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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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When : Always December 27 Make Cut Out Snowflake Day is here and now. Here's a day to show your crafty skills, as you make paper snowflakes. Making cut out snowflakes is a great project for kids. However, you don't have to be a kid, to have fun making paper snowflakes. It's a skill that is practiced by many people. They say no two snowflakes are alike. It shouldn't come as a surprise, that there are seemingly countless different snowflake designs. Templates abound, from fast and easy patterns, to intricate time consuming designs to challenge the most practiced "snowflaker". So, if you like snow...bring it on! Bring out the paper and scissors, and cut out some paper snowflakes on this very special Make Cut Out Snowflake Day.


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Cities oppose changes to construction sales tax
PHOENIX — Arizona’s cities and towns are worried a proposal to change how sales taxes are collected from building projects will severely cut the amount they receive from new construction. The reforms outlined in a report by a task force appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer would have contractors pay sales taxes where they buy materials. That’s a big change from the current system that assesses sales taxes on a percentage of the project’s value.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/W0oV1m ) the League of Arizona Cities and Towns estimates cities could lose $168 million a year. That’s because sales taxes that now go to municipalities where a project is built could instead be collected where construction materials are actually sold.

The potential revenue from construction-related taxes helps pay for crucial city services.

“In Scottsdale, we don’t have a lot of places where they purchase these materials,” said Brad Lundahl, Scottsdale government-r…
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5 day weather outlook....

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5 SHOPPING DAYS TO GO.......... (just sayin')!!
Special December Book Sale Visit us at this special sale, receive a free book!
Tired of navigating tight aisles and bumping elbows with other shoppers at our warehouse location? Or maybe, you’re just not inclined to drive out to 29th Avenue & McDowell on your weekend. We’ve got you covered!
From December 8th to the 16th, join the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library for our first-ever, special offsite book sale at the Camelback Colonnade, conveniently located at 19th Street and Camelback Road (1919 E. Camelback Road).
We’ll be at it from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily in the space formerly occupied by Mervyn's where you can comfortably browse 200,000 books, CDs and DVDs over 80,000 square feet. We brought all of your favorite genres and subjects from the warehouse and we’re also pleased to include thousands of fresh, new-to-you titles.
The prices are great at $2 per paperback and $4 per hardcover, CD or DVD. And, in an effort to put affordable books back into the community, we’re of…
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Happy Dec. 12, 2012!
By Meagan McCrary Good news: The world isn't going to end today (that won't possibly happen until 12/21/12). But it is the last time the month, day and year will all be the same number—at least until January 1, 2101. Consecutive date sequences are both magical and mystical for their rare occurrences and the hidden meaning of numbers.

Because 12 can be so easily divided, it's commonly used in measurements. There are 12 inches in a foot, 12 ounces in a troy pound (which is used to measure gold, silver and gems), 12 in a dozen, 12 hours on a clock, 24 hours in a day, and 12x12 (144) equals a gross.
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14 days to go!!

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AGC Member Survey Highlights Impact of Fiscal Cliff/AGC Leaders Hear from Capitol Hill

Yesterday, AGC executive board members, along with other AGC tax policy leaders within the association, participated in a call with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) where McCarthy described the fiscal cliff situation as “going nowhere.”  This statement comes the day after AGC concluded a survey that illustrates how the fiscal cliff is already impacting AGC members and how they conduct their business.  The survey results also highlight the drastic action that members will potentially be forced to take if indiscriminate tax increases and indiscriminate spending cuts go into effect on Jan. 1. Read More
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From the "maybe I am getting old" category.... but all I can say is, "Really?"......

Pizza Hut Unveils Pizza Perfume

If you’ve ever wanted to smell like fast-food pizza, Pizza Hut has heard your pleas. What started out as a joke has turned into a cheesy reality — a pizza-scented perfume. The idea sprang from a gag by Grip Limited, the advertising firm that works with Pizza Hut Canada, which made the proposal last August on Facebook. Customers loved the idea, with thousands responding, and Pizza Hut smelled a marketing opportunity. Alas, the eau de pepperoni will not be widely available. Instead, the 100 bottles that were produced will be delivered to some of the Facebook fans who were so enthusiastic about smelling like a dorm room fridge. [Source]

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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT IS LOOKING UP!

Construction hiring “continues to firm up,” according to two construction executive recruiters cited by EconoPlay on Thursday in its “November jobs outlook” (www.econoplay.com). “Dan Conroy of the Conexco Group in St. Louis [said,] ‘We had a good November—up 27% in billings from last year and meaningful activity carrying over from a decent October….Construction companies in certain market segments are forging ahead. Electrical and mechanical construction activity is strengthening due mostly to renovation and upgrades to existing facilities. [Heavy-civil contractors] seem to be actively bidding work, but it still remains very competitively priced….Commercial activity, however, remains pretty flat.’…Bill Stynetski, president of HardHatJobs in Dallas, continues to see good orders for estimators and project managers for healthcare, multifamily residential, energy and industrial construction. ‘November has been a very busy month. Job orders are up and …
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