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Italian Cultural Center of Wester Mass announces scholarship winners

(Photo courtesy www.iccwm.org)

The Italian Cultural center of Western Massachusetts, Inc. will honor ten high school seniors who will receive Italian Cultural Center Scholarships on Monday, June 15, at St. Anne Country Club, 781 Shoemaker Lane in the Feeding Hills section. The Italian Cultural Center Scholarships, sponsored by ICC members, the ICC and Springfield UNICO, recognize the accomplishments of young people of Italian heritage and to support their further studies. The following six seniors received $1,000 each: the Italian Cultural Center Scholarship to Courntey Guertin (South Hadley High School); the George and Rose Tazzine Memorial Scholarship to Taylor Guertin (South Hadley High School); ...

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Tri-Town CEO Joseph DeSantis receives award from Verrazzano Day Observance Committee

Joseph DeSantis receiving the plaque

The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee, comprised of members from the Order Sons of Italy in America (Grand Lodge of Rhode Island) and Italian American War Veterans of the United States (Rhode Island division), recently honored Joseph DeSantis, CEO of Tri-Town Community Action Agency and South County Community Action Agency, as its 2015 Man of the Year. “I’m truly honored and deeply humbled to be here this evening,” DeSantis said after receiving an honorary plaque from the previous year’s honoree, Dr. Giulio Diamante. DeSantis has spent all 43 years of his non-profit career at Tri-Town, earning the title of CEO in ...

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Migliori in Mens et Gesta Awards 2015


On March 28, the Pirandello Lyceum held its annual I Migliori in Mens et Gesta Awards at East Boston’s Hyatt Harborside Hotel. The event marked the 30th anniversary of the organization’s annual gala. This year’s honorees included Josephine Cuzzi, who served as executive director of the East Boston YMCA from 2006-2014, expanding the child and adult care food and summer programs, and State Senator Sal DiDomenico, who has been representing the Middlesex and Suffolk Districts since May 2010 after serving four terms on the Everett City Council. DiDomenico is also president of the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Society Feast in ...

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Pirandello Lyceum Announces 2015 I Migliori Awardees


Boston’s Pirandello Lyceum announced the 2015 recipients of its prestigious “I Migliori in Mens et Gesta” award, the “Best in Mind and Deed.” The Board of Governors recognized a group of outstanding Americans of Italian descent who have made important contributions to their profession, to society and to the Italian-American community. The I Migliori honorees for 2015 are: Josephine Cuzzi , Management-Leadership Senator Sal Di Domenico, Public Service Giuseppe Giangregorio, Italian Community Alberto Mustone, Italian Culture Paul Parravano, Education James F. Pinzino, International Business Atty. Frank Privitera, Jr. , Law-Philanthropy President’s Award: Rev. Richard C. Messina, Religion The I Migliori ...

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IACO Names Dominic Candelieri President Emeritus


The Italian American Cultural Organization of Boston’s South Shore held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 1. Held at Braintree’s Grove Manor Estate, the feast was kicked off with a special tribute to organization founder Dominic Candelieri, who was named President Emeritus of the South Shore group. Current President Richard Leccese introduced Candelieri and recounted the service and dedication that have always accompanied the Calabria native’s work. Candelieri currently owns and runs Michelangelo Hair Salon in Braintree, and has been active in dozens of Italian American organizations throughout the years. IACO meets every first Monday of the month and is ...

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St. Joseph Society Steps up for St. Leonard’s Church

St. Joseph Society (photo courtesy MattConti.com)

The North End-based Saint Joseph Society recently announced a $10,000 pledge to support the ongoing restoration of Saint Leonard Church on Hanover Street, in Boston’s North End. “We thank the whole society and in a special way the donation committee for being so considerate toward our Parish,” wrote Father Antonio Nardoianni in the parish bulletin. “Besides the large amount they are donating, we are encouraged by their appreciation for what is being done to prevent our church building from falling apart and to restore it to its original beauty.” The group — which sponsors the annual St. Joseph Feast in ...

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Boston Celebrates 200 Years of Carabinieri


Italy’s Carabinieri are celebrating 200 years of history this year. The country’s military police has a long tradition of valor and courage, but has also been able to reach out to all corners of the globe and establish affiliated branches, like Boston’s Sezione Alberto Dalla Chiesa, founded in 2003. The Boston-based group held its 11th anniversary gala event on Sept. 7, celebrating the rich history of the armed forces. A special tribute was made to Carabiniere Scelto Francesco Moracci, a veteran who served in Iraq in 2004, as part of the Multinational Specialized Unit battalion under the Italian Joint Task ...

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Italian American Cultural Organization of Braintree Elects New President

Richard Leccese

IACO of the South Shore has elected Richard Leccese of Braintree as its new president.

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Dante Alighieri Society Elects New Board and President


The Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts recently held elections to renew its board and choose a new president. The center’s new president is Anthony Cassano, born in the small town of Torre Le Nocelle, in Campania. In 1961, at the age of 13, he immigrated to the United States, where many years later he would build a successful construction and real estate development business. Cassano has served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Chelsea and has been a long-standing member of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of the Dante Alighieri Society since 2000 and ...

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Massachusetts Education and Law Awards

(Front) - Watertown Police Patrolman Timothy Menton, Firefighter James Caruso, Medford Police Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr., The Honorable Peter C. DiGangi, former Wilmington Town Manager Michael Caira, Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey J. Pugliese, and Patrolman Timothy Menton. (Back) – The Commission for Social Justice of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, part of the national Order Sons of Italy in America, recently honored several leaders in the Italian-American community, as well as graduating high school seniors at the Massachusetts Education and Law Awards. Held on Sunday, May 4, 2014, the award ceremony is a continuation of a 30-year tradition of the Grand Lodge’s commitment to social justice, previously known as the Law and Justice Awards, which has honored leaders like Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Similarly, the scholarship program has annually awarded at least $30,000 to high school seniors for nearly ...

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Feast of Three Saints in Lawrence Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Feast of Three Saints (photo ©Ross Photography)

When: August 30, 31 and September 1, 2013 Where: Common Street, Lawrence MA In Lawrence, Labor Day weekend is much more than a holiday. In fact, for the past 90 years it has represented one of the region’s most important and successful traditions: The Feast of the Three Saints. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the feast, started in 1923 by a half dozen paesani immigrated to the area from the Sicilian town of Trecastagni, which celebrates Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and Cirino in the month of May. “I’ve never missed a feast,” says 70-year-old Ray DiFiore, who remembers his ...

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Photos from 94th St. Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End

St. Anthony of Padua feast and procession in the North End of Boston.

Pictures taken by Nicola Orichuia on Sunday, August 25, 2013 — St. Anthony’s Feast in the North End.

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