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Henderson Drive Soccer Field Carnival to be Held in West Caldwell

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Co-sponsored by the West Essex UNICO, the Orange/West Orange UNICO and Regal Bank, the West Caldwell-Caldwell Recreation Department will host a Henderson Drive Soccer Field Carnival from May 19 to May 22, featuring food, games and rides for all ages.

West Caldwell Supervisor Bob Masella, a former West Caldwell Councilman, said he recently touched bases with the police and fire departments to put together security measures for the carnival, located at the Lohmann Therapy Systems (LTS) property. According to Masella, there will be plenty of private security on site as well as the West Caldwell health department.

“I’m hoping that West Caldwell comes out and enjoys that weekend,” said Masella. “It will be very enjoyable and the feedback is that the carnival that we use to have up at Kiwanis Oval was always well-represented and attended and the kids loved it.”

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The carnival will begin, weather permitting, on May 19 from 6-10 p.m. and will continue into the weekend with the same hours on Friday, May 20, and will be open from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday and 1-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

According to Masella, there will be 29 rides at the 2016 carnival, 12 of which will be considered “Kiddie rides.” Typical carnival foods will also be provided by Boy Scouts Troop 9, who will serve hotdogs and hamburgers to guests, Rusillo’s Restaurant, Forte’s Restaurante, Fairfield UNICO, Vero Amici, and the Caldwell-West Caldwell Home School Association (HSA).

West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta announced at the township council meeting on Tuesday that no parking will be permitted on one side of Henderson Dr. during the carnival weekend and that CCG Marketing Solutions will allow parking on its property.

“We think it will be successful,” said Tempesta. “Obviously the weather depends on it, but hopefully in a few weeks this rain will go away.”

On behalf of the Recreation Department, Masella also announced that James Caldwell High School has been secured for this year’s 4th of July celebrations. Councilwoman Kathy Canale, liaison to West Caldwell Parks & Recreation Committee, said the celebration would be held on either the upper or lower fields at JCHS depending on the progress of the facilities.

Canale also announced that the Memorial Day parade will be held as usual at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30. Registration is now available for those who wish to march in the parade, but all participants must register beforehand in order to be placed. 

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