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Local Italian Immigration Documentary to Air on WPNTTV Channel 22

il Messaggero Tells the Story of an Italian Immigrant’s Unique Mission as He Settles in Sharpsburg, PA

The award-winning documentary, il Messaggero had its commercial television debut on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. on WPNT-TV Channel 22, “The Point.” Filmmaker and Sharpsburg, PA native, Pete L Ferraro, brings his film to commercial television for the first time since its premiere during Italian Heritage Month in October 2022 on WQED-TV PBS.

il Messaggero (The Messenger) tells the story of Pete’s late father, Pietro Ferraro from San Pietro in Guarano, a small village in Calabria, Italy and his 1966 mission to bring messages of hope to the United States as an immigrant. In doing so, he unknowingly immortalizes a generation of Italians through rare and touching audio recordings. More than 50 years later, Ferraro surprises the descendants of those who recorded messages, and we see their

emotional reactions. The film also discusses significant topics of local interest such as the migration of Italians from Sharpsburg’s sister community in Italy, the origins of Madonna of Jerusalem church and the H.J. Heinz company in Sharpsburg, and an Italian American radio host from Aspinwall. Ferraro said, “The premiere last October on WQED was met with such a high degree of interest and enthusiasm, yet some people missed the opportunity to watch it or wanted to see it again. With the support of several sponsors, I’m thrilled to bring it back for an encore presentation.”

The presenting sponsor is Labriola’s Italian Markets. Labriola’s is a familyrun business with four locations in the Pittsburgh area. Its stores offer authentic Italian foods imported from Italy and dishes made fresh daily. Other sponsors of the broadcast are Northside’s Refucilo Winery, Mary Grace Ferraro Realtor with Berkshire/Hathaway HomeServices, Italian Impact Weekly, a new Italian American radio program airing Thursdays at 5 p.m. on 102.1FM/94.1FM/92.3FM and 620 KHB, and Il Pensiero, an Italian American publication.

Ferraro was the recipient of a film grant provided by Pittsburgh-based The Italian Sons and Daughters of America, The National Italian American Foundation, and the famous Hollywood directing duo, Anthony and Joseph Russo. The Russo Brothers Film Forum selected eight film concepts to fund from more than 200

pitches submitted from around the world exploring the Italian American experience. The documentary has appeared in film festivals in the United States of America and Italy and received several awards including the People’s Choice Award at the Ocean City Film Festival in Maryland in 2022.

Ferraro was born and raised in Sharpsburg and graduated from Fox Chapel High School in 1986. He graduated from Clarion University in 1990. He is a first generation American and a ten-time regional Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and creative director. Ferraro has been in the television and marketing industry for 32 years and has worked with celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Alex Trebek, Joe Jonas, and Arsenio Hall. In 1995, Ferraro was the creative director and editor of a documentary entitled Fighting Back: Pennsylvania’s Special Session on Crime hosted by Steelers legend Lynn Swann. The production won numerous awards and aired on every TV station in the state. His experience spans several Mid-Atlantic markets including Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and currently Baltimore. Pete and his wife Lori have three daughters and live in Maryland.

The WPNT-TV Channel 22 “The Point” broadcast is edited for TV with a total running time of 54 minutes plus sponsor commercials. DVDs of the documentary including the longer “Director’s cut” and extras are available at the film’s website

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A Prayer Service for Sam Vitale

St. Justin Martyr

March 4, 2023

St. Louis, MO

Sam’s family organized a time for those close to him to gather and pray the rosary for his recent health diagnosis.

Please keep him in your prayers.

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The Field House Museum Presents a New Exhibition

Rounding the Bases

Exhibit: Rounding the Bases: The History of St. Louis Browns Baseball

Venue: Field House Museum, 634 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102

Dates: April 1–October 29, 2023

St. Louis is a baseball town. Today, we all rally behind our Cardinals. But from 1902 to 1953, the St. Louis Browns split the city’s loyalties–and, eventually, their stadium. While the team didn’t bring home many victories, it had more than its fair share of legendary players, colorful owners, and rowdy stories. Come with us on this journey to rediscover the team in a city that was “First in shoes, first in booze, and last in the American League” in Rounding the Bases!

Members of the media were invited to join the Field House Museum and St. Louis Browns members as they gathered for a special exhibit on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the exhibit, “Rounding the Bases.”

About the Field House Museum

The Field House Museum is a dynamic museum and historic site focused on the Field family. The historic house was once the home of Roswell Field, noted St. Louis attorney, and the birthplace of his son, Eugene Field, the “Children’s Poet.” While living in the home, Roswell Field became the key attorney in the Dred & Harriet Scott Freedom Suit when he formulated the legal strategy that propelled the case to federal court. The house is designated as a National Historic Landmark and has an attached museum featuring the Field House Museum’s collections along with traveling exhibits.

