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Halloween Safe Zone Fundraiser Planned at West Side


Halloween night is special in New Britain as kids of all ages go downtown to trick or treat for candy and participate in a costume parade as part of the Annual New Britain Halloween Safe Zone.

In order for that to happen, money needs to be raised. This year the New Britain Halloween Safe Zone Committee is hosting a fundraiser at West Side Tavern, 586 West Main St. in New Britain on Oct. 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A raffle will take place at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

“We like to give back, especially to the kids and the City,” said Isaac Silva, owner of West Side Tavern. “It’s nice that there is a safe zone where the kids can go get candy, see entertainment and be in a nice atmosphere.”

The Halloween Safe Zone event is sponsored by the Downtown District and the New Britain City Journal.

“The event annually attracts over 2,000+ children from all over the City, where they will make 20-30 stops to get candy from property owners and businesses,” said Gerry Amodio, downtown district director. “We are in the process of raising money for the 40,000-50,000 pieces of candy we will need, so any donation, either monetary or candy is greatly appreciated.”

If you wish to donate, you can send checks to; Downtown/NBCJ Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone, c/o New Britain Down Town District, 66 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06050.

Prizes are also needed for the fundraiser raffle. Presently the raffle includes various gift baskets, tickets to the New Britain Bees and Grand Prize of a Suite at a New Britain Bees game.

“We are still in the process of coming up with the details for the event which is held on Halloween night,” said Robin Vinci, event founder, from the New Britain City Journal. “We try to make it bigger and better each year. We rely on the generosity of the City of New Britain to help that happen.”

The event was organized as a way to give New Britain children a safe place to trick or treat on Halloween.

Dancers from the YWCA will perform “Thriller” on Halloween night and the New Britain Fire Departments, police department and EMS will be on hand for a Touch A Truck. The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department also will have events.

Past sponsors have included the NB Police Union, Dunkin’ Donuts, American Savings Bank, NB Bar Association, Roma’s Bar and Grill, The Herald, Sgt. Dave Mocarsky & Lt. John Rodriquez, Tomasso Brothers Inc., Jaws Pawn Shop, Ald. Willie Pabon, Ald. Danny Salerno, State Rep. Betty Bokus, Maria Pietrantuono, Titan Energy, an Anonymous Donor, Costco, Geri O’Keefe Curtis, Eva and Ben Gryk, Cathy Cheney, Christina Rosenblatt, Catanzaro Meats, Sharon Baretta, the Polonia Business Association, Rite Aid and New Britain McDonald’s.

For more information call Amodio at (860) 229-0878 or Vinci at 860-505-7612.