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A Letter From Anna – Part 1

This is the start of a five part series by Jan Maguire, 2010 Michelangelo Anzelone was born with a song in his heart and music in his fingers. From his earliest days, the nuns from Saint Anthony’s Church recognized his talents and insisted that Michelangelo had been sent by God to fill the silent chapel […]

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A Letter From Anna – Part 2

by Jan Maguire 2010 As with many of the Italian immigrants, the first stop would be with relatives or friends from the town who had immigrated earlier.  Dominic Polcari was a cousin of Ralph’s mother Carolina. Dominic lived with his family in a second-floor apartment at 11 Thatcher Street in the North End. The Polcaris […]

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A Letter From Anna – Part 3

by Jan Maguire, 2010 Mercifully, the sea was calm so Anna’s voyage was bearable. By early 1921, the stream of Italian immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily had ebbed somewat. Many days during the voyage, Anna had been able to go up to the deck. There she chatted with the many young wives who were […]

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A Letter from Anna – Part 4

by Jan Maguire, 2010 The three Anzalone siblings shared a productive 1920s.  During that decade, many many babies were born: Ralph and Aurelia had baby they named Anna, followed in quick procession by Angelo, Philomena, Federico and Anthony. Carmella and Joe had Esther, first, and then followed up with four little boys – Rocco, Carmine, […]

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A Letter From Anna – Part 5

by Jan Maguire, 2010 In 1944, on a quiet Saturday morning, a tragedy that Anna was never to recover from, happened. Michael Pelosi was already up and gone to work at the cobbler shop. Frances had the day off and 11 year old Anthony did what he always did on a day with no school: […]

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