Along the way, the event, now held in Red Bank, raised $15,000 for Lunch Break, the social services organization based just a block away.
By WIL FULTON
Ok, so maybe some of those 82,500 seats will be empty. But for these pigskin enthusiasts, the chance to participate in the Giants-sponsored Flag Football Snow Bowl, a charity event that directs all proceeds to the New Jersey Special Olympics, it’s a dream come true.
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Red Bank Police Detective Joey Fields, local high school athletic talent scout Christopher Melvin, and McDonalds employee Donald Yusef Rogers have been a band of brothers since their days growing up together in the borough. Now, the three have put their heads together to create a way to keep the noses of Red Banks youth clean during the summer stretch.
A couple weeks ago, Rogers suggested a friendly Fathers Day pick-up football game, an idea that Fields gave a creative spin to and turned into a community-wide event to promote wholesome fun and involvement.
He came to me with it for fun, and I threw a twist into it, said Fields, seen at left. I said, ‘We could use the football as a tool to say, hey, if you want to be involved in this game, you have to be willing to stick around afterward to do something for the community.’ More →
Officials say Red Bank’s parks & rec commission will revisit the field-use ordinance after a group of residents was abruptly kicked out of Eastside Park Sunday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Two months ago Red Bank’s recreation commission started talking about revising its ordinance regulating the use of borough parks. It didn’t get far.
But when a public works employee punted a group of residents who were playing a pickup flag football in Eastside Park last Sunday, the incident raised questions about the borough’s field-use regulations and public works’ maintenance practices. And the backlash may have moved the previous talks to the top of a to-do list.
The breakup of Rumson and Fair Haven’s recreation alliance may turn out to have been brief.
After a few sit-downs, the neighbors have come to an agreement to keep two of its three sports partnerships intact, and are potentially on track to work out a sports trifecta, Mayor John Ekdahl said.