Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Washington Township's youth lacrosse teams are scheduled to begin practicing Friday but don't have anyplace to play.
Washington Township's youth lacrosse teams are supposed to begin practicing this week, but they still don't have a place to play, Eamonn Twomey, the program's director, said Monday. Memorial Field is still not ready, township Administrator Catherine Navarro-Steinel said. The contractor who installed new sod last fall estimated that it would not be ready until mid-to-late April because it was installed late in the fall and is still dormant, according to Navarro-Steinel. Twomey said they had also investigated using the high school field again, but that would not be possible this year because it is only available from 8 to 10 p.m. The lacrosse program includes elementary-aged children. "We've tried everything, but there's no opther options," …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Township officials hope the dogs will scare away the geese that frequently gather at the field.
The Bergen County Sheriff's Office sent six K-9 Unit dogs and handlers to Memorial Field in Washington Township Wednesday morning, according to Mayor Janet Sobkowicz. The visit was the first of what may be many in an attempt to rid the field of Canada geese while also giving the dogs a chance to exercise and do some extra training. Councilman Fred Goetz said at a previous council meeting that he had counted more than 100 geese on the field. Excessive geese feces was one of the complaints a group of residents brought to the council about Memorial Field last year. Officials had previously considered using a chemical deterrent to dissuade the geese, but they had concerns about the amount of time needed for the chemicals to set, their …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Dogs from the Bergen County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit will get to exercise at Washington Township's Memorial Field, scaring away geese at the same time.
The Bergen County Sheriff's Office was "very willing" to use Memorial Field in Washington Township for their K-9 teams' training and exercise, township Administrator Catherine Navarro-Steinel said Monday. Township officials said they hope the dogs will scare off the droves of Canada geese that gather at the field. Councilman Fred Goetz said he had seen 97 geese there before the snowstorm last week and counted more than 100 at the field previously. Excessive geese feces on Memorial Field was one of the complaints a group of residents brought to the council about the site last year. Officials had previously been considering using a chemical deterrent to remove the geese, but they had concerns about the amount of time needed for the chemicals…
Monday, October 8, 2012
The event included many activities for children and families at Memorial Field.
Washington Township hosted its annual family fun festival at Memorial Field Saturday. The event featured a variety of free or low-cost activities, food and demonstrations for local residents. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at Jim.Leggate@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Jim Leggate
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Washington Township is scheduled to hold their annual family fun festival this weekend. The free event will feature games, rides, food, music and lots of other entertainment at Memorial Field from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of the day's activities will be free, including ring toss, sack races, crafts and face-painting. There will be demonstrations from police, the Township Fire Department, and several dance and martial arts groups, as well as music from a DJ. Some activities, including the bouncy rides, trackless train and laser tag, are $5 for unlimited use all day. There will also be food from local restaurants including Dairy Queen, Gyros and Goodies, Pop's Burgers, Vincent’s Trattoria and more, which will all be priced between $.50 and $1…
Friday, September 21, 2012
Scheduling conflicts made it impossible for Washington Township's youth football teams to use the high school's turf field for their home games.
Washington Township's youth football teams will not be playing their home games on the high school's turf field as previously considered, according to Coach Scott Spezial. Parents have expressed concern about Memorial Field, which has had problems with plastic netting from old sod sticking above its surface. Township officials voted to re-sod the field, but the project was not started before the Falcons football teams began using the field for practice. The project is expected to be done in early November, after the season is finished. Because of the safety concerns, township Mayor Janet Sobkowicz said the teams would be able to use the high school's field for games and Memorial Field for practice. Spezial told Patch that the teams will …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Memorial Field is set to be re-sodded in early November, after the end of youth football season.
The Washington Township Council voted to award a contract to re-sod Memorial Field during their meeting this week. The winning $111,000 bid from SCS Contracting was the lowest of four bids recieved by the township for the project. The council bonded for $152,000 of a maximum budget of $160,000 for the work. SCS Contracting will re-sod Memorial Field sometime in early November, after the township's youth football teams have finished using the field for the season. The DPW will also fix a drainage issue at the bottom of the hill next to the field. Some township residents had advocated for artificial turf at Memorial Field, citing years of problems with sod. Officials ended up voting to re-sod the field because of turf's higher price tag, …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Washington Township Council voted against the mayor's plan to use a playground grant for the project to re-sod Memorial Field.
The Washington Township Council unanimously rejected a plan from Mayor Janet Sobkowicz Monday that would have transferred a Bergen County Open Space grant to the project to re-sod Memorial Field. The council previously approved a plan to bond for $152,000 of the $160,000 to re-sod the field, but Sobkowicz said she wanted to use the $25,000 matching grant — awarded by the county last year to pay for a playground — and other money in the budget to lower the amount of the bond, which will take 15 years to pay off. "It probably won't last that long," Sobkowicz said about the sod. Councilmen said they preferred to use the grant for its original purpose and to bond for the sod as they had previously voted. "We should stay with its intended …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Washington Township youth football teams will play their home games at Westwood High School's turf field instead of Memorial Field.
Washington Township football teams will be able to use the artificial turf field at Westwood Jr./Sr. High School for their four home games this season, according to Mayor Janet Sobkowicz. Officials had been planning to re-sod Memorial Field, where the teams normally play, but football practice began August 1 before the work could be done. The field has had several maintenance issues, the most notable being netting from old sod which sticks above the surface. Falcons Football Coach Scott Spezial told Patch he had notified the Northern Bergen Junior Football League about the field's problems, citing safety and legal concerns. "When a child or adult gets hurt on that field because of its condition, there is now a huge liability on our town …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The project to re-sod Memorial Field in Washington Township will not be able to be completed before youth football teams begin practicing on the field.
A plan to re-sod Memorial Field may be delayed because the Washington Township Falcons youth football teams will need the field for practice starting next week. The council voted 4-1 to appropriate funds for the project during their meeting Monday. Officials had previously said they wanted to ensure the field was repaired before the start of the season because of netting from old sod which sticks up from its surface. "The field is horrendous," Councilman Glenn Beckmeyer said. Because the work cannot be performed while the field is in use, township officials set a tentative start date of October 29 for the project, which will be after the end of the season if the teams do not make the playoffs. The sod, which is higher quality than used …