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Wood-Ridge Little League Honors Phil Romero's 25 Years of Service at Closing Ceremonies

Wood-Ridge/Moonachie Little League president Phil Romero, right, with his family at the league's closing ceremonies which honored his 25 years of service to the organization. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The large group shot, including current and former players honoring president Phil Romero. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A look at the table of trophies before the ceremonies. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Players received their trophies. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Teams posed for photos. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A close up look at the decorative medallion on the trophy. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Minor Division players and coaches with their trophies. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Teams posed trophies for photos. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Players posed for photos with the parents Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Romero received a special legislative honor from Trenton. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The framed letter from the president and CEO of Little League International honoring Romero. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Borough Administrator Chris Eilert presents Romero with a Joint Legislative Resolution honoring Romero. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A look at the Joint Legislative Resolution honoring Phil Romero. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Phil Romero addresses the family, friends and people after this surprise presentations. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
The last surprise of the day. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
Romero poses with players from this earlier days. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
A cake celebrating Romero's time in WRMLL Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

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.

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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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