Some time ago, volunteer John Zornow learned the Laurel House Comfort Care project on Fair Street in Newark would need a generator. He indicated that he might know someone who could help, and was given the go-ahead to make 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 said, “The Colacino family will donate a generator and installation as a gift to the community.”
The installation recently was completed, and Laurel House now owns a Kohler standby generator. The generator, professional installation and associated electric panel work represents a donation value of approximately $21,000.
“The hard part was to get them to show up for a photo,” said Zornow, a member of the public relations committee at Laurel House.
The Colacino family business started 75 years ago when Joseph Colacino opened an small electric store at 118 W. Union St. and later at 319 W. Union St., 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 that read “a blind man is driving this truck.” One of his talents was the ability fix and restring venetian blinds. It was a phrase that gave the business visibility.