IACNSept2014 - Italian American Community Center



IACNSept2014 - Italian American Community Center
“Sharing a Past to Build a Future”
Community News
Volume 22 Number 9 September 2014 Published monthly by the Italian American Community Center, Inc., Rochester, NY 14624
Homesteads for Hope Wins $10,000
in Ty Pennington Contest
Celebrating the Grape Harvest
Friday, September 19, 2014
Cash Bar/Appetizers 6:30pm
Buffet-Style Dinner 7:30pm
Where to find it
Musical Entertainment by NOVAfeaturing Franco Ciffa
Membership News.........................3
Pagina Italiana ..............................4
Culture ...........................................5
Italian Cuisine ...............................6
IACC News ....................................7
Feature Stories.....10, 11, 12, 13, 14
IACC Calendar ...........................15
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From left: Homesteads for Hope Board of Directors: Luann Brown,
Jeanne Ricigliano & Jennyrae Brongo
The new local national recognition with Ty Pennington
nonprofit Home- from hit TV show; Extreme Home Makesteads for Hope, a over, in a contest called the Ultimate Give
Community Farm Back Challenge. With over 300 contesthat will serve tants competing for the grand prize of
young adults with $50,000 and the celebrity’s help for the
autism and devel- day, Homesteads for Hope placed 2nd
opmental disabili- winning $10,000 towards their charity
(Continued on page 11)
ties has received
Inside Italy
Pope Francis faces greatest
challenge yet in Asia
September Events
3 Karaoke
7 Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
10 Luncheon
10 Karaoke
17 IACC General
Membership Meeting
/Karaoke/ Networking
Cocktail Party
18 Italian Cinema Night
19 Vendemmia
24 Luncheon
24 Karaoke
Italian American
Community Center
150 Frank DiMino Way
Rochester, New York 14624-1128
Pope Francis has used his leadership to push
for the Church to pay more attention to developing
David Willey
Vatican correspondent, BBC News
Pope Francis has used his leadership to push for the Church
to pay more attention to developing countries.
Exactly 17 months after his election in Rome as leader of the
world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis is
shifting gear and turning his attention to Asia.
He begins the first of three - and perhaps four
trips to encourage his flock in
Rochester, NY
presents the Catholic Church
Permit #909
with its greatest missionary challenge in the
21st century.
Although only 3% of the world’s Catholics
live in the planet’s most populous continent,
more have been baptized in Asia this year than
in Europe, according to Vatican statistics.
(Continued on page 3)
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September 2014
Membership News
Message from the President
IACC Welcomes New Members
Dear Members,
I hope you have enjoyed your summer. The wet conditions made it seem to go by faster than usual, and now it
is winding down. With the kids back to school and fall in
the air, I hope that as a community we can focus more on
supporting the Italian American Community Center. Your
support is greatly appreciated and your expertise is very
valuable to this organization. We need new and innovative
ideas, so please call us at 594-8882 and let us know how
you would like to get involved. The staff is available to
answer your call until 5:00pm or please leave a message and someone will
get back to you.
New members have been appointed to the Board, so please join me in
welcoming Quintino DiCesare, Dr. Anthony Ragusa and Richard Santo along
with their knowledge and experience. It is up to me, the Board of Directors,
and all of you members to make things happen! Several events are scheduled
for this fall and we could use your help. Scheduled in the calendar we have
the Pasta Dinner Fundraiser, the “Vendemmia” Festival, the “Sagra della
Polenta”, the Christmas Gala, the Italian Cinema Nights and Art Exhibits.
Our great appreciation goes to all the volunteers who work selflessly for the
success of the Karaoke Nights, the Wednesday Luncheons and who offered
their help during the Festa Italiana. Still, new ideas are always welcome and
different events can always be planned. Our building is very beautiful and
there are so many wonderful volunteers, just think what we could accomplish
if we all worked together as a team.
Errico Mannoni, the Director of Banquets and Events, is currently working
with his marketing assistant Cathryn Calabria on marketing strategies for the
IACC and banquet activities. In these times of modern technology, we all know
that social networking and marketing are integral components for success.
Errico and Cathryn are extremely friendly individuals who are open to your
suggestions and support, they can be reached at 594-8882 x 105. There is a
newly revamped website, so please visit us at www.iaccrochester.org.
The future is
Promoting Cultural Activities
Building a Stronger Community
Honoring the Legacy of Italian Immigration
Strengthening Family Life
Fostering Italian Pride
The Italian American Community Center
President Joe Sirianni is pleased to announce the
following new members who have joined.
Have a wonderful fall season!
Joe Sirianni, IACC President
Inside Italy (Continued from page 1)
Pope Francis is spending five days
in South Korea, where the number of
Catholics has grown at a giddy rate over
the past four decades.
Their number has risen from 2% to an
astonishing 11% of the population in a
country where Buddhism is still strong
and most young people profess no religion
at all. Korean Catholics tend to be well
educated and form a significant part of
their country’s political elite.
Pope Francis will beatify and pay homage to the memory of a group of Korean
martyrs who died for their faith in the
18th Century.
What distinguishes Catholicism in
Korea from other Asian cultures is that
Koreans did not wait for foreign missionaries to arrive before they began to
They formed their own church after
learning of the foreign faith brought to
China at the beginning of the 17th Century
by the Italian Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci.
He introduced Western cartography
and mathematics to China and his gilded
statue still stands proudly today in the
compound of the Catholic cathedral in
Pope Francis is the first ever Jesuit to
have been elected to the papacy, and he
has always regretted that health reasons
prevented him fulfilling his ambition
to travel to Asia as a missionary after
completing his priestly training in Argentina.
After South Korea, he plans to visit
Sri Lanka in January, and then to fly on
to the Philippines, which has a Catholic
majority, due to it once having been a
Spanish colony. And I understand that a
further trip to Japan is on the cards, even
though only a minuscule 0.5% of Japanese
are members of his church.
In Seoul, the Pope will be meeting
September 2014
several thousand young Catholics from
23 different Asian countries gathered for
a Catholic Youth festival.
The numbers will be far, far fewer than
the millions who attended his triumphal
visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth
Day in July 2013, his first foreign trip. But
the significance of the South Korean event
could transcend that mega-meeting.
An invitation to North Korean Catholics (if indeed any exist today) to send
a delegation to Seoul was rebuffed by
Pyongyang, but members of the Chinese
Patriotic Catholic Church are expected to
turn up in force.
Pope Francis took over his high office in the same week that the Chinese
leader Xi Jinping took over as president
in Beijing.
The Pope sent Mr. Xi a personal message of congratulations and in return
received a polite reply, despite the (for
the Vatican) worrisome gap in official
relations between the Catholic Church
and China since the Communist takeover
in 1950.
On his way to Seoul, Pope Francis will
fly over the airspace of Russia and China
- and he is expected to send a courtesy
telegram to both the Russian and the Chinese leaderships while over their territory,
as has long been the custom during papal
charter flights.
Pope John Paul visited South Korea
twice during the 1980s, but each time his
plane avoided Chinese air space.
No plans exist for a papal visit to the
demilitarized zone which still separates
the two Koreas 61 years after the stalemated end of the Korea War.
But just as during his visit to the Holy
Land earlier this year, Pope Francis will
make a powerful appeal for peace and
reconciliation at his final mass in Seoul
Cathedral before he returns to Rome.
Paolo Polignone
Margaret Allen
Stephanie Bischopin
Renee Morgan
Let’s celebrate LA VENDEMMIA
Rosalba Pisaturo
The arrival of autumn is filled with
meaning in many cultures; in Italy it is
associated largely with the vendemmia –
the grape harvest – that will go to make
that year’s wine. The vendemmia is much
Letter to IACC Director of
Banquets & Events,
Errico Mannoni
Keep them coming!!!
Dear Errico,
Hope all is well.
I just wanted to
thank you again
for making our
wedding reception
so amazing. We
have gotten so many
complements! I
Errico Mannoni have recommended
you to so many
people. Actually I
think you will be hearing from
one of them soon. A friend of mine
just got engaged and I told him
how amazing you and the Italian
American Community Center is! I
think they are waiting to finalize a
date and then you will be hearing
from him.
Thanks again,
more than a mere agricultural event
and entire villages dedicate their whole
energies to it, so that life revolves around
the grapes. The pickers are old farmers,
young students trying to make a buck,
(Continued on page 11)
A Message from Marketing
Assistant Cathryn Calabria
It is an honor to
assist the staff, members, and volunteers
of the Italian American Community Center with the process
of revamping their
marketing strategies
currently in place;
I’d like to first and
Cathryn Calabria foremost thank you
for that opportunity. Organizing and
restructuring the process of booking and
planning events are only the first steps in
furthering the community’s positive outlook on the IACC. Errico and I are excited
and motivated about marketing the banquets at the IACC, so that the community
is not only aware, but intrigued to see the
new changes by themselves!
We are currently planning events to
get more of the community involved
(Continued on page 14)
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Feature Stories
Italian American Business and Economy
Italian-Americans have served an important role in the economy of the United
States, and have founded companies of great national prominence, such as Bank of
America (by Amadeo Giannini in 1904), and many companies that have contributed
to the local culture and character of U.S. cities, such as Petrini’s Markets (founded
by Frank Petrini in 1935), among many others. Italian-Americans have also made
important contributions to the growth of the U.S. economy through their business
expertise. Italian Americans have served as CEO’s of numerous major corporations,
such as the Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation by Lee Iacocca, IBM
Corporation by Samuel Palmisano, Lucent Technologies by Patricia Russo, The
New York Stock Exchange by Richard Grasso, Honeywell Incorporated by Michael
Bonsignore and Intel by Paul Otellini.
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About two thirds of America’s Italian immigrants arrived during 1900-24. Having
little formal education and industrial skills, approximately 80% became unskilled
laborers heavily concentrated in the cities. The remaining 20% came with traditional
Italian skills as: tailors; barbers; bricklayers; stonemasons; stone cutters; marble, tile
and terrazzo workers; fisherman; musicians; singers; shoe makers; shoe repairers;
cooks; bakers; carpenters; grape growers; wine makers; silk makers; dressmakers;
and seamstresses. Others came to provide for the needs of the immigrant communities, notably doctors, dentists, midwives, lawyers, teachers, morticians, priests, nuns
and brothers. Many of the skilled workers found work in their speciality, first in the
Italian enclaves, and eventually in the broader society. Traditional skills were often
passed down from father to son, and from mother to daughter.
By the second-generation approximately 70% of the men had blue collar jobs, and
the proportion was down to approximately 50% in the third generation, according
to surveys in 1963. By 1990, according to the U.S. census, more than 65% of Italian
Americans were employed as managerial, professional, or white-collar workers. In
1999, the median annual income of Italian-American families was $61,300, while
the median annual income of all American families was $50,000.
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Totò Rosalba Pisaturo
Davide Lena
Davide Lena is a Ph.D. student in Astrophysical Science and
Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he
studies the co--evolution of galaxies and their nucler super- massive black holes. David is from Gioiosa Marea, in the province
of Messina, Italy and enjoys writing about Sicily.
Luminarie Orde di clandestini cercano di raggiungere
dall’Africa le coste siciliane. I più non li vogliono. Forse
nessuno. Troppi se li prende il mare. Qualcuno ci scherza
sopra e dice che, ripescandone i corpi, s’incontrano le
sirene. Nel frattempo, nel mese di Settembre, ci si reca
in pellegrinaggio a Tindari, dove si adora l’antica statua
di una madonna nera. “Sei nera, ma bella” recita l’inno a
questa madonna, racchiudendo nelle due lettere del “ma”
tutto il pregiudizio riservato al colore della pelle. E’ una
tradizione cristiana, il pellegrinaggio a Tindari, ma, fino a
pochi decenni fa, la notte prima della festa s’accendevano
le “luminarie”, i falò, come si faceva anticamente nei riti pagani. In questo mischiarsi
di contraddizioni e conti che non tornano, c’è chi mi racconta dell’usanza perduta
delle “luminarie”, uno degli innumerevoli tentativi d’esorcizzare la preistorica paura
del buio e della morte.
Pareva un sogno quando di sera fissavo il fuoco e le vampate grandi, grandissime!
Mi sentivo una favilla anch’io, presa nel vortice, tra legna, fumo, vampa per poi sparire
come stella nel cielo buio. Per due giorni s’andava in giro a cercare frasche, ginestre,
sarmenti, stoppie di luppolo…quello che si trovava. Finalmente s’accendevano questi
grandissimi falò, e noi, bambini, vi giravamo attorno buttandovi rami, legna e foglie.
Immerse nel chiarore del fuoco danzante, le persone parevano diavoli. Sparivano nel
fumo, nello scuro della notte e poi riapparivano altrove. Io gli spiriti maligni, “i cosi
tinti”, come li chiamavano allora, me l’immaginavo così.
La sera prima del Tindari, il sette Settembre, tutti accendevano i falò sulle colline
circonstanti e lungo il torrente. Che parevano! Non riesco a dirtelo. Queste erano le
luminarie. Le facevamo la notte prima delle feste, prima di Ferragosto, la notte di
Natale, per Sant’Ignazio...
A quell’epoca io ero bambino e di giorno raccoglievo olive, pascolavo la pecora e
lavoravo la terra. Non sapevo molto. Ora che sono vecchio, quando sembra che sapere
non mi serva più a nulla, so che l’usanza di accendere questi falò è molto antica. Anche mio nonno e il nonno di mio nonno li ricordavano. Ora so che, un tempo, non si
accendevano per i santi, ma per l’orto, la campagna, la terra (era un’usanza pagana).
Non so molto altro, eppure so che restano cose nascoste nel cuore che riemergono,
inaspettate, quando si esce nel buio, di notte, nell’aria fresca, e si vede una piccola
luce rossa, lontana lontana. C’è l’odore della legna che arde e pare d’essere tornato
bambino, quando la campagna, sotto le stelle, s’accendeva e tutti uscivano dalle loro
case. Pare di sentirli, gli amici, che chiamano per giocare…ma gli anni sono passati
e solo questo resta delle luminarie: una favilla nel buio.
The Fall 2014 Film Series at the IACC
begins on Thursday, September 18 with
the showing of Siamo uomini o Caporali?
a 1955 delightful comedy with Totò,
Paolo Stoppa and Sylva Koscina, directed
by Camillo Mastrocinque.
