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MARCH / APRIL 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. 2

MARCH /APRIL 2015

(ISSN 0038-1446)

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101 Annual Convention GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS

CARMELITA BELLO State President Honorary Convention Chairman

ANTONIO SESTITO State First Vice President Convention Chairman

RON HILL State Second Vice President Convention Coordinator

Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis, Massachusetts

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015

SUPPORT OUR CHARITIES The Charitable and Educational Trust is the 501(c) (3) charitable arm of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, through which we support a number of charities at the state and national level. Our impressive charitable giving, totaling over $1 million over the last 10 years, has only been possible because of the generous donations received from individuals and our Local Lodges. The following is a list of the state and national charities we support, and which still needs the support of the Grand Lodge and its membership.

STATE CHARITIES Casa Monte Cassino The Casa Monte Cassino provides free housing to families who come to the Boston area seeking medical treatment. The Casa helps visiting families navigate the city, provides assistance with transportation, and incorporates the cultural traditions of visiting families to make them feel more at home. The Casa also hosts events to connect with the doctors they frequently work with, and symposiums to explore the human side of medicine. Scholarship Fund Each year, the Scholarship Commission, through the Charitable & Educational Trust, awards $20,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors continuing their education in an accredited, four-year college or vocational/technical school. In order to maintain

this level of giving, the fund relies on donations to the Scholarship Fund. Charitable and Educational Trust (general donations) In addition to our state and national charities, the Trust reviews requests submitted by other organizations. Past donations have included the Sons of Italy Foundation, Fisherman’s Feast, Garibaldi Meucci Museum, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 9/11 Memorial, American Cancer Society, C.A.S.IT., Inc., Children’s Literacy Foundation, and the October Italian Heritage Month Committee. It is only through donations received that the Trust can continue to support these and other charitable endeavors.

NATIONAL CHARITIES Alzheimer’s Association The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for affected patients and their families, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Cooley’s Anemia Foundation The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation is dedicated to serving people afflicted with various forms of thalassemia, most notably the major form of this genetic

blood disease, Cooley’s anemia/thalassemia major, which most often occurs in people of Mediterranean descent. Their mission is to advance the treatment and cure for this fatal blood disease, enhance the quality of life for patients, and educate the medical profession, trait carriers, and the public about Cooley’s anemia. Doug J. Flutie Foundation for Autism The mission of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism is to improve the quality of life for people and families living with autism by connecting them with the resources they need, and by funding advocacy programs and educational, therapeutic, and recreational opportunities. If you would like to make a donation, or have questions about any of our charities or the donation process, please contact the Grand Lodge office at 617-489-5234. We are happy to send you a Donation Form, or you may simply make out a check, made payable to the “Charitable and Educational Trust” for the total amount of your donation, and enclose a breakdown of how you would like the funds distributed across our various charities and mail it to 93 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. We thank you for your support of our charitable endeavors, and through your generosity, look forward to many more successful years of giving.


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SONS of ITALY NEWS Pamela Donnaruma, Editor

NO. 2 - MARCH / APRIL 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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MARCH / APRIL 2015

The

President’s

Message

from Carmelita Bello

Dear Brothers and Sisters: I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. This year, my family continued the Easter traditions. We had the Easter Saturday frittata. We made the Pizzagaina, baked rice, and had the braided Easter bread with eggs. These are customs that my grandparents brought with them from Avellino, and their children kept the traditions alive adapting the recipes to what was available in the area. Now we, the third generation, have the responsibility of continuing what my grandparents started and pass it on. We made the recipes with care using the imported ingredients. We don’t eat as much as we use to, there aren’t as many of us as there once were, so we kept the authentic recipes and reduced it to a size that is manageable for our current situation. Within the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts we are also at the same juncture. We want to continue all the good things that the Order does: scholarships, charities, culture, and the community that is fostered among our membership. Yet we are not the same organization as we were generations ago. We need to review and adjust how we operate with the membership that we have and with an eye to connecting with the next generations.

Since I became a member of the State Council, I worked within the operations of the Order. As State President, I have put forth initiatives to revise the systems into ones that reflect the current state of our Order and the world we live in. We need to adapt ourselves into a transparent and agile organization that affords us the ability to service the needs of our members, and the tools to attract the next wave of new members. This is always a work in progress. The world is changing so quickly; technology consistently gives us new methods to use and challenges to overcome. As we move forward we continually reflect on how we operate and make changes in a timely fashion. This year there are proposed by-law changes that do just that, assessing the filial lodges, State Council, and commissions and assessing the number of members and the duties of each. There are proposals to reduce the number of officers and commissions in an effort to reflect the current membership numbers. At the time some of these by-laws were put into effect our membership was close to 20,000 - now our membership is less than half of that. Some commissions are not accomplishing what they are tasked to do, and many members are not interested in driving long distances to participate. My dear friends, we need

to revisit what we do and how we do it. How we have been doing things for the past many decades is not as successful or even sensible for the world we live in today. We can celebrate all that we have accomplished over the past 100 years, and address the need to refine and rethink how we position our Order for success in the next 100 years. It is a challenge. It’s one that we can successfully overcome. In an effort to do so, we need to let go of individual agendas and work toward what is best for the Grand Lodge at large. I hope to see many of you on May 3rd for the second Massachusetts Education and Law Awards Breakfast. On your behalf, the Scholarship Commission will be awarding 30 scholarships, and the Commission for Social Justice will be honoring three outstanding Italian Americans. We are wrapping up the 100th anniversary book for the Grand Lodge, which should be ready by the Convention. I hope that each lodge or individual, in addition to purchasing copies for themselves, will purchase the book and gift it to their local libraries. I have seen a draft and it looks wonderful. I wish you all a healthy and happy spring.

Cari Fratelli e Sorelle Mi auguro che abbiate trascorso una felice festivita’ assieme ai vostri familiari, ed amici. Quest’anno la mia famiglia ha ripreso a celebrare la tradizionale Pasqua. Abbiamo mangiato la frittata alla vigilia di Pasqua (sabato), abbiamo fatto la ‘pizzagaina’, il riso al forno, ed il pane pasquale a forma di trecce, e con le uova. Queste sono tradizioni che I miei nonni portarono con se da Avellino, mentre i loro figli continuano a mantenere le tradizioni vive adattando le ricette a quanto disponibile da queste parti. Adesso noi, la terza generazione, abbiamo la responsabilita’ di perpetuare quello che i nostri nonni iniziarono per poi trasferirlo a noi. Abbiamo usato le ricette con cura adoperando ingredienti importati. E poi non mangiamo tanto quanto si faceva prima. Non siamo, in numero, quanto ce n’erano prima, ma abbiamo seguito le ricette originali limitando nella quantita’ da poter usare nelle circostanze attuali. Nell’ambito della Grande Loggia del Massachusetts, siamo giunti alla stessa situazione di una volta. Intendiamo continuare a fare le buone cose, che fa l’Ordine: dare borse di studio, fare atti di carita’, cultura, ed il senso di comunita’ esercitato tra i membri. Eppure la nostra non e’ la stessa organizzazione di generazioni passate. Abbiamo bisogno di riesaninare l’impegno esercitato dai membri, ma con lo sguardo verso le

prossime generazioni. Sin da quando divenni membra del Consiglio Statale, ho lavorato in armonia con le attivita’ dell’Ordine. Come Presidente Statale ho iniziato col riordinare il sistema verso cio’ che riflette lo stato corrente del nostro Ordine, nel mondo in cui viviamo. C’e’ bisogno di adatttarci ad una organizzazione trasparente e dinamica che ci consente di avere l’abilita; di accudire ai bisogni dei nostri membri. Questo e’ nondimeno un ‘lavoro’ gia’ in atto. Il mondo sta’ cambiando rapidamente, la tecnologia ci offre continuamente nuovi metodi da usare e ostacoli da superare. Mentre ci proiettiamo oltre, noi continuamente riflettiamo sul come operare, e cambiare in maniera tempestiva. Quest’anno avremo proposte che mirano a cambiare lo Statuto e che mirano proprio a cio’: valutare tutte le logge, il Consiglio Statale, le Commissioni, ed il corretto numero dei membri e le responsabilita’ di ciascuno. Ci sono proposte di ridurre il numero dei dirigenti e delle Commissioni, nel proposito che riflettano l’esatto numero dei membri. Quando almeno una parte del presente Statuto entro’ in funzione i membri erano circa 20,000. Adesso siamo meno della meta’. Alcune delle Commissioni non stanno conseguendo quanto avevano stabilito di fare, e molti membri non sembrano interessati a viaggiare lunghe distanze per potere dare la loro

