By LINDA MOSS
Montclair officials and the township’s Italian-American community this Thursday will welcome a delegation from the municipality’s sister city Aquilonia, Italy.
The meet-and-greet will be held at 5 p.m. at the Municipal Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Ave.
The Township Council officially recognized Aquilonia as a sister city in January of this year, “acknowledging the significant role played by Italian Americans in the community,” according to a press release from the township Monday.
In June a delegation of Montclair officials, including Mayor Robert Jackson, visited Aquilonia.
While in the United States, the Italian delegation will visit various popular sites in and around Montclair, according to the township.
Delegation members will also participate in a procession on Sunday to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church with the Montclair Police Honor Guard, the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard and Montclair’s own Drums of Thunder, from Hillside School.
The visitors from Aquilonia will also march in the New York City Columbus Day parade on Monday, Oct. 9.
Thursday’s event will include Jackson and the council, Montclair resident and Aquilonia Sister City organizer Raffaele Marzullo, township directors and community members.
The visiting Aquilonia contingent includes: Vito Maglione, town councilor; Mirco Annunziata, Aquilonia council member; Raffaele Michele Gala, president, Aquilonia Sister City Committee; Fausto Gala, welcoming committee member; Vito Antonio Ramundo, welcoming committee member; Walter Capone, journalist and welcoming committee member; Maria Donna Capone; and Fabio Diego Lotrecchiano, Aquilonia Sister City Committee member.