January 2018 - NEWSLETTER



Next Meeting Date: January 18, 2018

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

Email:burlsonsofitaly@yahoo.com  Website: Website:

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


News Editor: Deborah Squeri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com


















UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk


Brothers and Sisters,


I hope everyone had a healthy and happy holiday

season, and Santa was good to you all. Unfortunately

the weather is not cooperating with us . This bitter cold feels more like February than December. Lets all try and keep warm as we start a new year.


We will have our first council meeting on January 11th at the library room #4 at 6:30 pm to discuss our upcoming events for the year. We will be initiating two new members as well as have a former member transferring back to our lodge.  I would like to do the initiations in either January or February depending on when we can finalize plans for the movie/pizza night.


We had a wonderful Christmas lunch at Lucia's Restaurant in Winchester with wonderful food, great entertainment, and excellent company. We had an adventurous trolley trip that we are hoping everyone took some enjoyment from even though it did not go as planned.


We have secured a date for a scholarship fundraiser for our Lodge with Pizzeria Uno of the Burlington Mall on March 8th. We will be distributing flyers that will need to be presented when ordering that evening so that our lodge receives credit. Eligible orders will include take out and dine in, so please take as many as flyers as possible, give them out to freely family and friends, let's all our part to help our lodge spread the word. 

Our lodge will receive 15% of sales of up to $1500.00, over that we will receive 20%.  The proceeds for this will help fund our scholarship fund.


Anyone who is interested in attending the Wilmington Lodge comedy on Friday night February 2nd please bring $20.00 per ticket to the January meeting.  We have reserved twenty tickets for our lodge. The event is a good time, there will be a cash bar, and you may bring your own snacks/food.  


Don't forget registration for our next Italian class is January 31st. Stay warm, ciao for now!


Daniele (Dan) Squeri

President , Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223

Home: 781-270-9868, Cell: 781-864-6514





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.


A big part of the newsletter being successful is participation of it's members. If there is something you would like to see in the Newsletter, please notify:

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UUUULodge Officers

President:                                Dan Squeri

Vice President:                        Pat Moreno

Treasurer:                               Ann McGowan

Financial Secretary:                 Joanne Margi

Recording Secretary:               Lola Lombardo          

Orator:                                    Marie Patrick

Past President:                          Don McGowan

Trustees:                                  Toni Faria

                                                 Nella Cugno

                                                 Jo Parrella

                                                   Marie Saia

                                                  Jo Schipelliti


Master of Ceremonies:              Tony Saia

Mistress of Ceremonies:           Shirley Moreno

Sergeant of Arms:                     Fred Fernandez


UUUUArticles Of Interest




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By R. A. Scotti

Submitted by Pat Moreno







    Somewhat akin to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the history of a person or an institution defines it.  What we behold is that which its’ history has brought forth.


    I had been taught early on that the wonder and imposing beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica (not cathedral) was almost single-handedly the work of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Not true.  The almost otherworldly monumentality of St. Peter’s is “-the power of Bramante, the grace of Raphael, the clarity of Michelangelo, and the theatre of Bernini.”.  Antonio da Sangallo provided ornamentation of the interior and Carlo Maderno elongated the original Greek cross to the Latin cross plan.


            Did you know that:


1.     The interior of St. Peter’s covers almost four (4) acres.

2.     Thirty popes died during the initiation and the final dedication.

3.     The circumference of the central piers (main support columns) is 240 feet.

4.     The height of the dome from pavement to tip of cross is 452 feet (much more than a football field).

5.     The colonnades (enclosing the piazza) have 284, 90’ columns, 88 pilasters, and 140 statues.

6.     The interior can hold 50,000 persons.


The statistics, the turbulence of both humble and venal popes in a century of turmoil, the ambition and egoism of artistic genius somehow came together to produce the miracle of St. Peter’s.  R. A. Scotti’s book is a fascinating and carefully detailed account of the building of St. Peter’s over a period of 123 years.

”San Pietro in Vaticano lifted Rome from the rubble of its’ lost grandeur and made it the Eternal City.  Gothic cathedrals reach up to heaven.  St. Peter’s- muscular, sublime, irrevocable –brings heaven to earth.”







Brunelleschi’s Dome

By Ross King

Submitted by Pat Moreno


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          Those of us who have stood next to the Baptistery and marveled at Ghiberti’s “Doors of Paradise” and then lifted our eyes to the Dome of Santa Maria Del Fiore (Il Duomo di Firenze) have assuredly blinked in wonderment at the dizzying height.  But viewed from the high ground of Fiesole, “Brunelleschi’s Dome” is a marvel to behold as it overpowers a lowly landscape of red rooftops.


          In 1418 the Opera Del Duomo (wealthy wool guild of Florence) decided, after a competition, that the model produced by Neri di Fioravanti which was without the flying buttress supports that nearly all European cathedrals required for outer walls, was unique, of special beauty and nearly impossible to build.


          Filippo Brunelleschi, a lowly goldsmith, who had absorbed Roman architectural designs, set out to build his model.  Revolutionary of design, his was the only model to be built without “centering”; that is, scaffolding and framing upon which the inner dome was to be supported while being built.  He was soundly rebuked by other competitors but chosen finally by the Opera to prove his plan.


          Mr. King’s recounting in intricate detail of the stone by stone by beam process; the amazingly correct first time architectural calculations, the building of a remarkable “castello” (hoist machine) to lift untold tons of stone and beams hundreds of feet over Florence, the army of masons and carpenters to be protected at great height, Brunelleschi’s twenty years as a challenged capomaestro and his success in building a dome that stands yet as a world record 143’6” span is a remarkable story of a man who made of architecture an art form.


          The reader is there with Filippo and his army of workers high above Florence for countless days of heat, cold, wind and the immense travail to raise this monumental Dome.


          This small volume is packed with detail and action and highly recommended especially for those in awe of the Italian culture, but all others as well.
















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Goat Cheese and Herb Stuffed Radicchio Leaves

 from cookingchanneltv.com

Goat Cheese and Herb Stuffed Radicchio Leaves

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis



4 hr 15 min


10 min


4 hr


5 min


12 stuffed radicchio leaves





·                  1 cup olive oil

·                  3 cloves garlic, minced

·                  1/4 cup chopped flat- leaf parsley

·                  1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

·                  1 teaspoon dried thyme

·                  3 scallions, finely chopped

·                  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

·                  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

·                  11 ounces goat cheese, frozen for 15 minutes and sliced into 12 (1/2 inch) pieces

·                  12 radicchio leaves, cleaned


Special Equipment: a deep-fry thermometer

In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 300 degrees F. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Combine the garlic, parsley, basil, thyme, and scallions in a small, heat-resistant glass bowl. Carefully pour the warm oil over the herb mixture, Add the salt and pepper. Mix well.

Spoon a thin layer of the herb mixture on the bottom of an 8 by 8-inch square glass baking dish. Arrange the goat cheese slices in a single layer on top. Spoon the remaining herb mixture evenly over the top of the goat cheese. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

To serve: Place the radicchio leaves on a serving platter, carefully place a slice of marinated goat cheese in each leaf. Drizzle with additional herb mixture and serve.

Porcini and Nepitella

Recipe courtesy of David Rocco



from cookingchanneltv.com

Porcini and Nepitella




15 min


10 min


5 min


4 servings










With a dry dishtowel, brush off any dirt that may be on the porcini mushrooms. Cut the mushrooms into thin slices. 

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, and add the garlic and nepitella. When the garlic is golden, add the mushrooms and cook in the saucepan for a few minutes before adding salt, to taste. 

Toast the bread and drizzle some olive oil on top. 

Remove the nepitella sprigs from the saucepan. Place mushrooms on top of the toasted bread. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note

Do not rinse porcini mushrooms under water as they will absorb water like a sponge.



I Am Going To Shop

"Cash, check or charge?" I a

""Cash, check or charge?" I asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase.

As she fumbled for her wallet I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.

"Do you always carry your TV remote?" I asked.

"No," She replied. "But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him." 

He's Drunk At The Bar


One night a police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible DUI violations.

At closing time, he saw a fellow stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb and try his keys on five different cars before he found his. The man sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes. Meanwhile, all the other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started his engine and drove away.


The police officer was waiting for him read him his rights, and administered the breathalyzer test to determine his blood-alcohol content. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be.  The driver replied. "Tonight I am the designated decoy."     


Fish Cost A Fourtune


Two men go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment - the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. The first day they go fishing, but they don't catch anything.  The same thing happens the second day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of them catches a fish. As they are driving home they're really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says,


"Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us $1,500.00?"


The other guy says; "Wow, it's a good thing we didn't catch any more!"





Baked Goods Volunteers:



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The following people have volunteered to bring baked good to the next meeting:


Anita Dodge

Rhoda Frango



Thank you in advance to those that have signed up. A special thank you to those that bring goods every month without being asked. If you have not signed up yet please let us know what month you would like to contribute.
