partecipazione. Miei cari amici, c’e’ bisogno di rivedere quanto facciamo, e come lo facciamo. Ed anche come abbiamo fatto nel passato, per molte decadi, che non e’ stato coronato da successi, e persino non adeguato al mondo in cui viviamo oggi. Celebriamo quanto estato fatto negli ultimi cento anni e concentriamoci sui bisogni che offriamo , e riflettere sul modo di aiutare il nostro Ordine verso il successo nei prossimi cento anni. E’ certo una sfida che possiamo superare con successo. Nello sforzo di fare tanto, abbiamo bisogno di mettere da parte agende personali e lavorare verso cio’ che e’ piu’ importante per l’intera Grande Loggia. Spero di incontrare molti di voi il prossimo 3 maggio, per la seconda assise/colazione di Massachusetts Education e Law Awards. A vostro favore, la Commissione ‘Borse di Studio’ consegnera’ 30 attestati, mentre la Commissione ‘Giustizia Sociale’ onorera’ tre eccezionali Italo-Americani. Stiamo per chiudere il libro ‘100.mo Anniversario’ della Grande Loggia che dovrebbe essere pronto per il Congresso. Spero che ogni singola loggia, o individuo, acquisti almeno una copia per regalarla alla loro locale biblioteca. Ne ho vista una copia, e’ fantastica! Auguro a tutti voi una primavera felice e piena di salute.

Fraternally, Carmelita Bello, State President

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 JUDICIARY COMMISSION PHILIP PRIVITERA

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

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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Installation by Michele Caira Nortonen

(L -R): State Past President Kevin Caira, State Orator Denise Furnari, Incoming Wilmington Lodge President Charlie DeStefano, State President Carmelita Bello, Outgoing Wilmington Lodge President Aldo Caira Jr., State First Vice President Antonio Sestito, and State Past President Florence Kane. The Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 of Wilmington held its Installation of Officers for the 2015-2017 term on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wilmington. State Past President Kevin Caira served as Master of Ceremonies and recounted how the Wilmington L odge was founded in 1967 by his mother Laura Caira, Frances Gray, and George Murray. Laura, who has served the lodge in countless capacities throughout the years, received a standing ovation. Many people in the audience did not realize that the Wilmington Lodge was named in honor of Pope John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) at the suggestion of member Anna Visconti. He noted that since selling the lodge home in 1996, the Lodge’s members have donated over a million dollars to charitable endeavors! Past Wilmington Lodge Presidents in attendance were: Bob Dicey (1979-1981), Peg Dicey (1985-1986), Jerry Pupa (19 8 6 -19 8 8 , 2 0 0 3 - 2 0 0 4 ), Kevin Caira (1988-1992, 19961998), Ch a rles D e Stefa no (1992-1996, 2002-2003, 20062010), Michele Caira Nortonen (1998-2002), and Aldo Caira Jr. (2004-2006, 2010-2015). State Deputy Betty Sandquist served as the installing officer and was ably assisted by former National Recording Secretary John Saladino, who served as Herald, and State Past President Kevin Caira, who served as Assistant Herald. Outgoing Lodge President Aldo Caira Jr. thanked his council for their ha rd work throughout his tenure and gave special recognition to his family for their support, most notably his wife, Sharon. Incoming President Charlie DeStefano thanked the membership for their vote of confidence and announced that he was looking forward to a successful term of office. Area lodge officers in attendance were: Paul Camilli, President of the Ambrose D. Cedrone Lodge #1069 (Newton Men), Donna Killam, President of Victor Emanuel Lodge #1646 (Haverhill), Janice Kalmes, Deput y to Wobu r n L ad ies L o d g e #15 8 4, a nd F r a n k Guidara, Past State Trustee from Fitchburg.

Outgoing President Aldo Caira Jr. and Installing Officer and State Deputy Betty Sandquist enjoyed a laugh at the podium.

(L-R): Seated: Mistresses of Ceremonies Laura Caira and Peg Dicey, Recording Secretary Lynne Martell, Treasurer Cheryl Caira, and Trustees Alicia Johnson and Julie Manos. Standing: State Deputy Betty Sandquist, Immediate Past President Aldo Caira Jr., Financial Secretary Walter Palino, Orator Bob Dicey, President Charlie DeStefano, State President Carmelita Bello, Trustees John Romano, Lennie Malvone, and Joe Caira, and Guard Kayla Boebel.