Born in Naples in 1898 as Antonio
Principe De Curtis, Totò would become
one of the most famous comedian in the
history of Italian cinema and television.
Not surprisingly, Italians refer to him as
il principe della risata (The Prince of
Laughter). Totò is widely considered one
of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th
century; as a comic actor, he is classified
as an heir of the Commedia dell’Arte
tradition and has been compared to such
figures as Buster Keaton and Charlie
Chaplin. While he gained his popularity
as a comic and acclaimed actor, Totò
Siamo uomini o Caporali?
dominated the culture of Italy between
1950 and 1970 as a singer, a songwriter
and a poet. During the 1950s, he started
to compose poetry, is best-known poem is
probably A Livella, in which an arrogant
rich man and a humble poor man meet
after their deaths and discuss their differences. Totò as a songwriter is always remembered for “Malafemmena,” a classic
of Italian popular music.
IACC Italian cinema Night 2014
FREE Admission
Open to the Public
Totò, Siamo Uomini O Caporali?)
((Are We Men Or Corporals?) (1955)
Directed by Camillo Mastrocinque
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm
In Italian with English subtitles (92 min.)
Totò explains to a doctor at the beginning of this film that there
are only two types in the world - men who slave, raise families
and are basically simple good men, and the Corporals of the
world who make life difficult for regular guys. This is a good film
of classic, sometimes obvious, satire and good old-fashioned
slap-stick comedy. The ending is very realistic, however,
regarding the fate of good men. The films of Toto are always fun
to watch, and the comedy is excellent. While there are many Totò
films, those with English subtitles are rare.
Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)
(1987 )
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
In Italian with English subtitles (118 min.)
La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack
(The Legend of Al, John, and Jack) (2002)
Directed by Aldo, Giacomo, Giovanni, Massimo Venier
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00pm
In Italian with English subtitles (105 min.)
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HighFallsFilmFestival.com | Rochester, NY | October 23-­‐26, 2014 Documentary Film on Struggle for Emancipation,
“We Weren't Given Anything for Free” (Non ci è stato
regalato niente) to be Screened at
High Falls Film Festival
Rochester, NY-­‐ August 13, 2014-­‐-­‐ High Falls Film Festival will present the documentary film, “We Weren't Given Anything for Free” (Non ci è stato regalato niente), at this year’s festival this fall October 23-­‐26. The film chronicles the story of a lifelong struggle for emancipation that began with the battle for Italy’s liberation from fascism. For festival information and to purchase passes visit http://www.highfallsfilmfestival.com. Laila and her two comrades, Gina “Sonia” Moncigoli and Pierina “Iva” Bonilauri talk about their time in the Resistenza and what it meant to them and many other women. Annita Malavasi was just 22 when the Germans occupied Italy, their former allies, in 1943. As a partisan in the Italian resistance named 'Laila', she moved throughout the Apennines with and between fighting units, delivering information, transporting weapons, and taking part in battles. She spent over a year in the Apennines, fighting against the German occupation. At the same time, she had to assert herself against the men of the male-­‐dominated Italian society. By the end of the war, Laila had risen among the ranks to become one of the few female commanders in the Italian resistance. September 2014
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Italian Cuisine
Maine Wild Blueberry Pie
September is
one of my favorite months – the
Kristen Hess, Food weather is getting
Stylist/Photographer cooler, the leaves
& Author of TheArt- are turning color,
and the breezy
nights remind us
that summer is
coming to an end with a bountiful harvest to come. I especially love the fruits
and vegetables of late summer/early sall
– especially Maine blueberries, which are
primarily found in the down east areas
of Bar Harbor where they grow wild.
They are typically smaller than regular
blueberries, giving them a high amount of
antioxidants and other healthy nutrients,
and have an intense sweet and tangy flavor. They also stay whole when you cook
them, making them perfect for baking up
a gorgeous berry pie. Although August is
the peak season for picking them fresh,
they can also be frozen (harvesters freeze
them within 24 hours) so they are available year round – Wyman’s and Cascadian
Farms are my favorite brands.
In a recent cooking class (that was
centered around classic summer foods
lifting edge of dough with one hand while
pressing into plate bottom with other
hand. Leave dough that overhangs plate
in place; refrigerate while preparing filling
until dough is firm, about 30 minutes.
Wild Blueberry
of Maine, of course), we made a Wild
Blueberry Pie with a gorgeous homemade
piecrust that we cut fun holes on top for
venting the filling. We used frozen berries
and thickened them up with a little ground
tapioca and apple pectin to create a juicy
sliceable filling, that wasn’t too loose and
runny. The secret to a crispy piecrust is
plenty of super cold butter with a small
amount of vegetable shortening to crisp
it up, and a touch of vodka for texture,
making the crust light and flaky.
The pie was the perfect ending to our
Maine-inspired menu of Lobster Rolls,
Lobster Pie, Fish Chowda, Summer Corn
Pudding and Seaside Slaw, with Blueberry Beer and some lovely cocktails of Tart
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Cherry and Blueberry Vodka Lemonade.
I’m not sure I’m ready for summer to be
over yet, but this recipe I’ll be making all
year around. Next year? A trip to Maine
is definitely in order!
Perfect Pie
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
(12 ½ ounces), divided, plus more for
work surface
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1
½ sticks), cut into ¼ inch slices
½ cup vegetable shortening, cold, cut
into 4 pieces
¼ cup vodka, cold
¼ cup cold water
Process 1 ½ cups flour, salt, and sugar
in food processor until combined, about
2 (1 second) pulses. Add butter and shortening and process until a homogenous
dough starts to collect in uneven clumps,
about 15 seconds; dough will resemble
cottage cheese curds and there should
be no uncoated flour. Scrape bowl with
rubber spatula and redistribute dough
evenly around processor blade. Add
remaining cup of flour and pulse until
mixture is evenly distributed around bowl
and mass of dough has been broken up,
4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into
medium bowl.
Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture.
With rubber spatula, use folding motion
to mix, pressing down on dough until it is
slightly tacky and sticks together. Divide
dough into 2 even balls and flatten each
into a 4-inch disk. Wrap each in plastic
wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes
or up to 2 days.
Remove 1 disk of dough from refrigerator and roll out on generously floured
(up to ¼ cup) work surface to a 12-inch
circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Roll dough
loosely around rolling pin and unroll into
pie plate, leaving at least 1-inch overhand
on each side. Working around circumference, ease dough into plate by gently
6 cups fresh wild blueberries (about
30 ounces), if using frozen, cook but do
not mash the berries, as described below
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and
grated on large holes of box grater
2 teaspoons grated zest and 2 teaspoons
of juice from 1 lemon
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca,
ground in a clean spice grinder
Pinch table salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into
¼ inch pieces
Egg wash; 1 large egg, lightly beaten
with 1 teaspoon water
Adjust oven rack to lowest position,
place rimmed baking sheet on oven rack,
and heat oven to 400 F.
Place 3 cups berries in medium saucepan and set over medium heat. Using potato masher, mash berries several times, to
release juices. Continue to cook, stirring
frequently and mashing occasionally, until
about half of berries have broken down
and mixture is thickened and reduce to
half (about 1 ½ cups), for 8 minutes. Let
cool slightly.
