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Boston’s Finest: Thomas M. Menino (1942 – 2014)

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The day after Boston’s first Italian-American mayor, Thomas M. Menino, passed away, the Boston Herald ran a full-page photo with the headline: “I know this city. I love this city.” The outpouring of love that Boston showed for Menino in the days after his death on Oct. 30 was equal to the love and devotion that the former mayor had for all of Boston. Born and raised in the Readville area of Hyde Park, Menino grew up with strong values passed down from his parents, both of whom were children of Italian immigrants. His mother, Susan, was his strongest influence, ...

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Gianfranco Zaccai: Taking Innovation to the Next Level

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A native of Istria, Zaccai has always had a knack for changing and improving everything he sees and touches.

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Italian File Sharing Company Boole Server Opens Offices in Boston

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Boole Server, a trusted provider of enterprise file sharing and data protection in Europe, recently announced the opening of its two North American offices in San Francisco and Boston, as an expansion into the U.S. market. Boole Server’s on-premise solution provides full military-grade encryption to secure data even beyond perimeter and device-centric controls, and keep it from falling into unauthorized hands. There are now as many as 729 different cloud applications in use at the average company, and many apps include confidential corporate data.1 Leading international companies including Barilla, UnipolSai, Giorgio Armani, Tod’s, and Versace are taking back control of ...

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Conservatorio of Boston Finally Gets a Plaque

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A ceremony celebrating Boston’s — and supposedly the country’s — first conservatory of music was held at the Hyatt Regency Boston on August 27. Spearheading the effort to have a commemorative plaque installed on the Bedford Street facade of the Church Green building where the Conservatorio originally stood, Teresa “Terri” Mazzulli started researching the landmark 15 years ago, “in order to bring recognition to three European immigrant musicians, teachers and composers,” she says. “In 1800, Francis Mallet of France, Gottlieb Graupner of Germany and Filippo Trajetta of Italy established the American Conservatorio of Boston, the first conservatory of music in ...

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New Consul General of Italy Arrives in Boston

Consul General of Italy in Boston, Nicola DeSantis. (photo courtesy Antonio Talarico)

Salerno-native Nicola De Santis stepped in as new Consul General of Italy in Boston at the end of August, taking over the post from Giuseppe Pastorelli. The 45-year-old De Santis holds a law degree from the Università di Salerno and started his diplomatic career back in 1999. Between 2002 and 2006, he was the Italian Consul in Detroit. In 2006 he moved to Caracas to work at the Italian embassy’s Commercial and Economic office. Three years later, he returned to Italy, working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Directorate for Resources and Innovation. He is married and has ...

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Ferragosto: Differences between Italy and United States

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When I was a little child, August was my absolute favorite month. The world seemed to slow down, to the point of grinding to a standstill. My hometown of Rome becomes a ghostly desert of stores closed for vacation and tourists roaming helplessly through narrow streets to find a “nasone,” the typical water fountains one can find in the Italian capital. No locals can be found, especially on Ferragosto, August 15, which marks the holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. There is even a funny Italian movie I recommend, called “Pranzo di Ferragosto” (Mid-Summer Lunch), which deals with some of ...

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St. Leonard’s Pastor Padre Antonio Nardoianni

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St. Leonard is wrapped in scaffolding to the point of not looking much like a church anymore. Even the sounds (including some of the language used by the workers) are not very church-like. As I wait for Padre Antonio Nardoianni, pastor of what is basically the only fully functional church left in Boston’s historical Italian neighborhood, I find myself thinking, “Maybe they should put extra signs — not for the locals, of course — but certainly for the tourists.” In fact, my refection wasn’t totally off mark. The fact that the Rubenesque Franciscan friar, who has led this parish for ...

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Fashion icon Yolanda Cellucci

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It’s been 46 years since dress diva Yolanda Cellucci transformed her dreams into a glittery and glamorous reality. From “rags to riches,” she emerged as a successful businesswoman and recognized queen of fashion. She is simply a living legend. I had the pleasure to meet with Yolanda at her chic apartment near Boston. I felt electrified by her charismatic and cordial personality. She kindly made me feel at home. A very influential personality in the Boston fashion world, Youlanda started out in 1967 by selling wigs, soon afterward opening her eponymous store in Waltham. Yolanda’s bridal boutique grew to include ...

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AS Roma Gets Ready to Face Liverpool at Fenway Park

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On July 22, players from Italy’s Serie A squad AS Roma practiced at Tufts University’s soccer field, one day before the friendly match against Liverpool FC of the English Premier League. Among the Roma players, international stars Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi were also present. Here are some pictures we took: All photos by Nicola Orichuia. Please contact us for permission to use them.

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Italian Designer Valentina Oppezzo thrills audience at ‘Elements of Design’ Fashion Show

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Five eco-friendly designers, including Italy’s Valentina Oppezzo, presented their own collections at the recent ‘Elements of Design’ fashion show. Presented by VStyle Productions, the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., and the Boston GreenFest, the eco-fashion was held on June 21 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston and featured collections inspired by a different element: air, water, fire and earth. The featured designers were Restored by Design by Martha Jackson as Air, Instilla by Valentina Oppezzo and Maryanne Meservey as Water, Savers Thrift Store and Stylist U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo of Urban Thriftologee as Fire and Anderson Designs by Emma Anderson ...

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A Modern History Lesson in the North End

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Last July, I wrote about North Ender Cotton Mather and his involvement in what is called the “First American Revolution” of 1689. The “second” and more renowned American Revolution took place almost a hundred years later, and it too involved North Enders, like Robert Sexton and Paul Revere, playing a key role. That story is well-known, but it deserves retelling. However, I’m not going to do that here, at least not this year. Rather, I’d like to point out, truthfully, how oblivious I was to the history and historical sites I walked past every day as a kid. #sb10065822f-001 / ...

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Italianissimo! Gala Event Draws Supporters for Future Italian Cultural Center

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Boston was awash in green, white and red on May 31, when the third italianissimo! gala organized by the Friends of the Italian Cultural Center was held. Set in the Burnham Building downtown, the event attracted hundreds of members of the community and beyond in a sign of support for establishing a new Italian cultural center in the city. “It is a great project and I hope to see it come to life by 2016-17,” said Italian Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli — the driving force behind a project that started over three years ago. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, chair of ...

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