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POSTED 12-19-07

School district considers artificial turf
Alamogordo Daily News - Alamogordo,NM,USA
By Kandra Wells, News Editor Artificial turf for Tiger stadium and a curriculum plan to help low-performing students were among issues taken up by the ...
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No muti at new artificial turf - teams told
The Swazi Observer - Mbabane,Swaziland
Shongwe said this would affect the newly installed turf at the stadium, that was officially opened yesterday. "We do not want to find ourselves in a ...
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State funding sought to help fix field
Connecticut Post - Bridgeport,CT,USA
If they are awarded a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant, artificial turf could once again be on the table, the town's top official said. ...
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Sprinturf CEO Greene Secures Synthetic Turf ...

Stanley H. Greene, president and CEO of Sprinturf, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) during the organization's ...
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Concerns over artificial turf field to be aired tonight in Larchmont
LARCHMONT - Catherine Wachs says residents "haven't been given the whole truth" about about the possible hazards of building artificial turf fields in the ...

Water Leaders Vote 'YES' to Synthetic Turf Rebates
By Perry Gregg, CEO & Founder ushow2.com "Be...(Perry Gregg, CEO & Founder ushow2.com "Be...) drought-plagued Southern California a rebate for using synthetic turf . Lawn watering makes up 50 to 70 percent of the water used by homeowners. Las Vegas started offering rebates in 2002 and still continues to do so. ...
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Football stadiumto get artificial turf
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com - Harrisburg,PA,USA
Plans are under way for a second Cumberland County school district to get synthetic turf at its football stadium. Cumberland Valley? ...

Turf hearing today (12-17-07)
Ten years after artificial turf began to appear in parks here, the City Council will hold its first oversight hearing on the subject this morning. While the Parks Dept. says 77 synthetic- turf fields have been installed since 1997, . ...
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Boiling Springs considers artificial turf
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com - Harrisburg,PA,USA
Those plans will lay out the steps and costs in upgrading bleachers, replacing lights and installing artificial turf at Ecker Field. ...
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Alastair Scott, Sales & Marketing Director of Bonar Yarns, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Synthetic Turf Council STC during their Annual ...

