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PAGE 8 . POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 7, 2016 Italian Heritage Month Kickoff (Continued from Page 1) L-R: Mike LoMazzo (Distinguished Leadership in Media), presenter Frank Mazzaglia, Tom Zappala (Distinguished Leadership in Media), and Italian Heritage Month President James DiStefano. The State House Chamber was a fitting setting for the Italian Heritage Month kickoff event on Friday, September 30, 2016. Many may be surprised to learn that the State House is filled with works by Italian and Italian - American artists and artisans, including oil paintings and sculptures. In addition, the building with the gold dome houses stained glass windows and mosaic floors in Italian Renaissance Revival style. Hosted by the Honorable Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo, with Governor Charlie Baker's proclamation read by It. Governor Karyn Potito, the ceremony was well attended and the historic House Chamber was filled to capacity. Coro Dante performed the American and Italian national anthems to begin the proceedings. After addresses by Robert DeLeo, Karyn Polito, and the Consul General of Italy in Boston, Nicola De Santis, award presentations were made to Joey Crugnaie, founder of Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria restaurants, and to co - hosts of the Sicilian Corner Ra- dio Show, Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo, for advancing Italian traditions and culture. In addition, several scholarship were given out to college and high school students to help further their study of the Italian language. After the ceremony, a reception was held with entertainment provided by Scanzonati, a group of Berklee faculty members per- forming with vocalist Stefano Marchese. State Senator Joseph Boncore, State Representative Adrian Madaro, State Senator Sal DiDomenico and State Representative Paul Donato welcome guests. Gioconda Motta making a presentation of two scholarships from C.A.S,IT., in memory of Antoinette DiStefano (of Care Paradiso) to Zoe Marzi and Wilmington High School Italian Department. THE NEW ALBUM FROM THE GLOBAL SINGING SENSATION A TRIBUTE TO THE E TENORS A once in a lifetime concert event featuring I l lm DOIRIIIIIII captured live in Florence, Italy Don't miss the public television special airing in December Coro-Dante, Chorus of the Dante Alighieri Society Happy Columbus Day A CO-OPERATIVE BANK 419 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149 Member FDIC Member SIF I'O1H, Our. amiL J to fioul:s J-Iappy Columbus ay to all our Italo;li ericav ,f rie l ds yolanda and an r;