Visited Venice met with our International (VP) Lorenza Lain at the Ca Sagredo Hotel.
Had lunch with our friends the famous Gondoliers who row for "Remembrance of 9/11 each year, @ Da Ivo restaurant.
Stayed in Cavarzere met had lunch & dinner with my many friends,& Director Roberto, & Retired Fire Fighters from Adria.
Visited friends in Padua for lunch and visited St Anthony's Basilica.
Stayed in Pisa special guest of the annual 2018 "Premio International Awards" for the Comitato della Croce Society, met with Pisa Fire Dept., met with the Italian Airborne Parachute School, visited local school children talked about events of 9/11.
HAZLETON, PA. (Sept.)
Attended annual 9-11 ceremony with Hazleton Heights Fire Dept., for the “Remembrance of the 9/11 Victims”
Papal Audience with POPE FRANCIS
Visit friends & members in Sabaudia (Lazio), Abruzzo, Rome, Neptuno, & Vatican
Guest of the annual “Comitato della Croce” awards ceremony held in Verona, met with Nicola Diomede, Prefetto di Agrigento – Gen. Div. Fabrizio Cuneo, Comandante del Comando Aeronavale Centrale della Guardia di Finanza – Chief of Verona Police, The priest of Salesiano San Zeno School in Verona, and all the guest and members of the Comitato della Croce. Visited with the Firefighters of Verona F.D., Amleto Frizziero, & Loredano Grande
Visited with friends in Venice (one special friend Enzo Liszka) also Vittorio, Giovanni of the Da Ivo restaurant, Lorenza of Ca Sagredo hotel, Bepi, Pino , and others.
Visited the Adria Fire Dept, had lunch with old from the fire dept. Renzo Guarnieri & Maurzio Cavazzini
NYC - (April)
Honored by the Cosma & Damiano Society of Howard Beach as this year
“Successful Italian American” @ Roma Villa, Howard Beach, NY
LIVERMORE, CA. (June)
Attended Camp Wonder to meet & greet the kids attending camp.(www.csdf.org)
Guest of annual “Comitato della Croce” held inLampedusa presented awards to Italian Coast Guard & Fire Department for rescuing the people of Africa
Visited friends & members in Venice, Adria, Cavarzere
HAZLETON, PA ( Sept.)
Attended annual ceremony with local fire departments for the “Remembrance of the victims of 9/11”
Attended Camp Wonder to assist with the annual Camp week for children with rare and deadly skin disease. (www.csdf.org)
Visited friends and members in Catania, and other cities of Sicily.
Attended Camp Wonder, to meet with the kids who are ill with a rare skin disease. www.csdf.org
Guest of annual humanitarian awards ceremony of “Comitato della Croce” in Bolzano.
Visited friends & members in Venice , Adria, Cavarzere.
Visited friends in Sicily
Attended special Easter mass given by Pope Benedict
Met with ICA-Director Elvio Cruciani of Roma and Director Max DeMarco of Nettuno
Met with the President of Italian Language Inter-Culture Alliance (ILICA)
Received “Lifetime Achievement Award “ from Bronx Conservative CommitteeNaples- October
Attended the International Association Victims of Terrorism conference which was hosted by the Ulra nel Silenzio (Marco favela –Pres.)
Met with Vice President Ivan Tinnirello of Catania, and with
newly appointed directors for this association Angelo Pavone & Nicola Gullifa.
Attended annual “Comitiato della Croce” where the 2012 “Premio Internazaionale della Bonta awards
were given, I received an award making me an Honorary Member of the Committee.
Cav. Enzo Cestra
Associazone Nazionale Carabinieri
Nucleo ANC Sabaudia 147
December 15, 2012
Dear Cav. Cestra,
I would like to take this time to thank you for all that you done in making my trip to Sabaudia a memorable occasion. On behalf of the International Columbia Association FDNY, I would also like to thank all those involved with my trip. The hospitably in Sabaudia was outstanding and the friendship forged will remain for many years to come. We have started solidarity with you and I want you to know that it means the world to me. Since your visit to NYC, I knew than that you were my kind of people, the type who are always out there helping others.
