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[PHOTOS] Garwood Breaks Ground on Athletic Field Complex

Saturday's ceremony celebrated the start of construction on the long-discussed project.

´╗┐Garwood officials and residents gathered at the borough's Little League Field to celebrate the groundbreaking of the long-discussed Athletic Field Complex.

The $3.2-million project includes a new multi-purpose turf field, field house with a full kitchen and activity space, upgrades and lighting for the existing baseball field, and a bocce court. It will be partially funded with $1.1 million in county and state grants.

Plans for the building of the complex have been underway for more than 10 years. The project wasn't approved without controversy: Several residents attended the council meetings proceeding the complex's final approval to argue that the field and the tax increase necessary to fund it were more than Garwood could afford.

But it was all smiles at Saturday's ceremony. Construction will continue through the spring.

Bob Guerriero December 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
That sounds like a great project to benefit the youth of Garwood! As a former resident of Garwood and one of the children of James V. Guerriero (whom the field is memorialized to) I am proud to see that the field will be undergoing a long overdue upgrade. I played all of my Garwood Little League games at this field and I have lifelong memories of playing here and growing up in Garwood. At one time this field used to be one of the nicest fields in the entire state of New Jersey! I'm hoping it becomes that again and it sure sounds it. I only wish that once in a while, when stories are being written about the James V. Guerriero Memorial Field, that my father's name would be mentioned so as to give him the respect he deserves for having helped developed the Garwood Little League over the years. Good luck with the project and to all those who will benefit from it!
Patricia Guerriero December 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
This is sincerely an honor. It would be a great gesture from the mayor to invite James V. Guerriero's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to this event to remember his dedication to the Garwood Baseball Organization.
My 2 Cents December 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM
If people volunteer to get recongnized, they are doing it for the wrong reasons
John December 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
2 Cents: You make a very valid statement, however I am sure Mr. Guerriero wasn't just your average run-of-the-mill volunteer parent who coached for a short period. He sounds like he had a passion for the organization and the purpose of youth sports in Garwood for many years. These are the types of people that are memorialized by having their legacy acknowledged by these organizations. Hopefully, with your high level of cynicism, someday you will have a dumpster at the local park named after you!
Lisa S. December 05, 2012 at 03:37 PM
James V. Guerriero's legacy had a good 60+ year run. It's probably time for a new name. Most of the Guerriero family have bailed out of Garwood and no one knows who James V was anymore. How about just naming it Garwood Athletic Field Complex, so all Garwood residents can take pride in it, not just one family.
Gina Marie Guerriero Andrew December 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Lisa S....there are still plenty of Guerrieros that not only still live in Garwood, but have children who now play at that field....double check your facts about what Guerrieros are still in Garwood...You should also know that our Grandmother Edith (who was at EVERY SINGLE OPENING DAY at that field until probably a year before she passed) had one last wish on her bucket list....for a new sign to be put up and for her to see it be put up....her Grandchildren made that wish a reality a few years ago...she's been gone 6 years now and being one of her many Grandchildren your comments are insensitive and idiotic, you can't take pride in a field my grandfather helped build probably for your kids if you had any and ALL GARWOOD CHILDREN to play on as well just because it's memorialized to HIM???...IT ISN'T A FIELD FOR THE GUERRIEROS TO PLAY ON....YOU FIND OUT HOW MANY GARWOOD CHILDREN IN THE 60 PLUS YEARS HAVE PLAYED ON THAT FIELD, I CAN GUARANTEE YOU IT'S MORE THAN GUERREIROS....2 cents.....my grandfather (although I never got to meet him) didn't build this field for recognition...he built it so that the kids of Garwood could have a place to go, play a sport he loved, and have a place that was safe and for all to share....at John, thank YOU.....this is exactly what my Grandfather was doing, along with a lot of other fine people in Garwood. May both of my grandparents rest in peace knowing that they did something as wonderful as they did for their community.
Lisa S. December 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM
A lot of residents have done a lot of things for Garwood. And they don't have their name plastered all over. It's time for the residents to just enjoy THEIR field, not a memorial field.
My 2 Cents December 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM
All of our forefathers who helped organize and get youth sports of the ground, deserve to be commended. If he truly did this for the kids in town, instead of personal recognition, I would think he wouldn't care if the field was renamed..............
Rita Guerriero Barlow December 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Wow Lisa S and my two cents...how long have you been residents? The Guerrieros were and still are here.
Rita Guerriero Barlow December 06, 2012 at 02:05 AM
And how about posting your name instead of hiding your identity...
Teresa Guerriero-Genova December 06, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Wow, there are some warped and frustrated individuals making comments here. You obviously do not know the Guerriero Family or the history of Garwood. Do not mess with the name or you will see plenty of us making sure the yours will be mentioned in not a favorably light. That is if you have the courage to print it.
What have you done for Garwood lately December 06, 2012 at 08:19 PM
What a lovely, classy family. Who wouldn't want THAT representing Garwood. @@ What a sense of entitlement.
Teresa Guerriero-Genova December 06, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Again, spewing without identity. I'm sure you're hard at work making Garwood a pleasant place to live.
Teresa Guerriero-Genova December 06, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Let me guess - Lisa "CAPS" S.
Current Garwoodians Only December 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
You don't even live in Garwood. Maybe you could butt out.
