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UNICO Announces Membership Growth and New Upcoming Festivities

This was an excellent start for their new year and included inducting 5 new members:  Marion Schiazzano, Gary Marshuetz, Josephine Ciatta, Lucille Lenzi, Annamarie Parrillo and Rosemarie Mentesano.  See Photo below (not shown in photo are Gary Marshuetz and Josephine Ciatta).  This swells membership to over 80 that is a high point for Livingston UNICO that has been continuously active in the community since 1955.   Credits: UNICO
Credits: UNICO

LIVINGSTON, NJ – UNICO recently had their first membership meeting of the 2014-15 year at the Hanover Manor.

Over 50 were in attendance to see Rosanna Cammarata, owner of Livingston based “Tutto Fresco” make her notorious fresh Mozzarella and to induct five new members into the organization: Marion Schiazzano, Gary Marshuetz, Josephine Ciatta, Lucille Lenzi, Annamarie Parrillo and Rosemarie Mentesano.

Cammarata made Mozzarella to compliment an Antipasto she also created for all attendees to enjoy which included fried eggplant, roasted sweet red peppers, home grown tomatoes and fresh basil, freshly made giardeniera, prosciutto, and other Italian specialties.

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The new inductions took Livingston UNICO membership to more than 80, which was described as a “high point” for the organization which has been active in the community since 1955.

During the meeting, the second annual Fall Fundraiser, in collaboration with Calabria’s Restaurant was announced and will take place on November 5.  Proceeds from this event will go to the volunteer Fire and First Aid Departments in town.

An Italian Festival, which will tentatively take place on Oct. 5, 2015, and will be held in cooperation of UNICO and Livingston’s Art on the Oval was also announced. The Festival will be held in the parking lot of St. Philomena’s Church adjacent to the Oval. According to UNICO’s press release, “planning is well underway and details will be provided as they develop.  This is sure to become an annual event in Livingston drawing surrounding communities to our town as well as our local residents.”

UNICO National is America’s largest Italian American service organization dedicated to promoting Italian heritage and culture and raising funds for local and national charities; civic organizations and most importantly, Scholarships.  Here in Livingston, they award three $1,000 scholarship to seniors going to further their academic studies in college; and UNICO National provide a variety of scholarship in an amount totally over $60,000.

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