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Notre Dame Church Steps Up to Help Homeless, and Fun Things to Do This Weekend All About Town

Notre Dame provides temporary housing and more to homeless, and fireworks, farmers' markets and D'Lite-ful fun this weekend.

Taking Care of Their Own

and its parishioners stepped up and turned the church into a temporary residence last month, when the church provided shelter for several Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) homeless families. From Sunday, June 12, through Sunday, June 19, the church hosted the families, providing a safe, comfortable stay with food and more.

Volunteers from the church stayed with the guests throughout the night, helped with transportation by driving guests to the local Laundromat and set up the temporary housing for guests. Volunteers also provided entertainment and friendly conversation. 

Part of the stay also includes an annual IHN-sponsored picnic, and , North Caldwell, stepped in to help, donating food for the second consecutive year. The food fed the fifty attendees at the June 12 event, and the club plans to continue supplying the meals each year.

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

Get ready to “ooh” and “aah” at the annual West Caldwell fireworks extravaganza! Theincludes D.J. entertainment by Dan Duca, food stands, souvenirs and more. Scheduled for Monday, July 4, the big event takes places at James Caldwell High School’s , and gates open at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Caldwell, Essex Fells, Roseland and West Caldwell, the fireworks display will be fired by Garden State Fireworks of Millington. There is a required donation of $3 per adult and $1 per child under 12. So get your blankets, lawn chairs, coolers and even your neighbors, a good time is sure to be had by all!

Friday Farmers

Today is Friday, and Friday is in Caldwell! As always, there will be a kids craft, music, and a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables and more, including locally-made goodies, such as honey, pickles, roasted nuts, cheeses and baked goods.

So bring the reusable tote bag, grab the family, and stop by to pick up a treat or two. Held on Smull Ave., behind the , the market is open from 2 to 7 p.m.

D’Lite the Children

Looking for a way to make your child’s day? Sundays are kid day at ice cream parlor. On Sundays in July and August, from 1 to 5 p.m., the West Caldwell ice cream shop will serve up more than just ice cream, including magicians, face painters, animal balloons, glitter tattoos and more! So stop by, and have a D’Lite-ful day! For more information, visit the website.

Editor's Note:  North Caldwell is no longer a sponsor of the July 4th West Essex Fireworks as previously listed in the article.



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