ORADELL, N.J. -- Residents are asked to batter-up and pitch-in to give Oradell's Caruso Field a long overdue renovation.
The Caruso Project will begin on Saturday, Nov. 5, about a year after the successful facelift of Muehleck Field.
Since Caruso is larger, the Oradell Little League board is asking participants to set aside Saturday, Nov. 12 as well.
If enough volunteers sign-on to help, OLL says it might be possible to complete the project in one day.
The Caruso Project is headed by Scott Bosetti, who led the Meuhleck renovation in 2015.
Caruso is Oradell's only 60/90 field and the only grass field for Senior League play. It presently has dangerous lips and bad hops and needs to be leveled.
The field is named after Andrew J. Caruso, a former Oradell Recreation Commissioner and World War II hero.
"We as a board find it fitting to honor this man who sacrificed much of his time and energy to help the players of Oradell become better athletes," said Rob Monaco, OLL Commissioner. "As a board member of the Oradell Little League, I am reaching out to our community to ask for help in this very important and historic renovation."
For more about the project, see its website. Email MonacoCommish@gmail.com to find out more about volunteering.
Caruso gave 24 years of volunteerism to Oradell athletics, and there is a dedication stone in his name at the field.
He was a coach and the Recreation Commissioner of Oradell from 1967 to 1991.
"Andrew J. Caruso took his coaching job seriously, because he wanted his players to excel in their sport and in their lives," Monaco said.
Caruso excelled in life, as well as athletics and academics, where he attended Columbia University. He was a war hero, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
"He also understood what hard work and dedication meant. As a coach, he was at his best, and he passed it on every day working with his players," Monaco said. "Being a great coach, being a great mentor, means your players not only believe in your message, but believe in themselves."
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