Next Phase of the Cape Fear River Trail Nearing Completion

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Walkers, runners and cyclists will soon have more exercise options in Fayetteville as the next phase of construction of the Cape Fear River Trail is nearing completion. This phase of the trail extends from Clark Park to the southern end of the PWC Water Treatment Plant, which nears the CSX railroad. This portion of the project is 1.27 miles long and is currently being paved. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

Construction of this project was awarded to Lanier Construction Company from Snow Hill, N.C. at a cost of $1,090,461.45. There were a total of four bidders for the project, with one being a local contractor. 

This project is being funded through a combination of agencies, including the Federal Highway Authority (FHWA), North Carolina Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT) and the City.

For questions concerning this project, please call the City’s Engineering Infrastructure Department at (910) 433-1656.

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Tally Sweat Is An Advocate For Parks

Tally Sweat is a long-time environmental activist and passionate protector of land and water. In addition to her current role with the Garden Club of Georgia, she works with the Georgia Water Coalition and the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance. Among her credits is protecting the Chattahoochee River and helping to start an organization called Park Pride that has a simple mission, which is “to work with communities to develop and improve their parks.”

Read more Tally Sweat Is An Advocate For Parks.

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Oct 25,2014: Exhibition

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Learn to Skate with the FireAntz

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Children can learn to ice skate, build self-esteem and make new friends by participating in the Learn to Skate with the Fayetteville FireAntz program. Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation, the Fayetteville FireAntz, Old Wilmington Improvement Group and the Crown Complex are partnering to present the program at the Crown Coliseum.

On Tuesday nights, from Nov. 4 to Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., kids ages 5 to 17 years old will be taught the basics of ice skating and receive motivation from members of the FireAntz hockey team. The sessions cost $70 total and all equipment is provided. Any participant that signs up for the Learn to Skate program will receive four free tickets to a hockey game in December, which is a great benefit.

“This is a new program that is geared towards acclimating youth to ice hockey and skating,” said J.S. Spivey Recreation Center Supervisor Tommy Stewart. “Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation is excited about this program and we are looking forward to getting the youth involved.”

To register for the program, participants may go to any recreation center or call the J.S. Spivey Recreation Center at (910) 433-1572. Stewart said the program is already half-full, so anyone who is interested needs to sign up fast.

For more information about Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation, log onto www.fcpr.us. To learn more about the Fayetteville FireAntz and to view their upcoming season’s schedule, visit www.fireantzhockey.com

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EarthTalk: Artificial Turf Issues

Is it true that playing on artificial turf fields can cause cancer? If so, how can I minimize exposure for my sports-loving kids?   – M.W.

Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again. Those little black dirt-like granules that fill up the space between synthetic blades of grass and make up some 90 percent of today’s artificial turf fields are actually ground-up car and truck tires. As such they contain a host of potentially noxious chemicals that can lead to a wide range of health problems.

 

Four of the constituent chemicals in these “tire crumbs” (or “tire mulch”) as they are called—arsenic, benzene, cadmium and nickel—are deemed carcinogens by the International Agency for Cancer Research. Others have been linked to skin, eye and respiratory irritation, kidney and liver problems, allergic reactions, nervous systems disorders and developmental delays.

 

While the risk came to light recently when a University of Washington women’s soccer coach began to think it might be more than a coincidence that two of her goalies were stricken with cancer, researchers have known about such potential links for years. A 2007 report by the Connecticut-based Environment Human Health Inc. (EHHI) looked at several scientific studies and found definitive connections between various health problems and exposure to synthetic turf.

 

EHHI also reported that kids on playfields are likely to face similar risks as line workers in the rubber fabrication and reclamation industries, where they say health reports show the presence of multiple volatile organic hydrocarbons and other toxic elements in the air. “Studies at tire reclamation sites report leaching of similar sets of chemicals into the ground water,” says the group.

 

The Synthetic Turf Council, an industry group, maintains that there is considerable evidence pointing to the health safety of synthetic turf. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t taking sides, leaving it up to state and local jurisdictions to decide whether or not to allow artificial turf. The EPA would like to see more research done so parents everywhere can have a better idea of the risks involved.

 

Of course, synthetic turf fields aren’t all bad. For one, they don’t need frequent watering (a grass playing field typically requires 50,000 gallons of water per week during growing season) and doesn’t require the application of potentially toxic pesticides. Furthermore, turf is much more durable and less costly to maintain than grass, and players suffer fewer injuries on it since it doesn’t turn to slippery mud when wet.

 

Do these pros outweigh the cons? Some schools don’t think so and are turning back plans to convert their grass fields to turf. Where it is too late for that, parents should warn their little athletes to stay upright as much as possible—turf-related cancers seem to be most common in goalies who spend the most time down on the turf surface. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those playing on synthetic turf avoid eating or drinking on the field where toxic dust can contaminate food and liquids, wash their hands and body aggressively with soap and water afterwards, and remove clothes worn on the field and turn them inside out before washing them separately from other items.

 

CONTACTS: International Agency for Cancer Research, www.iarc.fr; EHHI, www.ehhi.org; Synthetic Turf Council, www.syntheticturfcouncil.org; CDC, www.cdc.gov.

 

 

EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

 

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Oct 25,2014: Archbishops of Blount Street

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Citizens Invited to Participate in Run United Zombie 5K

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – It is fun to walk like a zombie, but the City and its co-sponsors are giving its citizens the opportunity to run like a zombie this Saturday, Oct. 25. The Run United Zombie 5K is being sponsored by the City, Fayetteville Police Department and the Fayetteville Running Club this Saturday at Honeycutt Park, located at 352 Devers St. Registration is $30 and will be held on-site at 4 p.m. Race time is 5:30 p.m. All walkers, crawlers and creepers are welcome!

The Run United Zombie 5K will benefit the United Way of Cumberland County and Fayetteville Running Club youth programs.

Participants can pre-register online at Active.com by typing in “Run United Zombie 5k.” Group registration is available online for $25. Online registration ends at midnight on Wednesday. However, participants can also register at the event’s packet pickup, which will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Recreation Center. 

You can join the Run United Zombie 5K Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rununitedfayetteville.

T-shirts and finisher medals are guaranteed for all participants.  

For more information, contact Kelly Blazey at (910) 433-1221 or kblazey@ci.fay.nc.us. 

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Oct 24,2014: Exhibition

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City Hall Flags Lowered In Honor of Council Member Bates

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – City Hall flags were lowered today in honor of former City Council Member Keith Bates, who passed away on Friday. He was 55.

A memorial service was held earlier today for Bates at Village Baptist Church.

Bates was first elected to the City Council in 2005 as District 1 representative and was re-elected three more times, last serving during the 2011-2013 term.

He was known for his straight forwardness and dedication to his family, City and nation.

A lifelong resident of Fayetteville, Bates was a 1977 graduate of Reid Ross High School. He worked for the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department before joining the Army. Bates served 20 years, retiring in November 2003, as a first sergeant with two combat tours and earning the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan. He worked on Fort Bragg as a civilian employee for the Department of Defense. Bates received the Order of the Longleaf Pine, one of North Carolina’s highest civilian honors, earlier this year.

While on City Council, he served on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors and the National League of Cities University Community Council and the Human Development Committee. 

He is survived by his wife, Maggie, and his two sons, Keith, Jr. and Dannie, and other family members.

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Oct 24,2014: Saint Diablo

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