UNION, NJ – Celebrating its 64th year, Union Little League Spring Season Opening Day was held on Saturday at Hickory Manor.  The opening day events were held at Hickory Manor this year while the clubhouse at Hall Stadium is under construction. 

“Many improvements and expansions have taken place over the years,” said Union Little League Board member Jim DiGiovanni.  “Most notably this year is the construction of our new clubhouse at Hall Stadium.”  DiGiovanni recognized and thanked Diversified Realty Advisors, developers of the new apartment complex on Claremont Terrance for providing the new clubhouse and the Township Committee for their support.

“During its 63-year history,” said DiGiovanni, “the simple philosophy of doing something for the youth of the community has prevailed.  Today, we offer one of the finest little league organizations in the country.”

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DiGiovanni presented Little League sponsor ConnectOne Bank with the 2016 Original Sponsor Award.  ConnectOne Bank Vice President, Government Affairs, Pat Scanlon accepted the award.  “Almost immediately upon arriving in Union four years ago, ConnectOne Bank demonstrated our commitment to serve our community,” said Scanlon.  “This award today is indicative of our relationship with all organizations of such high regard as Union Little League.  We will continue to support the community and its residents.”

The 2017 Original Sponsor Award was presented to AcuPowder International, which was known as Medals Disintegrating in 1954.  “It was in 1955,” said DiGiovanni, “when the president of Medals Disintegrating on Lehigh Avenue was Mr. Hall and he donated the land across the street from his company which became Hall Stadium.”

“I want to recognize all the parents who volunteer each and every year,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas, before throwing out the first pitch.  “Without them, this would not be possible.”

Recognizing Union Little League member Donald Morrison, DiGiovanni said, "Donald has been with Union Little League for over 25 years.  He first started volunteering as a young man in high school.  His dedication to the children of Union has helped Union Little League become the great organization that it is."  

Ten-year old and outfielder, Joey Bieber, said little league is fun and this year, "I'd like to improve my hitting."