Place grated apple in clean kitchen
towel and wring dry. Transfer apple to
large bowl. Add cooked berries, remaining 3 cups uncooked berries, lemon
zest, juice, sugar, tapioca and salt, toss
to combine. Transfer mixture to doughlined pie plate and scatter butter pieces
over filling.
Roll out second disk of dough on generously floured (up to ¼ cup) work surface
to 11-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick.
Using a 1 ¼-inch round biscuit cutter, cut
round from center of dough. Cut another 6
rounds from dough, 1 ½ inches from edge
of center hole and equally spaced around
center hole. Roll dough loosely around
rolling pin and unroll over pie, leaving at
least ½-inch overhang on each side.
Using kitchen shears, trim bottom
layer of overhanging dough, leaving ½inch overhang. Fold dough under itself
so that edge of fold is flush with outer
rim of pie plate. Flute edges using thumb
and forefinger or press with tines of fork
to seal. Brush top and edges of pie with
egg mixture. If dough is very soft, chill
in freezer for 10 minutes.
Place pie on heated baking sheet and
bake 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F and continue to bake until
juices bubble and crust is deep golden
brown, 30 to 40 minutes longer. Transfer
pie to wire rack; cool to room temperature, at least 4 hours. Cut into wedges and
serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped
Makes 1 pie, serving 6 to 8.
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September 2014
Festa Italiana 2014
Enjoyed the Festa Italiana
Cathy Labrozzi
I wanted to
let you know
that my mother
and I came to
the Festa Italiana on Thursday, July 17,
2014. We had
never been to
the event before and wanted
to check it out
From left: Cathy
and celebrate
Labrozzi with her
an evening of
mother, Anne Blodgett mother- daughter-time together.
When we first arrived we decided to
check out the Italian cuisine. We had to
try different things to truly participate in
the Italian Festa. We started out with deep
fried ravioli, a rice ball and the typical
Deborah Ford
The Italian American Community Center (IACC) held
its 14th Annual Festa Italiana
on July 17, 18, and 19, 2014.
The IACC Officers and Board
of Directors would like to
sincerely thank everyone involved, from the volunteers,
to the community at large for
attending this event. The Festa
is one of the IACC’s biggest
fundraisers. The goal is to raise
revenue for the organization,
promote Italian culture and
have a fun and exciting “get together”
while doing it.
This year’s event was an experimental
journey by partnering with promoters
from Festa Italiana. New music, food
vendors and new hours were put in place.
The IACC event planners wanted to alleviate the need for as many volunteers this
year by eliminating the “Cucina” kitchen
and Café and other planning aspects of
the Festival. Volunteers still were needed
to assist with setup, the admission gates,
the clean up, and they stepped up to the
occasion. Thank you!
Each day the Festa was open for lunch
from 11:30am until 3:00pm for all 3 days,
with free admission on Thursday and Friday. Vendors offered a number of culinary
delights - Roncone’s Restaurant featured
tripe; Chef Marcos, gnocchi; LDR Char
Pit, steak sandwiches; Lugias, ice cream;
Mama Napoli, arancini; Nick’s Imports
and Meat Market, homemade Italian
sausage sandwich; TC Concessions, fried
dough; Tapas 177, calamari; Fiamma,
pizza; and the sweets were provided by
Gruttadauria’s Bakery, supporters of the
very early Italian festivals in Rochester.
For the first time the Festa began on
Thursday and the Sunday hours were
eliminated. That proved to be a successful
change. More people attended Thursday
this year then Sunday last year. Friday’s
attendance was large and Saturday would
have been larger if not for the unfortunate
change in the forecast. Rain put a damper
on overall attendance that day, even
though the tent was filled to capacity with
the crowd enjoying the entertainment.
Approximately 5,000 people attended
the three day event which continued our
mission of promoting and fostering Italian
culture and traditions. A spirited bocce
tournament in support of Camp Good
Days was held on Saturday.
The concept this year was to feature
professional entertainment with high-end
sound systems and lighting. With this
commitment to quality entertainment, the
vision is to grow the festival by expanding
the acts (even the Jazz Festival had to start
somewhere!). People will remember and
come back next year to see more of this
kind of entertainment.
Eighteen original bands played in the
West Tent from 4:00pm until midnight.
Each evening the East Tent featured
young local students singing opera arias.
The popular earlier acts were Joe Scalissi,
featuring an Evening with Dean Martin
and Elio Scaccio, an international recording artist. At 9:30pm different bands
rocked the crowds-The Coupe De’Villes,
Goodness, and Shine.
Gather all of your friends and join the
party to celebrate the Italian American
Culture next year on July 16, 17, 18, 2015.
I’m sure more surprises will be waiting
for everyone’s enjoyment.
Christopher Anthony Plantone
Amalia Plantone
On September 18, 2014
Christopher Anthony Plantone will celebrate his 18th
birthday. He is the son of Alan
and Joelle Plantone, and the
grandson of IACC member
Amalia and the late Cosmo
Anthony Plantone of Greece,
NY. We are proud of the smart,
congenial, and handsome man
he has become and his many
accomplishments. In April,
Chris received the Boy Scouts
of America’s Eagle Court of
Honor. His entire family wishes him a blessed birthday and
best wishes for a bright future.
September 2014
Christopher A. Plantone at Eagle Ceremony with
Godparents Phyllis Plantone and Alan Veet
Joe Scalissi with Anne Blodgett
First Place
festival favorite, Italian sausage with
peppers and onions, (all were fabulously
We noticed when we arrived that the
large tent was setting up for some music
so after we bought our trio of food we
went into the tent, sat up front and enjoyed
the most memorable concert from Joe
Scalissi, the Dean Martin Impersonator.
Boy was he fabulous! His performance
brought back a lot of childhood memories for my mom. She can’t stop talking
about his performance and raving about
what a great entertainer he is. Even today
she is still telling her friends about his
performance. His dress, mannerisms and
vocals are a true representation of Dean
Martin! That whole evening we laughed,
clapped and sang to all of Dean’s familiar
songs, while we video taped memories
and enjoyed our delicious Italian cuisine.
The best part of the night was spending
time with mom watching her truly enjoy
herself. She had a smile on her face the
whole time we were there.
My mom enjoyed herself and loved
Joe Scalissi’s performance so much that
she came back again Friday evening with
her sister and friend to enjoy more Italian
cuisine and hear Dean Martin sing once
Thank you Italian American Community Center for putting on such a wonderful
event that allowed me to share memorable
quality time with my mom.
Photo by Nino Cusanno
From left: Vincent Carfagna, Jim Logsdon, Vittorio Bisciotti
and Joe Figliomeni
The Italian Civic League of
Rochester 74th Columbus Day
The Italian Civic League was founded in 1932. The Monroe County Legislature
designated the Italian Civic League as the organization to represent the Italian
American community of Rochester in celebrating Columbus Day.
As in the past, the Italian Civic League will organize the 74th annual banquet
in honor of Cristoforo Colombo with a luncheon in observance of Columbus
Day on Monday, October 13 at the Diplomat Banquet Center, 1956 Lyell Ave.
The Ceremony will begin at 11:00am with the raising of the flags. Lunch will be
served at 12:00 noon.
