Sunday, July 6, 2014

VIDEO - 2014 Wallingford Fireworks

The show kicked off at 9:15 on the dot and the finale started at 9:42 and lasted two minutes – it was a wonderful night for our 30 minute show; great weather and low humidity.

Three minute segment, six minutes before finale


Three minute segment, three minutes before finale



The Grand Finale

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wallingford - please join us for your 4th of July Independence Day Celebration

Well Wallingford – it’s that time; this Saturday July 5th is the show. The grounds are open all day but generally people begin gathering after 7PM. The show is expected to start off right around 9:15PM or so but we do recommend that you get there for 8:30PM the latest to see well enough to find a place to sit while there is still some twilight to see by.

The weather looks to be shaping up to be very nice and the humidity looks to be decent so please pack a little something to eat or drink, grab your friends and family, and head down to Hope Hill Road on the grounds of Sheehan, Moran, and Highland Schools to grab a spot and enjoy the show. 


Just a few reminders:

Alcohol is not allowed on the grounds of the schools; the police have a presence and they will enforce that law.

There are probably not as many trash containers as we all would like but please be considerate – if you brought it there, take it away.

Parking – it is available on the school grounds but it fills up; when you are parking in the neighborhood please be mindful of:

  • Right of way – please make sure you are not blocking people’s driveways
  • Emergency vehicles – in most cases, parking is temporarily prohibited on one side of the street; this is to make sure emergency vehicles can get to where they need to go.
  • Neighborhoods – as we park and pass through them please consider yourself a guest there and behave like one. Yes there is a big celebration going on but we are still walking through someone else’s “home” – please be considerate; don’t do something to and from your car that you’d find unacceptable or intolerable in your own neighborhood

As a final reminder – please remember, this is your show; we would not have one if all of you did not donate. We thank you so very much for the support that has allowed The Fund to restore this show for the 5th year in a row. When you see us walking the grounds and collecting for 2015 please consider donating and be as generous as your budget allows. This is the ONLY way there will be a show in 2015

As with all things regarding this effort – thank you for supporting us; we could not do it without you. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fundraising for “The Fund” Saturday June 14th and Sunday June 15th at Wallingford Stop and Shop


We are fundraising today, Saturday June 14 and tomorrow Sunday June 15 to cover the remainder of our expenses for 2014 at the Wallingford Stop and Shop.

In order to cover the $25,000.00 cost of the show for 2014 we needed to draw out our entire account and we have bills due (food costs from the dinner fund raiser, thank you letters to send, monthly checking account service costs, etc.).

We are planning to be there from 8AM Saturday to about 1PM and then from at least noon to 3PM on Sunday.

Any remaining funds beyond our current bills will be kept for the 2015 event.

If you’ve already supported us we thank you so much. If you have a couple more dollars to give we can use it, everything helps.

Beyond that the information for the show itself is as follows:




Saturday, May 31, 2014

For the 5th year running, Wallingford saves her 4th of July Independence Day celebration.

To be presented to Mayor Dickinson on Monday morning:


Wallingford Fireworks Fund
Jason Zandri
35 Lincoln Drive EXT
Wallingford, CT 06492


Mayor William Dickinson Jr.
45 South Main Street
Wallingford CT 06492

Good morning Mayor Dickinson,

It is with great pleasure that the Wallingford Fireworks Fund presents this check to the Town of Wallingford on behalf of the citizens and business owners of the town in support of the Wallingford 4th of July Independence Day celebration.

Since 2010, the start of the fifth decade of this grand Wallingford tradition on the school grounds on the west side of town, the supporters of this event have donated their time, money, and efforts, to the preservation and continuation of the event which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring our nation’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Please find enclosed the total sum of $24,959.00 for all the associated expenditures of the show which consist of the cost of the pyrotechnics, as well as all the costs for the town services used for the event, including but not limited to, Police Department overtime, Fire Department overtime, Fire Marshal fees, costs for the Board of Education overtime, as well as other ancillary costs.

It is our hope that in the future the Town will plan ahead for the reinstatement of this community event alongside all of the other community events still maintained by the town proper. We are certain the Administration understands the difference between “just” maintaining a town and supporting a prospering and thriving community and it is with that presumed understanding that consideration will be given again for this event in the future.

Until that time, we will continue our efforts for as long as we are able to perform the work and as long as we have the backing of the community.

Jason Zandri
President – Wallingford Fireworks Fund

Friday, May 30, 2014

Volunteers confident Wallingford fireworks will happen - collecting at the Landfill and Recycling on Saturday 5/31 at 8AM

Volunteers confident Wallingford fireworks will happen (was published in the paper).

$150.00 to go at the time of this posting (12:30PM on Friday 5/30). We do have checks left for us down the Stillwood Inn so we are likely even closer.

Wayne and I will be at the resident disposal center on Pent Road (the Town Landfill) and the recycling center on John Street to collect more donations starting at 8AM on Saturday May 31st.

Please come by and see us. The weather looks nice today. If you cannot make it please consider hitting us at Paypal:

Thank you for all the support since March and helping us get this done.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

14 minute show at McCoy Field – Home of the Pawtucket Red Sox

This was after the Memorial Day game on May 26, 2014

Down to the final $1,000; we have been extended to Monday June 2nd

This is it folks. We had our meeting with the Council on Tuesday night to report out where we were. I took the opportunity to ask them to cover the $13,000 in city services and we were declined. I followed up with “just” the police at $9,000 seeing as how they are overfunded every year and could easily absorb their own costs.


The Mayor said “NO”.

The Council made no motions so no attempt to change anything was made.

