Sunday, March 26, 2017 will be a celebration of humanity and democracy in Highland Park – thanks to two different but equally important community events. Residents can start their day at 11 a.m. at the Senior/Youth Center (220 South Sixth Avenue) by attending the “Unity” Festival. It will feature student singing, dancing and poetry-reading entertainment, light refreshments, plus a special performance by local musician Mr. Ray (Andersen) who will be introducing his song “Stand in Unity,” written exclusively for Highland Park’s Unity Celebration 2017.
Then later in the day at 4 p.m. also at the Senior/Youth Center, residents are encouraged to attend Congressman Frank Pallone’s Town Hall meeting for New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District that includes Highland Park. Individuals should register/rsvp either by phone 732-571-1140 or by internet link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/congressman-pallones-6th-district-town-hall-tickets-32418418362
The Highland Park Unity Celebration is a positive outgrowth of a very tragic event. Following the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, SC, Highland Park held a vigil to show support for the victims. The bleachers at the high school sports fields were packed with residents of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds. Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler wanted to build on the spirit of unity displayed at the vigil and decided to create an annual unity event. For this inaugural Unity Celebration, the Highland Park community is particularly fortunate, said the mayor, that nationally renowned singer, songwriter and “Kindie Rock” star Ray Andersen calls Highland Park his home and has generously donated his time and talents to this occasion.
“Highland Park values its diverse population, with nearly 30 languages spoken in our schools. We are also proud of the acceptance, cooperation, and care we have for each other. We are a community that stands by each other, both in celebration and in times of need. It’s important for us to celebrate who we are as a community,” said the mayor