Vol. 54 â–Ş No. 1 Washington D.C.
January 2015 $1.50
An Italian American Gazette of the Greater Washington D.C. Area
Immigration Initiatives To Affect Millions of Undocumented Migrants
La Befana Arrives at Casa Italiana
by Francesco IsgrĂ˛
President Obama recently announced a series of immigration initiatives that would provide temporary relief to about 5 million undocumented migrants. The principal one, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, would provide parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents born before November 20, 2014, and who have been in this country since January 1, 2010, a form of temporary status and employment authorization for three years. Under U.S. law, a person born in the United States is automatically a citizen regardless of whether their parents entered the country unlawfully. Those eligible for Deferred Action will have to apply for it and pass the required background checks. No deadline has been set for the start or end of the program, although eligible applicants will likely have to wait until around late spring, when the Department of Homeland Security is expected to start accepting applications The President also announced the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for young people who arrived here before turning 16 years of age and who have been here since January 1, 2010. The Deferred Action period and work authorization will be extended from two to three years. As of last September, 860,000 young people had applied for this program. These executive actions on immigration have been highly controversial, with opponents calling them "lawless" and "unconstitutional." The facts are that there may be more than 12,000,000 unauthorized migrants in the United States (about 60% from Mexico). Most of the unauthorized migrants have jobs, families, and children. Although millions live in a shadow economy, they have become part of communities and their plight needs to be addressed in a fair and human fashion. The President has taken the first steps unilaterally but Congress now needs to act to pass comprehensive legislative reform that brings our immigration policies into the 21st century.
La Befana vien di notte, Con le scarpe tutte rotte, Col vestito alla romana, Viva, Viva La Befana! La Befana arrived at the Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center, just after the noon Mass on the first Sunday of the New Year. Children were invited to kiss the baby Jesus in church, before proceeding to Casa Italiana for the arrival of La Befana, gifts, and a pizza lunch. Who is La Befana? As the legend goes, La Befana was an old lady who lived not far from Bethlehem. She dressed in black, had a twisted body, and leaned on an old broom to move about. Her hands were withered and distorted from working the land and tending animals. Christian legend had it that La Befana was
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Il Prof. Joseph Lupo, Direttore della scuola di lingua di Casa Italiana Noted Briefly... di Pino Cicala
La nomina del Prof. Joseph Lupo a direttore della Scuola di Lingua di Casa Italiana assicura non solo una guida con impareggiabile esperienza professionale ma anche un appassionato alla divulgazione della lingua e cultura italiana ed un affidabile amico della nostra Parrocchia Italiana del Santo Rosario. Joe, come lo chiamano affettuosamente gli amici è un istituzione a Holy Rosary dove per anni è stato al servizio della comunità a tutti i livelli e come Presidente del Consiglio parrocchiale. L’amore per la lingua italiana lo ha visto in prima fila nella fondazione del consiglio per la promozione della lingua italiana nelle scuole americane (COPILAS) che ha diretto fino a poco tempo fa quando ha passato il testimone al nuovo direttore Dr. Daniel Stabile. Durante la sua amministrazione sono stati conseguiti numerosi importanti obiettivi e fra essi desidero ricordare il memorandum of understanding con lo Stato del Maryland, l’inclusione dell’italiano come materia curriculare in parecchie scuole delle Contee Prince George’s e Montgomery e tante scuole della Virginia, la collaborazione con l’Ufficio scuola dell’Ambasciata d’Italia e con il Comites. La partecipazione
►Sales of sparkling wines are bubbling, according to the Wall St. Journal, and Prosecco is by far the hottest seller. The U.S. Prosecco boom began five years ago and has benefited companies like Zardetto Spumanti, E.&J. Gallo Winery, which makes La Marca, and Vinicola Zonin, which produces Zonin Prosecco. Prosecco has a fruitier flavor than Champagne and comes at a cheaper price.
Prof. Joseph Lupo in the hallway of the Casa Italiana Language School
a convegni sull insegnanento della lingua italiana ( ACFTL), i corsi di aggiornamento per gli insegnanti e la lista potrebbe continuare. Con la nomina del Dr. Lupo successo su tre fronti per una futuro promettente: Lunga associazione alla Holy Rosary e Casa Italiana, dedicazione alla divulgazine della lingua e cultura italiana, ed esperienza professionale ineguagliata che lo ha visto insegnante, Preside, Chief Educational Administrator PGCPS Special Assistant to the Superintendent PGPCS, e Supervisor of PDS Goucher College.
