LONGPORT – The Board of Commissioners is inviting residents to celebrate Longport’s 125th anniversary of incorporation throughout the year and during two special events planned for March and July.
The first of several Quasquicentennial Celebration events will be held 12 p.m., Tuesday, March 7 in Commission Chambers at Longport Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Ave.
The ticketed event will include light refreshments, a celebratory cake and tours of the Longport Historical Society Museum. Local dignitaries, residents and friends will be invited to join in the day’s festivities. The event will be held indoors due to March’s unpredictable weather. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Those interested in attending the March 7 event must register by calling 609-823-2731 ext. 100 no later than Feb. 13.
The general public can also look forward to a town party on July 22, which will include food, fun and music. More information about the summertime celebration, including ticket sales, will be announced later.
A dedicated committee of residents is planning the celebrations, Russo said.
The Board of Commissioners appointed the 125th Anniversary Committee at its Jan. 18 meeting. Members include Russo, Administrator A. Scott Porter, Minday Bell, Ellen Cohen, Joanne Davidow, Betty Devereaux, Joseph DiLorenze, Angel DiPentino, Trish English, Lee Karlock, Debra Kelly, Mary Kreisher, Suzy Lawler, Ilene Matthews, John Murphy, Patricia Murphy, Likie Nika, Mary T. Nugent, Michelle Perna, Chrissy Roche and Delores Wilson.
“We have a wonderful, dedicated committee that has volunteered countless hours to help put together a special celebratory year for our residents. We can’t thank them enough for all their hard work. We look forward to a year of special events to help commemorate this historic year,” Russo said in a release.
Members of the public are urged to contact the committee with information about those who helped shape the future of Longport, including past mayors and commissioner.
“There are so many who helped make Longport the wonderful community that it is,” Russo said in the release. “Please join us on this historic day as we look forward to another 125 years of serene seashore life in the beautiful Borough of Longport.”
The Longport Public Library is also planning a year of special themed events, including a Longport themed wine glass painting session 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8; a Spring Seasonal Gathering, including food and harp music, 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21; and a Longport themed painting class 2 p.m. Friday, March 24.
Call the library at 609-487-7403 to register for the library events.