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Friends of the North End Celebrate at 42nd Annual Reunion

The Friends of the North End celebrated its 42nd annual reunion on Saturday, the 20th at the Sons of Italy Hall in Winchester. It all began 42 years ago when about 20 boyhood friends planned an evening to get together. That dinner was the beginning of a reunion that has endured for over 4 decades and has grown through the years to 220 in 2014.

North Enders ranging in ages from their early 20s (Paul Dabene Jr.) to their early 90s (Andrew Puopolo) were in attendance. The hall was full of embraces, sincere handshakes and plenty of reminiscing all evening long. Attendees traveled from all over Massachusetts and Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, Florida and even California.Special recognition was given to many including Tony De Marco, Bobby Baldassare and Freddy Sarno.

John Cammarata, Vin Amicangelo Don Sacchetti and Moe Aiello were the winners of the Woz Award given to the people who correctly identified the name of the Chinese Laundry on Salem Street during the 50s: Johnny Yee’s. An excellent meal that included tripe was catered by Spinelli’s of East Boston.

Everyone left with a special feeling about their boyhood neighborhood and friendships that have endured for 50, 60 and even 70 years.

Photos by Arthur Lauretano.

Photos by Arthur Lauretano.


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