• Rebounding Economy Allows for Seven New Rec Hires

    by Kevin D. Thompson, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2014

    As part of its proposed $35 million budget for fiscal year 2015, the village plans to hire eight workers, maintain the same tax rate and offer a 2 percent merit raise for all employees.

  • Combined YMCA Develops New Ways to Serve

    by Clark Mindock; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014

  • 7-on-7 Football Rapidly Gaining Recognition as Showcase

    by NICK WILLIAMS; Tribune staff July 2014

    Two-hand touch football. For decades, it's been a pastime enjoyed by youths and adults on playgrounds, neighborhood streets and even indoors in gymnasiums. No pads or helmets required. Just run, turn around and catch. How times have changed. Now, it's a recognized sport with its own governing body, officiating and a nationally televised championship game. On June 22, IMG Academy hosted the fourth National 7v7 Football Association National Championships, an invite-only tournament with more than 50 teams from 13 states as well as Canada. This year, Miami-based Florida Fire was crowned the national champion, defeating Unsigned Preps, a team from Tampa, with the game aired on Fox College Sports.

  • Nearly Bankrupt Little League Buys Bingo Hall

    by The Virginian-Pilot July 2014

    By John Holland The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach The Aragona-Pembroke Little League had less than $30,000 in the bank, could not pay basic expenses and was losing money at its twice-a-week bingo fundraisers. Bankruptcy seemed certain. Then, in late 2009, bingo hall owner Debbie Tibbitt approached league President Lou Mazza with an offer: Why not buy her facility instead of renting it a couple of days a week? Under Virginia law, the league, as a nonprofit, would be allowed to run more gaming sessions than private owners. And by giving itself the best hours, bingo could be the ticket to a financial turnaround. Mazza signed a deal within weeks that put the 300-player baseball league in the bingo business and, soon after, landed him and his wife jobs running the bingo hall.

  • 'Flagship' 31.5-Acre Sports Park Addresses Space Needs


    After a decade of planning, the city's "flagship" active park, to be built in 2016, will include four soccer fields, three ballfields, four tennis fields, two basketball courts and eight pickleball courts at the Tustin Legacy.

  • City Okays Turning Park into Sand Volleyball Destination

    by Daniel Moore July 2014

    Sand volleyball plans in Browns Park OKd New sand volleyball courts expected to draw tourneys By Daniel Moore,(509) 459-5406 City leaders have given a green light to a plan that could make Spokane Valley a regional destination for sand volleyball players in the coming years. The Spokane Valley City Council approved on Tuesday the Browns Park Master Plan that seeks to install 16 tournament-quality sand courts in the 8.2-acre park on the corner of South Pines Road and East 32nd Avenue. The plan would also renovate the existing neighborhood park facilities and add new play equipment, picnic shelters and a splash pad.

  • Police Propose Taking Over City's Rec Department

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter July 2014

    Although no final decision was made, the Common Council seemed pleased Wednesday with a proposal from the Police Department to take charge of the Youth and Recreation Department. "We talked about it earlier. We think it's a good idea," Council President Joseph C. Kibler said. The plan put forward by community policing aide Mark Sanders and Capt. Douglas E. Haak, who also is chairman of the Youth Board, calls for the Police Department to take over all administrative functions of the youth programs, including payroll, grant applications and state compliance forms.

  • Officials Hope to Convert Swim Site into Rec Center

    by Justin Runquist Columbian staff writer July 2014

    By the end of the year, officials in Camas say, they hope to finally have the new community center they've long sought to bring to the city.City leaders are in the midst of working out a multimillion-dollar deal to buy LaCamas Swim & Sport and convert the 41,000-square-foot facility into a new public recreation center. The option would be faster and more cost-effective than building a facility from scratch, City Administrator Pete Capell said.

  • Lifeguards Put Skills to Use in Rec Competition

    by Amanda Coyne, June 2014

    More than 30 lifeguards ran, dove and swam at Isle of Palms County Park on Friday morning, but nobody at the beach needed help. The guards from Charleston County beaches and waterparks and Mount Pleasant town pools competed in the 17th annual South Carolina Recreation and Park Association Lifeguard Competition.

  • Rival Developers Proceeding with Separate Rink Plans

    by laura kinsler; Tribune staff June 2014

    - When Gordie Zimmermann announced plans last month for a massive ice-skating complex on Interstate 75, it seemed to put an end to speculation about where Pasco County's first ice rink would be built. But rival Pat DeLorenzo said he hasn't given up his dream to build a hockey arena one exit north, on County Road 54 near The Grove shopping center. We're going forward, DeLorenzo said.