Corriere Canadese


Every year on January 6 or there about, La Befana pays a visit to children of Lucanian descent.   The “old lady” makes her entrance dressed in rags and sweeping the floor with her broom to a room filled with eagerly awaiting children, their parents and their nonni.  She tells the story of La Befana as is was told to her many years ago when she was a child; only this time the story is told in English with splashes of Italian dialect to amuse the adults. “La Befana vien di notte con le scarpe tutte rotte, con la cuffia alla romana; Viva, Viva La Befana.” The children repeat the chant knowing full well what comes next.  Indeed, with the aid of her “elves” La Befana, played by Maria Milano, calls out the names and hands out gifts to patiently waiting children. Their eyes all aglow and faces filled with smiles as they receive and open their gifts. Shortly after some playtime, the pizza arrives and everyone feasts.  Everyone has an enjoyable time, the children listening to the story of La Befana and receiving the gifts, as well as the adults seeing not only the happiness on the faces of their little loved ones,  but also to the jovialness  brought by La Befana herself.

The Basilicata Cultural Society of Canada, located at 28 Roytec Rd, Woodbridge, wishes to thank La Befana and Pizza Nova for their wonderful contributions each and every year, only 11 months till she comes again.

 Antonio Locantore

TORONTO -  Con il dottore  ha un grosso debito di riconoscenza. Dieci anni or sono il neurochirurgo Peter Kong lo operò rendendogli la vita più... vivibile. Da allora Michele Gliatta, uno dei soci fondatori degli Amici di Padre Pio, bussa alle porte dei suoi amici e conoscenti, raggranellando bei soldini (generalmente mai meno di 5.000 dollari) che poi consegna all’ospedale dove opera il dottor Kong. Prima era il “vecchio” ospedale di Finch, ora il nuovissimo centro di Wilson, che beneficiano della riconoscenza di Michele. 
Nella foto, Gliatta 
e il dottor Kong.