This is the end; with respect to all the increases in general, the costs for the city services now exceed the show itself. We are dictated to carry them as set by the town and they are not obligated to do anything to make it any easier for us despite the fact that they could.

All the checks I have are cleared of the accounts and I have more cash that was dropped off – we have basically $1,000 more to raise.

We have the “OK” to drop the check off on Monday morning as opposed to Friday at the close of business so that gives us the next four days.

We really need the funds in; I know many people like to write a check and mail it so if you need to do that today is the day. I need it to be deposited and cleared before Saturday so I can get a bank check to present to the town on Monday.

If you want to mail it please make it out and send it to:

Wallingford Fireworks Fund
c/o Jason Zandri
35 Lincoln Drive EXT
Wallingford, CT 06492

Other than that we do have a Paypal account to accept donations:

Additionally, donations can be dropped at Wallingford Lamp and Shade on Center Street.

We will be collecting at the Landfill and the Recycling Center on Saturday May 31st. from 8AM to about 1PM – you can swing by and drop your donations there as well.

See you at the finish line.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The cash totals are in from the weekend collections – we are still $1,267.25 from our target

All the cash is counted - we are still $1,267.25 from our target.

As a reminder here are the details of what we are now expected to pay (
please see our prior blog post where our costs rose):

Fireworks Show 2014 $11,925.00
Police Overtime $9,004.00
Fire Department / Overtime $2,400.00
Port-o-lets $200.00
Fire Marshall $950.00
Board of Ed $480.00
R Band and Sound (cancelled)   $0.00
2014 Total Show expense $24,959.00
Current cash $23,691.75
To estimated show target ($1,267.25)
Original 2014 Goal $30,000.00
To 2014 Campaign Goal ($6,308.25)


We are not going to make our 2014 campaign goals (which would have allowed us to save the R Band performance as we did last year) and we need another $1,267.25 to simply restore the show.

The clock is ticking.

You can donate by mail; make checks out to: “Wallingford Fireworks Fund” and send to:

Wallingford Fireworks Fund
c/o Jason Zandri
35 Lincoln Drive EXT
Wallingford, CT 06492

The main issue now with getting checks via mail is their clearing in time to present a check to the town by the deadline date.

We also accept donations by PayPal

Every dollar helps us reach that goal – we are only going to get there with your help.

We will be at the REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING on TUESDAY May 27, 2014 to report out to the Town Council – if you have the time to make the meeting please consider coming down.

Thank you for all your support to date – a little more gets us over the line with effectively no time to spare.

We have successfully done this in each of the prior four years (since 2010) – I know we can do this again.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday collections are up – Come visit us at the Yalesville Dunkin Donuts or at the Wallingford Landfill

We just got Wayne set up at 6:30AM and Kelly will be at the Landfill starting at 8AM and Charlotte will be there to take over at 11AM. We plan to be at both locations until at least noon and hopefully until 1PM (as long as the heavier rain holds off).

As of yesterday’s blog post we still needed about $4,700 to cover the full cost of the show including all of the town services – costs that have gone up sharply this year. (We will be following up with the Town Council regarding this on Tuesday.)

Further, until 11:59PM on Monday May 26th (Memorial Day) I will personally match every donation made up to $2,500.

Since then we have collected $920 more in donations; with my $920 on top of that we have $1,480 of the $4,700 we need.

$3,220 remains to be raised and we will be at it this morning.

You can donate by mail; make checks out to: “Wallingford Fireworks Fund” and send to:

Wallingford Fireworks Fund
c/o Jason Zandri
35 Lincoln Drive EXT
Wallingford, CT 06492

We also accept donations by PayPal

Every dollar helps us reach that goal – we are only going to get there with your help.

We will be at the REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING on TUESDAY May 27, 2014 to report out to the Town Council – if you have the time to make the meeting please consider coming down.

Thank you for all your support to date – a little more gets us over the line with effectively no time to spare.

Friday, May 23, 2014

WORKSTAGE CONNECTICUT LLC DONATION is in; additional pledges made - $4,700 remains to be raised

In our most recent post "The Fund has been set back an additional $1,459.00 - we are now back to needing just about $7,000.00 again" we have outlined expanded costs being brought to bear by The Fund; namely more man hours being forced upon us as "required" by the town in the form of Fire and Police services for the show - where the Police Department overtime has gone up 12.5 percent and the fire department overtime has gone up 20 percent (and not from salary increases but rather more man hours being brought to bear for the work that needs to be done).

While those details still hold we have some new updates to pass along.

First and foremost I want to acknowledge Workstage, Gale Development and Campus at Greenhill for their $10,000 donation that cleared to our account today – that makes the totals mark as listed (as we were counting their pledge in).

Additionally I want to thank the businesses and individuals that stepped up today to make donations online. All of those additional donations have gapped us to the point where we are now “just” $4,700 short our new goal of $24,959.

On Saturday May 24th we are going to be collecting at the Dunkin Donuts in Yalesville from 6AM to about 1PM (Wayne will be there most of that time); we will also be at the Landfill. I am trying to line up a volunteer for the Recycling Center as well but we are short a couple people this weekend.

We can gap $4,700. I think we can gap it before the end of the day tomorrow and certainly before the weekend is over.

Starting at 5PM today – Friday May 23rd until 11:59PM on Monday May 26th (Memorial Day) I will match every donation made up to $2,500.

Donate via Paypal and I’ll match the donation

Donate at our collection points on Saturday and we’ll count it up and I'll match that too.

Let’s roll Wallingford, let's roll and get this done.