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GreenfieldsFit Greenfields Fitness

@prb_mag Good article about community #fitness challenges--would love to see more of these happening!

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I wanted to let you know that I just read your article in PRB Week-Ender and that I enjoyed it immensely (Food, Glorious Food! Dec. 7). Although I may not be as purebred Italian as you, I do have very deep Italian roots on my father’s side. Your descriptions literally brought a tear to my eye as I think about my childhood and Grandmother Glorioso's home in Lorain, Ohio. Ah, the wonderful smells that were always present! I hope that someday my own children have similar memories. I appreciate you sharing in your article.

David A. Glorioso

iZone, National Sales Manager

Temple, Texas

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Quality Equipment & Spray Offers Money-Back Guarantee

Phoenix, Ariz.—Phoenix spray equipment manufacturer Quality Equipment & Spray has announced a no-questions-asked, money-back satisfaction guarantee on its best-selling pest control spray rigs and weed control sprayers. The company focuses on building reliable sprayers to boost technician productivity and reduce downtime, and make routine preventive maintenance easier. For more information, call (602) 371-1993, or visit .


Take A Time Out

I just finished reading your article in PRB (“Take Time To Teach,” January 2013). I am a father of a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. I can personally appreciate your quantity vs quality time approach. During the short time I have in between coming home after work and putting them to bed for the night, I try to squeeze in as much laughing, giggling, and wrestling as I can. Your article made me look forward to get home and be with the kids even more. Kudos on the great article.

Carlos I. Cedeño

Public Works Director

City of Greenacres, Fla.


Contest Rewards Sports Equipment Inventors

Waterford, Conn.—To celebrate their 60th anniversary, Jaypro Sports is hosting a nationwide contest and rewarding aspiring one inventor with the opportunity to turn his or her idea into a real product. The creator of one innovative sports equipment idea will have their concept researched, built, patented and licensed with the help of Jaypro while the top six ideas will win an iPad. Ideas can be submitted to the Innovation Challenge now through July 1, 2013. Visit .


Field Notes

BECS Technology continues to expand its water chemistry controller connectivity options with the introduction of the BECSys Now! App for Android and iPhone. For more information, visit .

Coxreels is celebrating its 90th anniversary manufacturing in the U.S. The company has been manufacturing professional-grade hose, cord, and cable reels since 1923.

Ameristar, an architectural perimeter security fencing, announced the successful completion of a comprehensive testing of Impasse II fence system integrated with, Senstar’s FlexPS a perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS), which demonstrated success in detecting a variety of forced-entry attempts.

Commercial Recreation Specialists welcomes product sales manager, Andy Berens, who will work primarily with national customers on aquatic recreation products and systems for waterfront and commercial pools.

To reflect their expanding market, customer base and aggressive product development program for 2013, Terex Woodsman changed its name to Terex Environmental Equipment .

SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf), a player-development program designed for learners of all ages, captured the Player Development Award at the International Network of Golf Industry Honors Awards. To learn more about the product, visit .


Propane Council Extends Incentive Program

Washington —The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently extended its Propane Mower Incentive Program through 2013, giving landscape contractors another full year to apply for more than $1 million in incentives toward the purchase of new propane-fueled commercial mowers or propane mower conversion kits.

Applicants accepted into the program can receive either $1,000 toward each newly purchased propane-fueled commercial mower or $500 toward qualified mowers converted to run on propane. The incentive can be applied toward up to 25 mowers per applicant, including both new and qualified conversion propane mowers. Program participants must report to PERC on the equipment’s performance and usage for one mowing season.

For more information, visit .


ASBA Joins PHIT America Campaign

Ellicott City, Md.—The American Sports Builder Association (ASBA) has become an Alliance Sponsor of PHIT America, a new national educational campaign to combat the obesity and sedentary crisis seriously affecting health care costs in the U.S. This non-profit, started by the sport and fitness industry, will promote grassroots programs and new legislation to influence Americans to be more active, fit and healthy through a consumer website.

PHIT America has been enlisting participation of companies and organizations from the sports and fitness industry for the past few months to achieve its objectives of education, advocacy, and fundraising for grassroots and PE programs. To learn more, visit .


Accessible Park Opens in East Meadow, NY

The first fully accessible playground in Nassau County on New York State’s Long Island was recently completed by BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers in East Meadow, N.Y. The $1.25-million, two-acre Let All The Children Play (LATCP) playground is located at Eisenhower Park.

Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums developed the playground in a private/public partnership with LATCP, a Long Island not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and dignity of all children by developing accessible playgrounds and inclusive recreation programs. Funding sources included $820,000 raised through the Nassau County 2006 Environmental Bond Act, the New York State CCAP Grant of $250,000, the $200,000 New York State EPF Grant sponsored by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Nassau County funds, LATCP funds, and private donations.




19-23 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and IUFRO Conference on Forests for People, Traverse City, Mich.—Park Place Hotel;


South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association, Pierre, S.D.

17-20 Nevada Recreation and Park Society Conference, Incline Village, Nev. at Lake Tahoe;

24-27 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Brooklyn Center, Minn.—Earle Brown Heritage Center;

25-27 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, Vail, Colo.


1-3 West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Twin Falls State Park;

8-10 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Houston, Texas

16-18 10th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Indianapolis, Ind.—Hyatt Regency Downtown;