Middle Schooler Creates Verona-Cedar Grove Unity Bracelet To Honor Late Father


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Months ago, Giancarlo Jandoli, a 13-year-old Verona resident, wanted to design a bracelet in honor of his father, Jimmy Jandoli, who lost his battle with colon cancer in 2019.

Jimmy Jandoli, a lifelong resident of Cedar Grove, was a loving son, brother and friend. He lived and worked in his hometown for close to 50 years. He gave back to the community by supporting many town charities and organizations, and by coaching youth football and baseball long before he had a family of his own.

After meeting and marrying a lifelong resident of Verona, Karen Hill Jandoli, Jimmy settled in Verona and he and Karen began raising two children here. He was a loving husband and father.

Giancarlo Jandoli got the idea for a reversible Verona-Cedar Grove bracelet from the many fundraisers and events held lately to help Verona children who are fighting their own battles with cancer. Giancarlo will donate all of the money raised from the sale of his bracelets to the Jimmy Jandoli Tip-Off, a January basketball game organized by his uncle, Coach Fred Hill, which funds an annual scholarship for a student-athlete from Verona and Cedar Grove.

If you’d like to purchase a bracelet, which costs just $1, or make a donation, you can do so at one of the area businesses that the Hill family owns:

Dekko & Co. Hair Salon
470 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

Lakeside Deli/8 Hills Caterers
542 Bloomfield Ave, Verona

Academy Apparel
5 Fairview Avenue, Verona

Bracelets will also be sold at the Verona-Cedar Grove football game on Friday, October 7, and the Verona Eagles vs. Cedar Grove Junior Panthers game on Saturday, October 22. Giancarlo Jandoli plays on the Eagles A team.

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