Master of Ceremonies is Charles Schiano; Guest Speaker, Senator Michael Nozzolio; Lifetime-Achievement Award Honoree, John L. Di Marco;
Outstanding Citizen Award Honoree, Gerry Pellegrino; Italian Civic League Past
President Award Honoree, Frank Coriddi.
The Italian Civic League will award two $1000 scholarships to Emily Andrews
and Deanna Palma.
This year’s celebration will be sponsored by the Italian American Community
Luncheon ticket donations are $20.00 per person and can be reserved in advance
by contacting President Quintino Di Cesare at 247-6601. $25.00 if purchased at
the door.
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Jennifer Niejadlik
Years ago Cher
had the hit song “If
I Could Turn Back
Time.” Those lyrics
could not be more true
when it comes to women in this day and age.
Everyone wants to be
young, and capture
that youthful glow,
especially celebrities.
Hollywood is the place
to look for the best anti-aging trends. Where else can you find
50 plus year old women that look like
timeless beauties such as Demi Moore,
or Sharon Stone? Lamoni Lab is a unique
skin care company in Italy. Based in
Rome, the company has been quietly
making a name for itself internationally
for its anti-aging formulations. The Ozee
line features products created through
pharmaceutical research. The interesting
thing is that it’s main component is snail
secretion. Yes that slimy stuff from snails.
But proponents for this technology say it
is truly the best. Snail slime is commer-
cially obtained from the common garden
snail species which produces a secretion
rich in proteins of high and low molecular
acids and antioxidants. The secretion of
the snail supposedly has a double function
when applied to human skin: on one hand
it is claimed to stimulate the formation of
collagen, elastin and dermal components
that repair the signs of aging and, second,
it minimizes the damage generated by free
radicals that are responsible for premature
skin aging. If celebrities are using it, and
it appears to be working, than of course
who wouldn’t want to try to turn back
time for themselves!
16th Annual
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Vito Marcantonio
On the magnificently sunny day of
August 9, 2014, The Vito Marcantonio
Forum sponsored a 60th Anniversary
Commemoration in honor of their hero at
his gravesite in the Historic Woodlawn
Cemetery in The Bronx, New York. Professor Gerard Meyer author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954,
spoke with passion about Marcantonio
and his extraordinary achievements for
his constituents of East Harlem, the then
largest enclave of Italian Immigrants,
but a district which also included a
large Puerto Rican and a growing black
population, all of whom were faithfully
served by this seven term Congressman
who fought valiantly for human rights.
A poem by Gil Fagiani was movingly
read by LuLu LoLo Pascale, playwright/
Actor and daughter of East Harlem activists Pete and Rose Pascale, and one of
his speeches was very effectively dramatized by the talented Roberto Ragone, a
leading member of the Vito Marcantonio
Forum, who vividly brought his words
to life.
New York City Council Speaker
Melissa Mark-Viverito addressed the
audience, spoke about Marcantonio’s
progressive legacy, and presented a Proclamation Honoring Vito Marcantonio
and the Vito Marcantonio Forum which
stated in part:
“Whereas Marcantonio is a masterful
role model and frame of reference for
leadership and coalition building useful
for confronting the issues during his time
and issues we face today such as Civil
Rights Integration and Labor Rights and
Equality of Opportunity for Economic
Independence and sustainability for the
poor and middle class;
Therefore, be it known, that The Vito
Marcantonio Forum is convinced that
the life and work of Vito Marcantonio
have been unfairly ignored and present to
people today guidelines for Progressive
Politics that promises significant gains
for a more genuinely democratic United
States; and
Therefore be it resolved, that State
Senator Jose M. Serrano with pride honors the contribution of Representative
Vito Marcantonio and his
Giovanna Bellia
benefit to New
La Marca
York City, the
United States, and the World along with
the efforts of the Vito Marcantonio Forum to honor the Congressman’s memory
on the 60th Anniversary of his Death on
August 9, 2014.”
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz
has established Saturday, August 9, 2014
as “Vito Marcantonio Day” in the Bronx.
New York State Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez of East Harlem
who sponsored another Proclamation
praised Marcantonio for standing up
for all people and for ably representing
them in Washington. Actor Troy Hodges
effectively presented a very articulate
interpretation of the eulogy delivered
by Paul Robeson upon his death. LuLu
LoLo gave the audience her invaluable
personal memories as she presented a
dramatization of Marcantonio’s life.
Remembered as a principled, successful progressive politician who fought
for his constituents with vigor and confidence, he was an advocate of civil rights,
civil liberties, labor unions, and affordable public housing. He supported social
security and unemployment legislation
for what was later called a “living wage”
standard. He introduced anti-lynching
and anti–poll tax bills annually for a
decade before it became a current topic
of concern. He also opposed the House
Un-American Activities Committee, red
baiting, and antisemitism, and he was the
lone member of Congress to object to the
intervention in the civil war of Korea.
His tombstone like that of his mentor
Fiorello La Guardia, which stands just
behind his, and true to the nature of each
man, are unadorned stating only their
names and two words:
(sculpture of a little flower)
La Guardia
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Feature Stories
Mike Mollica
Near the heartland of Italy, neighboring
the famed Umbria region and the Adriatic,
and a short hop to the legendary Toscana
region, you will find the charming, quaint
and smallest of all Italian regions… Le
Marche. Seemingly undisturbed and not
overrun with the tourism enjoyed by Toscana and Umbria, Le Marche is all that
is unspoiled and true to Italian culture.
With picturesque beaches like Senigallia,
and storybook cities such as Urbino and
Corinaldo, it’s a wonder it doesn’t attract
more tourists, but when you consider Le
Marche’s superstar neighbors (Umbria
only more recently), it really isn’t surprising at all.
As summer draws to a close, it seems
appropriate to beat that late season heat
with one of Italy’s most famous white
wines. Verdicchio is a crisp, dry white
that is thought to be native to the Le
Marche region, and is almost exclusively
grown there today. The Verdicchio grape
is very temperamental to changes in climate, which is why it is grown only in a
relatively constrained geography in Italy.
It has been said that Verdicchio mutates
easily into a subclone of the original fruit,
and perhaps for this reason, quality is all
over the board with this wine varietal.
There are no lack of poor, inexpensive
and flat representations of Verdicchio to
be found in Italy and the U.S., but if you
focus on the
correct D.O.C.
regions, and for
well under $20
in many cases,
you will certainly be treated
to some blockbuster white
wine that pairs
so well with the
seafood of its
terroir. Verdicchio comes in two distinct incarnations,
the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi (the
biggest production, softer, rounder, and
most easily found in the U.S.) and the Verdicchio di Matelica (which is a sharper,
more floral version grown closer to Umbria). The Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
D.O.C, considered the jewel of the region,
springs from limestone soils, channeling
much minerality into the body of the wine.
This D.O.C. calls for a minimum of 85%
Verdicchio with Trebbiano and Malvasia
permitted to fill in the remaining ratios of
wine. In addition to the dry still version,
both a sparkling spumante and sweet passito style are also produced in that zone.
