Mayor Scarpelli Announces Plans for 2017 Memorial Day Weekend

Published on May 05, 2017 at 08:49a.m.

Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli and the Board of Commissioners announced plans for Memorial Day Weekend starting with “A Walk in the Park,” a tour that will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.  The tour, hosted by Nutley Museum director John Simko, begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Mud Hole (near the intersection of Passaic and Vreeland avenues) and travels along the Third River.  Mr. Simko will talk about the river’s role in Nutley history as a source for early industry, as inspiration for world-class artists, as a symbol of civic pride, as an important boundary marker, and as a fitting memorial to our war veterans.

The tour will visit the sites of three former mills, tour the pre-Revolutionary Van Giesen homestead. Find out why the river splits in two, learn about the beginnings of our hundred-year-old Carnegie Library and even older Town Hall, and walk through one of Nutley’s oldest cemeteries.  The tour ends at noon inside an 1875 brick schoolhouse (now the Nutley Historical Society and Museum) where refreshments will be served. The museum will be and tour-related objects from our archives will be on display in our main hall.

“A Walk in the Park” is free, but is limited to 30 people and requires registration.  You can register for the tour by emailing johnsimko1014@gmail.com or by calling 973-752-8984 and leaving a message and your phone number and e-mail address.  You will receive confirmation via e-mail or a phone call.

The Township’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017.    Weather permitting, opening ceremonies will begin at 10:00am at our World War II monument located on Vincent Place between the Nutley Public Library and Town Hall.  Following the ceremony, the welcome of the parade participants will take place at the Park Oval and step off at 11:00am.  The parade route being the same as previous years – Chestnut Street to Passaic Avenue to Centre Street to Franklin Avenue, with the reviewing stage in front of JHW Middle School.  Father Tom Nicastro will offer the prayers at the opening ceremonies and Audrey Hasselbrook will offer closing prayers at the Oval, and this year’s Grand Marshall is Steven D. Crowley.

“The Memorial Day Parade serves as a tribute to honor all of our U.S. service men and women who have honorably served and made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation” said Mayor Scarpelli

Mayor Scarpelli and the Board of Commissioners will be inviting family members of soldiers, both past and present, to march in the parade, and is collecting names of those in our community who are currently serving.  These names will be added to an already existing banner which will proudly be carried throughout the parade, and then displayed on the Nutley Park Oval fence outside of the Town Hall.

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