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Feature Videos: Hear Their Stories – Clips from Five of our Interviews

Pascal J. de Caprariis MD, FAAFP and Angela de Caprariis-Salerno, M.S. (Brother and Sister)

Brooklyn-born. Both followed the professional medical path of their grandfather, Pasquale, who came to America in 1899. His family had historically been comprised of physicians, lawyers, and professors in Italy. Pascal is an MD known for his work in infectious diseases Angela has a Masters in Pharmacy.

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Bishop Frank J. Caggiano

Born in the Gravesend area of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday in 1959. His parents arrived in America in 1958 from the town of Caggiano in the province of Salerno, Italy. After a brief period as a sales representative at McGraw Hill Publishing Company, he began seminary studies and was ordained a priest. He later became Vicar General for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, and currently serves as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, CT.

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John L. Heyer II

Grew up and still lives in South Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens). Funeral Director, Pastoral Associate and Church Archivist at Sacred Hearts St. Stephen’s Church, Development Officer for Futures in Education and the Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens. Active in the Carroll Gardens community, the Borough of Brooklyn and two neighborhood social clubs, he is committed to keeping Italian-American traditions alive through the younger generation.

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Dr. Teresa Fiore

Born in southern Italy and emigrated to the U.S. in 1995, she holds the Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University in NJ and serves as Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Spanish and Italian. Fiore’s teaching and research interests include 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century Italian literature, Italian cinema, Italian American culture, and immigration in contemporary Italy. She organizes and promotes Italian studies and Italian-American studies throughout the campus and the communities.

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Pat LaFrieda, Jr. and Sr. (Father and Son)

Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, were both born in Brooklyn. Their ancestors came to the U.S. from Naples in the early 20th century and landed in Elizabeth, NJ. “Meat men” for generations, they brought their butchery business to Brooklyn and eventually back to Bergen, NJ. They are now suppliers of the finest meats in America to America’s finest restaurants.

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