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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 20, 2015 irandello @ceum "I N1i liori" ards March 28, 2015 JOSEPHINE CUZZI Management-Leadership Josephine "Joey" Cuzzi was born and brought up in East Boston. Attended East Bostor High School where she was an excellent student and a cheerleader. While attending Salem State University, she met her future husband, Stephen Cuzzi. She received her B.A. in 1974. They married in 1977, have a daughter Gracia. Josephine has had an extensive career in public service. Director of Communications at Massport from 1994- 2001, she managed public relations and marketing initiatives, always advocating for policies and programs that balanced the needs of East Boston residents with the agency's transportation agenda. In 2002, she redirected her expertise toward leading local nonprofits - first at the Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston, a free, community boating program for children. As the Public Relations and Marketing Consultant for the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, she developed a comprehensive and public relations plan for raising public awareness about the Trust, which was an environmental philanthropy that coordinates and funds programs that restore, protect and improve water-related resources in the Commonwealth. From 2004-2006, she was the Executive Director of the Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston. She directed the operations and program direction for this community sailing center and secured $300,000 in private investment and grants in under 12 months to retire debt and keep this program afloat. In this position she served more than 600 children and 100 adult members. ~ Most recently, from 2006-2014, Joey was the Executive Director of the East Boston YMCA. Under her leadership, the Y's early childhood education, afterschool, teen and active older adult initiatives have flourished. Her concern for those less fortunate drove her to put major resources into the Child and Adult Care Food and Summer Programs. Nine hundred East Boston families are fed each day and the summer program served 152,000 meals this past summer. She was also the catalyst behind the YMCA Test Teaching Kitchen that helps seniors with their dietary restrictions, teaches families how to budget and eat healthy, and will develop food industry training programs for teens and underemployed adults. Joey has also received many awards for her achievements Nominated by Joonne Vennochi St. Pierre JAMES F. PINZINO International Business James F. Pinzino, is currently semi-retired after selling the EMC/VMware Storage and Software Systems Company, a leader in the field of computer-ware. From a single start up, he developed the company into one that generated annual revenues in excess of ~ million and employed a staff of 50. Pinzino began his career as a Sales Rep. for the Burroughs Corporation and quickly moved up the ranks. Recognizing p irandetlo Lyceum President Rosario Cascio has announced this year s recipients of the I ~/n Me-as et Cesta Awards, the Best in Mind and Deeds The Pirandello has recognized a group of outstanding Americans of Italian descent who have made important and significant contributions to their profession, society and to the highlight of the Pirandello Lyceum's events. You are most welcome to join the Pirandello as we honor ,these fine men and woman at the 30~h annual I Migliori awards r to be held on Saturday evening, March 28the Details are as follows: I in Mens et Gesta, Saturday, "March 28rE, 2015, Cocktails& Hors d'oeuvres 6:00 PM, PM, Hyatt Harborside Hotel, Boston Logan Airpcnx, Boston, I01 Harborside Drive, Boston, MA 02128 (617) 568-12M: We are plea~d to have for your listening and dance pleasure the beautiful music of Frank Zarba and Tom Mark. Proceeds from the banquet benefit the Pirandello's scholarship fund which last year prodded six scholarships to college.bound students continuing the pursuit of Italian language or culture. For Additibnal information contact Maria Capogreco at (617) 567-1233; or Dorothy Maio (781) 245-6536. REV. RICHARD C. MESSINA PRESIDENTS AWARD Reverend Richard C. Messina was born in East Boston in1939 where he spent part of his youth. He attended Holy Redeemer in East Boston and graduated from St. Clement's High School in Somerville. He entered St. John's Seminary, Brighton, after high schooi and studied there for seven years. His grandfather, Diego Messina, owned and operated two bake shops in Boston's North End. It was there that his mother, Mary, and father, Joseph, met. They married at St. Leonard's Church in the North End in 1936. They started their family in Orient Heights, East Boston, where they raised two children Theresa (Luca) of Somerville, and Father Richard of Winchester. All four of his grandparents were born in Sicily, as were several of his aunts and uncles. He grew up in an atmosphere that encouraged the cultural and emotional ties of his Italian extended family. Fr. Richard's early life began immersed in the Italian-American community and his involvement continues to this day. His pastoral service a shortage of technical talent in the computer industry, he started his includes: St. John Vianney and The Immaculate Conception in Revere; own business !n.19.85: International Computerware. Inc. ~ providing Blessed Sacrament in Jamaica Plain; S~ Clement in S olnerville; St. Anne compan,es w,th both temporary ano permanent stamng so,utions wntle i Gloucester. He sewed as the former ~haplain and G/jidance Counselor at the same time recruited resources throughout the world to address at Bishop Fenwick High where a scholarship in his name was established the shortage. Eventually, his company serviced the Banking, Finance, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Technology industries as well as Education. In addition, he developed the MaaS Program a powerful system that assured consistent flow of capital from vendors while supporting customer products without lapses. Among the awards he received is the EMC Quality Services Award, for five consecutive years. Named VMware Business Continuity Partner of the Year in 2012 and his company made Inc Magazine 500/5000 List as one of the fastest growing private corporations in America. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with Distinction in 1976 with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering concentrating in Structural Design and Construction Management with a Minor in Business. He is considered an expert in the fields of Finance and Administration. James is very proud of his Italian heritage, tracing it back to the 1800's. His paternal grandparents were from the same small town, Petralia Sottana in the Madonie Mountains of central Sicily in the Province of Palermo. His grandfather, Giuseppe Pinzino, came to America in 1905 through Ellis Island, one month before his 15th birthday. His father was a doctor who settled in Brockton. He is the youngest of four sibl!ngs, is married to Berta, his wife of 40 years and they have five children ranging from 23 to 39 years of age. He is an active lifetime member of Italia Unita and a member of the Italian American Cultural Center of Worcester. Nominated by Aldo Ciprioni, Esq. SENATOR SAL N. DIDOMENICO Public Service Senator Sal N.DiDomenico is a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and Boston College. He and his wife, Tricia, a special education teacher, reside in Everett with their two sons, Matthew and Sal. Senator Sal DiDomenico has served as State Senator for the Middlesex and Suffolk District since May 2010. He currently serves on the Senate President's leadership team as 'Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Ethics and the Joint Committee on Election Laws. Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator DiDomenico served four terms on the Everett City Council and was elected President in 2007. During this time he was also the Chief of Staff to former State Senator Anthony Galluccio. Before entering state government, he worked for twelve years in the hospitality industry at Sonesta International Hotels and Marriot International. Senator DiDomenico has accumulated an impressive record of legislative accomplishments. He has also secured millions of dollars for critical programs in his district and throughout the Commonwealth. Over 30 organizations have recognized him for his work and achievements. Senator DiDomenico is a devoted member and follows his father's lead in the Saints Cosmas and Damian Society along with many organizations. Senator DiDomenico and his wife, Tricia, also created The DiDomenico Foundation which has raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund scholarships for local Students and purchase toys during the holiday season for children. He has worked hard to preserve, promote and celebrate his rich heritage of Italian culture and language by encouraging an appreciation of the Italian language, arts and letters, and history. Nominoted by Nicolone Ciono in 1984. He currently serves as Chaplain of the Men's Lodge of the Sons of Italy in Winchester. From 1993 to the present he has served as pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Winchester. Ft. Messina has served with distinction on many religious boards and committees: Archdiocese of Boston's Catholic Appeal, Advisory Committee, current member; Boston Archdiocese Office of AIDS Ministry; and the Winchester Interfaith Clergy Council. He has tirelessly participated community activities designed to promulgate Italian language and culture. He was instrumental in establishing the study of Italian at St. Mary's Elementary School. In each and every one of his assignments, he established a welcoming environment to everyone. An important aspect of Fr. Richard's life is his heartfelt appreciation of the contributions made by Italians and Italian-Americans to our civilization. He has always encouraged the acquisition of the knowledge of, respect and appreciation for, Italian culture and language. Fr. Richard Messina was ordained a priest by Richard Cardinal Cushing in 1965. This year he celebrates his 50th Anniversary of Ministry in the Archdiocese of Boston and will be retiring from full-time priestly duties. His parishioners are already lamenting his absence from their parish. ALBERTO MUSTONE Cultural Researcher Alberto Mustone was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1958, the first of two children of Filippo Mustone and Rosa Contardo who immigrated to Argentina after the war. In 1964, Alberto's family returned to Italy. In search of a better future, Alberto's father immigrated to the United States in 1970 and settled in Boston. Four years later, at 16 years of age, Alberto joined his father in Boston. In 1977, Alberto married his dear wife, Antonietta. They are the loving parents of two children, Philip and Christina. In 1988 Alberto became actively involved in coaching in the Medford Youth Soccer League, eventually coaching his young athletes to a division title. In 1955 Alberto a group of friends founded of Club Italia, a social, cultural and recreational organization in which he served as president for ten years. In 2007 he joined with other organizations to establish the Federation of Italian Associations of New England in which he served as president for 4 years. Collaborating with COMITES, with the Consul General of Italy for Boston and other Italian - American associations, he helped establish a series of cultural and recreational activities within the Italian community including dinner evenings of dialectical poetry, Italian regional music, Italian film, bocce tournaments and the Festa della Republica, now an annual celebration of the establishment Of the Republic of Italy. In 2012, together with a group of Italians who emigrated from the same town in Italy, Alberto founded the Melito Irpino Boston Association to preserve the traditions, religious~afid (:ultural; of this beautiful small town, Melito Irpino, in the Avellino provirfce, where his family originated. He also is a member of numerous Italian organizations. He has been a loyal employee of LKM Industries, a manufacturing company in Woburn MA, since 1981 and together with his wife, in 1988 opened "Ideal Gift" a gift shop in Everett, MA. Nominoted by Filippo Frottoroli GIUSEPPE GIANGREGORIO Italian Community Giuseppe Giangregorio was born August 5, 1937 in Apice Benevento (Campania Region), Italy. His father, Sebastiano, an Italian soldier, died in military service in Greece WWII. Giuseppe emigrated to the U.S.A. (Boston) in 1954 with his mother Palmira Amorosi Giangregorio, brother Fernando, maternal grandmother and maternal aunt. They lived in the North End of Boston. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in the North End and in 1958 at the age of 16 he began working at the Green Cross Pharmacy in the North End. Giuseppe attended the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1962. Shortly afterwards he began working as a pharmacist at the New England Medical Center while also continuing at the Green Cross Pharmacy. In 1964, Giuseppe, along with his brother Fernando, bought the Green Cross Pharmacy. In 1968, they purchased the Roma Pharmacy in the North End. Giuseppe has been active with several societies : Past-President and Treasurer of the North End Union; co-founder, Past-President and Treasurer and Board Member of the ABCD Agency, North End Chapter; co-founder of the Associazione Cattolica Italiana di Boston, St. John School, North End; coordinator of events & programming for the Papal Visit to Boston by the City of Boston. Giuseppe is benefactor of the Vespucci Sports Events, Bicentennial Celebrations, 1980's; the Boys & Girls Town of Italy; charity ball at the Ritz Carlton; bocce tournaments for the benefit of Casa Monte Casino; the Dante Alighieri Society; Comites; the Post Gazette, and, C.A.S.IT. (Centro Attivita' Scolastiche Italiane). He has a deep respect, pride, and love for all things Italian ! He has received honors which include decorations by the Italian Government, Cavaliere 1980 and Decorated Cavaliere Ufficiale 1994. In 2006 he was Decorated Commendatore by the Italian Government under Pres. Giorgio Napolitano "del Ordine al Merito della Republica Itatiana" nominated by Italian Consul Gen. Pierluigi Squillante. In 2008 Giuseppe was honored by the North End Athletic Assoc. (and received the Fred Carangelo Community Leader Award along with his brother Fernando. In 2009 he was honored by North End Against Drugs with the Walter Salvi Community Appreciation Award and NSTAR Business Award. In 2010, Giuseppe and Fernando were honored by the Greater Renaissance Lodge #2614 Order of The Sons of Italy and they received "The Inspirational Award" by Dr. Dean Saluti, President. Giuseppe is an example of the American Dream. He is an icon of the Italian-American Community at-large. He is an inspiration for all Italian Americans. Nominated by Stephen Maio FRANK D. PRIVITERA, JR. taw - Philanthropy Frank Privitera Jr., is a partner of the Privitera Family Charitable Foundation. He is an attorney running his own law practice in Magoun Square, Somerville and is known in his community for his support of youth sports and coaching of youth hockey in his home town of Woburn, MA and elsewhere. In conjunction with his father, Frank Privitera Sr., his mother, Jennie Privitera and his brother and sister, Philip and Jeannine, the Privitera Family Charitable Foundation was established to support many organizations in the Italian-American community and other worthy causes including the Home for Little Wanderers in Jamaica Plain and the Elizabeth Peabody House which originated in Boston and now housed in Somerville, MA. Other philanthropic works by the Privitera Family Charitable Foundation include the Dante Alighieri statute in front of the Dante Alighieri Society Building in Cambridge, MA and the statue of former Welter Weight Champion Tony DeMarco in the North End of Boston. The Foundation also donated the St. Thomas Moore Statue at Boston College Law School which was donated in memory of Frank's morn Jennie Privitera. Frank, Jr., Frank St. and Philip all attended Boston College Law School. Frank Jr:s greatest love is his wife Andrea and their children, Anthony, Olivia and Vanessa. His most rewarding endeavor has been coaching youth hockey and the benefit derived from furthering the youth to persevere and excel both in sports and otherwise. Nominated by Dorothy Mole PAOLO PARRAVANO Education Paolo Parravano is presently Co-Director of Government and Community Relations within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of the President, a position he has held since 1991. His role in the Office of Government and Community Relations involves fostering communication and understanding between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and all levels of government, major constituency groups and M.I.T.'s surrounding community. He serves a liaison and resource for people within M.I.T. who may have a need to work with external parties and those in the community who have a similar need to interact with the Institute. He also serves as M.I.T's campus Federal Relations Officer, accompanying M.I.T. President on regular visits to Washington and hosting campus visits by elected officials and other dignitaries. in Cambridge, Paolo works to strengthen MIT's involvement in science education for K-12 teachers and students through a growing list of partnerships, especially with the Cambridge Public Schools. In all of his work and travel both in Washington and locally, Paoio's most critical task is to represent the Institute in a personal way as a resource for knowledge, neighborly support, and the advancement of M.I.T.'s mission of scientific education and research. Prior to his employment at M.I.T., Paolo worked as a staff attorney in a Civil Rights consulting firm in the Boston area providing advice and consultation for corporations on the implementation of Civil Rights regulations. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Paolo maintains a strong interest in community service and chairs the National Braille Press Board of Trusteesand the Housing Corporation of Arlington's Board of Directors. He enjoys following soccer, participating in water sports and all things barbecue. However, his greatest delight flows from his family, which includes two absolutely splendid daughters, Emily and Eleanora, and his wife Martha. Nominated by Fronk Ciono, Esq.