FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR: Manchester Little League, Joe Carter Stadium

ConvertIng the Major League field into a stadium with an outfield based on three all-time professional Major League baseball parks

From: Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola

The township is delighted to release the following information regarding the recent history of the Manchester Township Little League and the Joe Carter Stadium, which should make all residents very proud.

In 2010, Manchester Township Little League, part of District 18, Section 3 in New Jersey, hosted District and Sectional Little League tournament games.  Toms River National hit 87 home runs in these 2 tournaments on their way to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Based on the sizes of today’s players and the construction of expensive graphite and aluminum bats, Williamsport suggested Little Leagues move fences back from the current 200 feet to up to 225 feet from home plates.

The solution was to convert the Major League field into a stadium with an outfield based on three all-time great professional Major League baseball parks.  The Boston Red Sox have their “green monster” left field wall in Fenway Park.  The Chicago Cubs have their Ivy covered outfield brick wall. The New York Yankees have their famous stadium façade and Monument Park!

This project was proposed by League President Rich Zingaro and Major League Player Agent Bob Kiefer in July 2011. That same month, it was approved by the Manchester Little League Board of Directors as a three-year project with a cost of $25,000.

Even better, it would not cost the league one penny! This money was to be donated by a person who only requested anonymity. The purpose was to build a stadium that would attract teams from all over.

A nine-man committee of Manchester Little League board members was created. The committee consisted of chairman Bob Kiefer, co-chairs Henry Wernock and Rich Villano, Dean Renzi, James Poss, Derek Schmidt, Dennis Hice, Martin Lynch, Pat Barry and league president Rich Zingaro. They met every Monday starting that September. Their tireless efforts resulted in the three-year project being completed in six months and ready for opening day on March 31, 2012!

The final project consisted of a 12-foot-high, 80-foot-long left field wall (Fenway Park); an 8-foot-high, 80-foot-long right field brick wall (Wrigley Field minus the Ivy); and in center field, 225 foot from home plate, stands Manchester’s own Monument Park complete with 14-foot-high, 64 foot-long-replica of the Yankee Stadium façade.

The entire project was supported by over $100,000 in community sponsors and volunteers.  Major sponsors of this project were: Hess Construction, Carter’s Heating and Cooling, Three B’s Bistro, Appolo Trucking, Pine Belt Chevrolet, Pemco Electric, Harley Davidson Motorcycles of Ocean County, Hilltop Nursery, Shore Imaging, Lester Glenn Auto Group, Jim Curley Kia, Smart Carpet, Carl’s Fencing, Girtain Sign’s, Clayton Concrete, Woodhaven Lumber, Ocean County Vo Tech School Brick and Press Communication.

This is a field that little leaguers want to play on!  A Manchester Little League sponsored tournament on the field of Joe Carter Stadium will attract teams from all over. That tournament is called the M.I.T.

WhitingBoy January 15, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Good to hear...nice job by the committee, as I am sure this was a lot of work during thier free time!
ballyjduf January 15, 2013 at 07:20 PM
veronica January 15, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Why is the Mayor announcing this when the township has nothing to do with this!!! It is all donations and volunteers. Too bad the township can't learn from the league how to raise revenue!!!!!
KTP January 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Is he trying to divert attention from the tax increase every family in Manchester who uses the fields will soon have to bear? If I'm not mistaken, that fields grand opening was last season...
Bryan January 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Not to mention this field opened last season! Great job guys unlike our mayor you guys do great things for the families of Manchester!
veronica January 15, 2013 at 11:38 PM
No, he knows the Little League has always raised their own revenue and will continue to without the township!! This announcement is to bury last nights meeting out come and blogs for those who will look tonight!!! Residents last nights meetings article and blogs are on the lower left hand side of this announcement!!! KTP YOU ARE CORRECT THIS WAS ALL COMPLETED LAST YR BY OPENING DAY!! Except the addition they are doing now, so once again it's a diversion by the township! All smoke and mirrors!! CONACT GOVENOR ON TAXES!
Imdun January 16, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Great job to all the people involved!!! Great things you are doing for the youth of Manchester!!! You are so right Mayor is trying to divert attention away from the taxes! Why has he not address these issues!!!
Da Gr8 1 January 17, 2013 at 05:39 AM
and then mll raised the fees this year.....kinda what our deplorable mayor did to us with taxes
veronica January 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM
That is not true!! The fees for the little league along with the donations and volunteers go to the fields, indoor training and a safe place for our kids to play ball. No comparisson!!! Our MLL complex is 100% nicer than the town of Manchester!!! AGAIN, THE MAYOR NEEDS TO TAKE SOME LESSONS ON BUDGETING AND PRODUCING REVENUE!!!!!!
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM
STATE OF NEW JERSEY LOCAL FINANCE BOARD NOTICE OF VIOLATION In Re: [Michael Fressola, Mayor, Township of Manchester, Complaint This matter having come before the Local Finance Board (Board) pursuant to the Local Government Ethics Law, N.J.S.A. et seq., upon complaint that Mayor Michael Fressola used the address and telephone number of the Township of Manchester City Hall in a political mail piece, using the resources of the Township for his personal gain and securing unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself and his campaign in violation of N.J.S.A. and, WHEREAS, the Board determined that the allegations were within its jurisdiction, were not frivolous and were based upon a reasonable factual basis, authorized an investigation of this complaint; and
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM
WHEREAS, the Local Government Ethics Law states: N.J.S.A. 40A: No local government officers or employee shall use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself or others; and, WHEREAS, the Board, having considered the matter and the relevant statements and presented and all documentation with the written response to the allegations submitted by Mayor Fressola, concluded that the use of the Municipal Building address and telephone number in the letterhead of a political mailer distributed in connection with the May 11, 2010 election constitutes the use or attempted use of Mayor Fressola's official position to secure an unwarranted privilege or advantage for himself or others in violation of N.J.S.A. It is therefore, DETERMINED that Mayor Michael Fressola shall be assessed a fine in the amount of $100.00 for the violation as related to his engaging in activities prohibited by the statute. Said fine shall be payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey, and be submitted to: Thomas H. Neff, Chair, Local Finance Board, P.O. Box 803, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625 immediately. If payment of said fine is not received within 10 days receipt of this NOTICE, Mayor Fressola is subject to additional fines as determined by the Board in accordance with its powers in N.J.S.A.40A:9- 22.10, Violations and Penalties.


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