Parlando ai microfoni diAntenna Italia il Dr. Lupo ha illustrato il programma di lavoro articolato sull'introduzione dell insegnamento dell' italiano come materia curriculare nei sistemi scolastici pubblici in preparazione per gli esami di AP (Advanced placement), programmi per residenti temporanei che dovranno riprendere gli studi in Italia e programmni che integrano l'insegnamento di lingua e cultura italiana. La conversazione puo essere ascoltata su italianamico.net cliccando Antenna Italia del 3 gennaio 2015.
Casa Italiana al Festival della Smithsonian American Art Museum Oltre 2.500 visitatori hanno celebrato il Festival Italiano organizzato presso lo Smithsonian American Art Museum a Washington DC il Sabato 13 dicembre 2014. Il bellissimo cortile Kogod era in
fermento con la magia dei tradizionali spettacoli e attività italiane. "La Fata italiana" ha intrattenuto i visitatori più giovani mentre Opera-Pop ha eseguito le canzoni italiane più popolari. I ballerini sui trampoli del Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo hanno stupito la folla e gli
Flavia Colombo con le postazioni di art & craft per bambini allestite da Casa Italiana
Zampognari di Philadelphia (suonatori di cornamuse italiane) hanno suonato le tradizionali canzoni italiane del periodo natalizio. È stata presentata anche una danza affascinante dal titolo "White" con i ballerini del balletto di Washington, con la coreografia di Mimmo Miccolis. Shannon Jones ha firmato copie del suo libro "KeeKee Big Adventures a Roma, Italia". Molto successo di visitarori hanno avuto le postazioni di art & craft per bambini allestite da Casa Italiana dove i piccoli “artisti” hanno creato personaggi natalizi e ornamenti per l’albero di Natale. L'evento è stato il frutto di una collaborazione fra l'Ambasciata d'Italia, l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Washington DC lo Smithsonian American Art Museum e la Galleria Renwick. Un grande grazie a tutti i volontari che hanno donato il loro tempo. --Flavia Colombo
►Iconic designer Gucci has replaced its chief executive Patrizio di Marco and top designer Frida Giannini for failing to revitalize its sagging business. Gucci's poor performance is due to competition from other luxury brands and the slowdown in the China market. Di Marco's replacement is Marco Bizzarri. ►Pino Daniele, popular Italian singer-songwriter, died of a heart attack at age 59. A native of Naples, Daniele was a self-taught guitarist who went on to play with greats such as Eric Clapton and Richie Havens. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Daniele had "a rare sensitivity tinged with passion and melancholy that will continue to tell the story of our country to the whole world." ►Verna Lisi, an Italian actress lured to Hollywood in the 1960s, has died at age 78. Like her contemporaries, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, the beautiful Lisi proved she could also act. She starred in roles with Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra and other stars before returning to her native Italy. Lisi was married to Franco Pesci, an Italian builder and architect, for 53 years until his death in 2013. Email: Jplamari@msn.com Web: AttorneyLamari.com
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Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Inspiration
Exhibition explores images of Mary by renowned Renaissance and Baroque artists Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea, now on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, brings together masterworks from major museums, churches and private collections in Europe and the United States. The exhibition draws together iconic and devotional images of Mary, which together provide an understanding of how the Virgin Mary has influenced Western sensibility since the Sixth Century. Picturing Mary examines how the image of Mary was portrayed by wellknown Renaissance and Baroque artists, including Botticelli, Dürer, Michelangelo, Pontormo, Gentileschi and Sirani. More than 60 paintings, sculptures and textiles are on loan from the Vatican Museums, Musée du Louvre, Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and other public and private collections—many exhibited for the first time in the United States. “Among the most important subjects in Western art for more than a millen-
nium was a young woman: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her name was given to cathedrals, her face imagined by painters and her feelings explored by poets,” said exhibition curator and Marian scholar Monsignor Timothy Verdon, director, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy. “This exhibition explores the concept of womanhood as represented by the Virgin Mary, and the power her image has exerted through time, serving both sacred and social functions during the Renaissance and Baroque periods,” he said. Picturing Mary continues in the museum's tradition of examing themes of women and art. Among the standout pieces in the exhibition are Botticelli's Madonna and Child (Madonna col bambino) from the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan, Andrea Pisano's marble relief, which originally adorned the bell tower of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, and a work called Self-
Detail from Virgin and Child by Elisabetta Sirani, 1663
Portrait at the Easel, by a female artist Sofonisba Anguissola depicting herself painting the Madonna and Child in an affectionate pose.
