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VOL. XC - NO. 5

(ISSN 0038-1446)


2015 October Italian Heritage Month OCTOBER ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH COMMITTEE Cav. James DiStefano, President Marisa Di Pietro, Recording Secretary Hon. Joseph V. Ferrino, Ret., Chairman Emeritus, Founder Cav. Kevin Caira, Immediate Past President Anthony Cassano, President Dante Alighieri Society M. Gioconda Motta, President C.A.S.IT America in History Landing of Columbus Dr. John Christoforo, Chairman of the Board Designs created & implemented by Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880), the Michelangelo of the United States Capitol Dr. Spencer DiScala, Historian Nicola DeSantis, Consul General, Honorary Chairman

Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Co-Founder Comm. Lino Rullo, President Emeritus, Co-Founder Domenico Susi, President Federation of Italian Associations Salvatore Bramante, VP Fiscal Affairs Dr. Stephen F. Maio, Director of Education Frank Mazzaglia, Public Relations Antonio Sestito, O.S.I.A. State President Maurizio Pasquale, President COMITES

OCTOBER IS ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH IN MASSACHUSETTS Celebrate Italian Heritage with a month of events VIEW PAGES 6-8 FOR CALENDAR LISTING The ANNUAL KICKOFF will be held on Thursday, October 1st from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the HOUSE CHAMBER, 3rd Floor of the State House in Boston. Coro Dante will be performing the American and Italian national anthems and other musical selections. Performances by musician Ray Cavicchio, soloist Ruth Harcovitz, and vocalist Gian Faraone. A proclamation by Governor Charlie Baker will be read. Honored Guest: Consul General of Italy Nicola De Santis. A wonderful program is planned, so please join us! Attend with friends and family and show your support of October Italian Heritage Month! Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. COORDINATORS: President James DiStefano 617-909-5403, Chairman Dr. John Christoforo 781-648-5678, Lino Rullo 617-447-0598, Hon. Joseph Ferrino, Ret., 617-846-2122, Hon. Peter Agnes.

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SONS of ITALY NEWS Pamela Donnaruma, Editor Rosario Scabin, Photographer NO. 5 - SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 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 ANTONIO SESTITO State President DENISE FURNARI State First Vice President MATTHEW EZEKIEL State Second Vice President CARMELITA BELLO Immediate Past President MARISSA SESTITO State Orator MARIE JACKSON State Recording Secretary MARGARET OLIVIERI State Financial Secretary JOHN ARGIRO State Treasurer STATE PAST PRESIDENTS JAMES DI STEFANO FLORENCE FERULLO KANE KEVIN A. CAIRA JOSEPH A. RUSSO PHILIP R. BONCORE, ESQ. CHARLES H. PERENICK












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from Antonio Sestito

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Summer is almost over and I’m sure we are all looking forward to another long winter and snow. We should all be looking forward to getting back to work in our respective Lodges and getting together with our Brothers and Sisters. On August 16-23, I along with our 16 national delegates attended the National Convention in Bonita Springs, Florida. The weather was great — if you like 90 degree heat and humidity — but that’s Florida in the summer. At our State Convention, a motion was made and passed unanimously that our 17 delegates support our Brother Joseph Russo for the office of National President. I nominated Brother Joe and our State First Vice President Denise Furnari seconded the nomination. In her nomination speech, she asked all the delegates from Massachusetts to stand in support of Brother Joe; 11 of us did stand for him, and 6 did not. I, along with the other 10 delegates who cast votes for Brother Joe, felt that the National President’s seat was a Massachusetts seat, and that it was our turn to have a National President. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is the secondlargest Grand Lodge in our Order, and yet we’ve only had one National President in the last 30 years. I personally think that the reason this has been going on is because everyone at the National level is under the impression that Massachusetts is divided. I do not agree with that assessment; a few people do not make this Grand Lodge divided. However, this type of action is what makes National think that we are divided. As State President, I had two appointments for National Foundation trustees. My two appointments were approved

by new National President Dan Longo and the President of the Foundation. When all the appointments were brought up on the floor for a vote, one of our delegates made a motion to change one of my appointments to one of his picks, even though this was highly irregular. The vote was taken and the vote was 2 for his motion and 38 for my two appointments. Our new National officers are National Fourth Vice President Joseph Boncore, National Trustee John Saladino, National Commission for Social Justice President Kevin Caira, and National Foundation Trustees Albert DeNapoli and Philip Privitera. I wish them all the best. On August 29, the Grand Lodge held its Lobsterfest at the Sons of Italy in Hingham. This event was a great success — the lobsters and steak were excellent and everyone enjoyed the day. I would like to thank everyone that attended. I extend a special thank you to my Lodge Brothers, John Argiro, Pasquale D’Elia, Joe Laugelli, Vin Perri, and my two grandsons Tommy and Patrick, our kitchen committee Florence Ferullo Kane, Frank Guidara and my wife Marieanne for their hard work to make this an enjoyable day, and to Paul and Adriana Guida for all their help. As you know, October is Italian Heritage Month, and the kickoff for the month-long calendar of events will be held on October 1 at the State House in Boston at 6:00 P.M. All members are welcome to attend. As the largest Italian organization in Massachusetts, we should have a strong attendance at the State House. The Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo will be our master of ceremonies for the evening. The Grand Lodge will continue

its tradition of participating in Columbus Day by marching in the Columbus Day Parade in the North End on Sunday, October 11. It is imperative that Lodges participate in this event by sending representatives to march in the parade, as it is an important opportunity for us to remind the community that the Sons of Italy is a vibrant and significant organization within the Italian American community. Visit the Grand Lodge website for the registration form and more information. On October 17, the Grand Lodge will host the Heritage Month Dinner Dance at the Winchester Sons of Italy. The event includes a complete, homemade dinner. Tickets are available at the Grand Lodge or can be purchased via the website at OSIAMA.ORG for $35.00. Please join us and celebrate Italian Heritage Month with your Brothers and Sisters. We have finally received copies of our historical book published on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. I encourage each Lodge to purchase at least one copy to donate to their local library, as well as libraries in the surrounding areas that may not have a local Lodge. Copies are available for $21.99 each by contacting the Grand Lodge, or by visiting the website at OSIAMA.ORG. I would like to thank Sister Theresa Farina, the Historical Commission, and Brother Anthony Sammarco for the great job they did on this book. Brothers and Sisters, if there is anything that I or the State Council can do for you please let us know. We are here for you. Let us all get back to work and make our Order stronger. Fraternally, Antonio Sestito State President


Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Donates to Wilmington Food Pantry by Michele Caira Nortonen

GRAND LODGE EVENTS OCTOBER 3-4, 2015 Bocce Tournament Sons of Italy Methuen , MA

OCTOBER 17, 2015

Heritage Month Dinner Dance Sons of Italy Winchester, 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:

Lennie Malvone, Michele Caira Nortonen, Kevin Caira, Food Pantry Co-Chairman Bob PiPalma, Laura Caira, Jerry Pupa, and Lynne Martell. The Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 of Wilmington has been a proud sponsor of the Wilmington Food Pantry for several years. Their annual donation of $2,000 is very much appreciated by the Community Fund and directly benefits Wilmington residents.

Food Pantry Co-Chairman Bob DiPalma accepted a check from Roncalli Board Chairman Kevin Caira, who was accompanied by Lodge members Lennie Malvone, Michele Caira Nortonen, Laura Caira, Jerry Pupa, and Lynne Martell.



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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Celebrates Fourth of July by Michele Caira Nortonen

The Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 of Wilmington served up meatball subs and heaping bowls of ice cream in their booth during their community’s annual Fourth of July festivities.


Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071

Charity Raffle by Dottie D’Onofrio It was a warm sunny July day in Winthrop at the Farmers Market when the Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071 displayed the wonderful prizes donated in support of the annual Charity Raffle. The committee looks forward to setting up again come this fall.

The kitchen crew, consisting of volunteer members from the Lodge, takes a break to pose for a picture before people start to line up for their spaghetti supper.

(L-R): Peggy Pacifico, Dottie D’Onofrio, and Bette Federico.

(L-R): Getting ready for customers are Lennie Malvone, Linda Clark, Charlie DeStefano, and Chuck Otis.

Mary Kiesinger, all decked out in her SOI apron, serves a dish of spaghetti and meatballs to hungry patrons during Wilmington’s Fourth of July festivities.

One meatball sub coming up! Karen Scalzi fills the order.

Lucille Malvone prepares bowls and bowls of salad.

Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 Celebrates Italian Republic Day by Jacquelyn Tricomi Bonarrigo On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 10:00 A.M., Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, in collaboration with the Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 of Brockton and the Italian American War Veterans, celebrated Italian Republic Day at Brockton City Hall. This marked the 154th anniversary of Italian citizens voting to replace the monarchy with a republic. The event commenced with a welcome from Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, and a presentation of a proclamation making the day “Italian Republic Day” in the city of Brockton. This was followed by short remarks from the Italian American War Veterans Past National Commander George Cataldo. Lodge Vice President and former City Councilor Todd Petti gave a short welcome to the crowd and introduced Lodge President Jacquelyn Bonarrigo. She gave a short speech on the events leading up to Italy’s change from a monarchy to a republic and then explained how Italians and Italian-Americans have contributed to our world in every way imaginable. Due to the inclement weather that day, the Italian flag could not be raised outside, but was raised in the rotunda of City Hall. All stood solemnly as the Italian nation anthem was played. The morning concluded with everyone enjoying fellowship, hot coffee, and Italian cookies.


Getting ready to scoop ice cream at the Wilmington Sons of Italy booth are: Patricia Romano (front), Laura Caira and Kevin Caira (middle), and Ginny Pupa, Michele Caira Nortonen, and Chuck Otis (back).

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Francesco DeSanctis Lodge #1411 Awards Scholarships to Deserving High School Seniors by Marisa Pilette

During the June 8, 2015 meeting of the Francesco DeSanctis Lodge #1411, members gathered to present eight deserving high school graduates with scholarships. Four scholarships were awarded by our lodge, and four families awarded memorial scholarships in memory of their departed loved ones. The Lodge hosts many fundraising events annually, including the popular Wednesday pasta night dinners, porchetta dinner dances, flea markets, bake sales and other profit generating and festive events, all of which make these scholarships possible. The following four graduates received the Francesco DeSanctis Lodge #1411 Scholarships: Travis Morazzini, Jessica Federico-Grome, Joseph Zonghi, and Philip Rodino. The Faustino Piccioli Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Faustino’s grandson, Nicholas Piccioli, by Nicholas’s grandmother Milly Piccioli and Aunt Diane Piccioli. Faustino “Tino” Piccioli joined the Lodge in 1994 and was highly respected among the members. The Francis Cristofori Scholarship was awarded to Marie Moncata, who will follow in her father’s footsteps. Thirty-nine years ago, Sam Moncata was awarded a scholarship from the Middletown, Connecticut Lodge, and like her dad, Marie will attend Holy Cross. Sam and Kathleen Moncata are members of the Francesco DeSanctis Lodge #1411 and are, of course, very proud

(L-R): Front: Scholarship Committee members Mary Rinaldo, Carol Manning, Nancy Foody, and Stephanie Ferlazzo. Back: Scholarship recipients Marie Moncata, Dylan Jones, Joseph Zonghi, Philip Rodino, Travis Morazzini, Jessica FedericoGrome, Lindsay Lombardo, and Nicholas Piccioli. of their daughter. Lindsay Lombardo was the recipient of the Pearl Oliva Scholarship. Fran Cristofori’s son Mark presented both memorial scholarships to the students. “Friendly Fran, the Pasta Man” managed the Wednesday

pasta nights for many years. A scholarship recipient himself, Fran attended Northeastern University upon returning from service as a WWII pilot and was a recipient of the Golden Lion Award. A retired school teacher and valued lodge member, Pearl

Samuel J. Musumeci Junior Lodge #2693 Visits Canobie Lake Park by Joe Salvo

Oliva Cristofori, who married Fran later in life, hosted a weekly Sunday morning, allItalian local radio program for many years. The Anna Massa Memorial Scholarship was presented by Anna’s husband Robert, and

was awarded to Dylan Jones, who will attend Tufts University in the fall. Anna joined the Order in 2004 and will always be remembered for her beauty, dedication and tireless efforts in promoting the Francesco DeSanctis Lodge.


Heritage Month Dinner Dance

Saturday, October 17, 2015 Sons of Italy 117 Swanton Street Winchester, Massachusetts Tickets: $35.00 (L-R): Front: Anthony Florio, Vincent Miller, Domenic Miller, Allyson Crisa, Marissa Rumore, and Arianna Freitas. Middle: Andrew Wojtas, Stanley Wojtas, Jack Galvin, Alex Miller, Christopher Iacovella, and Nicholas Iacovella. Back: Sal Florio, John Tarshi, and Michael Rumore. On June 29, 2015, members of the Samuel J. Musumeci Junior Lodge #2693 held an outing at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire. Members of the Junior Lodge, as well as their siblings and parents, enjoyed the various rides, games, and food under sunny skies. The Lodge hopes to make this an annual event in recognition of the many hours the members of this Junior Lodge have spent helping the Methuen Lodge #902 with events and in supporting local charities.

Tickets: Contact the Grand Lodge at 617-489-5234 or purchase online:



2015 October Italian Heritage Month


Calendar of Events

FALL 2015 “ART OF ITALIAN CUISINE” — Authentic Regional Italian Cuisine Master Classes — Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 617-8765160, Discover your inner chef and Italy’s incredibly diverse culinary landscape to create your own three course masterpiece! Six different master-classes introduce the distinct and exciting cuisines of six Italian regions. Each class lasts four hours and includes a sit-down dinner. You will cook in a newly equipped kitchen at the Dante Alighieri Society in Kendall Square, Cambridge, and enjoy your meal in intimate and beautiful surroundings. All menus include an appetizer, one entrée and dessert or two entrées and dessert depending on the complexity of the dishes. Please see below for complete course details. Individual classes are $70 or save more by registering for all six classes at only $375. Sign up with a friend or a date!!! Take advantage of the couple’s discount: second person gets 50% off the instruction fee. Offered by UMass Boston, College of Advancing and Professional Studies, in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts. Classes meet on Thursday nights from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM on the following days: November 19 - LAZIO October 8 - PUGLIA December 3 - VENETO (beginning at 6:30) October 22 - TOSCANA December 10 – LOMBARDIA November 5 - CAMPANIA To register for cooking classes visit web page and click on Events Tab/Cooking Classes September 22 through November 28

MEMBERS GALLERY EXHIBIT — “Indelebile Italia.” Tuesday – Friday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Photographer Giselle Valdes images feature the cityscapes, churches and historic buildings, Renaissance sculpture and ancient ruins of Rome, Florence and Venice. Photographs will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to fund future exhibitions at the West End Museum. Exhibit Reception: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 PM. SPONSOR: West End Museum LOCATION: West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Duane Lucia, Curator, 617-416-0718,

