WINTER 2017 I talian A merican D igest Community Partners reward AICC members T he American Italian Cultural Center of- fers its members discounts at selected local Italian businesses. We’re excited to strengthen our Ital- ian American ties in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Show your AICC 2017 membership card and this page to receive perks! The AICC is proud to present the following Community Partners: Andrea’s 3100 19th St. Metairie, LA Free appetizer with purchase of an entree Monday- Wednesday. Angelo Brocato’s 214 N Carrollton New Orleans, LA Free espresso or cappuccino with pur- chase of an individual pastry (one per visit per member). Fausto’s Bistro 530 Veterans Memorial Blvd Metairie, LA 10% off the check or a complimentary dessert to the membership card holder. Gendusa’s Italian Market 4525 Freret St. New Orleans, LA AICC members receive complimentary beverages with their meal. I t a l i a n A m e r i c a n N e w s James C. Gulotta to head N.O. Opera Association Louisiana native James C. Gu- lotta, Jr., has been named presi- dent of the New Orleans Opera Association. Gulotta is an attor- ney at Stone Pigman who joined the firm in 1976 after earning his J.D. from Tulane University Law School. He is the Chair of the firm’s Toxic Torts/Products Liability Practice Group. His practice includes business litiga- tion, products liability, toxic torts and class actions. Gulotta handles cases involving pharmaceuticals, chemical exposure, insurance, oil and gas, securities, antitrust, property damage, business inter- ruption and construction cases. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and the New Orleans Bar Association. Gulotta earned his bachelor’s at LSU in 1973, where he graduated summa cum laude. During his college years, Gulotta developed a passion for ancient civilizations and literary treasures. St. Benilde kids visit Italian Research Library This fall, children from the second, third, and fourth grades at St. Benilde School spent a day Reginelli’s 930 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA Free glass of Italian wine for our Italian Friends: one free glass of Citra Pinot Gri- gio or Straccali Chianti Classico with any entree purchased (one per member). Spirit Wine 3500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 10% off six bottles of Italian wines. If you would like to become a mem- ber or partner with the AICC, email us at questions@americanitaliaculturalcenter. com, call us at (504) 522-7294, or visit our website at www.AmericanItalianCultural- Center.com. exploring the Jefferson Parish Library. While on this field trip, the students visited the American Italian Research Library and met librarian Sal Serio, who taught the students about the Sicilian history in New Orleans and showed them authentic Sicilian puppets. Italian Research Library enhances genealogy website The American Italian Research Library is adding names and other information from the American Italian Society Mausoleums in the Greater New Orleans area to Find- aGrave.com, which allows one to view tombstone details that can help with genealogy research. So far, the AIRL has completed the Società Italiana di Mutua Benefi- cenza Maria S. S. del Soccorso Sciacca’s mausoleum located on Avenue B in Metairie Cemetery. If you would like to assist with this project or have information on anyone interred in a society tomb, please contact Sal Serio, Curator of the American Italian Research Library, at (504) 838- 1100, ext. 2505, or email sserio@ jplibrary.net. Italian American WWII vet wins N.J. mayoral race A World War II veteran’s shoe- leather political campaign resulted in an upset win in a local New Jersey mayor’s race, according to a report. Vito Perillo, a 93-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theater in World War II, wore out two pairs of shoes cam- paigning door-to-door in Tinton Falls, N.J., and ousted the incum- bent mayor, Gerald M. Turning, Perillo won 53 percent of the vote to Turning’s 46 percent. Researchers in Italy find 2,000-year-old sundial A rare and intact 2,000-year- old Roman sundial, engraved with the name of the man that commissioned it, has been dis- covered in central Italy. Researchers from the Univer- sity of Cambridge made the find during an excavation in the Ro- man town of Interamn a Lirenas, near Monte Cassino. Inscribed on the sundial is the name Marcus Novius Tubula, an unknown plebeian tribune to Rome, in Latin. It is claimed this sheds new light on Rome’s relationship with other regions. The limestone sundial is thought to have represented a celebration of Marcus Novius Tubula’s election to the political News briefs cont. on page 17 In Loving Memory of Longtime Digest Editor Bette Cadwell Piccola Gelateria 4525 Freret St. New Orleans, LA 10% off your purchase. PAGE 3 B by Megan Celona ette Marie Cadwell passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017, at the age of 85. She was born on August 13, 1932, in Danville, VA. In 1955, she moved to New Orleans with her two young children to work for Southern Bell Telephone and Tele- graph. In 1970, Ms. Bette began working for Joseph Maselli. Just a few years later, Joseph founded the Ital- Bette Cadwell ian American Digest. Ms. Bette enrolled in journalism courses at the University of New Orleans and played an instrumental role in the paper’s development. In 2013, Bette Cadwell retired from the American Italian Cultural Center after 43 years. She was named the Louisiana American Italian Woman of the Year at the 29th annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala in 2014. Ms. Bette was preceded in death by her parents Alice and Samuel Bassett; brother John Wilson; husband Robert Cadwell, son Joseph Cadwell, and daughter Tami Constantine. She was a lov- ing stepmother to Cynthia Cadwell and a devoted grandmother to her grandchildren, Jason Freibet, Stephanie Cadwell, Alex Gai, John Brown, Bridget Gai, Eric Gai, Lauren Boswell, and Jo- seph Wingfield. She has 14 great-grandchildren. Ms. Bette will be dearly missed.