About the Browns Historical Society

The St. Louis Browns Historical Society was founded in 1984 and boasts a national membership while hosting a Reunion Luncheon and other activities yearly. Two films produced by the Historical Society in conjunction with Nine PBS have been shown on the PBS network and received regional EMMY Award nominations and a win. The society is dedicated to preserving every stat and story of the St. Louis Browns, so the legend of baseball’s most colorful underdogs can endure forever.

Visitor Information

Admission: Adults: $10.00, children 7-16: $5.00, members and children 6 & under: free

Museum Hours: Wednesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. For general information, call 314.421.4689, email us at or visit our website at

OSDIA Appoints Government Affairs


The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) is proud to announce that Matt Rossetto has agreed to accept the appointment as our new Government Affairs Liaison.

Matt is a government affairs professional with over a decade of experience and a specialty in health policy, with a specific focus on oral health. He currently works for the American Dental Association. His career includes prior stints as a director of government affairs for a statebased trade association, and as a senior staffer in the Wisconsin State Legislature, as well as significant campaign and political experience. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area and current Florida resident, Matt is a 2012 graduate of Marquette University who enjoys hunting, fishing, and skiing in his off time.

“His level of love for the Italian American community, his contacts, and his experience will continue to advance the interests of OSDIA’s position as the largest and oldest Italian American organization in the world—with lodges in the USA, Italy, and Canada. We are excited to have him on board effective immediately.”


Founded in 1905, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is the oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage.

For more information about the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, visit or call 202-547-2900.

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Aeronatica MilitareIl Contributo degli italiani nell’Aviazione

Nell’ ambito delle celebrazioni per il centesimo anniversario dell’Aeronautica Militare,si svolgeranno il primo di Maggio alle ore 18.00 presso l’Auditorium di Storia ed Arte dell’ Universita’ di Dallas, una serie di presentazioni sul contributo dell’Italia e degli Italiani nell’Aviazione, e le parti salienti che hanno contraddistinto l’Aeronautica Militare nel corso dei primi 100 anni, grazie alla partecipazione di Ufficiali dell’Arma Azzurra.

“Nel ringraziare il Dr. Nussmeier, Direttore del Programma di Italiano dell’ Universita’di Dallas per l’ospitalita’, e i colleghi relatori, evidenziero’ nell’introduzione la parte storica del passato e del presente con i successi raggiunti dall’Aviazione Italiana, che rappresentano un orgoglio nazionale, conclude Vincenzo Arcobelli, ideatore dell’evento e Rappresentante del Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all’estero (CGIE)”.

Celebrate Armed Forces Day in Your Neighborhood


American Legion

Post #15 is more than just a community service organization; it’s a pillar of support for veterans, local parishes, organizations, and the neighborhood. Located on “The Hill,” the original charter of the post dates back to 1926 and was rechartered on May 14, 1946, as “Rollo-Calcaterra Post #15” when the post was renamed to honor Emilio Rollo and Angelo Calcaterra.

As a 501c organization, their commitment to giving back to the community is unwavering. Through their various initiatives and outreach programs, Post #15 is dedicated to making a positive impact and improving the lives of veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces, and their families.

Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday of May, and this year you can honor this day by becoming more involved in Post #15. Head to their website for upcoming and annual events including post meetings, fundraisers, and more! You can also make donations and honor Legion members. To learn more visit:

Italy’s Population Declining & How To Help

Italy has been facing a decline in its population in recent years. According to the latest data, Italy’s population dropped by about 400,000 people in 2020 alone. The country’s low birth rate and aging population are some of the main factors contributing to this decline.

The government has taken various measures to address the issue, such as offering incentives for couples to have more children and welcoming immigrants to boost the population. However, these efforts may take time to show significant results.

It is natural to feel helpless in a situation like this, but there are steps we can take, as an Italian American community, to help! Italian Americans can take initiative

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Our Passionate Fr. Polizzi

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Monsignor Salvatore Polizzi passed away on Monday, April 24 into God’s eternal care. He had been in residence at Mother of Good Counsel Home for the last several months. He was 92 years old and had served as a pastor at St. Roch Parish for forty-plus years. We ask that you keep him and his family in your prayers. Thank you.

Business Spotlight: Mother’s Day Edition

Shop local for mom this Mother’s Day by grabbing a gift from Casual Mom Co! Casual Mom Co. was started in 2023 by Codie, a local mom of two who noticed a lack of quality casual wear represented online and decided to take initiative and do something about it!

