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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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Local scientists Fava, Loda, Pandolfi knighted by Republic of Italy

From left: Maurizio Fava, Massimo Loda, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Nicola De Santis

Maurizio Fava, director of the Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Massimo Loda, director of the Center for Molecular Oncologic Pathology at the Dana Faber Cancer Institute, and Pier Paolo Pandolfi, director of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), have recently been knighted by their native country of Italy. Maurizio Fava Dr. Fava obtained his medical degree from the University of Padova School of Medicine and completed residency training in endocrinology there. He completed residency training in psychiatry at Mass. General Hospital (MGH). He founded and was Director of the MGH Depression Clinical and Research ...

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Celtics to play in Milan as part of NBA Global Games Europe 2015

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The National Basketball Association (NBA), Euroleague Basketball and RCS Sport announced today that the Boston Celtics will play a preseason game on Oct. 6 against Olimpia Milano in Milan, Italy, as part of NBA Global Games Europe 2015. “On behalf of the Celtics organization, we are proud to return to Milan for NBA Global Games 2015,” said Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “I have particularly fond memories of playing in Europe almost 30 years ago, and I am sure our current players will relish this unique opportunity.” The 17-time NBA Champion Celtics will play the three-time Euroleague Champion ...

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East Boston Kiwanis recognizes community leaders Ferrino, Lombardo and Nucci

Judge Joseph V. Ferrino (ret.) receives an honorary plaque from East Boston Kiwanis for his 50 years of service in the community.

On May 19, the Kiwanis Club of East Boston honored three long-time club members for their years of dedication and service to the community of East Boston and the children of the world. The honorees — Judge Joseph V. Ferrino Sr. (ret.) of Winthrop, Dennis Lombardo of Randolph and John Nucci of East Boston — were presented with Legion of Honors awards by the East Boston Kiwanis, a club founded in 1947 with the mission “to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.” Retired Judge Joseph Ferrino was recognized for his 50 years of service in ...

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Festa della Repubblica celebrated at Filippo Ristorante

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Boston’s Italian American community came together on May 31 to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Italy as a Republic. Rainy conditions shifted the annual celebrations from Christopher Columbus Park to Filippo Ristorante. Organized by the local COMITES chapter and the Federazione Associazioni Italiane e Italo-Americane New England, the Festa kicked off with the Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane (Casit) awarding ten individual scholarships to as many students from the Boston area. Winning schools included the North End’s Eliot School, Medford’s McGlynn Elementary and Andrews Middle School, Wilmington Middle School, Winchester High School, Stoneham High School, Revere High School, and Medford High ...

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BU’s Alexa Cambi among six Italian American women selected for Italian national lacrosse team

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Six Italian American women were recently called to take part in the Italian National Team in Women’s Lacrosse and will be competing in the European Championships this August – Alexa Cambi (Boston University), Kerrin Maurer (Duke University), Cate Soccodato (Our Lady of Mercy Academy High School/Marquette University Commit), Daniela Kelly (University of Virginia), Anna Maria Carabini (St. Mary’s College), and Brooke Kiley (University of Pennsylvania). The first part of the selection process occurred in Italy, where players from across the country traveled to Rome for tryouts. Through their efforts, these women formed the foundation of the first ever Italian National ...

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Venice Biennale welcomes local artist Aldo Tambellini

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This year’s Biennale arts festival in Venice will prominently feature Cambridge-based artist Aldo Tambellini. The 85-year-old Italian-American visionary will be featured in the Italian pavilion “Codice Italia,” curated by Vincenzo Trione. A pioneer in electromedia, Tambellini will be featured alongside fifteen other artists, whose work relates to three key themes of the Italian exhibition: genetic code, style and memory. For Tambellini’s section of the Pavilion, the artist worked with curators Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi to develop an immersive environment, composed of archival materials. Through projections of painting on glass slides, or “lumagrams” — film and sound references to Tambellini’s ...

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Rain moves Festa della Repubblica to Filippo’s in North End

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Celebrating the 69th anniversary of Italy as a republic, Boston's Italian American community will gather at Christopher Columbus Park on May 31.

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Taste of the North End a Huge Success!

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Photos © Felix Cutillo The Annual Taste of the North End treated over 1,000 people to some of the best and finest cuisine from North End restaurants. “Taste of the North End benefited the North End Waterfront Health, continuing the tradition of the North End restaurant community supporting North End charities. Proceeds will support the variety of programs and services offered by the health center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and elders. The Taste of the North End was founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993 as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. The Frattarolis became aware of ...

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Italian feast season ready to roll in Massachusetts

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Now that the snow has finally all melted, the Boston area can start gearing up for Italian feast season once again! Boston’s North End will once again feature the bulk of the celebrations, which will kick off June 7 with the Santa Maria di Anzano procession, followed by processions for St. Anthony of Padua (June 14), St. Padre Pio (June 28), Madonna delle Grazie (July 12), and St. Rocco (July 19). The neighborhood’s first feast will be St. Agrippina di Mineo (July 31-Aug. 2), folllowed by the Madonna della Cava Feast (Aug. 7-9) and the Fisherman’s Feast of the Madonna ...

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Sons of Italy hosts 2015 Law and Education Awards

From left: Robert J. Ferullo Jr., Robert Calagione and Joseph Curtatone

The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, part of the national Order Sons of Italy in America, is honoring several leaders in the Italian-American community, as well as giving out $30,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors at a combined event, the Massachusetts Education and Law Awards, on Sunday, May 3, 2015. This is a continuation of a 31-year tradition of the Grand Lodge’s commitment to social justice, previously known as the Law and Justice Awards, which has honored leaders like Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Similarly, the scholarship program has annually ...

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