By Mayor John E. McCormac
Hello Atom Tabloid Readers… I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone about the great events and happenings coming to Woodbridge this summer.
Let’s start with Saturdays in downtown Woodbridge with the “bigger and better” open-air Farmers’ Market opening on Saturday, June 21 next to the church at 71 Main Street.
This season, the Farmers’ Market will feature more farm stands and vendors… weekly cooking demonstrations by the chef’s from Wegmans… and that’s just the start (log-on to the township web page at www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for a complete list of upcoming Farmers’ Market events). Stop by the Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m… and at the same time, take advantage of the opportunity to shop Main Street and the downtown businesses and merchants.
Why not try your luck at deep-channel fishing? I’m really excited to host the Second Annual Mayor’s Fluke Tournament on Saturday, June 14. The tournament runs from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weigh-in will be at the Sewaren boat launch. Prizes include a first place check for $1,000 (based on 40 boats). Cost is $100 per boat… but you need to register before June 6. Call the Township Recreation Department at (732) 596-4048 for registration and information.
Come watch the spectacular “Fireworks over the Waterfront” on Thursday, July 3 as the annual Woodbridge Independence Day Celebration culminates with fireworks at the Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park in Sewaren. Enjoy the music of the Party Dolls and other entertainment before the fireworks. The gates open at 4 p.m. and the free pyromusical extravaganza kicks off at dusk. (Please remember alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the county park.) The Independence Day celebration is sponsored by Woodbridge Township and the “We Share, We Care Foundation.”
This year, the Mayor’s Summer Concert Series will again offer an incredible lineup of classic “rock ‘n’ roll” artists each Monday at 7:30 p.m. from June 30 through Aug. 25 on the grass field behind Woodbridge High School. Sansone’s Route 1 Auto Mall, The Woodbridge Center and ShopRite are again sponsoring this year’s entertainment. As an added attraction, the finalists of the Woodbridge Idol competition will showcase their talent with pre-show performances before each concert. (Check out the full line-up on the Township Web Page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us).
The 2007 Summer Concert schedule includes:
June 30 ~ Parrotbeach and Jim Yester & The Yesterdaze
July 7 ~ The Duprees
July 14 ~ Big Shot: Billy Joel Tribute
July 21 ~ Lou Christie
July 28 ~ Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge
Aug. 4 ~ Beginnings: Chicago Tribute
Aug. 11 ~ Kenny Vance & The Planotones
Aug. 18 ~ Rocksplosion
Aug. 25 ~ The Infernos
I’m also pleased to announce that Woodbridge Township will again host the New Jersey Senior Olympics on Sept. 12, 13 and 14. The New Jersey Senior Olympics feature 15 sporting events where senior athletes 50 years of age and up compete for the gold, silver and bronze. The Senior Olympic Games and competition will take place at sporting venues throughout Woodbridge Township, including the YMCA at the Community Center, The Club at Woodbridge, and the athletic fields at Woodbridge High School.
The senior competition is part of the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign” which encourages Township residents ~ regardless of age to engage in a healthy and fit lifestyle. Senior athletes must register to compete… Call the New Jersey Senior Olympics at 973-618-1111 or log-on to www.njso.us for complete information.
These are just a few of the Woodbridge Township “special events” for the Summer of ‘08. To get a complete list of everything that’s going on throughout the Township, log-on to the Township Web Page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.
Remember… Woodbridge is Your Place for Family Fun this Summer… See you at the Farmers’ Market… Fireworks… Concerts… and “Around the Township.”