March 2018 - NEWSLETTER




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

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News Editor: Deborah Next Meeting Date: March 15, 2018

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

Email:burlsonsofitalySqueri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com











UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk


Brothers and Sisters,


This month's meeting will be on March 15th, we will finally be initiating our new members. The spring semester Italian courses are underway and doing well.  We have started our initial plans for the wine tasting and have received a $200.00 donation from Wegmans, which we will be using towards cheese pairings with their assistance. We have four baskets donated to date.  Please bring in any new/unused items to donate for baskets to the March meeting. Priscilla Scanio has graciously agreed to put baskets together for us the night of the meeting.  Some examples of items that you may donate are gift certificates from local businesses, chocolates, wine, pasta, anything that will generate revenue in a raffle, any baskets or other containers are also appreciated.


Join me in thanking Priscilla for her help with this as this is a lot of work and it a big help in funding the scholarship for a deserving Burlington High Senior!!


Membership dues are to be paid by the night of our March meeting.  If you have not done so, please bring your checkbook. Anyone who attended the trolley tour, your refund will be put towards your dues. Please remember the new dues are now $50.00.






March 8th is our Pizeeria Uno fundraiser in Woburn. We have potential to receive 20% on the total return.  It is important to bring the attached flyer with you so we receive credit.  If you would like additional flyers to give to friends and family, please call me. 


We have another event planned for Pinot's Palette in Lexington on April 12th.   Everyone is invited, including friends and family.  The event is BYOB & snacks, the price includes canvas, paint and instruction.  The painting that will be done is Venice at Sunset.  You may sign up on line. See attached flyer for details, guaranteed to be a lot of fun!


  See you on the 15th, Caio 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.


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UUUULodge Officers

President:                                Dan Squeri

Vice President:                        Pat Moreno

Treasurer:                               Ann McGowan

Financial Secretary:                Jo Parrella

Recording Secretary:              Lola Lombardo           

Orator:                                     Marie Patrick

Past President:                        Don McGowan

Trustees:                                 Toni Faria

                                                Nella Cugno

                                                Marie Saia              

                                                Jo Schipelliti


Master of Ceremonies:            Tony Saia

Mistress of Ceremonies:         Shirley Moreno

Sergeant of Arms:                   Fred Fernandez


UUUUArticles Of Interest


Federal Hill, Providence, R.I.

(Atwell Avenue)
 Submitted P. Moreno


This is Providence’s answer to Boston’s North End and New York’s Little Italy.  Twice a year, once in June and again in October, but a treat anytime, you have a chance to stroll through one of Providence’s most cultural neighborhoods; discovering the treasures at a variety of restaurants, boutiques and gourmet shops.  During this “Federal Hill Stroll”, you can sample signature cuisine and fine products at 33 of the Hill’s best venues. Register online at www.GoProvidence.com.


From the overhead pineapple built into the arch at the base of Atwell Ave. to the very top of Federal Hill dominated by a stately Catholic church where mass can be heard in Italian, one can encounter at every storefront the sights and sounds and aromas of the Italian tradition.  The breads, the wines, the pastas the imported products without end are everywhere available.  A full day excursion to this wonderful Hill is a most rewarding experience, Italian or not!    


Federal Hill Restaurants



The Federal Hill Stroll will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stroll through one of Providence's most flavorful neighborhoods, and sample signature cuisine or enjoy exclusive discounts at dozens of restaurants, shops and galleries. 

Tickets will be on sale in April. In the meantime enjoy an amazing meal at any one of the great restaurants in Providence and throughout Rhode Island.

Congratulations to last year's winning venues:

King of the Hill - Pane e Vino

Most Creative - Massimo


'Flight of the angel' launches Venice carnival

from www.thelocalit.com

IN PICTURES: 'Flight of the angel' launches Venice carnival

Venice's 'angel' descends from the bell tower. All photos:
Tiziana Fabi/AFP


Twenty thousand revellers, wearing masks and colourful period costumes, packed into St Mark's Square on Sunday for the "flight of the angel" marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice.

