On Monday October 12, 1998, the Scotch Plains Community gathered around the Village Green and specifically for the dedication of a three-ton marble sculpture honoring Christoforo Colombo during its annual Columbus Day Festivities. Former State Senate President and Scotch Plains native Donald DiFrancesco called it, "a fabulous tribute to the work et...

For the past two weeks or so your National President and Executive director have spent several hours a day (at minimum) on this Columbus issue, either via email (or Zoom) or on the phone. We are trying to provide information and suggestions to our local chapters as this issue arises in their locales, and we have been working closely with the IAOVC...

We, the people of Parsippany, reject the calls to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus. Built in 1992 under the Priore administration, the Columbus statue has stood on the corner of 46 and 202 for nearly 30 years. It cost taxpayers no money as it was paid for by UNICO and funds raised by our Italian community. For the past 3 decades, Parsippan...

“I hope and trust that this monument will be the means to bring in touch the people of Italy and that of America.” It was with these words that Frank Carlucci, master sculptor and president of the Christopher Columbus Monument Association, presented the Columbus monument that stands on Scranton’s Courthouse Square to the city on October 21, 1892 du...

WHEREAS, THE BLOOMFIELD CHAPTER OF UNICO NATIONAL  (an Italian American Service Organization) in the 1970’s donated and erected a Christopher Columbus Statute on the historic Green. This was accomplished by the unanimous approval of the Mayor and Council. WHEREAS, since that time, each year, Bloomfield Unico and the Knights of Columbus have celebra...

On June 4 the Cedar Grove Chapter of UNICO National awarded their annual scholarships to their recipients at their homes.  They were Taylor Schmey, Stanley Duwal IV and Christopher Schoner.  All three demonstrated outstanding achievements in the classroom, community and school activities.  We'd like to congratulate them as they embark on the next c...

In what the president of UNICO called “lowlife cowardly acts,” vandals in Garfield defaced a Christopher Columbus statue and damaged a local elementary school named for the Italian explorer. Police were actively pursuing leads in finding those responsible for what Mayor Richard Rigoglioso called “hateful and disrespectful” acts, and said they’d be...

The Verona chapter of UNICO National celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And what a year it has been — for everyone! Through the pandemic, the chapter continues to live out the mission of “service above self.” UNICO National is the largest Italian-American service organization, which has chapters all across the United States, raising money f...

Hillsborough Unico Italian American Club is excited to announce their Annual Charity Golf Outing Friday, May 8, 2020 At Hillsborough Golf and Country Club. This year Hillsborough Unico is partnering with The Zippy Fund started after Zippy Cimino recovered from cancer and realized he wanted to help others like him. The Zippy Fund helps pediatric pat...

The weather has been unseasonably mild this year, yet families and individuals continue to be cold and hungry. Many organizations benefit from generous donations during the holidays, but many people then return to their daily routines and forget those in need. For members of UNICO, March provides an opportunity to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph...