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Massachusetts Education and Law Awards by Adriana Guida On Sunday, May 3, 2015, nearly 300 guests packed the ballroom of the Wyndham Boston Andover to celebrate the second annual Massachusetts Education and Law Awards breakfast. The Commission for Social Justice honored three longtime public servants for their outstanding dedication and service to their communities. The Justice Award was given to The Honorable Robert B. Calagione, First Justice of the Milford District Court since 2004, and Associate Justice of the Westborough District Court since 2001. The Law Enforcement Award was awarded to Woburn Police Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr., a 35-year veteran of the Woburn Police Department, and Chief since 2011. The Public Service Award was granted to The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville since 2003. Commission for Social Justice Chairman Albert A. DeNapoli, Esq., spoke on the continuing work of the Commission on a state and national level, as there are still many instances of discrimination that affect the Italian-American community. He noted that the presence of the three distinguished recipients of this year’s awards is proof of the positive impact Italian Americans have on our communities. The Scholarship Commission of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts awarded a total of 31 scholarships to high school

seniors pursuing degrees in majors such as engineering, education, journalism, business, and science. The students come from the tops of their classes and are involved in numerous national honor societies, extracurricular activities, and volunteer organizations. Scholarship Commission Chairman Donna Giuliani touched on the numerous and varied accomplishments of the scholarship recipients, and noted that they are well poised to become leaders in their chosen fields and communities as they progress through the next level of their education. Liaison to the Scholarship Commission and State Trustee Mary Ann Bello praised each recipient as they were presented with their awards, noting their individual successes and their college institutions of choice. Charitable and Educational Trust Chairman Angelo Rossi was on hand to present the awards, 20 of which are given through the Trust directly. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who served as Toastmaster for the event, spoke about the positive effects of her upbringing in an Italian-American home, and the values that were instilled in her that inspired her to commit to a life of public service. In her remarks, State President Carmelita Bello acknowledged that the two Commissions that are part of the event have long, rich histories of recognizing the talents and accomplish-

Front: Commission for Social Justice member and State Recording Secretary Marie Jackson, Justice Award honoree – The Honorable Robert B. Calagione, Law Enforcement Award honoree – Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr., Public Service Award honoree – The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone, and State President Carmelita Bello. Back: State Trustee Marisa Ranalli, State Immediate Past President James DiStefano, State Trustee Mary Ann Bello, State Second Vice President Ronald Hill, State First Vice President Antonio Sestito, State Trustee Marissa Sestito, State Financial Secretary Margaret Olivieri, and Consul General of Italy in Boston Nicola DeSantis. ments of Italian-Americans, and of giving back to the community. She noted that over its 101 year history, the Grand Lodge has raised and given over $7 million to various charitable endeavors, including 60 years’ worth of scholarships. Additionally, she mentioned the invaluable work of the Commission for

Social Justice over the past 32 years, and their commitment to portraying the “true, positive image of Italian-Americans today” as part of the larger mission of honoring and promoting Italian culture and traditions. All of the Law and Justice Award recipients took the opportunity to offer words of

wisdom and congratulations to the scholarship recipients. They talked about the importance of working hard to achieve their goals, and the role that their Italian-American families and culture played in their successes. (Continued on Page 3)

2015 Scholarship Recipients with State President Carmelita Bello (left), Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (center), Charitable and Educational Trust Chairman Angelo Rossi (right), and Scholarship Commission Chairman Donna Giuliani (right).



SONS of ITALY NEWS Pamela Donnaruma, Editor

NO. 3 - MAY / JUNE 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 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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from Carmelita Bello

Dear Brothers and Sisters: The winter of 2015 is finally over and we have a sunny, warm day as I write my last message to you as State President of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. It has been a privilege to represent you over the past two years. Going to filial lodge meetings and events, and talking to you at Grand Lodge functions has been what truly kept me focused and committed to doing what I believe is in the best interest of the membership at large. Over the past two years I was intent on understanding the underlying relationship among the four entities that comprise the Grand Lodge and making them as effective and efficient as possible. During my tenure, the Council reviewed the number of events the Grand Lodge ran, and concentrated on those events that demonstrated the best of what we do and highlighted the positive contributions of the Italian-American community. The events were wonderful successes and did not stress our financial picture. We have added more social media, internet, and email communications in order to get our message out while maintaining our commitment to our senior

members with the print newspaper. One project that will not be completed until after the State Convention is the publication of the book depicting the first 100 years of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. I have seen the cover and a draft of the book and it looks fabulous. Every Lodge was asked to submit pictures and Anthony Sammarco has implemented the ones that best represent our Order. Once the book is published and available for sale, I am asking our Filial Lodges to buy several copies to donate to their local libraries. This will allow for a public relations opportunity in your local paper and ensure that future generations will have a resource that depicts Italian-Americans and the Sons of Italy in a fair and equitable manner. What has become apparent to me as I have spent a large amount of time and effort in working on behalf of the Order is that we need to seriously review how we operate, the structure of the Grand Lodge, its officers, commissioners, and the Benefit Insurance Commission. If we continue to stay the course we have been on for more than forty years without addressing our current situation, we will

be unable to sustain a viable organization. Some items have been addressed but there is much more to review. Although I will not be the State President, I remain on the State Council as the Immediate Past President and I will continue to bring forth what is in the best interest of the membership. I ask that as you send your delegates to the State Convention, you talk to them and urge them to read the reports, the budget, and review the financials in order to be as informed as possible for a Convention that will affect how we move into the future. This is your organization. Without you and your support it defaults to only a few to do what is needed. This is your call to action to ensure that the Sons of Italy stays strong and on the right course for future generations. We want people who are honest, focused on what is best for the Order, and willing to work for the good of every member. I wish you all an enjoyable, healthy summer with your family and friends.

Cari fratelli e sorelle: L’inverno del 2015 è finalmente finito e abbiamo il sole, caldo giorno mentre scrivo il mio ultimo messaggio a voi come presidente dello Stato della Gran Loggia del Massachusetts. E ‘stato un privilegio che ti rappresenti nel corso degli ultimi due anni . Andando a incontri lodge filiali ed eventi, e parlare con te a funzioni di Grand Lodge è stato quello che veramente mi ha tenuto concentrato e impegnato a fare quello che credo è nel migliore interesse dei membri in generale. Negli ultimi due anni sono stato intento a comprendere la relazione di fondo tra le quattro entità che compongono la Gran Loggia e rendendoli più efficace ed efficiente possibile. Durante il mio mandato, il Consiglio ha riesaminato il numero di eventi della Gran Loggia corse, e si concentrò su quegli eventi che hanno dimostrato il meglio di ciò che facciamo e evidenziati i contributi positivi della comunità Italiana-Americana. Gli eventi sono stati meravigliosi successi e non sottolineano il nostro quadro finanziario. Abbiamo aggiunto più social media, internet, e le comunicazioni di posta elettronica al fine di ottenere il nostro messaggio, pur mantenendo il nostro impegno

