NEWTON, NJ - The Town of Newton announced the fireworks display on the evening of Newton Day, June 8 will be dedicated to Faye with a section of the display designed specifically with her in mind.
Newton Town Manager Thomas S. Russo Jr. said many in the community were calling for this dedication especially students and the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce, which organizes Newton Day. Russo first check with her parents and then the Mayor and Deputy Mayor before reaching out to the fireworks company.
“After explaining what was going on here in Newton, I asked if we could go one step further with a special section,” Russo said.
Typically the fireworks show is divided into three sections; the initial display, the main event and the finale, Russo said. This year, between the main event and the finale, a distinct section dedicated to Faye will be added. With a noticeable pause between sections, it will be obvious which part of the show is the memorial, according to Russo.
“We were looking for a meaningful way to remember and think about Lexi,” Russo said. This is fitting because the annual fireworks were meaningful to the Faye family.
The fireworks will be white with glitter, according to Russo.
On May 11, the day after the prom, Faye lost her life in a car crash in Fredon. Three other teens in the car were injured. Two remain hospitalized at Morristown Medical Center. The community came together for a candlelight vigil at the school on May 15. Services were held on May 16 and a Mass Service was held on May 17.