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ITALIAN TIMES Published by the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 VOL. 35, NO. 6 JANUARY 2014




35th Carnevale date and royalty announced The date for the Italian Community Center’s social event of 2014 is Saturday, Mar. 1. The theme for the 35th annual Carnevale is simply “Il Grande Carnevale 2014.” There is just no better way to describe it, say cochairpersons Joanne Czubek and Rosemary DeRubertis. Royal Court Czubek and DeRubertis are pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 Royal Court. They are: • Re and Regina (King and Queen) – Dan and Christine Conley. • Nonno and Nonna (Royal Grandparents) – Charles and Doris Evans. • Principe (Prince) – Frank Purpora. • Principessa (Princess) – Benedetta Cannestra. • Piccolo Prince (Junior Prince)

– Jack Elliott. • Piccola Principessa (Junior Principessa) – Maria Vella. Traditionally someone is selected to be Il Gran Maresciallo (The Grand Marshal) to keep the evening’s activities on schedule. The 2014 role will be shared by the duo of Dean Cannestra and Marie Lieber. Both have assumed the roles in the past. Excitement is beginning to build up as the committee goes into the planning stages. They promise an evening that will again be filled with pomp, pageantry, wonderful food, fun and surprises. Costumes and masked attendees will be dancing to the music of the Bill Sargent Big Band. Look for lots more information in the next issue of The Italian Times, which will be available in print and online the week of Jan. 20.

Oldies But Goodies Spectacular with special guests to perform at ICC on Feb. 1; get tickets now The Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, joined by special guest performers, will bring back Milwaukee’s ‘50s and ‘60s rockand-roll scene in a concert at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, on Saturday, Feb. 1. Doors of the Festa Ballroom open at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are now available at the ICC for $20. Stop in or call 414/223-2180 to purchase your tickets. Tickets are also available from members of the Oldies But

January general meeting moved from 2nd to 9th Italian Community Center President Gina Spang has announced that the January general membership meeting will not be held on the day after New Year’s Day but rather on Thursday, Jan. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. General meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of the month, but with holiday celebrations and travel, Spang said she thought it would be best to move the January meeting to the 9th. Cake and coffee will be served at the conclusion of the meeting. All other ICC meeting dates remain as normally scheduled.

Goodies Spectacular. Should tickets still be available the night of the show, admission will be $25. Cafe La Scala, the ICC’s public restaurant, will be open at 5 p.m. that Saturday night. The staff will be on hand to take food and drink orders in both the restaurant and Festa Ballroom throughout the evening. Kim Marie, the founder and one of the three lead vocalists of the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, said, “Several very special guest performers will be joining us for this show, which is a reunion of Milwaukee’s best rock-and-roll artists from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.” The special artists and the groups they played with back in the day include: Bob Barian of The Comic Books, Warren Wiegratz of The Freeloaders, Larry Lynne of The Skunks, Jim Rosetti of The Midnighters (appearing with Antonio Wigley), Bob Hirschi of The Van Tels, Big Louie of The Renagades and Johnny B., formerly of The Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. Kim Marie added that baritone sax player Yogi, formerly of The Soul Entertainers and The Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, is returning to play with the band for this show. People who have followed the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular through the years know that the Please turn to page 7

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo Dates and acts set for ICC’s Cabin Fever Music Series By Thomas Hemman Times Editor The third season of the Italian Community Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series” will begin on Tuesday, Mar. 4, according to Joe Campagna, Jr., series coordinator, and Tom Sorce, music director. The series will feature jazz or blues acts on Tuesday nights and good-time rock-and-roll bands on Thursday nights. These shows will again be offered with no cover charge or drink minimum. They will take place in the Festa Ballroom, starting at 6:30 p.m. The staff of Cafe La Scala, the ICC’s public restaurant, will be on hand to take food and drink orders from 5 p.m. in both the restaurant and the ballroom.

Who’s performing? Campagna and Sorce announced the acts that been signed to perform shortly before presstime. The complete lineup follows. Please note: There will be no shows Mar. 13 and Apr. 10 as the Italian Conference Center has large events booked that will prevent the presentation of the series. • Tuesday, Mar. 4 – Rev. Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. One of the most popular blues acts to play at the ICC the last few years is Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys ( Specializing in classic Chicago blues, Reverend Raven and company won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008 Please turn to page 6

Pompeii Women’s Club makes holiday donation to ICC

The Pompeii Women’s Club continued to show its support for the Italian Community Center with a $500 donation, which was presented at the ICC membership’s Christmas dinner and dance on Dec. 5. Joined by all of the Pompeii Women in attendance that night, Pompeii President Pat Consolazione presented the check to ICC President Gina Spang. Spang thanked the Pompeii Women for their ongoing support of the ICC. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Still time to make reservations for ICC’s grand New Year’s party Doo-Wop Daddies to play after fabulous dinner at this reservations-only event By Thomas Hemman Times Editor Don’t wait to make your reservations for the spectacular New Year’s Eve party planned at the Italian Community Center. The celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 7 p.m., will include lots of delicious food, plenty of party favors and dancing to the ‘50s-‘60s sounds of the legendary Doo-Wop Daddies. General Manager Patrick Morgan said, “The Doo-Wop Daddies have always drawn large crowds every time we’ve booked them. So, I want to advise everyone to get their reservations made early.” The cost for the evening is $75

per person. Reservations are required and can be made using a credit card and calling 414/2232180, or by mailing in the form accompanying this story. Be sure to make your check payable to the Italian Conference Center and submit it along with the reservation form to ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. If you wish to be seated at a table with specific persons, please list the names of those people on a separate sheet of paper. Don’t forget to include your own name. The ICC will not be allowing walk-ins the night of the event. At 7 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy a variety of the Italian Conference Center’s famous hot

ICC New Year's Eve Party Reservation Form Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 Name(s) _________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________ City _______________________________ State ______ Zip _____________ Phone ___________________ Email __________________________________ Please list the names of persons in your party on a separate sheet of paper. Tables of 10 are available. Singles and couples: If you wish to be seated at a table with specific persons, please list their names on a separate sheet of paper. Total number of people attending _________ x $75.00 = $ Please make your check/money order payable to: Italian Conference Center, and mail to: ICC, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. All payments are non-refundable and must accompany this reservation form.

The Doo-Wop Daddies are returning for a third consecutive year to perform at the Italian Community Center’s New Year’s Eve party.

and cold hors d’oeuvres in the galleria. There will be a cash bar. An hour later, guests will be called into the Pompeii Grand Ballroom for a sumptuous dinner. It will begin with an Italian salad with Romaine lettuce topped with mozzarella cheese, salami, prosciutto, tomatoes, black olives, artichoke hearts and pepperoncini. The main course will feature a combination entrée – center cut beef tenderloin topped with wild mushroom Bordelaise sauce and jumbo shrimp scampi – served over angel hair pasta, steamed vegetable medley, Italian bread, and coffee, tea,

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iced tea or milk. For dessert, guests will be served tiramisu (ladyfinger cookies, soaked in espresso and coffee liqueur, layered with mascarpone, dusted with cocoa powder and chocolate shavings). Following a midnight champagne toast welcoming the New Year, a buffet station will be made available. The buffet will feature assorted cold cuts, cheese and relish trays, fresh rolls, pasta salad and assorted cookies. The Doo-Wop Daddies will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Doo-Wop Daddies Based in Milwaukee, the DooWop Daddies capture the demanding vocal styles of doo-wop music with unsurpassed excellence. That’s only the beginning. The Daddies don’t merely recreate this Please turn to page 7

THE ITALIAN TIMES 631 E. Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916 (414) 223-2180 Published 11 times annually Publisher . . . Italian Community Center ICC President . . . . . . . . . . . Gina Spang Newspaper Committee Chairman . . . . . . . Rosemary DeRubertis Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas Hemman Italian Page Editor . . . . . . . Enrica Tarantino-Woytal Advertising Sales Manager . . . . . . . . . . . .Thomas Hemman Advertising Sales Representative . . . . . . Faye Ann Kessler Editorial Contributors and Staff Writers/Reporters . . . . , .Mario A. Carini Angelo Castronovo, Barbara Collignon and Susan Christiansen Staff Photographers. . . . . . .Joe Spasiano, Tim Townsend and Tom Hemman For advertising information, please call (414) 223-2180 or send an e-mail to: Copyright 2013 The Italian Community Center, Inc. All Rights Reserved All advertisements must be in accordance with the rules and requirements as determined by editorial policy. Paid advertisements are not to be interpreted as an endorsement by the Italian Community Center or its newspaper, The Italian Times. In addition, the Newspaper Committee reserves the right to reject ads based on editorial policy approved by the Board of Directors of the Italian Community Center. The Italian Community Center is a member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Visit Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward Association.


