Some time ago, John Zornow, a volunteer at the Laurel House Comfort Care project on Fair Street, learned that the facility would be needing a generator. He indicated that he might know someone who could help, and he was given the go ahead to make the contact.
Zornow went to Newark Electric/Colacino Industries on Harrison Street and asked Jim Colacino if a generator manufacturer might have the ability to offer such equipment at a reduced cost. Colacino listened and then said “the Colacino family will donate a generator and installation as a gift to the community.”
Recently the installation was completed and Laurel House is the proud owner of a top of the line Kohler standby generator and with the professional installation and associated electric panel work represents a donation value of around $21,000. “The hard part was to get them to show up for a photo” added Zornow who is a member of the PR committee at Laurel House.
The Colacino family business started 75 years ago when Joseph Colacino opened an small electric store at 118 West Union Street and later at 319 West Union where his sons Dick and Ron joined him in the business. An interesting story of Joe Colacino’s early years was a sign on the back of his one service truck. The phrase “A Blind Man is Driving This Truck” received a lot of attention. You see, one of Joe Colacino’s many talents was the ability fix and restring venetian blinds. It was a catchy phrase that gave the business a lot of “visibility”.