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Italy quake nightmare returns in deep mid-winter.

MONTEREALE (Italy) (AFP) - Earthquakes brought an icy chill of terror to snowbound central Italy on Wednesday as four powerful shocks reverberated through an area still recovering from deadly tremors last year. The quakes, all measuring more than five magnitude, struck in the space of four hours in an area close to Amatrice, the mountain town devastated by an August earthquake that left nearly 300 people dead. There were no reports of casualties on Wednesday but there were fears for isolated residents of remote hamlets cut off by heavy snowfall as night fell. More than 130,000 homes were without electricity. Fears for the trapped intensified after a mother and child were dragged from the rui

In Memoriam

Our Matriarch went to be with our heavenly Father on December 28, 2016. She was born November 4, 1921, in Cosenza, Italy. She would live 95 incredible and fulfilling years, beginning in Italy and ending in America surrounded by her loving family: seven children, 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. She was the daughter of Annunziata Bonofiglio and Luigi Gallo. She married Mario Baldino on September 29, 1946. Together they immigrated to the United States in 1960. RITA (GALLO) BALDINO A talented seamstress, cook, and baker, Rita was our rock. She treasured her faith and family above all else and taught us to stay close and maintain our traditions. She is pr

Legend of La Befana: An Italian Christmas Tradition.

Today (January 6) is the Feast of the Epiphany, which means that last night La Befana visited children throughout Italy, filling the stockings of good little boys and girls with sweets and treats and leaving coal (or a stick, in Sicily) to the bad ones. Children set out for her – not cookies and milk – but red wine and traditional local sweets. She comes down through the chimney so is covered in soot, but uses her enchanted broom (which she rides from house to house) to sweep up before she leaves, brushing away not only the soot but also all of the problems of the previous year. Sound a bit familiar? OK so obviously there are a lot of differences, but until recent years when Babbo Natale (F

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