Carrying a variety of quality casual wear including tees, hoodies, joggers, and more, Casual Mom Co. is on a mission to help support as many small businesses as possible. Across their website you’ll find an assortment of woman-owned, minorityowned, made in the USA, and handmade products you’ll feel good about buying.

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Louisa’s Creamy Tortellini, Bacon

Pasta Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

The perfect side dish for your next BBQ, potluck or Sunday dinner, this salad pairs smoky bacon with the blend of four cheeses in Louisa Tortellini and complements it with a light lemon parmesan dressing. It is summertime in a bowl!

20+ MIN | EASY| 4


Mother’s Day Mediterranean Dip

2 cans of artichokes

1 cup of mayonnaise

1 cup of Parmesan cheese

Chop up artichokes and add the ingredients and mix together. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with your choice of cracker.

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 every year to recognize the invaluable contributions of nurses to our healthcare system. This year’s theme is “Nurses: A Voice to LeadA Vision for Future Healthcare,” highlighting the crucial role that nurses play in shaping the future of healthcare.


1 Louisa Tricolor Cheese or Four Cheese


2/3 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup olive oil

1 lemon for 2 tbsp. lemon juice and ½ tbsp. lemon zest

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. white vinegar

¼ cup Parmesan, grated

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried chives

½ tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. garlic powder

A Special Note:

Shoutout to my mom, our business manager during this month of celebrating moms.

Carina Marino

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to reconnect with their roots and support cultural initiatives that promote Italian heritage. Additionally, we can contribute to the revitalization of Italy’s economy by investing in businesses and encouraging economic development.

How will you help support the regrowth of Italy’s population? Let us know by emailing

½ tsp. sugar

Salt and pepper, to taste

6 oz. bacon, thick-cut, cooked, chopped

1 cup frozen peas


Heat a large covered saucepan of unsalted water to boiling over high heat. Add Louisa Tricolor Cheese or Four Cheese Tortellini; stir gently. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes. Drain tortellini and cool completely.

In a medium bowl, whisk together wet and dry ingredients for the dressing. Place in the refrigerator and chill for 30 min. Combine cooked tortellini with bacon and peas. Toss with dressing until evenly coated.

We talked to Lisa Gandolfo, Nurse Navigator at Knights of Columbus Pediatric Developmental Center in Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, about her job, why she chose nursing, and what advice she has for those entering the field:

Q: What inspired you to become a nurse and what advice would you give to someone considering a career in nursing?

A: “Healthcare interested me. Nursing was the option that I chose, not only to take care of patients but also help with educating them to care for themselves. Nursing is a great career. There are so many things you can do within nursing and it is easy to change positions as your interests change.”

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job as a nurse?

A: “The most rewarding part of being a nurse for me is being able to help patients through a time when they think they are alone. Nurses work so hard to be a patient and family advocate. We are here to help when help is needed the most.”

Q: What are the biggest challenges you face as a nurse?

A: “The biggest change in nursing is finding

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Zia’s “on The Hill” Beef Soto

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Serves two


2-8oz. center-cut filets of beef

2 cups Zia’s white wine lemon butter sauce

1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp. cracked black pepper


Preheat the grill on medium-high heat. Cook steaks to liking, approximately 7 minutes on each side to prepare to a medium temperature. In a medium saucepan sauté garlic and pepper add mushrooms and white wine sauce to a simmer. Cook until mushrooms are tender. Pour prepared sauce over cooked beef and enjoy.

Anthonino’s Taverna’s Heating Instructions

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Be sure to remove all wrapping and cardboard, then bake pizza directly on the middle rack in the oven at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until cheese is melty and a little brown.


Simply unpack the frozen raviolis, place onto a baking sheet, and put in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes OR air fry on 400 for 5 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Top with grated Parmesan, dip in our famous marinara sauce, and enjoy!


Simply unpack the frozen raviolis, place them into boiling water for 4-5 minutes. Served with our famous marinara sauce, and enjoy!


Lasagna must be cooked from thawed. Allow 24 hours in the refrigerator to thaw. Bake covered on middle rack in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 15-20 minutes until cheese is blistering and golden brown.


Bake falafel on cookie sheet on middle rack in oven at 425 for 8-10 minutes OR air fry on 400 for 5 minutes.


Let thaw overnight in refrigerator, then simply drop prepackaged dolmathes in boiling water for 10 minutes.

