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Spotswood Recreation Department And Spotswood Fire Department To Host Holiday Drive-Thru

SPOTSWOOD, NJ – The Spotswood Recreation Department’s Halloween Drive-Thru was a big success. So save the date for the REC Department’s Holiday Drive-Thru on Saturday, December 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spotswood High School. The family-friendly event is being hosted by the Spotswood Recreation Department in conjunction with the Spotswood Fire Department.

Spotswood’s fire department always brings Santa by the borough’s annual tree lighting, and the department will be escorting the big guy in red to the drive-thru holiday celebration on December 19. Toys and treats will be handed out while supplies last. Residents can also drop off community giving tree donations as well. The Spotswood Recreation Department asks residents to remember to social distance.

Spotswood will hold its tree lighting virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Residents can watch the prerecorded event starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 on the Spotswood Recreation Department’s YouTube channel beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. The tree lighting can also be seen on SPSN which is Channel 43 for Fios and Channel 26 for Xfinity throughout the holiday season beginning on Saturday. Spotswood’s virtual tree lighting will feature music from Krista Masucci and the Schoenly School Chorus.

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York Parks and Recreation Department plans outdoor winter activities

By Dan Bancroft
 |  Portsmouth Herald

YORK – Recognizing the importance of getting outside this winter is at the heart of York’s Parks and Recreation Department’s efforts to offer and publicize outdoor activities, according to Robin Cogger, the department’s director.

Cogger noted that with social restrictions remaining in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone should be asking themselves two questions, “How am I getting outside, and how am I moving my body daily?”

“There is a direct connection between mental health, quality of life, and recreation,” said Cogger, whose remarks followed a presentation by two members of York’s mental health provider network.

Getting out of doors in Maine is not just a summertime pastime, noted Cogger. “Colder temperatures and snow do not have to mark the end of outdoor recreation,” said Cogger, who pointed out the physical, mental and emotional benefits of outdoor activities.

     Cogger listed some of the benefits that support mental health and well-being for all ages, including getting away from indoor germs, something that is particularly important this winter, and boosting your metabolism.

“Spending 15-20 minutes outside just two to three times a week, provides sunshine on your hands and face (Vitamin D), and can be beneficial for your mood and your bones,” continued Cogger.

     Cogger also noted that being outdoors in the winter provides an opportunity to do things differently and see things in a different way.

“You will use different muscles, think differently, and move differently, and that is just plain good for you,” said Cogger.

     Some of the activities to be found on the Parks and Recreation website are Nordic Walking, birding, a new partnership with the York Paddle Tennis and Pickleball Club on Mill Lane, and the outdoor nature programs at White Pine Programs.

     These are in addition to some of the better-known winter activities like ice skating, skiing and hiking.

     “Mt. Agamenticus has seen an incredible increase in activity,” said Cogger.

     The Winter Outdoor Recreation resource listing can be found on the website homepage, www.yorkparksandrec.org.

     Sally Manninen, director of Choose to be Healthy Coalition (www.ctbhorg.org), located at York Hospital, and Maggie Norbert, a social worker and therapist working with Sweetser (www.sweetser.org), also presented to the selectmen about concerns facing people who are living through the pandemic, and extolled the benefits of getting outdoors in order to beat coronavirus fatigue.

     Both professionals noted that the pandemic is harmful for everyone, and particularly for anyone who already suffers from mental or emotional health issues.     

     Norbert suggested limiting access to social media and newsfeeds, and “anchor yourself by taking walks and being outdoors.”

“Try to eat well, try to get a good night’s sleep,” urged Norbert, who also suggested that doing something for others can be enormously beneficial.

“One of the things we know for sure (is that) helping others makes us (and them) feel better,” said Norbert.

“It is a good distraction from what you’re going through, and also keeps the positive thoughts moving, and to be quite frank, it is a huge,

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Deerfield Recreation Department holding holiday lighting contest

Published: 11/29/2020 9:05:19 PM

DEERFIELD — The Recreation Department is seeking submissions for its holiday lighting contest.

