PBA Brings Holiday Spirit


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On Wednesday, December 15, members of the Verona Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 72 made their annual Holiday Costume Trip to special-needs schools in our area. For the 35th year in a row, the officers left their uniforms hanging in their lockers for the day, donned some very familiar costumes and spent time entertaining kids.

Robert Shafer, the event’s coordinator, noted that the officers added two new schools to their tour this year. “It’s a great day for us and for the kids,” he said .

“It’s a great way to make the kids smile”, said Bill Frazee, the PBA’s treasurer. Transportation for this year’s event was donated by the Kevah Konner Bus Company of Pine Brook.

Mike Barone as The Grinch, Dan Greco as Superman, John Lecreux as SpongeBob, Page Parsels, Police Officer Anthony O’Connor, Event Coordinator Robert Shafer as The Cat in the Hat, Mike Cocucci, James Barry as Santa Claus, Bill Frazee, Joe Ballantyne as Rudolph The Reindeer, and Rob Lander, a driver for Kevah Konner Bus Company. Photo By Ed Carattini Jr.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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