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Hamilton Celebrates Italian American Heritage with Annual Italian Flag Raising Ceremony

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Throughout the year, Hamilton Township, New Jersey displays the flags of several nations at the request of local ethnic organizations to honor the many ethnic groups that have so greatly contributed to the community. Last week, the town held an Italian flag raising ceremony to continue this longstanding tradition.  

 

Prior to the Italian Flag Raising, a brief ceremony was held at the steps of the Township Municipal Building and included the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and Italian National Anthem by Nottingham High School student, Joanna Caruso. Several members of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association, local dignitaries and elected officials were in attendance, along with students from both Professor Frank A. Campione’s Nottingham High School class and students from Greenwood Elementary School. Campione was the recipient of the 2010 NIAF Teacher of the Year Award which was presented during the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala Weekend.

 

 

Photo Caption: Nottingham High School Italian teacher, Professor Frank A. Campione, (front left, grey suit), joins (from left to right) Mercer County Freeholder and 2011 Columbus Day Parade Co-Grand Marshal, Pasquale “Pat” Colavita, Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo, Mercer County Italian American Festival Association President, John Scarpati, and Bank of Princeton Senior Vice President and 2011 Columbus Day Parade Co-Grand-Marshal, Nina DeBiase Melker, and is surrounded by Professor Campione’s Nottingham High School Italian Class following Hamilton Township’s annual Italian Flag raising ceremony.