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Council Approves Fireworks Display Contract, Summer Fest Acts

Concert series slated to being in late June

The contracts for a fireworks display and other entertainment have been approved by Manchester's . 

A resolution authorizing a contract with D&M Fireworks shows that the township will spend $8,000 on the June 30 display at its Independence Day celebration at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting. 

The township is accepting donations from residents who would like to support the fireworks display. The township did not have a display last year — has mean officials brought it back for 2012.

The township also approved a resolution to enter into a contract for $3,395 with Seashore Amusements to provide rides and amusements for the June 30 event.

Concert agreements approved by resolution are: Rave On! will perform on Aug. 29 for a fee of $1,200; Joel Katz and the Dynamics will perform on July 18 for a fee of $2,250; and the British Invasion Tribute will perform on Aug. 8 for a fee of $1,400.

These acts will be funded through sponsorship, according to the resolutions. As of now, about $4,000 in sponsorship money has been received, said township clerk Sabina Skibo.

With about three months time until payments are due to the performers, township CFO Diane Lapp said that sponsorships should cover the costs.

"We anticipate receiving the sponsorship funds," she said. If sponsorship money falls short, money will be used from the Recreation Department general fund.

Last month, the council approved a $22,750 contract with LaGuardia and Associates for five Summer Fest performances — Separate Ways, Jersey Sound, The Infernos, The Duprees, and Kenny Vance and the Planotones. 

Townsqaure Media radio station WOBM will provide recorded promotions and have a presence at each Summer Fest concert, according to another resolution passed by the council.

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