Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament

Friends and family wear shirts touting “Cataldo Strong” and an image of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo on their backs at the Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament held in her honor. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Leader Herald Staff Report

The Second Annual Mastrocola Kiwanis Bocce Tournament was held in memory of Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo on Saturday June 1, 2019.

Twelve teams competed for a $1,000 prize as well as a second place prize of $450.

Team Sabatino Insurance won the tournament and gave back their $1000 prize to the Ersilia Charity Fund held by the Everett Kiwanis.

The winners also received a trophy, dedicated and named in honor of Everett Kiwanis Club Vice-President, Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo.

The money raised during the event was given to the Kiwanis Club to be used for their scholarships and charities throughout the community.

The event was held at the Italian American Club in Malden from 9am to 5pm.

Runners Together

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Bobby Hall and his daughter Rachael (above) will soon be running the Boston Marathon together.

By Josh Resnek

Everett Police Detective Bobby Hall has been running around the streets of Everett busting bad guys dealing drugs for 17 years.

He is a clear headed type, no nonsense, devoted to family and job, and devoted as well to marathon running.

Since 2009, Hall has competed in 17 Marathons.

On April 15 when he rides out to Hopkinson, he will be running his 18th, the Boston Marathon.

The big difference this year since he started marathoning a decade ago, is Rachael Hall.

His daughter will be running with him and by his side. This is Rachael’s first marathon, according to Hall.

Hall, who has run marathons in New York, Chicago and Boston, said he is thrilled beyond all comprehension that his daughter will be running with him.

“I am excited. I am humbled by Rachael’s all out effort to run the marathon…and to do it with me,” he said during an interview at the Leader Herald last week.

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Title Contender

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Ryan Pietrantonio (center) holds the Rocky Marciano Tournament championship belt along side his trainer, Alex Rivera (right), and Rivera’s son Andrew (left). Pietrantonio trains with Rivera out of Somerville Boxing Club.


By Lorenzo Recupero

If you’re from Everett, the last name Pietrantonio probably rings a bell. And For one young member of the well-known family, the ringing of the bell means, in the voice of the legendary Michael Buffer, “let’s get ready to rumble!”

Rumbling is exactly what Ryan Pietrantonio, a 2010 high school football state champion and Everett High School grad, will be doing come Thursday, February 21 at the Lowell Auditorium as part of the New England Golden Gloves Novice Championship.

Ryan, who has been boxing for just over two years out of the Somerville Boxing Club in Somerville,MA has amassed a nearly flawless 9-1 overall record while taking home championships from both the Rocky Marciano Tournament and the prestigious New England Golden Gloves Tournament this winter.

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What a Night! What a Dinner!

E-Club Dinner

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Vincent Ragucci, Dan Ventura of the Boston Herald, Mayor Carlo De- Maria’s chief of staff Kevin O’Donnell, and Carl Colson. Ventura was honored for his excellent reporting of high school sports and the Crimson Tide football program over the past 25 years.

By Josh Resnek

When you’ve been to as many Spinelli’s banquets as I have in a lifetime, it is easy to overlook how good a job the renowned caterer does every time.

This was the case at Spinelli’s last week for the E Club banquet.

Here’s the Spinelli’s deal for a time like the E Club’s.

Hot rolls and butter are served first. The rolls are just right. There is plenty of butter on the table for everyone. Then comes the homemade chicken soup, rich and delicious, although I passed on the chicken soup because I only eat my mother’s chicken soup and because her death in July, I probably will never eat chicken soup again.

When you are done with the chicken soup, now comes the pasta.

Spinelli’s sauce or gravy, whichever you prefer to call it, is delightful. Smooth, sweet, red, just the right touch of garlic and served on a plate with linguini or whatever one chooses.

Now comes the salad, a fresh, full garden salad with a fine dressing that tends to suit nearly everyone.

Wonderful. I cleaned the plate.

At this point, most people watching what they eat might well go home – but the real event hasn’t even begun.

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