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Senior Social Dates Chosen, Summer Camp Success Discussed at Recreation Meeting


DENVILLE, NJ - The Recreation Committee was hard at work at its Wednesday night meeting on Sept. 2, where updates were provided on several happenings in town. Among those in attendance were Council President Chris Golinski, Mayor Tom Andes and Recreation Director Don Bogardus.

The committee was updated by the senior liason on dates chosen for the senior social. The senior social is for ages 55 and up to enjoy lunch and some dancing while meeting and mingling with other seniors in town. The Sept. 27 senior social will be a welcome back barbecue. Other senior socials for this year are scheduled for Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 13. All the senior socials will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m.and are free of charge.

The Gardner Field playground project was discussed again. Committee member Monica D'Angelis correlated the data collected from the survey into an easy to read spreadsheet. The committee reviewed the likes and dislikes of the playground as well as some new features that the survey participants would like to see. Mayor Tom Andes is going to send some creative freedom to the playground developer and see what the developer can bring back to the table.

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Don Bogardus provided an update on the end of the summer season. Cook's Pond is now on their fall hours. The pond will be open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday's only until the official end of the season. Bogardus was also pleased with the success of the Denville Recreation summer camp program. Bogardus spoke about how successful the teen trip camp was as well as the success of the overall program. 

All the fall youth sports programs have kicked off as well. The Challenger soccer program played their first game on Sept. 3 at Veteran's Memorial Field. Blue Angel Football and Cheerleading held their annual pep rally on Sept.  4 at Gardner Field. 

Chris Golinski gave special recognition to the team that helped to organize the Denville Triathlon. Golinski had family come from out of town for the event that he swam, ran, and biked in. Overall, they had a great experience. Golinski is very proud of Denville.

"I had family come from out of town. They were very impressed with the cleanliness of the facilities at Cook's Pond. Thank you Don for your crew who keep it in tip top shape over there," Golinski said.

Upcoming events include the Rutgers Safety Class which will take place on Sept. 23. The Historical Society garage sale will be on Sept. 20. The next recreation committee meeting will take place in the Community Room at Town Hall on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.


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