St. Michael’s Grove Revisited

On May 3, over 130 people gathered to reminisce about the Feast of St. Michael that was held the last Sunday of September from 1932 until 1978, in Totowa, located on the property that is now known as Arlington Estates.

Two former angels presented video clips that were taken in the late 1950′s and the early 1970′s.  During the presentation, many in attendance, were treated to glimpses of loved ones who are no longer with us.  As their  loved ones appeared on screen, their names were shouted out, eliciting  tears and smiles by many as they recalled fond memories.

The property purchased in 1931 for $3700, sold in 1978 because they could not afford to pay the property taxes that they were recently assessed.  Former members spoke about the society fondly recalling how the society strove to preserve the heritage and culture that they brought from Sala Consilina, Italy.  The feast brought everyone together for a day of fun, good food, and reverence for St. Michael the Archangel.

The Historical Society would like to thank the following people for all the time and effort they put into helping us provide this highly successful program.

  • The Mayor and Council for the use of the council chambers
  • Ann Krautheim and the Library staff, especially Denise Zarek
  • Vincent Varcadipane for the use of the school recording equipment
  • Mr. Cesare Darias, our video photographer
  • Carmen Burgio
  • Louise Capra
  • Kristen Corrado
  • Clelia Lobosco De Souter
  • Mary Lobosco Zanfino
  • Andrew Luck of the Paterson Library
  • Nick Valente for the maps
  • Michael Tozzi
  • Special thanks to our Angels, Jude Quintiere, Bernie Cingoli, and Biagio Fornino
  • Tony Canger who collaborated with his cousin Jude Quintiere to make the documentary about the Feast of St. Michael and for the sketches that were used in our newsletter
  • To all who attended the presentation!







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