Circolo Italo Americano Corenese

To Preserve and Promote Our Italian Heritage and Culture

Our Deepest Sympathy .....

The Officers and members of Circolo Italo Americano Corenese express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the Most Honorable Nino Gargano who passed away suddenly on June 2, 2016.  Signore Gargano had been the Mayor of Coreno from 1999 to 2009.  Previously, he was the Vice-Mayor of the city and a member of the Democratic Party.  He was a Chartered Accountant, and most recently was the General Manager of the Consorzio Industriale del Lazio.   His passing has left a huge hole in the community in which he was raised and lived his entire life.  We are extremely sorry on his passing.

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, they will be celebrating his life in a Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church(West-Cleveland, Ohio).  The mass will begin at 10:00 AM and will be celebrated in Italian.  All members, family, friends and colleagues are invited to attend.  We will be hosting a small continental breakfast afterwards.  Please join us in celebrating Signore Gargano's life.   to add ., images, and other content

Congratulations on our 50th Anniversary from .....

The Mayor of Coreno, Antonio Gargano, sent us the following congratulatory greeting on our 50th Anniversary.  He will be joining us at the August 9, Anniversary Dance.  The Club appreciates his support.

 

COMUNE DI CORENO AUSONIO

Provincia di Frosinone

Medaglia d’argento al merito civile

 

Spett.le Circolo Italo-Americano

Cleveland, Ohio

 

L’occasione del cinquantennale ci porta a condividere la ricorrenza con la presenza di tanti concittadini che con entusiasmo ed affetto hanno raccolto l’invito a rappresentare Coreno a Cleveland (U.S.A.) per testimoniare il profondo legame che ci unisce. Voi più di ogni altro siete gli autentici pionieri che partiti dalla vostra e nostra Coreno avete raggiunto terre lontane portando con voi Coreno e tutte le sue peculiarità.

 

Un augurio sincero e affettuoso dal profondo del cuore giunga a voi tutti.

 

A presto.

Dalla Sede Municipale.

 

IL SINDACO

(Antonio Gargano)

  

 

Antonio Lisi has forwarded the following letter congratulating us on the celebration of our 50th anniversary.  He will be joining us for this gala event along with the other Corenese visitors.  As always, we appreciate his support along with La Serra in promoting our cultural activities.

 

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CARISSIMI COMPAESANI

 

Questo incontro con tutti voi, in occasione del 50° anniversario della fondazione del Circolo Italo Americano Corenese (C.I.A.C.), rappresenta un’ occasione unica per rinsaldare il rapporto tra la comunità corenese residente negli U.S.A. e il loro paese d’origine, che il periodico di vita corenese “La Serra” ha intessuto e contribuito a conservare fin dai suoi primi numeri degli anni cinquanta e sessanta e, successivamente, degli anni ottanta fino ai giorni nostri.

 

L’iniziativa della nostra presenza in mezzo a voi così fortemente desiderata e auspicata vuole rinsaldare questo legame, esprimere i nostri ringraziamenti per esserci stati vicini nel triste dopoguerra, il nostro riconoscimento ai sacrifici dei pionieri dell’emigrazione che hanno tenuto alto il nome di Coreno così come continuano le generazioni successive.

 

Con questo spirito desideriamo stringervi a noi con un abbraccio, uno per uno, voi e tutti i componenti delle vostre famiglie, anche in rappresentanza di tutti i corenesi di Coreno che ci hanno espressamente delegati a farlo con intensità di affetti.

 

Forse non riusciremo con i gesti e con le parole a far comprendere tutto il nostro amore che portiamo nel cuore per tutti voi.

 

Scusateci per questo, ma vi preghiamo di credere alla sincerità degli affetti anche se la profonda commozione rende più difficile la comunicazione di questi nostri sentimenti.

 

Grazie e ancora un abbraccio a tutti voi da parte di tutti noi.

 

Coreno Ausonio, lì 23/06/2008

IL PRESIDENTE

(Antonio Lisi)

 

 

 

News About Italian Earthquake and Assistance .....

 

Some of you have asked how you can assist the recent Italian earthquake victims.  Vince Ruggiero has contacted our Vice Consulate for some information and direction.  The Italian government is still assessing the situation and seem to have things under control.  However, things may change once they have determine the extent of the damages and the number of victims that have been killed, injured or displaced because of the earthquake.   The Vice Consulate sent the following letter of gratitude and guidance for all of you.

