The Calandra`s Bakery Hoax

By Bernie on 02 Oct 2012

I received the following email about Calandra's Bakery in Newark, N.J. from Constant reader B.W. who likes for me to check out the bona fides of Internet rumors sent to him:

Those of you from North Jersey, particularly western Essex County, are very familiar with Calandra's.

Another good reason to buy their bread.

Calandra's Restaurants

Sadly, it's a hoax. Here's the craven palliation on the facebook page for Calandra's Restaurants:

An Important Message from Calandra’s Bakery:

To our valued customers,

We have been alerted to a new e-mail hoax featuring a photograph of a banner that makes a disrespectful political statement against President Obama. The banner is attributed to someone named Paul Calandra and the e-mail message claims that the banner is hanging “outside a famous bakery in Newark”. The Calandra family and Calandra’s Bakery are in no way, shape, or form affiliated with the aforementioned banner or with the person that is responsible for it. The banner is not hanging and was never hung at any of our Calandra’s Bakery locations. Furthermore, the individual responsible for the banner, Paul Calandra, has no affiliation whatsoever with the Calandra family or Calandra’s Bakery. He is not related to the family, and he is not involved with the business. The Calandra family strives to provide their customers with the best products at the best prices; they have not, do not, and will not use their businesses as platforms for political statements.

As always, thank you for your patronage and your loyalty.

Anthony & Lou Calandra

If Anthony & Lou Calandra had any integrity and at least one testicle between them, they would have written:

An Important Message from Calandra’s Bakery:

To our valued customers,

We have been alerted to an e-mail featuring a photograph of a banner that says,"My Grandfather, an Italian immigrant, started this business without any government help...

"Obama Can Kiss Our Ass.

"I am Paul Calandra and I approve this message."

We regret that the Calandra family and Calandra’s Bakery had nothing to do with the aforementioned banner nor are we affiliated with or related to the person who is responsible for it. However, we would like to affirm that our bakery is the success it is today without the government's help and so we agree wholeheartedly with the message.

The Calandra family strives to provide our customers with the best products at the best prices; and we do not need or want government handouts or subsidies for the same reason we do not use inferior ingredients nor engage in shoddy business practices.

As always, thank you for your patronage and your loyalty.

Anthony & Lou Calandra

Now that would have made me drive 40 minutes to buy their bread.


Here is where the banner originated from:, Essex County bakery owner falsely linked to anti-Obama ad paying the price to clear his name

Paul Calandra is a principal at Jenmar Corp. in Cresson, Pa., a family-owned company in western Pennsylvania that supplies everything from beams to channels and trusses to the coal mining and tunneling industry.

Paul Calandra was not available yesterday for comment, but a company employee acknowledged he posted his own views about Obama about a month ago on a fence outside the Jenmar plant on Gallitzin Road, some 280 miles west of Newark.

The banner, the employee said, was apparently ripped down last week.

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