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Outgoing President Aldo Caira Jr. presents a gift to Master of Ceremonies Kevin Caira and Herald John Saladino. Several State Officers were in attendance including Benefit Insurance Commission Recording Secretary Paul DiBona, State Past President Florence Kane, State Orator Denise Furnari, State First Vice President Antonio Sestito, and State President Carmelita Bello. After a brief speaking program highlighted by remarks from outgoing Lodge President Aldo Caira Jr., incoming Lodge President Charlie DeStefano, and State President Carmelita Bello, the 100 members and guests in attendance feasted on a bountiful and delicious hot buffet featuring chef salad

and rolls, roast sliced sirloin, chicken pie, ham steaks, baked stuffed potatoes, vegetables, and warm apple crisp with whipped cream, all expertly prepared by Mr. Jack’s Catering of Billerica. Throughout dinner, disc jockey Maurizio Pasquale provided soothing music from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Jerry Vale, and Harry Connick. But when the dishes were cleared and the lights dimmed, the hall rocked to big band sounds and rock ‘n roll, and the dance floor was crowded until after 11:00 p.m. A great time was had by all.

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Recipes from the

Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

LODGE NEWS

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Hosts Easter Bunny Breakfast by Michele Caira Nortonen

VEGETABLE MEDLEY 2 medium potatoes 1/2 pounds fresh, frozen or canned string or cut beans 1 large garlic clove 1 medium zucchini sliced (1/2-inch pieces) not peeled 1 medium yellow squash sliced (1/2-inch pieces) not peeled

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2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil 1 chopped medium onion 1 tablespoon capers 3/4 tablespoon basil Salt

In a saucepan, sauté onion and capers in oil until opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If you prefer a heavier sauce, use a four-ounce can tomato sauce instead. Add fresh or dried basil. Stir, cover and simmer slowly. Meanwhile, peel and cube potatoes. Wash and set aside. If using fresh string beans, cut ends off, wash and set aside. Add potatoes and beans to saucepan. Stir, cover, and simmer slowly for ten minutes. Add sliced zucchini and yellow squash (optional). Salt to taste. Add water if more liquid is desired and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly until all vegetables are tender. Serve with garlic bread. Serves two. NOTE: For those who enjoy rice or pasta, prepare your preferred rice or macaroni according to directions on the package. Serve a portion topped with the vegetable medley. Sprinkle with your grated cheese of choice.

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(L-R): The Doherty family with the Easter Bunny: Jamie, Jim, Brynn, and Jessica. On Palm Sunday, March 29, over 250 people gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wilmington to enjoy what has become an annual event: the Wilmington Sons of Italy’s Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. A sumptuous breakfast buffet included scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, sausage links, crisp bacon, Belgian waffles, blueberry muffins, orange juice, milk, and coffee. The guest of honor, the Easter Bunny, spent the entire morning posing for pictures with children and their families, and distributing colorful plastic eggs filled with chocolate goodies and surprises. This 10th Annual Breakfast with Easter Bunny was a success, with over 40 baskets on the raffle tables generously donated by Sons of Italy members and area businesses. Many thanks to the following members for procuring a gift certificate or creating a basket: Betty and Arnie Aprile, Dianne Boebel, Mary Buscone, Cheryl and Kevin Caira, Jane and Michael Caira, Laura Caira, Wendy Carmona, Lucille Clark, Sue Connors, David Dello Russo, Barbara DeStefano, Peg and Bob Dicey, Lorraine and Charlie Eddy, Linda Fasulo, Diane Garrity, Alicia Johnson, Mary Kiesinger, Nina Maiella, Roz Maley, Lucille and Lennie Malvone, Julie Manos, Lynne Martell, Janet Mosey, Grace Mullens, Michele Caira Nortonen, Ginny Pupa, Anna Rainone, Patricia Romano, Pia Romano, Pat Rundgren, Karen Scalzi, Phyllis Taylor, Susan Tocci, Lisa Troy, and Diana Wilson. Wilmington businesses that assisted in making this fundraiser such a success included: As Good As It Gets Café, Dunkin’ Donuts, Edible Arrangements, Lucci’s, Market Basket, The Ninety-Nine, Panera Bread, Rocco’s, RMA Fitness, The Town Crier, and Tremezzo. Area businesses that also supported this event by contributing gift certificates included: The Italian Kitchen, Slice Pizza & More, and Parker Florist all from Wakefield, Walmart and Chili’s of Reading, Limoncello Ristorante of Boston, Woburn Bowladrome, Gaetano’s of Stoneham, and The Chowder Factory from Lowell. A special thank you to Karen Green from Rosaries

One-year-old Jude Caira, great-grandson of State Past First Lady Laura Caira, enjoyed his alone time with the Easter Bunny.

