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caliano camille

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Since October is Italian Heritage Month…I wanted to pay tribute to my great- grandmother, Angelina Gioloffo (mamangela). Who lived in a shack in Kingsland, New Jersey (they called it Wap Hill). She was a mid-wife. She had no electricity. She …

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Charlene Foncellino

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A summer morning in Hopatcong, NJ, circa 1969. My little brother Joey, my best friend Margret, and I couldn’t wait to get the day started outside, playing in “the woods”, searching for blackberries, running barefoot through the sprinklers, or take …

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Vincent Romeo

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My Grandmother, Concetta Maria Pagliarulo, came to NYC after both her parents were killed in the Mt Vesuvius eruption of 1904. She came to live on the Lower East Side, with her sister and her brother. When her brother was …

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Peter Francis Battaglia

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I was born to parents whose parents all came to NYC from Italy during the years 1898 to 1920. My maternal grandparents , Maria Adelina Melito, was born in Castelbaronia, Avellino in 1900..and Innocenzo Scaramuzzi, 1890, born in Grassano, Matera, …

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Arlene LaRocca Maresca

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Love and Breadcrumbs My first memory of my Grandmother Anna Foti is in the kitchen in our basement in Brooklyn, NY. I loved to sit in the old wooden rocking chair in the corner of the dining area and watch …

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Frank D'Amico, Sr.

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Born on Union Street, I lived the years of my youth in what is now called Carroll Gardens. Now 87 years of age, I have lived my entire life in Brooklyn (and I am not going anywhere). My father and …

Rose DiDomenico-Begnal

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My brother, his wife and I were visiting friends in Milan. The second week I suggested we take a trip to Caserta in Naples to see if we could find a cousin who we hadn’t seen since 1949. No address, …

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Arlene LaRocca Maresca

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There is a song from my childhood that plays in my mind. Whenever I think of it I am brought back to my Grandparent’s basement in Brooklyn, New York. In the room next to the kitchen there stood an old …

My mother and her siblings Charlie, Joe and Sara - the night after their father died
(2nd from the left) My mother’s grandfather Morreale - Pelligrino's Father
My mother’s grandparents - Josephine and Charles Mangaracina.
My Grandparents Rosalia Maria Morreale and Pellegrino with my Aunt Sara as a Child

Maria Bartiromo

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I attribute any success in business I’ve had to the wonderful Italian-American upbringing I have had and a very strong work ethic. My father’s father, Carmine Bartiromo, came to America first in 1919 from Salerno. He was only a teenager. …

Photo: My mother and her siblings Charlie, Joe and Sara - the night after their father died
Photo: (2nd from the left) My mother’s grandfather Morreale - Pelligrino's Father
Photo: My mother’s grandparents - Josephine and Charles Mangaracina.
Photo: My Grandparents Rosalia Maria Morreale and Pellegrino with my Aunt Sara as a Child
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Arlene LaRocca Maresca

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Stellario Cucinotta, my Great Uncle, was born on December 8, 1882, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Messina, Sicily. His name, Stellario, is for Mary, in her designation as Star of the Sea. An excerpt of a prayer by …

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Michele DeAngelo Acerra

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These are my parents, Vito and Frances (nee Scigliano) DeAngelo, circa 1948, at Coney Island. They were both born in the U.S., children of Italian immigrants. We lived in a 2-family house in Brooklyn – my maternal grandparents, Marie and …

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Arlene LaRocca Maresca

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This poem sums up my feelings of the Brooklyn of days gone by, particularly the Italian American experience. Brooklyn The glory days of Brooklyn are gone forever. Memories of my childhood are intertwined, With the shouts of sidewalk vendors, And …