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8/16/2018

Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit is receiving new aquatic species in its tanks along with new exhibits. The aquarium raises money and seeks grants to pay for its $500,000 annual budget.

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The Detroit News
8/16/2018

A Youth Conservation Corps formed in Brutus, N.Y., has been helping with park and trail maintenance, including painting, mulch distribution and weeding.

8/16/2018

Park and recreation agencies can create therapeutic and inclusive programs that allow community members of all ages and abilities to participate, according to CivicRec's Landon Schenck. "By providing inclusive park and recreation activities, you will enable all generations of your citizens to come together to share in the same goal: Being active and engaged in their home away from home," Schenck writes.

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8/16/2018

A $40,000 grant has been awarded to Chattanooga, Tenn., as part of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign and will go toward updating the city's parks master plan to ensure residents are within walking distance of green space. The National Recreation and Park Association is a co-organizer of the campaign.

8/16/2018

Arkansas' 9-1-1 system has significant shortcomings, and "isn't as accurate as we need it to be, and it takes more time than needed," says Robert McGowen of the Benton County Office of Emergency Communications. A task force is working toward updating dispatch technology statewide, but funding is an issue.

8/16/2018

Tests indicate z-axis technology for determining the altitude of a 9-1-1 call, which could help locate a caller in a high-rise, is not yet ready for real-world use. Issues include accounting for barometric sensor bias and the need for additional data on different device types and the impact of extreme weather.

8/16/2018

More than 1,000 US jurisdictions are using the NG911 Clearinghouse emergency platform from RapidSOS, which uses data from connected devices to improve 9-1-1 responses. "This will absolutely improve response times ... If you talk to any 9-1-1 operator, they will all give you instances of a call they've taken where there's been long delays because the caller has been new to an area or just visiting an area," said Liz Graeber, 9-1-1 administrator for Maricopa County, Ariz.

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8/15/2018

Newly appointed leaders may feel eager to bring their ideas to fruition, but teams can resent too much change attempted too quickly, writes Jennifer V. Miller. People are more accepting of change when you learn what the culture will support and associate your ideas with something that's already successful, she writes.

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8/15/2018

The California Department of Transportation is planning to build tolled express lanes along Highway 101 in San Mateo County, but Foster City officials voiced some reservations about the project at a meeting last week. They said the toll lanes would not lessen traffic congestion and favor drivers who are "well-to-do economically."

8/15/2018

The Urban Wildlife Institute, a part of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, is helping other cities deploy motion-triggered cameras and gain insights from citizen reporting. The program aims to gather data on how animals live in urban areas.

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