Since my first trip to Italy in 2001 and now more than 50 trips, I also hold a dual citizenship something that I am very proud of my love for Italy and its people was grown to the point where I feel as a part of Italy.
I would like to thank everyone for all that they did in making this ceremony
“Remembrance of the Victims of 9-11” a special moment in my life.
Special Thank You:
To the Hotel Oasi di Kufra thank you for the most beautiful accommodations and meals.
To the restaurant “La Pineta” and “Pegaso” for lunch and dinner thank you for the great taste in Italian food & wine.
To Gaetano Benedetto and Giuliano Tallone thank you for the visit to your beautiful park
To Sindaco Maurizio Lucci thank you for receiving me in your town.
To all men and woman in uniform who participated in the celebration thank you for all the work you do in keeping Sabaudia safe.
To the Vigili del Fuoco of Latina thank you for the visit.
To Local Police Commander of San Felice Circeo thank you for the visit.
Most of all thank you the Association of Carabinieri, ANC SABAUDIA NUCLEO 147.
Cav. Vincent A Tummino
Greeted by the Mayor of Vietri sul Mare
Greeted by the President of Ragusa Franco Andoci &
Mayor of Vittoria, Giuseppe Nicosia
Greeted by the Fire Director, Fire Chief, Retired Fire Capo
Nieola Gullifa of Palermo
Met with Vice President
of International Columbia Ivan Tinnirello
and many old friends
Met with the pastor of San Domenico church
Father Ignazio Carrubba
Venice-SienaMay 13-17- Venice
Awarded Cavalieri di San Marco
Visit with members of FDNY to
complete in the annual Burano Regatta
Mayor Romano Tiozzo
Vice Pres. of International Columbia Assoc. for northern Italy,
Luciano Boscolo Cucco
L'AQULIA - ABRUZZO
Visited the earthquake region of L'Aqulia with Vigili del Fuoco
Attended Humanitarian event in honor of Italian Fireman Marco Cavagna, who
died at the earthquake site.
Attended special news conference in Teramo for the Art Works of the artist
Special Guest of the "Urla nel Silenzio" conference 2009, presented by Marco Favella
Received by Director Giuseppe Satriano of the " Emersalerno "emergency service of Salerno
Received by Director Paolo Moccia of the Vigili del Fuoco of Region of Salerno
Special Guest of General Mgr Giuseppe DeMartino of Euorpa Regina Hotel
Met with General Mgr Emanuele Nasi, of Sheraton Roma
Met with Director Roberto Papetti of "Il Gazzellino" ( newspaper)
Met with International Columbia Association Director- Giuseppe "Bepi" D'Este
Met with Artist , Anna Sambo & Arturo Penzo
Met with Michele Dammicco, Capitano Italain Coast Guard Port of Chioggia
Met with International Columbia Association Vice President- Luciano Boscolo Cucco
Greeted by the elementary school students city of Zafferana,
Special Guest of PSV Service of San Grogorio
Special Guest of Sicilia in Miniature
Met with International Columbia Association officers, Vice President- Ivan Tinnerrello, Director- Giuseppe Belluomo, & Secretary - Nicoletta Scuderi
Comando Provinciale Vigili del Fuoco di Genova
Associazione Nazionale Vigili Del Fuoco del Corpo Nationale
Special Vetro owner Patrizia Casellato
Hotel Danieli General Mgr Claudio Staderini
Hotel Gritti Palace General Mgr Domenico Colella
Bruno Fusato Signoretti of Murano
Arrigo Cipriani owner of Harry's Bar (Venice)
Dario Ferro of Murano