The contest will feature four categories, including “Traditional” — capturing the classic holiday theme; “Clark Griswold” — excessive use of lights and decorations; “Crazy Inflatables” — five or more inflatables “tastefully” displayed; and finally, “Best ‘Deer’field Lighting” — best use of deer in a display.

Entry forms, which are now available at deerfieldma.us/recreation, must be received by Dec. 11. The forms may be mailed or emailed to the Recreation Department (8 Conway St., South Deerfield, MA 01373 or [email protected]) or put in the Town Hall dropbox.

According to a Recreation Department press release, homes will be judged on their curbside appeal, originality, holiday theme and “wow” factor. One winner will be chosen in each category.

Prizes include gift card and cash donations from local businesses, including Antonellis Farm LLC/Ciesluk Farmstand, Scanlon & Associates and Sobieski Financial LLC.

Judging will take place Dec. 14 to 16, with winners announced on Dec. 21. The release states that a list of display addresses will be available on the Deerfield Recreation Department’s Facebook page and the town website.

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Greene County recreation department holding children’s Christmas activities | Community News

Children from all across Greene County will be able to enjoy two upcoming Christmas-themed events being coordinated by the county’s department of recreation.

Santa Claus will be the focus of the upcoming activities, as he will serve as the special guest at “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 5. He will also be receiving letters from local youths who write to him through the department’s “Letters to Santa” initiative.

The breakfast starts at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Admission is $7 per person and includes a breakfast catered by Dan Wagner, culinary arts instructor at Greene County Career and Technology Center.

To follow CDC guidelines put in place because of COVID-19, the current plan is for the department to offer three time frames with a 35-person occupancy per time frame, and masks must be worn by attendees unless they are seated.

Also, Santa will be seated behind a Plexiglas frame in the upper level of the 4-H Building and available for a picture. Children will also receive that picture with Santa and a special treat.

A mailbox for the North Pole will be available for children to write and deposit their letters into, along with “Dear Santa” templates to compose their wish list on.

The event is sponsored by Direct Results and Waynesburg VFW Post 4793.

Recreation department director Bret Moore said all steps are being taken to ensure the event will follow all CDC mandates and guidelines.

“We haven’t made a final decision yet as to whether we will allow people to come inside and eat breakfast, or if this will become a ‘to-go’ event,” Moore said. “We will make the decision based on what is best for those coming, and what is mandated.

“As for Santa, unfortunately children will not be able to sit on his lap this year because of COVID-19, but he will be there, greeting and waving, and he will be situated behind a safety glass that will resemble a wonderful Christmas card.”

Moore said tickets for the breakfast are now available at the recreation office, located at the county fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also, through Dec. 15, area children wishing to receive a personalized letter from Santa can simply send their letter with a completed request form to Greene County Department of Recreation, ATTN: Santa Claus, 107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, Pa., 15370.

Letter request forms include the child’s contact and basic information, including gender, age and any gifts requested from Santa, and must be completed by a parent or guardian.

A completed form must accompany each letter, and parents are asked to limit one request per child. There is no cost for a letter from Santa, as funding has been provided through various sponsors and fundraising efforts the department of recreation holds throughout the year.

Children should receive the letters before Christmas.

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Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department lists 10-year priorities | News

ELIZABETHTON — The completion of a bicycle and hiking trail that has been under construction for decades is one of the top priorities listed in the goals and objectives of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department.

These goals and objectives for the period 2021 to 2030 can be found in the Parks and Recreation Department’s 10-year Master Plan, which was developed by the Parks and Recreation Board and has been approved by the Elizabethton City Council.

The top priorities of the Master Plan were discussed in the November edition of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Newsletter. It lists the top priorities to be the completion of the Elizabethton Linear Path; improvements to the Covered Bridge Park; the extension of the Hampton Watershed Bike and Hiking Trail; and Surf Betsy.

In addition to these plans, the Parks and Recreation Board also included the possible partnership with the Carter County Parks and Recreation Committee to build a new park near the start of the new Mary Patton Highway.

Another consideration is the desire to build a skate park.

The completion of the Linear Path would be noteworthy for no other reason than the long time it has been under development. Work began on the trail in the 1980’s. With the exception of the Tweetsie Trail, the Linear Trail also impacts more parts of the city, extending from Sycamore Shoals in the west to East Side in the east.

