Sittingbourne teen arrested after boy stabbed in Faversham Recreation Ground attack

A teenager has been arrested after a boy was stabbed in a daylight attack at a town park.

It is yet another incident to happen at Faversham recreation ground – which is fast becoming the town’s crime hotspot.

The recreation ground
The recreation ground

The victim’s mother has since said it “remains to be seen” whether her son, who “rarely leaves the house”, will be able to leave home again following the assault.



The 16-year-old was knifed in the back, near to the Rec’s public toilets at about 4pm on Sunday.

Police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene, and the boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

His injuries are not deemed to be serious.

Police have since arrested a 15-year-old boy from Sittingbourne on suspicion of assault. He remains in custody as police continue to investigate.

The incident happened in broad daylight
The incident happened in broad daylight

In a heartfelt post on Facebook, the boy’s mother has encouraged anyone with information to come forward.

She wrote: “Thankfully physically he’s going to be OK.

“Before anyone wants to speculate, he’s not in a gang or on drugs.

“He rarely leaves the house, whether he ever will be able to again remains to be seen.

“Look after your kids – it’s dangerous out there.

“We as a community are worried and scared for the wellbeing and future of our children…”

“If you saw or heard anything, however small, please report it to the police to put an end to this.”

The stabbing is another addition to a long list of incidents at the recreation ground this year.

It has been branded a “lawless area”, and many have shared their fears of walking through the park – whether it be at night or in the day.

Concerned residents have started a petition calling for security cameras, better lighting and even a park warden to be introduced to help make the area safer.

Daisy Courtney, who started the petition, wrote: “In the last few years there has been constant aggro at the Rec. This includes two stabbings, children being robbed and threats with violence.

“My children can no longer play in their local park or even walk home from their school as the route includes the recreation ground!

“We as a community are worried and scared for the wellbeing and future of our children.

“We should be able to feel safe to let our children play at the park, walk our dogs, ride our bikes, enjoy the company of other families with out feeling anxious and scared, resulting in a community avoiding the Rec.”

The petition, addressed to MP Helen Whately and Swale Borough Council, has garnered more than 970 signatures.

To sign, or for more information, click here .

Anyone with information on Sunday’s incident is asked to contact the police on 01795 419119 quoting 46/182372/20.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or by using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Tenafly suspends recreation programs after new COVID-19 cases, middle school goes virtual

Tenafly has suspended the borough’s recreation programs, and the district’s middle school has gone to all-virtual instruction after new coronavirus cases.

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Mayor Mark Zinna said the two-week suspension started on Thursday after the borough was notified that two teens who participate in recreation programs and attend Tenafly Middle School had tested positive for COVID-19. Also, the borough’s basketball courts, Soccer Cage and skate park are closed for two weeks.



a sign in front of a brick building: A former Tenafly Public Works employee, Peter Quinn, is suing his former boss Ken Kraus, along with the borough and other unnamed employees claiming he was terminated from his job in 2018 due to part to a "vendetta" against him.


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A former Tenafly Public Works employee, Peter Quinn, is suing his former boss Ken Kraus, along with the borough and other unnamed employees claiming he was terminated from his job in 2018 due to part to a “vendetta” against him.

“We did that just to be cautious because obviously the kids in school are in the recreation programs, and we didn’t want there to be any crossover to infect more people,” Zinna said.

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Zinna said the two students had tested positive after attending a religious event outside Tenafly recently where there was no social distancing or mask wearing.

Zinna said that those two were among nine new cases that occurred between from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9. The new cases last week brought the total in Tenafly to 232 as of Friday including 23 deaths. 

The mayor said the recreation programs, which have kids in grades K to 8, will be suspended until Oct. 22 but could reopen sooner if it turns out that just the two children who are infected and it has not spread to anyone else participating in the programs.

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Meanwhile, the Tenafly Middle School has been doing full-virtual instruction since last week and will continue to do so until Oct. 21 when the school resumes its hybrid schedule, according to Tenafly Schools Superintendent Shauna DeMarco in a letter posted on the school district’s website.