(L-R): Kitchen Crew: Bob Fino, Walter Palino, John Romano, Charlie DeStefano, and Joe Martell. & Jewelry from the Heart, who created a beautiful pair of Rosary Beads made from Swarovski crystals. Kevin Caira, the Chairman of the Easter Bunny Breakfast, would like to acknowledge the following members who volunteered in the following groups. Kitchen crew: Charlie DeStefano, Bob Fino, Joe Martell, Walter Palino, and John Romano; food servers: Arnie Aprile, Sue Connors, Bob Dicey, Peg Dicey, Lou Intoppa, Mary Kiesinger, Joe Maiella, and Pia Romano; ticket collectors: Amy Caira, Laura Caira, and

Patricia Romano; photography crew: Lodge President Al Caira, Joe Caira, and Lennie Malvone and Junior Lodge President Chris Romano; raffle crew: David Caira, Marie Chesnick, Diane Garrity, Barbara Intoppa, Lucille Malvone, and Lynne Martell. The clean-up crew, manned by members of the Wilmington Junior Lodge: Brent Johnson, Brandon O’Donoghue, Brianna O’Donoghue, Kate Otis, Jillian Fino, Lucas Garrity, and Emma Garrity, was supervised by Alicia Johnson. And, we can’t forget the Easter Bunny: Karen Scalzi.

(L-R): Servers: Standing: Joe Maiella, Arnie Aprile, Peg Dicey, and Pia Romano. Seated: Bob Dicey.


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Giuseppe Verdi Lodge #278 Celebrates 100 th Anniversary by John N. Bagen

(L-R): Lodge Past President Bob Morse, Lodge President John Norman Bagen, and State First Vice President Antonio Sestito.

Phyllis Pazluzzi Bagen and John Norman Bagen.

On September 13, 2014, the Giuseppe Verdi Lodge #278 of Weymouth celebrated its 100 th Anniversary with a dinner dance. Over 150 members, guests, and friends were in attendance to celebrate the Lodge’s formation in 1914. Invited guests included State President Carmelita Bello, National First Vice President Joseph Russo and his wife Pauline, State First Vice President Antonio Sestito and his wife Marieanne, Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay, State Deputy Orazio Buttafuoco, Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 President Richard Alfonso and his wife Lois, and Fr. Peter Martocchio (retired), formerly of the Immaculate Conception Church of Weymouth. Edward Clancy, Esq., served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. A wonderful dinner was served and music for dancing was provided by Steve Savio. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful event.

(L-R): National First Vice President Joseph Russo, Lodge President John Norman Bagen, State Past President Florence Ferullo Kane, and State Immediate Past President James DiStefano.

(L-R): 100th Anniversary Committee. Seated: State First Vice President Antonio Sestito, State Deputy Orazio Buttafuoco, Anna Hurst, Lodge President John Bagen, and Robert Morse. Standing: John Bagen, Alfred Donadio, Richard Hurst, Frank Purpura, Ron Frado, and James Anderton.

Grand Lodge officers celebrating the Lodge’s 100th anniversary.

(L-R): Seated: State Trustee Marissa Sestito, National First Vice President Joseph Russo, Pauline Russo, and Marieanne Sestito. Standing: Venezia Lodge #374 President Catherine Muscato, State President Carmelita Bello, State Trustee Mary Ann Bello, and State First Vice President Antonio Sestito.

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Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 Installation of Officers

Regina Margherita Di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 to Host Second

Italian Festa by Carol Rossi

(L-R): Lodge officers were joined by State officers at their installation ceremony at George’s Cafe in Brockton on April 1, 2015. First Row: State Deputy John Argiro, State First Vice President Antonio Sestito, Lodge President Jacky Bonnarigo, and State President Carmelita Bello. Second Row: Richard Alfonso, Jason Ross, Lucille LaFranchise, Gloria Cesarini, Holly Bonnarigo, Jody Brunet, Roberta Richard, and Lance Petti. Third Row: Jeanne Daxberger, Joe Daxberger, Nunzio Urbano, and Todd Petti. The Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 held their installation of Lodge officers at their April 1, 2015 meeting at George’s Cafe in Brockton. (L-R): Newly elected Lodge President Jacky Bonnarigo (center) with Lodge Vice President Todd Petti (left) and Lodge Immediate Past President Richard Alfonso (right).

