East­wood rec vol­un­teer com­mended for ser­vice

Sign in­stalled at new com­mu­nity play­ground

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NICOLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Oct. 22 was an emo­tional day for long­time Berk­shire/ East­wood Recre­ation Coun­cil vol­un­teer Rob Nozeika.

Last Satur­day, Rob was hon­ored for his decades of ser­vice to the coun­cil as he pre­pared to step away from his long­time role.

He also got the chance to see the long-awaited sign pro­claim­ing the new play­ground and ad­ja­cent fields as “East­wood Park — Home of Bob Nozeika Play­ground at Dun­nie Field.”

The play­ground was con­structed on the site of the old East­wood wa­ter tower. It re­places the one de­mol­ished dur­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of the for­mer East­wood Ele­men­tary School into the new Dun­dalk Precinct 12 po­lice sta­tion.

The new sign, in­stalled five months after the park’s ded­i­ca­tion, hon­ors two beloved com­mu­nity lead­ers — Rob’s late fa­ther Bob Nozeika and late recre­ation leader Harold “Dun­nie” Dunn.

Bob Nozeika was, for years, an ac­tive mem­ber of the East­wood com­mu­nity, vol­un­teer­ing with the rec coun­cil, with the East­wood Ele­men­tary School Par­ent Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion and as pres­i­dent of the East­wood Res­i­dents and Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion of Bal­ti­more County. He died in June 2014.

Also hon­ored by the long- awaited sign is Harold “Dun­nie” Dunn. The long­time recre­ation leader was a Lit­tle League coach and 32-year em­ployee of the East­wood rec coun­cil. He re­tired in 1994 and died in Septem­ber 2004.

Rob sees the sign as a fit­ting trib­ute to two men who in­deli­bly shaped the com­mu­nity.

“My dad and Mr. Dunn al­ways gave to the com­mu­nity,” he said, “And this is some­thing to give to them.”

Also on hand for last Satur­day’s small cer­e­mony was 7th Dis­trict Board of Recre­ation and Parks mem­ber Brian Weir.

Weir pre­sented Rob with a county ex­ec­u­tive ci­ta­tion laud­ing his 28 years of “hard work and ded­i­cated ser­vice to the Berk­shire/ East­wood Recre­ation Coun­cil.”

When asked what com­pelled him to ded­i­cate so much of his time to the coun­cil, Rob turned to look at the sign bear­ing his late fa­ther’s name.

“That man right there — my dad and my mom — I learned from the best,” he said, not­ing that his par­ents vol­un­teered, and he fol­lowed in their foot­steps.

Rob will be re­tir­ing from his work with the coun­cil after serv­ing in nearly ev­ery po­si­tion — from pres­i­dent to vice- pres­i­dent to sergeant- at- arms. He also coached youth bowl­ing, bas­ket­ball, soc­cer, helped with the dance pro­gram and the hand­i­capped pro­gram and co­or­di­nated Easter egg hunts and Hal­loween dances and pa­rades.

As to why he is re­tir­ing now, he noted that he hopes to see the “the youth start com­ing in and tak­ing over.”

He added, with a smile, “Twenty- eight years — it’s maybe time to spend some more time with my fam­ily.”

Glanc­ing be­hind him at the Bob Nozeika play­ground, he added, “I hope this play­ground will stay for a long time.”

“My dad and Mr. Dunn al­ways gave to the com­mu­nity, and this is some­thing to give to them.” Rob Nozeika

PHOTO BY NICOLE RODMAN

Rob Nozeika and fam­ily mem­bers (from left) Brit­tany Nozeika, Joanne Nozeika and Erin Nozeika posed by the sign bear­ing the late Bob Nozeika’s name last Satur­day in East­wood.

PHOTO BY NICOLE RODMAN

Rob Nozeika (left) re­ceived an ex­ec­u­tive ci­ta­tion from Board of Recre­ation and Parks mem­ber Brian Weir for his 28 years of ser­vice to the Berk­shire/East­wood rec coun­cil.

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