BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Patriotism and community spirit filled the air during the 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular presented by the Township of Bloomfield on Thursday evening at Foley Field.
Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Michael Sceurman, began the festivities by welcoming the large gathering on a hot and humid evening. Sceurman was joined on the stage by members of the Township Council including Nicholas Joanow, Nina Davis and Rich Rockwell, along with Recreation Commission Chairman Steve Jenkins and Commission Secretary Luis Felix.
Two Bloomfield residents were honored with a tribute and commemorative plaque, including Mary Todaro who received the Community Service Award, and Lenny Celluro Jr. who was the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award.
“The Recreation Commission presents awards at this event to recognize all the hard work and efforts of individuals in our community,” said Sceurman. “And this year, we have two very deserving award recipients.”
Todaro first arrived as a student-teacher at Bloomfield High School in 1975 and was hired by the district as a social studies teacher and media specialist, serving in that capacity for 23 years. In 2018, she was hired as principal at Demarest Elementary School.
“I have been privileged to be a part of the Bloomfield community for over 45 years,” Todaro said. “But it did not take me 45 years to understand that I lived in very rich town – rich in opportunities, diversity and a sense of belonging and community.”
Celluro was born and raised in Bloomfield and began working at the Bloomfield Recreation Department as a summer camp counselor. He later served as assistant director at Montclair Recreation Department and later became director of Bloomfield Recreation.
“I am both honored and humbled,” said Celluro. “I learned my very strong work ethic from my mom, who taught me ‘when you are asked to do – you do. When you are asked to serve – you serve. And when asked to work – you work as hard as you can no matter the situation’."
There were plenty of activities for kids and adults to keep occupied throughout the night, including amusements, games and prizes, giant stilt walkers making balloon animals, face painting by Skyline Church members, and a variety of food trucks and vendors.
Live entertainment was provided by Pat Lyons of Midnight DJ Productions.
The National Anthem was sung by Bloomfield High School student Shannon Bretz.
The main event took place at 9:30 pm -- an amazing fireworks display that concluded the annual celebration organized by the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
The department has several free concerts and family activities coming up during their ‘Summer of Fun’ with information and dates listed at www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/170/Parks-Recreation.