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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 22, 2'013 'P*;ge13 nr J00anna 00abb0000lnonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance In past stories, I've men- tioned that I grew up with the Contini and Ceruolo side of the family, not the Christo- fore side. As an adult, I became interested in trac- ing my roots, but they always seemed to stop short when it came to crossing the Atlantic. I spent the sum- mer of 1972 in Italy with my old friend and fellow East Bostonian, Sal Meli. As we traveled through the south- ern part of the country, I tried to find connections to both Nanna and Babbononno with only marginal results. At that point in time, I didn't know where grandpa nor grandma Christoforo came from. Dad mentioned Santo Suoso, but that was all he knew. My father was never really interested in tracing roots. As far as he was concerned, the family started here in America the day his father arrived. Neither he nor my mother ever wanted to travel to Italy. They were content exploring the different parts of the United States and experiencing the people and cultures that landed here at whatever point in time. When it was my turn, curi- osity got the best of me, so when I spent that summer in Italy, I decided to find my roots. But by then, the only grandparent who was still alive was Babbononno. All I knew from him was that he came from Foggia and that Nanna came from Avellino and beck'in their day, those were the names of provinces. Sal's parents had retired from their jobs in Boston and made the decision to return to their point of origin to live, Sicily. When Sal called me regarding me spending my summer vacation in Italy, he was already visiting his folks in Agregento, an ancient city in southwestern Sicily. I agreed to join him and we spent almost a week with his folks before moving on to explore the island of his birth and the mainland of Italy itself. When it was time to leave Sicily, we headed up the west coast of Italy, zigzagging here and there but not really cutting inland until we reached Pisa. Once there, we headed northeast to Florence, Bologna, Sienna and Venice. After leaving Venice, we headed down the east coast in a southern direction. It was quite a trip. When we approached the areas that my grandparents came from, I attempted to look for roots and find any semblance of family that had never left. I faced several problems in my search. To start with, all of my grandparents except Babbononno were illiterate. They could neither read nor write Italian or English. This affected my last name. The way I spell it is not the way it originated. When Grandpa Christoforo landed here, immigration upon hearing what he said, wrote his name phonetically. It was misspelled and he never knew. Second, the parts of Italy where my grandparents came from had gone through two world wars and several earth quakes. This meant that any written documen- tation that would shed light on them or other parts of the families was not in existence. For the most part, I struck out. As a result, I decided to adopt my father's stoic attitude and consider America as the starting point for the family. Christoforo is not the cor- rect spelling of my last name. Dad told me that he dropped the De that was in front of our last name when I was born. As a child going places with my father, I remember meeting people he had known growing up and they referred to him as Johnny DeChristoforo. The name Christoforo is misspelled. In Italian, it would be Cristoforo, without the "h," so until recently, I assumed that my last name was originally DeCristoforo. At this point in my life, I wasn't about to change it. Anyway, that was the order of things until recently. My son, John, lived in Zurich, Switzerland, work- ing in international invest- ments. That first summer there, he joined a soccer team and played on week- ends, just as we here in America might play softball. One of his team mates is named Roberto DeCristofaro Archadiarchano. Between playing ball, hanging out af- ter games and double dating together, they both became interested in the similari- ties of their last names. Roberto called his mother back in Italy and she came up with some eye-opening information. First of all, she lives in a village in Avellino, named Santo Sossio Baronia. This is where Grandpa Christoforo came from. Sec- ondly, her grandfather had a brother named, Nunzio, who immigrated to America just -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST-- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 before the turn of the 20 TM Century. He settled in Bos- ton and met and married a woman named Antoinette during the first decade of the new century and they had "three children, two of whom survived the influenza epi- demic of 1918, John Peter and Mary. John Peter was named after Nunzio's father, Giovanni Pietro, and Mary after Nunzio's mother Maria Schiavoni. Well, let's see: my father's name was John Peter (named after his grand- father) and his sister was Mary (named after her grand- mother). Their father was Nunzio, their mother, Antoin- ette and their paternal grandparents were Giovanni Peitro and Maria. This is too close to be coincidence. According to what Roberto, my son John's friend told him, part of his side of the DeCristofaro family moved to Switzerland but still main- tains roots