FAIR LAWN, NJ - Anyone who attended an outdoor movie in the Memorial Pool parking lot this summer may appreciate the fact the borough purchased its own outdoor movie equipment setup.

Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen, during a municipal budget meeting on Jan. 19, said the borough had purchased such equipment, noting it had previously been rented.

To rent a movie, the cost is $150 to $300 per movie, he said. Renting the movie is a separate cost from the equipment.

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The expense comes out of the recreation budget, Van Kruiningen said. Outdoor activities became increasingly popular this year as COVID-19 concerns became more pressing for residents.

"More outdoor movies!" council people said on the Zoom meeting. 

Looks like that will happen this spring, summer and fall as COVID-19 rages on. The borough, as Mayor Kurt Peluso noted earlier  this week, is now in code red, a designation on a state level that indicates COVID cases are rising rapidly, even in the younger population. The public schools, which were scheduled to reopen on Jan. 19 after closing prior to the holidays, have remained on a remote learning schedule.