Rec Center Credited for Helping Rein in Youth Crime
by JIM ADAMS; STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) March 2014
Youth crime has dropped steadily in Brooklyn Park since the northern suburb began ramping up after-school programs - from basketball to ballet to homework sessions - at Zanewood Recreation Center in 2009.
SportsPlex Shuttered Days After Team Pays $1,200 Fee
by Susan Spencer; GAZETTE STAFF March 2014
A Little League coach who organized a winter youth baseball league said Thursday that teams were asked to pay the Auburn SportsPlex for the full season just days before the facility closed.
Township to Little League: Prep Fields to Eliminate Fees
by Robyn Meadows March 2014
Correspondent Manheim Central Little League coaches can prepare their own baseball fields - at no charge - Penn Township supervisors said on Feb. 24.
Teens Question Shuffling of Rec Department Personnel
by Joy Lukachick March 2014
For 11 years Jamani Greer has practiced softball at the city's Washington Hills Recreation Center. And since she was 6 years old the center's director, Dennis Leftwhich, has helped coached her.
Despite Debate, $400K Shifted from Parks to Firefighters
by Dan Stockman, The Journal Gazette March 2014
What City Controller Pat Roller thought would be a simple budgetary move turned into a dispute over city priorities and promises to constituents.
Police Cadet Program Puts Extra Eyes in Parks
by Emily Attwood March 2014
With warmer weather somewhere on the horizon and construction at the city’s Festival Park wrapping up, police in New Baltimore, Mich. are preparing for an uptick in park activity. The department’s Cadet Program, started more than a decade ago, brings in the extra help the department needs and gives citizens interested in a criminal justice career an opportunity to gain experience.
“It’s really just a great opportunity,” one former cadet told The Voice . “You typically start in the summer and then work your way up in the field. As a cadet a lot of the focus is on the parks and you take on that responsibility.”
The cadets, paid $8 per hour, patrol city parks and also have the opportunity to experience other aspects of a police officer’s job, including parking enforcement, administrative office work and going on ride-alongs. In addition to the experience, the program opens doors for cadets to move into permanent law enforcement positions.
“This is the golden ticket program,” says police chief Tom Wiley, who was also the program’s first cadet. “It’s a springboard into the profession.”
Riding Lacrosse Wave, Association Waives Youth Fees
by Ashby, David March 2014
The fastest-growing sport in the United States right now is also its oldest: lacrosse.
Rigor of AAU Basketball's Player Development Questioned
by Bob Cooney February 2014
Is the way of AAU youth basketball part of the reason why professional talent seems a bit thin right now? Could the AAU game be doing more harm than good in the development of players?
Little League Reaps $80K from MLB Star's 2012 Pledge
by ELIZABETH BEHRMAN; Tribune staff February 2014
Evan Longoria's successful 2012 season is bringing much-needed upgrades to the Belmont Heights Little League fields.
City Council Wary of 'Penny for Parks' Funding Plan
by Ray Gronberg, firstname.lastname@example.org February 2014
DURHAM - Advocates for a "penny for parks" tax earmark will have trouble assembling a City Council majority for it this year, judging from the reactions of some key members on Thursday. Critically, Councilwoman Diane Catotti voiced skepticism, saying she has other priorities at the moment for city funding. Even if she comes around to supporting a parks earmark, "it wouldn't be at the full penny," she said. She spoke after Mayor Bill Bell, reiterating comments he made last summer, said he's not particularly inclined to spend money on new park projects.