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 Dear CIAC members, families and friends,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt message of support at this tragic time for our country.

 The outpouring of concern for the Italian Earthquake Victims has been overwhelming and is greatly appreciated by the Italian Government.  Monetary relief is not being requested at this time, however, wherein organizations or individuals wish to raise funds for a relief effort, they may proceed as they deem best with the heartfelt gratitude of the Italian Government and the Italian people. Only as the rescue and recovery efforts continue will it be possible to determine the area of greatest need for assistance. We will keep those individuals or organizations, who are so generously offering their time and energies for the quake victims, apprised also by means of this Consulate web site (www.consdetroit.esteri.it).  To that end, a united effort may bring the greatest results and facilitate a greater impact in the relief effort.   Therefore, if CIAC, its members and friends would like to make a donation, I would suggest contacting Mr. Giovanni Catalano, President of the COMITES Detroit or Mr. Gianfranco Gentile, Treasurer.  The COMITES is also working on raising monetary relief to be sent to L'Aquila. They can be contacted at  gcatalano@comitesdetroit.org or  ggentile@comitesdetroit.org.   

 Donations of clothing, food or other items are not being requested at this time as there is no mechanism in place for delivery. Also, an appeal for relief workers or medical personnel is not being made at this time as there is an adequate Italian force on hand.

 Again, thank you some much in advance for any type of help the Club may be able to provide at this very difficult time.

 Please don not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance to you or other Club members.

 Gratefully,

 Dr.Serena Scaiola

Vice Consul of Italy in Cleveland

 

Did You Know .........

Congratulations go out to Frank Costanzo's daughter, Elaine C. Duke, for President Bush's recent announcement to nominate her to be Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security.  Prior to this announcement, she served as Chief Procurement Officer at the Department of Homeland Security.  Earlier in her career, she served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration.  Below please find the link to the April 2, 2008 press release from the Office of the Press Secretary.

Office of the Press Secretary - Elizabeth C. Duke

 

 

 

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Congratulations go out to Frank Costanzo's daughter, Elaine C. Duke, who was recently promoted to Chief Procurement Office for the Office of Homeland Security.  Below please find the press release issued by Michael Chertoff.


STATEMENT BY HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF ON THE appointment of Elaine C. Duke as CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER

 

 I am pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Duke as Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Homeland Security.  Elaine most recently served as acting chief, and before that as the department’s Deputy Chief Procurement Officer.

Elaine brings more than 24-years of federal contracting and procurement experience to the position.  She has held various positions at the Naval Sea Systems and Naval Facilities Engineering Commands, and previously served as the Deputy Director of Contracting and Property Management for the Smithsonian Institution and Director of Acquisition and Grant Services for the Federal Railroad Administration.

One of the department’s foremost responsibilities is stewardship of taxpayer dollars.  As chief, Elaine will oversee more than $11 billion in contracts and $12 billion in financial assistance programs and provide strategic direction to the department’s eight procurement organizations.  Elaine will further strengthen the department’s financial discipline and maximize budgets to mitigate risks, and I look forward to her continued service.


 

 Originally Posted to the site February 2006.

Forza Azzuri ..........
Congratulations go out to the Italian National Soccer Team after their World Cup victory over France. There were several locations across the city of Cleveland where loyal fans gathered to watch intently as the Italian Team one their fourth World Cup championship. To the right you will see one of those excited fans and our Club President, Tony Biasiotta, as Italy made their final penalty kicks. He has already begun to plan for the next World Cup. Forza Azzuri !!!! *Thank you to Scott Shaw at the Plain Dealer for this photograph that appeared on 07/10/06.

Outing to St. Augustine's . . . . . . .

 

Residents at the St. Augustine Assisted Living home were delighted on Sunday, March 28th during a private luncheon with several CIAC members.  The luncheon was planned by Shalia Palmiero, Director of Nursing and wife of Giovanni Palmiero.  Members from the CIAC that attended include Dorothy Allen, Teresa Parente-Calez, Susie Coreno, Giovanni B. Palmiero and Lisa Trzop.  Maria Coreno, Mary Trzop, Shalia Palmiero and grandson Giovanni A. Palmiero also attended.  

