Next Meeting Date: February 21,  2017

Meeting Location: Burlington Senior Center 61 Center Street Burlington
3rd Tuesday of the Month @
7:00 PM

Address: P.O. Box 193, Burlington, Ma. 01803

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News Editor: Deborah Squeri -






February 2017 - NEWSLETTER

















From the Presidents Desk

Brothers and sisters,


It's February already and winter is half over.  It's a month where we celebrate Valentine's Day and President's Day along with the start of our very popular

Italian Classes and the spring semester which begin on February 8th.   So far we've escaped any major blizzards and I hope our luck holds out.


February is also the month where we celebrate Ground Hog Day on Thursday, February 2nd  with great trepidation in the hope that Punxsutawney Phil's shadow was not seen else we'll have 6 more weeks of winter!  As much as I love New England, excessive snowfalls and bad weather are things I can do without and make Florida look more and more appealing every year.


We'll be having our semi-annual council meeting at the Burlington Public Library on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30 for all officers.   We have much to discuss and the future of our lodge will be the most pressing item. 


Our March meeting is the traditional meeting for the nomination of officers to be installed in April.  We need to form a nominating committee to find members willing to pitch in and navigate our lodge into the future.  ALL positions are open and I already have tentative candidates for president, vice-president and financial secretary  All others need to be filled.  Won't you consider running for office?



Belonging to an organization means more than just showing up for meetings.  True enjoyment comes when you participate in the decision-making and planning of the lodge's direction and activities.  That's when you're TRULY a member and you will reach a much higher level of enjoyment of your membership.  Please think about it and offer to get involved.


Other topics to be discussed at the council meeting pertain to decisions as to whether we should pursue fund-raising activities such as a wine-tasting event as we have for the past 5 years.  And, since we've not had a lodge social with dinner and orchestra for a few years, mightn't it be time to consider having a 'spring fling'?  All we need is a committee and chairperson.  Please volunteer!


Now, add to those needs is a hospitality person for our monthly meetings.  So, I'm asking for a volunteer or two to come early to our February meeting and make coffee and set up our dessert table.  If we don't have a volunteer, be sure to stop at Dunkin' Donuts before the meeting and bring your own coffee and doughnuts.


Another issue to be decided at the council meeting will be a decision to once again hold our annual Christmas Dinner at Lucia Ristorante in Winchester on Sunday, December 10th.   We usually start at noon; would 1:00 be a better time?  The recent Christmas dinner was OUTSTANDING and we all had a wonderful time with entertainment from Enzo Amari who had everyone dancing.  With such a sumptuous meal and great entertainment, we can't go wrong and the dinner and entertainment gets better year after year!






Although our membership has been declining steadily, we have at least two new people who have expressed interest in joining our lodge to reverse the trend.  I've not been actively following up with them pending a decision of having a lodge  future and now things are looking brighter.  We can initiate them at our 'Installation of Officers' meeting in April.  Let's grow our lodge once again.


Finally, Marie Saia, our financial secretary, has sent either a letter or an e-mail to all our members regarding membership renewal.  Please respond as soon as possible so that we can know exactly how many members we have and can make plans accordingly.  As I write this we have many unpaid members who have yet to renew their dues for 2017.  Remember, we're only asking for $20 of everyone at this time pending continuation of our lodge past June.  Won't you please pay your dues as soon as possible?  Anyone who doesn't submit their $20 before March 1st will be considered to have resigned.


I hope to see everyone at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00! By then, perhaps, if we're lucky, no major storms will prevent us from getting together again on our meeting date and everyone will be able to attend.   No matter the agenda, it’s ALWAYS a good night out to enjoy the company of our fellow lodge members.




Don McGowan

President, Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223



Articles Of Interest




Romantic Festival of Valentine's Day is celebrated with enthusiasm in the beautiful country of Italy. Lovers take opportunity of the day to express love and affection for their beloved. Loads of Valentine's Day gifts are exchanged and everyone enjoys the day to the hilt.

