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..... , ................ Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 6, 2012 NEws :B RIEFS NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco First International Little League Game (Continued from Page 1) ONE OF CARAVAGGIO'S LOST MASTERPIECES HAS BEEN FOUND. Some time ago, we learn now, a Caravaggio painting of the middle 1500's, has been located in a private Spanish collection. The announcement was made by the Italian daily "Sole-24 Ore" by art expert Silvia Danesi Squarzina, of the Giustinian Collection in Rome, Italy. The oil painting shows "Sant'Agostino Nello Studio" (St. Augus- tine in the study), commissioned by the Marquis Vincenzo Giustiniani, who recorded the art work as one made by Caravaggio (M. Merisi) in 1638. The painting remained in the Gistiniani collection for centuries until it was claimed by Pantaleo Giustuniani Recanelli in the mid 1800's, who inherited all of the Giustiniani collection. He then sold the painting to a Spanish collector who added, on the back of the painting, a tag, written in Spanish, where the painting came from -- the Recanelli Ho.mestead located on the old Government Street (at the Palazzo Giustiniani in Rome). This basic information led to the identification of the origi- nal source of the painting. ARE ITALIANS GETTING LAZY? Recent statistical data indicate that a lot of Italians are so lazy that they do not hesitate to use the car to cover a distance of a Km.I We learn also that 59% do not use staircases while 11% no longer use a bikeY This data came out of a study conducted on a sample of 600 people age 25-65! SILVIO BERLUSCONI INVESTS IN SICILY (LAMPEDUSA, the island): The former Premier, in one of his last acts in government, flew to the island of Lampedusa, the most popu- lar landing spot by the North-African refugees, which lies to the South of Sicily, West of Malta. He assured the local residents that he would get some funds to pay for the welcoming center facility's expenses (to house the refu- gees): trying to help the local authorities from paying all the expenses they constantly incur. Most of the refugees are running away from uprisings and all sorts of violence in several African countries. We have learned that some of the boats are overloaded to the extent that several of the refugees fall in the water and die. While Berlusconi was in Lampedusa he decided to do some personal business. He suddenly decided to purchase the former residence that once belonged to the late Domenico Modugno, the famous composer who authored, inter alia, the song "Volare." It is reported that he paid about 2 million euro (@ 82.7 million). It has been also suggested that he may move his "sexual interludes," along with the much celebrated "Bunga-Bunga" nights, away from the indiscreet eyes or listening devices planted in several of his places around Milan. If he didn't need another villa, why then would he spend money in a place like Lampedusa? I think I may know the reason: he needed an isolated place to get some sun, undisturbed by the ever-present "paparazzi!" Did he need the sun? To get "warm" and be actively involved with the usual shenani- gans or ... well, I better stop here! It is getting too ... you know where I am getting! SAVE THE DATE North End Athletic Association ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT to Benefit the North End Athletic Association MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012 7:30 am (shot gun start) ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB Canterbury Street, Andover, MA More than 144 golfers participate in this sold-out tour- nament annually. It is important that you save the date and plan on joining us Monday, August 6 t. GOLF, LUNCH AND RAFFLE PRIZES ... The money ra{sed from this tournamer  allows the North End Athletic Association to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to the existing program. The North End Athletic Association is a 56-year-old organization, which provides athletic, social, educational and civic activities within the community and the City of Boston. For more information, please contact Louie Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410 interest in Italian soccer (football) on Hanover Street during Euro 2012 as the Ital- ian national team won over Germany that afternoon. Pizza after the game was enjoyed at the Nazzaro Cen- ter, courtesy of Benevento's. In his own blog post, Coach Paulo Castagnini describes the Italian-American's ef- forts to communicate: Many of them speak Ital- ian though somewhat "bro- ken,", but very understand- able. One of them speaks well, but it makes me smile because he says pointing to the tables: "Here we guaglioni u" with a light Southern accent. I asked where one of them came from. I was born in Vercelli ...... Vercelli, you ask? Vercelli, Piedmont! Yes, I know where is Vercelli, but we do not say "u guaglioni" in Vercellil He tells me that at age nine with his family came to Boston and all the other Italian guys came from the south and of course a boy of nine or ten years imme- diately adapts. The Verona team is part of Baseball On The Road, an Italian program that ar- ranges international trips. (Photos by Rosario Seabin, Ross Photography)