Pinelands Regional Football Field Has New Scoreboard, Thanks to Team Effort

By Rick Mellerup | Sep 18, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Little Egg Harbor Township — A new scoreboard was dedicated at the Pinelands Regional High School football field on Friday evening before the Wildcats hosted the Asbury Park Bishops in a Shore Conference National Division game. The purchase of the scoreboard was, fittingly, a team effort, coached by Barbara Bobbin-Wilkinson.

The taxpayers of the Pinelands Regional School District mostly paid for the new field and its new drainage system, the resurfacing of the track that encircles it, refurbished tennis courts and several smaller athletic facility projects thanks to a $1,943,750 referendum question passed by voters in January 2017. New Jersey chipped in approximately 19 percent of that total; the rest was the responsibility of the home and business owners of the district, which includes Little Egg Harbor, Eagleswood and Bass River townships and Tuckerton Borough.

But Bobbin-Wilkinson, a licensed agent of the New York Life Insurance Co. with an office in Tuckerton, learned the district was planning to make do with its 40-year-old scoreboard and figured a new field needed a new scoreboard. It took her six months, but she was finally able to round up some $50,000 in contributions to fund it.

Bobbin-Wilkinson and her partner Brion Kavanagh donated $10,000 from their own company. She also reached out to Todd Lawrence, the founder/owner of NJSchoolJobs.com, and Peter Barone, the president of that company, and the pair committed to another $10,000 donation.

It isn’t an accident that the Lighthouse Alliance Community Church includes the word “community” in its title. The church is a longtime Pinelands Regional supporter – its Lighthouse Family & Youth Center joins with Dr. John Kulin of Urgent Care Now to organize an annual “A Community That Cares” 5K Run and 1-mile Family Fun Walk held the last Saturday in August at Pinelands Regional High School. Proceeds benefit Pinelands Athletics and Community Care. So Lighthouse Alliance seemed like a perfect match for Bobbin-Wilkinson’s scoreboard campaign, and sure enough, when she reached out to Pastor Stephen Hartman and church administrator Bernadette Herbert, they committed to contributing $5,000. John Molinaro of Streamline Auto added $5,000 to the pot as well.

Dr. Kulin put in $2,500, as did Little Egg Harbor/Tuckerton Police Benevolent Association 295 and Eagleswood’s Coastal Sign & Design.

“The rest came from clients, $200 here, $500 there,” said Bobbin-Wilkinson. “There were no labor costs for installing it, thanks to Coastal Sign and Design. The dedication was a big thing, and D. Brown Heating donated the big flags used by the cheerleaders.”

Bobbin-Wilkinson also praised Pinelands Athletic Director Will Sundermann for his assistance, calling him “helpful, gracious and thankful.”

Meanwhile, the New York Life Foundation had contributed $5,000 for concession stand upgrades, so the large crowd ate well.

The only bummer of the evening? Asbury Park wouldn’t cooperate, beating the Wildcats 22-6.

Rick Mellerup

rickmellerup@thesandpaper.net

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