Daytona projects in jeopardy after grant deadline missed
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona Beach,FL,USA
By JOHN BOZZO DAYTONA BEACH -- Football and soccer players waiting for artificial turf to expand play at Municipal Stadium face a year delay because city ...
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Edison High gets new artificial turf soccer field
Orange County Register - Costa Mesa,CA,USA
By ANNIE BURRIS HUNTINGTON BEACH There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Edison High School's new artificial turf soccer field at 3:30 pm Tuesday at the ...
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Memorial Stadium to get turf in '08
Bainbridge Island Review - Bainbridge Island,WA,USA
She told the board that after reviewing available studies, including those sent to her by concerned citizens, she was reassured that the turf would be safe. ...
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Funds for public safety
South Asian News for Canadian Audience - Richmond,British Columbia,Canada
In the youth sector, the city is funding athletic fields and facilities such as the $3 million Hjorth Road Park, $2 million artificial turf fields and ...
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Work on Turf Will Leave Bainbridge Football Team Fieldless
Kitsap Sun (Subscription) - WA, United States
The now-compacted natural turf field would be replaced with artificial turf , the brand yet to be determined. Rainwater would flow through the surface, ...
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Bath school district residents face ballot question
Elmira Star-Gazette - Elmira,NY,USA
Voters will also decide Tuesday on a separate $1 million proposal to install artificial turf on the high school football field. ...
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Eyes back on ball at grassroots level
The Australian - Sydney,Australia
"But now especially around the Gold Coast (Stosur's home), clubs have changed to synthetic grass and there's so few hard courts around. ...
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Health Dept: Install Synthetic Turf as Health Effects Are Studied
Brooklyn Daily Eagle - Brooklyn,NY,USA
Clark said benefits from increased athletic activity and decreased use of pesticides probably outweigh any health concerns from the synthetic fields. ...
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Westport News - Health District: Time to Weigh Value of Synthetic Turf , November 2, 2007 ... June 2005 Long Island Village Election Results ... Officials in Orange pass second vote on proposed Stew Leonard's ... © 2005 News12.com. ...
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Santa Cruz City Schools board approves new track and artificial turf
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz,CA,USA
Santa Cruz High School is going to build a new all-weather eight-lane track and also put in artificial turf for its soccer and football fields -- a project ...
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MW mulls fake- turf field, pool
Times Herald-Record - Middletown,NY,USA
By John Sullivan Central Valley Will it be a new artificial turf field for football, soccer and lacrosse, or a new pool for the swim team? ...
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Tinley Park inventor receives validation
Southtown Star - Chicago,IL,USA
The product essentially was a specialized artificial grass surface to put down near airport runways and taxiways. It was strong enough to prevent airplanes ...
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School board weighs using artificial turf on football fields
The Desert Sun - Palm Springs,CA,USA
By Rasha Aly Palm Desert Sun December 13, 2007 Desert Sands Unified School District board members explored Tuesday the idea of using artificial turf on ...
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Plan for athletic field is flexible
Albany Times Union - Albany,NY,USA
A bill in the state Assembly proposes to halt the use of artificial turf , which is usually made from recycled automobile tires. The bill calls on the state ...
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Artificial Turf Cost: How to Get the Best Value for Your Home Project
By abcosta
If this is your first venture into the world of artificial turf for residential or commercial use - you want to explore artificial turf grasses and how they are manufactured as if you were purchasing any outdoor flooring solution. ...
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Penn State beefs up facilities with three new GVS fields
Athletic Turf - Cleveland,OH,USA
"As we were researching synthetic turf options for the new fields, we took our time to educate ourselves and learn about the options available," said Herb ...
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Tucson homeowners like their fake grass
By Valorie Bradley(Valorie Bradley)
A few weeks ago the Arizona Daily Star ran an article about the growing popularity of artificial grass with Tucson homeowners. Though the price can be expensive, many homeowners are incorporating small areas of synthetic grass into ...
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New York Injury Lawyer Reports: New York Environmental Firm ...

Schreiber High School and Comsewogue High School in New York. ... New York Environmental Firm Dispels Rumors About the Safety Of Rubber in FieldTurf . ...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Air testing done by New York based J.C. Broderick & Associates performed on ... J.C. Broderick & Associates was retained by the schools to investigate the ...
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NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL FIRM DISPELS RUMORS
ABOUT THE SAFETY OF RUBBER IN ARTIFICIAL TURF

NEW YORK (November 20, 2007) - The analysis is complete and the truth
has surfaced, thanks to an analysis commissioned by Schreiber High
School and Comsewogue High School in New York ...

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Synthetic Grass Gains Popularity
New material may be water-wise solution to perfect lawn.
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Albuquerque's Highland High inaugurates $900000 artificial turf field
Albuquerque Tribune - Albuquerque,NM,USA
But it could also mark the beginning of a larger effort to repopulate the district's grass playing fields with less water-thirsty surfaces, said Brad Winter ...
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Shabby field could receive renovation
TheNewsTribune.com (subscription) - Tacoma,WA,USA
Abrasions on elbows and other exposed skin are more prevalent at Sparks than on grass or newer types of artificial turf , according to Christopher Seagrave, ...
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Growing Trend Towards Artificial Turf
National Press Conference in Honduras Highlights Growing Trend Towards Artificial Turf . Race colors election fight. Patients can heal. Superior Packaging Equipment Supply For Your Vigorous Marketing And Cost Efficiency. ...
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Fake grass taking firm root
Arizona Daily Star - Tucson,AZ,USA
When she heard about synthetic grass , she was sold. "I wasn't hesitant at all when I heard about it, mainly because I didn't want to push a mower," ...
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All Stars' cold comfort
Irish Independent - Dublin,Ireland
It has been transformed by the installation of the artificial turf and floodlights. It's something we're very proud of," said New York chairman, ...
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Board favors synthetic field
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Central Brevard Regional Park
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Some Local Yards Go Green With Nylon
Synthetic grass touted as water-wise way to lush-looking lawns.
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Floors Covering
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... as referring to nonresidential applications such as offices, hotels, schools, hospitals, supermarkets, restaurants, theaters, and libraries. Another important application is the use of synthetic - turf carpeting on playing fields. ...
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Indoor Soccer to go High Tech

