA  - Dec 17, 2007
The Congressional Steel Caucus, made up of members from steel-making districts, is charging that the new fence going up to protect the United States' ...
Feds warn of eminent domain to build border fence
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Dec 12, 2007
EL PASO - In a written ultimatum to South Texas landowners opposed to plans to build a border fence, federal officials foreshadow the possible use of eminent domain to buy land for border fence construction...
Massive spending bill could alter fence law
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Dec 18, 2007
WASHINGTON - A massive spending bill Congress is expected to pass this week provides at least $1.2 billion for construction of a border fence and border security equipment, but eases mandates on where fencing should be built, how it should look and how much to build....
Government takes testimony on border fence as hundreds protest
Houston Chronicle, TX  - Dec 12, 2007
McALLEN, Texas - Gloria Garza doesn't know whether submitting her comments to the government about a plan to construct 70 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border will help stop it. But she said it's the best thing she can think of to do...
The Fence Must Go Up
Dallas Morning News, TX  - Dec 12, 2007
Everyone's probably sick of this immigration debate. It's the ultimate wedge issue, dividing the country, neighbors, even families. But the law of the land is the law of the land. And part of our immigration law says the U.S. will build a fence along nearly 700 miles of the Mexican border...

Fences and Neighbors

Fence Squabble Escalates To Arrest
MSNBC  - Dec 12, 2007
BRADENTON - The fence went up a few years ago, and that was the beginning of the end of the neighborly relationship between the Tuttles and the Beams...
Playa Vista's neighbors object to chain-link fence and patrol
Marina del Rey Argonaut, CA  - Dec 13, 2007
But frustrated residents claim that there is no need for a fence and increased patrol by the bluffs because they have been accessing the area for many years ...
Green Fence Makes Resident See Red
Garden City News, NY  - Dec 13, 2007
Bankosky is angered by a new fence being installed by the Garden City Country Club along its property on Edgemere Road. The original chain-link fence has been replaced with a chain link fence that has dark green, plastic-like material woven throughout...

Home Owner Associations

Metroplex neighborhood plans border fence to keep out crime
KVUE, TX  - Dec 13, 2007
There's a border fight in Fort Worth. Glenwood Triangle wants to close city streets and build a fence around the neighborhood in an effort to keep out criminals. It may sound extreme, but it's an idea the city is backing...


India fence plans gets warm welcome
BBC News, UK  - Dec 18, 2007
By Asit Jolly Plans by India to realign its electrified border fencing with neighbouring Pakistan in order to curb smuggling have been welcomed by thousands ...
Defense Ministry to dismantle West Bank Security Fence Administration
Jerusalem Post, Israel  - Dec 16, 2007
By YAAKOV KATZ The Defense Ministry has decided to dismantle the West Bank Security Fence Administration and place responsibility for building the remaining ...
India to realign fence with Pakistan to bring under cultivation ...
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan  - Dec 17, 2007
The CPWD is drawing up new alignments for 23 km of fencing across eight bulges in the Jalalabad and Fazilka sectors. This will return over 4000 acres of ...


Weird News

Top Japan official: UFOs 'definitely' exist
Canoe, Canada - Dec 18, 2007
TOKYO - Japan's top government spokesman says, perhaps a little tongue in cheek, that he believes in UFOs...

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