Runaway Spoon

A tribute to a great man

December 12, 2011

Family, close friends and colleagues of the late Joe E. Robert Jr. will gather Wednesday for a special lunch in Georgetown to honor the remarkable life of a man who made the capital region and all he touched with his thoughtfulness so much better.

Mr. Robert, 59,  passed away last week after a long illness.  He founded Fight Night for children in D.C. and donated generously to many causes that benefitted children’s health and education.

“He was a great guy, very honorable,” said Franco Nuschese, principal owner of Cafe Milano and a friend of Mr. Robert.   “I hope he inspired a lot of people to do philanthropic work; he certainly was my inspiration. And he taught me that one doesn’t have to have a lot of money to do philanthropic work.”

The private gathering will be at Cafe Milano, which will be closed Wednesday for the lunch until 3 pm  (Dec. 14).


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Fingers are crossed & the dice rolls for a Vegas senatorial candidate

December 8, 2011

As Nevada goes, so goes the U.S. Senate.

Or at least that’s the view of some political prognosticators for 2013.  The Democrat who wants to be the senator who tips the scales is Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who currently represents The Strip in Las Vegas and nearby towns.

As the electoral caldron heats up across the country, a group hosted a reception for Berkley Wednesday night in D.C. in high hopes that she’ll be successful in her bid for a Senate seat next year.  The supporters braved a stormy night to gather at the Colorado Avenue home of hostess and arts advocate Judith Terra.

The two-hour event also was hosted by Richard and Helane Goldstein, Robert Kinberg, Sharon Wilkes, Jay and Connie Krupin, Hilary Smith Kapner, the Hon. Richard and Lilo Shifter, and Jeffrey Snyder.  

Rep. Shelley Berkley, Judith Terra, Virginia E. Hayes Williams and her granddaughter Jessica (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rep. Shelley Berkley, Judith Terra, Virginia E. Hayes Williams and her granddaughter Jessica

Answering a question from the audience about how her election might affect DC, she said she supports statehood for the District and has been working with DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on that issue.

Berkley, who has served in the U.S. House since 1999, is seeking the seat of former Senate Republican John Ensign, who quit under a cloud of scandal.  The Las Vegas (Clark County) representative is running against Republican Dean Heller, who was appointed by the Nevada governor to the Senate vacancy created by Ensign’s resignation.

During her professional career, Berkley served as legal counsel for several Vegas casinos. The congresswoman is one of the supporters of the drive to regulate online gambling. 

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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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