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Public Agenda: School board, enrollment report; City Council ...

Palo Alto Online - Palo Alto,CA,USA
It will discuss and possibly approve a donation for synthetic turf fields to be installed at the high schools. It will also discuss contracts with unions ...
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Election 2007: Quiggle and Rosenblatt prevail in San Carlos school ...

San Mateo Daily News - Palo Alto,CA,USA
Quiggle and Rosenblatt supported the board and the San Carlos City Council in their decisions to install artificial turf at Heather School. ...
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Wendy's Field's synthetic turf lets big games unfurl without headaches

Billings Gazette - MT, USA
In the summer of 2006, the grass field at Wendy's Field at Daylis Stadium was replaced with synthetic turf, thanks to more than $1.2 million in donations, ...
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UWI's project at Lazaretto gears up

The Nation Newspaper - Bridgetown,St. Michael,Barbados
"We are using artificial grass which is all-weather. They can play any time; it does not wear and tear. "It is FIFA and we are going to attract students ...
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New £120000 sports area opened

Beccles and Bungay Journal - Beccles,England,UK
This artificial grass sports area is great for football and tennis at any level. I am extremely grateful for the financial support of every funder who gave ...
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Do we want artificial turf at DHS stadium?

By ACE
Now we learn artificial turf will be installed on the field. No doubt, the reason given will be that it's cheaper to maintain. The sellers always push this. But, they use a lifespan which far exceeds the lifespan actually experienced. ...

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Artificial Grass ! Seen in Claremont Yesterday

Artificial Grass ! That's right, the City is replacing the real stuff in the Village with astro turf! Good for them. For one, it's the "green" thing to do. I have golf course quality lawns on either side of my home, which I proudly ...
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The Benefits Of Using Artificial Grass

By bernardinemonaghan
However, all these prettiness changed when one resident decided that enough is enough, he ripped his yard up and installed artificial grass . Though there are those who think that having a synthetic artificial lawn grass is pathetic, ...

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Fake turf on the rise in CA

LOS ANGELES COUNTY , CA — Amid water shortages and a relentless drought , fake turf is catching on here and some estimates say that about 500 homes a week across this county are opting to buy it, according to an October 20 story in The San Bernardino County Sun .

Resident Tom McMinn said in the story, “It looks nice year-round. You don't have to worry about watering it. You save on your water bill. … I don't know how many people I've seen bend down and say, ‘Oh, it's fake grass. How can I put it in my place?'”

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WATER:
Scottsdale a major milestone to
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The city then maximized its reclaimed water supply through its Scottsdale Water Campus, which delivers reclaimed water directly to 23.5 golf courses in north Scottsdale for turf irrigation. To better manage groundwater conditions, ...
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Indoor Soccer to go High Tech

By syg(syg)
By using special coatings on the artificial grass to help the projection reflection it could be done quite easily. Think on this new technology and what it means for youth soccer. Live Mortgage Leads Live Mortgage Leads ...
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MYS and Park Authority Partner to Turf Fields

McLean Connection - VA,USA
"MYS approached me over a year ago with the idea to install synthetic turf on the county fields they use," said DuBois. "I supported the concept, ...
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Synthetic turf banned at CT school

