October 2014

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October 2014
Published by the Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
VOL. 36, NO. 4
ICC’s Casino Night proves
to be a winning deal
Permit No. 5716
Festa Italiana chosen
overwhelmingly as
favorite ethnic festival
in Business Journal poll
In an online subscribers survey conducted by the Milwaukee Business
Journal (www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee) in August, Festa Italiana was overwhelmingly chosen as Milwaukee’s favorite ethnic festival, receiving 41%
of all the votes casts.
In second place was Irish Fest with 19% of the vote.
The survey results, which were published in the Aug. 15 edition of the
Business Journal, reported that 485 people responded to the survey.
While the survey listed all of the major summer ethnic festivals, it
allowed participants to check a box for “other,” which The Italian Times
learned meant smaller ethnic festivals that aren’t held on the Summerfest
grounds. The “other” selection finished third with 18% of the vote.
The rest of the results read as follows: German Fest 8%, Bastille Days
7%, Polish Fest 5% and Mexican Fiesta 1%.
Bill and Karen Dickinson, chairpersons of the ICC Membership
Committee, organized a very successful Casino Night on Sept. 12. . Due to
their hard work, the volunteers who assisted and the generosity of numerous donors, the event was a success evn before the doors opened. Casino
Night also proved to be an enjoyable evening for all who attended. Look
for more photos and information from the event inside this issue. (Times
photo by Tom Hemman)
ICC election results to be announced
at Oct. 2 general meeting
By Thomas Hemman
Times Editor
Results of this year’s Italian
Community Center election, which
features races for vice president
and four director-at-large seats,
will be announced during the gen-
eral membership meeting on
Thursday, Oct. 2.
The meeting will start at 6:30
p.m., and will be held in the Festa
Ballroom. The buffet-style dinner
will be available at 5:30 p.m. for $8
Please turn to page 7
ICC hosting 2nd annual Festival di
Danza e Cultura on Thursday, Oct. 30
This is a don’t miss multi-cultural dance and music program sure to please
By Thomas Hemman
Times Editor
Several ethnic dance and music
groups will come together for performances
Community Center’s second annual
Festival di Danza e Cultura on
Thursday, Oct. 30.
This multi-cultural program,
which is part of the ICC’s celebration of National Italian American
Heritage Month in October, will be
presented in the Pompeii Grand
Ballroom starting at 7 p.m. A pasta
and meatballs dinner buffet will be
available at 6 p.m. Doors open at
5:30 p.m. for a reception (cash bar).
The dinner and program prices
have been set at $15 for adults and
$9 for children (12 and younger).
The cost for performance-only
admission is $5. Reservations can
be made using a credit or debit card
and by calling the ICC office at 414223-2180 or by completing the form
at the conclusion of this article and
sending it in with a payment.
Festival di Danza e Cultura is a
presentation of the ICC Culture
Committee and Tradizione Vivente:
the Italian Dance Group of
Milwaukee, in conjunction with the
Wisconsin. It will serve as a preview to the 2014 Holiday Folk Fair
International, which is Nov. 21-23
at State Fair Park in West Allis.
As of presstime, Gina Jorgensen,
Culture Committee member, said
that these groups had confirmed
their participation in the Oct. 30
program: The Billy Mitchell
Scottish Pipes & Drums, Caledonia
Scottish Dancers, Tatra Slovak
Dancers of Milwaukee, Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt, Dnipro
Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and
Tradizione Vivente. She added that
she was awaiting confirmation
from performers representing the
Indian Community School.
The dinner buffet will include
pasta with meatballs, salad, Italian
bread, dessert and coffee, tea or
milk. It will be available until the
start of the program, said Christina
Ziino, Culture Committee chair.
“We had such great feedback
about last year’s event that we are
now planning on having this celebration every year,” Jorgensen
said. “We are so excited to introduce several new visiting groups
this year. This is truly a mini-Folk
Fair that gives people a solid glance
at what they can expect at the
By Thomas Hemman
Times Editor
In an interview published in
the March 1994 issue of The
Italian Times, then-Milwaukee
Alderman Thomas G. (Tom)
Nardelli stated: “I’ve always felt
that if I was going to embark on a
task, I’d try to do it in a way so
that it would not in any way discredit my family name. I’m very
cognizant of my parents and
grandparents and what they’ve
done for me. It’s far more important to me to honor that name and
what it means than it is to tarnish
it by my actions.”
In today’s world, it seems many
politicians make similar statements, but how many come close
to living up to it? Over the course
of 40-plus years in politics, Tom
Nardelli not only demonstrated
his commitment to his family
name, but he was acknowledged
and respected by his peers for his
honesty, independence, forthrightness and dedication to his constituents.
Nardelli died unexpectedly on
Labor Day (Sept. 1) of a ruptured
Please turn to page 6
Holiday Folk Fair in November. We
truly appreciate the visiting ethnic
groups that are generously giving
their time and talents to our
She added that there will be a
raffle for some interesting prizes
and that tickets for the Folk Fair
will be available for purchase.
(Look for a separate story on the
Folk Fair in this issue.)
Please turn to page 10
Tom Nardelli, past ICC president,
longtime Milwaukee alderman and
state and county official, dies at 70
Tom Nardelli
A message from Gina Spang,
Italian Community Center President
“Festa Italiana” was voted
Milwaukee’s favorite ethnic festival
in a recent survey conducted by
Milwaukee’s Business Journal –
how great is that! We were right: It
feels good to be Italian!
Casino Night
Membership Committee on the success of Casino Night.
I found my home at a Black Jack
table with a very patient dealer
who taught me a lot about how to
play the game. After I collected my
winnings from Black Jack, I wandered over to the Roulette table
and had more fun, although I went
through my chips must faster at
the Roulette table.
I was watching Chris Ziino winning at the Craps table, but for the
life of me, I could not figure that
game out. Never made it to a Texas
Hold ‘Em table.
The raffle prizes were outstanding and most everyone stayed until
the end of the night to see who the
big winner of the raffle would be. I
think the best part of the evening
was seeing new members and
younger members at the event. It
was a lively group and fun was had
by all!
Fundraising Committee
The Fundraising Committee has
been working hard on a program
for annual giving. It has been 25
years since our building was built
and as an organization we have not
asked our members for contributions since our building campaign. I
am sure that most of you donate to
other organizations throughout the
year and I would ask that you
remember to keep the Italian
Community Center in mind as you
begin to plan your end of year giving.
Our sympathies
Finally our prayers go out to the
family of Tom Nardelli, a past president of our organization, and all
other families who have lost loved
ones this past month.
– Gina M. Spang
ICC President
Installation dinner set for Saturday, Nov. 1
The installation of the Italian
Community Center’s new officers
and directors will occur at a dinner
ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 1.
President-Elect Giuseppe Vella
said the evening’s activities will
begin with a reception at 6 p.m. in
the galleria with a cash bar and the
serving of hors d’oeuvres.
Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom.
The dinner menu includes an
Italian salad, pasta al forno (using
chef Peter Carini’s special recipe),
chicken Sarah with double baked
potato, vegetables medley, Italian
bread and butter, coffee, tea or milk
and a special dessert.
There will be carafes of wine on
each table.
Pianist John Puchner, a longtime member, will play piano music
during the evening.
The installation ceremony will
occur after dinner.
Later in the evening, a sweet
table will be made available, courtesy of the Vella family and
Sciortino’s Bakery.
The cost for this evening is $30
per person.
Reservations will be accepted for
tables of eight to 10. All other seating will be open. Reservations are
required by Monday, Oct. 27.
Either call the ICC office at 414223-2180 with your credit card
handy or complete the form accompanying the article to make your
When making phone reservations, you will be asked to provide
the names of all those in your
party. A list of the people in your
party must be included with any
reservations that are sent in. No
reservations will be accepted without full payment.
Names _____________________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________________
City, State, Zip _______________________________________________
Phone _________________ Email _______________________________
Number of people who are in my party:
(Tables will be reserved for parties of
8-10. All other seating is open.)
Total of payment enclosed:
x $ 30.00 per person
Please send this form with your check (payable to the Italian Community
Center) to ICC, c/o Installation Dinner & Dance, 631 E. Chicago St.,
Milwaukee, WI 53202.
ICC volunteers seeking donations for
Thanksgiving dinner for less fortunate
Tony Lupo, chairman of the
annual Thanksgiving dinner for the
less fortunate that is organized and
staffed by Italian Community
Center volunteers, announced that
donations are being collected for
the 2014 meal.
The dinner will once again be
held at the Open Door Cafe, a meal
site at St. John’s Cathedral
Catholic Church in downtown
Milwaukee on Sunday, Nov. 16
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Anyone wishing to make a donation for the food purchased for this
complete Thanksgiving-style feast
is asked to submit a check, payable
to the ICC. Donations can be
mailed to the ICC, 631 E. Chicago
St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Please
list on the memo line of your
check that this donation is for
the “Thanksgiving Meal.” This
will ensure that your donation is
properly credited for the dinner.
Envelopes should be directed to the
attention of Salina Castro. Salina
will also be taking donations at the
ICC reception desk.
Lupo and fellow volunteers will
be accepting donations at the ICC’s
general membership meetings on
Oct. 2 and Nov. 6.
Vice chairman Tony Zingale told
members attending the September
general meeting that many people
imagine that those fed by this dinner are primarily homeless or jobless men, but that would be wrong.
Many of the dinner attendees in
recent years are women and children. “We’re seeing many more
October weather in Italy
The average temperature drops
quite a bit from September to
October in Italy. While the average
high temperatures in September
are still quite summerlike throughout Italy, October feels like
Temperatures in October vary
depending on where you are in
Italy, but as a general rule of
thumb, these are the ranges:
• Northern Italy: 45º-65º
• Central Italy: 55º-70º
• Southern Italy including
Sicily: 65º-75º Fahrenheit.
families each year that are
desparately in need of everything
many of us take for granted,” he
Persons interested in volunteer-
ing to help out at the event should
contact Lupo or Zingale.
This annual Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate has been
going on since the late 1970s.
UNICO Ladies become first big
donor to ICC’s Thanksgiving
dinner for the less fortunate
The Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO presented a $200 donation to help cover
the costs of the annual Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate that is
organized and hosted by Italian Community Center volunteers. This year’s
dinner will once again be held at the Open Door Cafe at St. John’s
Cathedral in downtown Milwaukee. It’s scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 16
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This donation, presented at the Sept. 4 ICC general meeting, was the first large contribution made towards the dinner. Ann
Romano (center), chairperson of the UNICO Ladies’ Community Projects
Committee, made the presentation to ICC President Gina Spang and dinner chairperson Tony Lupo. Information on how you can donate to this
worthy event can be found on this page. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)
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Bill and Karen Dickinson and Jack Hess
to present works as ICC participates in
October Gallery Night & Day event
By Thomas Hemman
Times Editor
The Italian Community Center’s
Avanti Committee has announced
that Bill and Karen Dickinson and
Jack Hess will present their artwork at the ICC during the Gallery
Night & Day program, Friday, Oct.
17 and Saturday, Oct. 18.
In its 27th year, the program is
a quarterly event organized by the
Historic Third Ward Association
and the East Towne Association.
The ICC will be one of about 60
venues participating in Gallery
Night & Day.
Liz Ceraso, Avanti Committee
co-chair, said the artists will display and sell their artwork from 6
to 10 p.m. on Oct. 17 and from 11
a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the
Board Room. Admission and parking are free.
While many ICC members know
the Dickinsons as co-chairs of the
ICC Membership Committee and
longtime Festa Italiana volunteers,
they may not know that Jack Hess
is also an ICC member and a longtime Festa volunteer. Jack is one of
Festa’s golf cart drivers, working
with manager Rose Anne (Ceraso)
The Dickinsons will display and
sell handmade jewelry and silver as
well as their latest works involving
Venetian glass. Bill told The Italian
Times, “The gold elements within
the glass are a fine contrast to the
sterling silver I use to support and
frame, the handmade Italian product. Sometimes I select a faceted
stone and include it in the design.
All of my work is fabricated from
raw stock, formed as needed,
assembled as needed, finished to
represent itself as totally original
He added, “Karen’s work
expresses herself mostly with genuine nature stones, semi-precious
stones, and Italian and Chez glass.
Although her work is totally one of
a kind and tailored for the more
mature professional woman, she
does custom sets for brides.”
Hess is a maker of multi-media
artwork. For this show, he will be
using ICC and Festa artwork,
which members and friends of the
organization and the long-running
festival should find very intriguing.
Hess is a graduate of the
Chicago Institute of Art.
Attendees are invited to enjoy a
meal at Cafe La Scala, the ICC
public restaurant, before or after
viewing the works of artists each
day. There will be a banner outside
Cafe La Scala, indicating that the
ICC is a Gallery Night & Day participant.
