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ITALIAN TIMES Published by the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916

VOL. 33, NO. 10

APRIL 2012

A message from Dave Spano, Italian Community Center President In my President’s acceptance speech in November of 2010, I laid out several of our goals. One specific project that I pointed to was to make sure that we were putting our assets to their highest and best use – particularly the parking lot land. A Request for Information (RFI) was researched and drafted, and the Board of Directors voted to send it out to more than 60 architectural firms and developers. We formed a committee of ICC members and outside experts to review the proposals and interview the respondents. After careful consideration, the committee recommended that the path of further due diligence was the most prudent. Therefore, we have engaged a team of highly tal-

ented, capable and experienced firms to conduct a six-month feasibility study regarding the potential development of the complete property. We are glad to announce that Coachyard Developments, LLC, a division of Marcus Investments, has been selected to proceed with this exercise. The study will examine the possibilities of a mixed-use development that could include parking, retail, restaurants, residential and hospitality. We will continue conversations with our neighbors, such as the Historic Third Ward Board, Summerfest, the City of Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, among others, on what could become an exciting new addition to

It was a ‘grand’ Carnevale indeed

our city. The Marcus Corporation had previously engaged Bruce Westling, president of MLG Commercial, to work on the leasing efforts on their open-air mall anchored by Von Maur at their Corner’s Project in Brookfield. Marcus felt that Westling could piggy-back on those efforts in conjunction with our due diligence and marketing study. The Marcus Please turn to page 5

Enjoy ‘A Taste of Italy’ at ICC on Sunday, Apr. 22 By Thomas Hemman Times Editor If you love Italian food, you’ll want to be at the Italian Community Center on Sunday, Apr. 22 for the 17th annual “A Taste of Italy.” This hugely popular event, which offers a bountiful selection of low-cost delicious Italian foods and beverages, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both admission and parking are free. This year, attendees can purchase seven food and beverage tickets for just $10 or a single ticket for $1.50. Food and beverage tickets will be sold on-site. Entrée items will be served in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. Desserts will be offered in the Festa Ballroom. Seating will be available throughout the building, including the bocce court room and the spacious courtyard. “We want to make sure everyone has a place to sit down and enjoy the food,” Ann Romano, general chairperson, said. “This year, we’ve ordered extra large trays for carrying your food and beverages to your table,” she added. As has been the case since its inception in 1995, “A Taste of Italy” continues to be an essential fund-raising activity for the nonprofit Italian Community Center.

In spectacular fashion, recalling the pre-Lenten mask and costume festivities of Venice, Italy, the Italian Community Center presented its 33rd annual Il Grande Carnevale on Saturday, Feb. 18. Vivian and Vincenzo Balistreri (seen here) were crowned as La Regina (the queen) and Il Re (the king) of Carnevale. Nearly 400 people attended the gala. The theme of this year’s event was “La Stella di Venezia” (“The Star of Venice”). Look for more photos and information on Carnevale inside this issue. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Live entertainment During the course of the afternoon, Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee will perform in tbe Festa Ballroom. The Sicilian Serenaders II (Peter Balistrieri and Tom and Ted Pappalardo) will stroll throughout the building playing Italian and Sicilian music as visitors enjoy their food and beverage selections. Both groups

have long participated in “A Taste of Italy.” Appearing in the entertainment lineup for the second straight year will be ICC member Charles Evans, who will be singing Italian songs that are popular in the United States and some that aren’t heard here as often. All the songs will be sung in Italian. He will be accompanied by Galina Gerakosov on electronic piano. Evans, who has sung many times in Italian including as a member of the Florentine Opera Chorus, has produced a CD of sacred music, which will be available that day. All the entertainers are donating their services for the event. The appearance of the Sicilian Serenaders II is courtesy of La Società di San Giuseppe, which has also made a monetary donation to the event, Romano said. Giant raffle As has been the custom in past years, a giant raffle will be held in conjunction with “A Taste of Italy.” This year’s prizes are quite impressive. First prize is a 40-inch LCD HDTV. Second prize is an Apple IPad with WI-FI. Please turn to page 9

‘Balliamo, Bambini’ class rescheduled for Saturdays, Apr. 21 - May 26; new toddler registrations welcome By Colleen Jurkiewicz The dates and times for the “Balliamo, Bambini” dance class for toddlers have been changed. The class will now meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays from Apr. 21 to May 26 at the Italian Commun-

ity Center. Registration is still being accepted. “We just kept hearing from people who wanted to do the class so badly but had too many conflicts on the weekday,” says Sophia Gatti Taylor, who will be teaching the

class with her mother, Italian-language professor and ballroom dancer, Dr. Marisa Gatti-Taylor. “We wanted to open up the possibility that everyone could participate.” The class is open to toddlers ages 2 to 5. Children will learn

simple steps like the polka, mazurka, rumba and waltz. There will also be a strong element of Italian culture in the instruction and children will learn to count the dance rhythms in Italian. Please turn to page 7

Calendar of Events March 20 – April 28, 2012 Tuesday, Mar. 20 • Italian Community Center’s Italian II class, 5:30 p.m. • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO general meeting and dinner, 6 p.m. • Società Maschile M.S.S. del Lume meeting and spuntino, 6 p.m. • Italian Community Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Blues with Leroy Airmaster. Details in this issue on the series. • Italian Community Center’s Italian I class, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 21 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board, noon. • Avanti Committee’s free lecture series on great artists of the Italian Renaissance, 6 p.m. • Filippo Mazzei Lodge of Order Sons of Italy in America membership meeting, 6 p.m. Details in this issue. Thursday, Mar. 22 • Italian Community Center membership dinner, 5:30 p.m. • Italian Community Center general meeting, 6;30 p.m. • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Rockabilly with Liam Ford Band. Details in this issue on the series. Saturday, Mar. 24 • Italian Community Center’s children’s Italian class, 3 p.m. Week of Mar. 26 • Italian Community Center’s spring bocce league season gets under way with mixed couples leagues on Monday and Wednesday nights and seniors’ leagues on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Details in this issue. Tuesday, Mar. 27 • Italian Community Center’s Italian II class, 5:30 p.m. • Milwuakee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Italian Community Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Jazz with Jack & Jill Jazz (Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen). • Italian Community Center’s Italian I class, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 28 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board, noon. • Pompeii Women’s Club general meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 29 • Italian Community Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Rock and roll with Larry Lynne Band. Saturday, Mar. 31 • Italian Community Center’s children’s Italian class, 3 p.m. • Santa Rosalia Society dinner dance, 5 p.m. Details in this issue. Sunday, Apr. 1 • Pompeii Women’s Club Palm Sunday Breakfast Buffet, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Details in this issue. Monday, Apr. 2 • Solomon Juneau Club meeting, 1 p.m. • Pompeii Women’s Club Board meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 3 • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Jazz with Frank DeMiles and Company. • Pompeii Men’s Club Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 4 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board, noon. Thursday, Apr. 5 • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Rock and roll with Six Pack. Friday, Apr. 6 • Pompeii Men’s Club Good Friday Fish Buffet, 4 – 7:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Saturday, Apr. 7 • Italian Community Center’s Children’s Easter party, noon. Details in this issue. Sunday, Apr. 8 • Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter! • Italian Conference Center’s Easter Sunday Brunch, first seating at 10:30 a.m., last seating at 2:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Tuesday, Apr. 10 • Italian Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Jazz with Bob Maynard & The Milwaukee Connection. • Abruzzese Society meeting, 7 p.m. • Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National meeting, 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, Apr. 11 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board, noon. Thursday, Apr. 12 • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Rock and roll with Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy. Saturday, Apr. 14 • Festa Patrol Committee meeting, 11 a.m. Details in this issue. Monday, Apr. 16 • Italian Community Center Finance Committee meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 17 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO membership dinner and meeting, 6 p.m. • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Blues with Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. Wednesday, Apr. 18 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board, noon. • Milwaukee Filippo Mazzei Lodge of Order Sons of Italy in America Council meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 19 • Italian Community Center Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Rock and roll with Rick D’Amore & The Holidays. Friday, Apr. 20 • Santa Rosalia Society bocce social, 6 p.m. • Italian Community Center participates in Gallery Night, 6-10 p.m. Details in this issue. Saturday, Apr. 21 • “Balliamo, Bambini” (toddlers’ dance class), 10 a.m. First class. Details in this issue. • Italian Community Center participates in Gallery Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.. Details in this issue. Sunday, Apr. 22 • Italian Community Center’s 17th annual “A Taste of Italy,” 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Tuesday, Apr. 24 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m. • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Jazz with vocalist Joanne Agnello Mattson and the Tom Sorce Band. Wednesday, Apr. 25 • Festa Italiana Advisory Board meeting, noon. Thursday, Apr. 26 • Italian Community Center membership dinner, 5:30 p.m. • Italian Community Center general meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Italian Commmunity Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series,” 6:30 p.m. Rock and roll with the Tom Anthony Group. Last show in Cabin Fever Music Series. Friday, Apr. 27 • Abruzzese Society social, 6 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28 • “Balliamo, Bambini” (toddlers’ dance class), 10 a.m. Daily and weekly classes and activities • Bocce leagues. Spring leagues are under way through the week of May 21. Championship playoffs on Tuesday, May 29. • “Balliamo, Bambini,” a dance class for children, ages 2-5, rescheduled for Saturdays, Apr. 21 – May 26 at 10 a.m. Details in this issue. • Free Children’s Italian class. The spring semester of the Italian Community Center’s free children’s Italian class (for those ages 6-12) continues through each Saturday at 3 p.m. through May 12. Children can be enrolled on any Saturday during the 10-week series. • Italian I and II classes for teens and adults. The spring semester of Italian I and II class for teens and adults continues through Tuesday, May 8. • Tradizione Vivente, The Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee. This folk dance group practices weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the ICC. Visit for details. Ballate con noi! Dance with us! • Members Room. Open to Italian Community Center members and their guests, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.. Friday and Saturday.


Components of Historical Society’s exhibit showcasing Milwaukee’s Italians to be featured at Festa Italiana By Bob Ruggieri Many of the items comprising the acclaimed Milwaukee County Historical Society exhibit tracing the history of Italians in Milwaukee will be on display this year at Festa Italiana. “Faith, Family, Festa: Milwaukee’s Italians,” which opened on Apr. 14, 2011, was the first major exhibit at MCHS following the completion of a $10 million renovation project. The exhibit, which has attracted thousands of visitors, will close on Monday, Apr. 30. The MCHS exhibit at Festa will be housed in the Pompeii Sacred Art Tent, which this year will be located on the north end of the festival grounds with other cultural attractions. “All of us at the Milwaukee County Historical Society are honored and very pleased to have the opportunity for a final showing of ‘Faith, Family, Festa’ at Festa Italiana,” said Michael Reuter, the Society’s Curator of Museum Collections. “It’s an ideal venue, since Festa is the very essence of Italian culture in Milwaukee.” Rreuter’s comments were echoed by Scott Stroh, who joined MCHS as its Executive Director in 2011. He had been with the Florida Historical Resources Division. He moved to Milwaukee during the week of Festa Italiana and, in fact, participated in Festa 2011’s opening day ceremonies. Reuter noted that there was a noticeable surge in attendance at the Society during Festa last year. “The decision by the Milwaukee County Historical Society to make its popular display on Milwaukee’s Italian community available to our festival marks another first for

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Festa Italiana officials met with representatives of the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) on Wednesday, Feb. 15 to discuss details of the society’s offer to bring to Festa Italiana this July its spectacular exhibit “Faith, Family, Festa: Milwaukee’s Italians.” This display received high praise during its one-year showing at the Historical Society. The exhibit will close there on Saturday, Apr. 28. At Festa (July 19-22),

Festa Italiana and Milwaukee’s Italians,” said Mario Carini, the Italian Community Center’s historian, who played a key role in the formation of the MCHS display. “Never before has the Society loaned one of its exhibits to an outside organization. This is indeed a great honor. “We’re especially pleased that the MCHS display will be in our Pompeii Sacred Art Tent,” continued Carini. “Our mutual exhibits complement each other very nicely.” The Festa display will consist primarily of vintage photos. Some of the artifacts in the display at MCHS will not make the trip to Festa. They are considered to be fragile and could be harmed by

it is scheduled to be part of the Italian regional and cultural area on the north end of the festival grounds. From the left: ICC Historian Mario A. Carini, Festa Operators Director Paul Iannelli, MCHS Executive Director Scott M. Stroh III, MCHS Curator of Museum Collections/Registrar Michael Reuter; and Festa Advisory Committee member Giuseppe Vella. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

being exposed for several days to weather conditions. Like the exhibit at the Historical Society’s downtown headquarters, the display at Festa will consist of four modules. They are: • “Voyage to a New Land.” This section explores the conditions that led Italians to leave Italy and what led them to Milwaukee. • “A Benefit for All.” Visitors will learn about various social and religious groups formed to help fellow immigrants survive and prosper. A prime example of that was the many mutual aid societies. • “Church Is Community.” Among other things, this section will review the creation and demise of the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Catholic Church, which became the

heart of the Italian community in the old Third Ward. Also featured will be the many church festivals which were important social events. • “Giving Back.” The contributions of Milwaukee’s Italians in all facets of society will be highlighted. A popular interactive feature of the MCHS exhibit will be seen at Festa. “Name That Noodle” will give visitors the opportunity to identify a displayed pasta and then check their answer. To call attention to the display at the Society and the fact that it will be closing soon, the Society is inviting the public to a “Meatball Challenge” on Saturday, Mar. 24. (See separate article.)


