Giving Back

Community Donates Flagpole and Garden in Memory of Bill Mosca

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Bill Mosca memorial and flagpole at South Plainfield Varsity Baseball Field. Credits: Glenn F. Cullen
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Jojo, Katie, Maryann and Lily Mosca. Credits: Glenn F. Cullen
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Jojo Mosca and Coach Guida raise the American flag at Bill Mosca Memorial. Credits: Glenn F. Cullen
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Friday, May 9, friends and family gathered together in the stands and woods at the South Plainfield varsity baseball field for a dedication of a flagpole and garden in the memory of Bill Mosca.  The dedication took place just prior to the varsity baseball game versus Metuchen.  The gathering included family, teachers, friends and former players of Coach Mosca from every decade beginning in the 1970s.

Tom McCreesh and South Planfield varsity baseball coach Anthony Guida spoke at the emotional and somewhat solemn event. Guida said the flagpole was something Mosca always spoke about. 

Guida remarked, “We’d be walking on the field and Bill would always say what we really need at this field is a flagpole.” McCreesh mentioned, “Coach Mosca never sought the limelight but always was there to lend a hand when needed.  He always asked how you were doing and you know he truly wanted to know. I hope today’s kids learn from his example and give back to their communities whenever and wherever possible."

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The work on the flagpole and garden was handled by the 2010 South Plainfield varsity baseball team and one of the parents took the lead on the project. The planning stage began with Guida's request to Superintendent Dr. Genco and Athletic Director Al Czech for permission to erect a flagpole and garden honoring Mosca.

The shrubbery including holly trees, golden mop bushes, day lily plants and mulch were donated by the Boyle Memorial Foundation and installed by Bolesta Landscaping. South Plainfield Board of Education member Debbie Boyle said, “Coach Mosca's dream is now coming to fruition.”

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