per i nostri membri di alto livello con il giornale stampa. Un progetto che non sarà completato fino a dopo la Convenzione di Stato è la pubblicazione del libro che descrive i primi 100 anni della Gran Loggia del Massachusetts. Ho visto la copertina e un progetto del libro e sembra favoloso. Ogni Lodge è stato chiesto di presentare le immagini e Anthony Sammarco ha implementato quelle che meglio rappresentano il nostro Ordine. Una volta che il libro è pubblicato e disponibile per la vendita, chiedo ai nostri Filial Alberghi a acquistare diverse copie di donare ai loro biblioteche locali. Ciò consentirà una opportunità di pubbliche relazioni nel vostro giornale locale e di garantire che le generazioni future avranno una risorsa che rappresenta gli italo-americani e dei Figli d’Italia in modo giusto ed equo. Che cosa è diventato chiaro per me come io ho speso una grande quantità di tempo e fatica a lavorare per conto dell’Ordine è che abbiamo bisogno di rivedere seriamente come operiamo, la struttura della Gran Loggia, i suoi funzionari, commissari, e il beneficio Commissione Insurance. Se continuiamo a mantenere la rotta siamo stati per più di 40 anni senza affrontare la nostra

situazione attuale, non saremo in grado di sostenere una organizzazione valida. Alcuni oggetti sono stati affrontati, ma c’è molto di più da rivedere. Anche se io non sarò il Presidente della Repubblica, rimango al Consiglio di Stato come l’Immediato Past Presidente e continuerò a portare avanti ciò che è nel migliore interesse dei soci. Vi chiedo come si invia i vostri delegati alla Convenzione di Stato, si parla con loro e spingerli a leggere le relazioni, il bilancio, e rivedere i dati finanziari, al fine di essere informati come possibile per una Convenzione che interesseranno come ci muoviamo in il futuro. Questa è la vostra organizzazione. Senza di voi e il vostro sostegno il valore predefinito è solo pochi di fare ciò che è necessario. Questo è l’invito all’azione per garantire che i Figli d’Italia rimane forte e sulla strada giusta per le generazioni future. Vogliamo che le persone che sono oneste, si è concentrata su ciò che è meglio per l’Ordine, e la volontà di lavorare per il bene di ogni utente. Auguro a tutti un piacevole, sano estate con la famiglia e gli amici.

Fraternally, Carmelita Bello State President











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:

Fraternamente, Carmelita Bello Presidente dello Stato

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State President Carmelita Bello, Commission for Social Justice members Pamela Donnaruma, Marie Jackson, and Marilyn Petitto Devaney, Law Enforcement Award honoree – Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr., Commission for Social Justice Vice Chairman Donald McGowan, Chairman Albert A. DeNapoli, Esq., and members Charles Perenick and Richard Vita, Esq.

Scholarship Commission members Cynthia Ranalli and Maria Sciannameo, Liaison Mary Ann Bello, member Alex Nardacci, State President Carmelita Bello, Scholarship Commission member Angela Giovannangelo, and Chairman Donna Giuliani. Commission for Social Justice member Richard Vita, Esq., Justice Award honoree - The Honorable Robert B. Calagione, and Diane Calagione.

Judiciary Commission Chairman Philip Privitera, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Public Service Award honoree – The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone.

Commission for Social Justice member Marilyn Petitto Devaney and Law Enforcement Award honoree – Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr.

Mary Beth Ferullo, Law Enforcement Award honoree – Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr., Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Commission for Social Justice Chairman Albert A. DeNapoli, Esq. (Continued on Page 4)




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Nicholas Piccioli Saverio R. Romano — John B. Bregolio Award

SAVERIO R. ROMANO JOHN B. BREGOLIO AWARD Nicholas Piccioli will be attending the College of the Holy Cross with a major in Biology/Health Sciences. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Jazz Band, Student Council, the wrestling team for four years, the football and unified track teams for two years, and the cross country

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team for one year. Nicholas is the recipient of academic awards for Spanish, English, and Physical Education. He organized the Stow Gobbler Road Race for two years, which raised $33,000 for two charities, and spent two weeks in Malawi assisting doctors treating patients with malaria, HIV/ AIDS, and traumatic injuries, observed surgeries, and set up three clinics. He works as a lifeguard and camp leader at YMCA Camp Belknap, volunteers at the Cor Unum Food Center, and plays the guitar, trumpet, and completing multiple Crossfit competitions and the Spartan Race at Fenway. JOHN SAPORITO LUIGI FIATO AWARD Kassandra Varney plans to attend the University of New Hampshire with a major in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Deaf Studies. She is the National Honor Society Secretary, is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and Drama Club, and loves to dance. She is the recipient of the 2014 Saint Michael’s College Book Award, and the AP Scholar Award with Honors. Kassandra volunteers with the Centerville Public Library Shell-vers and Our Lady of Victory Parish, and works for Katie’s Homemade Ice Cream and Mass Bay Co. JOSEPH T. ZOTTOLI VINCENT BROGNA AWARD Nicholas Guerini will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology to major in Construction Management and minor in Business. He is a member of the National Honor Society,

