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Brentwood rec department plans to add programs

| Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Ride a bus to West Virginia to spend an afternoon at the racetrack, play the slot machines and munch on an endless buffet. Or just stop by Brentwood's civic center for the weekly game of basketball.

Brentwood's recreation department has scheduled a variety of programs for people of all ages in 2014. Recreation director Paula Simmons started a full-time position in the borough this month.

Council members in December approved hiring Simmons, who had worked part time in the borough since May, as a full-time employee for 2014, with a $33,000 salary, plus benefits. Officials are working on an intergovernmental agreement with Baldwin Borough to share Simmons' services, with Baldwin Borough budgeting $15,000 for 2014.

New programs will be offered each season in 2014, Simmons said.

That includes the addition of a day-trip bus ride focused on senior citizens that will be held Feb. 8 to the Wheeling Island Casino. If it's successful, Simmons said, she plans to host more day trips for senior citizens.

“There's not much for them to do here,” Simmons said.

The day trip to the Wheeling Island Casino will cost $43 and includes the bus ride, a lunch buffet and $25 worth of slots play. The bus will depart from Brentwood Park at 10 a.m. and leaves the casino at 5 p.m.

Registration is required by Jan. 24 and can be completed online at www.brentwoodboro.com or at the borough offices.

Other programs this year include an energetic boot camp on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Brentwood Civic Center and art classes for adults and children, Simmons said.

Simmons is working to create a dek hockey league for the new rink in Brentwood Park.

Anyone interested in signing up for email lists of Brentwood recreation events can email Simmons at psimmons@brentwoodboro.com. For more information on programs, call Simmons at 412-884-1500.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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