President's Message

 

Welcome to the Nutley Chapter of UNICO National!!


The New Year 2020 has been a truly inspiring time at Nutley UNICO. We have added 5 new members to our 150 strong membership, re-ignited opportunities for our membership to experience cultural tours and invited more members to participate in our many fund-raising activities. We are preparing for our annual scholarship program going through the process of receiving, reviewing and ultimately selecting the recipients who will receive more than $30,000 in college assistance. We are also looking for a community project for members to join forces to bring about a much-needed enhancement to our community. All suggestions are welcome!!

In February, we celebrate CARNEVALE, the pre-Lenten celebration which began in Venice in the year 1094 and now extends throughout Italy and down to the villages and towns of Sicily. The name is said to derive from the words carne vale - 'farewell to meat' - which explain the function of the celebration: an opportunity to indulge and use up such treats before the start of Lent. 

Celebrated for centuries, Martedi Grasso or Fat Tuesday, as it’s also called, is featured here in America in New Orleans as Mardi Gras. 

The celebrations begin with a masked ball followed later in the week by the Battaglia delle Arance where people throw 400 tons of oranges (In New Orleans they throw beads). The throwing of the oranges is an enactment of an uprising by the people against those in power.  After all the oranges are thrown the various combatants sit down to a feast of codfish and polenta.

Carnevale in Italy was traditionally a period when roles were reversed – men and women, nobility and commoners, changed places. Today the period of Carnevale is a time when people put their daily lives on hold to laugh at themselves, their leaders and their world. 

So, here’s to the traditions of the past and how they find their way into our daily lives as Italian-Americans. Come to Nutley UNICO where we celebrate our heritage and the customs of a strong and vibrant culture! It’s time to celebrate Spring at Nutley UNICO!!!


Ciao,

Lorraine Bini Kucinski

2019-2020 executive committee

President

1st Vice President

1st Vice President

Lorraine Bini Kucinski

1st Vice President

1st Vice President

1st Vice President

Vito Matturro

2nd Vice President

1st Vice President

2nd Vice President

Daniel A. Carnicella

3rd Vice President

3rd Vice President

2nd Vice President

Danielle Ferrara Manganello

Secretary

3rd Vice President

Secretary

Catherine Marucci

Treasurer

3rd Vice President

Secretary

Vito Scarpelli

Sergeant at Arms

Sergeant at Arms

Sergeant at Arms

Anthony "JR" Mascolo

Members at Large

Sergeant at Arms

Sergeant at Arms

Anthony Biondi, Jr.

Leonard Guglielmello

Pasquale Pisani