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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 26, 2011 Pirandello ceum "I Migliori" l ards - 51pril 9, 2011 The 2011 recipi- 6:00 PM, dinner and dancing, CHERYL FIANDACA - News Media ents of the Pirandello 7:00 PM. Cheryl is regardingairportsecurity, thecourts, one station in New York, Fiandaca Lyceum's prestigious Proceeds from the banquet a general as- police and crime, reported on everything from break- I Migliori in Mens et Gesta award have been an- nounced. The Pirandello Lyceum has recognized a group of out- standing Americans of Italian descent who have made important contributions to their profession, to society and to the Italian American community. You are most welcome to join us as the Pirandello Lyceum honors these fine men and women at the 25th annual I Migliori Awards Din- ner to be held at the Hilton Hotel Logan Airport, 85 Terminal Road, Boston, on Saturday evening, April 9, 2011. Re~:eption and social hour benefit the Pirandello's scholarship fund, which last year provided six $1500.00 scholarships to college-bound students continu- ing the pursuit of Italian language or culture. ReservatiOns may be made by contacting event chairpersons Dorothy Maio (781) 245-6536 or Maria Capogreco (617) 567-I 233. Please make your reservations by April I, 2011. The Pirandello Lyceum con- gratulates this year's I Migliori award winners and looks forward to sharing this happy evening with you. DOROTHY AUFIERO - Film Producer Dorothy has a wide range of television and feature film experi- ence spanning 20 years and has currently produced the highly acclaimed film The Fight- er, based on the life stories of boxing brothers Dicky Eklund and Irish Micky Ward for Paramount Pictures. Some of her latest pro- ducing projects include: Deprav- ity, an original thriller penned by Dennis Lehane, author of Mys- tic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island; Bad Blood, based on Casey Sherman's true crime thriller Bad Blood; and The Finest Hours, based on Casey Sherman's The Finest Hours, a true story of the U.S. Coast Guards most daring sea rescue. Aufiero was one of the co-found- ers of Scout and with her former partners David Collins and Michael Williams, built one of the most suc- cessful production companies on the East Coast -- creators of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Aufiero has also produced such films as Brad Anderson's Session 9; Errol Morris' Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Lutcher, Jr.; and held key produc- tion roles in such high profile films as: David Mamet's Spartan and State and Main; Brad Silbreling's Lemony Snickers: A Series of Unfortunate Events; Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting; and Michael Corrente's Outside Providence and American Buffalo. Dorothy had the pleasure of working with GianCarlo Giannini, at Cinque Terre. She has traveled to Italy and is planning a return trip to her maternal grandparents home- to~vn of Benevento and Avellino. Presenter- Lisa Cappuccio SALVATORE PI NZONE - Italian Culture and Business Entrepreneur Salwas born In 1992, Sal provided strong and raised inleadership in Waltham, Massachu- the Aeolian setts, to collect donations for the Islands, Prov- creation ofa monument dedicated ince of Messi- to Christopher Columbus on the ha, Sicily. He Quincentennial of Columbus's -came here asdiscovery of America. a young man, In 1994, Sal was awarded a worked hard certificate of Appreciation from and became a successful busi- Consul General Falaschi for Sal's ness man. He always cherished great contribution of time and ef- his Italian background andthe fort to promote a very successful contributions of Italians to world Italian Republic Day. civilization: For never losing site At the Watertown Sons of Italy of his Italian heritage, Sal was Lodge, Sal served as a member and awarded a citation of Appreciation chairman of the Board of Trustees from the Province of Agrigento, devoting a great deal of energy Sicily in 1997. in maintaining and updating the Sal quickly became active in the beautiful Watertown facility. He Italian-American community and served as Chairman of the Sons contributed his time and energy of Italy Italian Culture Committee his love and his generous giving in 1999. In 2006 Sal received the to Italian-American causes which Sons of Italy Golden Lion Award included local, state and national for his immense service to the organizations devoted tO the Ital- Watertown Lodge. ian language and culture. In the Sal was an early strong sup- city ofWaltham, Sal's home town, porter of the establishment of the because of his great efforts, the city Pirandello Lyceum. For many years displays the Italian flag next to the he televised the proceedings of American flag during the month the Pirandello I Migliori Awards' of October, Italian-American