• Respected Rec Department Weighs Cuts, Fee Increases

    by March 2014

    With $4.8M recreation deficit, Mt. Pleasant ponders cuts, fee increases MOUNT PLEASANT Should this town s recreation department, long recognized as one of the state s best, trim its programs or raise fees? Put it another way: Should Town Council keep spending about $7 million on recreation slightly more than 10 percent of its total budget while receiving only about $2.2 million from fees and sponsorships? Those are big questions facing council members as they begin work on the town s 2014-15 budget. And those are big questions that will be asked of the public at 6 p.m. Wednesday, as Clemson University consultants help the town map out the future of its swimming, soccer, baseball, senior center, crafts and other recreational offerings.

  • Local Little League Offers Head Injury Awareness Program

    by Libertyville Little League March 2014

    The Libertyville Little League, a member of the Illinois District 13 Little League organization, is committed to the safety of all players and coaches. To further improve the league's existing safety program, the league will begin this year's season with an enhanced player safety and head injury awareness program.

  • Free Swim? Town Says Collecting Fees Not Cost-Effective

    by Becky Pallack, Arizona Daily Star March 2014

    Marana plans to make its public swimming pool free, starting this summer. Fees collected by the town, which add up to less than $4,000 a year, aren't even enough to cover the wages of the worker who collects the fees, said parks director Tom Ellis.

  • Compliance Lagged, But Little League Suspension Lifted


    Hundreds of Little League players were back swinging their bats and fielding fly balls Monday after a four-day suspension that shocked and infuriated parents, but that a district official said was the result of weeks of noncompliance with national rules.

  • Legislation Would Establish Fees for Staging Road Events

    by MATT MURPHY, Daily Mail STAFF March 2014

    The proposed fees would charge races $500 for use of an established race course by the city.

  • Synthetic Turf to Make School 'Center of the Community'

    by Bill DiPaolo, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer March 2014

    The Town Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to spend $400,000 to install artificial turf on Jupiter High School's stadium field if school boosters can raise the same amount.

  • City Battles Gang Violence with Basketball League

    by Rich Scinto, on Twitter March 2014

    The league started after members of the Police Department approached New Haven Family Alliance street outreach workers and other groups about ways to reduce violence in the eastern side of the city.

  • Cities Struggle With Golf's 100-Courses-Per-Year Decline

    by Super User March 2014

    Not even the rapid aging of the population - a trend that should be favorable to golf, especially to shorter, easier courses - can seem to turn the tide.

  • Recreation Field Could Become Home to NECBL Team

    by Greg Fennell, Valley News Staff Writer March 2014

    The cost of renovating Lebanon High School's baseball facility has led the owner of a proposed New England Collegiate Baseball League franchise to shift his plans for a team in 2015 to Hartford's Maxfield recreation fields on U.S. Route 5.

  • Editorial: Should $325K Be Spent on Pickleball?

    by The Gazette editorial March 2014

    Pickleball. That was an answer given by City Councilman Don Knight after Mayor Steve Bach asked council members to look for ways city government might help stimulate economic growth. Bach shared the results of a U.S. Department of Labor report that said the metro area had not seen a net jobs increase in 13 years but had grown by about 100,000 residents. Retirees are moving in, and young people are leaving. With fewer young adults, dependence will grow and production will shrink. Bach's email spoke about his hope for a revival of the airport, the new lease of the city's hospital system to University of Colorado Health and four development proposals collectively known as City for Champions. He hopes all will attract and/or employ young professionals, often referred to as millennials.