To the editor:
The article in last week’s Observer did a great job of detailing the waiver against the state building codes for on-the-street fairs. This waiver made possible through the efforts of our representatives Dave Zoni and Joe Aresimowicz as well as our own council people Victoria Triano and Tom Lombardi and Town Attorney Mark Sciota will enable us to continue to hold our Southington Italian American Festival in its current location as we have done for the last 12 years.
Historically, Italian festivals are held in the streets and usually in the downtown or business area, which you will see if you have ever been to a New York, Boston, or New Haven festival. It was important to try and retain this little bit history and Italian culture by keeping it on lower Center Street where we have been able provide the food and entertainment that so many have enjoyed over the years.
The location is convenient to venders, entertainers, and other workers. It is also a very secure area because it is so busy.
The Italian mass and procession, which are an important part of the festival, just wouldn’t seem to work anywhere else, so we are deeply appreciative of the efforts of the previously named people. We also appreciate the co-operation of the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services and state building Inspector Daniel Tierney for their help in getting this waiver approved. We don’t anticipate any problems in conforming to the stipulations stated in the waiver.
We are happy the two great Southington events the Apple Harvest Festival and Music On The Green will benefit by the waiver also.
This was a job well done by all. We will see you July 29-31 on lower Center Street.
2016 Italian Festival Committee co-chairs Bob Triano (Sons of Italy), Tina Mennone (Sorelle D’Italia in America), Bob Tonan (UNICO), and Joe LaPorte (UNICO)