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Friendly Competition at the Grand Opening of Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe in Maplewood

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L to R: Steve Schnall, Sheena Collum, Greg Lembrich, John Profaci, Kim Ventura, Vic DeLuca, Nancy Adams, Frank McGehee Credits: Fred Smith
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South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca
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Mayor De Luca tees off.
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Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams
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Committee member Greg Lembrich
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South Orange Village President Sheena Collum
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South Orange Trustee Steve Schnall
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L to R: Ellen Davenport, former Maplewood Mayor, and Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Mayor
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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe held its grand opening on Saturday afternoon, and with the celebration came a little friendly competition between officials from the two towns as well.

Greens, which is located at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood, offers indoor, virtual golf as well as a juice bar, and vegan restaurant, Consciousfork.

John Profaci, who owns Greens with his wife Kim Ventura, explained that he installed an indoor golf system in the heart of Mapewood after seeing a similar one in New York. Profaci said, "as a long time resident of Maplewood I’m excited to bring something new to our neighbors and friends which can advance athletics for both old and young and be and enjoyable social activity."

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Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca welcomed Greens adding, "it's a great addition to the Village with its combination of healthy food and fun at the electronic links."

Their ribbon cutting ceremony was the first one in town to include not only Maplewood Township officials, but also Village President Sheena Collum and Trustee Steve Schnall representing South Orange, who then all competed in a virtual game of golf. Also joining in the competition were local police officers and firefighters.

Julie Doran, Executive Director of the Maplewood Village Alliance, added “this fun event is a unique way to open the business. Everyone’s having lots of fun, and I really appreciate the South Orange President and Trustee [Steve Schnall] coming to help. I hope lots of people come for the fun."

Collum, part of the winning team from South Orange, reminded all of their victory, "it was good to destroy the Maplewood Township Committee in golf. They wound up with a vacation in sand and water."

De Luca responded on his Facebook page, "Don't believe the posts about South Orange winning on the electronic links - fake sports news."

Sounds like there might need to be a virtual rematch in the future.

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