On Sunday, April 15, the West Orange PAL baseball teams began their opening ceremonies of the spring season with a heartfelt dedication of a new scoreboard, donated by the Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Memorial Foundation.  The foundation was created to honor the life of Michael, a lifelong West Orange resident, who tragically died in a car accident on the day after his 19th birthday, Aug. 2, 2009. 

Michael proudly played for both the W.O. P.A.L. baseball and football teams.  Joe DePasquale, the director of the W.O. P.A.L. (and Michael’s former P.A.L. coach for baseball and football), introduced the McCormick family, thanked the foundation for the scoreboard, and spoke of Michael as truly exemplifying what the PAL stands for – sportsmanship, honor, integrity and being a true team player.

Michael’s mother, Karen, father, Mike and sister, Meaghan were among those on hand to say a few words, speaking of the fond memories of Michael’s time in the P.A.L. Program. They all thanked the “team” that helped make this project happen – especially the Directors and the Trustees of the West Orange PAL and their volunteers, Tony Casalino, Lou DePasquale, Rob Kost, and Mark Bove, as well as Jimmy McDonald, Peter Pannucci and Bobby Lambert for their tireless volunteer work. They also thanked all of the volunteer coaches who work so hard to support the children of West Orange. Michael’s Dad, Mike McCormick, talked about how the West Orange P.A.L. coaches were a big part of his life growing up -- shaping Michael into the fine young man he became.  Michael’s father, Mike, threw out the first pitch to open the 2018 Spring Travel Baseball season to Dominic DePasquale, Trustee of the W.O. P.A.L., who was one of Michael’s teammates during his PAL tenure.

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Also in attendance were Mayor Robert Parisi, and Town Council members Michelle Casalino and Victor Cirilo.

Michael’s foundation has also served numerous West Orange residents by giving scholarships to students at Seton Hall Prep and West Orange High School and by supporting the W.O. P.A.L. and other community organizations.  If you are interested in donating to the foundation, please go to www.mtmjr.com and look for the donate button.



Football and Cheerleading Registration:

New season – new league! The PAL will hold registration beginning June 12th from 5:30pm-7:30pm and June 13th from 6-8pm at the PAL Field (28 Prospect Place) for the 2018 fall Football and Cheerleading teams. Registration forms are  available on http://www.wopal.org.

Sports and Games Night – June 22nd, 5:30pm at Ginny Duenkel Pool. Contact the WO Rec Dept. with any questions.

Register through Community Pass (West Orange Recreation Dept):

  • Wednesday Night Lacrosse: Boys Grades K-8, begins July 11 at WOHS 6-7:30pm
  • Summer Skateboard Classes: Co-Ed, begins July 23rd at Jenkins Skate Park, 6pm
  • Street Hockey: Grades K-8, begins late June at O’Connor Park

Interested in volunteering with PAL?  Email info@wopal.org.

Interested in volunteering with MTL? Email mountaintopleague@gmail.com (sport-specific emails are available on the MTL website.



Jennifer Buesser has lived in West Orange since 2005.  She is a long-time MTL volunteer and current trustee.  Cheryl Merklinger is a life-long West Orange resident.  She is a second- generation PAL volunteer and current trustee.  We Are West Orange highlights youth sports in town, including the kids they benefit and the volunteers who make them all possible.


For more information about MTL programs:   http://www.mountaintopleague.com/.

For more information about PAL programs: http://www.wopal.org.

For information about WO Recreation Dep’t Programs: http://www.westorange.org/index.aspx?nid=87.

Logo designed by Andrew Mazurek, WOHS Class of 2002: http://www.andrewmazurekart.com.