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 FenceWeek Marketing Blog 4/8/08

Urban Coyotes - Opportunity?
One thing I was taught about advertising and marketing a long time ago is; know what keeps people awake at night. A mentor of mine once described the best advertising is "Know what keeps people awake at 2:00am, and that what you appeal to".
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 FenceWeek Blog 4/8/08

CLFMI Responds to article in San Jose Mercury News
I did want to respond on behalf of the Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) regarding the article that appeared in the Mercury News and was referenced in the April 1 edition of FenceWeek.
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Industry News

Linear Demonstrates New Keypads, PERS, Telephone Entry Systems, and Access Control Systems at ISC West
Consumer Electronics Net, CA  - Apr 4, 2008
LAS VEGAS, BUSINESS WIRE -- Linear LLC, an innovator in home technology solutions for security, communications, and entertainment, will display the latest in its growing line of home and commercial security products. Highlighting the Linear display in booth 21035 will be the latest telephone entry systems, a new line of access...
CertainTeed® Build-It Tour Provides Hands-On Field Training to Fence, Rail and Deck Contractors
Press Release  - Apr 4, 2008
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – After a successful launch in 2007, the CertainTeed® Built-It Tour hits the road once again, offering mobile installation training for distributors and contractors of CertainTeed fence, railing and deck products...
Image One

New Zealand - Fencing wire price to increase up to 14%
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand  - Apr 4, 2008
Galvanised wire used to produce fencing is about to increase in price by up to 14% from May. The price hike is due to a global shortage of scrap metal and strong demand for steel in China and India. The latest increase follows a 12% rise in March. ...

Decking Industry News

Wood Composite announces new president of Millennium Decking
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada  - Apr 4, 2008
Wood Composite Technologies Inc. ("Wood Composite") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dennis Collins as the new President for Wood Composite's operating subsidiaries, Millennium Decking Inc. ("Millennium ecking") and Millennium Decking (USA)...
Cabot brand deck cleaner is recalled
United Press International  - Apr 2, 2008
WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Cabot brand composite deck cleaner because of a fire and inhalation hazard. The CPSC said Cabot Stains Inc. of Newburyport, Mass...

Fencing and Railroads

Complaints prompt Caltrans to move fence
San Diego Union Tribune, CA  - Apr 8, 2008
SANTEE – Residents of Fiona Way say a chain-link fence installed by Caltrans at the end of their Santee street could create traffic hazards and endanger the families living on the road....

Local Government Issues

Prison fencing a no-bid job
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA  - Apr 3, 2008
WILKES-BARRE – A contractor who has a personal relationship with the daughter of Luzerne County Prison Warden Gene Fischi was awarded more than $33,000 in no-bid contracts for work at the prison in 2007. David Swida of Swida Fence was paid $18,000 under an emergency, no-bid contract to install fencing around the prison’s minimal offenders unit, and another $15,375 for three non-fencing construction jobs, county records show...
Sydney suspends playground fence plans
ABC Online, Australia  - Apr 8, 2008
Sydney City Council has suspended plans to fence children's playgrounds while allowing dogs to roam off leash in some parks. The council last night voted to ...
Bollards 'a safety success'
Manchester Evening News, UK  - Apr 2, 2008
HATE them or love them, Manchester's rising bollards have been a resounding success for safety - even though some motorists have been left counting the cost...

USA Mexico Border Fence

Challenges Arise to Border Fence Project
New York Times, NY  - Apr 8, 2008
Securing the nation’s borders is so important, Congress says, that Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, must have the power to ignore any laws that stand in the way of building a border fence. Any laws at all...
Along U.S.-Mexican border, an erratic patchwork fence
Christian Science Monitor, MA  - Apr 3, 2008
Naco, Arizona - After driving 10 miles along the expanded US-Mexican border fence near her farm, Dawn Garner offers her dour assessment: "Anyone can plainly see this wouldn't stop a flea, let alone a migrant or terrorist." A jagged patchwork of metal mesh, corrugated steel, vertical bollards, chest-high railroad rails, and waist-high barbed wire has been cobbled together along the southern border east of Naco by various National Guard...
Border fence stretching boundaries of federal arrogance
Austin American-Statesman, TX  - Apr 4, 2008
Even for an administration infamous for doing things its own way, the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will ignore at least 30 federal laws to build a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border is a breathtaking display of arrogance...
Waivers for border fence unjustified
Waco Tribune Herald, TX  - Apr 4, 2008
Illegal immigration is a problem, not an act of war. The decision by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to issue waivers allowing him to bypass a long list of federal laws to expedite work on 370 miles of fence is an example of misplaced priorities...


Pool Safety

Council approves new pool safety requirements
KVIA, TX  - Apr 4, 2008
Councilors voted that pool owners must install a fence no shorter than five feet around your entire house, or install a lock and alarm on any door leading to the pool. Another options is to put a safety net or cover over your pool. Anyone who violates the new laws are subject to a $2,000 per day fine...
Pool hazard is real — and it's deadly
The News-Press, FL  - Apr 7, 2008
usually write about scams, how to save a buck, or avoid getting ripped off. Not life and death matters - not until now. Today's column is about a hazard so dangerous that you should not allow anyone in your pool or spa again until you have it checked out and remedied...

Fences and Neighbors

Henrico man wants tall fence to block out neighbor
WWBT, VA  - Apr 8, 2008
One Henrico man is testing the theory that good fences make good neighbors. Although to some it seems he'd rather have a fence than a neighbor. Norman Rainer wants to build a fence on his property so he won't have to see his neighbor or her property anymore. But, Henrico's zoning ordinance won't allow the height on the fence that he wants...