Water Technology Online - Latham,NY,USA
The Environment and Human Health Inc. (EHHI) advocacy group is pressing for a state-wide suspension on synthetic turf fields. EHHI President Nancy Alderman ...
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Synthetic Turf Field Nixed in Fairfield

Westport-News - Westport,CT,USA
Environment and Human Health Inc. (EHHI), a North Haven advocacy group that has proposed a state-wide moratorium on the installation of new synthetic turf ...
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McLean Youth Soccer Seeks
More Synthetic Turf Fields - Fairfax Focus

By aooasoas
McLean Youth Soccer, one of the county#39;s largest sports groups, thought it had a win-win idea to expand field use for its 3600 youngsters: install tI CONSENT TO THE PARTICIPATION OF THE PLAYER IN SOCCER-RELATED PROGRAMS OPERATED BY ...
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Golf: Donald Trump interview

Guardian Unlimited - UK
It is not so much the golf course, although as Mickey Foote from Sustainable Aberdeenshire points out: 'He is building an artificial links course on a ...
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No clear link between MRSA and artificial turf fields

York Daily Record - York,PA,USA
By STEVE NAVAROLI Nov 11, 2007 — Synthetic grass fields came under fire recently in Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania, where artificial turf fields ...
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Sensational Parks of Pinellas County

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"Ridgewood Reservoir"

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Growing concern Metro.us - New York,NY,USA They're worried possible Parks Dept. plans to raze 20-acres of dense forest at the 50-acre Ridgewood Reservoir to put down artificial turf ballfields is ... See all stories on this topic ...
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No clear link between MRSA and
artificial turf fields (York Daily ...

Nov 11, 2007 — Synthetic grass fields came under fire recently in Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania, where artificial turf fields are prevalent, when a strain of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was discovered.
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Health questions on turf

By Tim White(Tim White)
My four children played on synthetic turf . I'm not panicking," Blumenthal said. Simple measures, such as washing after playing on artificial turf and avoiding artificial turf when temperatures are high, could minimize whatever risk the ...
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Fake grass making life worse for LA

The ball moves awkwardly, it generates a great deal of heat around your feet and it takes more time to recover; ... Fake Grass Is Growing Synthetic grass , also called astroturf, artificial grass , or fake grass , has come a long wa...
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Turf fields taking root in York

York Daily Record - York,PA,USA
No, the artificial turf fields of today are nothing like that. The new surface is made of synthetic grass fibers that are laid using a cushion infill ...
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Bravo for bocce (an Italian version of bowling)
Portsmouth Herald News - Portsmouth,NH,USA
The court surface then can be stone dust, dirt, clay, grass or even an artificial surface as long as there are no obstructions. ...
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      Two of these fields are slated to be installed imminently at our ...
By shippanpoint
He said his four children, two of whom are in college, all played on artificial turf . "I can understand the confusion and doubt because we don't have all of the answers," Blumenthal said. "I'm simply trying to be completely honest, ...
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England to train on plastic school pitch
Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom
The modern synthetic pitches differ from those used by Queens Park Rangers and Luton during the Eighties because of the rubber-based 'field turf '. ...
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Having a mini athletic turf - Childhood racing
By Editor
To induce the best sporting environment in the backyard adding a mini-athletic turf will be an ideal thing to do. What is a mini-athletic turf for the backyard? Mini-athletic turfs are mainly synthetic turfs and can be used, ...
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New Home Turf
Press-Enterprise (subscription) - Riverside,CA,USA
Perris High School Principal Penny Graham oversees work as heavy equipment operators lay a base for artificial turf on the football field. ...
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Teacher Letter on Artifical Turf
By jimvining
I am conerned about the vote for the artificial turf that will be discussed on Monday night. I see many advantages for a yes vote for the Rock Hill area. Some of the advantages were listed in Sundays' paper, but has anyone thought about ...
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England to prepare on state of the art pitch
ESPN - USA
The move is slightly unusual given the pitch must be ripped up next spring to ensure the Champions League Final in May is played on grass . ...
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        2007-09-24 - Orebro vs Helsingborg IF (By: Antabuz)
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Örebro usualyhave an advantage on their homeground, due to the artificial grass they play on, but teams get more and more adapted to it. 1 thing that have boosted the morale in the troop is the new signing of Abgar Barsom, ...
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        The Benefits Of Using Artificial Grass
By madelena(madelena)
However, all these prettiness changed when one resident decided that enough is enough, he ripped his yard up and installed artificial grass . Though there are those who think that having a synthetic artificial lawn grass is pathetic, ...
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Bay Meadows race dates decided [despite its refusal to install synthetic turf]