Kassandra Varney John Saporito — Luigi Fiato Award

Nicholas Guerini Joseph T. Zottoli — Vincent Brogna Award

Caitlin Nicole O. Bugash Felix Forte — Michael A. Fredo Award

Adriana McDevitt Joseph Gorrasi — Anthony Julian Award

Joseph Tramontozzi Joseph B. Silverio — John Guarino Award

Andrew Longo Paul A. D’Agostino — Peter E. Donadio Award

Patrick Marum Aldo A. Caira — Peter B. Gay Award

Stephanie Riendeau Louis W. Salvatore Award

Michelle Connolly Guy Arigo Award

Antonio Olivieri Henry Frissora Jr. Award

Alexander Piselli Charles H. Perenick Award

Jacqueline Edgett Angelo Furnari Award

Nicholas Piselli Philip R. Boncore Award

Peer Leadership, Landscape Club, Agricultural Mechanics Club, Future Farmers of America, and participated in Tractor Driving and Hardscape Career Development Events. He is the recipient of the Golf “Fore Award” and the Leadership Award, and was the MVP, Mayflower League All-Star, and Mayflower Athletic Conference All Star as a member of the golf team. Nicholas volunteers at the Magical Moon Foundation and Brockton VA Hospital, and works at Guerini Landscape and Design, Alumni Sports Café, and Black Rock Country Club. FELIX FORTE MICHAEL A. FREDO AWARD Caitlin Nicole O. Bugash will attend UMass Amherst to major in Physics. She is a flutist in the concert and marching bands, a cellist in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra String Orchestra, and participates in the flute choir. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Academic Decathlon. Caitlin is the recipient of an AP Scholar Award, an Honorable Mention at the MA Region III Science Fair, Gold Medal for Music in Academic Decathlon competition, and Maxima cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. She volunteers for the Walk for Literacy, Relay for Life, the Help the Homeless Drive, Trickor-Treat for UNICEF, Men with Taste, makes Thanksgiving baskets, collects toys for Toy Drives, and plays the flute at nursing homes. JOSEPH GORRASI ANTHONY JULIAN AWARD Adriana McDevitt will attend the College of William and Mary to major in Linguistics/ Languages. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. She plays varsity soccer, winter track, and spring track, JV soccer, and was captain of the varsity soccer and winter track teams her senior year. Adriana volunteers as a youth soccer coach, and for the New England Student Leadership Conference, Braintree Little League Baseball, Kick and Treat BYS, Paralympics, St. Claire’s Church, Relay for Life, and the Don Orione and North End Nursing Homes. She works for Bertucci’s, Braintree Youth Soccer as the Head Girl’s Referee, as a camp counselor, snack bar attendant, and babysitter. Adriana sings with a concert choir and sang with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. JOSEPH B. SILVERIO JOHN GUARINO AWARD Joseph Tramontozzi plans to attend Tufts University to major in Environmental Sciences and minor in Italian. He is President of the World Science

Carmella Campbell Joseph S. Giuffrida Award

Club and Model United Nations, and received excellence awards in biology, chemistry, Spanish, and pre-calculus. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Math League, Red Cross Club, and Academic Decathlon, and the JV track and field, soccer, and tennis teams. He is the captain of the WGBH High School Quiz Show, State Tournament Science Olympiad Team, and Lifesmarts Team. Joseph volunteers as a tutor, soccer referee, and for the North Reading Dollars for Scholars Phone-a-thon, Relay for Life, and St. Theresa Religious Education Summer Camp. He volunteered 108 hours with an environmental engineering student doing research at Tufts University regarding pharmaceuticals in wastewater. PAUL A. D’AGOSTINO PETER E. DONADIO AWARD Andrew Longo is planning to attend Saint Anselm College to major in Business and minor in Sports Studies. He participated in AP Computer Science and earned a spot on the Honor Roll. He has been a member of the lacrosse and golf teams for three years, as well as the rugby team and ski club, and was the recipient of the Lacrosse Unsung Hero Award for two years. Andrew volunteers for Christmas in the City, the Fourth of July Parade Committee, and the Deutsche Bank Golf Championship. He works as a caddie at the Black Rock Country Club, waiter at Linden Ponds Living Community, and in outdoor service at the Boston Golf Club. ALDO A. CAIRA PETER B. GAY AWARD Patrick Marum will attend UMass Amherst to major in Humanities and Fine Arts Exploratory Track and minor in Education. He plays trumpet and is a member of the Palmer High School Marching, Jazz and Concert Bands. He is a recipient of the Sandy Burns Music Award, District Student of the Month, Grandma B Award, and was the Big Y Student of the Month. Patrick plays baseball and golf, and volunteers for the Palmer Music Department Citrus Sale, the Quabbin Valley Music Festival, and the American Red Cross Blood Drive. LOUIS W. SALVATORE AWARD Stephanie Riendeau plans to attend UMass Amherst to major in Sports Management. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the 2014 Basketball Inter-High All-Tournament Team. She is a varsity soccer, basketball, and softball player, and served as the captain on the soccer and basketball teams her senior year. She volunteers for school community events, Smiles for Sophia, and Dodgeball for Brody. Stephanie plays guitar and violin for her school’s music magnet. GUY ARIGO AWARD Michelle Connolly is planning to attend Assumption College to major in Elementary Education and Mathematics. Michelle is a member of FIRST Robotics Team 88, the National Honor Society, is Secretary of School Climate Club and President of the Future Educators Club. She volunteers as a math tutor, at the senior center, church, and as a school library assistant. She works as a teacher at Busy Bee Preschool, and plays softball on an in-town


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OLARSHIP AWARDS team. Michelle lists one of her special talents as knowing how to operate several different types of machinery, a skill gained from her time on the robotics team. HENRY FRISSORA JR. AWARD Antonio Olivieri will be attending UMass Dartmouth to major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Business. Antonio earned a spot on the Honor Roll his freshman year, and the High Honor Roll in sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was selected as a Shrewsbury High School Stand Out as a student who represents the core values of the school. He is a varsity rower, and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for three years, and St. Mary’s Parish as a retreat leader for two years. Antonio works as a waiter at Southgate Retirement Home, and has played the piano for six years. CHARLES H. PERENICK AWARD Alexander Piselli plans to attend Sacred Heart University to major in Finance and minor in Economics. He is a class officer, Student Council member and treasurer, and a four-year varsity athlete on the hockey, soccer, and baseball teams. He is a captain of the hockey team, member of the National Honor Society, was a recipient of the Hobey Baker Character Award and the Bookman Family Scholarship. He is also Catholic League MVP and Student of the Term. Alexander volunteers as an altar server, with his local parish’s food drive, and at his local food pantry, has worked at Stop & Shop and Bob’s Stores, and considers himself to be a mediator. ANGELO FURNARI AWARD Jacqueline Edgett will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute to major in Engineering. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Math Team. She is a Catholic Central League Scholar Athlete, in the top five percent of her class, and the recipient of the Rensselaer Medal Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Jacqueline is a four-year member of the varsity soccer, winter track, and spring track teams, serving as captain of the soccer team her senior year. She volunteers for Hunger for Justice, the Salvation Army, and the Walk for Hospice, and lists her special talents as oil painting and drawing. PHILIP R. BONCORE AWARD Nicholas Piselli is planning to attend Sacred Heart University to major in Physical Therapy or to be a Physician’s Assistant. He is a member of the Travel Club, Student Government, National Honor Society, and is a Student Ambassador. A varsity hockey, soccer, and baseball player, Nicholas was the Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year and is also the recipient of the St. Michael’s Book Award, the Christa McAuliffe Scholarship Award, and the Bookman Family Scholarship. He volunteers as an altar server at St. Bridget Parish and for the Paul Mahoney Food Drive, has worked as a Little League umpire and Mad Willies Ice Cream Store, and says he is great at impersonations. JOSEPH S. GIUFFRIDA AWARD Carmella Campbell is attending Wheelock College to major in Child Psychology and

minor in Human Development. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and Student of the Semester in Early Childhood Education. She volunteers as a camp counselor, and works at Nicholas Michael’s as a receptionist. Carmella is President of a CYC group at Mount Carmel Church, and has interned with Bright Horizons Day Care Center since her junior year. JOSEPH RUSSO AWARD Duncan Dietz will be attending Binghamton University with a major in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies. Duncan is a member of the Campus Ministry Student Advisory Committee, Mock Trial team (receiving an award in 2013), is an officer in the Philosophy Club, plays French horn in the Spire Brass Ensemble, and is the Spire Society Recruitment Chair. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts of America National Honor Society. He competes on the fencing team, and served as Captain of the Sabre Squad senior year. Duncan volunteers as a soccer referee, as an altar server and Eucharistic minister, with his Boy Scout troop as an Eagle Scout, and works for T.L. Storer Scout Reservation. KEVIN A. CAIRA AWARD Alexandra Nedell is currently undecided on which school she will attend, but plans to major in Biology. She has been a member of the National Honor Society since her sophomore year, and has played on the varsity lacrosse team for four years, serving as captain her senior year. She was a member of the powerlifting team, earning five first place medals, and was the Massachusetts State Champion in her division in 2012 and 2013. Alexandra volunteers at the Walk for Hunger, at Our Lady of Lourdes School, and at Friedman Middle School with their Homework Club. She works part-time at both Body Revolution Gym and Dunkin’ Donuts.

