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Rockland Police financially support Oceanside Boosters' Bleacher Project

Group donates $600 to recover bleachers at Oceanside East
By Staff | Jan 23, 2014
Photo by: Ken Waltz Sgt. Don Finnegan of the Rockland Police Department presents a $600 check to Greg Billingsley, boosters president, as Tom Forti, principal at Oceanside East, looks on. The presentation, made at halftime of a girls varsity basketball game between Oceanside and Camden Hills on Jan. 17, is to recover the bleachers in the gymnasium.

Rockland — The Oceanside Boosters' Bleacher Project received a nice financial boost thanks to the men and women in blue.

On Friday night, Jan. 17, a $600 donation was made on behalf of the officers of the Rockland Police Department. That group made the donation from their charitable/scholarship fund.

Sgt. Don Finnegan presented the check to Greg Billingsley, boosters president, and Tom Forti, principal at Oceanside East. The officers sponsor a portion of the student section of bleachers.

During the presentation, Sgt. Finnegan issued a challenge to the other law enforcement and fire departments in the towns of Regional School Unit 13 to get involved with the bleacher project and make a donation.

The bleacher project is a campaign to raise $26,000 to recover the bleachers at Oceanside East High School with blue seat covers. Money is raised from concession sales, parking lot fees at summer festivals and individual and business donations.

As of Jan. 17, Billingsley said the project has raised more than $14,000.

Individuals can make donations at home basketball games. Companies can sponsor parts or all of a section of bleachers by contacting the boosters at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 25, 2014 10:46

They better hold off on the color. The way the school district is headed there may not be an Oceanside High School.

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