Wreath Ceremony at Columbus Circle, New York City

Oct.10, New York, NY

As tradition would have it the Columbus Citizens Foundation attracted wide interest from a bevy of New Yorkers who were up before noon yesterday at Columbus Circle, Broadway at 59th Street in New York City.

This year’s Grand Marshall to the annual Columbus Day Parade, Ms.Maria Bartiromo, popularly known as the Anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” and Managing Editor of the nationally syndicated “The Wall Street Journal Report” was given the honor to pay tribute to the millions of Italian-Americans who have settled in the U.S. over the centuries. The setting was the Columbus Monument at Columbus Circle. A floral arrangement containing the tri-colors of the Italian national flag was offered by Ms. Bartiromo. She was ably assisted by the foundation’s president, Mr. Frank G. Fusaro, Mr. Angelo Vivolo, Co-Chairman of the Columbus Day weekend
celebration in New York City, and Mr. Lou Tallarini, the foundation’s chairman.
Mr.Jason DeSena Trennert, Managing Partner, Strategas, and Mr. Frank Bisignano, Chief Administrative Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Company, delivered
opening remarks saluting the achievements of Italian-Americans. Counsel General of Italy in New York, Mr. Francesco Maria Talo, offered high praise for their achievements and acknowledged the work of the foundation whose mission has been to promote the positive identity of Italian-Americans and their financial contributions to support scholarship opportunities for today’s award winning students of Italian-American heritage. In 2009 the foundation contributed over two million in grants and aids to this group.

Attending the day’s event were members of the National Council of Columbia Associations. These included Mr.Joseph Gaugliardo who introduced the lead speakers, along with Mr. Ron Cohen, and Mr.John Passalacqua. Members of the NYC Fire Department, Sanitation Department and Police Department were represented.
A bevy of fire officers from Brecia, Italy
also participated. The largest contingent, however, was a smartly pressed group from Nassau County, New York, representing the Sheriff’s Department in the Eastern region.
Today’s program was a prelude to Monday’s calender of events which include a solem high mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the annual Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue which will be broadcast by WNBC in New York.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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