Bollettino - Oct/Nov 2011

The meeting of October 20th went well after the lay off for the Summer. It was good to see again some of the folks who were not at the Festa. We are still missing some of our long time members. Let’s hope that they will perhaps be at the next meeting.

Speaking of our next meeting, we will again enjoy Dr. Jim McGhee. He will present a program on Rome - the history, art, religion etc. You may remember that Jim was a professor in the Theology Department at St. Anselm’s for 32 years and is now retired and involved with medical ethics in local hospitals. He lived and studied in Rome as well. He has spoken to us before and knows his stuff. If you have a friend that you think may be interested in his talk, bring them along.

OK here is the scoop on the Christmas Party this year. At the meeting we had a pick of two Restaurants. We had invited Guiliano of Pastamore Restaurant in Amherst to address us but he was a no show. It came down to a selection between Florence’s Restaurant in Merrimack and Southern NH University in Manchester. We have been to both of these places in the past.

Anna Marie gave us the information on Florence’s and Ricardo spoke for the College. Some members had concerns about both establishments but in the end Southern NH University was selected by a large margin.

The basic information is: Date - Wednesday, December 14th. Time is 5 P. M. For cocktails and 6 P.M. for dinner. You may bring your own wine. They will be opening for just our group so there should not be any conflicts. Price is $25.00 per member and BICS will pay the tip. Any non-member that may come at a members invitation will pay the full price. The menu will be French/Italian. We will have the menu and other information in the next issue of the Bollettino. You will make your selections and the club will get that information to the college.

In any event, for those who plan to attend the party, PLEASE MAIL YOUR CHECK made out to Anna Maria Keene, 583 West Hollis Street, Nashua NH 03060 BY NOVEMBER 30th 2011. Remember to get your dues paid before the party to get the benefit of the paid tip on your meal.

Dues are due now ! Make check payable to BICS and mailed to Thelma Lamarre, 125 Electric Street, Manchester NH 03102. Dues are $15.00 Per Person best deal n town.

Remember that our Annual Yankee Swap is scheduled for the January meeting. Tentatively there is planned for February some gastronomical program. Don’t have the details yet but when I get them you will too IF YOU READ THE BOLLETTINO.

Next meeting is on the 17th of November at 7 P.M.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: Zero is the only number that can not be represented by Roman numerals.

Ciao

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Bollettino - Sept/Oct 2011

Bollettino - May/June 2011

Well we had a great film at the last meeting. It was another of the series that showed on PBS a few years ago. This covered the area from Rome to Calabria. I personally enjoy this type entertainment although I am not much of a fan of the movies or television. This series puts you in the passenger seat of a helicopter, so you get a first class view of the entire area. Thanks to Tony Cardillo for bringing this to us.

At the next meeting we will again visit Italy, only in a more personal way. Several of our member will tell us how they and their families came to America. A few months ago we had the same program and it proved very entertaining. We had more members who wanted to share their experience with us so we will give it another go. Next meeting is at 7 P.M. on June 16th, same place.

Portland Maine is being invaded by Italians. The city is hosting an Italian Expo on June 10th. Bobbie found out about this and asked that I pass the info on to our members. More information is available at www.Italianlifeexpo.com.

Now for plans this Summer. In September we have our annual Festa. Those of us that were there at the Peterborough State Park last year had a great time. Well we are in the planning stage now for this year so if you have another site in mind it is time to let it be known so that reservations can be made if necessary. This should be done by mid July. If no other place is suggested we will make reservations at Peterborough.

Along the same line, it is time to think for a place to have our Annual Christmas Party. If you have a favorite restaurant that you think would like to volunteer to take on a group of food connoisseurs, bring it forward for discussion. It would help if you have some information about menu’s and possible cost. This should be done by the end of August.

As usual we are looking for at least three people to provide refreshment for the next meeting. Let Anna know if you are able to fill one of those slots for ths month. We must all pitch in on this important endeavor.

