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Page 8 -- POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 22, 2013 Pirandello f.g ceu m "I _ iglio ri " lwards MARILYN PETITTO DEVANEY Governor's Councilor Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney is the first Italian American woman ever elected Governor's Councillor in the State of Massachusetts since the Governor's Council was established by the Constitution in 1780.Marilyn has been serving since 1999- completed seven two-year terms. Last November she was elected to her eighth term. She received 202,522 votes (from 32 cities and towns she represents) -- 75% of the votes in her district -- the largest number of votes ever received by any Governor's Councillor running with opposition. Marilyn, born with a last name "Peters" is a lifelong resident of Watertown, Massachusetts -- first generation American, the youngest child of three older sisters, of the late Andrew and the late Madeline (DeNucci). Marilyn's father was born in Messina, Sicily. Her mother's family came from Avellino. Marityn through the years was continually upset when she visited her family's grave -- seeing the name on the stone "Peters." Marilyn's father, an Italian immigrant, faced such blatant prejudice. When they would not hire Italians, he was forced at age 17 to change his name from "Petitto to Peters" -- to work -- to survive. Marilyn couldn't change the past but she did make a change. Twenty-five years ago Marilyn went to court and took back her father's name that he was born with. Marilyn officially took "Petitto" as her middle name. Marilyn has been a member of the Cornelia Dei Gracchi Lodge, Sons of Italy of Watertown for 36 years and served a term as a Trustee. She is a long-time and present member of the Commission of Social Justice of the Sons of Italy of America. Marilyn stated she joined the Sons of Italy to demonstrate her pride in being Italian American, her own way of vindication for the prejudice her parents and relatives experienced, as well as her own ... She wants to change the negative stereotyping of Italians and re-educate people -- especially those of Italian descent -- to be proud of all that Italians have contributed to this country. Marilyn was married to the late John "Jack" Devaney, a Marine and Watertown firefighter, has four children and three grandchildren. Marilyn, as a wife and mother with four children began college, earned her ABA at Middlesex Community College, Bachelor's degree at Suffolk University and Masters at Boston State College. Marilyn has been very involved with her community, church and country. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Newton. She is a former CCD teacher and lector at St. Patrick's Church in Watertown. In the past, she even volunteered for six months with juveniles on probation in court. She was elected as one of Watertown's youngest town meeting members -- then when Watertown changed to a city she was elected as a town Councillor-at-Large. Marilyn has earned the reputation of being the hardest- working councillor -- The Council holds hearings twelve months a year -- no vacation -- with weekly meeting as well. The councilors have no staff. In 14 years Marilyn has been absent only once for a meeting and a hearing when her husband died. Through the years, Marilyn has demonstrated her compassion and caring for those less fortunate and in need. She has received recognition by Beaver Brook Step for her dedication to those with disabilities. She also served 22 years on the Commission on Disabilities -- benefitting those with disabilities. When she was a Watertown Councillor-at-Large, respected by her peers -- City Councillors and Aldermen across the state voted her as Vice President of the Councillor Association of the Massachusetts M un icipal Association. Nominated by: Frank Ciano, Esquire SALVATORE LUPOLI Business Entrepreneur Sal Lupoli is a serial entrepreneur hav- ing built several successful businesses with over 800 employees to include Sal's Pizza (Wholesale/Retail), Salvatore's Restaurants and Riverwalk Properties. Sal has raised over 250 million in capital through his various business interests. Sal Lupoli is a classic "self-made man," who, as a third-grader, actually wrote a paper saying he wanted to own a restaurant when he grew up! Today, in his mid 40's, he has built multiple empires in the restaurant, wholesale and real estate industries, under the umbrella of The Lupoli Companies. After receiving his degree in Business Management from North- eastern University, (while learning to make pizza while working in Boston's North End between classes), Sal and his brother Nick created Sal's Pizza, opening their first store in Salem, New Hamp- shire in 1990 and making the brand famous by selling a huge three-pound, 19-inch pizza. Today, overlooking the Merrimack River, the Riverwalk Proper- ties also houses Sal's crown jewel, Salvatore's Restaurant and a 400 seat function facility and conference center. Sal believes deeply in "giving back" to the community through his participation in numerous