Teresa Guerriero-Genova December 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Another unidentified coward.... My Mother lives in Garwood in the house that was built by my Grandfather, Carmine Guerriero. She is a parishioner at St Anne's Church that was built by her Grandfather. You are missing the point- CGO, it's about preserving history. I am finished commenting, I refuse to stoop to your level of little intelligence. Stay miserable.
cindi shimkus December 07, 2012 at 02:40 PM
why does eveyone get butt hurt because it will be a memorial park? the hasty comments are indeed not residents for more than the years or decendents of those who founded garwood (they don t know any Guerrerios?).why not then change the name of the damn schools to garwood middle school.what did lincoln do for our school? get over it please. the Guerrerios are not vain people...but it has been for a long many years the Guerrios. go to any garwood history and you ll see the names of people who started, ran, raised money for, volunteered, and gave passion and patriotism for the town..the feld is indeed worthy of the late Guerrerio, and for you new residents..just keep the town going..it used to be friendly and everybody knew everyone..and supported each other..w/ respect..if you do alot for garwood and want your name posted because you want the recognition...keep traditions going..Guerrerio is a legendary name..i m not trying to puff them up but i will tell you for sure everyone of them was known for being a fantastic athelete, teacher, supporter, etc...for GENERATIONS... Mr Guerrerio is the founder of the field.the Guerrerios did more for the kids back in the day by having that field errected than nintendo did for gamers today.please..as a former resident and my father build homes in garwood, allow this to be a good day..praise others for good things don t try to take it away because you don t feel recognised..i m sure you are all wonderful supporters of garwood..
cindi shimkus December 07, 2012 at 02:41 PM
my father *built* home not build...excuse any grammer errors...too much school
cindi shimkus December 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
damn straight i would..you don t know any Guerrerios...i suggest you go meet them..check history of Garwood..this place you call home..and pull that damn stick out of your keester....they are indeed very classy..and as for you with a hatred so big you need to downplay a family..does anyone know who you are? oh i see, your name isn t on a placket for all to see...get over yourself...truely this is not a Garwood attitude you have...as a former DOOWRAGer, we support each other....but tell me...should you be supported for something special? your hidden name suggests otherwise
Teresa Guerriero-Genova December 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Aahhh , the voice of reason and true facts. Thank you Cindi Shimkus- another long time Garwood resident and a family who was always involved with the kids, volunteering a lot of their time as well. Say hi to your sisters for me!!
cindi shimkus December 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
will do..our grandparents go way back in Garwood too...mine worked in the old factories that i believe are gone now and granma bowled with one of your family members....all these garwood one a be's have not a clue ...but do we care? they are jealous, low self esteemed people who feel hurt by those with recognition
What have you done for Garwood lately December 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Another "former" resident heard from.
What have you done for Garwood lately December 07, 2012 at 05:40 PM
This conversation is all for naught. According to the borough clerk, the James Guerriero name is not staying. Since there are now several plaques at the field, placed over the years to memorialize former coaches and contributors, the new field will simply be "Memorial Field". That seems to solve the situation nicely.
Devilsfan December 07, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I feel the name of the baseball field should remane the same. Over the decades there have been certain men and women who contributed to upkeeping the premises and running Baseball league. One of those men from my generation was Mr. Destefanis (I hope my spelling is correct and I hope his name gets memorialized when the AFC is completed!!!
John DiBattista December 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I can't beleve some of the comments here. I was born and raised in this town, and I knew Mr. Guerriero and he was one of the finest gentlemen that I know. When I was here, comments such as those above would never have appeared here
b paterson December 12, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Please, just everyone settle down. I'm only a resident but have been following this issue and been close to it for the last 15 years. We are all invited to the groundbreaking and nobody should show up aggravated. The anonymous posters are just blowing smoke for some reason. Thats what anonymity can do. The plaques and momuments will remain at the field when its done. They may be removed for the time during construction so they dont get damaged but they will be restored for the posterity of those in the past that gave their time to the youth and atletics of Garwood. Its not going to end up with just some generic name as "rec complex" or "athletic field". Maybe it will be referred that way out in the streets but the plaques will remain. The history of Garwood is rich and much should be saved to remind us. Unfortunatley the Lions Gazebo and the existing Homenik dedicated field house will be demolished. It is sad. But the names and plaques will still be at the field. And BTW, yes there are Guerrieros still here in GW! I personally am proud to know two of them. One just happens to be a Garwood board of Ed member for the last 7 years. And her mother was on the board of health for ages, and whe recently stepped down possibly due to health. The name is synonymous with volunteerism. See you all this saturday.
Joe Darcy December 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM
It is tragic that people neglect the memories of the founders of one of the best things in our kids lives. Shame on us if we do not take the time or effort to know the people who made this field possible.
KJS December 16, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Garwood has a history? LOL
john December 17, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Way too expensive an undertaking at a time when many don't have jobs or are underemployed and in foreclosure or property values are underwater. I can't wait to see the hit on our property taxes which are already overtaxed. Was an analysis done as to the benefit versus the cost? What percentage of property owners will have a direct benefit from this? Tax and spend is alive and well in Garwood.

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