Vol. 53 ▪ Nos. 10-11 Washington D.C.
October-November 2014 $1.50
An Italian American Gazette of the Greater Washington D.C. Area
NIAF To Honor John Turturro, Daniel D'Aniello, Pino Cicala The 39th annual gala of the National Italian American Foundation, celebrating Italian American culture and heritage, will honor a number of prominent national and international leaders in the fields of business, entertainment, and communication. Noted actor, writer, and director John Turturro will receive the NIAF special achievement award in entertainment. Turturro, who is featured in the highly anticipated PBS documentary series, "The Italian Americans," will showcase the project before the thousands of gala attendees from here and abroad. Daniel D'Aniello, co-founder and chairman of the Carlyle Group, will receive the special achievement award in business. Founded in 1987 in Washington D.C., Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms. Pino Cicala, well-known in the Washington D.C. Italian American community for his more than 50 years of communicating and disseminating news of interest to the community, will receive the special achievement award in community leadership. Cicala is the founder and editor of AMICO and Antenna Italia Radio-TV. David Cordani, president and chief executive officer of Cigna Corp., will be given the award for business and health. Cigna is a global health service company with 35,000 employees worldwide. The NIAF award in public service will go to Susan Molinari, vice president for public policy and government relations at Google, and Pasqualino Monti, president of the Port Authority of Rome Civitavecchia, will receive the award in international business. A special Italy-America friendship award will go to Fabrizio Francesco Vinaccia, a senior vice president for MBDA Italia S.p.A. Maria Bartiromo, Emmy award-winning news anchor, will co-host the dinner with actor and radio host Joe Piscopo. The gala takes place October 25 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Columbus Day Celebrated in Washington
Columbus Day celebrations began with Mass on Sunday at Holy Rosary Church and continued with a program at the Columbus statue at the Church courtyard, where Fr. Ezio Marchetto, the Knights of Columbus, and others spoke about the explorer and the new worlds he opened up. The following day, Columbus Day, Washington D.C. officially honored Columbus with a ceremony at Columbus Plaza in front of Union Station. For the story and photos, see page 3.
L’America dei navigatori italiani di Generoso d’Agnese
L’Avventura iniziò il 3 agosto 1492 e trovò il suo acme a San Salvador il 12 ottobre dello stesso anno. Quel giorno Cristoforo Colombo iscrisse il suo nome nella storia. Ma non fu il solo italiano a lasciare importanti “scie” negli Oceani del Mondo e tracce nel Nuovo Continente. Il fratello Bartolomeo seguì con
passione la stessa vocazione marinara di Cristoforo e ottenuto il titolo di “Adelantado”, fondò la città di Santo Domingo. Nel 1510 re Ferdinando il cattolico affidò a Bartolomeo la colonizzazione del Veragua, dopo i fallimentari tentativi di Hojedo, e in tale veste egli si stava muovendo quando la morte lo colpì nel
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