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It’s Only Forty Years! Homecoming 2016 At Queens College


It’s funny how time is relative to people and moments in their life (I know that’s not what Einstein meant, but this is possibly a variant of his theory of relativity, or maybe not). When one is young, time is apparently slow and summers never seem to end, but then, the older you get the faster time seems to run by you, and summers tend to come to a conclusion before you even noticed their arrival. Well, at least until you get to the sixties; I can’t vouch for later years, but I would assume it’s probably following the same pattern. Regardless, time flies, or appears to do so when you get a bit older. That seems to go against logic, but it is an absolute truth (or at least that’s how it is to me, and since no one is in the room at the moment to contradict me, I guess it sounds about right: a perfectly acceptable scientific method!). The exceptions to the above are when you are waiting to be served at some restaurant or you are at an association’s award ceremony, where the speaker forgot the rule that when people start to fall asleep it’s time to stop speaking, or maybe you are in the back of the room at some lectures, if you know what I mean…

Exceptions excluded, and I am sure there are many more, time tends to catch up with you, and you find yourself in the inconvenient position to have to say: “What? Already forty years?” Or even worse: “What? Already seventy years?” For the readers who are wondering what my digressions about time are aiming at, I am referring to Alumni Homecoming. If you are not aware of what that is, it’s the day chosen by a college for alumni to return and celebrate their Alma Mater and their own accomplishments, which are supposed to be tied to their previous attendance to that college.

The alumni attentively listening to the Political Science Panel. Second from left, Fiorella Kelley, Class of 1972

In that spirit, on Saturday October 22 I was invited and attended Homecoming 2016 at Queens College with my wife Nicoletta (Class 1977) and a friend, Fiorella Kelley (Class 1972); it was a blast. Upon registration we were introduced to a thoughtfully-brief award ceremony, followed by a marvelous show by students and alumni of the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College. The heavenly voice of Candace Lynn Matthews, who is also a graduate of Purchase College, another one of my Alma Maters, and who therefore earned extra points in my perspective, was matched by the manly baritone voice of Sean Moonsammy. They performed a well-chosen medley of Broadway songs that touched everyone’s heart. Their voices, whether singing solos or duets, brought much joy and a few tears to the audience. The pianist, Professor Youn Ju Namkoong, made it also happen with her perfectly balanced accompaniment.

From the left, Candace Lynn Matthews, Sean Moonsammy, Professro Youn Ju Namkoong and Professor Charley Repole

Professor Bonomo during the Discussion

After such a splendid performance, I believed that the ensuing political Science Panel Discussion would be out of place, but I found myself mistaken. After a brief intermission and an appealing presentation by the college President, Félix Matos Rodriguez, the Panel Discussion took place with the utmost attention payed by all the alumni, s consistent number of whom shamed my 40th year’s anniversary with their 50th, 60th and even 65th year’s anniversaries (hard to believe, but it’s absolutely true: there was an alumnus from 1951 graduation year!).

From the left, the author with Professor Michael Krassner

Professors Carl Bonomo’s and Michael Krasner’s The Perfect Storm, A Discussion of Our Political System & Elections brought the audience together on many topics, but mostly on the need to vote. It reminded me of when I used to be all ears during the lectures by Prof. Russell on Dante’s Inferno or discussed Pirandello’s work with Professor Pacifici (ah, those far away days, how much they are missed…)

A wonderful dinner concluded the Homecoming; the whole process was well organized and it allowed alumni to feel at home once again.

To conclude the experience, I also attended a Reunion Brunch at the Presidential residence in Douglaston on Sunday, October 23rd. This was much more of an intimate experience, with 64 attendees from the 1946 (Clara Capozzoli-Woll was the sole gracious representative of her Class), 1956, 1966 and 1976 Classes. This was also a blast for me, but of a different kind. Mingling among my classmates from 1976 and those who had opened the doors to our studies in the previous decades, I could not help noticing how well-poised, intelligent and alert everyone who was present seemed to be. Considering that I was one of the youngest alumni present (got to believe it, friends, for once I was not the oldest one in the group!) everyone appeared sharp, cordial and most of all at ease. Mr. Félix Matos Rodriguez was a delight to listen to and a wonderful listener.