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Children’s Easter party set for Saturday, Apr. 7 at ICC By Rose Anne Fritchie Plans are in place for a fun-filled children’s Easter party at the Italian Community Center on Saturday, Apr. 7, beginning at noon. The Avanti Committee is happy and excited to host this year’s party, the theme of which will be Festa di Pasqua, or Easter Carnival. This theme is back by popular demand. For the last four years, it has made for an entertaining, “crazy good” time. The atmosphere will be that of a carnival or county fair and will be tons of fun for everyone. As the children arrive, they will be given tokens to be used for the carnival games, the Ice Cream & Popcorn Shoppe, Cookie Store and other activities. At noon, all guests are invited to enjoy a delicious, buffet-style lunch consisting of mini hamburgers, mini corndogs, penne pasta, platters of healthy munchies like carrots, pickles and celery and fresh fruit. There will be chocolate or white milk for the youngsters and coffee for adults. And for dessert, we hope the carnival-goers stop at the Ice Cream & Popcorn Shoppe for an ice cream sundae and a sweet treat. After lunch, the games

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ICCʼs Children Easter Party & Lunch Reservation Form Saturday, April 7, 2012 • Noon to 2:00 p.m. Names of boys attending


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Total amount enclosed: $ Make your check payable to: Italian Community Center. Mail this form with your payment to: ICC, Attn.: Easter Party, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. begin! The ballroom will be filled with the sights and sounds of a festival, with carnival games such as the Quarter Toss, Ring Toss, Bowling Balls Push, Lollipop Pulls, Topple the Cans, Bean Bag Toss, and this year, because of the generosity of an ICC Member, SO MUCH MORE. The children will also have an additional chance to win special prizes by participating in the guessing jars contest. Gypsy Laura will be painting faces, and balloon hats will be created for any-

one interested in wearing a special Easter Hat. During the festivities, we anticipate a visit from the Easter Bunny, who will greet all of the children and lead them in a parade through the carnival. The children are welcome to wear their new hats and fill the room with the joyous noise of their musical instruments, which may be decorated by them at the decorating table during the party. The parade will end at the stage, where the Easter Bunny will have

treats for all youngsters to take home. The cost to attend is $10 per person. To ensure that all children receive their special treats, only advance reservations can be accepted. All pre-paid reservations must be received by Monday, Apr. 2. The party is open to ICC members and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren only. Please use the form accompanying this article to make your reservations.


Brittany Farina to display works when ICC takes part in April Gallery Night & Day event By Colleen Jurkiewicz The ICC will once again participate as a venue for the Gallery Night & Day event on Friday night, Apr. 20 and Saturday afternoon, Apr. 21. This time, the featured artist will be Brittany Farina, who will be displaying her concept art, digital illustrations and paintings. “It’s always an exciting night because all the galleries are open late and all the people are out in the Third Ward,” says Laura Easey Jones of the ICC’s Avanti Committee, the group that hosts the event. “It’s just a fun night to be out around town. We’re one of the later galleries to stay open, so people will have plenty of opportunities to come to ours.” The ICC gallery will be open on Friday, Apr. 20 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., an hour later than most of the

participating venues. Admission and parking are free. “Cafe La Scala is open and lots of people like to have dinner and then come to the gallery and walk through as a little treat after dinner,” says Easey Jones. “It’s a solo show this time. I don’t do that often, but Brittany has some very exciting work.” Farina’s work will be on display on Saturday, Apr. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty-four year-old Brittany Farina was born in Mequon and has always been an artist – but now she makes her living at it. “I’ve been an artist since I was able to pick up a pencil,” she says. “I was caught drawing Minnie Mouses on the carpet and vacuum cleaner with a permanent marker when I was four years old.”

Come to the ICC for your Easter Sunday feast The Italian Community Center invites its members and the public to an all-you-can-eat Easter Sunday brunch in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. Easter is Sunday, Apr. 8. Brunch prices are $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for each child under the age of 12. Pre-paid reservations are required. The ICC is taking reservations on the half-hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. with the last reservations taken for the seating at 2:30 p.m. Please call 414/223-2180 with your credit card handy to reserve your time and table. You can also sign up for the brunch by stopping in at the ICC reception desk on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Italian Times has been asked not to put a reservation form in the newspaper because of a history of late submittals of these forms on which people request seating times which have long been filled. If you’re interested in the earliest reservation times – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or noon – you should act quickly. These slots sell out the quickest.

The menu for this year’s Easter brunch is extensive. It includes black pepper and garlic crusted prime rib; bone-in Virginia maple ham; southern fried chicken; chicken scallopine; baked cod with lemon beurre blanc; Cajun salmon; roasted vegetable lasagna; cheese tortellini; penne pasta; marinara sauce; Alfredo sauce; rice pilaf; fire roasted corn; garden fresh greens; creamy Caesar; farfalle pasta salad; seasonal fruit with mint; Greek olive salad; antipasto; cottage cheese; baby red potato salad; omelettes made-to-order (including egg whites and Egg Beaters); applewood smoked bacon; peppered sausage; pancakes; lyonnaise potatoes; cheese blintz with strawberry sauce; artisinal breads (assorted dinner rolls, butter croissants, fresh bread, bagels, danish and muffins); homemade fruit pies; tortes; cannoli; tiramisu; Italian cookies; fruit juices; coffee; tea; and milk. Free parking is available in the lot south of the building.

Her artistic development has come along nicely since the days of vacuum-cleaner graffiti. She is trained in traditional painting and drawing but her primary medium is digital illustration and painting. Her artwork features vibrant colors and vivid depictions of animals, most specifically dogs. “My inspiration comes from my puppy, Lucy. I adopted her from the Wisconsin Humane Society. She’s such a colorful character – maybe that inspired me to use color in a different way than I did before,” she says. Farina is proud that a percentage of all her art sales goes to pet rescues, charities and local businesses. “I am really excited to work with local businesses and pet rescues – through them I sell my work and of course a percentage goes to that organization,” she says. “I like the idea of giving back to local busi-

nesses and rescues. Everyone benefits and it’s always a good thing. I enjoy being able to make a difference through my work.” Farina’s work will be on sale during the Gallery Night & Day exhibit, but she also gives her fans an opportunity to shop online at “This is an opportunity to see this artist that you might not get anywhere else,” says Easey Jones.

Message from ICC President Dave Spano continued from page 1 team also includes Engberg Anderson Architects, Greenfire Management Services, AECOM, and Gilbane Construction. I will keep our members informed as we progress. I would like to thank Mary Winard and her committee for their dedication in coordinating our Saint Joseph’s Day luncheon on Monday, Mar. 19. In April, we have the children’s Easter party led by Rose Anne

Fritchie and the Avanti Committee. The ICC Easter Sunday Brunch is on Apr. 8, and our very special “Taste of Italy” on Sunday, Apr. 22. Please see this issue for details on all of these events, and we hope to see you there. On behalf of Gina Spang, our Vice President, and the ICC’s Board of Directors, God Bless and Happy Easter. – Dave Spano President Italian Community Center

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ICC offering its ‘Cure for Cabin Fever’ with free Tuesday and Thursday shows through Apr. 26 By Colleen Jurkiewicz Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you. Come to the Italian Community Center for a sure-fire cure. The ICC continues to host its “Cure for Cabin Fever” Music Series in the Festa Ballroom, featuring jazz or blues bands on Tuesday night and rock, pop and rockabilly bands on Thursday nights through Apr. 26. Unlike concerts staged at virtually every other venue around town, you can see all the acts at the ICC for free. There is no cover charge. Parking is also free. The Cafe La Scala staff will be on hand all night to take food and beverage orders. Reservations are encouraged. Call 414/223-2185 to make yours. Tuesday night shows Many of the most popular groups in the Milwaukee area are playing at the ICC over the next several weeks, including LeRoy Airmaster on Mar. 20, led by Steve Cohen. This blues band – a staple of Milwaukee’s blues scene since the 1980s – will show off their modernized mash-up of jazzinfused blues performances. They are constantly performing new material and recently released a new CD, “Live at Turner Hall.” On Mar. 27, audiences will be treated to the husband-and-wife jazz group Jack & Jill Jazz. Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen have been nominated over the years for several Wisconsin Area Music Awards and Grassel was voted one of the “Ten Best Guitarists in the US” by readers of Guitar One Magazine. The couple will be accompanied by John Babbit on bass and Johnny Padilla on the saxophone. The Apr. 3 show will feature Frank DeMiles & Company, the group that kicked off the Cabin Fever Series on Jan. 31. DeMiles has long been a favorite on Milwaukee’s jazz scene. On Apr. 10, Bob Maynard & the Milwaukee Connection will take the stage for an evening of jazz. The Milwaukee Connection is led by 2006 WAMI “Guitarist of the Year” Steve Lewandowksi; backing him up are John Blegen, George Welland, Jack Carr, and, of course, legendary vibraphonist Bob Maynard.

Rev. Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen

Reverend Raven and the Chain-Smokin’ Altar Boys will make a triumphant return on Apr. 17. The Reverend and his Altar Boys last performed at the ICC during the outdoor Courtyard Music Series last summer, where they packed the house with blues fans. Their most recent CD, “Shake Your Boogie,” reached #12 on Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Blues Albums for 2011. The show on Apr. 24 will feature jazz vocalist Joanne Agnello Mattson with veteran guitarist Tom Sorce, pianist Joel Freisinger and Pete Lang on trumpet. Thursday night shows The Liam Ford Band will be appearing Mar. 22, bringing their rockabilly groove with front man Liam Ford, guitarist Frank Calarco, bassist Jeffrey Lee Hoorman, and drummer Andy Pagel. This band opened for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson last year at Summerfest. Taking the stage on Mar. 29 will be the Larry Lynn Band. Lynn and his cohorts – James Aubrey, Jon Dymond and Pat Michaels – present a unique variety act that consists of rock, country rock, blues and classics from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s to today’s hits. They also splice in a bit of comedy. Lynn was part of the Milwaukee band, The Skunks, that charted a Top 40 hit, “I

Rick D’Amore, lead vocalist of The Holidays

Tom Anthony

Recommend Her” in 1964. He also performed with Freddy “BoomBoom” Cannon. On Apr. 5, Six Pack will take the stage. Led by singer Jerry the “K,” who also performs on saxophone, the group is comprised of Mark Yehle on bass, guitarist Gary Wolff, Marty Pierce on drums, and Jill St. James on alto sax. They perform classic rock, southern rock, disco, and much more. They drew a large crowd to the ICC’s Courtyard Music Series this past summer. Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy will be performing on Apr. 12 and are sure to have the crowd on their feet. “When you combine a kicking rock band with a tight horn section, you can cover any style, old and new,” they say on their Facebook page. Bob Hirschi will perform lead vocals, Marshall Mauney will be on the guitar, accompanied by bassist Andy Waldoch. Backing them up will be

band members Rick Anderson (keyboards, vocals), Jim Van Deusen (drums), Lauren McCray (saxophone, flute), Eric Sperry (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Jake Tomasicyk (trombone). Milwaukee favorites since 1965, The Holidays will perform on Apr. 19, showing off their mix of classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s with Rick D’Amore singing lead vocals, Rich Rust on lead guitar, Barry Bryan on bass and rhythm guitar, Rob Chalifoux on lead and bass guitar and Tom Sardina on drums. The Cabin Fever series concludes Apr. 26 with the Tom Anthony Group. Known as a “baby boomer favorite,” the group brings a vibrant blend of Las Vegas-style entertainment. Led by Greenfield-based Tom Anthony, the group includes Joel Fresinger on the keyboard, Tom Sorce on guitar and Frank Nicotera on drums.

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Festa Patrol seeking volunteers Festa Patrol is looking for people, 17 years of age and older, to volunteer at Festa Italiana 2012, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, July 19-22. Should you decide to volunteer, you must be prepared to walk the Festa Grounds when needed. You would, however, be joining a closeknit, outstanding group of volunteers. If interested, please attend the Festa Patrol meeting at the Italian Community Center on Saturday,

Apr. 14 at 11 a.m. We will take your information, and you can then talk to us about any questions or concerns you may have. If you are unable to attend this meeting, but are interested in volunteering for Festa Patrol, please contact Ralph Busalacchi at 414/483-1562. If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name and number, and Ralph will contact you. Grazie. – Festa Patrol Committee

Attention First Holy Communicants! Do you have or know a child receiving his/her First Holy Communion this year? The Festa Italiana Mass and Procession Committee is inviting all 2012 First Communicants to participate in the 2012 Festa mass and procession on Sunday, July 22.

For more information, please contact Shannon Drezek by phone at 608/577-6353 or by e-mail: Deadline to sign up is June 30. Children are not required to be of Italian descent to participate.

Vintage Italian American photos sought for Festa display Italian Community Center Historian Mario A. Carini has put out a call to all persons of Italian descent to begin submitting vintage photographs that demonstrates your family’s Italian heritage. These photos will be considered for display at Festa Italiana. More than 1,000 vintage Italian American photos are put up each year for presentation. This year’s Festa will take place Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). Carini said that photo selection will be on “a first-come, first-served basis.” Carini is looking, in particular, for photos that were taken prior to 1955 and show outdoor and indoor activities of any kind, or business activities, or studio portraits. Original photos or quality reprints

are welcome. Your photos can be dropped off or mailed to the ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. On the back of the photo, please write the names of all persons you can identify, an estimate of the date when the picture was taken, and your name and phone number. Carini is also accepting all types of memorabilia (documents, newspapers, film footage, business, club and society records, souvenir programs, tools, utensils and handiwork) that once belonged to early Italian immigrants. “These materials not only chronicle our forefathers’ lives, but give insight into and appreciation of the immigrant experience.” People who have questions or need more information about donating photos or memorabilia can contact Carini at 414/964-5898.

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One-of-a-kind Festa raffle A ‘50/50 cash raffle’ now under way Instead of offering a new car or a trip to Italy with other grand merchandise in its raffle, Festa Italiana officials have decided to go in a new direction. This year, Festa is offering a “50/50 cash raffle.” What this means is there will be one prize. The prize winner will collect 50% of the raffle’s gross revenue based on the number of tickets sold as verified by the accounting firm Reilly, Penner and Benton, LLP, certified public accountants. The amount of the prize is anyone’s guess at this point, but it’s expected to be substantial since raffle tickets are already on sale. Festa Italiana will retain the remaining 50% of ticket sales. The cost of one raffle ticket has

been set at $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Italian Community Center during regular business hours and at special events. They are also available from ICC members and will be on sale on the Festa grounds during the festival, which begins Thursday, July 19 and ends Sunday, July 22. The drawing will take place on July 22 at 10 p.m. on the Miller Lite Oasis Stage. Look for more information on where these tickets will be available in next month’s issue. The prize winner need not be present for the drawing. That person, however, will be responsible for payment of all applicable state and federal taxes. The tax settlement date must occur on or before Dec. 31, 2012.

