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Casa gala to shine spotlight on Volpe, Mazzulla

  Banking executive Peter Volpe will be honored as Man of the Year and Stone Park Mayor Beniamino Mazzulla will receive a Chairman’s Special Recognition Award at Casa Italia’s 47th annual gala on April 22 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. (708-345-5922, casaitaliachicago.org)   Peter Volpe Casa Italia is proud to present its 2017 Person of the Year Award to banking executive Peter Volpe. “Whenever duty has called, Peter has answered,” says Casa Chairman John Ferrentino. “When he joins an organization, he puts his heart and soul into it and he always emerges as a leader.” Peter is the grandson ...

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JCCIA starts year off on the right foot

The first meeting of the 2017 term of JCCIA officers was called to order at Trattoria Poretta. Over 70 people were in attendance, representing Italian organizations throughout Chicagoland. Among them were the Italian Chamber of Commerce, UNICO, ARSA, Italian American War Veteran, Italian American Executives of Transportation, Italian American Human Relations Foundation, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Calabresi in America Organization, Società San Giovanni Bosco SS. Crocifisso di Ciminna, Elk Grove Sister Cities, and the JCCIA Women’s Division and Young Professionals Division. On the agenda for discussion was the Columbus Day Parade. 2017 Parade Chairman Sergio Giangrande was present. Giangrande is ...

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Mt. Carmel Feast Committee to honor Louis Napolitano III

  The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast Committee will honor Louis Napolitano III as Man of the Year at its kickoff dinner on April 28 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. The De Chrisopher Family and Padre Pio candle houses will be honored at the event, and James V. (Jimmy) Lorenzo will receive the Fr. Benjamin Franch Biretta Award. Donations are $65 per person. For details or to make reservations, call Sonny Nicotera at 708-345-5172 or Rich Romeo at 630-910-5843. The 124th annual Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will culminate on July 16 with a 9 a.m. ...

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Celebrate spring at the Mazzini-Verdi Club

A pair of local entertainment legends will celebrate spring with a traditional Italian dance party at the Mazzini-Verdi Club. One-man orchestra Joe Martino and Italian Gold DJ Loris Giannoni will present “Primavera al Mazzini-Verdi Club” on April 29 at 9230 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin Park. The dinner show will offer attendees the chance to dust off their ballo liscio (smooth dancing) skills. Tickets are $40 per person with a cash bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. (Joe Martino, 630-781-8047; Loris Giannoni, 708-710-4526)

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IAPA honors titanic trio

The Italian American Police Association honored a trio of worthy recipients at its 53rd annual dinner dance on Nov. 5 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. Accepting Man of the Year honors was attorney David Figlioli, co-founder and general partner at Morici, Figlioli & Associates. Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award was entertainment industry powerhouse Ron Onesti, founder and president of Onesti Entertainment. And accepting Humanitarian of the Year honors was Fr. Dan Brandt, director of the Chaplains Unit of the Chicago Police Department. Officer of the Year Awards were also bestowed.

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CIACO to honor Lou Scaramuzzo

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization will honor Louis Scaramuzzo as Humanitarian of the Year on April 29 at Medinah Shrine Center in Addison. To make reservations, visit www.ciaco.org or call 630-400-9908. The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization is proud to honor Louis Scaramuzzo as our 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. A top performer in the luxury automobile market for three decades, Lou pours his heart and soul into every aspect of his life. With paternal grandparents Louis and Immaculata Scaramuzzo hailing from Caserta near Naples, and maternal grandparents Carmelo and Rosina Termine emigrating from Marsala in Sicily, Lou’s Italian ...

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“Spring” into cinema at Casa Italia!

Casa Italia is launching the spring 2017 installment of its popular film series with renewed vigor. Titled “The Best of Both Worlds,” the series will alternate Italian cinema and American documentaries through June. Among them are several award-winning films. The remaining films in the series are as follows:     April 7 — “ll papà di Giovanna” (Giovanna’s Father) Pupi Avati’s award-winning 2008 drama about an overprotective father who overlooks the warning signs as his daughter descends into madness and murder. In Bologna in the late 1930s, Michele Casali teaches design at the same institute where his daughter, Giovanna, studies. Michele is a ...

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St. Joseph Tables abound!

  Each March, dozens of Italian families, organizations, parishes and businesses in the Chicago area open up their doors and their hearts to the less fortunate by setting up St. Joseph’s Tables. At press time, information was available only on the events in this listing. To be listed next year, call 708-338-0690.   MARCH 10 MISSIONARY SISTERS OF ST. CHARLES (Melrose Park) | First seating, noon to 3 p.m. (businessperson’s lunch); second seating, 4 to 8 p.m. | Buffet meal | Donations appreciated | 708-343-2162   MARCH 11 ST. WILLIAM CHURCH (Chicago) | 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by pasta dinner and ...

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JCCIA, Istituto to showcase Italian culture at Navy Pier

  For the seventh consecutive year, Navy Pier will proudly host Neighborhoods of the World, a free seven-week series that celebrates the rich tapestry of Chicago’s diverse communities. (navypier.com/neighborhoods-world) Under the auspices of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the culture, food and crafts of Italy will be showcased on March 5 in the Crystal Gardens. The JCCIA is looking for volunteers who will don the traditional costumes of Italy and lend a hand at the event. For details, call 708-450-9050.

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IANU publishes cookbook

  The Italo American National Union Foundation has published a cookbook titled “Let’s Eat: From Our Kitchen to Yours,” featuring 466 recipes provided by IANU members as well as family and friends. To purchase a copy, make out a check or money order to the IANU Foundation for $18 a copy (shipping and handling included) and mail it to IANU Foundation c/o Josephine Petitti; 2250 W. Golf Road, Suite 203; Hoffman Estates, IL 60169. (847-885-2074)

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