From the left: Nicoletta Mita Dossena, Queens College President Felix Matos Rodriguez and Tiziano Thomas Dossena

Clara , Class of 1946, talks about her years at Queens College

The alumni shared anecdotes about Queens College (Mrs. Clara Capozzoli-Woll had one about meeting Eleanor Roosevelt at the college), all of them interesting and bringing a fresh view of ‘our’ college and of the students’ experiences within it and in the after years.

Noticeable absentee was the comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Class of 1976, who I vaguely remember meeting at a Student Government gathering of some sort (but then again, forty years have gone by and I am not that great with faces or names or places or… whatever, he was just another student at the time and not a friend of mine in particular, so…)

A moment of anecdotes-sharing at the Presidential Residence

Yes, time is relative, especially when you meet people who proudly act as if time has not really gone by, or at least not that much, since all the memories are in them, vivid as if it was just yesterday. After all, it was just forty years ago when I graduated…

18th Annual Sakura Festival

Saturday, April 21, 2018

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Sakura Matsuri is an annual festival to celebrate the spring blossoming of the cherry trees at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This event features live drum performances (Taiko), a traditional Japanese chorus, a Japanese folk dance, and a tea ceremony.


Pavilion & Astral Fountain in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Directions to this locationLocation Details:

This event will take place in the cherry blossom grove, west of the NYS Pavilion.



Event Organizer

Japanese American Association of New York

Contact Number

(718) 760-6560

From Dark Secrets To The Lions: A Life Of Success. An Exclusive Interview With Suzzanne Troiani Piccolo

Tiziano Thomas Dossena: You went from President of a local club to vice District Governor, and then to District Governor. Did you find it difficult to adapt to the different duties or was it for you a natural flow situation?

Sue Piccolo: I was actually nervous until I realized I have run a business for so long I should just use those skills I have learned from owning my own business. Plus, the Lions offer fantastic training in Leadership not just for the Lions but, for everyday life that you can carry through into your personal life.

Tiziano Thomas Dossena: What were the goals you are in mind when you became District Governor and do you feel you have achieved them?

Sue Piccolo: My goal was to not let the Lions stay the best-kept secret anymore. That actually proved to be true when Harvey hit Texas. I called upon the Lions and the community and it went viral. We were on the news, which was amazing, showing the world what we are all about. I can actually say we are the best humanitarian organization in the world and it was proven by what we did and have done all around the world, not just catastrophic emergencies, but also diabetes, pediatric cancer, eyes, measles shots and just so much more…

Tiziano Thomas Dossena: I understand you will continue your activities in the Lions after July, when you will leave your position as District Governor. What will your new duties be?

Sue Piccolo: Your duties as a past district governor is just as important as a sitting governor. We continue to be mentors for the lions and the community. I have actually taken the position of Global Membership Leader. I help clubs recruit members and I train the new and seasoned members and give them the complete foresight of what our duties are as humanitarians. I do tell members it doesn’t matter if you give one hour of your time or many hours. You’re making a difference in your community and around the world, one Lion serves 70 people and that is huge. I am so Thankful to the Lions I have met around the world and in my own district. To see the dedication that the Lions have impresses upon me to keep humanity a priority. For that, I thank them all.

Tiziano Thomas Dossena: You have received many awards from the Lions throughout the years for your efforts in the community. Most recently, though you received a special award connected to the Sandy hurricane. What was it? Why was this award different from the others?

Sue Piccolo: Yes, it’s true I have received many awards, but getting the International President’s Award is unheard of as a sitting governor. It was for giving up my everyday life, turning my store upside down and sending over 220,000 pounds of supplies to Texas, 15,000 pounds to Puerto Rico and gift certificates to Florida. I was honored to receive it, but I dedicated it to everyone who worked so hard to complete our mission. When you work as a team, you can accomplish anything. That’s what we did and that’s why the award is for everyone.

Tiziano Thomas Dossena: You also contributed as a columnist for our magazine and wrote a novel, “Dark Secrets, The tale of a Shaman” Do you think that after this hectic period you will find time again for your writing endeavors? Regarding “Dark Secrets”, I was told by you that it is book one of a trilogy. Are you working on the second novel yet?

Sue Piccolo: Well, it’s my first novel and it’s aimed mainly at the young adults’ audience and the lovers of fantasy stories. It is the first book of a trilogy and I have started already on the second book, I’m trying to write again but, with all the tragedies happening, it’s hard to not answer the call of duty. But I have set a goal to write again by November.

