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Rec Achievement Luncheon to Honor West Orange Community Members


WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Annual Rec Achievement Luncheon at the Katz Community Center in Degnan Park in West Orange, scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m., will honor individuals who have made significant contributions to community recreational and sports programs. 

This year’s honorees are Bob Franco, Vincent Stanziale, Jr., Angela Della Pia and Mark Cacciacarne.                                                              

Bob Franco earned his honor with his exemplary work primarily with the Mountain Top League. Bob served as a baseball coach and league commissioner for eight years. For six seasons he was a key figure in the MTL’s basketball program as both a coach and a trustee. Franco also found time to help out the Rec Dept. as a softball and travel baseball coach. Always the willing volunteer, Bob was also active with Pack 4 of the Cub Scouts.

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Vinny Stanziale (PAL) joins his father as a Rec Achievement honoree. Vinny was a PAL kid growing up and as an adult was quick to give back. He served as Assistant Commissioner of the Cheerleading Program as well as a football coach for nearly a decade.  He remains a big supporter of the PAL by helping out as a major sponsor for the annual golf outing, a baseball team sponsor and coordinating various upgrades at the PAL Complex.

The Mayor’s Program for Individuals with Special Needs has served the adult population in West Orange for over three decades.  West Orange was one of the first communities to provide this valuable service and the Mayor’s Program has served as a model for many other towns to follow.  For the last 25 years Angela Della Pia’s name has been synonymous with the program. Throughout that time frame the various program coordinators could always count on Angie.  She has volunteered in every possible aspect including organization & planning, special events, holiday parties and road trips. 

Marc Cacciacarne recently concluded a successful stint as Head Boys Basketball Coach at West Orange High where he remains a dedicated teacher.  Mark was the poster boy for working cooperatively with the community.  He fully understood that to build a successful high school team you needed a solid foundation of young players upon which to build.  Coach assisted the Rec Department in running camps, coordinating travel basketball tryouts and also assumed the daunting responsibility of coordinating the expansive summer basketball leagues in West Orange.  Mark continues to be just a phone call away should he be needed.

Each of these guests will be honored at the luncheon. A $20 donation is asked at the door. 

Parking is provided in the tennis court lot in Degnan Park.  In case of inclement weather, call the Recreation Department Weather Hotline at 973-243-1115.

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