Sports

Local Parents Start Caldwell Little League Campaign to Create Program in Caldwells and Surrounding Towns

8f0992a8ca6339c3cf19_mini_magick20161126-12171-zx71co.jpg
8f0992a8ca6339c3cf19_mini_magick20161126-12171-zx71co.jpg

CALDWELL, NJ — A group of Caldwell parents have started a campaign to create a Little League Program in the Caldwells and surrounding towns, including Roseland, Essex Fells and Fairfield.

Originally started by resident B.J. Kurus, the group has begun the process of advertising this program and gaining support from residents in the Caldwells and neighboring towns.

Currently, the Caldwell-West Caldwell Recreation Department, which serves both Caldwell and West Caldwell, has an existing recreation baseball league and individual travel baseball teams. However, many parents are not satisfied with the program for various reasons, according to Kurus.

Sign Up for E-News

He said children who do not make the traveling team are then placed on a recreation team, which is set up more like a baseball clinic. Kurus also noted that the teams then meet only once or twice a week for five weeks and only play in about five games.

"The parents are looking to start a little league to provide a more hearty and robust league with more opportunity for kids to participate than what is offered now and one that is more equitable for the kids that don't make the travel teams,” he said. “A great thing about Little League is that it is for everyone—no one's discriminated against, especially for their ability to play baseball.”

Over the past few months, the parents have been meeting to discuss the chartering process and how the Little League program would be organized. The first step was determining how many children would be interested and how the teams would be broken down.

"The Little League offers nine different divisions of play in their organization which range from young kids at 4, 5, 6, and 7 years old up to kids in high school at around 17 and 18 years old, including baseball for boys and girls, as well as girls’ softball and a Challenger division for special needs children that ranges from younger to older participants," said Kurus. "In our case, our parents may try to focus on the younger groups of boys and girls, and the Challenger division. We plan on starting small with a group of younger kids, with enough participants to establish a Little League, with the hopes that each year after we can build a little more than the year before."

Initially, Kurus said the Little League program was intended to include children from the Caldwells and Roseland, but after many parents from other towns expressed interest, it was decided that the program would include Fairfield and Essex Fells as well.

Although the program is still on the beginning stages, the parents have already begun the chartering process, which involves various steps. They also have not decided where the teams would practice or who would serve on the Little League board, but many parents have come forward and expressed interest in helping out.

"I have over 200 supporters in the Caldwell Little League Campaign Facebook group I started in September 2016,” said Kurus. “I have another 25 supporters who are not on Facebook but I have contacted me through email. Then there are people around town that tell me in passing that they support our campaign. A few councilmen from Caldwell also support our efforts.”

Anyone interested in supporting this program or looking to find out more information can send an email to littleleague4caldwells@gmail.com or request to join the Caldwell Little League Campaign Facebook group.

Kurus has also created a survey to poll the number of individuals interested in the program, which could start as early as 2017. Click HERE to take the survey.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

One Free Class at Cycle Bar Livingston

April 23, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Get a free ride at Cycle Bar Livingston. Livingston’s premium indoor cycling facility invites the public to sign up for their first ride free.

Click HERE to see the full class schedule.

During this week only, Cycle Bar is also participating in the Livingston Fitness Crawl, offering five days of free classes through Friday.  

Cycle Bar ...

Livingston Fitness Crawl: Five Days of Free Classes at 12 Livingston Businesses

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, a Livingston Business Improvement District event, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:

BARRE3 ...

Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit http://cloudcaninesalon.com to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

About Cloud ...

Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

Imperial Lawns - FREE Lawn Treatment

Fairfield, NJ - As a special thank you Imperial Lawns is now offering a FREE GRUB CONTROL TREATMENT when you sign-up for a full season 5-Application lawn care program. Call 973-882-7598 or visit www.imperiallawns.com and enter the word: SPRING in the Special "Discount Section" of the online Form to receive this great offer. 

ACT ...

Freshman Golfer Garrett Kessler Named West Essex Athlete of the Week

April 26, 2018

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — After an impressive showing in the Essex County Tournament, where West Essex High School’s Garrett Kessler was crowned as the individual golf champion and has burst on the scene as a force in the New Jersey golf scene, Kessler has been named TAPinto West Essex’s Athlete of the Week.

The freshman shot the low score of 73 out of 70 golfers at Weequahic ...

Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion on Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_732109b0232dbbe15c56_ffpl_logo_with_address

Thu, April 26, 10:30 AM

Fairfield Free Public Library, Fairfield

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)


Arts & Entertainment Education

Thu, April 26, 4:00 PM

Alzheimer's NJ Headquarters, Roseland

Alzheimer's 101

Education

Thu, April 26, 4:00 PM

Fairfield Free Public Library, Fairfield

Pre-K Storytime

Arts & Entertainment Education

Little Bit Country: Line Dancing Comes To Fairfield

April 26, 2018

FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Fairfield Recreation Department invites the public to join an eight-week line-dancing program at 221 Hollywood Avenue. 

For $25 per person, area residents can join instructor Joyce Cimera on Mondays April 30, May 7, 14 and 21, and June 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

Click HERE for more information.

 

Obituaries

- Apr 20, 2018
Robert T. Pipczynski, 72, of Caldwell, NJ, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Veterans ...
Read more
Nov 22, 1941 - Apr 14, 2018
Barbara Ann Barretti (nee Ernst), 76, of North Caldwell passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018. A ...
Read more
Nov 28, 1947 - Apr 13, 2018
Barry Wachtler, 70, a lifelong resident of Fairfield, New Jersey passed away on Friday April 13, ...
Read more
Sep 8, 1940 - Apr 1, 2018
Russell Talamo, 77, of Fairfield, New Jersey, passed away early on Easter morning, Sunday, April 1, ...
Read more
- Apr 3, 2018
Obituary of Melvina Caputo Melvina C. Caputo, 82, of Caldwell, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, April ...
Read more
Jul 14, 1934 - Apr 3, 2018
Patrick Joseph Moran, 83, of North Caldwell, died on April 3, 2018. Relatives and friends are ...
Read more
Obituary of Margaret Sullivan Margaret L. Sullivan Loving Mother, Grandmother & Great ...
Read more
Jun 13, 1926 - Apr 29, 2018
Helen Manna (nee Dudnick), 91, of Fairfield, New Jersey, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
Read more
May 12, 1924 - Mar 28, 2018
Cuozzo, Rose (nee Giovinco), 93, of West Caldwell, New Jersey passed away on Wednesday, March ...
Read more
Jun 10, 1947 - Mar 21, 2018
Joseph A. Masone, Jr., 70, of Bloomfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Joe ...
Read more

Lock Down Initiated After Stray Bullet Found at Morristown High School

April 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Morristown High School was on a school-wide lock down as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday after a stray bullet was discovered on the athletic fields of the school. 

Police were on the scene and currently investigating the incident. The school initiated a "shelter in place," which means instruction continued as students stayed in their ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 12, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.

 

Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...