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THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 www.italoamericano.org L'Italo-Americano 2 R aise your hand if you are feeling like taking off, going out and relaxing, f r e e f r o m a n x i e t y a n d stress, wishing only for one thing: peace. In the year of covid- 19, we all want to break away from a time made of infections and danger, social distancing and online family gatherings. Let this gentle breeze lead you away from thoughts and worries, let it carry you towards a most welco- me sense of normality. The last few months have tried our patience and resilience. We suddenly became unable to do what we'd usually do and we all lost track of who we really are. We had to abandon well established habits, routines that coordinated our personal and family life; our relationships changed, and so did our customs and beha- viors. We got used to it all, we adapted to our new reality. In truth, we had more time to think about ourselves, to dedicate to long forgotten hobbies and passions, to fully understand what our priorities were and give new meaning to things we took for granted. But we also developed a healthy need for nor- mality, for returning to what we used to do before: going out, enjoying an evening outside, going on holiday, having a relaxing summer. We long for the warm evening air that comes from the sea, we want to have dinner in small traditional restaurants and get amazed by unknown landscapes. We want to slow down. We feel the need for something different, something that can bring us away from the couch, from the walls of our home, from being perennially online. Most of all, we'd love to go back to the way things were before. We all said it: as soon as it's possible, I'm taking a holi- day, I'm leaving for my happy place! Well, guess what: here's your opportunity. With only 12 dol- lars, you can turn the dream of "a normal times and a normal life" in reality. And that happy place really exists! By popular demand, we're bringing back our traditional It's time to live and dream again, returning to normality From the director summer sweepstake! This year, we offer you an unforgivable stay in one of the richest places in history, art, culture and good food. Ciao Sicilia! will bring you at the heart of the Mediterranean, to the beautiful island of Sicily, which has been barely touched by the Covid-19 pandemic. Your urge for normality will go hand in hand with a unique and mesmerizing landscape, able to disclose the real, deepest meaning of traveling: not going places but, rather, dedicating precious time to yourself. This is a true opportunity to start over peacefully and safely, a way to charge up in motivation and strength, with an energy made of beauty and magic bound to leave an indelible memory of Italy in your heart. Catania, Noto, Siracusa, but also Palazzolo Acreide, one of the Borghi più Belli d'Italia, all places part of the UNESCO World Heritage; archeological sites of Greek origin, fishermen villages, seaside aperitivi, Ragusa, Modica, Baroque architectu- re, Sicilian Pupi, cannoli, delicious arancini, Nero d'Avola. L'Italo-Americano invites you to take part, for the next three months, to the Ciao Sicilia! sweepstake, becuase we're sure a trip to Italy won't only be source of personal renewal, but also an opportunity to connect to the Bel Paese and impro- ve your physical and mental well being. Join our sweepstake without fears, because health con- trols in Italy are rigorous and thorough. Let Sicily, this millenary art and history treasure chest, seduce you: you'll enjoy a wonderful 8 days guided tour that'll lead you among breathtaking sceneries ready to fill the memory of your smartphone, vestiges of a past that goes back millennia, folklore and rituals that'll fill you with awe and emo- tion, ancient, authentic flavors you'll never forget. Believe in this dream! And ask your family and friends to try their luck, too. Your small, but we hope generous, contribution, will make a fundamental difference: it'll support the efforts that, day in day out, guarantee your newspaper is published. As you can imagi- ne, the slowing down of economy means that, in recent times, profits from advertisement have gone down considerably. So, coming out every two weeks with the same level of quality, research, reliability and originality has become even more complex. But with this sweepstake, and with your liberal sup- port, you can help us keep the bar as high as it stands: the s e c u l a r h i s t o r y o f L ' I t a l o - A m e r i c a n o c a n ' t g e t l o s t ! Information about Italian culture can't just disappear! Your newspaper, that showed you the impact of the pandemic months in advance and helped you understand what was about to happen at home, cannot stop its journey. Because the meaning of this journey lies in the road we've been walking together since 1908, since the times when the people of small Italian community found in their newspaper a space to express themselves, to protect their cultural and linguistic heritage (and that's why the second prize of Ciao Sicilia! is an online Italian course), and the strength to believe in themselves , to contribute with pride — and with tangible results — to the development of the country they had chosen to get a better life, but without forgetting their home on the other side of the ocean. Today, every small — yet fundamental — contribution we receive, from subscriptions to this prestigious sweepstake, keeps on supporting our mission. A mission that, without a doubt, changed in time, but that still keeps the same, precious aim it had over a century ago: to preserve, promote and value our Italian-American identity. It just takes 12 dollars, a couple of clicks and a few minutes to get the chance to win the first prize: two flight tickets to Sicily, guided tours, entry to monuments and museums, lun- ches and dinners, all included. And you know what, even the third prize isn't that bad: 300 dollars! Thank you all for supporting our mission, so that the jour- ney of L'Italo-Americano can continue. Good Luck! Simone Schiavinato, Director www.italoamericano.rallyup.com/ciaosicilia NEWS & FEATURES TOP STORIES PEOPLE EVENTS P.O.BOX 6528, ALTADENA, CA 91003 P.O.BOX 6528, ALTADENA, CA 91003 Member of FUSIE (Federazione Unitaria Stampa Italiana all'Estero), COGITO L'Italo-Americano 610 West Foothill Blvd. Unit D, Monrovia, CA 91016 - Tel.: (626) 359-7715 PLEASE SEND CORRESPONDENCE TO P.O. BOX 6528, ALTADENA, CA 91003 www.italoamericano.org L'Italo-Americano Newspaper (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), www.italoamericano.org, is the largest and longest-running Italian newspaper in America, not to mention the cultural and news resource for all things Italian in the US. A bilingual newspaper which represents an historical landmark for the Italian American Communities in the West Coast and throughout the US. 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PUBLISHER Robert Barbera Grande Ufficiale DIRECTOR/EDITOR IN CHIEF Simone Schiavinato ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Patrick Abbate EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Barbara Minafra COPY EDITOR Francesca Bezzone LOS ANGELES CONTRIBUTOR Silvia Giudici SAN FRANCISCO CONTRIBUTORS Catherine Accardi Serena Perfetto SEATTLE CONTRIBUTOR Rita Cipalla CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mariella Radaelli, Francesca Bezzone, Luca Ferrari, Stefano Carnevali, Joel Mack, Paula Reynolds, Nicoletta Curradi, GenerosoD'Agnese, Fabrizio Del Bimbo, Maria Gloria, Alfonso Guerriero Jr., Anthony Di Renzo Serena Perfetto, Kenneth Scambray, Chiara D'Alessio © 2020 L'Italo-Americano Membership: One year $59 - Single copy $2.25 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to L'Italo Americano PO Box 6528 Altadena, CA 91003

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