DeMarco said the move was done out of an “abundance of caution” and that the new cases in town had “no direct correlation to our schools.”

DeMarco said in an email to NorthJersey.com that if additional cases arose with other Tenafly Middle School students, the district “will continue to follow the practice of conferring with and receiving the guidance of local health officials when making any decisions that affect our schools, students and staff.”

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Hillsborough County reopens recreation centers with safety protocols

TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County residents now have another option available to stay active.

Hillsborough County closed more than a dozen of its recreation centers in late March because of coronavirus concerns.

On Monday, staffed recreation centers reopened. Before you head over to use the free services at the rec center, there are some new safety protocols you need to know. All staff and rec center users will have their temperature taken and a face covering is required.

“If they are participating in exercise, they can take it off while participating in exercise, but while they’re waiting on the bench, or between different sessions, they would need to have a mask on,” explained Adrienne Rouse, Manager of Recreation Services.

The rec center offers several classes like Zuba, volleyball lessons and other activities that promote health. They will have classes at 50% capacity to maintain social distancing.

“Groups will be maintained to 10 or less and groups won’t merge with other groups so that we can maintain minimal contact,” Rouse said.

The decision to reopen was made after consulting with health officials, emergency managers and recreation staff.

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Healthy number of Mayfield Heights residents take recreation survey as city determines how best to spend new tax money

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Nearly 900 residents participated in a survey or focus group, answering questions about what is most important to them when it comes to city recreation.

The questioning, which took place over the course of four months, comes in the wake of the springtime passage of Issue 9, the city’s .5 percent income tax increase. The city has earmarked 40 percent of the approximately $5 million the tax increase will generate by 2023 — or about $2 million per year — to recreation.

“I’m very, very thrilled,” said Krista Rodriguez, of The Impact Group, which performed the survey, in speaking about the 852 residents who completed a survey on paper or online. “That’s a high number for getting a response rate for a city of your size, and that was very good to see.”

Rodriguez shared results of the survey with City Council during a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting Monday (Oct. 12).

First discussed were a number of questions pertaining to the city’s stated goal of building a new swimming pool to replace the more than 60-year-old Dragga Pool at City Park. It was found that 77 percent of respondents were aware of the city’s plan for a new pool, as well as its plans to use tax money to upgrade roads, sidewalks and parks.

Sixty-two percent said that they do not use the pool at all during the summer, but some stated that their lack of use was attached to the condition of the pool which, among other things, needs regular repairs to cracks on the bottom.

In other responses, 56 percent thought it was very or somewhat important that the new pool has a splash pad; 89 percent favored umbrellas or shaded areas; 69 percent, a water slide; 68 percent, a children’s playground in the water; 63 percent, zero-depth entry; 53 percent, a diving board; and 48 percent, lap lanes.

As for what Rodriguez termed “online trends,” residents asked that Mayfield Heights take a look at Mayfield Village’s pool before building, as they very much like the village’s pool.

Residents also called for extended pool hours, both earlier and later in the day. Seniors and swim teams, in particular, wanted lap lanes, while others wanted expanded parking, a lot of poolside chairs, shaded areas and for the city to not raise membership fees just because the pool would be new.

Playground questions

The city currently has two playgrounds at City Park and one at Oakville Park. While 84 percent of respondents want updated play equipment at the playgrounds, 82 percent want to ensure that the new playground or playgrounds would have amenities for those with special needs. Seventy-seven percent want new rubber surfacing.

As for online trends, residents suggest that the city look at Beachwood’s Preston’s Hope playground for children with special needs to use as a guideline, while others want the new facilities to include stimulating new learning opportunities for children.

Residents also asked for new seating for adults at the playgrounds, fencing to keep in

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Why ‘Parks and Recreation’ Fans Celebrate October 13

Treat Yo’ Self Day is the perfect day to get manicures, buy fine leather goods or eat sushi made out of fish formerly owned by celebrities. These are things that Donna Meagle (played by Retta) and Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) treated themselves to across the seasons of Parks and Recreation on October 13 every year.