ICC members: Last chance to sign up your children or grandchildren for the Jan. 4 party with La Befana By Thomas Hemman Times Editor For the 12th consecutive year, the Italian Community Center will host a post-Christmas party for the youngest children and grandchildren of ICC members. This party celebrates the legend of La Befana. The gift-bearing witch of Italian folklore will greet and provide gifts to youngsters on Saturday, Jan. 4 at a party that begins with a noon lunch in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. “Since the mission of the ICC is to promote Italian culture, we think it’s important that our children and grandchildren learn about La Befana,” said Liz Ceraso, chairperson of the Avanti Committee, which is organizing the event. Having the party after the busy Christmas season has also proven quite popular with the parents and grandparents, added Rose Anne Ceraso-Fritchie and Mary Anne Ceraso-Alioto, Avanti Committee members, who are co-chairing the children’s party. Party details Children are encouraged to wear socks that day because, after they eat lunch, the children will be asked to take off their shoes and leave them behind a curtain. ICC officials have heard that Befana has expressed an interest in leaving special treats in the children’s shoes. The lunch will feature a buffet with food to please both the children and the adults in attendance. The menu will include barbecue beef sandwiches, chicken nuggets, french fried potatoes, macaroni and cheese, fruit, chocolate or white milk for the kids and coffee for adults. For dessert, everyone will be able to make their own ice cream sundae. The cost to attend is $15 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required by Tuesday, Dec. 31.

gifts appropriate for each age group are given out. Walk-ins on the day of the event will not be permitted. Anna Pitzo, a director on the ICC Board, is making the arrangements for Befana’s visit. La Befana: The Yuletide Witch In Italy, there still remains a tradition involving the beneficent witch named Befana. On the night of the Feast of Epiphany (the 12th and final day of the Christmas holiday observance), Befana leaves presents in children’s stockings, hung upon a hearth or a stairway railing (a tradition quite similar to the American Santa Claus story).

La Befana

Please use the form accompanying this article to make your reservations. Please include on the form the name and age of each child so that

Legend has it that when Christ was born, the Three Wise Men (I re magi) stopped at Befana’s hut for directions on their way to Bethlehem and, in the conversation, asked her to join them. Befana said no, she was too busy. Later, a shepherd asked her to join him in paying respects to the Baby Jesus. Again, Befana declined.

When it became dark, Befana noticed a great star illuminating the sky just as the Wise Men had told her earlier in the day. She then realized that perhaps she should have gone with them. So, she gathered some toys that had belonged to her own baby, who had died as an infant, and boarded her magic broom to find the kings and the stable where the Christ Child lay. The legend states that, regretfully, Befana was unable to locate either the Three Wise Men or the place where Jesus was born. Since then, each year at this time, Befana continues her search for the Christ Child and, leaves gifts along the way for good children and pieces of charcoal for bad ones. Here’s an amazing fact about Befana’s visits to the ICC’s annual party: Not once in the past 11 years has Befana left charcoal in the shoes or gift bags of any of the children attending. Could that possibly mean that all the children have been good?

CHILDREN'S LA BEFANA PARTY & LUNCH RESERVATION FORM NAMES OF BOYS ATTENDING __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________

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NAMES OF GIRLS ATTENDING __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________

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Cost: $15.00 per person. Total Amount Enclosed: $ . Make your check payable to: Italian Community Center. Mail this form with your payment to: Italian Community Center, Attn.: Befana party, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. Reservation form with payment due Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013. No walk-ins permitted.

Italian Conference Center to participate in ‘Wonderful World of Weddings,’ Jan. 4 & 5 By Thomas Hemman Times Editor For the ninth consecutive year, the Italian Conference Center will participate in the “Wonderful World of Weddings.” The show – the 46th annual – will take place the weekend of Jan. 4 and 5 in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis. David Stachowiak, Director of Sales, Catering & Special Events, and Michelle LeFebvre, Catering Sales Representative, will staff the ICC’s booth (#229), which, according to the two, is close to the Main Stage and where all the action occurs. The booth will have very visible signage, featuring large color photos of the ICC’s banquet halls and meeting rooms. Stachowiak and LeFebvre will hand out brochures, menus and other information on the ICC’s banquet facilities and food service and answer questions that prospective


brides and grooms and wedding planners might have. As a result of their participation in the show the past six years, Stachowiak estimated that around 200 weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and anniversary parties have been booked at the Italian Conference Center. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., both days. Advance tickets available Advance admission tickets are $7.50. Check out the Wonderful World of Weddings website – – for an online order form and a list of the locations that are selling advance tickets. General admission on the days of the show will be $9. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free. For more information, you can also call 262/3675500. It is anticipated that the Wonderful World of Weddings will include 175 exhibits presented by

many of Wisconsin’s leading wedding professionals. There are two 45-minute fashion shows daily on the Main Stage. These will take place at 12:30 and 3 p.m. When they enter the expo, attendees should make sure they pick up a “Bridal Bag” and a show

directory, which lists all the exhibitors. As they go through the expo, they can put all the available literature from the exhibitors into the bag for future reference. All brides-to-be who attend the show can receive a complimentary copy of Premier Bride, a useful publication for planning a wedding.

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2014 schedules sought from societies and clubs that regularly use the ICC The 2014 meeting and social event schedules of all societies, clubs and organizations that regularly use the Italian Community Center for their activities are needed by the Italian Conference Center’s Sales and Catering Department and The Italian Times. David Stachowiak, Director of Sales, Catering & Special Events, and Michelle LeFebvre, Catering Sales Representative, need these schedules to guarantee dates and hall/room availability. Tom Hemman, Times editor, needs the information to provide an accurate reporting of events in the calendar published in this newspaper. All groups are asked to submit their schedules including the starting time of all events as

soon as possible. The goal is to have the schedules from all societies, clubs and organizations by the end of November. Please submit schedules by using any one of these methods: • Send an email to Tom Hemman at or to David Stachowiak at or Michelle LeFebvre at • Fax the information to either The Italian Times or the Italian Conference Center Sales and Catering Department at 414/2232187. • Drop off the schedules in person at the ICC. Groups that don’t comply with this request may find it more difficult at a later time to get the

A message from Gina Spang, Italian Community Center President Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Joyous New Year! – Gina Spang ICC President

accommodations they most desire. “We always try our best to accommodate all requests, but if we can reserve dates and rooms early, it’s to everyone’s advantage,” Stachowiak said. Added Hemman, “If we don’t have your schedule of events and the starting time of each event, it becomes very difficult and a bit

frustrating to prepare an accurate calendar listing for the newspaper. We do hear about it when an event is not listed in the calendar. This is why we have to depend on the presidents or the designated representatives of the many organizations to supply that information to us.” All schedules should be submitted before the end of 2013.

Winter bocce season to start week of Jan. 6 at ICC Since it’s too cold, wet, and snowy to play bocce outdoors in Wisconsin in the winter time, why not play the Italian lawn bowling indoors at the Italian Community Center? Winter leagues are now forming. The winter bocce season gets under way the week of Jan. 6. Teams in the senior citizen leagues play on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Teams in the mixed couples’ leagues compete on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Teams in each league play once a week. The regular season lasts eight weeks. The winter season champion playoffs will take place Monday, Mar. 10. If you’re interested in registering a team to play in a winter league, here are a few things you need to know. There are two sets of 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 at 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), Anna Pitzo (Thursday afternoon) and David Alioto (Thursday night). The forms also can be obtained by calling Salina Castro at 414/223-2180. The championship playoffs, featuring each league winner and four teams with the next best record, will be played the night of Monday, Mar. 10. Prizes will be awarded to the championship team and the runner-up in the tournament.