The Historic Third Ward offers
free Gallery Night Xpress Shuttles
that art fans can utilize to attend
several of the participating venues.
For more information, please visit
The next Gallery Night & Day
will be Jan. 16 and 17, 2015.
Here are a couple of examples of
the works made by Bill and Karen
Dickinson. No photos were
received from Jack Hess prior to
Taste of Italy set
for Sunday, Apr. 19
Mark your calendars now: The
Italian Community Center’s 20th
annual “A Taste of Italy” will be
Sunday, Apr. 19.
This Italian food extravaganza
is an essential fund-raising activity for the nonprofit organization
and has always been successful.
Chairperson Ann Romano said
that April 19 was chosen because
it is two Sundays after Easter and
the Milwaukee Brewers will be
Pittsburgh). Romano has chaired
19 of the 20 Taste of Italy events.
Look for a lot more information
on “A Taste of Italy” in upcoming
issues of The Italian Times.
Calendar of Events
September 25 – October 30, 2014
Thursday, Sept. 25
• Courtyard Music Series: Rock & Roll with the Larry Lynne Band,
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30
• Courtyard Music Series: Bluesday Tuesday with Altered Five,
6:30 p.m. Season finale.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
• Pompeii Women’s Club Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2
• Italian Community Center membership dinner, 5:30 p.m.
• Italian Community Center general membership meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Election results announced.
Monday, Oct. 6
• Solomon Juneau Social Club meeting, 11:30 a.m.
• Italian Community Center Culture Committee meeting, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9
• Società Maschile M.S.S. Del Lume meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
• Abruzzese Galileo Galilei Society meeting, 7 p.m.
• Milwaukee Chapter UNICO National meeting, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
• Filippo Mazzei Greater Milwaukee Area Lodge 2763/Order Sons of Italy
in America general membership meeting, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 16
• Italian Community Board meeting, 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17
• Abruzzese Galileo Galilei Society social, 6 p.m.
• Italian Community Center participates in Gallery Night, 6-10 p.m.
Details in this issue.
Saturday, Oct. 18
• Italian Community Center participates in Gallery Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Details in this issue.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
• Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO general membership meeting, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
• St. Rosalia Society meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28
• Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29
• Pompeii Women’s Club general membership meeting, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30
• ICC Culture Committee presents the 2nd annual Festival di Danza e
Cultura, 5:30 p.m., social and dinner, 7 p.m., program. Details in this
Daily and weekly classes and activities
• Bocce leagues. The fall league season is underway with couples’ leagues
on Monday and Wednesday nights and seniors’ leagues on Tuesday and
Thursday afternoons. The championship playoffs will be on Monday,
Nov. 10.
• Free Children’s Italian class. The fall semester of this free class for children, ages 6-12, is underway on Saturday afternoons, 2 – 4 p.m. through
Nov. 8. Children can register on any Saturday.
• Italian classes for teens and adults. The fall semester of Italian classes
for teens and adults is underway on Tuesday nights through Nov. 11. No
new registrations accepted.
• Tradizione Vivente, The Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee. This folk
dance group practices weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the ICC. Visit
www.tradizionevivente.com for details. Ballate con noi! Dance with us!
• Members Room. Open to Italian Community Center members and their
guests, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday
and Saturday.
Thanks for your donations to the Italian
Community Center building fund
The officers and directors of the
Italian Community Center wish to
thank and acknowledge all those
who pledged, fulfilled a pledge or
contributed to the building fund.
To obtain information on how to
make a donation, please call 414223-2808.
The following donations were
received between Aug. 8 and Sept.
8, 2014.
In memory of Robert A.
Jennaro, Jr.
Tony Machi
Carl & Judy Lemminger
George & Judy Menos
Sam Purpero
Joe Panella
In memory of Lucille Purpero
Paul & Rose Iannelli
Bob Trotalli
Sam & Joanne Seidita
Salvatore & Patricia Lorino
Ines Spinelli
Joyce Cupertino
Cathy Labinaki
Otto & Joan Satula
Joe & Virginia Besasie
Joe & Carol Casamento
John & Barbara Cherney
Kathy Balistreri
John Cefalu
Larry & Joan Balistreri
Sal & Carole Colla
Steve & Michelle Guttuso
Bibs Nordstrom
Pauline Cannestra
Chris Scheder & Dana Gresbach
Paul & Amy Jelacic
Tom & Kathi Wisisleder
Sal, Maris & Frankie Purpero
Greg, Dianne & Daniel Schwartz
Julie Schulgen
Greg & Pam Catalano
Ted & Pat Catalano
Margaret Catalano
Tina Conley
Barbara Albrecht
Paul Mares Family
Dean Schiller
Patricia Planovsek
Ricky Kelnhofer
Kathleen Cyganiak
Brian Hogan
Laurene Harschutz
Michael Cordelli
7Ann Catalano
Linda Andrews
Jeanne Fricano
Dale Guenther
William Wenninger
Caroline Riviere
Lawrence Ratzlow
Barbara Sarenac
Philip Kimmel
Heidi Laquinta
M. Angela Dentice
Timothy Jeka
Dan Conley
James Surfus
Carol Flannick
Richard Schuetz
Anthony Vodnik
Joseph Marchese
Catherine Lazzaro
Karen Claffey
Dean Koenig
Carl Besasie
Thomas Lupo
Daniel Weber
Mary Ann Koenig
Antonia Vodnik
Michael Purpero
Barbara Gaminiti
John Gamsky
Craig Forrest
Joseph & Ann Zambito
Betty Hermann
Mary Winard
Ray & Caroline Besasie
Rosemary DeRubertis
Gina M. Spang
Sally Kujawa
Ronald Kujawa, KEI
Darlene L Russo
Duane & Dorothy Bluemke
Komisar Brady & Co., LLP
Roseanne Fritchie
Milwaukee Chapter of UNICO
Bea Ceraso
Virginia Balistreri
Joseph Catalano
Joe Panella
Phil Balistreri
In memory of Margaret Ann
Bea Ceraso
Sonny & Melody Gensler
In memory of Felix Fantin
Tony Machi
Ron & Joanne Czubek
George & Gina Manning
In memory of Thomas Nardelli
Mario A. Carini
Margaret M. Carini
Paulie & Rose Iannelli
George & Judy Menos
Joe Panella
Ron & Joanne Czubek
Anna Pitzo
In memory of Sadie Machi
Joan Gabrus
Enjoy dinner with
Nonno and Nonna
at ICC on Nov. 8
The Italian Community Center
Membership Committee invites
both members and non-members to
enjoy dinner with Nonno and
Nonna (Grandpa and Grandma).
The Nonno and Nonna dinner is
scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8
starting with a social hour at 5:30
p.m. The social hour will take place
in the galleria. Dinner will be
served in the Pompeii Grand
Ballroom at 6:30 p.m.
“This will be a family event with
a relaxed atmosphere,” said Bill
and Karen Dickinson, Membership
Committee Co-Chairs. “Remember
when every Sunday was dinner
with grandma and grandpa? That’s
the kind of dinner we want everyone to enjoy on November 8th.”
Dinner menu
The Dickinsons told The Italian
Times that the dinner will feature
spiedini with manicotti, Italian
vegetable medley, salad, bread and
butter, desserts and coffee, tea, iced
tea or milk.
“A good share of the food is
donated by the Membership
Committee and volunteers to
ensure that this event is a successful fund-raiser,” they said.
The cost has been set at $20 per
person; however, each ICC member
can attend for the discounted price
of $15. Children, under the age of
10, are welcome at a cost of $8 per
child. Reservations can be made by
calling the ICC office at 414-2232180 and paying with a credit or
debit card. Readers of The Italian
Times can use the form accompanying this article and mail it in with
their payment. Please note: the
reservation deadline is Friday, Oct.
Entertainment and raffle
The Sicilian Serenaders – Tom
and Ted Pappalardo and Peter
Balistreri – will be entertaining
guests. Charlie Evans, the 2014
Nonno, will also sing a few songs,
There will be a raffle held that
night with tickets available at $2
each or three for $5.
Each current and past nonno
and nonna in attendance is being
asked to wear the medallions he or
she received when serving as members of the Carnevale Royalty.
ICCʼS Nonno and Nonna Dinner
Reservations Form
Name(s) ____________________________________________________
Address ____________________________________________________
City, State, Zip _______________________________________________
Email address _______________________________________________
Phone number _______________________________________________
No, of ICC members _______ x $15.00 per person = $_______________
No. of non-members _______ x $20.00 per person = $______________
No. of children ___________ x $ 8.00 per child = $_________________
Total amount enclosed: $______________________________________
Have something to sell this fall? Why not let the readers of The Italian Times know
about it by placing an ad in our next issue. For details on sizes and costs, call (414)
223-2801 or send an email to: [email protected]
Checks/money orders are payable to: Italian Commiunity Center. Send
your payment to: ICC. c/o Nonno and Nonna Dinner, 631 E. Chicago
St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Payments must be received by Friday, Oct.
31. 2014.
Tom Nardelli, past ICC president,
longtime Milwaukee alderman and
state and county official, dies at 70
from page 1
aortic aneurysm. He was just 70
years old.
Among those who recognized
Nardelli was Wisconsin Governor
Scott Walker, who called him “a
wonderful public servant and a
dear friend.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
said Nardelli “dedicated his life to
public service” and “brought a level
of enthusiasm and passion to public
In the midst of his 18-year
career as an Alderman representing Milwaukee’s Northwest Side,
Nardelli served two consecutive
terms as president of the Italian
Community Center (1997-98 and
1998-99). He was a longtime, active
volunteer for Festa Italiana, the
organization’s summer festival.
Nardelli’s background
Nardelli was born July 4, 1944
and was raised in Milwaukee’s old
Third Ward. He was the second of
five boys born to Leo and Dorothy
Nardelli. Tom’s father was the son
of immigrants from northern Italy.
His mother was a mix of Austrian,
French and Swiss. Leo worked for
many years at American Motors
Corporation in Milwaukee. Dorothy
was an assistant manager for the
Warner Theater Corporation.
Tom attended Jefferson Street
School and St. Rita’s Catholic
School. The Nardellis were parishioners at St. Rita’s Catholic Church
on Cass Street.
Tom graduated from Riverside
High School and the Wisconsin
Military Academy. He retired as a
lieutenant colonel from the United
States Army Reserve after 28 years
of active and reserve service.
Prior to entering political life,
Nardelli worked as a supervisory
staff administrator for the U.S.
Army Reserve and served as the
assistant chief of staff for personnel
with the 84th Division. He also
worked as an announcer for WTOS-
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decided to run for State Assembly.
Nardelli became president of the
East Side Kids for Greco, a group of
youngsters wearing T-shirts with
pictures of Milwaukee Braves baseball stars Andy Pafko and Lew
Burdette on the front and Joe
Greco on the back. Greco went on to
serve in the Assembly and as a
Milwaukee County Supervisor.
Nardelli started out as a
Democrat but later became a fiscal
In 1960, Nardelli worked on
Democratic Party campaigns,
including John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He was selected
as a delegate to the state convention at the age of 16, five years
before he was old enough to vote.
(Minimum voting age was 21 back
then). He worked on the lateDominic Frinzi’s campaign for
Wisconsin governor in 1964. Frinzi,
like Nardelli, was a past president
of the ICC.
Nardelli first ran for public
office in 1966 in a special election
for a Milwaukee Aldermanic seat
on the city’s near northside. He was
Twenty years later, he was successfully elected as Alderman for
Milwaukee’s 15th District, which
covers about 17 square miles from
County Line Rd. on the north to
Hampton Ave. on the south, from
124th St. on the west to roughly
76th St. on the east. Nardelli was
re-elected with little or no opposition in 1992, 1996 and 2000. He
was recognized by his constituents
for his commitment and dedication
to them and for keeping his campaign promises.
During his time as alderman,
Nardelli served on the Wisconsin
Center District Board and helped to
oversee the on-time construction of
the Midwest Express Center, now
called the Wisconsin Center, and
remodeling of the Milwaukee
Nardelli relinquished his aldermanic seat in 2004 to run for
Mayor of Milwaukee. He lost in a
hotly contested primary.
In 2007, then Milwaukee County
Executive Scott Walker appointed
Nardelli as his Chief of Staff. It
was during this period that
Nardelli alerted the Milwaukee
County District Attorney’s Office to
suspicions that money was being
illegally taken from a veterans’
fund, which resulted in John Doe
investigations and the convictions
of a veterans’ official and a former
Walker deputy chief of staff.
After Walker was elected
Governor in 2010, Walker appointed Nardelli to become administrator for the state’s Division of
Environmental and Regulatory
Services. Nardelli resigned the post
in 2011.
