The Verona PBA Costume Trip, was created in 1976 by (Ret.) Verona Police Capt. Fred DiStefano. Every holiday season, a bunch of officers, dressed as various cartoon figures and holiday characters, make their way to area schools and visit with children who are autistic or who have Down Syndrome.
“It has been a long standing tradition with the PBA to keep this event going. The kids love it, the teachers think it’s hilarious, and the parents appreciate what we do every year”, said Lt. Robert Shafer, who coordinates the event each year.