THING’S I WONDER ABOUT

Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

If a pig loses his voice is he disgruntled?

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car is not called a racist?

Do Lipton Tea employees take a coffee break?

What hair color do they put on the drivers licenses of bald men?

Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zig zag?

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: A balanced diet is a muffin in each hand.

Ciao

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Bollettino - March/April 2011

Professor David George spoke and showed pictures of the excavations he and the team he is directing, have done at the archeological dig in Coriglia Caster Viscardo. It is remarkable. It seems that one has to just put a shovel in the earth in Italy, and another part of the country’s ancient history comes to light. It could be a farmer digging his field as was the case here, or digging a new underground subway station in Rome. It just seems to keep coming. What a great gift to give the world.

Frank Muset spoke very briefly of the tragic Triangle Fire in New York 100 years ago. This was a sad day for immigrants who had come to America for a new life. Unsafe working conditions led to the death of 146, mostly young women. Because of this however, labor unions were formed in many industries changing the conditions men and women work under. We may be going back to those dark days with the move against unions that is surfacing once more.

This month’s meeting will be featuring pianist Paul Bordeleau. Paul has performed for us in the past. He is the Director of the Boreleau Keyboard Studios in Bedford. He is also the publisher of 15 piano instructional books, and has lectured at colleges and National Conventions. He has performed in 11 countries and 37 states. He is a D-Day veteran and also a veteran of the Korean War. He is a 38 year member of the Bedford Rotary Club. His program for the BICS meeting on 21 April will consist of pieces and songs by Italian Composers such as Verdi, Donizetti and “Never My Love” by the Addrisi Brothers. This is really something to look forward to.

Word reached us that longtime member Janet Heineman died on 22 March. Janet was not able come to many meetings, but enjoyed them when she did attend and kept up on the happenings of BICS through the Bollettino.

YOU EVER WONDER..................

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, then doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed.

Why those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian Water? Try spelling it backward: NAIVE

OK one more: If new mothers feed their babies with tiny spoons and forks, do Chinese mothers use, Toothpicks.

THOUGHT S WHILE SHAVING: The man who rows the boat doesn’t have time to rock it.

Ciao

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Bollettino - Jan/Feb 2011

Well if you like snow, January was the month to be in New Hampshire. I know that I have had my fill of it and am running out of places where I want put it. So if you know of anybody who hasn’t had enough of it, send them to me with their truck and they can have it free of charge.

It was reported to me that the January Yankee Swap went well. Did it a bit differently this time. This is one of those events it is hard not to have a lot of fun with, but there is always room for more participants.

Our member Angela Hoke who works at the Currier Museum has offered to conduct a private tour for our members if we have enough participants. She gives us 3 dates to choose from, March 11, 18 or 25 starting at 1 P.M. Since the Museum opens at 11 A.M. there is an opportunity to have lunch at the Winter Café right there at the Museum if you would like. The tour would be around an hour long and covers the history of the Currier and the highlights of the collection. We can discuss this at the February meeting and select a date.

She also gives us an opportunity to do a tour of the Zimmerman House. The House is not open until April so we can leave that planning for another time if we would like to go. Angela can be reached at anglama@yahoo.com for information.

We have a new member who joined us in January. Say Hi to Claira Monier when you see her at the meeting.

Coming up in April is the Bedford Rotary Club’s Annual Italian Dinner Night. Our member Walter Gallo has been involved in running this for some time and some members from BICS generally attend. The meal consists of: Salad, Pasta, Meatballs, sausage, wine and dessert. Tickets are just $10.00. Walter has all of the information as well as tickets.

For the next meeting on the 17th of February, several members will be telling us their stories on how they came to America. I imagine it may bring memories to othermailto:Teriestina1@myfairpoint.net of our members.

