Hockey rink to be named for Michael Fisher

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DENNIS TOWNSHIP – The township’s hockey rink has been named in honor of a teenager who died while playing at the site in 2010.

Dennis Township Committee unanimously last week approved the name Michael Fisher Memorial Hockey Rink. Fisher, 15, of Dennisville died due to a heart condition at the hockey rink.

"I not only think we should do this. I think it is long overdue," Committeeman Brian Teefy said in a press release. “Michael has been an inspiration to many people."

At last week’s work session, Committeeman Al DiCicco was wary of moving on the idea. He wanted input from others, including the sports associations. He also said a policy should be worked on to set guidelines for naming things after people in the future.

Mayor Gene Glembocki agreed but said that the Fisher naming is the exception.

In an interview Dec. 11, DiCicco said the Michael Fisher Memorial Hockey Rink naming “was a great gesture” and a “no brainer.”

"This is a unique situation,” Committeeman Frank Germanio said. “This young man passed away at our rink. We have a donor prepared to pay for this sign in his honor. This is the right thing to do for this family and for our township. In fact, I want to go even further, I think we should retire his No. 6 from the hockey league."

Glembocki isn’t sure when the sign would be installed but hoped an electrician would donate services for the project.

Fisher was an honor student at Cape May County Technical High School and wanted to be a nurse practitioner. He loved the outdoors, especially hockey.

The hockey rink has been open for several years, Glembocki said.

Also at the Dec. 4 meeting, Township Committee introduced an ordinance to reduce the number of campground permits from 15 to 14.

"After some of our residents raised concerns about the potential addition of another campground, I did some due diligence and found that the only reason we had a 15th permit was because of a court order back in 1994," Glembocki said. "The reasons for the court order and the party that obtained the permit from the court are long gone.  Our ordinance also says that a dormant permit will be gone after two years. I think we are on solid ground to eliminate the 15th permit.  Fourteen campgrounds seems plenty to me and it is clear that our predecessors on Township Committee thought that was the right number."

In 1994, Coastal Shores Associates received CAFRA and zoning approval for a campground but when Dennis Township denied the permit, the court stepped in, according to township officials.

"We are not in that situation today. No one has any type of approval so now is the time to act," Glembocki said.

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