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SONS OF ITALY NEWS

JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE

GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS New England’s Largest Italian-American Newspaper Email: newspaper@osiama.org • Website: www.osiama.org

VOL. XC - NO. 1

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015

(ISSN 0038-1446)

Massachusetts Education and Law Awards

The Honorable Robert B. Calagione Justice Award For the second year, the Commission for Social Justice and the Scholarship Commission, both under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, are combining their signature events into one day, honoring the most prestigious Italian American leaders and students throughout the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge. This combined event, known as the Massachusetts Education and Law Awards, will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Wyndham Boston Andover in Andover, Massachusetts. The Commission for Social Justice is pleased and honored to announce the following recipients of this year’s awards. The “Justice Award” recipient is The Honorable Robert B. Calagione. Judge Calagione is an Associate Justice in the Westborough District Court and First Justice of the Milford District Court. He graduated from Georgetown University, and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate at Suffolk University Law School. He served as a private practice attorney for 21 years and as a clerk magistrate for three years before being appointed to the bench in 2001. He was appointed as Associate Justice in the Westborough District Court in 2001, and First Justice of the Milford District Court in 2004, and currently presides in both courts. Judge

Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr. Law Enforcement Award

Calagione is a member of the Education Committee and Case Flow Management Committee of the District Court Department. He also serves as a mentor for new and current judicial members of the District Court. He is known and respected by district attorneys, law enforcement, and private attorneys for his fairness, demeanor, and temperament. The recipient of the “Law Enforcement Award” is Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr., Chief of the Woburn Police Department. He graduated from Northeastern University and Suffolk University Law School, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Chief Ferullo has served in the Woburn Police Department since 1980, rose through the ranks and served as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and was finally promoted to Chief on October 1, 2011. Since becoming Chief, Ferullo has become known across the state for his dedication to the juvenile justice system and substance abuse education and prevention. He is an active participant in the Heroin Education Awareness Taskforce (HEAT) program, which seeks to educate the public about heroin use and abuse, and works to ensure treatment for addicts, especially given the recent rise in heroin related overdoses. He is also involved with the Clean Start program,

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone Public Service Award

which gives second chances to juvenile drug offenders. Chief Ferullo has received many awards, including multiple commendations from the State House, and recognition from the Woburn School Department for his efforts to improve school safety and for his service to the youth of the city of Woburn. The recipient of the “Public Service Award” is Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of the City of Somerville. Currently serving a historic sixth term as Mayor, Curtatone was first elected in 2003 after serving as an Alderman At Large for eight years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. As Mayor, he has implemented a number of programs and reforms that have earned Somerville many regional and national distinctions, such as the “Best Run City in Massachusetts” from Boston Globe Magazine, one of the “100 Best Communities for Youth” by America’s Promise Alliance, and one of ten “All America City” awards in 2009 from the National Civic League. He has spearheaded reforms for the city’s police department, and created Neighborhood Impact Teams to monitor and improve the health, safety,

Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito Toastmaster

and appearance of the city’s business and residential neighborhoods. Delegates from other communities locally and internationally have modeled some of the city’s programs, such as the SomerStat program (which harnesses data to evaluate, improve and increase the efficiency of city services), and a comprehensive 311 constituent services program. Under his leadership, the city has also gained national recognition for its “Shape Up Somerville” effort with Tufts University, which aims to reduce instances of childhood obesity. Mayor Curtatone has served as President of the Massachusetts Mayor’s Association, a member of the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities, and a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Association. The Toastmaster for the event is Lieutenant Governor Karyn E. Polito. Lieutenant Governor Polito is a member of Worcester Lodge # 168, and was the recipient of the Commission for Social Justice’s Public Service Award in 2011. A former State Representative in the Eleventh Worcester District for 10 years, Polito was the driving force behind many key pieces of legislation, including the establishment of minimum mandatory sentencing for sex offenders, cracking down on drunk drivers, closing school registration

loopholes for missing children, requiring defibrillators in public schools, and strengthening the experience requirements for young drivers. She plans to focus her efforts as Lieutenant Governor on topics such as homelessness, domestic violence, and empowering women. The public servants and scholarship recipients honored during this event are shining examples of the hard work and achievements characteristic of the Italian American community. We hope that we can provide a unique opportunity for the recognized students to witness and celebrate the successes of accomplished professionals, and for the Law and Justice awardees to meet and inspire the best of the younger generation. For the attendees and their families, this event will be the most impressive that the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has to offer, and will encourage future participation in the Sons of Italy. The Scholarship Commission is currently in the process of choosing this year’s recipients, who will be highlighted individually in a future edition of the Sons of Italy News. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit our website’s “Events” page at osiama.org/events or contact the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts at 617-489-5234.

