APRIL 2021
around the neighborhood
VIVA BOCCE! Leagues in Little Italy are awaiting word from the Bureau of Recreation & Parks about the availability of the bocce courts for league play. It is hopeful to begin play around the end of June under the guidelines imposed by Rec & Parks, such as masks, number of players allowed in the court, etc. See you on Stiles Street!

CAFE GIA HIRING - Experienced servers needed with Italian cuisine knowledge and preferably wine knowledge. Must be available Thursday through Sunday dinner shifts and Saturday lunch. Shifts available immediately. Bar shifts also available. Email resume to cafegialittleitaly@gmail.com

JOE BENNY'S HIRING - "Serious inquiries only," says Joe, "or not - whatever. We really need help and the pay is freaking awesome." Part-time server 5-10 hours a week and All Around Hustler 10-20 hours a week. Email info@joebennys.com.

LA TAVOLA HIRING - Looking for Front of House staff. Please call, message or stop in to fill out an application. Also, La Tavola is hosting Seeds for Success April 26 through May 1 to benefit the nonprofit org, Maryland New Directions. La Tavola is "partnering to change lives ... one job at a time."

ST. LEO'S IN CATHOLIC REVIEW - The April issue of the Catholic Review included a cover story on the restoration of St. Leo’s gorgeous murals above the altar. Follow link to read the story.

ST. LEO'S LIVE ON YOUTUBE - Consider subscribing (it's free) to St. Leo's Church youtube channel. Weekend Masses are streamed live for you to participate should you prefer not to attend in person yet or if you live in another state. You can opt to receive notifications when the Masses begin streaming.

LITTLE ITALY LODGE CONTINUES CASH RAFFLE - A $5 raffle ticket covers your chances of winning during April! (Another raffle being offered during May - also $5). To purchase either month, email Sue Walmsley or mail a check payable to Little Italy Lodge to Sue: 7795 Peninsula Expy, Apt. 303, Dundalk, MD 21222. The daily cash prize amount depends on the State of Maryland's evening lottery 3-pick number.

DENEICE & TONY FUSCO TO BE HONORED - The Fuscos of Baltimore's Italian community will be honored by the Boumi Shriners during a black tie ball at the Shriners' venue (5050 King Ave, Rosedale) on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 5:30pm. Tony was recently elected Potentate of the Shriners, their top post. This first-class event offers an extensive menu, music by TSR Orchestra, decorations by Susan Gallerizzo, and other surprises. Cost is $90 per person. For tickets call 410.391.6400 or visit boumishriners.org.
ST. JOSEPH TABLE DISPLAYED IN CHURCH - This beautiful St. Joseph Table is an annual tradition at St. Leo's Church and was on display throughout March. Non-perishable food items for the needy and $200 in donations were collected to benefit the parish. The tradition originated in Sicily, Italy in the Middle Ages when the Sicilians prepared a table of gratitude to St. Joseph for relief from a drought. Learn more about the tradition >>>
ST. LEO'S COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE held March 30 attracted 29 registered donors, 4 deferrals, and 4 Power Reds, collecting a total of 33 units of blood which will help to save up to 99 lives. "The American Red Cross would like to thank St. Leo's for hosting the Blood Drive, and parishioner Elaine Welke, Blood Program Leader of Johns Hopkins Bayview Community, for coordinating it," said Tindy Henderson, Red Cross account rep. "We also thank the parish volunteers, Father Bernie, Tina Cricchio DeFranco, Angie Guerriero, and Little Italy's community donors, for helping to save lives by donating blood during this continued critical time! Our patients and hospitals in need of blood products appreciate everyone's time and efforts to make the Blood Drive a huge success." St. Leo's next blood drive will be in June.
construction photo
A recent photo of the progress at Trinity Street Apartments
in Little Italy. [Courtesy Gia Fracassetti]
blast from the past
“Everybody had a fig tree,” said Philomena Scalia. “It’s very Italian.” Her “shotgun rowhouse," 75-feet long, includes the typical “railroad room” layout of a Little Italy house, named for its configuration of rooms built one in front of another, like train cars. Her husband, Joe Scalia, built this brick grill in their backyard and single-handedly renovated the house. Italians grew flowers, plants and vegetables in postage-stamp backyards and plucked figs to eat fresh and make cookies and pies. [Caption and photo from the book, Italians in Baltimore; photo courtesy Scalia Family]
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"I am researching family that lived in Baltimore from the 1920s to 1970s. My aunt and uncle, Maria (nee Fertitta) and Charles Pasquale lived on Greene Street and had a produce stall in Lexington Market for 50 years. Both are deceased and I am pretty sure were in the congregation of St. Leo's.
My family lived in Louisiana, but we visited with my aunt and uncle many times. My memories of Baltimore and family were also formed when I was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Since l couldn't make it to Louisiana on a 3-day pass, I spent a lot of weekends at Aunt Maria's house. I relish the mornings there when I would smell the Italian sausage and pasta sauce cooking in the kitchen for Sunday's lunch.
We are Sicilian, 100% from the city of Cefalu, in the province of Palermo. I enjoyed four visits to the island of Sicily and hope to make a few more. I am looking forward to reading your books and enjoyed visiting your website; many of the old pictures brought back memories of my family in Little Italy."
~ Joe Fertitta, Shrevesport, Louisiana

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