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Little Falls Alliance Kicks-Off Its Summer Concert Series

(by Tom Boud - June 30, 2008)

Last Thursday night, the Little Falls Alliance for a Better Community's (ABC) kicked off its first Summer Concert In The Park series in Memorial Park. The Kootz - a North Jersey rock and roll band - performed retro classics before more than 100 spectators. For 90 minutes straight, the crowd was entertained by Glenn Taylor and Al Egizi, lead guitarists, Keith Theall, bass guitarist, and Tony Dente, drummer.

The Kootz has 16-members which rotate shows, collectively knowing about 1,000 songs. The band goes to many venues from Long Beach Island to lower New York State and performs about 230 shows a year.

The foursome performed from the park's gazebo, before many adults and children who were either standing, sitting on lawn chairs, or on blankets. The Kootz played a variety of various decade hits. Taylor also plugged the ABC. He urged people to sign up for $10 memberships at a nearby table
"They keep the fine arts going in Little Falls."

Other activities took place while The Kootz kept the scene rocking. The amenities included face painting, a balloon twisting clown, a Find Grind of Little Falls coffee stall, and a Sabrett hot dog stand.

The band heralded the ABC's 50/50 winning ticket drawing with a drum roll. The victor was Victor Nowak of Little Falls, an ABC member. Taylor humorously assured the crowd that the result was not a fix.

Janice Alvarez, an ABC representative, said he hoped the first performance of the concert series draws people.

"It's not just for our town. It's also for our surrounding communities.

Alvarez said she hoped the summer exhibitions will yield dividends for Little Falls.

"We don't want people to just drive through Little Falls. We want them to stop at our merchants in town."

Peggy Olivi - ABC treasurer - said the evening's primary purpose was to bring people together.

"It's just another social outlet for the people of Little Falls. We really love other communities to come, if that happens."

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