FLORENCE FERULLO KANE AWARD Lauren LoRusso plans to attend Stonehill College to major in Public Relations. She is a member of the National Honor Society and classroom leader in her Honors Biology class. She has received classroom performance awards for freshman Honors English, Honors Spanish IV, and Pre-Calculus. Lauren volunteers with the Michael S.J. Melish Memorial Fundraiser every year, at the Pine Street Inn, and participates in the Theater Club and school Film Festival. She works for Roche Brothers Supermarkets, where she has been promoted from cashier to customer service clerk. JAMES DISTEFANO AWARD Valerie DiStefano will attend Quinnipiac University to major in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology. She is a member of the Key Club (Community Service), the Make a Difference Club, the Year Book Staff, and is a Student Ambassador. She has earned spots on the Honor Roll and Principal’s List, and volunteers for Cradles to Crayons, Waltham Boys and Girls Club, and the Greater Boston Food Bank. Valerie works as a cashier at Francis Food Mart, and babysits. CARMELITA BELLO AWARD Shannon Hirsch will be attending UMass Amherst to major in English and minor in Education. She is a member of

the Madrigal Singers, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Club. She is a peer leader, and developed a curriculum about healthy relationships for 6th grade students. Shannon has traveled to Italy, Switzerland, and Hungary to perform with Arlington High School musicians. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and the recipient of (Continued on Page 6)

Duncan Dietz Joseph Russo Award

Alexandra Nedell Kevin A. Caira Award

Lauren LoRusso Florence Ferullo Kane Award

Valerie DiStefano James DiStefano Award

Shannon Hirsch Carmelita Bello Award

Juliana Hillis Regina Margherita Di Savoia Mixed Lodge #1094 Award In Memory of Cathy Bourassa

Courtney Hart Wakefield Lodge #1734 Award In Memory of Bernard R. Horn Sr.

Mackenzie Foley Wakefield Lodge #1734 Award

Laura Cardarelli Lawrence Ladies Lodge #2026 Award In Memory of Mary Helen Paolino

Christopher Romano Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Award

Lucas Garrity Aldo A. Caira Memorial Award

Emily Troy Benefit Insurance Commission Award In Memory of Elizabeth Cipolla

Elizabeth Fazio Bernard R. Horn Sr. Memorial Award

Jessica Guida Mary J. Guida Memorial Award

Andrew Wallace The Honorable Domenic J. F. Russo Memorial Award

Anthony Marraffa Pasqualina Ciardeillo Memorial Award

PAGE 6 • Awards (Continued from Page Spanish and Chorus Awards. She volunteers at Catholic Heart Work Camp, as a Spanish tutor, and as a dance studio assistant. Shannon works at Stone Hearth Pizza, Dance Place, and babysits, and considers her special talents to be singing, dancing, acting, and musical theater performance.

Special Awards

REGINA MARGHERITA DI SAVOIA MIXED LODGE #1094 – IN MEMORY OF CATHY BOURASSA Juliana Hillis plans to attend Boston College to major in Business and minor in Fine Arts. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, and a National Merit Commended Student. She is the captain of the varsity soccer team, plays on the varsity tennis team, and has been a licensed soccer referee since she was 12 years old. Juliana is the recipient of the Library of Congress Award, and volunteers for Kicks for Cancer and Support our Troops. WAKEFIELD LODGE #1734 AWARD – IN MEMORY OF BERNARD R. HORN SR. Courtney Hart is currently undecided on a college, but plans to major in Biology and Health Sciences, and minor in Spanish. She is the secretary

SONS OF ITALY NEWS 5) of the Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, a member of the Social Awareness Club, and captain of the varsity cheerleading team. She is the recipient of the Princeton University Junior Book Award, and volunteers with Winchester Hospital, the Best Buddies program, the Red Cross Blood Drive, and a clean-up of Lake Quannapowitt. Courtney works for Market Basket as a cashier, and the YMCA as a gymnastics instructor. WAKEFIELD LODGE #1734 AWARD Mackenzie Foley plans to attend Lasell College to major in Athletic Training. She has played on the field hockey team for four years, and played on the ice hockey team before becoming the team manager. She is a member and secretary of Best Buddies, and a member of her school’s social awareness club. Mackenzie has volunteered at road races, coaching field hockey for grades K-5, and works at The Paper Store. LAWRENCE LADIES LODGE #2026 Laura Cardarelli will be attending Saint Leo University to major in Elementary Education. She is a Yearbook Committee member and Spanish Club member. She is a Dance Convention Award Winner, and Dance Studio of Wakefield Competition Team Member and teacher. Laura volunteers

at an elementary after school program, and works as a Sales Associate at PS Aeropostale. ANGELO GIUSEPPE RONCALLI LODGE #2183 AWARD Christopher Romano is planning to attend UMass Lowell to major in Electrical Engineering. He is the leader of his school’s improv troupe, and a member of the Photo Club, Drama Club, and National Honor Society. In 2013, he won two awards for ensemble acting in a one-act play, Still Falls the Rain. He plays guitar, drums, and bass, worked as a summer intern at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and volunteers at the Nazzaro Community Center in the North End teaching kids how to play instruments. Christopher is the Vice President of the Wilmington Junior Lodge #3729. ALDO A. CAIRA MEMORIAL AWARD Lucas Garrity will be attending Assumption College to major in Business Management and minor in Sports Marketing. Lucas is a member of the Rotary Interact and DECA clubs, as well as the National Honor Society. He is an honor roll student, and plays on the track and field and baseball teams. He is an active member of the Wildcat Community Service Program, and the Wilmington Junior Lodge #3729, serving

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as both Trustee and Financial Secretary. Lucas works at Bob’s Store, as a basketball referee, and at a sports summer camp, and volunteers as a tutor. BENEFIT INSURANCE COMMISSION AWARD – IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH CIPOLLA Emily Troy plans to attend Framingham State University with a major in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Psychology. Emily is the 9-11 Memorial Committee Vice President, and a member of the Rotary Club Interact, and the Wilmington High School Band. She plays field hockey and softball, and works as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Burbank YMCA in Reading, and as a hostess at Christopher’s Restaurants. Emily is the Recording Secretary of the Wilmington Junior Lodge, where she has been a member for seven years. BERNARD R. HORN SR. MEMORIAL AWARD Elizabeth Fazio is planning to attend Colby-Sawyer College to major in Nursing. She is a member of the National Honor Society, scored in the “Advanced” category on the MCAS, and was the recipient of a Spanish II Award. Elizabeth plays tennis and dances, and works as a dance assistant at Sally McDermott Dance Studio. She volunteers at the Food Pantry at North American Martyrs, and for Auburn Youth