101st Annual State Convention When: Thursday, June 11 - Sunday, June 14 Where: Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis 35 Scudder Avenue Hyannis, MA


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SONS of ITALY NEWS Pamela Donnaruma, Editor

NO. 1 - JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2015 90TH YEAR OF PUBLICATION The Sons of Italy News (ISSN 0038-1446) is published bi-monthly by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Order Sons of Italy in America, a fraternal non-profit organization with offices at 93 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. Phone (617) 489-5234. All manuscripts, photos, art work and editorial material should be type written and emailed to newspaper@osiama.org or mailed to Editor, Sons of Italy News - 93 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. Photo and copy will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope and return postage. Closing date for publication is January 10, March 10, May 10, July 10, September 10, November 10. Photos should be clear and sharp and people must be identified on a separate sheet. Direct all subscription correspondence, orders, change of addresses, etc., to Sons of Italy News, Subscription Dept., 93 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. Subscription price is $2.00 per year. When changing address, please allow six weeks advance notice. Send old address (clip address from past issue) along with new address. Please include lodge name and zip code. Periodical postage paid at Boston, MA, and additional mailing offices. Postmaster, address corrections requested — send to Sons of Italy News, 93 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. STATE COUNCIL CARMELITA BELLO State President ANTONIO SESTITO State First Vice President RONALD HILL State Second Vice President JAMES DI STEFANO Immediate Past President DENISE FURNARI State Orator MARIE JACKSON State Recording Secretary MARGARET OLIVIERI State Financial Secretary DR. JOHN CHRISTOFORO State Treasurer

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The

President’s

Message

from Carmelita Bello

My dear Brothers and Sisters: What a long, distressing winter we have experienced this year. Thankfully, spring cannot be too far behind. We are blessed to have the changing of the seasons and the ability to look to the future for better times. As with the seasons, the Sons of Italy is at a time of change. This year the Filial, Grand, and Supreme lodges will nominate and elect officers for the future good of the Order. Those you elect will lead us for the next two years. Choose wisely, and do not only listen to what the candidates say, but investigate what they have accomplished, how they interact with members, and their style of leadership. Our Order is no different than any other organization. For us to survive and prosper, we need leaders with vision, integrity, and honesty, as well as an open and transparent method of operating. We need people who put the Order ahead of their own self-interest or need to dominate. I urge all interested members to go to osiama.org/documents where you can find the by-laws that clearly indicate the duties of each office and the required eligibility. One of the benefits of the lodge structure is the opportunity for our members to hone their leadership skills

by participating in meetings, organizing functions, running for office, and working as a member of a team. The Grand Lodge is comprised of the delegates you elect, the State Council, Benefit Insurance Commissioners, Presidents or Chairpersons of Permanent Commissions, and Past State Presidents. There are four distinct entities that comprise the Grand Lodge: The Grand Lodge oversees the general fund and the three entities below. When not in session, the State Council has authority to exercise executive powers. Executive actions taken, including ordering the creation of additional corporations or entities must be approved by the State Council and subsequently submitted to the next state convention for ratification by the Grand Lodge. The Benefit Insurance Commission is partially elected at the state convention and partially appointed. It’s comprised of nine members who are responsible for the administration of the Commission’s funds according to regulations established by the Grand Lodge. The Charitable and Educational Trust consists of appointed commissioners who are responsible for investment oversight, awarding scholarships, and approving other charitable donations. Fraternally, Carmelita Bello, State President

The OSIA Trust of 1985 manages the building at 93 Concord Avenue in Belmont where the Grand Lodge office is located. There are also other office spaces that are leased in the building. All four entities report to and are responsible to the Grand Lodge. Every year in the convention book the financial statements for all four entities are published. There is a lot of information in the financial statements. The success of each entity affects the per capita tax that every member must pay. It is the duty of each delegate that you elect to understand the financial information and how each entity interacts. There is an opportunity to vote every two years. Your vote matters regarding who you choose to send to the state convention, because their vote will impact our Order not only for the next two years, but for the next generation. It is with regret that I inform you I am not seeking re-election as State President due to time constraints and outside obligations. It’s been an honor to serve you and to work with the members of the Order on your behalf. I will continue to strive for excellence during the remainder of my term. I hope you enjoy the upcoming spring holidays. They can’t get here fast enough.

Miei Cari Fratelli E Sorelle, Questo inverno e’ stato un’esperienza penosa. Per fortuna la Primavera si sta avvicinando. E’ come una benedizione, vedere il cambio delle stagioni e guardare lontano verso tempi migliori. Cosi’ come cambiano le stagioni cambia anche il nostro Ordine. Quest’anno tutte le Logge, locali, statali e nazionale, sceglieranno ed eleggeranno dirigenti per il buon futuro dell’Ordine. Gli eletti ci guideranno per i prossimi due anni. Fate una scelta giudiziosa e non limitatevi ad ascoltare solo i candidati, ma riflettete sui risultati che loro hanno con seguito, in che maniera si sono comportati coi membri, ed il loro stile di leader. Il nostro Ordine non e’ invero diverso da altre organizzazioni. Per poter noi sopra vivere e prosperare abbiamo bisogno di dirigenti che hanno una visione, integrita’ ed onesta’ come pure atteggiamenti aperti trasparenti di come darsi da fare. Abbia mo invero bisogno di persone che siano capaci di lavorare per il bene dell’Ordine piuttosto che fare il loro intereste personale, ed agire in maniera dittatoriale. Io sento il bisogno urgente di esortare i membri interessati a riferirsi al sito web (osiama. org/documents) dove trovare l’intero Statuto (By-Laws) che spiega, con chiarezza, quali sono i doveri e le responsabilita’ di ciascuna carica e la relativa eligibilita’. Uno dei benefici della struttura di una loggia e’ l’opportunita’ dei nostri mem-

bri di poter perfezionare le qualita’ di leader partecipando a riunioni, organizzando attivita’, candidarsi ad una carica, e lavorare come membri di un gruppo. La Gran Loggia e’ composta dai delegati eletti (dai membri della loggia), dal Consiglio Statale, dai membri della Commissione Benefici Assicurativi, dai Presidenti, o dirigenti delle Commissioni Permanenti, e dagli Ex Presidenti. Ci sono quindi quattro distinti livelli che compongono la Gran Loggia. La Gran Loggia superintende al fondo generale e alle tre entita’ subalterne. Quando non e’ in seduta regolare il Consiglio Statale puo’ responsabilmente esercitare poteri e secutivi. Le entita’ devono essere approvate dal Consiglio Statale e poi sottoposte per la ratifica della Gran Loggia al successivo Congresso Statale. La ‘Benefit Insurance Commission’ e’ parzialmente eletta al Congresso Statale e parzialmente nominata. E’ composta di nove membri che sono responsabili dell’amministrazione dei fondi della Commissione, in base alle regole redatte dalla Gran Loggia. Il ‘C & E Trust ( il fondo fiduciario di opere caritatevoli ed educative) si compone di membri ‘commissari di nomina’ che sono responsabili di super sedere ai fondi investiti, assegna reborse di studio, ed approvare fondi devoluti ad opere caritatevoli. Il ‘fondo fiduciario OSIA del Fraternamente, Carmelita Bello, Presidente Statale

1985’ gestisce la sede dell’ Ordine: 93 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA, dove si trovano gli uffici della Gran Loggia. Esistono anche nello stesso edificio locali affittati ad altri enti (estranei). Le quattro entita’ dipendono e sono responsabili alla Gran Loggia.Ogni anno nel bollettino del Congresso Statale sono pubblicati gli atti finanziari delle quattro entita’ .In questi atti (finanziari ci sono vaste informazioni. Il successo di ciascuna delle quattro entita’ si riflette sulla ‘per capite’ tassa che ciascun membro paga. E’ il dovere di ciascun delegato eletto comprendere i dati finanziari ed il comportamento di ciascuna entita’. C’e’ l’opportunita’ da un po’ di votare ogni due anni. Il voto di ciascuno ha molto valore in relazione del voto ad un candidato al Congresso Statale, poiche’ il voto puo’ avere ripercussioni nel nostro Ordine, non solo per i prossimi due anni ma anche per la prossima generazione. Mi rincresce informare tutti i membri dell’ Ordine che non mi presento da candidata alla rielezione per il secondo mandato, dovuto a strettezze di tempo disponibile e ad obblighi al di fuori dell’Ordine. E’ stato un onore avervi servito ed aver lavorato coi membri dell’Ordine, nel vostro interesse solo. Continuero’ ad adoperarmi per risultati eccellenti fino al termine del mio mandato. Spero vi godiate le prossime festivita’ della stagione primaverile.

COMMISSIONERS JOSEPH BONCORE, ESQ. - DAVID COVUCCI - BRIAN MC NAMARA MARK MOBILIO - VINCENT PERRI - ROSS ZAGAMI CHAIRMEN OF PERMANENT COMMISSIONS BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMISSION ARTHUR BENNETT

MAGAZINE COMMISSION PAMELA DONNARUMA MEMBERSHIP COMMISSION RON HILL

CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL TRUST ANGELO ROSSI

ORGANIZATION AND EDUCATION COMMISSION ANTONIO SESTITO

CHARITY COMMISSION CAROL ROSSI HISTORICAL COMMISSION THERESA FARINA ITALIAN CULTURE COMMISSION JOAN D’ARGENIS

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMISSION MICHELLE DI PLACIDO SCHOLARSHIP COMMISSION DONNA GIULIANI COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE ALBERT DE NAPOLI, ESQ.

JUDICIARY COMMISSION PHILIP PRIVITERA

SPORTS COMMISSION STEVEN CEDRONE

JUNIOR DIVISION COMMISSION STATE DEPUTY CHARLES DE STEFANO MARY COOPER NATIONAL OFFICERS JOSEPH A. RUSSO, National First Vice President JAMES DI STEFANO, National Recording Secretary ANTHONY J. PANAGGIO JR., National Historian FLORENCE FERULLO KANE, National Trustee PHILIP R. BONCORE, ESQ., National Past President ALBERT DE NAPOLI, ESQ., National Foundation Trustee PHILIP PRIVITERA, ESQ., National Foundation Trustee

GRAND LODGE EVENTS APRIL 26, 2015

Bowling Tournament Woburn Bowladrome, Woburn, MA

MAY 3, 2015

Massachusetts Education and Law Awards (MELA) Wyndham Boston Andover, Andover, MA

JUNE 11-14, 2015

State Convention Resort and Conference Center Hyannis, MA

For more information on these events, call the Grand Lodge office at 617-489-5234 - or check the Grand Lodge Events section of the website: www.osiama.org

