Category Archives: August 2011

The Water-Energy Connection

On November 18, 2010, a directive from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to the city’s department of parks and recreation stated that each parks-and-recreation center in the city must take significant steps to cut costs–everything from “negotiating with unions to institute furloughs to save cash” and eliminating part-time seasonal jobs to reducing the work year from 12 to nine months. For many departments, this meant they could be essentially closed for part of the year. And New York City … Continue reading

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The Shifting Sands

The days of build, build, build are well behind the golf-course construction industry. The economic decline of the last several years has, for many firms, meant a shift in philosophy from building new courses to polishing those that already exist. A New Game Golf-course construction for much of the past 40 years enjoyed a bountiful run that continued to improve land-use practices and develop techniques and technologies used throughout landscape construction today. Although in recent years more golf courses have … Continue reading

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To The Dogs

My kids profess to be dog people. I am not. My rule is that nothing comes into my house that can’t–with proper training–clean up after itself. Whenever I’m forced to repeat this rule (and with four girls who believe a dog or dogs would complement our house nicely, it’s a lot), my wife simply rolls her eyes. The unspoken message is that if I were to strictly enforce this cleanliness rule, I would not be welcome in my own home, … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Word On The Web On “The Obligation of Assimilation,” Feb. 18 Week-Ender blog post: “Well written. Anyone who has been to Egypt could pretty much tell the place was close to a crisis. With thousands of unemployed young men loitering everywhere with nothing but time on their hands something like this was bound to happen. Ed Farnan Irish Central ————————– —————————— —————————– Hi Ron, All I can say is bravo! My dad and his family came to America from Germany … Continue reading

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Step Up To The Plate

When I founded the National Alliance For Youth Sports in 1981, one of the driving forces behind that decision was due to the alarming number of youth-sports programs that resembled those in the professional ranks. As most know–that’s not what youth sports are supposed to be about. I knew that if programs continued down that path, more and more kids would become disenchanted with sports, bail out, and look elsewhere for something fun to do. Sizing Up The Numbers A … Continue reading

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