DIY - Consumers

What decking material is best
Los Angeles Times, CA  - Apr 4, 2008
Question: We want to build a deck this summer, but now we are confused about what to use: wood or a composite product such as Trex. Any suggestions? Answer: From Pamela Berstler of Flower to the People, a Los Angeles landscaping company known for being ...
Cheat Sheet: In need of a new fence? First step is measuring
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA  - Apr 4, 2008
It's spring, that time of year when pieces of fencing, all sizes and materials, show up on the curb, waiting to be picked up by the trash-collection crews. Falling tree branches have smashed these fences, or homeowners have neglected them....
White picket fence often evokes 'home'
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Apr 4, 2008
The image of a home surrounded by a white picket fence has always stayed with Lynne Gibbs of Clovis, Calif. "To me, it represented the all-American dream," says Gibbs, 63, a retired paralegal. "It was why I wanted one. When I was growing up, the white picket fence meant harmony with your ...
Govt defends hi-tech Berrimah fence project
ABC Online, Australia  - Apr 1, 2008
The Territory Government says it will go ahead with plans to build a new hi-tech fence around Darwin's Berrimah Jail regardless of what it decides to do with the prison in the long term. The Department of Planning and Infrastructure has awarded the $870,000 tender to build the fence to the Winnellie-based company Security and Technology Services...

Fences and History

Barbwire collection is window into Old West history
Reporter-Herald, CO  - Apr 8, 2008
Not a lot of people understand why or how Loveland’s Richard Stevens collects barbwire. “It really takes people back,” the 1-year-old explained. “They say ‘You collect what?’” Even his friend, Linda Dole, didn’t get it at first...

Community Issues

Father ordered to take down 6ft safety fence
Wetherby Today, UK  - Apr 4, 2008
A FATHER who put up a fence to protect his children from a busy road has been told it must be removed by Monday. Steve Ramsden, 46, erected the 6ft fence around his garden, which backs onto the A58 in Bardsey...
Protest over fence across ‘beauty’ dunes
Times & Star, UK  - Apr 3, 2008
Bill James said that barbed wire and pig fencing had been placed around sand dunes near his Bank Mill business at Beckfoot, on the Maryport to Silloth road.He claimed to have been told it was to stop gypsies camping there. But Allerdale council denied any allegation that the fencing had anything to do with gypsies...
Fence goes up around site of Hasty Cemetery
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL  - Apr 3, 2008
PONCE INLET -- Peace has yet to be restored in the controversy surrounding the preservation of the cemetery where two of the town's founders and a beloved handyman are buried. A resident's report to the city that a "stop work" order was being violated March 27 again brought activity at the site to a halt...


Fences and Dogs

Electronic Fence Won't Restrain Every Dog
Baltimore Sun, MD  - Apr 4, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- Does electronic pet fencing comply with city laws that say pets must be controlled at all times? Omaha city ordinance requires people to "keep their dogs securely restrained by a chain or an enclosure sufficient to contain the dog." Some people use invisible fences but they don't necessarily work in all cases ...
Vandals take bite out of dog park fence
Northern News Services (subscription), Canada  - Apr 4, 2008
YELLOWKNIFE - It may have been a cunning canine chewing away, bit by bit, at the outdoor dog park fence for months to make an escape, but it was more likely vandals who cut a hole in the chain link fence of the city park with wire cutters. Either way, Janet Pacey, president of the NWT SPCA, is dumbfounded ...
Scotland Road resident warns pet owners after coyote attack
The Daily News of Newburyport, MA  - Apr 3, 2008
Since last Tuesday, Hanlon said she has had fencing contractors at her property with ideas for fencing the yard off due to "extremely high levels of anxiety for (the dogs') safety." "I am concerned much more about our dogs' safety than (I was) before last Tuesday," Hanlon said. "The dogs are 7 and 8 and have never had a life-threatening incident...

Fences and Animals

Chincoteague rebuilds pony fence
Delmarva Daily Times, MD  - Apr 7, 2008
ASSATEAGUE -- Members of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up to mend fences in an effort to protect and shelter the world famous wild pony herd...
Deer Population Threatening Vineyards
WHSV, VA  - Apr 7, 2008
The deer population is on the rise, and many experts say it's due to a number of different factors, such as their high reproductive rate, the absence of predators, and the increased nutrition from several plants. One of those plants includes grapes to be exact, and that's why vineyards are gearing up for this year's growing season. "The deer fence will go right along through here," says Chris Breiner, manager at the Stone Mountain Vineyard...

The Art of Fences

Is that a lion in the yard? S.J. fence-mural draws second looks
San Jose Mercury News, CA  - Apr 7, 2008
Schiavo's amazing trompe l'oeil mural - brushed onto Trex fencing, which is made of recycled plastic and wood scrap - also includes images of a California mountain lion, a lizard and more of the California native plants that mirror the real plants in the front garden. The mural was painted in three days last fall by Pasadena artist Monica Rae, the cousin of one of Schiavo's friends...


Weird News - April Fools

Artistic animals provide zoos a new revenue source
Canoe, Canada - Apr 7, 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brittany wields her paintbrush with confidence, slapping it roughly against the canvas to produce streaks of green or smears of orange. With apparent pride, she steps back, inspects her work — and extends her trunk to receive a freshly loaded paintbrush...

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