ROSELAND, NJ — More than 500 Roseland residents enjoyed a complimentary BBQ, Bouncy Houses from Fun Services, a DJ, carnival games and more at the Annual Roseland Community Picnic and Mayor's Trophy Game.
The Mayor's Trophy Game kicked off the event at the Thomas O'Beirne Field with the Department of Public Works (DPW) team, which included Mayor James Spango and council members, as the winners with a one-run lead, 13-12.
Spango said that the game is the perfect lead into the picnic and also helps increase picnic attendance. The game included a mix of the Roseland Department of Public Works, fire and police department members, Roseland Recreation Department members and members of the governing bodies.
The mayor awarded the winning trophy to the Superintendent of Public Works Gary Schall at the June 18 Roseland Borough Council meeting, pointing out that this was the first time in Roseland history that the DPW beat the police and fire team.
"We hope that you display this trophy proudly for all to see," Spango said as he congratulated the team on this victory. "Do not take it around with you like the Stanley Cup."
Schall said that without the mayor and council's assistance, the outcome may not have turned out the way that it did. He added that it was a very enjoyable game and thanked the mayor and council for the trophy.
During the picnic, Roseland Recreation Director Michael Colitti and members of the borough council were on hand serving burgers and hotdogs to community members.
Councilwoman Eileen Fishman expressed her excitement that the weather held out for a great event, which Spango said was updated this year to include the addition of carnival games, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn.
"We wanted to add something new this year to keep the residents coming back and to attract new members as well," said Spango. "We are happy to see that the number of residents appears to have doubled from last year as anticipated."
During Tuesday's council meeting, Councilwoman Michele Tolli thanked Fishman, Councilwoman Jean Perrotti and other volunteers for helping to serve food at the event while she herself helped with the popcorn and snow cone distribution.
She also took the opportunity to share that she and Colitti attended Camp Wyanokie's 100th Anniversary on Saturday, which saw more than 148 participants from Roseland and the neighboring municipalities Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell and Fairfield.
"There was a BBQ, fishing derby, pony rides, games, a petting zoo and hiking for the participants to enjoy," said Tolli. "Camp Wyanokie is over 130 acres of open space that is available for free to the 5 towns and it was a great event. Residents of the five towns can use Camp Wyanokie for free [and] that is very exciting."
Other upcoming community events from the Roseland Recreation Department include the First Aid Squad Open House on Saturday, June 22 and a Senior Citizen BBQ on Saturday, June 28 at the Roseland Free Public Library.
The Roseland Fre Public Library also kicks off its summer reading program on June 20 with special events being held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.