‘Balliamo, Bambini’ class rescheduled for Saturdays, Apr. 21 – May 26 from page 2 “It’s a cultural class – not just language, not just music, not just movement,” Sophia says. “It’s all three.” The students will also be exposed to traditional Italian music. “We have some great Italian waltzes, and the kids will get to dance to those,” says Sophia. “The waltz is a great dance for little kids because of the 1-2-3 count. It gets their ear trained and helps them get the rhythm, establishing that connection early on.” Sophia noted that the class is likely to fill up to capacity quickly because of the time change. The first 15-20 registrants will be accepted. “We’ve had a lot of interest in it,” she says. “Where we live it gets pretty hard to be active. You don’t want your kid watching TV all the time. Balliamo, Bambini is teaching them the concept that it’s fun to move.” Children are encouraged to wear any clothes that they can comfortably move in – or just want to show off. “The little girls will love to wear their cute little dresses to dance in,” says Sophia. The cost of the class is $75 per child or grandchild of an ICC mem-

ber and $85 per child of a nonmember. Please make checks payable to Wisdom Wellness and send to Dr. Marisa Gatti-Taylor, 3522 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211. Include also a list with the names and ages of the children who’ll participate in the class.

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Thanks for your donations to the Italian Community Center building fund The officers and directors of the Italian Community Center wish to thank and acknowledge all those who pledged, fulfilled a pledge, or contributed to the building fund. To obtain information on how to make a donation, please call 414/223-2194 or visit, The following donations were received between Feb. 10 and Mar. 7, 2012. In memory of Antonia “Ann” Panella Ray & Mary Hoffman Joe Glorioso Kathleen Balistreri David & Jeannie Doern Ron & Joanne Czubek George & Judy Menos Ann Romano Jimmy & Linda Spataro Rosemary DeRubertis Joe Dentice Paul & Almira Guardalabene Peggy Weaver Mary Rich Tom & Marcia Nardelli George & Aggie Collura Gracemary Zizzo Jack & Zina Fallucca

John & Antoinette Sanfilippo Gerry Accetta Mike and Lynn Enea In memory of Joseph F. Ninfo Edward & Edith Brown John & Jean DiMotto Phil Purpero Carmen & Lorre Zingara Pompeii Men’s Club Robert Ruggieri David & Jeannie Doern John & Antoinette Sanfilippo Ron & Joanne Czubek Tom & Marcia Nardelli George & Aggie Collura Kathleen Balistreri

In memory of Harold R. “Hot Rod Harry” Heinrich George & Judy Menos

In memory of Norma C. Sciortino Ted & Rosemary Glorioso

In memory of Gail A. Glorioso Tom & Marcia Nardelli In memory of Frank Pecoraro Eddie & Dolly Glorioso

In memory of Charles Barthenheier Ted & Rosemary Glorioso

In memory of Concetta “Connie” Amoroso Kathleen Balistreri Robert Ruggieri Tom & Marcia Nardelli George & Aggie Collura

In memory of Marianne Szymanski Marie Lore

In memory of Rossana Pappalardo Bill & Rita Jennaro

In memory of Carmelo R. Maro Ted & Rosemary Glorioso Mary Ann Maglio Sal Mussomeli & Sally Mullins Mary Winard Ray & Mary Hoffman Anthony T. Machi Frank & Nina Galioto August Amoroso John Coffaro

A contribution to the ICC building fund Elda Bunk

In memory of Salvatore Palmisano George & Judy Menos Sal Mussomeli & Sally Mullins

A contribution to the ICC building fund in the form of a “get well wish for Tony Balistreri” Angela Prochazka

In memory of Ralph M. “Mike” Manske Anthony T. Machi In memory of Carol Janet Gerry Accetta

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Deadline set for May issue of The Italian Times All advertising copy, news and feature stories, letters from the readers and photographs for publication in the May 2012 issue of The Italian Times must be submitted to the editor no later than Wednesday, Apr. 11. Materials can be emailed to

editor Tom Hemman at, sent to The Italian Times, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202, or dropped off at the reception desk in the Italian Community Center office. Your cooperation insures timely publication of the newspaper.

Make your Mother’s Day dining plans at the ICC Treat your “mamma” to a special Mother’s Day treat by taking her and the rest of your “famiglia” to the Italian Community Center for an all-you-can-eat brunch. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. Brunch prices are $21.95 for adults. For children, under the age of 12, the charge is $12.95 for each child. Pre-paid reservations are required. The ICC is taking reservations on the half-hour starting at 10:30 a.m. with the last reservations taken for the seating at 2:30 p.m. Please call 414/223-2180 with your credit card handy to reserve your time and table. You can also sign up for the brunch by stopping in at the ICC reception desk on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Business Manager Patrick Morgan said earliest time slots (between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) generally fill the quickest, “so if you are interested in one of those slots, I suggest that you get your reservations in early.” The menu for this year’s brunch

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is extensive. It includes black pepper and garlic crusted prime rib; bone-in Virginia maple ham; southern fried chicken; chicken cordon bleu; baked cod with lemon beurre blanc; sole Florentine with roasted red pepper sauce; roasted vegetable lasagna; cheese tortellini; penne pasta; marinara sauce; Alfredo sauce; rice pilaf; green beans almondine; garden fresh greens; creamy Caesar dressing; farfalle pasta salad; seasonal fruit with mint; Greek olive salad; antipasto; cottage cheese; baby red potato salad; omelettes made-to-order (including egg whites and Egg Beaters); applewood smoked bacon; peppered sausage; pancakes; lyonnaise potatoes; cheese blintz with strawberry sauce; artisinal breads (assorted dinner rolls, butter croissants, fresh bread; bagels, danish and muffins); homemade fruit pies; tortes; cannoli; tiramisu; Italian cookies; fruit juice, coffee, tea and milk. Free parking is available in the lot south of the building.


Savor ‘A Taste of Italy’ at ICC on Sunday, Apr. 22 Enjoy wide variety of Italian food, beverages for low cost from page 1 Third prize is a Swarovski crystal silver bracelet, donated by Glorioso’s Gold Imports & Diamond Center. Fourth prize is a 32-inch LCD TV. Fifth prize is a $100 gift certificate from the Bartolotta Restaurant Group. Sixth prize is a basket of Italian wines, donated by the Italian Conference Center. Seventh prize is a girl’s bike and the eighth prize is a boy’s bike. Raffle tickets are seven for $15 or $3 each. Prior to “A Taste of Italy,” raffle tickets will be mailed to ICC members. Included in the mailing will be a return envelope addressed to raffle chairs Marie and Jim Schwindt. All ticket sellers will have to do is put a stamp on that envelope to return the stubs and cash from their ticket sales, Marie Schwindt said. Checks for raffle tickets are payable to the Italian Community Center. “We’re asking all ICC members to sell these raffle tickets in advance to help us make this Taste of Italy our most successful yet,” she said. Raffle tickets will also be available at the event, according to the Schwindts. The drawing of winning tickets will be held minutes before the close of “A Taste of Italy.” Winners need not be present, “but, it’s a lot more fun when they are with us,” they said. Suminski Family Funeral Homes provided a donation for raffle ticket printing. Grazie! Grazie! Grazie! “This event would not be possible without the support of the societies and organizations, the food purveyors, the volunteers of the ICC and the cooperation of the Italian Conference Center staff,” said Romano. “After Festa Italiana, this event – ‘A Taste of Italy’ – is our biggest fund-raising activity. The success of ‘A Taste of Italy’ helps the ICC continue its mission in Milwaukee.” Giuseppe, Maria and Luigi Vella of Sciortino’s Bakery are providing all of the rolls. Grande Cheese is donating all the cheese (grated Romano, Provolone and mozzarella). For the third time, Glorioso’s on Brady will operate a booth, selling their famous pitted olive salad and bread sticks. U.S. Food Service is donating Roselle Brand Pasta. The names of other product donors who were known as of presstime appear in the following menu listing. Taste of Italy menu We’ve kept you waiting long

enough. Here’s what you’ve been waiting to read, the menu for the 17th annual “A Taste of Italy.” In the Pompeii Grand Ballroom: • Pizza with assorted toppings – courtesy of the Giacomo Fallucca family, makers of Palermo’s Pizza (“Dat’s da Best”). Booth staffed by members of the Abruzzese Society. • Italian-breaded pork tenderloin (with sweet peppers and onions). Served by Ann Romano and friends. • Arancini (rice balls). Booth will be staffed by the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO, • Italian sub sandwiches and panini sandwiches, new to the menu, with lunch meat courtesy of Patrick Cudahy’s Pavone Deli Company and cheese courtesy of Grande Cheese. The booth will be staffed by members of the Santa Rosalia Society. • Sfincione (thick crust Sicilianstyle pizza) – courtesy of Dean Cannestra family and friends of Nessun Dorma and Palermo Villa restaurants. • Manicotti – courtesy of ICC members Anna Pitzo and Sophia Michalovitz and their families and friends. • Italian sausage sandwiches (with sweet green peppers and onions) – courtesy of Mille’s Italian Sausage and the Venice Club. Booth will be staffed by the Pompeii Men’s Club. • Lentil soup and chicken pastina soup – served by members of La Società di San Giuseppe. • Pitted olive salad and bread sticks – courtesy of Glorioso’s on Brady. Served by Glorioso’s staff. • Italian salad – served by the Santa Rosalia Society. • Pasta with red sauce – served by members of the Solomon Juneau Club. • Meatballs in red sauce – served by members of the Holy Crucifix Society. • Deep-fried calamari (squid) – served by members of the Pompeii Women’s Club. • Sfingi (fried bread dough with sugar and cinnamon) – served by ICC volunteers. • Polenta with red sauce. Booth staffed by the Madonna del Lume Society Women. • Italian wine (with or without peaches). Wine courtesy of the Italian Conference Center. Peaches donated by Milazzese Social Club, which will have its members as volunteer servers. • Beer – courtesy of Miller Beer Served by ICC volunteers. • Soda – courtesy of Coca-Cola Served by ICC volunteers. • Coffee – courtesy of the Italian

Copies of vintage photos displayed at ICC or Festa available through Milwaukee County Historical Society Persons interested in acquiring a copy of any of the vintage Italian American photographs that are displayed throughout the year at the Italian Community Center or during the four days of Festa Italiana must contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS) to obtain the photo, ICC Historian Mario A. Carini announced. “The Historical Society is the


keeper of the negatives,” Carini said, who donated a massive collection of artifacts, photos and other memorabilia to the society on behalf of the ICC and the early Italian immigrants in 2010. Please contact either Steve Daily or Amanda Koehler at the MCHS. They can be reached at 414/2737487 or 414/273-8288.

Conference Center. Served by ICC volunteers. • Bottled water – courtesy of the Italian Conference Center. Served by ICC volunteers. In Festa Hall: • Espresso – courtesy of Bella Caffe. • Gelato – courtesy of Joe Reina and Gelateria Italiana. Served by ICC volunteers. • Cannoli – served by members of the Addolorata Society. Made by Sciortino’s Bakery. • Eclairs – served by ICC volunteers. Made by Sciortino’s Bakery. • Italian cookies – Served by members of the St. Theresa Society. Made by Sciortino’s Bakery. • Pizzelle (Italian wafer cookies) – with pizzelle-making demonstrations by Rosalia Ferrante and others. • Spumoni – courtesy of Joe Reina and Gelateria Italiana. Served by ICC volunteers. At the time this newspaper went to press, it was uncertain if eggplant would be added to the Taste

of Italy lineup. If it is available at an affordable price, it will be on sale at the event. In addition to the donors underlined above, monetary donations have been made by various societies. Taste of Italy Committee Joining Romano on the Taste of Italy Committee are: Ann (D’Amico) Skoczynski (co-chair of the event and volunteer meal ticket chair), Marie and Jim Schwindt (raffle ticket chairs), Patrick Morgan (ICC Business Manager), Laurie Bisesi (ICC Assistant Business Manager in charge of setup and maintenance), John Sanfelippo (beer and soda bars), Jack McNeir (ICC Executive Chef), and Tom Hemman (publicity). Flyers for the event are available at the ICC for people to distribute to friends and area businesses. They are also being distributed in the worship bulletins of Three Holy Women Parish.