State President Carmelita Bello, Commission for Social Justice members Pamela Donnaruma, Marilyn Petitto Devaney, and Marie Jackson, Justice Award honoree – The Honorable Robert B. Calagione, Commission for Social Justice members Richard Vita, Esq., Charles Perenick, Vice Chairman Donald McGowan, and Chairman Albert A. DeNapoli, Esq.

and Family Services. MARY J. GUIDA MEMORIAL AWARD Jessica Guida will be attending Emerson College to major in Journalism. She is Student Council Vice President, National Honor Society President, and a member of Peer Leadership, the Principal’s Advisory Council, the North Eastern Association of Student Councils Executive Board, and the Drama Club. Jessica is the recipient of the Tewksbury Rotary Club Hats Off Award, Student Council Determination Award and School Service Award, John and Abigail Adams Award, and is the two-time recipient of the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils Commonwealth Award. She volunteers for the Koats for Kids Drive, Toys for Tots Drive, Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The Cinderella Project, and TMHS Freshman Orientation. She works as a crew trainer at McDonald’s and loves to sing and act. THE HONORABLE DOMENIC J. F. RUSSO MEMORIAL AWARD Andrew Wallace plans to attend the University of New Haven to major in Chemical Engineering. He was an Advanced Placement student in Chemistry, History, Calculus, and English, and earned a place on the Honor Roll. He is a member of the varsity baseball team, and volunteers at a summer youth baseball camp. Anthony works as a store clerk at Hannaford, and was the recipient of the Rotary Club’s Hats off Award in December. PASQUALINA CIARDEILLO MEMORIAL AWARD Anthony Marraffa will attend Fitchburg State University to major in Communications Media - Film and Video. He has participated in the Salem High School News program as a director, editor, anchor, and other various crew members. He has earned a place on the High Honor Roll for four years, and is the recipient of the Exploring TV Production Award, Digital Film 2 and 3 Award, and Salem Access Television Producer Recognition Award. Anthony volunteers with St. James Church, Lifebridge Food Pantry, and Salem Access TV, and considers his special talents to be computer technical skills, photography, acting, cinematography, and editing.

2015 Scholarship Recipients with the Commission for Social Justice honorees, head table guests, and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (center).


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State President Carmelita Bello, Commission for Social Justice members Richard Vita, Esq., Marilyn Petitto Devaney, and Marie Jackson, Public Service Award honoree – The Honorable Joseph A. Curtatone, Commission for Social Justice Vice Chairman Donald McGowan, members Charles Perenick and Pamela Donnaruma, and Chairman Albert A. DeNapoli, Esq.

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Announced Candidates for State and National Offices EXECUTIVE COUNCIL State President


State Recording Secretary

National Delegate — District 1


Winthrop, MA


Newtonville, MA

Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692

Lee, MA

Ambrose D. Cedrone Lodge #1069

Candidate for re-election to the office of

G. Marconi Lodge #1620

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OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Chairman Building Trust, Builing Board Treasurer (4 years), Trustee (4 years), Orator, President of the Ambrose D. Cedrone Lodge #1069 in Newton. GRAND LODGE: State Trustee (2 years), Treasurer (2 years). NATIONAL: National Delegate (18 years), National Trustee (4 years), National Historian (2 years). COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: Benefit Insurance Commissioner (8 years), Benefit Insurance Commission Treasurer (5 ½ years), Benefit Insurance Commission President (4½ years), Charitable and Educational Trust member (2 years), Walk-a-thon Chairman (8 years), Pot of Gold Chairman (2 years), Bocce Chairman (1 year), New Year’s Jackpot in Connecticut (3 years). Committee member: Christopher Columbus Quincentennial, Columbus Day Parade, Convention Ad Book, Clambake, Italian Home for Children, Annual Cookout. BIOGRAPHY: Anthony was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and owns his own printing company.

OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Mistress of Ceremonies, Trustee, Vice President, President (2 terms) GRAND LODGE: State Trustee (4 years), State Treasurer (2 years), State Recording Secretary (2 years) NATIONAL: National Delegate (5 terms), Acting Recording Secretary to the 2009 National Convention COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: Public Relations Commission Chairman, Merchandise Chairman, Co-Chairman of Calendar Raffle, Italian Night (2009 Convention), and Memorial Mass, Liaison to the Commission for Social Justice and Historical Commissions, State Deputy to two Lodges. Committee member: Walk-a-thon, Convention Ad Book, Purple Aster, Columbus Day Parade, First Lady’s Reception, State President’s Testimonial, Italian Heritage (Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy), Pot of Gold, and Calendar Raffle. BIOGRAPHY: I joined the Sons of Italy in 1989. I try to visit and support many Lodges and their functions throughout the state. It is great to visit old friends and meet new ones. I believe in the goals of the Sons of Italy and try my best to help accomplish them.

ANTONIO SESTITO Hingham, MA South Shore Men’s Lodge #1850 Candidate for election to the office of


OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Vice President (2 years), President (5 years), Immediate Past President GRAND LODGE: State Trustee (5 years), State Financial Secretary, State Orator, State Second Vice President (4 years), State First Vice President (2 years) NATIONAL: National Delegate COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: State Deputy to the Massimo d’Azeglio Lodge #760 (12 years), District Deputy, Membership Commission Chairman, Organization and Education Chairman, Scholarship, Membership, Historical, and Judiciary Commission member, Charitable and Educational Trust member, Co-Chairman of the Convention Ad Book, Columbus Day Parade, Pot of Gold, Italian American Heritage Month Kickoff, Tutto Italiano Auto Show, Lobsterfest, fundraising, First Lady’s Reception, and State President’s Testimonial committees, State Convention Co-ordinator and Chairman. BIOGRAPHY: I have been a dedicated member of the Order for over 25 years. In that time, I have served as an officer for the South Shore Men’s Lodge # 1850 and the Grand Lodge for 24 years. As State Membership Chairman, we adopted the “Just Ask” campaign, and in 2012, for the first time in over 20 years, we had an increase in membership. I have served on the State Council under five State Presidents; I have learned from each of them and can use that knowledge to benefit our Grand Lodge for the next two years and beyond. I was born in Palermiti, Catanzaro, Italy. I am married to Marieanne Sestito, and we have two children, Marissa and Antonio Jr., and two grandsons, Tommy and Patrick.

OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, and President of the G. Marconi Lodge #1620 in Lee. GRAND LODGE: State Trustee (1995-1999, 2011-2015) NATIONAL: National Delegate, Arbitrator, and Trustee COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: Italian Culture Commission (3 years), Scholarship Commission (Member - 8 years, Chairman - 4 years, Liaison - 2 years), Liaison, Commission for Social Justice (4 years), Alzheimer’s Chairman (2 years) and Co-Chairman (4 years), Organization and Education Commission Chairman (8 years) and Liaison (4 years), State Deputy to the ITAM Lodge #564 (Pittsfield) and Amerita Lodge #379 (Springfield) (5 years), National Alzheimer’s Committee (5 years). BIOGRAPHY: Stephen was born in North Adams, attended North Adams Public Schools, and graduated from North Adams Teacher’s College in 1954. He served in the Army from 1954-1956, and then obtained his Master’s Degree from Springfield College in 1959. He has been married to his wife Sandra for 58 years, and they have three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Stephen was a teacher for 13 years, vice principal for 22 years, and principal for 3 years. He joined the G. Marconi Lodge #1620 in 1981, and in 1986 attended a conference in Italy, representing the Grand Lodge alongside Past Presidents Charles Perenick and Joseph Giuffrida. He has been active at the Filial, Grand, and Supreme Lodge levels. Stephen has served on the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Lee School Committee, and is currently the Chairman of the Lee Council on Aging, a Lee Town Representative (since 1971), and a 20-year board member of the Lee Public Access Station.

State Financial Secretary MARGARET OLIVIERI Worcester, MA Worcester Lodge #168 Candidate for re-election to the office of

National Delegate — District 3

STATE FINANCIAL SECRETARY Candidate for election to the office of


OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Recording Secretary (12 years), Trustee (1 year) GRAND LODGE: State Trustee (2 years), Chairman of the State Trustees (2 years), State Financial Secretary (2 years) COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: Convention Ad Book Co-Chairman (2 years), Purple Aster Chairman (4 years), 100th Anniversary Gala Co-Chairman, Pot of Gold Chairman, Liaison to the Scholarship and Benefit Insurance Commissions, Membership Commission member Committee member: Walk-a-thon, First Lady’s Reception, Golden Lion Awards BIOGRAPHY: I am Margaret Olivieri and I am running for State Financial Secretary and National Delegate - District 2. I am a lifetime resident of the city of Worcester and have been an active participating member of the Worcester Lodge # 168 since 1999. My last six years on the Council have given me the opportunity to work with many individuals in reaching our team goals for the Order. I am the best candidate for these positions because of my attention to detail and organizational skills. I look forward to collaborating with my Council in our future endeavors. I am the mother of two children: Joseph, 27, and Carmella, 17. I am currently employed by Community-Ems, as an Office Manager, Billing Specialist.

JOHN A. SALADINO Woburn, MA Winchester Men’s Lodge #1580 Candidate for election to the office of


OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Trustee (2 years), President (3 years), Medford Lodge #1359 Recording Secretary (6 years), Vice President (2 years), President (6 years), Board of Directors (3 Years), Degree Team, Winchester Men’s Lodge #1580 GRAND LODGE: Benefit Insurance Commission Director of Sales (10 years), Benefit Insurance Commissioner (10 years), Benefit Insurance Commission Secretary (4 years), State Deputy (20 years) NATIONAL: National Delegate (46 years), National Regional Deputy to Canada, National Recording Secretary (4 years), National Foundation Trustee (10 years), Acting National Executive Director (2 years). COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: Historical Commission Chairman (4 years), Charitable and Educational Trust Chairman (4 years), Convention Coordinator (20 years). BIOGRAPHY: John has been a member of the Order for 51 years, and was the “Man of the Year” in 1968 for the Medford Lodge # 1359, and a Golden Lion Award recipient in 2004.

State First Vice President DENISE FURNARI Norwood, MA Norwood Italian Lodge #1235 Candidate for election to the office of


National Delegate — District 4

STATE FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Candidate for election to the office of



Milton, MA


Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge #2614

Roslindale, MA

OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Trustee, Vice President of the Norwood Italian Ladies Lodge #1690 GRAND LODGE: State Trustee (6 years), State Financial Secretary (4 years), State Orator (2 years) COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: Junior Division President (4 years), Scholarship Commission Chairman (2 years), Charity Commission Chairman (2 years), Convention Ad Book Co-Chairman (2 years), Purple Aster Co-Chairman (4 years), Columbus Day Parade Co-Chairman, Memorial Mass Co-Chairman, Special Olympics Co-Chairman, Golden Lion Banquet Co-Chairman. BIOGRAPHY: Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is a Regional Supervisor for the McDonald’s Corporation. She is a CYO Youth Basketball and Softball coach and a Eucharistic minister.

Sgt. Guido Petrilli Lodge #1606

Candidate for re-election to the office of

Candidate for election to the office of



BIOGRAPHY: Marjorie has been a member of the Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge #2614 for 27 years. She is married to the Lodge’s President, Dr. Dean Saluti. She is currently the Treasurer of the Benefit Insurance Commission, and has served on the Commission for 6 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Master’s degree from the State University of New York. She owns a consulting firm, with clients such as Rockefeller, Fidelity, Schwab, and Bank of America. She was selected “Woman of the Year” by Cosmas and Damian, Fieri, and Ritz-Carlton/Boys Town of Italy. She has been on the Board of the Pirandello Lyceum for 25 years.

OFFICES HELD FILIAL LODGE: Trustee (various terms), State Deputy COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES: First Lady’s Reception, State President’s Testimonial BIOGRAPHY: Pauline has been a member of the Order for 45 years, and is a Past First Lady of the Sgt. Guido Petrilli Lodge #1606, as well as State Past First Lady.


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Marjorie Cahn Treasurer

Anthony J. 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

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Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Fundraising Breakfast by Chris Parrella

On Sunday, April 12, 2015 the Tewksbury Lodge #2872 held a Fundraising Breakfast at the VFW in Tewksbury. Members served a full breakfast, which included pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, sausages, juice, fruit, milk, and coffee,

to approximately 130 people. The event was open to members, their families, and the general public. The breakfast was held to raise funds to support our charitable works and to promote our organization.

(L-R): Front Row: George Iannuzzo, Kathy Anderson, Mary Iannuzzo, Debora Deputat, Paula Coppola, and Charles Coppola. Back Row: Chris Parrella, Joan Tashjian, Linda Bettano, Charles Bettano, Pasquale Caruso, Kathy Dell’Arciprete, Mal Anderson, Maria DiCiaccio, Barbara Parrella, Nicole Kopacz, Tony Tedesco, Nina Embriano, and Ed Embriano.

(L-R): Deborah Deputat, Charles Coppola, and Paula (L-R): Joan Tashjian, Nina Embriano, and Pasquale Coppola Caruso

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(L-R): Tony Tedesco, Breakfast Committee Chairperson Kathy Anderson, and Deborah Deputat

Martha and Anthony Iarrapino with granddaughter Lia Lucia Guttenplan.