We are still looking for speakers or programs for the months of March, May and June. If you have any ideas contact Ricardo at pizzapierick@msn.com or Bobbie at francesca_nh@comcast.net.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: Be who you are and say what you feel.....

Because those that matter, don’t mind, and those that mind, don’t matter.

Joanna and I would like to thank all of our friends at BICS who sent many cards and e-mails to us concerning my recent heart problem. I am pleased to say that I now am in rehab and feeling fine. Hope to see you at the next meeting.

Ciao

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Bollettino - Nov/Dec 2010

Well Bob Scipione did it again. He presented a well prepared program on the Opera "La Traviata. He has real passion for the characters and especially the music. I envy him in that respect and feel humbled to just say I enjoyed it. I hope he can find the time to present another opera in the future.

We have heard that the Christmas Festa went very well. Food was great as usual and the room was decorated beautifully. The phrase "Couldn’t have asked for a better night" was tossed about liberally. Unfortunately Joanna and I could not attend.

As you may remember when we had a reorganization of the club several members stepped forward to fill positions on more or less a temporary basis. The time has come to have a vote on those members who have volunteered to fill those positions in a more formal way. As you may remember we would like each position to have a primary and an alternate.

President: Bobbi White

Treasurer: Thelma Lamarre, Tony Castro

Secretary: Kathy Coffman

Refreshments and Parties: Anna Marie Keene

Webmaster: Len Keene

Let Anna Marie at Triestina1@myfairpoint.net know if you agree by voting yes or no for them. Also if you want to, or know some other member who wishes to help manage BICS pass that on to Anna Marie as well. We know that BobbieWhite will need help and we also need a person to be entertainment arranger which probably will take about six hours a year.

All of this will be discussed after our January program of our annual YANKEE SWAP. I know that everyone gets something for Christmas that they don’t want/need. Here is your chance to MAYBE get something you can use. Just remember everyone who participates must bring a wrapped gift to exchange. Usually lots of fun.

Virginia has found out about the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center in Peterborough. They will be presenting a program starting on February 5th entitled "The Mediterranean". This display will have artifacts, textiles, glassware etc from the Mediterranean region. They have a website to visit at

www.mariposamuseum.org

which will give you some idea of what they are about. This again is something we can discuss at the January meeting and maybe two or three car full of our members can visit the display. The display will be in place for several months.

We will need several people to bring refreshments to the January meeting. Let Anna Marie know if you are interested.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

Next meeting is January 20th 2011

BUONA NATALE e FELICE ANNO NUOVO TUTTI

JOANNA and PASQUALE

Bollettino - Oct/Nov 2010

The last meeting presented Professor Andy Stangel. His description of the Sistine Chapel is one you will not hear anywhere else. With his famous phase (by the way) we are off on another thought, story, or historical event. All in all an enjoyable presentation. We expect him to visit with us again perhaps in the Spring.

Thelma and Tony our co-treasurers reported that we are financially sound as an organization and reminded those members who had some approved expenses to be sure to get reimbursed for them.

We were in need of a Social Secretary for BICS. This has been on our "most wanted" list for awhile. Fairly new member Kathy Coffman has volunteered to take care of this for us.

Speaking of new members, Linda & Fred Harap from Bedford have joined us. With the new name tags we are wearing at meetings be sure to introduce yourselves and welcome them.

Major discussion this meeting was where and when to have our annual Christmas Festa. After last years party at Florence’s Anna talked them concerning availability, price etc. There were no other suggestions as to other sites. Anna led a discussion on dates that were available and a sign up sheet was posted for members to sign up for dates. The date selected was December 5, 2010. Cocktails start at 5 PM with dinner at 6. Cost is $25.00 per member. Non-members may attend at a cost of $31.00. Family and friends are invited.

Cocktail Hour - Cheese and Crackers

Salad

Menu: Choice of one. Chicken Verdichio (gluten free pasta available) - Chicken Marsala or Veal Marsala - Chicken or Veal Parmiggiano - Shrimp Scampi in Lemon, Butter, wine sauce or Shrimp Scampi in Marinara Sauce.

