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LAW AND JUSTICE DAY BREAKFAST — Nominations Now Being Accepted — One of the most significant and prestigious events held by our Commission for Social Justice is the Law and Justice Day Breakfast. As you know, the Commission recognizes outstanding services performed by Italian Americans throughout the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The Law and Justice Day Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Lombardo’s, 6 Billing Street, Randolph, Massachusetts beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for this event have been priced at $30.00 per person. It is important to note that since this prestigious event attracts a capacity gathering, tickets will not be available at the door and seating will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. No ticket requests will be honored without payment or after the DEADLINE OF APRIL 16, 2010. It is our hope to continue in the success of promoting and enhancing the strong image of the superior work the Commission for Social Justice has performed since its inception, 27 years ago, both on the National level, as well as within the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Chairman of Commission for Social Justice Al DeNapoli is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2010 Awards are now being accepted. One award will be given in each of the following three (3) categories: JUDICIARY LAW ENFORCEMENT PUBLIC SERVICE GUIDELINE FOR NOMINATIONS Nominations for the 2010 Law and Justice Awards must include the following three (3) items: • A completed “Law and Justice Award Nomination Cover Form (You may obtain one from the Grand Lodge • A signed letter of endorsement by the nominating lodge or individual highlighting the candidate’s accomplishments, community activities and reasons for consideration. • A resume or biography of the candidate Please forward your submission of nominees, strictly adhering to the guidelines, postmarked no later than March 5, 2010 to: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Attn: Commission for Social Justice 93 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478. The Commission for Social Justice appreciates your continued support and looks forward to working with you. Please contact the Grand Lodge office at 617-4895234 with any questions.



Garibaldi-Meucci Museum The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island, New York is an undiscovered gem to many members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. It is the former residence of Antonio Meucci the Italian immigrant who invented the “speaking telegraph” the precursor of the modern telephone. Giuseppe Garibaldi the great general who fought to unite Italy from Sicily to the Alps stayed with Meucci and his wife at this residence. Many people are unaware that what we now know as the country of Italy was divided into several states that were ruled by neighboring countries. It was the efforts put forth by Garibaldi and his army of volunteers that led to the country of Italy that we hold so dear today. This small but significant museum was turned over in 1919 to the Order of Sons of Italy in America by the Garibaldi Society. Today it has a professional curator, support staff, volunteers and an active Board of Directors that keep the property and artifacts secure, offer educational programs, Italian language classes and tours. I was at the museum on January 16, 2010 for a board and overseers meeting. The staff and board under the leadership of Grand Lodge of New York Sons of Italy member John Dabbene discussed the finances and operations of the museum, upcoming events and projects. Prior to the meeting there was a luncheon for volunteers that was attended by thirty people. The operational budget is just under $200,000.00 with little support from the National OSIA Foundation. The operations are tight but the dedicated staff and volunteers have a full calendar of events that are supported by grants, fundraisers and donations. The current exhibit is “The Sports Art of Gabe Perillo”. Mr. Perillo painted sports icons such as Rocky Marciano, Joe DiMaggio and Michael Jordan. He was the official artist of ESPN’s “Sports Century Series.” The upcoming calendar includes “The Life and Times of Enrico Caruso”, “Memories of Living in Italy” and “Italian Customs & Traditions for St. Joseph’s Day and Easter”. The museum offers group tours for adults and children. The members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts are within a reasonable distance to visit this small museum that also houses artifacts of the Order. It’s also a good reason to take a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on the way. For more information on the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum go to or if you are in the New York area stop in to see this Sons of Italy gem.

DON ORIONE Nursing Home Epiphany Party by Dorothy Berlandi

Charity Commission Committee: Left - right: Jay Larossee, State President James DiStefano, Matt Ezekiel, Mike Abbatessa, Franco Battista, Vanessa Battista, Dorothy Berlandi, Janice Pomeroy, Florence Ferullo-Kane. seated Robert Oliverio (Santa) and Charity Commission Chairman Marylou Abbatessa. (Continued on Page 5)

Dorothy Berlandi, Florence Ferullo Kane, State President James DiStefano, Delia Bartucca Franco Battista, Ann Hill, Mike Abbatessa (Santa), Jay Larossee and Marylou Abbatessa. (Continued on Page 4)

January - February 2010  

Featuring the Law and Justice Day Breakfast nominations, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, and the North End and Don Orione Nursing Home Parties

January - February 2010  

Featuring the Law and Justice Day Breakfast nominations, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, and the North End and Don Orione Nursing Home Parties