A re-dedication was held in September for the Watchung Hills Pop Warner field at the Sports complex in the East County Reserve. The field turf which gets used by multiple sports and the schools in town was replaced after its useful life and that effort was spearheaded by Mick Marion, long time WHPW board member and Township committee member. It was well attended by Mayor Sordillo, Governor DiFrancesco , County Freeholders Township Committee members and local politicians.
The field and sports complex at the East County Reserve was the idea of then President of Watchung Hills Pop Warner, Joe Passaro, who is now Director of Sports and Recreation for the town of Warren. Joe worked closely with Ray Brown, then Parks Commissioner on this project. Vic Sordillo was instrumental as a representative of Warren Twp. to get this done. This was the first of its kind where a County Parks commission and a private organization joined forces to develop property owned by the county, first in the state and possibly the country. It has become the model for other programs in the county. In attendance was Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner International and other Pop warner officials. Mr. Passaro stated, “ I am very proud of how the organization and the complex has continued to develop over the years…I’d like to thank Andy Marion for his leadership and dedication to WHPW…”