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First Italian American bookstore in United States opens in North End

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The country’s first Italian American bookstore officially opened its doors on Oct. 29. Located at 189 North St., in Boston’s North End neighborhood, I AM Books holds Italian and Italian American literature, magazines, games, toys and many more gift items. “When you walk into I AM Books, you might have a certain idea of Italy or of your Italian roots,” says co-owner Nicola Orichuia. “We’d like you to walk out with ten or twenty new ideas and a whole new perspective.” For co-owner Jim Pinzino, whose family hailed from Sicily, the store will give others the chance to live an ...

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Fundraiser Concert Will Be Held At Dante Aligheri

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The Italian Heritage Committee of Massachusetts will be hosting a fundraiser concert at the Dante Aligheri Cultural Center On November 8, 2015.  “The Classics,”  an Italian trio from Ortona in the Abruzzo region, will be performing “Songs That Unified Italy.”  If you are interested in attending the event, you can call Lino Rullo at 617-447-0598, to purchase tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as there will be a buffet with a cash bar after the event.

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Owner Of Salvatore’s Restaurants Sells To Employees

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The owner of Salvatore’s Restaurants, Sal Lupoli, has taken a bold move by selling his businesses to a group of employees. He made such a move because he wanted to enrich his employees’ lives. He is very happy about his decision and knows that Executive VP, Peter Ackman, will take great care of the locations. Lupoli will still own his chain of Sal’s Pizzas.

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Italian Flag Raising at Boston City Hall (Oct. 9)

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When: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 – 11 a.m (reception); 12 p.m. (flag raising ceremony) Where: Piemonte Room, 5th floor City Hall (reception); Boston City Hall, Congress St. entrance (ceremony)

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Columbus Day cocktail reception

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The North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee is hosting an evening of celebration and commemoration on Friday, October 9 at the Living Room onAtlantic Avenue. The reception will feature music, prizes, refreshments and cocktails. Advance tickets are $45.00 per person (50.00 at the door) and may be purchased by contacting the Therese at 617-504-3284, or mail in attached form. This year’s honored guests will be The Friends of Christopher ColumbusPark. The Friends are the 2015 recipient of the Committee’s Michael A. Nazzaro Community Service Award. Mike Nazzaro was born and raised in the North End, was a small business owner ...

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I AM Books — The First Italian American Bookstore in the Country

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Dear readers, Life has a funny and mysterious way of taking us by the hand and pulling us towards projects we never dreamed of until recently. That is how I feel right now, as I announce this big step forward in our goal to give the local Italian and Italian American communities a voice and identity they can be proud of. For several months, with the help of many people encountered through the years as editor of bostoniano.info and Bostoniano magazine, I have been working on creating I Am Books — a real, physical space that can bring the community ...

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Italian Mercatino – Italian Craft Fair

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When: October 25, 2015, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Where: Irish American Club, 177 West St. Malden, MA Please join Donne 2000 celebrating Italian Heritage Month with our first Italian Mercatino. This event will feature handmade crafts and gifts made by our very own members and other local vendors. It will be a great opportunity to purchase unique holiday gifts. Homemade pizzelle, cookies, panini and refreshments will also be for sale. There will also be cooking demonstrations of various Italian foods. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Donne 2000 Scholarship fund and other local charities. For more information contact Rita Susi ...

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First Annual Big Rico Memorial Golf Tournament

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When: Monday September 14, 2015 — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Where: South Shore Country Club, 274 South Street Hingham, MA 02043 This event is in memory of Rico Ricci- aka “Big Rico” to his family and friends. Rico passed away last June after fighting a long and courageous battle with liver disease. Proceeds of this event will benefit the ALS Foundation and Liver Foundation. There will be a golf tournament during the day and a cocktail/reception in the evening. Cost is $125 for individual player, which includes lunch and dinner reception. Price is $100 to sponsor a hole. If ...

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Fitchburg State archive to become repository for Italian American history, stories of Central Massachusetts

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Article published on Worcester Telegram & Gazette. For the complete article, click here. FITCHBURG – Hank Lisciotti would love to know who the first Italian was who emigrated to Leominster or Fitchburg and paved the way for others to follow and build lives and businesses in northern Central Massachusetts. Between 1820 and 2004, about 5.5 million people emigrated from Italy to the United States, with a majority of them, about 3 million, arriving between 1900 and 1915. They came as stone cutters, worked in plastics factories and engaged in many other trades, eventually founding their own companies and institutions. At ...

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Musica Vesuviana celebrates 5th year with more music, more art, more fun

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On June 24, 2015, Musica Vesuviana kicked off its fifth annual Summer Music & Art Camp in Italy. Students from all over the United States landed in Naples, Italy, embarking on a two-week excursion to S. Marco di Castellabate (Salerno) to discover the historical, cultural and artistic sites of southern Italy while studying music and art. This year, the 35 participating students journeyed to Rome, Vietri (Amalfi Coast), Pompeii, Paestum and Salerno (Castello Mediovale di Arechi) and were delighted to visit the breathtaking and beautiful locations. The students’ home for the two-week stay was the Fondazione Passarelli, where students received ...

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Italian Consulate General of Boston is Hiring

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The Italian Consulate General in Boston is currently looking to hire a qualified individual to work in the Consular Services/Visas sector. Interested candidates must submit applications by Sept. 30, 2015. For more information on the position and the requirements to apply, please visit www.consboston.esteri.it or download the form by clicking here.

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IACO To Host Bocce Tournament

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On September 20, 2015, The Italian-American Cultural Organization will be hosting a Bocce Tournament in Abington, MA. They are holding the event to support the IACO Scholarship fund. If you are interested in attending, contact Richard Leccese at 781-843-5095. In order to attend you have to make a donation to the fund.  

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