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ELIZABETH, NJ—October 31, 2013— On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr., Councilman Nelson Gonzalez, Councilman Carlos Torres and Freeholder Sergio Granados at the City of Elizabeth’s Annual Harvest Fest, which brought in approximately eight hundred residents.

“Harvest Fest is one of our most popular citywide events; it provides an opportunity for residents to meet with local businesses, organizations and government officials, while enjoying free entertainment and activities,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I would like to thank all of the great partners and sponsors, who worked diligently to put this event together; without you this evening, would not be possible.”

Over five hundred city youth in costumes flooded the parking lot of the Portuguese Instructive Social Club on Grove Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at this free, highly anticipated event. Harvest Fest had a variety of activities set up for children of all ages, including a hay ride, pumpkin painting, face painting, a bounce house, games, delicious treats, live music and a costume contest.  Attendees also enjoyed visits from popular characters such as SpongeBob Squarepants, Elmo as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

“As a new Freeholder, I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this great event that provides our children with a fun experience and a safe environment on Mischief night," said Freeholder Sergio Granados. “We invited residents from all over Elizabeth and had one of the biggest turnouts yet. It was a great collaboration between the City of Elizabeth and the County of Union.”

Parents and guardians also received free information from MetLife highlighting an array of financial products and services including life, disability income, long-term care insurance and annuities, as well as mutual funds and investment products. This information will help the families of Elizabeth learn about the most important factors associated with financial security as well as outline key steps in the planning process. Understanding the management of money and finances empowers families to not only succeed in life, but to thrive in it.

“From the enthusiastic participants to the dedicated staff and community members, this was a great event,” said Councilman Nelson Gonzalez. “Our partners worked closely together to provide residents with an informative and fun-filled experience. Their efforts created lasting memories for all.”

Sponsors for this event included: the City of Elizabeth’s Department of Recreation, Office on Youth, the Department of Health and Human Services, Freeholder Sergio Granados, County of Union, MetLife, Drake College, The Portuguese Instructive Social Club, Nova Geracão, The Portuguese Lions Club, Prevention Links and the Bayway Family Success Center.

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