WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Wood-Ridge/Moonachie Little League's tradition end-of-year closing ceremonies turned into a surprise for the League's president, as members of the League and community planned a celebration of Phil Romero's 25 years with the organization.
The evening opened with the teams assembling on the Sixth Street Field, just as they had in mid-April for the opening day ceremonies. This time teams were recognized with trophies for accomplishments during the season.Teams from the four divisions, T-ball, Instructional, Minor and and Major, received they trophies and posed for photos. In the the Minor Division, Kearny Bank was the regular season and inter-league champions. VFW Hawks were the regular season champions in the Major Division.
The surprise came when Romero was presented a letter from Stephen Keener, president and CEO of Little League International, thanking Romero for his years of service which started in 1993.
Borough Administrator, Chris Eilert, stepped to the microphone next. Speaking on behalf of the Senator Paul Sarlo, Eilert presented Romero with a Joint Legislative Resolution which "pays tribute to his meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment" on behalf of the League.
The final surprise was a group of about two dozen players, from current ones to those throughout Romero's tenure, came onto the field with a large banner reading "Thank you, Mr. Romero."
"I do it because I love to do it," said Romero. "Thank you for the honor. It means a lot to me."
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