North Jersey community decorates town with painted flag wood pallets

North Jersey community decorates town with painted flag wood pallets

There’s no need for Fourth of July fireworks in Montville. Patriotic colors have already exploded across the township from Towaco to Pine Brook as America’s big holiday weekend nears.

“Community Patriotic Pallet Painting” has taken off over the past two months in Montville, organized by residents on Facebook. With support from the local business community, hundreds of residents have taken donated paint to transform used, bare-wood shipping pallets into red-white-and-blue U.S. flags and other flag-inspired artworks.

“They’re everywhere,” said Susan Davieau Patti, one of the organizers. “I don’t even know how many hundreds.”

“I know I counted at least 350,” said Roberta Ginsberg, who still has not met Patti in person, but teamed with her on social media to organize the grassroots community project into a proud patriotic expression that has spread to several border towns.

 “It’s such a nice thing to see when you drive around town,” Mayor Frank Cooney said. “It’s a wonderful way to show the patriotism in town and get so many people involved.”

Susan Davieau Patti paints a wood pallet to display around Montville on June 30, 2021.

A string of posts in the “Montville (NJ) Moms” Facebook group got the ball rolling in early May.

“Someone had seen one of the flag pallets somewhere and wanted to know where he could buy one,” Ginsberg said. “I had the same idea last year for a community project, but it didn’t take off. So I said I would help. I didn’t know Susan, but she said she would help, too. It took off from there.”

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