September 23, 2015Spring 2016

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES AT C.A.S.IT. 6:30-8:00 PM. Classes are designed for adults with little or no background in Italian who are interested in learning Italian, re-acquainting themselves with Italian, and studying Italian culture. If you are ready for an exciting and rewarding 10 weeks studying the most beautiful language in the world, than come to C.A.S.IT. $250 for a 10-week course. SPONSOR: C.A.S.IT LOCATION: 37 Water Street, Suite 4, Wakefield, MA COORDINATOR: Stephen Maio,,

October 2015March 2016

ANNUAL C.A.S.IT ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH CONTEST. C.A.S.IT is sponsoring this annual contest for Italian students K-12. Contest rules will be distributed in October to all teachers of Italian in the Boston consular district. Students will prepare a written project that expands their exposure to Italian culture and broadens their knowledge of the Italian language. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the elementary, middle, high school and advanced placement categories on Italian Republic Day at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. SPONSOR: C.A.S.IT LOCATION: 37 Water Street, Suite 4, Wakefield, MA COORDINATOR: Vilma Bibeau,; Katherine Lopez-Natale,


MOVIE NIGHTS AT C.A.S.IT. 7:00 PM. The C.A.S.IT movie night will be dedicated to the view of classic and contemporary Italian movies. The films will be in Italian with English subtitles. Some of the films that will be shown are: Il pranzo di Ferragosto, Benvenuto al Sud, Benvenuto al North, Stiamo tutti bene, La tigre e la neve, Il meglio della gioventu, L---a vita e bella, Pane e tulipani. Refreshments will be served. Donations are welcome. Check for dates and informaiton. SPONSOR: C.A.S.IT LOCATION: 37 Water Street, Suite 4, Wakefield, MA COORDINATOR: Vilma Bibeau,


ITALIAN BOOK CLUB. 7:00 PM. The C.A.S.IT Italian Book Club will be dedicated to the fiction and non-fiction works of Italian-American writers whose focus is on Italian-American issues, themes, and history, as well as to authentic Italian works from C.A.S.IT’s library. A literary work will be chosen each month. The club will meet once a month to discuss the suggested reading. Monthly information will be posted on C.A.S.IT website,, and C.A.S.IT Facebook page. Refreshments will be served. Donations are welcome. SPONSOR: C.A.S.IT LOCATION: 37 Water Street, Suite 4, Wakefield, MA COORDINATOR: Vilma Bibeau,

Month of October

DISPLAY OF HISTORICAL LODGE INFORMATION. A display case in the library will contain various historical information and photos regarding our lodge. Free. SPONSOR: G. Marconi Lodge #1620 LOCATION: Lee Library, 100 Main Street, Lee, MA COORDINATOR: Steve Cozzaglio, 413-243-3204,

Month of October

“GIOCA CON ME,” Italian laboratories for children at C.A.S.IT. Children will “discover,” with a non-traditional teaching approach, the beauty of the Italian language. Theme-based laboratories, such as music, theater, art, dance, and poetry will recur every ten weeks. “Impariamo Giocando.” Each theme, blended in “active learning,” will foster a yearning for deeper “discovery” of the Italian language.” See, or C.A.S.IT Facebook page for more details. SPONSOR: C.A.S.IT LOCATION: 37 Water Street, Suite 4, Wakefield, MA COORDINATOR: Gisella DiPaola, 617-833-9661,, or M. Gioconda Motta,

Thursday, October 1

THE ANNUAL KICK-OFF EVENT. 6:00 PM-10:00 PM. The ANNUAL KICKOFF will be held on Thursday, October 1st from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the HOUSE CHAMBER, 3 rd Floor of the State House in Boston. Coro Dante will be performing the American and Italian national anthems and other musical selections. Performances by musician Ray Cavicchio, soloist Ruth Harcovitz, and vocalist Gian Faraone. A proclamation by Governor Charlie Baker will be read. Honored Guest: Consul General of Italy Nicola De Santis. A wonderful program is planned, so please join us! Attend with friends and family and show your support of October Italian Heritage Month! Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. LOCATION: House Chamber, 3rd Floor, State House, Boston, MA COORDINATORS: James DiStefano, 617-909-5403; Chairman Dr. John Christoforo, 781-648-5678; Lino Rullo, 617-447-0598; Hon. Joseph Ferrino, Ret., 617-846-2122; Hon. Peter Agnes

Friday, October 2

6TH ANNUAL ITALIAN HERITAGE GOLF CLASSIC. Registration: 7:30 AM, Tee Time: 8:30 AM. Includes continental breakfast, breakfast sandwich at the turn, green fees, golf cart, gifts, buffet lunch, individual and 1st/2nd/3rd place team prizes, contests on the course, a 50/50 raffle, and a raffle table. Scramble format. Proceeds from this year’s golf classic will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, and the Italian Heritage Scholarship Fund. Register by Friday, September 25. $125.00 per person / $500.00 per four-person team. Luncheon only: $30.00 per person. Sponsorships available: $100.00 hole sponsorship, $50.00 golf cart sponsorship. SPONSOR: Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 and October Italian Heritage Month Committee LOCATION: Merrimack Valley Golf Club, 210 Howe Street, Methuen, MA COORDINATOR: Kevin Caira, 978-657-7734

Friday, October 2

GROOVY 70’S DISCO: DINNER/DANCE/RAFFLE FUNDRAISER. 7:00PM to 11:00 PM. Dinner/Dance/Raffle - ’70s Disco Music provided by DJ Michael Anthony Gaeta. $35.00 per person. SPONSOR: East Boston Social Centers LOCATION: Beachmont VFW, 150 Bennington Street, Revere, MA COORDINATOR: Marisa Di Pietro, 617-569-3221 x107, or 617-650-3442,

Friday, October 2

LECTURE, THEATRE WORKSHOP AND DEMONSTRATION WITH PAZZI LAZZI TROUPE. 4:30 PM. This event features a theater representation and a workshop to introduce students to the style and history of Commedia dell’Arte. Besides learning about Commedia dell’Arte, students will physically explore the classical stock characters and scenarios, learn about Lazzi and the gibberish-style language called Grammelot, at the same time developing an appreciation for the international and historical context of Commedia dell’Arte. Pazzi Lazzi is a Boston-based troupe devoted to preserving and celebrating the classical style of Commedia dell’Arte. Free and open to the public. SPONSOR: Wellesly College Italian Department LOCATION: Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA COORDINATOR: Emanuele Capoano,;,

Saturday October 3 through Sunday, October 4

GRAND LODGE BOCCE TOURNAMENT. October 3, 9:00 AM (Women, Mixed, and Junior Division) October 4, 9:00 AM (Men’s Division). Round Robin style tournament. Entry form can be downloaded from Entry fee: $90.00 per four-person team; includes morning refreshments, lunch, and prizes to the winning teams. Meal ticket only: $15.00. SPONSOR: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts LOCATION: Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA COORDINATOR: Paul Guida, 617-489-5234,

Saturday, October 3

COLUMBUS DAY BANQUET. 6:00 PM. Italian dinner and music celebrating Columbus Day. Cocktails: 6:00 PM. Dinner: 7:00 PM. $40.00 per person. SPONSOR: Cristoforo Colombo Regina Elena Lodge #169 LOCATION: Oak Hill Country Club, 840 Oak Hill Road, Fitchburg, MA COORDINATOR: Sylvia Pacetti-Poirier, 978-516-8899,

Saturday, October 3

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS MASQUERADE BALL. 6:30 PM. Dancing, buffet dinner, and raffles. Participants may dress in costume if so desired. $30.00 per person. SPONSOR: Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 LOCATION: Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 K of C Drive, Saugus, MA COORDINATOR: MaryAnn Ankiewicz, 978-536-7084,

