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The Paramus Recreation Commission recently held its Coaches Dinner at Florentine Gardens in River Vale. This annual event is the commission’s way of saying thank you to the hundreds of volunteer coaches that are vital to the programs offered by the Paramus Recreation Department.
This year’s Coach of the Year was Tom Sharples. Over the years, Sharples coached both his son and daughter in numerous sports including soccer, baseball, softball, football and lacrosse. Even though both of his children have graded out of rec programs, he continues to dedicate many hours to the borough’s lacrosse program as a coach and organizer.
The commission also recognized two of its own, Laura Criscione and Donna Apidopoulos, who, respectively, served 11 and 10 as recreation commissioners. The women were presented with plaques containing pictures taken during their time as recreation commissioners.