Italian Author Donates His Dictionary of Calabrian Dialects to Lido Civic Club, Casa Italiana
Calabria, this dictionary also includes stories, proverbs, and poems collected over the years through research in various archives in Italy, as well as oral histories of Italian immigrants in America. To learn more, visit Cav. Capano's web site at: sanzostaru.wix.com/ildialetto-calabrese--Fabio Capano
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Ringing in the New Year at Casa Italiana
Viva, Viva La Befana Continued from page 1
approached by the biblical Magi, or Three Kings, as they searched for the Infant Jesus. They had seen his star in the sky and asked her where they could find Jesus, but she said she did not know. The Magi invited her to join them on the journey but she replied that she was too busy. Later, La Befana had a change of heart, and tried to find them but couldn't. So, to this day, La Befana continues her search for the little baby. Along the way, she leaves toys and sweets for good children and coal or onions for those who have not been good.
New Year's Eve Party Planning Committee: Ennio DiTullio, Maria Fresco, Emma DiTullio, Fr. Ezio Marchetto, Carmen Ciccone, Mario Ciccone, Filippo Russo, and Tina Russo.
More than 130 Holy Rosary parishioners and friends ushered in the New Year at the Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center on New Year's Eve. The celebration began with a Mass at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and dancing followed, with Pasta Plus catering the meal and the Omni 1 Band providing the music.
The Omni 1 Band, from top, Steve McGrath, Katie Gillis, Sergio Fresco, Mario Palumbo.
Parish Children Express Their Desires for the New Year
Liliana Carannante, 6, would like to return to Italy on vacation in 2015. Sister, Sofia, 7, hopes for some "cool clothes."
Rocco Kammer, 6, hopes the New Year will bring him a Razr scooter.
Martina Marchi, 7, hopes she will receive stuffed animals in the New Year, "especially penguins."
Luca Mariggio, 7, shown helping make pizza during the Befana's visit, hopes he will get a Kitchen Aid.
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Viewing an Authentic Neapolitan Presepio in Washington D.C. Thanks to the generosity of Pasquale DePandi, Holy Rosary parishioners did not have to travel to Italy to view an authentic Neapolitan presepio (also called presepe). On Christmas Day, Fr. Ezio Marchetto announced from the pulpit that DePandi had extended an invitation to the entire parish community to view the Nativity scene on display at his home in Georgetown. Visitors were awed by the museum quality masterpiece and size of the presepio, which occupied an entire wall. DePandi explained that the presepio was one of the last produced by the late Neapolitan artist Giuseppe Ferrigno, who is often referred to as the “Principe del presepe.” The Ferrigno shop located on the famous Via di San Gregorio Armeno, Naples, and now run by his son Marco, continues the cultural family tradition first established in 1836, when the first shop was founded. The first Christian nativity scene was actually created by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century in Greccio, a small town north of Rome. In the 1700s
Pasquale DePandi and Rosalia Acampora next to the authentic Neapolitan presepio
Detail from the Neapolitan presepio
Neapolitan artists elevated the presepio to an art form. Neapolitan families competed with each other to produce the most elegant and elaborate scenes. They also made political statements: next to the Child Jesus, the Holy Family and the shepherds, for example, were placed noble ladies and gentlemen,
Local Artists Display Works at Casa Italiana Art Show
Mosaics, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, photograhy and jewelery by eleven artists Casa Italiana recently provided a unique opportunity to meet eleven talented Italian artists and view a range of art that included mosaics, ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography and jewelry. Antonio Bianchini displayed a number of his mosaics, which he creates through a technique that he learned from the masters in Ravenna, the capital of Italian mosaics. During the all-day event, he unveiled his latest work—a large mosaic of Madonna and Child—and announced that he will donate it to Fr. Ezio for Holy Rosary Church. Roberto Paolinelli, who teaches ceramics classes at Casa Italiana, displayed a variety of his ceramics created using the maiolica technique he learned in Castelli, Abruzzo. Other artists included Davide Prete, a sculptor who teaches at the Corcoran Gallery;
