Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at poolside event
Secaucus kicks off area Independence celebrations
by Joseph Passantino
Reporter staff writer
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Secaucus Independence
ROCKIN’ THE POOL – Ragdoll, a tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, was the featured entertainment at the Secaucus Independence Day celebration.
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The show must go on. And it did. But 25 minutes early.

That was the scenario Tuesday, July 2, at the Secaucus Swim Center. The forecast for rain that evening caused town officials to begin the fireworks display ahead of schedule.

But no matter. The fireworks show went off without a hitch, and everyone present was treated to a visually exciting palette of bright reds, greens, and yellows as each shell casing exploded in mid-air to a patriotic accompaniment.

The nearly half-hour show kept the crowd mesmerized, and when it ended, signaled the mass exodus home – right before another downpour.

But while the fireworks were the main lure for most, they were by no means the only enticement.

Residents also came for the musical entertainment, the food, the pool, and other fun activities.
“I remember all of these songs. I love Frankie Valli.” – Allison Petrone
Rag Doll, a Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, was the night’s headliner, and they did not disappoint, with great selections from that group as well as other hits from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. There was also patter by the lead singer about growing up in Newark and the “days in the old neighborhood.”

The band played Four Seasons classics such as “Dawn” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” as well as hits by other groups like “You Belong to Me” by the Duprees.


For town resident Allison Petrone, there with her children Tyler, 9, and Alyssa, 7, the band brought back memories.

“I learned it from my childhood,” she said. “My mom was playing it. I remember CBS 101, so I remember all of these songs. I love Frankie Valli.”

For Petrone and her children, the night was about socialization too.

“I run into people I normally wouldn’t see,” she said.

Everyone seemed to have their fill of gastronomic delights, with a selection of penne with vodka sauce, sausage and peppers, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, a corn and black-bean salad, and ice cream. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center provided free watermelon.

The pool and nearby water spouts were crowded all night, as much of the younger set decided to indulge in them to escape the high heat and humidity.

For Chris Carpenter, 19, of Secaucus, and his girlfriend, Amanda Adsit, 19, it was a night to spend some time together and hold hands. Ironically, Chris was spending his day “off” right back at work: He’s a lifeguard at the swim center.

Joseph Passantino may be reached at JoePass@hudsonreporter.com.

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