Category Archives: March 2010

Year Of Tens

The clown walked into my living room and all the two-year-olds started to cry. It was the classic new-parent mistake–cash in a coupon for a free birthday with a clown to make your oldest child’s birthday something he would never forget. Mission accomplished. He’s still dislikes clowns (he’s 13)–and, to be honest, I don’t like them much either. Fast forward to his eighth birthday. Instead of a clown, I filled up a tub of water balloons–after all it’s August, it’s … Continue reading

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Good Sports

Like all of the other games in what would turn out to be a winless season, we fell behind quickly. The spread eventually settled at 20 points as our boys worked hard to even get off one shot. It was a tough season. We were placed in the wrong division and just couldn’t compete with teams that were taller, faster, stronger and more fundamentally skilled in every aspect of the game. Practice though we might, success was tough to come … Continue reading

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This-N-That

Williams Architects Announces Kmiecik’s Retirement Carol Stream, Ill.–Williams Architects Ltd. announces the retirement of Vice President Lawrence (Larry) M. Kmiecik after 28 years of service. He will remain a consultant. Kmiecik joined the firm in 1981 and became a Principal in 2002. Throughout his tenure, he served as chief architect and managed all MIS functions. Of all of his experiences, Kmiecik is especially proud of his work with founding Principal Michael T. Williams who passed away in 2009. During his … Continue reading

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The Same Rules Apply

Because of my volunteer work as an Audubon International steward, I have helped many golf course managers and superintendents obtain course certification for the Cooperative Sanctuary Program, which promotes environmental responsibility. One might think that a nature-center manager would have to stretch to have something in common with these fine folks. On the contrary, it is amazing how much we have in common–the same challenges, many of the same perspectives and the charge of maintaining the integrity of an open … Continue reading

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Building A Brand

Faced with increasing competition from the private sector, a changing population and a lack of a strong public identity, the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department in Texas decided to take on a branding initiative in 2007. At the time, the department was focused on services rather than image. Staff members often stated that, if the department was doing a better job with its communications program, everyone would know the depth and breadth of its programs and services. When it comes … Continue reading

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