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P, QSTTGAZETTE = NOVEMBER 11, 2011 Maria Fosco Receives Coveted Title of "Ufficiale of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy" Honor is Bestowed by President Giorgio Napolitano The Italian government has awarded Italian Ameri- can Museum vice president Maria Fosco with its "Ufficiale of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy", an internationally recognized honor given to individuals whose outstand- ing achievements contrib- ute to Italian culture in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities. The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italian: Ordine al merito della Repub- blica Italiana) was founded as the senior order of knight- hood by the second President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi in 1951. The high- est ranking honor of the Republic, it is awarded for outstanding service in civil- ian and military careers. "I am truly humbled by this honor," said Ms. Fosco. "To be recognized for my dedication and persever- ance is something I will always treasure." "Maria embodies all of the virtues of the Italian Ameri- can experience," said IAM president Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa. "I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this recognition." Ms. Fosco has been affili- ated with the Italian Ameri- Maria T. Fosco can Museum since its in- ception and currently holds the position of Director of Administration and Events at the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Queens College of The City University of New York. Maria Fosco was born, reared and currently resides in Astoria, Queens, and is the daughter of Filomena and Antonio (deceased), who emigrated from the village of Orsogna (Prov. Chieti), Abruzzo in the late 1950's. She attended Hunter College of The City University of New York and received in 1985 a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Specialization in International Affairs. In 1986, she was asked to join the staff at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College and held the position of Director of Administration and Community Programs. In July 2005, she was placed on release time to actively search for a home for the Italian American Museum, of which she is a founding member and a board mem- ber, and which now sits on the corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets in New York City. On April 6, 2009 when an earthquake devastated her beautiful ancestral home of Abruzzo, Maria, went into action to find relief for the victims, raising $110,000 along with the Italian American Museum and per- sonaIly delivering the funds to the Minister of Cultural Affairs. Founded in 2001, the Ital- ian American Museum is dedicated to exploring the rich cultural heritage of Italy and Italian Americans by presenting the individual and collective struggles and achievements of Ital- ians and their heirs to the American way of life. The Museum received its provisional charter from the New York State Board of Regents on June 12, 2001 and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Through the Eyes of a Stranger by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari The longer we live in a particular place the more we become accustomed to it, in time we often become hardly aware of our surroundings, taking for granted both the negative and positive aspects. Several weeks ago after Sunday Mass we were spend- ing some time in the church lighting candles and say- ing a few prayers, as we normally do on Sundays. We were about to leave the church when we were stopped by a couple visiting Boston, they explained that they were part of a group from Texas and that they 00Buon 00fatale NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION presents the 41st Annual 2011 NORTH END CHRISTMAS PARADE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011 I:00 P.M. .... I-- ...... il iv ::1 Merr 9 Christmas SEE SANTA CLAUS ARRIVE AT NORTH END PARK BY HELICOPTER AT 1:00 P.M. In case of bad weather, Parade will be held the next Sunday, December 18th IN ASSOCIATION WITH The Nazzaro Center * North End Against Drugs Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events Merry Christmas and the group would appre- ciate our showing them around Sacred Heart both lower chapel and upper church, before they finished their request, the rest of the Texans had entered the church bringing the entire group up to ten. We began our impromptu tour in the lower chapel, they kept commenting on the in- timacy of the chapel and the many saints represented. Sacred Heart Church has a wonderful collection of stat- ues and shrines dedicated to many of the popular, and in some cases, little known saints. They were especially taken by Saint Rosalia and asked many questions about her life, after explaining who she was we handed each member of the group a blurb on the Saint that they could take with them, which they very much appreciated. They commented on the beauty of the stained glass windows which regular pa- rishioners take for granted; they loved the quality of the statues and the fact that they seemed so life-like. Af- ter passing out many more brochures, we escorted the group to the upper church. We mounted the stairs to the second floor, opened the doors to the church and al- most in unison they all gasped at its size and beauty. Once again, they com- mented on the beauty of the ACCEPTING Advertisements (Continued on Page 13) 27 h Annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 What is being determined as the first holiday tree lighting in Boston, the 27 th annual Faneuil Hall Market- place ceremony is slated for Saturday, November 19 from with entertainment begin ning at 11:00 am to 6:30 pm. The 85 ft. Norwegian spruce (hailed the tallest tree in New England and pro- vided by the upper state N.Y. Egan Acres Tree Farms) weighs in at 9,000 tons, boasts 3,500 ornaments, and will illuminate the entire Marketplace with 300,000 "B" lights. Highlighted by thousands of pieces of confetti, the in- ternationally known street performers, dance troupes, music ensembles, Santa Claus, guest appearances by Boston Ballet "Nutcracker" characters and more. The actual switching on of the tree lights (by Mayor Menino -- ff his schedule allows and a major sports celebrity -- TBA) is slated for approxi- mately 5:00 pm-5:15 pm. The ceremony is open to everyone free of charge and all Marketplace shops, res- taurants, venues, push- carts, food courts and bou- tiques are open all day. For further information call 617-523-1300 or visit www.faneuilhallboston.org. DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. 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