Aug 06,2015: Free Senior Dance

FREE SENIORS DANCE LESSONS  (55 yrs and older)  First Thursday of Every Month, 6:00 – 8:00 PM           

Retire Military Association

120 Old Elizabethtown Road  ( off Gillespie St ) (910) 988-2840

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/free-senior-dance-2015-08-06

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Westover Aquatics Center Holds Ribbon Cutting

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Fayetteville’s long-awaited second pool, the Westover Aquatics Center, will open immediately following the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 1. Mayor Nat Robertson and members of the City Council will be in attendance at the ribbon cutting.

The pool will remain open until 6 p.m. on Saturday and will be open on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Monday for maintenance and then open for normal operations beginning Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

During the three preceding days before the official opening, the City is inviting swimmers from select Parks Recreation Summer Camps to come to the pool in limited numbers from July 29through July 31. The purpose of this “soft opening” is to test the pool’s systems to ensure we are properly prepared to handle large crowds beginning on opening day. This will ensure we are better able to serve citizens at the ribbon cutting event and beyond. 

The City appreciates residents’ patience and understanding and would like to ensure we don’t have any extra pool patrons showing up prior to Aug. 1, expecting to gain entrance into the pool.

For more information about Parks Recreation programs, log onto www.fcpr.us

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Article source: http://www.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/pressreleases.aspx?id=2104

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Aug 05,2015: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

The Murchison Road Community Farmers Market, a program of the Fayetteville State University Development Corporation (FSUDC), strives to be a guiding force in shaping the environmental, social, and financial health of the Murchison Road Community by bringing the highest quality local growers and food artisans together in the Murchison Community. The farmers market contributes to the sustainability and success of Fayetteville by serving as a community gathering place, a vehicle for a regional economy, and a center for fresh, local food.

Open Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-2pm Year Round, Rain or Shine! 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/murchison-road-community-farmers-market-2015-08-05

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Red Light Camera Program Update

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City of Fayetteville is in the early stages of its red light camera program and has experienced success in citing violators to make our intersections safer.

“Two hundred and sixty-eight citations have been mailed to red light violators from the period July 8-23,” said Lee Jernigan, Interim Engineering Infrastructure Director. “Watching the video shown in the link provided serves as a visual reminder of the need for these red light cameras. There are clearly people running through red lights across the city, needlessly endangering residents’ lives. We truly hope that the red light cameras will reduce the amount of red light running across the city, resulting in a safer driving experience for all of us.”

Jernigan added: “There are still 657 events in the work flow to be reviewed by the vendor, which will invariably result in further citations issued. Each potential violation is subjected to review by previously-generated business rules between the City and American Traffic Solutions.”

(Editor’s Note: Please view and share the link with the public: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb_aQQNiRXo.)

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Article source: http://www.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/pressreleases.aspx?id=2103

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Aug 05,2015: Dinosaurs in the Dirt

FAfter a brief introduction to dinosaurs, children will venture to the volleyball court to dig for “dinosaur bones” and play in our “giant sand box.” Shovels, buckets, and, of course, dinosaurs will be provided for children to play with.

5-under yrs with an adult

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/dinosaurs-in-the-dirt-2015-08-05

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EarthTalk: How is that being around trees and other plants can help us feel good?

Dear EarthTalk: How is that being around trees and other plants can help us feel good? – A.M.

Trees are known to improve air quality by capturing six common air pollutants and toxic gases: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and lead. In fact, a single tree can absorb 10 pounds of air pollutants per year. In a study published in 2014, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms. The researchers valued the human health effects of the reduced air pollution at nearly $7 billion every year.

 

“We found that, in general, the greater the tree cover, the greater the pollution removal, and the greater the removal and population density, the greater the value of human health benefits,” says Dave Nowak of the U.S. Forest Service.

 

More recently a 2015 study from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona, Spain found that children exposed to more greenery—as measured by satellite imagery of their schools and neighborhoods—demonstrated better attention skills and memory development. While the association was partly mediated by reductions in air pollution, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, one of the study’s authors, noted that he and the study’s other researchers don’t think it’s all air pollution: “I think it’s also some kind of direct effect… you see quite a beneficial effect of green space on mental health.”