The Regina Margherita di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 will host their second Italian Festa on the Waltham Common on Saturday, May 30, from 11:00 A.M – 7:00 P.M. (rain date Sunday, May 31). In addition to showcasing Italian heritage, the Festa is a fundraiser for the various charities that the Order supports, such as Alzheimer’s, Cooley’s Anemia, and Autism, as well as for the scholarships presented to deserving high school seniors based on academic achievement, community service, and proficiency in the Italian language. The Festa drew approximately 6,000 attendees last year, who perused the wares of over 75 vendors and crafters, and who tasted the scrumptious fare of more than 20 food vendors. This year the number of vendors will be even larger. There were rides, games, raffles, prizes, music, dancing, concessions, and fun for the whole family. Entertainment was provided to the Festa-goers for the entire day which included popular DJs, accordion and mandolin music, an appearance by Tony DeMarco (the 1955 Welterweight Champion of the World), “Waltham Idol” singing competition winners, and other special guests and features. This year’s line-up of entertainers promises to be even more spectacular with performances by Entertainer Steven Savio, DJ Alan LaBella, Amici della Musica Italiana, and the Senior Tones, to name a few. Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss this great event. Check out the Festa’s website at www.rmlmixed. org and click on the Festa tab. Crafters and vendors are encouraged to contact Carol Rossi at 508-655-0124 or rmlmixed.org.

• Giuseppe Verdi Lodge #278 (Continued from Page 5)

Lois Alfonso, Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 Richard Alfonso, State Past President Kevin Caira, and State Past First Lady Cheryl Caira.

Members and guests enjoying the 100th Anniversary celebration.

Members and guests enjoying the 100th Anniversary celebration. Members and guests enjoying the 100 Anniversary celebration. th

Members and guests enjoying the 100th Anniversary celebration.

Members and guests enjoying the 100th Anniversary celebration.


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Marjorie Cahn Treasurer

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David Covucci Commissioner

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WORCESTER LODGE #168

Celebrates Carnevale D’Italia by Maria L. Sciannameo

Members of the Carnevale committee: Mary DiSilvestro, Chairman Mark Gerardi, Rosalyn Consiglio, Enzo Angilella, Rose Mikitarian, Elena Olivieri, and Caryl Masiello. On Saturday, February 7, 2015, Worcester Lodge #168 celebrated their annual Carnevale D’Italia with many friends and family members. More than 160members, friends, and state officers enjoyed a feast catered by Jean’s Catering. Members of the parish CYC also helped in the event. Attendees danced up a storm, participated in the raffle, and delighted in the parade of costumes. Music was provided by the band Ambrosiani and guests danced to the music throughout the evening. The festivities also included the breaking of the piñata. This year’s event was chaired by member Mark Gerardi and his crew of volunteers: Rose Mikitarian, Elena Olivieri, Mary DiSilvestro, and Enzo Angilella. Several members of the Grand Lodge also attended the annual Carnevale celebration, including State President Carmelita Bello, State Trustee and National Delegate MaryAnn Bello, State Financial Secretary Margaret Olivieri, State Trustee Marisa Ranalli, Charitable and Educational Trust Chairman Angelo Rossi, Scholarship Commission Chairman Donna Giuliani, and Charity Commission Chairman Carol Rossi. Raffle donations came from many sources, including many Lodge members, and ranged from gift certificates to beautifully arranged theme baskets! This year, a king and queen of Carnevale were chosen by lottery. Robin Cano was chosen to be the Queen and Arthur Clifford was the King! The Parade of costumes was one of the highlights of the evening with severa unique and colorful costumes. First prize was won by Donna Domiano and her husband Arthur Clifford who wore costumes of Mr. Merman and Mrs. Mermaid. Second prize was won by Vittoria Mastrocola who wore her beautiful creation of the Sun Lady. Finally, the third prize was won by Maria (Gina) Sciannameo who donned the costume of an Artist! Prizes were awarded to all winners. Thank you to everyone who came and helped to make this a great celebration and a great success! Everyone had fun and is looking forward to next year’s celebration. See you then, and don’t forget your costumes!

