agosto 2019
Little Italy Lodge Foundation awards $12,000

The Little Italy Lodge OSIA #2286 Foundation scholarship program announced 2019 awards in the amount of $12,000 to these students:

  • Anthony Apicella: Matricianni/Vondersmith Scholarship for $4,000. Anthony attends Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics and majors in Aviation. He was sponsored by his grandmother, Mary Apicella, a Lodge member.
  • Jackson Landgraf: Jerome & Angela Elliott Scholarship for $4,000. Jackson will be attending Rowan University to major in Law & Justice. He was sponsored by his grandfather, Kenneth G. O’Dea, Sr., a Lodge member.
  • Isabella Barbieri: Awarded a $2,000 scholarship and attends Flagler University with a major in Criminology and a minor in Law. She was sponsored by her father, Anthony Barbieri, a Lodge member.
  • Maria Lena Lasek: Awarded a $2,000 scholarship and attends Nova Southeastern University majoring in biology. She was sponsored by her mother, Maria Nicole Teresi, a Lodge member.

BRAVI!!! to the recipients as they pursue their educational and career goals and bring pride to their Italian heritage. The Foundation thanks the many individuals who have supported and helped this program succeed. The Foundation was established in 1999 to assist Little Italy Lodge members and their families pursuing a college/university undergraduate degree. The generosity of members and other donors has resulted in the Foundation awarding scholarships totaling over $169,000 since its inception.
around the neighborhood

  • Indoor golf coming to Little Italy >>> Five Iron Golf will open a 10,000-square-foot facility in Little Italy's Fallsway Spring building later this year. The company already has two locations in New York. The complex will offer nine simulators, lesson studios, club storage and showers, as well as on-site club fitting and guidance from teachers.

  • May's issue of Neighborhood News included information about the refurbished bocce courts and a brief history. According to Dino Basso, he established the Little Italy Bocce League in 2001, which played on Wednesday nights. Dino currently runs the Italian American Bocce League on Thursday nights and hosts one of the tournaments during the summer Italian festivals.
  • Mauro Dal Bo, an Italian Cultural Center of Maryland (ICCM) board member, is Baltimore's new Honorary Italian Consul - Consolato Onorario d'Italia - appointed in July. ICCM congratulates Mauro for his appointment; he has been very active in promoting "everything Italian" in Maryland and instrumental in supporting outreach initiatives of ICCM, a 501(c)(3) charity which promotes Italian culture and heritage in Maryland, established in 1955.
  • Actress Carol Burnett in Little Italy restaurant >>> "Carol Burnett, you are an American treasure, an icon, trailblazer, and such a genuinely nice person. It was our pleasure to serve you at Aldo’s tonight. Thanks for the decades of laughter! GRAZIE!! Oh and your cosmo is delicious! Break a leg at the Lyric tonight!" ~ posted on Aldo's facebook page
50th Annual Car Raffle!
Hosted by Saint Vincent Pallotti Council Knights of Columbus of Saint Leo's Church
2020 Ford Mustang
or $18,000 cash!
2nd PRIZE - Apple iPad
3rd PRIZE - $200 gift card

$1 per chance. Drawing in October. Purchase tickets from Fran Blattermann 410.207.7075 or any Council member. Raffle benefits the Council's charitable works and scholarship program. (Not actual car prize pictured)

Cool off in the Little Italy
Lodge during bocce!
If you play in a bocce league in Little Italy, be sure to pop into the Little Italy Lodge - its back door is in the courts. The Lodge is open periodically during bocce play and invites in players and spectators to cool off and grab a snack, food, dessert, and/or cold beverage. Bar is open!

New Lodge members wanted! The Little Italy Lodge is looking for more members! The purpose of its organization shall be to enroll anyone of Italian birth or descent, spouses of those of Italian lineage, and those adopted by, or married to, persons of Italian lineage, etc. It is a chapter of the national Order Sons & Daughters of Italy headquartered in Washington, D.C., which promotes national education, upholds the prestige of the people of Italian heritage in America, and establishes a motto of liberty, equality and fraternity. For membership information or with questions about joining, email Susanne Spinnato Walmsley, Lodge Membership Chair.
neighborhood events
The Madonnari Arts Festival seeks volunteers: Festival Ambassador ... Merchandise Sales ... Videographer ... Art Market Captain ... Photographer ... Artists' Assistant ... Survey-taker Questions? Email Theresa Donnelly
Italian Heritage Fest
Sunday, October 6

9:30am St. Leo's Mass
 11am Wreath-laying Ceremony 12:30pm Festival
(Stiles & S. Exeter Sts)

Learn the fascinating history of Little Italy and its Italian immigrants in Baltimore's Little Italy: Heritage and History of The Neighborhood. Book proceeds benefit the nonprofit Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore with a mission to promote the history, heritage and events of 'The Neighborhood.'
blast from the past
The neighborhood boys from Little Italy. "We had our own Little League teams: Frank Della Noce Yankees, Kelly & Poggi Cubs, Corky's Tavern White Sox and Bagby Furniture Cardinals. This was opening day around 1962. I am third from the left in first row. How many can you name?" The baseball field ran next to President Street with the Baltimore City Morgue and Pump Station to the west.

Posted on facebook by Carmen Strollo
Photo courtesy Thomas Scilipoti
First year of Little League 1958 - the White Sox
posted on facebook by Bill Bertazon
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Ray Alcaraz
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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.