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POST-GAZE'I-rE, JANUARY 14, 2011 Page 5 Le "Piccole Italia" in Nord America Crescono Negli Usa, i residenti di origine italiana sono sparsi principalmente negli stati di New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts e California. Ma di "Little Italy" ce ne sono molto di pifi, 28 in 14 stati. A New York City ce ne sono tre: una a sud di Manhattan, la "Piccola Italia" originale, ma ehe ora 6 principalmente cinese, Arthur Avenue, nel Bronx, che ha preso l'eredit~ come zona autentica Italiana, e Bensonhurst a Brooklyn. La "Little Italy" di Manhattan si svilupp6 nel 1926 con l'arrivo di immigranti napoletani (ed ecco la Festa di San Gennaro a settembre che dura ben 11 giorni), fa perno su Mulberry Street e si prende quattro isolati, dove sono ora rimasti solamente 10 ristoranti italiani. La "Little Italy" di Arthur Avenue, famosa per il suo Ferragosto, in- clude 24 ristoranti italiani, diversi negozi di generi alimentari, alcuni bar e negozi di souvenir e di apparecchi come macchine per il caff6 espresso. Si trova in una sezione del Bronx conosciuta come Belmont, un'area che ospita anche il Giardino Botanico, lo Zoo e l'universit Fordham. Quella di Brooklyn ~ molto pifi piccola ed 6 famosa per il suo collegamento con John Gotti, boss della famiglia Gambino. Nello stato di New York ci sono "Little Italy" anche a Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Schenectady e Syracuse. Di "Little Italy" in Connecticut ve ne sono quattro: a Bridgeport, Waterbury, Hartford e New Haven, la principale. Quest'ultima si trova a Wooster Street ed include 10 ristoranti italiani. In Pennsylvania vi sono tre "Little Italy": a Altoona, Connellsville e Filadelfia. Qui la "Piccola Italia" si trova a sud della citt~ (South Phflly) e occupa 10 isolati intorno alia Nona Strada (9th Street). Nata nel 1884 la "Little Italy" di Philadelfia ha avuto residenti come Mario Lanza, Frankie Avalon, A1 Martino ("I1 Padrino") e Sylvester Stallone. La California conta due "Little Italy": una a San Francisco a North Beach, e l'altra a San Diego. Quest'ultima, in esistenza dal 1920 6 oggi curata da un'associazione e conta 45 ristoranti italiani contenuti tra Laurel Street a nord e West Broadway a sud. La "Little Italy" di San Francisco ~ stata fondata dopo il terremoto del 1906, ruota intorno a Boston's North End Broadway e confina con la locale Chinatown. II Massachusetts ha pure due "Little Italy": a Springfield e a Boston dove e situata al North End della citt~. Nata con il caff6 "Vittoria" nel 1929, il North End conta oggi 44.000 residenti di origini italiane. Due "Little Italy" sono anche in Ohio: A Youngstown ed a Cleveland. Poi, una nel Maryland, a Baltimore; una nel Delaware, a Wilmington; nel Nebraska, ad Omaha; nel New Jersey, a Paterson, e nell'lllinois, a Chicago. Quest'ultima non ha una vera "Little Italy", ma 12 aree ad alta concentra- zione di italo-americani, principalmente: Grand Avenue (tra Aberdeen e May Street), Lower West Side (24 Street e Oakley) e lungo North Harlem Avenue. Anche St. Louis in Missouri ha una sua "Little Italy" nella zona chiamata "The Hill" ed ha 13 ristoranti con nomi come "Guido", Lorenzo" e "Dominic's". Una "Little Italy" c'e anche a Providence, nel piccolo stato di Rhode Island e fa perno intorno a Atwells Avenue. Di "Piccole Italia" se ne incontrano anche in posti come New Orleans, in Loui- siana, proprio nel cuore del Quartiere Francese. Infatti il rinomato ristorante "Antoine's" fu aperto da Antonio Alciatore, un italiano proveniente dalla Francia. A sud del Quartiere Francese poi Piazza d'Italia. I~ intercssante notare anche che alcune grandi citt~ americane con sedi di consolati italiani (come Detroit, Houston, Miami e Los Angeles) non hanno una "Little Italy." Taken from L'Italo Americano of Italy Italian classes offered by the Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge #2223 will resume on Wednesday and Thursday, January 26 and 27, 2011 for a ten week course. The classes are offered to all present students and to any- one who is interested in acquiring profi- ciency with the language or learning about the country of Italy. The classes, in addi- tion to