UUUUFrom the Presidents Desk
Brothers and Sisters,
The summer has come to an end, where did it go. It seemed to go by so fast. It's been more than two months since we had our end of the year BBQ at the Billerica Elks. Time to start a new year.
Hope you all got to see the BCAT program about our lodge. Perhaps it will generate some new members, interests and ideas for the lodge. Lets start September off with a bang, beginning with our Italian classes and continuing with a robust meeting about plans for the upcoming year.
So, spread the word about the lodge. Lets bring any and all ideas to the meeting . Remember, nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Here's to a productive 2017 -2018.
Ciao for now,
Daniele (Dan) Squeri
Home: 781-270-9868, Cell: 781-864-6514
UUUULETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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
UUUUNew 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
Master of Ceremonies:
Mistress of Ceremonies:
Sergeant of Arms:
UUUUArticles Of Interest
A photo taken on
Residents in Amatrice, the town worst hit by a fatal earthquake one year ago today, gathered to mourn the neighbours and friends they lost in the disaster.
At exactly on Thursday, the town clock in Amatrice rang 249 times - once for each of the people who died at that moment in the devastating earthquake one year ago.
The 6.0 magnitude quake which ripped through communities in the
rugged, hilly region in the early hours of
The disaster razed much of Amatrice, prompting mayor Sergio Pirozzi to say "the town isn't there anymore".
Just before , residents paid their respects to each of the victims by reading out their names as well as an anecdote about their life in a two-hour ceremony punctuated by applause.
They then gathered for a silent candlelit march which began at the local football pitch, where last year's mass funerals were held, which wound its way through the streets where many houses still lie in ruins.
Mayor Pirozzi also unveiled a memorial to the dead called Fidelis Amatrix, after the words engraved on an ancient local coin.
Other villages and hamlets where a further 60 people died were set to hold their own ceremonies later on Thursday, with memorials planned in Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto.
Amatrice was observing a day of mourning on Thursday with locals joining a mass late morning which was also attended by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
The quake devastated a huge area, causing damage to homes, schools, hospitals and churches costing an estimated 23.55 billion euros ($27.7 billion).
Three more violent quakes hit the same region in late October as well as one in mid-January, that contributed to a deadly avalanche at a hotel that left 29 people dead.
On Monday, a 4.0-magnitude quake levelled several
houses on Ischia, an island off
In September, Italians return
from their vacations and many festivals take place the first Sunday of the
month as summer comes to an end. You'll still find small food festivals
Palio di San Rocco in Figline Valdarno, about 30
kilometers southeast of
Regatta Storica -
Macchina di Santa Rosa is a big
festival in Viterbo, north of
The Macchina is a lighted tower about 30 meters tall topped by a statue of Santa Maria Rosa, the patron saint. More than 100 porters carry it on their shoulders (it weighs nearly 5 tons) through the streets of the town.
Saint Vito Day is celebrated the first Sunday of
September in the Sicilian town of
There's a huge parade recalling the life of Saint Vito with people in period costumes. A livestock fair also coincides with the celebrations.
Festival of the Madonna of the Sick is also
celebrated the first weekend of September in
Rievocazione Storica - Cordovado, in
the Friuli-Venezia region, recreates a noble wedding from 1571 the first Sunday
in September. Festivities include a procession followed by an archery
competition and tournaments where the districts of the town compete. The town
Corsa degli asini - A historic donkey race in the
Fruili-Venezia Guilia town of
Feast of Rificolona is believed to be one of the
oldest festivals in
Festival of the Madonna a Mare, Madonna of the sea,
is celebrated the second Sunday of September in
Juliet's Birthday (of Romeo and Juliet) is
celebrated September 12 in
Luminara di Santa Croce, illuminations of the
holy cross, is a beautiful procession in Lucca,
Festival for the Feast Day of San Gennaro, patron saint of Naples, celebrates the miracle of the liquefying of San Gennaro's blood in Naples Cathedral on September 19, followed by eight days of processions and celebrations.
If you're in the
Palio di Asti is a bareback horse race for the palio
that dates back to the 13th century, held in the Piemonte town of
Feast of Saint Cipriano and Saint Cornelio, the Patron Saints of
the Sardinian town of
Burano Regatta - Similar to
Commemoration of Padre Pio is celebrated
with a torchlight procession and religious ceremonies September 23 in San
Giovanni Rotondo in
Saint Greca Festival, is the last Sunday
in September in the Sardinian town of
Feast Day of San Michele on September 29
is a popular saint's day celebrated many places in
Place tomatoes in a colander set over a bowl and season with 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Toss to coat. Set aside at room temperature to drain, tossing occasionally, while you toast the bread. Drain for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F and adjust rack to center position. In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until crisp and firm but not browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Remove colander with tomatoes from bowl with tomato juice. Place colander with tomatoes in the sink. Add shallot, garlic, mustard, and vinegar to the bowl with tomato juice. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Combine toasted bread, tomatoes, and dressing in a large bowl. Add basil leaves. Toss everything to coat and season with salt and pepper. Let rest for 30 minutes before serving, tossing occasionally until dressing is completely absorbed by bread.
This flavorful Italian dish can be found along the entire coast of the peninsula. It is light, but satisfying
Throroughly clean and wash the mussels, open them in a pot over high heat, in very little water. Drain them and keep the liquid they have produced.
Chop a clove of garlic and a clump of
parsley and sauté them in oil, then add the tomato paste and dry white
Cook for 10 minutes, add the mussels and 2-3 ladlefuls of their warm cooking liquid and leave to gain flavor for a further 5 minutes.
Lay a slice of toasted bread in the individual soup dishes and pour on top the mussels and the stock. Serve hot.
During World War II the Russian doctors, having used up all of their medicine, used garlic to heal soldiers’ wounds?
LAUGH OUT LOUD!!
submitted by member Ann Bellezza
For several years, a man was having an affair with an Italian woman.
One night, she confided in him that she
was pregnant. Not wanting to ruin his reputation or his marriage, he said he
would pay her a large sum of money if she would go to
She agreed, but asked how he would know when the baby was born. To keep it discreet, he told her to simply mail him a post card, and write 'Spaghetti' on the back. He would then arrange for the child support payments to begin.
One day, about 9 months later, he came home to his confused wife.
'Honey, she said, 'you received a very strange post card today.’
'Oh, just give it to me and I'll explain it later,' he said. The wife obeyed and watched as her husband read the card, turned white, and fainted.
On the card was written:
Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti. Three with meatballs, two without.
Send extra sauce
An art thief
once stole some very expensive paintings from the Louvre in
Everything went perfectly, except he was captured sitting in his van with the paintings only 2 blocks from the museum. His van had run out of fuel!
When asked by the police how he could plan such a successful robbery and then be foiled by such a simple error, he replied...
'I had no MONET to buy DEGAS to make the VAN GOGH!'
The Italian & The Irishman
Italian and an Irishman man entered a chocolate store. As they were busy
stole 3 chocolate bars.
As they left the store, the Irishman said to the
Italian, "Man I'm the best thief, I stole 3 chocolate bars and no one
saw me. You can't beat that."
Italian replied: "You want to see something
better? Let's go back to the shop and I'll show you real
So they went to the counter and the Italian said
to the shopkeeper, "Do you want to see magic?"
The shopkeeper replied, "Yes."
The Italian said, "Give me one chocolate bar."
The shopkeeper gave him one, and he ate it.
The Italian asked for a second bar, and he ate
that as well. He asked for the third, and finished that one too.
The shopkeeper asked: "But where's the
The Italian replied: "Check in my friend's
pocket, and you'll find all three bars of chocolate in there."
We will be looking for volunteers for this year's baking. Thank you in advance.
Upcoming Class Registration
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Burlington Sons of Italy
Do you want to learn to speak Italian?
The Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223 is holding registrations for its 12 week fall semester on Wednesday, September 6th from 6 to 8 PM at St. Margaret's School on Winn Street
Classes start on Wednesday, September 13th and cover Basic to Intermediate to Advanced...something for everyone depending on prior level of expertise in speaking Italian
For details, www.burlingtonsonsofitaly.org
Click on Italian Classes
For additional information call
BCAT has conducted an interview about the Burlington Sons of Italy with Dan Squeri, Don McGowan, Pat Moreno. It was shown Tuesday August 29th at . If you missed it hopefully yu can catch a repeat.
We would like to take a moment and congratulate our former member Fran Amenta on the marriage of her granddaughter Adriana Rose to Shashunk Shukla on August 19th.
We also wish Rob Pustizzi & Jayne Paradis the best of luck in their upcoming nuptials.
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