To the Editor:

I want to let you all of you who have come to the pools and participated in Raritan Borough Recreation over the past two decades that I don't work for the borough anymore. These past 18 years have been great. I learned a lot working for Rich Bartolucci for 15 years, who built Recreation into what it is today and I loved working for Bob Andreychak who was alongside him keeping everything running over the years as the work became more and more challenging with the changing interests of children, the addition of a litany of rules and regulations and an increasingly hostile political environment over their many years. All the increased summer programs I put in place would not have been possible if they hadn't come before me.

I'm very proud of the past three years when we added summer sports, increased swim lessons, expanded the pool hours until 7:30 p.m. and added Sundays to the pool schedule, making them open seven days a week. I was even more proud this last year with the success of and the wonderful feedback for the summer camp. It would have been a lot of fun expanding summer camp this year.

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Despite the massive amount of work that went into the pools and the camp and all of the appreciation you would all show, it is not what I am most proud of about the job. Seeing the kids grow up was by far the best part. It was wonderful having the same kids who came to the pool when my brother and I were lifeguards as teenagers, come back when they were older to work for me as one of the camp directors, camp staff, supervisors, lifeguards, swim instructors, and coaches. Thank you to my excellent staff.

If you want to get in contact with me, feel free to reach out. I'm pretty sure everybody in town has my personal email and phone number at this point, but I'm on Facebook too if you don't have those. Best of luck to all of you and your families!

Sincerely,

Kevin Stianchi