Premio Internazionale Della Bonta
Received Plaque from the Venice Provinicia
Greeted by Director Alfio Mosca of "
Etnapolis " Shopping Mall in Sicily
Participated in Awards Ceremony for the Employees of " PSV Service "of
This association was the host
organization for the events of
Santa Barbara while in NYC from Sept. 7- 12
Received award from the Premio
Internazionale " Chimera d'Argento
at the Piazza Duomo Palazzo dei Chierici, Catania , Sicily
Met with “Alice” D’Sabatino the famous
Franco Filipponi, Mayor of Mosciano
Marco Rotunno, noted Book Writer, &
Dino Gavioli, Builder & Restoration of historical buildings
all from Abruzzo
Recognized at a luncheon by
the Mayor of Castelli , Hon. Concezio DiFlavio,
famous sculptor Nino DeSimone,
& local priest “Don” Franco
Special tour of St Gabriel’s by Friar Mario
Special tour of the Istituto Statale D’Arte (Ceramics) Castelli
"Man of the Year"
Columbia Association FDNY
Recognized by the Mayor, Military, and Civil authorities of Chioggia
Met with members of “Mariegola della Romagne”
Greeted by Consul Luciano Boscolo Cucco of LaDragaggi ,s.r.l.
Greeted by Aldo Rosso, Preisdent of “Il Vero Cuore Di Venezia”
Participated in the “Mare Nostrum” of Giuseppe Garibaldi
Met with the Master Gondolier of Italy “Vittorio Orio”
Received by the Mayor Franco Barbalace of Spilniga,
President Bruni of the Provincia of Vibo Valentia,
Comando Nicola Vilasi of Vigili del Fuoco,
Bishop Cortese of Vibo Valentia
at a street dedication for the victims of September 11th, in
Awarded the 2007 "Ragusani nel Mondo "
RECEIVED BY THE PRESIDENT OF Provincia Ragusa - Franco Andoci
Received by the Mayor of Ragusa - Nello Di Pasguale
Received by the Mayor of Vittoria - Guiseppe Nicosia
Met with the "Comando" Prov. di Ragusa - Vigili del Fuoco
Met with famous artist-Giuseppe Armamis, Franco Cilia, Rosario Sgarlata
Cut Ribbon for Art Display of Carmen Arena in MisterBlanco, Sicily
Recognized by the Filitalia International Catania, Sicily Chapter
Special Guest of Premio International Bontia " Comitato della Croce" in Catania, Sicily
Fire Director of Toscana Region
Vice Fire Director of Florence
Fire Chief Carlo Cardinali of Milan
Questore of Chioggia
City Council of Chioggia
Luciano Boscolo Cucco- Chioggia
Fiorenzo Tommasi of Cavarzere "Premio Della Bonta"
President of the provinical of Enna, Sicily
President of the Provinical of Ragusa, Sicily
Mayor of San Cataldo, Sicily
Fire Chief of Ragusa, Sicily
Police Chief of San CATALDO, Sicily
Prevenione Sicurezza e Vigilanza Antincendio, Catania, Sicily
President of Provinical of Crotone, CALABRIA
Questore of Crotone, CALABRIA
Perfecto of Crotone, CALABRIA
Mayor of Crotone, CALABRIA
Fire Chief of Crotone, CALABRIA
Police of crotone of CALABRIA
Coast Guard Harbor Master of Reggio, CALABRIA
Vice Mayor of Venice
Mayor of CHIOGGIA
SPECIAL MASS WITH POPE BENEDICT XVI AT THE VATICAN
RECOGNIZED BY PIETRO LANGELLA -THE VICE PRESIDENT REGION OF NAPLES
RECOGNIZED BY "ILICA" IN ROME @ ANNUAL GALA AFFAIR
RECOGNIZED BY THE MAYOR & CITY OF PIOLTELLO, (LOMBARDIA REGION)
2006 PROSERPINA AWARD FROM INTERNATIONAL SICILIA IN MILAN
RECOGNIZED BY THE LIONS CLUB OF FLORENCE
RECEIVED BY THE FIRE DEPT OF FLORENCE & TUSCANY REGION
Received in Palumbo by the Presidente of Sicily Dott. Cuffaro
