June 2017 - NEWSLETTER




Next Meeting Date: June 15,  2017

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

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

Email:  bsoiHTUlodge2223@aol.comUTH  Website: Website: HTUwww.burlingtonsonsofitaly.orgUT

News Editor: Deborah Squeri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com












UFrom the Presidents Desk


Brothers and Sisters,


I'm honored to be elected as the president of our lodge and hope we can start a new chapter in the " Burlington sons of Italy " story. 

 Lets begin by thanking Don for all his years of service an hard work for this lodge. Also, all the former officers and trustees for their work as well.


Installation of officers went off seamlessly and all present were treated with a good time.  I have gotten so many words of  reinforcement from everyone at the lodge that I'm confident in moving forward,  if we all work together we can keep this lodge growing.


Our next meeting is on Thursday June 15. Unfortunately I can not attend due to the grand lodge convention being held that weekend. ( June 15-18). Pat Moreno has agreed to run the meeting in my absence. 


TD bank , Burlington branch,  will be supplying refreshments for our meeting that night. We will also be discussing our year end barbeque at the Billerica Elks.

Hope that all my be able attend both.


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.


If there is something you would like to see in the Newsletter, please notify:

Deborah Squeri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com


                UNew Lodge Officers

President:                               Dan Squeri

Vice President:                      Pat Moreno

Treasurer:                         Ann McGowan Financial Secretary:              (TBD)

Recording Secretary:      Lola Lombardo         

Orator:                                  Marie Patrick

Past President:                 Don McGowan

Trustees:                                Toni Faria

                                           Joanne Margi

                                                Jo Parrella

                                                Marie Saia

                                             Jo Schipelliti





Master of Ceremonies:

Tony Saia

Mistress of Ceremonies:

Shirley Moreno

Sergeant of Arms:

Fred Fernandez



UArticles Of Interest



0BTen breathtaking Italian gems you've never heard of from www.thelocal.it




Calavino (Trento) Photo: Renzo Caliari




Caprarola (Viterbo). Photo: Emiliano Sabatini




Carlazzo (Como). Photo: Carmine Melchionna



Cividale del Friuli (Udine). Photo: Massimo Callegari





Craco (Matera). Photo: Bucasa




Dolceacqua (Imperia). Photo: Christian Piccinini




Langhirano (Parma). Photo: Guido Piano

Palizzi (Reggio Calabria). Photo: Saverio Barbaro


Anversa degli Abruzzai (L'Aquila). Photo: Mauro Flamini


Procida (Napoli). Photo: Maurizio Rugiero












UAncient Italian olive trees moved to make way for controversial new pipeline
U AFPHTUnews@thelocal.itUT

Ancient Italian olive trees moved to make way for controversial new pipeline

Protesters march against the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

A batch of centuries-old olive trees in southern Italy have been moved out of the way of a controversial new pipeline in a dead-of-night operation that required the deployment of dozens of police.

More than 200 opponents of the project to pipe gas from the Caspian Sea to Italy via Turkey, Greece and Albania tried in vain to block the transfer of 11 of the some 200 trees due to be moved.

The consortium behind the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) have promised that the uprooted trees will be kept alive and returned to their original locations once the pipe has been laid.

But local environmentalists are skeptical about this happening and they turned out in force in the early hours of Tuesday to make their feelings known.

Campaigners say the pipeline should be brought ashore in an already-industrialized area of the
Puglia region, to the north of the olive groves they say are at risk of being blighted.

Italy's centre-left government has declared the pipeline a strategic project - making it harder for it to be blocked by local objections.



1BRoman Ricotta Tart

 Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

4BGrilled Eggplant Parmesan www.foodandwine.com

5BThis grilled-vegetable version of eggplant Parmesan is much lighter than the fried kind


·                  1 large eggplant (1 1/2 pounds), peeled and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick

·                  4 large plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick

·                  Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

·                  Salt

·                  1/3 cup chopped green olives

·                  1 to 2 tablespoons chopped oil-packed Calabrian chiles or other hot chiles

·                  1/4 cup finely shredded basil, plus whole leaves for garnish

·                  6 ounces Fontina cheese, thinly sliced

·                  Crusty bread, for serving



Preheat the oven to 450° and heat a grill pan. Brush the eggplant and tomato slices with olive oil and season lightly with salt. Grill the eggplant in batches over moderately high heat, turning once, until softened and lightly charred, about 4 minutes. Grill the tomatoes, turning once, until lightly charred but still intact, about 2 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the olives, chiles and shredded basil. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In the center, arrange half of the eggplant in a 9-inch square, overlapping the slices slightly. Top with half of the grilled tomatoes, olive mixture and Fontina. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, ending with the cheese.

Bake in the center of the oven for about 15 minutes, until bubbling and golden. Let stand for 10 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with crusty bread.


10-Minute Tomato Sauce

2BU10-Minute Tomato Sauce

A tablespoon of butter makes this speedy sauce especially luxurious. It is  recommended leaving the butter out if you're planning to freeze the sauce, and adding it during reheating.


·                     One 28-ounce can whole Italian tomatoes with their juices

·                     1/3 cup olive oil

·                     10 basil leaves

·                     Pinch of crushed red pepper

·                     Salt and freshly ground black pepper

·                     1 tablespoon unsalted butter

In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes with their juices until finely chopped. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over moderately high heat. Add the basil leaves and cook until they begin to wilt, 10 seconds. Add the pinch of crushed red pepper and season with salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the unsalted butter. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and toss with pasta.




Long WInded

There was this lady who was visiting a church one Sunday. The sermon seemed to go on forever, and many in the congregation fell asleep. After the service, to be social, she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman, extended her hand in greeting, and said, "Hello, I'm Gladys Dunn." And the gentleman replied, "You're not the only one ma'am, I'm glad it's done too!!"



Worry Wart


Jack had been a compulsive worrier for years, to the point it was ruining his life. He saw a psychologist who recommended a specialist who could help him. His friend, Bob, noticed a dramatic change and asked "What happened? Nothing seems to worry you anymore." "I hired a professional worrier and I haven't had a worry since." replied Jack.

"That must be expensive." Bob replied. "He charges $5,000 a month." Jack told him. "$5,000!!? How in the world can you afford to pay him?" exclaimed Bob. "I don't know, that's his problem."













The Shopkeeper

Two shopkeepers were bitter rivals. Their stores were directly across the street from each other, and they would spend each day keeping track of each other's business. If one got a customer, he would smile in triumph at his rival.

One night an angel appeared to one of the shopkeepers in a dream and said, "I will give you anything you ask, but whatever you receive, your competitor will receive twice as much. Would you be rich? You can be very rich, but he will be twice as wealthy. Do you wish to live a long and healthy life? You can, but his life will be longer and healthier. What is your desire?" The man frowned, thought for a moment, and then said, "Here is my request: Strike me blind in one eye!"



UBaking Volunteers:

We would like to thank

Adam Tigges & TD Bank for supplying our June meeting's baked goods!



Thank you again to everyone who volunteered to bring in baked goods through the year.


























UMember Happenings:


If you have anything exciting news you would like to share with the members of the Burlington Son's of Italy, please let is know and we will post it here.  It can be anything from engagements, weddings, births, etc.



As many of you know our daughter Briana Squeri was scheduled to run her first 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) back in January. Unfortunately the marathon was cancelled back in January but luckily Team Homes For Our Troops allowed her to reschedule to run with them, which she did in April.


We are happy to report that she did a fantastic job completing the 1/2 marathon in 2:21:36.  Again thank you to the Burlington Sons Of Italy for sponsoring her and for the donation to the very worthy cause of Homes For Our Troops!!










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