Desserts: Choice of - Cannolli - Tiramisu or Ricotta Pie

Coffee or Expresso

Checks to Anna Marie Keene, 583 W. Hollis St., Nashua, NH 03062

All of this is posted in the " Event" section of our web site www.bics-nh.org.

Members Bob and Antoniella brought BICS a nice gift from Italy after their last visit. We now have an Italian flag to display when appropriate. Many thanks to the Hagans.

For our November program long time member Bob Scipione will be presenting the opera "La Traviata" on film. Bob did such a wonderful job the last time on Tosca that I can’t wait to hear the presentation of La Traviata. Let’s fill the seats for this one.

Next meeting is at 7 P.M. November 18.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: There is not one shred of evidence that supports the notion that life is serious.

Ciao

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Bollettino - Sept/Oct 2010

Now that the FESTA has come and gone it is the time for our regular meetings. Speaking of the FESTA, I believe that all that were there had a great time, I know I did. However we were missing lots of familiar faces. That is the way it is, you set a date and just hope that everyone can come. I asked Anna to give me a report on the event and it follows:

FESTA 2010

The BICS FESTA was a great success. The park had much to offer. There was swimming, horseshoe playing, bocce, hiking and boating. (See the bics-nh.org web site for pictures ).As usual the food was great. A couple of men took turns grilling the sausage and peppers. We even managed to have coffee. We danced to the music of Jeff Moore, the accordionist. There was plenty of room for family and friends of our members. Next year we hope there will be more. There was a squirrel who thought he was part of our picnic. We gave him a couple of crackers and he left until it was time for dessert and then stole one of our cookies. All in all, everyone had a good time.

I can only thank Anna for all the work her and her crew did. Naturally they were the first ones there and the last to leave. I know that the site is perfect for our needs for this type event.

Our next meeting is on October 21th. Same place, the Bedford Library, same time, 7 P.M. Our speaker for this meeting is the most popular Dr. Randy Stangler, Professor of History and Humanities from UNH. The Sistine chapel will be his subject this month. Those of us who have listened to the Professor in the past know that he is both knowledgeable and entertaining.

POINT OF INTEREST ------------Who was Joe Petrosino of New York City

Born in Padula Italy in 1860, he immigrated to New York City in 1873. He joined the police department 10 years later and was promoted to detective sergeant in 1895 by Theodore Roosevelt, police commissioner at the time. A pioneer against organized crime, Petrosino headed the city’s first bomb squad, established in 1903. Also known for his undercover work, he sometimes is called the "Italian Sherlock Holmes". While working undercover, Petrosino reportedly learned of the plan to assassinate President William McKinley. His warning was ignored though, and the president was assassinated on September 6, 1901. Petrosino himself was assassinated on March 12 1909, while working undercover in Palermo Sicily. The day of his funeral was declared a public holiday in New York City and approximately 250,000 people watched the 5½ hour long parade.

On August 30th Italy published a stamp honoring Joe Petosino . The stamp pictures him along with the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: A memorable dining experience is not what is on the table but who is at the table.

Ciao

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Bollettino - Aug/Sept 2010

This is your last reminder for the Festa. Don’t forget to call Anne Marie at 966-4565 as mentioned below. The club will be cooking up some Sausages and fixings to snack on as well.

IT’S FESTA TIME

Date: September 11

Time: 1 P.M.

Place: Ed McDowell Lake Park, Peterborough, N.H.

DIRECTIONS: Take and stay on Rt 101 towards Peterborough. After the rotary (next to Shaw’s) go 1.5 miles to Union St. Brown sign (on the right) marks the entrance to the Ed McDowell Lake Park. Once on Union proceed for ½ mile and take LEFT onto Wilder and travel all the way to the end. We will have white/red/green balloons to help guide you to the park.

