Columbus Day Honorees

The 2018 Honorees:

Grand Marshal – Mayor Joseph Pannullo – Mayor of East Hanover

Man of the Year – Franco Porporino, Jr. – owner of Fresco da Franco Restaurant, radio host and executive producer

Woman of the Year – Rosanna Imbriano – R.I. Consulting 

Entrepreneur of the Year – Marco Laracca, Esq. – Bio & Laracca

Entertainer of the Year – Gregg Giannotti – Cohost, “Boomer & Gio,” WFAN Sports Radio. Watch his interview talking about the parade on Hip New Jersey, a television show that airs on HometowneTV and NJ on Air!

The 2017 Honorees:

Grand Marshal – Cristina Fontanelli, Award-winning Singer/PBS-TV Host

Man of the Year – Henry J. Amoroso, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Woman of the Year – Marisa Spagnoletti, Owner of Lucy’s Gift

Entrepreneur of the Year – Sorrento’s Bakery

Entertainer of the Year – Vic DiBitetto, comedian

The 2016 Honorees:

Grand Marshal – Teresa Priolo, Reporter and Anchor, Fox 5 News

Man of the Year – William Barrett, Esq., Mandelbaum Salsburg

Woman of the Year – Karen Casalaro, Founder, Halos for Angels

Entrepreneur of the Year – Angelo Sansano, Henry O’Baker Insurance Agency

Humanitarian Award – Father Owen B. Moran, Pastor, of St. Rose Lima Church

The 2015 Honorees:

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Michael Castaldo, Entertainer

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Woman of the Year

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Stephanie Del Preore Oliver, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, LIU Brooklyn

Bio | Video

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Man of the Year

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Tom Maoli, CEO, Maserati of Morris County & Lexus of Route 10 

Bio | Video

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Entrepreneur of the Year

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Dr. David Barrett, Denville Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center

Bio | Video

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2014 HONOREES

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Cindy Vero, Radio Personality

Bio | Video

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Woman of the Year

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Carol Grossi, Superintendent, Hanover Park Regional High School District

Bio | Video

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Man of the Year

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Charlie Napoli, C&L Towing 

Bio | Video

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Entrepreneurs of the Year

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Nanina’s in the Park & Park Savoy

Joe Maurillo Bio | Barry Maurillo Bio | Vito Cucci Bio | Video

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DiPaolo Bakery of Verona

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 Parade Princess

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2013 HONOREES

Parade Dedication: James Gandolfini 

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Bio | Video

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Grand Marshal: Dan Mannarino, Anchor/Reporter, WPIX 11 News 

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Bio | Video

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Italian-American Women of the Year: Cristina Mirda, Accardi & Mirda, PC

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Italian-American Man of the Year: John G. Centanni, Newark Fire Department Chief 

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Italian-American Entrepreneur of the Year: Anthony & Sons Bakery

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 Italian-American Humanitarian of the Year: NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo 

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Parade Princess:  Riley J. Principe

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2012 HONOREES

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Grand Marshal: Ken Rosato, Anchor, WABC-7

Bio | Video Interview

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Italian-American Woman of the YearMaria Cucciniello

Bio | Video Interview

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Italian-American Man of the Year: Andre Chiavelli, Emiliani Enterprises

Bio | Video Interview

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Ace Alagna Achievement AwardThe Italian Tribune

Bio | Video Interview

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2011 HONOREES


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Grand Marshal: Dominic Scaglione, Jr., “Frankie Valli”, Jersey Boys

Bio | Video Interview

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Italian-American Woman of the Year: Maria Lupo, Atlantic Health

Bio | Video Interview

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Italian-American Man of the Year: Paul Santucci, UBS Financial

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Athlete of the Year: Joe DiRocco, Pitching Prospect, Seattle Mariners

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Humanitarian of the Year: Bobby Wells, Band Leader, The Infernos

Bio | Video Interview

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2010 HONOREES

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Grand Marshal: Robert Bianchi, Esq., Morris County Prosecutor

Bio | Video Interview

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Italian-American Man of the Year: Buddy Valastro, “Cabe Boss” of Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop

Bio | Video Interview | “Cake Boss” Morris County Columbus Day Parade Episode

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Italian-American Woman of the Year: Alicia Vitarelli, News Anchor, News 12 New Jersey

Bio | Video Interview

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Entrepreneur of the Year: The Villani Family (Villani Bus Company)

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2009 HONOREES

Grand Marshal: Doctor Mario Criscito, Director of Critical Care, Clara Maass Medical Center | Bio

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Italian –American Man of the Year: Anthony Calandra, President, Calandra Enterprises | Bio

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Italian-American Woman of the Year: Jill Nicolini, Anchor, WPIX 11 Morning News | Bio

Humanitarian Award: Gino Montrone, President, CEO of Instant Air Freight Co. | Bio

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2008 HONOREES

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Grand Marshal: Cav. Joseph Coccia Jr., Founder, The Coccia Foundation | Bio

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Italian-American Man of the Year: Ralph Izzo, Ph.D, CEO, PSE&G | Bio

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Italian-American Woman of the Year: Janine Strafaci, Anchor, News 12 New Jersey 

Bio | Video

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Humanitarian of the Year: Ray Nisivoccia, CPA & Nisivoccia & Company LLP  | Bio

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Entrepreneur of the Year: John Caravella, President, A USA Sanitation | Bio

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2007 HONOREES

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Grand Marshal: William Schievella, Chief of Detectives, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office

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Italian-American Man of the Year: Joseph Trunfio, CEO, Atlantic Health | Bio

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Italian-American Woman of the Year: Barbara Boscaino-Tamburro | Bio

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 Humanitarian Award: Anthony J. Fusco Jr., Founder, Fusco & Macaluso Attorneys 

Achievement Award: Rocco Nisivoccia Jr., Actor/Producer | Bio

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2006 HONOREES

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Grand Marshal: Father Joseph Granato, Director, St. Lucy’s Church | Bio

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Italian-American Man of the Year: John Sette, Chairman, New Jersey Sheriffs Political Action Committee | Bio

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Italian-American Woman of the Year: Melissa Falcone, Principal, Central Elementary School, East Hanover

Entrepreneur of the Year, Bob Molinari, Owner, Hilltop Nissan East Hanover

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2005 HONOREES

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Grand Marshal: Christopher J. Christie, United States Attorney, District of New Jersey 

Morris County Prosecutor Michael Rubbinaccio

Italian-American Man of the Year: Michael M. Rubbinaccio, Morris County Prosecutor

 Law Enforcement Executive of the Year: Anthony F. Ambrose, Director, Newark Police Department 

Law Enforcement Achievement Award: Ronald J. Borgo, Deputy Chief, East Orange Police Department 

Law Enforcement Achievement Award: Samuel A. DeMaio, Deputy Chief, Newark Police Department 

Law Enforcement Achievement Award: Alan J. Sierchio, Deputy Chief, East Orange Police Department