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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 26, 2010 irandello f.yceurn '1Migliori" 41tvards - lpril 10, 2010 The Pirandello Lyceum is proud to announce the 2010 recipients of the FLORENCE FERULLO KANE restigious I Migliori in Mens et Cesta Award! The Board of Governors has Past State President Massachusetts Grand Lodge Massachusetts recognized a group of outstanding Americans of Italian descent who has made impor- tant and significant contributions to their profession, society and to the Italian American community. The Pirandello will honor these fine men and women at the 25th Annual I Migliori Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010. Reception and social hour at 6:00 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM at the Boston Logan Airport Hilton, 85 Terminal Road, Boston. Proceeds from the banquet will benefit the Pirandello's Scholarship Fund, which last year provided six scholarships to college-bound students continuing the pursuit of Italian language or culture. Tickets may be ordered by contacting event co-chairperson Dorothy Maio (781) 245-6536 or Maria Capogreco (617) 567-1233. The Pirandello Lyceum congratulates this year's I Migliori award winners and looks forward to sharing this happy evening with you. FR. RODIGHIERO - PRESIDENT'S AWARD Pastor St. Anthony's Church, Everett, Massachusetts Fr. Rodighiero was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1936, attended secondary school, College and School of Theology in Italy, a mem- ber of the religious community known as Missionaries of St. Charles-Scalabrinians. He was ordained in 1961 in Piacenza, Italy. He arrived in the USA the same year, and served in several parishes with Italians and Italian-Americans; New Haven, CT; Washington DC; Boston, MA and Montreal (Canada) among many more. During his first assignment in the North End of Boston, Fr. Rodighiero was the Direc- tor of the Azione Cattolica Italiana, an organization well known in the metropolitan area. During that period Fr. Rodighiero helped in establishing a monthly publication in Italian, INCONTRO. In Montreal, Fr. Rodighiero continued his publishing activity and started INSIEME. It is now one of Montreal's best read Italian language weekly newspapers. During his stay as Pastor of the North End, Fr. Rodighiero along with Tino Valdesolo and Mr. Fred Vittiglio opened the Casa Monte Cassino for the benefit of Italian families who come to Boston for special medical care. Casa Monte Cassino continues to be a huge success in helping families who seek medical care in Boston. Fr. Rodighiero currently serves as Pastor of St. Anthony's Church in Everett, Massachusetts. Nominated by Rosario Cascio MICHELE McPHEE - Media, Radio, Talk Show Host Michele McPhee is the best-selling true crime author of ``Mob Over Miami" and ~Heartless" (published in England as" Absolute Evil") and ~When Evil Rules." St. Martin's Press will publish her latest works, ``A Mob Story," and "A Date With Death: The True Story of the Craigslist Killer," in the summer of 2010. McPhee is currently the host of The Michele McPhee Show, a talk radio program that airs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday on Boston's Talk Evolution 96.9 FM W-rKK. She is a contributing reporter to the Boston Herald, where she held the title of Police Bureau Chief for three years. McPhee is also a frequent commentator on Boston's Fox 25 and a New England correspondent for ABe News. McPhee is also a creator of the A&E TV special, "Crime Ink," which featured her reportin8 alongslde other crime scribes_ glle ~as covered I1;gll-prol;le cr[me cases across tl~e country anJ has been a commentator on breaking news for national programs on CNN; MSNBC; and the Fox News Network. McPhee was the first female Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News for nearly ten years. She was at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. She was awarded the 2002 New York Society of the Silurian's Feature News Award for a body of work entitled: "The Days After." McPhee's true crime stories have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines includ- ing Maxim; Stuff; Cosmopolitan; New York; ESPN the Magazine; Gotham; Manhattan File; and other international publications. Nominated by Maria Capogreco GREGORY A. GRILLONE, MD, FACS - Medical Dr. Grillone was born in New York City. He graduated from New York University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After working as a research fellow at Rockefeller University he attended the Universita" per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. He then began his medical studies at the Univerista' di Torino, Italy. He continued his studies at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1983. He completed a general surgery internship at Tufts New England Medical Center and then went on to complete residency training in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in the Boston Univer- sity-Tufts University Combined Otolaryngology Residency Program in 1988. Dr. Grillone currently holds the position of Associate Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. Dr Grillone has received numerous awards and honors including being named one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical. Nominated by Domenico Candelieri FRANCESCO VOLPE Mechanical Engineer Francesco Volpe is a native Italian who emigrated to the US as a teenager in the early 50's. A graduate of Northeastern Univer- sity where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering (1965), he entered the field of control instruments, right after gradua- tion, distinguishing himself for his superior technical writing and teaching abilities. He worked for Dresser Industries for forty years, his entire professional working life. During these forty years he has been a very active member of the ~lnstruments Society of America", participating in promot- ing and advancing new technologies and in writing many highly technical protocols. His main hobby is playing music. He is a very accomplished accor- dion and piano player and, since arriving from Italy, dedicates much of his time and talent to promoting Italian Folk Music. As a member of the Azione Cattolica Italiana (1956), he founded both the Sacred Heart Church Choir and the Italian Dance Group of the Azione Cattolica. In 1965 he helped organize the Gruppo Folcloristico Italiano of Boston; took on the role of musical director and accompanist and travelled throughout New England spreading Italian Folk- lore with regional songs and dances. In 1989 he continued in his role of musical director and accompanist for the "1 Paesani Group" of Newton and later in the "Ricordi d'ltalia" Group. For the countless days and hours dedicated to Italian music, Mr. Volpe never accepted any compensation. He is a tireless promoter of Italian