Giancarlo Chiancone, a painter and medical doctor from Salerno; Michela Mansuino, a Philadelphia still-life painter; Jane Lepscky, a landscape artist who lived in Italy for 20 years; photographer Alessandra Bianco; artist Sofia Caligiuri, who displayed her bas relief ("rilievi") works; Paola Lugli, an interior designer and jewelry maker; and Armida Oradei and Giuliana Canè, who displayed their one-of-a-kind jewelry. The event was organized by Holy Rosary Parish Council members
Armida Oradei and Nancy DeSanti, with the support of Fr. Ezio Marchetto and the assistance of Antonio Bianchini.--Nancy De Santi
and representatives of the bourgeoisie. Some included scenes of everyday life: vendors with their banks, gypsies predicting the future, people playing cards, housewives shopping, dogs, cats, sheep and other depictions of daily life in Naples.
NOIAW to Honor Three Noted Local Women The Greater Washington D.C. Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW), a nonprofit organization that preserves Italian culture and supports the advancement of women of Italian heritage, holds its annual Epiphany celebration in mid-January. The event celebrates the achievements of three local women of Italian heritage who are leaders and role models in their respective fields: Tamara Darvish, Executive Vice President of DARCARS Automotive Group; Amy Riolo, award-winning author, cuisine and culture expert, chef, and television host; and Domenica Rubino, MD, Director and Founder of the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research. “We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of these outstanding leaders. They are truly great role models, and their remarkable professional achievements inspire all Italian American women to succeed,” said Diana Femia, President of NOIWA, Washington D.C.
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“Lei non sa chi sono io!” (“Don't you know who I am?!”) This expression, often pronounced with a raised voice, aims to establish our credentials, to make people aware of our status, to make sure that they know with whom they are dealing and to inform them that they should show proper reverence and respect! Usually it does not work! On December 22, on the occasion of the Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, Pope Francis gave a wonderful talk. In his speech he listed 15 “diseases” that plagued that institution. I do believe that most of what the Pope said could be applied to us with very few changes. For example the Pope said, The disease of thinking we are “immortal,” “immune” or downright “indispensable,” neglecting the need for regular check-ups. […] A simple visit to the cemetery might help us see the names of many people who thought they were immortal, immune and indispensable! It is the disease of the rich fool in the Gospel, who thought he would live forever (Lk 12:13-21), but also of those who turn into lords and masters, and think of themselves as above others and not at their service. The antidote to this plague is the grace of realizing that we are sinners and able to say heartily, “We are unworthy servants. We have only done what was our duty.” (Lk 17:10) The temptation to believe that we are indispensable is a strong one. At times
we hold on to our position, our tasks and even our responsibilities so strongly that that we do not share with others what we know or what we see as necessary to be done, fearing that someone else could do it and so take our place. We prefer to see that something doesn't happen, rather than seeing someone else do it. Of course, we do not say this, but our attitude decrees, “Either I do it or it is not done!” So now we should ask ourselves: “If for whatever reason I can not continue my work, my service or my responsibilities, is there someone else who will continue to perform it?” To have the foresight of preparing someone to take our place is a sign of maturity and humility. It is a great sign that we love our church, our association, our group, or our projects more than we love ourselves. One day I was in a bus in Rome when an altercation occurred between the bus driver and a passenger, who exploded in a loud voice, “Lei non sa chi sono io!” To which the bus driver answered also loudly, with a typical Roman attitude, “Zitti e boni che mo ci dice chi è lui.”. (Quiet everyone, he's now going to tell us who he is.”) Of course, everyone started to laugh. And laughter is the best answer to the presumption that we ourselves at times believe that we are indispensible. --Fr. Ezio Marchetto
‟A simple visit
to the cemetery might help us see the names of many people who thought they were immortal, immune and indispensable!”
