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Fra Noi produces a magazine and website that serve the Chicago-area Italian-American community. Our magazine offers our readers a monthly feast of news and views, culture and entertainment that keeps our diverse and widely scattered readers in touch with each other and their heritage. Our website offers a dizzying array of information drawn from every corner of the local community.

Four C Notes to host a very Valli Christmas bash

The Four C Notes will pay tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at a special holiday concert presented by Navarro Catering & Events on Dec. 17 at the Knights of Columbus Lodge in Elmhurst. Backed by a live band, the C Notes are led by John Michael Coppola, who appeared in Chicago’s long-running production of “Jersey Boys” after serving as understudy for the role of Frankie Valli during the show’s Broadway run. Titled “Season’s Greetings,” the Dec. 17 performance will feature the greatest hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons plus holiday classics made famous by artists ...

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Pompeii to celebrate season with song

In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host its 17th annual Mary and Christmas celebration on Dec. 2. Maestro Paul French will once again lead the William Ferris Chorale through a diverse program of Christmas favorites. A pre-concert reception at 6 p.m. will feature an elegant buffet, and after the concert, guests are invited to attend a champagne and pastry reception. Individual tickets are $175, and sponsorship packages ranging from $825 to $1,500 are available. (312-421-3757, www.ourladyofpompeii.org)

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Ballet Légere to stage 33rd “Nutcracker”

  Now in its 33rd year, Ballet Légere’s production of “The Nutcracker” is the longest running version of this popular holiday classic in the Chicago area. Slated for Dec. 7 to 11 at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center in River Forest, it’s a labor of love for founder and artistic director, Donna Vittorio. For one week in December, young and old alike can relive the holiday magic while joining Clara and her friends on their journey to the Land of Sweets. The production features more than 120 local dancers plus guest artists from around the country who perform the ...

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Unity yields Christmas gift at the Casa

  There is strength in numbers, the old adage goes, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Casa Italia in Stone Park, where more than a dozen organizations will join forces to stage the Casa’s fourth annual Christmas Village. The complimentary open house is slated for Dec. 3. The following organizations had signed on to participate at the time of publication: the Americans of Italian Descent of DuPage County, Associazione Regionale Siciliani in America, Calabresi in America Organization, Associazione Regionale Pugliesi in America, Chicago West Suburban UNICO, Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization, Columbian Club of Chicago, Italian American Executives ...

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CIAP whips up second annual Cuccidati Fest

The Chicagoland Italian-American Professionals organization will present its second annual Festa Dei Cuccidati at Casa Italia on Dec. 10. The event will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Chandelier Room in the Community Center. Awards will be presented for the best homemade, locally-baked and available online cuccidati. The event will also feature a baking demonstration and a presentation about the cookie’s history and origins. Cuccidati is a traditional Sicilian Christmas treat with a crumbly, butter pastry dough filled with figs, honey, nuts and spices. The event was launched to recognize individuals who have preserved the tradition of making ...

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Forbes hails Barbanente as star on the rise

Roberto Barbanente, an associate vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley’s Chicago Wealth Management office, has been named to Forbes magazine’s inaugural list of America’s Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors. The new Forbes listing spotlights individuals born in 1980 or later, who have at least four years of industry experience, and either lead or are viewed as potential leaders of their teams. The ranking is based on qualitative and quantitative data about factors including revenue trends, compliance records, industry experience, and best practices. Roberto is the son of Pescatore Palace owner Vito Barbanente.

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Lawdragon gives Salvi the nod

Chicago attorney Patrick A. Salvi has been selected for the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Earlier this year, he was chosen by his peers for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Top 10 List for the fourth year in a row. He was also selected by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in the Chicago area. And in 2016, he was designated on three of Leading Lawyers Magazine’s top 10 lists, including Top 10 Leading Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law. Salvi is a founder, chairman and ...

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Combonis to honor Rose Mary Ranallo

The Comboni Mission Center will honor Rose Mary Ranallo on Nov. 25 at Porretta’s Banquets in Chicago. Ranallo is the chief financial officer and manager of her family businesses, NS Builders and Arno Decorating. A resident of Schaumburg, she grew up in Chicago and Elk Grove Village with her two sisters, Josephine and Lisa, and her parents, Gina and Natale Sclafani, who immigrated to the United States from Sicily. A past treasurer and president of the Women’s Division of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, she has chaired the division’s Italian Heritage Ball and Cotillion as well as its ...

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Tuminello crowned Columbus Day Queen

Gianna Tuminello was crowned queen of the Columbus Day Parade at an intimate pageant in September at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Sponsored by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and chaired by Ron Onesti, the pageant featured in-depth conversations with each contestant. “I wanted to focus on the girls’ personalities and public presence,” Onesti said. Tuminello credited the love and guidance of her Italian-American mom with making her the young woman she is today. Tuminello will take part in the parade and other events in the community in the company of her court: Giuliana Bartucci, ...

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Casa wraps up another standout bocce tourney

Casa Italia sponsored another standout bocce tournament this summer, fielding 14 teams that competed for honor and glory over the course of nine weeks of regular play and two weeks of playoffs. Team Columbian Club battled its way to a first-place finish with Nonno’s Team coming in second and No Stress taking third. Everyone brought food and wine to share and Italian American Executives of Transportation member Andy Tegtmeier earned a trophy for his skills at the grill. MVP honors went to 92-year-old Leno Santacaterina. The tourney was ably chaired by Casa Vice President Peter Volpe.

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