• As Resident Survey Begins, More Sampling at Toxic Park

    by Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Columbus Public Health workers will survey residents who live near Saunders Park beginning Friday to determine whether they have been affected by toxins found in the park. Meanwhile, a consultant will take samples near a pool that has yet to open at the Near East Side park to make sure the soil around it isn't contaminated with arsenic, lead and other toxins found in the park. Mayor Michael B. Coleman talked about those initiatives yesterday, the latest in response to a series of Dispatch stories that revealed that city recreation and parks officials knew of the toxins as early as 2011, yet allowed youth soccer teams to play there for two more years.

  • Lacrosse Experiencing Chicagoland Popularity Boom

    by News-sun staff report July 2014

    The sport of lacrosse is exploding at the youth level in Lake County. And while it may not translate into soccer-type participation numbers, it's still big and it's growing.

  • Former Rec Coach Indicted on Additional Abuse Charges

    by Melissa Powell 381-8621 July 2014

    A former volunteer soccer coach awaiting trial in Pulaski County on three counts of taking indecent liberties with minors has been indicted on new charges out of Giles County. Russell K. Simpson, 44, of Pulaski, is now also facing two counts of forcible sodomy of a child under the age of 13 and one count of taking indecent liberties with a person under the age of 15, according to Pulaski County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Naomi Huntington, who has been appointed special prosecutor.

  • Special-Needs Hockey More Therapeutic than Therapy

    by Alicia Doyle Special to The Star July 2014

    Hockey fans Dillon and Brandon Hillman have learned focus and teamwork on the ice by participating in a program designed to hone their abilities through the sport.

  • Legion Game-Time Changes Address Lighting, PA Issues

    by Safiya Merchant July 2014

    The American Legion Post 76 could get a little more flexibility on game times for baseball tournaments if recommendations from the Carol Stream plan commission/zoning board of appeals are approved.

  • 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.