Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Latest addition to field renovations completed this week.
On Tuesday morning, crews lifted a new press box onto the stands at Bloomfield's Foley Field. The new press box was part of "phase two" of renovations at the field, a series improvements including two tickets booths, a concession stand, bathrooms and a second story addition on the building. The $900,000 worth of construction was funded by Essex County Green Acres Fund as well as money raised through local fundraising. Foley Field, named after notable football coach William Foley, was built in 1934 as a Works Progress Administration project. The athletic field fell into disrepair and underwent two major phase of renovations in recent years. The first phase, completed in September 2011, was funded by a $2.9 million referendum passed by …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The foundation announced its fundraising success at a dinner in December, and recognized members of the community with awards.
Bloomfield’s Foley Field Foundation stepped up to the plate last month and donated more than $125,000 to help restore Foley Field. More than 100 people turned out to celebrate the foundation’s Founding Donors & Sponsors awards dinner on Dec. 13. At the end of the year party, it was announced that the 14 private and civic contributors managed to raise more $125,000 to revitalize Foley Field. Foundation trustee Dr. Robert Ruffalo was the master of ceremonies. In addition, Foley Field Revitalization Committee Chairman Alfonso Crincoli recounted the sequence of events which led to the creation of the Foley Field Foundation in October of 2010. The 2011-12 Founding Donors & Sponsors Recognition Award was also given out. These awards …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
John I. Crecco Foundation will hosts its 47th annual fundraiser
For over four decades, the John I. Crecco Foundation has provided more than $1 million-worth of cardiac care equipment for area hospitals in Essex and Bergen counties. It sponsors youth league sports teams in Bloomfield and contributes financial support for various charities and natural disaster relief funds. It is a firm supporter of the Helping Hands program, which places signs throughout the community to let children know where to find helping hands in case of need. Marion Crecco attributes the longevity of the foundation to its founder, her husband, who has endured serious health issues in the last six years, yet is determined to continue the good work. "My husband John just doesn’t stop,” said Crecco. “It's very important to him.” …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Frank Tripucka, class of '45 was a football player at Bloomfield High School who later went on to play for the Denver Broncos.
When visitors come to see football games on Bloomfield’s Foley Field, they will be reminded of former Denver Broncos quarterback Frank Tripucka. Tripucka grew up in Bloomfield during the Great Depression and went on to play football for Bloomfield High School, before attending the University of Notre Dame. Tripucka, who is now 84, will have his name permanently on the press box at Foley Field, said Board of Education members this week. Money donated by his family for the naming rights, will be used to pay for the sound system for the field. Although family say Frank Tripucka’s memory may be failing him these days, he vividly remembers his days on Foley Field. “He can tell you what happened on the third-down of the Nutley game in his …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Bloomfield photographer Jerry Simon captured these images of the construction process this week.
Phase Two of the Foley Field Restoration is now underway. These photographs, submitted courtesy of Bloomfield photographer Jerry Simon, show the progress of construction during the week of July 30-August 3. “Construction workers are in the process of building the stanchions, on which the [grand]stands will rest,” explained Steve Jenkins Bloomfield High School Athletics Director, in an email to Patch. “In addition they are digging the trenches for the drainage system.” “They’re making good progress,” concurred Foley Field Revitalization Committee member Mike Napolitano on Thursday afternoon. “They’re pouring concrete into molds for the grandstands.” As the photos show, the temporary bleachers have been removed and the foundations are …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Foley Field Revitalization Committee assured the Bloomfield Board of Education on Tueday night, "It's going to get done in the right way."
A special mid-summer Board of Education meeting was a chance for the Foley Field Revitalization Committee to outline plans for the next phase of the sports complex renovation. On Tuesday night, Committee members Alan LaQuaglia, Mike Napolitano and Tony Todaro said $900,000 was allocated for two tickets booths, a press box, a concession stand, bathrooms and a second story addition on the building. “It will be a multipurpose building for team use and band use,” said Todaro, who admitted the costs would probably run over $900,000 but noted, “Green Acres Fund and fundraising will pay for it. There continues to be an appetite in the community to donate and fund this revitalization of Foley Field.” “I assure you that it's going to get done in …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Video of the Bloomfield Bicentennial Independence Day celebration provided courtesy of WBMA TV.
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- On WBMA TV
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Bloomfield show is tonight, July 4th celebrated elsewhere with parades, mini golf and 'Snickerdoodles'
Communities throughout Essex County yesterday showed patriotic spirit with parades, contests and, of course, fireworks to celebrate the nation’s birthday. And for those who missed out on a fireworks show -- or who just need one more fix of some rockets’ red glare -- there’s another incendiary display scheduled tonight at Bloomfield’s Foley Field. Gates open at 5:30 pm with fireworks beginning at 9:20 pm. The show, originally scheduled for the 4th, was rescheduled due to concerns over forecasted thunderstorms. In Caldwell, the Grover Cleveland Birthplace -- a memorial to the only US president to serve two non-consecutive terms -- held its annual ice cream social. In honor of the 19th-century leader, yesterday’s event also featured some old…
The Recreation Department has something really special in store this year, to celebrate the 4th of July and Bloomfield's Bicentennial at the same time.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Now that you have seen the rest, it is time for the best! The Township of Bloomfield and the Recreation Department, along with support from Bicentennial Committee and Investors Bank, are prepping for one of the biggest and best firework shows that Bloomfield has ever seen. Gates will open at the newly renovated Foley Field on Thursday, July 5th at 5:30PM. There will be a wide variety of food vendors that will sure to please everyone's appetite. An amusement company will be bringing three large blow-ups, one of which is a 65 foot long obstacle course! We will have stilt walkers and clowns walking around making balloon animals and performing magic tricks. We have games of chance with popular prizes along with Skyline Community Church …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A gallery of images from graduation night - June 21, 2012.
On a warm and sultry Thursday evening, June 21, Bloomfield High School held its Commencement ceremony on the new Foley Field. Sitting in neat rows wearing red caps and gowns, the graduates' excitement was evident on their faces. There was a historic footnote to the celebrations that night. The 2012 class was graduating on the new Foley Field for the very first time, following years of costly renovations that were finally completed last September. In April, when the high school decided to host the graduation ceremony in the gym instead of at Foley, the students fought for -- and won -- the right to graduate on their beloved Foley Field. The ceremony Thursday night came at the end of a day where the temperature had topped 100 degrees. A…