On Tuesday December 10, members of the Verona Police P.B.A. Local 72 hosted their 38th annual Holiday Costume Trip. The snow was falling hard but that was no match for the Verona police officers who left their uniforms hanging neatly in their lockers for the day and instead, chose to put on the most cheerful costumes that they could get their hands on.
Those officers then visited numerous special needs schools throughout the county that care for children who are autistic, have cerebral palsy, or who have Down syndrome. The event was created in 1975 by Retired Verona Police Captain Fred Di Stefano and still continues with the same strength and enthusiasm as it did when it began.
“The Costume Trip is perhaps the longest running tradition that the PBA participates in,” said Police Sgt. Robert Shafer, who coordinates the event each year. I am very proud to be a part of something so special. It gives us a chance to get together and make all these children smile and laugh. Seeing how happy the kids get definitely sets the mood for the rest of the holiday season.”
On Sunday, December 8, Verona Police P.B.A. Local 72 held their 5th annual Christmas Tree Drive. Members loaded Christmas trees onto a few pickup trucks and delivered them to area families.
“This is the 5th year for the drive and it’s a great success. Each year we come out and try to make it a little easier for a few families that need it the most”, said Anthony Condorelli who is the creator and founder of the event.
All the Christmas Trees and stands were purchased from Hillcrest Farms in Verona.