American Christmas village on display at ICC until early January

Seen here is a small portion of an American Christmas village that is now on display at the Italian Community Center through the first week of January. The display, consisting of around 300 pieces, came to the ICC courtesy of Enzo Brusca, a Chicago resident and member of the Society of San Biaggio Platani. Brusca is a friend of ICC member Ann and Joe Zambito. The display has moving figures and structures such as a ferris


wheel. Brusca has been collecting the pieces for many years and has amassed quite a collection of unique pieces. People can view the display during the ICC’s regular business hours. Admission is free. Large groups should call the ICC at 414/223-2180 when they are coming so that a volunteer can be available to answer questions. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)


ICC’s vintage photos intrigue Third Ward businessman Italian Community Center Historian Mario A. Carini (left) gave Robb Quinn, the owner of The Studio Q, a guided tour of the vintage Italian American photographs on display at the ICC. Quinn is a photographer. Like the ICC, his business is located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward (at 320 E. Buffalo St.). Quinn told The Italian Times that he is preparing a book of photos that documents the history and development of the Third Ward. He is also working on the development of a multi-media presentation. Quinn was intrigued that the ICC has hundreds of photos which display life and times in the Third Ward when Italian immigrants from Sicily lived and worked there (late 1890s to late 1950s). (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Calendar of Events December 17, 2013 – March 1, 2014 Tuesday, Dec. 17 • Abruzzese Society singers rehearsal, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 • Filippo Mazzei Lodge of Order Sons of Italy in America membership meeting, 6 p.m. spuntino, 6:30 p.m. meeting. Thursday, Dec. 19 • Italian Community Center Board meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 • Christmas Eve. The offices of the Italian Community Center, Italian Conference, Festa Italiana and The Italian Times will be closed. Cafe La Scala will also be closed. Wednesday, Dec. 25 • Christmas Day. The offices of the Italian Community Center, Italian Conference, Festa Italiana and The Italian Times will be closed. Cafe La Scala will also be closed. Tuesday, Dec. 31 • Italian Community Center New Year’s Eve party, 7 p.m. Details in this issue. Wednesday, Jan. 1 • Felice Anno Nuovo! Happy New Year! The offices of the Italian Community Center, Italian Conference, Festa Italiana and The Italian Times will be closed. Cafe La Scala will also be closed. Saturday, Jan. 4 • Children’s La Befana party, noon. Details in this issue. Week of Jan. 6 • Italian Community Center’s winter bocce season begins with couples’ leagues on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and seniors’ leagues on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Details in this issue.

Saturday, Feb. 1 • Oldies But Goodies Spectacular reunion show, doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 • Solomon Juneau Social Club, 11:30 a.m. • Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 • Pompeii Men’s Club Board meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 • Italian Community Center membership dinner, 5:30 p.m. • Italian Community Center general membership meeting, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 • Abruzzese Society dinner, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 • Pompeii Women’s Club Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 • Italian Community Center Finance Committee meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO membership meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 • Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Area Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America membership meeting, spuntino at 6 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 • Italian Community Center Board meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 6 • Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 • Pompeii Women’s Club general meeting, 6 p.m. Tentative.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 • Pompeii Men’s Club Board meeting, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 1 • Il Grande Carnevale, 6:11 p.m. Details in this issue.

Thursday, Jan. 9 • Italian Community Center general membership meeting, 6:30 p.m. Cake and coffee served after meeting.

Daily and weekly classes and activities • Bocce leagues. The winter bocce leagues season will begin the week of Jan. 6. Look for more information in this issue.

Monday, Jan. 13 • Italian Community Center Finance Committee meeting, 6 p.m.

• Free Children’s Italian class. Look for information on the spring semester in our next issue.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 • Pompeii Women’s Club Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Abruzzese Society meeting and spuntino, 7 p.m. • Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National meeting, 7 p.m.

• Italian classes for teens and adults. Look for information on the spring semester in our next issue.

Thursday, Jan. 16 • Italian Community Center Board meeting, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 • Italian Family History Club meeting, 10:30 a.m. Details in this issue. Tuesday, Jan. 28 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 • Pompeii Women’s Club general meeting, 6 p.m.


• 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. Editor’s note: This calendar is, at best, incomplete because the representatives of some of the societies and organizations that regularly use the ICC for meetings and activities have yet to submit their 2014 schedules. We guessed at some of the dates appearing here based on schedules from 2013. Our apologies for any inaccuracies.


Dates and acts set for ICC’s Cabin Fever Music Series, which starts Mar. 4 from page 1 and 2010. • Thursday, Mar. 6 – The Ricochettes. Formed initially in 1963, The Ricochettes were dubbed “Milwaukee’s Beatles” in 1964 and released a number of singles including “Come in My Love,” which sold over 10,000 copies in the area. • Tuesday, Mar. 11 – Pete Sorce with Jeff Labarge Swing Explosion. Featuring the smooth vocals of Pete Sorce and the classic arrangements of Jeff Labarge with the finest musicians from southeast Wisconsin, the 18-piece ensemble of Swing Explosion brings excitement, prestige and sophistication to any stage – and they don’t just do big band music. Their unique and eclectic style is guaranteed to have you tapping your toes. • Tuesday, Mar. 18 –Leroy Airmaster with David Wake. Since the 1980s, Leroy Airmaster has been one of the dominant blues bands in southeastern Wisconsin. With Steve Cohen (harmonica and vocals), Bill Stone (guitar and vocals), Dave Kasik (basss) and Vodie Rhinehart (drums), the group relies heavily on a jazz approach but never loses the gutsy blues framework that made the band so popular. Joining them for this show will be keyboardist Dave Wake. • Thursday, Mar. 20 – Tom Anthony Group. Whether it’s the summer Courtyard Music Series or the winter Cabin Fever Series, the Tom Anthony Group ( performs before a packed house. Vocalist Tom Anthony has long been a fix-

ture on the Milwaukee area music scene. With his group – Tom Sorce (guitar), Joel Freisinger (keyboards) and Brian Ford (drums), Anthony presents the best of the rock, pop and rhythm and blues era with a bit of today’s country. • Tuesday, Mar. 25 – Vivo. Warren Wiegratz, Pam Duronio and Tim Stemper are the creative forces behind this contemporary jazz, pop bossa and samba music ensemble. • Thursday, Mar. 27 – Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy. This group is one of southeast Wisconsin’s hottest horn bands. The band covers the best in rock, soul, R&B, pop, and more in the style of the classic horn bands. • Tuesday, Apr. 1 – Altered Five. A rockin’ rhythm and blues band from Milwaukee that has been performing around the Midwest to high acclaim since 2002. The group is fronted by Jeff Taylor, whose vocals have been described as “gloriously gritty.” • Thursday, Apr. 3 – Rick D’Amore’s Rockin’ Dance Party. Joining D’Amore will be Rob Chalifaux on bass; Tim Sardina on drums; and Pete D’Amore on lead guitar. Expect to hear the best of Elvis Presley, Dion Meucci, Dion & The Belmonts, Roy Orbison and many of the other hitmakers of the rock and roll era. • Tuesday, Apr. 8 – Frank DeMiles Combo. Jazz legend Frank DeMiles, who was the vocal music instructor for the Greenfield School District for 35 years and winner of the 2010 Civic Music Association “Lifetime Achievement in Music”

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award, will perform with his combo. • Tuesday, Apr. 15 – Jim Liban’s Third Coast Blues Collective with Joel Patterson. This band, formerly known as the Jim Liban Band, features legendary Milwaukee-based blues artists Jim and Matt Liban, Greg Koch and Kurt Koenig. They will be joined by Chicago blues and jazz guitarist Joel Patterson for this show. • Thursday, Apr. 17 – Larry Lynne Band. Milwaukee’s “Godfather of Rock and Roll,” Larry Lynne and his band present a unique variety show that consists of rock, country-rock, blues and classic favorites from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s to today’s hits and novelty music with a touch of comedy. • Tuesday, Apr. 22 – Chris Hanson Band. This group features perennial Wisconsin Area Music Industry award winner Robin Pleur on vocals, 30-year veteran violinist

Swing/Big Band Ensemble“ by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry, the band continued wracking up honors in 2013, winning five Madison Area Music Awards including 2013 Artist of the Year and Blues Performer of the Year. The group consists of Jimmy Voegeli (keyboardist), Darren Sterud (brass intrumentalist) and Peterson Ross (woodwind intrumentalist) who have been honored individually. Thinking summer? For the large group of our readers who enjoy the summertime Courtyard Music Series at the ICC, you can mark down Monday, June 2 as the starting date. This freeadmission series will run continuously Monday through Thursday nights through Aug. 28 with the exception of June 25-July 6, when Summerfest is held at nearby Maier Festival Park. In September,

the series cuts back to Tuesday and of the Milwaukee Symphony Thursday nights only. Year’s Eve Party Orchestra Glenn ICC’s Asch, New bassist Mike Britz andHosted John Parrott and Conference Center by: Italian Chris Hanson on guitar and vocals. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. The band performs regularly around the Milwaukee area. Children’s Befana Christmas Party • Thursday, Apr. 24La – Tom Hosted by: Avanti Committee Anthony Group. See above. Saturday, January 4, 2014 – Noon • Tuesday, Apr. 29 – The Jimmys. Named the “2012 Best

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Oldies But Goodies Spectacular with special guests to perform at ICC on Saturday, Feb. 1 Advance tickets on sale for this show reuniting Milwaukee’s early rock acts from page 1 band is comprised of several artists who also performed in popular Milwaukee bands from the late ‘50s into the ‘70s. Kim Marie was a member of Denny and The Darnells. Vocalist/guitarist Chuck Travis was the leader of The Do Wa Wa’s. Drummer Bruce Cole played with The Vantels. Trumpeter Mike Betts was with The Free Loaders. Lead guitar Tom Sorce still plays with the Tom Anthony Group and his own group, the Tom Sorce Band. Bass guitarist Jeff Burhardt was with The Do Wa Wa’s. Keyboardist Bob Sanderson played with The Citations. Saxophonist Mike Miller was with Junior and The Classics. The group’s third vocalist, Tony Clementi, is the only exception. He did not perform with any of Milwaukee’s early rock bands.