Saturday, October 3

A MUSICAL CONCERT “Italy American Style.” 7:00 PM. Entertainment featuring: N.E.M.P.A.C. Singers, Street Magic, Ray Cavicchio & Sharon Z, Gian Faraone, Isabella Costantino Carrigan, Steve McNulty, and the Tom LaMark Orchestra. Musical Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Al Natale. Free and open to the public. SPONSOR: St. Joseph’s Society LOCATION: St. Stephen’s Church, Hanover Street, Boston (North End), MA COORDINATOR: James Martorano, 617-653-4760

Sunday, October 4

SUNDAY MASS. 11:00 AM. Sunday Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Uglietto and FatherJack Izzo, S.J. All are welcome to attend. SPONSOR: St. Joseph’s Society LOCATION: St. Stephen’s Church, Hanover Street, Boston, (North End) MA COORDINATOR: James Martorano at 617-653-4760

Monday, October 5

PASTA DINNER. 7:00 PM. Pasta Dinner: Chicken, broccoli, and ziti, meatballs, pasta marinara, salad, bread, butter, coffee, and desserts. $15.00 per person. SPONSOR: Stella Del Nord Lodge #1436 LOCATION: 120 Quarry Street, Quincy, MA COORDINATOR: Michelle DiPlacido, 617-694-3250,

Tuesday, October 6

WEST END MUSEUM ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH HONOREES. 6:30 PM. Honoring current and former West Enders of Italian heritage who have contributed to preserving the culture of the West End and its rich immigrant history. This year’s honorees: Joseph E. Morello, Angela Rotondo, and Joseph Russo (posthumously). Mr. Morello is a former West Ender who has worked with the Augusta Club of Boston for many years; the fraternal club was founded in the West End by immigrants like Joe’s father Gaetano and mother Maria (Mignosa) who emigrated from Augusta, Sicily, in 1900. Angela Rotondo is a former West Ender who moved back to the neighborhood 17 years ago and recently served as president of the West End Civic Association. Joseph Russo was an Italian immigrant who founded his own funeral home business at 42 Green Street in the West End in 1926. He later went on to serve as a distinguished member of the Boston City Council, 1938 to 1946. Mr. Russo is the father of our 2013 honoree, Judge Domenic J.F. Russo. FREE. Refreshments served. SPONSOR: West End Museum LOCATION: West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Duane Lucia, Curator, 617-416-0718,

Wednesday, October 7

THE BOSTON MOLASSES FLOOD. 6:30 PM. A disaster in the Italian neighborhood of the North End; The Great Molasses Flood of 1919, Boston’s version of Pompeii, surely ranks as one of the city’s worst disasters. The company owning the tank steadfastly blamed Italian anarchists. In the end, 21 people were reported dead, the youngest a 10-yearold Italian schoolboy. Please join us as Mr. Horrigan recounts this iconic part of Italian-American experience with a slide show and lecture. Sponsor: North End Branch Library, Boston Public Library Location: 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA Coordinator: Susan Voloshin, 617-227-8135,

Wednesday, October 7

MOVIE: Haymarket. 7:00 PM. Historic New England and The West End Museum present Haymarket, a documentary film directed by Justin Goodstein and produced by Historic New England with the Haymarket Pushcart Association. Since the 1830s, Boston’s Haymarket has served a constant stream of longtime residents, newly-arrived immigrants, students, and tourists. Despite economic downturns, the advent of the supermarket, and massive construction projects from the Central Artery to the Big Dig, the Haymarket continues to be an economically vital and colorful gathering place for the city. The Haymarket film uses photographs and oral history interviews with workers, shoppers, fans, and historians to tell the story of this beloved marketplace. Following the screening, there will be a discussion about Haymarket with filmmaker and photographer Justin Goodstein and Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England. Stars: Haymarket Pushcart Association. Documentary. 2015, NR, 30 minutes, Language: English. $10 ($5 HNE & WEM members). SPONSOR: West End Museum LOCATION: West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Duane Lucia, Curator, 617-416-0718,

Saturday, October 10

PIRANDELLO LYCEUM ANNUAL MEETING. 10:00AM-12 NOON. Short business meeting to highlight past events, plan future activities and vote on Board of Governors. Business meeting to be followed by presentation by Nicola Orichuia, Regional Editor, Bostoniano. Cafe e Biscotti will be served. Free to members and friends of the Pirandello. Public is invited. SPONSOR: Pirandello Lyceum LOCATION: East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Steve Maio, 781-640-3637

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Saturday, October 10

COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE Scenes presented by the troupe, Pazzi Lazzi. 1:00 PM. Pazzi Lazzi is a professional COMMEDIA DELL ‘ARTE troupe native to the Boston area. The company strives both to educate and entertain their audience. Commedia Dell’arte Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters. SPONSOR: North End Branch Library, Boston Public Library LOCATION: 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Susan Voloshin, 617-227-8135,

Saturday, October 10

INCONTRO MEDAGLIA D’ORO 2015 -FAA / USA. 6:30 PM. Award to be given to Laura Benedetti, professor of Italian, Georgetown University and also an accomplished author. Scholarship to be given to a deserving student, and a donation to help fund an Italian Language School. Full dinner and dance. $70 per person. SPONSOR: Federation of Abruzzi Associations, Inc., USA LOCATION: Filippo’s, 238 Causeway Street, Boston’s North End COORDINATOR: Rosetta Romagnoli, 857-919-2730; Domenico Susi, 617-605-5099

Saturday, October 10

AMERICA’S TENOR MICHAEL AMANTE. 8:00 PM. Michael Amante is a celebrated American singer and stage actor whose voice and presence has captivated audiences and critics around the world. He sings a repertoire that ranges from Broadway, American Standards, Gospel and Jazz to the soaring notes of High Opera. He has been called “The People’s Tenor,” been billed as “The Prince of High C’s,” and even “The Next Mario Lanza” by singing legend Tony Bennett. He has received praise from singing icons Luciano Pavarotti and Franco Corelli for his natural tenor range. In 2001 Michael secured a recording contract with RCA/Victor records and his debut recording of classical songs and arias placed him as the number one artist in Billboard Magazine’s classical charts in 2002. His self-titled PBS television special was nominated for a regional Emmy Award. $40.00 for General Admission and $60.00 for VIP. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the St. Rocco Association of Malden. SPONSOR: Catch a Rising Star and St. Rocco’s of Malden LOCATION: Jenkins Auditorium, 77 Salem Street, Malden, MA TICKET SALE INFORMATION Tickets available at

Sunday, October 11

CITY OF BOSTON - NORTH END COLUMBUS DAY PARADE. 1:00 PM. Features a mix of marching brass bands, military units and Colonial militias, Italian-Boston organizations, floats, politicians, and much more. Parade starts at City Hall Plaza (Cambridge Street, between New Sudbury and Court Street), right onto New Sudbury Street, right onto Congress Street, left onto State Street, left onto Atlantic Avenue, proceed down to Commercial Street, left onto Battery Street, left onto Hanover Street (viewing stand at Paul Revere Mall / Prado), right onto Cross Street, and right onto Endicott Street. Ends at Endicott and Causeway Streets (Keeney Square). SPONSOR: North End Columbus Day Committee LOCATION: Boston, MA

Monday, October 12

COLUMBUS DAY INVITATIONAL. 8:00 AM registration. Golf Tourney proceeds to support the Italian Home for Children and the National Italian American Foundation. Buffet breakfast and dinner after golf. Sponsorship packages: Dinner $150. Corp Hole Sponsor $250. Bronze Foursome Sponser $1,500, Silver Sponsor $2,500, Gold / Premium Sponsor $5,000. SPONSOR: Italian Home for Children, RMD Inc. LOCATION: Hopkinton Country Club, 204 Saddle Hill Road, Hopkinton, MA COORDINATOR: Suzanne Delaney,

