November 2017 - NEWSLETTER



Next Meeting Date: November 16,  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:burlsonsofitaly@yahoo.com  Website: Website: HHHHTUTUTUTUwww.burlingtonsonsofitaly.orgUUUUTTTT

News Editor: Deborah Squeri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com












UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk


Brothers and Sisters, 


Fall is in full swing and our lodge has some exciting things on the agenda. Although the month of October was one of the warmest on record making it difficult to let go and forget about the summer. With the holidays quickly approaching November and December are always a busy and fun time of the year.   


 I  paid a visit to the Italian classes and stopped in on the beginner class. I made a sales pitch for new members, told the class about some of the events we have planned and handed out nine applications. We received one application  for membership and I will be sending it on the Grand Lodge. I'm hoping we get some more applicants in the coming weeks and are planning on a December initiation.


Our BYOB Christmas lights trolley tour and ugly sweater contest sign up deadline for lodge members was November 2nd. If your still interested please call me right away.  Remember, space is limited and I have opened it up to friends and family of  lodge members. The price is $60.00 per person, please see the attached flyer.  Note, this is a 21 plus event.



Don and I met with the manager of Lucia's to finalize the menu and price for the Christmas lunch. The lunch will be on Sunday, December 3rd from 12 to 4:00. Entertainment will be provided by the same gentleman we had last year. The cost is $35.00 for members and $50.00 for guests.  This is a great value for the quality and amount of food you will receive. Plus the live entertainment, can't be beat.


Don ,thank you for the help with planning this. 


Looking forward to seeing you all at the November meeting.


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:

Deborah Squeri - Dsqueri@yahoo.com


    Remember this is YOUR newsletter.








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

                                                Joanne Margi

                                                Jo Parrella

                                                Marie Saia

                                                Jo Schipelliti


Master of Ceremonies:            Tony Saia

Mistress of Ceremonies:         Shirley Moreno

Sergeant of Arms:                   Fred Fernandez


UUUUArticles Of Interest


All Saints' Day in Italy

From www.timeanddate.com

All Saints’ Day, also known as Festa di Tutti i Santi, is both a religious and public holiday in Italy on November 1 every year. It collectively celebrates all of the Catholic saints.


The Catholic saints are remembered in Italy on All Saints' Day.©iStockphoto.com/Mary Lane


What Do People Do?

Tutti i Santi, or La festa di Ognissanti, is a day when people visit family and friends and exchange gifts and good will to one another. If Italians have the same name as a saint, it is a special day for them too.

Public Life

All Saints’ Day is a nationwide public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses that are closed include:

§     Government offices.

§     Post offices.

§     Banks.

§     Schools and other educational institutions.

Transport options, such as taxis, rail services between major cities and major long-route bus lines, are available but travelers are advised to check first with the local transport authorities.


According to some sources, the idea for All Saints' Day goes back to the 4th century when the Greek Christians kept a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost (in late May or early June) in honor of all martyrs and saints. It is celebrated in Italy and many other counties worldwide.



November Festivals, Holidays, and Events in Italy

Autumn in Italy brings truffles, music, art, and more truffles

from - www.tripsavvy.com


November is not the peak of the tourist season in Italy, but if you're in the country at that time, join the locals and enjoy the many popular autumn events. You'll find truffle fairs, music and cultural festivals, and the start of the performing arts season.

Truffles Are the Stars in November

Many fall Italian truffle fairs are held in northern and central Italy during November. Autumn is white truffle season in the Piedmont region.

The Alba White Truffle Festival, one of the biggest truffle festivals in Italy, ends around the first weekend of November. The highly prized Tartufo Bianco truffle bursts with aroma and flavor. It is too delicate for cooking, so is only served fresh. The pricey truffle is literally worth its weight in gold. Locals and visitors alike descend on Alba's shops from late October to Christmas, where the truffles are displayed under glass and sold by the gram, commanding as much as 500 euros per hundred grams.

