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Law and Justice Day Breakfast by Adriana Guida



DR. KAREN PANETTA Public Service Award

ROBERT DeNAPOLI Distinguished Service Award

GAIL HUFF Toastmaster

The Twenty-Ninth Annual Law and Justice Day Breakfast sponsored by the Commission for Social Justice of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Order Sons of Italy in America will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at The Crestview – 36 Montvale Avenue – Woburn, Massachusetts beginning at 9:00 A.M. The Commission is pleased and honored to announce the following recipients of this

year’s awards. The recipient of the “Justice Award” is The Honorable Edward M. Viola, Ret. Judge Viola was first appointed as a Special Justice to the Natick District Court in April 1973. From that point forward, he served with distinction in courts throughout the Commonwealth, presiding over criminal, civil, juvenile, and other cases until his retirement in 1999. He also

has the honor of being the first Italian-American judge appointed to the Medford Court. Since his retirement, Judge Viola has continued his community involvement as a CCD teacher at St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown. This year’s recipient of the “Law Award” is Assistant District Attorney Michael Fabbri. ADA Fabbri serves as the Chief Trial Counsel for the Middle-

sex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO). Over the course of his two-decade long career, he has held several positions in the MDAO, including Chief of the Special Investigations Unit, Deputy Chief of the Appeals and Training Bureau, and Framingham Regional Supervisor. He has also served in the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau, and as

Deputy Chief of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. ADA Fabbri serves as a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys, and is the creator of the Criminal Law Update, a well-respected legal guide for Massachusetts criminal law codes. The “Public Service Award” will be given to Dr. Karen

2012 Grand Lodge Bowling Tournament by Ron Hill

and calls for Bengay, the games began. Several lodges were represented at the tournament: Winthrop Mixed #2057, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli #2183, Joseph Gorassi #1406, Woburn Ladies #1584, Piave Fiume #1036, Cornelia dei Gracchi #1583, Quincy Men’s #1295, and South Shore Men’s #1850 bowled three competitive strings.

Carnevale Veneziano by Dorothy Berlandi

Men’s Division First Place Team - Piave Fiume Lodge #1036. State First Vice President Carmelita Bello, Sports Commissioner Bob Dicey, Mario Tulipano, State Trustee and Sports Liaison Steve DeAngelis, Sports Commission Chairman Aldo Caira, Jr., Nuzio Visciano, Tony Baccari, State Second Vice President Antonio Sestito, and Sports Commissioner Donna Quinno. On Sunday, March 18, 2012, 21 teams from around the state gathered at the Woburn Bowladrome to participate in the annual Grand Lodge Bowling Tournament. Sports Commission Chairman Aldo Caira, Jr. welcomed everyone and explained the rules before play commenced. Considerable warm-up time was needed, and after many moans and groans

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In the Women’s Division, First and Second place were awarded to the Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge. A team from the Piave Fiume Lodge was awarded First Place in the Men’s Division, and second place was awarded to a team from the Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge. The High Single and High (Continued on Page 4)

Brother Sal Pinzone of the Piave Fiume Lodge won the men’s first place prize and Sister Lena Farese of the Cornelia dei Gracchi Lodge won the women’s first place prize. On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Italian Culture Commission of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Watertown Ladies and Men’s Lodges, presented ‘Carnevale Veneziano’, a Venetian Carnival and Dinner Dance at the Watertown Sons of Italy Hall. This combined effort provided a sellout crowd! The evening began with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by

a culinary delight catered by Maria’s. The endless menu began with appetizers (primo piatto) which included assorted cheeses and baked stuffed mushrooms. The secondo piatto consisted of Fusilli in tomato sauce with Beef Braciolettini followed by the terzo piatto of Roast Pork au jus. The quarto piatto was Baked Sausage with (Continued on Page 5)

March - April 2012  

Featuring the 29th Annual Law and Justice Day Breakfast honorees (The Honorable Edward Viola, ADA Michael Fabbri, Dr. Karen Panetta, and Off...

March - April 2012  

Featuring the 29th Annual Law and Justice Day Breakfast honorees (The Honorable Edward Viola, ADA Michael Fabbri, Dr. Karen Panetta, and Off...