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Clark Unico and Government Officials Honor Italian Heritage Essay Winners


As part of the Clark UNICO’s sixth annual Italian-American Feast, UNICO celebrated Italian Heritage and Columbus Day on Sunday, Oct. 7th at a noon ceremony on the grounds of the feast.

Town Council members, UNICO members and officers, township,county, and school district personnel participated in the heritage ceremony. Student essay winners read aloud their essays. (PHOTO BY SEBASTIAN D’ELIA, COUNTY OF UNION AND PLAINFIELDS’ UNICO)

BOTTOM ROW: Ryan LaRosa, fifth grade, Hehnly Elementary School (essay on Leonardo DaVinci), Benjamin Sweeney, fifth grade, Valley Road Elementary school (essay on Christopher Columbus), Anthony Rizzuto, ninth grade, Arthur L. Johnson High School (essay on Rudy Giuliani), Marissa Petronella, seventh grade, Kumpf Middle School (essay on Vince Lombardi), Kelly Meade, seventh grade, St. John the Apostle (essay on Christopher Columbus).

TOP ROW: Clark Schools Superintendent Kenneth Knops, Clark Board of Education Vice President and Clark UNICO member Henry Varriano, Clark Councilman Richard Kazanowski, Clark Councilwoman Angel Albanese, Clark Councilman Brian Toal, Clark Councilman Alvin Barr, Clark Mayor Sal Bonnacorso, Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella, UNICO District X Governor Robert Bengivenga, Clark UNICO President and Clark Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo, UNICO Past National President and Plainfields’ UNICO member Renato Biribin.