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Park Ridge’s “James Gandolfini Way”

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After the untimely passing of Actor James Gandolfini, residents of his home town of Park Ridge, New Jersey petitioned to name a street in his honor.

Gandolfini was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series, “The Sopranos” but some people from Park Ridge also remember him as a great person and friend.

Locals Lori and Howard Frederick took the time to start a Facebook campaign which turned into a petition requesting that a street sign be put up that would help make Gandolfini’s memory more visible.

“When I was in junior high I would see Jim in high school plays and he was really an extraordinary natural actor even as a kid,” Lori said.

Now, Park Ridge has marked December 1st as “James Gandolfini Day” and a long stretch of Park Avenue in front of one of Gandolfini’s favorite diners has officially been named “James Gandolfini Way”.

During the ceremony to reveal the sign, Lori recalls the touching tribute given by Gandolfini’s son. “The most extraordinary thing that happened was his young son was there and he gave a speech about his father and what he taught him,” she said.

Howard went on to say, “Michael Gandolfini talked about how meaningful it was for him to join his father in visits to The Ridge Diner where he went when he was growing up and this is something that is a tradition in the community for young people to go and gather at The Ridge Diner. The idea of having Michael continue that tradition of visiting The Ridge Diner was something that I think was meaningful for Mike and to the community,” he said.


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