First prize winners Mrs. Mermaid (Donna Domiani) and Mr. Merman (Arthur Clifford)

The Parade of Costumes: The First place winners with second and third place winners Lady Sun (Vittoria Mastrocola) and Artist (Maria Sciannameo)

Guests enjoying the festivities, good food, and great friends!


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Guests enjoying the festivities, good food, and great friends!

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Vittorio Veneto Lodge #1035 Holds Signature Columbus Day Event by Dennis Polselli

(L-R): Columbus Day Committee Chair Alan Amaral, Person of the Year Robert P. Sousa, Susan Sousa, Kim Sousa, Lori Sousa, and Lodge President Mario Lucciola. The Vittorio Veneto Lodge #1035 held its annual Columbus Day Banquet, the Lodge’s signature event, in October 2014. Two honorees were the highlight of the evening, after brief remarks offered by Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan and members of the area’s legislative delegation. “An annual honor for a young woman of Italian heritage” is how the

Lodge’s brand new website, www.fallriversoi.org, describes the tradition of selecting Miss Columbus, the evening’s first honoree. This year’s Miss Columbus is Rachel Bernardo, who will be representing the Lodge at various civic events in the city of Fall River, ranging from the Veterans Day Parade to the holiday parades and Memorial Day ceremonies. She

was introduced to members and guests at the banquet. The new Lodge website lists all the Miss Columbus’ dating back to 1966. The second individual to be honored is the Lodge’s Person of the Year, Immediate Past President Robert P. Sousa, who presided over the Lodge when it merged with the women’s auxiliary to become one Lodge.

Bob was a longtime teacher and Vice Principal at Durfee High School. He remains very involved in the Lodge as the Immediate Past President and as Chair of our Scholarship program, among many other things. He and his wife, Susan Sousa, herself a past Person of the Year, have put much of themselves into the activities of our Lodge, from the annual Holiday parties, to the scholarship award ceremonies, to the annual picnic in July, the Bocce Ball tournaments and finally, the Columbus Day Banquet. Bob can be seen at all of these activities. Bob and Susan do so much for our lodge, you might call them Mrs. and Mr. Sons of Italy. The evening was a great success. As it was mentioned earlier in this article, Vittorio Veneto Lodge #1035 now has a new website thanks to another Sousa, Lori Sousa. The Lodge

Miss Columbus 2014, Rachel Bernardo (right), with her mom, Lisa. strongly recommends that everyone visit www.fallriversoi. org for more information on Lodge activities.

Columbus Day Committee Chair Alan Amaral (left) presents Robert P. Sousa (center) with the 2014 Person of the Year Award with Lodge President Mario Lucciola (right).

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Winchester Men’s Lodge #1580

Installation of Officers

(L-R): Front Row: State Orator Denise Furnari, State First Vice President Antonio Sestito, National First Vice President Joseph Russo, Lodge President Joseph Paonessa Jr., and Lodge Trustees Joseph Paonessa Sr., Dan Maffeo, and Bill “Mel” Foire. Second Row: State Past President Kevin Caira, State Deputy David Blouin, Lodge Trustee Domenic DiVincenzo, Guard Robert Merenda, Master of Ceremonies Andrew Castignetti, Immediate Past President Daniel Fiorenza, Master of Ceremonies Michael Fiorenza, and Lodge Financial Secretary John Spezzaferri. Third Row: Lodge Recording Secretary Howie Lawson, Lodge Orator Dave Volpe, Lodge Vice President John A. Saladino, Lodge Trustee Mark Augiello, and Lodge Treasurer Mike Serieka.

(L-R): The new officers of the Winchester Men’s Lodge #1580 being vested with their regalia by State Past President Kevin Caira.

GRAND LODGE EVENTS APRIL 26, 2015

Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Initiates New Members by Chris Parrella

Bowling Tournament Woburn Bowladrome, Woburn, MA

MAY 3, 2015

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

JUNE 11, 2015

Golf Outing Twin Brooks Golf Course Hyannis, 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

On Monday, March 16, 2015 the Tewksbury Lodge #2872 welcomed three new members. (L-R): New members Donna Marquis, Bob LeClerk, and Tom Ciampa, Lodge President George Iannuzzo, and Lodge Vice President and President-Elect Deborah Deputat.