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CHARITY COMMISSION Year in Review by Carol Rossi The Commission began their 2014 efforts by sending Valentines to over 150 of our shut-in members. The cards were well received by the recipients, as evidenced by the many thank you messages we received from the shut-in member or their family. It expresses to these honored members that they are remembered with love and affection and appreciated for their years of membership in the Order. If your Lodge has not taken advantage of this service by the Commission, we urge you to do so for the benefit of these oft-forgotten members. The Commission has also sent many cards this year to members who were seriously ill, facing surgery, were recently confined to a nursing home or rehab facility, or sustained the loss of a family member. This “sunshine” service was announced at the 100th Annual State Convention as a way to honor all of our local Lodge members, who have helped make the Grand Lodge successful over the last 100 years, by sending sympathy, get well, and “thinking of you” messages to all members in need. If your Lodge has not availed itself of this service, we encourage you to do so, as the cards have thus

Columbus Day Parade in East Boston. A four foot by five-foot poster showing lodges’ charitable giving through the Grand Lodge for the last 10 years — totaling over $1,000,000 — was mounted on a truck that traveled the parade route. This figure does not include monies donated for scholarships or additional monies given individually by local lodges to charities. This poster acted as a great “spokesperson” for our Order. Many people along the parade route commented on our accomplishments and many indicated that they had “no idea that we were a charitable organization.” This accomplishment would not be possible without you, the members of our local lodges. We extend a big “thank you” to all our Lodges for your generous support our charities, both at Convention and through your own lodges. In November, members were informed that the Charity Commission, through the Charitable and Educational Trust, is sponsoring various programs hosted by the Special Olympics. These programs include bowling, soccer, and bocce tournaments in which special Olympians of all ages compete. The Special Olympics are in need of both

Residents of the Casa Monte Cassino with visitors from the Grand Lodge.

(L-R): Maurizio (husband of Casa Monte Cassino Director Alpha Paradella), Charity Commission Chairman Carol Rossi, and Charitable and Educational Trust Chairman Angelo Rossi at the Casa Monte Cassino Christmas Party.

York, from the Dominican Republic, with mother Lisa and Santa.

Santa with Alpha Paradella (far left), husband Maurizio (far right), and their children. far been well received. Members can submit information about a member in need via a form in the Charity Commission section of our website at osiama. org/charity or, if absolutely necessary, information may be submitted via telephone. In October, the Charity Commission represented the Grand Lodge by participating in the

event volunteers and monetary sponsorships. We look forward to partnering with this organization and once again, we thank all of our Lodges for their support of these deserving Olympians. The year culminated with two fabulous and rewarding events. (Continued on Page 4) Resident Deana, Santa, and Charity Commission Chairman Carol Rossi at the Casa Monte Cassino Christmas Party. Alpha Paradella, Director of the Casa Monte Cassino, and State President Carmelita Bello.

Casa Monte Cassino resident Deana, from Bolivia, with mother Sandy and Santa.

Julio, from Chile, with mother Ana and Santa.

Marco, from the Philippines, with mother Michelle and Santa.


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CRUST: 3 cups flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Residents at the North End Nursing Home enjoying a visit from Santa.

Santa (Bob “Ollie” Oliverio) and Ross Zagami at the North End Nursing Home Christmas Party. The first, on Saturday, December 6th, was the annual North End Nursing Home Christmas party. There were about 50 residents in attendance, all eagerly awaiting our visit. DJ and musician Ross Zagami livened up the group with many Christmas carols and Italian melodies. Many of the residents sang along and some even sang solo! Lisa, the Activities Director, was also inspired during the sing-along, even serenading with Santa, played by “Ollie” Oliverio. The residents, no matter the age, look forward to Santa’s visit and of course, enjoy receiving the gifts we bring. Santa, assisted by elf Mia MacLean, handed out the gifts and cookies, which were generously devoured by the residents. This party is such a wonder-

ful event and brings such joy to the residents, many of whom no longer have family nearby or others to visit with them. It is indeed a blessing to take a bit of time during the holiday season to brighten the lives of these dear ones. The party is open to any member of our lodges and we invite you to attend next year’s party. The last event of the year was our first-ever Christmas party at the Casa Monte Cassino on Saturday, December 15. What a very exciting party this was as we visited with the five young people undergoing treatment who were there with one or more of their parents: York (16) with his mother Lisa from the Dominican Republic, Jin Lei (9) with his dad from China, Deana (14) with mother Sandy from Bolivia, Marco (10) with mother Michelle from the Philippines, and Julio (18) with mother Ana from Chile. Although none of the young people (with the exception of Julio) spoke Eng-

A resident at the North End Nursing Home receiving a gift from Santa.

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lish, there was no problem with communicating the purpose of the party or the joy of the season. We arrived with homebaked desserts, and the Casa provided us a wonderful lunch of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella,

Place flour in a bowl. Add sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut l/2 cup of butter into flour until evenly distributed. Gradually add slightly beaten egg yolks. Mix to form piecrust. Some cold water may be added if needed to complete piecrust. Set aside a few minutes before rolling out piecrust (not too thin) and place in pie plate. Place ricotta cheese, sugar, citron (optional), vanilla and cinnamon (optional) in a separate bowl. Add slightly beaten egg whites and mix thoroughly until smooth. Do not whip. Gently pour ricotta cheese mixture over piecrust. Bake in preheated 400°F oven for ten minutes. Lower to 350°F. Bake until firm, approximately forty to forty-five minutes. To dry any extra liquids in the pie, shut off oven and leave pie in oven with door open for fifteen extra minutes. Length of baking time may vary depending on liquid consistency of ricotta cheese. NOTE: As a child, I sat on my perch (the wooden icebox) in the family bakery where I watched the bakers work. On Holy Saturday afternoon, when all the bread had been baked, I waited to watch Mama and Aunt Lena make two large 12-inch Ricotta Cheese Pies. After filling the pie shells, I watched them roll out 1 1/4-inch strips of remaining piecrust and saw them create the lattice topping over each pie. It gave those pies such a festive look even before baking.