Doo-Wop Daddies to play at ICC’s New Year’s Eve event from page 2 classic genre, but have redefined it and made it their own 21st century doo-wop. The group’s live shows attain that ideal unity of masterful performance and entertainment. Combining elements of vintage and cutting edge musical technologies, the Daddies produce an exciting theatrical show that remains faithful to the doo-wop style. The Doo-Wop Daddies’ lineup includes Mike Sturino, Mike Welch, Ryan Clark, Mark Lansing, Tom Riepenhoff, Lee Stephens, Lee Wanek and Terry Casey.

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ICC volunteers bring Italian Christmas traditions to Brookfield museum A dedicated group of Italian Community Center volunteers presented Italian Christmas traditions at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum in Brookfield, over the snowy and frigid weekend of Dec. 78. ICC Culture Committee Chair Christina Ziino said “Each year, a different ethnic group is asked to present its holiday traditions at the museum, and this year, they invited us.” Joining Ziino in the making of the presentation at the museum were ICC members Anna Pitzo, Sandi Mazza and Fran Tollefson. Others such as Bea Ceraso, Sophia Michalovitz, Pam Mazza-Mueller and Nick Mazza also contributed in various ways to the display. The group brought with them exhibits and representations that told the story of the zampognari, the shepherds from the hills; the ceppo, the traditional wooden frame Christmas display; La Befana, the witch of folklore who delivers gifts to good children on Epiphany Eve; and offered displays and examples of how Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are celebrated across Italy. (A fact sheet on the traditional Italian Christmas that the volunteers prepared accompanies this story.)

tent. We all pooled our resources from home to make the displays. We had three ceppos, a grotto made by Sandi’s son Nick, and we all made foods that are traditional to the season like cucciddati (the fig filled cookies), tutus and sesame cookies, manicotti and struffoli. We had bowls of nuts and chestnuts and plates of cannoli, plastic breads, cheese and salami. It was Sandi’s remembrance of the story of the shepherds coming down from the mountains that inspired us to transform our Mr. Funnoli manikin (a Festa Italiana prop) into the bagpipe playing shepherd. Anna recast her La Befana character and recited tale of this good witch of Italian folklore.” Ziino added that Italian decorations were placed throughout the building. Some of the volunteers brought their own crocheted bedspreads that their grandmothers made to put on the beds of the former stagecoach inn. “We even had one from Sophia Michalovitz that had a hand-painted scene of Venice Continued on page 9

A manikin was adorned as a shepherd with a bagpipe in remembrance of the Biblical story of the shepherds coming down from the mountains to proclaim the birth of the Christ Child. Seen here with the shepherd are (lr): Sandi Mazza, Fran Tollefson and Christina Ziino.

“It was a real team effort,” Ziino said. “Bea Ceraso lent us beautiful Christmas dishes made in Italy for a dinner table. Sandi Mazza and her daughter Pam came up with the idea of the fact sheet on Italian Christmas traditions. They designed and developed the con-

Here’s Fran Tollefson standing alongside the ceppo she made for the presentation. This was one of the three ceppos that the ICC volunteers had on display.



Volunteers bring Italian Christmas to Brookfield museum from page 8 on it,” she said. In 2012, a Nordic Christmas was celebrated at the museum. About the museum The Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum once stood at the corner of Bluemound and Watertown Plank Roads. It was built in 1842 by Talbot Dousman. In 1857, Daniel Brown purchased the property and ran it as a stagecoach inn to accommodate travelers using the plank road that ran from Milwaukee and Watertown. After 1875, railroads supplanted stagecoach travel and the inn became a farm owned by Frederick Zimdars. From 1887 to 1980, its owners were Charles Dunkel and his descendent, John Behling. Behling donated the inn to the City of Brookfield, who leased it to the Elmbrook Historical Society. In 1981, the inn was moved by the historical society to its current location at 1075 Pilgrim Parkway in Brookfield. Since then, society volunteers have restored and furnished the inn.

A dinner table was set with Christmas dishes from Italy that were provided for the presentation by Bea Ceraso. Photos provided by Anna Pitzo and Christina Ziino

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 all 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 call either the MCHS. They can be reached at 414/2737487 or 414/273-8288.

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ICC gets members and friends into holiday spirit with fun-filled Christmas party The Italian Community Center delivered early Christmas cheer to about 150 members and non-member friends at the organization’s annual holiday dinner and dance in the Festa Ballroom on Thursday, Dec. 5. Besides a tasty Sicilian steak dinner and danceable music appropriate for all ages, the event included a fabulous bake sale, a 14-prize raffle, an opportunity to have a free photo taken with fun props, and a visit from Santa Claus. The general chairperson was Susie Christiansen. Joanne Czubek, Rosemary DeRubertis and Gina Manning served as chairs of the bake sale. Santa Claus’s visit was made possible by John Alioto. Thirty people volunteered to provide homemade bake goodies, which were sold as a fund-raising activity the night of the party. Many of the attendees took advantage of the opportunity to have their picture taken with a variety of props (or without props if they desired). Gianni Vaccaro, a member of Tradizione Vivente: the Italian Dance Group, volunteered as the photographer. Christiansen announced that each person (or group) having a photo taken that night could pick up a small free print at the ICC after Dec. 20 and that a members’ Christmas party photo album would be made. The photo album will be available for viewing at the ICC in the near future. Christiansen said the photo album will be available for purchase, but that the price has not yet been set.. Also as a fund-raising activity, raffle tickets were sold for a variety of prizes that were donated. The prizes included: • BYKI, an Italian Language Computer Program. One of the easiest ways to learn Italian on the

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Here are Susie and Tom Christiansen standing alongside some of the prizes that were available in the raffle. Susie Christiansen, a director on the ICC Board,

served as the Christmas party’s general chairperson and coordinated the raffle as a fund-raiser.

computer. The program uses flash cards that you turn around with the click of a button, and a common sense approach to learning. • Cultured freshwater-pearl earrings. • Wine aerator gift set. • Set of six Krosno wine glasses (made in Poland). • Choice of four pairs of tickets to see the Milwaukee Bucks play at the Bradley Center. • A choice of two gorgeous bowls. • An insulated picnic basket. • Stainless steel pasta colander filled with pastas, infused olive oil and grater. • Two copies of the cookbook, Fast Track to Fine Dining, by Linda Mutschler. Photo below: Those attending the members’ Christmas party on Dec. 5 had an opportunity to dance to the music played by a deejay from Music on the Move Plus. The deejay played danceable music for all ages. As guests ate dinner, the deejay played holiday music.

Rosemary DeRubertis (front), Joanne Czubek and Gina Manning served as chairpersons of the bake sale. DeRubertis told The Italian

Times that 30 people baked the goods that were sold the night of the party as a fund-raising activity.

Nigal Reinbachs, an ICC member who regularly attends the organization’s general meetings, kept to the dance floor.

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Times photos by Tom Hemman

Santa Claus arrived bearing gifts of candy. His pre-Christmas visit was made possible by ICC member John Alioto.

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. We can even email you a copy of The Italian Times. 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 e-mail 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. Through our website: – use the Contact Us Form (the last tab on the site). 2. By sending me an e-mail: 3. Calling Constance Palmer at the ICC – 414-223-2808.

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Quentin and Rosalea Oliva were among the many Christmas party attendees to put on some of the fun props for a free photo taken by volunteer photographer Gianni Vaccaro.

Deadline set for February issue of The Italian Times All advertising copy, news stories and photos for publication in the February 2014 issue of The Italian Times must be submitted to the editor no later than Thursday, Jan 9. This will be both a printed

and online issue. All materials can be emailed to editor Tom Hemman at, sent to The Italian Times, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

ICC Historian Mario Carini seeking your high school yearbooks and other memorabilia Don’t throw away your old high school yearbooks or other memorabilia. If you attended a high school in Milwaukee County or surrounding counties, Italian Community Center Historian Mario A. Carini is interested in using the yearbooks and other high school memorabilia for furthering his research on local Italian Americans. Carini will deposit the yearbooks and memorabilia at the Milwaukee County Historical

Society after he completes his research. “These can be yearbooks and memorabilia from public, Catholic or private high schools,” Carini said. Yearbooks and memorabilia can be dropped off at the reception desk in the main office of the ICC. Please include a note with your name and phone number so Carini knows who made the donation.