2012 Bucci
Verdicchio Classico dei
Castelli di Jesi ($19)
For me, the excitement of tasting a new
wine always begins with the color. This
particular wine
has a bright golden straw color in
the glass. On the
nose, it offers up
complex aromatics like citrus, fig
and almond. Tons
of acid on the
palate, crisp and
fresh, with melon,
green apple and a
strong mineral finish. Just the slightest
note of vanilla rounds it all out, from its
brief time spent in oak.
Considered by many as the best wine
for fish in Europe, Verdicchio should
be served chilled and is an inseparable
companion of all fish based dishes such
as brodetto (fish soup), antipasti ai frutti
di mare (hors d’oeuvres of mixed fish), risotto alla marinara (a delicious fish based
rice), grilled and fried fish and all white
meats. It also stands well on its own as a
refreshing aperitivo on during the warm
summer months.
Homesteads for Hope (Continued from page 1)
efforts. The organization celebrated this
win at the IACC August 1 with a “Capital
Campaign Kickoff” Event. “The prize
money will be utilized as the foundation
to match donations and grants to use towards a capital campaign to raise funds
to purchase their forever homestead” says
Jennyrae Brongo, Founder and IACC
The farm that the organization wishes
to purchase is the beautiful canal side farm
located on Manitou Rd. that is owned by
the founder’s great uncle. “This property
has endless opportunities to give back to
the community, it needs to be kept a farm
and not be made into another housing
track” she explains.
The purchase of the farm would include a 4,000 sq. ft. historic estate house
to be utilized as a ADL (Activities of
Daily Living) house to teach young adults
to be sustainable living on their own including cooking, cleaning and personal
hygiene skills. The large main barn would
be renovated into a “Vocational Sustainability Center” which would include a
General Store, Farm to Table Café and
Community Classroom.
This Center would be an open to the
public integrated site, so our young adults
with disabilities can learn to interact with
the community as well as support acceptance and awareness of such disabilities.
The property is a total of 55 acres but
what they need is 10 acres that include
the house and barns to start their initial
services and programs.
The additional canal side acres would
be farmed and the future plan is to create a
20 acre residential village on the property
so we can offer housing for all needs.
Jennyrae states that housing for people with developmental disabilities is an
absolute epidemic across the nation and
in our own backyards we have thousands
that need a home of their own for when
parents can no longer take care of their
adult disabled children. “My family has
suffered and no one should have to live
like this, Homesteads for Hope will pave
the way for a financially sustainable and
meaningful lifestyle for our people with
developmental disabilities offering a one
of a kind place to live, learn and grow”
says Jennyrae.
She is asking for the community to
support her in this effort by donating to
save the farm to serve our most vulnerable
citizens. Donations are tax deductible and
more information can be found at www.
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centuries before turning into the greatest
empire in human history.
On Friday, September 19th, the IACC
will celebrate the grape harvest with an
evening of good food, music and fun. The
evening will begin at 6:30pm with a cash
bar and appetizers. At 7:30pm a Buffet
Style dinner with Antipasto Caprese,
Penne with Meat Sauce, Pesto Sauce,
or Alfredo Sauce, Chicken Saltimbocca
with sweet potatoes and green beans,
and Eggplant Parmigiana. The meal will
end with fresh grapes, lemon ice with
mint candies, sweets and coffee. NOVA
featuring Franco Ciffa will entertain the
guests until midnight playing American
and Italian favorites. Reservations are
$30.00 per person and should be made by
Friday, September 12. Hope you all join
us for a great evening!
Feature Stories
Edward Albert
Maruggi Ph. D.
Edward Albert Maruggi is a diverse writer
and researcher and has been a monthly contributor to the IACN newspaper for the past 10 years.
He has authored 12 books, 4 about Italians and
is currently researching the American life of
Reverend Joseph Biggio, the Rochester area’s
first known Italian immigrant. Contact him at
[email protected]
Limoncello: A Brief History
If you have ever eaten at an Italian
restaurant in Italy or elsewhere, you have
probably had an after dinner drink of Limoncello: a citrus-based lemon liqueur
that is served well chilled. It is one of the
most popular liqueurs in Italy and through
the years has become popular in most
countries around the world.
Limoncello, this uniquely Italian alcoholic drink, is the delicious result of a
process that involves several lemon rinds,
its essential oils, sugar and alcohol that
are allowed to macerate for a period of
several months. Its origins are mostly of
folklore and a matter of debate. Limoncello has long been associated with the
Amalfi coast, but was first trademarked
in 1988.
Its roots go back many centuries,
however. Some historians say fishermen
drank limoncello to fight the cold against
medieval invasions while others claim
that friars created it in their monasteries or that it was invented by wealthy
Amalfi area families in the early 1900s.
The true origin of limoncello may never
be determined.
In truth, however, at the beginning of
the last century, Vincenza Canale, owner
of a hotel on the island of Capri, was the
first to offer limoncello, derived from the
Caprian word “limonillo”, to her guests.
Later, her descendants formed the Limoncello di Capri in 1988, the first company
to patent and use the word “Limoncello.”
Continuing the old family tradition, they
now produce the “Limoncello di Capri”
which is made by the cold infusion of the
peel of lemons of Sorrento.
In order to preserve the original product and prevent imitations, the limoncello produced in the Sorrento, Capri,
and Ischia area is now designated as IGB
(Protected Geographical Indication) zone
which means that it is produced totally in
accordance with a strict technically approved process, without the addition of
coloring, stabilizers or flavorings.
The so-called “femminiello ovale sorrentino” is the giant lemon of the Sorrento
Peninsula. The thick, juicy skin of this
fruit is the source of the aromatic oils
that give the alcoholic infusion its unique
color and unmistakable aroma. They are
grown in the area that includes the towns
of Vico Equense and Massa Lubrense, as
well as on the island of Capri. Harvesting takes place between February and
October when they are hand picked. The
Sorrento lemons are characterized by an
elliptical shape, medium-large in size with
a greenish yellow color. These lemons
are purchased directly from farms that
have passed the selection process - first
when they fruit is being picked, and later
in the production plant during the peeling
Many, many people claim to make
the very best limoncello at home. Who’s
to argue that point? I’ve had homemade
limoncello that some of my friends have
made. A pleasant, lemony, sweet and tart,
alcoholic flavor. What a treat!
What is impetigo?
It is a bacterial infection normally seen in the warm-hot
months that causes sores that can break open, ooze fluid and
develop a yellow-brown crust.
Sores most often appear around the mouth and nose but can
appear anywhere on the body. Impetigo is the most common
skin infection in children but, can also be seen in adults. It is
contagious and can be spread through close contact by sharing
towels, sheets, clothening, toys or other items. Scratching can
also spread this skin disease to other parts of the body.
Dr. Victor J. Rotoli
What causes impetigine?
This disease is caused by streptococcus or staphilococcus
bacteria. Often this bacteria enters the body where the skin has already been irritated
or injured because of skin infections such as eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, burns
or cuts. Impetigo can also develop in completely healthy skin.
What are the symptoms?
- located around the nose or mouth. The sore begins as a small, red spot. Sores are
not painful but, itchy.
- sores ooze fluid and look crusty, with a honey, brown aspect.
- they increase in size and number.
How is impetigo diagnosed?
An expert dermatologist will be able to diagnose impetigine and a lab exam will
help identify the bacteris.