civic activities. Sal designed a pro- gram in the Billerica, MA Public School System - Promoting reading over a four-week period where over 7,000 books were read. He is a donor to many organizations and causes, including Pop Warner and little League teams, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Fatima and Adelante Youth Center, Lawtown Boxing Club, Debbie's Treasure Chest, serves as a football coach for Chelmsford High School and Chelmsford Pop Warner. Sal also co-sponsored a concert featur- ing Wayne Newton, with the proceeds going to underprivileged children and founded the Lawrence Citizenship Initiative. Known for his commitment to the community, Sal is recognized for his contributions to youth and veteran organizations. Sal is an economic development visionary that helped create over 3500 jobs and recruited over 200 companies to one of the poorest communities in the United States, Lawrence, MA, which is Riverwalk Properties. Riverwalk Properties consists of 2.4 mil- lion sq. ft. Sal has his B.S. in Business Management with Honors Northeastern University and an M.B.A. at MIT. Sal resides in Chelmsford, MA and enjoys spending time with his family most of all. Nominated by" Joseph James Bevilacqua FRANCe VITIELLO Architect, Italian Culturalist President's Award Immmigrated to the United States in the late '50s and brought with him, tightly sealed in his heart, the Italian heritage of which he had been a jealous custodian. Spent the first part of his American life in Cleveland, Ohio, where his sister, who sponsored him, was living and where he met my future wife, Mary, who was visiting from Boston. Moved to Boston where his American adventure and dream started. It was a long journey, laborious at times, but at the end success arrived. Graduated from Boston Architectural Center. After completing the five year program, startedl his career with a prestigious Architectural firm, PERRY SHAW, HEPBURN and DEAN, working on a variety of projects among which was The Museum of Science. Thereafter worked with other architectural offices. Worked on the Boston Public Library by the famous American Architect Philip Johnson of New York in the capacity ()f Job Captain, John Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine at Corneill University, Hospitale Metropolitano in Quite-Ecuador, a military Hospital in Rawalpindi Pakistan and Hygyes Hospital in Athens Greece. He also worked at the Madonna Shrine POPE PAUL VI PILGRIM PLAZA Orient Heights where he worked together with Father Rocco Crescenzi. Honda Cars of Boston in Everett, MA. France was president of The Circolo Letterario Italiano for 16 years, Member of the Board of Directors at the Dante Alighieri Society, member of the Board of Governors of the Pirandello Lyceum. Taught Italian at Belmont High School, evening courses, for five years. Recently being awarded the prestigious "Commendatore" from the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. Proud father of four lovely daughters, and has six grandchildren (five girls and one boy). FRANK ZARBA Musician, Vocalist The son of Joseph (Pietraperzia, Sicily) and Elvira Battaglia, (Sulmona, Abbruzzi) was born in East Boston. Frank received a bachelor's degree from the University Mass. Boston, attended *the Boston Conservatory of Music on scholar- ships. On a three-year fellowship to the University of Maryland Frank received two Graduate Degrees and matriculated at Bos- ton University's Doctoral program. Frank made his first professional vocal debut at the State Ball- room in Boston with The Chris Zarba Orchestra, under the direc- tion of his older brother, Chris. Serving as the bandmaster of the Ancient and Honorable Artil- lery Company of Massachusetts and the 2@" Yankee Infantry Divi- sion Band he performed "The National Anthem" at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sex. He has also performed internationally and entertained officials and dignitaries of many foreign nations as well. In 2009, 2010 and 2012 he performed in Sulmona, Italy to benefit the earthquake relief fund. In February 2013 Frank competed at the Teatro Mediterraneo in Naples, winning first place in the 50 e' Piu Italia ... in Canto. Nominated by Nicolane Ciano - jiipril6, 2013 FRANK PASCIUTO - Business/Real Estate Frank Pasciuto was born in Gaeta, Italy, immigrating to the United States after World War II. With his family he resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts, attending night school while working during the day. He met Fermina Battinelli and they were married. He was a hairdresser, owning four salons at one time, while investing in real estate. Currently, his sole focus is on managing his properties. He and Fermina have three children, Suzanne, Frank and Cynthia and four grandsons. Frank is the former Chairman of the Board of the Don Orione Society, former l-ions Club President of Somerville, a Knight of Malta, a Lieutenant in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, a board member of the Dante Alighieri Society and a member of the Sons of Italy, Renaissance Lodge. Nominated by: Dr. Dean Saluti SABATO "TINO" D'AGOSTINO Musician, Educator Born in Italy, Sabato D'Agostino studied at the Salerno Conservatory, from which he was a summa cure laude graduate in 1987, with a Bachelor Degree in Classical Trumpet. From 1986 to 1995 he performed in the Vicenza Symphonic Orchestra, Verdi Philharmonic, Willy Frank Jazz Orchestra and RAI Orchestra (Italian Public Televi- sion), as well as for nationally known artists such as Cattaneo~ Cionfoli and Andrea Bocelli. In 1995, Sabato was offered a full tuition scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. In 1996, he concluded his studies at Berklee with a Bachelor's Degree in Performance, Summa Cure Laude. Also in 2002 he obtained his Masters Degree in Education at Cambridge College. In 2004, Tino was featured on the cover of the SBO Band and Orchestra Magazine. In 2012, Tino was awarded the prestigious Goldin Award from "The Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education." Among his publications Sabato authored six articles for Bass Guitar Magazine and in 2005 he wrote %eft-Right Hand Coordina- tion," for Bass (London, UK). He is now the instrumental director at Arlington High School. Sabato is also on the faculty of Berklee College of Music Summer Program. Also, Sabato is the Director of the of Musica Vesuviana, (http:llmusicavesuvianafestival.coml) a summer music festival he has founded for high school singers and instrumentalists, which is held in Salerno, Italy. From September 2009, he is also on the faculty of the l_ugano Conservatory (Lugano, Switzerland), where he teaches Basic Jazz Improvisation. Tino's ensembles have participated in many events in the Italian community in the world. In fact, in 2006, his Honors Orchestra and. Jazz Band played with the famous opera singer Maria De Simone at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. In 2007, with the Band that he co-leads with Sergio Bellotti -- Spajazzy -- performed with Maria De Simone at the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver, Canada. In 2007 and 2010, D'Agostino Jazz Band performed a music tour in Italy (Calabria, Campania and Sicily). In 2006 and 2012, his Honors Orchestra performed a music tour in Hungary, Switzerland and Italy. In 2007, his AHS Jazz Band represented the Italian community and the Italian Consulate in New England at the Boston Expo, World Trade Center. Also, in 201 I, Tino's ensemble performed at the 150~ Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. In 2012, this ensemble played at the "Made in Italy event, celebrating Italian style," Neiman Marcus in Natick (MA) hosted under the patronage of the Italian Consulate General in Boston. Nominated by: Dr. Tino Valdesolo JAMES DI STEFANO OSIA Massachusetts State President Jim was born in a small paese called Filleto in the region of Abruzzi, Italy. He immigrated to the United States with his family when he was three years old, arrived in the port of New York on Christmas Eve in 1949, and traveled to Boston. Like many Italian immigrants who came to the Boston area, Jim and his fam- ily settled in the North End. In 1968, Jim joined the Order Sons of Italy in America as a member of the Piave Fiume Lodge #1036 in Watertown. His enthusiasm and willingness to lend a help- ing hand were immediately recognized and through the years he ascended through all the leadership roles. In 1999, Jim was elected as a State Trustee from District 3 and subsequently served as State Treasurer, Orator and First Vice President before being unanimously elected the 27~ State President of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Order Sons of Italy in America in 2009. For his contributions at the filial, state and national levels, the Piave Fiume Lodge unanimously voted to bestow upon Jim the title of Honorary President of the Lodge. During his four-year tenure as State President, Jim has intro- duced many new initiatives and programs to the Grand lodge of Massachusetts. He has worked to institute an estate planning initiative, supported fundraising efforts of the Grand Lodge and has provided leadership on many committees, including the 150t" Anniversary of the Unification of Italy, the Italian Heritage Month Committee and the committee to celebrate the 100t" Anniversary of the Order Sons of Italy in America. For his efforts and dedication, Jim was named "Man of the Year~ by the Saints Cosmas and Damien Society and was honored with the rank of Cavaliere under the Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Order of the Star of Italy) by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Jim shares his zest and passion for the Order and has given un- selfishly of his time and energy to promote and enhance the goals of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. His commitment, dedica- tion and hard work serve as a testament to his character and pride in his Italian heritage. Jim lives in Watertown with his wife Kathy, and is a proud father to son Michael and daughter Kimberley, and "Papa" to granddaughter Valerie and grandson Mikey. Nominated by'. Marjorie Cahn