4th July – 4 Luglio

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress of America met to approve Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary statement “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

This famous phrase in the Declaration of Independance of the United States, was first written by a famous Italian Political Philosopher, Filippo Mazzei, of Tuscan origin.

Mazzei was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson and he even helped the cause of the Americans by persuading the Courts of Europe into donating supplies and money to help in their independance from England.

In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt even reminded Americans of the importance of Filippo Mazzei’s contribution to our Declaration of Independance. Roosevelt also quoted from a letter that Mazzei had written to James Madison ( the American president that followed Jefferson) ” I know that wherever I go I will always work for the well-being and progress of the country of my adoption.”

Even after over 200 years, that same adoption between Italy and America lives on. It also lives in the hearts of so many Americans.

As Italian Americans, we are always aware of the great contribution our culture has given to America.

God Bless America – God Bless Italy, Sicily and Ustica

Marlene Manfre Marchese Robershaw






Buon Compleanno a Chloe and Olivia Robershaw (Manfre)

I Migliori auguri di buon compleanno alle due gemelline Chloe and Olivia Robershaw (Manfre) della California, da parte dei genitori e dei nonni.Auguri





Dalla California Agostino Caserta

We wish a very happy birthday to this two beautifull twins : Chloe and Olivia Robershaw ( Manfre’ ).

Michelle, Agostino Caserta


Tavola San Giuseppe da Nonna Randazzo – Italian Bakery and Caffè –

Mr Bertucci,

thank you for visiting our Altar on Saturday, March 19, 2011. My husband & I did our first Altar in 1997 because of a promise I had made for a prayer answered. Everyone came together to help with the Altar. My grandmother on my father’s side (Livaccari/Randazzo) had held Altars before I was born & my Aunt Lena helped me with all the traditions and many of the recipes. My father and 2 of his siblings made cookies for the Altar. My husband had already learned to make all the bread for the Altar working at my father’s bakery. A close friend & her parents also helped as their family had done many Altars through the years. My sister’s husband is also from a family that worked on many Altars and they all helped.

My husband then promised 7 more years. The group of family & friends that have helped with the Altar has grown. In 1998, I started making cookies about 2 weeks before the Altar but my father had a stroke the very next day. He passed away and we did that Altar in his memory. There has been a few years since 1997 that we did not have an Altar (our house was for sale, Katrina, my mother was ill/passed away) but even with our 7 years fulfilled, I know we will continue giving an Altar. It is important to share our traditions with our children.

Through the years our prayers & petitions have varied but we are always thankful to St. Joseph.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions. I do have a photo of my grandmother’s altar (I think it is dated in the mid 1950’s).


Joel Randazzo Forjet
Felix Forjet, Jr.

[nggallery id=296]

San Bartolomeo Society, Descendants of Ustica, Italy

[ id=6013 w=320 h=240 float=left]General Membership Meeting and Social
Friday, January 28, 2011
7:30 to 11 pm
The Bocce Club
2340 Severn Av, Metairie, La

Our special guest, Pietro Bertucci of Ustica, will demo his blog, www.usticasape.it  Pietro has become the de-facto ambassador to Ustica, not only for creating his outstanding internet social website but also for adopting visitors to Ustica and helping them find that special experience that draws us all to the island. After the presentation, hang around for snacks, socializing and bocce! A cash bar will be available.

We’re also very excited to to be collaborating with The Bocce Club and hope you’ll take some time to sample the sport and see what the club has to offer.

Chris Caravella, President of CSBA