ICC and Festa involvement
Nardelli and his wife, Marcia
(nee Endrizzi) became actively
involved in the ICC in 1988. Tom
was initially elected to the ICC
A color version of this photo of
Tom Nardelli hangs on the Wall of
President at the Italian Community Center. Nardelli served as the
organization’s president for two
terms (1997-98 and 1998-99).
Board during the 1995-96 term as a
director-at-large. The next year, he
was elected vice president. In
October 1997, ICC members elected
him as president and re-elected
him in 1998.
After completing his presidency,
Nardelli served a term as immediate past president. In November
2004, he was appointed to and completed a vacated term as a directorat-large.
Over the years, Nardelli headed
and had been a member of various
ICC and Festa Italiana committees.
He served as chairman of the
Italian Conference Center, Inc.
Board. He was also a member of
the Festa Steering Committee and
served on the ICC Finance
Committee. He and Gerry Accetta
co-chaired the Festa Food
Committee for a few years. In 1996,
Nardelli served as Il Gran
Maresciallo (Grand Marshal) of Il
Grande Carnevale, the ICC’s preLenten costume and mask ball.
People who have been around since
the early years of Festa might
remember Nardelli as a stage
Personal life
Nardelli and his wife, Marcia,
were married for 46 years. Tom
was the father of Andrea (Jeffrey)
Carey, Steven and Dean (Carisa)
and the grandfather of Taylor and
Nicholas Carey. Marcia worked as
a bookkeeper.
Tom and Marcia were members
of St. Anthony Catholic Church in
Menomonee Falls. He sang as cantor for many years.
Tom loved to cook, golf, garden
and spend time with his family and
friends, especially his grandchildren. For many years, he volunteered for the Northwest Little
League. He was a collector of baseball caps.
Besides his volunteer work for
Festa and his membership in the
ICC, Nardelli kept in touch with
his roots by belonging to the Veneta
Society and the Trentino Society,
mutual aid societies started in
Milwaukee years ago by immigrants from northern Italy.
The family suggests memorials
to either the Fisher House
Wisconsin or the Make-A-Wish
ICC election results to be announced
at Oct. 2 general meeting
from page 1
per person.
Pietro Tarantino is opposing
Dean Cannestra for vice president.
Both are currently members of the
Board of Directors. If he is unsuccessful in his bid for the vice presidency, Tarantino will be able to finish his final year as a director-atlarge. Cannestra, however, is completing his term as a director.
There are 10 candidates running
for the four, open director-at-large
seats. They are (in alphabetical
order): Ralph Busalacchi, Joe
Campagna, Jr., Mario A. Carini,
Ted Catalano, Edward Ciano, Joe
Jannazzo, Jr., Chuck Lazzaro,
George Menos, Henry Piano and
Tony Zingale.
Giuseppe Vella, who is unop-
posed, will succeed Gina Spang as
president of the ICC. Vella is finishing his second term as vice president. Spang is approaching the
completion of her second term as
president. Under the organization’s
bylaws, a president can serve no
more than two consecutive one-year
terms. Spang will move into the
non-elective position of immediate
past president.
Dave Spano, who served as the
organization’s president (20102012), is uncontested for treasurer.
He will succeed Sam Purpero, who
has held the post the last six years.
Purpero chose not to seek re-election but still plans to be an active
member. His departure means that
no one with the Purpero last name
will be serving on the board for the
2015 schedules sought
from societies and clubs
that regularly use the ICC
The 2015 meeting and social
event schedules of all societies,
clubs and organizations that regularly use the Italian Community
Center for their activities are
needed by the Italian Conference
Center’s Sales and Catering
Department and The Italian
David Stachowiak, Director of
Sales, Catering & Special Events,
and Gina Manning, Catering
Sales Representative, need these
schedules to guarantee dates and
hall/room availability.
Tom Hemman, Times editor,
needs the information to provide
an accurate reporting of events in
the calendar published in this
All groups are asked to submit
their schedules including the
Please turn to page 18
first time in the organization’s 36year history. Sam Purpero has been
on the board as either an officer or
director for all but two years since
the ICC’s initial board was elected
in late 1978. Sam’s older brother,
Phillip, was also an officer and
director for many years, including
the two years Sam was not serving
on the Board. Both Sam and Phillip
are past presidents.
Rose Anne Ceraso-Fritchie will
continue her service as secretary as
she is without a challenger. She
has held this position for the last
10 years.
Returning for a fifth straight
term as sergeant-at-arms will be
Joanne (Sanfilippo) Czubek, who is
also unopposed.
Continuing their service on the
board will be Susie Christiansen,
Tony Piacentini and Liz Ceraso,
each of whom has a year remaining
as a director-at-large.
Officers serve a one-year term.
Directors are elected for a two-year
term. Terms for both officers and
directors begin officially on Nov. 1.
Anna Pitzo, who is finishing her
term as a director-at-large, chose
not to seek re-election although she
would have been eligible.
The Election Committee, which
is chaired by Rosemary DeRubertis
and has Bill Dickinson, Sal Lo
Coco, Stephanie Guttuso and
Ambrose Ciano as members, has
put together a volunteer crew to
help count the ballots on Oct. 2.
Candidates can have representatives present to oversee the counting. The committee will announce
the results during the course of the
general meeting.
A complete report on the election results will appear in the
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Diane and Rey Velazquez (right side of table) played craps.
Several attendees tried their luck at the craps table. Among them on the
far left were Rose Ann and Rob Dreck and Becky Sanfelippo and Andrea
Mary Anne (Ceraso) Alioto, her son Sammy, Louise Au and Pat Guttuso
are seen here playing poker.
ICC members among
Casino Night winners
Holly Cartier tried her luck at the roulette table.
The prize table showed those who attended what they
could possibly take home by entering their winning
raffle tickets. The prizes ranged from the rental of a
Karen and Bill Dickinson, chairpersons of the Italian Community
Center’s Membership Committee
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ICC members were among the big
winners on Casino Night.
Vespa scooter to a large flat screen television, to
overnight stays at luxurious hotels with dinner packages, sports packages and much more.
The Samsung flat screen TV
was won by Sal Lo Coco. The
Italian basket with various prizes
went to Antonette Lo Coco, Sal’s
wife. The one-month rental of the
Vespa scooter was won by Sophia
Michalovitz. Anna Pitzo won the
Green Bay Packers package.
Among the other prizes awarded
to the winners at the Sept. 12 event
were: a surround sound entertainment package; Hilton Hotel
overnight package with $50 gift
certificate to the Milwaukee Chop
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overnight package with $100 gift
certificate for [email protected] Restaurant;
various theater ticket packages and
Throughout the evening, deejay
Richard Todd of Music on the
Move Plus, spun tunes and helped
guests get into the mood for a Las
Vegas-style Casino Night.
October is
This poker table was full of players when this picture
was taken. From the left: dealer Debbie Ulbing of
Music on the Move Plus, Joe Triscari, Tony and
Barbara Lupo, Lena and Tony Zingale and Joe Vitale.
Times photos by Tom Hemman
Every year the United States
president signs an executive
order designating the month of
October as National Italian
American Heritage Month. The
proclamation is recognition of the
many achievements, contributions and success of Americans of
Italian descent as well as Italians
in America.
More than 5.4 million Italians
immigrated to the U.S. between
1820 and 1992. Today, there are
over 26 Americans of Italian
descent in the U.S., making them
the fifth largest ethnic group.
As you might have learned in
school, our country was even
named after an Italian, the
explorer and geographer Amerigo
Vespucci (1454-1512).
The purposes of Italian
American Heritage Month are
educational and celebratory. The
goal is to inform the public about
the contributions made by
Italians and Italian Americans to
our civilization, especially in the
arts, the humanities and the sciences, and to celebrate the
impact that Italian culture and
language have had and continue
to have on the lives of Italian
The Italian Community
Center of Milwaukee traditionally salutes National Italian
American Heritage Month with a
variety of cultural and educational programs.
This year, the ICC is hosting
the second annual Festival di
Danza e Cultura, a multicultural
dance program with dinner,
starting with a 5:30 p.m. reception on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Details on this event can be
found in a separate article, which
begins on page 1.
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ICC hosting 2nd annual Festival di
Danza e Cultura on Thursday, Oct. 30
from page 1
Presented here is information
that was made available to The
Italian Times on some of the groups
that are participating in the Oct. 30
Billy Mitchell Scottish
Pipes & Drum
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Billy Mitchell Scottish
Pipes & Drum is Milwaukee’s oldest pipe band. The band can trace
its links back for almost another 20
The band was named in remembrance of General William Mitchell,
grandson of the Scottish emigrant
Alexander Mitchell.
The band wears the ancient
Mitchell tartan (which is also the
ancient Galbraith, the ancient
hunter, and the ancient rose). This
tartan is unique in being the only
one claimed by four families. It is
unknown if it is so popular because
of its attractiveness, or whether a
decided lack of creativity exists.
The ancient Mitchell tartan was
proclaimed the “Official Tartan” of
Milwaukee County by the lateCounty Executive William O’
Donnell, and duly entered into the
Tartan Registry in Scotland. Any
citizen of Milwaukee County is
entitled to wear it.
The band has appeared throughout the Midwest and Canada at
highland games, parades, corporate
and private events, folk festivals,
various athletic matches, and in
concert with brass bands and symphonies. Members of the band were
part of the Royal Scottish Pipe
Band Association’s 75th “Jubilee”
Celebration in Glasgow, Scotland,
and represented the State of
Wisconsin on a cultural exchange
tour to Japan. It has played for
Presidents Jimmy Carter and
Ronald Reagan and as an opener
for rock star Rod Stewart several
Caledonian Scottish Dancers
The Caledonian Scottish
Dancers was formed in 1966 with
the purpose of high quality presentation and preservation of Scottish
music and dance. They perform
Highland and National as well as
some of the “lesser known” dances.
Their traditional costumes are
imported from Scotland and feature
a colorful array of authentic tartans.
The group has appeared at
numerous festivals, conventions
and cultural events throughout the
Midwest United States. Local performances include Irish Fest, the
Holiday Folk Fair, and a variety of
Scottish events including those
honoring the Scottish poet Robert
Performances abroad include
the 1987 Edinburgh Festival, the
Championships in Glasgow, and a
1999 tour of Western Scotland and
The Isles of Mull and Iona.
The dancers represented
Wisconsin at the 1993 Cultural
Festival in Chiba, Japan and in
June 1996 represented the United
States at the International Folklore
Festival in Montreal, Canada. In
2006, the dancers again traveled to
Scotland and the Isle of Arran.
They performed at the Robert
Burns Cottage and Heritage Center
near Ayr and at The Isle of Arran
Distillers, Ltd., Arran.
In addition to performing in
shows, many of the dancers suc-
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cessfully compete in dance competitions held as part of Highland
Games in the Midwest.
Tatra Slovak Dancers
The Tatra Slovak Dancers of
Milwaukee has been in existence
since May of 1972 and is a nonprofit organization comprised of
Slovak and non-Slovak people of
various backgrounds from the
Milwaukee area.
Tatra members celebrate the
culture of Slovakia through folk
song and dance. The group performs locally throughout the state
of Wisconsin, the Midwest, and in
previous years, has participated in
several folk dance festivals in
The Tatra Slovak Dancers of
Milwaukee have had a very successful summer performing
throughout Wisconsin and are looking forward to performing some
new dances for the Italian
Community Center’s Festival di
Danza e Cultura in October and the
2014 International Holiday Folk
Fair at State Fair Park in
The group is very excited that
through hard work and the generosity of others it has been able to
purchase and receive beautiful new
costumes from Slovakia this year.
Continued on page 11
The Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipes & Drums
The Caledonia Scottish Dancers
The Tatra Slovak Dancers of Milwaukee
from page 10
Tanzdeel Freistadt
Pommersche Tanzdeel Freistadt
was organized in 1977 to preserve
the folk culture of their forefathers
by performing songs and dances
from the Pomeranian regions.
How does a performing group
get started? In this case, the story
goes back to the American
Bicentennial celebration in 1976
when the families in Freistadt hosted a Pomeranian dance group from
Erlangen, Germany, Tanz- und
Speeldeel Ihna (today known as
Tanz- und Folkloreensemble Ihna).
The Erlangen group, under the
direction of Eike Haenel, performed
for a number of festivals in southeastern Wisconsin before they
returned to Germany.
The group’s dancers invited the
people from Freistadt to visit them
in Erlangen. One year later, 40
young people from the Freistadt
area went to Germany, where they
stayed in the dancers’ homes and
learned Pomeranian folk dances
from Eike’s parents, Karl and
Hildegard Haenel. The group of
young people from Freistadt asked
their instructors to come to
Wisconsin the next year. The
Haenels came and stayed for a
month and a half. They taught the
enthusiastic Pomeranian-American
kids even more folk dances. The
Wisconsin kids rehearsed every
night for the next six weeks. And
the rest, as they say, is history.
