Toms River to Dedicate New Softball Fields on Saturday
On Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm, opening ceremonies at the softball field will be given by Toms River Township Mayor Thomas Kelaher and Council President Mo Hill.
Also joining in the opening statements and introductions will be Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz- Fields and J. Mark Mutter, the Township Historian, who will discuss the history of the site, which was home to one of the last active poultry farms in our community, known as the Epstein and Frankenburg farms. During the 20th century, the Pleasant Plains area, where the complex is located, was home to numerous poultry farms, many of which were owned and operated by Jewish farmers who came to America and Toms River to escape persecution in Nazi Germany, the then- Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Toms River officials will recognize the historic legacy at a special memorial in the gazebo, located in the middle of the complex. Mayor Kelaher extends the invitation to the public. He said, “All are welcome to please join us for this special day in our Township’s history.”
The 26-acres softball complex has four fields, a t-ball field, a tot-lot, and a walking/bike trail throughout the complex. A playground and a concession stand are also on the site.
At 2:30 pm, the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by the mayor.