THE HISTORY

OF

BLOOMFIELD UNICO

1955-2014 

Our chapter was chartered on February 11, 1955. The sponsors were the Newark Chapter

represented by Past National Presidents AI Miele and John Cervase. Also the Passaic

Chapter represented by Judge Joseph Salerno and Michael Corradino, both Vastola

winners. Initially there were 23 charter members of which there is one remaining. He is Peter

Manetto. A roster of all charter members appears in the attachment affixed hereto.

For many years, the fledgling chapter met at the upstairs room of Willie's Diner and

conducted its good works from that popular town location. From the outset, the chapter

had a profound effect on the community. Among the many local accomplishments were and

still ongoing programs supporting the Needy, the Board of Recreation, Little League,

Mental Health and Scholarship programs among many others.

 

The scholarship program presently consists of seven annual scholarships in the amount of

one thousand each. The candidates are Bloomfield High seniors and Bloomfield senior

students from pariochal high schools. The following are the Memorial scholarships

awarded each year:

The Paul Attard Scholarship

The Henry Sant' Ambrogio Scholarship

The Nicholas Martini Scholarship

The Rose and Joseph Ruffalo Scholarship

The Toni Alongi Scholarship

The Carl Greco Scholarship

The Phyllis Ferrara Music Scholarship

 

Forty four years ago, the chapter initiated The Brian Piccolo awards given to Italian

American student athletes at Bloomfield High. Unico National adopted this program in

honor of a courageous Italian American all star football player who lost his life to cancer

when he was in the prime of his career. There are two such awards of $500 given annually.

A long time member, Stan Aquilino, founded the program and chaired it for 34 consecutive years.

A major factor in the growth and success of our chapter during the first forty three years

was the tremendous contributions of money, time and participation by the Ladies

Auxiliary •• They were chartered at the same time and throughout the years raised the bulk

of the corpus of the Scholarship Account. Their hard work made it possible for the chapter

to achieve its goals and objectives. One only has to remember the many different card

parties, luncheons, raffles, etc, that they hosted and completed financially successful, to

appreciate their importance to the chapter. In 1998 females were admitted into Unico

National as regular members and as a result, the Ladies Auxiliary disbanded. Some of the

ladies joined the chapter as regular members.

 

In 1972, Bloomfield Unico members led by Carmine Gradone, a past president, dedicated

a beautiful statue of Cbristopher Columbus to the Town of Bloomfield. The cost was

$27,000 and there were many non Unico financial supporters. It took its place on the

Historic Green, where George Washington once gathered his troops. Tradition dictated that

no building or statue be erected on the Green, however the Town Administration at the

valued the effort and gave their permission. Ever since we have celebrated Columbus Day with an activity at the

statue. For the last 21 years, the chapter has sponsored a town wide 4th grade essay contest with cash prizes

of $750 and 13 plaques for thirteen winners A Pancake breakfast for the winners and their parents follows the

ceremony. Columbus Day in 2013 saw 180 contestants. What is invigorating is that all the principals and

teachers take time to attend the festivities.

 

About 19 years ago, the chapter adopted The Circle of Friends (an organization for special

handicapped young adults intended for social interaction) and has focused on providing

special activities such as ball games, hockey, dances. In fact each year our chapter along

with the Circle of Friends support 50 special people attending the annual Unico National

Night at the New Jersey Devils game and otber events of that nature.

 

In recent years under the presidencies of Dr. Robert Ruffalo, Mike Napolitano and former

Chief of Police Mike Sisco, the chapter witnessed a rejuvenation and became heavily

involved in local and Unico National activities. Most notable was the chapter's

contributions to the Foley Field Foundation in money and service. Two of our members,

Mike Napolitano an Alfonso Crincoli are primarily responsible for the success of that

project having served as presidents of the Foley Field Foundation.

 

The Bloomfield Chapter of Unico was part of District II for years and then transferred to

Disrict IV sixteen years ago. Our chapter has hosted five Walk a Thons and nine Bowl a

Thons for the District.

 

Lastly, tbe Bloomfield Cbapter proudly had two of its members serve as Unico National

Presidents. They were Joseph Napolitano and first Lady, Lorraine Napolitano in 1966.

PNP Napoltano was the prime introducer of the National Mental Health program (both

are deceased). Paul Alongi and first Lady, Toni Alongi served in 1975.(Toni is deceased)

PNP Alongi introduced the Cooley's Anemia program to National and also his

administration sponsored tbe Fruili Eartbquake in Northern Italy.

