Group working to identify Hammonton's Little Italy

Mar 15, 2019 318

Tom Ricca is a lot of things: a proud father, a hardworking business owner, an energetic former WWE wrestler, and now, a champion of his town’s Italian heritage. For the past year, Ricca, 50, has been leading a crusade to create a Little Italy in the heart of one of the state’s most Italian towns.

More than a decade ago, Town Council designated a section of town bounded by Egg Harbor Road, Fairview Avenue, Third Street, Pratt Street, Mt. Carmel Lane, French Street and Orchard Street as “Little Italy,” but signage was never placed to identify it. Ricca is hoping to change that with a concept that includes signs and banners, a website and an interactive map of the area. He said he hopes to get red, white and green crosswalks painted, but admitted that may be a long shot.

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