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'Butler Day' Could Include Fireworks, Vendors, Rides This Year

Recreation Commission members presented concept for borough's first community pride event.

The Borough of Butler could join neighboring communities in offering a day of town pride should plans for the first ever Butler Day go through.

Two members of the Butler Recreation Commission, Shelli Taggart and Robert Soules, approached the Butler Council Tuesday to talk about their preliminary plans for an event to be held on May 25 (rain date on May 26). Taggart explained that she envisions fireworks over one of the school fields with vendor booths, music, possibly rides and neighborly fun.

"These were just ideas that were thrown out," Taggart said.

Although without fireworks, Bloomingdale hosts its own Pride Day and Kinnelon has hosted K-Fest for the past two years.

Some council members had concerns with the initial plans for Butler's event. Councilman Ray Verdonik said his main issue was with using the fields to host the festivities.

"We worked really hard to get those fields and I'd hate to see one day ruin them," he said.

Taggart said she understood Verdonik's concerns and the commission would work to come up with a solution that keeps the fields, and the track, in mind.

"If it means that we block off the track until people sit for fireworks, then that's what we'll do," she said.

Soules also noted that the day organizers are hoping to host the event is in between the baseball season and when the fields are prepared for the coming year. Councilman Robert Meier suggested putting bleachers near the Richard Butler School so that people could view fireworks from there.

Councilman Robert Fox was initially concerned about the fireworks, themselves, but ultimately said he was in favor of the planning moving forward on the event.

"Basically, a lot of people have been asking for a day like this. Maybe you guys will be the ones that finally do it," he said.

More plans will be discussed at the Butler Council's March 5 meeting at 7 p.m. in the conference room at One Ace Road.

Richard Dean February 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM
I forgot about the Michael Vick affair and do remember Main Street blocked between Park Place and Manning Avenue. Cops from other area towns plus the MC Sheriff's Department were thee with the cost rumored to be around $25,000 which I don't recall if it was confirmed. I also remember the last parade Butler FD ever had back in 1987 cost the members about $10,000 for traffic control by the Sheriff's Department. That parade was also the five country regional North Jersey parade combined with the 101st convention of the NJ State Exempt Firemen.
Richard Dean February 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Good idea to use Hempsted Field for the fireworks since it's been downgraded to practice status.
Kurt Wubbenhorst March 20, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Shelli and Robert, Architekt Music will be glad to be a part of anything you want us to be. We would love to see this happen in any way-shape-form. Contact us anytime at the studio. Lets make this happen!
Meg Gray March 31, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Hi all, As a Rec Commissioner in Bloomingdale, I applaud all the hard work I know goes into events like this. I wish, though, for all our sakes, with the work involved, the money involved, we would all think about sharing more events instead of needing to have our own. Butler/Bloomingdale Firewroks and alternate years. Butler/Bloomingdale Pride Days and alternate fields. We do it with the Memorial Day Parade. We share bball, triboro, b and b soccer...and not least of all Butler High School. We are two small communities and ought to try to do more together not each doing the same things twice. Just my two cents to add to the pile!
Ken Montanye March 31, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Great idea Meg. We should also include Kinnelon as one of our Tri-Boro partners as well.

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