In the years since our origin, the
group has grown to a polished performing troupe of dancers and
musicians. Pommersche Tanzdeel
Freistadt consists of three age
groups. In the Lütten group, children ages 6 through 8 participate
in story-telling and games that
teach about our ethnic heritage,
and learn simple dances and songs
in German. The Backfische, ages 9
through 13, learn more complicated
dances and choreography, as well
as developing poise, stamina and
discipline. Its main performing
group consists of the Jugend (ages
14 through 20) and Erwachsenen
(21 and over) and performs in a
variety of venues around southeastern Wisconsin and the Midwest. Its
talented musicians and singers,
known as Pommersche Späldeel,
also perform on their own at
numerous events throughout the
Dnipro Ukrainian
Folk Dance Ensemble
The Dnipro Ukrainian Folk
Dance Ensemble was formed in
1964 under the direction of
Nicholas Prasko. Since then,
Dnipro has had the privilege to provide the excitement of Ukrainian
Dance with both public and private
performances across the state, the
country, and even the world. They
have performed in Ukraine, Japan,
Walt Disney World – Epcot Center,
Holiday Folk Fair, Summerfest and
Wisconsin State Fair. The ensemble was also fortunate to perform
on the “Today Show.”
Dnipro continues to entertain
audiences under the direction of
Ruslan Bachmaga, Viktoriia
Senych, Casey Stefanowski, and
Sara Zawicki. With fast and intricate footwork, strong rhythmic
steps, acrobatic skills, fascinating
spins, bright costuming and showmanship, Dnipro currently represents four styles of Ukrainian ethnic folk dancing: Poltavian,
Bukovynian, Zakarpathian, and
Tradizione Vivente
Tradizione Vivente, which
means “living tradition” in Italian,
has been in existence for over 65
The Pommersche Tanzdeel Friestadt
Dnipro Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble
Here are members of Tradizione Vivente in a performance at the ICC’s 2014 “A Taste of Italy.”
years. The original members of the
group have since departed, only to
leave behind a treasured legacy –
Italian folk dancing. The members
of Tradizione Vivente preserve the
Italian heritage through what they
love most – the music, dancing and
costumes of Italy. Their performances are vibrant and entertaining
and transport audiences to another
It has been their honor to travel
throughout the United States performing for various events, such as
festivals, weddings, benefits,
anniversaries, religious functions,
Italian conferences and all other
types of events both near and far.
In Milwaukee, they are proud to
participate in local events, such as
International Holiday Folk Fair
and, of course, Festa Italiana,
where they have performed since
its inception over 35 years ago.
This year has provided some
really memorable experiences and
also promises some exciting opportunities to come.
One of the group’s favorite performances was at “A Taste of Italy”
at the Italian Community Center,
with the smells from the delicious
food and the upbeat sound of the
Italian music.
Please turn to page 12
OCTOBER 2014 – PAGE 11
Festival di Danza e Cultura set for Oct. 30
from page 11
In October 2015, the members of
Tradizione Vivente look forward to
attending and performing at the
Italian Folk Art Federation of
America (IFAFA) conference in
Philadelphia, Pa. The IFAFA con-
ference is educational and enriching as it brings together those who
love the Italian culture. Offered
are workshops and classes in every
aspect of the Italian culture –
Italian dance and song, Italian costumes and instruments, Italian his-
Reservation form for
Festival di Danza e Cultura
Name(s): ___________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: ______________________________________________________
Contact information (home or cell phone number and/or email address:
No. of adults attending dinner & program _____ x $15.00/person = $____________
Children (0-12 years) attending dinner & program ____ x $9.00 per child = $______
No. of adults & children attending program only ____ x $5.00 per person = $______
Total amound enclosed: $______________________________________________
Please make your check payable to: Italian Community Center, and mail with this
form to: ICC, Attn.: Festival, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.
tory, art and traditions and, of
course Italian food and cooking.
It is a gathering that brings
together people with a common
cause – to keep alive the Italian
folk heritage in America.
Tradizione Vivente has been
attending these conferences since
1990 and has hosted three conferences in Milwaukee.
Holiday Folk Fair tickets
to go on sale at the ICC
in late October
ICC volunteers, Tradizione Vivente and
I Bei Bambini to represent Italian culture
Italian Community Center volunteers, Tradizione Vivente and I
Bei Bambini will once again serve
as the representatives of Italian
culture and traditions at the 71st
Holiday Folk Fair International,
which is set for Friday, Nov. 21
through Sunday, Nov. 23 at the
Wisconsin Exposition Center at
State Fair Park, 8200 W.
Greenfield Ave., West Allis.
Advance tickets for the event,
priced at $10, will be available at
the ICC starting in late October.
The participating groups encourage
people to get their Folk Fair tickets
when they attend the ICC’s second
annual Festival di Danza e Cultura
on the evening of Thursday, Oct.
30. (See separate story on this
Family four-packs are available
in advance for $36 and can be purchased online at www.folkfair.org.
Admission during the fair will
be $12 for adults, $10 for seniors
(62 and older) and $8 for children
(6-12). Children, five and younger,
and military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted for
Folk Fair hours are 2 –10 p.m.,
Nov. 21; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Nov.
22; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Nov. 23.
Folk Fair details
A program of the International
Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday
Folk Fair International celebrates
the cultural heritage of people living in southeastern Wisconsin.
This year’s theme, “Celebrate the
Culture of the Artisans,” will allow
fair-goers the opportunity to learn
the ways in which artisans use
manual and artistic skills to share
the stories of their backgrounds,
along with how music, food, dance
and art bring together people from
different life experiences.
The three-day event features the
All Nations Theater with traditional music and dance, the World Cafè
offering traditional dishes, the
International Stage where young
people perform their ethnic dances,
the Music Pavilion, with a variety
of musical styles, Heritage Lane
with unique traditions and customs
through interactive exhibits, the
International Bazaar where cultural artifacts create a unique shopping experience, and the Chef
Demonstration Stage featuring
local chefs preparing traditional
Italian representation
ICC volunteers will be operating
an Italian culture booth. Members
and volunteers on behalf of
Tradizione Vivente: the Italian
Dance Group of Milwaukee will
operate a food booth.
Tradizione Vivente and its youth
group, I Bei Bambini, will be performing at the Folk Fair.
Tradizione Vivente will present
Italian folk and regional dance all
three days. I Bei Bambini will perform on Sunday only.
Look for complete details on the
activities of ICC volunteers and the
two dance groups in the next issue
of The Italian Times.
Nov. 23 run/walk
The 14th Around the World 5K
Salvation Army of Milwaukee
County, will be held on Sunday,
Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. Starting and finishing near the Wisconsin
Exposition Center, a portion of the
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Continued on page 13
Italian Society and Club News
Judge Triggiano, three others to be honored
at Justinian Society’s Columbus Day dinner
The Wisconsin Chapter of the
Justinian Society of Lawyers will
honor Milwaukee County Circuit
Court Judge Mary Triggiano, entrepreneurs Mario and Catherine
Costantini and Wisconsin Club
general manager John Constantine
at its 2014 Columbus Day
The event will take place Friday,
Oct. 17 at the Wisconsin Club. For
reservations or information, contact
Justinian Society President Joseph
G. Alioto at 414-688-2333.
Judge Mary Triggano
The Justinian Society will present its “Jurist of the Year” award to
Mary E. Triggiano, who has been a
judge for the Milwaukee County
Circuit Court since she was first
appointed in 2004 by then Gov. Jim
Doyle. She was most recently reelected in 2011 for a term that will
expire in 2017. Triggiano is the
Presiding Judge of the Domestic
Violence Court.
Prior to her service as a judge,
Triggiano was the managing attorney of Legal Action of Wisconsin
(1996-2004), director of the
Volunteer Lawyers Project (19942004) and a private practice attorney (1988-1994).
She earned a bachelor of science
degree from the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1984 and
her jurist doctor degree from the
University of Wisconsin Law School
in 1988.
Triggiano is a member of the
Child Welfare Partnership Council
and former president of the
Association of Women Lawyers.
A longtime member of the
Italian Community Center,
Triggiano has served as a costume
and mask judge at the organiza-
MacDowell Club to
perform at UNICO
Ladies’ Oct. 21 event
The members of the Milwaukee Ladies of UNICO invite the public to
join them for a performance by the MacDowell Club at the organization’s
next general meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Italian Community
Center. There will be a dinner at 6 p.m. at a cost of $20.
The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee offers opportunities to professional
and amateur musicians and helps foster the development of young talent.
For the Oct. 21 performance, there will be a four-piece ensemble accompanying a vocalist. This organization also offers scholarship opportunities.
Visit http://macdowellclubmilwaukee.org.
The musical program is free followed by dessert and coffee.
Dinner reservations must be made by calling Carla Pellin at 414-3510707 or by emailing her at [email protected]
At the Ladies of UNICO’s August general meeting, the entertainment
for the evening was the operatic voice of Emily Progorelc, accompanied by
Diane Kachelmeir.
Emily is a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and has performed at
many events this year, including an appearance at Milwaukee Catholic
Home and Villa Terrace in August. She has been accepted to study at the
Curtis Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia, Pa., one of two chosen from
around the world. The other is a student from Russia. Emily’s Aug. 19 performance brought many in attendance to believe that someday, Emily will
perhaps perform with the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee or at
The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
tion’s Carnevale on several occasions. She was also a judge for
Festa Italiana’s “Chef’s Choice
Recipe Contest” this past July.
The Costantinis
Being recognized with the society’s “Italians of the Year” award
Costantini. Not long after meeting
as students at Marquette
University, Mario, a native of
Argentina, and Cathy, from
Janesville, Wis., married and began
Mario Costantini, Ltd., an interior
design firm in Milwaukee.
In 1981, their success led them
to launch La Lune Collection, a furniture manufacturing company in
Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. The company produces ecofriendly, rustic furniture and has
experienced tremendous success.
The couple supports many nonprofit organizations and causes.
They co-founded the Holton Youth
Center, Milwaukee Youth Arts
Center and Danceworks Mad Hot
Ballroom program and have
worked with educational institutions and nonprofit programs. The
couple built the new Florentine
Opera Company in one of their
Riverwest factory buildings.
John Constantine
John Constantine will receive
the society’s “Citizen of the Year”
Constantine, who grew up in the
hospitality business, watching his
father serve as chef at Marquette
University and Western Racquet
Club in Elm Grove. His first job
was as busboy at the racquet club.
Judge Mary Triggiano
He stayed for 20 years, eventually
becoming the assistant manager
before accepting the general manager job at the Wisconsin Club.
Under his leadership, the
Wisconsin Club has been renovated. In 2009, the club took over operation of Brynwood Country Club on
Milwaukee’s northwest side. The
club has invested almost $3 million
in the clubhouse and golf course
since buying the country club.
Pompeii Men’s VIP Day
fund-raiser set for Oct. 7
The Pompeii Men’s Club will
present its 23rd annual VIP Day
fund-raising event on Tuesday,
Oct. 7. All money raised from this
event benefits the community
through the club’s charitable giving.
The event, which will serve as
the club’s monthly meeting, is
open to all men interested in
attending. It will take place at
Alioto’s Restaurant, Highway 100
and Burleigh St., Wauwatosa.
Activities will begin at 5:30 p.m.
with a cash bar. A speidini dinner
will be served at 6:30 p.m. A $60
per person donation is requested.
The event includes appetizers,
dinner and a raffle.
Men interested in attending
should contact co-chair John A.
Sanfilippo at 414-282-2667.
The Pompeii Men’s Club has
been a longtime supporter of the
Italian Community Center and
many other charitable organizations and causes.
The club takes its name from
Our Lady of Pompeii Church,
which the Italian immigrants
built as a place of worship and
where they could share their culture
Milwaukee’s old Third Ward.
Holiday Folk Fair tickets
to go on sale at the ICC
in late October
Pictured are accompanist Diane Kachelmeir and Emily Progerlc, operatic
soloist, who entertained at the Ladies of UNICO August general meeting.
from page 12
race proceeds will support the
Salvation Army’s Homeless
Children Program, while the balance will be used to provide educational opportunities to help children take pride in their own cultures while developing respect and
tolerance for other cultures
through the International Institute
of Wisconsin.
Run/walk pre-registration is $18
(received before Nov. 14) or $25 day
of the race. The registration package includes a long-sleeve T-shirt,
light refreshments and free Folk
Fair admission. Online registration
is at www.folkfair.org or call the
Holiday Folk Fair International at
OCTOBER 2014 – PAGE 13
Spotlight on Cultural Arts
Opera Topics by Angelo Castronovo
Opera offers such a wide range
of subjects, and overlapping connections to the genre can often be surprising.
