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Organizations Challenge Residents with Raffles, Cook-Offs at River Edge Day

The annual town celebration will take place on Sunday, 1 to 4pm at Veteran's Memorial Park

For years, River Edge residents have flocked to Veteran's Memorial Park in each fall for the annual River Edge Day event and this Sunday's celebration of all things River Edge will boast over 30 participants from 1 to 4pm.

But prior to the afternoon festivities, the Green Team will be hosting the Bergen Utilities Authorities shredder truck at River Edge by the Webb Avenue cul-de-sac near the Little League fields from 9am to 1pm.

According to Green Team member Bonnie Stewart, residents can watch their documents, up to 10 boxes per household, being shredded on site. Documents will be limited to confidential/sensitive materials only (no newspapers etc that can be recycled by the town).

"The shredder is free to municipal residents," Stewart said. "There will be no need to remove paper clips,staples or paperboard binder covers."

Additional highlights of this year's event include: "Make your Own Sundae"  sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, hot dogs and drinks for sale by Boy Scout Troop 184, face painting sponsored by Anita DaSilva State Farm, a chili cook-off sponsored by the River Edge Education Foundation and a pumpkin pie contest by the Junior Women's Club of River Edge.

The cook-off will be judged by guest "celebrity" judge Dave "Fink" Finkelstein, who owned the barbecue restaurant Fink's Funky Chicken for several years on Kinderkamack Road.

"Community volunteer organizations, our community businesses and municipal departments, commissions and committees will be on hand with valuable information, free giveaways, and raffles prizes," Recreation Director Bobbi Conway said.

The River Edge Fire Department is hosting a pink fire truck in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness with the help of Pink Heals, a non-profit organization which supports young women who are recovering from cancer treatment. 

Old fashioned games of tug-a-war, hula hoop, relay gunny sack races and more will begin at 1:15 pm for all ages and will continue throughout the event. Free raffle prize winners will be announced at 3:30pm. 

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