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ICC’s winter bocce championship goes to Metagannis from Monday Night League


ICC Winter Bocce Leagues Monday Night 1st-Metagannis 18-6* 2nd-Amici’s 18-6 3rd-It’s All Good 16-8 4th-Cannestras 15-9 5th-Still Reunited 14-10 6th-LeRoy’s Dollies 10-14 7th-Zaffiro’s 9-15 8th-Diletantes 6-18 9th-Red Dot 6-18 *Metagannis won a tie-breaker over Amici’s to clinch first place. Tuesday Afternoon Seniors 1st-Young-At-Heart 19-5 2nd-Felice Amici 18-6 3rd-Swingers 15-9 4th-Happy Rollers 14-10 5th-Bocce Belles 6-18 Wednesday Night 1st-Trizzano 2nd- Porticello 3rd-Club Garibaldi 4th-Club Garibaldi II 5th-Gatti Rossi 6th-Don’s Crew

Metagannis, the Monday Night League winner, captured the Italian Community Center’s winter bocce championship on Monday, Mar. 12, rolling past three opponents in playoff competition. Metagannis notched victories over Tarantino Construction (Thursday Night champs), Trizzano (Wednesday Night champs) and Balistreri’s on 68th (Thursday Afternoon champs) in the championship game to secure the title. Metagannis achieved the feat without two key players, Dan Conley and Jerry Mudlaff, who were unavailable. Dean Cannestra and Tracy Balistreri substituted for them. From the left: Cannestra and Balistreri (on the left) and seen here with Metagannis players Troy

Halverson and Tom Pelkofer. Other teams in the tournament were: Young-At-Heart (Tuesday Afternoon champs), which won an opening round game over the Holy Crucifix Society (Thursday Afternoon runnerup), but lost to Balistreri’s on 68th in a semifinal match; Felice Amici (Tuesday Afternoon runnerup), which lost its opening match to Balistreri’s on 68th; and Amici (Monday Night runnerup), which lost its opening round game against Trizzano. The Metagannis players each received a $15 gift certificate for Cafe La Scala, the ICC’s public restaurant. The Balistreri’s on 68th players each received a $5 Cafe La Scala gift certificate. (Times photo by Jim Schultz)

Spring bocce season gets under way the week of Mar. 26 at ICC While it’s still too cold and damp to play bocce outdoors, you can play the Italian lawn bowling game indoors at the Italian Community Center. Spring leagues are now forming. The spring bocce season gets under way the week of Mar. 26. Teams in the senior citizen leagues play on Tuesday and Thursday

afternoons. Teams in the mixed couples leagues compete on Monday and Wednesday nights. Teams in each league play once a week. The regular season lasts eight weeks. If you’re interested in registering a team to play in a spring league, here are a few things you need to know. There are two sets of

Request from ICC for cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses By Susie Christiansen Social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as e-mail and cell phone texting, are currently the most common methods of communicating for people. Using those avenues, we want to develop a way to reach out to our membership to inform you about upcoming events organized by the Italian Community Center, such as Il Grande Carnevale, A Taste of Italy and Festa Italiana. When the ICC hosts wine tastings, musical events and cooking classes, it would be helpful to everyone involved to be able to send an e-mail blast or a cell phone text blast to ICC members and as many non-members as possible. Right now, committee chairs and event planners here don’t always know what advertising options are available to them and how to reach out to you. Without spending a ton of money, we just aren’t sure how to let the people out there know about upcoming events at the ICC. ICC members can be placed on an e-mail list and a cell phone list when they sign up for or renew their membership. Our application includes a place for your e-mail address and cell phone number. Our membership contact list is extremely private, and we will continue to keep it that way. We do not distribute our address, phone or email lists to anyone. Rest assured your contact information will be retained by the ICC and only the ICC, and you will only be sent messages on a limited basis. We simply want to inform you. We want to tell you about the fantastic events, activities and ethnic experiences that the Italian Community Center has to offer. These are the other options available for submitting your cell phone number and e-mail address: 1. Our website: – use the Contact Us Form (the last tab on the site). 2. By e-mail: 3. Call Constance Palmer at the ICC – 414-223-2808.

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registration fees – one for those who are not members of the ICC and one for those who are ICC members. The non-member registration fee is $40 per person per league season. A discounted registration fee of $30 per person per league season is offered to an ICC member. Each team must consist of least four players, with one player designated as the team captain. Each league is interested in having eight teams. Team registration forms are available from the league coordinators: Dan Conley (Monday Night), Anthony Gazzana (Tuesday Afternoon), Tony Tarantino (Wednesday Night) and Joe Torcivia (Thursday Afternoon). The forms can also be obtained by calling Mary Ann Maglio at 414/223-2194. The championship playoffs, featuring each league winner and four teams with the next best record, will be played the night of Tuesday, May 29.

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Thursday Afternoon Seniors 1st-Balistreri’s on 68th 17-7 2nd-Holy Crucifix Society 16-8 3rd-Bishops 15-9 4th-Bocce Moms 13-11 5th-Paesane 13-11 6th-Como Si Chiama 11-13 7th-Buon Amici 7-17 8th-Shipmates 4-20 Thursday Night** 1st-Tarantino Construction 11-7 2nd-(tie) West Shoreland, Tarantino Roofing, Aliota Bros., Aliota’s 10-8 3rd-Layton Fruit Market 7-11 4th-Ro Ro’s 6-12 **Thursday Night League played an 18-game schedule.

Pietro Tarantino offers help to Italian citizens Pietro Tarantino, a longtime member and past board member of the Italian Community Center, is offering free assistance to members of Wisconsin’s Italian community on matters involving the Italian government. Tarantino will be at the ICC on the first Saturday of the month from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tarantino is a member of Comites (Comitato degli Italiani all’estero) and a liaison to the Italian General Consulate of Chicago. Among the matters for which Tarantino can provide assistance are visas and passports, power of attorney, verification of signatures, documents relating to death certificates and declarations dealing with citizenship, civil status and pensions.

Liberation Day celebrated in Italy on Apr. 25 One day you can count on being marked across all of Italy is Apr. 25, which is the Festa dell Liberazione, or Liberation Day, which marks the liberation of Italy by the Allied troops in 1945. Today, the day is commemorated in Italy not just for that liberation, but also as a day when Italians honor their fallen soldiers. In particular, Liberation Day is known for honoring the fallen partisans of the Italian Resistance who fought the Nazis as well as

Mussolini’s troops throughout World War II. Italy lost nearly 500,000 people during the war (military casualties and civilian casualties combined). There are Liberation Day activities in virtually every town and city, from parades with marching bands to political rallies and music concerts. It’s also a day when many museums, shops, banks, restaurants and monuments are closed and public transportation runs on a less frequent schedule.


Stars shine brightly at ICC’s Carnevale This year, the Italian Community Center’s Carnevale Committee chose the theme “La Stella di Venezia” (“The Star of Venice”) for the organization’s 33rd annual preLenten ball. It gave the attendees a chance to be a “star” for the evening, from those who were honored as Royalty, to the large number of people who were adorned in costumes and masks, and to those who filled the dance floor. Most of all, it gave the nearly 400 attendees a chance to celebrate an Italian tradition dating back to the Medieval era. General chairpersons Rosemary DeRubertis and Joanne Czubek provided this report on the event: “After 33 years, Carnevale has not lost its luster. Nearly 400 guests walked into a ballroom filled with glittering stars that carried out the theme, ‘Carnevale: The Star of Venice.’ “Il Gran Maresciallo Dean Cannestra, dressed in costume as the Phantom of the Opera, delighted the crowd with his entrance on a full-size gondola. To add to the

drama, he was accompanied by Giuseppe Vella and Tony Piacentini, who were also costumed as the Phantom, and Megan Young, who wore a full white gown to portray Christina from the opera. “Guests experienced a delicious dinner, topped off with a dessert of spumoni gelato, compliments of Joe and Mary Reina and Gelateria Italiana. “At 10 p.m., the skies were filled with glitter from fireworks, compliments of Bartolotta Fireworks Company, Inc. After the fireworks show, guests were treated to a sumptuous sweet table. compliments of this year’s Piccolo Principe Salvatore Vella and Sciortino’s Bakery. “Throughout the evening, guests danced to the music of the Brew City Big Band. It was a memorable evening for all, especially the Piccola Principessa AnnaMela Reina and Piccolo Principe Salvatore Vella, who danced virtually every dance! “We were so happy to see that so many of our guests came in colorful

Members: Please notify ICC of a change of address; noncompliance is costly for ICC Any member of the Italian Community Center who has a change of address is asked to notify the ICC promptly so that mailings from the Center are sent to the correct address. Since the ICC uses nonprofit bulk rates to mail The Italian Times, the United States Postal Service is entitled to charge a fee (50¢) for each newspaper that is returned to the ICC and deemed undeliverable due to an incorrect address. Since June 2009 when the fees were first assessed, the ICC has been forced to pay more than $320 to the Postal Service because members did not supply the ICC with their change of address information. Even if you are temporarily away from your permanent residence and are not receiving mail at that address, you need to notify the ICC of your temporary address so that your newspaper can be delivered to that address and so that the ICC is not charged 50¢ for each failed attempt to deliver the publication to your permanent residence. “We’ve had a number of members who have gone to Florida or another warm weather location for the winter and these people did not supply us with their temporary change of address; hence their newspaper was returned to the ICC with the 50¢ service fee due for each newspaper,” Editor Tom Hemman said. Nonprofit bulk rate mail is not forwarded to a new address, which means those members who neglect to inform the ICC of their change of address will not receive the newspaper. Please send change of address information to: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 or email Constance Palmer at or call her at 414/2232808.

Carnevale raffle winners drawn As the Italian Community Center’s 33rd annual Il Grande Carnevale was coming to a close on Saturday, Feb. 18, winners of the four cash raffle prizes were drawn. The prize winners were: • 1st prize – $500 to Joseph Greco of Waterford. • 2nd prize – $300 to Anne M. Catalane of Milwaukee. • 3rd prize – $250 to George S. Manning of Shorewood. • 4th prize – $100 to Joseph C. Vento of Waukesha. The raffle serves as a fund-raising activity. costumes and masks. Our heartfelt thanks go to our Royalty – Re and Regina Vincenzo and Vivian Balistreri; Nonno and Nonna Bill and Karen Dickinson; Principe and Principessa Joe Cannestra and AudriAnn Schwindt; Piccolo Principe and Piccola Principessa Salvatore Vella and AnnaMela Reina and our Vescovo Frank D’Amato and our Gran Maresciallo Dean Cannestra – who truly acted their parts and made the evening a royal affair. “We couldn’t have presented such a wonderful event without our talented committee, who all worked hard together to make the evening a huge success. Our committee included Susan (DeSanctis) Christiansen, Rose Anne CerasoFritchie, Pamela Mazza Mueller, Tom Hemman, Elise Ceraso Fritchie, Anna Pitzo, Christina Ziino, Elizabeth Ceraso, Jim and Marie Schwindt, Mary Pecoraro, Mary Winard, Craig and Marie Lieber, Sandy Mazza, Ann Zambito, Cosmo Carini, Frank

D’Amato, C.J. Lieber, Ryan Lieber and Mason Mueller.” “Thanks also to our mask judges Sandy and Jerry Hafemann and Gina Spang and our costume judges Cathy McLane, Lisa Lewein and Sal LoCoco. “Special thanks to Business Manager Patrick Morgan and all of the ICC staff. “Most of all, thanks to all our guests who attended Carnevale 2012. See you next year.” You can mark Saturday, Feb. 9 on your calendar as the date for Carnevale 2013. The ICC’s Carnevale always takes places on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, which in 2013 is scheduled on Feb. 13.

Carnevale photos appear on pages 12, 13 and 24.


“Faith, Family, Festa: Milwaukee’s Italians”

Milwaukee Meatball Challenge! – A tasty, delectable end to Historical Society Italian exhibit The Milwaukee County Historical Society is closing its year-long exhibition, “Faith Family Festa: Milwaukee’s Italians,” with culinary excellence as the Historical Society hosts Milwaukee’s first ever “Meatball Challenge!” On Saturday, Mar. 24, Milwaukee area restaurants, caterers, and private culinary experts are invited to compete against one another with their signature meatball recipes to see who will take home the honor of having Milwaukee’s best meatball! From noon to 4 p.m., the public is welcome to taste each unique meatball recipe while enjoying “Faith Family Festa: Milwaukee’s Italians” one last time. Using specific culinary criteria, a panel of judges will choose the grand prize-winner who will receive two round-trip tickets to Rome! Prizes for second and third place will also be awarded, and Milwaukeeans will get their say by casting votes to decide a winner in the People’s Choice category. All sponsorship and event proceeds support Historical Society programs and exhibits that help enrich people’s lives through the power of history. Individuals and businesses that are interested in becoming an event contestant or sponsor, please contact Curator Michael Reuter at 414/2738288, via email at, or by filling out a contestant registration form at Public admission to the event is $8, which includes four meatball tickets. Each meatball ticket purchased thereafter is $2. MCHS members gain admittance for FREE, so sign up for a membership today (visit the MCHS website,


Located on the second floor of the Historical Center, “Faith, Family, Festa” offers a rare opportunity to understand the traditions, triumphs and hardships of immigrant life for Milwaukee’s Italian community. On display through April 30, 2012. $8.00 regular admission. Free to Milwaukee County Historical Society members. Exhibit hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday.

Milwaukee County Historical Society 910 N. Old World Third St., Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 273-8288

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Il Grande Carnevale: La Stella di Venezia 18 Febbraio 2012

Vivian and Vincenzo Balistreri, la Regina and il Re of Il Grande Carnevale, acknowledged the applause of attendees after their coronation.

Karen and Bill Dickinson were honored as the Nonna and Nonno of Carnevale. They become the first couple where neither claims Italian ancestry to be given the honor. The Dickinsons were chosen on the basis of their volunteerism to the Italian Community Center and Festa Italiana.

La Principessa AudriAnn Schwindt and Il Principe Joseph Cannestra

Frank D’Amato (photo on left) filled the role of Carnevale’s Il Vescovo (the Bishop) for the second year in a row.

Times photos by Tom Hemman

More photos can be found on page 24. PAGE 12 – APRIL 2012

Il Piccolo Principe Salvatore Vella and La Piccola Principessa AnnaMela Reina enjoyed dancing the night away. Salvatore is the son of Giuseppe and Rhiana Vella. AnnaMela is the daughter of Giuseppe and Mary Reina.


Could these dapper gentlemen be a re-creation of “The Three Tenors” – Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti? Well, not exactly. Meet the ICC’s “The Phantoms of Carnevale,” (l to r) Dean Cannestra, Giuseppe Vella and Tony Piacentini. Though requested, “The Phantoms of Carnevale” did not perform musically. Cannestra, however, served as Il Gran Maresciallo of Carnevale.

Here’s the group of volunteers who received high marks for the beautiful job they did decorating the Pompeii Grand Ballroom and galleria for the 33rd annual Il Grande Carnevale. Front row, l to r: Craig Lieber, Sandy Mazza, Pamela Mazza-Mueller, Marie Lieber, Frank D’Amato, Christina Ziino (behind D’Amato) and Ann Zambito. Back row: Ryan and C.J. Lieber.

I Bei Bambini performed a dance routine, choreographed by Susie Christiansen, to the music of “O Sole Mio” as performed by recording artists Il Volo, the teenage tenors from Italy. Marissa Miszewski, a longtime member of I Bei Bambini, performed in the sun costume.

Rosemary DeRubertis (left) and Joanne Czubek, the general chairpersons of Il Grande Carnevale, are seen here by one of the three sweet tables that were available for the 376 attendees indulging after Bartolotta’s fireworks show. All of the delicious sweets were courtesy of Piccolo Principe Salvatore Vella and Peter Sciortino’s Bakery. The tables were festively decorated by Czubek.