Monday, October 12

CITY OF REVERE COLUMBUS DAY PARADE. 1:00 PM. The Columbus Day Parade will feature four Divisions; 20 plus bands; participating civic groups; and the USAF Presidential Honor Guard from Washington, DC. Parade starts on Broadway close to the Revere / Chelsea city line near Cronin Ice Skating Rink and ends on Revere Street. Reviewing stand located at St. Anthony’s Church on Revere Street. SPONSOR: City of Revere / Revere Chamber of Commerce / Revere Veterans Council LOCATION: Revere, MA COORDINATOR: Buddy Mangini, 857-615-2549

Monday, October 12

BOCCE & SPAGHETTI. 3:00 PM. Open Bocce available on four courts starting at 3:00 PM, followed by cocktails at 6:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM, 50/50 raffle and brief outline of coming Lodge events. $15.00 per person. SPONSOR: Peter B. Gay Lodge #540 LOCATION: Cultural Center/Taunton Lodge of Elks, 775 John Quincy Adams Blvd, Myles Standish Ind Pk, Taunton, MA COORDINATOR: Richard Simmons, 508-930-2898,

Monday, October 12

EVENING OF ITALIAN SONG. 5:30-8:30 PM. Favorite Italian songs of the many regions of Italy. Also a tribute to our many great Italian-American singers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Connie Francis. Music by Enzo Amara. Bring your voices and join in the singing. Delicious Italian buffet dinner provided by Filippo. $30.00 per person. Make check payable to Pirandello Lyceum, P.O. Box 565, East Boston, MA 02128. SPONSOR: Pirandello Lyceum LOCATION: Filippo’s, 238 Causeway Street, Boston’s North End COORDINATOR: Dorothy Maio, 781-245-6536; Nicolane Ciano, 617-354-9400

Tuesday, October 13

ITALIAN BOOK NIGHT AT BROCKTON PUBLIC LIBRARY. 6:30 PM. A reception celebrating Italian Heritage Month by displaying Italian themed literature, films, and children’s books purchased through the fourth annual donation to the Library from the Brockton Christopher Columbus Lodge #216. Light Refreshments. Free. SPONSOR: Brockton Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 LOCATION: Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street, Brockton, MA COORDINATOR: Jacquelyn Bonarrigo, 508-584-9450,

Wednesday, October 14

MOVIE: Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Perlasca: Un eroe italiano). 7:00 PM. The real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s, he was an Italian Fascist supporter fighting in Africa and in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe conduct for Spanish embassies. After some years, disillusioned by fascism, he is a fresh supplier for the Italian Army. In the war years he is in Budapest for his business. He lives an easy life there, well introduced into the Hungarian high society, without any problem coming from the war situation. When the Nazi’s occupied Hungary, in 1944, instead to leave (Italy had already surrendered to the Allies) he escaped to the Spanish embassy in Budapest using his old safe conduct and becoming a Spanish citizen, changing name into Jorge Perlasca. He starts working as a diplomat here. When Sanz Briz (Geza Tordy), the Spanish consul, is removed, Perlasca immediately substitutes him, like if he was officially appointed from Spanish authorities. All the Nazi, the Hungarian authorities believe him. In his new fake assignment, he starts immediately to hide, shield and feed a lot of Jews (thousands!) issuing Spanish (fake of course) safe conducts for the Jews of Sephardic origin. He is in contact with another Hero of that time, Raoul Wallenberg. The two, together with other volunteers, running incredible risks had saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from a tragic death. Incredibly Perlasca succeeded to save two boys directly from the hands of Adolf Eichmann at the train station. This hero, after the war, was completely forgotten, and his story comes out just in the 1980s because some of the Hungarian Jews wanted to meet him again. Cast: Luca Zingaretti. This movie is: Biographical Drama / History. Director: Alberto Negrin. FREE (must pre-register). 2002, NR, 104 min, Language: Italian (English Subtitles). SPONSOR: West End Museum LOCATION: West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Duane Lucia, Curator, 617-416-0718,

Wednesday, October 14

Sounds of Italy Presents CHIARA CIVELLO. 8:00 PM. Sounds of Italy Festival is back. The only Italian concert series that promotes music and musicians from the “Bel Paese” in New England. Italian singer, piano player and songwriter Chiara Civello will be opening the Sounds of Italy second edition with a new album Canzoni, a tribute to the most popular Italian songs. SPONSOR: Sounds of Italy LOCATION: Scullers Jazz Club, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston - Cambridge, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA COORDINATOR: Stefano Marchese, Sounds of Italy Artistic Director, 1-857-334-0868,

Friday, October 16

SPAGHETTI SUPPER. 5:30 PM. Menu: Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and dessert prepared by members. Cash bar available. $9.00 per person. SPONSOR: Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 LOCATION: Knights of Columbus Hall, 112 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA COORDINATOR: Charlie DeStefano, 978-404-6777,

Saturday, October 17

HERITAGE MONTH DINNER DANCE. 6:30 PM. A celebration of October Italian Heritage Month. Dinner and Dancing. $35.00 per person. SPONSOR: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts LOCATION: Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton Street, Winchester, MA COORDINATOR: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 617-489-5234,

Saturday, October 17

COMEDY NIGHT. 7:00 PM. Refreshments and cash bar. $20.00 per person. SPONSOR: Stella Del Nord Lodge #1436 and Quincy Men’s Lodge #1295 LOCATION: Sons of Italy, 120 Quarry Street, Quincy, MA COORDINATOR: Michelle DiPlacido, 617-694-3250, or John DeCarli, 617-773-1295

Sunday, October 18

WEST END ANNUAL DINNER DANCE. 6:30 PM. DJ Butchie DeFraia, Raso’s Catering and surprises. $40.00 per person. SPONSOR: West End Museum LOCATION: Malden Irish American Club, 177 West Street, Malden, MA COORDINATOR: Duane Lucia, Curator, 617-416-0718, office 617-723-2125,

Monday, October 19

iPODS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS MASSACHUSETTS KICK-OFF. 1:30 PM. Join the Grand Lodge as we support our veterans. Free. SPONSOR: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts - Charity Commission LOCATION: Massachusetts State House, Memorial Hall, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Carol Rossi, 508-655-2099,

Monday, October 19

DARIO FO: MUSICA E PAROLE. 5:00 PM. Discovering Dario Fo and Franca Rame. Lecture with video materials and a short performance. Presented by Walter Valeri, former personal assistant of Dario Fo and Franca Rame, and Bob Scanlan Director of The Poets’ Theatre – Cambridge. SPONSOR: Consulate General of Italy LOCATION: Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge MA COORDINATOR: Domenico Teker,

Monday, October 19

FILM SCREENING: The Italian Americans, Part 1. 6:30 PM. Screening of Part 1 of the PBS documentary series The Italian Americans. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. SPONSOR: Wakefield Lodge #1734 LOCATION: Lucius Beebe Memorial Library (Lecture Hall), 345 Main Street, Wakefield, MA COORDINATOR: Paula Sasso, 781-799-6203,

Wednesday, October 21

MEDFORD’S TASTE OF ITALY. 6:30 PM-9:30 PM. Tastings of various restaurants in Medford and the surrounding cities, with tasting of wine and beer. $40.00 per person. SPONSOR: Medford Kiwanis LOCATION: Tufts University, Carzos Cage, Cousens Gym, 161 College Avenue, Medford, MA COORDINATOR: Rita Cornelio, 781-396-0710

