CLARK, NJ – Two Clark youth basketball teams were honored for a recent outstanding tournament performance at the township’s council meeting Monday night. Regular council business was briefly suspended to recognize the winners of the 6th Grade Girls White and 6th Grade Boys White divisions in the 12th Annual Clark Travel Basketball Winter Tournament.
The tournament draws hundreds of players, representing 170 teams, from across New Jersey. The two sixth grade teams were the only Clark teams to take home titles in their divisions.
“Excellence never rests,” Mayor Sal Bonaccorso said. “You are young ladies and gentlemen. Anyone can play basketball, but your character is going to carry you through life with integrity and hard work.”
In other council news, Councilman Al Barr displayed a list of utility company phone numbers residents could keep handy in the event someone comes to the door requesting entry. Utility companies can confirm if they have a representative in the area, Barr said. He got the idea for the phone list after a recent township burglary in which the suspect claimed to be from the water company.
Barr also said that any resident can call the Clark Police Department if he or she is suspicious about a visitor's identity.
Councilman Pat O’Conner said the Clark Emergency Rescue Squad is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The squad is planning a variety of activities during the week of May 15 to May 21. Details will follow.
Looking ahead to summer, Councilman Bill Smith said Clark Municipal Pool applications are now available. This spring’s open house will be held on May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Mayor Sal Bonaccorso said he has approached the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to discuss the possible purchase by the county of the Hyatt Hills Golf Complex. The complex is currently held by RACER Trust, Bonaccorso said.
According to its website, RACER Trust was created by the United States Bankruptcy Court to “clean up and position for redevelopment properties and other facilities owned by the former General Motors Corp. before its 2009 bankruptcy.”
Bonaccorso said that the township had been approached by a developer who wanted to create a residential and commercial mixed-use development on the property, but the meeting lasted only a few minutes. Bonaccorso said that the property, which is currently zoned as a golf course, will remain a recreational facility.
Members of the council expressed their sympathy on the passing of Bonaccorso's father and Department of Public Works Director Joseph Bonaccorso. Each shared fond memories or anecdotes of their relationship with him.
Chief of Police Pedro Matos said that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will conduct an adults-only presentation at the Clark Public Library on May 5 at 7 p.m.
The council passed an ordinance that will allow for the replacement of sanitary sewer lines in certain areas of the township.