By Michelle Durand

Horse racing officials have settled a 2008 race date schedule, paving the way for races at Bay Meadows race track in San Mateo despite its refusal to install synthetic turf.

San Mateo County Fair officials met the announcement with relief, after earlier worries that the annual event would lose attendance and money without horse racing as a draw.

“It's wonderful to have the dates. They will give us the revenue we need to support the fair. It wouldn't be the same without them,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill who sits on the fair board.

 The California Horse Racing Board must still approve the calendar which includes dates during the annual August fair. The proposed schedule includes 70 races at Bay Meadows and 120 races at Golden Gate Fields in Albany . The dates are Aug. 6 to Aug. 18, starting slightly before the beginning of the 2008 fair.

Earlier this year, it looked unlikely Bay Meadows would have any race dates at all. The CHRB mandated in 2006 all racing associations with four weeks or more of continuous racing have a synthetic surface to be granted a license in 2008. Hollywood Park , also owned by Bay Meadows Land Company, already installed the new track. Del Mar is in the process and both Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita are planning to install it this year. ...

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BWI to try artificial turf along runways

Synthetic grass could reduce
maintenance costs, bird strikes

By GRANT HUANG
Staff Writer
Published August 28, 2007

The green stuff lining runways at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport may not be grass a year from now.

Airport officials are planning to replace 27,150 square feet of real grass at two intersecting runways with a special artificial turf designed for airports.

'The goal is to see how the turf performs compared to regular grass,' said Cheryl Stewart , a BWI spokesman. 'If the turf is durable enough, it may save maintenance because we won't have to cut grass in the (test) area.'

Regular grass must be mowed by airport staff about once a month. During the mowing, runways must be shut down, so the work is usually scheduled late at night when flight volume is low.

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Fake Turf the New Reality for Sport

The Age
Dan Silkstone
September 8, 2007

THE AFL and Cricket Australia have joined forces to search for a new form of artificial turf suitable for Australia's drought-stricken summer and winter sports.

As experts warned this week there was no end in sight to the worst dry in memory, country and suburban clubs face another summer of hard, dusty ovals and Australian sporting life looks set for a big culture shock.

Synthetic turf, long a fixture of American sports such as gridiron and baseball, has never gained a foothold in cricket or football. That is likely to change as the country's top sporting administrators plan to convert country and suburban grounds to plastic grass.

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Westport Rec Dept. OKs Synthetic Turf Fields
Westport Minute Man . com
By:Bonnie Adler, Staff Writer 09/06/2007

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said this week that continued use of synthetic athletic turf fields in Westport is warranted despite concerns expressed by some saying they may adversely affect the health of users.

In a statement, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said, "The Westport Parks and Recreation Department continues to support the installation of synthetic athletic turf as a safe alternative to grass playing fields.


"While we are constantly reviewing all available information on this subject we have seen no evidence that playing on these fields is unsafe. There is ample evidence that these fields perform well, use fewer pesticides and improve playing conditions and athlete safety over the current over-used grass fields."