We’ve talked about tenors,
sopranos and baritones, as well as
composers, and the diverse subject
matter of their works, and new
ideas constantly spring from this
art form including pleasant memories sometimes from many years
This month, it is a potpourri of
sorts because we’re going to cover a
number of items from this past
year’s Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, some singers and a New York
landmark that has sadly passed
into history.
Among the more auspicious performances during the past broadcast season were Borodin’s Prince
Igor (a really spectacular production). Thankfully, it was also available to opera lovers as a full-scale
television performance. And
Giordano’s Andrea Chenier with
the noteworthy line from the first
act . . . “Ecco la bellezza della vita”
translated to “behold how beautiful
is life.” And there was also the
beautiful Renèe Fleming starring
in Dvorak’s seldom heard Russalka
with its gorgeous melodies and
visually stunning sets. Of course,
there are other great works during
the season, but, I’m just mention-
ing the really outstanding ones, at
least in my humble opinion.
In previous columns, I’ve intended to mention the names of John
Carradine, the wonderfully versatile actor and singer whom I met
many years ago at a Highland
Park, Illinois summer music theatre. He was appearing in a production of Lerner and Lowe’s Paint
Your Wagon in the role of Ben
Rumson, and it was his voice that
audiences actually heard.
Carradine’s deep, rumbling voice
was perfect for the role and served
him well in his many movie roles
including his performance in the
Count Dracula sequels. He made 11
films with director John Ford in
such films as The Grapes of Wrath,
Stagecoach and The Man Who Shot
Liberty Valance. He also appeared
as the biblical Aaron in Cecil E.
DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.
Carradine also appeared in
many stage roles in works by
Shakespeare and authors such as
Tennessee Williams, and he made
more than 100 television appearances. His resonant deep tones
earned him the nickname “the
Four of Carradine’s five sons
were actors, among them David,
Robert, Keith and Bruce. David
became famous for his leading role
in the series Kung Fu. Another sig-
nificant fact in John’s life was that
he was a friend of actor John
Barrymore and singer Ezio Pinza.
Carradine said Pinza had even
given him singing lessons.
Another item which is a part of
my musical memories is a wonderful old Italian restaurant that was
a fixture in Manhattan’s Greenwich
Village for 75 years. It was Asti’s
and featured pasta with Puccini, as
one pundit wrote of this most
beloved of eateries where you could
expect the waiter to launch into an
aria or chorus from Bizet or Verdi
at any moment.
Even the walls of Asti’s gave testament to the fact that it was an
opera lover’s paradise. There were
autographed photos of famous
sports figure such as Babe Ruth.
Here, one could see Arturo
Toscanini, Joan Sutherland,
Luciano Pavarotti, Jussi Bjorling
and Leonard Warren. Robert
Merrill, Giovanni Martinelli and
Noel Coward were there as well.
My own personal memory of
Asti’s was the night I remember to
this day when I heard the familiar
opening strains of Giordano’s Amor
Ti Vieta and wondered who was
going to sing this glorious aria.
Suddenly, this clear and robust
tenor voice began the piece that
was so familiar to me, and there
was Nicolai Gedda pouring forth a
L’Angolo del poeta
stream of sound that was inspiring
to say the least. And he was sitting
at a table with friends while he
sang. It was absolutely stunning.
Asti’s closed on New Year’s Eve
1999. It had been under the loving
care of the Mariani family all those
melodious and exciting years.
Quotable quote: Music hath
charms to soothe the savage breast,
to soften rocks, or bend a knotted
tree. – William Congreve.
Prepared by Barbara Collignon and Roberto Ciampi
Birds herald the arrival of
spring and their autumnal migratory habits give us pause to reflect on
the symbolism of their passage.
Umberto Saba, whose poetry about
birds you read in the last issue,
enjoyed caring for birds and writing
poems about them.
Salvatore Quasimodo (19011968) also wrote poetry featuring
birds and their roles in the seasons.
He was born in Sicily and studied
engineering in Palermo. Quasimodo
traveled around Italy following “il
lavoro che dà da vivere” (the job
that earns you a living). He worked
for the Department of Civil
Engineering, but started writing
poetry in his twenties, and his first
important collection of poems,
Acque e terre (Waters and lands),
was published in 1930. He was a
member of the hermetic poetry
movement popular between the
World Wars. In hermetic poetry,
language and imagery are subjective and the sound of words has a
suggestive power as important as
their meaning. Some view the form
and poetry as obscure and difficult
but others can appreciate it for
whatever they may glean from it.
The name alludes to the mythical
Hermes Trismegistus, supposed
author of mystic doctrines composed in the Neoplatonic tradition.
Major features of this movement
were reduction to essentials, abolishment of punctuation, and brief,
synthetic compositions, at times
resulting in short works of only two
or three verses.
By the time the ‘40s arrived,
Quasimodo took a different direction.
Editor Horst Frenz of
Elsevier Publishing Company said,
“In Nuove Poesie” (New Poems),
1942, Quasimodo reveals both the
PAGE 14 – OCTOBER 2014
influence of classical stylistics and
a greater understanding of life in
The poet was in Milan during
WWII and witnessed many horrors
of war. In 1947, “Giorno dopo
giorno” (Day after day), a collection
of poetry about that experience was
Frenz continues, “During the
Second World War, Quasimodo
experienced the need of the poet to
feel one with the people and to
declare himself as such in his
poems. To him, the role of the poet
in society is a necessarily active
one; he should commit himself and
his talents to contemporary struggles.…”
Quasimodo’s later works show
this change from individualism
toward sociality and, moreover,
affirm the positive characteristics
of life even in a world where death
is an omnipresent fear. In La terra
impareggiabile (The Incomparable
Earth), 1958, Quasimodo has eloquently attempted to fuse life and
literature; he has developed a new
language which coincides with
man’s new activities and everexpanding investigations.”
Quasimodo won many literary
prizes. In 1953, for instance,
together with Dylan Thomas, he
was awarded the Etna-Taormina
International Prize in Poetry. In
1959, he won the Nobel Prize for
literature. He died in Naples in
Here follow three of Quasimodo’s poems where birds and
autumn evoke the nostalgia associated with the passage of time and
arrival of autumn.
Ora l’autunno
di Salvatore Quasimodo
Ora l’autunno guasta il verde ai
o miei dolci animali. Ancora
prima di notte, l’ultimo lamento
degli uccelli, il richiamo della grigia pianura
che va incontro a quel rumore alto
di mare.
E l’odore di legno alla pioggia,
l’odore delle tane, com’.è vivo qui
fra le case,
fra gli uomini, o miei dolci animali...
Questo volto che gira gli occhi lenti,
questa mano che segna il cielo
dove romba un tuono, sono vostri,
o miei lupi, mie volpi bruciate dal
Ogni mano, ogni volto, sono vostri.
Tu mi dici che tutto è stato vano, la
i giorno corrosi da un’acqua assidua,
mentre sale dai giardini un canto di
Now autumn spoils the green of
oh my sweet animals. Still we shall
before night, the last lament
of the birds, the call of the gray
going to meet the loud noise of the
And the smell of wood in the rain,
the smell of dens, how alive here
among the houses,
among humans, my sweet animals...
This face that turns its slow eyes,
this hand that marks the sky
where thunder rumbles, is yours,
Continued on page 15
The Door to Naples is a novel
that follows the lives of some of the
citizens and their priest who live in
the ancient town of Casellino in the
Campania region of southern Italy.
The novel is written by Dr. Ciro De
Rosa, an active member of the
Order Sons of Italy in America.
Envy, despair, hope, heroism,
love, and murder are the ingredients that propel them into situations that test their very existence.
It is an examination of the clash
between the haves and have nots
with the war years and the town’s
attempt to cope with its aftermath
as its background.
De Rosa has traveled extensively in Italy for the past 58 years. He
has lectured on subjects pertaining
to the Italian cultural divide
between the classes, particularly in
the Mezzogiorno region.
De Rosa completed his
Doctorate in 1994. He has had
numerous short stories featured in
Voices In Italian Americana and
Italian America Magazine. He is
also a member of The Italian
American Writers Association.
Ora lontani, dunque, da noi?
Ma cedono nell’aria come ombre
Questa la tua voce.
Ma forse io so che tutto non è stato.
New book by OSIA member
Ciro De Rosa examines life
in ancient Campania region
L’Angolo del poeta
from page 14
my wolves, my foxes burnt with
Every hand, every face is yours.
You tell me everything was in vain,
the day corroded by assiduous
while from the gardens rises a children’s song.
Are they far away from us?
But they fade into the air like shadows.
This is your voice.
But maybe I know that nothing
– Translated by Roberto Ciampi
Rifugio d’uccelli notturni
di Salvatore Quasimodo
Rifugio d’uccelli notturni
In alto c’è un pino distorto;
sta intento ed ascolta l’abisso
col fusto piegato a balestra
ICC 2014 Courtyard Music Series
featuring the Larry Lynne Band
Season finale
Thursday, Sept. 25 – 6:30 p.m.
ICC Election Results announced
at October General Membership Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.
ICC participates in Gallery Night
Hosted by the ICC Avanti Committee
Friday, Oct. 17 – 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Barbara Collignon
Festival di Danza e Cultura
Hosted by the ICC Culture Committee
Thursday, Oct. 30 – 5:30 p.m. social and dinner.
7 p.m., program
Rifugio d’uccelli notturni,
nell’ora più alta risuona
d’un battere d’ali veloce.
Ha pure un suo nido il mio cuore
sospeso nel buio, una voce;
sta pure in ascolto, la notte.
ICC Installation Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 1 – 6:00 p.m.
Reservations required.
On high there is a bent pine;
it is intent on listening to the abyss
with trunk bent in a bow
Nonno & Nonna Dinner
Hosted by the Membership Committee
Saturday, Nov, 8 – 6:30 p.m.
Reservations required.
Refuge of nocturnal birds
it resounds at the last hour
with a swift beating of wings.
My heart has its own nest, too,
suspended in the darkness, a voice;
– Translation by Roberto Ciampi
Già la pioggia è con noi
di Salvatore Quasimodo
Già la pioggia è con noi,
scuote l’aria silenziosa.
Le rondini sfiorano le acque spente
presso i laghetti lombardi,
volano come gabbiani sui piccoli
il fieno odora oltre i recinti degli
Ancora un anno è bruciato,
senza un lamento, senza un grido
levato a vincere d’improvviso un
Rain is already with us
Rain is already with us
shaking the silent air.
Swallows skim the lifeless waters
by the lakes of Lombardy,
flying like seagulls after tiny fish;
the fragrance of hay drifts over the
gardens’ fences.
Another year is burned up,
without a lament, without a cry
being raised suddenly in order to
gain a day
– Translation by Roberto Ciampi
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for November
issue of The
Italian Times
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of The Italian Times must be
submitted to the editor no later
than Monday, Oct. 6.
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St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.
For further information, call
ICC participates in Gallery Day
Hosted by the ICC Avanti Committee
Saturday, Oct. 18 – 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Roberto Ciampi
ICC’s 20th annual “A Taste of Italy”
Sunday, Apr. 19
Cafe La Scala wants to make lunch
your favorite meal of the day!
Now available a different lunch buffet Monday through
Friday, 11am - 2pm for just $8.50 per person!
Monday – Tex Mex: Black bean salad, soft flour torillas, crispy
corn torillas, ground beef, grilled chicken, shredded lettuce,
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lasagna, eggplant parmesan, penna pasta, meatballs, tomato
basil sauce, Alfredo sauce.
Wednesday – Southern BBQ: Cobb salad, cole slaw, pulled
pork shoulder, Mississippi roast beef, mac and cheese,
fried potato wedges, corn bread.
Thursday – Italian: Antipasto, rice balls, pasta alla eggplant,
chicken Florentine, minestrone soup, sautèed cauliflower.
Friday – Fish Fry: Tossed salad, tuna pasta salad, baked cod,
fried cod, French fries, parsley boiled potatoes, potato
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including our famous pizza, with your favorite beverage!
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OCTOBER 2014 – PAGE 15
a cura di Enrica Tarantino-Woytal
Sicilia Mondo sensibilizza la propria struttura per la
presentazione delle domande di iscrizione ai
Consolati di appartenenza per il rinnovo dei Comites
Sicilia Mondo invita i Presidenti
delle Associazioni aderenti, i
delegati ed i corrispondenti a farsi
promotori, presso le nostre
comunità, per iscriversi subito negli
elenchi elettorali presso gli uffici
consolari di riferimento, ai fini
della partecipazione al voto per il
rinnovo dei Comites che avrà luogo
entro la fine dell’anno.