Tourists and Venetians alike, the spectators looked on as 19-year-old student Elisa Constantini leapt from the famous St Mark's Campanile bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (265 feet) above the ground.



The "angel" threw confetti at the crowd below, in a highlight of one of the world's most celebrated carnivals.


"It's like we're going back in time," enthused Susie, from Verona in northern Italy, who had come to watch the spectacle. But modern-day concerns were evident in the high security put on for the event.



"It's normal, these measures," said Chinese tourist Xu Hong. "You have to have them. That doesn't take away from the beauty, the magic of this event".




The carnival, which will end on February 13th, is thought to have started in 1162 after a military victory. Abandoned for decades, it was revived in 1980.





Have A Gratitude Filled St. Joseph’s Day!


Buona Festa di San Giuseppee !!
from www.italianbellavita.com

Submitted by state Rep. Paula Sasso

St. Joseph's Table


On March 18th (today), Italians everywhere celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph. It is a day that involves a lot of food preparation for large dinners. In many Catholic parishes, Italians assemble a St. Joseph’s Altar where a variety of foods are laid in thankfulness.Here is a link for a virtual St. Joseph’s Altar:http://www.thankevann.com/stjoseph/

Well the fun and festivities around the globe for St. Patrick’s Day have come and gone. And today a very little known feast day is observed among Italians and Italian-Americans. It is a quiet form of tribute, but it is still very meaningful. On this day Italians give thanks for prosperity, fulfilled promises, and/or to simply share with those who are less fortunate. Here is a brief explanatory background of this feast day:

In Italy this day is known as “La Festa di San Giuseppe”. St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Sicily and in many American-Italian communities. On this day people show their gratitude to St. Joseph because: In the Middle Ages, there was a servere drought, so the people prayed to St. Joseph for rain with an oath to honor him with a large feast if their prayers were answered. The skies opened up with rain, a famine was prevented, and the people of Sicily kept their promise by preparing a massive banquet for St. Joseph. Everyone participated, including the needy.

The good news does not stop there. On this day, it is still tradition for Italians to give food to the poor and needy, in addition to placing fava beans (the crop that helped prevent starvation during the drought) on altars created for St. Joseph.

The altar is commonly 3 tiers high to represent the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and is covered with white linen fabric. Flowers, limes, wine, cakes, cookies, breads, candles, and a special Sicilian pastry called 
Zeppole are also placed on the altars. No meats or meat-filled dishes are allowed on the altars or to eat meat during the dinner, because the feast takes place during Lent. Bread crumbs are commonly used in some of the recipes in order to represent saw dust, since St. Joseph was a carpenter. Many people will wear red.

A very special food made by Italians is called Cuccadati which are beautiful bread loaves that are decorated in designs symbolic of a crown of thorns or other spiritual symbols of the Church. These cover latticework known as La Vastedde, along with lemons, limes, oranges, bay leaves, and myrtle branches.

In the United States, St. Joseph is honored in larger metropolitan cities where there is a high population of Italians. . . New Orleans, especially, because it is the port where many Sicilians entered America. Buffalo, NY, New York City, Chicago, and Kansas City also have public and private St. Joseph’s altars constructed. A parade also takes place in New Orleans.

Saint Joseph's Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Submitted by State Rep. Paula Sasso

Saint Joseph's Day, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the foster-father of Jesus Christ. It has the rank of a solemnity in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a feast or commemoration in the provinces of the Anglican Communion,[1] and a feast or festival in the Lutheran Church. Saint Joseph's Day is the Patronal Feast day for Poland as well as for Canada, persons named Joseph, Josephine, etc., for religious institutes, schools and parishes bearing his name, and for carpenters. It is also Father's Day in some Catholic countries, mainly SpainPortugal, and Italy. It is a holiday of obligation for Roman Catholics, unless the particular Episcopal Conference has waived the obligation.

March 19 was dedicated to Saint Joseph in several Western calendars by the 10th century, and this custom was established in Rome by 1479. Pope Pius V extended its use to the entire Roman Rite by his Apostolic Constitution Quo primum (July 14, 1570). Originally a double of the second class and a feast of precept, it was re-raised to be of precept in 1917 after having this status intermittently lost, and consequently also raised to its current rank of double of the first class (now called a solemnity), having become in the meantime the rank common to all remaining general feasts of precept. Since 1969, Episcopal Conferences may, if they wish, transfer it to a date outside Lent.

