RECREATION NEWSLETTER JAN/FEB/MARCH 2024

A note from your Recreation Director

2024 is going to be an awesome year for recreation. Well, every year is an awesome year for recreation, but 2024 will be even better.

Our recreational sport programs have had a great 2023 and we expect bigger and better for all of our sports in 2024.

Our recreation center has been busy with events and programs. Our fitness programs have been growing, adult ping pong, coed open gym basketball, and pickleball have all be going strong.

We are planning our Snow tubing in January, murder mystery dinner in April, Yankees game in June, National night out in August, and whatever else we can plan for everyone to enjoy.

There are some people I would like to “Thank” for all the hard work they do to make this recreation department the best in the area. Remy Bernardon (recreation chairman), Maryann Brindisi (recreation secretary), Bridget Pasznik (liaison to rec from the Borough), Gregg DePhillips, Frank Pricken, Lorraine Bratton, Tina O’Keefe, Lisa Healey and Walter White (commissioners), all of our hard-working sports Directors and sports Volunteer Coaches. Without our Directors and Coaches, our sports program could not exist. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!

I would also like to thank “You”, the parents, families and friends, who come out to every game to support your child and our programs. It is so important to be there for your child and to be a positive supporter. I remember as a child growing up playing multiple sports, I would always look for my mom or dad in the stands to make sure they saw my first hit in baseball, or score my first basket in basketball and so on. It is so important to be there and support them.

We will be saying “Good-bye” to two important people in our recreation program. 1) Lisa Healey (commissioner of softball) has decided not to return as a commissioner. Recreation wants to thank Lisa for her dedication and hard work she has done for the softball program. 2) Remy Bernardon (director of soccer) has decided to hang up his cleats and pass the reign as soccer director in 2024. Remy will still be involved with the new commissioner to make sure the program runs smoothly. Thank you, Remy, for all of the years running the successful soccer program.

HAVE A HAPPY, SAFE, AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

A note from your Recreation Chairman

Merriam-Webster’s 2023 Word of the Year is “Authentic”. Wanaque Recreations Word of the Year for 2024 is “Flexible”.

Let’s begin with our fitness classes. Even if you have already fallen off your resolution diet, it’s never to late to join any number of our fitness classes and get more flexible. We offer classes both during the day and evenings, and all our classes have walk in prices.

Registration is open for our Murder Mystery Dinner- “I Love the 80’s to Death”. Don’t wait till the last minute to register. Take advantage of our flexible pricing: a senior price, an early bird price, and a special price for tables of 10.

Register for an enjoyable evening of Snow Tubing with your children (or you can let them play in the snow while you enjoy a beverage by the fire)

Where you’ll see great flexibility from last year to this year is when you register your children for Camp in the Q, our summer camp. Registration will open in February, and for this year we are talking about both before and after care options so that working parents can have more time to get to and from work. We have also flexed what parents can register for. Parents will not be limited to picking specific weeks but will now purchase a block of days. You will need to tell us the days at the time of registration

Remy Bernardon, Recreation Chairman

SPORTS REPORTS

Lakeland Jr. Softball

Softball will be having winter training at Lakeland HS starting January 7th, 2024 and running to March 3rd. The training will be from 8am-10:45am.

 Registration will open up the first week of January. Here is the link to register https://forms.gle/MuW6BBUgHNG4Z8CR8 

Opening Night for softball will be on Friday, April 12th 6pm at Back Beach Park. We will have a DJ, games, snack stand open and the 8th grade team will be playing at 7pm

This report was submitted by the softball director, Cheryl Botsolas

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Lakeland Jr. Wrestling has 83 wrestlers this season, which includes 14 girls.

We started our season with preseason Middle School/High School practices and all girls practices.  We added our beginner and intermediate groups at the end of November.  We begin our program in second grade (7 years old).  We utilize the high school wrestling room and our practices are broken down into three groups and we practice four nights a week.

We participated in the 20th Annual Cutter Classic Tournament in Fair Lawn for our Varsity/Duals Team on December 17th.

Our Saturday scrimmages will begin on January 6th and will run consecutively on Saturdays for six weeks.  We will host two home scrimmages on January 6th and January 20th, which will both begin at 1:00pm at Lakeland Regional High School in the West Gym.

Our Varsity/Duals team matches will begin on January 4th.  We will compete in five matches of which we will host two on January 9th and January 30th beginning at 7:00pm at Lakeland Regional High School in the West Gym

We will participate in Sunday tournaments, two for our advanced wrestlers and two for our novice wrestlers.  These include Mt. Olive, Spartan (DePaul), Oakland Invitational and Mahwah March Mania.  We will also participate in the Twin County Junior Wrestling Leagues District Tournament and those who place in the top two will advance to Regions.

We will host our annual USAW-NJ State Qualifier on Sunday February 4th.  We are honored to be one of the nine qualifiers in the state, in which kids from all over NJ will compete for a spot at the USAW-NJ Scholastic State Tournament the weekend of March 9th.  Last season we had our first 1st Place winner – Abby Naddeo who placed 1st in the girls division.  We had six total state placers.

