1/19/2007 - Inaugural Celebration to Raise Funds for RPHS Marching Band Uniforms

Inaugural Celebration to Raise Funds for

RPHS Marching Band Uniforms

Event to highlight “New Directions”

Roselle Park – In 1984, Roselle Park Mayor Joseph DeIorio was turning in his marching band uniform wondering if he would ever see it again. In 2007, he would have never imagined he would, in the capacity as Mayor, lead an effort to rid the Roselle Park High School Marching Band of the same old uniforms he wore some 23 years ago.

“I am dedicating my inaugural celebration to supporting the Roselle Park Band and the arts programs in our community.” said DeIorio. “Just as this term will mean a “fresh start” for Roselle Park, so too does our marching band need a “fresh start” with new uniforms.”

Mayor DeIorio will be hosting an inaugural celebration on Friday January 19th at 6:00pm at one of the Borough’s newest business ventures, Senior Spirit. Senior Spirit, a senior citizen day care facility, was one of several new businesses to open its doors in 2006.

The event will highlight the Mayor’s prospects for the new year and raise funds for the Roselle Park Band Parents Association for new uniforms for the Roselle Park High School Marching Band.

Mark Maulbeck, President of the Band Parents Association commented, “These kids deserve the best. This year alone they won division and statewide first place awards for their performance.” Maulbeck noted that there will be a performance by the high school band and attendees can witness the condition of the old uniforms first hand.

Additionally, Mayor Joseph DeIorio notes that this event will highlight the “New Directions” plan for the Borough “New Directions” completed by community planners Heyer and Gruel Associates, compiles a year long effort and input from residents regarding redevelopment and economic development. The plan offers professional recommendations and grant opportunities for improving Roselle Park.

“My inaugural celebration is not about me, it about community, it’s about possibilities and it’s about a New Direction for a better Roselle Park.” DeIorio commented.

The Mayor also noted “The event is an opportunity for residents and the business community to network. It’s a place to make meet new people and make new contacts.”

Resident Barbara McGrath is heading the effort for donations for the event. “I moved into Roselle Park with my husband Jim a few years ago because Roselle Park is a one of a kind small town community. When a group like the Roselle Park High School Marching Band is in need, the community should come together to help.” She continued, “Donations can be financial, products, services or even food for the event.” Some of the prizes for the event include very collectable antique toys and a sight seeing tour over the Hudson River for two. Although the event is free to the public, McGrath reminds attendees, “Don’t forget to bring your checkbook.”

The event is scheduled to take place at Senior Spirit, 430 East Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park. The event is free, but attendees are asked to support the RPHS Marching Band Uniform Drive. Donations to this event can be made to the Roselle Park Band Parents Association c/o Mayor Joseph DeIorio, at Borough Hall, 110 East Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park NJ 07204. For additional information, please call 908-245-6180