Hollywood on the Potomac
“I’ve got a wooden spoon anytime for you pal,” actor Joe Mantegna told fellow actor Tony Lo Bianco who presented Mantegna with the Saint Pio Award at a ceremony at the Naval Heritage Center. Lo Bianco had just disclosed Mantegna’s traveling accessories that always includes a collection of wooden spoons for making pasta sauce. The evening also honored Franco Nuschese, proprietor of Cafe Milano in Georgetown, for his outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church.
Both received an original oil painting created in a unique design illustrating Saint Pio and the recipient. Special guests included The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA; H.E. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport (CT); and Singer/Actor Franc d’Ambrosia, all of whom celebrated the spiritual charisma of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, universally acclaimed saint of the Catholic Church.
“Get men involved,” said Vice President Joe Biden at a reception in honor of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) for their annual “Voices Against Violence” event at the residence of The Ambassador of Japan and Mrs. Sasae. “Pick up your damn phone. Call. Spread the word. You’ve got to stand up because we can’t beat this until there is not a single woman in America who blames herself for being victimized, not a single man in America who thinks it is justified to raise his hand. You are doing, as my mother would say, you are doing God’s work. You’re saving women’s lives.”
“Imagine what it is like for a woman to pick up the phone and call for help. Imagine what it’s like for a woman who does not have your help to be able to walk into a courtroom. It’s intimidating for her. It’s intimidating for you,” he explained to an attentive audience while thanking all the volunteer lawyers. “I was a trail lawyer. I’ve been in court a lot. I was a public defender and I don’t care how good you are, every time you walk into court, if your palms aren’t sweating, your client’s in trouble. Imagine what it is like for that woman. What happens usually is real simple: The husband says ‘You leave, I’m keeping the kids. You leave, you’re out of the house.’ Who does she have to fight for her? Any good lawyer in this town is going to cost a minimum from $250 to $400 dollars an hour to handle the case. There’s no way she can do that and is the reason why 70 percent of the kids on the street are because of domestic violence.”
If you’re a history buff, you’re going to love Agnès Sorel: Mistress of Beauty by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent who was in Washington for a book launch at the home of her friends Nash and Aniko Gaal Schott. Part of the Anjou Trilogy, the second volume has all of the drama, history, murders, suspense and romance one has come to expect. Hollywood on the Potomac sat down with HRH for an exclusive interview prior to the launch.
“I do family trees in the beginning of all of my books,” she told us. “I didn’t know that I was descended from every person in the Trilogy until a Genealogist told me.” We’re not sure if that includes those that were poisoned.