Between 1870 and 1955, an additional feast was celebrated in honor of Saint Joseph as Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church, the latter title having been given to him by Pope Pius IX. Originally celebrated on the third Sunday after Easter with an octave, after Divino Afflatu[3] of Saint Pius X (see Reform of the Roman Breviary by Pope Pius X), it was moved to the preceding Wednesday (because Wednesday was the day of the week specifically dedicated to St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist and local patrons). The feast was also retitled The Solemnity of Saint Joseph. This celebration and its accompanying octave were abolished during the modernisation and simplification of rubrics under Pope Pius XII in 1955.

At the same time, Pope Pius XII established an additional Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker", to be celebrated on May 1, in order to coincide with the celebration of International Workers' Day (May Day) in many countries. Until this time, 1 May had been the Feast of the Apostles Saint Philip and James, but that Feast was then moved to the next free day, May 11 (and again to May 3, in 1969, having become free in the meantime). In the new calendar published in 1969, the Feast of Saint Joseph The Worker, which at one time occupied the highest possible rank in the Church calendar, was reduced to an optional Memorial, the lowest rank for a saint's day.[4]

The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates Saint Joseph on the Sunday after Christmas.

Popular customs among Christians of various liturgical traditions observing Saint Joseph's Day are attending Mass or the Divine Service, wearing red-coloured clothing, carrying dried fava beans that have been blessed, and assembling home altars dedicated to Saint Joseph.

March 19 always falls during Lent, and traditionally it is a day of abstinence. This explains the custom of Saint Joseph tables being covered with meatless dishes.

If the feast day falls on a Sunday other than Palm Sunday, it is observed on the next available day, usually Monday, March 20, unless another solemnity (e.g., a church's patronal saint) falls on that day. Since 2008, if Saint Joseph's Day falls during Holy Week, it is moved to the closest possible day before 19 March, usually the Saturday before Holy Week. This change was announced by the Congregation for Divine Worship in Notitiae March–April, 2006 (475-476, page 96) in order to avoid occurrences of the feasts of Saint Joseph and the Annunciation both being moved to just after the Easter octave. This decision does not apply to those using the 1962 Missal according to the provisions of Summorum Pontificum; when that missal is used, its particular rubrics must be observed.



In Sicily, where Saint Joseph is regarded by many as their Patron saint, and in many Italian-American communities, thanks are given to Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe in Italian) for preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle Ages. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. They promised that if he answered their prayers, they would prepare a large feast to honor him. The rain did come, and the people of Sicily prepared a large banquet for their patron saint. The fava bean was the crop which saved the population from starvation and is a traditional part of Saint Joseph's Day altars and traditions. Giving food to the needy is a Saint Joseph's Day custom. In some communities it is traditional to wear red clothing and eat a Neapolitan pastry known as a zeppola (created in 1840 by Don Pasquale Pinatauro in Napoli) on Saint Joseph's Day.[6][7] Maccu di San Giuseppe is a traditional Sicilian dish that consists of various ingredients and maccu that is prepared on this day.[8] Maccu is a foodstuff and soup that dates to ancient times which is prepared with fava beans as a primary ingredient.[8]

Upon a typical Saint Joseph's Day altar, people place flowers, limes, candles, wine, fava beans, specially prepared cakes, breads, and cookies (as well as other meatless dishes), and zeppole. Foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs to represent saw dust since Joseph was a carpenter. Because the feast occurs during Lent, traditionally no meat was allowed on the celebration table. The altar usually has three tiers, to represent the trinity.[9]

On the Sicilian island of Lipari, the Saint Joseph legend is modified somewhat, and says that sailors returning from the mainland encountered a fierce storm that threatened to sink their boat. They prayed to Saint Joseph for deliverance, and when they were saved, they swore to honor the saint each year on his feast day. The Liparian ritual is somewhat changed, in that meat is allowed at the feast.

