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‘Friendly Sons’ 100th St. Patrick’s Day Banquet

Hart grand marshal, Falcone general chairman of Friendly Sons event

March 01. 2014 11:05AM

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Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick President Edward Hart announced Atty. Michael Falcone has been chosen as general chairman of the upcoming 100th anniversary banquet to be held March 17 at The Woodlands Inn and Resort.

Hart also announced that Edward Hart IV has been chosen as this year’s grand marshal. He is the son of President Hart.

Following in the footsteps of his late father, Paul Leonard Jr. will be the flag bearer and lead the procession of Friendly Sons into the banquet.

Renewing a past banquet tradition, various Irish musical selections will be sung during the evening. Past President Bill Burke will recite the St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer and Past President Joe Heffers will offer a reflection on the history of the organization.

Formerly of Pittston, Falcone is a graduate of Pittston Area High School, Misericordia University and Widener University School of Law. He is the Chief Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Law Division, overseeing 34 attorneys and support staff at the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington D.C. The division, under his direction, is comprised of three sections: National Security Law, Human Rights Law, and Criminal Law.

He is the son of Anthony and Jean Hart Falcone of Pittston and resides in Arlington, Va.

Edward Hart IV is in his junior year at Scranton Preparatory High School and plans to major in neuroscience in college. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and was the recipient of the Diocese of Scranton’s Bishop’s Award in 2012. He is a member of the Friendly Sons and Knights of Columbus Council 372.

He is employed at Pazzo restaurant and is an avid skier and golfer. He lives at home with his parents, Edward and Natalie Amico Hart, and his sisters, Alexandra and Emma.

Tickets for the banquet are available from any member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick or at the Knights of Columbus Home, Main Street, Pittston.

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