LODGE NEWS Santa (Bob “Ollie” Oliverio) and “elf” Mia MacLean (granddaughter of Angelo and Carol Rossi). tomato and basil sandwiches! We came with gifts that Santa (again played by “Ollie”) distributed to the residents, their parents, Alpha Paradella (the Director of the Casa), Maurizio (her husband), and Ana, an assistant at the Casa. The Casa presented us with bottles of Casa Monte Cassino wine made by Maurizio. We were unable to obtain a musician for the event, but no problem – the children of Alpha and Maurizio, and Julio, one of the residents, provided us with guitar music and singing. We came to the Casa party bearing gifts and food with the intention of spreading holiday cheer to those far from their homeland during the holidays; we left with more blessings than we brought, with more joy than we spread and with a renewed sense of awe for the Casa for its dedication to the needs of a hurting humanity. We extend our blessings to everyone for a happy, healthy new year.

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Missy Colbert (dressed as “Mary”), granddaughter of member Betty Colbert, and her family dressed for the pageant. The Walpole-Foxboro Regional Lodge #2641 hosted their annual Family Christmas Party on Sunday December 7, 2014. As per tradition, they had their Christmas pageant.

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Lisa, Activities Director at the North End Nursing home, with Santa.


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BRAINTREE LADIES LODGE #1422 Enjoying the Season! by Angela Geso

Two fun events helped make the winter a little brighter at the Braintree Ladies Lodge #1422. In December, the Annual Christmas Party featured a full course roast pork dinner plus entertainment by the Andy Voelker Trio and a traditional Yankee Swap. In January, the Lodge tried something new: a Saturday brunch meeting. After enjoying an elegant brunch buffet, members learned from Clare Donoghue of the Traveling Art Party how to make colorful, unique wine glasses with craft paint and a little imagination.

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LODGE NEWS Worcester Lodge #168 Celebrates Christmas by Maria Sciannameo, EdD Worcester Lodge #168 held its Christmas party on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Ann Center. Michael & Maria’s Catering provided a wonderful meal of Italian wedding soup, antipasto salad, pasta, roasted chicken, potatoes, and vegetables along with coffee and dessert to more than 150 attendees, including lodge members, Grand Lodge members, friends, and families. Lodge Chaplain Msgr. F. Stephen Pedone gave the blessing before the meal. Members collected socks, hats, gloves, scarves, and sweaters for needy men, women, and children. Members also donated nonperishable food items to the Mt. Carmel - St. Ann food pantry, which provides food to the many needy residents of the community. Everyone appreciated the opportunity to give to this effort, which was coordinated by Sister Elena Olivieri. It was a great success and an opportunity for all to share the wonders of the Christmas season! In addition to Christmas music, the evening’s festivities included music of all types provided by DJ Vincent Simarano. Music and dancing were enjoyed by everyone attending. The yearly50/50 candy guessing game was held, and the lucky winner welcomed the unexpected gift. Guests had fun taking turns making guesses, each costing a dollar, at how many pieces of candy were in a large vase. It was great time watching everyone wonder and anticipate who would win the candy and half of the money.

Members of Worcester Lodge #168 and guests enjoying the holiday festivities. This year Frank Sciannameo won and shared the candy with his many friends. Congratulations! Several raffles were also available, ranging from carefully and lovingly decorated baskets designed by lodge members and filled with various goodies, to gift certificates and cards donated by members and by local businesses. Local businesses The Home Depot, Lowes Home Improvement Store, Wexford House Restaurant, and The PAW Shop generously supported Worcester Lodge #168 by donating baskets, gift cards, and gift certificates. The proceeds go to the Worcester Lodge #168 Scholarship Fund. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed! Three Sciannameo sisters, Vittoria Mastrocola, Caterina Valentine, and Maria (Gina) Sciannameo coordinated this year’s event with a wonderful crew of helpers, including Vittoria Visci, Ginger Rinaldi, Rose Mikitarian, Elena Olivieri,

Rosalyn Consiglio, and Frances Carlson, as well as Mt. Carmel’s custodians Frank Heffron and Glenn McGregor. Without the help of these dedicated helpers, the event would not be successful. The Lodge thanks everyone who was involved. During the festivities, CoChair Maria Sciannameo introduced the members of the Grand Lodge who attended, including State President Carmelita Bello, State Trustee MaryAnn Bello, and State Scholarship Commission Chairman Donna Giuliani. The Lodge was happy they could attend and hopes they had an enjoyable time. The evening was wonderful and everyone had a great time. Everyone was blessed with this great opportunity to share some good will. A heartfelt “thank you” goes to all who helped and supported this event in any way. Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s party! (L-R): Christmas Party Co-Chairs (the Sciannameo Sisters): Maria Sciannameo, Caterina Valentine, and Vittoria Mastrocola

Members of Worcester Lodge #168 and guests enjoying the holiday festivities.