Wednesday, October 21

MOVIE: I Am Love (Io sono l’amore). 7:00 PM. I Am Love tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Eduardo, Sr., the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to the reins of his massive industrial company and, in so doing, surprises everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi and grandson Edo . However, Edo dreams of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio, a talented chef. At the heart of Tancredi’s family is his wife, Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, Emma’s existence is shocked to the core when she falls deeply in love with Antonio and pursues a passionate love affair that will change her family forever. Stars: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti. Director: Luca Guadagnino. This movie is: Drama, Romance. 2009, R, 120 min, Language: Italian (English Subtitles). FREE (must pre-register). SPONSOR: West End Museum LOCATION: West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Duane Lucia, Curator, 617-416-0718,

Thursday, October 22

THE JUSTINIAN LAW SOCIETY ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF ITALIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. 6:00 PM Cocktails - 7:00 PM Dinner. Celebration of Italian-American Heritage Month with delicious food, good wine, and great company. Donation request $40.00 SPONSOR: The Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts LOCATION: Filippo’s, 238 Causeway Street, Boston’s North End COORDINATOR: For tickets, please mail your check to: Joseph Boncore, 1140 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA 02108 or by preferred method: Pay online by visiting

Thursday, October 22

THE SONS OF ITALY IN MASSACHUSETTS: A Lecture by Anthony Sammarco. 7:00 PM. Lecture about the history of the Sons of Italy based on Mr. Sammarco’s 2015 book of the same name. Free. SPONSOR: Medford Public Library LOCATION: 111 High Street, Medford, MA COORDINATOR: Barbara Kerr, Assistant Director, Medford Public Library, 781-395-7950,

Friday, October 23

“SERATA DI MUSICA ITALIANA.” 8:00 PM-10:00 PM. Italian Music from the ’80s-’90s and present. Refreshments. Donation of $10.00 SPONSOR: Paesani d’Italia and San Rocco Club LOCATION: 149 A Highland Avenue. Somerville, MA COORDINATOR: Anna Quadri –

Saturday, October 24

THE CORO-DANTE CHAMBER SINGERS PRESENT MUSIC FROM ITALY. 12:30 PM. The Coro-Dante Chamber Singers are part of the 60-voice Coro-Dante of the Dante Alighieri Society of Cambridge singing traditional favorites of Italy. Sponsor: North End Branch Library Location: 25 Parmenter Street. Boston, MA Coordinator: Susan Voloshin, 617 227 8135,

Saturday, October 24

85TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DINNER DANCE. 6:30 PM. Celebrating Italian Heritage Month and our 85 years in the Order Sons of Italy in America. Dinner. $55.00 per person. SPONSOR: Cornelia dei Gracchi Lodge #1583 LOCATION: Sons of Italy, 520 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA COORDINATOR: Mary Cooper, 781-646-8578, mayc382@

Sunday, October 25

GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS - 100TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK AUTHOR PRESENTATION. 1:00 PM. Author Anthony Sammarco will speak on the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts’ 100th Anniversary Book. Books will be sold and signed at the event. Attendees will order off the menu. SPONSOR: Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge #2614 LOCATION: La Summa Restaurant, 30 Fleet Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Dr. Dean Saluti, 617-285-6565,



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Sunday, October 25

PARLARE CON LA MUSICA E IL PROPRIO CORPO – PETRA CONTI INTERVIEW. 5:00 PM. Stefano Marchese interviews Petra Conti, first ballerina at the Boston Ballet, with screening of video clips. Refreshments will be served. Sponsor: Consulate General of Italy Location: Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge MA Coordinator: Domenico Teker,

Wednesday, October 28

TALK ON ITALIAN POETRY by Dr. Rala Diakite. 3:30 PM. Reading and discussion of selected Italian poetry. Refreshments will be served. SPONSOR: Consulate General of Italy LOCATION: Fitchburg State University, Kent Recital Hall, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg MA COORDINATOR: Domenico Teker,

Wednesday, October 28

NOTABLE ITALIAN AMERICANS. Lawrence DiCara at the North End Library. 6:30 PM. A first-generation Italian-American and youngest elected member of the Boston City Council, Mr. DiCara will discuss his book, Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era. SPONSOR: North End Branch Library, Boston Public Library LOCATION: 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Susan Voloshin, 617-227-8135,

Wednesday, October 28

MOVIE: “Boston ’s North End: America ’s Italian Neighborhood.” 7:00 PM. Boston’s North End: America’s Italian Neighborhood, features stories about North End residents George Scigliano and James Donnaruma who helped shape the neighborhood, as well as events like the Great Molasses Flood and the Sacco and Vanzetti funeral which still impact today. The documentary features interviews and archival film footage. 2015 NR 60 min Language: English. $10.00 per person ($5.00 per person NE Historical Society & WEM members). SPONSOR: West End Museum LOCATION: West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston, MA COORDINATOR: Duane Lucia, Curator, 617-416-0718,

Thursday, October 29 to Saturday, October 31

C.A.S.IT at MAFLA 48th Annual Fall Conference. 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. C.A.S.IT will display instructional material / textbooks for teachers of Italian K-12, and for C.A.S.IT in its mission to promote the Italian language. SPONSOR: MAFLA LOCATION: Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA COORDINATOR: M.Gioconda Motta,

Thursday, November 5

CANTI E CANTICI: Cent’anni di Musica e Cultura Italiana. 7:00 PM. Concert and lecture on Italian music and culture. Refreshments will be served. SPONSOR: Consulate General of Italy LOCATION: Fitchburg State University, Kent Recital Hall, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg, MA COORDINATOR: Domenico Teker,

Friday, November 6

Roll the Dice for C.A.S.IT! 2ND ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT. 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM. A real casino experience with tables of Roulette, Black Jack, and Texas Hold’em to help raise funds for the promotion of the Italian language in the New England schools. Refreshments will be served. $75.00 per person. SPONSOR: C.A.S.IT LOCATION: Spinelli Function Facility, 10 Newbury Street, Peabody, MA COORDINATOR: Adelaide Guarracino, or

Thursday, November 12

ITALIAN / AUSTRALIAN TENOR ALFIO IN CONCERT. 7:30 PM. Sydney native ALFIO has one of the greatest voices in contemporary music today. This highly charismatic tenor / crooner offers a refreshingly cool and modern throwback to the legendary singers to which he is often compared. As he continues his travels, reaching the shores of almost every continent, his Australian homeland and Italian heritage never stray from his heart or his music. “The Voice from OZ” divides his time touring between Australia, America and overseas and is rapidly gaining fans all over the world, becoming renowned for his extraordinary vocals and mesmerizing live shows. Refreshments will be available for purchase. $43.70 per person. Sponsor: WGBH Location: Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA for tickets: or Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000

Sunday, November 15

LISA CORRENTI, Soprano, Solo Recital. 2:30 PM. Solo concert of songs and operatic arias in Italian and French with piano accompaniment provided by Mr. Bradley Pennington. $20.00 / $17.00 Seniors and Students. SPONSOR: Boston Bel Canto Opera LOCATION: Dante Alighieri Society, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA COORDINATOR: Bradley Pennington, 617-943-7429,

Methuen Lodge #902 Hosts U.S. Bocce Nationals

Cristoforo Colombo Regina Elena Lodge #169

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(L-R): Scholarship Committee member Josephine Bilotta, Scholarship recipients Jack Marabello and Joseph Jennison, Scholarship Committee Chairman Russell Poirier, and Lodge President Sylvia Pacetti-Poirier. (Not pictured: Scholarship Committee member Betsy Romano).