A roster of the Past Presidents is also attached hereto

It is acknowledged that good deeds results in a caring membership and produces good

leadership. The roles of the chapter swells with the following members who have emerged

as public leaders.

William Martini, United States District Court Judge (present)

Judge Jobn Marzulli, Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County Assignment Judge*

C. Robert Sarcone, New Jersey State Senator

Philip Rotondo, Essex County Executive Director

Joseph Russoman, Mayor of Bloomfield *

Ralph Conte, Mayor of Bloomfield

John Crecco, Mayor of Bloomfield

Raymond McCarthy, Mayor of Bloomfield

Michael Venezia, Mayor of Bloomfield, present

Jack J. Soriano, Councilman, Bloomfield, Town Attorney, Belleville*

Joseph Napolitano, Councilman, Bloomfield*

Don Cetrulo, Councilman, Bloomfield

Nicholas Sidoti, Councilman, Bloomfield*

Anthony Gallo, Councilman, Bloomfield

Janice Maly, Councilwoman, Bloomfield

Gary Iacobacci" Councilman, Bloomfield

Raymond Tamborini, councilman, Bloomfield

R. Samuel La Monica, Zoning Board, Bloomfield, a long time member*

Michael La Quaglia, Zoning Board, Bloomfield, a long time member*

Casper "Buddy" Mollee, Zoning Board, Bloomfield, a long time member

Henry Sant' Ambrogio, Town Attorney, Bloomfield"

Paul Sant' Ambrogio, Assistant Town Attorney and Prosecutor (present)

Paul Alongi, Commissioner of the State commission of Investigation, President of

The Board of Education of Bloomfield, President of The Bloomfield Federation of Music,

President of The Boys and Girls Club for 25 years, President of The Bloomfield Civic Band

for last 30 years.

Diane Horowitz, Member of the Board of Education of Bloomfield

Michael Napolitano, Member of The Board of Education of Bloomfield

Louis Venezia, member of the Board of Education of Bloomfield

Domenick, Ferrara, Retired Chief Warrant officer and Bandmaster of New Jersey

National Guard, President of The Bloomfield Federation of Music and Conductor-Director

of The Bloomfield Civic Band last 40 years.

Frank Carlone, Retired Colonel of The New Jersey National Guard

Dr. Robert Ruffalo, Member of Various Committees for The Town of Bloomfield

Jolie Ruffalo, Executive Director of the Greater Chamber of Commerce

("symbolizes deceased)

 

Nationally, Bloomfield Unico has always been responsive to the call of the parent

organization. We have participated for fifty eight years in tbe following programs, National

Scholarship, Mental Health, High Hopes, Cooley's Anemia, Cancer Research, Italian Studies Chairs, 21st

Century Campaign, Brian Piccolo and others.

  

THE BLOOMFIELD CHAPTER OF UNICO RENDERS TRIBUTE TO ALL ITS PAST

MEMBERS AND DECEASED MEMBERS FOR THEIR UNSELFISH AND WORTHY

CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR GLORIOUS HISTORY OF FIFTY EIGHT YEARS YEAR

 

CHAPTER MEMBERS WHO BECAME DISTRICT GOVERNORS

 

Philip Rotondo

Stanley Aquilino

Dan Zecca

Oronzo Muraglia

Dr. Prisco DeFronzo

Dr. Emanuel Alfano

  

BLOOMFIELD UNlCO CHAPTER

PAST PRESIDENTS

1955-2014, .

CHARTERED FEBRUARY 11, 1955

 

