Friday, May 25, 2012
West Deptford officials are making a push to try to defray all the costs of the series after fully funding the bands.
With a week to go before the annual RiverWinds Streetfest summer concert series launches, fundraising has already zeroed out the cost of the bands and West Deptford officials are hopeful the concerts can be a completely no-cost affair at the end of the season. With a tab of $33,500 for the bands, the township has already locked in $34,000 in sponsorships and vendor fees—$3,250 more than last year thus far—according to Greg Ley, West Deptford’s recreation director. “We're still going, so we're moving into funding the police cost as well,” Deputy Mayor Sean Kilpatrick said. “Obviously, it's really, really exciting, especially in this economy.” The effort has been going strong since the concert series was narrowly approved back in March amid …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Dozens of events line the township's calendar through Labor Day weekend.
With Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, just a week and a half away, here's a look at what's happening in West Deptford over the coming months, from the RiverWinds Streetfest summer concert series to charity walks to everything in between:
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Botto's returns for another two-year stint at the summer concerts, and seniors will get a permanent bus.
West Deptford seniors will finally have a permanent bus for regular runs to the mall, Shop-Rite and other spots in Gloucester County and around South Jersey, after the West Deptford committee approved buying a replacement Thursday night. The township accepted a bid from Wolfington Body Company for $90,990 for the bus, which will replace the one destroyed in an electrical fire last year. “It was a hardship on a lot of the seniors,” Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo said. The township committee also awarded the RiverWinds Streetfest concert series food vendor contract to Botto’s, which was the only company to bid on the contract. Botto’s will get a two-year deal for $7,500 per year, which is the same they’ve offered the township as the last two …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
West Deptford recreation director Greg Ley laid out a plan for recouping all the costs of the summer rec program, and said fundraising is underway for the annual concert series.
West Deptford’s summer recreation program will be a bit more expensive for participants, but cost the township less this year, if a proposal from recreation director Greg Ley goes through. Ley ran down his plan for the annual summer program, which is held at the middle school, at the recreation advisory committee meeting Wednesday night, hinging it on a $50 increase on last year’s fee of $200 for the six-week program. Going by last year’s attendance figures, Ley said the fee increase projects to put the program in the black. “This proposal would mean it would be no cost to the township,” he said. Last year’s summer rec program cost $70,190 to run, and Ley said if the attendance stays at 253 kids, as it was last year, the program should …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
West Deptford committee members continued the back-and-forth via email Monday.
West Deptford township committee members renewed the debate over the RiverWinds Streetfest summer concert series in a flurry of emails directed to the media Monday, as Republicans Sam Cianfarini and Ray Chintall backed up their vote against the concert series and raised more concerns about its costs. “The concerts are good for the community, but let’s make sure they are not a burden on an already burdened taxpayer,” Cianfarini said in a release. “Let’s face it, $18,750 here and $20,000 there adds up after a while.” Chintall, likewise, said it's important to consider what other needs have to met in the township's annual spending plan. “I’m not against these summer concerts, but we have to look at the big picture when it comes to the overall…
Sunday, March 11, 2012
A dozen bands and one movie night make up West Deptford's annual summer series.
The annual RiverWinds Streetfest summer series is set, and will kick off the first weekend in June and run through the last week in August, with 12 bands and a summer movie night filling the lineup. For information about sponsoring the shows, contact West Deptford recreation director Greg Ley at 856-845-4004, x136.
After much debate, a 3-2 decision preserved the annual series for this season.
A move to charge admission for the shows, privatize the series or do away with it entirely fell apart Thursday night, as Deputy Mayor Sean Kilpatrick split from his Republican allies on township committee to side with the Democrats and keep West Deptford’s annual RiverWinds Streetfest summer concert series going as a free public event this year. The final call came after half an hour of wrangling over the series’ cost and benefits, as Mayor Ray Chintall and committeeman Sam Cianfarini suggested alternatives to the proposal put together by recreation director Greg Ley. Before casting the deciding vote in the 3-2 decision, Kilpatrick, who heads up the parks department, said he believes the benefits of the concerts outweigh their cost. “We …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Re-live the USA's victory in WWII, enjoy two free rock shows outside or see a terribly frightening stage performance this weekend!
Where else can you go to do all of these fun things? Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question. It's all right here in South Jersey! Get Out is back with five things to do this very weekend! Horror Stories Right Turn at 40 Inferno’s at RiverWinds WWII Victory Weekend Discover the Real George Washington
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thunderstorms have cancelled this week's leg of West Deptford's summer concert series.
With thunderstorms rolling through the area in the afternoon and more bad weather predicted for tonight, tonight's concert by the FM Band at West Deptford's RiverWinds Amphitheater has been cancelled. The series will resume next week with Don't Call Me Francis, weather permitting. The remaining concerts for the season are below:
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Have a blast on a battleship, watch women bash each other in public, rock out Celtic style and more this weekend.
Looking for something fun or intersting to do this weekend? Patch has five more local destinations for that weekend escape you've been looking for. 4th Friday at Bus Stop Café Battleship Blast Fund Raiser Summer Bash: Dishonor Roll vs. Trauma Queens Enter The Haggis Jellyroll at RiverWinds Amphitheater