We will be attending all girls tournaments as well and are hoping to host a duals style match for the girls who are part of the Twin County Junior Wrestling League.

If your child is interested in joining the Lakeland Jr. Wrestling family for next season, please come out and watch a Saturday scrimmage or come watch a practice.  You can contact us at lakelandjrwrestling@gmail.com.

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Spring registration is now open! Registration deadline is January 15th!

Open to players born 2017-2006!

Details can be found on our website www.lakelandjrsoccer.org

Season begins April 7th!

Questions? Contact us at info@lakelandjrsoccer.org

Lakeland Jr. Soccer enjoys successful inaugural season!

The first season of Lakeland Jr. Soccer is in the books. Nearly 300 players on more than twenty teams participated in the first season of the newly merged Haskell, Ringwood, Wanaque travel soccer program! Three teams were recognized by the Wanaque Mayor & Council on Monday, December 11th for winning Flight Championships! Congratulations on a successful first season!

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Lakeland Jr. Field Hockey

 6-week Spring Clinic on the Lakeland Turf Field.

Grades 4th – 8th

Dates TBD                           

  Field Hockey Director Nicole Spinella

REC CENTER HAPPENINGS

FITNESS CLASS DAYS AND TIMES

Chair Yoga with Kathleen Tuesday January 2nd 12pm (this will be the only Tues unless otherwise noted)

Yoga with Kathleen Tuesday January 2nd 6pm (every Tues after)

Coed Open Gym Basketball Wednesday January 3rd 8pm-10pm (every Wed after)

Zumba with Deanna Thursday January 4th 6pm (every Thurs after)

Head to Toe Fitness with Jennifer Monday January 8th 10:30am (every Monday after)

Chair Yoga with Kathleen Monday January 8th 12pm (every Monday after)

Zumba Gold with Joanne Wednesday January 10th 10:30am (every Wed after)

*ALL FITNESS CLASSES HAVE A $5 WALK IN FEE*

Adult Ping Pong Thursday January 4th 7pm-9pm (every other Thursday unless otherwise noted)

Adult Night Pickleball Sunday 8pm-10pm (when basketball is over, we will be going back to Monday nights 7-9pm) $10 walk in fee

Wanaque Travel Basketball will be hosting a Travel Basketball Championship Banner unveiling on Saturday evening January 6th at 7pm in the Rec Center gymnasium.

All past travel players and coaches are invited to attend as well as the Wanaque community. The unveiling will be from championships of the past 20+ years.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to https://wanaquebasketball.com

Coffee and dessert will be served following the unveiling

FUN EVENTS TO ATTEND

SNOW TUBING

Friday January 19th  8pm-10pm at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah

Tickets on sale at wanaquerec.ticketbud.com

There is a limited number of tickets, so purchase early

Participants must be 48” tall and be able to transport their own tube. Please refer to our ticket web page for all tubing requirements and to link to the tubing waiver that must be signed by each participant.

NY Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles

Thursday June 20th 4:05pm Seats in sections 205-207

Transportation is not included with the price of the ticket

Tickets on sale at wanaquerec.ticketbud.com

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

I Love the 80’s to Death “A Rockin Radical Night of Mystery”

It’s the 80’s again, and all of the big names are here for the big concert. Tensions run rampant as back stage secrets spill out into the spot light with like, totally tragic results. This isn’t like Miami Vice! This is like…murder

Help the righteous crowd and the stellar detective figure out who ruined this totally tubular evening, so everyone can like, take a chill pill.

Saturday 6th 2024 at the Wanaque First Aid Squad Building

Guests arrive 6pm

Dinner begins at 6:30pm

Events starts at 8pm

Music and Evening ends at 10:30pm

Ticket prices vary: Early bird (until March 15th), Late bird (after March 15th), Seniors 55+ and Table of 10

Check out the ticket prices and to purchase your tickets at wanaquerec.ticketbud.com

Ticket price includes: Show, Hot Buffet dinner, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water, Beer, Wine and a really great fun time!!!

Ticket purchase deadline is April 3rd. There will be NO tickets sold at the door

TO SEE ALL OF WHAT IS GOING ON, CHECKOUT OUR WANAQUE RECREATION WEB SITE. ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS AND EVENTS ARE ON THERE. GO TO wanaquerecreation.com

Little League Baseball Registration: Early Bird Jan 22nd – Feb 5th Registration Feb 6th-March 11th Opening Day : April 20th

VOLUNTEERS

Wanaque Recreation is always looking for Volunteers. Whether it be a volunteer coach, team parent, volunteer at the rec center, program or event. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please reach out to Rec Chairman, Remy Bernardon.

In order to be a coach, you will need the following: Rutgers certification, online concussion training, background check and we suggest CPR/AED/Basic first aid training. Call someone from the rec department to get more info and to sign up as a volunteer.