EAST HANOVER, NJ- Hanover Park Regional School District has had many successes over the last several years. Their Genocide Studies program has garnered praise and awards such as the Aaron A. Flanzbaum Democratic Heritage Award and Hanover Park has spent the last four years ranked in the top 50 high school education programs in the state. In recognition of the many accomplishments of the district, the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey has named Hanover Park Regional Superintendent, Carol Grossi as their Educator of the Year.

“I am, indeed, humbled as I am honored that the Italian American Police Society chose me for the prestigious award of Educator of the Year,” Grossi said of her accomplishment. “I extend my thanks to the organization and its members for their confidence in me."

The Italian American Police Society of New Jersey has been active since 1985 when a small group of Italian American Police Officers stationed at the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office banded together to form a new fraternal order of policemen. This would grow to be New Jersey’s largest police fraternal organization with over 4,000 members throughout the state.

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Beginning in 1993 the Italian American Police Society began to extend honors to Italian Americans outside of the police force for their contributions to the community. These included businessmen, religious leaders, reporters, attorneys, politicians and educators. This year the district is doubly honored with Grossi named Educator of the Year and East Hanover’s Mayor Joe Pannullo named Man of the Year.

These honors are not accomplished alone. It takes a village to raise a child and a great community to produce two award winning leaders in a single year.

Superintendent Grossi recognized this, saying, "As Superintendent of Schools of the Hanover Park Regional High School District, I consider this recognition as one in a representative capacity to be shared with all within the school community who have supported me over the years." 

Mayor Pannullo and Superintendent Grossi will be presented these honors at the Annual Gala Dinner Dance that will be held on March 25th. They will be joined by Woman of the Year, Nadine Meola, Media Executive of the Year, William Spadea, and Chief John Lazzara of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department who is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in Law Enforcement.