(L-R): Frances Carlson, Rosalyn Consiglio, Elena Olivieri, and Rose Mikitarian. Not pictured: Vittoria Visci, Ginger Rinaldi. Members of Worcester Lodge #168 and guests enjoying the holiday festivities. Members of Worcester Lodge #168 enjoying the holiday festivities.

Members of Worcester Lodge #168 and guests enjoying the holiday festivities.

Members of Worcester Lodge #168 and guests enjoying the holiday festivities.

Party Caterers Maria and Michael O’Connor.

Members of Worcester Lodge #168 and guests enjoying the holiday festivities.

Members of Worcester Lodge #168 and guests enjoying the holiday festivities.


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Wishing All Health, Happiness, and Prosperity FROM YOUR

BENEFIT INSURANCE COMMISSION

Marjorie Cahn Treasurer

Anthony Panaggio, Jr. President

Paul DiBona Secretary

Joseph Boncore, Esq. Commissioner

David Covucci Commissioner

Brian McNamara Commissioner

Mark Mobilio Commissioner

Vincent Perri Commissioner

Ross Zagami Commissioner

IN SERVICE FOR YOUR BENEFIT AND THE BENEFIT OF THE ORDER


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LODGE NEWS

Regina Margherita Di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 Celebrates Fabulous First Year by Carol Rossi

The lodge started the second half of its year together in January 2014 with a Comedy Night that was not only very well at-

tended, but also brought a lot of laughs — even with the snow swirling outside. In February, they crowned

their lodge “Meatball Champ” (Linda Fourau x) who then went on to compete against the champs of the Burlington,

Wobu r n L ad ies, Bi l ler ic a, Wilmington, and Wakefield lodges to be crowned the overall “Meatball Champion.” Although

Linda did not win in the finals, the evening was great fun and profitable for all the lodges involved.

— An Evening of “Doo Wop” —

(L-R): The “GL Chefs”: Marieanne and Tony Sestito, Florence Ferullo Kane, Michelle DiPlacido, and Steven Cedrone.

Members of The Senior Tones providing the “doo wop” music. Some “Doo Wop-ers” having fun!

Members enjoying the “Doo Wop” night.

An evening of “Doo Wop” with The Senior Tones on April 12, 2014 provided another very successful fundraiser for the lodge. Besides great food provided by “GL Chefs” Tony and Marianne Sestito, Florence Kane, Michelle DiPlacido, and Steve Cedrone, prizes were awarded to the best representations of 50s and 60s dress. The event was so successful that it will be back by popular demand on Saturday, May 2,

Some “Doo Wop-ers” having fun! 2015. For information, contact Florence Kane at 617-8777285 or Nadia Mummolo at 978-443-9479.

A singer from The Senior Tones.

— First Anniversary —

Member Bob “Ollie” Oliverio with guest speaker Tony DeMarco at the Lodge’s First Anniversary celebration.

The L odge celebrated the f irst anniversary as the merged Belmont Mixed and Waltham Ladies Lodges on May 8, 2014. The tables were beautifully decorated in purple and gold with perky golden daffodils in purple watering cans. The Lodge was honored to have Tony DeMarco as its guest speaker, as well as many guests from the Grand Lodge and other filial lodges. Thank you to all who honored us with their presence on this great occasion.

Attendees enjoying the Lodge’s First Anniversary celebrations.

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Attendees enjoying the Lodge’s First Anniversary celebrations.

— Italian Festa —

Committee member Carol Rossi on the grandstand at the first ever Italian Festa.

O n M a y 3 0 , 2 014, t h e Lodge embarked on a great f undra isi ng endeavor to suppor t our cha r it ies a nd s c hol a r s h ip s — t he f i r st annual Italian Festa — held on the Waltham Common. The festival began with the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard escorting the Festa Committee to the podium. Throughout the day, entertainment was prov ided by va r ious loc a l entertainers: Alan LaBella, Ross Zagami, Italo, Amici della Musica Italiana, Stradella, Ricordi D’Italia dance troupe, Steven Savio, and Commedia dell’Arte’s Pazzi Lazzi troupe, as well as appearances by

— A Little R&R — Tony DeMarco, “Anthony” of Prince Spaghetti fame, and winners of the Waltham Boys and Girls Club “Idol” contest. There were over 80 vendors and the event was attended by 5,0 0 0 to 6,0 0 0 people. Participants not only sampled the delights from more than 18 food vendors, but a lso da nced a nd sa ng a long to the music of the entertainers. Children were enter ta ined with many amusement rides, balloon art, face painting, children’s crafts, fi re trucks, “Kermit the Frog” and a train that circled the Common. The Festa’s major sponsor was Filippo Berio.

During the summer, the Festa and Social Planning Committees were still very much active and enjoyed some “R&R” while planning the calendar for the rest of the 2014 and beginning of the 2015 season. The September meeting started with the initiation of six new members and a welcome back ice cream social.

