MONTVILLE, NJ - It was in 1867 when Montville was incorporated as a township from portions of Pequannock Township, including the communities of Towaco and Pine Brook. Since then, it has grown into a lively town full of diversity and community activities. On Sunday, Oct. 13, thousands flocked to the amphitheater area, behind the high school, for the annual Montville Day celebration.
Montville Day has been held in the district for many years to recognize the township’s history and legacy. Originally brought back to recognize Montville’s 150th anniversary, it also serves as a platform for local businesses and non-profit organizations to showcase their trades and activities. Even local politicians, such as Stephanie Sharratt, chairwoman of the Montville Township Republican Committee, brought her troop to the festival and set up a table.
“This is a fantastic community event that unites all three towns of the district: Montville, Towaco and Pine Brook,” said Sharratt. “There’s something for everyone and there’s a lot of community awareness of all local non-profits so residents know they are around and available.”
Indeed, township residents, numbering to over 5,000 going in and out all day at the festival, found something for themselves. This included inflatable rides, face painting and balloon art for the kids, a beer garden and raffles for the parents, and music concerts and food trucks for everyone to enjoy.
“I love Montville Day,” Pine Brook resident Mary Roselle said. “You can’t leave here without feeling happy. I could stay here all day!”
The vendors also seemed happy for the chance to meet new people and share what they wanted to offer to the township community. These vendors included One Montville, the Pine Brook Jewish Center, the Montville Chamber of Commerce, Pathways for Exceptional Children, Girl Scout troops and cheerleader squads, the Garden Club, the Open Space Committee, the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council, the Montville Women’s Club, the Montville Township Education Association and The Northern New Jersey Chinese Association Chinese School.
“This is our first time participating in Montville Day with a vendor set up for our organization,” said Scott Riotto, president of the Montville Township Education Association, and a high school history teacher. “And it is an absolutely wonderful day with great community spirit!”
This community spirit lasted all day, and featured a new attraction to the amphitheater area. The week prior to Montville Day, the construction of a new pavilion was completed by the township, at a cost of around $200,000.
“This is another facility that will be used a lot by our township community,” said Assistant Administrator June Hercek. “It’s a beautiful pavilion and it’s very exciting to see it completed!”
A ribbon cutting ceremony was later held for the new pavilion, conducted and attended by the entire Montville governing body which included Mayor Richard Conklin, Deputy Mayor Frank Cooney, Committeewoman June Witty, Committeeman Matthew Kayne and Committeeman Richard Cook.
The amphitheater will be the center of more community fun later this month. On Oct. 31, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the annual Trunk or Treat will be held. Kids and parents can come in their favorite costumes and enjoy some candy and Halloween fun.
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