(L-R): Paula Coppola, Barbara Parrella, Deborah Deputat, Nina Embriano, and Nicole Kopacz

Mary Iannuzzo and George Iannuzzo


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Braintree Ladies Lodge #1422

“Swing into Spring” Fashion Show by Angela Geso

Committee members Carol Czech, Angela Geso, Carolyn Loud, Marta Googins, Louise Quinlan, and Ruthann Berlandi. as well as State Orator Denise Furnari and Braintree’s first woman Town Council member Shannon Hume, our “Celebrity Model”. Each table had distinctive hats from President Marta Googins’ own collection as the centerpiece and the Elegant Brunch from Fasano’s Catering featured quiche, Belgian waffles and other traditional breakfast fare. A raffle table with over 30 prizes completed the afternoon. Professional photographer and former Junior Lodge member Lisa Czech took lots of great photos of models and guests. Proceeds from the event will benefit club charities.

Ruthann Berlandi all set for summer.

Dorothy Berlandi graces the runway.

President Elect Angela Geso in spring colors.

Financial Secretary Linda Kelly-Hayes.

State Orator Denise Furnari in a new look.

Andrea Sweet graces the runway. On Sunday, March 29, the Braintree Ladies Lodge #1422 hosted a Fashion Show and

Elegant Brunch at the Braintree Sons of Italy. Bradbury’s Boutique of Braintree provided the latest in spring fashions and accessories modeled by club members Dorothy and Ruthann Berlandi, Andrea Daiute Sweet, Carol Czech, Rosemarie Lauria, Arianna Miller, Linda Kelley-Hayes, and Angela Geso,


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Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Taste of the Town by Chris Parrella

(L-R): First Row: Mary Iannuzzo, Paula Coppola, Marilyn Santamour, and Barbara Parrella. Back Row: George Iannuzzo, Charles Coppola, Deborah Deputat, Joel Deputat, Maria DiCiaccio, and Chris Parrella On April 1, 2015, Members of the Tewksbury Sons of Italy Lodge #2872 attended a “Taste of the Town” fundraiser event sponsored by the Tewksbury Rotary

Club and held at the Tewksbury Country Club. At the event attendees were able to sample foods from a variety of local restaurants and cast their votes for

their favorites. Like our organization, the Rotary Club, through its fundraising efforts provides support to many charitable programs.

Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Donates to Windows of Hope by Chris Parrella A fundraiser for Windows of Hope was held at the Marina at the Wharf in Revere on April 19, 2015. The Tewksbury Lodge #2872 donated $500 to the cancer support organization, which is located at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Windows of Hope provides for the needs of those battling any form of cancer, regardless of insurance coverage. Patients can obtain wigs, hats, prostheses, books, tapes, skin care items, and clothing, as well as counseling and any other services or items needed. Two of our lodge members, Paula and Charles Coppola, generously donated their time to serve on the fundraising committee. Overall, more than $12,000 was raised for Windows of Hope. (L-R): Chairperson of the Tewksbury Lodge Charitable Committee Paula Coppola, Chairperson for Windows of Hope Marie Aloisi, and Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071 President Dottie D’Onofrio.

(L-R): Chairperson of the Tewksbury Lodge Charitable Committee Paula Coppola, Chairperson for Windows of Hope Marie Aloisi, and President of the North Shore Irish Association Mary Forgione.

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Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 Installation of Officers by Donna Segreti Reilly

Members from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts actively participated in the Installation of Officers at the Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 meeting on April 28, 2015. State Past President Kevin Caira and John Saladino acted as Assistant Heralds and State Deputy Matt Ezekiel acted as Herald. State Immediate Past President and National Recording Secretary James DiStefano gave a resounding keynote speech about OSIA founder Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro’s “I have a dream ...” speech of June 22, 1905, as well as OSIA history. The Lodge certainly appreciated Grand Lodge’s presence and excellent assistance. After serving for 6 years as President of the Lodge, Joseph Boncore is turning the President’s gavel over to Kathi Young. Kathi has been a Lodge member since 2007, serving first as Recording Secretary and then as Vice President. Joseph Boncore explained that his work on the Winthrop Housing Authority is his passion, and he also serves as Chairman of the Winthrop Ordinance Review Committee. At the state

(L-R): New officers for Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057. First Row: President Kathi Young, Vice President Marylou Abbatessa, Immediate Past President Joseph Boncore Esq., and Mary Boncore O’Keefe (standing in for Orator Tina Helton). Second row: Financial Secretary Janis Pomeroy, Recording Secretary DeAnne Lewis, Mistresses of Ceremonies Raffella Boncore and Donna Segreti Reilly, and Sentinel Agnes Nobile. Last Row: Trustees Arthur “Skip” Marcella, Pasquale D’Amore, Cathy Agostinelli, and Michael Abbatessa. (Not Pictured: Trustee Christine Boncore Sciaraffa) level, Joseph is a Commissioner on the Benefit Insurance Commission, and in March 2014, he was appointed the

(L-R): Winthrop Housing Authority Executive Director Peg Lyons, Housing Board member Richard Honan, Lodge President Kathi Young, Lodge Immediate Past President Joseph Boncore, Town Council President Peter Gill, and Town Counselor at Large and National Past President Philip R. Boncore. (Not Pictured: Housing Board member Frank Ferrara and Town Counselor Craig Mael)

State Senator Anthony Petruccelli (left) is seen here congratulating Kathi Young (center) and Joseph Boncore (right) for their service at all levels of the Order, and in Winthrop.

National President of the Commission for Social Justice (CSJ). State Senator Anthony

Petruccelli was also in attendance, and he congratulated both Joseph and Kathi on their service at all levels of the

Order, and extended the same congratulations from House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who was unable to attend.

(L-R): Seated are: Lodge Past President and National Past First Lady Goldie Boncore, State Past First Lady Cheryl Caira, Lodge President Kathi Young, State Past President and National Trustee Florence Ferullo Kane, and State Recording Secretary Marie Jackson. Standing: State Past President Kevin Caira, Lodge Past President Robert A. Boncore, Esq., Lodge Immediate Past President, Benefit Insurance Commissioner, and President of the National Commission for Social Justice Joseph A. Boncore, Esq., State Immediate Past President and National Recording Secretary James DiStefano, Benefit Insurance Commission President and National Historian Anthony J. Panaggio Jr., State Financial Secretary Margaret Olivieri, State Deputy Matt Ezekiel, and State and National Past President Philip R. Boncore, Esq. (Not Pictured: John Saladino)

(L-R): Lending their love and support to outgoing President Joseph Boncore are many of his family members. Seated: Corina Boncore, Raffella Boncore, Goldie Boncore, and Mary Boncore O’Keefe. Standing: Joseph Boncore, Sarah Strauch, Nick Mesa, new Lodge President Kathi Young, Christine Boncore Sciaraffa, Philip R. Boncore, and Robert Boncore. (Not Pictured: Mark Sciaraffa, and Sophia and Stella Sciaraffa)



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Methuen Lodge #902 Installation of Officers

The Methuen Lodge #902 held their Installation of Officers at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2015.

