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Berkeley Heights 2017 Summer Concert Series Wraps Up to Record Crowds

The Gov. Livingston boys basketball team was on hand serving free hot dogs that were donated by Delicious Heights. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Dr. Patrick Smith, Vice Chair of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission presented the 2017 Concert in the Park Series. Credits: Bobbie Peer
eMedical Urgent Care was a sponsor of the 52nd Street Band handing out fans and hygiene packets along with wipes, sanitizer and lip balm. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pearly Whites was a concert sponsor and were handing out t-shirts, tooth brushes, tooth paste, lip balm and had a drawing for a free inhouse teeth whitening session and much more. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Mayor Bob Woodruff and members of the Council and Communications Committee were on hand at each concert to promote their "Be Heard" campaign and were available to answer township related questions.
Mayor Bob Woodruff and members of the Council and Communications Committee were on hand at each concert to promote their "Be Heard" campaign and were available to answer township related questions. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Mayor Bob Woodruff with GL Alumn Kevin McHugh grilling hotdogs donated by Delicious Heights and served by the GL basketball team. Another example of the GL sporting teams giving back to the community. Credits: Bobbie Peer
The Berkeley Heights Municipal Alliance handed out street chalk and beach balls. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Popcorn and Free Bottled Water were served at each concert. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Residents and staff of Autumn Lake Healthcare of Berkeley Heights come out to enjoy the music of the 52nd Street Band. Credits: Bobbie Peer
GL basketball team had their game face ready to serve out 500 hotdogs to the concert goers. Credits: Bobbie Peer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Summer Concert series wrapped up last week to a record crowd that enjoyed a perfect night of entertainment by the 52nd Street Band, with a play list that didn't disappoint -- including Billy Joel top hits with a few Elton John favorites thrown in. 

Tom Barton and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission Special Events Committee put together a great line up of bands this year that included: Country, Chicago, Beatlemania and Billy Joel. After serving out over 500 cups of popcorn and closing out the 2017 series, Barton is already brainstorming for the 2018 lineup. What drives Barton is his immense satisfaction to see the community come out to enjoy an evening of entertainment with family and friends -- while kids swarm to play on the new playground or run around, just being kids! 

The Gov. Livingston High School boys basketball team were on hand to help serve hot dogs that were generously donated by Delicious Heights. The players walked through the crowd handing out the hot dogs and served popcorn -- they even blew up a balloon or two to hand to their fans.

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The concerts are made possible thanks to the season and concert sponsors . Last week's concert was sponsored by eMedical Urgent Care and Pearly Whites The Multi-Specialty Family Dentist who were handing out a slew of giveaways including t-shirts, hygiene and healthcare products and fans. Smith Chiropractic Foundation and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission provided the free bottled water and popcorn, respectively.

As the last of the blankets were picked up and the lawn chairs folded, the concert goers left wishing for just one more song!

The free concerts are presented by the Recreation Commission's Special Events Committee and through the partnership with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce are brought to the community through their season long sponsors: Berkeley Aquatic Club, Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights, Smith Chiropractic Foundation and Grain & Cane Gastrotruck.  In addition to eMedical Urgent Care and Pearly Whitesprevious concerts sponsors include: Berkeley Heights YMCA, Anything Floral, Delicious Heights, Connect One Bank, Autumn Lake Healthcare of Berkeley Heights, TAPinto Berkeley Heights and Taylor Rental.  There were also drawings at each concert for gift certificates to Goodman's Deli, Delicious Heights and Giovanni's Bistro and Bar. 

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