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Stefano is a freelance reporter, currently writing for Famiglia Cristiana, one of Italy’s largest and most circulated weekly magazines. For over 10 years, he has been a Boston correspondent and producer for Italy’s national TV network RAI. He produced more than 600 “Italian-angled” news stories and features from New England and from around the United States for RAI’s international channel, RAI Italia, broadcast to over 60 million viewers of Italian origins or of Italian descent living outside of Italy. He also assisted, and occasionally still does, RAI’s main correspondents in producing news stories and special reports during major news events. He came to Boston in 1996 to earn a master’s degree and fulfill a lifelong dream of being a journalist. Stefano’s work can be viewed on his personal website, www.stefanosalimbeni.com.

Francesca Gino’s “right choices”

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Growing up in her native Tione, a small Alpine town in the Italian province of Trento, Francesca Gino dreamed of becoming an engineer. The idea of building houses fascinated her, and she wanted to do it for a living. “But my then-boyfriend was already enrolled in a college engineering course and according to his mother, having two engineers in the same family was not such a good idea, so I signed up for economics,” recalls the bright-eyed, 35-year-old, full-time Harvard Business School professor, slightly embarrassed in telling such a personal tale. “I was ‘sidetracked,'” she concludes. And that’s when I ...

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Tutto Italiano owner Angelo Locilento

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“If you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life,” says Angelo Locilento as he somewhat reluctantly leaves his post at the counter of Tutto Italiano, where long lines of customers from all races, ages and walks of life wait to be served either some special product directly imported from Italy or some freshly made in-store treat. “Look! This is a fully functioning bakery that just finished making bread for the day,” he points out as we pass through the yeast-and-flour scented facility to his office. After a careful look I see what he means. The ...

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Giuseppe Argentieri: The Ambassador of Italian cheese

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“I don’t like it when they call me the king of mozzarella. That title is loaded with pressure and responsibility,” Giuseppe Argentieri says with a smile as he supervises the production of the day’s batch of fresh burrata before shipping it to specialty stores all over the Boston area. Then, after swallowing a chunk of the white, chewy, still-warm product of a morning’s work and giving the nod to the cheese maker — who puts these balls of goodness together by hand — he suddenly becomes serious. “All I’d like to be considered is the one who makes the best ...

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Federica Del Monte: A doctor with research ‘at heart’

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Who would have figured that Alzheimer’s disease and cardiomyopathy might be siblings, and that new therapies for both might be found simultaneously? In fact, nobody knows for sure, but Dr. Federica Del Monte, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School thinks so. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have spent most of her waking life for the past 15 years in the relentless pursuit of a non-surgical cure for dilated cardiomyopathy, a progressive heart disease that unnaturally enlarges the body’s main muscle, eventually causing it to fail. In some cases, the culprits is the plaque that builds up around the heart, often reaching critical ...

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Henry Zunino: Sculptor at Heart, Candyman by Profession

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Imagine a lobster on a stick: not a real one, but rather a small crustacean-shaped lollipop to take home as a souvenir of a trip to Boston, or — why not — after a real Lobster dinner with your kids. The lobster-shaped treat is not mass produced in China for some giant corporation, but rather crafted and created by local sculptor Henry Zunino, a self-made entrepreneur in his self-made artisanal laboratory in Everett, Massachusetts, where his company Strawberry Hill Candy started in 2009. The company’s flagship product, the Lobster (individual claws are also available), is really only one of many ...

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Italian language activist Gioconda Motta

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“When we lived in Melrose in the mid 1970s, my eldest daughter used to bring pizza to school for lunch. For her, having grown up in an Italian household, it was the most normal thing in the world. At some point however she started to come home and say they were making fun of her, therefore she didn’t want pizza anymore. Yes, discrimination was that strong! That is when I went to the principal and I said I want to start an afternoon enrichment program — in Italian. After a couple of years, we had 30 children and families were ...

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C.A.S.IT. Launches First Innovative Italian Summer Camp

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The Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (C.A.S.IT.) launched its first Innovative Italian Summer Camp program on Monday, July 8. “I still can’t believe we managed to make this happen,” said Camp Director Maria Gioconda Motta, founder of C.A.S.IT. and one of several volunteers working at the camp. The program includes both indoor and outdoor games and activities, with 19 children participating the first week of camp and another 12 coming in the second week. The camp takes place at the North End’s Eliot School, thanks to the principal Traci Griffith, who opened the school doors for the camp.

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The Music and Life of Arlington High School Music Director Tino “Mr. T” D’Agostino

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As the notes from Hollywood’s most famous scores – from “Star Wars” to “Titanic” all the way to a goose bump-inducing rendition of Schindler’s List theme – filled a jam packed Arlington City Hall Auditorium, many in the audience kept their eyes closed: after all there is no better combination than movies and music to be swept away by powerful memories and emotion. Especially when the music is so flawless it could be coming out of the speakers of a theater or from the seasoned instruments played by the expert hands of an orchestra of famous professional musicians. Instead, when ...

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Gino Colafella: The Mayor’s Barber with Big Shoes To Fill

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After his lifetime partner officially retired, North End barber Gino Colafella talks of his shop and the neighborhood that, over 40 years, has passed in front his eyes and reflected itself in his mirrors. “In a few months I lost both the mayor of Boston and the mayor of Hanover street,” says Gino Colafella, holding a black and white picture from twenty years ago of him and former business partner Johnny (“Shoes” – a nickname earned for being a shoemaker’s son) Cammarata giving a newly elected Thomas Menino his first haircut as a mayor of Boston. He laughs, but for ...

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Developing the Super-Battery: Riccardo Signorelli and FastCAP System

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Signorelli is CEO of one of the leading companies in battery development.

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Pirandello Language Center founder Tino Valdesolo

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In school, it is virtually impossible to capture his undivided attention for more than five minutes. If he isn’t substituting for one of the teachers, he is preparing a musical program, updating a curriculum or offering brief answers to family members or teachers who are lined up outside the little office he carved for himself at the Pirandello Language Center in the St. John School building. It has been like this every Saturday for the last four decades, during which time Tino Valdesolo has directed — hands-on and delegation-free — the longest running private institution for the teaching of Italian ...

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247 Drums founder Sergio Bellotti

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“I was fired for love,” recalls musician and teacher Sergio Bellotti from behind the counter of his brand new drum store in Winchester, Mass. It happened in the middle of the ocean, aboard the cruise ship he was playing on, at the hands of the bandleader he was playing for. A native of Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, he was a professional drummer from Italy who had never set foot on American soil. “A telex had come with a message for me, and at a time of no cell phones, when international communication was super expensive, when a ...

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