Folk Music. Nominated by Dr. Tino Valdesolo Florence Ferullo Kane was born in Revere, Massachusetts. She attended Winthrop High School and furthered her education in Orientation in Early Childhood at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Florence was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Department of Communities and Development for 40 years. She worked with the public as an Office Manager, regarding public housing for the elderly, family and the needy. Florence has been a dedicated member of the Order Sons of Italy in America for forty-seven years. Her mother was definitely instrumental with Florence becoming a member of the Winthrop Ladies Lodge which she held the office of Trustee, Vice President, Recording Secretary and then President. Florence is now a member of the Belmont Mixed Lodge 1094 in Belmont, MA. She has been an Officer of the State Council for 21 years. Her offices include the following: State Trustee from District 4; Financial Secretary; State 2nd Vice President; and State 1 ~ Vice President. Florence served as State President of the Sons of Italy as the First Women in Massachusetts after 93 years. She definitely made history. Florence served as a National Trustee and was appointed Co-chairman to the President Cabinet Meetings by the National President Alfred Alfinito. Florence is a board member of the Italian/American Heritage Committee, first woman to hold the Office of the President of the Knights of the Don Orione Home and served as President for Domenic Savio High School Nominated by Lino Rullo KEVIN GALII~ Conductor - Composer - Arranger Kevin Gali~ holds bachelor's degrees in music and computer science, and the degree of Juris Doctor, all from Boston Univer- sity, a certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music, Rome, Italy, and a Master of Music degree in Conducting and Organ from the Boston Conservatory. He is Music Director of Boston's Coro- Dante, of the M.I.T. Women's Chorale (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), of the Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, and of the Coro San Leonardo, in Boston's historic Ital- ian quarter North End. Currently, he is principal organ/celesta/ harmonium player for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and played regularly with the BSO from 1996-2003, when he be- came Presdient]Founder of Ensemble Adriatico/Ballet Adriatico, his performing and sum- mer festival series in his family's native Le Marche, Italy. Mr. Gali has arranged a large repertoire of Italian Hymns for Sacred and Secular Choruses, to be published in a single volume under European American Music publish- ers; composed a to-be-published complete Psalter and Hymnal based on Gregorian Chants and Bach Chorales; founding Music Director of the Italian repertoire Coro-Dante of the Dante Alighieri Society, Cambridge (Boston); member of the Dante Board of Directors. Nominated by DoLt. Carlo Cipollone & Franco Vitiello ANGELO PETROZZELLI, A.I.A. Architect Angelo Petrozzelli graduated Boston Trade High School with honors and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology ma- joring in architecture where he later taught Design. He served as President of Design Partnership Architects, Inc. where he de- signed the People's Baptist Church in Roxbury; First Baptist Church and Masonic Temple in Methuen; AU saints Church dllCl ll l;lO ill Hillfelllill i;lllCl lllilll OtNI3 , Angelo Petrozzelli partners with the Department of Mental Health successfully placing candidates in positions where they are empowered to achieve their full potential. Angelo believes that our talents should be used to foster a better society. To that end, Angelo donates architectural services to Sacred Heart's in Bradford and St. Vincent DcPaul Pantry. He has also funds annual scholarships for students entering Catholic high schools. As a member of the Haverhill Historic Commission, Mr. Petrozzelli advises building owners and tenants in the preservation historical edifices paying specific attention to financial constants and personal tastes. Angelo continues such work civic and profes- sional organizations with in Haverhill, Bradford and Merrimack Valley. Nominated by Michael Martino DR. DOMENIC AMARA Educator Dr. Amara, is the principal of the Warren-Prescott School in Charlestown which was recently feted by the Edvestors Founda- tion as a School on the Move; President of the Warren-Prescott Foundation, a non-profit group whose goal is to create an endow- ment to support educational initiatives in a public school. A graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in the North End, received his Bachelor's Degree in Science at Boston Univer- sity, M.Ed at Boston State College (U. Mass.), and his Ph.D. in Science Development and Administration at Boston College. He began his career as a Biology and Physics teacher at East Boston High School. As Science Department Head and Assistant Head- master he worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Wentworth Insti- tute in developing the curriculum for the Mario Umana Harbor School of Science and Technology. As an adjunct professor he taught science and education at U. Mass. Dr. Amara was the former co-founder of the East Boston Community News, publisher of the Regional Review and Editor of the East Boston Times. He was a member of the East Boston Community Development Foundation (EBCDC) and the East Boston Area Planning Action Council (APAC). Dr.Amara has been an educational consultant to schools both nationally and internationally. Member of the Sons of Italy Renaissance Lodge; as a member of CASIT he has strongly supported the teaching of Italian in public schools; educator for 44 years and a new principal mentor; recipient of the Boston 350 Education Award, Henry L. Shattuck Award for public service in education. Nominated by Giaconda Motta DR. SAL TESTAVERDE Business and Education Dr. Sal Testaverde dreamed of becoming a scientist for as long as he can remember. Growing up in a Sicilian commercial fishing family in Gloucester, he spent years working on his family's boat as a fisherman, astonished by the ocean's sites and intrigued by the marine organisms he collected. After graduating from Northeastern University with a B.A. in biology, Sal served as fisheries expert in Colombia, South America with the Food and Agriculture Organi- zation, a branch of the United Nations based in Rome, Italy. Upon returning home from his tenure in South America, Sal completed his M.Ed. from Suffolk University while working as Chief Biologist and Assistant Cura- tor at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Sal continued his career as a marine biolo- gist with the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis- tration Fisheries (NOAA). While a Gloucester resident, he served on the Gloucester Fisheries Commission. Nominated by Dr. John Christoforo < ,