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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 9, 2015 Page 13 N anna Babb onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance THOUGHTS BY ABOUT THIS & THAT with DanieI A. DiCenso Due to my age and the issues the second was Representative particular nights to play cards, associated with the health prob- Scan GarbaUey from my home shoot pool or imbibe with his Summer is my favorite sea- lems I've experienced during the town. Sean told me that, justfor friends. Italians weren't much sons, but fall is the one that past couple of years, I have been the October 1st kickoff, he was for hanging around in pubs. The most excites me because many curtailing my involvements in going to put a hold on his Irish men liked the idea of private of the things I look forward to most of the organizations I've heritage and change his lastclubs and that is what thoseall year come when the leaves been associated with. I haven't name from Garballey to storefront clubs were and still begin to turn. Many of them are quit anything; I've decided to Garibaldi. are in those same neighbor- family traditions we have been take somewhat of a back seat. The evening continued with hoods. Nanna and several ladies doing since my childhood and As an example, I chose not to many documents being read from the old neighborhood others are new discoveries. But run for another two years as the that corresponded to the event would head for someone's apart- all of them make the season state treasurer for the. Sons of and then several scholarships ment at night during the week magical. Italy. Two years ago was my 20a were given to students who had and sip coffee that was accom- We kick off the season with year coordinating part of the gone above and beyond in Ital- panied by homemade biscotti,our annual visit to the Togas Columbus Day Parade in Bos- ian studies. One of the scholar- During these sessions, they Family Farm in Northborough. ton. After that point in time, it ships was from the Frataroliwould solve the problems of the We've been to many apple just wasn't fun anymore, and I family. Filippo and Donato neighborhood, at least amongfarms over the years, but Togas turned it over to Dean Saluti. He Frataroli are in the restaurant themselves, remains our favorite. Having has been handling the proces- business and have made quiteMom and the mothers of the been going there since the '80s, sion of antique cars that are part the names for themselves with kids from my generation had a I've seen it change over the years of our festivities and he's doing authentic Italian food. Filippo's similar ritual. The only differ- while still retaining its charm. a great job. He's even included and Lucia's in the North End are ence was that the conversations Until recently, the first sight to Revere's parade as part of the great. When no one is looking, I were in English, and their con- greet you upon arrival was the OSIA involvement, head to Lucia's in Winchester. cerns" were of their children small barn with goats, rabbits, I have also taken a back seat Don't tell this to Barbara more than anything else. and pigs, and the main diner. with my involvement with the Summa. La Summa's is my fa- Dad and my uncles had the Now, visitors are directed toward First Corps of Cadets, a Boston vorite restaurant in the North Musicians Union and the Pro-the entr6e point and from there military organization that goes End, and when I can get in town, fessional Musicians Club, two to the iconic wagon ride to the back to the days before we were I can be found there having din- organizations I would becomeorchards. We never leave the a country. I have taken a back ner. But, I digress... Fflippo and involved with when I was of age. place without taking home a bag seat with the Boston English Donato share their successes in As a matter of fact, one of the of their homemade cinnamon- High School Alumni Associa- life by awarding educationalremaining founders of the PMC covered donuts. But the best tion, an involvement that has scholarships through us and we is none other than AI Natale, a part always came afterward, and always been close to my heart. I are proud of the alliance, name well known in the Norththat was my Mom's apple pie. guess the only remaining orga- As I said earlier, I have been End, due to his charitable na- One slice of that and you would nization that I'm tied up with in backing off on many of my in- ture. AI played trumpet and have no doubt that it is possible October is Italian- Heritage volvements. In a conversation vibes in the old days, and when to taste a bit of Heaven here Month. At this point, I am chair- with Dean Saluti the other day, success reared its head, he on Earth. How she does it, I man of the board, and will stay I expressed my respect and awe shared it with the folks in the don't know, but my mother's in that position as long as they for our mutual friend, Lino NorthEnd, the neighborhood he apple pieis one of the highlights need me. Rullo. Lino is typical of many came from. of my year. As of the Ist of this ~dnth, Italians wK6 came to the United"~ For around 25 years, Uncle Apple picking is usually done we are experiencing heritage States. He became educated, Nick (my Godfather) was the at theheightofthe harvest sea- month, Italian Heritage Month. went into business, became avice president of the union. Dad son around late September and We had our kickoff at the Sen- success, and now shares his was on the board for severalearly October. As fallprogresses, ate Chambers at the State successes by belonging to many years. This was their club, the we find a weekend for our trip House, with Senate President organizations