Methuen Lodge #902 President Ralph Bagarella and Lodge officers receiving a plaque from the US Bocce Federation. From L-R, Financial Secretary Ray Collins, Lodge President and Event Chair Ralph Bagarella, Event Co-Chair Joe Quartarone, Recording Secretary Marguerite Sciuto, Vice President Mike Cuscia, and Treasurer Bob DeFrancesco. On June 21 through June 27, the Methuen Lodge #902 hosted the First U.S. Bocce Federation Nationals on the East Coast. Teams from California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts competed in four different tournaments over the week. Lodge President Ralph Bagarella served as the Event Chair, and Joe Quartarone served as the Event Co-Chair; they worked through this exceptional undertaking and made it a huge success. The Lodge’s four regulation sized bocce courts made with synthetic/ poly resin surfaces proved to be an invaluable resource. The courts were built by Mike Grasser, who is a talented court builder as well as a world class bocce player. All of the players who participated in this event were impressed with the courts and the Methuen Sons of Italy as a whole.

Cristoforo Colombo Regina Elena Lodge #169 awarded one of their two scholarships to Jack Marabello, grand-nephew of member Josephine Bilotta. He is a graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational School, and plans to attend Northeastern University to major in Computer Engineering. He earned a gold medal in Mechatronics at the state level, sixth nationally. He represented his school at Boys State and is MJCROTC Battalion Executive Officer. The second scholarship was awarded to Joseph Jennison, who is the grandson of member Teresa Saulnier. He is a graduate of St. John’s High School, and is planning to attend North Carolina State University to major in Pre-Med Biology. The Lodge also gives an annual tuition scholarship to St. Anthony’s, a local elementary school.


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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Honors Member and Presents Donation by Michele Caira Nortonen At its August meeting, the Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 of Wilmington celebrated the 90 th birthday of one of its founding members, Laura Caira, with cake and ice cream. The Lodge also presented a $1,000 donation to Elizabeth Pierce and Jason Lynch of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts.

The wonderful cake presented to Laura Caira in honor of her 90th birthday.

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(L-R): Alzheimer’s Association representative Elizabeth Pierce, Treasurer of the Roncalli Trust Bob Dicey, Lodge President Charlie DeStefano, and Alzheimer’s Association representative Jason Lynch. (Photo by Lennie Malvone)

(L-R): Alzheimer’s Association representative Elizabeth Pierce, Roncalli Trust Board members Bob Dicey, Betty Aprile, Michele Caira Nortonen, Lynne Martell, John Romano, Jerry Pupa, and Charlie DeStefano, Alzheimer’s Association representative Jason Lynch, and Roncalli Trust Board member Lennie Malvone. (Photo by Lucille Malvone)

Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 Participates in Brockton Neighborhood Health Center 6K Road Race and Walk by Jacquelyn Tricomi Bonarrigo

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(L-R): Some participants of the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center 6K Road Race: Linda Pietrantonio, Gloria Cesarini, Jacky Bonarrigo, Kathy Petti, Joseph Alfonoso, Richard and Lois Alfonso, Michelle Connor, Roberta Richards, Anne Merritt, Jody Brunet, and Peggy Curtis. Members of the Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 in Brockton participated in and helped sponsor the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center 6K Road Race and Walk at D.W. Field Park in Brockton. Lodge participants included Joseph Alfonso, Lois Alfonso, Immediate Past President Richard Alfonso, President Jacky Bonarrigo, Treasurer Jody Brunet, Michelle Connor, Peggy Curtis, Anne Merritt, Kathy Petti, Vice President Todd Petti, Linda Pietrantonio, and Recording Secretary Roberta Richards. It was a beautiful Sunday morning to walk and run the windy tree-lined two pond course through the beautiful D.W. Field Park in Brockton and

Avon. Two Lodge members won trophies in their Division — First Place Woman Finisher Kathy Petti and Second Place Male Finisher Joseph Alfonso. Other Lodge members happened to be last to walk across the finish line, but were fortunate to participate in the event and enjoy the fantastic weather and spectacular scenery. The Lodge is happy to participate in and support local community events and gives many thanks to Orator Gloria Cesarini for organizing this event and encouraging participation. The Sons of Italy logo was placed on the bright yellow t-shirts that were worn with great pride by all the participants in the race.

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Peter B. Gay Lodge #540 and Columbia Cultural Trust Board of Trustees Announce 2015 Scholarship Awards by David Gay

(L-R): Patricia Simmons, Richard Simmons, Carol Simmons, and Gilbert Simmons.

(L-R): Attorney David T. Gay, Jacqueline Fasolo, Kristine Coelho, Marissa Scott, Alexandra Nedell and Nicholas Walsh (Not pictured: Charles Losiewicz). The Peter B. Gay Lodge #540 will be graduating from Taunton ing in Theater/Performance; and the Columbia Cultur- High School and attending Bris- Alexandra Rose Nedell, who al Trust Board of Trustees tol Community College majoring is graduating from Coyle & held their Annual Scholarship in Management; Marissa Ann Cassidy High School and is Awards Banquet on Friday, Scott, who will be graduating planning to attend Brandeis June 19, 2015, at the new from Coyle & Cassidy High University to major in Biology; Taunton Lodge of Elks facility. School and is planning to attend Jacqueline Lee Fasolo, who This year’s scholarship award Stonehill College with a Busi- is graduating from Bristolwinners each received a check ness major; Kristine C. Coelho, Plymouth Regional Technical who is graduating from Taunton School and is planning to atin the amount of $1,000.00. The award recipients were: High School and is planning to tend the University of Maine as Nicholas Patrick Walsh, who attend Emerson College major- a Pre-Med major; and Charles

Tewksbury Lodge #2872 Holds Fundraiser by Chris Parrella On Tuesday, July 7th, Joe Mazzola, owner of Café Sicilia and Lodge member, hosted a fundraising event at the Café for Tewksbury Lodge #2872 members, family, and friends. The group

enjoyed a delightful evening with good food and great conversation. Mazzola donated $50 from the proceeds to the Tewksbury Sons of Italy Charitable Fund.

D. Losiewicz, who is graduating from Mansfield High School and is planning to attend Connecticut College. In addition to the Scholarship Awards, Civic Service Awards were presented to Richard Simmons and his wife Patricia Simmons, and Gilbert Simmons and his wife Carol Simmons. The Civic Awards were presented for many years of outstanding

and dedicated service to the Columbia Cultural Center and the Peter B. Gay Lodge #540. The Scholarship Awards and Civic Service Awards were presented by Attorney David T. Gay of Taunton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Cultural Trust, and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the Peter B. Gay Lodge #540.

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EYE ROAST OF BEEF 4 pounds eye roast of beef 1 large onion chopped 2 chopped celery sticks 3 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil

1 beef bouillon Aluminum foil or roasting bag Salt

Heat oil in a skillet. Add chopped onion and celery. Simmer until onion is opaque. Remove onion and celery from skillet and place in a bowl. Add eye roast of beef to the skillet and sear all sides to retain juices in the meat. Cut a wide piece of aluminum foil in which to bake the roast. Place foil in roasting pan. Place seared roast in center of aluminum foil, or in a roasting bag. Gently add the oil from skillet. Place chopped onion and celery over the roast. Salt to taste. Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil to fully seal roast and contents (or place in a roasting bag). Bake in 350°F preheated oven for thirty minutes. Meanwhile, add a beef bouillon to one cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir and turn off burner. Check roast after thirty minutes. Add a small amount of beef bouillon liquid and baste the roast. Cover and continue baking, basting every 15 minutes. Bake to tenderness of beef desired. (Approx. baking time — about 90 minutes).

