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Downtown Somerville Wrapped in Red, White and Blue as American Flags are Unfurled

Steve Yannetta, left, gives directions to his crew as they prepare to install American flags along Division Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
A workman installs an American flag along Division Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
A stiff wind tugs at the flags installed along Division Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch
American flags are installed on Division Street alongside the US ArmyRecruitement office. Credits: Rod Hirsch
American Flags in the back of Steve Yannetta's truck wait to be mounted on light poles along Division Street. Credits: Rod Hirsch

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Hundreds of American flags have been posted along Main Street and Division Street by the Downtown Somerville Alliance, an annual rite that helps usher in the non-stop swirl of activities that make the county seat a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors during spring, summer and fall.

Tuesday was a perfect day to unfurl the flags, with a bright sun, high blue sky and strong gusts of wind tugging at the flags, mounted on brackets attached to light posts lining the street and pedestrian mall.

Steve Yannetta headed a four-man work crew that spent several hours Tuesday morning climbing up and down ladders to post the American flags after they removed the Irish flags that lined Main Street for the borough’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 13.

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The 3rd annual Historic Somerville Arts & Crafts Festival will be Sunday, April 24th, sponsored by the Somerville Business & Professional Association.Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., this event is juried and has approximately 100 exhibitors.

Artisans, craftsmen and photographers will display and sell their work in booths lining Main Street. There will be original handmade works such as oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, decorative fiber works, metal works, paper, stone, garden works and more.

The event is produced by JC Promotions, Inc.

The borough hosts the 73rd annual Memorial Day Tour of Somerville May 30th, a competitive series of bicycle races for professionals and amateurs known as the “Kentucky Derby of Cycling.”

The Tour is the oldest major bicycle race in the United States and a legend in the lore of bicycle racing. Professional competitors average speeds up to 40 mph in the main event, a 50-mile race on a course that includes Main Street, Bridge Street and High Street.

For residents and thousands of visitors, the borough hosts one big “block party,” with barbecues and lawn chairs lining the race course. The borough closes down several streets to accommodate the bicycle racers.

Arts on Division, a nonprofit dedicated to building community through the arts and cultural events, is the event organizer.

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