ELIZABETH— Clark resident David Toma, dubbed by the Daily News as the “greatest policeman alive,” will deliver the keynote address Union County’s third annual Columbus Day Flag Raising event on Friday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Union County Courthouse.
Toma has received 2,000 awards and numerous honorary PhDs throughout his career that has resulted in two popular television series about him — “Toma” starring Tony Musante and “Baretta” with Robert Blake. He’s also written seven books and numerous others have been written about him, some in places as far as Japan.
Elizabeth Bettina, author of the book, “It happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust,” will speak about the lesser known story of Italians and the Catholic Church which worked to save the lives of many Jewish refugees during World War II.
Other speakers include Andre DiMino, president of the Italian American One Voice Coalition, which has led the fight against “Jersey Shore,” Union County Surrogate James LaCorte–who was nominated as man of the year by the Elizabeth Chapter of UNICO, Union County Manager Al Faella, and UNICO District X Governor Robert Bengivenga.
Freeholder Alexander Mirabella will host and emcee the event. 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 indoors to the County Courthouse Rotunda.
“Italian Americans continue to make amazing contributions to America, and we celebrate those contributions as well as a culture that has made the greatest contributions to modern society,” said Mirabella, whose father, Gene, was the first Italian American Police Chief of Elizabeth. The Union County Sheriff’s Firearm Training Facility is named in his honor.
UNICO District X and the County of Union works with Plainfield’s UNICO to organize and co-sponsor the event.
Italian-style refreshments will be served after the event.
Paid parking is available in the Midtown area at Elizabeth’s Parking Deck #6 on Jefferson Avenue and Dickinson Street—the entrance is on Dickinson Street. A second deck is also close at the Midtown Train Station entrance on W. Grand Street.
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