Remember the ICC in your gift-giving plans this holiday season. The “giving” holidays are approaching. You can give someone dear to you a very special gift by making a contribution to the Italian Community Center in his or her name. We will send your “honoree” a special holiday card telling them of your generosity on their behalf. If you wish to make a gift in honor (or in memory) of a friend or family member, please fill out the form below and send it to the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202-5916. All donations of $1,000 or more are recorded on the Wall of Pride or Wall of Honor and are listed in the official contributions book situated between the Walls at the entrance to the Pompeii Grand Ballroom. Donations of less than $1,000 are recorded in the book. For more information on making a donation, please call (414) 223-2194, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Your Name ________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________ City ______________________________ State _______ Zip _______________ My contribution of $ ___________ is made In memory of _______________________________________________________ In honor of _________________________________________________________ On the occasion of: Anniversary, Birthday, Christmas, Graduation, Other (please specify) _____________________________________________________ Send acknowledgement to: Name _____________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________ City ______________________________ State _______ Zip _______________


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Italian culture well-represented at the Holiday Folk Fair by ICC volunteers, Tradizione Vivente and I Bei Bambini

This year, Phyllis Travia and her daughter, Geralyn Travia, were in charge of the Italian culture exhibit. The booth featured displays that capture the Folk Fair’s 2013 theme, “Celebrating the Culture of Community.” Among them were a display pertaining to sports of Italy (soccer and bocce), the arts and crafts handed down from Italian ancestors (knitting and crocheting), and religious traditions celebrated by the Italian community. Seen here are Geralyn Travia (standing) and her daughters Rachel and Victoria. Phyllis Travia was not available for the photo. (Photo provided by Anna Pitzo)

An Italian food booth was operated by members of Tradizione Vivente and its volunteers during the Holiday Folk Fair weekend. Guests could purchase pizza, meatball sandwiches, bruschetta, chicken pastina soup with Italian bread, and arancini (rice balls) along with traditional Italian pastries and desserts, such as cookies, tiramisu, cannoli and cassata cake. Sciortino’s Bakery and Palermo’s Pizza supplied the food. At the time this picture was taken (from the left) Lory Bresina, Lisa DeSanctis, Linda DeSanctis and Angie (Caputo) Wolter were staffing the booth. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

Photo on left: Tradizione Vivente: The Italian Dance Group is shown here in a performance at the Holiday Folk Fair. The group has been a representative of Italian culture and folk dance for many years. (Photo provided by Tradizione Vivente)

Photo on left: I Bei Bambini, the Children’s Italian Dance Group, performed on the closing day of the 70th annual Holiday Folk Fair. The children, who rehearse regularly at the Italian Community Center, are under the direction of Susan (DeSanctis) Christiansen and Maria Mattia, members of Tradizione Vivente: The Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee. The Folk Fair was Nov. 22-24 in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park. (Photo provided by Sarah DiCamelli)

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Gratitude extended to all who donated to Thanksgiving dinner for less fortunate On behalf of the Ragione Club and the volunteers from the Italian Community Center, general chairman Tony Lupo extended a “heartfelt thank you” to all who donated product, money or time and talent to the 38th annual Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate. The dinner was served on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Open Door Cafe, a meal site on the campus of St. John’s Cathedral in Milwaukee. “Your input, be it product, monetary or onsite volunteering made the serving of a Thanksgiving feast to the less fortunate a success,” Lupo said. “We served hundreds of people a full complimentary dinner.” Lupo noted that every donation – no matter how large or small –

was greatly appreciated. “From the largest donations of $500 from Jane Gertler and Ted Glorioso and to the one dollar donations, every one helped us to provide a dinner that many of the less fortunate might not otherwise have a chance to enjoy,” he said. Lupo added that Gertler, who was not mentioned in earlier reports in The Italian Times, made her donation in memory of her husband, Dr. Gertler, and the late Sadie Machi, wife of past ICC president Tony Machi. In all, $3,116 was raised for the dinner, which was prepared and delivered to the meal site by the Italian Conference Center staff. In addition to Gertler and

Glorioso, other donors included John Pellmann, Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO, Carmello J. Sanfelippo, Anne Marie Costrini, John Fiorenza, Sam Purpero, Pompeii Men’s Club, Pompeii Women’s Club, Sal Quarino, Rose PurperoSpang, William and Rita Jennaro, Phillip and Geraldine Purpero, David Spano, Tony and Barbara Lupo, Anthony and Kathleen Carlson, David and Lonnette Richards, Gina Spang, Thomas and Barbara Balistreri, Theresa Accetta, Tom and Pat Consolazione, Steven M. Taylor and Marissa Gatti-Taylor, Aggie and George Collura, George and Gina Manning, Societå Maria Santissima, Anthony and Adeline Zingale, Ray and Carol Martinez, Grace Gazzana, Mike

Palmisano, Anna Rose San Felippo, Sal and Antonette LoCoco, Queenie and Rosalie Olivia, Anna Pitzo, Joseph Lembo, Joe and Ann Zambito, Frank and Nina Galioto, Sophia Michalovitz, Isidore and Mary Pecoraro, Mary Winard, Christina Ziino, Joseph Dentice, Faye Ann Kessler, Lucy Raimondo and the Italian Conference Center. Another $119 was collected in anonymous cash donors. Lupo also extended thanks to the students of St. Dominic School in Brookfield who volunteered as servers the day of the event. “Thank you to everyone for your generosity. We look forward to your participation in 2014, which will be our 39th year of service,” he said.

Times photos by Joe Spasiano

Here are many of the volunteers who served the Thanksgiving dinner to less fortunate guests at the Open Door Cafe on Nov. 17. Front row, kneeling: John Pellmann, Linda Mohr, Jane Kline, George Collura, Judy Sandvick and Peggy Rooney. Middle row: Aggie Collura, Theresa Accetta,

Mary Foti, Lena Zingale and Barbara Lupo. Back row: Ray Martinez, Carol Martinez, Mary Carlson, Tony Carlson, Francesca Busalacchi, Mike Cardo, Mike Toffler, Tony Lupo, Charlie Zingale, Tony Zingale and Tyler Hromadka.

Ray Martinez, Francesca Busalacchi and Tony Zingale worked on the Thanksgiving feast serving line. Behind Martinez is Charlie Zingale, who served as a runner between the kitchen and the serving line.

George Collura, Tyler Hromadka and general chairman Tony Lupo are seen here with the delicious cupcakes that were served to guests.


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ICC member Peter Orlando remembered as a musician and restaurateur Peter A. Orlando, who performed with The Jolly Polkats and The Sicilian Serenaders and owned a restaurant and cocktail lounge, died Oct. 29 at his home in Franklin. The longtime member of the Italian Community Center was 85 years old. Born on Aug. 11, 1928 in Milwaukee, Peter was the first of two sons of Antonino and Antonina Orlando. Antonino was an immigrant from Porticello, Sicily. Antonina’s parents had emigrated from Porticello just before she was born. Peter’s family lived on Van Buren Street, next door to St. Rita Catholic Church. He and his brother, Baldassaro “Ace” Orlando, attended Cass Street School. Peter graduated from Lincoln High School. He played football and boxed in the Golden Gloves Novice Division. For 62 years, he was married to the former Patricia A. “Patsy” Koszewski. She preceded him in death on Aug. 15, 2012. At the age of 8, Peter began

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.

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playing the accordion at LoDuca Brothers Accordion School. In 1945, he joined “Pizza” Frank Balistrieri, Nick Tripi, Jimmy D’Amato and Joe Balistreri in forming The Jolly Polkats band. The Jolly Polkats played at clubs throughout the Midwest and Canada and recorded their music on Capitol Records. They also had a prime time live radio show each weeknight on WEXT, a radio station in Milwaukee. Peter and “Pizza” Frank Balistrieri went on to open their own Jolly Polkats Club at 1207 S. 16th St., Milwaukee. Later, Peter joined “Pizza” Frank Balistrieri and Joe Pappalardo to form The Sicilian Serenaders. They played at weddings, parties and were a fixture at Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana from its beginning in 1978. Peter and Frank continued to perform together long after Joe’s death. Throughout the years, they played at numerous events at the ICC. The Sicilian Serenaders continue today as Peter Balistrieri, the son of the late Frank Balistrieri, and Tom and Ted Pappalardo, Joe’s sons, have taken the helm. In addition to being a musician, Peter owned and operated Orlando’s Restaurant on 47th and Vliet Streets in Milwaukee and the Islander Lounge, a cocktail lounge on Brown Deer Rd. in Brown Deer. His son, Michael, bought the restaurant after Peter retired. From 1978 to 2009, Peter and his son Tom, along with “Pizza” Frank Balistrieri and Bobby Cefalu, hosted tours of Italy and

Accordionist Peter Orlando is seen here performing with his longtime partner and guitarist, the late Frank Balistrieri, as The Sicilian Serenaders. This picture was taken at one of the many times they played at Festa Italiana, the annual Italian festival organized and hosted by the Italian Community Center. (Times file photo)

Sicily as Adventure Sicily. Travelers would be treated to music, food, personalized tours and cooking schools while attending festas in Sicily. A tribute to Peter, Frank and Bobby is posted at Peter, Frank and Bobby have large extended families in Porticello, Sant’Elia and Aspra, Sicily. In 1987, Peter and Patsy retired to their lake home in Wautoma, Wis. and remained there until 2010, when they returned to the

Milwaukee area due to declining health. Peter is survived by four children: Michael (Karen), Gina Momich, Anthony (Connie), and Tom; four grandchildren: Angela (Greg) Jones, Peter (Renee) Orlando, Alex and Marc Momich; five great-grandchildren: Christina, Anna and Sophia Jones and Michael and Samuel Orlando. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Nick Contorno, former Festa music coordinator, receives three honors In recognition of his distinguished career in music – spanning more than 50 years – Nicholas “Nick” Contorno was recently recognized by three different organizations. Contorno, a past music coordinator for Festa Italiana, was given the 2013 Lifetime Achievement in Music Award by the Civic Music Association in October, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Nov. 8, and was recognized on Nov. 12 by the St. Paul Band, an ensemble he co-founded after he retired in 2007 as Marquette University’s Director of Music Programs. After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degree from UWMilwaukee, Contorno went on to earn a doctorate of musical arts in composition from UW-Madison. In 1961, he began teaching instrumental music in the Glendale Public Schools and directing the bands at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay. In 1968, he was hired by Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, where he built the band, which grew dramatically in numbers and garnered recognition through appearances in major national events across the nation. Ten years later, he founded the high school orchestra.

Nick Contorno

In 1983, Contorno was appointed to Marquette University, where he founded and directed the university orchestra. As a professional musician, Contorno’s bands played every year in Milwaukee’s Great Circus Parade. He served for more than a decade as the music coordinator for Festa Italiana, the annual festival hosted by the Italian Community Center on the Summerfest grounds. He was the musical director/coordinator of the First Brigade

Civil War Band in Wisconsin and conducted the Milwaukee Concert Band, formerly the Civic Music Association’s Civic Symphonic Band, for six years. Contorno has performed with numerous bands and orchestras, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He played with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme, Johnny Desmond and Sonny and Cher. After a devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, a former student of Contorno’s at Kettle Moraine High School established a charity, which allowed for the establishment of the Nick Contorno School of Music in Gonaives, Haiti. Contorno uses his international music connections to secure donations, including instruments and sheet music in French, for the school. Today, Contino and his wife, Lucille, are retired. Nick, however, is still active in music, including volunteering to work with the St. Paul Band, a school- based ensemble in Genesee Depot, teaching the students leadership and responsibility through music. Nick’s parents, the late Nicholas, Sr. and Mary Contorno, were longtime members of the ICC and Festa volunteers.


Granddaughter of Paul and Rose Iannelli playing varsity basketball at Wichita State Valerierose Agnello, the granddaughter of longtime Italian Community Center members Paul and Rose Iannelli, is helping the Wichita State University women’s varsity basketball team to get off to a winning start in the 2013-14 season.

She was named first team allMetro Conference, first team all-

suburban and second team allcounty as a senior.

Her parents are Paul and Nancy Agnello.

Agnello, a junior, is a 5 ft. 10 in. guard/forward on the Wichita State Shockers, which plays in the Missouri Valley Conference and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever last season. Her coach is Jody Adams, who was a starting point guard on the Tennessee Lady Vols’ 1991 NCAA national championship team, coached by the legendary Pat Summitt. Agnello came to Wichita State after attending Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill. Serving as captain of the Kishwaukee Kougars last year, she led a team that finished #6 in the NCAA Division II final poll. She started all 33 games while averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 blocked shots and was named All-American Honorable Mention. The Kougars finished with a 26-7 record overall and 12-0 in the Arrowhead Conference. While attending Brookfield Central High School, Agnello earned three letters in basketball.

Lessons we learned researching our Italian families By George Koleas Italian Family History Club This may be the year that you decide to start to research your Italian family history. Perhaps you have always wanted to record your family history for future generations but did not know how to start, or maybe you were inspired by shows like “Who do You Think You Are” on TLC or “Genealogy Roadshow” on PBS. Whatever the reason, you can benefit from advice from people who are already doing this research on their own families. We are the Italian Family History Club at the Italian Community Center. We are also known as Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22 and the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Italian Area Interest Group. These are some of the lessons we have learned: • Decide what you want to learn about your ancestors. Are you trying to find out what became of a specific family member? Do you want to learn about their immigration experience? Are you trying to find your ancestral home for a possible visit to Italy? Do you want to compile a complete family tree? Your objectives may change over time. • Start at the beginning. That means that your research starts with you and your immediate family, not your grandparents or great grandparents. Don’t leap ahead. You are the beginning. From there you work backwards in time. • Every family story has a grain of truth. The family story you know may have been embellished, but there is likely to be some grain of truth in it. The trick is figuring out what is truth and what is embellishment. • Review every family document you have. These include birth, marriage or death certificates, announcements for births, communions, confirmations, wedding invitations, prayer cards from funerals, death notices, newspaper clippings, a family bible, photographs or anything else that you may have inherited, but never reviewed. • Talk to your living family members before it is too late. Document their stories. Get as much information as you can. You will be glad you did. Too many people have missed this opportunity. Don’t be one of them. • Remember the times your family gathered. What did your family celebrate? What did they do at holidays? What were the favorite family recipes? Who created the recipe? Where were the celebrations held? Were there family reunions? Who came to the reunions? • Learn about how to search for Italian family information. Read a book like “Italian Genealogical Records” by: Trafford Cole, ISBN 0916489582 or ISBN13: 9780916489588 or read Getting Started with Italian Research on the internet at • Look for people who share your interest. These are people you can share information with and who can help you find reliable information such as other family members and genealogical societies such as


ours. You may find that there is someone else who has already researched a part of your family. There are many members in our group who have found they are related. Collaborate with the people you find. Share your information with people who share with you. • Verify everything you have been told by finding source documents. Memories fade and people confuse facts. Records made at the time of the event are likely to be much more reliable. • Verify any information you find on the internet. The internet is a great information source, but it is loaded with bad information as well as good. You may find a family tree with your name and even names of people you know are relatives. Use this information as a guide only until you can verify that it is accurate. • Use reliable websites. The most reliable internet websites are those that link to original documents. Can you view those referenced documents online? Does the information that is reported match the information on the document? An example of a site that does all of this is the free site • Don’t be misled by vendors at fairs, festivals and mail solicitations that offer your family crest or the history of your surname. There is no such thing as a family crest. Arms or crests were granted to a person, never a family. Surname histories are nothing more than a story about a family with the same surname as yours. Just because you have the same name as someone else does not make you related. • Don’t forget the rest of your family. There will be a time that you will run into a “brickwall”. When this happens, try to find sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles and aunts. When you can’t find someone, consider that they may be living with another family member, changed their name or temporarily moved. • Italian women used their maiden names. Italian women often traveled under their maiden names and used their maiden names at various times throughout their lives. • Italian immigration was not always a one way trip. Many Italian immigrants came to the United States with the intention of earning money and returning to Italy. Some made many crossings back and forth. Each of those crossings presents opportunities to find new documents. • Study the history of when your relatives lived. What was it like to live during the World Wars, the Depression or other significant events? What was happening around them? How did it affect their lives? Did they serve in the military? • Remember to take time to live your life and make some family history of your own. Documenting your family history will be time consuming. Break down your research into smaller, more manageable blocks of time and limit what you are looking for during any given time. Please turn to page 18

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Spotlight on Cultural Arts Interested in taking Italian language classes in Chicago? The Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago is offering a series of Italian language classes this winter, all of which begin the week of Jan. 13. The classes, which will run for 10 weeks, include beginner, elementary, intermediate, advanced, children’s and travelers and are available in the daytime, evenings and Saturdays. The classes meet for two hours

once a week and are based on the Common European Framework of Reference Specification, a system that determines language proficiency. All courses are taught by highlyqualified native speakers of the Italian language and are under the direction of ItalCultura, the official language school of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. For more information on

ItalCultura’s Italian language classes visit or call 312245-0652. Class registrations are due Wednesday, Jan. 8. Silvio Marchetti, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, said, “Italian is a language of culture. Knowledge of Italian provides a unique window into a linguistic legacy that has shaped most European languages.

It also allows a deeper access to the country’s theatre, music, opera, cinema and television production. Italian is also a language of business, connecting global leaders to Italian industry, technology and services. Perhaps most importantly, learning Italian is a joy simply because of the pure beauty of speaking it, and it is a useful tool for those visiting the country on vacation or work trips.”

L’Angolo del Poeta Prepared by Barbara Collignon and Roberto Ciampi We in Wisconsin are well acquainted with snow. I wondered just how well Italians know snow and if it inspired poetry there as much as we here are inspired to wax poetic about this cold type of precipitation. I learned some know it very well indeed. In fact, in February of 2012, heavy snow wreaked havoc across Europe, damaging some of the continent’s most recognized historic monuments including the coliseum in Rome. The structure was examined to determine the extent of the damage due to snow and to help prevent further deterioration. Much to the disappointment of thousands of tourists, the coliseum was forced to close after small pieces of its walls crumbled away as a result of freezing temperatures. Buildings in the historic walled town of Urbino – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – were reported to be at risk of collapse under the weight of snow, following unprecedented blizzards in the area. Gabriele Cavalera laments, it was “an enormous quantity of snow compared with what we normally get in winter and it’s had a heavy impact, the equivalent of a flood. When the temperatures drop below zero, and there is rain and snow, it causes ice to form which, with the increase in volume, pushes the external plaster masonry and causes small pieces to fall off,” he said. However damaging, inconvenient and dangerous snow can be, it still can instill wonder and peace in our winter minds, especially among those with a poetic bent. Here are three poems about snow by Miriam Bruni, whose poetry was featured in the September/October issue, with translations by Roberto Ciampi Neve Neve fresa, che dalle cime dei cieli cadi, e nell’inverno più freddo fiorisci...Tu che attraenti rendi i nostri arbusti. Neve bella, che ti annidi e sorridi, che calpesti i nostri prati, ai cartelli di divieto indifferente!

Rivelazione reciproca

Oh neve, che ti posi con magnifica dolcezza, è sacrale il tuo aspetto, il tuo colore.

Anche se freddo è bello ugualmente il paesaggio

Nel tuo specchio vedo il cuore, la sua gioia, da te imparo l’eleganza sopraffina per entrare in ogni dove senza invito, senza chiave.

Dio quanto grande il tuo splendore sotto questo sole mattutino, e il biancore deciso della neve. Canta canta il mio cuore e alzo la voce, bambina felice, signora di croce e delizia, di sangue, visioni e premura verso coloro che ama

E ti ho vista, neve, che hai riempito di pane, divertita, quei cestini degli umani, pane per bambini svelti e coraggiosi di quelli che ti assaggiano, curiosi... (E così, anche oggi, mio candido creatore, ti ho udito cantare, sussurrando: “Deponete la brutta fatica, il dolore frusto e quella tristezza opaca, dimenticate per un attimo i cancelli: lo scontrarsi, la non-pace, e venite, venite a me, e Respirate!”)

– Di Miriam Bruni Shared Revelation Though cold, the landscape is nevertheless beautiful. God, how great your splendor under this morning sun and the bold whiteness of snow.

– By Miriam Bruni Snow Fresh snow, you that from the summits of heaven fall, and in the colder winter you blossom… You that make our shrubs attractive. Beautiful snow, that nestles and smiles, that tramples upon our lawns, heedless of prohibition signs! Oh snow, that lies with wondrous sweetness, sacred is your aspect, your color. In your crystals I can see the heart, its joy. From you I learn the superfine elegance of entering every place without invitation, without a key.

My heart sings, sings and I raise my voice, happy child, lady of pain and pleasure, of blood, visions and care for the one she loves. – Translated by Roberto Ciampi

Barbara Collignon

And I saw you, snow, amused, fill with bread those baskets for us humans, bread for swift and brave children of those who taste you, curious….

Miriam Bruni

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(And so, even today, my dear creator, I’ve heard you sing, whisper: “lay down all weariness, all pain and gloomy sadness, for one moment forget all barriers, clashes, non-peace, and come, come to me, and Breathe!”)

Roberto Ciampi


Opera Topics by Angelo Castronovo Opera has its grand and not so grand moments and has many of both since its early days in the 1500s. Great singers abound through the hallowed halls of theaters large and small, and we must not forget the great composers either, but to try and list all of them would be a monumental task to be sure. But, let’s list some to give you an example about what we are speaking. Among the composers are Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Wagner and Benjamin Britten, whose 100th birthday we are marking this year along with the 200th birthday of Verdi and Wagner. Among singers, there are of course Caruso, Gigli, Pavarotti, Di Stefano, Martinelli and MacCormack. Also, Amato, Alda, Chaliapin, Ruffo, Tebaldi and

Callas to name only a few. Of necessity, we must neglect many of the great ones who came before them, but I’ll mention several just to give you an idea – Mattia Batistini, Maria Grisi, Emma Calve and so many more. In a way, it’s an embarrassment of riches and so many great ones must be passed over, regrettably. However, there is one singer I want to mention who is not already listed and that is the incomparable soprano Eileen Farrell, who marked an almost 60year long career in music. She performed classical and popular music in numerous concerts, theaters and on radio and television, as well as on recordings. This American lady, who was born in February 1920 and died in March 2002, is often remembered more for her concerts than her clas-

Ennio Morricone: awardwinning Italian composer For centuries, Italy has produced some of the world’s most extraordinary music composers. One of the contemporaries is Ennio Morricone, 85, a legendary composer, orchestrator, conductor and former trumpet player who has written for more than 500 motion pictures and television series, as well as contemporary classical works. Morricone’s career includes a wide range of composition genres, making him one of the world’s most versatile, prolific and influential film composers of all time. His music has been used in more than 60 award-winning films. Born in Rome, Italy, on Nov. 10, 1928, Morricone was a classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships. Morricone’s career took off in 1964 when he was hired by Leone to compose the score for A Fistful of Dollars. His score for that film, with its sparse arrangements, unorthodox instrumentation (bells, electric guitars, harmonicas, the distinctive twang of the jaw harp) and memorable tunes, revolutionized the way music would be used in Westerns. Morricone also contributed to a huge range of other film genres including comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror films, romances, art movies and exploitation movies. Besides composing scores for several Leone films, among his most memorable works include Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966), Roland Joffè’s The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987) and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988). Morricone received an Academy Award for Career Achievement in 2007. He has been nominated for five Oscars for “Best Original Score” during his career. These nominations include: Days of Heaven (1979), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991) and Malena (2001). He has been nominated for eight and won two Golden Globe Awards for “Best

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Original Score.” The Golden Globes’ win came in 1982 for Butterfly and 2000 for Legend of 1900.

sical and opera performances. Farrell performed mainly in the United States, although she did sing internationally. Notable achievements involve appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago’s Lyric Opera and the San Francisco Opera. In 1952, Arturo Toscanini engaged her for his first and only studio recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the NBC Symphony. An interesting highlight of her career occurred in 1955 when Farrell furnished the voice for Eleanor Parker who starred as Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence in the film Interrupted Melody. A year later, she appeared before more than 13,000 opera goers at New York’s Lewisohn Stadium singing arias from Verdi’s Ernani. Farrell made her stage debut in opera in 1956 as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavaliere Rusticana with the San Carlo Opera in Tampa, Fla. She opened the Met’s 1962-63 season in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier with tenor Franco

Corelli (one of my favorite operas). She also appeared 46 times in six roles. Among her other accomplishments were a number of albums on Columbia featuring popular music selections. She has also been a professor of music at two universities and recorded a special album with Frank Sinatra. Quotable quote: This month our quote comes from the renowned Brazilian soprano Bidu Sayao, who said of Australian soprano Joan Sutherland: “If there is perfection in singing, this is it.”

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the Italian Conference Center is your answer. Our Catering Director will work closely with you to make sure that every detail that goes into a successful event is planned. And the food at the ICC! Ah, the food. Your guests will shower you with compliments after they've eaten the delicious meals prepared by our outstanding chefs and served by our friendly and efficient wait staff. Everything you need for a successful event is ready and waiting at the Italian Conference Center. For assistance in scheduling and planning your event, call David or Michelle at . . .

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LA PAGINA ITALIANA a cura di Enrica Tarantino-Woytal

Pooh, 150 mila per Opera seconda in tour Quasi 100 date in tutta Italia, ma anche Europa e Oltreoceano Dopo quasi 100 date in tutta Italia, ma anche in Europa e Oltreoceano, si è concluso ieri al Palasport di Andria (BT) “Opera Seconda in Tour”, la tournée dei Pooh che ha registrato per un anno oltre 150.000 spettatori e che ha

visto per la prima volta Roby, Dodi e Red (con Danilo Ballo alle tastiere aggiunte e Phil Mer alla batteria) accompagnati da un’orchestra sinfonica: l’Ensemble Symphony Orchestra diretta dal maestro Giacomo Loprieno.

Vasco, esce ‘Siamo solo noi’ deluxe Il 3 dicembre, riproposto album del 1981 con vinile originale Siamo solo noi”, l’album di Vasco Rossi del 1981, torna in versione Deluxe. Un cofanetto che contiene, oltre il cd, la riproduzione del vinile originale, l’unico 45 giri estratto dall’album (“Dimentichiamoci questa città” e “Brava”), un libro illustrato di 128 pagine sulla storia

del disco attraverso foto inedite, documenti dell’epoca, la relativa rassegna stampa, e un gadget esclusivo. L’album, a oltre trent’anni dalla pubblicazione, è ancora oggi considerato un manifesto intergenerazionale.

Morto Molinaro, regista del Vizietto Hollande, Francia perde cineasta appassionante Mondo del cinema a lutto per la morte del regista francese Edouard Molinaro, 85 anni, che diresse importanti film tra cui ‘La cage aux folles’, titolo originale del primo episodio della saga de ‘Il Vizietto’, con Ugo Tognazzi. Per lui il cordoglio del presidente

francese: ‘’Il nostro Paese perde oggi un grande cineasta appassionante e originale’’, ha scritto Hollande. Molinaro era ricoverato in ospedale a Parigi ed è morto per una insufficienza polmonare.

Qualita’ vita, Palermo penultima Perde sette posizioni rispetto al 2012 Nella classifica della qualità della vita, del Sole24ore, la provincia di Palermo e’ al penultimo posto, sopra Napoli, e perde sette posizioni rispetto all’anno scorso. In fondo alla

classifica anche Catania, che perde 11 posizioni, Caltanissetta, Trapani e Agrigento. La provincia migliore tra le siciliane e’ quella di Ragusa che e’ all’84simo posto su 107.

Mondiali: ecco i gironi di Brasile 2014 Torneo prenderà il via il 12 giugno. Il 26 giugno si concluderà la fase a gironi. GRUPPO A: 1) Brasile 2) Croazia 3) Messico 4) Camerun. GRUPPO B: 1) Spagna 2) Cile 3) Olanda 4) Australia. GRUPPO C: 1) Colombia 2) Grecia 3) Costa D’Avorio 4) Giappone. GRUPPO D: 1) Uruguay 2)

Costa Rica 3) Inghilterra 4) Italia. GRUPPO E: 1) Svizzera 2) Ecuador 3) Francia 4) Honduras. GRUPPO F: 1) Argentina 2) Bosnia 3) Iran 4) Nigeria. GRUPPO G: 1) Germania 2) Portogallo 3) Ghana 4) Stati Uniti. GRUPPO H: 1) Belgio 2) Algeria 3) Russia 4) Corea.

La Buca, il nuovo film di Daniele Ciprì Castellitto, Papaleo e Valeria Bruni Tedeschi protagonisti S’intitola La Buca il nuovo film di Daniele Ciprì che torna dietro la macchina da presa dopo il successo di E’ stato il figlio, presentato in concorso e premiato alla Mostra del cinema di Venezia. La nuova commedia diretta dal regista siciliano e co-sceneggiata

insieme ad Alessandra Acciai, Massimo Gaudioso e Miriam Rizzo, vede protagonisti Sergio Castellitto, Rocco Papaleo e Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Prodotto da Passione con Rai Cinema sarà distribuito da Lucky Red.

Asti città più pop, Cesena più rock Asti è la città più pop, a Busto Arsizio si sente risuonare più musica classica, Pordenone è al top per il jazz, Cremona è metallara, Siena è ‘indie’, a Cesena batte un cuore rock. E’ la classifica di delle

vendite di musica rispetto al numero di abitanti. In base a questo criterio Roma e Milano non figurano nella top ten né del pop (sono rispettivamente 17/a e 33/a), né del rock (26/a e 21/a).

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Abruzzese Society thanks the Italian Conference Center Dear Italian Conference Center Staff: Thank you so much for executing such exception service at the annual Abruzzese Society annual holiday dinner and dance on Dec. 7. Our organization would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for all of your efforts in making

sure our evening was wonderful. Thank you again for providing yet another year of dependable services. Vince Vitale President Abruzzese Galileo Galilei Society

Lessons we learned researching our Italian families from page 15 • Don’t just collect facts. Facts like births, marriages and deaths alone will not be as interesting to your family as a written history will be. Take the information you have learned and use it to write your family story. Writing your family history helps you identify information you may be missing and helps you make sure the information you collected is correct. To learn more, come to our next meeting on Saturday, Jan. 18 at


the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting at 10:30 a.m. and concluding at noon. You are also welcome to come to any of our other meetings in 2014 on Apr. 26, Sept. 20, and Nov. 8. Please feel free to bring guests. We welcome anyone with an interest in Italian family history. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me, George Koleas, by e-mail at or by calling 262/251-7216 after 7 p.m.

Entertain them at the Italian Conference Center’s FESTA BALLROOM. A gorgeous setting in which to enjoy great food! The Italian Conference Center in the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St. (a block west of Summerfest) Call David or Michelle at 414/ 223-2800 to reserve your party or meeting space at the ICC. Visit:


Victory School Italian Immersion Program report Maestra Horntvedt’s four-year old kindergarten class is preparing for Christmas concert For the Victory School Holiday Concert Mr. Tom Bruno’s five-year old Italian language students will be singing two songs. The ‘warmup’ will be a little song Mr. Bruno created as a daily reminder for the class to practice their greetings. The second song will be an Italian version of “Deck the Halls.” Math is being taught in Italian in Room 106 and the students are doing really well at understanding and speaking their numbers, colors and shapes. They also do the calendar in Italian every morning and discuss the months, days, dates and weather. “We have been seeing ‘molti giorni freddi’, but today was ‘freddo e ventoso’ as one young man shared very clearly.” Hallway directions are given in Italian with the children lining up “in fila diritta con una bollicina in bocca!” Andiamo avanti! All first graders have been challenged to get a library card. There was a guest speaker from the Milwaukee County Library who visited Victory to share many of the


resources that are available. One online resource that we recommend to learn Italian is called “Mango.” Mango is a language program offered through the Milwaukee County library. Find instructions on how to take advantage of this resource at: mango.html. Ms. Annette Robertson’s second grade class is preparing for the Christmas concert with an Italian song about being together, sharing traditions, hand in hand, with mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers. The students plan to dress up and accompany their song with a short dance. Students are learning about La Befana e Feste Tradizionale di Natale. Mr. Steven Falsetti’s third graders are focused on “Writing Circles,” where the students challenge each other the length of individual reading “stamina.” Students have challenged Mr. Falsetti on a “Stamina Run” to see if their read-

ing minutes can match the miles he runs each day. The class will attend the Milwaukee Ballet’s beautiful production of The Nutcracker. Ms. Cathy Laurenzi’s fourth grade class is studying the history of Wisconsin and famous people of Wisconsin such as: Georgia O’Keefe, Harry Houdini and Vince Lombardi. Students are learning about the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin. Wisconsin became charted as a State in 1848. The branches of Government are practical and interesting for the students especially since “collective bargaining” is a hot current event in Wisconsin. Mrs. Diane Wilcox’s fifth grade is learning about the Scientific Method. They have made some creative posters with lots of steps that go with the experiment. The posters are labeled with these necessary steps: “Questions, Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observation, Data Collection,

Result, Conclusion and the Next Step.” All of these steps are very important because if you miss a step, the whole project could be ruined. Students thought up their own ideas for the science project. They assigned themselves to their own projects. It was a way for them to express their ideas and have fun with it. They have finished some projects and presented them to their class. The students did a wonderful job. It was reported that there were no messy clean-ups or explosions. Stay tuned for more experiments soon. – Submitted merrily by: Annette Robertson Italian Team Scribe The PTO at Victory has organized a roller skating evening, a pajama movie night, and a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings. We are always looking for more family members to become involved, please consider attending an event or a monthly meeting.

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