UNICO Creates Thank You DVDs for Veterans

In lieu of its annual bingo party for veterans at the Merli Center and St. Francis Commons, the Scranton Chapter of UNICO National created a DVD of greetings and thanks and, along with gift certificates for sheet cakes. The video production went through the UNICO Veterans Committee.

Charlie Spano is shown presenting the DVD and gift certificates to Lorenzo Singotti, St. Francis Commons staff member, as Jack Trapani, Mary Marrara and Chapter president Gail Cicerini observe.


Jack Trapanig and Janice McCallister, volunteer resource coordinator for the Merli Center, observe as Commandant James Miller receives a DVD and gift certificates from Gail Cicerini, Scranton Chapter of UNICO president as Mary Marrara and Charlie Spano, UNICO committee members assist.

Random Act of Kindness Benefits Community Intervention Center

Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO National recently donated $400 to the Community Intervention Center as part of their Random Act of Kindness Initiative.  The CIC serves as a day shelter providing telephone contact, mail privileges, daily storage and late afternoon nourishments for displaced and/or homeless individuals in a non-threatening environment, along with referrals to all other social services. 

Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can make a check payable to “Community Intervention Center” and send to 445 N. 6th Ave, Scranton, PA 18503.  For more information call Kim at 570-342-4298.

Presenting a $400 donation from Keystone Chapter UNICO National to the Community Intervention Center, are, front row from left: Cathy Bianchi, District Governor UNICO PA II; Frank Coviello, Keystone Chapter board chairman; Kim Cadugan, executive director of the Community Intervention Center, and Mary Ann Coviello, Keystone Chapter president.  Back row, same order: Mark McDade, Michele McDade, Bob Tagert and Val Riggi, Keystone Chapter board members.

Annual Italian Flag Raising Continues Despite Pandemic

The annual Italian flag raising was conducted at the beautiful Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, calling attention to the fact that October is “Italian Heritage and Culture Month” and Columbus Day, a national holiday, was just around the corner, as is our county Christopher Columbus Statue.  

Initiated in 2012 by the Keystone Chapter UNICO National, and with the assistance of the County Commissioners, this has been an annual acknowledgement every year since.  Local Italian organizations are invited each year to participate.

This year, County Commissioner Chris Chermak was present, along with representation by several local Italian American organizations.  Participating were District Governor Cathy Bianchi, PA II UNICO National; President Mary Lynn Brannon, Carbondale UNICO; President Gail Cicerini, Scranton UNICO; President Mary Ann Coviello, Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO; Mike Iacavazzi, Past Department Commander, Disabled American Veterans of Pennsylvania;  Stephanie Longo, Associate Producer of the Italian American Podcast; President Joe Macciocco, Lackawanna County Columbus Day Association and the Victor Alfieri Society; Mark McDade, Flag Raising Organizer and Event Speaker; Peter Noto, Past District Governor, UNICO PA II; First Vice-President Dr. Peter Pettinato, UNICO National; President Carmen Scrimalli, San Cataldo Club; and Carol Scrimalli, Dunmore Councilwoman.