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Continued from page 6 time for family. The position I am in now helps me to be with my family more. When working in the hospital as a staff nurse the shifts are longer and there is a nursing shortage so you often don’t get out of work on time. It is not a 9-5 job.”

Q: How do you balance the emotional toll of caring for patients with your own well-being? What do you do for selfcare, etc.?

A: “I try not to bring my work home with me. I don’t want my family to know everything that happens in the world that nurses experience. Spending time with my family is the most important thing to me.”

On International Nurses’ Day, and every day, make sure to thank and celebrate the nurses who help care for you and your loved ones every single day!

Teacher Appreciation Day

May 2, 2023 is National Teacher Appreciation Day, so let’s take a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication of our teachers who play a significant role in shaping our future. Whether it’s a simple thank you note or a thoughtful gift, let’s show our gratitude to these important figures in our lives!

We talked with Kris Doder, Executive Director at Sacred Heart Villa, and Sr. Bridget Smith, Kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart Villa and Director of Mission Advancement, about their careers as teachers, what advice they have for those wanting to become teachers, and more:

Q: When did you start teaching and what first inspired you to become a teacher? Has moving to administration changed this point of view for you at all?

Doder: “I started teaching in 1984 and my first job was at Holy Redeemer in Webster Groves. I was initially inspired to become a teacher because of my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Mooney. She was so creative and related to her students. I wanted to be like her. When I was a student teaching my senior year in college I was asked by a student if I could tell her about Jesus. My cooperating teacher in a public school looked at me and shook his head. I went up to the girl and told her she could ask me questions after school. This 4th grade girl changed the direction of my life. I had been applying to public schools, but I went back to my dorm and filled out applications for schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She inspired me to get involved in religious education.”

Q: What are some consistent qualities you see in incredible teachers?

Doder: “Great teachers know their students and interact with them on a daily basis. Teachers are more than someone who presents knowledge. A teacher is someone who provides creative provocations and interest centers to peak the curiosity of the learner. The teacher is a master at designing

a beautiful environment to naturally peak the senses of the child. Then the teacher sits back and observes the child learning and becoming independent. The teacher listens to the child as a story unfolds. This is the true joy that an incredible teacher sees each day with each child.”

Q: How do you encourage your students to become lifelong learners and pursue their goals?

Sr. Bridget: “I encourage each child to give their best effort, learn from their mistakes and be respectful of everyone. I model for them by sharing how I am still learning, discovering things, making mistakes, and learning from these. I share many stories about people who have pursued goals, worked hard and learned from their mistakes and persevered.”

Q: Can you share with us a memorable moment from your teaching career that you will never forget?

Sr. Bridget: “There are so many wonderful moments: the first time a child catches herself reading on her own, the moment a child identifies himself as being a child of God who is loved by God tremendously. I taught preparation for Reconciliation and First Communion for over 25 years which always holds a fond memory in my heart. On the other hand, I will never forget the tragic day of 9/11 when I taught in NYC a little over a mile from the World Trade Center and heard the second airplane flying low over us! I remember asking God to give me the grace to stay strong and brave for the children’s sake.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a teacher?

Doder: “I would offer a few words of wisdom or advice to new teachers. First, know if you are called to a ministry to share God’s love with others. Second, explore and figure out the age groups you want to teach. Finally, take time to listen and show each child that you care. Being at Sacred Heart Villa for the past 12 years has been a blessing. The young children share their love of Jesus with me and others. Education is a gift that lasts a lifetime. I am glad that I am part of this beautiful field and ministry.”

Sr. Bridget: “Be patient with yourself, your students, and their parents. A teacher is not one who knows it all, but one who knows that each child has potential. A child is not one to be molded but one to be unfolded.”

Do you have a teacher who has drastically impacted your life? Write them a “thank you” note and we will publish it! Email to

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DiGregorio’s Italian Market’s Salsiccia Panina

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6 links DiGregorio mild Salsiccia

1 lb Frozen Bread dough

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 med Onion

1 lg Green Pepper

14 oz Carmelina Cherry Tomatoes

2 tbsp Chopped Garlic

1/4 tsp Oregano

1/4 cup 00 Flour


Heat oven to 400°

In a large skillet, fry the salsiccia evenly until cooked through. * Set aside. On a cutting board, sprinkle the 00 flour. Roll out dough ¼” thick. Cut into 6 – 5×5 squares. Place a link of Salsiccia into the center of the dough square. Wrap salsiccia “in a blanket”. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Brush evenly with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. While the salsiccia is baking, sauté the onions, green peppers, and garlic until tender. Add tomatoes and oregano. Garnish panina with mixture and serve. * Salsiccia may also be grilled.

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