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Park Ridge Honors James Gandolfini

Empty bracket waiting fot James Gandolfini Way street sign in Park Ridge
Empty bracket waiting fot James Gandolfini Way street sign in Park Ridge (Facebook)

Park Ridge will formally dedicate a street named in honor of late “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini on Sunday.

Electronic sign announcing dedication of James Gandolfini Way in Park Ridge
Electronic sign announcing dedication of James Gandolfini Way in Park Ridge (Facebook)

The Borough Council approved a measure this week giving Park Avenue in the Bergen County community the honorary street name of “James Gandolfini Way.” Gandolfini grew up in a home on Park Avenue.

Several hundred people and members of Gandolfini’s family are expected to attend a dedication ceremony on Sunday. A number of his “Soprano” co-stars will also be there  including Dominic Chianese, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirrippa, Vincent Curatola and Vincent Pastore according to ABC 7.

The idea came from high school classmate Lori Joachim Fredrics who first proposed the idea on a Facebook page.  “I am very pleased that the Borough Council and Mayor responded to the request in the petition this way” said Fredrics . “Our community is so proud of James Gandofini’s accomplishments both as an actor and a philanthropist and having the main thoroughfare in our town bearing honorary signs will  communicate this pride in a visible way”.

Gandolfini was a 1979 graduate of Park Ridge High School and remained active in his hometown even after his acting career grew.

He died in Italy of a heart attack while on vacation in June.

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