the language, will explore the cul- ture, the terrain, the people and the culi- nary arts of Italy. Beginner 1 & 2 classes and Intermediate 1 & 2 classes will meet on Wednesday eve- nings at St. Margaret's School on Winn Street in Burlington. The Advanced class will meet on Thursday evenings in Stoneham at the home of the instructor. Registrations will take place on Wednes- day, January 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. at St. Margaret's School. For additional information, please contact Phil DAlleva, Director of the program, at 781- 272-4305 or e-mail at dalleva@comcast.net. JANUARY 2011 SCHEDULE Beginner 1 Classes - 6:00-7:30 pm- Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (starting date) Beginner 2 Classes - 7:30-9:00 pm - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (starting date) Intermediate 1 Classes - 7:30-9:00 pm - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (starting date) Intermediate 2 Classes - 6:00-7:30 pm - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (starting date) Advanced Class - 6:30-8:00 pm - Thurs- day, January 27, 2011 (starting date) This class is only for intermediate advanced students. In the event of a snowstorm, classes will be canceled and rescheduled at the end of the course. Should this happen, you will be notified by telephone. If you are unable to register in person on Wednesday, January 19, please complete #2223 the Registration Form located on the Sons of Italy's web site and mail it with your check made out to the Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge #2223 to Phil DAlleva, 15 Edgemere Avenue, Burlington,. MA 01803. The web site ID: www.burlingtonsonsofitaly.org No registration will be accepted after Monday, January 24, 2011. Be sure to register early as space is at a premit{m. Our teachers, Thomas and Antoinette Stuto of Stoneham, have been teaching Adult Education Italian to the local communities for many years. Antoinette also teaches Ital- ian to our students in the Burlington Public School System and has been part of a team of teachers that travel with their students to Italy every year. The Order of the Sons of Italy Burlington Lodge #2223 has been offering the Italian language classes for over ten years and the program is one of the lodge's proudest achievements. The ongoing goal of the Lodge is to teach Italian to interested members of the community. This goal is a *work-in- progress" in which many people over the years have been introduced and educated in the Italian language. Many students have completed the entire course and have returned year after year to keep up with their conversational skills. Whatever the reason, learning a new lan- guage and culture can be a rich, rewarding and enjoyable experience. For specific information about class con- tent please call our teacher, Thomas Stuto at 781-438-6720. Don't forget to mail that registration form in early to reserve your place, if you are unable to register in person on Wednesday, January 19, 2010. Stay updated by visiting the Lodge's website: www.burlingtonsonsofitaly.org. You Remember? ... JAMES MICHAEL CURLEY I i Z After three terms as Mayor of!Boston (1914-18, 1922- 26, and 1930-34), James Michael Curley was elected Governor. The effects of the Gr~at Depression continued to dominate the Governor's agenda. Governor Curley ac- celerated the investment of millions"" of federal and state dollars in public works projects and induced regulated indnstrics, such as banks and ufilltles to lower rates. He ] advocated conservation projects, a forty-eight hour work week, and improved old age pension laws. Governor Curley declined to run for re-el~ction in favor of running, ! for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Curley's Senate campaign ] _ un ucce f nd ~er a~ed. yo~ c mpai,n 11 he returned to Congress (1943-1945), and then again to the Mayor's office (1945-1959)i i (Photo courtesy of Pat.Barrasso, circa 1926) RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Frattaroli 4 ] 5 Hanover Street, BOston, MA 02113 617.367.2353 --- Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily -- Private dining rooms for any occasion donato@luciaboston.com www.luciaboston.com