1955-1956 JOSEPH NAPOLITANO *

1956-1957 JOSEPH NAPOLITANO *

1957-1958 PAUL ATTARD *

1956-1957 JOSEPH NAPOLITANO *

1957-1958 PAUL ATTARD *

1958-1959 CHARLES ATTARD*

1960-1961 SALVATORE BENINATI*

1961-1962 R. SAMUEL LA MONICA *

1962-1963 NICHOLAS VENlZlANO *

1963-1964 NICHOLAS SIDOTI*

1964-1965 ALPHONSE QUARESIMO

1965-1966 PHILIP ROTONDO

1966-1967 CARL ALGOZZINA *

1967-1968 PAUL ALONGI

1968-1969 ALPHONSE PORCELLA

1969~1970 GEORGE MALANGA

1971-1972 VITO TREMATO*

1972-1973 SEBASTIAN ALONGI

1973-1974 STANLEY AQUILINO

1974-1975 SILVIO LIVOLSI*

1975-1976 ANTHONY GALLO

1976-1977 DONATO "DAN' ZECCA

1977-1978 FRANK PETROZZINO

1978-1979 ANTHONY LOMBARDI

1979-1980 FRANK CARLONE

1980-1981 HERMAN GONNELLI

1981-1982 DR. FRANKGALIOTO

1982-1983 DR. FRANK GALIOTO*

1983-1984 JOHN MILONE*

1984-1985 JOHN MILONE*

1985-1986  JOHN MILONE*

1986-1987 STANLEY AQUILINO

1987-1988 ANTHONY LOMBARDI 

1989-1990 DR. EMANUEL ALFANO

1990-1991 JOHN MILONE*

1991-1992 STEVE ARAGONA

1992-1993 DR. PRISCO DI FRONZO*

1993-1994 DR. PRISCO DIFRONZO*

1995-1996 JOSEPH CHIRICO

1996-1997 WILLIAM CARDINALE

1997-1998 PHILIP ECHO JR

1998-1999 JACK SOR1ANO

1999-2000 DOMINICKFERRARA

2000-2001 DOMINICK FERRARA

2001-2002 STANLEY AQUILINO

2002-2003 STANLF;V AQUILINO

2003-2004 STANLEY AQUILINO

2004-2006 DR. ROBERT RUFFALO

2007-2012 MICHAEL NAPOLITANO

 

BLOOMFIELD UNICO LADIES AUXILARY

 

1956-1957 JOSEPHINE LA MONICA

1957-1958 JOSEPHINE LA MONICA

1958-1959 ALBA QUARESIMO

1959-1960 ALBA QUARESIMO

1960-1961 ANN DE ANGELIS

1961-1962 ANN CORE

1962-1963 ANN ATTARD *

1963-1964 ADELINE MARZULLI l

1964-1965 FLORENCE PICI *

1965-1966 ANGELA SIDOTI SPANO

1966-1967 DORTHEY ALGOZZINA

1967~1968LORRAINE NAPOLITANO

1968-1969 MARIE COYNE

1969-1970 JANET MOLLICA GRIFFING

1970-1971 DORIS GALLO

1971-1972 DORIS GALLO

1972-1973 ANN CORE

1973-1974 TONI ALONGI*

1974-1975 SYLVIA PETROZZINO*

1975-1976 SYLVIA PETROZZINO*

1976-1977 CEIL BASSANI

1977-1978 BETTY AQUILINO

1978-1979 BETTY AQUILINO

1979-1980 MARiE COYNE

1980-1981 MARIE COYNE

 

OTHER PRESIDENTS YEAR UNKNOWN

 

PHYLLIS FERRARA

MARiE ANTONIO

ROSEMARY ZECCA

PAULINE GRASSO*

AURORA MANETTO*

AND MANY MEMBERS

WHO DIDN'T HOLD THAT

OFFICE BUT SERVED WITH

CHARITY IN THEIR HEART

 

BLOOMFIELD UNICO CHAPTER CHARTER MEMBERS

 

EDWARD ANTINOZZI *

PAUL ATTARD

SALVATORE BENINATI*

JACOB CARRARA *

JOSEPH CARRIONE*

DON CETRULO 

SAM DE ANGELIS*

ALBERT FIORE

PAUL INCONTRERA

R. SAMUEL LA MONICA *

MICHAEL LA QUALGIA*

ALBERT LOBBATO

PETER LORDY .

PETER MANETTO

JUDGE JOHN MARZULU*

JERRY MILANO*

JOSEPH NAPOLITANO*

JACOB PORCIELLO *

ALPHONSE QUARESIMO *

HENRY SANT' AMBROGIO*

NICHOLAS SIDOTI*

NIVHOLAS VENEZIANO*

FRANK VICEDOMINI 

 

BLOOMFIELD UNICO LADIES CHARTER MEMBERS

 

ANN ATTARD*

WANDA ATTARD *

ANN CORE

ANNINCONTRERA

PHYLLIS LA MATTIA

JOSEPHINE LA MONICA*

CONNIE LOBATO

AURORA MANETTO*

ALBA QUARESIMO

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