 

Numerous recent studies have focused on the positive effects that exposure to trees and nature has on our mental health. A recent study published in the journal Nature combined satellite imagery, individual tree data, and health surveys from 31,109 residents of the greater Toronto, Canada area, and found that people who live in areas with higher street tree density report better health perception compared with their peers living in areas with lower street tree density.

 

“People have sort of neglected the psychological benefits of the environment,” says Marc G. Berman, an author of the study and professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. “I’m very interested in how the physical environment affects the brain and behavior.”

 

Such studies correlate to the “biophilia hypothesis” associated with German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm and Harvard evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson. The hypothesis proposes that humans have evolutionary biological and psychological needs attached with the natural world. According to the book, The Biophilia Hypothesis, co-edited by Wilson and Yale social ecology professor Stephen R. Kellert, relentless environmental destruction could have a significant impact on our psychological and spiritual quality of life.

 

“Why do people bring flowers to the hospital all the time? Is it just superficial? Is it just a nice gesture, nice but not important? I would suggest that it is a much deeper recognition of the healing effects associated with affirming life,” Kellert told Yale 360. With over 80 percent of Americans living in urban areas, this newer research implies an indispensable need for growth and implementation in urban tree planting, urban greening and biophilic design in educational institutions and places of business for enriched physical and mental health.

 

CONTACTS: CREAL, www.creal.cat; Nature, www.nature.com; Yale 360, www.e360.yale.edu.

 

 

EarthTalk® is produced by Doug Moss Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

 

 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/ct/weston/news/earthtalk-how-is-that-being-around-trees-and-other-plants-can-help-us-feel-good-23612327

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Aug 04,2015: Growing Up Wild Early Childhood Nature Exploration

Grasshopper World; Learn the difference between grasshoppers and crickets as we observe these insects and their natural habitat.

Growing up Wild is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, these programs provide an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills. These programs are hands-on and include a craft.

3-7 yrs with an adult

Tickets: $1 (cash only)

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/growing-up-wild-early-childhood-nature-exploration-2015-08-04

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Aug 04,2015: Nature Tales: Daring Damsels and Dragons

Free: See How You’re Listed

On Yahoo, Yelp, SuperPages, AmericanTowns and 25 other directories!

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/nature-tales-daring-damsels-and-dragons-2015-08-04

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Aug 01,2015: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

The Murchison Road Community Farmers Market, a program of the Fayetteville State University Development Corporation (FSUDC), strives to be a guiding force in shaping the environmental, social, and financial health of the Murchison Road Community by bringing the highest quality local growers and food artisans together in the Murchison Community. The farmers market contributes to the sustainability and success of Fayetteville by serving as a community gathering place, a vehicle for a regional economy, and a center for fresh, local food.

Open Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-2pm Year Round, Rain or Shine! 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/murchison-road-community-farmers-market-2015-08-01

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: EMTs Get Community Service Awards

We are used to honoring police and fire personnel. The essence of their jobs is to proactively protect us as well as respond when there is an emergency, but there is another group that often arrives at the scene of an emergency and you may know them as Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs. The name says it all. EMTs are there quickly to provide emergency medical support to save or stabilize someone until they can be transported to a hospital or trauma center.

EMTs are sometimes people in the neighborhood with day jobs who volunteer their time to go out on call when there is a medical emergency. The text book definition of an EMT is a person who is specially trained and certified to administer basic emergency services to victims of trauma or acute illness before and during transportation to a hospital or other healthcare facility.

One of their most important responsibilities is knowing how to lift and carry patients in a way that ensures their safety. It is an important and time-critical job. EMTs can be life savers in those precious moments after an accident or natural disaster.

This week’s hero story honors a group of EMTs from local fire departments in Pennsylvania. They were presented with Outstanding Community Service Awards to recognize them for their response and service to the community during several life-threatening situations over the winter.

Thank you, EMTs and all the medical personnel who help save lives.

Do you know someone who is a first responder or EMT worthy of praise? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/pa/townville/news/americantowns-heroes-emts-get-community-service-awards-23561927

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