St. Augustine resident Frances LaValle, in her 90s, had a particularly enjoyable time as she reminisced about the old Italian ways, how things have changed and the friends and family everyone in common.  Sister Phyllis Ann and Sister Carmella joined in the conversation with stories of teaching some of the club's members and past times at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Sister Carmella was the teaching principle at OLMC for many years.  The stories and reacquainting lasted through the delicious lunch, which was then followed by a tour of the assisted living facility.  Shalia kindly showed the group around, sharing the gorgeous stained-glass chapel, the billiards and fitness areas, the courtyard and eventually back to Frances' room.  It was there even more stories about her past were shared, as she proudly showed antique photos taken in Coreno's beautiful landscape.

A nice afternoon was had by all, and the members of the CIAC hope to visit the lovely Italian residents and Sisters of St. Augustine Assisted Living home again soon.   Please check out the photo gallery for pictures from the event. 

 -Lisa Trzop

2008 Scholarship Winners are . . . . . .

In 2007, the Circolo Italo Americano Corenese held its First Annual Reverse Raffle Scholarship Dinner Dance.  The proceeds from this event were going to be awarded in the form of scholarship to deserving students.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students that participated in the program.  Following the submission of the required applications and essays, the 2008 winners were selected by a panel of respected professors, and the scholarships awarded on Saturday, April 19, at the Second Annual Reverse Raffle Scholarship Dance.  We would like to announce those winners below.

  • Annalisa Calez - She is the daughter of Teresa Parente-Calez and Tony Calez(deceased).  She is currently a student at St. Joseph Academy and plans to attend  college.

  • Anita Marie Fini - She is daughter of Antonietta and Pasquale Fini, and is currently a student at Padua Franciscan High School. 

  • Maria Francesca Ruggiero - She is the daughter of Margherita & Domenico Ruggiero and is a student at Berea High School.  She plans to enroll in the Polaris Career Center Teaching Professions Program.

  • Anna Tieri - She is the daughter of Giuseppina and Giuseppe Tieri.  She is currently a  student at Holy Name High School. 

2006 Final Results - Annual Picnic ...........
  • Again, this years Membership Picnic at Huntington Beach Park in Bay Village, Ohio, was a complete success.  The weather was perfect, and the attendance reflected it.  Approximately, ninety-five percent of our members and their families attended the event making it the largest single day event the Club sponsors each year.
  • Thanks to the Picnic Committee who helped pulled together the various activities scheduled throughout the day.  The events included a bocce tournament as well as many other fun games for both adults and the kids.  We hope to add some pictures from the Picnic to our website.
  • And finally, any suggestions for next years Picnic is appreciated.  The Club and Social Committee want to make sure the Picnic meets the expectations of its members.  Feel free to make suggestions as well as volunteer to organize that particular activity or others.  We always need volunteers to make the events move smoothly.
Our Deepest Sympathy to ........
  • Our deepest sympathy to the family on Anthony DeRuggiero who passed away on Monday, May 18.  He is survivied by his beloved wife Jean(nee Bonacci); loving father of Maria Walsh(Joel) and Annette Craig(Sean); dearest grandpa of Christine Daubenmire(Mike), Sean Anthony Craig, Melissa Walsh, Seona Craig and Joey Walsh; great grandfather of Michael Todd; brother of Carmosina DiRuggiero(deceased); Raffaela D'Acundo(Antonio deceased), Rosa Bona(Ernie-both deceased), Teresa Tuccinardi(Mario), Yolanda Whitson(Robert, deceased), Italo(deceased)(Maria), Giuseppe(deceased)(Mary), Crescenzo(deceased)(Brigida) and Frank(deceased)(Louiise).  He was uncle of many nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by his many friends.  Condolences from the Club and the entire Corenese Community go out to his family.  May God watch over and bless them during this time of need.
  • Our deepest sympathy to Franco Tieri, Giuseppe Tieri, and the entie family of Angelo Tieri who passed away on Friday, July 11, He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Cheryl L, and devoted pa of Franco(Anna) and Nicole, cherished nonno of Antonia and Julia, brother of Giuseppe and Margherita, loving uncle, brother-in-law, and friend to many.  The condolences from the Club and Corenese community go out to her entire family.  May God watch over and bless them during this time of need. 
  • Our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Angelo DiVito on the passing of his wife, Gina DiVito(Castelli).  She is survived by her daughters Pasqualina(Edward) and Raffaela.  She was the devoted grandmother to Anastasia and Edward Tekaucic and Gina and Daniel Lanzalaco.  She was the sister of Filomena Altieri and Domenico Castelli and sister-in-law of Caterina DiVito.  Angelo was a long-time and active member of our Club before he passed.  Condolences from the Club and entire Corenese community go out to their family.  May God watch over and bless them during this time of need.  

