NUTLEY, NJ – Among the distinguished honorees at the 36th Annual Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade yesterday was Michael A. Maffucci, Italian Business Leader of the Year.
“This has been a real pleasure,” said Maffucci. “It was an honor to be nominated and be part of this great event. I look forward to being part of this parade for many more years to come.”
Maffucci is CEO of Pro Staff Institute and Physical Therapy Centers. Their Nutley location on Franklin Avenue threw a big party at the end of the parade to celebrate Maffucci’s accomplishments.
“At ProStaff, I have a great group of people – a wonderful team,” Maffucci said. “Today, I have my two marketing girls with me, and they’ve been fantastic. We are always here to help the community and everyone in it, so if anyone needs anything just come visit us.”
A Food Truck was on hand in the ProStaff parking lot that overlooked the parade. Beverages were provided along with Pro Staff gear and promotional items. They even had the Giants and Jets football games on a big screen television during the festivities.
This year’s Grand Marshal was André DiMino, communications director of One Voice Coalition and past-president of Unico National. One Voice is a coalition of Italian American activists, advocates and organizations across the United States.
Other dignitaries included Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Vito Scarpelli of Nutley, and Italian Heritage Award recipient Joseph Palombino.
Nutley Woman of the Year is Sandra Carella, and Man of the Year is Thomas Sposato. Belleville Woman of the Year is Jeanne Lombardi Man of the Year Anthony Sessa.
This year’s Renaissance Man is Anthony Dalbo of Belleville. The Community Excellence Award honoree is Barbara Hirsch of Nutley.