Fashion Sense

The men’s fashion article was quite unexpected, but I liked that (“Suit-able” Attire, PRB August, Ron Ciancutti).

I grew up in California, where most guys wear the same clothes they cleaned out the garbage cans with to the fanciest restaurant. When I was hired for a job in N.Y., they told me I can’t dress like that and actually gave me some money to get some NY “duds.”

Now I dress better and circumstance-appropriate.

Robert Kravitz

Altura Solutions


Word On The Web

On “Eagles Rule,” September 2 Week-Ender blog post:


I enjoy reading your weekly blog. I especially liked today’s story about bald eagles. One of my favorite places to hike back home in Iowa is at Backbone State Park. The eagles soar by at eye level when you’re on the ridge, and their screeches reverberate in the canyon. It’s so amazing!

Anyway, thanks for a good read.

Matthew Kaiser

Deputy Public Information Officer

Fairfax County Park Authority

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Catalog Details Waste, Recycling Containers

Cincinnati, Ohio--A new 56-page, full-color catalog from Witt Industries details the company's lineup of waste and recycling containers for indoor and outdoor environments. Metal and fiberglass containers are available to match virtually any décor or color scheme. The catalog lists products by family and usage point. For more information, visit .


Field Notes

Allyn Frerichs retired as director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry after more than 50 years of service to the city of Brookings, S.D.

A child-designed playground was fully assembled from scratch in less than eight hours with the help of more than 300 volunteers on Sept. 10 at Fort Meade’s Burba Park in Maryland. Volunteers from Northrop Grumman, the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council and non-profit KaBOOM! assisted in the project.

Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of playground and fitness equipment, announces all of its product lines from its 2010 catalog have been Cradle to Cradle Certified Basic. The certification system is administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute that evaluates products and materials for their impact on human health and environmental health and design for future life cycles.

Peter Blumenfeld, 62, former president and long-time employee of BSN SPORTS passed away September 12.

The Williams architectural and construction management firms have moved from their offices in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago. Williams Architects/Aquatics has relocated to Ithaca, Ill. Their new address is 500 Park Blvd., Ste 800, Ithaca, IL 60143. They can be reached at 630-221-1212. Williams Construction Management will have new offices in St. Charles, Ill. Their address is 300 Cardinal Drive, St., Charles, IL 60175, and their phone number is 630-221-0671.

USA SHADE & Fabric Structures, Inc. recently hired Steve Wilson as Vice President of Company Sales. He will be based in the company’s Dallas-based headquarters. Wilson has 5 years of experience in the shade industry and over 20 years of experience working with commercial distributors.


Profile Products Announces Change to Company Master Brand

Solutions for your Environment™ Falls in Line with Expanding Business Reach

PROFILE Products LLC announces it is changing its master brand to better represent its evolving business. The master brand is best expressed in its updated logo and new tagline: Solutions for your Environment.


Poo Free Parks, a Denver-based, privately held company providing environmentally responsible pet-waste supplies and services to local communities, announces that it has named Tatum Bell as the new director of sales.

David Withers has been promoted to president of Jacobsen. He previously served as managing director of the Ransomes division of Jacobsen, located in the United Kingdom, since January 2005, overseeing international operations for all Jacobsen brands as well as the E-Z-GO brand in Europe.


Field Of Dreams Contest Winners Named

Atlanta, Ga.--Two grand prize winners were named in the Synthetic Turf Council’s 2011 Search for the Real Field of Dreams Contest--Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground in Fort Wayne, Ind. and Van Horn High School in Independence, Mo.

Outstanding synthetic turf fields also were honored in both an Athletic Fields and a Community Parks and Fields category. Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, Ky. was named the top winner in the Athletic Fields Category. Canyon De Chelly Elementary School in Chinle, Ariz., was named top winner in the Community Parks and Fields Category for their new synthetic grass playground.

The Synthetic Turf Council created its annual contest to recognize the power that synthetic turf has to transform the lives of youth and enhance public wellness. Visit to review the full story on each winner.


LSI Opens Concrete Operations Facility

Delano, Minn.--Landscape Structures Inc. has unveiled a facility that is devoted to designing and manufacturing imaginative playground elements made of precast concrete and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). The 30,000-square-foot facility enables the company to sustainably manufacture playground components in a controlled environment where specified levels of temperature and humidity enable the concrete creations to properly cure for incredible durability.