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Photo by Dean Moses
Dozens gather in Middle Village park to
celebrate Columbus Day, Italian heritage
BY DEAN MOSES
Th e Friends of Columbus hosted
a Columbus Day celebration
at Juniper Valley Park in Middle
Village on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Th e event kicked off the celebrations
for both Columbus Day
and Italian-American Heritage
month, which is celebrated
around the borough,
cons e r vatives,
out to give
r ema rks
during the event, including Councilman
Robert Holden, state Senator Joseph
Addabbo, former state Senator Serphin
R. Maltese and Queens borough president
candidate Joann Ariola.
Elected offi cials at the event spoke
about preserving the city’s fi ve
Christopher Columbus statues.
“We should not judge someone
who lived decades ago from today’s
standards,” Addabbo said.
While the rally was considered
a partisan celebration, a
large number of attendees
donned apparel in
support of President
shirts and fl ags.