1st Generation Italian-American

Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston’s “Little Italy” and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts (L-R): Bottom row: Mary and George Iannuzzo, and Chris and Barbara Parrella. Middle row: Maria DiCiaccio, Ed Embriano, Joe Mazzola, Deborah Deputat, Rosemarie Tedesco, and Paula Coppola. Top row: Mal Anderson, Charles Coppola, Joel Deputat, and Tony Tedesco.

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Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 BBQ by Donna Segreti Reilly

(L-R): Seated: Lodge Past President Fred Martino, Lodge Mistress of Ceremonies Raffella Boncore with Sophia Sciaraffa, and Lodge Trustee Mary Boncore O’Keefe. Standing: Lodge Recording Secretary DeAnne Lewis, Lodge President Kathi Young, Lodge Treasurer Ed Amico, Donna Cerullo, Lodge Trustee Mike Abbatessa, Lodge Past President Janis LaRosee, Lodge Sentinel Agnes Nobile, Lodge Trustee Christine Sciaraffa with Stella Sciaraffa, Jane Howell Marcella, Lodge Trustee Arthur “Skip” Marcella, Lodge Vice President Marylou Abbatessa, Anthony Avallone, Lodge Financial Secretary Janice Pomeroy, Theresa Martino, Violet Lewis, Nancy Savoia, and Nora DiRuzza. Top: State Second Vice President Matt Ezekiel, Richard Sacca, Lodge Orator Tina Helton, Rinaldo Agostinelli, and Lodge Trustee Cathy Agostinelli. The Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 held a BBQ for its members on Tuesday, August 25, at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks. Members had a wonderful time and sold raffles to supplement the Lodge’s charitable and scholarship endeavors.

(L-R): Janice Pomeroy, Anthony Avallone, and Janis LaRosee enjoy each other’s company at the BBQ.

(L-R): State Second Vice President Matt Ezekiel, Theresa Martino, Nancy Savoia, Violet Lewis, Lodge Mistress of Ceremonies Raffella Boncore, and Lodge Trustee Mary Boncore O’Keefe. In the background are Sophia, Christine, and Stella Sciaraffa.

Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 Annual Scholarship Awards by Jacquelyn Tricomi Bonarrigo

(L-R): Front: Immediate Past President Richard Alfonso, Vice President Todd Petti, President Jacky Bonarrigo, and C&E Chair Gloria Cesarini. Second row: Recipients Matthew Minichiello, Lila Williams, Abigail Howes, Samantha McGraw, Michelle Altieri, Nicole Petti, Jenna Alfonso and Alexandra Nedell. Third row: Recipients Joseph Hrenko and Andrew Ciulla.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, fifteen scholarships were awarded by the Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 of Brockton at a celebration dinner at George’s Café in Brockton, Massachusetts. President Jacquelyn Bonarrigo welcomed the scholars, their families, and guests. On behalf of Scholarship Committee Chair (the late) Mary Santoro, Vice President Todd Petti, Orator Gloria Cesarini, and President Jacky Bonarrigo presented scholarships to the fifteen talented recipients by reading a synopsis of their biographies describing their amazing athletic and academic successes and their many accomplishments. Ten of the fifteen recipients were in attendance: Jenna Alfonso, Michelle Altieri, Andrew Ciulla, Joseph Hrenko, Abigail Howes, Samantha McGraw, Matthew Minichiello, Nicole Petti, Alexandra Nedell, and Lila Williams. Those that were

unable to attend were Nicholas Colon, Rebecca Golding, Amanda Purnell Michelle Robinson, and Maxwell Studley. President Bonarrigo stressed two important issues to these young people: first, to be proud of their Italian heritage while they are attending college and not to let anyone disrespect their culture or stereotype them for their heritage; second, to remember the kindness of the Sons of Italy and after graduation pay it forward — to join a Sons of Italy lodge and perhaps even be part of a scholarship committee offering help to others needing assistance. The Scholarship Committee consisted of Chair (the late) Mary Santoro, and members Sandy Bishop, Gloria Cesarini, Danielle Ross, and Lucille LaFranchise. The Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 sends congratulations to each recipient and wishes them much success in their coming years of study.




Vittorio Veneto Lodge #1035 Holds Annual Scholarship Brunch and Ceremonies by Dennis Polselli

Scholarship being presented to Erica Dube in memory of Angela Jean. Scholarship being presented to Alexis D’Adamo in memory of Alphonse Saulino Jr.

Scholarship being presented to Dylan Almeida in memory of Anthony D’Adamo.

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, at White’s Restaurant in Westport, Massachusetts, the members of Vittorio Veneto Lodge #1035 met to honor the Lodge’s future by awarding scholarships to five recipients. The tone was set clearly from the beginning by Fall River’s new Mayor, Sam Sutter. In his remarks, the Mayor encouraged the recipients to “come back and apply the knowledge[they] gained in [their] education to the future of Fall River.” Several people offered remarks following the Mayor, including Immediate Past President and current Scholarship Chair Robert Sousa. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are: Dylan Almeida, Alexis D’Adamo, Erica Dube, India Rose Timpani and Arianna Gagliardi. Erica Dube was the recipient of a scholarship in memory of Angela Jean. The Alfonse F. Saulino Jr. Scholarship, named for the founding chair of the

Lodge’s scholarship program, was awarded to Alexis D’Adamo. The scholarship was donated by his sons, John and Michael Saulino. She also received the Robert F. Stoico First Fed Charitable Foundation Scholarship. Dylan Almeida was the recipient of a scholarship in memory of Anthony D’Adamo. The Vittorio Veneto Lodge # 1035 scholarships were awarded to Amanda Donovan, India Rose Timpani, and Arianna Gagliardi. Lodge members voted not to hold the Scholarship ceremonies at the same time as the Lodge’s Installation ceremonies, as it had been in the past, but rather to honor the future of our Lodge as a separate event, and it was well attended. Congratulations to all the recipients, and remember Mayor Sutter’s (L-R): Scholarship Chairman Bob Sousa, Dylan Almeida, Alexis D’Adamo, encouragement to share the fruits of your Erica Dube, Amanda Dube, India Timpani, and President Mario Lucciola. education with Fall River, and especially (Not pictured: Arianna Gagliardi.) with the Vittorio Veneto Lodge #1035.

In Memory In Memoriam Patrick Ferullo by Frank and Pattie Provenzano

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.

Name of Deceased: ____________________________________________________________________

LODGE NAME ITAM #564 ITAM #564 Methuen #902 Methuen #902 Methuen #902 Methuen #902 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Veturia Romana #1200 Veturia Romana #1200 Norwood Italian #1235 Norwood Italian #1235 Winchester Men #1580 Winchester Men #1580 Winchester Men #1580 Winchester Men #1580 Winchester Women #1592 Winchester Women #1592 Burlington #2223 Billerica #2268

CITY Pittsfield Pittsfield Methuen Methuen Methuen Methuen Fall River Fall River Fall River Salem Salem Norwood Norwood Winchester Winchester Winchester Winchester Winchester Winchester Burlington Billerica


NAME Celia M. DeCario Claire R. Youse Armen S. Bogosian Eileen Desmond John Scaraggi Alfred J. Zampelli Anthony D’Adamo Pina Lucciola Patrick E. Mauretti Ernest L. Daly Rose A. Daly Alice Mariano Gerald F. Memmo Joseph F. Ciarcia David E. Fariole Rudolph V. Fiore Gaspare Lentine Lillian Ciarcia Julia V. Petitti Louise E. Mullaney Kathryn Marmiani

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September/October 2015 Issue  

October Italian Heritage Month 2015 calendar, the Sons of Italy in Massachusetts book

September/October 2015 Issue  

October Italian Heritage Month 2015 calendar, the Sons of Italy in Massachusetts book