By Ejvind Boccolini

The Hackettstown Holiday Celebration on Dec. 6 was festive despite the rain with music, food, décor, a horse drawn carriage, and quite a number of community members to enjoy it all.

On Dec. 6, it was quite rainy, but the Colonial Musketeers still marched down Main Street as residents stood under their umbrellas to watch them. Also, the Hackettstown Community Band performed at the gazebo, and the Hackettstown High School Women’s Choir, which performs on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the high school, sang beautifully at the Moore Street Firehouse during the celebration on Dec. 6.

A horse drawn carriage was also on Moore Street, give rides around town for free. A tent with vendors was located in the parking lot adjacent to the gazebo. Representatives from local restaurants, local businesses, and charitable organizations were stationed inside the heat tent.

Business Improvement District Executive Director Jim Sheldon said he was pleased with the event was well-attended, even though the rain was unfortunate. He said it was a “fantastic crowd,” and was very pleased that the Colonial Musketeers were able to perform.

“We are pleased they will be able to perform,” Sheldon said, just about 15 minutes before they made their way up Main Street.

Also under the heated tent were Centenary College representatives promoting their theatre and arts programs.

Sheldon said every year the holiday celebration seems to get better and better. It is the third year of the event and many local businesses are involved, promoting the event as community members gathered promotional materials from them.

Sheldon said the town is trying to comtinuously “get some unique things in here.”

NORWESCAP promted its Family Success Center, with its goal to strengthen families through the power of partnerships. http://www.norwescap.org/ is the website for county organization. Phone number is 908-213-2723.

An open house for NORWESCAP is to be held Jan. 10 9:30 – 3:30 pm at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown. In Phillipsburg, their location is 459 Center Street.

NORWESCAP offers assistance, information and life-skill developing for employment, the obtaining of healthcare, transportation issues, and literacy, to name a few areas of expertise for which they offer help to county residents.

Many challenges face families and individuals in our communities – and NORWESCAP can help. They offer information and referrals; access to health information; home visitation, parent-child activities; parent education; life skills; economic self-sufficiency; family success planning; advocacy; housing-related services; transportations services; translation/interpretation; support group; family literacy; holiday programs (gift giving to children); parent leadership opportunities; and collaboration with school districts and community agencies. The free programs can help families in the county.


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Ejvind Boccolini

Ejvind Boccolini graduated with a BA in Journalism from Rutgers University in 1994 and has over 10 years of experience in the field, covering local government news, and personality features for northern and central New Jersey newspapers. Boccolini is a reporter for MJ Media, of Flanders, and news items can be sent to him at ejvind08@yahoo.com or on Facebook.

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