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Diana Taurasi

2 More Milestones for Italian American Diana Taurasi Diana Taurasi once again proved to me that without a doubt she is the top Woman’s NCAA and WNBA Basketball player ever to play the game. It’s well documented that Diana Taurasi, is extremely humble about her personal Basketball achievements, except for wanting her teams to win.  In my opinion Diana also ranks in the top 50 basketball players ever to play.On June 11 she turned 39, June 11th is also, Joe Montana’s birthday, I just think it’s worth noting that! Shortly… Continue Reading…

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Lee Iacocca

Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca  October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019 Lee Iacocca was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Nicola Iacocca and Antonietta Perrotta, Italian Americans from San Marco dei Cavoti, Benevento. They settled in Pennsylvania’s steel-production belt. He was said to have been christened with the unusual name “Lido” because he was conceived during his parents honeymoon in the Lido district in Venice. However, he denied this rumor in his autobiography, saying that is romantic but not true; his father went to Lido long before his marriage and was traveling with his future wife’s brother.Iacocca became an Italian American automobile executive. He… Continue Reading…


Frank Zappa

Frank Vincent Zappa was an Italian American singer-songwriter, musician, activist, and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of Italian American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the… Continue Reading…


Newsletter June 2021

Next Meeting July 6 2021 If you have information for the newsletter please send to Lenny before the 21st of each month. PRESDENTS MESSAGE Ciao, everyone! Regular Lodge Meetings: We are once again meeting in person, the Lodge regular stated meetings are still going to be held at St Frances Cabrini Church, on the first Tuesday of the every month, at 7 pm. Plans are we will also live stream and or record our regular meetings temporarily as long as there is an interest in us doing so. I’m also open to holding… Continue Reading…


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Pat DeMaio

Pat DeMaio was the beloved Husband of our Lodge member Melinda DeMaio. Melinda has given me permission to print this story. Thank you Melinda. One-time Red Sox farmhand Pat DeMaio passed away in 2015 at age 75. He attended West Haven High, raised a family in Orange and in between was perhaps the greatest pitcher Quinnipiac has ever seen. He won 20 games, lost only one. In 1962 he signed with the Boston Red sox and he continued his professional career in the Carolina League and the New York Pen… Continue Reading…


Lemon Basil Grilled Swordfish – From Donna Casciello

Ingredients: 1lb fresh Swordfish                         1 tbsp. fresh parsley½ cup dry white wine                     1 tbsp   fresh basil½ tsp shredded lemon peel         1 tsp dried oregano2 tbsp Lemon juice                          2 tbsp olive oil  Lemon wedges                                  sprigs of Fresh parsley and basil You may also use your favorite fish fillet in place of the swordfish. Divide Fish into 4 equal portions and place in a baking dish. To make marinade,  stir together wine, lemon peel, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, basil, & oregano. Then pour over fish. Cover and let marinate in refrigerator… Continue Reading…


Simple Coconut Cream Pie – From Donna Casciello

Ingredients: 2 cups Cold Milk               2 cups Cool Whip, thawed and Divided1 cup Coconut                   1 (6oz) Graham Cracker Pie Crust2 pkg. Vanilla Instant Pudding Pie filling Pour milk into a Large bowlAdd dry pudding mixes and ¾ cup of the coconut, beat with wire whisk  for about 2 minutes.Gently stir in 1 cup of the cool whip.Pour into the pie crust.Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Spread the remaining cool whip, and sprinkle the remaining coconut over pie. Serve Cold!

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Rome Is the capital of Italy and the country’s largest and most populated city and commune. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy. Rome’s history spans some 2500 years. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom and regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization. The Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, were the dominant powers in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean for over 700 years. In the 8th… Continue Reading…


Tom’s Beef Soup

By Cheryl Lillo Vestal Ingredents:2 pieces of Beef soup shank, some extra bones if you can find them.4 potatoes diced, 4 carrots sliced, 2 stalks of celery diced, 1 lg. onion chopped, 4 cloves of garlic chopped.Season with salt, pepper and parsley and bay leave. Put the soup meat and bones in a large pot, add enough water to cover meat and bones. Bring to a boil. Skin off the forth and grease. lower heat and simmer for about an hour.Remove meat and bones and cut meat away from bones.… Continue Reading…

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Mothers Day

By Frank Mentone I was orphaned more than fifteen years ago when my mother passed away.  Thirty-nine years old was too soon to be left without the guidance and understanding only a mother can give. My mother was a terrible person who today would be sent to jail.When I did something wrong, she wasn’t afraid to hit first and ask questions second. If for some reason I was later found innocent of the crime her sense of fairness was to let me know she would be more lenient the next… Continue Reading…

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