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Farewell Celebration for Carl Ameno, Nazzaro Center Director [Photos]

It was a grand affair for the sendoff of Carl Ameno, who is retiring as Director of the Nazzaro Community Center after 45 years in service to the City of Boston. The farewell dinner was held on Tuesday, May 8th at Filippo’s Ristorante in Boston’s North End.

State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz gave an impassioned speech recalling his fond memories growing up with Carl at the Nazzaro Center. He joined in presenting official citations with State Senator Joe Boncore and City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Also reminiscing were former House Speaker Sal DiMasi, Eliot School Principal Traci Walker Griffith, Carl’s partner Maria Shea and several neighborhood parents including dinner organizers Rebecca Griffin and Karen D’Amico.

As for the future of the Nazzaro Center, longtime staffer Laurie D’Elia is serving as Interim Director through the Summer months. City officials said they expect to begin a hiring process for a permanent Director by the Fall of 2018.

The design of a new North End Community Center, replacing the Nazzaro, will begin in earnest this year at a to-be-determined location in the neighborhood. The City’s FY19 budget has funded $3 million toward the design effort, that will include public meetings.

Photos by Matt Conti

6 Replies to “Farewell Celebration for Carl Ameno, Nazzaro Center Director [Photos]

  1. Thank you, Carl, for your dedication and service to the North End community. It was such a comfort knowing that my child was in an enriching and loving program while I was at work. The opportunities you created at the Center contributed to her continual curiosity and positive character. Wish you the best on this next leg of the journey. With gratitude, the Piscopo Family.

    One exceptional and dedicated person. Enjoy your retirement!

  3. Congratulations, Carl and thanks for all you’be done for the family’s of the North End. You always made me feel so welcome at the Mirabella Pool and I’ll miss your welcoming smile.

  4. Congratulations Carl-A true legend &Unsung Hero for North End children &families. Wishing you all life’s best with profound gratitude for your decades of dedication, leadership & guidance. Enjoy this next chapter in your life as you sit back & observe all the positive influences you’ve instilled in our community
    We love you
    Forever grateful

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