21 april 2017
All 2017 issues sponsored by:
around the neighborhood
Scholarship applications due 5/1
La Famiglia Scholarship Program of the Little Italy Lodge is accepting 2017-18 applications from high school students who will attend full-time at an accredited college or university. The fund, in place since 1999, has awarded over $137,000 in scholarships to young Italian-Americans. Four $3,000 awards will be distributed.
     The chief fundraising source for the program is La Famiglia Scholarship Dinner: A Taste of Italy (sold out for April 30) . Applications available by calling 410-685-3116, emailing gmchandler133@
gmail.com or on LI Lodge facebook page.  Deadline May 1, 2017.
Want to have FUN while serving Saint Leo's Church? Volunteer opportunities for its June 10-11 Italian Festival (students can earn service hours) are available: email Renee Coolbaugh. Help with entrance gates, beer trucks (age 21-over), food stands, game wheels, serving pasta dinner, and many other areas!

Saturday shifts: 11:30am to 4pm --- 3:30 to 8pm --- or entire day
Sunday shifts: 10:30am to 4pm --- 2:30 to 7pm --- or entire day

Saint Anthony Society of Saint Leo's
Sunday, May 7   --  1-5 pm
St. Leo's School Hall

MENU: Homemade pizza, salad, pretzels, chips, beer & wine. Music for dancing by Mario Monaldi Orchestra. $25 tickets. Contact Bob Zelkoski at 410-515-2067.
SEEKING LITTLE ITALY AMBASS A DORS: Promotion Center for Little Italy is looking for motivated people willing to donate time as a Little Italy Ambassador to help achieve our mission of promoting and raising awareness of Baltimore's Little Italy.  Whether you can donate an hour a month or 20, consider joining our team! Ambassadors will: 
  • consistently promote neighborhood events
  • contribute to brainstorming, planning, and executing our programs (events,  fundraising, communication)
  • use your skills to help achieve our many goals 
Promotion Center is a 100% VOLUNTEER RUN organization that likes to have FUN as we work toward our mission and goals. If you have a passion for Little Italy and want to contribute, email Gianni Andracchio, Director.

HELP WANTED: Small company located in Little Italy is seeking a bilingual English/Spanish Customer Service Rep. Hours 9 am-2 pm Monday-Thursday and 9 am-3 pm Friday. Call 410-685-3962 with interest or for more details.
Knights of Columbus dedicates statue

The Saint Vincent Pallotti Council of the Knights of Columbus, of Saint Leo the Great Church in Little Italy, donated a statue of the founder of the Order, Father Michael J. McGivney, during Mass and ceremony March 26. Pictured left blessing the statue is Father Bernie Carman, pastor of Saint Leo's. The statue is the only one with a permanent place inside any church in Maryland. The Knights funded this project and Father Bernie graciously accepted the gift on behalf of the parish and community, in recognition of the Council's support.
Scenes from Good Friday in Little Italy
( click image to view quick slideshow)
in the news
  • Baltimore (and Little Italy) included in "6 U.S. cities to watch in 2017" read it here >>>
  • Ciao to Piedigrotta Bakery's retiring owners Bruna and Carminantonio Iaccone who have been in Little Italy since 2002. They sold and turned over the business to new owners, who are keeping the same name. read it here >>>
blast from the past

"My parents Frank & Grace Cesare at their first apartment 
in Brooklyn, N.Y., 1956."

submitted by Anthony Cesare
2017 sponsors

"Thanks so much for adding me to the newsletter distribution list. Love the piece!! What a great community."

~ Diane Weaver, Colombo Bank

EDITORS' NOTE - A correction for the last issue of Neighborhood News (in Photo Blast from the Past): Nick Ciattei's name was misspelled. We regret the error.
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Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore

S uzanna Molino
Communications Coordinator

Ray Alcaraz, President  

Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization  established in 2010  with a mission to promote Little Italy's events,
community organizations,  history and Italian heritage.