The Brew City Big Band, featuring Laura Easey-Jones on vocals, kept the dance floor filled throughout the evening performing a wide mix of music from jazz and standards to pop and soul. Easey-Jones is a longtime member of the Italian Community Center.

Above: Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, performed after the coronation ceremony.

Right: Doris Evans won the first prize in mask competition with her “Venetian Lights” creation. Her prize was a $50 gift certificate for Bosley’s on Brady and a $35 gift certificate for Palermo Villa Restaurant.

Times photos by Tom Hemman


Judges selected Gerry Gerseher and Paul Strain for the second prize in mask competition. The couple won a $35 gift certificate for Nessun Dorma Restaurant and a bottle of wine.

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Italian Society and Club News Milwaukee OSIA chapter invites author of book on Sacco and Vanzetti to speak at Mar. 21 meeting Milwaukee’s Filippo Mazzei Lodge of the Orders Sons of Italy in America has invited the public to a free presentation by attorney Theodore W. Grippo, author of the award-winning book, “With Malice Aforethought: The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti” on Wednesday, Mar. 21 at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. The program will begin with a spuntino at 6 p.m. in Conference Rooms 1 and 2. Grippo’s book chronicles a tragic tale of intolerance and injustice during early 20th century America. The story of Sacco and Vanzetti has been told many times, but never before has such a keen eye been turned on the legal proceedings. Through meticulous research, the author has uncovered startling new

evidence of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct leading to the statesanctioned execution of two immigrant workers who espoused unpopular political beliefs. “With Malice Aforethought” has earned Grippo, a Chicago attorney, the Editor’s Choice and Rising Star Awards by IUniverse.

ings and has taught at John Marshall Law School and Loyola Law School.

Grippo, a graduate of Northwestern University Law School (Juris Doctor degree, 1953) and DePaul College of Law (Master of Law, Taxation 1981), has served in the Illinois Secretary of State Office, been a partner in two Chicago law firms, and is the senior and founding partner of Grippo & Elden. He currently serves on the Advisory Board, Center of Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University School of Law. He has authored numerous legal writ-

Author/Attorney Theodore W. Grippo

Pompeii Women looking for public support of Palm Sunday Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, Apr. 1 For the 14th year in a row, the Pompeii Women’s Club is hosting a Palm Sunday Breakfast Buffet to which the public is invited. Marie Schwindt, who is chairing the breakfast, said the hours for the Apr. 1 event, to be held in the

Italian Community Center’s Pompeii Grand Ballroom, will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors to the buffet will find plenty of dining choices. The allyou-can-eat menu includes eggs, ham, pancakes, sausage, hashed

Here are two pictures from last year’s Pompeii Women’s Club Palm Sunday Breakfast at the Italian Community Center. The Easter Bunny awaited children in the galleria. A large crowd enjoyed the breakfast in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. (Photos provided by the Pompeii Women’s Club)

brown potatoes, fresh fruit, Danish pastry, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Prices are $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 4 to 12. There is no charge for children age 3 and younger. Guests will be seated upon arrival. Advance reservations are not being accepted. Parking is free in the lot south of the building. Besides the breakfast buffet, there will be a bake sale, several raffles, free face painting, a coloring contest for the children in attendance, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. More than 30 members are baking homemade treats for the bake sale. The breakfast buffet is the only fundraising activity for the nonprofit Pompeii Women’s Club. The organization provides support for various charitable organizations and projects. The ICC is one of the organizations that has benefited significantly from the club’s charitable giving. “We’re hoping for another large turnout,” said Schwindt. “Your participation and support will be greatly appreciated.” Last year, more than 600 people attended. The Pompeii Women’s Club represents women of Italian heritage and/or association who make an active contribution to the community by providing funds and services to worthy charitable organizations.

La Societa Santa Rosalia invites you to their Spring Dinner Dance The members of La Societa Santa Rosalia are hosting their sixth annual Spring Dinner Dance and invite all to attend. The event will be held at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, on Saturday, Mar. 31, starting at 5 p.m. for cocktails, with dinner at 6 p.m. and live music featuring The Enzo Scarano and Stella Raimondi Band, along with a number of raffles. Space is limited, so please make reservations no later than Friday, Mar. 23. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The cost is $60 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by contacting Joann Stern at 414/332-7506 or Raffle tickets are available as well. First and second prizes are $1,000 cash. Third prize is an IPad 2 (16GB/WiFi w/case) and fourth prize is $500 cash. Raffle tickets are $3 each or five for $10. You do not need to be present on the night of the event to win. Please contact Filippo R. Reina if you would like to purchase raffle tickets at 414736-9087 or email him at “Feel free to visit our website at for further information and to learn more about our society’s mission and activities. We look forward to sharing the evening with you,” Reina said.

Madonna del Lume Society plans trip to Chicago feast Public welcome to participate The members of Società Maschile Maria S.S. Del Lume are planning to take their annual trip to Chicago for the feast of Maria S.S. Lauretana on Sunday, Sept. 2. They invite all who might be interested in attending to join them. A bus will leave from St. Rita

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Church, 1600 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, at 8 a.m. and will return at 7:30 p.m. The cost of the bus is $25 per person. For more information, please call Mario or Rose Carini at 414/964-1161.


Support the Pompeii Men’s Club Good Friday Fish Fry Buffet on Apr. 6 The Pompeii Men’s Club will hold their annual Good Friday Fish Fry Buffet at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., on Apr. 6. The buffet is the group’s biggest fundraiser and proceeds will benefit their extensive charity work. The meal is all-you-can-eat and will be served from 4 to 7:30 pm. The cost will be $12.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 4-10, and free for children under the age of 3. The event will also feature a super raffle and the ability to win opportunity baskets filled with Italian products and other prizes.

First prize for the super raffle will be a color flat screen television. Second prize will be a lawn mower. The third-prize winner will be awarded $150 and the fourth prize winner will go home with $100. The menu for the buffet will consist of breaded and baked cod, coleslaw, potato pancakes, baked potatoes, French fries, popcorn shrimp, mostaccioli with red sauce, cole slaw, tossed salad, Italian bread, watermelon wedges, a beverage of coffee, tea, or milk and dessert. A full range of condiments will be available to accompany the meal.

Public invited to attend WisItalia’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ awards banquet WisItalia has extended an invitation to the public to attend the organization’s 9th annual “Italian Teacher of the Year” awards banquet on Saturday, May 12 at O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub, 13225 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner and the program. Reservations are necessary by Saturday, Apr. 7. The cost has been set at $45 per person, with a discounted price of $25 available to students. To obtain a reservation form, please visit: eservation2012.pdf and submit to Wisitalia, c/o Al Rolandi, 13155 Oakhurst Drive, Elm Grove, WI

Palm Sunday in Rome, Italy In Rome at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Apr. 1, Pope Benedict XVI will appear in St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Mass and take part in one of the great Easter traditions in Rome – the solemn but colorful procession of palms and the blessing of the faithful. This Mass begins Settimana Santa – the “holy week.” Cardinals, bishops and priests, as well as the Pope and his closest clergy advisors, all take part in the procession, which winds through the Square to the altar in front of the Basilica, where the Mass is celebrated. Since Palm Sunday has been designated World Youth Day, the Pope’s Palm Sunday sermon, traditionally known as the “Angelus message,” is always a message to the young people of the world. Because palms are not readily available in Italy, they are often replaced in Easter traditions with branches from olive trees, which symbolize both local olive culture and peace.

Chieti’s is Italy’s oldest Good Friday procession Processions are commonplace in Italy on Good Friday. The oldest of these is believed to be the one staged in Chieti (Abruzzo), once the Roman town of Taete. Legend has it the town was founded by Achilles and named for his mother, Tetis. Each year, with the participants (men and children only) wearing masks and dressed in the colors of their parish, the procession winds its way through the torch-lined streets of the town. They are accompanied by a choir and over 100 violin players performing the haunting music of “Miserere” by Savario Selecchi.


53122. For more information, contact Rolandi at 262/957-6866 or

Free parking will be offered in the south lot of the ICC (N. Jackson St. entrance). The Pompeii Men’s Club charitable outreach has benefitted the Italian Community Center along with several other local organizations, among them the Sojourner Truth House, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Ronald McDonald House and Special Olympics of Southeastern Wisconsin. The club

also has strong ties to Three Holy Women Parish. It was founded by members of Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church, the predecessor to St. Rita of Cascia Church on Cass Street. Tickets can be purchased at the ICC office or by contacting the club’s president Chuck Lazzaro at 414/421-7359, John A. Sanfilippo at 414/282-2667 or Tony Zingale at 414/444-4689.

Milwaukee Police officer to speak on safety issues at UNICO Ladies’ Apr. 17 meeting Officer Peter Graber, a community liaison from the Milwaukee Police Department, will be the guest speaker at the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO general meeting and dinner on Tuesday, Apr. 17 at the Italian Community Center. The public is invited to attend. Graber will speak on “Basic Street Safety,” including how to

keep your home and garage safe. There will be a light dinner at 6 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person. Graber’s presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. with dessert and coffee to follow. For reservations or more information, please call Catherine Kelly at 414/463-8873 or Sophia Michalovitz at 414/731-7693.

Italian Community Center Membership Join us today! What’s not to love? .• ALL ARE WELCOME. Membership is open to any person of Italian heritage or other publicspirited individuals supporting the purposes and objectives of the Italian Community Center. • A MEMBERSHIP IN THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY CENTER IS A PERFECT GIFT for friends and relatives, holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.

BENEFITS OF INDIVIDUAL OR SENIOR MEMBERSHIP • Home delivery of The Italian Times* • Complimentary ticket to Festa Italiana • Voting privileges** • Free international television in Members Room for sports and cultural programs • Special events discounts • Social, recreational, cultural and educational opportunities • Discount on advertising in The Italian Times. *Online edition of The Italian Times available for everyone. Visit **Persons, 18-25, who purchase individual membership, will have voting privileges.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP  Individual Membership (64 or younger) @ $35.00/year.  Senior Membership (65 or older) @ $30.00/year. FREE Junior Membership, available for children, teens and adults under the age of 25 with a paid individual membership. Please complete the following information and mail this application form with your payment to: Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. If you have any questions or want further information, please call (414) 223-2180. If there are more than two persons in each category, please list the additional persons on a separate sheet of paper. All memberships are valid for one full year. Names and birthdates of persons applying for or renewing an individual membership: New Membership  Name: ___________________________________ Birthdate: _______________ Renewing Membership  Address: _________________________________ Phone: _________________ Email: _____________________________ New Membership  Name: ___________________________________ Birthdate: _______________ Renewing Membership  Address: _____________________________ Phone: __________________ Email: ________________________________ Number of persons applying for or renewing an individual membership ____ @ $35/person = $_______________________ Names and birthdates of persons applying for or renewing a senior membership: Name: ___________________________________ Birthdate: _______________

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Conversazione with Bob Ruggieri Have you heard? Il Volo has released a new album, “Il Volo Takes Flight Live From the Detroit Opera House.” Not only that. They’ve announced another North American tour. Il Volo, of course, is the name of the three teenage tenors from Italy. If you’ve heard them or saw their performance in Milwaukee last October, which was sponsored by the Italian Community Center, you’ve undoubtedly not forgotten them. Or you may have seen their PBS special. They’re incredibly talented. Their names again? Piero Barone, Ignazio Borschetto and Gianluca Ginoble. Their 2012 tour begins on Aug. 12 and ends on Oct. 2. It includes 28 cities! Unfortunately, Milwaukee isn’t one of them. They’ll be in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 22. If you want to know more about that schedule or the new album, you’re encouraged to visit ##### There’s a video circulating on the internet which is generating some discussion. It’s a scene from the movie, “The Great Caruso,” in which Mario Lanza is singing “Ave Maria” with a children’s choir. Suddenly, one of the choirboys steps forth and solos in a lovely soprano voice. There appear to be a number of

people in the e-mail chain who are convinced that the boy soprano is the late Luciano Pavarotti, who was an admirer of Lanza. Others don’t agree. If you want to see the scene and form your own opinion, try Googling Lanza Pavarotti Ave Maria. That combination of words should get you where you want to be. It’s been suggested you might want to let your opinion be known. Conversazione is happy to provide a means for doing just that. So what do you think? Please send me an email at or send a postcard to Conversazione, Attn: Lanza/Pavarotti, 9049 N. 86th St., Milwaukee, WI 53224-1805. Simply write “Pavarotti” or “Not Pavarotti.” The results of this highly informal and decidedly unscientific ICC survey will be announced at the general membership meeting on Thursday, Apr. 26. (If you want to include your name and why you voted the way you did, you’re welcome to do so. But you don’t have to.) ##### I was intrigued by the “Seasons of Greatness” series that appeared on the sports pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently. A panel of eight experts was asked to identify the greatest oneseason individual performances in

Kathryn Spella witnesses 1st snowfall in Rome in 26 years

Wisconsin sports history. From 65 possibilities, the panel was asked to come up with the top ten. I noticed that two ICC members were heavily involved in that effort. Larry Baldassaro was one of the eight panelists. He’s a professor emeritus of Italian at UWM; has been writing for the Milwaukee Brewers official magazine since 1990; and has written several baseball-themed books. Overseeing the project for the newspaper and writing about all 10 athletes was Gary D’Amato. He’s won numerous awards for his work, including being named Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year three times. He’s also authored sportthemed books. By the way, it’s hard to argue with the panel’s choice for the best one-season performance. That went to speed skater Eric Heiden. In the 1980 Winter Olympics, all he did was win the gold medal in all five races, setting Olympic records in each and a world record in his final race, the 10,000 meters. ##### Unless you’re familiar with the Wall Street Journal and its often eclectic editorial content, you’d probably be surprised to see the headline that caught Henry Piano’s attention. That Feb. 15, 2012 headline? “Why Italian Moms Are the Best.” It appears over a column by Joe Queenan, whose own mother is Irish-American. His column subject was prompted by books already published or due out soon on what he calls “ethnic maternal supremacy.” Somewhat tongue in cheek, Queenan argues that “the best mothers are Italian-Americans, in part because they are warm and affectionate, but mostly because of the manicotti.” He writes, “Italian-American moms love their kids, they look out for their kids, they defend their kids, and because of that their kids grow up to be pillars of the community. “If I had it to do all over again, I’d come back as an ItalianAmerican – in part because of the warmth, the affection, the passion

and the generosity, but mostly because of the manicotti.” Space and copyright law prevent us from reprinting the column here, but I think that if you Google the headline and his name, you’ll be able to come up with Queenan’s column in its entirety. ##### Is there anything interesting, unusual or humorous going on in your world? If so, let’s tell others. Drop me a note, and be sure to include your phone number. You can leave that note with Times Editor Tom Hemman at the ICC office or send it to me directly at 9049 N. 86th St., Milwaukee, WI, 53224-1805 or via e-mail at Grazie!

