2013 Paramus Freedom Walk Takes Place As Scheduled
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, September 09, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT
One could see all the effort put into the walk by Joey Rizzolo who came back from college to herald this event. Assisted by his trusty crew and parents, Joe and Rosa, the walk drew a lot of Paramus residents to the field behind the Library. Librarian Len LoPinto and PR gal Donna Perkosky were seen walking all over the area making sure that everything was copacetic. The Paramus Fire Companies pitched in as well displaying a huge American flag at the driveway entrance to the field. They managed this by stationing two fire trucks with extended ladders and hanging the flag between them, a noble sight!
While the Walk was the major theme, it gave Paramus residents a chance to get out and help Joey celebrate. He kicked off the ceremony at the Bandshell and Mayor Rich LaBarbiera welcomed everyone with a short, but poignant, speech. The National Anthem was song by Alison Wolfer who received a round of applause. Joey then led a huge entourage out through the driveway to Century Road and over to the memorial park on Spring Valley followed by Paramus Emergency vehicles.
It was a pleasure to see the LaBarbiera family en masse including First Lady MaryAnn, and their three sons as well as Councilmen Pat Verile and Ralph Amato. Among the throng were John Driscoll. Sam and Elaine Casiello, Ann and Bernie Nichols, Freeholder candidate and former Mayor Jim Tedesco along with JJ, his son, and Jim's two granddaughters, Carol Daniele and Mike DeLamater, NJ Senator Bob Gordon, NJ Assemblyman Tim Eustace and John Brown, manager of Bahama Breeze.
When I commented to Senator Bob Gordon that he was now on the receiving end of the Governor's barb list, Bob smiled and said laconically that he hears that from his wife all the time. Good sense of humor.
Bahama Breeze had an elaborate setup at the Freedom Walk offering free food to the assemblage. John Brown informed me that Bahama Breeze has donated food at every major Paramus event since they came into town at the Bergen Town Center. He mentioned that his restaurant is now offering twenty lunches for under $10.00, a real bargain and aimed at the busy work person who doesn't have hours to kill waiting for their food.
We hail Joey Rizzolo for all his efforts and the people who helped to set up and coordinate this noble venture.