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Italians celebrate heritage

Food, history are plentiful at Columbus Day festival

 Nick Mancini, of the Italian American Community Center, makes fried dough at the Council of Italian American Organizations' (C.I.A.O. of Upstate NY) Columbus Festival 2012 on October 7th at Cook Park in The Village of Colonie
Nick Mancini, of the Italian American Community Center, makes fried dough at the Council of Italian American Organizations' (C.I.A.O. of Upstate NY) Columbus Festival 2012 on October 7th at Cook Park in The Village of Colonie
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The festival that took place in Cook Park over the weekend honored explorer Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, but Antonietta Mazzariello of Troy was also celebrating the anniversary of her own voyage. “I came 40 years ago, on Christopher Columbus Day, I came — October 12, 1972,” the short, dark-haired Italian immigrant recounted, as she stood in the kitchen at Cook Park on Sunday, surrounded by steaming serving pans of ziti and meatballs, pasta ...


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