Father’s Day 2018

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Father’s Day Prayer of Remembering

Fatherly love brings wealth to living

Remembering this we go forth in giving

Fathers young, fathers old

We remember you all

As life unfolds.

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In honor of the patriarchs of our family lines this Father’s Day, 2018.

Serrapede Family
Luigi Serrapede (b. 1815)
Sabato Serrapede (1814-1893) 
Gennaro Serrapede (b. 1867)
Sabato Serrapede, Sr. (1900-2002)
Vincenzo Ruocco (b. 1810)
Antonio Pappalardo (b. 1820)
Nicola Pappalardo (b. 1816)
Alessandro Patella (b. 1800)
Pietro Marino

Muro Family
Nunziante di Muro (b. 1825)
Pietro di Muro (b.c. 1842-1883)
Nicola “Nick” Muro (1882-1966)
Raymond “Raimie” Muro (1925-2007)
Americo Marcele “Igo” Muro (1924-2012)
Albino Muro (1925-2002)
Peter James Muro (1913-1992)
Louis Muro (1914-1999)
Francesco Scotti (1807-1887)
Carmine Scotti (b.c. 1846)
Fabio Di Giaimo
Fabio Di Giaimo (Jr.)
Giambattista Di Giaimo (b. 1576)
Domenica A. Di Giaimo (b. 1602)
Costabile Di Giaimo (b. abt. 1715)
Pietro Maurano
Antonio N. D. Di Giaimo (b. 1738)
Giuseppe di Giaimo (b. 1770)
Francesco di Giaimo (1806-1866)

Aiello Family
Angelo Aiello
Vincenzo Aiello (1829-1912)
Angelo Aiello (1864-1936)
Eugenio Pujia

Marasco Family
Riciotti Marasco (1894-1917)
John Marasco (1916-1987)

 

With love,

Sam Serrapede, Jr.
EmilyAnn Frances May
Sunday, June 17, 2018

 

Note:  We have included the fathers of the women who married into our patriarchal bloodlines.

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“Father’s Day Prayer of Remembering”
https://www.bustle.com/articles/27813-9-fathers-day-poems-thatll-make-you-and-your-dad-tear-up

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Our Family Circle: Calabria, Mid-May to Early June, 2018

 

Family Reunion in Calabria

Michael Muro enjoyed another vacation and family reunion in Italy last month.  He travelled to Agropoli  first and then to Calabria to meet-up with Antonio and Aldisa Aiello.  Travelling to Calabria with Michael was Peter Muro, son of the late Peter and Angie (nee Carola) Muro.  Peter’s wife remained in Agropoli visiting with Anna Communale and other relatives.

In Calabria, Peter and Michael enjoyed lunch with Antonio and Aldisa at “Il Pirata” (The Pirate) restaurant.  Michael said that the restaurant faced a beautiful beach which made the event even more memorable.  The restaurant made a delicious seafood salad that included calamari and mussels.  Antonio, Aldisa and Peter enjoyed Frutta di Mare Sphaghetti.  Michael went with having rice instead of any kind of pasta.

Antonio’s sister Rosina and her son Alessio will meet-up with Michael on his next trip to Calabria.  In just a little over a year, thanks to the family history project and this blog, Michael has connected to Antonio Aiello, the nephew of his beloved paternal Grandmother, the late Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro.  Michael has also met Antonio’s children and is in touch with them, too.  What was also good was that Peter Muro got to meet Antonio during this trip.

To read about how we all came together in such an unplanned and amazing way please see our previous postings listed after Michael’s photos from his visit to Calabria.

Photos from Michael and Peter’s day in Calabria

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Left to right:  Peter Muro, Alidisa Aiello, Antonio Aiello.

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At Il Pirata, left to right around the table:  Michael Muro, Aldisa Aiello, Antonio Aiello.

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View of the beach from Il Pirata restaurant.

Previous Postings about the Aiello Family

42a-Muro Family in America-Rosina Aiello Marasco of Martirano

46g-Aiello Family of Calabria-Connecting with the family of Rosina Aiello Marasco Muro

Summer 2017: Michael Muro’s Trip to Italy, Part 3-A visit to the Aiello Family

 

 

 

Our Family Circle: Out and About with EmilyAnn Late Spring-Early Summer 2018

Greetings to all my family and friends here at WordPress and in real time.  The posting schedule has slowed down because of my pending relocation.  Yes, I am leaving Brooklyn!  I never thought I would move out of state.  It is necessary, though, to be closer to my job, to be onsite more often and reduce the time I spend commuting.  The office where I work is located in Pennington, New Jersey.  The current commute door-to-door one way is 2 to 2 1/2 hours on a good day.  When the New York City subway is having a bad day, so do I:  the one way trip can go to 3 hours.

In July I am moving to a beautiful one bedroom apartment in Linden, New Jersey.  It is a small apartment but very pretty all the same.  It is located 10 minutes from the station and Wood Avenue where I can shop for everything I need.  I have visited Linden several times since I first saw my new apartment and feel transported back to a small town in America way before gentrification and upscaling ever came into the public consciousness.  Not that these two developments are necessarily negative but they do drive rent up and working families out of traditionally residential and family focused communities.  I see this happening in Brooklyn and have my doubts about the proliferation of high end coffee bars, craft beer stores and bars dispensing hard liquor and attracting a more nocturnal crowd into the neighborhood.

I look forward to getting to know my new town as the summer progresses.  Once I have settled in and completely unpacked all my belongings postings here at the blog will be more regular.

