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Parsippany Marks Columbus Day Italian-Style

Town officials come out to honor visitors from Italy's national state police.

For the sixth straight year, Parsippany-Troy Hills welcomed members of Italy's Polizia di Stato to Town Hall with certificates and dual-cheek kisses at a Monday afternoon commemoration of Columbus Day.

Representatives of the Italian national state police are in New Jersey as guests of the East Hanover Italian American Club for an annual visit that has taken place since 2003. Parsippany became part of the group's itinerary in 2007. Their tour includes appearances in the East Hanover and New York City Columbus Day parades.

In remarks before the audience, Mayor James Barberio noted that his own family comes from Salerno, Italy, and that he takes great pride in his Italian heritage.

"Every year, when you come here, it is like visiting with members of my own family," the mayor told the visiting law enforcement professionals.

The sentiment seems mutual. 

"We love to come [to Parsippany and East Hanover] because we know we are among friends," said Gen. Sergio Tinti, as translated by Council Vice President Vincenzo (Vincent) Ferrara, an Italian native. "When we come here, it feels like home."

The Italian contingent will also be honored at the mayor's invitation-only political fundraising Columbus Day dinner at the Sheraton Parsippany Monday night.

Joan Callamezzo October 09, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Glad to see that candidates appeared at the festivities. Not glad that I missed half of my grandchild's soccer game this weekend because Mrs. Tiedemann's lawn sign was covering the entrance to Veteran's Park and I missed the turnoff. Then I almost missed the jug handle at Baldwin Road when her signs were blocking that turnoff as well. I thought signs were not permitted on Route 46.
Mike P October 09, 2012 at 02:10 AM
That's pretty lame but now that you say it I noticed them too posted at the park and ride at Beverwyck and 46 this morning.
Selene October 09, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Not happy Parsipany celebrates a man who did not discover America and was a brute and a misogynist and bully. But whatever, keep up your useless traditions to look good
Selene October 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Stupid is as stupid does.......
Mike P October 09, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Perhaps the mayor could hire La Polizia di Stato to start patroling our streets. There seems to be a shortage of patrolmen around town. Ah forget it, he would probably promote them all directly to sergeant anyway.
patchitup1 October 09, 2012 at 06:30 AM
That's right.... Obama discovered America! In his & your mind all of American history is wrong! We poor Americans will be nothing with out him.... Not!!!!! I let my kids eat burger king, pizza and play at school, call the socialist police quick.....
Angelina October 09, 2012 at 01:06 PM
How dare mrs. tiedemann but a sign on her lawn. Why dont you cry about it?
Stubs October 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM
you must not be from America and should go back to where ever you came from. If you are you should be ashamed of yourself!!!
johan maham October 09, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Parsippany has become an organized Mob. Keep up the good work voters.
Selene October 09, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Will Americans ever stop celebrating (or overlooking) the murderous acts of our ancestors? (Columbus) That is something only we can answer. Progress has been made. Columbus Day is not the frenzied celebration it was a hundred years ago, or even forty. The day we unmake that national holiday and replace it with one for native remembrance, for instance, (and maybe give some land back) will be an important one for our progress as a people. Maybe then we will be on our way to becoming “great.” --Wade Frazier
Selene October 09, 2012 at 09:19 PM
The Bahamas, where Columbus first made landfall in the Western Hemisphere,[49] was the home of perhaps a half million happy people. They became extinct within a few years.[50] Similar decimation happened to the entire Caribbean region. As the natives died by the millions, the slave stock had to be replenished, and the Spaniards raided further and further away, which eventually took them to the mainland. One more important source of slaves to mine the gold and work the plantations was exploited: Africa. As the natives became extinct, the Spaniards and Portuguese began importing Africans to the Caribbean. The African slave trade is another dark chapter in world history. The European-African-American slave trade killed many millions of million people, perhaps reaching as high as 30 to 60 million people.[51] For what it is worth, Columbus, who worked in the African slave trade in Europe, and who helped initiate what became the encomienda policy on Española, and was a primary architect of the Caribbean genocide, was not directly responsible for bringing African slaves to the Caribbean.
Natalie Davis (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Question, and I ask solely out of curiosity: why should someone feel ashamed for questioning the acts of leaders, past or present?
Diane Campbell October 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Natalie, They should not feel guily. When someone "discovers" something by accident and commits genocide, I just have a hard time celebrating that. I have great respect for the Italian community and many of these festivals and celebrations are a tribute to the culture. That is fine and everyone should be proud of where they come from and if Columbus day represents that, great. Otherwise, I have no reason to celebrate Columbus.
junkmail54 October 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
What about all the Parsippany Ready signs! They are plastered all over the place littering up the town but I guess the mayor would have no problems with them since they seem to be town related. Did we the tax payer, pay for them? There were about 20 of them lining town hall last week.
Ed Dantes October 10, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I think PatchItUp1 may need to start taking his meds agains!!! Selene questioned a Holiday for a man whose claim to fame has been disproven for may years now. So PatchItUp1 goes on some kind of foolish Partisan Republican Party rant blaming the President? I think you forgot to blame him for JFK's assasination, WWII and the problems in the Eddle East. But kudos to you did work in Socialist, but demerits for forgetting the Birther claim. Sadly this is what should one expect in People Republic of Parsippany. Much like China we elect One Party, no matter how poor the choice(s) they offer (No, I'm not saying all the councilmen are poor choices. Just a couple.). No one is supposed to think, Chairman Barberio will tell you what to think! Why he's so important he doesn't even need to consult with the Council consisting of all his own Party!
patchitup1 October 10, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Ed what the helll does mayor Barberio have to do with Columbus or Obama? You and your friends use this site to say any lame brain thing you can that doesn't agree with your liberal ways! My meds will be the day Obama loses! I'll be free of social ways and obama care & his wife the food police!
Ed Dantes October 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM
PatchItUp1, This article is about the Mayor and his (not Parsippany's) Columbus Day Campaign/celebration. Better start looking for those meds!! You are the one whom foolishly turned it into another opportunity to attack the President. I realize that you are tied extremely close to the Mayor, however that doesn't mean we all must all blindly goosestep to his beliefs. By the way I am registered to your own party, but have lost all faith in the party in Parsippany. But keep on blaming the President for everything, perhaps enough lemmings in Parsippany will believe you. For now though, go see your Doctor and get some new meds. Say goodnight to the Mayor too.

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