Venice’s Festival of St. Mark is Apr. 25 A great day to be in Venice, Italy is Apr. 25 when the Festival of San Marco (St. Mark) is celebrated. St. Mark is the patron saint of Venice and a relic of his body has resided in the town after being smuggled in 828 by Venetian merchants. The relic attracted tourism and pilgrims to Venice, helping to make it the city it is today. In modern times, the day includes a religious procession, lots of live music and a big feast in St. Mark’s Square. It’s a tradition in Venice to give a rose to your loved one on this day.

Welcome, new Italian Community Center members! The following people became members of the Italian Community Center between Feb. 10 and Mar. 6, 2012. Benvenuti! (Welcome!) Jim & Sue Sheahan of Bay View Danielle Fennessy of Bay View Michael Giaimo of Dousman Peter J. Spera of Milwaukee Joseph D’Amato of Brookfield Alfonso Marchillo of Milwaukee Mary Lucci of Milwaukee Joe Montemurro of West Allis When the snow fell this winter for the first time in 26 years in Rome, Italy, Kathryn Spella (far right) was there to witness it. Kathryn is a Marquette University student who is studying in Rome this semester. She and her fellow students decided to build a snowman after this atypical snowstorm arrived in early February. Kathryn is the daughter of James and Karen Spella of West Bend and the granddaughter of Rosario and Josephine Spella, all of whom are members of the Italian Community Center. Kathryn is the youngest of the Spellas’ six daughters, all of whom graduated from Marquette University.

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William & Blanca Irma Townsend of Whitefish Bay Daniel Baker of West Allis Anthony J. Gazzana of Colorado Springs, CO Brian & Allison Kelly and children Finbar and Alaniah of Whitefish Bay Michelle Butz of Milwaukee


L’angolo del poeta Prepared by Barbara Collignon and translated by Roberto Ciampi Ferruccio Ramadori, painter and poet, was born in 1952 in Scheggino (Perugia). His paintings have been exhibited throughout Italy and especially in Perugia, capital city of the region of Umbria, as well as in Berlin and Potsdam. Since 1970, he has been intensely interested in poetry in dialect and has made a name for himself as one of the few poets writing in the dialect of Umbria. Published in Antologie e storie della letterature, he is also the author of a few volumes of poetry as well as a book on the old, now abandoned Spoleto-Norcia railway in Valnerina, famous for its many curves and tunnels through green picturesque mountains. Here are two of his poems in the Umbrian dialect translated into Italian and English for your pleasure. Lu Léttu Léttu de foglie e pagliericciu dove riposa lu bonu e lu tristu la verità e la menzogna l’allegria e la tristezza la sincerità e l’ingannu dove ce nasce la vita dove se stenne lu mortu Quistu è lu léttu!

– Translated by Rossella Vasta The Poppies I picked poppies and ears of corn from the fields I drank water from the river put moss in my pants pockets caught the sun and the moon in my gaze locked the night inside the well that’s how I stole colors from the universe – Translated by Roberto Ciampi I Papaveri and Advice to a Painter illustrate how poets and painters alike are inspired by nature and the colors they see around them. Advice to a Painter If these Iris you would capture, if these Iris you would paint, prepare yourself a magic palette and with art your hand acquaint. Take purple from the twilight sky, violet from the shade nearby. Take subtle hues. Take inky blues and drench your canvas with this dye.

– By Ferruccio Ramadori Il Letto Letto di foglie e pagliericcio dove riposa il buono ed il cattivo la verità e la menzogna l’allegria e la tristezza la sincerità e l’inganno dove ci nasce la vita dove si stenne il morto Quisto è il letto!

Dip your brush in sunset’s shadows, in sunset’s golden ribbon streams, in rosy pinks and azure inks, paint mauve, magenta color schemes. Daub, sketch and draw in perfect awe, in wonder and in rapture. You may succeed their grace to read and lovely Iris capture.

– Translated by Rossella Vasta The Bed Bed of leaves and mattress of straw where lie good and evil truth and lies joy and sadness sincerity and deceit where life is born where also lie the dead This is what makes the bed! – Translated by Roberto Ciampi I Papaveri Carpii i papaveri e le spighe de lu granu a li campi bevvi l’acqua de lu fiume misi lu muschio nelle saccocce de li carzuni fissai nell’occhi lu sole e la luna chiusi la notte drento lu puzzu cusci rubai li colori all’universu – By Ferruccio Ramadori I Papaveri Carpii i papaveri e le spighe di grano ai campi bevvi l’acqua del fiume I misi il muschio nelle saccocce dei calzone fissai negli occhi il sole e la luna chiusi la notte dentro al pozzo cosi rubai i colori all’universo

Poet Ferruccio Ramadori


– By Barbara Collignon Consiglio ad un pittore Se questi Iris vuoi cogliere, se questi Iris vuoi dipingere, prepara un’assicella magica e abitua la tua mano con maestria. Prendi il porpora dal cielo serale il viola dall’ombra vicina. Prendi colori leggeri. Prendi il blu dell’inchiostro e bagna le tele con questo colore. Bagna il pennello nell’ombra del tramonto nei suoi nastri dorati. Nell’incarnato roseo e negli azzurri dipingi figure di malva e magenta Intonaca, schizza e disegna incantato, meravigliato e rapito. Potresti riuscire a comprendere la loro grazia e a cogliere un bell’iris. – Translated by Roberto Ciampi

Poet Ferruccio Ramadori

Poet Ferruccio Ramadori

Lucio Dalla dies while on concert tour His musical roots were in jazz, but his songs ranged from folk to pop to classical and opera, creating a soundtrack beloved by generations of Italians. Lucio Dalla, one of Italy’s most prolific singer-songwriters, died Thursday, Mar. 1 in Montreaux, Switzerland during a European concert tour. He was 68. Dalla wrote all of his own lyrics in a career that spanned several decades. He was also a noted musician, playing the clarinet, saxophone and piano. His haunting melody, “Caruso” sold 9 million copies worldwide and was song by the late opera great Luciano Pavaretti with Dalla at a 1992 concert in Modena, Italy. Dalla toured abroad frequently, including in the United States, sometimes with another famed Italian folksong writer, Francesco De Gregori. Dalla appeared at Milwaukee’s Italian Community Center on Oct. 24, 1997 in a concert with a 70member group named Giovani 90, which went on to perform at Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana the next two years. The Oct. 24 concert was produced in cooperation with the Counsel General of Italy in Chicago Pasquale D’Avino and through the efforts of Pietro Tarantino, the ICC’s liaison to the Consul General. Italy’s president, Giorgio Neapolitano, said Dalla was “a strong and original voice who contributed to renew and promote Italian song in the world. He was an artist beloved by so many Italians.” Dalla, a native of Bologna (Emilia-Romagna region), started performing in the 1960s. Among his most popular recordings were the albums “How Deep is the Sea,” “Banana Republic” and “Beware of the Wolf,” which carried the single “Cambio,” which sold nearly 14 million copies. His version of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” was performed in Rome’s Santa Cecilia Auditorium in 1997, and he wrote an opera, “Tosca Amore Disperato,” inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca.” Dalla also composed songs for some of Italy’s most famous film directors, including Mario Monicelli, Michelangelo Antonioni, Carlo Verdone and Michele Piacido. He had eclectic artistic interests and was the curator of a contemporary art gallery in Bologna for many years. Dalla said his work was inspired by his passion for the sea. He had a home on the Tremiti Islands, a tiny archipelago off Italy’s southeastern coast.

Lucio Dalla

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Latest news from Victory School’s Italian Immersion Program Milwaukee’s own Italian Immersion program has been a busy beaver lately. Between fundraisers and field trips, we have much to share! In February, we held our first fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings. Families had fun eating wings and raising money for our school. No one took the blazin’ challenge, yet fun was had by all who attended. Thanks to our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization for setting up this event. Also in February, our students participated in a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions

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and Support (PBIS) event at the Wave soccer game. All students who earned their incentive by following the rules of PBIS were eligible to attend the game, which turned out to be over 250 students! Thanks to Maestra Zizzo for leading the way in organizing the school-wide event. Brava! Our Italian Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) groups as well as our own Italian immersion classrooms have been learning about community, “comunità.” Thanks to Maestra Robertson for her K4 classroom’s tour of community workers. They did a fantastic

job representing community workers. Maestro Falsetti’s class is going GREEN! They are holding their 2nd annual “Go Green” campaign by collecting bottle caps. They hope to break their record of 7,000. These caps are then sent to Aveda, which turns them into shampoo bottles. Che Bello! March holds many exciting times for us: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Culver’s fundraiser, and a trip to the zoo. We’ll keep you posted in our endeavors. Please, take part in our events

and help us continue to be Milwaukee’s only Italian Immersion program. Join us at our fundraisers, volunteer at our school, and support our efforts in educating our youth in a beautiful and rich heritage. As always, visit us via our webpage, Facebook, or in person at the school. Our doors are always open. If you are set on joining our program or know of someone who is, please come to Victory and sign up! A presto! – The Italian Immersion Crew


Italian Community Center seeking volunteers for Website Committee Are you creative? Are you computer savvy? Are you interested in volunteering at the Italian Community Center? Last year, with the design expertise of Tom Story, we created a website for the ICC! The address is “On our website, we hope we have described to the public how magnificent our Community Center is, and with the help of a remarkable designer, we hope the public will be impressed with the look and design, as well,” said Susie Christiansen. Christiansen and Tony Piacentini continue to ensure that the ICC website remains informative, attractive, bold, and draws the attention of the public. In order to maintain our beautiful website and keep the information up-to-date and interesting, a committee will be set up to be chaired by

Christiansen. The members of the Website Committee will be responsible for entering new information and photos, when necessary, at the request of the committee chair. If you are familiar with Microsoft Word and/or Excel and use the internet on a regular basis, you can easily be taught how to enter information onto the website, embellishing the page with design, photographs and print. The work is interesting and fun and gives you an opportunity to develop both your computer skills and your creativity. If you are interested in serving on the Website Committee, please send an email to Christiansen at or call Constance Palmer in the ICC office at 414/223-2808. Your volunteerism is greatly appreciated.

New York’s Italian American leaders meet with Italy’s Prime Minister Monti

Become a Sponsor of Festa Italiana’s Venetian Bell Tower or Festa’s Arched Entryway In 2008, Festa Italiana built an acclaimed replica of the famous “Campanile di San Marco” (St. Mark’s Bell Tower) in Venice, Italy. Each year, the Venetian bell tower is displayed at Festa, standing tall as a representation of Italy and what the festival is all about. Festa is inviting people to become sponsors of the replica of the Venice landmark by making a donation. Persons making a contribution of $500 or more can designate their donation in honor or in memory of one or two related people. These donors are recognized each year at Festa on one of the decorative panels accompanying the display. To become a sponsor, please fill out the information below and send it to the Festa Italiana office. * * * In 2007, an entryway arch, reminiscent of the famed arched entry to the St. Rocco’s festival that took place for many years in Milwaukee’s old Third Ward, debuted at Festa Italiana. Like the bell tower, the arch was designed and built by Italian Community Center member Cosmo Carini with building assistance of an able crew. The arch has become another signature attraction of Festa and one that is characteristic of the pride of the Festa volunteers in their Italian heritage. Festa is also inviting people to become sponsors of the arch by making a donation. Again, anyone making a contribution of $500 or more can designate their donation in honor or in memory of one or two related people. These donors are also recognized each year at Festa on one of the decorative panels accompanying the display. Persons interested in becoming a sponsor are asked to fill out the information below and send it to the Festa Italiana office.

On behalf of the organized Italian American leadership in New York, Dominic R. Massaro (left), Cavalier di Gran Croce and New York Supreme Court Justice, greeted Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti (far right) on the New York leg of his visit to the United States on Feb. 10. Pictured between Massaro and Monti are Italy’s Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, and Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Claudio Bisogniero. (Photo provided by Justice Dominic Massaro)

Make Cafe La Scala your Wednesday & Friday night Fish Fry destination . . . Cafe La Scala, the public restaurant at the Italian Community Center, is serving an All-YouCan-Eat Fantastic Fish Fry every Wednesday and Friday night during Lent.

Just $10.95 (plus tax) Enjoy Icelandic Cod – deep fried or broiled – with all the trimmings and your choice of soup or salad. Cafe La Scala 631 E. Chicago St. Phone: 414/223-2185 Cafe La Scala and the Italian Community Center are a block west of Summerfest in the Historic Third Ward.


Check this box  if you are making a sponsor donation for the Venetian Bell Tower. Check this box  if you are making a sponsor donation for the Arch. Check this box  if you are making a donation of $500 or more. Your name(s) _______________________________________________________ If you are making a donation of $500 or more, please list the names of those you wish to honor here: __________________________________________________________________ Your address _______________________________________________________ City, State, Zip ______________________________________________________ Contact info - phone number and/or email address: __________________________________________________________________  Please bill me/us at the above address.  Credit Card payment. Please fill in the following information. Card Number _______________________________________________________ Card Expiration _____________________________________________________  Please find my/our payment enclosed. Checks or money orders are payable to the Italian Community Center, Inc. Mail this form to: Festa Italiana, c/o Sponsorships, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Please note: Those making donations of less than $500 will not be listed on the sponsor panels.

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American troops brought baseball to Italy Baseball in Italy started in 1945 toward the end of World War II after American troops came to the country to battle the Nazis. Though it is known by most as the site of a great WWII battle, the American cemetery in Anzio (Lazio) is also the birthplace of baseball in Italy. American soldiers recruited local youth to aid in the burial details and then taught them to play baseball on their breaks. Some of the games were played before of crowds of people who had never previously witnessed such a sporting spectacle.

