Business & Finance

Livingston Christens New Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Field

Township of Livingston and Saint Barnabas Medical Center staff celebrate new Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Field as athletes utilize the field behind them Credits: Danielle Santola
Township of Livingston and Saint Barnabas Medical Center staff celebrate new Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Field as athletes utilize the field behind them Credits: Danielle Santola
Township of Livingston and Saint Barnabas Medical Center staff celebrate new Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Field as athletes utilize the field behind them Credits: Danielle Santola
Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein presents SBMC with a plaque as a thank you for being there when the Township of Livingston needed a helping hand Credits: Danielle Santola
Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein presents SBMC with a plaque as a thank you for being there when the Township of Livingston needed a helping hand Credits: Danielle Santola
Stephen Zieniewicz, president and CEO of SBMC Credits: Danielle Santola
David Cohen, Livingston Athletic Director Credits: Danielle Santola

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The multipurpose turf field recently installed on Madonna Drive for the benefit of Livingston recreation and high school athletes of all ages and sports was officially unveiled as the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Community Field on Monday.

Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein, members of the Livingston Township Council, Livingston High School Athletic Director David Cohen, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) staff and other community leaders celebrated at the new education pavilion as athletes spent their afternoon utilizing the field behind them.

“The SBMC Community Field fulfills a truly desired and needed capacity for this town,” said Klein. “A couple of years ago, when you would walk around and talk to people who had school-age children, the biggest complaint that they had was the fields. I have heard nothing but great things now from the parents of those school-age children.”

Sign Up for E-News

Working off the efforts of previous councils, the current council finally brought to fruition a vision that was nearly 10 years in the making. The 2008 council, which included members such as Stephen Santola, Gary Schneiderman, Buddy August, Arlene Johnson and Rudy Fernandez, had the foresight at the time to secure the purchase of the land and to one day build a community field upon it.

“If they had not acted, this whole field would no doubt long ago have been turned into high-density housing,” said Klein. “It was Michael Rieber and Al Anthony who were involved in a fateful conversation one day to bring Saint Barnabas along in the project and help make this a reality.”

Klein presented SBMC with a plaque as a thank you for being there when the Township of Livingston needed a helping hand in this process to make the healthiest field possible for the community.

According to Stephen Zieniewicz, president and CEO of SBMC, the RWJBarnabas Health leader is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the youth in the community—and the new field will be a catalyst to expanding youth athletics in Livingston.  Thanks to the $1.3 million donation from SBMC, the new turf field can be utilized for various sports, such as football, soccer, lacrosse and cricket.

“Having the resources and helping launch a field is one thing, but really the partnership that we have with everybody here in town and all of the communities we serve is so important and so special,” said Zieniewicz, who lives in Livingston with his wife. “The comradery, the collegiality and the sense of community that we have is so special, so thank you on behalf of SBMC, our board of trustees and everybody.”

Senior Vice President for Health and Wellness Barbara Mintz echoed his sentiments, adding that she hopes the new field will help Livingston’s young athletes make healthy choices

Cohen, speaking on behalf of all Livingston coaches and the board of education, called the SBMC Community Field a “game changer,” as it means that “kids are getting home earlier, parents are happier as a result and more people are using the field.”

“That truly has become a game changer for us on the high school level…I can’t contain my excitement,” said Cohen, who helped members of the Livingston High School girls soccer team hand out Lancers gear to members of SBMC and the township council.

“This started a long time ago, and in talking to some of the coaches at the high school in my excitement and telling them what was coming, they said, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’” he said. “Now there’s a line outside my door on a rainy day to see who’s going to use the field first.”

On behalf of the township, Klein specifically thanked SBMC members Louis LaSalle, Margie Heller, Justin Edelman, Barry Ostrowsky, Ronald DelMauro and Stephen Zieniewicz for helping “get the ball across the finish line. He also thanked St. Philomena’s Church and Father John, who were “instrumental in the process of land acquisition as well and have been good partners for the town since that time.”

“SBMC’s commitment to this town and its people is long-standing,” said Klein, whose son had his first game on the new field the previous day. “We have an entire next generation of kids who are going to enjoy hundreds of games on this field and all we can do is look around in delight.”

Barry Ostrowsky, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health, added in a press release issued by SBMC following the ceremony that the organization’s mission to facilitate positive lifestyle choices will be advanced by the young athletes who develop their skills on this new community field. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Local Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over the Holidays

December 17, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Residents looking to fill their week with holiday cheer are in luck, as many local celebrations are in full swing.

From family-friendly events to kid-centric story times, and senior citizen dances to adults-only happy hours, there is something on the calendar for every member of the family from now until Dec. 25 and beyond.

Dec. 15

Mountain Creek ...

Livingston Area Chamber Spotlight on Montclair Medical Associates, LLC

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) is proud to spotlight its new member, Montclair Medical Associates, LLC (MMA), and owner, Dr. Renita Oglesby. Thank you, Montclair Medical Associates, for partnering with the LACC and being a part of Livingston’s thriving business community.

This virtual interview was conducted by TAPintoLivingston.net in partnership with the LACC and ...

Former Rutgers Student Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Cyber Attack

December 13, 2017

TRENTON, NJ - A former Rutgers student pleaded guilty to his involvement in a series of cyber attacks against the Rutgers University computer network, which left the internet crippled for days at a time, US Department of Justice Officials announced on Dec. 13.

Paras Jha, 21, of Fanwood, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, US officials announced, after he pled ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, December 18, 1:30 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Foreign Movie: RANG-E KHODA

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, December 18, 8:00 PM

Livingston Town Hall, Livingston

Council Meeting: Energy Aggregation Program ...

Government

Tue, January 9, 7:30 PM

Temple B'nai Abraham, Livingston

“Back” to The Basics Series led by the TBA Clergy

Religions And Spirituality

The Thought that Counts

The other day I was talking to our cat . . .  

Hmmm.  It says here that dogs are smarter than cats.

What are you reading, Mad Magazine?

No seriously, this article in the Times claims that a scientific study conducted at Vanderbilt University recently discovered that dogs have twice as many neurons as cats in the analytic part of their brains.

Yeah, but they only use a ...