GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. - Although it will be minus the fun and drama of interactive and live demonstrations, the aromas of barbecue, the din of conversation, kids excitedly working on crafts, and the overall country-fair-like atmosphere, the reimagined annual “Community Day” at the Golden’s Bridge Firehouse will be consecutive weekends of no-contact curbside “events” and virtual children’s activities – including Halloween costume and pumpkin-decorating contests.  

COVID restrictions forced the Golden’s Bridge Fire Department to cancel its fourth annual “Community Day” at the Firehouse, one of Lewisboro’s largest and most popular community events of the year that attracts hundreds of residents.  Other first-responder agencies, such as the Lewisboro Police Department, LVAC, and NY State Police, usually participate.

But this year’s in-person event on the grounds of the Golden’s Bridge Fire Department has been replaced with a calendar of “events” and virtual activities that are free and safe for everyone:

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Curbside Community Day at the Golden’s Bridge Firehouse: Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Drive by the GBFD (Rt. 138), where Firefighters will be curbside handing out pumpkins to every child, packaged snacks, other goodies, and important literature about fire safety and prevention.  No one leaves their vehicle, and everyone is required to wear a mask.

Curbside Halloween Happenings at the Golden’s Bridge Firehouse: Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., It’s a safe and fun way to take the kids trick-or-treating.  Drive by the GBFD, where Firefighters will be curbside dropping candy and treats into the Halloween buckets, bags and pumpkins of children.  Again, no one leaves their vehicle.  Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes – and everyone should be wearing a mask.

Virtual Costume Contest: for children 12 & under: Send a photo dressed in your Halloween best.  With fire truck lights and sirens, Firefighters will personally deliver a bucket of candy to all winning costume entries (winners in each age group).  Send photos by Oct. 25 to GBFD public relations rep Steve Mangione, pub3634@gmail.com  Include your name, contact number, and child’s name and age.  Questions, call 914-403-4072.

Virtual Pumpkin-Decorating Contest: for children 14 & under: Decorate, paint, or turn your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern.  Prizes for most original and creative in each age group.  Send photos by Oct. 25 to GBFD’s Steve Mangione, pub3634@gmail.com  Include your name, contact number, and child’s name and age. Questions, call 914-403-4072.

“We are trying to maintain some normalcy for residents – especially the children in our community – at a time when COVID restrictions are still in place and the pandemic is forcing the cancellation of many events and activities,” said Fire Chief Al Melillo.  

“Residents are disappointed that we had to cancel our fourth annual community day at the firehouse.  We are just as disappointed because Firefighters look forward to connecting with the residents and businesses we serve in the community,” Melillo continued.

 “We are hopeful that the safe and virtual events we have planned will foster community spirit and bring smiles and excitement to children.”