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May 31, 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

East Harlem Giglio Newsletter – Greetings and welcome to the May 2017 newsletter of the Giglio Society of East Harlem! Enjoy!!!!!!!!

East Harlem Giglio Newsletter

Greetings and welcome to the May newsletter of
the East Harlem Giglio Society!

The warm weather is finally here which means Giglio Season is upon us!
We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter. There are many events being planned, which we hope you can be a part of and enjoy!

Tradition Since 1908!

Upcoming Dates and Events:

May 31st:
Journal Book Submissions Due!
All Journal Entries will be featured on our website, as well in our printed books.

June 9th 7:30 pm:
Feast of St Anthony Dinner

Fratelli’s Restaurant
2507 Eastchester Rd Bronx
Tickets going fast!

June 24th:
San Paolino Giglio Lift

Franklin Square, NY

July 8th – 2:00-6:00pm:
East Harlem Giglio Fishing Trip
Captree Boat Basin -Babylon, NY

(Space is limited!!)

August 10-13th:
East Harlem Giglio Feast

Pleasant Ave 114 -116 street
The Highlight of the Summer!

Inside This Issue:

What’s New?

2017 Giglio Member Shirts Revealed

“Legendary Capo Paranza”
Angelo Granata

Journal Book Submissions Due

“The Voice of the Giglio”

Feast of St. Anthony Dinner

Giglio Family News

Fun Facts & Our “Unofficial” Poll

Sponsors And Acknowledgments

Giglio News

We would like to wish all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, those here and those no longer with us, a Happy Mother’s Day!

Only two more weeks to get your journal book entries in!
You can submit them online, or through the mail.
Please contact Mitch Farbman for all questions.
You can view the 2015 Journal Book online!
Click here to check it out :
East Harlem Giglio 2015 Journal Book


The East Harlem Giglio Fishing Trip
Captree Boat Basin, Babylon NY

July 8th, 2- 6pm. Space is limited.
As always, visit for all up to date news!
We can be reached at: (718) 831-6665
Any questions can be sent to:

The Giglio Society of East Harlem
2017 Member Shirts have been revealed!
Renew your membership today to receive your shirt by mail!

Legendary Capo Paranza

Angelo Granata

Born in East Harlem on March 15, 1917, Angelo Granata established himself as a great leader in the East Harlem tradition. In 1947, the 30-year-old Angelo Granata oversaw the building of ‘his’ first Giglio on 106th Street. Over the next 6 decades, Angelo was one of the greatest inspirations of the “Giglio di San Antonio”

If there was one moment which symbolizes Angelo Granata’s great leadership as a Capo Paranza, it was an event that took place during the early 1960’s. In the middle of the East Harlem feast, Angelo Granata stunned the throngs of thousands by handpicking – 32 lifters and assigning just eight men to the four corners of the Giglio. Angelo called out “Musica!” Phil Caccavale and his legendary band, including its lead singer, Tuddy Ferrara burst into a jubilant Italian folk song which inspired these chosen few paranza to remarkably lift their 65 foot-high moving monument to faith with unbridled power and passion.

2017 Journal Book Submissions are due!

Each year The Giglio Society of East Harlem relies on the support or our neighborhood, families and friends to ensure that our Feast continues for generations to come. As in the past, we will be comprising a Journal Book with different types of ads such as Business Ads, Advertisements, Commemorative Ads and Ads in Memory of loved ones.

You can upload or mail us pictures, a business card, your logo, a promo piece or just a written message along with your ad form and payment.

Please help support your society and feast with a submission!!!

Click the below link to either submit your Journal Book submission online, or download the form and mail it in!

You can contact Mitch Farbman for any questions or
Journal Book assistance

*All Journal Book Submissions are due May 31st *

“The Voice of the Giglio”

Jimmy Alleva

While attending the annual East Harlem Giglio Feast everyone notices the same thing:
The wonderful voice of our singer and member, gifted tenor Jimmy Alleva.

Jimmy grew up in Queens, New York, the middle child of three brothers.
He fondly recalls his quality time spent with Nicholas Jr., Philip and parents, Roseann and Nick (himself a Capo in the East Harlem Giglio Society) as they took great pleasure listening to Italian music legends.
From standing up high on the Giglio, helping in overseeing the movement of the Giglio, all while singing the songs that many of us hold dear to our heart.

He is truly “the Voice of the Giglio”

You can learn even more about Jimmy Alleva by visiting his personal

Also check out his East Harlem Giglio Page at:

You can purchase Jimmy’s Cds by clicking here:

St. Anthony Dinner
Our Saint Anthony Dinner is almost here!

June 9th at 7:30pm

Fratelli’s Restaurant
2507 Eastchester Road Bronx, NY

Join us as we celebrate the feast-day of our Patron Saint Anthony!
Dinner includes Appetizers, Pasta, Choice of Four Entrees, Dessert, Unlimited Beer, Wine & Soda. There will be Music, Dancing, Raffles, Giveaways, and Special Surprises!
This will be a terrific time, and not to be missed!
$60 per person.
Click below link to purchase your tickets now!