Members of the planning committees taking a little summer “R&R” before beginning to plan the Lodge’s next events.

— Lasagna Cook-off — The Lodge held yet another cook-off in October to crown a new champion for the next joint Lodge fundraiser. This time, Nadia Mummolo was crowned the “Lasagna Champ” for the Lodge. Although she did not win the main competition, the Lodge enjoyed another successful joint event with the Billerica, Woburn Ladies, Wilmington, and Wakef ield Lodges. The Lodge did have a “winner” at the event — Carol Rossi won $250 on the 50/50 raff le. It wasn’t hard to tell she was excited!

Carol Rossi, winner of the 50/50 raffle at the inter-lodge Lasagna Cook-off.

— Wine & Cheese Tasting Tour — The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard.

Members enjoying the wine and cheese tasting tour.

One of the many performance groups at the first ever Italian Festa.

Although Nadia was not the winner of the contest, she did put together another “winning” trip in November — a museum and wine/cheese tasting tour. The first stop on the tour was the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, followed by a tour of the Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in

Lee, New Hampshire. The group had a very informative tour that explained the fermenting and distilling processes thoroughly, and they also enjoyed the sampling immensely. And what goes best with wine? From the winery, they (Continued on Page 10)


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traveled to Amesbury, Massachusetts, to tour Wolf Meadow Farm, a “caseificio” (Italian cheese factory). The tour was conducted by Luca, the casaro (cheese maker) who was very proud of his cheeses, all-handmade, from his “special ladies” (the cows!). The last stop on the wine/ cheese tour was back in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where everyone enjoyed had a sumptuous feast at Radici Restaurant. Their website states: “We invite you to get back to the ‘roots’ of ‘la dolce vita’. The ‘good life’ should be about simple pleasures: time together with family and friends with fabulous food, wine, music, and art. A presto! Ci vediamo!” They were not in error. A fabulous time was had by everyone at tend i ng. Enter t a i nment was even provided by a magician who was hired by Mario Mummolo for Nadia’s birthday. Because our November meeting had much business to accompl ish, t he L odge’s annual, much-sought after “turkey” races were postponed until next year.

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Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071

Holiday Luncheon by Dottie D’Onofrio

Members enjoying the wine and cheese tasting tour.

(L-R): Seated: Peggy Pacifico, Dottie D’Onofrio, and Teresa McNamara. Standing: Anne Todino-McNeff, Lucille Conforti, Bette Federico, Babe Giangregorio, Dee Guida, and Ellie Hargreaves. Christmas festivities, including good food and a Santa swap saw the ladies of the Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071 gathered to wish one another a very Merry Christmas at their luncheon meeting. We have been very fortunate to continue to be active and be able to honor our select charities and scholarship awards program this past year, despite a decline in the lodge membership. We are looking forward to another successful year and send fraternal best wishes to everyone for 2015.

Wakefield Lodge #1734 Hosts Two Christmas Parties by Sharon Nikosey

(L-R): Lodge Immediate Past President Arthur Guardia, Lodge President Paula Sasso, and Lodge Vice President James Marino show some of the toys collected from Lodge members for the annual Toys for Tots drive. On Thursday, December 4, 2014, members of the Wakefield Lodge #1734 hosted their annual Christmas Party for a group of students from the Wakefield Public Schools at the Crystal Community Club. The party included games, music, lunch and a visit from Santa.DJ James DiNanno was a clear hit! It was a fun day for both the children who attended and the members who got to be Santa’s elves. The Lodge extends special thanks to Chairperson Patricia Ectman and the many Lodge members who significantly helped organize and fund the event, as well as Meletharb’s Ice Cream, Wakefield House of Pizza, and the Crystal Community Club. At their regular December meeting, the Lodge celebrated Christmas by collected several large bags of toys for the Toys for Tots drive. This has become an annual fundraiser for the group, who enjoy helping out in the community. The meeting was catered by Jade Gourmet of Wakefield, and members enjoyed quite an assortment of Chinese dishes. Members enjoying the wine and cheese tasting tour.

— Christmas Party — Amid blue and silver snowflake decorations on the table, a twinkling Christmas tree, a delicious buffet from The Chateau, a Christmas trivia game (again with great prizes), and a visit from Santa, the Lodge ended 2014 with a great Christmas party — complete with a generous collection of $500 given to the Waltham Boys and Girls Club to complete the “wish lists” of needy families in the community. From our lodge to yours — best wishes for a happy, successful, and charitable new year.

Italian Festa at WALTHAM COMMON Saturday, May 30th from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Rain date: Sunday, May 31st)

WANTED: Vendors (Food & Non), Crafters, Sponsors Proceeds support Alzheimer’s, Cooley’s Anemia, Autism and local charities and scholarships

HOSTED BY

Regina Margherita di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 (Waltham) of the Order Sons of Italy For more information, contact Carol @ 508-855-0124 or rmlmixed@gmail.com, www.rmlmixed.org/Festa Members enjoying the Christmas festivities.


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TEWKSBURY LODGE #2872

After Christmas Dinner Dance by Chris Parrella On Friday, January 9, 2015, Tewksbury Lodge #2872 held its first After Christmas Dinner Dance. This function, with more than two hundred people in attendance, was held as a social event and to raise money for the lodge’s charitable fund. Che bella serata!