Today, June 10, 2018, I attended the birthday celebration for the daughters of one of my co-workers.  One of the reasons why I have done so well at my job the past 9 years is due to the co-operative spirit amongst management and employees at the company.  We are like a family.   So it is with much enjoyment that I watch the younger employee’s children as they grow up.  Mani and Purani hosted a birthday party for their daughters Mridula (3 years old) and Amirtha (7 years old) at Tumbles in Princeton, New Jersey.  The kids engaged in fitness related activity followed by a pizza party.  The adults enjoyed a delicious buffet made up of food from an Indian restaurant and home-cooked dishes by Purani.

Here are some photos from my walks in Linden, New Jersey.  They are followed by photos of today’s birthday celebration.  If you have time, give me an update on your latest family related events in the comment section to this posting.

Linden, New Jersey-April 2018

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Linden Train Station.

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Wood Avenue.

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Many side streets have well-kept frame houses.

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More colorful frame houses.

Mridula and Amirtha’s Birthday Celebrations, Sunday, June 10th, 2018

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Left to right:  Purani with Amirtha, Mani, Mridula (seated).

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Amirtha and Mridula during one of the activities.

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Amirtha celebrated her 7th birthday today.

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Amirtha’s birthday cake.

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Mridula is three years old.

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Mridula’s birthday cake.

Mother’s Day 2018

Roses Mother's Day 2018

On Mother’s Day we remember
our Mothers, Grandmothers , Great Grandmothers and all the matriarchs of the
Serrapede, Muro and Aiello Families
especially our Emily Leatrice., Josie, Rose, Letizia, and Emilia.
With love, gratitude and thanksgiving.
We wish all our family and friends a day of happiness and recollection as we recall all
the goodness, strength, encouragement and life-giving power of the love our Mothers
gave us.
–Sam Serrapede, Jr.
–EmilyAnn Frances May
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Public domain Victorian era image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

 

54c-Serrapede Family in America-Emily Leatrice’s Studio Portrait 1935 (Part 2)

Introduction

This posting is a continuation of 54c-Serrapede Family in America-Emily Leatrice’s Studio Portrait 1935 (Part 1) where we shared a studio portrait of Emily taken in 1935.  The name of the studio on the picture frame prompted us to learn more about the photographer, Joseph Weise.  We followed the growth of his business from 1930 to 1940.  We now continue with our review of the findings which showed that Mr. Weise had studios in two different neighbhorhoods where the mix of immigrants and American citizens created the opportunities for expanding his client base.

Joseph Weise Photography Studios in Bensonhurst and Borough Park

The Weise Studio located at 4723 13th Avenue was situated in the part of Brooklyn formerly known as Blythebourne in the late 19th century.  In the early 20th centuries Jewish immigrants settled in the area becoming the majority population.  Italian and Irish immigrants also lived in this neighborhood.  By the 1930s a shift began to take place as Hasidic Jews moved in.  Today, the Hasidim dominate the community outnumbering the Orthodox Jews who were the dominant Jewish group at the time Joseph Weise opened his studio on 13th Avenue sometime after 1933 and before 1935.

The studios at 6408 18th Avenue (in 1933) and 6411 18th Avenue (in 1935) were situated in Bensonhurst.  Up until the end of WWII, Bensonhurst had almost equal percentages of Jewish and Italian immigrants living in the community.  With the development of middle class housing in the suburbs after WWII many of the Jewish residents moved out leaving the Italian-American community as the dominant ethnic group in the area.  Today Bensonhurst is home to a much smaller Italian-American population.  The up-and-coming immigrant groups are Chinese and Russian.

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54c-Serrapede Family in America-Emily Leatrice’s Studio Portrait 1935 (Part 1)

Introduction

The first studio portrait of Emily Leatrice was taken when she was 14 months old in 1932. We shared that photo and the research results about studio where the photo was taken in these previous postings:

53c-Serrapede Family in America: Emily Leatrice’s first studio portrait, 1932 Part 1

53c-Serrapede Family in America: Emily Leatrice’s first studio portrait, 1932 Part 2

When Emily was 4 years old in 1935, Sam and Josie had another photo taken of Emily at a different studio. This photo comes with a pretty cardboard frame that is attractive enough to use as is. In the back is a stand so that the photo may displayed on a table. There is also a tab with a hole in it that makes it possible to hang the photo on a wall. Despite being stored in nothing other than a brown paper bag that was placed into a sturdy, cardboard carton with other photos, the frame is still in good condition. This may have been due to the fact that the attic where Josie stored her photo collection was usually warm and dry in all seasons.

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Emily Leatrice Serrapede.  Photo take in June 1935 at Wiese Photo Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

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54b-Serrapede Family in America, 1930s-In the news and on the radio (Part 2)

Introduction

Our visit to the Serrapede family at home continues where 54b-Serrapede Family in America, 1930s-In the news and on the radio (Part 1)  left off.  In this posting we continue our visit to the family at their apartment on a weeknight.  Sam has returned from work, ready for dinner and some conversation about current events, radio programs for the evening and happenings in the neighborhood with Josie.

At the conclusion of our visit Uncle Sammy and I share some fun-filled memories of our favorite comics and magazines from our childhood.

All resources used for Part 1 and Part 2 are listed at the end of this posting.

Josie’s Advice to Sam: “Talk to me about what you read in the news.”

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Letter to the editor written June 2nd and published on June 10, 1935.

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