HAWTHORNE, NJ – Flavio Romeo is the voice behind the “Hawthorne Towncast” – a free podcast available for listeners who want to learn more about the goings-on in the borough. On Thursday, Romeo spoke with TAPinto Hawthorne Editor John Van Vliet for the fourteenth episode of the “towncast”.
The Hawthorne Towncast was the product of Romeo who was trying to think of ways to help promote the local economy in the ongoing struggle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Romeo was born in Milan, Italy, and came to the United States at the age of 4, growing up in Hawthorne and graduating Hawthorne High School in the Class of 1980. While Romeo said that he had to deal with bullies in school, and that there weren’t many “off the boat” Italians like him, his experience growing up in Hawthorne made for many happy memories. Some of his fondest memories of Hawthorne were of his youth, spending time with his friends outside, playing pinball, and buying baseball cards in local shops.
Romeo worked in international business, traveling to countries such as India, China, Italy, and Germany, but when the pandemic struck in China, the wheels of international commerce began a sharp contraction. People were not traveling. Next, Italy was struck, and shortly afterwards, the entire world was struggling to deal with the contagious coronavirus. And for Romeo, that meant he, like millions of others, was working from home and spent most of his time in Hawthorne. Over the spring and summer,