Longtime Westport community volunteer PJ Romano, who was associated with the Westport Police Athletic League (PAL) for almost 50 years,
was honored with the dedication of the football field behind
Saugatuck Elementary School.
The football field was named in honor of Peter "PJ" Romano.
Romano,who passed away in 2003 at the age of 71,
spent lot's of his time there as a high school athlete
and as an adult seeing to it that the youth of Westport
enjoyed their athletic experience through Westport P.A.L.
Romano, who was PAL Director for more than 30 years, led a group of dedicated volunteers whose efforts continue today in such events as the 4th of July Fireworks,
the WPAL Christmas Party, the Special Olympics each April and more recently, the WPAL Ice Rink at Longshore.
Among those who participated in the ceremony were Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell, who initiated the idea of dedicating the field, along with Police Chief Al Fiore and Parks and Recreation Department Director Stuart McCarthy.
Friends, PAL players of past and present and volunteers were on hand to honor
the achievements and dedication of PJ Romano.
Romano, an employee of the Home Oil Co. for 40 years before retiring in 1995, directed the PAL fireworks annual fundraiser for 35 years, initiated and coordinated the building of Ice Rink at Longshore,
oversaw the annual PAL Halloween Parade and Christmas Party community events.
Romano and his son, Peter T. Romano, were among the YMCA’s Faces of Achievement honorees in 1998. A longtime member and past president of the Westport Sons of Italy, Romano was honored as, Westport’s Volunteer of the Year and received a citizenship award from the Sportsmen of Westport.