In Parks and Recreation Season 4, writer Alan Yang introduced Treat Yo’ Self Day in Episode 4, “Pawnee Rangers.” In that episode, Tom describes the day: “Treat. Yo. Self. Once a year, Donna and I spend a day treating ourselves. What do we treat ourselves to? Clothes. Treat yourself. Fragrances. Massages. Treat yourself. Mimosas. Fine leather goods…It’s the best day of the year.”

The day soon took on a life of its own, appearing in a number of subsequent seasons. In fact, the day became so ubiquitous that Yang actually had to apologize to Ansari and Retta. He told Vulture in September 2018: “I apologize to Retta and Aziz because the amount of times they get yelled at on the street I’m sure is annoying.

“But it’s really fun! You’re writing for a sitcom on a network—why not have a catchphrase? And to go back to character: There’s nothing more on-character than those two characters treating themselves.”

He added: “That’s what they had in common. Finding the relationship between their characters and seeing it grow and blossom was one of the joys we had. That’s one of the fun things about doing 100 episodes.”

Speaking on Seth Meyers, Retta said of this: “If I don’t hear it 10 times a day I haven’t left my house. People tweet me all the time and nothing I post doesn’t have the comment ‘treat yo’ self’ in it. But I love that people think they’re discovering new land with it. I’ll post a new purse that I bought and they’re like, ‘girl, you know what you just did, right?'”

For Parks and Recreation and its original network NBC, Treat Yo’ Self Day 2020 is a special one, as it is the first where the show is on its new streaming home, Peacock. To celebrate, the streamer will be running sweepstakes to give away a selection of indulgences.

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October 13 is a day when ‘Parks and Recreation’ fans celebrate Treat Yo’ Self Day.
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The streamer is also taking the opportunity to pay tribute to real parks and recreation employees. In a video streaming on Peacock on October 13, Jerry Gergich actor Jim O’Heir will be interviewing these inspiring individuals and presenting them with an award allowing them the treat themselves this Treat Yo’Self Day.

Fans who want to celebrate the day by watching a collection of Parks and Rec‘s Treat Yo’ Self Day episodes can do so on Peacock, which has all seven seasons of the NBC comedy. The episodes set on that day are Season 4, Episode 4, “Pawnee Rangers” and Season 7, Episode 6, “Save JJ’s.”

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Recreation in Colorado

Its really no secret that Colorado is the spot where America comes to play in the winter. If you are interested in snow sports on any level, then Colorado is the place you need to be when the white stuff comes. The famous mountains in Colorado have also got a thriving real estate industry that soared to new heights as the demand for homes and vacation cabins and condos is higher than ever before.

Colorado has long been known for some of the finest winter resorts in North America, Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge to name a few, and the Rocky Mountains are jammed with other smaller resorts and facilities. Skiing and snowboarding take the limelight in alpine areas that are world famous. But there is much more than these to catch the interest of winter sports fans. Any sport that you could imagine is available in Colorado, from Nordic skiing, & snowmobiling, to ice fishing & ice climbing.

Because of the phenomenal recreation options, Colorado has become a popular choice for a second home or a condo. One of the nice pluses to a home in the mountains is the fact that you will never have trouble in finding renters to help pay the bills in the times that you are not using the home. Of course there are quite a number of people who end up making this area their year-round home. During the summer, Colorado is spectacular and boasts a whole new range of recreational options.

Colorado is simply perfect for anyone who enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle. It really does not matter which season it is, there is never a shortage of things to do. And the resorts in Colorado also offer a nightlife that is unmatchable. With great amenities and shopping, cultural events like the Sundance Film Festival and year-round sporting events, the lifestyle is good in Colorado. You just may buy a second home here and end up selling the first one.…

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Recreation Vehicle – The Essentials Of Buying A RV!