that reach out to organization that helped keep up to the White Mountains. This Bob DeLeo handling the MC help others. By the way, Lino them from starving during the has become a tradition recently chores. Many of our organiza- was one Of the founders of Great Depression. I once asked and the surrounding towns, like tional members spoke to the the "October is Italian Heritage them both why they never gotLincoln, offer so much to do crowd that joined us for the Month" organization, involved with the Sons of Italy. (Clark's Trading Post, a quaint kickoff. Bob DeLeo was fol- You may ask, why did I get Manyin their generation joined Christmas shop) that it's bound lowed by our secretary, Maria involved with the Sons of Italy the Sons to network with other to be part of our family routine DiPietro, the Development and OIHM organizations? Well, Italians (Italian-Americans) to for a long time. I was born Director at the East Boston way back when Dean and-I help their careers along. The and raised in the city and will Social Centers. started doing well in life, we dis- men in my family had to net-always be a city boy. After grow- She was followed by our presi- cussed the aspect of giving back work with musicians at large, ing up in the neighborhoods of dent, Jim DeStefano, former to the families we came from, and and in Boston this meant Jews, Dorchester, the city is in my State President of the Sons of this meant the Italian commu- African-Americans, other Ital- blood and I can never live out- Italy. Next, the consul general nities we grew up in. Dean came ians, and a variety of Heinz 57 side of it. But that makes tray- of Italy, Nicola DeSantis, ad- from Quincy and I, as you know, who might play instruments, cling out to .the mountains all dressed the audience, followed from East Boston. Our discus- serenading the locals with every- the more of a treat. It's a com- by Steve Maio, the director of siolas led us to establishing the thing from symphony to soul.pletely different world, consist- education for the heritage Greater Boston Renaissance When I've been asked why I ing ofnothing more than myself, month committee. Then we Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy am backing off with my organi- my fianc6, my trusty 2001 heard from Tony Sestito, the in Massachusetts. How% that for zations, l usually refer to my age Dodge Neon and Mother current president of the Sons of a mouth full? We did it our way and tell whomever I am speak- Nature's beautiful Carousel of Italy. Several acknowledgements and, after more than 25 years, it ing with that it's time for the colors all around us. were made by Senate President still works and works well. younger folks to take over. The Then comes one of my favor- DeLeo, and included two indi- Babbononno had his store- example I use is that great out- ite getaways in all of New viduals that I have known since front clubs that he belonged to. fielder of the San Francisco they were infants. The first was He would go from East BostonGiants (no names please) who Senator Sal DiDomenico, and to the North End and back onstayed in the majors that one year too long and made a damn fool of himself. I can say these things due to the fact that I'm old and my birthday is this month...on the 21 st. But, I won't tell you how old I will be. GOD BLESS AMERICA Happy Columbus Day ;EPH FUNERAL HOME, INC. Happy Columbus Day 814 American Legion Highway Roslindale, MA 617-325-7300 58 Sprague Street Hyde Park, Massachusetts 02136 FALL & I: A Long Friendship England, Woodstock, Vermont and the nearby cities. I first dis- covered Quechee Gorge almost twenty years ago when I camped there with my Boy Scout troop under the glow of the Northern Lights. Since that day in Octo- ber of 1997, I fell in love with the place and my family has vis- ited every year since, usually on Columbus Day weekend when the foliage is at its most vibrant. I still love visiting the Cabot cheese place, the old early- American style diner, and the charmingly creaking old antique shop. But what keeps bringing me back to Woodstock every year are the colors, colors like you can't see anywhere else in the world. It's sites like the Quechee Gorge in autumn that remind me how lucky I am to be a New Englander. By November we are getting ready for the holidays. Thanks- giving is always extra special in big Italian families like my own. The turkey is just the comer- stone for us. Before we even get to the famed bird, we go through a course of spaghetti, assorted meats in sauce, risotto. Then comes the turkey, which in itself is a feast, wrapped in bacon with a special stuffing consisting of ground beef and rice. After the turkey is con- sumed, we turn to coffee and pie as Macy's Parade supplies the background noise on TV. Christmas Day is a day of feasting for us, but the real cel- ebration starts on Christmas Eve. We always stay up until midnight, playing games, eating dinner, and exchanging gifts at midnight. Time brings changes, moves, loss, and family growth. But Christmas remains the time for those that matter most in your life; it's been that way ever since my first Christmas and will al- ways be. Finally, fall TV is the best lineup. Besides sports, the most popular shows start a new sea- son and new shows debut to fill my time between the highlights of the season. Summers are so short in New England and win- ters so harsh, it's hard not to mourn the loss of the good weather and its gentle breezes. But the magic of fall always gives us something to look forward to before winter blankets us once more. Happy Columbus Day Dr. Dean J. Saluti Majorie Cahn President, P.O. Box 692027, Reoaissance Lodge, OSIA Ouincy, MA 02269 WWW. BOSTO N POSTG AZ ETT E. CO M