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The Italian-American Cultural Organization To Have First Meeting Of The Season

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The IACO will be hosting its first meeting of the season on September 14, 2015. The meeting will take place at the Grove Manor in Braintree, MA at 7:00 PM. This is not only a meeting, but also a social gathering. The general public and visitors are welcomed to attend the meeting and learn about Italian culture. If you are interested, you can contact Richard Leccese at rmleccese@beld.net.  

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Boston College women’s basketball team visits, plays in Italy

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On Wednesday,, Aug. 19, the Boston College women’s basketball team visited Martina Mosetti’s hometown of Trieste, which is in Northern Italy along the Adriatic Sea. It was a happy family reunion as her sister Mariana and brother Luca as well as Marti’s grandfather and grandmother, along with her parents — Andreas and Silvia greeted the travel party at the bus stop. After a warm greeting from the family the extended BC family walked the streets of Trieste with her dad Andreas sharing his knowledge of the beautiful city along the Adriatic Sea. After an hour tour, the group separated to ...

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Mary Menna becomes VP/Market Manager for Greater Media Boston

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Station group owner Greater Media says Rob Williams is leaving his position as vice president and market manager of the company’s Boston radio properties. His last day will be Friday, Aug. 21. He will be replaced by Mary Menna. Williams, who has been commuting from Connecticut to Boston since he joined the company in 2012, has accepted another opportunity closer to his home. “We are grateful for the many contributions Rob has made over the past several years in Boston and wish him the best,” said Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth. Smyth added, “Mary has done an outstanding ...

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Boston’s Towering Presence: Developer Don Chiofaro

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“But what if you could?” Sitting in their Belmont home, Don Chiofaro and his wife, Diane, considered her question as they contemplated his notes for a 1.8 million square foot development project that would one day become International Place. It was 1981, and the challenge was bigger and more audacious than anything Chiofaro had undertaken so far in his life: transforming a waterfront lot with 10 different properties and a garage into one of the most elegant and stunning buildings in Boston. “I thought of it as a movie,” he says. “And I wanted it to win the Academy Award.” ...

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Local Jewelry Artist Donates 1,000 Pieces To Domestic Violence Campaign

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Local jewelry artist, Liza Lentini, donated 1,000 new pieces of jewelry to raise awareness for domestic violence. she is donating her work in order to help those affected by domestic violence. She has created a campaign called “A Thousand for a Thousand.” She hopes other artists will join her campaign for this worthy cause. She hopes to complete her donation by October, National Domestic Awareness Month. Her donation is going to Rosie’s Place in Boston and Safe Haven of Pike County in Mildford, PA. Lentini has chosen genuine pearls of all varieties. she is using crystals and a variety of ...

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Dante Aligheri Society to Host Open House

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The Dante Aligheri Society will be hosting an open house for their Fall Trimester Language Courses. The open house will be on September 3, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their Cambridge location. At the open house, students will be able to not only sign up for the Fall Trimester, but also speak with teachers, test their language proficiency, and etc. If you are interested in attending the open house, contact the Dante Aligheri Society at 617-301-8354.  

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Dante Aligheri Society To Host Wine Tasting

Wine_Tasting_Summer_2015The Dante Aligheri Society will be hosting a wine tasting in September. In order to attend, guests must make a donation to the Society either by phone or through Eventbrite. The wine tasting will be held at the Society’s Cambridge location on September 9, 2015.

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86th Annual St. Rocco’s Feast

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86th Annual Feast of St. Rocco to be held in Malden on August 7, 8 and 9, 2015 A full weekend of entertainment, featuring Malden’s own Charlie Farren and more! On August 7, 8 and 9, the Saint Rocco’s Feast Association will celebrate 86 years of tradition during their annual “Grande Festa”. The feast has grown significantly over the years with locals and visitors and many former Malden residents who view the feast as an informal “Family Reunion”. Festivities begin on Friday August 7 at 6:30PM, with a procession led by the statue of Saint Rocco followed by musical entertainment ...

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East Boston Savings Bank Finances Boston Marine Transport Projects

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Joe DiCunzolo, owner of Boston Marine Transport Inc., displayed the company’s newly purchased oil barge, NY 30. He also displayed a newly renovated tug boat, named the Pinuccia. They were exhibited in Boston Harbor last week. The NY 30 took a little over a year to build, and the tug boat was recently renovated. East Boston Savings Bank provided over $5 million to finance these projects. CEO and Chairman of EBSB, Richard Gavengnano, said: “EBSB continues to make advances in our efforts to deliver substantial loans and create a more efficient and succinct lending process for customers.”

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OSIA Holds Grand Lodge Of Massachusetts’ 101st State Convention

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The Order Sons of Italy in America hosted The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts’ 101st State Convention from June 11 to June 14. This year, the annual convention took place at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Many attended the event, including the organization’s newly elected officers. Among the officials was new State President Antonio Sestito. Two outstanding, committed members were awarded at the convention. Delia Bartucca and Mario Lucciola were awarded the Golden Lions Award, which is the highest honor a member can receive. The recipients were awarded because they demonstrated great commitment to OSIA and promoted Italian ...

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Italian Teens Compete In Local Sailing Competition

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From July 14-18, two Italian teen sailors from Scuola Vela Mascalzone Latino will compete against three well-known Boston-area sailing centers. The teens were honored to accept this invitation and will receive credit from the school for competing. The event starts at the MIT Sailing Center, and ends with a ceremony at MIT Pavilion. At the ceremony, Consul Nicola De Santis will present an award to the teens. This event is hosted by Professionisti Italiani a Boston and the Italian Consulate.

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Italian Students From Medford Attend BLO’s “Don Giovanni”

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On April 29, 2015, Medford High School Italian classes attended the Boston Lyric Opera‘s final dress performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Shubert Theatre in Boston. The group was able to attend the show because forty free tickets were donated to them by the educational department at the Boston Lyric Opera. The money to pay for the bus to take to-and-from the theatre was awarded to the group by a scholarship fund of former Italian teacher from the school, Michelina Petrangelo. This fund exists because Petrangelo wanted students to experience Italian activities, and have access to scholarships. The fund ...

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