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Randolph Recreation Committee Discusses Safety and Security Incidents

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RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph Recreation Committee discussed the Soft Lockdown at Randolph schools during their recent meeting.

“My sources never said they heard a gunshot,” said Anne Standridge, Vice Chair of the Recreation Committee. “They saw something in the woods.”

Since this was not considered an active gunman, Randolph schools were only placed in a soft lockdown while police investigated the woods near the high school.

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Russ Newman, Director of Parks Recreation and Community Services, confirmed that no municipal hunt areas were in that section of the woods. Deer stands were discovered, and Newman informed the police they should be taken down.

The committee reported two security incidents during March. A car was driving on the grass at Brundage Park, and police used camera surveillance to find the driver. On March 20, the bathrooms at Freedom Park were vandalized. No cameras point to that area, and police are still investigating. The committee is researching adding timed locks to the bathrooms at the parks.

The Sport Program committee discussed another yellow card incident with a spectator at a recent game. The spectator also planned to coach a team this summer, but has been banned from coaching for two years and to be a spectator at events for one year.

“This ban on spectator events was a self-imposed punishment,” Newman said. “But if a committee member were to see him at an event, we would ask him to leave.”

The Committee on Sports Education plans to distribute a one-page quarterly newsletter beginning in May. The theme for the first edition is positive coaching. The Recreation committee will review the newsletter before distributing to the public.

Committee members Jay Penn and Joe Faranetta discussed the Dual Participation guidelines for the Randolph travel soccer club and the recreation lacrosse team. Because the travel soccer team requires both fall and winter seasons, many other recreational sports conflict with the schedule.

Faranetta explained that all sports review and agree on the schedule at the beginning of the season. As the season progresses,  practices are sometimes added or changed causing participants to miss games or practice for other sports.

“There is a problem with the pressure placed on children at a very young age,” Penn said. “They’re scared of missing something at age 10.”

“Step one is cooperation on schedule,” Faranetta said. Plans are underway to bring the programs together towards a resolution.

Vic Viscomi, Recreation Committee member, suggested two initiatives. “The sports program committee will revisit the dual participation guidelines for all activities,” Viscomi said. “Joe and Jay will meet with the travel soccer coaches to establish the schedule.”

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