  • Our deepest sympathy to John Bovenzi and the family of Susan (Devito) Bovenzi who passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2008. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, John, and her children Laura(Randy) Dougall, Pete(Rebecca), Anthony(Meg), Gina(Brian) Opheim, and Marisa(Ray) Barda.   She was the devoted grandmother to Andrew, John, Jenna, Jace, Brianna, Garrett, Derek, Christopher, Stephanie, Brandon and Bryan(deceased).  The condolences from the Club and Corenese community go out to her entire family.  May God watch over and bless them during this time of need. 

  • Our sympathy goes out to the family of Dominick D'Onofrio  who passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2006.  He was the beloved husband for 67 years of Mary D'Onofrio; loving father of  Joseph(Fran), Frank(Theresa), Anthony(Fran); dear grandfather of seven; and great grandfather of eight.  Our condolences go out to the entire D'Onofrio family.  Dominick was a loyal and respected member of the Circolo Italo Americano Corenese Club for over 30 years.  

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family of Antonia Costanzo who passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2006.  She was the beloved wife of the late Vincenzo Costanzo who was one of the original members of the CIAC club.  She is survived by her sons Antonio(Pasqualina), Mario(Maria), Arcangelo, Paul(Terri) and daughter Elga Iannaggi(Gino).  She was the devoted Nonna of Vincenzo Costanzo, and Antonietta Fini, and Michelle Riley, Marisa Abraham, Mario and Michael Costanzo, Frankie, Vincent and Gino Iannaggi, Angelina and Marcella Costanzo, and Paul and Gina Costanzo.  She was also the dearest great grandmother of 14.  Condolences from the entire Club and Corenese community go out to her entire family.  May the God watch over and bless them during this time of need.
  • Special Congratulations Go Out to ......
    Special congratulations goes to Antonia Marie Palmiero on her winning Miss Itallia Ohio 2009 on October 4, 2008.  She is currently attending North Royalton High School and maintains a 4.0 GPA.  Besides earning Highest Honors for 2 consecutive years and Pride in Academic 4 times, she participates in volleyball, softball, marching band, and drama club.  She aspires to become a chemical or nucliear engineer.  Her parents, Antonio and Louann Palmiero, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are extremely proud of her accomplishments.  CIAC would like to extend her a big congratulations and continued future success.  Make us all proud.

    Our Deepest Sympathy to ........

    Congratulations Go Out to .....

