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3/30/2017

McLaughlin Eastshore State Park in California's East Bay was the culmination of decades of effort to stop development, purchase and protect shoreline land and then clean up the site. Today, the 2,000-acre wildlife sanctuary exists as the end result of a small movement, led by Sylvia McLaughlin, that eventually grew into a coalition that persevered through numerous challenges.

3/30/2017

The board of supervisors in Woodbury County, Iowa, has approved a 2017-18 budget that lowers property tax rates for the third consecutive year. The $53 million plan cuts rates by $0.04 per $1,000 of property value for city residents and $0.12 per $1,000 of value for rural residents.

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3/30/2017

New York City nonprofit Public Health Solutions is laying off 80 people and ending a program that coordinates care for infants with developmental delays and disabilities. Reimbursements for the Early Intervention Service Coordination program have "stayed essentially flat, and our costs have gone up every year," said President and CEO Lisa David.

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3/30/2017

As New York City develops an executive budget, John MacIntosh of SeaChange Capital Partners outlines five steps that could help the city's nonprofit sector, including creating a fair reimbursement plan for paying contracted nonprofits. It should also make payments on time and ease nonprofits' ability to borrow against the money the city owes them, MacIntosh writes.

3/30/2017

The board of commissioners in Ponca City, Okla., awarded a contract for the construction of a splash playground in Young Park. The facility will cost $140,000 to build and include 29 water features.

3/30/2017

Construction on a nature center has begun in Polk County, Iowa. The Robert E. Jester Nature Center at Jester Park will host school field trips and handle park equipment rentals.

3/30/2017

Lake Worth, Fla., is improving a plot of land used as a neighborhood gathering place. The city has added a pavilion, benches and mulch to the site informally known as Domino Park.

3/30/2017

People have a responsibility to preserve and protect open spaces, writes Connie Gannon, executive director of Greenspace -- The Cambria Land Trust. "We plan wisely for a limit to growth so that human activity doesn't overburden our watersheds' resources, and so that those resources are not used in ways that damage habitats of plants and creatures that have lived here far longer than any of us," she says.

3/30/2017

Texas Parks and Wildlife has awarded the city of Hutto a $500,000 grant for improvements to Creekside and Fritz parks. The slated additions include Little League practice field lights and a botanical garden.

3/29/2017

The New Hanover County, N.C., sheriff's office demonstrated a new long-range acoustical device it says will be useful for broadcasting emergency messages to area residents. The device is powered with a car battery and can broadcast messages, warnings and instructions up to 1.86 miles away.

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