Lunch will be at 1 P.M. but the park opens at 8 A.M. so come as early as you like. There are picnic tables but bring chairs if you prefer not to sit at the tables all afternoon. There are restrooms available. Also there is room to play horseshoes and bocce. Electricity is not available but the grills can be used to re-heat food if necessary. A lake is available for swimming. Bring your own canoe or kayak and have fun. You may also bring your own food to cook if you would like to stay at the park later, it is opened till 8. Jeff Moore will join us with his accordion. If you have friends or relatives visiting bring them along rather than not come, there is plenty of room. Since this is a pot luck type affair every person coming must bring food for 6. Call or e-mail Anna Marie and tell her what you intend bringing so that she can coordinate. Her phone number is 966-4565. E-mail, triestina@myfairpoint.net.

You are responsible to bring your own plates, utensils, glasses and liquid refreshments.

Don’t forget that dues are due in September. It is still just $15.00 per person. So make out your checks to BICS and send it to Thelma LaMarre, 125 Electric Street, Manchester NH 03102. They should be paid before the FESTA. Let’s make it easy on Thelma and get this done.

Once again a plug for our web site at www.bics-nh.org. There are some photos of the park site that we will be utilizing.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: If people from Poland are called Poles why arn’t people from Holland called holes.

Ciao

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Bollettino - July/Aug 2010

IT IS FESTA TIME

As promised last month here is the news for this years FESTA.



Date: September 11

Time: 1 P.M.

Place: Ed McDowell Lake Park, Peterborough, N.H.

DIRECTIONS: Take and stay on Rt 101 towards Peterborough. After the rotary (next to Shaw’s) go 1.5 miles to Union St. Brown sign (on the right) marks the entrance to the Ed McDowell Lake Park. Once on Union proceed for ½ mile and take LEFT onto Wilder and travel all the way to the end. We will have white/red/green balloons to help guide you to the park.

Lunch will be at 1 P.M. but the park opens at 8 A.M. so come as early as you like. There are picnic tables but bring chairs if you prefer not to sit at the tables all afternoon. There are restrooms available. Also there is room to play horseshoes and bocce. Electricity is not available. A lake is available for swimming. Bring your own canoe or kayak and have fun. You may also bring your own food to cook if you would like to stay at the park later, it is opened till 8. Jeff Moore will join us with his accordion. If you have friends or relatives visiting bring them along rather than not come, there is plenty of room. Since this is a pot luck type affair every person coming must bring food for 6. Call or e-mail Anna Marie and tell her what you intend bringing so that she can coordinate. Her phone number is 966-4565. E-mail, triestina@myfairpoint.net.

You are responsible to bring your own plates, utensils, glasses and liquid refreshments.

The Ladies Luncheon will be on August 11 at 1 P.M. This month it will be at Bertucci’s in Nashua on Rt 101A near Market Basket at exit 8. Call Anna Marie at 966-4565 if you plan to attend. More fun for the ladies.

Now the big reminder for this month is that dues are due in September. It is still just $15.00 per person. So make out your checks to BICS and send it to Thelma LaMarre, 125 Electric Street, Manchester NH 03102. They should be paid before the FESTA. Let’s make it easy on Thelma and get this done.

Once again a plug for our web site at www.bics-nh.org. It is a must do for you, and the next time you see Lennie thank him for the work he has put into this for us.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

Ciao

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Bollettino - June/July 2010

Hooray for Summer. Happy 4th of July. We have been waiting all Winter for the kind of weather we are having this holiday week.

I hope all members remembered that we didn’t have a meeting in June for repairs to the library. Also remember that we do not have meetings in July and August. So look forward to the Festa in September. Next months Bollettino will have all the information that I can gather to pass on to you.

You must visit the BICS website. Lennie has done a tremendous job putting this together. Many, many links to everything Italian and then some. I am always in awe of what can be done with computers by someone who knows them. The website address is: www.bics-nh.org.