Giglio Family
  • Congratulations to Valerie Smith on her Engagement to Samantha!
  • Gifted singer Concetta Rinaldi, daughter of Giglio brother Joey, took home third place at the Mount St Vincent talent show. Congrats Concetta!!
  • We are happy to announce Mike and Kim Koehler are expecting a Baby Giglio Boy!
  • Congratulations to John Spampinato on the wedding of his daughter Caitlyn. Cent’ Anni!
Please keep the family and friends of the recently departed in your prayers

Deanna Maida

May St Anthony bless her

8 Interesting Facts About the Italian Language

1. Italian has been around since at least the 900s.

Like other Romance languages, Italian is derived from Latin. The first known written text resembling what we now recognize as the Italian language was a legal document regarding a dispute over land ownership between southern Italian monasteries. Known as the Placiti Cassinesi, the documents date back to the years 963-960.

2. But the language didn’t become standardized until the 14th Century

The most famous Italian writer of all time, Dante Alighieri penned The Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia), which was completed in 1320, a year before his death. In the late Middle Ages, the vast majority of poetry and literary works were written in Latin, but Dante was a proponent of vernacular literature that used the common language of the people. He wrote The Divine Comedy in the Tuscan dialect, a highly unorthodox choice that would set the standard for Italian literature and position Tuscan Italian as the language of high culture and the basis for the ‘standard’ Italian spoken today. For his role in establishing modern Italian, Dante is often referred to as the “father of the Italian language.”

3. Italy didn’t actually have a national language until the 20th century.

Dante and other prominent Italian writers and linguists like Petrarch paved the path for the Tuscan dialect to become the national language of Italy. However, when Italy became one unified nation in 1861 and officially adopted Tuscan Italian as its national tongue, fewer than 2.5% of Italians could actually speak the standardized language.

6. The dialects of Italy are each their own independent languages.

Before Italian unification in 1861, what we now know as Italy was made up of several independent states, each with their own regional language. Though some of these dialects — including those spoken in and around the cities of Naples and Venice and on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia — share their Latin roots with Tuscan Italian, they are recognized as unique Romance languages that developed entirely independently of Italian. In fact, they differ quite markably from standard Italian in sound, syntax, and vocabulary. Regional dialects coexist with standard Italian in most cities in Italy, with an estimated 60 percent of the population claiming proficiency in their local language. Over 30 of these dialects are classified as endangered languages by UNESCO.

5. The Italian alphabet is only 21 letters.

Italian uses the same Roman characters as the English language… minus 5 of them. The letters j, k, w, x, and y simply do not exist in Italian, so if you happen to see them used in an Italian text, that means the word is borrowed from another language!

6. Italian is the language of classical music.

Anyone who has studied or played music will be familiar with terms like crescendo, forte, soprano, alto, and a tempo. What they might not know is that those are all Italian words! This is because Italian is used universally as the language of classical music. Musical notation became commonplace during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and as many of the most important composers of that time were Italian, the Italian language became the standard for musicians around the globe.

7. Italian is spoken by over 85 million people worldwide.

Italian is the first language of some 65 million people, and the second language of a further 15 million people. In addition to being the national language of Italy, Italian is one of the national languages of Switzerland, with which it shares its northern border, as well as San Marino and Vatican City. It is also the second most spoken language in Argentina, where it is estimated that over half the population is of Italian descent, making Italians the largest ethnic group in the country.

8. Italian is the 5th most studied language in the United States.

Italian has been a widely spoken language in the U.S. for over one hundred years due to the large-scale migrations of the late 19th century. It is currently spoken by over 700,000 Americans, the majority of whom reside in New York and New Jersey, and is the 5th most studied language in U.S. schools (preceded by Spanish, French, American Sign Language, and German).

Results of our “Unofficial” Poll

The Top 5 Restaurants Voted by You!

1- Rao’s

2- Enzo’s of Williamsbridge

3 – Parkside Restaurant – Corona, Queens

4- The Pine on Bronxdale Ave in the Bronx

5- Patsy’s of East Harlem

Please Patronize These Businesses That Support Our Society

Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant
Fratelli’s on FaceBook
Modern Fruit, Bronx NY –
Modern-Fruit .com
Angela’s Floral Gallery
La Bella Essentials Beauty Products –

Genio’s Restaurant –

American Floral –

Rizzo’s Pizza –

Grotta Azzurra

Seashore Restaurant and

Miles 4101 Wines and Liquors –

Barinos Market –

As always, thank you to all members, friends, family, neighbors and supporters.

The Feast and our Society would not exist without each and everyone of you.

If you have any news, events, or would like to be featured in our newsletter,
please email us at info@EastHarlemGiglio.Org

Copyright © *2017* *East Harlem Giglio Society*, All rights reserved.
*We are a qualified 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization *

Call Us at: (718) 831-6665
Mailing Address: East Harlem Giglio Society
P.O. Box 1025, Throgs Neck Station – Bronx, NY 10465
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