Received by the Director General Region Protezione Civile (Sicily) Dott. Salvatore Cocina
Received in Linguaglossa by the Mayor Felice Stagnitta
Received in Nicolosi by the Mayor Salvatore Moschetto & Director of Protezione Civile Antonio Giuffrida
Received in Modica, by the Mayor Dott. Pietro Torchi Lucifora, & Senator Riccardo Minardo President of Commission for Italians Aborad
Received in San Cataldo by the Mayor, Raimondo Torregross, & Fire Comandante Vittorio Cannemi
Received in Sigonella Naval Air Station by the Italian Commanding Officer Col. Piero Tagnes, U.S. Commanding officer Capt. Joseph Stuyvesant, Comandante Aerosoccorso 41 Maj. Vito Quattrocchi, Fire Inspectors Deputy Chief Aneglo Pavone & Insp. Giuseppe Belluomo
Met with famous artist from Modica Liliana Guarino
Met with Giorgio Tacobone , Questore di Enna
Met with Proffessor Salvo Ando of the University of Enna
Met with Ferragosto Francesco , Consigliere ProvinICAL of Enna
Received award in NYC from Salvatore Corcione travel executive from Naples
Received the "Memorial Caragliano
Award" from The Cultural Association of
Captain Caragliano in Risposto, Sicily
the, Vigili del Fuoco- RIPOSTO, Sicily
Received by the, Vigili del Fuoco- SAN CATALDO, Sicily
HONORARY GUEST FOR THE FEAST of -del SS. mo Sacramento DI Maria SS. MA DEL Carmine in Trastevere, Rome
Made Honorary President of the Columbia/Sicily Civil Defense Group
Received by the President of Columbia /Sicily Association,( Hon. Ivan Tinnirello)
Knight Templar" by The
Sovereign Military Order Temple of Jerusalem in Florence, Italy (2003)
Audience with his Holiness “Pope John Paul II “ 2001
THE 'COLAPECSE AWARD' FROM MESSINA, ITALY
PLAQUE FROM MARINE DIVISION FIRE DEPT., MESSINA, ITALY
MEDALLION FROM THE 'MAYOR OF ROME', ITALY
Welcomed by the Vigili Del Fuoco of Rome
PLAQUE FROM THE 'UNITED NATIONS FIRE RESCUE SERVICE'
CREST MEDALLION FROM, THE 'REGION OF LOMBARDIA' ITALY
GRANTED 'KNIGHTHOOD' FROM INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR PEACE, ASSISI, ITALY
'ITALIAN HERITAGE AWARD 2000' FROM NEW YORK CITY
GIFT- SIGNED ITALIAN FLAG OF FIREFIGHTERS FROM ITALY
HONORED BY THE ' ITALIAN WELFARE LEAGUE' 2001
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'BRONX COLUMBUS DAY PARADE 2001'
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'NATIONAL COUNCIL OF COLUMBIA ASSOCIATIONS'
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'COMMUNITY OF MAYORS'
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'NJTGA' AT ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
RECOGNIZED BY 'HOTELPLAN ITALIA'
RECOGNIZED BY 'NYC & COMPANY'
RECOGNIZED BY 'VISIT USA ASSOCIATION OF ITALY'
RECOGNIZED BY PEOPLE OF 'DEL LUINESE LAGO MAGGIORE' WITH A SHRINE
RECOGNIZED BY THE ITALIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
BY FAMOUS ARTIST FROM ABBRUZZI, ITALY 'ALICE'
(With painting of the WTC)
RECEIVED PAINTING OF FATHER JUDGE FROM ITALIAN ARTIST 'JOHN BELLOTTI JR'
RECOGNIZE BY THE 'ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NYC'
RECOGNIZED BY THE MINISTER OF INTERIOR OF ITALY
RECEIVED 2 PURE SILVER COMMEMORATED 9/11/01 COINS FROM 'J. S. MARINO COMPANY'
RECEIVED A TRIBUTE PAINTING OF 9/11/01 FROM 'LT CIRO NAPOLITANO' ENG 254
RECOGNIZED BY A TOWN IN ITALY NAMED---- 'PERARO'
RECOGNIZED BY 'FAMEE FURLANE'
