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Italian American Cultural Organization of Braintree Elects New President

Article submitted by Joe Moscaritolo

Richard Leccese

Richard Leccese

IACO (Italian American Cultural Organization) of South Shore has elected Richard Leccese of Braintree as its new president. Leccese is involved in the Sons of Italy as Deputy at the Norwood Lodge, Secretary of the SS Cosmas and Damian Society in Cambridge and Vice President of the AARP in Braintree.

Leccese succeeds Dominic Candalieri, who was president for the past six years and is the founder of IACO. Dominic’s hard work and effort is quite evident in the success of IACO.

The organization is made up of members throughout the South Shore and Greater Boston. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from September until June at Grove Manor Estates/Glen Building on Grove Street in Braintree.

The theme of each meeting emphasizes Italian culture through presentations made by guest speakers, music, or video. The organization is constantly looking to add new members. All members have an opportunity to share experiences and a common interest in Italian Heritage. Meeting themes are advertised in local newspapers and non-members are invited to attend.

A yearly college scholarship is given to a student of Italian heritage who demonstrates outstanding grades and is involved in his/her community. North End tours, displays at the Braintree Public Library, musical performances, entertainment and food tasting, panel discussions, and catered and pot luck dinners are some of the ways in which IACO presents Italian Culture. Everyone is welcome to attend and is encouraged to join and be a part of IACO.

Contact Richard Leccese at rmleccese@beld.net or Joe Moscaritolo at Jmosca_@hotmail.com with any questions.

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