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/ POS;I'-G ,ZE'I'TE, JUICY 12, 2013 Page3 Casa Monte Cassino Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its Founding and Honors Ferdinando "Fred" Vittiglio e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETI'E P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 117 - No. 28 Friday, July 12, 2013 FREE BUSINESS HELP Sherri Raftery, Executive Assistant, East Boston Chamber of Commerce. The East Boston Chamber of Commerce offers free and confidential business counseling through SCORE. SCORE is the Service Corp of Retired Executives, a national volun- teer group of the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is the premier free business advice service in the United States. SCORE matches retired executives with people who have a business idea, people who are starting a business and those who are currently in existing busi- nesses seeking business advice. SCORE has profes- sionals in virtually every area to council clients. They provide expert advice on everything, like growing your existing business, real estate, financing, cash flow, etc. The counseling is absolutely confidential. Everyone is welcome. For information on SCORE services or to make an appointment with SCORE counselors, call the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, 617-846-9898. (please NOTE -- Winthrop Chamber makes SCORE appointments). SCORE is the Service Corp of Retired Executives, a national volunteer group of the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is the premier free business advice ser- vice in the United States. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. * Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 ..... ii iiii!ii i i Casa Monte Cassino Board of Directors, L-R: Tony Cillo, Joseph Vittiglio, Aquilino Barletta, Charles Perenick, Guido Vittiglio, Mrs. Vincenza Vittiglio, Freddie Vittiglio, James DiStefano, Bruno Palumbo, Administrators of the Casa Monte Cassino Maurizio and Alpha Cattaneo. Suits were donned, hands were shaken, memories were shared, voices sang and glasses were raised for a great cause, at the Casa Monte Cassino's 25a anniversary gala held at Rosaria Steakhouse in Saugus. The Casa Monte Cassino was founded in 1987 to provide housing for young patients un- dergoing treatment for burns, cancer and all types of illnesses and disabilities who come to Boston from all over the world as well as their families. As Casa's mission revolves around family values and solidar- ity, so did the evening, as the family of late founder Ferdinando Vittiglio was fully in at- tendance, including his wife Mrs. Vincenza Vittiglio and son Freddie Vittliglio, the Casa's current president and Ferdinando's brother, Guido Vittiglio, Guido's wife Lisa and sons Joseph and Matthew. Along with them- selves, the Vittiglio men were accompanied by their beautiful wives and children. Also in attendance were the Deputy Consul of Italy Luigi Munno, owners of J. Pace and Son and Rosaria Steakhouse Joe and An- gela Pace, publisher of the Post-Gazette newspaper Pam Donnaruma, State Presi- dent of the Order Sons of Italy in Massa- chusetts James DiStefano and the Board of Directors of the Casa which included the Casa's Administrators Alpha and Maurizio Cattaneo who served as the evening's hosts. As guests arrived one could not help but feel the camaraderie and excitement in fami- lies and friends reuniting to remember a beloved father, brother, husband and friend in Ferdinando Vittiglio through supporting his dream of providing help to those in need of a home in Boston. Shortly after they were seated, the guests were greeted by the Casa's Board of Directors with stories of the Casa's founding and work and Ferdinando's family gave thanks to those who supported his dream. Entertainment was provided by OSIA State President James DiStefano presenting a donation from the Sons of Italy for Casa Monte Cassino. L-R: Guido Vittiglio, Charles Perenick and James DiStefano. the North Shore Acapella group, who roused the crowd all night with renditions of old standards such as Neff Diamond's Sweet Caroline, and serenaded the Vittiglio women with old time love songs, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Perhaps the highlight of the night however, was when one of the Casa's current guests, a young girl from Haiti named Natascha undergoing treatment for her burns, offered a beautiful song to those supporting her treatment. Her song served as a concrete testament to the good and ad- mirable work the Casa sets out to achieve in the name of charity. At the end of the night, everyone went home happy and full both in their stomach and hearts, by the delicious steak and salmon provided by Rosaria Steakhouse, but also with the knowledge that those in need of a home were being provided one at the Casa Monte Cassino. MAYOR MENINO'S Wednesday N ht Concerts Begin July 24th Disco, chart-topping Philly soul and the vocal stylings of the legendary Roberta Flack will entertain music fans as Mayor Menino's Wednesday Night Concerts return to City Hall Plaza from July 24a through August 28a. The series is presented by Mayor Menino, the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Spe- cial Events and the Boston Parks and Rec- reation Department in partnership with ParkARTS title sponsor Bank of America. Additional support is provided by New En- gland Coffee, media sponsorship from the Boston Herald and night sponsors Michael Francis Cahill Fund/City of Boston. The series kicks off July 24th with the Stylistics featuring original members Herbert Murrell and Airrion Love perform- ing such Philly soul classics as "You're a Big Girl Now," "Stop, Look, Listen to your Heart," "Betcha By Golly Wow," "You Make Me Feel Brand New" and "You Are Every- thing." Created from two Philadelphia groups, the Percussions and the Monarchs, the Stylistics shot to the top of the charts and had 12 consecutive U.S. R&B top ten hits during the early 1970s. Mayor Menino's Wednesday Night Con- The Stylistics open Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Wednesday Night Concerts on City Hall Plaza on July 24th at 7:00 pm. certs continue with Disco Night featuring the band Stardust on July 31"t, Strictly Sinatra featuring Michael Dutra on August 7th, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters on August 21"t and the series finale featuring Roberta Flack on August 28th. For more information, call (617) 635-4505, log on to www.facebook.combostonparks department or /parks.