Local Author to Present a personal History of Wooster Street
We have invited local author Rich Biondi to discuss his recent work: “Gli Italiani di Wooster Square: A Pictorial History” on Tuesday, July 9th, 7 PM at the Church of Saint Frances Cabrini, 57 Pond Hill Rd,
North Haven, CT 06473. Call 203-234-0215 for more info!
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Rich Biondi is a Branford High School teacher with Wooster Street family roots. His book “Gli Italiani de Wooster Square,” his latest installment, is a series that brings back to life the vibrant Italian American enclave before redevelopment initiatives in the 1960s left the area a shell of itself.
North Haven Sons and Daughters Of Italy Lodge 2805
P.O. Box 193 North Haven Connecticut, 06473
Our Short Story
On Sunday, January 11, 2004 our Lodge was formed. Pictured on the right are 40 original members of the Lodge. The installation dinner was held at Zandris Stillwood Inn, Wallingford. The Lodge's first meeting was held on February 3 2004 at the North Haven Rec Center. Our lodge is made up of a variety of people of different ages ranging from 17 to 80+. Of course the majority of the members are of Italian Heritage or those married to an Italian American. However, there are many members from many other nationalities.
Our Lodge offers a competitive regional scholarship opportunity to graduating public high school students of Italian heritage from North Haven, North Branford, Hamden, and Wallingford, and the Neil Velleca Senior Scholarship, awarded to honor the Connecticut Grand Lodge President who was responsible for the formation of Lodge #2805. This scholarship is open to graduating members, or the graduating children / grandchildren of members, who have been active in the Lodge for at least two (2) years.
Our Lodge supports SIF, CSJ, Order Sons & Daughters of Italy Connecticut Grand Lodge Foundation, and many other National, State, and Local Charities. To Date our lodge has given to charity over $168,000.00.
Our lodge is made up of a variety of people of different ages ranging from 17 to 80+. Of course the majority of the members are of Italian Heritage or those lucky enough to be married to an Italian American. However, there are many members of all nationalities.
We are a part of the National Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) has many other filial lodges in the State of Connecticut, and hundreds more throughout the United States. The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. The Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ) is the anti-defamation arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. OSDIA is the biggest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian descent in the United States