Education

Field Dedicated to Late Athletic Director on MCVTS East Brunswick Campus

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - “The field that Ray built” has been rededicated to honor the late athletic director of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

The baseball field on the MCVTS East Brunswick Campus was renamed Raymond J. Cipperly Field at a ceremony May 14 that featured members of Cipperly’s family, Middlesex County freeholders, representatives of sports organizations, MCVTS administrators and faculty, and the members of eight high school baseball and softball teams. Many in the crowd wore “Team Cipp” T-shirts.

Freeholders Charles Kenny and Kenneth Armwood presented Cipperly’s wife, Susan, and his daughter, Lauren, with a proclamation declaring May 14 Raymond Cipperly Day. They then unveiled a plaque on the side of the third-base dugout designating the new name of the field.

Sign Up for E-News

Cipperly, a Monroe resident who died last Oct. 11 at the age of 66, was an MCVTS employee for 45 years, starting as a physical education teacher and varsity baseball coach in East Brunswick and then serving as athletic director for the district for almost 20 years. He also was the head groundskeeper for the Somerset Patriots professional baseball team from 1999 to 2010.

With the teams lined up around the infield, MCVTS Athletic Director Michael Pede introduced the speakers, including Superintendent of Schools Brian J. Loughlin; Larry White, assistant director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association; Carl Buffalino, president of the Greater Middlesex Conference, and Frank Noppenberger, a member of the GMC Executive Committee.

Lauren Cipperly said the baseball field came in “a close second” after his family in Cipperly’s affection.

“This place will always be special to me because, when I look around, I see him,” she said.

Loughlin praised Cipperly as “a great educator, a great coach and a great human being.” He said, as athletic director, Cipperly increased the number of sports teams in the district and improved the professional development of coaches.

“He raised the bar for our interscholastic sports teams and coaches,” Loughlin said.

Buffalino hailed Cipperly as a founder of the Greater Middlesex Conference. Noppenberger, a friend of Cipperly’s for almost 40 years, said “the GMC wouldn’t have existed without Ray Cipperly.”

“Ray had knack for taking things from the bottom and building them,” Buffalino said. “He put together one of the most beautiful baseball facilities in the state of New Jersey.”

White said the East Brunswick field is “the best in the state at any level.”

Cipperly was the GMC Coach of the Year in 1989-’90 and a five-time GMC Gold Division Coach of the Year. He received the NJSIAA Service Award and was inducted into the New Jersey State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990.   

The ceremony was followed by a junior varsity softball tournament featuring teams from the East Brunswick Campus, the Perth Amboy Campus, the Piscataway Campus and the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge, and a JV baseball tournament with teams from the East Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Piscataway campuses and Sussex County Tech.

 

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

South Brunswick-Cranbury

Upcoming Events

Tue, May 29, 7:00 PM

The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick

New Jersey's Environment - A Pivotal Moment: an ...

Education Government Green Home & Garden Other

Wed, May 30, 7:30 AM

South Brunswick High School - Auxiliary Gym, Monmouth Junction

South Brunswick Community Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Wed, May 30, 6:30 PM

Cooper Conference Room, The Erdman Center, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton

Artists' Round Table with Performing Artists from ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

South Brunswick and Cranbury Police Blotter

August 9, 2017

Sponsored by Reilly's Collision Center in Monmouth Junction. Click here and scroll down for the latest updates and alerts from South Brunswick and Cranbury Police.

See the most recent messages from South Brunswick Twp Police Department, powered by Nixle.

PayPal CEO says Rutgers grads need to "Help Repair the World"

May 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, called on the Class of 2018 on Sunday to take a stand for social justice as they graduate during a time of unprecedented technological and social change.

He talked about the decision at PayPal to rescind plans to build a global operations center in North Carolina following legislation many considered discriminatory ...

3 Stabbed in Late Night Assault at Party

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Three people were stabbed following a fight at a party late Saturday on Delafield Street between Bristol and Courtland streets, Rutgers police said in an alert sent out to students.

The assault, which was not on the Rutgers University campus, occurred about 11:45 p.m., police said.

They said the victims are not affiliated with the university. All three victims reported ...

3 Flee After Armed Robbers Break Into New Brunswick Apartment House

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two robbers brandishing a handgun and a knife forced their way into a Hamilton Street house Sunday, causing three tenants - one of them affiliated with Rutgers University - to flee the apartment building, Rutgers police said.

 

The incident came hours after two people were robbed while walking on Easton Avenue early Sunday morning. One of those victims is ...

Belmar Mayor’s Pardoning of Lobster Will Kick Off New Jersey Seafood Festival

May 17, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — With the start of the New Jersey Seafood Festival tomorrow, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern wants to show a lobster some love.

At 3:30 p.m. on May 18, he will kick off the annual three-day event by pardoning “Lucky Larry the Lobster” on the Fifth Avenue beach and then releasing it into the ocean … hopefully.

“In my power as mayor, I want to pardon a ...

Rutgers Center Battles Noise Pollution Nationwide

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Eric Zwerling got a call this week from a man was living next to a fitness center, complaining he repeatedly heard the loud thud heavy free weights and medicine balls hit the floor.

The man was recovering from having a pace maker in his chest and wondering of the impact of the noise from the gym.

“I’ve received thousands of calls,” said Zwerling, ...

"Itʼs Time for New Leadership" Say Middlesex County Republicans

May 22, 2018

On Tuesday, June 12th, elected county committee members of the Middlesex County Republican Organization will have a choice on who will be their next County Chair and party executive board.

Sharon D. Hubberman, former Middlesex County Freeholder Candidate, and current Perth Amboy Republican Chair has announced she will accept her nomination for the Middlesex County Republican Chairmanship ...

Host an International Exchange Student

EF High School Exchange Year announces annual search for student exchange host families in communities across the New Jersey

 

EF High School Exchange Year—a division of EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education—has kicked off its annual nationwide search for caring host families to welcome exchange students into their homes. Last year EF connected ...

The ESCNJ Raises $12,000 From 6th Annual 'Autism Awareness' Fundraiser

For the 6th straight year,The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey's (ESCNJ) Annual Autism Awareness Swim & Play fundraiser on behalf of Autism New Jersey was a great success.

Total funds raised were approximately $12,000, as a result of pledges for laps completed, T-shirt sales, and families participating in arts and crafts activities.

The event received  additional ...