EATONTOWN: The Little League field at 80 Acres Park has a new look thanks to the Eatontown PBA Local 305.
On April 9 a ceremony took place which noted the PBA's donation of $5,000 to Eatontown Baseball League (EBL) which was used to purchase a new scoreboard for the field. On hand where Local 305 President Matt Williams along with other Eatontown Police Department members including Chief Michael Goldfarb. Borough officials attending included Mayor Dennis Connelly, Councilmen Mark Regan, Richard "Duke" Robinson and Kevin Gonzalez.
The new scoreboard replaced an older one that was also donated by the PBA approximately 20 years ago. Williams noted the PBA was glad to be able to assist with the purchase of the scoreboard since it benefits the children of Eatontown and a great organization (EBL.) The PBA also sponsors the Blue Jays which is one of the leagues teams. Mayor Connelly, who himself is a former member of the EPD and was the locals State Delegate when the original scoreboard was purchased in 1994, noted that while many think the name "Blue Jays" was named after the MLB team it actually has a very different meaning. The Mayor noted that the word "Blue" signifies the color most often associated with police officers and the word "Jay" was from one of the original founders of Local 305, EPD Officer John "Jay" Mahoney" who passed away suddenly in the mid 1980's.
League President Ricky Voss thanked the PBA for their very generous donation and noted how the EBL relies on donations from its sponsors for much of its operating budget. Special thanks goes out to those who helped install the new scoreboard including Bob Suffill, Ricky Voss, Valarie Voss, Reyes Quinones, Ron Booth, Mike Shephard, John Sherod and Gerard Miller.
For more information or to contact Eatontown Baseball League, please go to their website at www.eatontownbaseball.com Parents of youngsters who wish to register play in the 2016 season, should look at the website in early November of 2015 for early registration dates.