2006-02-01 / Front Page

Holmdel breaks ground on Roggy Field project

BY TOM CAIAZZA Staff Writer

BY TOM CAIAZZA
Staff Writer

TOM CAIAZZA
Board of Education President Martin Pfleger and Mayor Serena DiMaso uses the ceremonial shovels at the Roggy Field ground breaking in Holmdel on Saturday morning.
TOM CAIAZZA Board of Education President Martin Pfleger and Mayor Serena DiMaso uses the ceremonial shovels at the Roggy Field ground breaking in Holmdel on Saturday morning. HOLMDEL — The restoration of Bob Roggy Field officially began on Saturday when residents and local dignitaries met to break ground on the $1.5 million project.

Assemblyman Sam Thompson and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin joined members of the Township Committee and the Board of Education to honor the memory of Bob Roggy and to commemorate the future of his namesake field.

“It is important that we have good recreational facilities for our youth,” Thompson said.

The grass turf on Roggy Field, located on the Holmdel High School campus, will be replaced by artificial grass, a process that can take months to complete and requires public and private support.

Mayor Serena DiMaso spoke briefly at the event about the importance of the town’s facilities and its impact on the community.

“We gather here to put a jewel in the crown that Holmdel is,” DiMaso said.

The Roggy Field improvement project is a joint effort by the township, the school district and private businesses and donors. The $1.5 million price tag will consist of $800,000 in private donations with the remainder being split by the township and the district, according to Committeeman Larry Fink.

Frank Corrado, who co-chairs the Roggy Fundraising Committee, was on hand to speak on behalf of the private donors and entice others to make a contribution.

“This is something residents should view as an investment in the community,” Corrado said.

Tom Roggy, the brother of Bob Roggy, came out of respect to his sibling and his father, Bob Roggy Sr., who passed away on Jan. 23.

According to DiMaso, the Roggy family encouraged contributions be made to the Roggy Fundraising Committee in lieu of flowers for their father, who was an avid Holmdel supporter and constant fixture at the field.

“There is no other place Mr. Roggy would have the money go,” DiMaso said.

Tom Roggy and his brother Bob were among the first graduating classes at Holmdel High School and both were members of Holmdel sports.

“I’ve spent many weekends at this field,” Tom Roggy said. “This school is an incredible institution. I love to see this field being improved, because it is such a great place.”

Bob Roggy was a record-holding javelin thrower in high school and college. He held the world record and was the top thrower in the world in 1982. The field was named after him in November of 1986 after his untimely death earlier in the year.

Roggy Field is expected to be finished in time for the fall season and is the first part of a two-step renovation process that will include the building of a new restroom/locker room facility and new concession stand. The total cost is estimated at $2 million.

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