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2010 October Italian Heritage Month America in History Landing of Columbus Designs created & implemented by Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880), the Michelangelo of the United States Capitol

OCTOBER IS ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH IN MASSACHUSETTS. CELEBRATE ITALIAN HERITAGE WITH A MONTH OF EVENTS. VIEW PAGES 7-10 FOR A CALENDAR LISTING OF EVENTS The Annual Kick-off event this year will be held on Friday, October 1 at the Grand Staircase of the State House, Boston, Massachusetts from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Coro Dante will be performing the American and Italian anthems and other musical selections. Attend with friends and family and show your support for October Italian Heritage Month! A proclamation by Governor Deval Patrick will be read. Honored Guest: Acting Consul General of Italy, Luigi Munno. A wonderful program has been planned, so please join us! Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Dr. Stephen Maio 781-245-6536, Kevin Caira 978-657-7734, Lino Rullo 781-862-1633 or Hon. Joseph Ferrino 617-569-2110.

Italian Ship San Giusto in Boston

Representatives from the Order Sons of Italy in Massachusetts onboard the San Giusto during a welcoming reception. Left to right: Al DeNapoli, Captain of the San Giusto Edoardo Giacomini, Grand Lodge President James DiStefano and Antonio Sestito. The San Giusto arrived in Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Boston on the 10th of August for Saturday, August 14, 2010 at a four day port visit. The ship 10AM onboard the ship. The left Italy on the 12th of July and Mass was in Italian and was is acting as the Navy training open to the general public. ship for the second-year Naval The San Giusto is the first Academy midshipmen. combatant ship in the Navy The overall goal of the cam- to bear this name. It was built paign is to enhance the educa- in the Fincantieri Shipyards tion of young naval officers and of Riva Trigoso, launched on constitutes their first experience December 2, 1993. The motto onboard a ship of the fleet. The in Trieste dialect “coragio no Naval Academy complement is manca co’ semo nel giusto” composed of 92 midshipmen, underlines the link of the Ship including 20 women and 3 with the city of Trieste and its foreign cadets (from Albania, patron Saint “San Giusto” and, Jordan and Peru). Additionally, at the same time wants to be a San Giusto will temporarily clear moral exhortation to her host cadets from the French, crew, Marines of San Marco Moroccan, Ukrainian and Unit- Regiment and Cadets of the ed States Naval Academies as Naval Academy, meaning that part of exchange programs courage cannot and must not based on traditional coopera- lack when we work for a good tion and friendship among these cause. countries. The ship, under the command The ship was open to the of Captain Edoardo Giacomini, public on August 13, 2010 from returned return to Livorno on 9:00AM-12:00PM and from the 17th of September after navi3:00PM-7:00PM at Black Falcon gating for more than two months Cruise Terminal, Boston, MA. through the Atlantic Ocean and A special Mass was held with Mediterranean Sea.

Grand Lodge Lobsterfest by Dorothy Berlandi

The Grand Lodge’s Annual Lobsterfest was held on Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. The event was held at the Hingham Sons of Italy and it was a perfect day. The day began at approximately 8:30 a.m. when a crew of volunteers arrived to begin the preparations. Bushels of corn were husked, two hundred potatoes were washed, dried, pricked with a fork and set on large trays ready for the oven. The salad greens were washed cut and prepared. Tomatoes were cut and the lucky volunteer who sliced the onions, still has the memory of eyes tearing. It was then time to set the very large pot on the burner to start cooking the very delicious Clam Chowder. The steaks were taken out of the packages and readied for the grill along with the cauldrons of water for the lobsters being set up outside. The long picnic tables were then covered with plastic tablecloths, which had to be stapled to the tables as the wind was determined that the tablecloths were not to stay as stapled. The early Sunday morning volunteers were State 2nd Vice President Antonio Sestito, Marianna Sestito, Past State President Florence Ferullo Kane, Hingham Ladies Lodge President Angela DiTunno, State Trustee Cathy Bourassa, Quincy Ladies Lodge President Michelle Bertoldi,

Public Relations Chairman Dorothy Berlandi, and Hingham Men’s Lodge members Joseph Laugelle, John Argiro, Warren Wilkins and Patrick Massey (grandson of Antonio Sestito). Unlike last year the weather was just “perfect” for an outdoor event. Guests arrived and chose their respective tables and then it was time to catch up with all their acquaintances. Before long it was time for the Clam Chowder to be served, and we all knew that this Lobsterfest was well on its way to being a great success. Sister Florence Kane served countless cups of the chowder and many returned for seconds. It was then time for the lobster, steak, salad, corn on the cob, bread, watermelon and soft drinks. Serving all the guests were the following: State President James DiStefano, Antonio Sestito, Marianna Sestito, Florence Ferullo Kane, Cathy Bourassa, Michelle Bertoldi, Angela DiTunno. Festivities were brought to a close with a raffle. A special thanks to all who made this Grand Lodge Annual Lobsterfest such a great success. We hope that next year we will be joined by yet additional guests to this delightful get together. (Continued on Page 5)

September - October 2010  

Featuring the October Italian Heritage Month Calendar, Italian Ship San Giusto visit, and Grand Lodge Lobsterfest.

September - October 2010  

Featuring the October Italian Heritage Month Calendar, Italian Ship San Giusto visit, and Grand Lodge Lobsterfest.