Carmine and Teresa DeFilippo

(L-R): Linda and Vito Aiello (ballando mostrano il loro amore)

(L-R): Pasquale and Robin Caruso (L-R): Kathy Anderson, Joan Tashjian, and Tony Ippolito (pasta e polpette in abbondanza)

(L-R): Maria DiCiaccio and Joel Deputat

(L-R): Barbara Parrella and Kathy Anderson (il pane é pronto)

(L-R): Kathy Anderson, Malcolm Anderson, Kathy Dell’Arciprete, Anthony Morello, and Edward Embriano

(L-R): Front: Lodge President George Iannuzzo and Mary Iannuzzo. Back: Charles Coppola and Paola Coppola

(L-R): Rosemarie and Tony Tedesco

(L-R): Salvatore DiDomenico, Joseph Mazzola, and Tony Ippolito (Sono sicuri che la pasta é cotta al dente) (L-R): Lodge Vice President Deborah Deputat and Paola Coppola (L-R): Event co-Chairmen Deborah Deputat and Joel Deputat

(L-R): Anthony Morello and Joseph Mazzola (fanno un cin-cin)

(L-R): Joan Tashjian, Anthony Morello, and Kathy Dell’Arciprete (Mostrano come si balla la tarantella)

(L-R): Mary Iannuzzo, George Iannuzzo, and Chiara Lowell


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Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Raises Funds for Tewksbury Patriotic Committee

Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Hosts Italian Cooking Event

by Chris Parrella

by Chris Parrella

(L-R): Front: Kathy Anderson, Raquel Palermo, and Sharon Chalmere. Back: Joan Tashjian, Chris Parrella, Mal Anderson, Pasquale Caruso, Derek Valliere, Kathy Dell’Arciprete and Lisa Puccia. On Friday, February 27, 2015, members representing the Tewksbury Lodge #2872 attended an event sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee to raise funds for the Memorial Day Parade and Fourth of July celebrations in Tewksbury. The Lodge also donated an Italian themed basket for a raffle prize.

(L-R): Front: Rebecca Jelley, Barbara Parrella, and Chris Parrella. Back: Lodge President Geroge Iannuzzo, Michele Jelley, Mary Iannuzzo, Charles Coppola, Ellie Deaner, Luke Mendes, Paula Coppola,Nina Embriano, and Ed Embriano. On February 19, 2015, the Tewksbury Lodge #2872 and the Tewksbury Public Library cosponsored a cooking event, “Hearty Italian Supper,” presented by Ellie Deaner, a cooking instructor and lecturer for more than 25 years. The 45 people in attendance enjoyed sampling several delicious Italian dishes from soup to dessert. Gustosissimi!

In Memory In Remembrances LODGE NAME

Worcester #168 Cristoforo Colombo Regina Elena #169 Cristoforo Colombo Regina Elena #169 Cristoforo Colombo Regina Elena #169 Giuseppe Verdi #278 Gorizia #467 ITAM #564 ITAM #564 ITAM #564 ITAM #564 ITAM #564 Methuen #902 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Piave Fiume #1036 Piave Fiume #1036

The Grand Lodge received notification of the death of the following members. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts extends sincere condolences to the members of their families. CITY NAME LODGE NAME CITY

Worcester Fitchburg Fitchburg Fitchburg E. Weymouth Rumford Pittsfield Pittsfield Pittsfield Pittsfield Pittsfield Methuen Fall River Fall River Fall River Fall River Fall River Watertown Watertown

Clara G. Merola Fiore Brogna Emanuel Pagnotto Nenay Schultz Edward Nocera Pat A. DeFilipp Constance Bianchi Maureen Chadbourne Paul E. Coughlan Carmella S. Discoe Concetta M. Sheppard Colleen A. Carney Gaetano Lucciola Antoinette Martin Raymond J. Onorato Rita G. Parise Gaetano Polselli Francesco Cortina Daniel J. Ricci

Veturia Romana #1200 Veturia Romana #1200 Norwood Italian #1235 Quattro Eroi #1414 Cornelia dei Gracchi #1583 Cornelia dei Gracchi #1583 Cornelia dei Gracchi #1583 Sgt. Guido Petrilli #1606 Sgt. Guido Petrilli #1606 Fiore D’Italia #1640 Victor Emanuel #1646 Wakefield #1734 South Shore Ladies #1851 Winthrop Ladies #2071 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli #2183 St. Catherine of Siena #2215 St. Catherine of Siena #2215 Seacoast Area #2303 Granite State #2380

Salem Salem Norwood Franklin Watertown Watertown Watertown Roslindale Roslindale Newton Haverhill Wakefield Hingham Winthrop Wilmington Canton Canton Portsmouth Rochester

NAME

Josephine M. Carro Mary Lubas Salvatore Gatto Filomena Pichierri Helen J. Antinarelli Carmella Lisa Ann K. Mosca Roland J. Crowell Joseph F. Marcantonio Anna T. Marzilli Nellie N. Perdy Robert J. Joyce Emily Litchfield Clara DeFazi John J. Foresteire Mary Groh Dorothy Zaniboni Mary Linchey Mario P. Leone

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