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Feature Stories
Angelo Coniglio
Coniglio is the author of the book The Lady of
the Wheel, inspired by his Sicilian research. Order
the paperback at amzn.to/racalmuto or the e-book
at bit.ly/LadyOfTheWheelKindle
Coniglio’s web page at bit.ly/AFCGen, has helpul
hints on genealogic research. If you have genealogy
questions, or would like him to lecture to your club
or group, e-mail him at [email protected]
In Search of Our Ancestry
Recent columns have reviewed the
free genealogy research website of the
Mormon church, https://familysearch.
org/ (familysearch). The most recognized
subscription genealogy site is www.Ancestry.com (Ancestry). Ancestry may be
considered expensive by many beginning
researchers; however, the service does offer free 14-day trials. It is also available
for free at many public libraries, and at
most Mormon FamilySearch Centers
Many features seen on familysearch
may also be found on Ancestry. These
include images of many Italian and Sicilian civil birth, marriage and death records.
Ancestry, however, has records from some
ancestral towns that familysearch does
not, while familysearch has church baptism and marriage records for US cities,
which Ancestry doesn’t (as yet). Both
sites have extensive images of US Federal
Census records and access to manifests of
passenger ships that brought immigrants
to the US. If a searched name on familysearch yields information on a ship’s
manifest, that site simply transfers you to
www.ellisisland.org to see the document’s
image, while the same search on Ancestry
will produce the actual image, and further
it can be downloaded and printed.
In my experience, Ancestry is more
user-friendly and more intuitive in its use
than familysearch. I find that familysearch
also tends to steer the user to its ‘Family
Tree’ function, which I believe is the least
helpful to new researchers. Ancestry also
has family tree options, for which it encourages the use of its site as well as its
associated software Family Tree Maker.
However it’s not as bold as familysearch
is with the latter’s ‘Family Tree’ function.
Generally, it’s a good idea to use both of
these sites in concert. What you don’t find
on one, you may find on another. Images
may be clearer on one than on the other,
or it may be simpler to make copies. You
may find that due to indexing errors on
either site, a name search on, say, the 1930
US Federal Census on familysearch fails
to find your relative, while a search of the
same census on Ancestry gives the results
you wanted. Or vice versa!
Ancestry, like familysearch, has online instructional videos. Though they are
not as extensive and are not grouped by
nation, subject, etc., they too can be very
helpful. Included are such titles as ‘Coming to America – Finding Your Immigrant
Ancestors’, and ‘Polish Ancestry’; or
‘Irish Ancestry’; or ‘Finding Females in
Your Family Tree’; as well as ‘Forward
Thinking – Tracing the Children of Your
Ancestors and Their Children.’ This latter video shows that there is much more
to genealogical research than just finding
one’s direct ancestors. Those ancestors
had siblings, who had children, and their
descendants are your relatives. This video
explains how to identify them.
Like familysearch, Ancestry has options to allow searching by an individual’s
name for certain records, such as US
Federal Censuses and New York State
Censuses. But unlike familysearch, when
you do so on Ancestry, many sources
can be viewed in their original format,
rather than in the transcribed version. In
some instances, selecting “View Image”
on familysearch will simply transfer the
user directly to Ancestry, and to see the
record you must log on there, as a paid
user, or from a library or FSC that allows
As with many genealogy sites, Ancestry is continually tweaking its functions
and adding to the already vast array of information it holds. For example, for most
towns in two Sicilian provinces, Caltanissetta and Agrigento, it has on-line images
of civil records of birth, marriage banns,
marriages, and deaths, and has yearly indices for the records that facilitate finding
a particular document. familysearch has
the same on-line records; however the
indices are not separately listed, making
navigation more difficult there. To see if
your ancestral province or town’s records
are on Ancestry, click its “Search” tab and
select “Card Catalog”, then type in the
name of the location. Records are added
frequently and randomly, and I can’t include a complete, up-to-date list here.
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Financial Tips for
the Elderly
It seems that every day I read or listen
to a piece about the financial challenges
of the “Sandwich Generation”, including
middle aged Americans who have to provide financial support, or at least help with
their finances, for aging parents, who are
living longer, at the same time that they
are being asked to provide financial support for adult children, who are struggling
in a difficult economy.
As a result, I think it is time to cover
some tips on finances for the elderly.
Those of us who are getting older, as well
as their families, need to start thinking
about and addressing these areas as early
as possible. My personal experience is
that you can never start too early, although
getting started can often involve some difficult conversations. Everyone needs to be
open, constructive and non-judgmental,
and if you are getting older, don’t hesitate
to be the one to get the process started.
When my parents started getting older,
we were fortunate to have a family team
in place – an attorney, my sister, who is
a social worker, and her husband, a CPA
who had been doing our parents taxes for
years. Depending upon their finances, you
may need a similar team and a financial
Nevertheless, here are some of the
best tips that I have used, read or heard
in the past:
Durable Powers of Attorney, with the
right person designated, are critical to put
in place before it is too late. These can be
fully discussed and executed when wills,
also critical, are signed or updated.
In some cases it may be appropriate
to have a family member listed on some
bank and other accounts, but remember,
most identity theft is by family members,
and everyone should be “comfortable”
with the family member that is added to
those accounts, who, just like the person
holding the power of attorney, must embrace the fact that they are a “fiduciary.”
All aspects of the elderly person’s
finances need to be reviewed, inventoried, organized and documented. A
helpful starting point, if one exists, is the
questionnaire they may have filled out in
connection with any financial planning or
the execution of their will. Even though
my parents were pretty organized and on
top of their finances, I spent many weekends going through their filing cabinets,
reviewing files, confirming paid bills and
assets, asking questions, throwing out old
items and creating new current and per-
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tinent files and a
written inventory of all aspects of their
finances. Today that may require you to
go through their computer files also.
Make sure that a free credit report is
obtained from each credit agency every
12 months (one agency every 4 months)
at www.annualcreditreport.com. Recent
reports have highlighted that many people
have debts in collection that did not know
about, especially the elderly for medical
When allowed to, or when there is a
real concern, adult children should periodically review bill paying procedures,
whether manual or automatic with the
bank. Critical things like a mortgage
or rent and insurance premiums might
best be handled by automatic payments.
Speaking of insurance, if an elderly person is driving too long, put an end to it,
and if they have assets, make sure they
have an excess liability umbrella rider.
Review whether an elderly relative is
paying for things they don’t need or use
– do they still need that more extensive
cable or cellphone plan?
Be aware that counterfeit prescription drugs purchased on the internet are
a growing problem, and work with their
doctor on possible generic drugs. I have
never understood why everyone doesn’t
buy generic Ibuprofen, which is “shockingly” cheaper than the name brand.
Charitable donations are often very
important to the elderly, so don’t try to
eliminate them. Agree to set a budget,
based in large part on past giving, and that
if it is going to be exceeded, there needs
to be a further discussion. Unfortunately
they are targets for scams, especially at
times of natural or other disasters, and
especially by telemarketers. Make sure
to get them added to the national Do Not
Call Registry, www.donotcall.gov, and
for any telemarketing calls, I remember
my mother’s unique way of dealing with
them, which you should feel free to use.
It was written out on a card by the phone,
and it went something like this: If you
are selling something, press 1; if you
are looking for a donation, press 2; for
anything else, please hang up and don’t
call again.
