Election Night Spaghetti Dinner is a nonpartisan feast

Mayor-elect Paul Kanitra chatting with Vanessa and Vincent Narcisi during the Election Night Spaghetti Dinner in Point Pleasant Beach.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH— Residents from across the political spectrum broke bread and enjoyed a nonpartisan feast for all at the Annual Point Pleasant Beach High School Election Night Spaghetti Dinner hosted by the Music Parents Association.

All of the proceeds raised at the Nov. 5 event, which has been taking place for over 40 years, go back to the students of the music department. 

“This is a longtime, annual tradition. It’s the kind of thing that the students look forward to, but I think the community members do, too. Put all the differences aside, enjoy some music, have some dessert, certainly have some great Joe Leone’s pasta and meatballs, in particular, and everybody has a great time,” said Superintendent Will Smith, who was excited to purchase his dinner ticket. 

For $11, adults had the option to dine-in or take-out a full plate of Joe Leone’s pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, and their choice of refreshment. 

Students in the band association baked a variety of desserts, which could be found in the gymnasium. The high school’s award-winning jazz band, set up right next to the desserts, provided live entertainment until the event ended at 8 p.m. Seniors and students paid $9, while children 10 and under dined for $6. 

Joylene Rock, who co-hosted the event with Toni Jaravatta this year, said she is “getting her feet wet” by joining the Music Parents Association before her son’s freshman year at the high school next school year.

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