Next Meeting Date: September 21,  2017

Meeting Location: Burlington Senior Center 61 Center Street Burlington
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News Editor: Deborah Squeri -





September 2017 - NEWSLETTER











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

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 -


                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

                                           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

Central Italian towns remember victims one year
after deadly earthquake


Central Italian towns remember victims one year after deadly earthquake

A photo taken on August 23rd, 2017, shows the remains of Amatrice. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

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 3:36 am 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 August 24th, 2016, claimed a total of 299 lives across the region and still haunts the country.

The disaster razed much of Amatrice, prompting mayor Sergio Pirozzi to say "the town isn't there anymore".

Just before midnight, 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 Naples, killing two people.


September Festivals and Events in Italy


Palio di Asti, Asti, Piedmont, Italy, Europe

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 throughout Italy during the month of September. Look for brightly-colored posters for a festa or sagra, where you can usually sample inexpensive regional food along with the locals.

Festival Guide

Venice Film Festival - Venice's popular film festival is in early September.

MITO International Music Festival - Milan and Torino host a variety of musical performances during the month of September. 

Palio di San Rocco in Figline Valdarno, about 30 kilometers southeast of Florence, is said to be one of the first palio competitions in Tuscany. The palio includes five days of medieval competitions with jousting, archery, and a horse race during the first week of September.

Regatta Storica - Venice's historic boat race takes place the first Sunday in September with four race categories - children, women, men in 6 oar boats, and the champions racing in boats with 2 oars. The races are preceded by a parade. Regatta Storica

Macchina di Santa Rosa is a big festival in Viterbo, north of Rome held on September 3. A historic procession takes place the day before with participants wearing costumes from the 13th to 18th century.

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 Ciminna in the Palermo province.

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 Sicily in the town of Misterbianco. The festival commemorates the miracle of the sanctuary being saved from destruction during Mt. Etna's eruption in 1669. Festivities run for 5 days starting Thursday evening. 

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 of Cormons in the same region also has a Renaissance pageant and parade the first Sunday of September.

Corsa degli asini - A historic donkey race in the Fruili-Venezia Guilia town of Fagagna takes place the first Sunday in September. Teams from four regional hamlets compete.

Feast of Rificolona is believed to be one of the oldest festivals in Florence. You'll find outdoor festivities September 6 and 7. You may also find the Feast of Rificolona celebrated in other parts of Tuscany September 7.

Festival of the Madonna a Mare, Madonna of the sea, is celebrated the second Sunday of September in Sicily in the village of Patti, Mesina province. The golden Madonna statue is carried to the sea in a procession, then put on an illuminated boat to lead a boat procession. Dancing, music, food, and wine follow.

Juliet's Birthday (of Romeo and Juliet) is celebrated September 12 in Verona. The day will be filled with parades, dances, and street entertainment.

Luminara di Santa Croce, illuminations of the holy cross, is a beautiful procession in Lucca, Tuscany, on September 13. The city is illuminated with thousands of candles at night as the procession goes through Lucca's historic center.

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 US, you'll find big San Gennaro festivals in New York and Los Angeles.

Palio di Asti is a bareback horse race for the palio that dates back to the 13th century, held in the Piemonte town of Asti. The race is preceded by a parade with participants in period costume and special events are also held on the days leading up to the actual event, usually the third Sunday of September.

Feast of Saint Cipriano and Saint Cornelio, the Patron Saints of the Sardinian town of Dorgali, is celebrated for 8 days with traditional dancing and costume parades, starting the middle of September to commemorate the coming of autumn.

Burano Regatta - Similar to Venice's historic regatta, this one takes place off the island of Burano, near Venice, the third weekend of September.

Commemoration of Padre Pio is celebrated with a torchlight procession and religious ceremonies September 23 in San Giovanni Rotondo in Puglia. Hundreds of stalls sell religious items and there are celebrations for several days around September 23.

Saint Greca Festival, is the last Sunday in September in the Sardinian town of Decimomannu near Cagliari. Festivities, lasting 5 days, include parades in costume, lots of food, and poetry and dialect competitions.

Feast Day of San Michele on September 29 is a popular saint's day celebrated many places in Italy. The most important celebration of San Michele or Saint Michael is at the Sanctuary of the Archangel Michael on the Gargano Promontory of Puglia.

A week-long Potato Festival is held in Bologna, a top culinary city, near the end of the month. Bologna's potatoes are considered to be amongst the best in Italy.







1B1B1B1BClassic Panzanella Salad (Tuscan-Style Tomato and Bread Salad) Recipe from

Classic Panzanella Salad (Tuscan-Style Tomato and Bread Salad) Recipe


  • 2 1/2 pounds mixed tomatoes, cut into     bite-sized pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 3/4 pound ciabatta or rustic sourdough bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 cups bread cubes)
  • 10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, roughly chopped







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.



Ligurian Mussel Soup



This flavorful Italian dish can be found along the entire coast of the peninsula. It is light, but satisfying


7B7B7B7BINGREDIENTS:Per 4 servings

  • 2 lb mussels
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • bread, roasted


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 wine. 
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?





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 Italy to secretly have the child. Furthermore, if she stayed in Italy to raise the child, he would also provide child support until the child turned 18.



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.


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Art Heist


An art thief once stole some very expensive paintings from the Louvre in Paris. He took two Van Goghs, a couple Monets, a DeGas, and many others.

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


An Italian and an Irishman man entered a chocolate store. As they were busy looking, the 

Irishman 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."



UUUUBaking Volunteers:

We will be looking for volunteers for this year's baking.  Thank you in advance.



Upcoming Class Registration

Please share with family & friends


 Burlington Sons of Italy

Italian Classes


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,

Click on Italian Classes


For additional information call


UUUUMember Happenings:


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 8:00 pm.  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.

Buona Fortuna!!


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