Kearny UNICO honors Columbus, Italian heritage

Photo courtesy of Lou Pandolfi

Kearny UNICO, along with Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos and members of the Town Council, gathered Saturday, Oct. 9, at the statue of Christopher Columbus to honor him. Chapter President Annamarie Latushko welcomed everyone to the ceremony and presented brief remarks. Santos thanked the chapter for their service to the community. The featured speaker was Joseph Sorbera, the chapter’s newest member, who spoke of faith, family and food and the importance of each in shaping the Italian American experience and culture in America.  Afterward, a new Italian flag was raised. Following the flag raising, a wreath was placed at. the statue.


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