BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This past Sunday was a perfect opportunity for the community to slow down and stroll Springfield Avenue and enjoy the nearly 100 vendor booths that lined Springfield Avenue during the fifth annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair presented by the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.
Local businesses and organizations set up booths with games, raffles and give aways. The family friendly fair had something for everyone with pony rides, inflatable slides, carnival games, an obstacle course, a Teddy clinic by eMedical and painting sessions at Bottle and Bottega to name a few attractions. Adults could get their blood pressure checked from Atlantic Health, free chair massages, visit with the dogs at Home for Good Dogs Rescue -- and shop the many vendors selling crafts, toys, jewelry, and clothing.
New this year, was the Heights Beer Garden sponsored by Taylor Rental serving beer and wine [to the over 21 crowd] with proceeds going towards the Suburban Chamber of Commerce Foundation and tips were donated to the Victor Guidetti Gofundme account for the family of Berkeley Heights resident and business community member, the late Victor Guidetti III.
The Main Stage was centrally located with a full schedule of non-stop local talent including performers from Laura's Dance Studio; singers from Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts; local rock bands Missing Pieces, Smoked Rose, South Street Band and pianist/singer James Robertson to name a few.
The steady crowd had a plethora of choices of festival treats like zeppole, fried oreos, Italian ice, and our local eateries featured their menu samplings -- Giovanni's Bistro and Bar was serving their crab cake and salmon sliders and chicken pesto sandwiches and the Grain and Cane Gastro Truck was serving up their must-have lobster rolls -- among other menu favorites.
Mayor Bob Woodruff, councilmen Manny Couto, Peter Bavoso, Michael D'Aquila and Marc Faecher were in attendance, as well as members of both the Republican and Democratic municipal committees and their respective candidates.
Each year, the street fair brings out the strength of the community as citizens mingle amongst neighbors and interact with local leaders. You may have bumped into Police Chief John DiPasquale, Fire Chief Tony Padovano, or Board of Education President Doug Reinstein and Board Member Denis Smalley -- even Congressman Leonard Lance strolled through. Newcomers with strollers to empty nesters, 20 somethings, tweens, and toddlers holding balloons all enjoyed their time at the fair.
Dr. Patrick Smith, Vice Chairman of The Suburban Chamber of Commerce, worked tirelessly to bring this family friendly "A Summer Celebration" street fair to downtown through a partnership with production company 'This is it Productions,' along with the support of the Township of Berkeley Heights and event sponsors. Sponsors include: Atlantic Health as Presenting Sponsor and Smith Chiropractic Foundation, Embassy Suites, Summit Medical Group, Taylor Rental, The Liberty Group, Primrose School of Berkeley Heights, Allstate Lori Cicali Agency, Shop Rite, Lantern Hill, Delicious Heights, Connect One Bank, TAPinto Berkeley Heights and Star Ledger.
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