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Christmas joy sentimental in Village as Tickfaw Chief retires

Christmas joy sentimental in Village as Tickfaw Chief retires

Author: Anonym/Friday, December 12, 2014/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories, Business

It was the perfect Christmastime celebration for the Village of Tickfaw on Friday night, but bittersweet for some lifelong villagers.

Five-time Mayor Tony Lamonte presented Chief of Police Jimmy Sparacello, now retired, with a golden engraved plaque, “for your 31-years of service you gave to the Village of Tickfaw,” the mayor said.

Above, Santa Claus congratulates Sparacello, and tells the retired chief he will not keep him on the naughty list for forever.

“We’ve come a long way, we’ve done a lot of progressing,” Sparacello said to the large crowd gathered at the stage, adding that he has worked with Mayor Lamonte for 16 years on council. “He’s got a new bunch up in here,” Sparacello continued, addressing incoming Chief of Police Frank DiBenedetto and new council members as well, then wishing them the best of luck in their endeavors.

Sparacello said he’s proud of his officers who have worked parades and festivals and “have done a real fine job.”

“But from here on out, that’s Chief DiBenedetto’s job,” Sparacello said.

Sparacello also took the opportunity to remind residents about the Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 11 am. at Our Lady of Pompeii cemetery.

Wreaths Across America will be represented in the Village of Tickfaw by volunteer Vietnam Veterans and American Legion members.

“At exactly 11 o’clock, which is 12 o’clock at the Arlington Cemetery, we will have a big ceremony. So we’d appreciate it if y’all would come out and help support the veterans," said Sparacello. “No money. Just show up. Your support."

Sparacello then passed the proverbial torch (and microphone) over to Chief-elect DiBenedetto (below, right, with Mayor Lamonte at left) who also took the opportunity to thank the retired chief on behalf of the officers, recognizing that the evening's events were the last parade routes Sparacello would supervise.



 “This is a special moment for all of us,” DiBenedetto said, “So we thank you for your dedication.”

“He has definitely kept this town safe," closed DiBenedetto, "and we appreciate his service."

More special moments from the Village of Tickfaw Christmas parade and celebration included a gathering at the Italian Festival grounds to meet Italian Fest Royalty, listen to music, have some face painting by Tiff’s Gifts, enjoy hot chocolate, and lots of “faux snow” for families.