Did You Know?

“We Will Rock You,” a favorite of sports fans and teams for three decades, ranks as the most-played song at games of the National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball for the 2008-09 season.

--Information provided by Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


Fishbowl Finds Familiar Scene Far and Wide

I really needed this article to pull me out of a slump trying to get the message out about the same idea in my county. (“Life In A Fishbowl,” PRB September 2009). Thanks for a great article and "pick-me-up" at a much-needed time.

Linda Hadden

Library Director

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Mr. Gaddo,

Great article “Life In A Fishbowl.” I have always felt that recreation professionals need to advocate for our place in the city structure, sometimes we are an afterthought.

In these difficult times for city governments--I hope the communities really take the time and realize how essential recreation services are needed in all communities. I agree that we need to educate our communities and let them know why we are here and what we have to offer--especially at an affordable rate.

A couple of ways we are trying to connect and inform our community of what is going on in their own backyard is by using the free social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote our programs and services.

Scott A. Pratt

Deputy Director of Recreation

City of Oak Park

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You are the man! Nice article. In tough economic times, many scurry and hide, yet your bold response to a citizen inquiry is very refreshing. You have made my Friday!

David Seid

Recreation Manager

Glendale Adult Center

City of Glendale Parks & Recreation

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I just finished reading your latest LBWA column in PRB.

Well done. I’ve been in this job for exactly 60 days now and quite honestly had some second thoughts about accepting the appointment.

Now I do not feel alone in this position or in my concerns for the program.

Carrying the “Smart Card” is a perfect method for having the answers at the drop of a hat and certainly promotes good faith and confidence in the leadership and management of programs and facilities.

James Hastings

Recreation and Cultural Services Director

Wasilla, Alaska


Nothing Temporary About It …

You've done it again! This is a fantastic essay (“Temporary Sanity,” PRB September 1009, Ron Ciancutti). You lay it out in such a smart, readable fashion. Everyone can relate to these words. You take a bleak notion like 'temporariness' and turn it into hope. I love everything about it. You've got mad skills, my brother. Keep them coming.

Dominic Cirigliano

Mercury Messenger, Inc.

Strongsville, Ohio


PRB Contributor Honored Fourth Time As “Instructor of Distinction”

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.--For the fourth consecutive year, Keiser University bestowed one if its’ highest honors, the Evelyn C. Keiser Teaching Excellence Award, “Instructor of Distinction”, on pool and spa industry veteran, Connie Sue Centrella.

Centrella, Program Director of the Keiser University eCampus Aquatic Engineering Degree Program, has played a significant role in pioneering the online 2-year college degree program, now beginning the sixth year.

Keiser online students can learn anytime anywhere, from all over the world, on their own schedule, even while they work. For more information about the degree, call (866) 534-7371, or visit


A-Turf Opens Third Location

Cheektowaga, NY--A-Turf, a synthetic-turf field builder, announces the company is opening a third office in Arizona; it will cover the neighboring states of New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington.

News of the expansion follows a history of steady growth for the field builder since the start of the company. With more than 250 fields installed across the nation, A-Turf has more than quadrupled in sales over the last six years. For more information, visit


PorterCorp CEO Leaves Legacy William H. Porter, 82, CEO and founder of PorterCorp, died November 10 in Holland, Mich. Porter founded W.H. Porter, Inc. in 1963 to build balsa-wood cores for boats. That business evolved into PorterCorp and the manufacturing of structural insulated panel systems (SIPS), hog confinement buildings, park shelters and gazebos. The PorterCorp line includes Poligon Park Architecture, Porter SIPS, Parasol Fabric Shade, Poligon Wood Shelters, and Adapt Building Systems.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Land Conservancy of Western Michigan (, with funds dedicated to the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area.




2-5 Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Conference & Trade Show, Grand Rapids, Mich.—Amway Grand Plaza;

8-10 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Fort Smith, Ark.—Holiday Inn City Center;

28-3 New Jersey Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, Atlantic City, N.J.—Trump Taj Mahal;


2-5 Missouri Park & Recreation Association Annual Conference and Expo, Lake Ozark, Mo.—Tan-Tar-A Resort;

3-5 Texas Recreation & Park Society Annual Institute & Trade Show, Frisco, Texas—Frisco Conference Center;

9-12 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, Palm Springs, Calif—Expo Hall;

10-11 Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo, Honolulu--Neal S. Blaisdell Center; or e-mail

20-24 Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference,

Champion, Penn.—Seven Springs Mountain Resort;