in the Avellino village of Santo Sossio Baronia. John and Roberto headed for Italy during a va- cation and visited with Roberto's mother. She has pictures that she inherited and has more information on the family and, I guess, our roots. As I said, the names are too close to be coincidental; this must be family. En route, John called me to ask about Grandma Antoinette's family. I had picked up a bit of information from my cousin, Jim Dello Russo, Aunt Mary's son. I knew that Grandma Christoforo had a brother named Frank, but not much e.lse. I knew that parts of the Paglia family had immigrated to Latin America during the 20 t" Century, but again, not much else. Dur- ing the '40s and '50s, Dad used to correspond with a relative in Havana, Cuba, whom he called a cousin. This cousin would send him a box of cigars each month, but there was no longer any contact after Castro came into power. Dad never heard from him again. When I was a child, there was talk of relatives in other parts of Latin America, mainly Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Argentina. Being involved in so many things in my life, the trac- ing of roots was put on a back burner, but here we are three generations born in America, and my son, John, has made a connection that should prove where the Christoforo (DeChristoforo DeCristofaro) family came from. I'm excited and can't wait until John calls me with more info. Until then, may GOD BLESS AMERICA. Small Ads Get Big Results For more information, call 617-227-8929. Socially Scene (Continued for one-on-one and group mentoring experiences. The DREAM Program builds com- munities of families and col- lege students that empower youth to recognize their options, make informed decisions and achieve their dreams. Ronald Feldman, Music Director and Principal Bas- soonist Judith LeClair will join together on Saturday December 7 th, 8:00 pm at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall for a breath taking performance of Con- cert 2: Mozart & Ravel. This is a one night only produc- tion and seat will go fastT New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall is located at 30 Gainsborough Street, Bos- ton. Tickets are available at www. Iongwoodsymphony. org and by calling 617-987-0100. The Signature Music Series at Berklee Presents .... Guinga Meets Berklee on Thursday, December 12 th at the Berklee Performance Center. The 2013-2014 Signature Music Series at Berklee wraps its fall season with Guinga Meets Berklee. The acclaimed Brazilian com- poser and guitarist will per- form a dozen of his original songs with the 30-piece Berklee Contemporary Sym- phony Orchestra under the baton of Francisco Noya, as- sistant professor of composi- tion. Faculty guest soloists include Eugene Friesen, Greg Hopkins, John Stein, Fernando Brandao, Oscar Stagnaro and Daniel fan Smith. In addition to the orches- tra, several student vocal- ists and percussionists will be featured. The concert will also feature several new ar- rangements, including five written by Guinga's own arranger, Paulo Aragao; six by Berklee students and one by Matthew Nicholl, chair of Contemporary Writ- ing and Production and musical director for the concert. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI12P3532EA Estate of MILDRED A. OLSEN a/Ida MILDRED OLSEN Date of Death June 5, 2012 CITATION ON PETITION FOR ORDER OF COMPLETE SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Dianne Carrasquillo of Natick, MA requesting that an Order of Complete Settlement of the estate issue including to approve an accounting, determine testacy, determine heirs, compel or approve a distribution, adjudicate a final settlement and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on December 12, 2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: November 06, 2013 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 11 f22/13 from Page 9) Bassoonist Judith LeClair will perform Mozart with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra on December 7 th at Jordan Hall. (Photo courtesy of Lindsey Lindekens) "Guinga is one of the most important Brazilian compos- ers currently working," said Nicholl. "Musical communi- ties all over the world know and respect his work and Brazilian artists strive for the opportunity to record his songs. His influence, while not always direct, has been and remains immense." Carlos Althier de Souza Lemos Escobar -- known as Guinga -- is a Brazilian com- poser and guitarist known for incorporating many musical styles in his music, including chore, samba, baize, foxtrot, blues, jazz and classical. Guinga has re- corded a dozen COs and his compositions have been recorded by artists including Sdrgio Mendes, Ells Regina, Chico Buarque, Monica Sal- maso, Antonio Adolpho, Cauby Peixoto, Leila Pinheiro, and Turibio Santos. In 2002, journalist Marie Marques published a biography about Guinga, and his songbook, The Music of Guinga, was released the following year. Italian filmmaker Massimo D'Orsi is producing the docu- mentary Guinga: pra que mentir. One of his recordings with Quinteto Villa-Lobes (Rasgando Seda) was nomi- nated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2012. Guinga Meets Berklee is produced by Stein and Brando, and directed by Nicholl and Stagnaro. This one of a kind performance is a great way to end the sea- son! 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