The first Italian League tournament was held in 1948 with a team from Bologna (EmiliaRomagna) winning the championship. Teams with solid tradition for baseball come from these Italian cities: Nettuno (Lazio), Bologna, Parma (Emilia-Romagna), Milan (Lombardy), Rimini (EmiliaRomagna) and Grosseto (Tuscany). In 2011, San Marino finished in first place in the Italian Baseball League and won its championship series over Nettuno, four games to three.

Seven Italian-born players have made Major League Baseball rosters By Thomas Hemman Times Editor When third baseman Alex (Alessandro) Liddi came up with the Seattle Mariners toward the end of the 2011 season, he became the seventh Italian-born player to don a Major League Baseball jersey. Liddi was born in San Remo (Liguria), Italy. He is vying for a spot on the Mariners’ 2012 roster. Last season, he batted .225 with three home runs and six runs in his season ending stint with the ballclub. Residents in and around Appleton, Wis. got a chance to see Liddi play in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Class A Minor League team. The others who made Major League rosters included: • Rugger Ardizoia, who pitched two innings for the New York Yankees in 1947. He was born in Oleggio (Piedmont), Italy. • Reno Bertoia, an infielder, who played from 1953 to 1962 with the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Kansas City Athletics and Minnesota Twins. Over the course of his career, he batted .244 with 27 homers and 171 runs batted in. He was born in St. Vito Udine (Friuli–Venezia Giulia),

Italy. • Hank Biasetti, a first baseman who played briefly (21 games) in 1949 with the Philadelphia Athletics. Biasetti, who was born in Beano (Friuli–Venezia Giulia), Italy, also played professional basketball for six games in 1946 with the Toronto Huskies in the Basketball Association of America, which evolved into the National Basketball Association. He is cited as the first international player to make an BAA-NBA roster. • Julio Bonetti, a pitcher who played for the St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs between 1937 and 1940. His career totals were six wins, 14 losses with a 6.03 earned run average. He was born in Genoa (Liguria), Italy. • Marino Pieretti, who pitched for the Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians over the years 1945-1950. His career numbers read 30 wins, 38 losses and a 4.53 earned run average. He was born in Lucca (Tuscany), Italy. • Lou Polli, who pitched for the St. Louis Browns in 1932 and the New York Giants in 1944 when he was 42 years old. He appeared in a total of 24 games and posted a 0-2 record with a 4.68 earned run average. He was born in Baveno (Piedmont), Italy.

Celebrate Rome’s 2,764th birthday on Apr. 21 There is archaeological evidence of human occupation of the Rome area from at least 14,000 years ago. Rome’s early history, however, is shrouded in legend. According to Roman tradition, the city was founded by Romulus on Apr. 21, 753 B.C. It is said that Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, descendents

of refugees of the mythical city of Troy, decided to build a glorious city. After an argument, Romulus killed Remus and soon after named the city after himself. Visitors to Rome on this day will be treated to festivals, concerts and special events such as gladiator processions and a fireworks display over the Tiber River.

Italian immigrants established Genoa, Wisconsin in 1854 By Thomas Hemman Times Editor Genoa, Wisconsin’s first permanent settlers were northern Italian immigrants, who were initially drawn to the United States by lead mining opportunities near Galena, Illinois. When the mining business stalled in 1854, the immigrants headed to the farmlands of Vernon County in southwestern Wisconsin along the Mississippi River, where they established the town of Genoa.

lies they raised in Genoa were virtually the only permanent residents of the town. A few German families began to settle there in the later 1920s, the Tribune article stated. By 1930, Genoa was still about 90% Italian.

Until the 1920s, Genoa, which was named after Christopher Columbus’ birthplace in Italy, remained an Italian American ethnic enclave.

The first public school (early 1900s) was in the building that is now used as the American Legion Club. In 1909, the first school building of brick went up and was used until 1952. In 1925, a convent was built for two Franciscan Sisters, who took over the teaching at St. Charles Catholic Church. The church was organized in 1862 by the Italian immigrants, and a church edifice was erected two years later. Before the first church was built in 1864, mass was offered in the Bartholomew Starlochi home. On Aug. 15, 1901, the cornerstone was laid for the new church. In 1919, a chapel was built at the top of the cemetery, in memory of local men from World War I.

Genoa was settled by six Italian families, whose male members became aware of work as woodcutters in Vernon County after business in the Galena lead mines slowed. According to a story that appeared in the July 20, 1930 edition of the LaCrosse Tribune, the immigrants found the hilly community “good for farming and open for homestead.” The area reminded the immigrants of the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy. For more than 70 years, the Italian immigrants and the fami-


MILWAUKEE’S ITALIANS: THE EARLY YEARS by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian

Cover Price: $12.95

ON SALE NOW FOR $9.95 ALL PROCEEDS FROM BOOK SALES GO TO THE ICC BUILDING FUND. ICC Historian Mario A. Carini’s labor of love traces the history of Milwaukee’s Italian community from the mid 1800s to 1925. Resulting from a lifetime of research by Carini, Milwaukee’s Italians: The Early Years is a 143-page illustrated paperbook book. The Italian Community Center is the publisher. MILWAUKEE’S ITALIANS: THE EARLY YEARS ORDER FORM Your Name: ________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _____________________________________________________ Phone: __________________ Email: ____________________________________ Number of copies of book ordered: ___________________________________ x $ Subtotal A:

From April 14-22, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities sponsors “Settimana della Cultura” (Week of Culture). National museums and archeological sites have free admission and some have special events and guided tours. Sites like the Uffizi Gallery, the Medici Chapels, and the Pitti Palace (residence of the ruling fam-

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ilies of Tuscany) are free in Florence. Roman sites include the Coliseum and the Borghese Gallery, which contains iconic pieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael. Sites not normally open to the public are sometimes opened during the week, too. Check the ministry’s website – – for dates and events.

$9.95 per book


Shipping & Handling* ($3.00 for one book, $2.00 each additional book): $ *You can save the shipping and handling cost by picking up your order at the Italian Community Center. Subtotal B:


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Visit Italy’s museums, archeological sites for free in mid April

The six original families immigrated from Campo Dolcius near Lake Como, Italy. Family names included Tressori, Ghelfi, Gilardi, Zaboldi, Penchi and Starlochi.



Enter Subtotal B figure & add with sales tax figure: + $ Grand total:


If you’re paying by check: Make your check payable to the Italian Community Center. If this purchase is being made with a charge card, please complete the following: Type of Charge Card: _______________________________________________ Charge Card No.: ___________________________________________________ Expiration Date: ___________________________________________________ Send this form to: Italian Community Center, c/o Milwaukee’s Italians book, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916.


Italians married in Milwaukee: 1941-1955 Part XIV Compiled by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian Introductory Notes The Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1941-1955 includes the name of the individual married and the month and year the marriage took place. Information contained in the Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1897-1925 and the Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1926-1940 was compiled by this researcher in January of 1993 and will be featured in The Italian Times at future dates. Reporting of the volume Milwaukee Marriage Index was obtained from the Milwaukee County Historical Society and copies at the City of Milwaukee Legislative Reference Bureau. These works are all copyrighted and an original copy is at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. for all time. Please keep in mind that these marriages were actualized only in the City of Milwaukee. Accordingly, if you were married outside the city limits (e.g., Shorewood, West Allis, Cudahy), your name won’t appear in this listing. Names appearing here are listed and spelled exactly as found in the marriage volumes. Parts I through XIII were published in previous issues. If you know of a relative who was married in Milwaukee during the time period 1941-1955 and that relative’s name does not appear in these listings, please contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Name Married Scardina, Sam J. May 1951 Scardino, Anthony V. May 1953 Scardino, John S. August 1950 Scardino, Michael August 1946 Scardino, Sebastian October 1948 Scarpace, Anthony G. February 1949 Scarpace, Barbara February 1947 Scarpace, Charles R. April 1953 Scarpace, James April 1942 Scarpace, Jean F. June 1947 Scarpace, Marilyn B. June 1947 Scarpace, Mary Ann March 1946 Scarpace, Philip November 1953 Scarpace, Vincent J. October 1950 Scaruta, Jeanne M, March 1954 Scarvaci, Ann September 1950 Scarvaci, Frances April 1953 Scarvaci, Nancy January 1955 Scarvaci, Tashney June 1948 Scervo, Modestina January 1944 Schiavo, Irma March 1946 Schiera, Frances July 1949 Schiera, Joan January 1955 Schillaci, John October 1948 Schirado, Eugene M. February 1954 Schiro, Anthony W. September 1951 Schiro, Arlene M. February 1955 Schiro, Helen April 1948 Schiro, Michael P. September 1948 Schirripa, Judy August 1945 Schittone, Angeline May 1949 Schittone, Angeline C. June 1949 Schittone, Frances June 1951 Schittone, Joan September 1954 Schittone, Victor July 1954 Sciabica, Josephine June 1946 Sciano, Andrew J. April 1955 Sciano, Angeline C. September 1948 Sciano, Anthony July 1945 Sciano, Antoinette April 1949 Sciano, Antoinette August 1952 Sciano, Carmela September 1941 Sciano, Carmella B. September 1951 Sciano, Carmellla La Rose July 1953 Sciano, Charles J. September 1947 Sciano, Jacob October 1948 Sciano, Josephine J. March 1950 Sciano, Josephine V. September 1952 Sciano, Marina April 1948 Sciano, Michael J. April 1946 Sciano, Peter J. May 1949 Sciano, Theresa October 1953 Sciano, Thomas C. December 1953 Sciano, William A. September 1946 Scremo, Nicholas January 1954 Scifo, Salvatore October 1955 Scinto, Lawrence November 1945 Sciortino, Joan February 1952 Sciortino, Josephine R. September 1947 Sciortino, Sam S. February 1955 Sciortino, Thomas J. July 1943 Scioscia, Eugene November 1953 Sciotto, Frank October 1955 Sciumbato, Kathleen December 1946 Sciurba, Antonia January 1943 Sciurba, Josephine June 1944 Sciurba, Mary September 1952 Sciuti, Dennis A. May 1948 Scolini, James P. August 1948 Sebastiani, Rose Marie April 1955 Segneiri, Betty May 1944 Segneiri, Elaine July 1941 Segneri, Angela November 1945 Segneri, Annette M. October 1948 Segneri, Sylvio December 1946 Sellitto, Angeline October 1947 Sellitto, Josephine August 1944 Seppi, Dolores August 1955 Seppi, Joseph March 1955 Sereno, Emil October 1948 Sergio, Antonio S. May 1948 Sergio, Antonio S. June 1948 Sericati, Ann January 1947 Sericati, Evelyn A. May 1947 Sericati, Leo May 1947 Serio, Alfred May 1942


Name Serio, Andrew E. Serio, Anthony J. Serio, Carlo Serio, Carlo T. Serio, Carmela Serio, Carol A. Serio, Florence Serio, John Serio, Joseph J. Serio, Joseph R. Serio, Josephine P. Serio, Marie Serio, Mary Conjetta Serio, Michael L. Serio, Nicholas Serio, Prudence Serio, Rosalie Serio, Roy Thomas Serio, Santo A. Serio, Virginia Settano, Joseph Sgalio, Albert Sgro, Frances Sgro, Mary Sibrigondio, Domenica Sibrigondio, Joanne T. Sicardi, Matha Sicchio, Richard R. Sidello, Louis P. Sijarto, Joseph J. Sileno, Joseph P. Silva, Anthony L. Silva, Elizabeth A. Silva, Emanuel Silva, John Silva, Manuel R. Silva, Mary P. Silva, Rose Silva, Santa M. Silvestri, Anthonyh H. Silvestri, Mary E. Simone, Eugene Simone, Julia V. Simone, Rose D. Simono, Leatrice Sirianni, Gabriel J. Sisinni, Louise Sivilotti, Aidana M. Sivilotti, Elsie Sivilotti, Mirco Sindoni, Sara Sirna, Carl Sirna, John L. Sirna, Louis C. Sirna, Samuel J. Solamito, Joseph R. Sollitto, Ruth A. Solorio, Michele Solorio, Robert J. Sorano, Anthony Sorano, Josephine Sorano, Paul Sorano, Paul Sorano, Virginia M. Sorce, Anthony Sorce, Anthony J. Sorce, Dominic Sorce, Elaine Sorce, Francis R. Sorce, Gerolomo Sorce, Isadore Sorce, James J. Sorce, John Sorce, Joseph Sorce, Marguerite Sorce, Marguerite G. Sorce, Nick Sorce, Nunzio Sorci, Anthony Sorcinelli, Chino Sordillo, Rose Mary Sorgi, Alfred A. Sorgi, Elsie Sottile, Anna Sottile, Anthony P. Sottile, Josephine A.

