Short video shows community participating in The Big Berkeley Heights Weekend

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ --The Big Berkeley Heights Weekend, June 8-9, 2019, was filled with sun, fun and a vast array of activities for children to adults. It spanned two days, it incorporated three events making it a trifecta for the community.

The weekend began on Saturday with the Rubber Ducky Festival at Passaic River Park, hosted by the Berkeley Heights Rotary. The Berkeley Heights Rotary uses the funds raised for scholarships and to support the scouting programs in Troops 68 and 268. This year the Rotary had over 5,000 ducks “adopted” by residents throughout the community. Once adopted, the ducks are numbered and released to race down the river. If you have not seen 5,000 rubber duckies charging down the river, make this event a must do for next year!

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“The Berkeley Heights Rotary encourages other non-profit organizations to assist in duck adoption sales by giving back to organizations for their adoptions” comments Jim Ramentol, Rotary President, “For example, this year the Girl Scouts were a big help in outside sales.”

The grand prize for this years’ Rubber Ducky was two tickets to the Broadway show, Hamilton, and second prize was four box seats to a Yankee game. Students from Elefante’s Music school in New Providence provided music at the event.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Mt. Carmel Society hosted a two-day wine tasting festival presented by NJ Wine Events.  The crowd sampled wine from vineyards across New Jersey and enjoyed live music.  The Mt. Carmel Society has a major interest in supporting children’s health issues, such as the Brooke Healey Foundation that builds awareness of, and raises funds for research into and help for families dealing with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) a pediatric brain cancer and other pediatric cancers.

Rounding out the weekend of family-friendly activities in Berkeley Heights was the BH Block Party, created by the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic (BHBC). This first time event was a free event where local businesses provided the games and services for the public to enjoy. This hallmark event was held on Springfield Avenue from Plainfield Ave to Lone Pine Drive.  

Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic, chairman of the BHBC, co-chaired this event.  “The concept was to provide a fun, free event right in our downtown that would have meaning to the businesses, civic and community organizations,” said Smith.  “I thought this would be the perfect venue.”

And Smith thought right - the Block Party was packed for the entire three hours.

“The Block Party was an opportunity for local business to engage with the community and their families,” said event co-chair,  Paul Neuwirth of Taylor Rental, “After all, there will only be a downtown Berkeley Heights if the local community supports the local businesses. The first step is to create those relationships with events like this.”

Neuwirth and Smith both emphasized that the Berkeley Height Recreation, Police and DPW Departments were instrumental in making the Block party a success.  

To see highlights of the these three events, including interviews, performances, and still photos, view this short video produced by the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee.

The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee

Founded in 2010, the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) is an all-volunteer committee consisting of business owners, community leaders, and residents of Berkeley Heights Township. The BHCC’s mission is to maximize the transparency of Township activities as well as promote both public and private sector initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for local community members. For more information, visit the Township’s website at http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/191/Communications-Committee, or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.