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In business and in public service, a life devoted to building bridges

By On May 1, 2021

Amato Berardi, founder of insurance firm Berardi & Associates. By Pete KennedyDuring the five years that he served as a member of Italian Parliament, Amato Berardi had a 96 percent attendance record.… Read More


Educator’s fascination with birds took flight in childhood

By On April 1, 2021

Leigh Altadonna By Pete KennedyLeigh Altadonna has been fascinated by birds since he was a kid. “Think about how fantastic these small creatures are, traveling many thousands of miles each fall and… Read More


Charles Messina: Boxer/promoter, wine maker, turkey caller

By On March 1, 2021

Charles Messina stands with heavyweight Henry Milligan, whom he trained and who won the U.S.A. Amateur Boxing Federation Championship in 1983.… Read More

Cassius Clay and his trainer Joe E. Martin

A fearless fighter in boxing ring, and later court of law

By On December 1, 2020

Cassius Clay and his trainer Joe E. Martin By Pete Kennedy From a young age, George Bochetto was interested in the law and in boxing. He saw a legal career as a… Read More


Life as a series of lessons taught and lessons learned

By On November 1, 2020

By Pete Kennedy When Nancy Matteo was growing up in northeast Philadelphia, her neighborhood was growing too. Homes were still being constructed in her development, and she would venture into the woods… Read More


‘HEADstrong’ mom carries out son’s final wish

By On October 1, 2020

Cheryl Colleluori and son, Nick Colleluori. By Pete Kennedy                On a February day in 2006, Cheryl Colleluori was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, waiting outside an operating room… Read More


Life counselor found her calling in other people’s shoes

By On April 1, 2020

Theresa Agostinelli By Pete Kennedy Theresa Agostinelli has a morning routine. “As soon as the alarm goes off at 6:45, I tell myself five things that will be great about the day.… Read More


Music is the one continuous refrain in Vince Iannone’s life

By On March 1, 2020

Vince Iannone By Pete Kennedy             In the early 1960s, after he graduated from eighth grade, Vince Iannone went to audition for the band at Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia. He… Read More


Champion bench presser steps up to a different kind of bench

By On February 1, 2020

John Padova Jr. By Pete Kennedy Before he went to law school, John Padova Jr. was an All-American powerlifter as an undergrad at Villanova. In 1985, he set a collegiate national bench… Read More


Sons and Daughters of Italy lodge president courts young members

By On January 1, 2020

Mike Cerruti By Pete Kennedy             Sept. 11, 1989, was an important day for Mike Cerruti. It was his first day at the police academy — the start of a three-decade career… Read More