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Don Orione Nursing Home Epiphany Party

North End Nursing Home Holiday Party

by Dorothy Berlandi

by Dorothy Berlandi

On Sunday, January 6, 2013 the Charity Commission and Chairman Marylou Abbatessa joined the residents of the Don Orione Nursing Home for the annual Epiphany Party. The Don Orione Epiphany Party is one that is long awaited by the residents at the home. Before starting time, they are all anxiously waiting for the festivities to begin. They come in wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and yes, some in their beds. Danny Ventola and his accompanist begin with an oldie that started everyone singing. The Commission members visit with each of these guests, hold their hands, have conversations with them, and it seems that we become a part of a large family. Then Santa Claus arrives to visit with each resident and it is very rewarding to see the smiles and wonder in each of their faces. All of a sudden

the tempo of the music changes and the Commission members join in dancing a lively polka. Many of the Italian favorite songs are played and sung with the residents, and it is amazing to see the change overcome everyone. It seems sad to think that all this happens just one day a year. The residents are regaled with homemade Italian cookies, biscotti, punch, a Christmas gift bag, and the visit from Santa Claus. All too soon it is time to leave. We thank Franca Montemuro, function director, for all her help in bringing this little bit of joy to the residents. Special thanks to Robert Oliverio who was our Santa Claus. We thank everyone who participated in the 2013 Epiphany Party at the Don Orione Nursing Home, and look forward to next year.

On Sunday, December 9, 2012 the Charity Commission visited the North End Nursing Home for their annual Holiday Party. The Charity Commission, including Chairman Marylou Abbatessa, plans these holiday parties for the benefit of the many residents in the North End Nursing Home. The function director Tina Leone and the residents were anxious for the festivities to begin. Danny Ventola and his accompanist provided the musical part of this program. The amazing part of the event is watching and listening to the residents singing all the old favorites and truly enjoying themselves. We thank Robert Oliverio, Vice President of the Belmont Mixed Lodge #1094, for once again portraying Santa Claus. On arrival Santa stopped and visited with each of the residents who then were

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given gifts by Santa. The Commission and State Officers provided many “goodies,” which included homemade Italian cookies, biscotti, punch, and ice cream. The Commission and other guests stop and visit with the residents, holding their hands, encouraging them to sing, and some even do some dancing. Tina Leone always manages to involve a group from the Commission to join in the singing of all the carols, especially “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” All too soon our time is up and it is time for us to take our leave. We wish all the residents the best and hope to see them next year. Special thanks to all those individuals who attended the 2012 North End Nursing Home Party. We also thank our roving photographers for all the pictures. (Continued on Page 6)

TRIATHLON OF GAMES by Dorothy Berlandi The Sports Commission of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts held its second annual Triathlon of Games on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Quincy Sons of Italy. Three different tournaments took place among the members: Scrabble, Cribbage, and Darts. In the Scrabble tournament, first place was awarded to Julie Sbraccia-Manos, and second place to Cheryl Caira, both from the Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183. The Cribbage and Darts competitions were dominated by the Quincy Men’s Lodge #1295. The Cribbage tournament was won by Robert Panico and John Ryan, and second place was awarded to Frank Purpura and Debbie Nieguid. The first place Darts team consisted of Michael Mullins, Kevin Cotter, John Anagnos, and Jason Walsh, and the second place team included Rick Brant, Nancy Savioli, Lisa Crockett, and Sal DiRusso. We extend thanks to the Quincy Sons of Italy for hosting this event and to everyone who made this event a success.

State Recording Secretary Ron Hill, State Trustee Michelle DiPlacido, Benefit Insurance Commissioner Steven Cedrone, State Trustee Carol Rossi, State Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane, State President James DiStefano, State Second Vice President Antonio Sestito, State Treasurer Marie Jackson, and Chairman of the Charitable and Educational Trust Angelo Rossi. (Continued on Page 7)

January - February 2013  

Featuring Christmas parties at the Don Orione and North End Nursing Homes, and the Triathlon of Games

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