Founders Day focus on security and free fun

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Lavallette School seventh-graders, Sydney Zylinski, Benny D’Aloisio, Declan Best, Logan Batyr, and Gabby Kirchner advertised their bake sale at the Founders Day Celebration held on the bay Sept. 7. [STEVE WEXLER THE OCEAN STAR]

LAVALLETTE — Thousands attended the borough’s annual Founders Day fair on Philadelphia Avenue, with the carefree fun underpinned by a new focus on security as police established hard entry points around the festivities. 

Concrete barriers and police officers were stationed around the perimeter of the festival, which took place Saturday, Sept. 7. According to organizers, this is the new normal. 

“It’s a little different because Lavallette has entered the 2019 world, as you saw as you came in here, there were hard points getting in,” said Mark Speaker, a member of the Founders Day Committee, which organizes the event for the borough.

“Unfortunately it’s the world we live in.”

Around 130 vendors, selling both food and crafts, took part in the event and lined Bay and Philadelphia avenues. 

“I love seeing all the families come out because the summer doesn’t end in Lavallette on Labor Day,” Susan Kotch, a member of the committee that organizes the event, said. “This is just one more reason why people love coming to Lavallette, because there are events and it’s family-oriented. We really try to orient on the family.”

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