Married October 1954 March 1947 March 1944 May 1951 July 1947 October 1953 June 1949 June 1946 October 1952 August 1949 September 1951 June 1953 April 1951 October 1954 September 1950 October 1953 May 1948 October 1955 June 1947 May 1952 September 1948 May 1948 October 1941 November 1950 May 1949 June 1955 May 1941 January 1946 April 1953 November 1948 October 1946 September 1955 October 1954 March 1955 June 1951 September 1946 June 1950 December 1950 August 1945 September 1954 January 1955 August 1946 April 1943 June 1946 August 1953 November 1946 June 1947 September 1948 September 1949 May 1947 September 1941 July 1942 June 1944 October 1945 June 1951 February 1942 September 1942 February 1952 March 1951 May 1953 October 1949 November 1941 April 1948 September 1944 June 1955 April 1950 July 1948 March 1950 June 1944 April 1943 January 1948 January 1942 May 1953 March 1950 May 1950 June 1944 June 1942 December 1951 February 1943 March 1944 December 1951 November 1945 January 1941 October 1950 August 1944 October 1945

Name Married Sottile, Laura January 1946 Sottile, Lucille February 1952 Sottile, Marion December 1941 Spano, Albert J. July 1950 Spano, Caroline Marie January 1946 Spano, Frank T. June 1949 Spano, John J. May 1953 Sparacino, Antoinette November 1955 Sparacino, Christine May 1950 Sparacino, Erasmo February 1951 Sparacino, Gaetana F. January 1946 Sparacino, Phillip November 1952 Sparacino, Phillip J. February 1947 Sparacino, Rose April 1950 Sparacino, Rose M. June 1950 Sparacino, Sam A. April 1947 Sparacio, George J. September 1947 Sparacio, Marie April 1947 Sparacio, Salvatore A. October 1949 Sparacio, Vito June 1944 Sparaco, James February 1946 Sparapane, Mary Ann October 1949 Sparapani, Joseph P. October 1941 Spasaro, Albert J. June 1942 Spata, Angeline R. June 1951 Spata, Saverio J. September1944 Spataro, Carmen November 1941 Spataro, Sam March 1941 Spataro, Phyllis March 1946 Spella, Gloria July 1948 Spella, Jeanette August 1943 Spella, Jeanette K. June 1951 Spella, Joseph A. July 1954 Spella, Josephine M. May 1947 Spella, Rosario A. August 1944 Spella, Theodore October 1942 Spellato, Joseph June 1950 Spera, Frances July 1949 Spera, Phyllis A. November 1954 Spera, Prudence August 1954 Spicuzza, Ann March 1943 Spicuzza, Catherine April 1942 Spicuzza, Francis October 1941 Spicuzza, Frank August 1948 Spicuzza, Josephine April 1941 Spicuzza, LaVerne September 1949 Spicuzza, Marguerite D. May 1953 Spicuzza, Salvatore D. September 1954 Spigarelli, Fred October 1952 Spinato, Petrina November 1945 Spinella, Josephine B. February 1944 Spinella, Sara September 1941 Spinella, Tony C. Febraury 1948 Spinelli, Charles July 1948 Spinelli, Mary June 1945 Spinelli, Nick March 1946 Spinelli, Rose June 1954 Spingola, Madeline M. April 1948 Spinnato, Joseph April 1942 Stancompiano, Angeline February 1950 Stancompiano, Grace October 1941 Stancompiano, Grace October 1941 Stancompiano, Rose October 1944 Stella, Frank September 1941 Stella, Joseph A. June 1955 Stella, Valentine R. December 1945 Stella, Victor A. November 1943 Stornelli, Arlene L. August 1951 Storniolo, Andrea July 1951 Storniolo, Concetta J. October 1946 Storniolo, Giuseppe February 1954 Storniolo, Joseph, Jr. May 1942 Storniolo, Joseph L. August 1951 Storniolo, Madeline November 1944 Storniolo, Madeline October 1951 Storniolo, Mary July 1948 Storniolo, Shirley M. August 1947 Suffoletta, Anthony May 1951 Sutilla, Raymond February 1952 Sutilla, Sofia August 1942 Tagliapietra, Ida I. January 1941 Tagliavia, Joseph S. April 1952 Tagliavia, Anthony J. September 1949 Tanel, Aldo Leo June 1955 Tanel, Giulio October 1955 Tanel, Joseph March 1946

Name Married Tanel, Julia March 1941 Tanel, Leo August September 1949 Tanel, Louis November 1953 Tanel, Louis E. October 1953 Tanel, Marion January 1948 Tanel, Zola L. September 1948 Tappero, Beatrice October 1951 Tarantino, Ann April 1941 Tarantino, Annarose L. October 1954 Tarantino, Anthony June 1949 Tarantino, Anthony May 1952 Tarantino, Anthony J. September 1943 Tarantino, Anthony John September 1953 Tarantino, Carlo F., Jr. March 1942 Tarantino, Catherine February 1951 Tarantino, Catherine July 1947 Tarantino, Congetta August 1941 Tarantino, Frances September 1951 Tarantino, Frank February 1946 Tarantino, Frank J. May 1949 Tarantino, Frank R. October 1949 Tarantino, Frank S. August 1955 Tarantino, Jack May 1955 Tarantino, John Joseph September 1955 Tarantino, Joseph June 1953 Tarantino, Loretta June 1954 Tarantino, Mariano September 1941 Tarantino, Mary Ann February 1946 Tarantino, Nancy December 1943 Tarantino, Nick February 1949 Tarantino, Peter January 1955 Tarantino, Pietro February 1955 Tarantino, Rosalie March 1954 Tarantino, Rosaria April 1948 Tarantino, Rosaria M. May 1954 Tarantino, Rose V. October 1953 Taranto, Angelo S. February 1943 Tassisto, Mary A. April 1942 Tassistro, Clelia S. May 1943 Tempesta, Anthony H. August 1947 Tenaglia, August M. August 1954 Tenaglia, Esther August 1944 Tenaglia, Jean E. September 1954 Tenaglia, Josephine M. April 1950 Tenaglia, Mary Ann October 1947 Tenaglia, Tullia November 1953 Tenaglia, Virginia September 1942 Tenaglia, William E. May 1941 Tenerelli, Angeline January 1945 Tenerelli, Catherine October 1946 Tenerelli, Lucille R. September 1950 Tenerelli, Rosalie November 1947 Terlizzi, Leonard September 1950 Terlizzi, Lucille October 1951 Terlizzi, Marie August 1946 Terlizzi, Michael October 1946 Terranova, Michael J. November 1946 Terranova, Roland September 1946 Terrio, Francis E. October 1952 Tessadri, Guy May 1941 Tessaro, Antonette June 1953 Tessaro, Kathryn M. July 1948 Ticcioni, Albert J. September 1946 Ticcioni, John G. November 1943 Ticcioni, Ralph R. July 1949 Tinetti, Anthony A. October 1943 Tinetti, John M. August 1951 Tirinelli, Mary October 1946 Tocco, Benedetta May 1946 Tocco, Dominic T. August 1944 Tocco, Joseph T. May 1947 Tocco, Mamie May 1953 Tocco, Margaret August 1946 Tocco, Michael J. April 1941 Tocco, Phillip S. May 1944 Todarello, Agatha April 1949 Tomasello, Donald October 1950 Tomasello, Eileen December 1950 Tomasello, James April 1947 Tomasello, Jeannette C. September 1944 Tomasini, Donald F. October 1953 Tomasini, LeVerne January 1949 Tomasini, Olivia November 1948 Tomasini, Patricia Ann April 1953 Tomasino, Angeline June 1943 To be continued in our next issue

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LA PAGINA ITALIANA a cura di Enrica Tarantino-Woytal

Addio Lucio Dalla Il ‘4 marzo 2012’ avrebbe compiuto 69 anni E’ iniziato sulle note di ‘4 marzo 1943’ il giorno dei funerali di Lucio Dalla. È morto in Svizzera il giorno prima del suo compleano. La canzone autobiografica dell’artista, che avrebbe compiuto 69 anni, ha risuonato in piazza Maggiore, dove alle 7 e’ stata riaperta la camera ardente. Sempre intenso il flusso delle persone in fila per l’omaggio al cantante, morto d’infarto giovedi’ scorso in Svizzera. La camera ardente restera’ aperta fino alle 13.30, poi il feretro sara’ trasferito per i funerali - in programma alle 14.30 - a San Petronio. Dalla nasce a Bologna il 4 marzo 1943. Il suo debutto nella canzone avviene nel 1964 grazie all’interessamento di Gino Paoli cha ha intenzione di fare di Dalla il

primo cantante soul italiano e lo indinizza verso questo genere. Nel 1970 il primo successo come compositore: Gianni Morandi incide la sua “Occhi di ragazza” e la porta in vetta alle classifiche di vendita. Il 1971 segna l’inizio della sua irresistibile ascesa: al Festival di Sanremo presenta “4/3/1943”, ribattezzata da tutto il pubblico “Gesu Bambino”. Seguono “Piazza Grande’, “Il Gigante e la bambina” e “Itaca”, tutti brani destinati ad entrare nel suo immenso repertorio. Nel 1977, con l’album “Come è profondo il mare”, Dalla debutta anche come autore dei testi delle proprie canzoni. Seguiranno: “Dalla” (1980), “Lucio Dalla Q-disc” (1981), “1983” (1983); ‘Viaggi

organizzati” (1984), “Bugie” (1986) e “DallameriCaruso” (1986), doppio dal vivo con la canzone-capolavoro “Caruso”, unanimente riconosciuta come una delle più belle mai scritte nella storia della musica contemporanea, venduta in nove milione di copio in tutto il mondo in decine di versioni. Il 1996 è l’anno di un altro significativo traguardo discografico: l’album “Canzoni” supera 1.300.000 copie. Nel 1997, Lucio Dalla assieme al Giovani 90 ha fatto uno spettacolo meraviglioso qui, all’Italian Community Center, in cooperazione con Il Console Generale d’Italia di Chicago, Pasquale D’Avino ed il tutto coordinato da Pietro Tarantino, liason all’ICC.

La Pasqua in Italia La Pasqua è la principale festività del cristianesimo, specialmente in Italia – force la nazione più cristiano del mondo. Essa celebra la risurrezione di Gesù che, secondo le Scritture, è avvenuta nel terzo giorno successivo alla sua morte in croce. La data della Pasqua, variabile di anno in anno secondo i cicli lunari, determina anche la cadenza di altre celebrazioni e tempi liturgici, come la Quaresima e la Pentecoste. Per gli italiani, La Pasqua

cristiana presenta importanti legami, ma anche significative differenze, con la Pasqua ebraica. Il solenne triduo pasquale della passione, morte e risurrezione di Cristo inizia nel pomeriggio del giovedì santo. In ora serale si celebra la Messa in Cena Domini, nella quale si ricorda l’Ultima Cena di Gesù, la istituzione dell’Eucarestia e del sacerdozio ministeriale, e si ripete il gesto simbolico della lavanda dei piedi effettuato da Cristo nell’

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Ultima Cena. Alla fine della messa gli altari restano senza ornamenti, le croci velate e le campane silenti. La croce verrà scoperta il giorno dopo, il Venerdì Santo durante la parte delle speciale cerimonia che (in quel giorno e solo in quel giorno) sostituisce l’adorazione della croce alla liturgia eucaristica. Il Venerdì Santo è il giorno della morte di Gesù sulla Croce. La chiesa celebra verso le tre del pomeriggio la solenne celebrazione della Passione, divisa in tre parti: 1. La Liturgia della parola, con la lettura del quarto canto del servo del Signore di Isaia (52,13-53,12), dell’Inno cristologico della lettera ai Filippesi (2,6-11) e della passione secondo Giovanni. 2. L’adorazione della croce. 3. La santa comunione con i presantificati. Il Venerdì Santo (anche chiamta il sabato Santo) è tradizione effettuare, in molti posti per le strade, il pio esercizio della Via Crucis. La chiesa cattolica pratica il digiuno ecclesiastico e si astiene dalle carni come forma di partecipazione alla passione e morte del suo Signore. Il sabato Santo è tradizionalmente giorno in cui non si celebra l’Eucaristia, e la comunione ai malati si porta solamente ai malati in punto di morte. Viene invece celebrata la Liturgia delle Ore; caso unico nell’anno liturgico, i Vespri di questo sabato non sono considerati Primi Vespri della domenica di Resurrezione. Nella notte si celebra la solenne Veglia pasquale, che, nella chiesa

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Disponibile in digital download Ti dedico tutto, il nuovo singolo di Biagio Antonacci che anticipa l’uscita del prossimo album d’inediti del cantautore, prevista per il 17 aprile. A maggio Antonacci partirà per un tour primaverile che toccherà le principali città italiane. A questo andranno ad aggiungersi a Milano due concerti, il 9 e 10 ottobre, al Mediolanum Forum. Le prevendite sono già aperte on line su

cattolica, è la celebrazione più importante di tutto l’Anno Liturgico. Nella liturgia della Chiesa cattolica e di altre chiese, la Veglia pasquale è la solenne celebrazione della Risurrezione del Signore e poiché celebra la vittoria sul peccato e sulla morte da parte di Gesù Cristo è la celebrazione più importante dell’anno liturgico: per tali ragioni è classificata “Madre di tutte le veglie”. È anche la terza celebrazione peculiare del Triduo Pasquale ed anche la più ricca e lunga liturgia di tutto l’Anno liturgico: si celebra fra il tramonto del sabato e l’alba della domenica. La processione del clero esce dalla chiesa, lasciata completamente al buio, senza luci né candele accese, dal Venerdì santo. I concelebranti benedicono il fuoco sacro al di fuori la chiesa. La Veglia pasquale è uso celebrare anche dei battesimi la notte di Pasqua, in questo momento liturgico.

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Buona Pasqua!



Best costumes and masks recognized at Carnevale Photo on the left: Judges selected Gerry Gerseher and Paul Strain for the second prize in mask competition. The couple won a $35 gift certificate for Nessun Dorma Restaurant and a bottle of wine.

Photo on the right: Here’s Dan Conley, one member in the group that captured the third prize in Carnevale’s costume competition. Calling themselves “Captain Hook & The Pirates,” the group included Chris Conley, Jenna, Maya, Adam and Amira Hamdan in addition to Dan Conley. Dan (Captain Hook) said the rest of his crew had abandoned ship before the costume prize winners were announced. The group won a $50 gift certificate from Club Calderone plus four tickets to a Milwaukee Wave soccer game and a pizza party at the ICC.

First prize in Carnevale’s costume competition went to Susan Behrene, “The Peacock.” She won an overnight stay at The Pfister Hotel with a $50 gift certificate for Mason Street Grill.

Photo on the left: Taking the honorable mention prize is costume judging was Gail Shrank, the “Poker Joker.” She won a manicure at Well Spa – Pfister Hotel and two Marcus Theater movie passes.

Times photos by Tom Hemman

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Capturing third prize in mask competition was Anthony Balistreri with his “Four Jesters” creation. He won a $25 gift certificate for the ICC’s Cafe La Scala and two Marcus Theaters movie passes.

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The honorable mention prize in mask competition went to Rosa Tumminello with her “Luna” mask. She received two Marcus Theaters movie passes and a bottle of wine.

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The Italian Times - April 2012  
The Italian Times - April 2012  

The April edition of the Italian Community Center's Italian Times