Saturday, October 10th, 9 a.m. at steps of County Courthouse
Speakers include former Governor Don DiFrancesco,
UNICO National President Andre’ DiMino, Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella
 and Surrogate Jim LaCorte among others


Elizabeth—Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella today announced the County’s first Annual Columbus Day Flag Raising event set for Saturday, October 10th, at 9 a.m. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse.

The event features keynote speeches from former New Jersey Acting Governor and former State Senator Don DiFrancesco, who helped create the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission, and UNICO National President Andre’ DiMino, head of the nation’s largest Italian-American service organization. The Courthouse is located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth at the corner of Rahway Avenue. In the event of rain, the program will be moved in doors to the County Courthouse Rotunda. Free parking will be made available in the County parking deck in back of the courthouse on Elizabethtown Plaza and Caldwell Place.

“Italian-Americans continue to make extraordinary contributions to the rich, diverse fabric of  America---a country we all love, and who our ancestors helped discover and build,” said Mirabella, whose father, Gene, was the first Italian-American Police Chief of Elizabeth. “With this in mind, it’s important to note that Columbus had a profound impact on the shape and direction of the modern world. He ventured past what was thought to be the end of the world. We should all be proud of the vision and courage of a man who set the stage for a world we know today.”

Plainfields UNICO helped to organize and co-sponsor the event through the efforts of its founder, Renato Biribin, a Scotch Plains attorney, who is also a past National President of UNICO.

Mirabella will emcee the program, that will also include a resolution presentation and speeches from County Surrogate James LaCorte, whose father was the first Italian American Mayor of Elizabeth, and County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. Others expected to attend and participate in the ceremonies include Birbin, Assemblywoman Linda Stender, and Elizabeth Councilman Frank O. Mazza, who recently worked to create an Italian-American festival, St. Vito, for the City of Elizabeth, the first of its kind in years in Elizabeth.

Italian-style refreshments will be served after the event in the recently restored rotunda of the historic Union County Courthouse.