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Turf Testing A Waste Of Time, Money

By Mike DiMauro , Day Assistant Sports Editor
The Day.com
Published on 9/6/2007

YOU ARE ABOUT TO HEAR from four local college athletes, two of whom major in environmental studies, who spend five afternoons a week playing sports on artificial turf.

You are about to read from a two-year study from a French environmental agency.

You are about to hear from a state epidemiologist, who studies the transmission and control of epidemic diseases.

After you process what they say, we'll discuss whether state attorney general Richard Blumenthal's pledge of $200,000 for additional testing to turf fields is warranted — or just grandstanding for the cameras, all while shielded by the words, “in the name of public safety.”

A primer: Tests conducted at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station showed that compounds are being released into the air ....

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Turf decision postponed, again
By Chrissie Long/Staff Writer
GateHouse News Service
Thu Sep 06, 2007, 03:47 PM EDT

Newton -

Seats were hard to come by Wednesday night when aldermen continued discussions on the proposal to install synthetic turf on three of Newton South High School fields.

 The proposal – and its many drafts – has drifted in and out of public meetings for the last three years. And votes were postponed yet again so that members of the Public Facilities and Programs and Services committees could digest additional information.

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Jefferson City Sports
Unofficial Jefferson City Jays Information - Maintenance

Not sure how maintenance costs truly stack up between natural grass and artificial turf or if there is a point at which one can truly find a better return on investment that would justify artificial turf or not.  It could be years before anyone knows who is closer on maintenance estimates, etc.  Of course, the first hurdle would come down to the initial cost.

Some info from the news on the artificial turf at our rivals just to the north
(Rock Bridge and Hickman).

From SUNDAY Q&A WITH BRUCE WHITESIDES
Changes on the horizon

By JOE WALLJASPER Tribune sports editor
Published Sunday, August 5, 2007

Q: You've had artificial turf for a year at Rock Bridge and Hickman.
How has that worked out?

A: We made the right decision on the turf. I got a chance to talk to both of my ADs. Well, (Rock Bridge's) Steve Levingston is gone now, but Doug Mirts' records indicated we used it over 1,200 hours, compared to last year, when we had natural grass, to 101 hours. Steve gave me some numbers, I'm not sure how accurate, but approximately 960 hours at Rock Bridge were in use, and the year before on the natural grass we used it 95 or 96 hours. That many participants, that many more class periods out there, yeah, it's a great success. There's some community use for it. People are inquiring about renting it. … When you're land-locked, especially the way they are at Hickman, you can use it for practice and games without worrying about wear and tear. I think it was a great success.

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Fairfield Citizen News - CA
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Article Launched: 08/28/2007 12:41:39 PM EDT

The possible health concerns related to the rubber infill (particularly recycled rubber) used in synthetic turf fields have been a cause for alarm in some communities.

As we looked into the infill issue, one thing led to another as we followed a list of possible health concerns such as skin contact, leaching, outgassing and dust. While we haven't come across anything that could be called definitive, further investigation seems prudent when you consider how many children play on these surfaces.

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Study Proves Rubber Granules in Artificial Turf Safe for the Environment


The results of a long-term study [begun in 2005] confirms that the rubber granules used in the construction of artificial turf fields pose absolutely no threat to the environment.

ALIAPUR, the leading French government body responsible for used tires, along with ADEME, the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management has completed a scientific study that aimed at evaluating possible environmental impact from the rubber granules in sports fields that are derived from recycled used car tires.

The [field] studies prove no cause for concern to human health ....

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Parks & Rec. Dept. Affirms Continued Turf Field Use
Sept 5, 2007
Westport News - CT

The Westport Parks and Recreation Department said today that continued use of synthetic athletic turf fields in Westport is warranted despite concerns expressed by some that they may adversely affect the health of users.

In a statement, Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said: “The Westport Parks and Recreation Department continues to support the installation of synthetic athletic turf as a safe alternative to grass playing fields.

“While we are constantly reviewing all available information on this subject we have seen no evidence that playing on these fields is unsafe ....