The trail begins near East Side Elementary School and follows the Doe River to the confluence with the Watauga River, then west along the Watauga River two Sycamore Shoals.

In addition two recreation facility projects, programs and special events are also top priorities. The newsletter reported that work is ongoing to plan and implement several events, including the Covered Bridge Days, which has recently been acquired by the Parks and Recreation Department from the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce. That event coincides with the department’s Covered Bridge Jams, the summering series of free concerts at Covered Bridge Park held nearly every Saturday night during the season.

Athletic leagues and tournament play is also a top priority in the Master Plan. New pickle ball, kick ball, wiffle ball and other atheltic leaves will be offered for the first time in 2021, and the department plans to open its baseball and softball facilities on weekends for travel ball tournament play.

To view the entire 10-year Master Plan, go to www.elizabethton.org and click on the link to the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation page.

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Springfield Recreation Department, Township Partner on Softball Field Work

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Chisholm Park upper softball field will soon be receiving some much-needed renovations. At a township committee meeting earlier this month, the committee approved a resolution to award a contract for the field’s renovation.

When completed, according to the township, the project will address drainage and playability concerns that caused the frequent cancellation of softball activities after rainfall which often in the complicated and schedule-rending rescheduling of practices, scrimmages, games, and clinics for Springfield and visiting softball players, coaches, officials, and families who use the field on a regular basis.

In a post on the township website, Adam Lieb, Director of Recreation said he was optimistic about the possibilities a full renovation could provide.

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“I’m excited about this project for many reasons,” Lieb said. “The upper softball field sits right outside my office and it’s very frustrating to see the build-up of water almost every time it rains. Our Department of Public Works staff members do a terrific job removing the water and preparing the field, but we still lose a day or two.

“As a result, the softball program is inconvenienced, which affects many, many people. The township spends considerable funds every year to upgrade playgrounds, parks, fields, and the Chisholm Community Center. This project is a worthwhile use of our funds and efforts because it will benefit a popular and growing youth sports program.”

The $13,000 project includes the following work to be completed by Advanced Athletic Services of Allamuchy, New Jersey:

  • Layout correct field dimensions
  • Excavate and replace sod where infield meets outfield
  • Laser grade existing infield mix at consistent elevation
  • Spread new infield mix to achieve proposed finished grade
  • Grade and groom infield to a smooth finish
  • And spread infield conditioner

One of the organizations who will be using the new field when it is finished is Springfield Girls Softball Inc., an organization that partners with the recreation department to provide year-round outdoor and indoor softball opportunities for children from pre-k through high school.

In the same post, Jen Cataldo, president of Springfield Girls Softball Inc., said, that she and the rest of the board were beyond thrilled to have the field project underway.

“The Springfield Girls Softball board and I are thrilled that the upper field project is approved and will be underway shortly,” Cataldo said. “Anyone who has passed by that field days after a rain storm knows how dire it is to get it fixed. We are so grateful to the Springfield Township Committee and the Springfield Recreation Department for making this a priority for our girls.

“After witnessing our girls thrive playing amidst a pandemic this summer and fall, we realize how important it is for them to get back to doing what they love in a safe manner. It was devastating to lose our spring season this 

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St. J Recreation Department Forms Social Running/Walking Club | Local News

ST. JOHNSBURY — Runners and walkers greeting each other at Tuesday’s first run of an adult (18-plus) running club were greeted by a fresh layer of snow as they gathered at Four Seasons Playground on Main Street.

It didn’t deter, and in fact may have helped boost, the turnout of better than 20 people looking to warm up in the wintry conditions. Started by the St. J Recreation Department, this weekly occasion is geared toward all looking to get outdoors, said Rec Department Director of Recreational Programs Joe Fox.


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Phoenix Planning And Development Department Launches New On-Line Services For Short-Term Vacation Rental Property Registrations And Searches

November 6, 2020

Searching for or registering a short-term vacation rental property in Phoenix is a lot easier now, thanks to a new online self-registration portal. The city of Phoenix’s Planning and Development Department just launched the portal that will make the registration process more efficient for property owners. It will also make it easier to find rentals and the owner’s emergency contact information by surrounding property owners should there be management issues.