(L-R): Front Row: Carmela Pagnoni, Patty Terilli, Donna Ramirez, Dottie Crisa, Marguerite Scuito, State President Carmelita Bello, and State Deputy Lucinda Nolet. Middle Row: Frank Napolitano, Ray Collins, Bob DeFrancesco, John Bellino, Lodge Past President Armand Buonanno, new Lodge President Ralph Bagarella, State First Vice President Antonio Sestito, National First Vice President Joseph Russo, State Immediate Past President James DiStefano, and Winchester Men’s Lodge #1580 Vice President John Saladino. Back Row: State Past President Kevin Caira, Dr. Anthony Sciuto, Dan Giuffrida, Mike Cuscia, State Trustee Larry Giordano, and Bob Mele.

Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 Installation of Officers The Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 held their Installation of Officers on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the American Legion Hall in Saugus, Massachusetts.

(L-R): Front: Lodge Trustee Lucy Cefalo, Lodge Vice President Linda Giannusa, State Recording Secretary Marie Jackson, Lodge President Janis Stanziani, Lodge Immediate Past President Angela Maraia, Lodge Trustee Joanne Cushing, and Mistress of Ceremonies Jean Rossi. Back: Lodge Orator George Morris, Lodge Recording Secretary Mary Ann Ankiewicz, Guy Decipio, Lodge Trustee Gerald Giannusa, State Deputy Rita Panetta, Guard Tomasso DiMambro, Lodge Financial Secretary Marcia Pollack, Mistress of Ceremonies Laura Tully. (Not Pictured: Lodge Treasurer Mary Morris, Lodge Trustee Rita O’Brien)


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Lawrence Ladies Lodge #2026 Installation of Officers and Scholarship Reception by Josie Paolino

(L-R): Officers of the Lawrence Ladies Lodge #2026 On May 6, 2015, the Lawrence Ladies Lodge #2026 held its Installation of Officers, as well as a Scholarship Reception, at an impressive ceremony which took place at DiBurro’s Function Hall in Bradford.

State Recording Secretary Marie Jackson conducted the installation with State Deputy Lucinda Nolet who served as Herald. The Lodge was applauded for its enthusiasm and involvement. Returning Presi-

Lodge Vice President Elaine Frangente thanks State Recording Secretary Marie Jackson and State Deputy Lucinda Nolet.

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dent Adeline Lavigne thanked outgoing Recording Secretary Rose Paolino for her 12 years of dedicated service to the Lodge, and presented her with flowers. The Lodge, through its charitable trust, the Service Center

Returning Lodge President Adeline Lavigne (left) thanks outgoing Lodge Recording Secretary Rose Paolino for her 12 years of service.

of Greater Lawrence, presented three Josephine I. Rizzo Scholarships, named after one of the founders of the Lodge. Josephine Paolino, who serves as Chairperson of the scholarship committee, thanked members

Ruth Giordano, Rose Paolino, and Theresa Petralia for their effort and assistance. The recipients of these $1,500 scholarships attend local high schools and have excellent academic records, compete and show leadership in sports, and demonstrate a high level of community involvement. This year, the recipients were Kayleigh Forgetta, Abbey Myers, and Kyle Whittaker. Kayleigh, who attends Methuen High School, is the daughter of Anthony Forgetta. She will be attending the University of Massachusetts - Lowell in the fall majoring in Criminal Justice. Abbey, who attends Presentation of Mary Academy, lives in Methuen with her mother, Deborah Myers. She will be attending Emmanuel College majoring in Biology. Kyle, the son of John and Joanne Whittaker, attends Methuen High School. He will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Electrical Engineering.

(L-R): Ruth Giordano, Kyle Whittaker, Josie Paolino, Theresa Petralia, Abbey Myers, and Rose Paolino (Not Pictured: Kayleigh Forgetta)

Winchester Women’s Lodge #1592 Mother’s Day Plant Sale On Saturday, May 9, 2015 under bright sunny skies, the Winchester Women's Lodge #1592 held their annual Mother's Day Plant Sale to raise

funds for the many charities they support at the local, state, and national level. They thank everyone who came out to support them.

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(L-R): Displaying flowers at their plant sale are Trustee Laura Caira, President Teresa Fiumara, State Deputy Michele Caira Nortonen, Trustee Maureen Von Fritzinger, Member Gail LaRocca, Treasurer Dora McLeod, and Immediate Past President Petrina Scotti.




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Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071 Donates to “Support the Troops” by Dottie D’Onofrio

Thursday, June 11, 2015 1:30 PM

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In Memory

Richard Honan, founder of Winthrop’s “Support the Troops” project, with donations for our service men and women. For over 11 years, Richard Honan, founder of Winthrop’s “Support the Troops” project, has been preparing and sending wonderful care packages to our military men and women who serve and defend our freedoms. The Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071 was honored to participate by donating items and funds to support this worthwhile project, which offers soldiers a loving touch from home. The Lodge is also in the process of planning their Scholarship Awards Luncheon, as well as a fundraiser at the Winthrop Farmers Market to fund their annual Thanksgiving dinner baskets.

Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 Donates to Marianna Fabiano Memorial Fund by Donna Segreti Reilly

In Remembrances 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. LODGE NAME Giuseppe Verdi #278 Peter B. Gay #540 ITAM #564 Francesco DeSanctis #1411 Francesco DeSanctis #1411 Stella Del Nord #1436 Victor Emanuel #1646 Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli #2183

CITY E. Weymouth Taunton Pittsfield Natick Natick Quincy Haverhill Wilmington

NAME Lucy Striano Thomas B. White Mary Fulginiti Francis A. Arena William J. Doren Fulvia R. Ceriani Vincent M. Cardarelli Anna M. Visconti

MEMORIAMS SONS OF ITALY NEWS Name of Deceased: ____________________________________________________________________ Name of Bereaved: ____________________________________________________________________ Street Address: _______________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________________ Name of Donor: ______________________________________________________________________ Street Address: _______________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________________ TYPE/PRINT MESSAGE IN BOX

Lodge President Kathi Young and Immediate Past President Joseph Boncore presenting a check for the Marianna Fabiano Memorial Fund. The Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 made a donation to Marianna Fabiano’s Memorial Fund, which will make the Ft. Banks-Gorman School handicapped accessible. Marianna Fabiano died on October 2, 2014 at age 3. She was a sweet and loving child. Remembering Marianna with a donation is a way to make the Gorman playground accessible for other handicapped children. To make a contribution, go to

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May/June 2015  

Massachusetts Education and Law Awards recap, scholarship recipient bios

May/June 2015  

Massachusetts Education and Law Awards recap, scholarship recipient bios