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Blumenthal Supports More Turf Testing
By Frank Luongo
Westport News - CT
Article Launched: 08/31/2007 09:31:41 AM EDT

HARTFORD -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is calling for
the funding of further testing by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
(CAES) of the rubber in-fill material that is used in the installation of synthetic-turf playing fields.

Speaking in Hartford Wednesday at a press conference held by Environment and Human Health Inc. (EHHI) in the Legislative Office Building, Blumenthal said that the amount needed by CAES, which is estimated to be $200,000, would be
found in the state's current environmental protection and health budgets ....

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Town Willing to Look at Alternative Infills for Turf Fields

By Frank Luongo
Westport News - CT
Article Launched: 08/27/2007 11:09:54 AM EDT

Westport Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said in a phone
interview Wednesday that he would make the two existing synthetic turf fields in
town available for environmental testing for potential outgassing and leaching from
the rubber granules used on the fields as infill material.

He also said that he would be willing to look at alternatives to the rubber infill
material.

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On Playing Fields, [Real] Grass Is an Endangered Species
NY Times
August 13, 2007
David Gonzales

..... Mr. Diaz would like to keep the local fields real. Then again, he has seen nature's niceties give way to the local building boom.

“I used to have a river view in my apartment until they put up another building,” he said. “Look at the shadows on this field. We used to have nice sun in the afternoons until the buildings blocked it off. I'm not crazy about artificial turf, but everything is doable, you know.”

A similar need to increase recreational space across the city has led parks officials to rely on synthetic turf to reclaim bleak asphalt yards or extend the life of scraggly soccer fields. Its proponents also cite its cheaper maintenance costs. .....

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Controversy over 'out-gassing' of infill material continues

July 29, 2007
Athletic Turf News

WESTPORT, CT — It had almost seemed that the controversy had run its
course on June 13 when Brian Toal, a state toxicologist, reported that he could
determine health hazard regarding synthetic turf sports fields. That same night the
city's lawmakers approved contracts for two new synthetic fields.

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Don't Ignore Turf Warnings
Published on 8/31/2007
TheDay.com

Montville Superintendent of Schools David Erwin finds himself in a difficult position defending the new artificial turf football field at the town's high school that everyone expected would be a source of great pride.

And it still can be....

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Preliminary study urges more study of crumb rubber used in synthetic fields

Athletic Turf News
Aug 19, 2007

A study being described by its authors as a “very modest study” nonetheless
recommends that additional research be conducted on crumb rubber used as
“infill” on synthetic turf sports fields. Targeted for further study are concerns that
volatile chemicals might “out-gas” from the crumb rubber under certain conditions,
and elements may leach from the crumb rubber.

Chemists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station conducted the study,
which was commissioned by the non-profit group Environment and Human Health
Inc.
(EHHI), New Haven, CT. EHHI provided $2,000 for the study and also
supplied the crumb rubber samples to be tested, according to report of the study
on the experiment station's Web site.

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Crumb Rubber is Now King

July 5, 2006
Ron Hall
Athletic Turf News

Crumb rubber is a staple in the latest generation of outdoor synthetic athletic
fields. Marketers of these “infill” fields point to the addition of the crumb rubber
within the poly fibers  (in some cases mixed with sand) as a big improvement over
the previous generation's synthetic fields. They claim the crumb rubber, spread
evenly over the surface of the playing field provides a cushioning effect. The
presence of crumb rubber also make the field“play” more like a turfgrass field,
including more natural ball bounce.

The Web site www.scraptirenes.com defines crumb rubber as any material
derived from reducing scrap tire or other rubber into uniform granules with the
inherent reinforcing materials such as steel and fiber removed along with any other
type of inert contaminants such as dust, glass or rock.  Several processes are
used to produce it, and its quality can vary significantly.

Installers of today's synthetic fields use large amounts of crumb rubber, almost a
quarter million pounds per field.

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