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 …
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 …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Washington Township resident Vincent Karabatsos played along some of the best youth football players from the United States and Sweden.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Washington Township resident Vincent Karabatsos recently tested his football skills against players from around the country and a team of young athletes from Sweden in the USA Football Under-15 International Development Week at the University of Texas. "There was a lot of talent there," Karabatsos said. "Probably more talent than I've ever seen in one place." Karabatsos, 14, was most recently a member of the Washington Township Falcons, coached by Scott Spezial. He will be attending Bergen Catholic High School in the fall. About 140 talented youth football players from the country were divided up into three teams. They developed their skills alongside Swedish players and participated in drills with them. When not practicing, the players …