Information from the Constantino Brumidi Lodge #2211, Deer Park, New York.

Three years ago (July 1, 2008), President Bush signed the legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal, posthumously, to Constantino Brumidi.

We have been informed that the medal has been designed and cast and is ready for presentation by the Congress. Representative Bill Pascrell, sponsor of the legislation and co-chair of The Italian American Congressional Delegation is making a strong, concerted effort to have the Medal presented this fall. The person who will be most responsible for making the decision on whether to hold the ceremony is House Speaker John A. Boehner.

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105th New York OSIA State Convention - June 2-5, 2011
 
GRAND LODGE OF NEW YORK
ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA
ELECTS NEW STATE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
 
At the 105th Annual State Convention of the Grand Lodge of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America, held at the Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center, Callicoon, New York, Thomas A. Lupo, was elected by acclamation as the 30th State President of the New York Grand Lodge. Totally committed to the Order Sons of Italy in America, President Lupo brings earnest love of his Italian heritage as well as keen leadership ability to the office of State President.  Thomas Lupo and his wife Barbara reside in Centereach, New York.

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New York OSIA’s Anniversary Event
 
On June 18, 2011 many New York OSIA brothers and sisters gathered together to celebrate OSIA’s 106th Anniversary on Grand Street (Orders Sons of Italy Way) in Manhattan.  This yearly event commemorates where OSIA founders first met at 203 Grand Street back on June 22, 1905.
 
The eventful day included mass at Most Precious Blood Church and a delicious authentic Italian lunch at Il Cortile Restaurant.  To complete the event for the Grand Lodge of New York, State President Thomas Lupo bestowed the 2011 Lifetime Achievement award upon Bruce Lankewish of the Donatello Lodge #2259 of Westbury, New York.  Bruce has been a member of OSIA for over 25 years and has served in various elected offices on a local lodge, state and national level.

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Leaders of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) and its philanthropic arm, the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), presented $235,000 to Fondazione Il Cireneo Onlus per L'Autismo to rebuild a center for children with autism devastated by the April 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy.

The presentation took place during a visit to Italy on September 9th by OSIA National President Joseph J. DiTrapani, SIF President Vincent Sarno and OSIA National Executive Director/CEO Philip R. Piccigallo, Ph.D.

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Italian Quiz Questions

See how much you really know about your Italian heritage.  Log on to  www.spfonline.org/spf/quiz and learn some really interesting facts!

Italian official bans 'Jersey Shore' gang from drinking on film

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Garibaldi Meucci Museum Recognition Walkway

As one of "The New Thousand" you can leave a lasting impression and purchase a brick in the Garibaldi- Meucci Museum Recognition Walkway, an inspiring sidewalk on the beautifully landscaped lawn in front of the historic Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. The walkway will be paved with the commemorative bricks that you donate. You can personalize your brick to contain your name, special dates, or a brief message. Your brick can honor a family member, a friend, or yourself. It will serve as a permanent memory of someone, or something, special to you. Please sponsor a piece of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum Recognition Walkway and leave a legacy that future visitors will come to see, while at the same time showing your support of Italian-American culture. It's a gift, and a memorial that will last many lifetimes.  To learn more about this exciting project, click on "Garibaldi Meucci Museum" on the left hand side of this page and there you will find a detailed brochure on this new venture.

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New York Grand Lodge Foundation Winter Charity Ball


On Friday, January 28, 2011 the New York Grand Lodge Foundation honored several outstanding Italian Americans.  The honorees were ... Humanitarian Award recipients Thomas and Claudette Valenti; New York OSIA State President Salvatore Lanzilotta and all of the Past State Presidents of the Grand Lodge of New York.  In attendance for their presentations were Past Presidents Peter R. Zuzolo, Joseph Sciame, Joseph DiTrapani, Carlo Matteucci and Nancy DiFiore Quinn.

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Happy Anniversary New York OSIA
January 10, 1911 – January 10, 2011
 
On January 10, 2011, the New York Grand Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America will celebrate its 100th Anniversary!  The Grand Lodge of New York has the distinct honor of being the first OSIA Grand Lodge chartered by the Order.

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Reported by Cav. Uff. Joseph Sciame
National/State/Cellini Lodge #2206 Past President Order Sons of Italy in America c/o VP for Community Relations St. John's University 8000 Utopia Parkway Queens, NY  11439
 
At the same time, this day July 19, 2010 at about 10:30a.m. at the Nassau County Legislators' monthly meeting, it was passed UNANIMOUSLY that the LONG BEACH Bridge will be renamed in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient MICHAEL VALENTE, for whom we have a NYSOSIA Lodge named.

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The New York Grand Lodge ... the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum,... and the Italian-American community, lost one of their staunchest advocates on October 18 with the passing of John Dabbene. Mr. Dabbene, who spent most of the last 30 years of his life fighting discrimination and promoting a positive image of Italian-Americans, died of a heart attack shortly after having hip-replacement surgery. He was 72.

Born in Brooklyn on July 30, 1938, Mr. Dabbene attended PS 142, Brooklyn Technical High School, New York Community College, and Polytech Institute where he majored in electrical engineering. He entered the U.S. Army in 1960 and served on active and reserve duty for six years. In 1967 he received certification as an Electrical Lighting Designer. He worked for Con Edison for 43 years and retired in 1999 as their Senior Electrical Designer.

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