Heri- ceremonies. rage Month. He is very active in Sal is a very positive ambassador his community in the creation of for Italians as he reaches out to all interfaith programs which create people. brotherhood and goodwill. Presenter - Dorothy 114aio DANIEL CONLEY - Suffo/k County District Attorney Conley has populated county. Prior to taking served as the office as Suffolk County's 14th chief law en- distridattorney, Mr. Conley served f o r c e m e n t for eight years on the Boston City officer in Suf- Council. folk County A career prosecutor before since 2002. As seeking public office, Mr. Conley district attor- served asan assistant district attor- ney, Mr. Con- ney for nine years in the office he ley oversees a staff of .260 and is now leads, prosecuting homicides responsible for the prosecution and other serious felonies. A sec- of 43,000 criminal cases every ond generation Italian-American, year in the state's most densely- Mr. Conley's maternal grandpar- signment re- porter and an attorney. Fian- daca is skilled at breaking news, enter- prise reporting and investigations. She is also an insightful legal analyst. Fiandaca is a freelance general as- signment reporter with WCVB-TV in Boston. Since she arrived in Boston, in March of 2009, Fiandaca obtained exclusive interviews with Justin Barrett, the Boston Police Officer embroiled in the Henry Louis Gates incident and with Paul Langone, the special police officer credited with saving the life of a doctor at Mass General Hospital. Most recently, Fiandaca broke the story of Delvonte Tisdale, the teenager who felt from plane in Milton. In addition, Fian- daca has broken dozens of stories MICHAEL J. IANDOLI Executive Management Michael J. lan- doli is the Presi- dent and CEO of Larz Anderson Automobile Mu- seum, a position he has held for the last four years. Under his leadership, Larz Anderson has become one of the finest auto- mobile museums in the Unites States and has gained world-renown for its historic Anderson car collection. During his tenure at Larz Anderson, Michael landoli developed a pro- gram for theme exhibits that changes annually. In order to accomplish this, he created and enhanced museum relationships with the car collector community and the car clubs of New England. He established an endow- ment program, increased revenues through enhancements of existing museum activities while also adding new revenue generating events. Michael has beer~ in executive management for over 40 years. He is the Past President of TAC Worldwide Companies, 1969 - 2001. TAC Worldwide Companies provides technical staffing services and cus- tomized workforce solutions. The company serves the aerospace, bio- technology, energy/utilities, finan- cial services, government services, hardware and software, telecommu- nications, and transportation sectors. Currently, Michael is an Outside Director of UniFirst Corporation and is the owner of MJI Associates LTD, a consulting company to the contract labor industrY. Michael is an active member of the Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America. His Italian car show on the Larz Anderson lawn, Tutto Italiano, draws 5,000 spectators and is to be a keystone event for the Boston Italiari Consul General's 150 Year Anniver- sary of the Unification of Italy. Mr. landoli is an avid car.collector and was Past President of The Jaguar Association of New England (JANE). He and his wife Margarita reside on Boston's Beacon Hill. Presenter- Dr. Dean I. Saluti ents, Severo and Catherine (Spina) DeNapoli immigrated to Boston from Avellino and Sicily in the early part of the last century. A graduate of Stonehill College and Suffolk University Law School. Mr: Conley lives in in Boston with his wife, Tricia, and their two children. He is the first Italian-American District Attorney in SiJffolk County history. Presenter Attorney Frank Ciano Fiandaca came to Boston after ing news crime stories to enterprise working at WCVB-TV as an inves- pieces on terrorism and in-depth tigative reporter. During her time at investigations on failed federal se- the flagship CBS station, Fiandaca curity. Fiandaca was also the first broke exclusive stories regarding local reporter allowed in ground airport security and failed anti ter- zero after the terror attacks and had rorism policies. Fiandaca also had unprecedented access to the site. the only interview with New York A Boston native, Fiandaca prac- State Supreme Court Judge Gerald ticed law in New York and Massa- Garson, who was found guilty in chusetts and is licensed to practice a far reaching political and judicial in the District of Columbia as well. scandal. An adjunct professor at North Shore Fiandaca began her television Community College, Fiandaca also career at WABC-TV, Eyewitness taught at John Jay College of Crimi- News during the O.J. Simpson trial, hal Justice in New York. Has