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Peekskill's Festa Italiana Looking For 2012 Honorary Italian

PEEKSKILL,  N.Y. -- The Festa Italiana Peekskill 2012 Committee is seeking nominations for its Honorary Italian for the 2012 Feast of the Assumption.

The Festa Italiana will be celebrating its third year in the city and commemorates the feast of the Assumption. In 2010, Leopoldo Soricelli, the first postmaster in Peekskill assigned by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was selected to be the festival’s first Honorary Italian. Last year the honor was bestowed upon Salvatore Scaramellino, the long-time owner of the former Sorrento’s Restaurant.

This year’s festival is scheduled for Aug. 10, 11 and 12. An opening ceremony with a dedication to the Honorary Italian(s) will take place on Aug. 10.

The requirements for all nominations are:

• Nominees must be of Italian descent.

• Nominees must live or at one time have lived in Peekskill.

• Nominees must have done something significant in Peekskill.

All nominations are due by July 15 and should be submitted to: teresa@changmowen.com. The nomination committee will review all entries and notify the honored recipient by Aug. 1.

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