In an effort to help Bender Avenue residents who bear the cost of giving out candy to thousands of visitors to what has been commonly known as ‘Bender Avenue Halloween’, Roselle Park resident Sarah Muñoz put out a call to her town wide neighbors.
She set up a candy collection box at the Casano Community Center to accept unopened bags of candy to distribute them on Halloween to Bender Avenue residents.
Her idea, although not original since in previous years members of council have attempted the same, has caught on, in large part due to social media and the grassroots nature of the collection where the intention came from neighbors, not politicians.
The Library Board of Trustees voted and agreed to have a box at the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library to allow for greater opportunity to have residents donate for Halloween.
Candy should be in unopened bags and can be delivered during the normal operating hours of each location.
The Casano Center is open from 9 a.m. till 8 at night Monday through Thursday and till 5 p.m. on Friday. It is closed on the weekend.
The Roselle Park Library is open from 10 a.m. till 8 in the evening on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The library is open from 10 till 2 in the afternoon on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.
Candy is scheduled to be collected on Thursday, October 30th, and distributed to Bender Avenue – as needed – on Halloween.