Mr. Hooman Hamzeh
330 Park Ave.
Rutherford, New Jersey 07070
RE: Rutherford Recreation Traveling Indoor Soccer Team
Dear Mr. Hamzeh:
This shall serve as a follow up to the meeting which took
place on January 19, 1999 between your father, Councilwoman Bernadette
McPherson, Recreation Superintendent Joe Klunk, Coach Ken Kolich
and myself regarding your participation in the Rutherford Traveling
Indoor Soccer Program. I'm sure your father has related what
took place at the meeting and that you have been extended an
offer to join the program but I thought it advisable to explain
the position of the Borough of Rutherford Recreation Department
in this matter. Your father gave me permission to write directly
to you but I would appreciate if you would share this letter
with your parents.
The Rutherford Recreation Department has as one of its responsibilities
the organization and running of numerous youth sports programs
throughout the year. This requires a small staff to devote many
hours on a weekly basis so as to insure the programs function
in an efficient manner of the betterment of all participants.
The Recreation Department must rely on a dedicated group of
volunteers to provide staffing as coaches, score keepers and
officials. Without their time and effort the various sports
programs would not be available to the residents of the Borough.
Although not as a resident of the Borough I have come to appreciate
the time and effort put forth by the various volunteers and believe
they reflect the sense of community for which Rutherford residents
take the rightful pride.
When I first became aware of the controversy involving yourself
and the aforesaid soccer program in late December 1998, I met
with Messrs. Klunk and Kolich and also spoke with councilwoman
McPherson to determine how best to resolve the matter. It appears
that there were misunderstandings on both sides and inter-personal
communication could have been better between the involved parties
so as to avoid the resulting hurt feelings. I can assure you
if was not the intention of either the Recreation Department
or Coach Kolich to
Editor's Comment: This was
the first page of the letter and as you see the sentence is not
completed, Following is the second page of the same letter.
In order for all participants in the various Rutherford traveling
sports programs to be made aware of the rules and regulations
of the programs and their obligations to same it was determined
that a written set of rules and regulations would be promulgated
applying to both players and coaches alike. Your father received
a copy of same and every individual involved in the traveling
programs will be required to agree to conform to same by having
a parent sign the form and return it to the Recreation Department.
I have reviewed the rules and regulations with the Recreation
Department and Councilwoman McPherson and we believe them to
be fair while at the same time not imposing too great a burden
on the players and coaches.
While appreciating it is your decision as to whether to join
the indoor traveling soccer program, I hope you decide to do
so. I think your involvement in the program will prove to be
a positive learning experience for all involved and hopefully
new friendships will be fostered. Please notify Coach Kolich
as to your decision so that he can take the necessary steps to
register you with the league and assign you to a team.
Very truly yours,
E. Michael Donovan
cc: Councilwoman Bernadette McPherson
Councilman Bruce Bartlett
Superintendent Joe Klunk
Mr. Ken Kolich