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1999 event photos [1][2][3]


Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club Inc.

Presents 16th Annual
1999 Fireworks
Big Band Concert

Refreshments • 50/50 Raffle

Fireworks were held Friday, July 2, 1999
Concert started at 8 p.m. Lawn seating was permitted at Heights Football Stadium  & Route 17 & Franklin Avenue. Fireworks began at 9:30 and lasted 30 minutes.


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Photos by: Bob Major Photography - 288-0879


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Press Release
On Friday, July 2, 1999, the Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club will sponsor the 16th Annual spectacular fireworks display and concert featuring the Big Band Sound of the 17 piece Somers Dream Orchestra, at the Depken Field (Route 17 and Franklin Avenue).

The Concert is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m.. Lawn seating permitted. The concert will feature the Somers Dream Orchestra playing the lush Big Band sounds of the 30’s and 40’s with true swing era authenticity in instrumentation. This 17 piece band features four-part harmonies and rich orchestrations of beautiful melodies as originally written, scored and recorded by legendary performers such as Harry James, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Arti Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, etc. This renowned ensemble is directed by John Somers on trumpet, and includes five saxophones and/or clarinets, three trombones, four trumpets, piano, electric guitar, base guitar, drums and vocalists.

A brief program is scheduled at 8:30 p.m. beginning with the Color Guard from VFW Post 4591, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by the Girl Scouts, the National Anthem and an Invocation by Fr. Raymond Holmes of Corpus Christi Church. Mayor William J. Torre will welcome the community to the festivities. Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck will speak briefly, and then make a presentation to the VFW for their 100th Year Anniversary. In addition, prizes will be awarded by the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department Memorial Day Bike Marathon cosponsored by Bill Kundert of Kundert Volvo. After these ceremonies, the concert will continue until the on-site 50-50 drawing at approximately 9:20 p.m..

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.. The pyrotechnic contractor International Fireworks is operated by the Serpico Family formerly of Hasbrouck Heights and is the same contractor the Lions Club has used for 15 years.

These fireworks are even more fabulous because of the generous contributions of the corporate sponsors: Bergen Commercial Bank, Holiday Inn, International House of Pancakes, Kearny Federal Savings, Kundert Volvo, Lovey’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, and Michael Dodge. The advance ticket sales & gate fee pay for this event, but it’s the sponsors who provide the EXTRA FIREWORKS for a spectacular show!

The concessions tent will be provided by Russ Schroeder from Taylor Rental of Ridgewood, NJ. The HH Ambulance Corp will provide free blood pressure checks. Sheriff Joseph L. Ciccone is providing additional manpower.

Handicap entrance is located at the Franklin Avenue and Route 17 gate. A limited number of parking spaces have been "reserved" near the Franklin Avenue entrance.

Admission is $5 at the gate, children under 5 free. Advance ticket sales are $3 and available at many select Boulevard merchants and professionals.

Rain date is Monday, July 5 with an extended rain date of Friday, July 9. Rain call is 288-3373. Additional information is available at: www.hasbrouck-heights.com/fire/htm. The event is sponsored by the Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club, Inc. serving the community since 1931.

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Enjoy "The Big Band Sound" of the 17 piece
Somers Dream Orchestra
The Somers Dream Orchestra plays the lush Big Band sounds of the 30's & 40's, with true, swing era authenticity in instrumentation. This 17 piece band features four-part harmonies and rich orchestrations of beautiful melodies as originally written, scored and recorded by legendary performers such as Harry James, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, etc.

The ensemble is directed by John Somers on trumpet, and includes five saxophones and/or clarinets, three trombones, four trumpets, piano, electric guitar, base guitar, drums and vocalists. For more information please call 1-800-465-BAND.

Program Schedule

Master of Ceremonies: Andrew Link III
8:00 Somers Dream Orchestra John Somers, Director
8:30 Ceremonies

Color Guard -- VFW Post 4591
Pledge of Allegiance -- Girl Scouts
National Anthem
Invocation -- Rev. Raymond M. Holmes, Corpus Christi Church
Mayor William J. Torre -- Welcome to Hasbrouck Heights
Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck
Service Award
HHPD & Kundert Volvo Bike Marathon Awards

8:45 Somers Dream Orchestra
9:20 50/50 Drawing (on-site ticket sales)
9:30 FIREWORKS by International Fireworks --15th year



Sponsors provide the
EXTRA FIREWORKS
that made our display fabulous!

1999 Corporate Sponsors include:

Bergen Commercial Bank
Holiday Inn (Route 17, HH)
International House of Pancakes (Route 17,HH)
Kearny Federal Savings
Kundert Volvo
Lovey's Pizza
Michael Dodge


Advance ticket sales & gate fee paid for this event.

ADVANCE TICKET ONLY $3 -- Gate Ticket $5  -- Children under 5 FREE
Advance Tickets Available at: Allen & Allen Insurance Agency, Dr. James Aversa, Bergen Commercial Bank, Dr. Lawrence Bodenstein, Dr. Mark Delcalzo, Heights Flower Shoppe, Holiday Travel Agency, Keller-Depken Fuel Oil, Dr. Robert Leung, Mason & Musella, Dr. Gerald Vaccarella, Dr. Thomas Vitale

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We welcome our friends from the NJ Veterans Home, Paramus, NJ

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Saluting the behind the scenes folks who help make our program possible


Our 16th year was our biggest success ever! The Somers Dream Orchestra was great! The Fireworks Display was Spectacular! And we would like to thank those contributing to the successful Lion's Club Concert and Fireworks Program held at the Heights Football Stadium July 2, especially:

Our esteemed Mayor William J. Torre and the Town Council, the Board of Education, especially the grounds crew, Chief Mike Colaneri and the Police Department, Chief Vincent Monahan, Arthur Jackson and the Fire Department, Sheriff Joseph L. Ciccone for providing the horse patrol and clean up crew, the Color Guard from VFW Post 4591, HH Girl Scouts, Rev. Raymond M. Holmes, Corpus Christi Church, Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck, Photography by Bob Major of Flash Photo, HH Ambulance Corps, Robert Heck and the Department of Public Works, Russ Schroeder (Taylor Rental/Ridgewood) and his "team" for handling the concessions, HH Little League, HH Swim Club, Heights Flower Shoppe and the HH Band Parents Assoc. for field decorations and clean-up, United Wire Hanger for providing our stage, NJ Veterans Home (Paramus), Minuteman Press for donating the posters and tickets, Barbara Maldonado and the Boro Clerks Office, Marie Gallo for all her assistance, and The Observer.

Special appreciation goes to the sponsors who provided the extra fireworks: Bergen Commercial Bank, Holiday Inn of HH, International House of Pancakes, Kearny Federal Savings, Kundert Volvo, Lovey's Pizzeria and Restaurant and Michael Dodge.

But most importantly, thank you the community at large, for financially supporting this patriotic program, and help making this a safe public event for everyone.

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A Standing In Memoriam
... to our good friend Ellsworth Barthen who for many years, delighted us all with his portrayal of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Many of us can recall with great fidelity his first grand entrance to the Fireworks Program in 1988 when he arrived in a 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost -- Phaeton* while the band played Hail to the Chief. He was a regular on the Joe Franklin Show, appeared many times on the Aircraft Carrier Intrepid during military memorial services, as well as other prestigious engagements.   His special talents will be greatly missed by this community.
* car generously provided by Ed Myers, Wood-Ridge, NJ
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