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Field renamed in memory of softball organizer

It was a pitch that everyone could get behind.

Cheektowaga Central School Board Vice President Brian J. Gould asked the board Tuesday night to honor a resident who worked tirelessly to unite girls softball in the town and whose passing has left a void in the community.

Gould requested that Beverly Hills Field on George Urban Boulevard be renamed Nestico Field in memory of David A. Nestico, president and co-founder of Cheektowaga Girls Fast Pitch Softball. Nestico, 52, died April 19.

The board unanimously approved the measure, noting Nestico’s contributions to the field that had been dormant for several years before Cheektowaga Girls Fastpitch Softball began to use it about four years ago.

Gould said that the district was paying about $7,000 per year just to cut the grass but that once Nestico’s group took over, it picked up the maintenance costs, cleaned up the grounds and painted fences, giving the area new life.

District Athletic Director Brian J. Hickson said that Nestico’s daughter, Allison, played softball and volleyball for Cheektowaga Central. Hickson and Gould added that Nestico lobbied the board to take over the field for area girls to use.

“He really wanted to have a place where girls’ sports could be featured,” Hickson said.

Gould and Hickson credited Nestico with creating a new excitement at the field and the neighboring community.

“It’s just booming,” Gould said.

The district will announce an unveiling ceremony soon.

Also on Tuesday, the board reviewed revised policies concerning booster clubs. One change is that tickets sold for events cannot involve the sale and consumption of alcohol, both to reduce district liability and to remove the notion that the district supports alcohol being related to high school fundraisers, Gould said.

Another change strengthens the language related to when employees are working on booster club events and activities. The policy will stipulate that such employees are acting as parents or booster club members and are not representing the district.

The board also approved the retirement of Martha N. Nuchereno, a family and consumer sciences teacher who began working with the district in 1981. The retirement comes after the board last month approved seven others, resulting in the staff loss of a combined 200 years of experience.

The School Board election and budget vote will be held from noon to 9 p.m. May 19, in the band room at the high school, 3600 Union Road. A special meeting will follow the vote at 9:20 p.m. to announce results.

The next regular board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 9 in the high school.