- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
The ceremony was followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Paul Maloney of Caldwell.
In addition, there was free popcorn and lemonade for guests to enjoy while they watched a number of performances throughout the afternoon including George Espanza the Flea Circus Master, Marco Fishman the Magician and his balloon-designing friend who gave out free balloons and Anthony Uccello the singing DJ.
During the afternoon, the winner of the association's Sand Dollar Cookie Bake-Off was announced. All entrants to the competition had to provide two dozen of their "from scratch" cookies for consideration to the judges: Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing and GCBMA Trustee Matt Rolling.
The judges accessed the recipes on taste, appearance, texture and the use of traditional ingredients. Ultimately, they decided on the recipe of Peggy Scott Fleming, of Montclair.
"It really takes a town wide effort for everybody to have a good time," commented the Memorial Association President Dave Cowell.
"We are so grateful to everyone helping us."
"Thanks to everyone for coming
and sharing their holiday with us," Cowell added.
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