a B.S. She later became a legal affairs cor- from Suffolk University and a J.D. respondent and covering the city's from New England School of Law. most infamous cases; including the Fiandaca is the recipient of a Abner Louima police brutality trial Peabody Award for her coverage and the murder of trial of Sante and of the September 11th attacks. She Kenneth Kimes. After both trials, also won the 2001 Italian Charities Fiandaca got the only interviews of America's "Newscaster of the with the major defendants in the Year" award. cases. During her time at the number Presenter - Dr. Dean Saluti ALDO A. CIPRIANO - Law and Public Service Aldo is a well- known attorney with offices in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Since gradua- tion from Bos- ton College School of Arts and Sciences and Boston College Law School, he has practiced law for over 30 years. In his practice, he has represented many MetroWest cities, towns, and municipalities in diverse legal matters. Attorney Cipriano was the City Solicitor and then Special Counsel for the City of Marlborough. He is currently the Town Counsel for the Town of Hudson. He was a Special Counsel for the Town of Framingham. He is currently the General Town Counsel to the Town of Southborough. He was Special Counsel to the Town of Maynard and General Counsel to the Marlborough Community Development Authority. AIdo Cipriano is indeed a prominent public service attorney for the com- munities west of Boston and east of Worcester. Attorney Cipriano was a Select- man for the Town of Southborough. He has been the local bank counsel for several MetroWest banks. He is the Special Counsel to the Mar- lborough Cable TV Station. He is the General Counsel to the United Way Tri-County, to the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, and to the Boston Children's School. He is currently active in many other MetroWest community organiza- tions for which he often volunteers his services. Attorney Cipriano has never forgotten his Italian roots. He is an active member of the Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America. Over the last year, he has sponsored at least a half-dozen new members to the Sons of Italy. He is also active in East Boston's Italia Unita, where he attends monthly cultbral meetings and Italian classes. Aldo is an avid car collector and was the Head Judge for the Jaguar Association of New England (JANE). He is now the Head Judge for the Larz Anderson Auto Museum Italian Car Show and Competition, Tutto Italiano. He and his wife Debra and their children Allison and Kristen reside in South- borough, Massachusetts. Presenter: Maria Capogreco CARMINE NIGRO - President's Award Carmine was born in Naples, Ita- ly. In 1972, at the age of 10, he immi- grated to the U.S. and re- located with his parents and sister to East Boston. During his 8-years in the Boston Public , Schools, Mr. Nigro was a student of the Italian Bilingual Program. He was valedictorian of the class of 1980, the 100~ graduating class of East Boston High School. In 1984, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Amherst College. December 6, 1987, Mr. Nigro entered on duty with the FBI as a Special Agent, March 1988, af- ter successfully completing the FBI Academy, he was assigned to the Houston Field Office were he worked organized crime and drug investigations. October 1988, Mr. Nigro was transferred to the FBI New York Field Office where he served for six years and worked primarily Italian Organized Crime investigations. August 1994, Mr. Nigro was Selected by the FBI Direc- toras Assistant Legal Attache' (ALAT) and was assigned to the American Embassy, Rome, Italy. As an ALAT he managed organized crime and drug investigations for Italy and approximately 20 other countries. October 1998, Mr. Nigro was trans- ferred to the La Cosa Nostra/Italian Organized Crime/Labor Racketeer- ing Unit, Organized Crime Section, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI Headquarters. February 2000, Mr. Nigro was appointed Supervisory Special Agent of the Special Op- erations Group, FBI Boston. He had oversight for physical surveillance assets and the aviation program. April 2004, Mr. Nigro was selected by the FBI Boston Executive Man- agement to establish a Field Intel- ligence Group. As the supervisor of the Intelligence Branch, Mr. Nigro pr()vided managerial oversight for Agents, Intelligence Analysts and Language Analysts. February 2008, Mr. Nigro was designated as the Counterintelligence (CI) Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the FBI Boston Office. This program builds relationships between private indus- try, academia, government agencies, the FBI, and its counterintelligence community partners to identify and protect projects of great importance to the'U.S, government. Mr. Nigro is married and has two children. Presenter - Rosario Cascio