THANK YOU FOR NAMING BACHNER FIELD

To the members of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District Board of Education:

Anthony Fleres (tonyfleres@gmail.com)
Rachelle Feldman Hurwitz (RFeldmanHurwitz@gmail.com)
Louisa Ho (louisawwp@gmail.com)
Rachel Juliana (rachelpjuliana@yahoo.com)
Michele Kaish (michelekaish@gmail.com)
Richard Kaye (kayeww3@verizon.net)
Dana Krug (danakrug@comcast.net)
Scott Powell (scott.powell-wwp@live.com)
Yu “Taylor” Zhong (yu.zhong.609@gmail.com)

Thank you for voting 6 to 3 in favor of naming the North Varsity baseball diamond the David J. Bachner Field.  Your attention to the process was commendable.  I appreciate how you enabled the community to communicate their thoughts on this matter.

If I could offer one suggestion to your process I would ask that you should publish the number of e-mails that you received to both the forum e-mail address and to the school board address.  I believe there was a significant number of e-mails sent.  You provided the public with the numbers of people that attended the forum and which were in favor and which were not.  I believe that for full equal public disclosure the number of e-mails sent and their disposition towards the naming request should also have been provided to the public.  Not providing that information doesn’t fully describe the number of people that were invested in this naming proposal.

To those of the board that spoke before the vote.  I appreciate you comments and your candor.  Hearing your thoughts on this matter provides valuable information to the public on who you are and how you may consider other matters before the board in the future.

Thank you,

Tim Hitchings

Burr Court, Plainsboro

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Please Comment On the Naming At the Next Board Meeting

To the members of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District Board of Education:

Anthony Fleres (tonyfleres@gmail.com)
Rachelle Feldman Hurwitz (RFeldmanHurwitz@gmail.com)
Louisa Ho (louisawwp@gmail.com)
Rachel Juliana (rachelpjuliana@yahoo.com)
Michele Kaish (michelekaish@gmail.com)
Richard Kaye (kayeww3@verizon.net)
Dana Krug (danakrug@comcast.net)
Scott Powell (scott.powell-wwp@live.com)
Yu “Taylor” Zhong (yu.zhong.609@gmail.com)

I note that the resolution to approve the naming of the High School North Baseball Field to be named the
David J. Bachner Baseball Field is on the agenda for the September 23rd meeting.

I do hope that all board members will be in attendance for the meeting Tuesday.  This is such an important vote that I hope everyone will be able to make the meeting.  It would be very helpful if the board could please comment on the naming at the meeting. I listened with interest to Tony Fleres comments at the last meeting.  Listening to the board on this topic would be helpful for the community.  I’m interested in your thoughts both pro and con.

It’s been reported in the news that some people want to make sure the district fairly honors all deceased community members. So is the question why should the north baseball field be named for one person and so many others not have the same privilege? This is not an equal world. As much as we try to award trophies to everyone, whether they win or lose, soon or later you can’t have every situation resolved so that all are treated equally. You shouldn’t dismiss one extraordinary person and their contributions from being recognized because you can’t equally reward all others.
I submit that this baseball diamond may have been recommended to be named the David J. Bachner field regardless if David had died. I submit that David could have very likely been drafted as a Yankee MLB pitcher with the talent he was exhibiting. And we would have been here today 5 years later celebrating his accomplishments and his future and requesting the naming.
Please don’t dismiss naming simply to keep all things equal. This naming request is about honoring David Bachner’s accomplishments both on and off the field. Not his death. This naming request is about recognizing the contributions David made to the sport of North Baseball. This naming request is about celebrating the best baseball player that may have ever had attended all four years at North.

I understand that some people feel that David was/is to young to have a baseball field named after him.  I’ll remind you of my previous letter where I described the West Windsor Babe Ruth baseball field is named after Christopher Ciuffani who was 12 when he died.  Why should there be conditions surrounding this naming request?  Why must we consider the ramifications to such a degree. It’s a baseball field.  It doesn’t have a name.  Give it a name that reflects the plaque of David Bachner as you enter the area.  Give it a name that reflects the painting on the dugout wall “DJB Forever #16″.

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I hope to look forward to your voting YES on the 23rd.

Sincerely,

Tim Hitchings
8 Burr Court

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Support The Naming of the Bachner Field at the September 23rd School Board Meeting

Sent to the WWP News http://www.wwpinfo.com/

To the community.

If you support the proposal to name the West Windsor Plainsboro North Varsity baseball diamond the David J. Bachner Field please attend the Tuesday September 23rd, at the Community Middle School, at 7:30 p.m. Please wear your ‘Unhittable’ t-shirts to show your support.

According to the Princeton Packet article of August 29th and the WWP News article of August 25th it is likely that a resolution will be on the September 23rd agenda and the board will discuss and perhaps make a motion to vote.

I’m hopeful we can respectfully listen to the board and that they will move for a vote. If you all have written to the school board to express your opinions, I’m hopeful that the board will see how much the community continues to support this request and there will be enough school board ‘YES’ votes to pass the resolution.

