Eastwood rec volunteer commended for service
Sign installed at new community playground
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
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.
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.