Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, far left, poses with the three honorees of Mercer CountyFull size photo

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, far left, poses with the three honorees of Mercer County's Italian-American Heritage Month Celebration, Morris Rubino, Rosa Spera, and Anthony Carabelli.

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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and other County officials held a ceremony today to honor three local Italian-Americans who have worked tirelessly to benefit the community.

Hughes said Italian-Americans have had a hand in building Mercer County from the ground up for generations, and that their contributions have helped make the County the place it is today.

"I think of Mercer County as a family, and I know so many Italian-American residents believe the same," said Hughes. "Our honorees today have contributed so much over the past few decades to Mercer County that their accomplishments are too numerous to count. Each of them has made the Mercer County family stronger and better."

The honorees included Mercer County Freeholder Anthony Carabelli of Trenton, Morris Rubino, longtime Commissioner for the Mercer County Improvement Authority and leader of the Ironworkers Local 68 chapter of the AFL-CIO, of Hamilton, and Rosa Spera, an entrepreneur and restauranteur, of Hamilton.

Each honoree was given a joint proclamation by Hughes and the County Freeholder Board and each spoke about his or her experience as an Italian-American living and working in Mercer County.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Mercer County Freeholder Pasquale Colavita Jr., a second-generation Italian-American, Freeholder Anne Cannon, and Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello.