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ITALIAN TIMES Published by the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 VOL. 35, NO. 10 MAY 2014




Festa announces many acts coming to its 37th annual festival, July 18-20 By Thomas Hemman Times Editor A nearly complete entertainment lineup for the 37th annual Festa Italiana was released shortly before press time. It features many new acts such as international pop sensation Patrizio Buanne and acclaimed Las Vegas entertainer Stephen Sorrentino, along with longtime favorites like Dick Contino and The Bronx Wanderers. Tre Bella, the dynamic trio of female vocalists Lorraine Ferro, JoAnn Robertozzi and Rosie De Sanctis, who made a smashing debut at last year’s Festa, are back in the lineup. Fans of Bruce Springsteen will want to catch Bruce In The USA, which has been dubbed as “the most powerful and intense Springsteen tribute on the planet.” There’s also a Billy Joel tribute band, Milwaukee’s own 52nd Street. The 37th annual Festa Italiana will take place Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 at Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). Buanne’s debut album, The Italian, finished at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London with the Royal Philharmonic

Orchestra, reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom, where it went gold in a week. The album was certified as platinum in South Africa and New Zealand, and reached triple platinum status in Australia in 2005. His second album, Forever Begins Tonight, contained his first hit in the United States entitled “Un Angelo” (“Angels”). He performed at the National Italian America Foundation’s gala in October 2006. He has toured internationally and recorded in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Afrikaans, Japanese and Chinese. Sorrentino is an actor, comedian, impressionist and vocalist who Please turn to page 9

Patrizio Buanne

Stephen Sorrentino

A sign of summer: ICC’s Courtyard Music Series to start June 2 By Thomas Hemman Times Editor After a long cold winter and a yet nondescript spring, it’s time to think summer. What could be better than spending a warm, starry summer night in the courtyard of the Italian Community Center

enjoying a great meal, your preferred beverage and listening to your favorite music? That opportunity is coming soon as the 14th season of the Courtyard Music Series gets underway the week of June 2. The series will again offer a

A beautiful day to enjoy ‘A Taste of Italy’

variety of free live music performances on Monday through Thursday nights through the month of August before the schedule is consolidated into two nights –Tuesday and Thursday – in September. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. “We know that the start of our Courtyard Music Series is something that many people look forward to each year,” said Joe Campagna, Jr., series coordinator and past president of the ICC. “It’s always a sign that warmer weather is on the way, and there is no better place than our courtyard to enjoy a free concert on a beautiful summer night.” Please turn to page 8

Cosa c'è dentro? What’s inside? La Scala gets high praise page 2 ICC seeks volunteers for Channel 10 Auction page 3 ICC accepting Mother’s Day brunch reservations page 3 Membership survey

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Porticello wins winter bocce championship

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Fr. Tim Kitzke to lead Festa 2014 Mass

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Festa Mass Committee seeks singers & donations page 9 Festa to showcase Italy’s Lombardia region page 9 St. Joseph’s Day celebrated at ICC One of the few nice weather days we’ve had in southeastern Wisconsin in the last six months occurred on Sunday, Apr. 6 when the Italian Community Center hosted its 19th annual “A Taste of Italy.” Some guests enjoyed the food and beverages they purchased in the ICC’s Courtyard. These guests included (l-r): Trish

Wimer of St. Francis, Kim Wall of St. Francis, Kathy Swoboda of Bay View, Rhode Seabern of Milwaukee and Jennifer Holmes of Milwaukee. More photos, a thank you from Chairperson Ann Romano and a story on the raffle winners can be found on pages 10-13. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

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Dentice, Purpero and Reina to be honored by OSIA page 15 UNICO Ladies to recognize Edith Brown page 16 Members’ news

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Food, service and atmosphere earning high marks for Cafe La Scala By Thomas Hemman Times Editor Cafe La Scala continues to garner many positive words from diners for its new menu, expanded hours and the staff’s professionalism, according to the latest set of comment cards provided to The Italian Times by General Manager Patrick Morgan. The public restaurant, located in the Italian Community Center, initiated its new menu in late January, added breakfast service, a varied weekday lunch buffet (for just $8.50) and revamped its regular lunch and dinner menu. Hours were expanded to include breakfast, lunch and dinner service Monday through Saturday. “Now that winter is finally over, we’re seeing more people coming in for our new menu,” said Morgan. “So far, we’re pleased with what they’ve had to say. If you haven’t come to Cafe La Scala yet, I want

to invite you to stop in soon.” Here’s a sampling of the diners’ comments. (Last names are intentionally omitted.) Many mentioned the professionalism of staff members Keith, Amy, Jacqueline, Patrick and Eric, who works in the restaurant when he’s not overseeing banquet events. “Great, tasty food,” wrote Carmelo and Alice of St. Francis. “Wonderful people and server.” They ranked their meals and service as “excellent.” “The lasagna, chicken pastina soup and Italian bread were superb,” said Barbara, who checked the “excellent box” for the questions asking about the meal and service and the “great bargain” box for the question on the cost of food and drink. First-time diners Valerie and Suzy noted the “welcoming environment” and added that they were “quite astonished, from the intrigu-

ing location to the professionalism of each and every employee.” They offered high praise for the parmesan potato chips, one of the appetizers on the menu. “Pleasantly surprised,” stated Don of Whitefish Bay, who gave the meal and service “excellent” marks. “Eric was prompt but allowed us private time and we weren’t rushed.” “Got a lot for the price,” wrote an unidentified diner. “Jacqueline was a delight.” This diner ranked the meal and service as “excellent” and noted the “excellent, fresh veggies.” “The fish fry was great. Keith was very attentive, courteous, polite and friendly,” wrote a diner named Laurie. She added that she came to Cafe La Scala to celebrate her niece’s birthday and all in their party “loved” the restaurant. “We’ll be back,” she said. Catherine, a diner from

Milwaukee’s east side, wrote this about her meal, “Very well prepared; good fresh taste.” As for the service, she stated, “Friendly people, prompt,” adding that she will come back again. “An enjoyable experience,” wrote a Whitefish Bay diner, who noted that he made an error was made when ordering but server, Jacqueline, “had no problem fixing it.” John, another Milwaukee east side resident, said, “Amy was outstanding” and cited the attentiveness of the entire staff. He checked the “excellent” boxes for his meal and service and liked the “reasonable” costs. “Patrick’s service was effortless and impeccable,” wrote Ben, who checked the “excellent” boxes for the meal and service. “Keith was a pleasure to have as our server,” said Jason of Milwaukee, who rated the meal and service as “excellent.” “Amy was exceptional” and offered “great attention to deal,” wrote a guest named Josh, who checked the “great bargain” box for the question about the cost of food and drink. “Great food, love the restaurant. I’ll be back,” stated Tanya of Milwaukee. Marion, who came to Cafe La Scala for breakfast, rated the food and service as “excellent.” “Patrick’s a gem,” wrote Sarah. “Hands down, the best servers I’ve ever had.” Many diners indicated they heard about Cafe La Scala’s new menu and expanded hours in The Italian Times and through the recommendations of others who had been to the restaurant. Breakfast menu The breakfast menu features a frittata (an Italian-style omelette), 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/Columnists . . . .Mario A. Carini Angelo Castronovo, Barbara Collignon and Annette Robertson Staff Photographers . . . . . . .Joe Spasiano and Tom Hemman For advertising information, please call (414) 223-2801 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.

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ICC seeks volunteers to represent Festa at Channel 10 Auction By Tony Piacentini The Italian Community Center is looking for volunteers to represent Festa Italiana at the Channel 10 Great TV Auction on Saturday, Apr. 26. Along with all of the other ethnic festivals, Festa is donating ticket packages for the auction as part of the United Ethnic Festivals sponsorship. By combining these donations, UEF will be a major Channel 10 sponsor this year. In return, UEF will be highlighted throughout the telecast. Each ethnic festival is expected to have volunteers on hand during the auction telecast. We will give you a Festa shirt to wear. Your job will be to answer phones and enter bids into a computer. If you volunteer to be a

table captain, you will be introduced on air. We’re looking for five to seven volunteers. The shift would be from 6:30 p.m. until close (right after midnight). If interested, please contact the Festa office at 414-223-2808. The auction site address is 11100 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa. Volunteers should however park their vehicles in a lot at 12560 W. Townsend St., Brookfield. A shuttle service will be running from the lot to the auction site throughout the event. Volunteers will be shuttled back to the parking lot at the end of the auction. For further information, please visi this webpaget:

A message from Gina Spang, Italian Community Center President Dear Members, I am taking a spring break. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday and maybe by the time you read this, spring will have actually arrived! Before I dash off, let me extend a warm welcome to any new members and also extend a Happy Mother’s Day wish to all our moms and grandmothers. Looking forward to seeing you at our general membership meeting on May 1st. – Gina M. Spang ICC President

Make your Mother’s Day dining plans at the ICC Brunch is open to everyone; pre-paid reservations required 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 11. Brunch prices are $24.95 for adults. For children, under the age of 12, the charge is $14.95 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 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; artisanal 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.


Deadline set for June issue of The Italian Times

Cafe La Scala is now serving breakfast.

All advertising copy, news stories and photos for publication in the May 2014 issue of The Italian Times must be submitted to the editor no later than Monday, May 5. All materials can be emailed to editor Tom Hemman at, sent to The Italian Times, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

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Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m.-11 a.m. Cafe La Scala at the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee FREE PARKING • (414) 223-2185 MAY 2014 – PAGE 3

Gerry Geischer and Laura Easey-Jones are the ICC’s selected artists for Gallery Night and Day The Italian Community Center welcomes Gerry Geischer and Laura Easey-Jones as featured artists for Gallery Night and Day on Friday, Apr. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, Apr. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery Night and Day is pro-

duced four times a year by the Historic Third Ward and East Town Associations. Admission is always free. About the artists Gerry is an award-winning local acrylic artist. Her recent series fea-

tures juveniles enjoying the outdoors, “gleefully free from technology.” Her soft image paintings, inspired by early family photos, express life’s jubilance. Her work was in solo and juried shows in Milwaukee County and in Door County. Gerry’s figure drawing training at the Layton School of Art led her to a fashion illustrator’s job at Gimbel’s Department Store. That experience and a Master of Art degree qualified her for a graphics art instructor’s position at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, where, she said she “happily” was employed three decades. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los

A painting from the “Eating Series” by Laura Easey-Jones.

Cafe La Scala wants to make lunch your favorite meal of the day! Now available a different lunch buffet Monday through Friday, 11am - 2pm for just $8.50 per person! Monday – Tex Mex: Black bean salad, soft flour torillas, crispy corn torillas, ground beef, grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, chicken enchiladas, rice and beans. Tuesday – Pasta Abbondanza: Caesar salad, Italian pasta salad, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, penna pasta, meatballs, tomato basil sauce, Alfredo sauce. Wednesday – Southern BBQ: Cobb salad, cole slaw, pulled pork shoulder, Mississippi roast beef, mac and cheese, fried potato wedges, corn bread. Thursday – Italian: Antipasto, rice balls, pasta alla eggplant, chicken Florentine, minestrone soup, sautèed cauliflower. Friday – Fish Fry: Tossed salad, tuna pasta salad, baked cod, fried cod, French fries, parsley boiled potatoes, potato pancakes.

Also try Cafe La Scala’s new lunch and dinner menu, including our famous pizza, with your favorite beverage! Cafe La Scala is open Monday through Saturday for Breakfast: 6am - 11am; for Lunch, 11am - 2pm; and for Dinner: 5pm - 9pm, Monday-Thursday, 4:30 pm, Friday and 5pm-10pm, Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Cafe La Scala at the Italian Community Center 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee • Free Parking (414) 223-2185 • PAGE 4 – MAY 2014

Artist Gerry Geischer

Angeles. She returned home to Milwaukee and has worked professionally as an artist since then. Her paintings and sculpture can be seen in art galleries around the Milwaukee area. There are four paintings in the galleria at the Italian Community Center depicting four figures from the Sistine Chapel that Laura painted in 2005. Her recent “Eating Series” paintings display technical skills with “tongue-incheek” subject matter ever present. Laura is an Artist-in-Residence at Lincoln School of the Arts, teaches painting at Hart Park and privately. You can see more of her work on her website, Gerry and Laura said they look forward to seeing ICC members and friends on Apr. 25 and 26. Gallery Night & Day info The ICC will be one of about 60 venues throughout the East Towne and Historic Third Ward areas participating in the spring Gallery Night & Day program, which is being presented for the 26th year. A special flag will be posted outside Cafe La Scala to call attention to the ICC as one of the participating venues. The ICC offers free wine and cheese during Friday’s showing.

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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.

The Renaissance is under way Membership Committee wants to know your interests In the interest of building a more interesting and vibrant Italian Community Center, the Membership Committee would like to know more about the hobbies and interests of the general membership. The information will help the ICC today and in future planning of group activities and events. Please take a minute or two to check those areas which interest you and turn it in to the ICC office, or, if you wish, contact the co-chairs or any member of the Membership Committee directly with your response.

 Cooking Club to explore Italian cuisine, table etiquette and fun party planning,  Automobile Club to build, restore, show and tour.  Investment Club to develop a portfolio of mutually held stocks and learn how to wisely invest.  Artists Club that would offer those that like to create visually the opportunity to draw, paint and see their talent grow.

 Scrap booking Group.  Photography Club that would seek to develop interests in picture taking as a creative medium.  Quilting Club.  Brewing and Wine Making.  Model Making and Radio Control.  Creative Writing.  Gardening and Landscape designing.  Drama and Dance.  Ball Room Dancing.  Physical Development and training.  Card Club.  Italian Family History Club (Italian genealogy cluh that meets 4 times a year at the ICC and participates

Giro d’Italia: Italy’s big bike race starts in May Giro d’Italia is a long distance road bicycle race for professional cyclists held in May in Italy. It is one of the three Grand Tours in Europe and is part of the Union Cycliste Internationale World Ranking calendar. The 96th edition of the race will begin on Saturday, May 4 in Naples (Campania) and end on Sunday, May 26 in Brescia (Lombardy).

in Festa Italiana. Contact: George Koleas at or call 262-251-7216 after 7 p.m.). Feel free to add what ever you think is appropriate.

 Other. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The phone number at the ICC is 414-223-2180. The address is Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. The Membership Committee Co-Chairs are Bill and Karen Dickinson. Committee members are Edward Ciano, Stephanie Guttuso, Ron Contorno, Susie Christiansen, Wayne Kitzerow, Sal LoCoco, Anna Pitzo and Sheila Vivi. For comments and questions, please call the co-chairs Bill and Karen Dickinson at 414-744-0937.

Calendar of Events April 22 – May 28, 2014 Tuesday, Apr. 22 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series. Jazz with the Chris Hanson Band, 6:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Thursday, Apr. 24 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series. Rock and Roll with Tom Anthony Band, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 25 • Italian Community Center participates in Gallery Night, 6:30-10 p.m. Details in this issue. Saturday, Apr. 26 • Italian Community Center participates in Gallery Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 29 • Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series. Blues with The Jimmys, 6:30 p.m. Season finale. • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 30 • Pompeii Women’s Club general meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1 • Italian Community Center membership dinner, 5:30 p.m. • Italian Community Center general meeting, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 • Italian Family History Club, 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5 • Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 • Pompeii Men’s Club Board meeting, 6 p.m. Sunday, May 11 • Italian Community Center Mother’s Day Brunch, first seating at 10:30 a.m., last seating at 2:30 p.m. Details in this issue. Monday, May 12 • Italian Community Center Finance Committee meeting, 6 p.m. • Pompeii Women’s Club Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 • Pompeii Men’s Club general meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Abruzzese Galileo Galilei Society meeting and spuntino, 7 p.m.


• Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National meeting, 7 p.m. Friday, May 16 • Abruzzese Galileo Galilei Society social, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 • Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National and Ladies of UNICO annual scholarship and awards banquet, 6 p.m. Details in this issue. Monday, May 26 • Memorial Day. The offices of the Italian Community Center, Italian Conference Center, Festa Italiana and The Italian Times as well as Cafe La Scala will be closed. Tuesday, May 27 • Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. • Italian Community Center spring bocce championship playoffs, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 • Pompeii Women’s Club May Crowning ceremony and dinner, 6 p.m. Details in our next issue. Daily and weekly classes and activities • Bocce leagues. The spring bocce league season opened the week of Mar. 24 with the regular season lasting eight weeks. Teams in each league – Monday Night, Tuesday Seniors, Wednesday Night and Thursday Seniors – play three games once a week. The championship play-offs are set for Tuesday, May 27. Details in this issue. • Free Children’s Italian class. Held each Saturday through Apr. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children, ages 6 to 12, can be enrolled on any Saturday before class begins. • Italian classes for teens and adults. The spring semester of Italian I and Italian II is underway, and the enrollment period is closed. Italian I starts at 5:30 p.m. Italian II follows at 7:30 p.m. Each class meets on Tuesday nights through May 6. • 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.

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ICC’s ‘Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series’ drawing to a close By Thomas Hemman Times Editor The Italian Community Center’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series” was initiated three years ago to provide music fans with an opportunity to get out of their houses and break away from a long cold, dreary winter to enjoy free weeknight music concerts presented by popular local artists and bands. After a brutal winter like the one we’ve just completed, the availability of these “no cover-no drink minimum” shows sure seemed to be what was needed for many music fans. This season’s “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series” has drawn good, enthusiastic crowds on most Tuesday jazz or blues nights and Thursday rock-and-roll nights. While spring might finally be here, the series is still going strong, at least for three more nights. The staff of Cafe La Scala continues to be on hand to take food and drink orders starting at 5 p.m. both in the restaurant and the adjacent Festa Ballroom, where the shows are presented. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Food and drink service is available throughout the evening. Groups of six or more are asked to call 414-223-2185 to reserve a table. Joe Campagna, Jr., series coor-

Here’s Bob Hirschi & Groove Therapy performing in the Festa Ballroom on Thursday, Mar. 27. The group is one of the regular participants in the Italian Community Center’s Thursday night

rock and roll line-up during the late winter “Cure for Cabin Fever Music Series” and the summer “Courtyard Music Series.” Hirschi and his group play not only the ‘50s and ‘60s rock and roll, but solid

rhythm and blues, disco, funk and some of today’s most danceable hits. The group’s next appearance at the ICC will be in the Courtyard Music Series on Thursday, Aug. 21. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)

dinator, and Tom Sorce, music director, invite you to attend the remaining shows on the schedule. • Tuesday, Apr. 22 – Chris Hanson Band. This group features perennial Wisconsin Area Music Industry award winner Robin Pluer on vocals, 30-year veteran violinist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Glenn Asch, bassist Mike Britz, John Parrott and Chris Hanson on guitar and vocals. The band performs regularly around the Milwaukee area.

• Thursday, Apr. 24 – 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 fixture 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, Apr. 29 – The Jimmys. Named the “2012 Best 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 all been honored individually.

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Cabin Fever Music Series Hosted by: Italian Conference Center Every Tuesday and Thursdays night through April 29, 2014 – Showtime 6:30 p.m. ICC participates in Gallery Night Gerry Geischer and Laura Easey-Jones, featured artists Friday, Apr. 25 – 6:30 - 10 p.m. ICC participates in Gallery Day Gerry Geischer and Laura Easey-Jones, featured artists Saturday, Apr. 26 – 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. ICC Election Committee selected at May General Membership Meeting Thursday, May 1 – 6:30 p.m. ICC’s Mother’s Day Brunch Hosted by: Italian Conference Center Sunday, May 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Courtyard Music Series Hosted by: Italian Conference Center Monday through Thursday nights, June 2 – September 30, 2014 except during Summerfest June 25 – July 6. Showtime – 6:30 p.m. Festa Italiana Hosted by: Italian Community Center July 18 –20, 2014 at Maier Festival Park Summerfest Grounds ICC Election Slate finalized at August General Membership Meeting Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. ICC Election Results announced at October General Membership Meeting Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.

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Food, service and atmosphere earning high marks at Cafe La Scala from page 2 a variety of breakfast sandwiches and traditional breakfast fare. For those who like a lighter breakfast, there’s Greek yogurt with granola and hot oatmeal with berries. There’s always piping hot coffee, espresso, cappuccino and hot tea. If you’re in the mood, order a mimosa or a margarita. Lunch buffets As mentioned above, for just $8.50, Cafe La Scala offers a different lunch buffet each weekday. On Monday, it’s a Tex Mex buffet with black bean salad, soft flour tortillas, crispy corn tortillas, ground beef, grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, chicken enchiladas, rice and beans. Tuesday’s Pasta Abbondanza buffet includes Caesar salad, Italian pasta salad, lasagna, eggplant parmesan, penne pasta, meatballs, tomato basil sauce and Alfredo sauce. The Southern Barbeque on Wednesday afternoon features Cobb salad, cole slaw, pulled pork shoulder, Mississippi roast beef, macaroni and cheese, fried potato wedges and corn bread. Italian food lovers, Thursday’s lunch buffet is for you. The Italian buffet features antipasto, arancini (rice balls), pasta alla eggplant (a light eggplant and pasta casserole), chicken Florentine, minestrone soup and sautéed cauliflower. On Friday, it’s a traditional style fish fry buffet with tossed salad, tuna pasta salad, baked cod, fried cod, French fries, potato pancakes and parsley boiled potatoes.

chicken sandwich with havarti dill cheese and bacon, Caprese panini, meatball torpedo, a chicken Marsala dinner, ribeye Delmonico, a grilled salmon dinner, eggplant parmesan and much more. The restaurant has added beer-battered cod to its Friday offerings. Rest assured, Cafe La Scala still has its famous pizza, made fresh daily and very reasonably priced. You can still enjoy the food with your favorite wine, beer or cocktail. Restaurant hours, free parking Cafe La Scala is open Monday through Saturday from 6 to 11 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch; 5 to 9 p.m., for dinner on Monday through Thursday; from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday; and from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Reservations are always welcome. Call 414-223-2185. Free parking is available in the lot south of the building.

Thanks for your donations to the ICC 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.

Jim & Marie Schwindt Ron & Joanne Czubek

To obtain information on how to make a donation, please call Constance Jones at 414/223-2808 or visit

In memory of Joseph Rosso Peter Spera

In memory of Joseph Caminiti Peter Spera

The following donations were received between Mar.7 and Apr. 7, 2014.

In memory of Mary Prioletta Anna Pitzo Mary Castrovinci Carmen Schlotthauer Nancy Castrovinci Oberleitner

In memory of Dr. Nicholas J. Contorno, Jr. Elizabeth Hermman (classmate)

Carmen L. Germane Jimmy & Linda Spataro Jane Gertler

In memory of Robert Smith Elizabeth Hermman In memory of Antonia “Ninie” I. Gingrasso Rosario A. Spella In memory of Sally Mullins Jimmy & Linda Spataro Mr. & Mrs. John A. Sanfilippo George & Judy Menos

In memory of Margarita Balistreri From her loving son Isadore T. Balistreri (posthumously) of San Diego, Calif. In memory of Isadore T. Balistreri Kandia Chappell & Jack Balistreri

Lunch and dinner menu The regular lunch and dinner menu features many new items such as an Italian sub, a grilled

Members: Please notify ICC of a change of address 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 (57¢) for each newspaper that is returned to the ICC and deemed undeliverable due to an incorrect address. 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 57¢ 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 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 Jones at or call her at 414/223-2808.


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A sign of summer: ICC’s Courtyard Music Series to start June 2 from page 1 While everyone at the ICC is hoping and praying for lots of beautiful summer nights, on those evenings when the weather is inclement, the shows are moved indoors to the Festa Ballroom. Whether the shows take place in the courtyard or in Festa Ballroom, the staff of Cafe La Scala, the ICC’s public restaurant, will be on hand to take food and drink orders starting at 5 p.m. Since many of the shows in the series are expected to sell out, it is highly recommended that people interested in attending make a reservation. Simply call 414-2232185. Campagna noted that this year’s schedule has been tweaked slightly. “We’ve made Wednesday our variety night,” he said. “Each Wednesday night a different genre of music will be presented, from opera and Broadway to big band and Vegas style shows.” The series will continue to feature jazz artists on Monday, blues bands on Tuesday and good-time rock-and-rollers on Thursday from June through August. In September, the Tuesday night schedule will showcase either a jazz group or a blues band. Rock and roll bands continue to play on Thursday nights. Tom Sorce, a revered versatile guitarist and producer of quality music for over 40 years, lined up the entertainment for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights and a good share of the Wednesday night lineup. Longtime ICC member Sal Quarino called upon the able assistance of Kay Sparling, a Metropolitan Opera soprano and owner of a Jefferson, Wisconsin conservatory for young performing artists, to enlist the talent for six of the Wednesday night shows. The 2014 Courtyard Music

Series schedule appears below. Like the past 13 seasons, there will be no shows during Summerfest (June 25-July 6) at nearby Henry Maier Festival Park. Monday night jazz • June 2 – Joe Zarcone Band. • June 9 – Chris Hanson Band, • June 16 – Generation Gap. • June 23 – Frank DeMiles AllStars. • July 7 – Vivo (Pam Duronio, Tim Stemper and Warren Wiegratz). • July 14 – Sandra Mandella with the Tom Sorce Band. • July 21 – Jack & Jill Jazz. • July 28 – Anita Stemper with the Tom Sorce Band. • Aug. 4 – Chanel LeMeaux & The Dapper Cads. • Aug. 11 – Kim Marie with the Tom Sorce Band. • Aug. 18 – Janet Planet. • Aug. 25 – Vivo. Tuesday Bluesday • June 3 – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. • June 10 – Billy Flynn Band. • June 17 – The Jimmys. • June 24 – Leroy Airmaster with Junior Brantley. • July 8 – The Bel-Airs. • July 15 – Alex Wilson Band. • July 22 – Jim Liban Combo. • July 29 – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. • Aug. 5 – Cash Box Kings. • Aug. 12 – Leroy Airmaster with Dennis Geyer. • Aug. 19 – Robert Allen Band. • Aug. 26 – The Bel-Airs. September Tuesday nights • Sept. 2 – Greg Koch with Leroy Airmaster. • Sept. 9 – Jim Liban Combo. • Sept. 16 – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. • Sept. 23 – The Jimmys. • Sept. 30 – Altered Five.

Having dinner for up to 300 guests?

Wednesday variety night • June 4 – Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. • June 11 – Frank DeMiles does Broadway. • June 18 – Kerry Hart & Company. • July 9 – Pete Sorce with Jeff Lebarge Big Band. • July 16 – Vivace: Jill Bruss, Joe Graziano & Company. • July 23 – Tom Anthony’s Vegas Show. • July 30 – Kay Sparling Theatrical Productions. • Aug. 6 – An evening with Jayne Taylor and the Russo Brothers (Nick and Dominic). • Aug. 13 – South Shore Youth Opera Ensemble. • Aug. 20 – Pete Sorce with Jeff Lebarge Big Band. • Aug. 27 – Metropolitan Opera National Council Singers. Thursday night rock and roll • June 5 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • June 12 – Tom Anthony

Group. • June 19 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • July 10 – Tom Anthony Group. • July 17 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • July 24 – The Ricochettes. • July 31 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Aug. 7 – Rick D’Amore’s Rockin’ Dance Party. • Aug. 14 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Aug. 21 – Bob Hirschi with Groove Therapy. • Aug. 28 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Sept. 4 – Rick D’Amore’s Rockin’ Dance Party. • Sept. 11 – Oldies But Goodies Spectacular. • Sept. 18 – Doo-Wop Daddies. • Sept. 25 – Larry Lynne Band. The entertainment schedule is subject to change. Free parking for the series is available in the lot south of the building. The ICC does not allow people to carry in their own food and beverages.

Winter bocce championship goes to Porticello Porticello, the first-place finisher in the Monday night bocce league, won the Italian Community Center’s winter championship, fending off three opponents in the playoffs on Mar. 17. In the title match, Porticello cruised past Paesani, Thursday afternoon’s first-place team, 12-2. Each player on the Porticello team – Mario Orlando, Bob Schneider, Tony LoCoco and Vince Corrao – received a $15 Cafe La Scala gift certificate. Players on Paesani were given a $5 La Scala certificate. To qualify for the championship game, Porticello won its opening round match against Tom T’s Ballers (runner-up in the Thursday night league), 12-6, and a nail-biting semi-final victory over Club Garibaldi (Wednesday night’s firstplace finisher), 12-11. Paesani made it to the title match by scoring earlier round wins over The Swingers (Tuesday afternoon’s runner-up), 12-8, and Felice Amici (Tuesday afternoon’s

first-place finisher), 12-6. Club Garibaldi won its opener, 12-6, over Tarantino’s Handy Cappers (Thursday night’s firstplace finisher). Felice Amici defeated Como Si Chiama (Thursday afternoon runner-up), 12-7 in its quarterfinal match. Porticello entered the playoffs with a 20-4 record. The records of the other playoff teams were: Tom T’s Ballers: 15-6, Club Garibaldi: 19-5, Tarantino’s Handy Cappers: 15-6, Paesani: 20-4, The Swingers: 15-9, Felice Amici: 18-6, and Como Si Chiama: 17-7. The spring bocce season got underway at the ICC the week of Mar. 24 with mixed couples leagues on Monday and Wednesday nights. Teams in the seniors’ leagues are playing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The spring championship playoffs will take place on Tuesday, May 27, the day after Memorial Day.

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: PAGE 8 – MAY 2014

Meet the winter bocce champions, the players on Porticello, first-place finisher in the Monday night league. From the left: Mario Orlando, Bob Schneider, Tony LoCoco and Vince Corrao. (Times photo by Jim Schultz)


Festa entertainment schedule taking shape from page 1 has been one of Las Vegas’ top draws. He has won the “Male Entertainer of the Year” award in Las Vegas three times. Sorrentino’s on stage persona has been characterized as Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Sammy Davis Jr. and Nathan Lane peppered with a hint of Don Rickles, all joined into one dynamic and multi-faceted ball of comedic talent. His live stage show, “Voices In My Head”, is the perfect “tour de force” for his comedic, musical and improvisational show-

Legendary accordionist Dick Contino is returning to Festa 2014 after missing last year’s festival due a hospitalization. (Times photo by Joe Spasiano)

manship. Performing on guitar as Jose Feliciano, piano as Elton John, flute as Ian Anderson or just solo on sax, Stephen’s extensive musical background wows audiences around the world. Other acts announced for Festa include Moreno Fruzzetti, Tony Spavone, Franco Corsi, Vince Chiarelli, Natalie Pinto, Matt and Hanna, Hanna Timm, Bella Cain, Erica Hoyt, Matt Macis, Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, Tom Sorce Band, The Russo Brothers, The ASide, Noyz Boyz & Girlz, Tradizione Vivente, Anita’s Dance Group, Milwaukee Public Schools’ Festival Strings, The Sicilian Serenaders and The Italian Serenaders. More information on all of these acts will appear in upcoming issues of The Italian Times and on Festa’s website, Gina Spang, president of the Italian Community Center and general chairperson of Festa Italiana. said the full entertainment lineup will be finalized soon. The acts that are listed here will be performing on the North Stage, Miller Lite Stage, Harley-Davidson Stage and the T.J.Bartolotta Festa Stage. The Children’s Stage lineup has not yet been announced. Staged nightly from the Summerfest Island for all Festa fans to marvel at will be the pyrotechnics shows presented by the renowned Bartolotta’s Fireworks.

Festa Italiana to showcase Lombardy region of Italy The Italian region of Lombardia (Lombardy in English) will be showcased in the regional exhibit at Festa Italiana, according to Christina Ziino, the exhibit manager and chairperson of the Italian Community Center Culture Committee. The 37th annual Festa Italiana will take place Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds). Lombardy is Italy’s most populous region with more than 9.8 million people and is one of Europe’s richest based on the market value of all goods and services produced there. A sixth of Italy’s population lives in Lombardy and about a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product is produced there. Milan – with 1.316 million residents – is the capitol of the region and is the main industrial, commercial and financial center of Italy and a leading global city. Lombardy is bordered by Switzerland (on the north) and by the Italian regions of Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto (east), EmiliaRomagna (south) and Piedmont (west). Stretching from the Alps to the lowlands of the Po Valley, it is home to a wide range of landscapes including the breathtaking mountain chain that boasts the Valchiavenna Valtellina and the Camonica Valley. Lombardy’s development has been marked by the growth of its services sector since the 1980s and, in particular, by the growth of innovative activities in the sector of services to enterprises and in credit and financial services. At the same time, the strong industrial vocation


of the region has not suffered. Lombardy remains the main industrial area of Italy. The region also has a rich agricultural sector enhanced by a welldeveloped use of fertilizers and the traditional abundance of water, boosted since the Middle Ages by the construction of a wide net of irrigation systems (designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci). Lower plains are characterized by the growth of fodder crops (rice, wheat, and maize) and sugar beets. Production of the higher plains includes cereals, vegetables, fruit trees and mulberries. Areas around the Alps are known for the production of fruit and vines. Cattle (with the highest density in Italy), pigs and sheep are raised in the agricultural areas. Lombardy is acclaimed for its high quality wine production. Lombardy has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. The many examples range from prehistory to the present day, through the Roman period and the Renaissance and can be found both in museums and churches that enrich cities and towns around the region Lombardy is a world leading tourist destination year-round and is known for attracting celebrities from stage and screen, wine connoisseurs and winter sports enthusiasts. Besides Milan, the major cities in Lombardy are Brescia, Mona, Bergamo, Como, Busto Arsizio, Varese, Sesto San Giovanni, Cremona and Cinisello Balsamo. Look for more information on Festa Italiana’s salute to Lombardy in future issues of The Italian Times.

Fr. Tim Kitzke to lead Festa Mass The Festa Italiana Mass and Procession Committee announced that the Very Rev. Timothy L. Kitzke will serve as the Main Celebrant of the 2014 Festa Mass on Sunday morning, July 20. Fr. Tim, as many know him, is celebrating his 25th anniversary as an ordained priest and his 15th year of priestly service at Three Holy Women Parish. He has served as chaplain of the Italian Community Center for 14 years. Born in South Milwaukee to the late Leo and the late Mary Ann Kitzke, Fr. Tim completed his priestly training at St. Francis Seminary, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He was ordained in 1989. Since then, he has served at St. Roman Parish, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary, Holy Family Parish, St. Hedwig, St. Rita and Old St. Mary’s Parish. In 1999, he was assigned to bring together three lower east side Milwaukee Catholic Churches – Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary, St. Hedwig and St. Rita – to form Three Holy Women

The Very Rev. Timothy L. Kitzke

Parish. Fr. Tim and Fr. Mike Michalski are now co-pastors of Three Holy Women Parish, Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence and Sts. Peter and Paul. Fr. Tim also serves as dean of District 13 of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Festa Mass Committee seeking donations to July 20 celebration The Festa Italiana Mass and Procession Committee has issued its annual plea for donations to offset the cost of the religious celebration on Sunday, July 20. “We’re extremely grateful and appreciative of the support we have received from the sponsors of the Mass and procession over the last several years,” said committee co-chairs Vivian Balistreri and Sal Lo Coco. “It is a very costly undertaking to convert the Marcus Amphitheater from a concert venue into a place of worship.” “For the last several years, a number of people have stepped forward with individual donations to help defray those costs, and we hope that people will be similarly moved this year,” the co-chairs said. Every year, the overnight transformation of the Amphitheater is accomplished successfully by the Mass Committee, as evidenced by com-

ments received on a regular basis from people – including visiting clergy – who attend the Mass for the first time. The Mass and the traditional procession that follows have, since the beginning, been an essential component of Festa Italiana. Festa itself is an outgrowth of the street festivals held at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church to honor patron saints. Persons interested in making donations for the Mass and procession are advised to send checks made out to the Italian Community Center with “Festa Mass” written on the memo line. Mail those checks to the ICC at 631 E. Chicago St.,. Milwaukee 53202-5916. Donations by credit card can be made by calling Constance Palmer at 414/223-2808. Persons with questions are invited to call Lo Coco at 414/9619823 or 262/617-8727 or Balistreri at 414/690-1299.

Seeking singers for Festa Mass Choir Singers wishing to join their voices to this year’s Festa Choir will be rehearsing at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 5400 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee (phone: 414-453-1061). Rehearsals will last 90 minutes and music will be provided. Some hymns will be sung in Italian and Latin, but no previous knowledge of either language is necessary as Dr. Marisa Gatti-Taylor will be providing language coaching. The mixed chorus is open to all voice parts – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. No auditions are necessary; however, Maestro Michael Kamenski requests that singers

participate in at least three rehearsals scheduled in early to mid-July. Dates and times will be provided in the June issue of The Italian Times. The Mass, which is the heart of Festa Italiana, will be held on July 20 at 11 a.m. in the Marcus Amphitheater. Anyone interested in singing with the Festa Choir is cordially invited to contact the director, Michael Kamenski at 414-4531928 or by e-mail at (please use “FESTA CHOIR” in the subject line).

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19th annual ‘Taste of Italy’ was a wonderful success thanks to donors, volunteers and ICC staff, Chairperson Ann Romano reports The Italian Community Center’s 19th annual “A Taste of Italy” on Sunday, Apr. 6 proved to be an enjoyable and successful event. All of this is due to the magnificent effort put forth by so many individuals, societies, clubs, donors and the ICC staff. With so many people, groups and businesses participating, it’s impossible to thank everyone individually. I can assure you, however, that this fund-raising event could not have been done with the high degree of success without you. All of your efforts are truly appreciated. I want to extend a big thank you to ICC Business Manager Patrick Morgan, Assistant Business Manager Laurie Bisesi, Chefs Roberto Garcia and Gustavo Teran and their staff, Times Editor Tom Hemman and ICC Executive Administrative Assistant Constance Jones. Roberto and Gustavo are excellent to work with, and Tom Hemman does a wonderful job promoting the event in our newspaper and by getting the word out to other publications and television stations. Many thanks also to those who entertained our Taste of Italy guests: The Sicilian Serenaders, Tradizione Vivente, vocalist Charles Evans and his accompanist

Galina Gerakosov and vocalist Jayne Taylor and her accompanist Thaddeus Bruno. All of the entertainers donated their time and talent. We were given two opportunities to promote “A Taste of Italy” on local television stations. I want to acknowledge Kim Murphy of WITITV (Fox 6) for making time available on Friday, Apr. 4 and Tom Murray of WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) for allowing us airtime on the morning of the event. My thanks to our Vice President Joe Vella for accompanying me to Fox 6 and to Joe and Bill Jennaro for going to Channel 4. I wish to thank ICC Chaplain, The Very Rev. Timothy Kitzke for allowing us to put an announcement of “A Taste of Italy’ in the bulletins of Three Holy Women Parish and Old St. Mary’s Church. My heartfelt thanks to the societies and clubs that made donations or ran a booth. This includes Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO, Pompeii Women’s Club, Pompeii Men’s Club, Holy Crucifix Society, Addolorata Society, Abruzzese Society, Milazzese Social Club, Società Femminile Maria S.S. Del Lume, Società Maschile Maria S.S. Del Lume, Società San Rosalia, Società di San Giuseppe, Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Lodge

2763 of the Order Sons of Italy in America, St. Theresa Society and the Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National. My sincere thanks to these individuals and vendors who donated money or products: Joe Reina and Gelateria Italiano (gelato); Miller Beer (soda and beer); Premium Waters, Inc. (bottled water); Patrick Cudahy and its Pavone Italian Deli (all lunch meat for subs and panini); Glorioso’s Italian Market (olive salad), Giacomo Fallucca and Palermo’s Pizza (“Dat’s da Best” pizza); Joe Vella and Sciortino’s Bakery (all the rolls); Italian Conference Center (wine), Grande Cheese Company (cheese); Greco Italian Sausage and Venice Club (Italian sausage); Suminski Family Funeral Homes ($500 donation for raffle ticket printing); and several individuals who made anonymous cash donations for the raffle prizes.

I want to give a special acknowledgement to Anna Pitzo and Sophia Michalovitz, who once again, made and donated all of the manicotti they served at their booth with their volunteers; to Rosalie Ferrante for chairing the pizzelle booth and doing the pizzelle-making demonstrations; Isidore Pecoraro and Giovanni Frijia for making Milwaukee’s best calamari; and to John Sanfilippo for chairing the beer and soda. My sincerest thanks also to my wonderful committee co-chair Ann (D’Amico) Skoczynski for handling the food and beverage tickets; to raffle chairpersons Marie and Jim Schwindt, who did a terrific job; and Ralph Busalacchi and the volunteers from the Festa Security Patrol who helped out the day of the event. – Ann Romano Chairperson “A Taste of Italy”

These volunteers – Sophia Michalovitz (left) and Anna Pitzo – are regular contributors to the success of “A Taste of Italy.” Year after year, they make and donate all of the manicotti that is sold at the event. Between the two, they made 1,280 manicotti for this year’s event.

Giovanni Frijia was one of the volunteers in charge of deep frying the calamari (squid) in the ICC kitchen.

Sal and Antonette Lo Coco were among the volunteers who sold food and beverage tickets to Taste of Italy guests in the Festa Ballroom. A book of seven tickets costs $10. Single tickets were $1.50 each.

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When this picture was taken, Fabio Woytal and Shannon Drezek were picking up additional pans of eggplant in the ICC kitchen for the booth operated in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom by the Madonna del Lume Society Women.


Italian breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches (with sweet pepper and onions) were sold at this booth managed by Taste of Italy chair Ann Romano. Seen are Ann D’Amico Skoczynski, vice chair of Taste of Italy, who was collecting guests’ tickets at this booth when the picture was taken. Behind her are Valerie Romano and her daughter, Lacey, Ann Romano, Peggy Salamone, Vincenzo Balistreri and Jenny Lambert.

Dean Cannestra prepared the sfincione (thick crust Sicilian-style pizza) that was provided to “A Taste of Italy” by the Cannestra family and friends of Nessun Dorma and Divino Wine & Dine restaurants.

Glorioso’s Italian Market provided both the product – pitted olive salad – and the staff for its booth at “A Taste of Italy.” Shown here are (l-r): Bill Rieber, Jeannie Jarecki, Sam Lehnert and Rosalie Glorioso. Glorioso’s Italian Market has been a generous contributor to “A Taste of Italy” since the inception of the event in 1995.

Pizzelle, Italian wafer cookies, were made while you waited by these volunteers. From the right: Clara DiSarro, Phyllis DiPronio, Rosalia Ferrante, Annette Huettl and Felicia Bogdinski.

Volunteers from the Pompeii Men’s Club manned the booth where Italian sausage sandwiches were sold.

Marie Schwindt and Karen and Bill Dickinson sold Taste of Italy raffle tickets at a booth in the galleria. Marie and her husband, Jim, were in charge of raffle ticket sales. Look for a separate article on the raffle prize winners.

Left: The Navarro and Taylor families from Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood indulged in many of the Italian and Sicilian delicacies available at the 19th annual “A Taste of Italy.”

Times photos by Tom Hemman More photos from “A Taste of Italy” on pages 12 & 13.


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Italian soups – lentil and chicken pastina – were sold at this booth operated by volunteers from La Società di San Giuseppe. Seen here are Judge John DiMotto, Jack Corrao, Santo Sanfilippo, Tom Spera, Santo Cannistra and Joe D’Acquisto.

Van Mazza (left) put a ladle of red sauce on a meatball purchased by a guest. Holding the meatball dish in Van’s father, John. On the far right, Pam Mazza-Mueller. The meatball booth was staffed by members of the Holy Crucifix Society.

Italian salads and small sub sandwiches were available at booths staffed by volunteers of the Santa Rosalia Society. Serving the salads when this picture was taken were Angela Dundell and Giuseppe Cardinale.

Taste of Italy raffle winners drawn The winning tickets in the raffle held in conjunction with “A Taste of Italy” were drawn at the conclusion of the Apr. 6 event. The winners and their prizes are listed here. • 1st prize: a 55-inch LED-HD television, to Paul Muccio. • 2nd prize: $500 cash, to Bill Jennaro.

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• 3rd prize: an Apple iPad, to Nancy Foti. • 4th prize: a 42-inch LED-HD television, to Joseph Lundell. • 5th prize: a Cuisinart frozen yogurt/ice cream/gelato/sorbet maker, to Lisa Orlandini • 6th prize: a Cafe La Scala lunch buffet certificate for up to eight people, to Joe Reina.

Craig Lieber (left) and Peter Tocco served bowls of spumoni to Taste of Italy guests.

Volunteers and Italian Conference Center culinary staff joined forces to make the sfingi (fried bread dough with sugar and cinnamon). From the left: volunteers Jennifer Berg, Peggy Salamone and Val Schleicher, ICC staff members Marcos Saldana-Rojas and Vito Perez-Javier and volunteer Chris Juirch.

Top photo: Whether you’re nine or ninety, you probably stopped at this booth. Pizza with a variety of toppings was available here. The pizza was provided by the Giacomo Fallucca family, makers of Palermo’s Pizza. The booth was staffed by volunteers from the Abruzzese Society. Seen here are (l-r): Tony Corrao, Vince Azzolina and Vince Vitale, society president. Photo on right: After performing with Tradizione Vivente, Gina Jorgensen took time out to enjoy several of the Italian delicacies offered at “A Taste of Italy.” All Times photos by Tom Hemman


Vocalist Jayne Taylor, a past winner of Festa Italiana’s “Italian Idol” contest, performed for the first time at “A Taste of Italy.” Accompanying her on guitar was Thaddeus Bruno. The Italian Community Center’s Nonno Charles Evans displayed his musical abilities, singing Italian songs with the accompaniment of Galina Gerakosov. Charlie and his wife, Doris, were honored as the Nonno and Nonna (Royal Grandparents) at the organization’s Il Grande Carnevale this past February. This was his fourth consecutive singing appearance at “A Taste of Italy.”

Mary Brusky, Joe Dentice, Catherine Kelly and Prudence and Robert Camuy sold Sciortino’s Bakery cannoli.

Volunteers Angela Klanu and Rosemary Nichols staffed a booth in the Festa Ballroom where guests could buy cups of coffee. All Times photos by Tom Hemman

Request from ICC for cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, gave guests a taste of Italian folk dance in the Festa Ballroom. The group gave two 15minute performances during the event. Look for Tradizione Vivente performing daily at Festa Italiana, July 18-20.

The Sicilian Serenaders – (l-r:) brothers Ted and Tom Pappalardo and and Peter Balistrieri played Italian and Sicilian music all afternoon long for the enjoyment of Taste of Italy guests.


By Susie Christiansen Social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as email 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. Our website: – use the Contact Us Form (the last tab on the site). 2. By e-mail: 3. Call Constance Jones at the ICC – 414-223-2808.

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Many to thank for a wonderful St. Joseph’s Day luncheon celebration, chairperson Mary Winard says A sincere and big thank you goes out to all the attendees of the 2014 St. Joseph’s Day luncheon on

March 19th at the Italian Community Center. It was great to see our loyal friends from Illinois,

ICC Chaplain Father Timothy Kitzke sprinkled Holy Water on all of the luncheon attendees after blessing the St. Joseph’s Altar.

Racine and other areas outside Milwaukee County returning again this year. On hand and welcoming everyone to the celebration was ICC President Gina Spang, who introduced ICC Chaplain Father Tim Kitzke. He honored us with his blessing of before the serving of the meal. Father Tim, as many of you know, is the co-pastor of Three Holy Women Parish, Old St. Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence and Sts. Peter and Paul. . He also blessed the bags of fruit and bread that were given out to all present and invited Father Thomas Refermat, a guest of Dr. Joseph Musso, D.D.S., of Illinois, to join him in blessing everyone at their tables. It was a real treat to have Father Tim on this special day. In attendance also were ICC Vice President Joe Vella, SergeantAt-Arms Joanne Czubek, Board Members Dean Cannestra and Anna Pitzo and Past Presidents Times photos by Tom Hemman

Here is the St. Joseph’s Altar that was set up in honor of the foster father of Jesus for the 22nd annual lunch-

eon held at the Italian Community Center. The altar was decorated by volunteer Peggy Zoet.

Chairperson Mary Winard welcomed guests to the luncheon.

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Tony Machi and Betty Puccio. We were also pleased to see the reigning Carnevale Queen Chris Conley and Rosemary DeRubertis, who cochaired the 2014 Carnevale with Joanne Czubek. It is greatly appreciated that the ICC Board and Business Manager Patrick Morgan have allowed us to continue the St. Joseph’s Day luncheon, which was celebrated this year for the 22nd time. I want to thank Patrick for enabling our members and guests to enjoy the plentiful and meatless meal, cooked and served by a very accommodating chef and staff of personnel. Kudos to Assistant Business Manager Laurie Bisesi for her kind and accommodating assistance as always. It was gratifying to have present members of our various organizations (i.e., Pompeii Women’s Club, Pompeii Men’s Club, Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National, Ladies of UNICO), and Frank Schiro, a past president of the Filippo Mazzei Milwaukee Area Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America and first vice president of the Illinois/Wisconsin Grand Lodge of the OSIA. As in the past, my thanks to committee member Peggy Zoet, who beautifully and tastefully decorated the St. Joseph’s Day altar. Thanks also to my other committee members vice chair Anna Skoczynski, Antonina Carini and Rosemary Joecks. I want to extend my appreciation to Pauline Cannestra for her monetary donation, which was not listed in the printed program, and to John Puchner, for volunteering to play the beautiful Italian melodies during the luncheon. Last, but not forgotten, are the ICC office staff members Salina Castro and Lola Castro and Italian Times Editor Tom Hemman for the pre-event articles and the flyer. I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but I’m sorry if I did. It was my privilege to chair this religious celebration honoring St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ. – Mary G. Winard Chairperson

Here are three of the volunteers who helped Mary Winard during the luncheon. From the left: Rosemary (Carini) Joecks, Ann (D’Amico) Skoczynski and Nina Carini.


Joe Dentice, Sam Purpero and Reina International Auto to be honored by OSIA Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin on May 4 By Thomas Hemman Times Editor The Order Sons of Italy in America Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin will recognize Joseph “Joe” Dentice, Sam Purpero and Reina International Auto at its Leonardo da Vinci Awards of Excellence banquet on Sunday, May 4 at the Beau Jolie by Victoria, 9950 Lawrence Ave., Schiller, Ill. The event, which is open to the public, begins at noon with a luncheon buffet. The cost is $65 per person. Reservations must be made by calling 708-403-7822. Dentice, a past vice president of the Italian Community Center, and Purpero, a past ICC president and the organization’s current treasurer, will receive “Community Leadership” awards. Reina International Auto, owned by Joe, Lorenzo and Ignazio Reina, will be recognized with the “Business of Distinction” award. The Reina brothers have a long history of participation in the ICC and Festa Italiana. Joe Dentice Dentice was born in Sant’Elia, Sicily, the second oldest of seven children. He was educated at La Scuola Elementaria, Il Ginnansio/La Scuola Media and Lo Instituto Salesiano Don Bosco in Palermo, Sicily. In 1947, after the conclusion of World War II, Joe and his family emigrated to the United States, settling in Milwaukee. After learning the trade from his father, Dentice spent his entire working career in the produce business. He retired after spending 42 years as owner and operator of Joe Dentice Produce Co. Throughout his life, Dentice has dedicated countless hours to service in the community, most notably the Italian community. He has been a member of the Italian Community Center since its inception in 1978. As a member, he has served several terms as a director-at-large and vice president. He also is a longtime member of the Festa Italiana Mass and Procession Committee where, in the past, he has been committee chair and co-chair. In his role as the committee chair, he brought four Italian Cardinals and two Archbishops to Festa as celebrants of the Mass. Dentice currently serves as a trustee on the council of the OSIA Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin. When looking to relax, Dentice enjoys attending or listening to opera. However, much of his spare time involves soccer. He is what many consider an avid soccer fan. Since 1962, Dentice, along with his late wife, Dora, attended World Cup Soccer Tournaments in Chile, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Italy, Mexico and the U.S. He is a founding member of the Italian Soccer Club of Milwaukee, which later became the Verdi Sport Club. He regularly takes in several games from Europe on his satellite television. Dentice also loves to spend time with his extended family and many friends around the world. Sam Purpero Since the inception of the ICC, Purpero has served on the ICC Board for all but two years, holding


the positions of president (1982-83), president-elect, first vice president, treasurer and director-at-large. He is in the midst of his fifth consecutive term as treasurer. His active participation in Festa Italiana goes back to the initial planning stages for the first Festa. which was held Aug. 4-6, 1978 on the Summerfest grounds. Since then, Purpero has been heavily involved in the festival from a managerial standpoint, from serving as general chairman to gate control manager and bank chairman. He has long been on the Festa Steering Committee and Festa Advisory Committee and, for the last few years, has served as chairman of the Festa Food Committee. An original member of the Pompeii Men’s Club, Purpero was the third president of that organization, which evolved from the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Pompeii Church after the church’s demolition in October 1967. He is also a longtime member of the Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National. Born and raised at 210 N. Jefferson St., in Milwaukee’s old Third Ward, Purpero graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953. His parents were the late Charles W. and Rosalia (Emanuele) Purpero. After graduating, he went to work at C.W. Purpero, Inc., initially a trucking business started in 1910 by his father. In 1948, the company added residential and business excavation services. Sam spent 55 years in the business. He became certified as an operating engineer and went on to become president and chairman of the board of C.W. Purpero, Inc. After Sam’s retirement, his son, Phillip, succeeded him as president. Sam is still the chairman of the board. Today, the company has evolved, becoming a well known grading, sewer and water and demolition contractor and has received State of Wisconsin recognition for its safe environmental practices. In 1984, Purpero bought King Juice Company, Inc., which is run by his son-in-law Tim Kezman and his daughter Margaret. Although he’s officially retired, Purpero remains actively involved in both C.W. Purpero and King Juice. Through his personal commitment and his businesses, Purpero has long been a dedicated supporter and contributor to charitable and civic causes for the Italian American community. Possibly his largest commitment has been to the ICC and Festa Italiana, for which he has given of his time, talent and financial resources. He has had a pivotal role in virtually every major development of the ICC and Festa since the inception of both. Reina International Auto In 1970 Lorenzo, Ignazio, and Joe Reina came to Milwaukee from Santo Stefano Quisquina, near Agrigento (Sicily), with their parents Carmela and Filippo and younger sister Maria. They started working on Italian cars and scooters at very young ages in the repair shop in their hometown in Sicily and came to the United States to pursue their passion for vehicle sales and service.

Joe Dentice

Sam Purpero

The Reina brothers are seen here with their father, Filippo. From the left: Ignazio, Filippo, Lorenzo and Joe Reina in a photo taken after Reina International acquired the Vespa scooter franchise.

When they arrived in the U.S., they worked at Frascona Buick and Fiat, until 1980 when they opened Reina International Auto, a full service and sales dealership specializing in new Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Bertone, Lancia and preowned Ferrari and Lamborghini. Customer satisfaction is their top priority and their love for cars and motorcycles has fueled the growth of their business. In 2001, Reina International Auto acquired the Vespa, Piaggio and Moto Guzzi franchise for Southeastern Wisconsin. Throughout the years, the Reina brothers have been active in the Sports Car Club of America and racing Alfa Romeos. The Reina family has long been an active supporter of the ICC and has participated in many activities including “A Taste of Italy” and “Il Grande Carnevale.” Reina has been an exhibitor at Festa Italiana since 1981 and has often provided a

Vespa for the festival’s raffle on numerous occasions. Joe and his wife, Mary, were honored by the ICC as Carnevale’s King and Queen in 2009. The Reina family was recognized by ICC President Gina Spang at the organization’s 2012 installation dinner. Reina Internal Auto is also active in various charitable organizations such as Make a Wish Foundation and The National Italian Golf Invitational. They have served as sponsors of The Milwaukee Wave Soccer team. Every year they host the Italian Car and Motorcycle Show in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Club of Wisconsin. Lorenzo, Ignazio and Joe Reina have run Reina International Auto for over 33 years and the business continues to be family owned and operated. They are proud of their Italian heritage and culture and grateful for the life they have created in the United States.

Honorees announced for Sons of Italy Foundation gala The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) has announced its honorees for its 26th annual National Education & Leadership Awards Gala on Thursday, May 22 in Washington, D.C. The honorees include retired

United States Senator Christopher J. Dodd, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Flora Darpino and Harry Lombardo, International President of the Transport Workers Union of America. Please turn to page 16

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Edith Brown to receive UNICO Ladies’ Star Award The Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO will bestow their Star Award on Edith Brown on Tuesday, May 20 at the UNICO Scholarship and Awards banquet at the Italian Community Center. The Star Award was established in 1995 by the Ladies of UNICO to honor an outstanding member for her dedication to the organization. Brown is a 36-year member of

the Ladies of UNICO and has held several positions in the organization. She has been the historian for the organization the past six years and will hold this position for the next two years. In preparation for the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration, she created story boards which highlighted the history of the Ladies of UNICO. Brown is also a past chairperson

OSIA Filippo Mazzei Lodge hosting family-style golf outing June 22 The Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Lodge 2763 of the Order Sons of Italy in America is hosting a family-style golf outing at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva on Sunday, June 22. A golf package for $110 includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner with complimentary driving range privileges and the availability of a pro to access your swing. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Non-golfers can enjoy a free pool pass. Dinner and lunch for nongolfing adults is $35 while for children, under 12, the cost is $20. Spa amenities and indoor water park are also available for purchase. Registrations for the golf package must be made by Saturday, June 6. Checks are payable to OSIA and must be mailed to Vince Carini, 3045 N. 186th St., Brookfield, WI 53045. Please indicate the names and phone numbers of golfers and whether you have a foursome. Golfers who register with few players will be placed on a team by the organizers. Also

include the number of non-golfing adults and children under 12 attending. For more information, call 414-315-4067. A flyer on this event with a reservation form is available at the Italian Community Center. Those interested in spending the night at the Grand Geneva can get a special $99 package when they mention the OSIA golf outing. To reserve a room, call the Grand Geneva Resort at 262-248-8811. Thirty rooms are being made available for this event. The deadline for the special room rate is May 15. Sign in at the pro shop starting at 9 a.m. and enjoy lunch until 12:30 p.m. There will be a shotgun start (scramble format) at 1:30 p.m. Dinner will be available at 6 p.m. The dinner will feature chicken parmesan, Sicilian-style pork, penne pasta with marinara sauce, tossed salad and Italian bread. Golfers must abide by a course dress code. No denim allowed. Shorts must be hemmed. Collar shirts are required. Tank tops and cutoffs are not permitted.

Madonna del Lume Men announce new officers, board members for the next year Società Maschile Maria S.S. Del Lume has announced its new officers and board members for the next year. The officers are: Luigi Vella as president, Mariano Carini as vice president, Sal G. Lococo as treasurer and Sal Cannizzo as sergeant-at-arms.

The board members are: Sal Carini, Domenico Zizzo, Salvatore Vella, Mario Zizzo, Paolo Sali, Tony Lococo, Mario Sanfilippo, Mariano Orlando and Sal Lococo. The terms for the new officers and board members began in January.

Pompeii Men co-sponsoring 32nd Super Run/Walk The Pompeii Men’s Club and the Badgerland Striders will team up to stage their 32nd annual 5K (3.1 mile) Super Run/Walk on Wednesday, June 11 at Lake Park. Pre-registration forms are available at several Milwaukee area running stores or you can download a registration form at home.htm. Race day registration will begin at 5 p.m. in the park’s pavilion and will continue until 6:30 p.m. Start time is 7 p.m. An entry fee of $25 ($35 after June 1) will entitle each participant to receive the following: entry in the event, a shirt, fruit juice, fresh fruit, beer, and a drawing for prizes. There will be prizes for trophies for top finishers. As always, there will be Italian sausage sand-

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wiches available for sale at a nominal cost. The Italian sausage is grilled on-site by volunteers from the Pompeii Men’s Club. “You can join the fun by either running or walking the 3.1 mile course,” said Charles Lazzaro, Pompeii Men’s Club President. “It will be good for you, and at the same time, you will be helping local Milwaukee charities.” The event has averaged approximately 800 participants and has become known as one of Milwaukee’s premier run/walks. The race’s image and loyal following has been solidified because of the beautiful location, superb post race refreshments, and the committed efforts of over 100 volunteers who make the race day activities proceed smoothly and efficiently, Lazzaro said.

of the Ladies of UNICO Community Projects Community, served on its MIA (Modern Italian American Woman) Award Committee and designed the logo for the award. In announcing Brown as the 2014 recipient, members of the Star Award Selection Committee said, “The organization is very proud of Edith, who has dedicated so many hours of volunteer service to our organization over her years as a member. Her dedication has exemplified the organization’s motto: ‘Service above Self’.” Persons interested in attending the May 20 banquet, which is open to the public, should contact Sophia Michalovitz at 414-731-7693 to make reservations. Brown’s professional career Brown has a master’s degree in social work and is licensed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers and by the State of Wisconsin as a School School Social Worker. She has worked for the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and as a medical social worker for 12 years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She was the first woman in charge of children protection services in Milwaukee County. During her professional career, Brown served as chairperson of the Milwaukee County Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force and the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council. She was a presenter on the topic of medical social work at the first Medical Social Work Conference, sponsored by the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center and Project HOPE in Shanghai, China in December 2003. She has worked as an instructor

Edith Brown

at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; was a field instructor for the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UWMilwaukee; and served as a grant writer for the $270,000 Project ACCESS: A Coordinated Community Education and Support System for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Over the years, Brown has received numerous professional recognitions including an “Outstanding Service Award” from the American Society for Public Administration, a “Woman of the Year Award” from the American Business Women’s Association, an “Outstanding Community Service Award” from Milwaukee County and “Exceptional Volunteer Award” from the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club.

What will be your legacy? By George Koleas One definition of “legacy” is: something handed down or received from an ancestor or predecessor. How do you leave a legacy? Most people only think of a legacy as the money or property you will pass on. Is your money or property the only thing you want remembered about you or your family? There are other ways you can pass down a lasting legacy, not just to the next generations but to future generations. Write a letter to your family giving them your guidance for the future. What lessons have you learned during your life? Write down the lessons that were passed on to you by your parents and grandparents. Write those lessons down. Write down your memories. There are many opportunities throughout the year when different historical and family events are celebrated and remembered. These celebrations and events present great opportunities to write out your personal feelings and memories of these events and how they affected you. Did you or a family member serve in World War II or more recently? Did you grow up during World War II, or the Korean War or during the Vietnam conflict? What was life like during those wars? Where were you when President Kennedy was assassinated? How did that make you feel? What did you see happening around you? Did you ever see or meet anyone famous? Did you go to any live performances? Did you attend church? Did you belong to any societies? What are Continued on page 17

Honorees announced for Sons of Italy Foundation gala from page 15 Dodd, a longtime U.S. Senator from Connecticut, will receive the SIF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service. Darpino will be given the organization’s Special Award for Military Service. Lombardo will be the recipient of SIF’s Humanitarian Award. SIF will also recognize its national scholarship recipients at the gala, which serves as a fundraiser. To date, the gala has helped SIF raise $127 million for education, medical research, disaster

relief, cultural preservation and other special projects, with more than $51 million in scholarships awarded. Joe Mantegna, the award-winning actor of stage and screen, will serve as the gala’s master of ceremonies. SIF is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA). The Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Area #2763 is an affiliate of OSIA. For more details on the gala, visit


Golembiewskis celebrate 50th anniversary Italian Community Center members Kathleen and Jerry Golembiewski celebrated their golden anniversary on Friday, Apr. 11. The couple is marking the occasion with a tour of England and Scotland.

They report that they have been blessed with three children, Gus (LeAnn Kazmer), Toby (Jodi Wolfe) and Jessica Halling (Bradley) plus five grandchildren Alex, Jenna, Max, Sophie and Zach.

Festa cinema tent co-managers Sal Strehlow and Rachel Anderson to wed June 21 Italian Community Center members Maria and Todd Strehlow announced that their son, Salvatore “Sal,” and Rachel Anderson will be married Saturday, June 21 in Mequon. Sal and Rachel have been comanagers of Festa Italiana’s Cinema Tent with Ann Zambito the last few years. Both Sal and Rachel are very active in the University of Wisconsin business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. They are big fans of Milwaukee and are members of Fund Milwaukee. Maria Strehlow reports that Sal is very proud of his Italian heritage, having been raised by his nonna and nonno, Maria and Giuseppe LoCoco, after she went

into the workforce. Sal and Rachel plan on incorporating some Italian traditions into their wedding. Sal is a 2001 graduate of Homestead High School, where he was senior class president. He went on to the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, where he earned a bachelor of business degree in finance and real estate. He is employed at WFA Staffing Group as an executive recruiter and social media strategist. Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and is working toward a master’s degree in media studies. She is currently a teaching assistant in the university’s journalism department.

Kathleen and Jerry Golembiewski in a photo from their wedding on Apr. 11, 1964 and a current photo.

Mary Prioletta, longtime ICC member, dies at 98 Mary Prioletta, aunt of Ann Romano and four generations of nieces and nephews, passed away peacefully on Mar. 15 at the age of 98. She was born on Sept. 27, 1915. While Mary was never a mother, she was a “super aunt to all her nieces and nephews,” Romano said. Mary was a longtime member of the Italian Community Center and a hard working volunteer for both the ICC and Festa Italiana. For many years, she volunteered with her sister, the late Santa Patti, for all the events Romano coordinated or participated in, going back to the days when the organization owned a building on Hackett Avenue on Milwaukee’s East Side. Her volunteer activities included Festa’s volunteer food tent (27 years), the ICC’s “A Taste of Italy,” seniors’ luncheons, children’s parties, and decorating the ICC for holidays and special events. Many people recall Mary wearing her apron and always having a smile, Romano said. “She loved to be involved and met a lot of super people. When she knew I was going

Rachel Anderson and Salvatore Strehlow

Welcome new Italian Community Center members! The following people became members of the Italian Community Center between March 7 and April 7, 2014. Benvenuti! (Welcome!) Joshua John Fritz Milwaukee Dr. William Thorn Milwaukee Mary Prioletta

Jason Matthews Milwaukee

to chair an event, she would tell me, ‘I’m available, don’t forget.’”

Elizabeth Messimer Milwaukee

What will be your legacy? from page 16 you memories? Keep a journal. Start by writing down your thoughts. I visited Ellis Island. That visit generated many thoughts and feelings about my ancestors. Where did you go? What did you do? What were your thoughts and feelings? Start scrapbooking. Make a record of those memorable parts of your life. Document family events such as births, baptisms, confirmations, special celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, memorials and deaths. Organize your family photos. Put together a family album. Put the pictures in historical order or by events, but remember to record when pictures were taken and who is in the picture. If you were married, get out your wedding album and identify who all the people in the pictures are and how they are related, or if they were close friends. Make a family recipe book. Compile those favorite recipes from your family into a book. Remember to document who wrote the recipe, when those recipes were used, what family dinners and holiday gatherings were like, and which family members would attend those gatherings. Compile a family history. Start with yourself and go back as far as you can. Who were your parents, grandparents and great grandparents? Do you have uncles, aunts and cousins? From where did they come? When did they come here? Why did they choose to come here and how did they decide to come here? Are there any relatives that still live in their hometown or village in Italy? More ideas for leaving a legacy can be found at the following websites:


cy/;;;; or Members of the Italian Family History Club, also known as Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22, have used these and other methods to create their legacy. They can help you by telling you what they have done and show you how to get started to create your family history. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 3 at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., starting at 10:30 a.m. and concluding at noon. Please mark your calendar for our other 2014 meetings on 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. Visit the Italian Family History Club in the culture tent at Festa Italiana from the opening to 5 p.m. each day to talk to our members about what they have done and to learn more about researching your family history. The featured region this year will be Lombardia. If your family is from Lombardy and you have a family tree or family information you would like displayed, please contact me. During last year’s Festa Italiana, we were able to reunite two family members who saw their family on our display. Our members are researching their family from all over Italy.

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Spotlight on Cultural Arts Award-winning films set for Italian Film Festival April 25-27 at UWM Union Theater By Paul Salsini In Buongiorno Papa (Out of the Blue), a 40-year-old man who works in the film industry is surprised when a 17-year-old girl turns up claiming to be his daughter. In Gli equilibristi (Balancing Act), a municipal employee makes a critical error that causes everything to unravel. In Reality, a fish market vendor changes his life in his desire to be on the Italian version of Big Brother. These are just a few of the award-winning and highly praised films set to be shown in the 2014 edition of the Italian Film Festival on April 25-27 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Theater. As always, admission is entirely free and everyone is invited to attend. The Italian Film Festival began in Milwaukee in 2007 and is now one of 11 such festivals around the country. All the films are in Italian with English subtitles. Here is the lineup for this year. Patrons are invited to come to one or two or three or all.

Friday, April 25: 7 p.m. Il rosso e il blu (The Red and the Blue). Directed by Giuseppe Piccioni, comedy. Set against the background of a Roman school are the stories of an art history professor who has lost his passion for the job, a young substitute who is trying to save a rebel student and a stern headmistress who is forced to deal with a student who has been forgotten by his mother. Stars include Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio and Roberto Herlitzka. The Italian Community Center is serving as the sponsor of Il rosso e il blu. 9 p.m. Viva la liberta (Long Live Freedom). Directed by Roberto Ando, drama. The leader of an important opposition party mysteriously disappears. His wife and assistant turn to his identical twin brother, who was recently released from a psychiatric hospital. Will anyone notice? The film won the Nastro d’Argento for Best Screenplay, the David di Donatello Award for Best Script and the

David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor for Valerio Mastandrea. Saturday, April 26: 5 p.m. Buongiorno Papa (Out of the Blue). Directed by Edoardo Leo, comedy. A ladies man with a skyrocketing career returns home to find Layla, a 17-year-old who claims to be his daughter. She is not alone. There’s also her grandfather and they have come to stay! Stars Raoul Bova, Antonino Bruschetta and Giorgio Colangeli. 7 p.m. Reality. Directed by Matteo Garrone, comedy. Luciano never misses a chance to perform for his fish market customers. At the urging of his family, he auditions for the reality show Big Brother and from that moment his perception of reality is never the same. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or and won the Grand Prix at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. 9:15 p.m. Gli equilibristi (Balancing Act). Directed by Ivano De Matteo, drama. Giulio leads a seemingly idyllic life with his wife

and two children. But he makes a critical error that causes everything to unravel and he discovers how thin the line truly is between well-being and poverty. Valerior Mastrandrea won the 2013 David di Donatello Award for Best Actor. Sunday, April 27: 5 p.m. Teorema Venezia (The Venice Syndrome). Directed by Andreas Pichler, documentary. Venice, the world’s most beautiful city, is invaded every day by 50,000 tourists. There are only 48,000 residents, and there are fewer every year as the city is becoming more uninhabitable. The film shows what remains of Venetian life. A Requiem for a still grand city. 7 p.m. Bianca come il latte, rosso come il sangue (White Like Milk, Red Like Blood). Directed by Giocomo Campiotti, drama. Leo is a typical 16-year-old who loves to ride his scooter and play soccer but finds school agonizing. Then a new teacher encourages him to follow his dreams, which includes a fellow red-haired student. For more information see

L’Angolo del Poeta By Barbara Collignon and Roberto Ciampi Robert Frost once penned, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” But Rumi says it best, “All language is a longing for home”. There is a common thread among these definitions of poetry: missing something, longing for something, finding it in images that relate the everyday to the eternal. Rumi’s definition is particularly poignant since home can mean so many things, an actual house, the home where we were raised, that place of comfort where we now live, home as the original seat of the soul, a heavenly home. One doesn’t have to go far to find poetry that evokes longing for the childhood home. Here’s a lovely poem by Achille Campanile where falling rain does just that. La pioggia Con che dolcezza i primi anni rammento E i miei trastulli e il mio paterno tetto Sporgendo il volto a questo vivo e schietto Odor di pioggia che mi porta il vento! Riveggo il padre mio sui libri intento, Dorato dal chiaror del caminetto, E risento dal piccolo mio letto Delle lunghe notturne acque il lamento. E sogno ancora i pellegrini erranti Per vaste selve e nere alte castella Nido ospital di fuggitivi amanti; E un vago raggio dell’età fuggita Al già stanco mio sguardo il mondo abbella.... Odorando la pioggia, amo la vita. Rain With what sweetness I recall my early years and my games and my paternal roof materializing in this invigorating and natural smell of rain that the wind brings to me! I see again my father intent over his books, his face golden in the light from the fireplace, and I hear again as I once heard while in my little bed the long nocturnal lament of the rain. And again I dream of pilgrims wandering through vast tall forests, of dark castles, a cozy nest for fugitive lovers;

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And a faint beam from bygone years renders the world beautiful to my weary eyes … as I breathe in the fragrance of the rain, I love life. – Translation by Barbara Collignon Campanile (1899 -1977) was a journalist for many Italian dailies, a playwright and successful TV commentator for L’Europeo. Twice he was awarded the Viareggio Prize: once in 1933 and again 40 years later. His plays reflect life in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s and he is famous for his passion for puns and word play. There’s a hilarious example of this kind of repartee in a routine between a waiter and a client who orders acqua minerale, the waiter replying “naturale.” They go around and around playing off naturale (naturalmente). You can enjoy it on YouTube if you’re up on your Italian. Dapper in his prime in smart suits and a monocle, Campanile abandoned this manner of dress in his retirement years and grew a long beard that made him look like an old patriarch. Here’s another poem by Campanile. Unless you are from the region of Campania, you might be stumped by the term la mefite or mephitis. An explanation (thanks to Wikipedia) follows the poem and enlightens us about a fascinating tradition that is totally Italian. Alla Pioggia Scendi a torrenti, giù, pioggia feconda. Riga il ciel de le tua fila infinite, Ravviva i germi, suscita le vite Nel seno de la terra sitibonda!

Streak the sky with your endless lines. Revive the buds, bring back the life Within the bosom of the thirsting earth! Pour down on the black and dirty city. Gurgle in the dried up squares. Wash the suburbs, sweep mephitis. Run, splash, ooze, irrigate, flood! See, everything shakes and awakes Under your jangling and crystalline spurts. Everything drips, flickers and rejoices. From the windows the children applaud you. Flowers raise their heads towards you And women show you their tiny feet. – Translation by Roberto Ciampi In Roman mythology, Mefitis (or Mephitis; Mefite in Italian) was the late personification of the poisonous gases emitted from the ground in swamps and volcanic vapors. “Mephitic,” derived from Mefitis, is now an adjective in the English language meaning “offensive in odor”; “noxious”; and “poisonous.” In Italian, a mefite is also a solfatara or fumarole (i.e., a gaseous fissure) associated with the italic Goddess Mefitis. The feature giving rise to this term, the Solfatara volcano, is located in Italy along the Appian Way between Rome and Brindisi. There, the ancient Romans would rest on their travels and pay homage to the goddess by performing animal sacrifices using the fissure’s deadly gases. Today, it lies near the village of Rocca San Felice in the province of Avellino (Campania region).

Scroscia ne la città negra ed immonda, Gorgoglia ne le piazze inaridite, Lava i sobborghi, spazza la mefite, Corri, schizza, ringorga, inaffia, inonda! Vedi, tutto si scote e si ridesta Sotto ai sonanti sprazzi cristallini, Tutto sgocciola, tremola e fa festa, E dai vetri t’applaudono i bambini E i fiori verso te levan la testa E le donne ti mostrano i piedini. – By Achille Campanile To Rain Flow down in torrents, fertile rain.


Opera Topics by Angelo Castronovo Times change and so do customs, and the use of particular words tend to get overused. Examples of such words are “dude” and even more ubiquitously, the word “legendary.” Almost every performer in modern times has been described as legendary to the point that use of the word has become ridiculous, which brings me to my main point. There are some individuals where, in fact, the term would apply, but they are mostly fictional or historic such as King Arthur and Merlin the Magician. Others that come to mind are Gulliver and Robinson Crusoe, etc. You get the idea. Yet, there are some actual per-

sons to which the word could, justifiably, fit the description because of their exploits in their chosen field, in this case, opera. Several names come to mind immediately: tenor Enrico Caruso, basso Fyodor Chaliapin, sopranos Maria Callas, Toti Dal Monte, Licia Albanese, and conductor Arturo Toscanini. Truly, these artists and their respective careers come under the umbrella of that word. And there are so many more which include the illustrious names of many composers. The list is almost endless and must contain Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi, Handel and Berlioz, to name a few. Some wrote only one

ICC Historian Carini wants 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

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 contact the MCHS. at 414/273-7487 or 414/273-8288.

Have something to sell this spring that might interest the readers of The Italian Times? Why not place an ad in our next issue? For information on ad sizes and prices, please call (414) 223-2801 or send an email to Editor Tom Hemman at The advertising deadline is Monday, May 5.


in the main office of the ICC. Please include a note with your name and phone number so Carini knows who made the donation.

or two operas such as Beethoven, who composed Fidelio, but who was a prolific orchestral composer. There also was DeBussy, composer of his only completed opera Palleas and Melisande and who was better known for his orchestral compositions such as Claire de Lune, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, La Mer and The Sunken Cathedral. Caruso and Callas in reality are in a class by themselves with their highly distinctive personalities and performance qualities and repertoires. Callas was a sometimes controversial vocalist, performing many standard roles in opera and reviving many forgotten operas requiring her superb coloratura abilities. Caruso’s career, mainly associated with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, created the leading tenor roles in Giordano’s Fedora, Cilea’s Adriana Lecoureur, and Franchetti’s Germania and excelled in both verismo and bel canto roles. Toscanini not only conducted worldwide but also was a cellist who made a sensational debut at

Rio de Janeiro, conducting Aida from memory on Jan. 25, 1886. He has conducted the premieres of La Bohème, Fanciulla, Del West and Turandot. At La Scala, he introduced Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Gustave Charpentier and Claude DeBussy. He was a perfectionist and blessed with a prodigious memory. He often appeared ruthless. Quotable quote: “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” – Thomas Jefferson.

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LA PAGINA ITALIANA a cura di Enrica Tarantino-Woytal

L’Ottavo Convegno della Confederazione dei Siciliani del Nord America a Chicago Si e’ appena concluso a Chicago l’ottavo convegno della Confederazione dei Siciliani del Nord America. Ospitati dall’ARSA (Associazione Regionale Siciliana in America) presso Casa Italia, sono intervenuti i vari rappresentanti membri dell’Organizzazione, provenienti dalla California, Canada, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Texas, Windsor, Canada e Wisconsin. Diversi i temi discussi e le varie proposte che verrano pubblicate prossimamente sul sito web,oppure sulla pagina; Entusiasmo e soddisfazione per l’affiliazione dell’ARSA alla CSNA e che comprende 15

Associazioni. Durante il convegno, i Rappresentanti delle Associazioni Locali di Chicago, quali la Sicilian American Cultural Association, la Società di San Biagio Platani, Santa Caterina di Villarmosa, Lercara Friddi, Società San Leoluca di Corleone, San Giovanni Bosco e S. Crocefisso di Cimina, Società di Casteldaccia, Caccamo, Cinisi, Alcamo, Termini Imerese, Bagheria, Burgio Club, Ribera, St Mary di Sambuca, si sono presentati incoraggiando l’iniziativa e gli obiettivi della CSNA. La serata è stata caratterizata da un magnifico Gala organizzato dall’ARSA e con titolo Sapori di Sicilia, più di 700 i presenti che hanno potuto godere di una vasta varieta’ di cibi tradizionali, musica e balli. Sono stati consegnati i premi per l’Uomo

dell’Anno al giovane promettente Mario Giuseppe Weber Mentesana originario di Campo Felice di Fiditalia, imprenditore di successo, ed un riconoscimento a Joe Mancino originario di Marineo, imprenditore e Sindaco di Hathorn Woods cittadina limitrofa a Chicago.

Nella foto (l-r): Stefano Finazzo - Trappetesi nel Mondo California, Carlo Vaniglia - S.Fara di Cinisi Chicago, Enzo Graci - Sicilia, Vincenzo Arcobelli - Associazione Siciliani in Texas, Luigi

Sciortino Bagheresi nel Mondo Chicago, Pietro Tarantino – Membro Direttivo, Italian Community Center, Milwakee, Augusto Sorriso Cons. Cgie New Jersey ,Anthony Avola

Confederazione Siciliana Ontario Canada, Elio Calafiore Federazione Siciliana del Connecticut, Dino Di Martino ARSA Chicago, Dominic Renda Federazione Siciliana del Canada.

Mamma Mamma, la prima parola che le nostre labbra hanno pronunciato dal momento che si nasce al momento che si spira. La mamma e’ la persona piu’ bella del mondo. E’ come un albero, ti da’ i suoi frutti E’come un fiume. Ti da’ la sua acqua.


Ha un cuore grande. Ti da’ tutto il suo amore. Rispetta La e AmaLa la tua mamma, perche’ di mamma ce n’e’ una sola. Auguri mamme! E, se, la mamma e’ in compagnia degli angeli, visitaLa al cimitero e porta. Le una rosa!

Vincenzo Arcobelli a nome del Pres. Puccio e di tutta la CSNA nel presentare i premi ed una targa al pres. dell’ Arsa Di Martino per il lavoro svolto, ha voluto ringraziare gli organizzatori ed i partecipanti,incoraggiando tutti a continuare nella promozione della cultura Siciliana, ad essere uniti per poter raggiungere obiettivi comuni, perchè l’uniuone fa la “forza.” Prossimo appuntamento, la Nona Convention CSNA il 1 Novembre a Toronto in Canada.

Elezioni Societa’ Femminile Maria S.S. del Lume I risultati: Presidente Enrica Tarantino Woytal Vice Presidente: Anna Orlando Segretaria: Josephine Orlando Tesoriera: Antonina Regozzi Congratulazioni!

Messa in Italiano La Società Femminile Maria S.S. del Lume vi informa che sarà celebrata il 18 maggio una messa in onore di Maria S.S. del Lume, patrona di Porticello, presso Three Holy Women alle 12e30. Si pranzerà presso Carini La Conca D’oro. Per maggiori informazioni contattate la Società.


Felice giorno a tutte le mamme dai piccoli del corso d’italiano



Italians married in Milwaukee: 1926-1940 Part II Compiled by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian Introductory Notes The Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1926-1940 includes the name of the individual married and the month and year the marriage took place. Information contained in the Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1926-1940 was compiled by this researcher in January of 1993 and will be featured in The Italian Times the next several months. 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. If you know of a relative who was married in Milwaukee during the time period 1926-1941 and that relative’s name does not appear in these listings, please contact the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Part I of this series was published in the April 2014 issue of The Italian Times. Name Babboni, Charles Baciagalupe, John Badolati, Alfred Balestreri, Gioachino Balestreri, Joseph Balestreri, Joseph Balestrieri, Antonio Balestrieri, Joseph Balestrieri, Stefani (Triliegi) Balisteri, Angeline (Costarella) Balisteri, Frances M (Lazio) Balisteri, Joseph Balisteri, Josephine (DeBrozzo) Balisteri, Julia (Destefano) Balisteri, Robert Balisterie, Loretta (Tolfa) Balistier, Mary (Costantino) Balistierri, Rose (Farrow) Balistierri, Sam C Balistreri, Alex Balistreri, Andrew J Balistreri, Ann (Costantino) Balistreri, Anna (Alioto) Balistreri, Anna (McQuitty) Balistreri, Anthony Balistreri, Anthony Balistreri, Antonina (Naso) Balistreri, Antonino Balistreri, Carl Balistreri, Carmela (Fiore) Balistreri, Charles Balistreri, Dominic Balistreri, Gaetano Balistreri, Gerolimo Balistreri, Harriet (Sattler) Balistreri, Ida (Giganti) Balistreri, Jennie (Mancini) Balistreri, Jennie (Sanfelippo) Balistreri, Jerome Balistreri, John Balistreri, John Balistreri, Joseph Balistreri, Joseph Balistreri, Joseph Balistreri, Joseph Balistreri, Joseph Balistreri, Joseph Balistreri, Joseph A Balistreri, Joseph A Balistreri, Josephine (Barney) Balistreri, Josephine (Morana) Balistreri, Madeline (Feller) Balistreri, Marian (Papia) Balistreri, Mariano Balistreri, Mary (Vento) Balistreri, Paul Balistreri, Peter Balistreri, Providenza (Sanfelippo) Balistreri, Providenza Gumina (Balistreri) Balistreri, Prudence (Sanfilippo) Balistreri, Rosalie (Taglialavora) Balistreri, Rose Jeanette (Stiemke) Balistreri, Salvatore Balistreri, Steve Balistreri, Steve Balistreri, Tanina (Alioto) Balistreri, Tessie (Albanese) Balistreri, Tony Balistreri, Vincent Balistriere, Andrew Balistrieri, Frank Balistrieri, Peter D Balistrieri, Thomas Balistrire, Anna (Piontek) Ballo, Katherine (Doblesz) Bamvincini Andrew Baravetto, Madlyn (Fantelli) Baravetto, Marie (Breitzman) Barbieri, Verona (Barbieri) Barbieri, Vincent Barbieri,Joseph Barboni, Josephine (Klaus) Barinotti, Anne (Nardelli) Barinotti, Irene (Shimetz) Barinotti, Marie (Metzke) Barocci, Louis

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Married Nov-1927 Oct-1939 Feb-1938 Apr-1927 Jun-1932 Jul-1940 Jun-1927 Dec-1927 May-1937 Aug-1931 Jun-1936 Nov-1936 Jun-1928 Sep-1932 Jun-1936 Dec-1934 Jun-1927 Jun-1938 Jun-1940 Jun-1937 Feb-1935 Jul-1934 Oct-1930 Aug-1940 Sep-1928 Nov-1938 Oct-1933 Jun-1932 Mar-1936 Oct-1927 Dec-1926 Oct-1940 Mar-1934 Sep-1929 May-1937 Dec-1935 Jun-1929 Jul-1937 Apr-1937 Mar-1928 Apr-1940 Jun-1926 May-1935 Jul-1935 Oct-1938 Nov-1940 Nov-1940 Aug-1932 Jul-1936 Dec-1938 Jul-1939 May-1930 Aug-1939 Aug-1937 Jul-1939 Jul-1939 Dec-1940 Sep-1926 Jul-1931 Sep-1937 Nov-1939 Sep-1934 Jul-1931 Jul-1931 May-1937 Oct-1935 Nov-1931 Apr-1938 Nov-1931 May-1939 Nov-1939 Apr-1939 May-1929 Feb-1940 Feb-1940 May-1933 May-1930 Oct-1929 May-1940 Apr-1929 May-1940 Nov-1933 Sep-1929 Aug-1936 May-1926 Dec-1934

Name Bartaluzzi, Salvatore Bartaluzzi, Sarah (Serio) Bartelli, Jennie (Hempelman) Bartolerio, Louis Bartolone, Concetta (Crivello) Bartolone, Sam Bartolotta, Ignatius Bartolotta, John Basgalupe (Bacigalupe), Stephen Basila, Angeline (Ceretto) Basile, Anna (Mortellaro) Basile, Anthony Basile, Mario Basile, Mary (Dentice) Basile, Pauline (Dadamo) Basile, Samuel Basile, Sophie (Crivello) Basile, Vincent Basile, William Basili, Frank Basso, John Basso, Louis Becerra, Refugio Bellante, Anthony Bellante, Antonia (Vitrano) Bellante, Mary (Brisson) Bellante, Tony Belli, Arthur Belli, Costentine Belli, Henry Beneventi, Tony Bernardi, Ralph Bertoglio, John Bertoglio, Katherine (Favero) Bertoglio, Perine (Narrai) Bertolasi, Joseph Bertoncini, Auroa (Pierotti) Bertoncini, Esther (Lisiecki) Bertoncini, LeRoy Bertte, Vincinzino Besasie, Lucille (Luedke) Besasie, Raymond Betoluzza, Paul Betonti, Antoinette (Leonard) Betonti, Mary (Minessale) Biancalana, Francis Biancuzzo, Marie (Cicerelli) Bigonia, Josphine (Balistreri) Bitetti, Anna (Knitter) Bocchini, Anthony Bocchini, Gertrude (Whitney) Bolzano, James Bombaci, Francesco Bonaparte, Frank Bonaparte, John Bonaparte, Joseph Bonaparte, Steve Bonelli, Anna (Patla) Bonfiglio, Frank Bonfiglio, John Bonini, Robert Bonno, Julia (Neumann) Bonvicini, Stella (Ruiz) Borgo, Bartolo Bortolone, Anna (Sorce) Bortolotti, Curt Bortoluzzi, Mary (Chudzinski) Bortoluzzi, Victor Bosco, George Bosetti, Albino Bosetti, Joseph Bosetti, Rose (Pedriana) Bottesi, Chester Bottesi, Chester Bottoni, Jame Bottoni, Lucille (?) Bova, Anthony Bova, Charles Bova, Joseph Bova, Lena (Balsom) Bova, Mary (Micelli) Bova, Nadrew Bova, Salvatore Brancato, Santo Brandi, Comasia (Salamone) Brasile, Carmela (Bellante)

Married Aug-1939 Nov-1934 Feb-1930 Oct-1929 Sep-1936 Oct-1939 Sep-1934 Jun-1940 Sep-1927 Dec-1940 Apr-1935 Jul-1931 Oct-1936 Jun-1931 Sep-1927 Mar-1927 Jul-1931 Nov-1939 Aug-1927 Jun-1936 Sep-1930 Jun-1929 Jul-1931 Jul-1940 Jan-1936 Sep-1937 Jul-1929 May-1931 Dec-1938 Jun-1926 May-1930 Apr-1940 Sep-1934 Sep-1938 Oct-1938 May-1938 Apr-1931 Oct-1940 Nov-1940 Oct-1928 Jun-1939 Sep-1928 Aug-1936 Mar-1939 Oct-1938 Nov-1940 Jun-1933 Mar-1928 Jun-1939 Jul-1927 Jan-1938 Feb-1928 Apr-1928 Aug-1940 Sep-1937 Jun-1932 Dec-1933 Oct-1935 Nov-1932 Dec-1928 Jan-1934 Nov-1927 Nov-1935 Nov-1926 Sep-1930 Jun-1935 Feb-1940 Jun-1936 Sep-1927 Sep-1930 Apr-1932 Aug-1930 May-1937 May-1937 Oct-1937 Oct-1928 Sep-1931 Oct-1931 Jan-1940 Jun-1928 Sep-1939 Sep-1940 Dec-1933 Jun-1939 Jun-1940 Jul-1940

Name Brasile, Frank Brasile, Jennie (Balestreri) Brasile, Lucy (Maier) Bricco, Theodore Brinetto, Lalicata (Sanfelippo) Brisighella, ? Brocco, Alfred Brogli, Stephen Brogli, Stephen Bruili, Nunzio Brunelli, Cecilia (Capello) Brunelli, Edith (Elby) Brunelli, Rita (Hefter) Brunelli, Walter Brunetta, Lena (Balistreri) Brunetto, Charles Brunetto, Tessie (Lococo) Bruno, Adeline (Partipilo) Bruno, Antonio Bruno, Caroline (Basile) Bruno, Catherine (Millunzi) Bruno, Charles Bruno, Desolyn (Lucchese) Bruno, Frances (Deluca) Bruno, Frank Bruno, John Bruno, John Bruno, Joseph Bruno, Joseph S Bruno, Mary (Maretti) Bruno, Nancy (Foti) Bruno, Nancy (Laskowski) Bruno, Rose (Busatari) Bruno, Rose (Curasi) Bruno, Rose (Patti) Bruno, Rose (Proite) Bruno, Rose (Schmid) Bruno, Rose M (Denicola) Bruno, Salvatore Bruzina, John Bruzina, R B Buccareli, Sestilia (Zielski) Buccarelli, Aldo Buccarelli, Savino Bucchi, August Bucchi, Mary (Lesiecki) Bucchi, Olga (Buelow) Bucci, Antonia (Cataudella) Bucci, Vivian (DiBacco) Bugerino, Mary (Gumina) Burgireno, John Busalacchi, Andrew Busalacchi, Angeline (Colla) Busalacchi, Anthony Busalacchi, Antonia (Cefalu) Busalacchi, August Busalacchi, August A Busalacchi, John Busalacchi, Louis Busalacchi, Maggie (Scarpace) Busalacchi, Marie (Cordes) Busalacchi, Marie Ann (Vento) Busalacchi, Mary C (Grasso) Busalacchi, Mary J (Magestro) Busalacchi, May (Mercein) Busalacchi, Peter Busalacchi, Sebastian Busalaccki, Ida (?) Busalaccki, Thomas Busateri, Charles Busateri, Joseph Busateri, Salvadore Buscaglia, Agnes (Jones) Buscaglia, Anthony Buscaglia, Chris Buscaglia, Christ Buscaglia, Christine (Spantikow) Bussone, Antonette (Christanelli) Bussone, Catherine (Bryia) Buzzana, Rosario

Married Nov-1939 Apr-1927 Sep-1940 Aug-1926 Nov-1933 Dec-1930 Jan-1939 Nov-1930 Nov-1930 Jul-1930 May-1937 Sep-1930 Oct-1934 May-1940 Sep-1938 Nov-1927 Nov-1935 Sep-1934 Oct-1927 Nov-1939 Oct-1934 Jan-1931 May-1935 Sep-1926 Sep-1933 Jul-1929 Jun-1935 Feb-1933 Nov-1931 Nov-1937 Nov-1936 Oct-1934 Sep-1933 Jul-1928 Sep-1937 Oct-1939 May-1933 Nov-1935 Feb-1928 Nov-1932 Dec-1933 Jan-1940 Sep-1934 Jan-1930 Jun-1933 Feb-1935 Oct-1934 Jul-1929 Dec-1927 Oct-1929 Sep-1935 Dec-1931 Jan-1939 Feb-1937 Oct-1933 Feb-1928 Sep-1938 Dec-1932 Jul-1939 Oct-1927 Nov-1927 Dec-1940 Nov-1939 Jul-1939 Dec-1939 Dec-1935 Jul-1937 Apr-1929 Jul-1929 Apr-1940 Jan-1940 Sep-1933 Jun-1936 Apr-1940 May-1934 Nov-1939 Jun-1937 May-1928 Jul-1928 Mar-1926

To be continued in our next issue – June 2014 edition – with last names starting with the letter “C”.


Victory School’s Italian Immersion Program update Ms. Jana Horntvedt’s K-4 classroom is working on weather and season vocabulary. They are making vocabulary books and practicing their Italian on the smartboard. Mr. Tom Bruno, our K-5 teacher, is on an internship leave until the end of May. Subbing for him are Mr. Dennis Biel is co-teaching with Mrs. Kari Graziano until Mr. Bruno’s return. Ms. Elizabeth Zizzo’s and Mrs. Justine Schwanz’s first graders went to the Milwaukee County Zoo to observe the animals. The students spent time using their map skills to find the animals. They had the opportunity to meet the baby gorilla, who was only a few days old. It has been 18 years since a baby gorilla was born at our zoo. The experience at the zoo will prepare the first graders for their end of the year research project. Ms. Annette Robertson’s second graders are studying “going green,” “sustainability” and “natural resource management” in Italian. In the Sharp Literacy Program, the class is learning about a salmon’s journey through Lake Michigan and its upstream struggle in the Milwaukee River to complete its life cycle. In social studies, students are studying anti-bullying practices and designing “bully free zone” signs to post in the hallways. Mr. Steven Falsetti’s third graders enjoyed a visit from Silvia Pline of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University. Ms. Pline brought a portfolio of drawings from Pablo Picasso’s famous

painting, Guernica. Students discussed Picasso, Guernica, the inspiration behind the painting and the historic period of “Cubism”. Then, students created their own abstract and “cubist” drawings. Mrs. Lydia Sutton is doing a great job as the substitute for Ms. Cathy Laurenzi, who is on maternity leave. Enzo Essex, Ms. Laurenzi’s son, is now one month old. The fourth graders are learning about the United Nations and its structure and functions. They will learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its importance through individual and group research presentations before the end of the school year. The fifth grade students are learning about the American Revolution and art through the Sharp Literacy Program. They observed a presentation that included different artifacts such as a “redcoat” worn by the British Army. They have researched information and written poems that will be published by the program. In May they will have the opportunity to visit the Milwaukee Public Museum to further their knowledge of art and history. Victory K-8 is on a national and international search for elementary certified Italian speaking teachers. Mrs. Janine Graber, Victory Principal, is interviewing candidates. Please contact her at 414304-6705 if you know of a teacher who is interested in teaching at Victory K-8 School for the Gifted and Talented and Italian Program.

Italy’s observance of International Workers’ Day Italy is one of more than 80 countries worldwide that observes International Workers’ Day with a public holiday on May 1. The holiday is also known as May Day or Labor Day in Italy. Generally, International Workers’ Day is a celebration of labor movements and left-wing movements, featuring street demonstrations and marches by working people and labor union members. The first May Day celebration in Italy took place in 1890. It started initially as an attempt to celebrate workers’ achievements in their struggle for their rights and for better social and economic conditions. It was abolished under the


Fascist regime and restored after World War II. (During the fascist period, Festa del lavoro italiano, a festival of Italian labor, was held on Apr. 21). In 1955, the Roman Catholic Church dedicated May 1 to “Saint Joseph the Worker.” St. Joseph the patron saint of workers, craftsmen and immigrants. A major event in Italy is the Concerto del Primo Maggio (May 1 Concert), organized by Italian labor unions in Rome in Piazza San Giovanni. It is usually attended by more than 300,000 people and involves participation of many famous bands and songwriters. The concert is usually televised live by RAI Tre.

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