Looking for recreation vehicle can gets quite confusing when new to RV camping. You would not know where to look out for the vehicles on sale. How to find a great place to buy this recreation vehicle from? Whether we should buy used one or a new one? To make this whole scenario simple, just follow through few steps to go about buying a recreation vehicle. When you plan your purchase, you are sure to land with the best deal possible.

First of all, in case you want to buy a used one, make a list of the things you want to check while looking at the second hand vehicles. As anybody can get duped easily when buying a second hand RV, it might be in real bad condition therefore it is better you plan the things you would want to check when seeing second hand recreation vehicle.

Make sure that the vehicle does not have any loose screws which do not tighten, or bubbling in the exterior panels etc.Check for lights as well as roof lining of the vehicle. Check all the cupboards and also drawers of the recreation vehicle. Lots of second hand recreation vehicles have minor or major problem which the owner of the vehicle may not be keen on revealing, therefore a good review is mandatory before the purchase to save time as well as the money.

And if you plan to buy a new recreation vehicle, then you can bargain almost up to the forty percent. As a matter of fact, many recreation vehicles which have been put up for sale are most of the time marked 40%,so therefore there definitely is some room for bargain on the price. Also do not buy a dead brand RV.

These orphan companies may discontinue the business and your vehicle may never get the after sales service from these companies, as they are no more. The repair may cost you a lot when going else where then the parent company. Also one more thing you will have to think of is dealer coverage. Every brand of recreation vehicle has different levels of national repair shop coverage. Choose a brand of recreation vehicle which has wide national repair shop coverage.

The two things that you should keep in mind while purchasing the recreation vehicle is

1) Resale value

2) Use

If your plan is to sell your recreation vehicle in the future at some point of time, then make sure you will not have problems the brand you are purchasing. Many buyers may shy away due to the dead brand, or because of only one bathroom, bathroom through the bedroom etc.Also how do you plan to use your RV?

If your plan is to go for a tour of the country, then buy a model of recreation vehicle which is dependable on highways. If you plan to spend most of the time at the various campsites, get a recreation vehicle which has a layout that suits your relaxation pattern.…

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Recreation in North Georgia Mountains

Whether you live in Georgia or not, traveling into the North Georgia mountains provides a different experience each time. There are plenty of scenic highways like Southern Highroads or you could travel through the back roads to see something new to enjoy recreation in the North Georgia mountains.

When you’re tired of driving, pull over through one of the many cities Southern Highroads runs through and start enjoying the recreation in the North Georgia mountains. There’s plenty of activities for the entire family, including boating, golf, horse-back riding, shopping (yes that’s a recreation!), hiking, camping, and visiting activity centers.

There are also plenty of cities that you could camp out for an entire weekend and have plenty of things to do. There’s no need to drive city to city finding the best in each activity. Each city boasts their own recreation and with good cause.

Boating is the biggest recreation available (aside from hiking). You could visit and rent boats for Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Chatuge, Lake Rabun, or Lake Burton. For hiking there’s plenty of State Parks such as Unicoi, Sumter, and Chattahoochee.

Gold is also plentiful up here and also comes with the spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountains. To get more information about golfing off of the Southern Highroads, visit their official website.

Shopping may not be entirely be a recreation, but it is something for the entire family to enjoy. Shopping doesn’t have to be in regular complexes – it also can include antiquing on the side of the road shops (which North Georgia has no shortage of). Consider it as a treasure hunt.

There are also plenty of activity centers such as Pottery and Foxfire that combine education and recreation while exploring Appalachian culture.

Camping is the best way of experience recreation in North Georgia Mountains because you don’t have to travel. Most state parks offer all the recreation I spoke on earlier (some have outposts and gift shops too!).

Enjoy your journey on the Southern highroads and your ticket to recreation in the North Georgia mountains!…

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Why Should I Engage in Outdoor Recreation Activities?

