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Giuliomaria Terzi di Sant'Agata elevated to top post in new Italian government

November 21, 2011

Italy’s Ambassador to the United States, Giuliomaria Terzi di Sant’Agata has been appointed to a high level Cabinet post in the new Italian government.

He is the new Foreign Affairs Minister, the press office at the Italian embassy here confirmed.

A new ambassador has not been named, the press office said. The naming of a new ambassador could take a few days or a month or so, the office said.

The new Foreign Affairs Minister is already in Italy to assume the new job.

The job of the new minister is substantial  and a key to the new government of Italy, as he deals at the very top levels with the heads of other nations and their top government officials around the world.

The Italian embassy is located on Whitehaven Street. The ambassador has been significant in the Washington scene, both politically and socially.


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No, it wasn't the trains creating all that rumbling at Union Station, it was the Mayor's birthday party

November 16, 2011

The Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown isn’t exactly Marilyn Monroe but the Happy Birthday he sang for Mayor Vincent Gray’s 69th birthday Tuesday night, along with 450 well-wishers, was just as sweet.

The Mayor and Barbara Lang (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) The Mayor and Barbara Lang
In a jovial mood at B. Smith’s restaurant at Union Station, Gray, looking stylishly sharp, schmoozed and posed for photographs for several hours with friends and colleagues loyal to the core.  There were three large sheet cakes, salmon, chicken strips and passed appetizers.

Born November 8, 1942, the Mayor keeps in shape mentally and physically by playing first base in a local recreational baseball league.

The somewhat belated celebration was in support of the mayor’s Constituent Services Fund; donations were accepted up to $500. The invitation stated that the mayor’s constituent services fund “will be used strictly for DC residents with emergency needs such as funeral expenses, utilities, food, and toys for needy children."

Virginia E. Hayes Williams and City Council Chair Kwame Brown (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Virginia E. Hayes Williams and City Council Chair Kwame Brown
Hosts included campaign supporters of Gray: DC Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Lang, PR executive Linda Greene, lawyer and DC Zoning Board of Adjustments member Lloyd Jordan, DC Arts and Humanities Commission Chair Judith Terra, and education leader Josh Kern.

The collegiality brought to mind that ol’ time question of who do you want to be in a fox hole with when the bullets are flying?  From the support Tuesday night, the response for the Mayor could well be:  anyone who came to celebrate his birthday.

Georgetown ANC member Bill Starrels and the Mayor (Photo by: Natalie Janetti) Georgetown ANC member Bill Starrels and the Mayor

Councilmember Jack Evans gets hug from Mayor Gray (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Councilmember Jack Evans gets hug from Mayor Gray

Council Member Mary Cheh (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Council Member Mary Cheh

Gallery Owner Juanita C. Britton (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Gallery Owner Juanita C. Britton

Council Member Marion Barry and guest (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Council Member Marion Barry and guest

Joe Sternlieb, ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon, Anthony Lanier and Deryl McKissack (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Joe Sternlieb, ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon, Anthony Lanier and Deryl McKissack

City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and the Mayor (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and the Mayor

Council member Vincent Orange and Judith Terra (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Council member Vincent Orange and Judith Terra


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Never count these women out

November 10, 2011

More than 600 women, almost all with a sense of mission and spanning several eras of life, showed up in multitudes Thursday night for the Knock Out Abuse Against Women’s dinner party at the Ritz-Carlton in the West End.  They were there ready to network, ready to rumble and ready to show their support with their credit cards for the cause: benefitting victims of domestic abuse.

Melisa Davis (left) and her aunt Cheryl Masri (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Melisa Davis (left) and her aunt Cheryl Masri
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has led in action to fight domestic abuse in his state, recounted how a beloved cousin of his was murdered by an estranged boyfriend. He has advanced initiatives such as taking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and strengthening protections for tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

Novelist and lawyer Linda Fairstein, who led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s office in Manhattan for 25 years, was presented with the 2011 Legend Award for her service. She said that domestic abuse has reached “epidemic proportions” in the United States.

In the live auction, the bidding was brisk to score a dinner for eight at Cafe Milano with former Washington Redskin running back Clinton Portis, now a free agent; the meal sold for $6,000 after he performed a little strip tease to encourage the competition.

Cheryl Masri  and Jill Sorensen, co-founded the organization 18 years ago as a female nuclear core group met at Cafe Milano.  Left alone, their boyfriends and spouses were attending a male-orientated, cigar-smoking boxing charity event across town at the Washington Hilton Hotel.  As a counter-move, they launched Knock Out Abuse Against Women. With their PR skills and vast rolodexes, the charity dinner became a quick success. 

The charity’s logo -- a boxing glove delicately clutching a rose – is now a recognizable emblem embedded in the minds of women who faithfully attend the dinner year after year.

Amy K Greenlee (left) and Tracey Ellis (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Amy K Greenlee (left) and Tracey Ellis

Jaci Wilson Reid was the 2011 event chair and Andrea Roane of WUSA channel 9 the emcee.

Debra Sigmund (right), founder, Innocents at Risk, and a fellow guest (left) (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Debra Sigmund (right), founder, Innocents at Risk, and a fellow guest (left)
Money raised this year will go to four charitable organizations: Bethany House in Falls Church, Safe Shores in Washington D.C., DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Crossway Community in Kensington.  


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