ROSELLE PARK, NJ — The Outdoor Summer Movie Series put on by the Borough of Roselle Park and the Casano Community Center has its last two shows this week.
Wednesday night’s film was “The Secret Life of Pets 2." The final film planned is “The Lion King” on Thursday night.
“I'm so excited to see how well attended these continue to be,” said Roselle Park Mayor Signorello. “I think we should continue these after COVID.”
Volunteers Maxine Padulsky, Christine Lettieri and Sonia Cabezas said the events have been a great way for residents to get out of the house while still staying socially distant, even if it's just one night a week. To minimize litter, large trash bags are set up around the perimeter of the field. Volunteer Lettieri said that people have been responsible about picking up after themselves.
Over 150 people came to the first film night, the second one was double the size at around 300 guests. The movies have been well attended by Roselle Park residents of all ages. Volunteer Cabezas said that her teenage children like to come with friends and there are always families with younger children in attendance, as well.
The summer movie series was the brainchild of Casano Community Center DIrector Rupen Shah. He said that originally the plan was to make it a drive-in theatre. When Governor Murphy announced that groups of 500 could gather outside while maintaining social distance, the plans changed.
There were also two Census 2020 employees at the front of the event offering assistance to anyone who has not yet completed their census form. The borough has been making a big push to get all households to fill out the 2020 Census, which the federal government will use to determine how to distribute funds for the next 10 years. The Census employees can also be found every Wednesday at the farmer’s market in Michael Mauri Park.