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'Making a Difference Day' Oct. 1 to Celebrate Tarentino Legacy, Thank Summit Community


SUMMIT, NJ - 'Making a Difference Day', an afternoon though evening event featuring a parade, music, activities and even a movie, will be held October 1 beginning at 1 p.m. The Day will honor fallen Summit Police Department Detective Matthew Tarentino, and simultaneously serves as a multi-faceted thank you card from the Summit Police Department to the Hilltop City for the community's outpouring of support following his sudden passing on May 30.

'Making a Difference Day' comes just over three weeks after the 'Making a Difference 5K', a run / walk race hosted by the Summit Police Athletic League that attracted more than 900 participants, the proceeds of which benefited the Tarentino family.

The event will begin with a parade -- starting at 1 p.m. from 25 Deforest Avenue to the Village Green on Broad Street -- that will feature first responders, the Summit High School Marching Band, community groups and local organizations. Participation in the parade is open to anyone that would like to march. Interested parties are asked to queue-up for the parade beginning at 12:30 p.m..

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A family-friendly community festival on the Village Green will follow the parade and include:

1:45 p.m. -  A performance from "The Pride of Summit" - The Summit High School Marching Band

2 p.m. - Opening Ceremony

2:30 - 4 p.m. - Concert by 'Daddy Pop'

5 -  6:30 p.m. - Concert by 'Exit Row'

6:30 p.m. - Family Dance Party

Dusk - Screening of the movie 'Sing'

On the auxiliary stage, entertainment for children will include a magic show from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and a Presley and Melody concert from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.. In the same location, yoga will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and a community fitness class from 5:15 to 6 p.m.

“Making a Difference Day is a way for the Summit Police Department to show our appreciation to our incredible community for its compassionate and generous support following the death of Detective Matthew Tarentino,” said Summit Chief of Police Robert Weck. “We look forward to celebrating Matthew’s life and legacy on October 1, including how each one of us has the ability to make a difference by performing random acts of kindness every day.”

The event will also feature amusement rides for children, six food trucks, free hot dogs and snacks, and a silent auction with autographed sports memorabilia, golf opportunities, an overnight stay at the Grand Summit Hotel and other interesting items. The rain date for the event is October 8.

The event is sponsored by Avelino & Hartlaub, LLP - Attorneys at Law, The Connection, Thompson Sporting Goods, Summit Soundz, Fun Service and ShopRite / Wakefern, St. Teresa of Avila Pre-K and Berkshire Hathaway Realtors, and made possible -- in part --  through the Detective Matthew L. Tarentino community policing grant from the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General.

For more information, visit cityofsummit.org/police or contact the Summit Police Department at 908-277-9472.

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