The White Truffle Fair in the medieval Tuscan hill town of San Miniato is held on the second, third, and fourth weekends in November. Craft stands, entertainment, and restaurants that feature the celebrated truffles abound during the fair. You can even take part in a truffle hunt. Twenty-five percent of Italy's white truffles are produced in this region, and November is the heart of the truffle-gathering season.

The world's largest white truffle, weighing 2,520 kilograms, was found in San Miniato in 1954.

In many Italian towns and villages in November, chestnut and olive oil festivals take place on the weekends for tasting the best of these local products. Don't miss the special fall menus that highlight truffles, chestnuts, and wild mushrooms served especially on Sundays—November is a great month for enjoying the Italian autumn harvest.



Music and Performing Arts in Rome

Beginning in late September and running through early December the Roma Europa Festival presents musical works of art in venues all around Rome. Various performances include drama, music, and dance for every taste. Other Rome events in November include the Roma Jazz Festival in the first week of November featuring Italian and international artists playing an eclectic mix, and the acclaimed Rome International Film Festival, or RIFF.

Church Festivals and Holidays

·                  All Saints Day, celebrated November 1, is a national holiday in Italy so many shops will be closed, but most top tourist attractions and museums remain open. Some churches that are not usually open to the public may be open on All Saints Day. On All Souls Day, November 2, Italians bring flowers to the cemeteries to honor their deceased relatives.

·                  The Feast of Our Lady of Good Health is one of Venice's most important celebrations. The festival is held on November 21 at Madonna Della Salute Church to commemorate Venice's deliverance from the plague in 1621. A temporary bridge is erected across the Grand Canal and thousands of pilgrims cross over to the church in a very beautiful procession.

·                  Oberdrauburg Christmas Market usually occurs on the last weekend in November in the town of Signa, about 15 minutes' drive from Florence. The twin cities of Maromme, France, and Oberdrauburg, Austria, participate to offer traditional products and buy early Christmas presents.

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Bistecca alla Fiorentina - Steak from cookingwithnonna.com

Bistecca alla Fiorentina - When you travel to Tuscany, this steak is a must!



  • 1 Chianina Steak - 2 Lbs, about 1 1/2" thick (T-Bone steak is a substitute)
  • 1/2 Cup white wine
  • 4 Tbs EV olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary



  • Prepare your hot coals or a good barbeque grill. Bring to high temperature.
  • In a cup, mix the white wine, EV olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Add a generous amount of salt & pepper. Mix well.
  • Place the steak on the fire and cook each side for 2 minutes.
  • With the rosemary sprig, brush both sides of the steak with wine mix.
  • Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes.
  • Slice and serve.




Additional Tips

The Chianina is an Italian breed of cattle, formerly principally a draught breed, now raised mainly for beef. It is the largest and one of the oldest cattle breeds in the world.


The famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina is produced from its meat. One of the oldest breeds of cattle, the Chianina originates in the area of the Valdichiana, from which it takes its name, and the middle Tiber valley.


Chianina cattle have been raised in the Italian regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio for at least 2200 years.








Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage Balls Recipe from cookingwithnonna.com


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Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Balls... an excellent appetizer or finger food for all your parties and holidays





  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, about 1 pound
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 cup grated pecorino cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, shaved
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  •  2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
  • olive oil for frying











1.     Sautee the broccoli rabe and let them cook.  (recipe below)

2.     In a bowl, add the sausage meat, the cheese, bread crumbs, the shaved garlic and black pepper, as desired. Mix well.

3.     Chop the broccoli rabe very fine and add them to the bowl. Mix well.

4.     Beat the eggs and add them to the bowl. Mix well.

5.     Form all you meatballs of about 1 inch in diameter.

6.     In a frying pan, make the olive oil  hot and fry all your meat balls.

Recipe will make roughly 40 Sausage Balls


Sauted Broccolli Rabe


  • 4 pounds broccoli rabe (rapini)
  • 2 tablespoons lightly toasted pinoli or pine nuts, toasted (optional)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt


1.     In a large pot (6-8 quart size), fill 3/4 way with cold salted water. Bring water to a boil.

2.     While water is coming to a boil, trim the large woody portions of the stems from the broccoli rabe. Place large bunches into the boiling water.