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Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Donates to Girl Scouts

Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Hosts Raffle Drawing

by Chris Parrella

by Chris Parrella

(L-R): Lottery Raffle Chairperson Mal Anderson, drawing winner Donna Marquis, and Lodge President George Iannuzzo. (L-R): Front Row: Cassie Valeriani, Alyssa Valeriani, and Joseph Mazzola. Back Row: Scott Valeriani and Lodge President George Iannuzzo The Tewksbury Lodge #2872 donated $100.00 to Alyssa Valeriani, a member of the Billerica Peewee Girl Scouts. The donation was in support of a fundraising effort to cover costs of the trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, where the group participated in a nationwide competition. Alyssa is the granddaughter of Joseph Mazzola, a co-founder of the Lodge.

In Memory 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 Fitchburg Brockton Pittsfield Waltham Medford Natick Franklin Quincy Winchester Winchester Roslindale Wakefield Melrose

G. Marconi Lodge #1620 2015 Installation of Officers by Stephen A. Cozzaglio The night of April 9, 2015 was special for the G. Marconi Lodge #1620 of Lee, Massachusetts. It was the night of our installation, which is performed every two years. This year, it was held at the beautiful Cork ‘N’ Hearth restaurant on the shores of Laurel Lake in Lee. This is the affair where we give thanks to those officers who served us over the past two years and welcome those officers who will take over for the next two years.

Orator Richard Brittain and Financial Secretary Judy Brittain

In Remembrances LODGE NAME Cristoforo Colombo Regina Elena #169 Christopher Columbus #216 ITAM #564 Dante Alighieri #648 Medford #1359 Francesco DeSanctis #1411 Quattro Eroi #1414 Stella Del Nord #1436 Winchester Women #1592 Winchester Women #1592 Sgt. Guido Petrilli #1606 Wakefield #1734 Melrose #1931

On Monday, January 26, 2015, Tewksbury Lodge #2872 held a raffle drawing for a book of 300 $2 Mass State Lottery tickets. The winner of the raffle was Donna Marquis. Profits from tickets sales will be used to support the organization’s charitable works.

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The Installing Team consisted of State Deputy Shirley DiNicola, Herald Justin DiNicola, and Assistant Heralds Davide Villani and Alba Wendling. The outgoing officers were: President Nelson Daley, Vice President Edward Rizzardini, Immediate Past President Ronald Nickerson, Orator Richard Brittain, Recording Secretary Ellen Whittaker, Lucy Boldyga & Mary Baccoli Financial Secretary Judy Brittain, Treasurer Sandra Cozzaglio, Trustees Tom Cinella, Ann O’Brien, Lucy Boldyga, Mary Lou Goodrich, and Mary Ann Antoniazzi, Mistresses of Ceremonies Lynda Newton and Gloria Griffin, and Guard John Pompi. After being called forward and placed in line, everyone received a round of applause and was thanked for their services. The State Deputy called each forward and each handed their regalia to the Herald and returned to their seat in the general assembly. The incoming officers were called forward by the State Deputy and placed in line by the Herald. They were: President Ellen Whittaker, Vice President Ed Rizzardini, Immediate Past President Nelson Daley, Orator Richard Brittain, Recording Secretary Lynda Newton, Financial Secretary Judy Brittain, Treasurer Sandra Cozzaglio, Trustees Pete Scolforo, Mary Lou Goodrich, Lorita Trombly, Ann O’Brien and Tom Cinella, Mistresses of Ceremonies Anna Bona and Chrissy Bona, and Guard Eleanor Baumann Tony Bona. At this point, the State Deputy asked the Herald to read the Pledge of the commitment that they would be making to the Lodge, the Grand Lodge, and Supreme Lodge. After the reading, all the officers confirmed the pledge. The food was excellent, our choices consisting of salmon, scrod, or steak. Everyone raved about how good all of the meals were. We thank our guests from the eastern part of the state for coming: Treasurer of the Braintree Ladies Lodge #1422 Dorothy Berlandi, State Financial Secretary Margaret Olivieri, and Benefit Insurance Commission President Anthony Panaggio, who was the guest speaker. Additional pictures are available on the Lodge’s Facebook page at “G. Marconi Lodge No. 1620.”

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