Some villages like Avola used to burn wood and logs in squares on the day before Saint Joseph, as thanksgiving to the Saint. In Belmonte Mezzagno this is currently still performed every year, while people ritually shout invocations to the Saint in local Sicilian language. This is called "A Vampa di San Giuseppe" (the Saint Joseph's bonfire).

Spectacular celebrations are also held in Bagheria. Joseph is even celebrated twice a year, the second time being held especially for people from Bagheria who come back for summer vacation from other parts of Italy or abroad.



Related imageCOOK’S CORNER

Prosciutto, Cheese Tortelleni, with Ham, Peas & Sage

 from www.giovanniranausa.com




Blanch peas in salted boiling water for a couple of minutes (more if fresh) and drain. In a non-sticking frying pan melt the butter; add ham, peas, sage, and cook for a few minutes until ham is lightly crispy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In the meantime cook the Tortelloni according to package instructions and drain, reserving ˝ cup of the pasta cooking water. Add Tortelloni to the pan and stir gently, adding pasta water a little at a time if you need to loosen the sauce.

Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese alongside.








  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the eggs, ricotta cheese and vanilla. Mix gently over low heat until combined. Batter will be sticky.
  3. Drop by tablespoons into the hot oil a few at a time. Zeppole will turn over by themselves. Fry until golden brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Drain in a paper sack and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm.



Scottish Mother


A Scottish mother visits her son in his New Yourk City apartment and asks, "How do you find the Americans, Donald?"

"Mother," says Donald, "they're such noisy people. One neighbor won't stop banging against the wall, while the other screams and screams all night long."

"Oh. Donald! How do you manage to put up with them?."

"What can I do? I just lie in bed quietly, playing my bagpipes." p

What's In A Name


Four retired ladies are playing bridge.


One of them looks across at her partner and says, "I know we've been playing bridge every week for two years, but I can't remember your name. Could you please tell me again?"


Her partner look at her for a long moment and finally replies, "How soon do you need to know?"


You Sound Like My Ex


            After the honeymoon, the new wife tells her husband, "I think it's time for you to stop playing golf. In fact, you might want to sell all of your clubs."


            The husband replies, "You're starting to sound like my ex-wife."


            His wife says., "I thought you said you've never been married before?"


            The husband says, "I haven't!"


Did you know.......


·  The name Italy comes from the word italia, meaning “calf land,” perhaps because the bull was a symbol of the Southern Italian tribes.

·  Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles (including Sicily and Sardinia), which is slightly larger than Arizona.

·  The official name of Italy is the Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana).

·  Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.[1]

·  Almost four-fifths of Italy is either mountainous or hilly.

·  In 2007, a dog named Rocco discovered a truffle in Tuscany that weighed 3.3 pounds. It sold at auction for $333,000 (USD), a world record for a truffle.

Italian Food Fact·  Italians claim to have taught the rest of Europe how to cook. Italy is responsible for introducing the world to ice cream (via the Chinese), coffee, and fruit pies. In addition to Belgium and France, Italy also claims to have made the first French fries. The first Italian cookbook was written in 1474 by Bartolomeo Sicci.

·  The Italian wolf is Italy’s unofficial national animal and plays a large role in the legend of the founding of Rome.

·  When McDonald's opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage.

·  Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta. No one knows when the pizza was invented, but the people of Naples made it popular.




Baked Goods Volunteers:



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


Jo Schipelleti

Jean Berardi

Lola Mastracci


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.



Remember to check out the Burlington Sons of Italy website at



UUUUMember Happenings:

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If you have anything that you would like to share with the BSOI community please email squerid@yahoo.com


Upcoming Events/ Ideas


Thursday March 8th

Pizzeria Uno Scholarship Fundraiser -

Woburn Mall - Please bring attached flyer with you so that the BSOI will get the credit, please feel free to give a copy to family & friends


BYOB Paint Nite at Pinot's Palette Lexington, MA. April 12, 2018

$45.00 PP open to family and friends

Sign up by coping & pasting the following into your search bar:



Wine Tasting - May 2018<

Please bring new/unused raffle donation items to the March meeting

Just For Fun

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