More and more people engage in outdoors activities these days, as outdoor sports are becoming very popular. The top recreational activities include kayaking, jogging, walking, hiking, and camping.

This article is for the people who love to spend their time outdoors, enjoying new adventures in fresh air.

How can outdoor recreational activities be beneficial to you?

The foremost advantage of spending time outdoors is gaining a good mental spirit and healthy balance of your body. Not only will it help in giving you the liveliness that everyone should have, but it will also pump your life force and the love of living.

Activities such as walking, bird watching, kayaking and camping all make you feel happier while appreciating the beauty that we often forget during our busy hours at the office. Nowadays the stress level has increased so much in everyone’s life that everyone, without exception, deserves a small break to get rid of this stress. Sometimes a small walk in the park will do the trick and can lighten up your tensions and make you feel happy.

In today’s hectic life styles, we hardly find time to spend with our families and friends. Engaging regularly in various outdoor activities can help you create much stronger bonds with your family and friends. You can interact and talk more with your friends and family while sharing the astonishing experiences of a different outdoor activity each time you go out.

How can outdoor recreation help you in saving money?

Our lives are never smooth and secured; everyone comes across various difficult times in their lifetime. Taking the time to engage in simple outdoor recreations will not only help you mentally, but you will also find that it costs close to nothing. For example hiking does not cost anything when compared with cycling. All you need is a pair of good shoes and a mountaintop to hike to. Another example is simply playing outdoors with your kids. Nothing will beat playing soccer or tags with your kids, especially when you take time off from a stressful job.

While there is other activities like hunting that are somewhat costlier however they will provide you with a lot of thrills and great sense of accomplishment. If you can’t afford spending money on such activities then you still have many options that will definitely suit your pocket.

You should try to spend as much time as possible in these types of activities. You should also encourage your friends, family and kids to spend such a wonderful time together building good memories. Nothing can be more enjoyable and beneficial than gaining a good and healthy lifestyle by being in the outdoors.

Take full advantage of the beautiful world we live in and its alluring nature that surrounds us that we inheriting for centuries from our ancestors.…

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Golf: Good Senior Exercise, Just Recreation, Or A Complete Waste Of Time?

First of all, I tend to approach topics hoping to discuss them in relation to senior health and fitness.

However, a lot of facts about exercise and health tend to be true at any age, so, there is a lot of overlap.

Overlap or not, many seniors like golf as an activity. Many of these assume they are getting some of the health benefits of exercise by playing a round of golf now and then.

I guess the question we want to answer is this, “Is golf a good senior exercise choice, pleasant recreation, or simply a waste of time… at least as exercise, fitness, and health are concerned?”

Years ago, if you had asked me that question, I would have replied that it was a waste of time. I might have relented enough to say that if you walked, rather than riding a cart, I might allow that it was at least a form of light exercise. But, I probably would not have recommended it as an activity which promoted health and fitness.

I’m older, and, hopefully, wiser now.

First of all, when it comes to health benefits of one thing versus another, these days I believe that getting out of your chair and playing a round of golf, is far superior to just sitting in front of the TV.

Also, in these later years of life, I believe, based on personal experience, as well as a certain amount of research, that even the relatively mild activity of golf, can indeed produce health benefits, if not at the same level as a full cardio workout, or regular resistance training sessions.

While the actual amount of physical activity in a round of golf may be small, it’s better than nothing… especially in older citizens.

Other benefits of regular rounds of golf include the mental stimulation which comes with not only the game, but, getting there. Research has shown that just getting out and doing something, such as driving a car, or a golf ball, can help keep the mind more active and promote brain health.

The sort of social activity, and interaction, which often is a part of the game of golf, has also been shown to encourage brain function.

Interestingly enough, other studies have shown that keeping the mind active can contribute to physical health at any age.

So, in spite of the tendency of many to view the game of golf as mainly a good way to spoil a walk, as an activity, especially for seniors, it can be a little bit of physical and mental exercise… a recreation for both body and mind.…

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