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Clifton Recreation Department Honors

IMG_0086forwebCLIFTON, NJ – On Monday April 15, 2013 the Clifton Recreation Department held its 14th Annual Volunteer Recognition Social at the Community Recreation Center in honor of the 600 + citizens registered as Clifton Recreation volunteers for 2012. Throughout the year many of these citizens devoted their time and energy toward the department’s special events, summer programs, sports leagues, concert series and programs.  Without the help of these volunteers, many of the recreation programs would not have been as successful or memorable.  This evening was set aside to show appreciation for the hard work put forth by the volunteers.  The theme for the evening was “Volunteers…We Can’t Spell Success Without U”.  A variety of speeches were given by members of the Recreation Department staff and Debbie Oliver, Recreation Supervisor.

In photo above: Past Staff Man of the Year winners Bill Lemke, Matt Malaszuk, 2012 winner Dustin Malaszuk, Burt Shoobs, Vincent Colavitti, and George Hayek.

Another highlight of the evening was the re-instatement of the Board of Recreation members. In addition a variety of awards we’re given out at the event including the 2012 Sponsor of the Year – Garden Palace Lanes, the 2012 Recreation Staff Woman of the Year – Ashley Leeshock, the 2012 Recreation Staff Man of the Year – Dustin Malaszuk, the 2012 Youth Service Award – Felipe Rodriguez, the 2012 Recreation Service Award – Joe Nikischer and the 2012 Friend of Recreation –Floyd Hall Enterprises. All the volunteers got to enjoy a delicious meal provided by Chevy’s of Clifton, Barilari’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, The Famous Mid-Town Grill, Costco and Passaic County Technical Institute. After dinner, the volunteers were recognized with gifts for their hours of service given to the department.

IMG_0094forwebIn photo on right: Past Recreation Service award winners Barbara Nagy, Jo Obser, Joe Jeffers, 2012 winner Joe Nikischer, Sam Lucci and Pat Picciano.

Volunteers also had a chance to purchase some raffle tickets for great prizes donated by many local residents and businesses including Adventure Aquarium, AMC Clifton Commons, Applebee’s of Clifton, Bed Bath and Beyond, Brooklyn Nets, Brunswick Zone, Buco’s Ristorante, Chevy’s of Clifton, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Dress Barn Styertowne Shopping Center, Funplex, Garden Palace Lanes, Girl Scouts of Northern NJ-Bonita Barnhart, It’s Greek to Me, JumpNasium, Keansburg Amusements & Runaway Rapids, Linda and Joe Bionci, Monster Mini Golf, Mountain Creek, Mr. Cupcake’s, New Jersey Jackals, New York Redbulls, PaperMill Playhouse, PCTI, PNC Bank-Clifton Promenade, Susan Polito, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Space Odyssey USA Englewood, State Fair Meadowlands, Stew Leonard’s Wine and Spirits, TGIF of Clifton, Tick Tock Diner, The Broadway Comedy Club, Tomahawk Lake Inc., True Colors Winter Guard, Uno Chicago Grill, Wheel of Fortune and Zinburger.  The event was a huge success with about 160 people in attendance and we hope to see even more volunteers next year.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Recreation Department please contact the Clifton Recreation Department at (973) 470-5956.

Jessica Vasilenko, Clifton Recreation Dept.