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Tina Grady Barbaccia is executive editor of Better Roads and news & digital editor for Aggregates Manager. She has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication and in Theater Studies from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication managerial program. Barbaccia is currently national second vice president and a board member of the Construction Writers Association and national treasurer of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and a Chicago board member. She has won numerous national and regional ASBPE Awards as well as being a finalist for the American Business Media’s (ABM) Jesse H. Neal Award in 2007 and recipient of the award in 2011. Her coverage of a program to help children learn about the aggregates industry and pique their interest in geology earned an industry organization a 2005 Littleford Award from ABM.


Geo-Boy brush cutter comes in wheeled, track options

Aug 04, 2014

Geo-Boy brush cutter comes in wheeled, track options

The Geo-Boy Brush Cutter from Jarraff Industries is designed for land clearing and vegetation management. Available in both wheeled and track configurations, the Geo-Boy has the ability to lift the cutter head approximately 11 feet high and can quickly and ...

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An industry that cares for its own

Jul 16, 2014

An industry that cares for its own

It’s great to see an industry that takes care of its own. At the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Mid-Year Meeting in Nashville I attended Monday and Tuesday this week, I noticed a flyer about the “NAPA Care” Emergency Benevolent Fund. ...

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Road trip Days 4-5: Pools, movies and downpours

Jul 15, 2014

Road trip Days 4-5: Pools, movies and downpours

We had a day of just sitting still so it was time to go on the move again! The kids and I packed up early in the morning, left my parents’ house and headed toward Central Ohio to visit family ...

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VIDEO: Singing driver inspires motorists to break out in song

Jul 14, 2014

VIDEO: Singing driver inspires motorists to break out in song

I’m not going to promote taking your eyes off of the steering wheel because it’s unsafe and could cause an accident or death. However, I can’t help but smile when I watch the video of this driver singing in his car ...

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Road trip day 3: Fun with backyard BBQs

Jul 08, 2014

Road trip day 3: Fun with backyard BBQs

Day Three of my journey was pretty low-key – at least in my eyes. (Others would say it’s complete chaos, but that’s my norm!) Related: Road trip day one: From congestion to digestion I managed to sneak out early in the morning ...

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Teen flips car in first 50 feet of first driving lesson

Jul 07, 2014

Teen flips car in first 50 feet of first driving lesson

My family and friends often tease me about my driving. Some say I drive too fast, and I’ve been known to hit a curb or two. I wasn’t the best at parallel parking (that is until I moved to Chicago ...

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America’s most illegal hike: A Hawaiian ladder with nearly 4,000 steps

Jul 04, 2014

America’s most illegal hike: A Hawaiian ladder with nearly 4,000 steps

Do you want to find the “Stairway to Heaven?” If you climb the Haiku Stairs on a steep hiking trail on the island of O’ahu that begins in the Moanalua Valley and ends at the Haiku Ladder/Stairs, you you might find ...

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Alabama deploys $28 million for small business growth

Jul 04, 2014

Alabama deploys $28 million for small business growth

If you’re a small business in Alabama, you could get some support from the U.S. Treasury Department to help grow your business. The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) has released a quarterly report that shows Alabama has ...

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Take a ride on the world’s biggest water slide

Jul 03, 2014

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Take a ride on the world’s biggest water slide

Whether it’s a water slide or a water coaster, it’s slated to be the world’s biggest and looks like one heck of a thrill ride. I’ve ridden on the “Big Shot” on top of The Stratosphere in Las Vegas. It was ...

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Why Telematics Matter

Jul 02, 2014

Why Telematics Matter

By Tina Grady Barbaccia, Editor-at-Large tinabarbaccia@gmail.com   Telematics. It’s a buzzword in the construction industry. Although it’s not a brand-new concept, and the penetration of telematics on the construction equipment industry as a whole is still somewhat low, equipment operators are starting to ...

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Special Report: Missouri DOT uses work zone death to teach motorists about safety, garners award for efforts

Jul 02, 2014

Special Report: Missouri DOT uses work zone death to teach motorists about safety, garners award for efforts

Following the death of Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) department member Clifton Scott, the agency took the tragedy and used it as the impetus to further inform and educate drivers about work zone safety. The agency has been informing and ...

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Road trip day two: Four crazy red-headed boys and a boat

Jun 30, 2014

Road trip day two: Four crazy red-headed boys and a boat

After the long journey the night before, I thought my boys would be tired. I thought there just might be a chance they’d sleep in. (I know, who am I kidding?) However, no luck there. Mama just wanted a few hours ...

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