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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 5, 2011 Page5 Madonna del Soccorso "Fisherman's Feast" to honor Tony DeMarco "Man of the Year" Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion Book Signing Many people know him as "The Champ" or simply as Tony. Some know .him as Nardo because his birth name is Leonardo Liotta. The pride of the North End, Tony DeMarco, "The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street," the former undisputed welterweight Champion of the World, will be named Man of the Year at the Madonna del Soccorso "Fisherman's Feast" on Thursday evening, August 184 . In conjunction with this great honor, Tony has chosen to release his autobiography, Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. ATS Communications, the media company han- dling the publicity for the book, along with Legas Publishing, are pleased to announce that Tony DeMarco will be available to personally sign copies of his book at the Madonna del Soccorso "Fisherman's Feast" immediately after the festivities honoring him on Thursday night. Tony chose to release his book in the North End because: "This is the neighbor- hood that I grew up in. I have always been greatly supported by friends and family in this neighborhood. This is where I want my book to be released. These are the people that I love." Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion is the story of a man who made it to the top of the sports world but was nearly toppled by trag- edy and heartache in his personal life. He overcame those obstacles and today is one of the most beloved athletes in the city of Boston. Written by Tony DeMarco with Ellen Zappala, the book details Tony's humble be- ginning on Fleet Street, his rise to the top of the boxing world, his days in Arizona as a successful nightclub owner, and how he coped with the tragedy of losing two children. You will also get a peek at some antics of Tony and several characters in his life -- from his travels to California with neigh- borhood pals to his encounters with notables like Bob Hope, Sonny King, Jack Ruby and Raymond Patriarca. Nardo, Memoirs of a Box- ing Champion is also filled with many rarely seen photos, hand-picked by Tony, from his personal collection. For more information go to FIRST ANNUAL "GIRL" FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END All present and former North Enders are invited to attend the first "GIRL" FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. St. John "s School Hall, Moon Street, Boston (North End) Complete Dinner." $30.OO per person. Come renew old acquaintances, good food, and a night of fun. For details call Francine Gannon at 617-742-6912, Carol Catanzaro at 617-283-1925, or Christina Penta at 617-227-9568. DEADLINE FOR PURCHASING TICKETS IS AUGUST 1, 2011 SAVE THE DATE ... North End Reunion Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6-10 PM at Spinelli's, Route One South, Lynnfield, MA for dinner and dancing. Music from t.he '50s and '60s. Limited to 250 people. Call early, deadline to purchase tickets is September 2, 2011. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or Ro-Ro DeMarco at 781-284-5945. 1 Thomas M. Menino, Mayor I City of Boston WATERFRONT""'o"'"AII]00.,,00 Salute to the Notrth End ,00[111[0 Opera Boston presents A Tour of Italian Opera Through the Ages Tuesday, August 9, 6 pm Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events (617) 635-3911 Shown left to right: Aldo DePierro, Regional Manager at the West End Apartments Tessie Dahlen and Richard Settipine. A gala summer pool party was held on Thursday, July 28 th at the newly-renovated Longfellow pool. There was Mexican food along with special summer cocktails enjoyed by about 400 West End apartment residents on a beautiful evening. The new manager, Tessie Dahlen, was responsible for this great event. 00/fPINELLIS UNCTION FACILITt 7 Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceaera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion.