Articles Archive for September 2012
The Record reports: Englewood residents, hockey enthusiasts and other skaters will once again be able to use the ice rink in Mackay Park after months of negotiations between the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield and city officials over an operating agreement led to a settlement Saturday.
Mayor Frank Huttle said the finalized agreement on the John T. Wright Arena offers city residents special free skating sessions, discounted private rental times and a $1 discount during public skating sessions.
“Englewood residents will have access to a free skating session once a month and enjoy discounted rates at all other times,” Huttle said in a statement. “This agreement provides a great opportunity for the Englewood Recreational Department to plan and organize events and also makes the arena available to our school children for athletics.”
City officials are spending $280,000 to upgrade the 34-year-old arena and are hoping to see it open shortly after the work is completed, which is expected to be on Oct. 15.
For hockey teams from around the area, the opening can’t happen fast enough; some youth teams have been practicing in other facilities and the high school teams take the ice on Nov. 15.
Final details on the agreement were not released Saturday but during negotiations the contract called for the Boys and Girls Club to pay the city $25,000 annually for a 10-year lease.
The club will also maintain regular skating sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays for three and four hours respectively between, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The Boys and Girls Club of Garfield finalizes Lease to Operate Ice Skating Arena
(ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY) – Mayor Frank Huttle III finalized a lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield for the ice skating arena. The Boys and Girls Club will operate the arena and provide programming benefiting residents of Englewood.
“I promised to expand and improve recreational programming in Englewood. With the arrival of the Boys and Girls Club, the children of Englewood will have a fun and safe skating rink along with the kinds of recreational program that build confidence and character,” Huttle said.
Under terms of the lease agreement, Englewood residents will benefit from discounted private rental times and a guaranteed discount of a $1 off charges at public skating sessions. In addition, the Boys and Girls Club will operate special skating sessions free of charge to Englewood residents and make the arena available to the Englewood School District during the week.
The Boys and Girls Club will also create a calendar that will provide the public, ice skaters and students the ability to utilize and enjoy the Ice Arena. The Club will also maintain regular skating sessions throughout the week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays for three and four hours respectively between, 11AM and 6PM.
“Englewood residents will have access to a free skating session once a month and enjoy discounted rates at all other times,” Huttle said. “This agreement provides a great opportunity for the Englewood Recreational Department to plan and organize events and also makes the arena available to our school children for athletics.”
The Boys and Girls Club’s lease of the ice skating arena compliments an earlier initiative to bring the YWCA’s community programming to the Liberty School. The combination of these non-profit programs promises a diverse array of recreational programs and activities for Englewood residents.
“With these two initiatives, we have accomplished our goals and fulfilled the promise of bringing non-profit organizations into Englewood to provide our community with an immediate platform of programming and services,” Huttle said. “Bringing both the Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA to Englewood will meet the longstanding demand for these services in our city.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Garfield will lease the John T. Wright Ice Arena from the City of Englewood. The organization, affiliated with Boys and Girls Club of America, has operated since 1959 and provided athletic, social, education and vocational programming.
|September 13, 2012||Mayor Frank Huttle III
Mayor Huttle Creates Unique Partnership to Bring ‘Coaches Across America’ to the City of Englewood
Partnership is designed to greatly enhance City of Englewood Department of Sports and Recreation programs
(ENGLEWOOD) – This week, Mayor Frank Huttle III announced plans of an exciting partnership combining the public, not for profit and philanthropic sectors. These plans were part of a fulfillment of the Mayor’s promise to bring not for profits into the City to enhance programs and services for the City’s residents and youth. It follows a recent, complimentary initiative in bringing the Boys and Girl Club to the City. Taken together, these steps push the Mayor’s plan to create an immediate platform of community programming, which Englewood needs now, without waiting for the construction of a physical Community Center.
The forging of this new partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation to benefit the City of Englewood Sports and Recreation Department is truly an innovation. The Laureus Foundation is a charitable organization that supports projects to improve the lives of youth through the power of sports. In Englewood, this initiative will train and place coaches to mentor dozens of children through Coaches Across America, the Laureus delivery partner.
The partnership with the City of Englewood, Benzel-Busch Motor Car Company, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation will fund professional coaches for children’s sports in the City of Englewood. “I’d like to thank the Agresta Family of Benzel-Busch Motor Car Company for investing in the youth of Englewood. Englewood is fortunate to have the Benzel-Busch, one of the top five Mercedes Benz dealers in the County right here in Englewood,” said Huttle. “It is an economic driver for the City but more importantly Benzel-Busch and the Agresta Family have made a longstanding commitment to Englewood. They have greatly contributed to Englewood in the past and through this initiative are doing so again. Their generosity is truly a blessing.”
Coaches Across America is a nonprofit and the delivery arm of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation whose mission is to inform, inspire and initiate individual, communal and societal change that will empower men and women to be their very best – personally and professionally. The Mayor concluded by saying, “The stars have truly aligned to make this partnership possible and the winners will be the children of Englewood.”
The agenda for the next City Council Meeting is now available. Click here to download a pdf of the agenda.
MAYOR HUTTLE ANNOUNCES ENGLEWOOD SEPTEMBER 11th COMMEMORATION CEREMONY
Mayor Announces Annual Remembrance to take place at 5:30PM, Tuesday, September 11th at the Veterans Memorial Park
ENGLEWOOD, NJ – In commemoration of the of the 11th anniversary of the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, Mayor Frank Huttle today announced that a memorial service will be held on the 11th at 5.30PM. The memorial service will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, located at Demarest and North Dean Streets in Englewood, NJ. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to BergenPAC at 30 North Van Brunt Street.
“As the tragic events of September 11th that shaped this City and our Nation become more distant in time, it is all the more important that we pause to remember those brave individuals whose lives were cut short and ensure that their memories live on in our hearts and minds,” the Mayor remarked.
In what has become a tradition in Englewood, the program will honor the memories of the Englewood residents who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks as well as the emergency service personnel who responded. City Council Members, members of the Fire, Police and Ambulance Corps, local clergy, Englewood residents and members of the victims’ families will come together to present the September 11th memorial tribute.
The Mayor will also update the community on the construction of the permanent monument to be located at that site using steel donated from the World Trade Center in honor of those who lost their lives that day.
WHO: Mayor Frank Huttle III, Members of the City Council, First Responders, Clergy, Families of 9/11 victims
WHAT: Englewood 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, Demarest St. and North Dean St. (in case of rain, BergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 5.30 PM