Fond memories of playing soccer in Orange inspired Amity High School sophomore Simon Khairallah to devise an Eagle Scout project to give back to the town’s soccer program.
At last month’s Orange Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Khairallah presented his plan to install a 12 x 14 pre-fabricated cedar pavilion at the Fred Wolfe Fields. Khairallah met with OSA President Tom Pisano who gave the go-ahead and even offered to fund the project. “If you’re wondering why a Boy Scout from Woodbridge is coming to Orange to do his Eagle Scout project, I grew up in the Orange Soccer Association and I wanted to help them out in any way I can,” Khairallah said in his presentation to the board. Khairallah started playing soccer in Orange when he was eight-years-old and now is a referee for the program. “A lot of thought went into this plan and Simon did a great job,” Pisano said, adding that the pavilion will provide much needed protection in inclement weather. Pisano is also looking into installing a lightning rod like the gazebo at the High Plains Community Center has to ensure safety for kids and parents. The pavilion should be installed later this month.
The Selectmen unanimously approved the project and praised Khairallah for his maturity and ambition. “The proposal looks great and to many of us who have been to those fields, it will be nice to have a little shelter, so thank you,” Selectman Mitch Goldblatt said.
The pavilion will be installed on a floating concrete slab designed to withstand soil erosion and will require little if any maintenance from the town.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent