North Haledon Recreation Commission Programs status

March 15, 2020

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you to give you an update on the status of all our recreation programs. As I’m sure many of you know we have decided to pause all our programs for 30 days. As the situation evolves, we will give you updates. Please note that this pause not only affects our programs but the use of all our fields, batting cages, tennis courts, soccer fields, playgrounds and everything else under the recreation umbrella.

As to our specific programs please note the following:

Boys’ travel Basketball  There are two teams left (6th and 8th) that are in the league finals. Those games have been tentatively scheduled by the NJJBL for March 27th or April 17th. This is subject to further evaluation since one of the dates falls within our 30-day suspension. It is our hope they will be played. Also, there is one team (5th) in a non-league post season tournament that has also been postponed with the hope of completing it in the future with no dates set.

Girls’ travel Basketball  There is one team (7/8th) left playing in the tournament and those games will hopefully be rescheduled.

In-town boys’ and girls’ Basketball  There are various teams left in the post season tournament. It is hoped games can be rescheduled but it may be impossible since other seasons are supposed to start.

Volleyball  The spring program is canceled. As soon as we have information on the next clinic, we will update everyone. We will give everyone a credit for their registration fee. We will discuss the logistics of that in the future.

Bowling  There is one remaining session, the bowling party, that has been rescheduled to May 2. If anything changes, we will update you.

Archery  There are two active shooting sessions left followed by the end of season party. The program has been suspended but it is likely, due to facility issues, that the program will be concluded. If it is concluded, we will provide a $10 credit to all participants for next year’s program. We will discuss the logistics of that in the future.

Baseball and Softball, travel and in-town  The program has been suspended for 30 days and we will reevaluate that as more information becomes available. It is our hope to conduct all the seasons. If they are not started, we will give everyone a credit for their registration fee. We will discuss the logistics of that in the future.

Pickleball / Tennis / Soccer – As of this time we are optimistic that the seasons will not be affected. Registration is on hold. As more information becomes available, we will advise you.

In the future any updates will be distributed through community pass to all our registrants. To prevent confusion, information will only come directly from me so there are never any mixed messages. Before reaching any final decisions, I will consult with the program directors, the local and county Boards of Health and the Mayor.

Please stay calm and safe. We will all get through this and get back to normal.

Angelo Cifaldi

Chairman NH Recreation Commission

Lightning Detection System Now Operational

The Lightning Detection System is now operational on Fields 1-5 and Willow Field. There are signs posted that explain exactly how it works. Please read them. 

As a summary the siren and strobe light is on the light pole on Field 1 and can be heard and seen from all the Rec Fields (#1-5). The siren and strobe light on Willow field is on a light pole there. As the signs indicate when the siren sounds you must immediately leave the field and take shelter in a protected area which in most instances will be a car.  Under no circumstances should you stand under a tree, near a fence or near a pole. When the siren sounds the strobe light will flash indicating there is lighting in in the area. When the siren sounds again, after 30 minutes at least, and the strobe light goes off you can go back to the field.   

While this system is a helpful aid it should not replace your judgment with regard to being more cautious. When in doubt cancel the game or practice and send everyone home.