Nella Gazzetta Ufficiale n° 179
del 4 agosto 2014, è stato
pubblicato il decreto-legge 1 agosto
2014, n° 109 che riporta, all’art. 10,
disposizioni urgenti per il rinnovo
dei Comitati degli Italiani
all’Estero. Si prevede l’esercizio
corrispondenza, come disciplinato
dalla Legge 286/2003, con il
correttivo dell’invio del plico
elettorale ai soli elettori in possesso
dei requisiti di legge che ne
all’Ufficio consolare competente.
Il cittadino residente all’estero
che vorrà partecipare alle
consultazioni dovrà, quindi,
manifestare la propria volontà di
iscriversi all’elenco elettorale
all’Ufficio consolare di riferimento,
a partire anche da ora.
Le richieste per l’esercizio del
diritto di voto per l’elezione dei
Comites possono pervenire tramite
posta, posta elettronica certificata,
posta elettronica non certificata,
fax, purché corredate da copia del
documento di identità del
Per scaricare il modulo della
domanda di iscrizione o richiedere
informazioni, si prega di consultare
i siti di riferimento della propria
Circoscrizione consolare.
Le elezioni in oggetto si terranno
– fatte salve naturalmente
eventuali modifiche che possano
intervenire in sede di conversione –
entro il 2014, e quindi, con ogni
probabilità, nel mese di dicembre.
Nei vari Consolati sono già
pervenute le prime domande di
E’ importante che l’intera
struttura di Sicilia Mondo parta
subito con una intensa attività per
diffondere, quanto più possibile,
l’invito ai corregionali per la
elettorale. In questo senso si
gradirebbe un accenno di
Si è svolta a Marina di Modica la
XXVI edizione del Concerto
d’Estate “Giorgio Buscema”,
Associazione “Casa Giara” che si è
confermato, anche quest’anno,
punto di riferimento culturale
dell’agosto modicano.
Nella storica piazzetta di “Casa
Giara” di Via Lipari 31, ricca di
verde ma anche di attesa da parte
del folto gruppo di amici, artisti ed
invitati, il Concerto d’Estate è stato
aperto con il saluto di benvenuto
dal carismatico Pippo Puma.
Il trio Peppe Arezzo, con Peppe
Arezzo al pianoforte, Giovanni
Cucuccio al violino e la soprano
emozionato la Assemblea con la
straordinaria interpretazione de
“La Belle Epoque”, opere, operette,
canzoni e…Napoli, con le musiche
di Lehàr, Bixio, De Curtis e
Ranzato. Non è mancata la
sicilianissima E vui durmiti
La magica serata è stata
completata poi dal messaggio di
Pippo Puma e dalle significative
riflessioni della splendida moglie
signora Tina, applauditissima.
Hanno quindi preso la parola
l’Assessore alla Cultura del
Comune di Modica Orazio Di
Giacomo: “Il Concerto di questa
sera è al centro dell’agosto
modicano perché divenuto punto di
attrazione anche per il turismo di
eccellenza, appassionato di cultura.
Per l’Amministrazione comunale è
un impegno la sua valorizzazione”.
Azzia, nel suo intervento, ha
detto: “La Belle Epoque ed il
repertorio di operette, canzoni e
musiche di ogni tempo, hanno dato
un tocco surreale a questa serata,
coinvolgendoci tutti. Come una
magia. Ne avevamo bisogno.
In un mondo sempre più
appiattisce e livella civiltà, valori e
tradizioni, il Concerto di questa
sera a “Casa Giara” ci ha fatto
sognare facendo rivivere, in
ciascuno di noi,
sentimenti ed amarcord di un
tempo, mai dismessi e sempre
amati perché la musica è un bene
che ci appartiene. Questo ci
conferma la centralità della cultura
nella società civile.
Nella musica si riscopre
l’orgoglio e la ricchezza del
patrimonio universale e con essa
anche la gioia di stare insieme così
come in questa serata.
“Casa Giara” rappresenta una
realtà non solo per Marina di
Modica ma anche per l’intera
cultura siciliana. Pertanto va
Ritengo che le Istituzioni
regionali debbano impegnarsi per
la sua sopravvivenza come
arricchimento di un patrimonio
Franco Antoci, Presidente della
Associazione Ragusani nel Mondo:
“Sono felice di essere presente
anche a questo Concerto d’Estate,
espressione viva del ruolo culturale
che l’associazionismo svolge nella
società civile.
Mi riferisco all’associazionismo
di volontariato delle nostre
Associazioni, portatori di valori e di
solidarietà, collegate con i
corregionali in tutte le parti del
mondo. Vedo quindi, con piacere,
gli amici Presidenti delle
Associazioni del Nord Italia”.
Nella piazzetta, affollatissima,
tra gli ospiti cari citiamo la signora
Piera, moglie del giornalista
Giorgio Buscema al quale è
dedicato il Concerto, Mario Ridolfo
Presidente Ass. “Famiglia Agirina”
di Milano, Emanuele Mazzara,
Presidente Ass. “Amici della
Provincia di Ragusa - Meno la
Terra” di Milano, Vito Patti
Presidente Ass. “Il Mandorlo” di
Milano, Fabrizio De Pasquale,
Consigliere comunale a Milano e
Componente il Direttivo Expo 2015,
Sebastiano D’Angelo, Direttore
della Associazione Ragusani nel
Mondo, Carmelo Sergi, Direttore di
Sicilia Mondo, la signora Violetta,
Presidente Meno La Terra, i
maestri Franco Cilia e Salvatore
Fratantonio, il pianista Gianfranco
Buscema, la poetessa Silvana
Blandino e tantissimi altri amici.
“Casa Giara”, fondata da
Salvatore Puma, poeta dialettale
che ha lasciato il segno in Sicilia, è
l’Associazione dei modicani
residenti nel Nord Italia ma è
anche un centro culturale di
eccellenza della Sicilia Orientale,
istituzionalizzato nella contea
E’ stata rilanciata dal figlio
Pippo Puma, commercialista con
studio a Milano, anche lui poeta
dialettale, autore di poesie tradotte
anche in inglese.
Punto di
riferimento delle Associazioni
siciliane nel Nord Italia.
Anche quest’anno il Concerto “La
Belle Epoque” è stato al centro di
due Venerdì culturali: l’Incontro
con il poeta modicano “Carmelo Di
Stefano” e la presentazione del
libro “Divagazioni” tra ragione e
passioni di Lorenzo Zaccone.
La serata è stata condotta con
dall’ottima presentatrice Annalisa
Sicilia Mondo – XXVI Concerto d’Estate
organizzato a Marina di Modica (Ragusa)
dalla Associazione “Casa Giara”
Palermo, rubato il giglio
d’argento dalla statua di
Santa Rosalia
Rubato il giglio d’argento dalla
statua di Santa Rosalia a
Palermo. Rotto anche un dito
della statua, collocata sul carro al
Foro Italico davanti a Porta dei
Greci. Il giglio, tenuto in mano
dalla santa, era stato realizzato in
ottone argentato, su disegno di
Domenico Pellegrino, dal maestro
orafo Michele Matranga e dal
Maestro argentiere Benedetto
Gelardi. (Giornale di Sicilia)
Buio e incuria, a
Palermo Giardino
Inglese in agonia
Palermo – L’amministrazione comunale pensa al restyling del Giardino
Inglese, ma intanto, dietro i cancelli di quello che dovrebbe essere un
tranquillo giardino all’italiana si nasconde una realtà a sé stante.
Una realtà che tra la mancanza di un adeguato servizio di vigilanza, un
impianto di illuminazione inattivo ormai da tempo e strutture fatiscenti,
nel corso degli anni ha fatto sì che quello che doveva essere un luogo
piacevole per i cittadini si trasformasse in tutt’altro.
Ed intanto, nell’attesa che parta il recupero della villa storica
annunciato dall’assessore al Verde, Francesco Maria Raimondo,
l’amministrazione chiude lo spazio alle manifestazioni pubbliche e decide
di non dare più concessioni a chi ne volesse fare richiesta.
Si è parlato di questo ieri mattina ai microfoni della trasmissione
radiofonica televisiva Ditelo ad Rgs. Perché se dall’esterno la vista del
verde appaga gli occhi dei passanti, basta addentrarsi all’interno del
giardino per rendersi conto che «sono tante le cose che non vanno qui
dentro – raccontano Marco e Silvana Giunta, una coppia di marito e moglie
che ieri hanno portato qui i propri bambini per trascorrere qualche ora
all’aria aperta – non c’è uno spazio dedicato ai bambini, chi vuole è
costretto ad usufruire delle giostre a pagamento.
La pavimentazione è dissestata, le radici degli alberi l’hanno divelta ed i
bambini andando in bicicletta corrono il rischio di cadere. Mio figlio è già
caduto». (Giornali di Sicilia)
Sicilia Mondo celebra la Giornata
Nazionale del Sacrificio e del
Lavoro Italiano nel Mondo
Sicilia Mondo ha celebrato anche quest’anno la Giornata Nazionale del
Sacrificio e del Lavoro Italiano nel Mondo ricordando la tragedia di
Marcinelle dove morirono 262 minatori, di cui 136 italiani. La celebrazione
è avvenuta presso la sede della Associazione, presente il Direttivo ed un
folto gruppo di amici e sostenitori.
Al primo punto all’ordine del giorno è stata la relazione del Direttore
Carmelo Sergi che ha fatto una dettagliata relazione dell’attività svolta in
questa prima parte dell’anno, sottolineando una crescita di consensi e di
adesioni da parte delle Associazioni all’estero, nonostante la Regione
Siciliana abbia troncato il rapporto con i propri emigrati, cancellando la
relativa voce nella Finanziaria 2013.
La verità è che il rapporto della Sicilia con i propri migranti è sempre
vivo e forte, consolidato dal sistema di relazione, quasi a livello di
quotidianità, che Sicilia Mondo ha saputo costruire in tanti anni con spirito
di fratellanza e profonda amicizia.
Azzia, nella sua relazione, ha ricordato che la tragedia di Marcinelle è
stata dichiarata, nel 2001, Giornata Nazionale del Sacrificio e del Lavoro
Italiano nel Mondo ed inserita nelle celebrazioni nazionali.
Questa giornata è stata celebrata in Italia ed all’estero dalle Istituzioni
italiane, dal mondo associativo e dal volontariato.
Una giornata per ricordare e non dimenticare i milioni di caduti sul
lavoro in Italia e nelle varie parti del mondo ma anche un momento di
riflessione, riaggregazione ed unità di tutti gli italiani, da trasmettere alle
nuove generazioni affinché capiscano cosa significa e cosa è stata
l’emigrazione italiana per milioni di connazionali.
Ansia da rientro in città dopo le
ferie estive, gli esperti
consigliano la “Book Therapy”
Permettono di mantenere la spensieratezza mentale tipica delle
vacanze, stimolano la mente in maniera graduale, aiutano ad evadere dalla
realtà non sempre piacevole. Leggere libri rappresenta il miglior antidoto
contro l’ansia da rientro post-vacanze. Psicologi e studiosi la chiamano
“Book Therapy”, il modo ideale affrontare il ritorno dalle ferie attraverso
letture di qualità. Critici e addetti ai lavori concordano nell’affermare che
leggere romanzi d’avventura (29%), grandi classici (24%), romanzi rosa
(21%), e saggi d’attualità (19%) permette di mantenere il buonumore (41%),
aiuta a riprendere gradualmente i ritmi di vita quotidiana (29%) e a non
farsi trovare impreparati nell’affrontare la realtà ed il futuro che ci attende
(25%). E’ quanto emerge da un’indagine promossa da Libreriamo
(www.libreriamo.it), la piazza digitale per chi ama i libri e la cultura
fondata dal sociologo Saro Trovato, condotto attraverso 100 interviste a
psicologi, sociologi, professori, critici, i quali hanno analizzato in che modo i
libri e la lettura possono favorire il ritorno alla vita quotidiana dopo le
vacanze estive.
Lasciate le località di villeggiatura, il rientro dalle ferie spesso viene
vissuto come un trauma. Per oltre 3 oltre esperti su 10 (36%) tra psicologi,
critici e addetti ai lavori, la lettura rappresenta uno dei migliori rimedi per
combattere l’ansia da rientro post-vacanze. “Leggere aiuta a riprendere la
routine: chi ha bisogno di nuovi stimoli creativi si trova servito! Chi ha
bisogno di fantasticare ancora un po’ per rientrare gradualmente nel clima
lavoro anche! Per non perlate di chi può trovare conoscenza, crescita
personale anche per cambiare la propria routine quotidiana, lavorativa e
non – afferma lo psichiatra Michele Cucchi, Direttore Sanitario del Centro
Medico Santagostino – Leggere è un’attività cognitiva che fa bene, stimola
quel naturale processo di freschezza mentale ch’essa ti abbiamo perso nella
pausa estiva, ci allena a tenere allenata attenzione selettiva,
concentrazione, le aree associative della nostra corteccia frontale sono
costrette a mettersi in moto”.