Sincerely,

Tim Hitchings
Burr Court

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PLEASE VOTE ‘YES’ – NAME THE NORTH BASEBALL DIAMOND THE DAVID J. BACHNER FIELD

To the members of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District Board of Education:

Anthony Fleres (tonyfleres@gmail.com)
Rachelle Feldman Hurwitz (RFeldmanHurwitz@gmail.com)
Louisa Ho (louisawwp@gmail.com)
Rachel Juliana (rachelpjuliana@yahoo.com)
Michele Kaish (michelekaish@gmail.com)
Richard Kaye (kayeww3@verizon.net)
Dana Krug (danakrug@comcast.net)
Scott Powell (scott.powell-wwp@live.com)
Yu “Taylor” Zhong (yu.zhong.609@gmail.com)

I note that according to the recent WWP-News article: http://www.wwpinfo.com/index.php/component/us1more/?Itemid=6&key=8-22-14bachner that the ad-hoc naming committee will be making a presentation at the 8/26 School Board meeting. The article details that Administration and Facilities Committee has announced that the question whether to name the High School North baseball field after David Bachner will move forward to the full board for review and be voted on at the 9/23 School Board meeting. I’m happy to hear that the e-mails and information presented to the ad-hoc committee has concluded with this result.

I would like to point out possible mis-quotes in the WWP-News article.
1, The article stated that many attended both meetings.
Please note that my wife Maureen and I were the ONLY two people who attended both meetings.
2. The article states several people spoke.
In fact almost all in attendance spoke in favor of David.
3. Input was similar to statements already presented to the Board.
While it’s true that what was presented may be similar, I’d suggest hearing from so many different people first hand with their personal recollections provided further proof of the passion for naming the field after David.

Please thank the members of the ad-hoc naming committee for their time and attention. The two days of forum meetings that were conducted were very helpful. The committee’s attention to the people and the process was commendable. The committee took notes as people talked and not once did they remind anyone of the stated 3 minute time limit. Many at the forum were allowed to speak more than once. On those days I learned more about David Bachner and why he was a model representative of North traditions and North Baseball.

I wish all of you on the school board could have been present to listen to people talking about David Bachner and why the field should be named. Hearing directly the passion and the emotion from those who spoke like Bob Boyce, David’s varsity baseball coach and Kevin Maloney local sportswriter has so much more impact then dry e-mails such as this one.

As Rhonda Bachner is so found of saying “we are in the 9th Inning … 2 outs … 3 balls, 2 strikes and I believe we could be the winning team”

I look forward to your voting YES on the 23rd.

Sincerely,

Tim Hitchings
8 Burr Court

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Five Years Since His Death – Name The North Baseball Diamond The David J. Bachner Field

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To the members of the ad hoc naming committee

Since the beginning of the year my Facebook profile page has displayed an image of the North baseball field showing  “Bachner Field #16″ spray painted on the field fence from 2009. The words on the image include “Name North Baseball Field For David Bachner In 2014″ and “Let’s not hope the North Baseball field is named for David. This year let’s work together to make this happen. For David. For Baseball.”

I’m hoping in September I can update that image with words that describe the task has been accomplished.

My name has been cited by the district administrators as the person who has brought the topic of naming the baseball field for David Bachner to the school board’s attention. I would respectfully submit that Pete Weale’s letter sent to the school board president in January and reprinted in the WWP News in May was the first request this year.  Michele Demak Epstein’s response in the comments of that article with e-mail addresses of the school board is what prompted me to write my first letter. Pete and Michele should be cited as bring the naming topic to the board’s attention and not me.

I hope I’ve brought a different perspective to this naming request via my e-mails to you and to the school board.  I was never fortunate enough to meet David or watch him play. I’ve learned about David by listening when anyone speaks about him and reading articles published about him.  I was touched by the outpouring of support for David at his funeral in 2009 and by my son T.J. who was in middle school at the time and how T.J. talked about what had happened.

Having participated in the High School North Baseball program with my son T.J. for two years I’m familiar with the high standards that the program holds itself and it’s participants to both on and off the field.  I truly believe from everything I’ve learned that there is no finer athlete/classmate/person than David Bachner that represents North Baseball/North High School and those standards.  By naming the North field after David we really will be bringing not only a name that is well respected but welcome personality to the North baseball field.

Please name the North Baseball Diamond the David J. Bachner Field.

Tim Hitchings
8 Burr Court
Plainsboro resident for 13 years

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Honor And Remember David Bachner

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To the members of the ad hoc naming committee

David is honored and remembered with the over 2500 members of the “IN LOVING MEMORY” Facebook site
David is honored and remembered with the thousands of ‘unhittable’ pictures on the “Unhittable Across The Globe” Facebook site.
David is honored and remembered with the thousands of ‘unhittable’ t-shirts and hoodies worn by people who can tell you what the shirt means when you ask.
David is honored and remembered with the charity work that Steve and Rhonda perform on behalf of The David J. Bachner Memorial Fund.

There are so many ways that people who knew David or know of David honor and remember him every day. Whether it’s drawing a 16 on the back of the mound before pitching or selecting his number 16 and letting Rhonda and Steve know via Facebook they were thinking of David.

David is honored and remembered with the number 16 on the North Varsity baseball field home dugout.
David is honored and remembered with the embroidered 16’s on the North baseball teams hats.
David is honored and remembered with a monument with a bronze plaque describing his achievements which is located at the North Varsity baseball field pitchers bullpen.

Today is the 5th Angelversary of David’s passing.  Saturday David was honored and remembered by his family and friends at the field.

Please honor and remember David by naming the North varsity diamond the David J. Bachner field.

Thank you,

Tim Hitchings
8 Burr Court
Plainsboro

 

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