Friday, June 12, 2009

Henry St. between Sackett and Union St. becomes "Citizens of Pozzallo Way" By- Katrina Kitsis

Having a street renamed after you is a huge honor and today, The Society of the Citizens of Pozzallo will receive the recognition they deserve when Henry St. between Sackett and Union Street will become "Citizens of Pozzallo Way". The organization, founded in 1919 and named after the Sicilian city of Pozzallo, the only coastal city in its province of Ragusa, was originally intended to promote fellowship and friendship among its members and to educate them on American ideals in order to transition them to the American way of life and American citizenship. Through the years the organization has provided assistance to the poor and underprivileged by promoting the advancement of education and by contributing to other organized institutions of science and medical research.

On my way to work yesterday, I saw the city prepping for the ceremony that will take place today, Friday June 12th on Henry St. in Carroll Gardens. As I walked by, I was able to capture this photo of two of the society's members proudly holding their new street sign before it becomes a part of Brooklyn. What a great way to visibly pay tribute collectively to a group of individuals whose society has been housed on the block for almost 90 years. A true symbol of community and honoring the American Dream. Congratulations Citizens of Pozzallo! It's about time, you deserve it!

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