The Ladies Luncheon will be on July 14th at 1 P.M. at the restaurant 900 DEGREES at 50 Dow Street, Manchester. If you are going you have to call Norma at 645-6218 so she can get a head count. Sounds like fun.

Now the big reminder for this month is that dues are coming due in September. It is still just $15.00 per person. So when you are making out your checks for the month address one to BICS and send it to Thelma Lamarre, 125 Electric Street, Manchester NH 03102.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: If people from Poland are called Poles why are not people from Holland called Holes?

Here are some more fun facts about Italy that I had squirreled away.

The average Italian consumes 26 gallons of wine a year.

The parachute was invented by Leonardo DaVinci in 1515.

Italy has more hotel rooms than any other nation in Europe.

Italy has 16 regions and 4 autonomous regions.

Italy’s major industries include tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, and ceramics.

Italy is the world’s fifth largest industrial economy.

The espresso machine hails from Italy.

Over 40% of Italy’s labor force is unionized.

Barely a third of Italy’s land is arable and suitable for farming.

Ciao

Pasquale

May/June 2010

Lets start this month with the special meeting that was called for May 6th. The following attended;

Thelma LaMarre, Marilyn Otterson, Susanna Woodward, Sam Kambol, Anna and Len Keene, Tony Castro, Pat and Joanna Gareri, Pietro Russo, Richard Floreani, and Virginia Megani.

After much discussion on what was felt should be done it was decided that this group of members would function as an ad hoc committee to get things done initially. The group decided that there was a number of areas that had to be functional to make the club run. With that thought in mind the following areas were established with the responsible volunteer from the committee who would fill it. We also wanted two people to fill each position so that it would be probable to have a representative at each meeting.

Co-Presidents/Richard Floreani and Bobbi White (Until Oct 1), they will be responsible to run the meetings.

Treasurers/Thelma LaMarre, Tony Castro and Virginia Megani.

Attendance Takers/Virginia Megani, Norma Coyningham.

Refreshments/Anna Keene, Thelma LaMarre and Joanna Gareri.

Program Coordinator/Anna Keene.

Webmaster/Len Keene.

Consultant-at-Large/Sam Kambol.

Bollettino/Secretary/Pat & Joanna Gareri.

We also must have the following positions filled and are looking for volunteers. Advertizing/Publicity, Marilyn Otterson will help on this. We must also have an Entertainment/Excursions Committee.

The more members who get active in the organization the better it will run. If you have ideas go to the applicable committee to get it going.

Well at the last meeting we had Dr Muset talk to us on THE NORMANS IN ITALY. It was a lot of information in a short time and I am amazed that the good doctor has all of those names and dates right on the tip of his tongue. It was an enjoyable educational forty five minutes. Now if I only could remember all of those names and dates.

FUTURE DOINGS - There will be no BICS meeting in the month of June. The Library will be closed for some repairs and replacement of carpets in the meeting room area sothe room will not be available. So that along with our annual two month break from meetings ( July and August) our next get together will be at the FESTA. Plans are in the works for that now. I will keep all members informed by putting out the Bollettino throughout the Summer. Let us all remember that September is dues month. It is important to get those in early and make the job a bit easier for our Finance people.

We now have a web site being built by Lenny. He is doing a wonderful job and it has many features. It is still under construction but visit it at www.bics-nh.org.

The ladies of BICS are starting their monthly lunches. They are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For more information e-mail Thelma at thelmalamarre@comcast.net.

This month the lunch is being held at Juliano’s in Londonderry.on June 9th, E-mail for more information.

It has been confirmed that the Festa will be held on Saturday September 11th at Ed McDonell Park in Peterborough. Mark your calendars and more info will be in the next Bollettino.

THOUGHTS WHILE SHAVING: The trouble with bucket seats is that not everyone has the same size bucket.

Ciao

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