3.     Blanch the broccoli rabe until crisp tender, about 2 to 3 minutes per bunch.

4.     Transfer the broccoli rabe to a large bowl of ice water to cool. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the cooled broccoli rabe and set aside.

5.     Heat the olive oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté until the garlic is golden, about 1 minute.

6.     Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the broccoli rabe and toss to coat. Add the reserved cooking water, and cook until the broccoli rabe is heated through and the stems are tender, about 4 minutes.

7.     Season with salt, to taste.

8.     Serve immediately tossing the broccoli rabe with the toasted pine nuts, is a matter of taste.

9.     You can also serve with rigatoni, ziti or your favorite pasta.






I Have A Question

A father and son went fishing one day.


While they were out in the boat, the boy suddenly became curiuos about the world around him.


He asked his father, "How does this boat float?"

The Father replied, "Don't rightly know Son."

A little later, the boy looked as his father and asked, "How do fish breath underwater?"

Once again the Father replied, "Don't rightly know Son.


Finally, the boy asked his father, "Dad do you mind my asking you all of these questions?"


The father replied, "Of course not, you don't ask questions, you never learn nothin."



Bank Customer Service

"I'm not saying that customer service in my bank is bad, but when I went in the other day and asked the teller to check my balance....she leaned over and pushed me."



Catching the Shoplifter


A shoplifter was caught red-handed trying to steal a watch from an exclusive jewelry store. "Listen," said the shoplifter, "I know you don't want any trouble either. What do you say I just buy the watch and we forget about this?"


The manager agreed and wrote up the sales slip. The crook looked at the slip and said, "This is a little more than I intended to spend. Can you show me something less expensive?"











Baked Goods Volunteers:



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


Susan Magliozzi

Ann Bellezza

Marie Patrick


Thank you in advance to those that have signed up, If you have not signed up yet please let us know what month you would like to contribute.




 Burlington Sons of Italy


Italian Classes


The first session is well underway and is great fun.

We have extended an open invitation to our state rep. Paula Sasso to sit in on a class to see what the classes are like.


There will be a second session in the spring if anyone is interested please see Don McGowan for sign up. 




Remember to check out the Burlington Sonds of Italy website at

















UUUUMember Happenings:


Below is an article that is being submitted to The Italian American

 by member Shirley Moreno

Burlington, Mass. Lodge #2223


It is with significant pride that I write, as Vice-President, of the continuing achievement of the Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge #2223 in teaching the Italian language at six (6) levels since 1997 with eminently qualified and certified instructors.  The syllabi for each level can be viewed at our web www.burlingtonsonsofitaly.org

Founded in 1970, our Lodge is currently investing a new President who, along with our membership has begun to entertain celebration ideas for our impending one half century of existence.

Our recently replaced President for the past eighteen (18) years is of Irish extraction, but known to have an Italian heart.  He has generated activities and membership as well as having started a scholarship program at our local high school, one personal and one from our Lodge to reward annually, outstanding students of the Italian language since 1995.  He has recently been honored by the Pirandello Society.

In addition to the many Lodge activities undertaken to cultivate friendship as well as our Italian culture, we have continued support for local Veterans organizations, local church charities and entertain biannually students from the Trento region of northern Italy. We are almost a half century old or young but continue to produce with Italian “sapere fare”.




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











Upcoming Events/ Ideas

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12/3 Lucia's Restaurant Christmas Dinner - 35.00 Per Member  -50.00 per guest


BYOB Trolley Light Tour & Ugly Sweater Contest - December 9th

Pick/Drop off @ Memorial School

6:30 - 9:30 Cost 60 P.P.

Payment by November 2nd

This will be limited seating. (see attached flyer)


Cultural Pizza & Movie Night

Date - Jan. 2018 Meeting


Murder Mystery Dinner - TBD


Wine Tasting - Date & Time TBD


Just For Fun


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