Burlington Sons of Italy


Italian Classes


Italian Classes Students,


I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas break from Italian classes just concluded and are ready to move on as we continue on the road to learning to speak Italian.  Now that the new year is upon us, so is the upcoming 12 week spring semester of classes.  Plans are already in place and we're ready for registrations.


Our next semester, as offered by the Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223, will conduct on-site registrations on Wednesday, January 31st from 6 to 8 PM at St. Margaret's School on Winn Street in Burlington, adjacent to St. Margaret's Church.  Classes will begin the following Wednesday, February 7th at the same location. Please mark your calendars. 


As always, registrations may be done via U.S. Mail if you cannot register in person on January 31st.  Just follow the instructions on the website after clicking on Italian Classes.

A copy of the mail-in registration form is attached.


Details regarding the Spring Semester can be found on our web site.  Keep abreast of what's new on: www.burlingtonsonsofitaly.org  and click on "Italian Classes".


And to those few who dropped out of the Fall Semester for whatever reason you may have had, I suggest you try again.  Learning a new language is very rewarding.


In addition to announcing our spring semester, the GREAT news is the fact all three our excellent, very professional instructors are returning once again. 


We look forward to receiving your registration...it's never too early to sign up.  And bring along a friend or relative to join us in the fun of learning a new language.


Felice Anno Nuovo a te!


Don McGowan

Italian Classes Director

Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223



Remember to check out the Burlington Sons of Italy website at






UUUUMember Happenings:


December saw a lot of things happening with the BSOI.

Congratulations to member Maria Fulciniti on the engagement of her son Paul Fulciniti to his girlfriend of three years Emily Morrison.




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12/3/2017 BSOI

Lucia's Restaurant Christmas Dinner


The dinner at Lucia's saw a good turn out with a delicious dinner, some great dancing, and a lot of fun!











BSOI BYOB Christmas Lights & Trolley Tour 2017



What can be said accept..........

Just sit right back

And you'll hear a tale

A tale of a fateful trolley trip,

That started from Memorial School,

Aboard this Christmas light trip.

The mate was a mighty sailin' lad,

The Skipper brave and sure,

Thirty four passengers set out to ride that day,

For a three hour tour...... A three hour tour.


The weather started getting rough,

The trolley crank shaft was tossed.

If not for the courage of the fearless crew,

The Trolley would be lost...... The Trolley would be lost.


The trolley set a ground on the uncharted exit ramp of I-93. With Gilligan, The Skipper too.

The millionaire and his wife, The movie star,

The professor and Mary Ann, here on Daniele's Trolley Ride.


So this was the tale of our castaways,

They're were stuck for a what seemed like a long long time.  They had to make the best of things, It was an uphill climb.


All joking aside the Trolley tour did not go as expected. But, I can personally say that I did enjoy my time with everyone and I applaud you all!  After a rough start, we were all able to go with the flow and end the night with some Christmas tunes, a little wild dancing (you know who you are!), a bunch of much needed laughs and smiles. It was an adventure that I am sure we will be talking and hopefully laughing about for sometime! 


Dan & I have worked with the Trolley company who sent us a deep sincere apology for the unfortunate events that took place and have promised a refund. 


One guest penned the following about the night:


12 Ugly sweaters, 11 angry people, 10 drunks dancing, 9 trolley crashers, 8 shots of fireball, 7 spiked seltzers, 6 people falling, 5 bathroom breeeeaaakkkks,  4 drinks at Chops, 3 separate trolleys, 2 broke down, and 1 wild and crazyyy night! -  courtesy of Emily Morrison











The Ugly Sweater Contest winners were:


Ugliest Sweater- Billy Withycombe - for a homemade bear pong sweater complete with a knit hat that read, “Your Sweater is Ugly!”


Most Festive- Deena Withycombe - who dressed to the nines as Mrs. Claus. 


Almost as Ugly- Shushank Shukla - in his Grinch Sweater.


We gave out the following runner up sashes:

Emily Morrison- most rash inducing

Briana Squeri- most creative in her Nick Cage Sweater.


And the most flammable was awarded to our trolley driver Stanley as it only seemed appropriate. 


Below are some pictures from the trolley ride.

































Please let us know if there is anything that you would like to share with the BSOI community.


Upcoming Events/ Ideas


Pizzeria Uno Scholarship Fundraiser -

Thursday March 8th

Burlington mall

Info to be distributed at the Jan. meeting


Cultural Pizza & Movie Night

Date - Jan/Feb


Murder Mystery Dinner - TBD


Wine Tasting - Date & Time TBD


Just For Fun


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