Open conversation, cooperation, organization, flexibility and an early proactive
start can eliminate much of the stress on
every one when the challenges of dealing
with the finances of the elderly start to
present themselves.
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Italian Culture
and the
The Fedele Family
September 2014
Feature Stories
Piazza Anfiteatro Lucca
Mary Amabile Palmer
When we first traveled to Italy either
by ourselves or in a group, Lucca was not
included. Nor was it widely known by
many American/Italian tourists. I don’t
know when Michelin Guide Book (the
Bible of travel guides) first included it
in their excellent guide, but it has given
Lucca its highest rating of three stars, and
all of a sudden everyone heard of Lucca
and wanted to go there. Such was the
case with us.
Ancient Lucca, in the Tuscanny region,
boasts a rich heritage of palaces, churches
and even its squares and streets which
have remained unscathed by the passage
of time and contemporary developments.
The population of Lucca is about 90,000.
It is so captivating a medieval city that
once you visit it, you feel compelled to
announce its glorious setting and beauty
to the world.
Lucca was founded by the Etruscans
and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. It
has retained its Roman military camp plan
with “two principal streets perpendicular
to one another.” It became an independent
commune in the 12th Century and during
the Middle Ages, narrow alleys and lovely
squares were added. By the 14th century
it enjoyed a great period of prosperity and
prestige. It was during that period that
its finest religious and secular buildings
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with a supplemental Associates Degree in
Marketing. During my studies, I retained
a tremendous amount of knowledge in
these two fields. That knowledge, coupled
with my work experience, makes me
a valuable piece of the puzzle when it
comes to event planning and marketing
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Carpet this summer
for Italy’s youngsters. From the Giffoni and Bimbi Belli film festivals to
the Cinecittà World
theme park, Italian
children and teens
Jeannine Guilyard are experiencing
the resurgence of
Italian cinema.
Founded in 1971, The Giffoni International Film Festival is the largest children’s film festival in Europe. It is held in
July in Giffoni Valle Piana, a small town
located in the southern region of Campania. It’s just like any other film festival
with screenings, discussions and events.
The only difference is the films are more
streamlined to a younger audience. The
festival celebrates international cinema.
This year, American actor, Lea Michele
graced Giffoni’s signature blue carpet.
The popular “Glee” star, who is close to
her Neapolitan origins, was a huge hit at
the festival and talked with fans about the
last season of her show, which will air in
Italy on the Sky television network.
Now in its eighth year, the Bimbi Belli
film festival highlights new productions
in Italy which show the challenges facing
Italy’s current generation. The festival is
organized by Rome’s beloved actor/director, Nanni Moretti and is held every year
in July at his theater, the Nuovo Sacher,
which is located in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. This year, the lineup
included “La mafia uccide solo d’estate”
by Pierfrancesco Diliberto, “Zoran - Il
mio nipote scemo” by Matteo Oleotto,
“Spaghetti Story” by Ciro De Caro and
“Smetto quando voglio” by Sydney
Sibilia; all great stories made by young
filmmakers about the challenges facing
“Glee” star, Lea Michele at the Giffoni
International Film Festival
their generation.
On July 24th, Italy unveiled its theme
park dedicated to cinema: Cinecittà
World. The park’s attractions and rides
are inspired by the iconic films made at
Rome’s Cinecittà studios as well as other
film genres, like the spaghetti western and
action-adventure. The park will transmit
soundtracks from popular composers
such as Academy Award-winner Ennio
Morricone, who is known for his beautiful film scores on Sergio Leone’s “Once
Upon a Time in the West” and Giuseppe
Tornatore’s “Malèna” and “Cinema paradiso.” Famed production designer, Dante
Ferretti designed several of the park’s
stages, including a re-creation of 1920’s
Manhattan, which visitors will see upon
entering the park. Located in the Castelli
Romani, not far from the actual Cinecittà
studios, Italian officials are hoping the
park will become a major tourist attraction, and help the economic crisis facing
the country.
GIA Alumni Assn.
Sylvia Paglia
Anthony Paglia
Adriana Paglia
in Foro, situated on the site of the Roman
Forum, with its fine Romanesque interior,
a painting of a Madonna by Andrea Della
Robbia, and a brilliantly colored painting
by Filippino Lippi, is a must on your list
of sites to visit. Lovely gardens surround
the 17th century Villa Pfanner.
Born in Lucca, the house in which
Giacomo Puccini’s lived has been turned
into a museum. There is a Puccini Opera
Festival every year during July or August when special praise and honors are
bestowed upon this great artist. Lucca
also boasts a film festival, jazz concerts
and other fun events.
Italy’s Youth Embracing Cinema
Cathryn Calabria
and aware of the new changes. One goal
we share is to implement more member
events, to give back to the members and
volunteers of the IACC. We are asking for
any and all suggestions from members,
the community, and volunteers, on what
type of event YOU would like! Specifically, what type of event would you like
to attend once a month for members only?
What about an event once a month for the
I have a respectable amount of experience in Marketing and Event planning.
Additionally, I have been employed at
two different companies as a Wedding
& Events Planner and Coordinator. I am
aware of many aspects that involve the
behind the scenes planning, as well as
the actual production. When completing
were built.
In 1550 the town became an important
agricultural center. Villas sprung up on the
countryside and the town was encircled
with ramparts. While the walls have lost
their military importance, they remain
intact and a 2.5 mile path atop the walls
are used by walkers and bikers.
Located in the heart of Lucca’s historical center, the Piazza dell’Amphitheatro is
housed inside the Roman Amphitheatre,
and traces of it can still be seen in the
Piazza. Lucca’s old town is full of charm
and atmosphere. Its magnificent Duomo
di San Martino was built in the 11th century. The majestic Church of St. Michele
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7 Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
10 Luncheon
10 Karaoke
17 IACC General
Membership Meeting/
Karaoke/Networking Cocktail
18 Italian Cinema Night
19 Vendemmia
24 Luncheon
24 Karaoke
1 Karaoke
8 Luncheon
8 Karaoke
15 IACC General
Membership Meeting
16 Italian Cinema Night
21 Pier 6 Wrestling
22 Luncheon
22 Karaoke
24 Sagra della Polenta
29 Karaoke
5 Luncheon
5 Karaoke
9 President’s Veterans/Volunteer
Appreciation Dinner
12 Karaoke
19 Luncheon
19 IACC General
Membership Meeting
20 Italian Cinema Night
22 Serata Jazz
23 Pier 6 Wrestling
26 Karaoke
3 Luncheon
3 Karaoke
6 Christmas Gala
10 Karaoke
12 St. Lucy
14 Brunch with Santa
17 Luncheon
17 IACC General
Membership Meeting
31 New Years Eve Party
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Networking Cocktail Party
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September 10, 24 12:00noon
Fine Italian Specialties Fresh Ingredients
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
in The Grand Ballroom at the IACC
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Join us fo an evening of networking,
cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.
Bring your co-workers, family, friends
and business cards!
Call Errico at (585) 594-8882 x 105
to RSVP today.
Join us on Facebook! “Like”
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order to network, to hear about our upcoming
events, and to see the different weddings and
events held at the Italian American
Community Center!
See you soon,
Errico Mannoni
Banquet Director
and Special Events
Cathryn Calabria,
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