Quali sono gli stati d’animo più comuni del post-vacanze? Depressione
(35%), ansia (28%), malinconia (21%), sfiducia (15%) sono secondo gli
esperti i sentimenti che accomunano milioni di italiani al rientro dalle
ferie. Cosa fare per combattere l’ansia da rientro ed iniziare nel migliore la
lunga stagione autunnale che sta per iniziare? Oltre a iniziare a riprendere
gradualmente le consuete attività e a mantenere i contatti con le persone
conosciute in vacanza, gli esperti consigliano particolari tipi di letture:
romanzi d’avventura (29%) e rosa (21%), in una dimensione fantastica, che
possa ricordare magari luoghi e atmosfere vissute nel corso del proprio
soggiorno estivo.
Per i più salutisti, amanti del benessere sia fisico che psicologico,
psicologi e addetti ai lavori consigliano libri di cucina (22%) o legati al
benessere (16%). Per chi vuole affrontare il post-vacanze nel segno della
consapevolezza, gli esperti consigliano di leggere i grandi classici (24%),
sempre utili per interpretare la realtà e le difficoltà che la caratterizzano, o
pubblicazioni più legate all’attualità (19%). Leonardo Sciascià diceva: a
ciascuno il suo – afferma lo psichiatra Michele Cucchi - Consiglio però
qualcosa di non troppo impegnativo e avventuroso, per caricarsi di
“tensione agonistica” da portare nelle battaglie del quotidiano”.
Quali sono, quindi, gli immediati effetti di una buona lettura in questo
delicato periodo dell’anno? Leggere un libro orientato ai propri gusti
letterari e di vita permette di mantenere il buonumore (41%), aiuta a
riprendere gradualmente i ritmi di vita quotidiana (29%) e a prepararsi nel
migliore dei modi alla lunga stagione che sta per iniziare (25%). Il
momento migliore per leggere? Quando non si è ancora a pieno regime, le
opportunità per leggere sono maggiori: leggere un libro mentre si è sui
mezzi (32%) dedicare tempo per la lettura prima d’andare a letto (27%) o
prima di andare a lavoro (18%) o in pausa (15%) favorisce la ripresa
graduale delle proprie attività, sia fisiche che cognitive. (Cronaca Oggi)
Una giornata che ripropone davanti ai nostri occhi la tragedia di
migliaia di disperati che approdano alle nostre spiagge in cerca di
sopravvivenza sfidando la morte. Eppure sono uomini anche lor, come noi.
Con lo stesso diritto alla vita ed alla pari dignità.
Una Giornata che, nel ricordo di Marcinelle, assume tutto un significato
etico per le sue motivazioni profondamente umane.
Ogni anno, abbiamo sensibilizzato le Associazioni aderenti, i
collaboratori ed i corrispondenti in tutte le parti del mondo per celebrare la
Giornata simbolo, ormai istituzionalizzata da Sicilia Mondo. Sono giornate
che riportano alla nostra memoria il patrimonio di valori della nostra
identità e della nostra storia, alimentando così i sentimenti della
E’ confortevole registrare il successo della iniziativa presso le nostre
Associazioni aderenti, un successo in espansione dovuto alla crescita di
consapevolezza di un evento fortemente sentito che riaggrega i corregionali
facendo riscoprire valori e sensibilità mai dismessi.
Sull’argomento sono intervenuti tutti i consiglieri arricchendo la
Giornata di idee e sentimenti.
Azzia, tirando le conclusioni, ha proposto alla Assemblea che ha
approvato all’unanimità, l’invio del seguente messaggio di fratellanza al
Consolato Italiano, al Sindaco di Charleroi, al Direttore del Bois du Cazier
ed al rappresentante di Sicilia Mondo Angelo Lavore, Presidente della
Associazione Trinacria Charleroi:
“Sicilia Mondo anche a nome delle Associazioni aderenti in tutte le parti
del mondo, unitamente ai soci partecipanti alla celebrazione della Giornata
Nazionale del Sacrificio e del Lavoro Italiano nel Mondo, esprime i
sentimenti della sua vicinanza, fratellanza e solidarietà alle Istituzioni
belghe, italiane ed associative ricordando il sacrificio che riporta alla
nostra memoria quello dei milioni di caduti sul lavoro in Italia e nel mondo.
– Domenico Azzia –Presidente Sicilia Mondo
Componente Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all’Estero”
Mostra del Cinema di
Venezia, lungo applauso
per il film “Anime nere”
Venezia – Applausi e speranze di successo: Anime Nere, il film di Francesco
Munzi, primo dei tre italiani a passare nel concorso di Venezia 71, fa centro con
una storia di faide antiche, legami di sangue e vendette, potere ancestrale e
ineluttabilità nella Calabria di oggi.
La stampa gli ha riservato un’ottima accoglienza e in Sala Grande è stato
accolto da un’ovazione lunga 13 minuti. Merito del “corto circuito che provoca
questa storia - dice Munzi - con un piede nell’arcaico e un altro nel
contemporaneo. Siamo in una delle terre più sconosciute e selvagge d’Italia,
l’Aspromonte e questa storia, tratta dall’omonimo libro di Gioacchino Criaco
(Rubettino editore ndr) mi ha colpito profondamente, un innamoramento che mi
ha portato in tre anni a convincere i produttori e a riuscire a realizzare questo
film sulla carta non certo facile”.
Uscirà il 18 settembre, prodotto da Cinemaundici e Babe Films con Rai
Cinema, distribuito dalla Good Films in oltre 100 copie. Girato nei veri luoghi,
Africo, Bianco, Bova, Locri, in dialetto, con attori non professionisti accanto a
Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane, Anna Ferruzzo,
Giuseppe Fumo e Barbora Bobulova. “Ho avuto inizialmente un approccio
documentaristico, ero pieno di pregiudizi, per me quella zona era un punto sulla
cartina, invece le cose sono andate diversamente. Da Africo si può vedere meglio
l’Italia perchè ho scoperto che esiste ancora una ‘questione Sud’, un’estraneità al
Paese che si sente molto e che il dialetto in qualche modo rivendica e marca.
Africo è un piccolo posto sperduto - aggiunge il regista, romano, 45 anni, al suo
terzo film dopo il bell’esordio di Saimir e il successivo Il resto della notte - che ha
incrociato tante volte la storia d’Italia anche recente: l’eversione nera negli anni
‘70, la stagione dei sequestri poi, il traffico internazionale di droga ora”.
Per tutto questo era fondamentale andare a girare lì “e per niente
rassicurante, anche se poi è diventata una bellissima esperienza con il paese ad
aprirci le porte, sfatando un mito negativo, volendo loro per primi rompere l’idea
del ghetto”.
Sottolinea Francesco Munzi che “solo apparentemente è una storia criminale
di clan rivali perchè invece il vero cuore del film è la faida interna. L’esplosione
familiare tra i tre fratelli protagonisti quando il sentimento della vendetta
riaffiora prepotente e si riappropria di loro, mettendoli di fronte alle scelte, in
seguito alla bravata del figlio di uno dei tre”.
Luigi (Marco Leonardi) è il più giovane, ha abbandonato la terra del padre,
ucciso per una faida, ed è diventato un trafficante internazionale di droga; Rocco
(Peppino Mazzotta) si è rifatto un’apparenza borghese a Milano ma è un
imprenditore con i soldi sporchi di Luigi e Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) è il più
anziano. È rimasto lì, tra l’orto e le capre in montagna, in gara con se stesso per
resistere a quel mondo di ‘ndrangheta che rappresenta la sua stessa storia. Ma
non è uomo di oggi, come gli altri due, beve la polvere dei santi, in quelle usanze
pagane tramandate dagli avi. E quando Leo (Giuseppe Fumo), il figlio ventenne,
condannato al destino di famiglia, alza la testa per guadagnare il suo posto al
sole, rimette in vita quegli archetipi tragici cui non si può sottrarre nessuno.
“Anime nere e finale nerissimo – ammette Munzi – non c’è nessuna
esaltazione della violenza, ma una netta demarcazione tra il bene e il male. Lo
sguardo è interno a queste tre persone con una grande carica emozionale e
viscerale”. Impossibile spezzare il cerchio in questo mondo immobile? Il regista
pensa che il finale, su cui a lungo si è discusso, “ha una carica eversiva,
catartica, capace di portare redenzione”. Ammette lo scrittore Criaco: “la
materia è urticante, come la realtà di questa terra. Non c’è alibi che tenga, il
governo lontano, Roma che non ascolta, le colpe sono sempre personali. Non c’è
voglia di autoassolversi ma solo un modo estremo di pagare per ciò che si è
fatto”. Ad un certo punto Munzi pensava stesse girando un western, “ma dentro
la mia testa c’era la lezione di cinema di Roberto Rossellini e gli echi del primo
Scorsese, quello di Mean Streets”. (Giornale di Sicilia)
News About I.C.C. Members
Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy
appears at Annex Wealth
Management luncheon at ICC
Welcome new Italian
Center members!
The following people became members of the Italian Community
Center between Aug. 8 through Sept. 8, 2014. Benvenuti! (Welcome!)
Dr. Richard Busalacchi of Milwaukee
Kathleen Pionek of Milwaukee
Maureen Dahl and children Gabriel Dahl, Nora Rose Pionek and
Grace Pionek of Milwaukee
Steve Balistreri of Milwaukee
Tureda Crivello of Chicago, IL
Greg Moen of Milwaukee
Nicholas Ferrante of Greenfield
2015 schedules sought
from societies and clubs
that regularly use the ICC
from page 7
The Milwaukee Brewers’ All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy (left) was the
guest speaker at a luncheon hosted by Annex Wealth Management at the
Italian Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Lucroy was being
interviewed by WTMJ Radio sportscaster Greg Matzek when this picture
was taken. Dave Spano is the president of Annex Wealth Management. He
is also a past president of the ICC and will return to the Board as the organization’s treasurer on Nov. 1. The luncheon was attended by about 250
people. (Times photo by Tom Hemman)
starting time of all events as
soon as possible. The goal is to
have the schedules from all societies, clubs and organizations by
the end of November.
Please submit schedules by
using any one of these methods:
• Send an email to Tom
Hemman at [email protected]
or to David Stachowiak at [email protected] or
[email protected]
• Fax the information to either
Ambrose Ciano among Brewers’
staff honored for military service
The Italian Times or the Italian
Conference Center Sales and
Catering Department at 414/2232187.
• Drop off the schedules in person at the ICC.
Groups that don’t comply with
this request may find it more difficult at a later time to get the
accommodations they most desire.
“We always try our best to accommodate all requests, but if we can
reserve dates and rooms early, it’s
Stachowiak said.
Added Hemman, “If we don’t
have your schedule of events and
the starting time of each event,
it becomes very difficult and a bit
frustrating to prepare an accurate
calendar listing for the newspaper.
We do hear about it when an event
is not listed in the calendar. This is
why we have to depend on the presidents or the designated representatives of the many organizations to
supply that information to us.”
ICC Historian
Carini wants
your high school
yearbooks, other
Ambrose Ciano was one of more than 40 members of
the Milwaukee Brewers’ event staff recognized for
their military service before the club’s Aug. 24 victory
over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ciano (front row, first person on first base side of photo wearing the baseball
cap) is an usher at Miller Park. He served in the
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United States Marine Corps (1952-54) during the
Korean War. Ciano said his cap has the Marine Corps
logo on it. The group includes veterans who served in
World War II through the conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan. (Photo provided by the Milwaukee
Brewers Baseball Club)
Don’t throw away your old
high school yearbooks or other
memorabilia. If you attended a
high school in Milwaukee
County or surrounding counties,
Italian Community Center
Historian Mario A. Carini is
interested in using the yearbooks and other high school
memorabilia for furthering his
research on local Italian
Carini will deposit the yearbooks and memorabilia at the
Milwaukee County Historical
Society after he completes his
“These can be yearbooks and
memorabilia from public,
Catholic or private high
schools,” Carini said.
Yearbooks and memorabilia
can be dropped off at the reception desk in the main office of
the ICC. Please include a note
with your name and phone number so Carini knows who made
the donation.
Italians married in Milwaukee: 1926-1940
Part VI
Compiled by Mario A. Carini, Italian Community Center Historian
Introductory Notes
The Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1926-1940 includes the name of the individual married and the month and year the marriage took place.
Information contained in the Milwaukee Marriage Index: 1926-1940 was compiled by this researcher in January of 1993 and
will be featured in The Italian Times the next several months.