History of Valentine's Day in Italy

Valentine's Day was initially celebrated as a Spring Festival in Italy. Celebration for the day was held in the open air. Young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens and enjoy listening to music and reading of poetry. Later they would stroll off with their Valentine into  the gardens.

The custom steadily ceased over the course of years and has not been celebrated for centuries.


Early Valentine's Day Tradition in Italy

In the Italian City of Turin, a betrothed couple used to announce their engagement on the Valentine's Day. Several days ahead of February 14, stores were decorated and loaded with a huge variety of bon-bon. Some even sold china baskets and cups filled with delectable Valentine's Day candies and tied with a ribbon. These were to be presented as gifts to a Valentine.

Another interesting Valentine's Day tradition followed in Italy and Britain made unmarried girls to wake up before sunrise. People strongly believed that the first man an unmarried girl sees on Valentine's Day, or someone who looks like him would marry her within a year. Girls therefore used to wake up early on Valentine's Day and stand by their window to watch a man pass.

Valentine's Day Celebration in Italy

People of Italy see Valentine's Day as a holiday imported from US, just like Halloween and Mother's Day. For the love and lovers country of Italy, the major day for celebration of love is il giorno della festa degli innamorati. As lovers' exclusively celebrate this day family members and friends do not exchange gifts.

In recent times however, lovers in Italy celebrate Valentine's Day by expressing their love to their sweetheart. Couples usually go out for dinners at pizzeria or ristorante. Just as in several other countries, the festival has been commercialized to a great extent. There is a strong tradition to exchange gifts like rose, perfume, chocolates and diamonds depending on the age and taste of person. Another popular Valentine's Day gift in Italy is Baci Perugina - a small, chocolate-covered hazelnuts containing a small slip of paper with a romantic poetic quote in four languages.










Learn to speak Italian

- basic  Italian love phrases



How it's pronounced




My love

Amore mio

Ah-more-ay mee-oh

My darling / sweetheart

Tesoro mio

Tay-saw-roh mee-oh

I love you (NB only used between partners, never with family or friends).

Ti amo

Tee ah-moh

I adore you

Ti adoro

Tee a-door-oh

Hello, gorgeous! (to a woman)

Ciao, bella!

Chow, bell-a

Hello, handsome! (to a man)

Ciao, bello!

Chow, bell-oh

Kiss me!



I'd like to kiss you

Voglio baciarti

Vol-yo batch-yar-tee

Shall we dance?






I'll always love you

Ti amerò per sempre

Tee amer-oh pair sem-pray

A hundred years! (of happiness - a toast)



I miss you

Ti manchi

Tee man-key


















Learn to speak Italian

 - advanced Italian love phrases




How it's pronounced

You are my life

Sei la mia vita

Say-ee la mee-a vee-ta

You are the love of my life

Sei l'amore della mia vita

Say-ee la-more-ay day-la mee-a veeta

You are always in my heart

Sei sempre nel mio cuore

Say-ee sem-pray nel mee-oh quor-ay

My one true love

Il mio unico vero amore

Eel mee-oh vay-roh oon-ee-coh ah-more-ay

She / he loves me, she / he loves me not

M'ama, non m'ama

Mamma, non mamma

I'd like to kiss you by the light of the moon

Voglio baciarti al chiaro di luna

Vol-yo batch-yar-tee al key-a-row dee loona




You are more beautiful than an angel

Sei più bella di un angelo

Say-ee pee-oo bell-a dee oon anjel-oh

We're made for each other

Siamo fatti l'uno all'altra

See-arm-oh fatty loono a laltra

Your smile is the sunshine of my life

Il tuo sorriso è'il sole della mia vita

Eel too-oh sor-rees-oh ay eel sol-ay dela mee-a vee-ta

I want to spend the rest of my life with you

Voglio passare il resto della mia vita con te

Vol-yo passare-eh eel resto-oh day-la mee-a vee-ta con tay.










Chocolate biscotti: perfect Italian finger food

Italian food customs almost always involve chocolate.

These biscotti (literally meaning "twice cooked") are inexpensive, easy to make and will store in an airtight container for several weeks.

Rich and luxurious, chocolate biscotti are perfect for a special occasion - make them one of your family's Italian Easter traditions, bake a batch to give on Mother's Day or just take a leaf from Italian food customs and treat yourself - they're delicious with a morning cup of coffee!

Ingredients :


300g (11 oz, 2.5 cups) plain flour

400g (14 oz, 2 cups) caster sugar

60g (2 oz, 0.5 cup) cocoa powder

5 eggs                                

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

150g (5 oz, 1.5 cup) flaked (slivered) almonds

To prepare :

Preheat the oven to 180º C (355º F, Gas mark 4).

Grease two rimmed baking trays, or line with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the almonds; mix well with a spoon.


Stir in the almonds until well blended; the dough should be thick and sticky.

Place half of the dough on one of the prepared baking trays. Form a slightly rounded 10 x 30cm (4 x 12 in) loaf that is about 2cm (1/2 in) thick. Repeat with the remaining dough on the second baking tray.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 170º C (335º F, gas mark 3).

Allow the loaves to cool for 20 to 25 minutes, then cut into slices about 3cm (1 in) thick.

Lay the slices cut side down on the baking trays and bake for a further 15 minutes.

Turn them over and bake another 15 minutes or until very crisp.

Allow the cooked biscotti to cool, then store in an airtight container.



Valentine's Day Facts

Did you know that many of the traditions of modern weddings come from the culture of ancient Roman weddings?

Did you know that Valentine's day is the most popular day for couples to become engaged in Italy, following Italian engagement ring tradition?

Did you know that Valentine's day is the second-largest card-sending holiday of the year? (Christmas beats it by a short head).









Valentine Dreams

A woman was taking a nap on Valentine’s Day afternoon. After she awoke, she told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a gorgeous and expensive diamond necklace for Valentine’s Day! What do you think it means?”

“You’ll know tonight,” he said.

That evening, her husband came home with a small package for her. Thrilled, she opened it and found a book titled “The Meaning of Dreams.”



500 Valentine Cards Sent by

Desperate Man


Mike walked into a post office just before Valentine's day, he couldn't help noticing a middle-aged, balding man standing in a corner sticking "Love" stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them.  Then the man got out a bottle of Channel perfume from his pocket and started spraying scent over the envelopes.

By now Mike's curiosity had got the better of him, and so I asked the man why he was sending all those cards.  The man replied, "I'm sending out 500 Valentine cards signed, 'Guess who?'"

"But why?" asked Mike.

"I'm a divorce lawyer," the man replied.


How Long Have You Been Married?

When a woman on the staff of the school where I worked became engaged, a friend and colleague offered her some advice.

'The first ten years are the hardest.'

'How long have you been married?' she asked.

'Ten years', he replied.





A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station.  She tells the mechanic it died.

After he works on 
it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly.

She says, “What's the story?”

He replies, “Just crap in the carburetor.”

She asks, “How often do I have to do that?

Submitted by Don McGowan




January Baking Volunteers:

The following people have very graciously volunteered to bring baked goods to the January meeting:



Joanne Margi

Susan Magliozzi

Jayne & Rob Pustizzi


Thank you in advance to these fantastic volunteers! Your efforts are greatly appreciated by all!!



Member Happenings:


As many may know the 1/2 marathon Briana Squeri was scheduled to run with Team Homes For Our Troops in Jaunary in Disneyworld  Florida was cancelled due to  severe  thunderstorms.


Briana has been in contact with Team Homes for Our Troops and  we are happy to say that THFOT asked Briana to join them in the upcoming 1/2 marathon in April.


All donations stand and she will not need to raise additional funds. Team Homes For Our Troops & Briana thank the members for their support.   We will post more after the marathon. 
















The BSOI Newsletter is published monthly from September through June.  Newsletter topics will include items of interest to members, as well as occasional local/general news and information.


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Deborah Squeri -







Sei il mio sole nella mia vita.















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