Monday, November 28, 2011

...And A Good Time Was Had By All

There was a decent turn-out; the cost was $40 per person, which got us a buffet with salad, ziti, chicken, ribs and such, and an open beer/wine/soda bar.

The Sauters had a pre-reunion get-together, then we all headed over to the Elks Lodge.

Pictured, Front Row (maiden names): Joann Paletto, Nancy Waggoner, Lou Knaub, David Stroebel
Back Row: Sue (Mrs. Steve) Ewing, Linda Wernaking, Ed Newmark, Karen Safarian, Florine Astolfi, Darline Beddow, Mike (Mr. Florine) Kazik

Post-reunion, the class adjourned to the Westside Village Tavern, nee "The Zoo," though I didn't go, being past my bed-time.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Class Of 1981 30th Reunion

The RPHS Class of 1981 30th Reunion is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Elks lodge in Ridgefield Park.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Well, catching up. There were in fact fireworks-- the new Overpeck Creek Park section was opened, and that was used as an occasion for fireworks, held over there. I watched them with the Sauters and Matthew Jeanos, Alex's son. They were up to standard.

We also watched fireworks (was it in 2009?) with Dean Beddow and family at his home in Denville, NJ. This seemed to be the same company as RP uses-- awesome fireworks, and the "tossing of the torches" afterwards. Up where I live in Groton CT, we have the famed Grucci Bros doing the Groton-New London fireworks to music, but I'm sorry-- I prefer the close-in, no-music version I grew up with.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

No Fireworks Again - July 4, 2010

Mr. Ewing

I am sorry to inform you that there will be no fireworks this year.

The Board of Commissioners has advised the committee that the necessary [funds] are not in the budget again this year.

John J. Tymon
General Chairman

Saturday, July 19, 2008

July Fourth, 2008

My wife Susan and I made the trip to RP from Groton, CT for the festivities-- a 2.5 hour drive, so we didn't even try to make the baby parade this year. We picked up my niece and her two older girls, ages 5-years-and-a-half and 3-years-and-364-days (I made them patriotic T-shirts with their pictures on them; Grace's read: "Born On The Fifth Of July").

The parade was outstanding, as usual; it seemed to me there was a little less candy-throwing, which suits me (didn't do that in my day: harrumph!). The ambulance and fire engine sirens were allowed to sound, though perhaps a bit less than in years past: still one of my favorite parts. When I tell folks up here in CT how the parade lasts a good hour and a half, they are amazed.

Fireworks rained out again, for the second year in a row, and we couldn't hang around for the rain date. I was disappointed, because my niece was always saying how their fireworks were pathetic, and I wanted to impress her with how great RP's is.

Darline Sauter (nee Beddow) and her husband Jim had a gathering at their place afterwards; more of a block party in the courtyard of their condo, with all the neighbors dropping in. Ed Newmark and his family were there, and Mike Zaccherio stopped by.

Update: Lou Knaub was there, too, of course. How could I forget him? I enjoyed talking to him.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Here It Is

My scanner went toes up, and I had to wait to get a new one. New scanner installed, and here is the bit from Discover Magazine, Setptember 2007. Click on the picture to see it full-size.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Discover Magazine

The September 2007 edition of Discover has an article titled Homeland Insecurity. As an example of "homeland," I guess, it includes a photo of "Fourth of July festivities in Ridgefield Park, NJ."

It's on page 62, in a group of three photos that also includes a senior citizen patrol in Florida and the "Citizen Corps," a program in Pennsylvania. How RP fits in there, I don't know.

I would include the photo, but my scanner just went on the blink. It shows the Baby Parade, a group of face-painted kids on their decorated bikes rounding an island on Euclid Ave.

This issue is not online yet; when it is I'll see if the photo is there, and post a link.