Pope Francis Appoints New Cardinals
Ethiopian Archbishop, a friend of Holy Rosary, is among them In one of his first official acts of the New Year, Pope Francis announced the appointment of nineteen new members of the College of Cardinals. The Pope's selection spanned twelve countries, including several Archbishops from Latin America, Asia and Oceania, and two from Africa. Two of those elevated to Cardinal come from Italy: Edoardo Menichelli, Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo, and Francesco Montenegro, Archbishop of Agrigento, Sicily. Pope Francis urged the new Cardinals to accept their role with "a simple
from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is a friend of Holy Rosary Church. He was hosted by Fr. Ezio Marchetto and former pastor Fr. Lydio Tomasi at the Holy Rosary rectory in 2013, during his Washington visit to raise funds for the construction of a new Ethiopian Catholic University. The then-Archbishop spoke to the Holy Rosary congregation at Sunday Mass, explaining his mission to build a Catholic institution for higher learning that provides quality education to men and women of all races and religions. Catholics make up only 1 percent of the total population of Ethiopia, where
Fr. Hagos, Fr. Lydio Tomasi, newly-appointed Cardinal Berhaneysus, Maria Marigliano
and humble heart. And, although you should do so with happiness and joy, do it in such a way that this sentiment is far removed from any expression of worldliness, from any celebration alien to the evangelical spirit of austerity, simplicity and poverty." On February 22, the newly elected Cardinals will be officially elevated to their new posts. One of the two new African Cardinals, Archbishop Berhaneyesus
the majority is Orthodox Christian and more than 30 percent are Muslim. Yet, the Catholic church operates nearly 400 schools and 75 medical institutions in the country. A group of Washington D.C. volunteers, the Friends of the Ethiopian Catholic University, which includes several Holy Rosary parishioners, is working to help raise awareness and funds for the new University in Addis Ababa. To learn more, go to fecusta.org.
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Mario Cuomo (1932-2015): Breaking Barriers for Italian Americans The recent death of Mario Cuomo, the first Italian-American governor of New York, is a reminder of how far Italian Americans have come, thanks to leaders like Cuomo, Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, A. Barlett Giamatti, president of Yale, Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, and others who first broke the barriers that once deprived Italian Americans from achieving the highest positions. Cuomo was a skilled politician, serving three terms as governor of New York. He was passionate liberal, who sent a message of compassion tinged by the Roman Catholicism that was a key part of his identity. He was a tenacious debater, a deep-thinker and, as he proved in a stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1984, an eloquent and dignified presence. Cuomo was the youngest son of Italian immigrants. His father, Andrea, came to America in 1927, and spent long hours working in his grocery store.
Mario spoke only Italian until he was 8. He became the first member of his family to go to college, attending St. John University. After earning a law degree, Cuomo considered a career in a private law firm but soon realized that as an Italian American he would not be hired. In 1970, he entered politics and in time became the first Italian American governor in Albany. “The idea that I could come from behind my parents’ grocery store in South Jamaica to the highest seat in the state of New York, that’s enough for one lifetime,” Cuomo once said. Indeed it seemed to be enough for his lifetime. Despite all the talk of presidential runs in 1988 and 1992, Cuomo never threw his hat in the ring. Some believed he didn’t have the fire to run. Others said that as an Italian American, his name would inevitably be tied to the Mafia. Bill Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas, in fact,
Mario Cuomo at the Democratic National Convention in 1984
discredited him by saying in 1992 that Cuomo “acts like a member of the Mafia.” Clinton later apologized and, after moving into the White House in 1993 even offered Cuomo a seat on the Supreme Court, which Cuomo declined
to accept. For Cuomo, the highest seat in the state of New York turned out to be enough, but the road he paved for Italian Americans and the legacy he leaves behind are immense.
