After a successful themed SuperBowl lunch, Mayor Richard LaBarbiera invited all municipal employees to a BBQ held on the grounds of the Police Memorial Park. A beautiful bucolic setting under the trees, Superintendent of Shade Tree and Parks Guy Picone was busy utilizing the hotdog wagon and his product was in great demand. Chris Stellato manned the food table getting all the food donations ready. Council President Maureen O’Brien, Councilman Ralph Amato and Councilwoman Cathy Bentz were also on hand to greet and eat.
Hamburgers, of course were aplenty, IT Steve Tessler exclaimed joy when he saw that one of the donated goodies was potato samosas, his favorite. (They came from Fairway Market!) Eileen McDowell, Irene Maury, Jay Sexton, Rosa Rizzolo, Jim Anzevino, Diane Marichal, Patty Smith, Toni Falato, Evey Johnson and Ace Antonio are among the names that I can pull from memory and state that they enjoyed the food.
Of course Mayor LaBarbiera was there and greeted and chatted with everyone. The shade of the trees, the picnic atmosphere, the good food made for a pleasant way of greeting our Mayor. This innovation seems to go over well.