In 2019, the Arizona Legislature authorized municipalities to create provisions for short-term vacation rentals (Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S. §9-500.39) to help manage them as the law requires all cities to allow them within their city. Phoenix adopted the Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance (G-6653) in early 2020, to implement the law passed by the State Legislature.

The Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance (ORDINANCE G-6653) requires owners of short-term or vacation rentals to register with the city and provide emergency and complaint contact information. The ordinance outlines vacation rental violations and reaffirms prohibited types of uses, such as banquet halls and large parties, and introduces an enhanced penalty structure.

Two new features have been added to the website and takes customers directly to the online PHX At Your Service Portals. Property owners should visit https://www.phoenix.gov/pdd/codes-ordinances/short-term-rentals to register their short-term vacation rental property. Neighbors impacted by a short-term vacation rental property should visit that site to find the contact information for the manager of that property to communicate about renter issues.


This press release was produced by the City of Phoenix. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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Scarborough resident thanks town’s Parks and Recreation Department with donation

Riaz Hamid, a Scarborough resident, donated $2,000 to the town in gratitude for the maintenance of Memorial Park. Catherine Bart photo

SCARBOROUGH — On Oct. 21, the Town Council accepted a donation of $2,000 from a resident who thanked staff for the work done to maintain Memorial Park.

Riaz Hamid sent the donation and a letter of thanks to the Scarborough Community Services Department.

“I am writing this note to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the excellent job the Scarborough Memorial Park Maintenance Department is doing to keep the park clean, green and sheen,” he said. “After the recent planting of plants, shrubs and new trees, the park looks beautifully beautiful.”

He said that the maintenance crew’s hard work deserves high commendation.

Scarborough Town Council expressed gratitude to Hamid.

Councilor Jean-Marie Caterina is a frequent user of Memorial Park as well, she said.

“I think that all of our Parks and Recreation areas in town are very valuable, and I just want to thank (Hamid) for that donation,” she said.

Community Services does a “stellar job” with Memorial Park, Councilor Ken Johnson said.

“One thing I noticed that was COVID-driven. It was after months of being cooped up in the house. I really noticed this summer the utilization of our park really went up.”


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Parma Recreation Department delays fall/winter basketball rec program signups

PARMA, Ohio — Parma is currently employing a four corners or stall offense regarding its fall/winter basketball rec program.

“We haven’t officially opened up the registration yet,” Parma Parks & Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi said. “In a normal year, we generally have registration closed by the end of October.

“I met with the mayor earlier (last) week and also had conversations with the Parma City Schools, because we’re just a tenant at the schools. Wanting to have as much normalcy as possible for students, the school district said we could take our time to make sure we have safety protocols in place.”

In a normal year, Parma’s fall/winter basketball rec program includes more than 1,000 participants, including first through eighth graders, as well as a high school basketball program and a men’s league.

“Assuming everything improves or as least doesn’t get worse, we plan to have registration by mid-December, which allows us enough time to form teams and order uniforms,” Vittardi said.

“That way we can begin the program in the first of the year. The last thing we want to do is what we encountered with soccer earlier this year where we had to issue refunds.”

The city’s approach for its basketball rec program is basically the same Vittardi used last spring when he delayed a decision on the boys and girls youth baseball/softball programs, which ended up taking place over the summer without much of a hitch.

That included the rec director putting into place numerous safety protocols. The result was a successful season without any COVID-related team quarantines or forfeits.

“We hired what we called game managers to oversee all of the safety protocols that needed to be followed by the teams, the players and even the spectators,” Vittardi said.

“While we had concerns, the safety involved made us feel confident that we would have a successful season, which we did.”

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter commended the rec department for its summer season, which also included the opening of the splash pad.

“Obviously, the first thing is the safety of our residents and the children participating,” DeGeeter said. “If we can do it and we can do it safely, we want to offer these activities — especially for the kids.

“Not only is this pandemic tough on adults, but even more so you can see it with the children. So anything we can give them and they can do it safely, we want to be able to do that. Our rec department has a great track record managing through unmanageable times.”

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