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Dr. Robert Leonard Honored by Italian Society for Hair Science

Award in Italy Dr. Robert Leonard: Dr. Robert Leonard is recognized by board members of the Italian Society for Hair Science at the organization’s 20th anniversary conference held April 17, 2016 in Florence, Italy.

Dr. Robert Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Newton-based Leonard Hair Transplant Associates, was recently honored by the Italian Society for Hair Science during its 20th anniversary conference held April 17, 2016 in Florence, Italy. Dr. Leonard was awarded for his work in education in the field of hair restoration and science. Dr. Leonard and Dr. Matthew Lopresti of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates attended the weekend-long conference at the Grand Hotel Baglioni, located in the Piazza dell’Unita Italiana in Florence, Italy. The conference featured dozens of Italy’s foremost experts in the field of hair science. The Italian Society for Hair ...

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Cristiano Bonino: The Craft of Tasty Tours

Cristiano Bonino checking out seasoned Parmigiano Reggiano

Cristiano Bonino organizes food tours for a living: yet, as a foodie, he is not very credible – at least not at first glance. At 45, the shape he is in is associated with enthusiasts of diets and gyms, not gourmet regional specialties — especially after living in America on and off for the past 8 years (full time for the last four). As he leads me up the stairs to his Somerville top floor apartment it is hard for me to keep up with him; then as soon as we reach the kitchen/living-room – a sunlit open space nicely ...

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Making Logan Airport Efficient and Look Good: Massport’s Luciana Burdi

Massport Capital Program and Environmental Affairs Deputy Director Luciana Burdi

On a glorious May morning, Luciana Burdi greets me at the security desk of the Massport administrative building where she works, looking just as glorious. Her outfit is way more hip and stylish than one would expect for a regular Thursday at the office, and she transmits positive energy while navigating the building’s corridors with a sharp sense of humor and a smile that throughout our two-hour encounter never seems to fade away. “It’s been three years, and I love it!” she says, as we sit down in the office where she serves as deputy director of Massport’s Capital Program ...

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Boston Community’s Rising Star Giovanni Abbadessa


“You have to look five years ahead.” Giovanni Abbadessa repeats this motto as a mantra and seems to apply it to the many tasks and roles he juggles in his busy, intense, on-the-verge-of-overbooked daily life. His phone rings, beeps or vibrates relentlessly during the two hours we spend in the gorgeous, elegantly and somewhat minimally furnished house in a western suburb of Boston he bought a couple of years ago. The results from the local COMITES election, in which he was a candidate, are just coming in that day, while kitchen renovation contractors in need of quotes and measures continuously ...

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Smart Specialization and the Future of Italian Research


When: Friday, April 17, 2015 — 1 to 2:30 p.m. Where: Room 4-163, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA On Friday, April 18, MIT’s Italian student organization MITaly will hold the event: “Smart Specialization and the Future of Italian Research”. The agenda is the following: 1:00-200PM: Dr Francesco Grillo, Managing director of the European think-thank Vision and Advisor of the European Commission and of the Minister of Education, will talk about “smart specialization” as a strategy for growth. 2:00-2:30PM: Prof. Stefania Giannini, Italian Secretary of Research, Universities, and Education, will join us in video-conference to talk more specifically about the ...

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Giuseppe Giangregorio: The Italian “Ambassador” Behind Green Cross Pharmacy’s Counter

Giuseppe Giangregorio of Green Cross Pharmacy in Boston's North End

Giuseppe Giangregorio and his brother Fernando have been running the North End's Green Cross Pharmacy since 1964.

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MGH’s Celiac Disease Crusader Alessio Fasano


Professor Alessio Fasano‘s lab, at the MGH Center for Celiac Disease Research and Treatment, does not look much different than others found in the world-class medical research hub that the Boston area has become: same old bays, same old Petri dishes. Even his office — books on one side, large window overlooking other research facilities on the other — does not really differ from the typical one, exception made for a few Maserati calendars and mementos owned by Fasano, the Center’s director Yet, what stands out about this tall, thin, fairly long-haired Italian consummate researcher who after almost 25 years ...

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East Boston Chamber of Commerce Prosperity Awards


Congratulations to the 2014 Prosperity Awards given by the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. The awards were given to individuals in the East Boston business community for outstanding business practices and community service. Neffo Cappuccio of Cappuccio Enterprise. Josephine (Joey) Cuzzi of the East Boston YMCA   Gina Fiandaca of the City of Boston Office of Parking Frank Fredella of Sterlingwear of Boston Richard (Dick) Gavegnano CEO of the East Boston Savings Bank Manny Lopes CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Diane Modica Veronica Robles of Veronica Robles Cultural Center Joseph Ruggiero Sr., of Ruggiero Memorial Home Chip Tuttle ...

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MIT Oceanography Professor Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli

Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli

Sitting in Professor Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli’s office at MIT, I forget for a few minutes what I am there for. We are discussing her passion for opera, and how she almost pursued a career in the arts as a young girl. A moment later, though, with a seamless transition she starts talking about climate change, and all of a sudden, her down-to-earth, somehow reassuring central Italian accent switches to a more professional, almost Venetian tone: “Warming is unequivocal, global warming, that is!” It’s the sign that my personal chitchat with MIT oceanography professor Malanotte-Rizzoli is over and the actual interview has ...

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A Wine Tour of Boston’s North End

City Wine Tours at Wine Bottega in Boston's North End.

Whether you are a local Bostonian, a New Englander or just someone visiting from another state or country, there is an excellent opportunity to sample some world-class wines while visiting some of the local Boston neighborhoods and local restaurants. City Wine Tours is a company that provides guided tours that explore multiple neighborhoods in Boston including the South End, the North End, Back Bay and the latest edition to their tour list: a sparkling wine tour of Harvard Square in Cambridge. The company provides an opportunity to tour each neighborhood, visit a few local restaurants and wine shops, with great ...

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Comparing Start-Up Culture and Models at MIT


On Sept. 18, MIT’s Sloan School of Management was the stage for a unique seminar comparing startup environments and strategies in Italy and the United States. Organized by the Italian Consulate General in Boston and Professionisti Italiani a Boston, the event was moderated by Corriere della Sera journalist Maria Teresa Cometto and saw numerous local and international leaders in the world of entrepreneurship discuss the different models the two countries present. “Entrepreneurship is something you get better at with time,” said MIT Senior Lecturer Bill Aulet. Tim Rose, founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center, highlighted the importance of ...

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Educator and Creator Mary Capozzi Delivers Lifestyle Lessons

Mary Capozzi

Through her own website and thanks to her Italian upbringing, Mary Capozzi has been able to give the gift of youth and wellbeing to the Boston community.

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