BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department held their Fourth Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, Sept. 25 at the Fire House Headquarters, where several hundred locals came out to feast on an old-fashioned spaghetti dinner. Served by local firemen, guests were treated to a full meal of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, peppers, bread and desserts.
The members of the all volunteer department helped in the kitchen cooking the pasta, tomato sauce and 1,000 meatballs were prepared. Firemen served the spaghetti dinner to the guests.
The annual event was conceived four years ago as a way to bring the community together and raise money for the department. All foods are donated by local restaurants; and local businesses contribute to the cause.
A portion of funds raised this year will help support the Memorial Park Renewal Project. Fire Chief Tony Padovano said it is important to give back, and the department wants to show their support to the Veterans and the importance of this memorial.
The supporters like to hang out with their family and friends, Padovano knew the tables wouldn't turn over quickly. Diners brought their own beer and wine, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with friends, family and neighbors.
With the fire trucks lined up and equipment on display, the children received tours and a chance to sit in the fire truck. Parents and grandparents enjoyed the smiles and photo opportunities.
Area fire departments supported their Berkeley Heights brothers including member from the Long Hill and New Providence Fire Departments.