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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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Men Only: It’s All About Tradition Here

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Bocce, gentlemen? Sorry ladies, this month’s article is about a men’s-only club! Recently, I was graciously welcomed for a visit at the Italian American Citizens Club of Lynn, where I had the great pleasure of meeting the club members. When I was first approached to write an article about their bocce league, I imagined that I would hear about the formation of a vibrant Italian community built around a traditional sport, which I will tell you about. Yet, what I found was much more and something that has left a lasting impression on me. Tucked away in the Brickyard neighborhood ...

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Nothing Typical About AS Roma Club of Boston

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Calling all AS Roma fans! This one is for you! On a typical dreary damp Sunday in January, I met with Michael Rizzo, one of the founders of the AS Roma Club of Boston. What I learned is that there is nothing typical about this club. A very gracious and proud AS Roma fan, Mr. Rizzo provided me with countless facts that are little-known to many. Three enthusiastic organizers — Rick Antonellis, Marco Giorgini and Michael Rizzo — started this club because of their shared passion for AS Roma and to find a way to join forces with other supporters. ...

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Ristorante Limoncello owner Maurizio Badolato

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When I was a teen into my early 20s I, debatably, made the best espresso in Boston behind the counter at the long-defunct Café Roma in the North End. I learned how to use just enough coffee to create the creamy top; the difference between lungo and corto, and I can still fashion a fantastic tiramisù because of my years on Hanover Street. Café Roma is long gone, now part of the structure that is the fabulous Bricco. But my favorite customers then are among those who have stayed and kept the Italian spirit in the North End alive. One ...

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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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Cooking Vacations founder Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli

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It came as no surprise to Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli that public relations executives were among the most stressed out people in the country. A mover and shaker in the cutthroat world of Boston PR, she felt it in her shoulders and in the pit of her stomach. That stress led her to seek solace in Sorrento, Italy, in 2001. That stress also helped her start her wildly successful Cooking Vacations business. And that business helped her meet her anima gemella, her soul mate who became her husband. Piscitelli grew up in Massachusetts, her house filled with Italian song and the ...

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Juventus not just a soccer club

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Ciao, calcio fans! I must confess that this month’s article holds a very special place in my calcio-loving heart. I admit that I am a devoted Azzurri fan, but a very loyal Juventina. Like you, calcio brings me great joy. My passion for this beautiful game drives me to tell your stories regardless of allegiance. A notable international symbol of Italian sporting greatness, Juventus has had an amazing year! The current Scudetto champions, they are a club filled with international stars and supporters globally. In Boston, the Juventus Club keeps the spirit of i banconieri alive with local passion and ...

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North End institution Angelo Cattaneo of Caffe dello Sport

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Angelo Cattaneo seems to have made all the right choices early in life — or a least the ones he sticks to. His wife of 55 years, Rosita, to start with; his neighborhood, the North End of Boston, where he has been living no-stop since 1962; even the choir he sings in, the one at St. Leonard Church (formerly Sacred Heart, then forced to move after the parishes consolidation in the early 2000s) he joined a couple of months after moving here. “I was walking down Hanover Street [the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare] when I heard singing voices coming out of ...

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Unveiling America: Franca Di Pietro Explores New Home through Art

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Italian-born painter Franca Di Pietro has lived in the United States for eight years. An exhibit of her oil paintings, “Notes On An American Journey,” will be on display at the Consulate General of Italy until May 6.

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