Tiziano Thomas Dossena: Without giving away the story of your novel, could you tell our readers what inspired you to write it?

Sue Piccolo: I always loved stories and poems especially ones that a dear friend of mine wrote. They always hit me in a way that always kept that intrigue in me and that inspired me to put a pen in my hand and just do it.

Tiziano Thomas Dossena Wins The 2019 OSIA LITERARY AWARD!

On June 1st, 2019, in front of the statewide delegates and dignitaries of the New York State Grand Lodge of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, President Robert Ferrito presented Tiziano Thomas Dossena with the prestigious 2019 OSIA Literary Award “for his contribution to the Italian American Experience in America.” The author also received a citation from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

From the left, OSIA NY STATE President Robert Ferrito, Tiziano Thomas Dossena, Literary Award co-Chair Geraldine Iannello Graham.

Dossena, who is the Recording Secretary of Tuckahoe’s OSIA Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge 2583, is the author of “Caro Fantozzi,” published by Scriptum Press in December 2008, “Doña Flor, An Opera by Niccolò van Westerhout,” published by Idea Publications in April 2010, “Sunny Days and Sleepless Nights,” published by Idea Press in December 2016 and of the upcoming three books “The Dance of Color,” “The Rebirth of an Opera,” and“New York City’s Italian Imprint, the Statues and Monuments of and by Italians in the Big Apple.”

His works have appeared in over 100 magazines and anthologies in Italy, France, Greece, Canada, Switzerland, and the United States. Dossena is the founder and Editor in Chief of two magazines, OperaMyLove and OperaAmorMio, and has been the Editorial Director of L’Idea Magazine since 1990.

NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Tiziano Thomas Dossena

In 2011, Tiziano Thomas Dossena was honored for both literary work and community service work at the New York State Assembly by New York State Assemblyman, Joseph Saladino. In 2012, the author received the International PREMIO GLOBO TRICOLORE award “for the outstanding efforts at keeping the Italian Image known in the world through his literary works”. In 2014, he was asked to read poems at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Yonkers.

The whole staff of L’Idea magazine congratulates him for having earned such an important award and wishes him further accolades and honors.

Portuguese and North American Surrealism in New York

In the next July 31, the Artifact space in Manhattan in New York downtown presents to the interested public the surrealist art of the European Santiago Ribeiro from Coimbra in Portugal and the North American Shala Rosa of San Juan Capistrano in California.
Below Times Square Screens in New York City promoting the ARTIFACT art show

The idea to exhibit arose with an invitation from the ARTIFACT Gallery addressed to the artist of Coimbra Santiago Ribeiro who in turn decided to invite no more than one of the greatest surrealist feminine artists of the 21st-century of the present time, Shala Rosa.

Both artists are part of the largest world exhibition of surrealist art in our century, the International Surrealism Now to which Santiago is its creator and promoter. Based in Portugal, starting in 2010 organized by the Bissaya Barreto Foundation and has expanded internationally until today in 2019.

The Artifact gallery is an exhibition space and marketing company providing art related services for artists, collectors and corporations in New York City.

The exhibition Portuguese and North American Surrealism in New York will take place from July 31 to August 4 of 2019 at Artifact gallery in New York City.

84 Orchard Street

New York, NY 10002,

T: 212.475.0448

Hours: Wed-Sat, 12-6 h

Candidates attend unveiling of new Variety Boys & Girls Club building

Candidates for citywide office and City Council District 22 will attend an open house at the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens on Thursday for the unveiling of the new redevelopment plans of the Astoria club.

The candidates will view plans for a state of the art five story building, take a tour of the existing facilities and meet with kids attending after school programs. These after school programs are an essential part of how the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens serves its community members, teaching children how to swim, developing technical skills, and inspiring creativity.

The unveiling of plans marks the completion of another step in modernizing the Astoria club. The redevelopment will include 100% affordable housing, a green design, the first planetarium in Queens, an Olympic-sized pool and 1000 seat arena among other amenities.

The new facility will draw children and families from all over Queens, increasing the number of children served from 4,000 to an estimated 15,000. And while the Astoria club is evolving to meet the changing needs of Queens, its mission is still the same: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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42 Years in Business this September

Jim Turano celebrates his 42 year in business this September.

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