    • Congratulations and best wishes go out to Giovanni and Lisa Pallante on the birth of their son, Dario Antonio, on September 25.  He was welcomed by his older brother Tyler, and sisters Bianca Rose, Eva Grace, and Mia Elizabeth.  CIAC members send out best wishes and God's blessings to the entire Pallante family. 
    • Ray and Veronica Zinicola on the birth of their third child, Biagio Zinicola, on Wednesday, March 11  He was welcomed by his older brothers Phillip and Raymond.  Our best wishes and God's blessing go out to both Ray and Veronica's entire family including Margherita Zinicola(nonna) and Zio Dominic who is also a member of the CIAC club.
    • Good wishes and God's blessings go out Angela and Oscar Cisneros on the birth of their daughter, Gabriella Maria Cisneros.  She was welcomed by her older brother, Mario Armando.  May our best wishes and God's blessing go out to the entire Costanzo and Cisneros families.  
    • Congratulations go out to Elaine C. Duke, daughter of Frank Costanzo, Sr., who on October 29, was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security.  Previous to this assignment, she was the Chief Procurement Officer for the Department of Homeland Security.  In this capacity she provided leadership over the department's $14 billion in contracts and $11 billion in financial assistance programs.  You can view the entire article by clicking on this link.  
    • Congratulations go out to Frank and Margherita DeAngelis on the birth of their daughter, Adriana Olga DeAngelis, on October 18.  She was welcomed by her older sister, Isabella.  Both mother and child are doing fine.  The Club and its members send out God's blessings to Frank and Margherita's family which include Raffaele and Maria Parente and Felice and Sherry DeAngelis. 
    • Buon auguri go out to Antonio and Bernandina Corte on the birth of their fourth grandson, Patrick John Corte.  He was welcomed by Pasquale(dad), Katie(mom), and his three brothers, Anthony, William and Michael along with their Uncle Mariano(Mike) Corte.  God's blessings go out to the entire Corte and Cummings families.
    • On August 20, God blessed Pat and Silvia Palmiero with the birth of their daughter, Leodora Angela.  She was welcomed by her big brother Raimo, and her sister Antonella.  Congratulations go out to the entire Palmiero and D'Ambrosio families.  The Palmiero family include Leodora's father Pat, nonno Erasmo, and uncles Antonio, Ross, and Guy Schamp whom are all members of the Club.
    • Best wishes and God's blessings go out to Zachary and Antonietta(Schamp) Porter on the birth of their son Massimo Martino.  He was welcomed by his sister Gianna, grandparents Guy and Josephine Schamp, and the entire Schamp, Porter and Palmiero families.  
    • Congratulations go out to Vito Stassi on the birth of his son, Antonino Robert Stassi, on August 7.  Both mother and child are doing fine.  The Club and its members send out God's blessings to Vito's family which includes Nonno Nino Stassi.  
    • Best wishes and God's blessings go out to Celestino and Jen Parente on the birth of their second daughter, Natalia Lynn.  She was welcomed home by her older sister, Liliana.  The Club congratulates the entire Parente and Kelch families which include members Raffaele Parente(nonno) and Teresa Parente-Calez (zia).  May God bless the entire family.
    • A big congratulations goes out to Vince Ruggiero who was recently promoted to Principal at Berea High School.  Vince had been Assistant Principal at Midpark High School before his promotion.  He is currently working on his doctorate in Education.  The Club and its members are proud of his success and wish him well in his new position.  Good luck ! .  
    • Congratulations to the Social Committee for the success of our First Annual Circolo Italo Americano Corenese Scholarship Reverse Raffle Dinner Dance held on Saturday, April 14 at Hillside Party Center.  Festivities and raffles ran for the entire evening with all profits going to the Club's scholarship fund.  The committee is planning to have a dance this fall to formally award the scholarships.  Please check back to the website to learn about the application process.  Please feel free to contact the Dance Committee via Tony Biasiotta or Teresa Calez  with any suggestions on how to improve next years dance.  Please feel free to contact them if you are interested in making a donation.
    • Giovanni and Lisa Pallante on the birth of their daughter, Bianca Rose, on Friday, January 26.  She was welcomed by her older brother, Tyler.  Club members send out our best wishes and God's blessings to Giovanni and Lisa's entire family.  We would also like to welcome Giovanni as a new club member.
    • Ray and Veronica Zinicola on the birth of their second child, Raymond Zinicola, on Saturday, November 11  He was welcomed by his older brother Phillip.  Our best wishes and God's blessing go out to both Ray and Veronica's entire family including Margherita Zinicola(nonna) and Zio Dominic who is also a member of the CIAC club. 
    • Angela and Oscar Cisneros on the birth of their son, Mario Armando Cisneros.  May our best wishes and God's blessing go out to the Costanzo and Cisneros families. 
    • Michele and Kristen Ruggiero on the birth of their daugher Adriana Margherita on Friday, April 14.  Adriana joins her 2 older brothers, Nicholas and Andrew.  The members of CIAC send out best wishes and God's blessing to the entire Ruggiero and Grant families. 
    • Congratulations and God's blessings go out to Joe and Meghan Ruggiero on the birth of their son, Rocco Giuseppe Ruggiero, on March 4.   He was welcomed by grandparents Mario and Diane Ruggiero and Bob and Toni Walden.  The Club and its membership send out their best wishes and God's blessings to the entire Ruggiero and Walden families.  
    • Congratulations and best wishes go out to Vince Ruggiero and Heidi Smith on the birth of their son, Nicholas John.  He was welcomed by an older sister and an extremely large extended family.  Additional congratulations go out to his grandfather, Luigi Ruggiero, uncles Michele and Domenic, aunts Daniela and Maria Vangelder whom are all members of the Club.  CIAC members send out best wishes and God's blessing to the entire Ruggiero and Smith families.   

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