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'NY STATE ASSEMBLY AT ALBANY STATE CAPITOL'
PLAQUE FROM 'NY CONFERENCE OF ITALIAN AMERICAN STATE LEGISLATORS'
MEDALLION FROM THE 'MINISTER OF BANKING' & BANCA d'ITALIA DELEGATION
MEDALLION FROM ITALIAN CONSUL GENERAL FOR ' ITALIAN NATIONAL DAY'
RECOGNIZED AS GUEST SPEAKER BY 'PROFESSIONAL LAWN CARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA' AT CEREMONY IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY'
'PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD' FROM 'THE FLORIDA FEDERATION OF ITALIAN AMERICANS INC'
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'MOHEGAN SUN' HOTEL/CASINO
COLUMBUS DAY CELEBRATION COMMITTEE OF SAN FRANCISCO 'HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL' FOR THE ITALIAN HERITAGE PARADE IN CALIFORNIA
RECOGNIZED BY 'PRESIDENT CASINI' OF ITALY'S PARLIAMENT
AWARDED THE 'FUOCO FRANCESCANO DELLA PACE' FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRO PACE GUBBIO CEREMONY AT ITALIAN CONSULATE IN NYC
RECOGNIZED BY DAVE DeCARLO ,PRESIDENT OF 'MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL CORP' WITH HUGH BRONZE PLAQUE
RECOGNIZED BY VICENZA MARRA, PRESIDENT OF 'ITALIAN BEAUTY INNOVATIONS' & 'AGNUS NOSTER FOUNDATION'
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'CITY OF HAZLETON, PA' WITH A FLAGPOLE AND MONUMENT
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'PRESIDENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL FOR MILANO, ITALY'
RECOGNIZED BY THE 'CONSIGLIERI REGIONALE FOR FORZA, ITALY'
RECOGNIZED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF 'PALERMO, ITALY'
RECOGNIZED BY THE FIREFIGHTERS OF VICENZA, ITALY
RECOGNIZED BY THE FIREFIGHTERS OF MILANO, ITALY
RECOGNIZED BY 'LAWN AND LANDSCAPE MAGAZINE' AS GUEST SPEAKER AT THE GIE-CONVENTION , OPRYLAND, NASHVILLE
RECOGNIZED BY SCULPTOR FROM ITALY, IVAN ALTAMURA
RECOGNIZED BY 'MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING CO' USA
RECOGNIZED BY 'VISTA PLAN ADMINISTRATORS' PETER GAMBINO
RECOGNIZED & GUEST OF THE 'ITALIAN COMMUNITY RADIO' IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
RECOGNIZED BY THE FIREMEN OF BELLUNO, ITALY
DONATIONS FROM FRIENDS OF 'LAWN DOCTOR'
RECOGNIZED BY 'HON. GIANNI RIVERA' SPORTS CONSULTANT OF ROME
RECOGNIZED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF HISTORY OF FIREFIGHTERS AT 'SANTA BARBARA CONCERT', TORINO, ITALY
RECOGNIZED BY THE CITY OF 'BOSCOREALE' (NAPLES), ITALY
DONATION BY THE REGION OF 'LOMBARDIA', ITALY
RECOGNIZED BY ANTHONY BERGAMO CHAIRMAN 'FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION'
RECOGNIZED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF 'FLORENCE', ITALY
RECOGNIZED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF 'ASSISI', ITALY
RECOGNIZED BY 'LA SCUOLA d'ITALIA GUGLIELMO MARCONI SCHOOL IN NYC
RECOGNIZED BY THE SOCIETY OF SAN CONO & MT CARMEL CHURCH IN WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
HONORED WITH A BRONZE STATUE OF THE KNEELING FIREFIGHTER BY DAVE DeCARLO AND MATTHEWS BRONZE DIVISION, PITTSBURGH, PA
HONORED WITH PAINTING OF TWIN TOWERS, FROM ARTIST FABIANO NICOLAO OF ROCCO PIETORE, ITALY
RECOGNIZED BY THE FRAINESE SOCIETY MATER DOMINI ( NJ)
HONORED WITH PAINTINGS (2nd time) FROM ALICE THE ARTIST FROM ABRUZZI
Recognized 9/6/03, by the Fulton County (Georgia) Fire Dept.
Recognized 9/11/03, by the Mayor of "City of Nettuno, Italy"
Greeted by the U.S. Ambassador to Italy Hon. Mel Sembler @ ceremony Rome-Sicily National Cemetery
recognized by the artist Roberto ciabani from Florence, Italy (sept 2003)
Knighted the Italian Cross of Malta in Florence, Italy 2003
recognized by the sicily-rome American military cemetery in nettuno, Italy (sept, 2003)
RECOGNIZED BY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE OF ITALY, ANTONIO MARTINO
RECOGNIZED BY THE NYC ITALIAN CONSUL GENERAL, ANTONIO BANDINI
RECOGNIZED BY THE STATEN ISLAND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Recognized by the "President of Italy Carlo Ciampi" on 11/16/03 @ WTC
RECOGNIZED BY THE VILLAGE OF "Ascoli Piceno" Italy --Nov.2003
AWARDED THE "Premio Interazionale della Bonta" by the "Comitatro della Croce" from Cavarzere, Italy -Dec.2003
Recognized with Scholarship Donation from " IL VERO CUORE DI VENEZIA" Italy
DONATION OF MARBLE STATUE OF S. MARTIN BY "MASTER MAURO" OF FLORENCE, ITALY
Recognized by the Vigili Del Fuoco- Vittoria , Sicily
Recognized by the Vigili Del Fuoco- Palermo, Sicily
Recognized by the Policzia of Vittoria, Sicily
Recognized by the POLICZIA NetTuno, Italy
Honored by the Mayor of Vittoria, Sicily, Hon. Francesco Aiello
Honored by the Presidente del Consiglio Palermo Region, Hon. Maurixio Gambino
RECOGNIZED BY THE IVANOVIC TINNIRELLO, NATIONAL CHIEF OF THE "INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP OF CORPO NAZIONALE GUARDIAFUOCHI " (ITALY)
RECOGNIZED BY RICCARDO LEONARDI, THE NATIONAL CHIEF FOR THE "CAVE DIVING COMMISSION OF CORPO NAZIONALE SOCCORSO ALPINO E SPELEOLOGICO" (ITALY)
Invitation to BURACO (VENZIA) ITALY for rowing competition from " Il Veri Cuore D'Venzia, Italy" Sept. 2004
RECOGNIZED BY FIRE CHIEF PARIDE MACCARINELLI OF BRESCIA, ITALY 2004
DONATION TO SCHOLARSHIP FUND "IL VERO CUORE DI VENZIA" ITALY 2004
RECOGNIZED BY THE "COMITATRO DELLA CROCE SOCIETY", THE MAYOR, THE CITY COUNCIL POLICE, & FIRE OF CAVARZERE, ITLAY- SEPT. 2004
"ORDER OF MERIT" & KNIGHTHOOD PRESENTED TO "CAVALIERE" VINCENT TUMMINO , FROM THE REPUBLIC OF ITALY-2004
Received the " Fuoco della Pace" from the Centro Pace di Gubbio while in NYC