Este, provincia di Padova–Fredericksburg, Va.: verso il gemellaggio Nella settimana dal 9 al 16 novembre una delegazione di amici americani provenienti dalla città di Fredericksburg (Virginia), si è recata in visita ad Este, bellissima cittadina ai piedi dei Colli Euganei in provincia di Padova. Chi ha organizzato questo incontro è stato il M.llo Gaetano Giordano che lavora presso l’ambasciata italiana di Washington DC. Lo scopo di questa visita era di connettere le due città, mettendo la base per scambi di interesse culturale, enogastronomico e economico. Il progetto prevede di iniziare col facilitare l’export soprattutto valorizzando le attività produttive della zona come le ceramiche, il vino, i salumi e altri prodotti tipici del territorio, per culminare nella creazione di un gemellaggio fra le due città. Questa visita/incontro ha visto da una parte il M.llo Giordano, con l’appoggio di tutta l’Amministrazione Comunale di Este, il Sindaco Signor Giancarlo Piva e il Comitato Gemellaggi di Este, e dall’altra la rappresentanza da Fredericksburg costituita dal signor
Membri della delegazione di Fredericksburg con il sindaco d'Este Gincarlo Piva. Il Maresciallo Giordano è il secondo da destra
Donald Cup, un americano che ama e vive nei Colli Euganei, il Signor Bill Beck, Presidente del Sister City Association di Fredericksburg, il Sindaco Signora Mary Katherine Greenlaw, il Signor Robert K. Antozzi, responsabile della delegazione venuta ad Este, la Signora Katryn Willis, e tanti altri amici di Fredericksburg. Altre persone importanti che hanno contribuito a rendere la visita veramente proficua, sono state l’Assessore alle
Attività Produttive Signor Matteo Paiola e la Presidentessa del Comitato Gemellaggi Signora Luigia Businarolo. Per una settimana la delegazione ha visitato Este, gli splendidi Colli Euganei, Verona, la città di Giulietta e Romeo e Padova la città di Giotto e Sant’Antonio, culminando con la bellissima Cappella degli Scrovegni. S Gli incontri chiave sono stati presso le attività produttive cominciando con le ceramiche, per le quali Este è famosa
in tutto il mondo, le aziende produttrici di pasta, salumi e vini. Gli assaggi, wine testing e spegazione dei metodi di produzione ha accattivato la stima e l’interesse di tutta la delegazine di Fredericksburg. È stata una settimana estremamente positiva ed è servita ad iniziare un dialogo che prevede una continuazioni di scambi culturali, commerciali e turistici che portino ad un avvicinamento di queste due meravigliose cittadine: Este e Fredericksburg. Il prossimo capitolo prevede una delegazione dall’Italia in visita a Fredericksburg --M.llo Gaetano Massimo Giordano.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR January 25, 2015. Meeting of AMHS at Casa Italiana at 1:00 p.m. Major Elio Manes, Bersaglieri Commander, will speak on “Bersaglieri, from 1836 to 2014, A Run Across Two Centuries of History.” For information contact Lynn Sorbara at 301-926-7792. February 8, 2014. Carnevale celebration sponsored by Holy Rosary Church/Casa Italiana, at Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Live music by the I-Talians. February 14, 2014. Carnevale celebration co-sponsored by Lucchesi nel Mondo/Tuscany Club and AMHS. For
information Contact Patricia Maltagliati at email@example.com February 17, 2015. Not to be missed: the PBS film on "Italian Americans" by John Maggio and narrated by Stanley Tucci. Check local listings for times.
The Lido Civic Club of Washington D.C. 1929-2015 Our 86th Year
Metropolitan Washington’s Premier Italian-American Business and Professional Men’s Organization
Brian R. DellaRocca Esq., President Thomas F. Regnante, Vice President Arthur J. Del Buono, Treasurer Vincenzo Fragomeni, Secretary Rocco DelMonaco Jr., Public Affairs Jack Derrico, Sergeant at Arms “To the end that American citizens of Italian descent or origin and their families may find a welcome and ready entrance into the social, civil and community life of Washington, D.C., and thus be helped in forming acquaintances and taking part in the activities of community life which leads to contentment and tends to make the new member more valuable to himself, his employer and his community; to perpetuate the bond of friendship and good will which has always existed between the American and Italian peoples....” (From the Preamble to the 1929 Lido Club Constitution)
Voce Italiana is published by Casa Italiana/Holy Rosary Church in Washington DC; In this issue::immigration, la Befana, Neapolitan presepio...