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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Latin American Independence Fiesta bids to return

Crowds thronged to the bandstand.

Council is set to vote on a resolution (265-17) at Monday's joint agenda/business meeting on a request by Edison Garcia, owner of Faraone's nightclub, to allow a two-day Festival in celebration of Latin American Independence (September 16 and 17) in lots 8 and 8-A between Somerset Street and Watchung Avenue.

Garcia's annual Fiesta, which commenced in 2009 quickly became a smash hit after carnival rides and a petting zoo were added in the next year.

Food, music, kiddie rides and rivers of cerveza made the event enormously popular with the Hispanic community of Plainfield and surrounding towns.

Now, after a hiatus of two years, Garcia aims to reinstate the popular event.

Throngs lined up at the food vendors.

The city adjusted conditions of the permits to bring the music to an end earlier than originally in response to comments from residents that it was too loud and played too late.

The permit application with notes by the city's inspector shows that care has been taken to deal with all possible issues that migh)t arise.

I expect this resolution will pass easily and we can look forward once again to a successful Fiesta.

NOTE: This double session (agenda and business meetings combined gets under way at 7:00 PM at the Courthouse / Council Chamber, East 4th Street and Watchung Avenue. Parking available on the street and in the lot across from the police station.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]
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