NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council recognized four outstanding individuals who have contributed greatly to the borough’s recreation programs at its Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a separate proclamation for each honoree: Frederic Walz, Michael Cicchella, Susan Winans, and Robert Greenwald.

Fred Walz has been employed by the Recreation Department for fifteen years, from 2000 to 2015. During this time he was “a basketball official for games explaining rules and instructing players, encouraging friendly competition and ensuring fair play,” Morgan said.  He also assisted coordinating the men’s basketball program for many years. Walz has worked as a substitute teacher in the Berkeley Heights middle and high schools since 2001. Walz, who played basketball for College of the Holy Cross and the US Marines, was active in touch football, baseball and softball leagues for many years. Furthermore, he is an active volunteer for the New Providence Presbyterian Church.

“Fred demonstrated kindness, integrity, fairness, professionalism, and sportsmanship to everyone he has interacted with over the years,” Morgan concluded as he congratulated Walz.

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Mike Cicchella has worked the Recreation Department for fifteen years, from 2004 to 2019. During those years Cicchella was the lead Saturday basketball fundamentals instructor. “Mike was able to coordinate staff members and volunteers while directing instruction for 1st & 2nd grade players. Mike patiently taught drills, skills, and basketball techniques as players progressed to scrimmage play,” Morgan said.  He has also volunteered as a coach in numerous sports over the years as well as a cub scout leader.

Furthermore, Cicchella, recently ordained as a chaplain, has served as a deacon in the New Providence Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school for fifteen years. Moreover, “through all the years of instructing, coaching and volunteering, Mike has been able to enthusiastically teach the life lessons of kindness, optimism, caring, and support for others. In athletics Mike’s focus has been on fitness, sportsmanship, and fair play,” the proclamation read.

Sue Winans has been employed by the Recreation Department for eighteen years, from 2001 to 2019.  In her capacity as a basketball official she has explained rules, instructed players as well as encouraged friendly competition and fair play.

Winans served as the Mountainside Recreation Director for 31 years, from 1974 to 2005.  She is a NJRPA awards recipient for the Mountainside pool and newsletter. She was also an officer in the Union County Recreation and Park Association. Furthermore, she is a long-time board member for the Watts Community Foundation and has also served as president of United Way of Mountainside.

Winans is an avid pickle ball player, and she has assisted developing the New Providence pickle ball program.  She also enjoys skiing and plays softball, tennis and golf. “Sue has demonstrated kindness, integrity, fairness, professionalism, and sportsmanship to everyone she has interacted with over the years,” Morgan concluded. 

Morgan also read a proclamation honoring Robert Greenwald, who passed away recently. Greenwald had been employed by the Recreation Department for nine years, from 2008 to 2017. 

“Bob was a basketball instructor, energetically teaching skills and drills.  He was a basketball official for games explaining rules and instructing players, encouraging friendly competition and ensuring fair play,” Morgan said.

Greewald was a physical education teacher in the Summit school system for 36 years and coached high school boys and girls in soccer and swimming.  He also taught physical education and coached at Oak Knoll School. Furthermore, he was the Pool Manager at the Beacon Hill Swim Club and he worked at the Berkeley Swim Club, Minisink Swim Club, and was the Aquatics Director at the Summit Connection.  He was a NJSIAA certified swimming official/judge.

Greenwald served in the US Marines in the Korean War. He was an active volunteer at the Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights, and member of the Knights of Columbus. “Bob demonstrated kindness, integrity, fairness, professionalism, and sportsmanship to everyone he encountered over the years,” Morgan stated as he presented the proclamation to Greenwald’s family members.