Reporting of the volume Milwaukee Marriage Index was obtained from the Milwaukee County Historical Society and copies
at the City of Milwaukee Legislative Reference Bureau. These works are all copyrighted and an original copy is at the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. for all time.
Please keep in mind that these marriages were actualized only in the City of Milwaukee. Accordingly, if you were married
outside the city limits (e.g., Shorewood, West Allis, Cudahy), your name won’t appear in this listing. Names appearing here are
listed and spelled exactly as found in the marriage volumes. If you know of a relative who was married in Milwaukee during the
time period 1926-1941 and that relative’s name does not appear in these listings, please contact the Milwaukee County Historical
Society. Parts I and V of this series were published in past issues of The Italian Times.
Gallo, Theresa (Tolajka)
Gambino, Joseph
Gambucci, Quentin
Gardetto, Baptiste
Gardetto, Chas
Gardetto, Frank
Gardetto, Frank D
Gardetto, Louis
Gardetto, Lucy (Cordelli)
Gardipsee, Florence (Balisteri)
Garella,Josephine (Viscuso)
Gariglietti, Valentine
Garrella, Grace (Civitavecchia)
Garrella, Joseph
Garrella, Rose (Russo)
Gaspardo, Anna (Martinetti)
Gaspardo, Battiste
Gaspardo, James
Gaspardo, Mary (Cognonatto)
Gasperetti, Anne (Maglio)
Gasperetti, Charles
Gasperetti, Edith (Pawlicki)
Gasperetti, Elmer
Gasso, John
Gasso, Vincent
Gazzana, Anna (Tarantino)
Gazzana, Joe
Gazzana, Marie (Lupo)
Gazzana, Nancy (Koller)
Gazzanigi, Marie (Garity)
Gazzano, Carmelbo
Gazzano, Santo
Genesa, Nick
Gennaro, Antonio
Genova, Annie (Spataro)
Genova, Bernice (Cinquemani)
Genova, Josephine (Cortese)
Gentilli, Anthony
Gentilli, Lena (D'Amico)
Geracie, August
Geracie, Giovanna (Drewek)
Germana, Vincenzo
Germanotta, John
Ghiosso, Angeline (Endrizzi)
Giacalone, Frank
Giacalone, William
Giacoletto, Angeline (Kettler)
Giacoletto, Paul
Giaimo, Frances (Carini)
Giaimo, Helen (Hoyt)
Giaimo, Ida (Balistrieri)
Giaimo, Josephine (Ricciardi)
Giaimo, Mary
Giaimo, Rose (Passante)
Giallanza, Joseph
Giallombardo, Anthony
Giandrone, Mary (Bocchini)
Giannoni, Anthony
Giardina, Joseph
Giaudrone, August
Giaudrone, Maria (Ceretto)
Giaudrone, Mary (Massa)
Gigante, Anna (Fricano)
Gigante, Anne (Szeklinski)
Giganti, Frank
Giganti, John
Gigliotti, Mary (O11a)
Gillo, Charles
Gillo, Ralph
Ginocchio, Aurelia (Muchl)
Ginocchio, Louis
Ginocchio, Orlando
Gioannini, Catherine (Varga)
Gionnotti, Irene (?) (Lachner)
Giordano Salvatore
Giordano, Bastiano
Giossi, Marion (Rimanelli)
Giovanelli, Dominic
Giove, Daniel
Giove, Jacob
Giove, Rocco
Giovetti, Joseph
Giovinazzo, Theresa (Daddato)
Giuffre, Frank
Giuffre, Joseph
Giuffre, Sarah (Martello)
Giuli, Altilio
Giuli, Anna (Ferruzzi)
Giuli, Julia (Dragotta)
Giuli, Lewis
Giuliani, Anna (Springhetti)
Giuliani, Josephine (Darling)
Giuliani, Lee (Salza)
Giuliani, Marie (Gurske)
Giuntoli Armand
Giuntoli, Albert
Giuntoli, Annita (Gunkel)
Giuntoli, Diane (Gardetto)
Giuntoli, Lawrence J
Glorioso, Mary (Tarantino)
Gobbi, Amelia (Vitrano)
Goglio, John
Gole, Agnes (Ritonia)
Gole, Angeline (Pauc)
Gole, John
Gosetti, Adrian
Gosetti, Arthur
Gosetti, Barbara (Kaisler)
Gosetti, Erma (Chudnofsky)
Gosetti, Eugene
Gosetti, Pearl (Inama)
Grasso, Jerome
Graziano, Louis
Greco, Angeline (Mirenda)
Greco, Angelo
Greco, Anthony
Greco, Joseph
Greco, Mary (Nigrelli)
Greco, Mary L (Staffeld)
Gregorio, Ann (Calabresa)
Gregorio, Frank
Gregorio, Patsy
Greppi, Rose (Schaal)
Grilli, Emil
Grimaldi, Gregory J
Grippe, Angeline (De Gaetano)
Grippe, Mary (Leone)
Grippe, Rose (Caporusso)
Grisaffi, Vincenzo
Grisanti, Steve
Groppi, Eleanor (Schreihart)
Groppi, Theresa M (Prausa)
Grovanini, Adele (Sterle)
Guadagni, Joan (Briski)
Guadagni, Joseph
Guadagni, Loretta (Bova)
Guadagni, Marie (Vigo)
Guadagni, Marty
Guagliardo, Frank A
Guagliardo, Joseph Jr
Guagliardo, Margaret (DiCarlo)
Guagliardo, Marie (Coralline)
Guagliardo, Mickelina (Riordan)
Guagliardo, Rose S (Carle)
Guagliardo, Salvatore
Guagliardo, Samuel J
Guajardo, Susie (Navarro)
Guardalabene, Anne M (Lomedico)
Guarniere, Ann (Argilla)
Guarniere, Rose (Stancampiano)
Guglielmucci, Dora (Spinelli)
Guglieri, Charles
Guiffre, Nick
Guiffre, Rosario
Guintoli Alfred
Gumina, Anthony T
Gumina, Giuseppe
Gumina, James
Gumina, Pete
Gumina, Rose (Meinecke)
Gumina, Sarah (Collova)
Gumina, Theodore I
Gumina, Vincent
Gumina, Vincent Jr
Gustapaglia, Louise (Karl)
Guzzetta, Marcus Dr.
Guzzetta, Philip Jr.
Guzzetta, Vincent J.
Iacolucci, Joseph T
Iattoni, Pasquale B
Ierevellino, Anthony
Infelise (Infelice), Rosemarie (Jeanotte)
Ingerili, Leonora (Reale)
Ingrelli, Joseph A
Ingrelli, Mary (Franchino)
Ingrelli, Pasqualle
Ingrelli, Tony
Ingrelli, Tony
Ingurgio, Anna (Sanicola)
Ingurgio, Jake
Ingurgio, Peter
Inzeo, Mary D (Panella)
Iraci, Orlando
Iraci, Rose (Douer)
Italiano, Antonia A (Husek)
Italiano, Catherine (Stehberger)
Italiano, Catherine M (Richardson)
Italiano, James M
Italiano, Joseph
Italiano, Katherine (Blackey)
Italiano, Peter
Italiano, Peter E
Italiano, Rose (Mason)
Jannetto, Joan (Pipia)
Jannetto, Joseph
Jannetto, Sarah (Peliegrini)
Jannetto, Victor
Jannuzzi, Frank
Jennaro, Angeline (Mingari)
Jennaro, Mary L (Mandust)
Jennaro, Rose (Gagliano)
Joachini, Howard
LaBarbara, John P
LaBarbera, Angelo S
LaBarbera, Josephine M (Karsten)
LaBarbera, Samuel T
LaBruzzo, Charles
Lacero, Anna (Nordberg)
LaChapello, Alfred
LaConte, Antonette (Fracchiolla)
LaConte, Isabelle (Ferrara)
LaConte, Mary (Termini)
Lalicata, dames
Lalli, Maria (Orlando)
Lalli, Marie
Lalli, Salvatore
Lalone, Nina (LaChapello)
LaMacchia, Edmund
Lampone, Dominic
Lampone, Frank
Lanterno, Peter
Lanza(Lanza), Brazio
LaPorta, Sarah(Mirasola)
LaRosa, Anthony
LaRosa, Frank
LaRosa, James
LaRosa, Joseph
LaRosa, Margaret (Preisinger)
LaRosa, Maria (Russo)
LaRosa, Rose (Maniscalco)
LaRosa, Salvatore
LaRosa, Santa (Patti)
LaRosa, Steve
LaRussa, Genevieve (Spitzer)
Laudonio, Alfred
Laudonio, Anne (Ferro)
LaVora Josephine (Vento)
LaVora, Charles
LaVora, Frank
LaVora, James
LaVora, Tom
Lazaro, Anthony
Lazio, Joseph T
Lazio, Maeme (Fay)
Lazio, Phillip J
Lazio, Salvatore
Lazzaro, Joseph
Lecci, Antonia (Yokofich)
Lecci, Mary (Zanola)
Lembo, Rocco
Lentini, Josephine (Pizzolato)
Leonardelli, Ernest
Leonardelli, Ettore
Leonardelli, Gina (Contrini)
Leonardelli, Guido
Leonardelli, Marguerite (Steinke)
Leone, Ciro
Continued in the next issue of The Italian Times.
OCTOBER 2014 – PAGE 19
Request for
By Susie Christiansen
Social networking websites,
such as Facebook and Twitter, as
well as e-mail and cell phone texting, are currently the most common methods of communicating for
people. Using those avenues, we
want to develop a way to reach out
to our membership to inform you
about upcoming events organized
by the Italian Community Center,
such as Il Grande Carnevale, A
Taste of Italy and Festa Italiana.
We can even email you a copy of
The Italian Times.
When the ICC hosts wine tastings, musical events and cooking
classes, it would be helpful to
everyone involved to be able to
send an e-mail blast or a cell phone
text blast to ICC members and as
many non-members as possible.
Right now, committee chairs and
event planners here don’t always
know what advertising options are
available to them and how to reach
out to you. Without spending a ton
of money, we just aren’t sure how
to let the people out there know
about upcoming events at the ICC.
ICC members can be placed on
an e-mail list and a cell phone list
when they sign up for or renew
their membership. Our application
includes a place for your e-mail
address and cell phone number.
Our membership contact list is
extremely private, and we will continue to keep it that way. We do
not distribute our address, phone
or e-mail lists to anyone. Rest
assured your contact information
will be retained by the ICC and
only the ICC, and you will only be
sent messages on a limited basis.
We simply want to inform you.
We want to tell you about the fantastic events, activities and ethnic
experiences that the Italian
Community Center has to offer.
These are the other options
available for submitting your cell
phone number and e-mail address:
1. Our website: www.iccmilwaukee.com – use the Contact Us
Form (the last tab on the site).
2. By e-mail: [email protected]
3. Call Constance Jones at the
ICC – 414-223-2808.
Lucca, Italy
holds ‘Luminara
di Santa Croce’
on Sept. 13
Luminara di Santa Croce
(Illuminations of the Holy Cross)
is a beautiful procession in Lucca
(Tuscany region), Italy, on Sept.
13. The city is illuminated with
thousands of candles at night as
the procession goes through
Lucca’s historic center.
This famous Tuscan festival is
a devotional procession in which
the Volto Santo or Holy Face, a
wooden crucifix, is carried along
the streets of the old town center
from the Churchof San Frediano
to the Cathedral of San Martino,
illuminated by thousands of
small candles. Workmen spend
all of the previous day putting
the candles in place so that the
entire centre of Lucca is beautifully illuminated on the evening
of the feast.
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Cafe La Scala is now serving breakfast.
Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m.-11 a.m.
Friata (Italian-style omelee) • Breakfast Sandwiches • French Toast
Three Egg Omelee • Two Eggs, any style • Much More!
Cafe La Scala at the Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee
FREE PARKING • (414) 223-2185
Whether you're planning significant family functions -- reunions, christenings,
quinceañera, bridal or baby showers, or you're faced with organizing a last-minute event,
such as a funeral luncheon . . .
Or you want the perfect setting for a wedding reception or engagement or wedding
rehearsal dinner, or your company is looking for an ideal location for a business or social
gathering . . .
the Italian Conference Center is your answer.
Our Catering Director will work closely with you to make sure that every detail that goes
into a successful event is planned. And the food at the ICC! Ah, the food. Your guests will
shower you with compliments after they've eaten the delicious meals prepared by our
outstanding chefs and served by our friendly and efficient wait staff.
Everything you need for a successful event is ready and waiting at the Italian Conference
Center. For assistance in scheduling and planning your event, call David at . . .
414-223-2800 or visit: www.ItalianConference.com
In the Italian Community Center
631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee
Free parking • Handicapped accessible
Minutes from downtown and freeway access
in the Historic Third Ward
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