Trucks make for successful family event at St. Rocco’s


That ageless theory that little boys love fire trucks was upheld – again – Saturday in Johnston.

Just ask Mason Loffredo, 3, who sat behind the wheel of Engine 1, one of two Johnston Fire Department apparatus that were on display at St. Rocco’s School late Saturday afternoon.

Not surprisingly, that ageless adage also includes girls like Samaira Dhamija, 7, and another pre-teen boy named Flynn Merlino, 8, who enjoyed moments of stardom being photographed by their parents – and in some cases grandma and grandpa – after being lifted onto the shiny red JFD trucks by Johnston firefighters.

Likewise, older folks like Marsha and Michael Cotter, were thrilled with “such great weather” and enjoyed an early evening meal consisting of a fried clam roll and other foods that were offered by a half dozen food trucks.

“What a great set up,” Marsha Cotter noted of the round tables table that were covered by colorful coverings and set up with chairs in the parking area located in back of the Roman Catholic Church’s school off Atwood Avenue. “This clam roll is very tender.”

Add to that the Desilets – Kate, Mason, Liz and Rachel – who really liked the pizza and savored s a precious family moment during Saturday’s highly-successful St. Rocco’s School Touch-A-Truck/Food Truck event.

“This was our first-ever Food Truck/Touch-A-Truck event,” Patricia M. Bowman, an administrative assistant at St. Rocco’s School, confirmed. “Our Parent’s Committee did an outstanding job in coordinating this fun event. All our vendors were quite happy with the turnout, too.”

For example, if you liked sweets, Saturday’s event had such items courtesy of Sarcastic Sweets. There was also Little B’s BBQ, Pizza – and Fried Dough for just five bucks – delicious Sausage and Pepper sandwiches made and served like another food truck of New England Seafood.

The event, as noted, was arranged by the St. Rocco’s Parents Activity Committee that included Karin Sabetta, Tara Zuena, Alicia Hanson and Lisa Scotti who helped with the table and chairs arrangement with Ocean State Rentals of Cranston and were set up maintenance staffer Ricky Almonte.

Saturday’s unique event, though, was not Bowman explained: “A fund-raiser. This was meant to be a community building event and the weather was perfect for all our school families – and people from around town – who attended. Everyone enjoyed this experience and the many food options that included burgers, BBQ, seafood, Greek foods, as well as cup cake and ice cream, etc.”

In the middle of it was the Johnston Fire and Police Departments, whose personnel was on hand to welcome – and assist – the young children who were thrilled with having their pictures taken in a number of apparatus and vehicles such as a huge construction vehicle that St. Rocco’s parishioner Alex Palliota – as Bowman wanted it known – “was kind enough to bring here Saturday to help support the event.”


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