June 2015 Model Masons – Wor. Johnson Stevens and Wor. Mark Tabbert

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25th Anniversary of the Rededication of the Prince Hall Cemetery in Arlington, May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, members of Mystic Valley Lodge were pleased to participate in the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Prince Hall Mystic Cemetery in Arlington. This marked the 25th Anniversary of the re-dedication of the cemetery.

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2015 Spring Class

Mystic Valley Lodge welcomes its newest members, Brothers Mohamed Masoud, Michael Healey and David Baxley, on Past Master’s night, May 12, 2015.

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Spring 2015 Open House

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Thank you to all the Brethren who made this Spring’s Open House a great Success.  Over 70 people signed in and upwards of 100 friends and guests visited the building, including Selectman Joe Curro; Mass. Bar Assoc President-Elect Robert Harnais; First District Middlesex Eastern Bar Association President Janice Stanziani; Italian-Sports Hall of Fame Former Malden City Councilor Bill Spadafora; West End Museum Curator Duane Lucia; National Sons of Italy Recording Secretary James DeStefano; Massachusetts Sons of Italy State First Vice President Tony Sestito.

The highlight of the Open House was our Boston Garden Boxing Boxing Exhibit and the presentation to our honored guest World Welter Weight Boxing Champion 1955, Tony Demarco.

The Blood Drive was also a great success due to the work of Chairmen Eric Rollo and Jon Hindmarsh.Spring 2015 Blood Drive

Blood Drive at the April 11 Open House – 9AM-3PM

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The Kraft Family Blood Mobile will be in the back parking lot during our spring Open House, 9AM-3PM.

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Spring Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Former World Welter Weight Boxing Champion (1955) Tony DeMarco will be our honored guest. The Champ will visit from 1- 3PM for photographs and a brief presentation. The Boston Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and the Sons of Italy Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge have agreed to co-sponsor the reception, which will follow. Boston’s Old West End Museum will also provide some exhibits, including a row of Old Boston Garden Chairs and photographs.

Welcome our guests from John T. Hilton Lodge

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Wor. Phil welcomed our guests from the John T. Hilton Lodge of Prince Hall Masons to our December communication.

Angels at East Somerville Community School

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ESCS2 croppedOn Tuesday December 2, 2014, Somerville Attorney Philip J. Privitera visited a First Grade Classroom at the East Cambridge Somerville Community School on Cross Street and presented a $1,000 donation to assist the children and the school during the Christmas season.

“I wanted the children to be a part of the presentation, so I sat right on the mat which was in the middle of the floor in the first grade classroom” recalls Privitera. “The children seemed to love it, and there’s nothing is more gratifying than making children laugh and smile, especially around the holidays,” commented Privitera.

The donation comes from the Masonic Angel Fund from the Mystic Valley Lodge of Freemasons where Privitera is currently the presiding Lodge Master.Privitera visited Cambridge with Ted Wilson, who is the Treasurer of Mystic Valley Lodge as well as a Vice Principal at Dearborn Academy in Arlington.Both had a chance to visit the school and meet with some of the children.

Arlington’s Mystic Valley Lodge’s Angel Fund is a Charity Fund comprised ofmoney raised by the lodge to assist children in need. Privitera and Wilsonwere met and greeted by many members of the East Somerville Community School including the Head Social Worker, Jean DeVanthery and the Counselor on Education, Carlie Calioro.

The MVL Thanksgiving Squad helps out on Thanksgiving Day, 2014

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Once again, volunteers from Mystic Valley Lodge helped out at Arlington’s Senior Center, preparing and packing Thanksgiving dinners for delivery to some of Arlington’s senior citizens. Pictured above are Wor. Walter Wedlock, Payton Privitera, Wor. Philip J. Privitera, Bro. Richard Lysakowski, and Bro. Paul Alegria. Helping set up the night before were Wor. Alan Jones and Elisabet Carr-Jones.

Wor. Privitera Honored by the Middlesex County Bar Association

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On November 6 2014, Mystic Valley Lodge Wor. Master Philip J. Privitera was honored by the Middlesex County Bar Association in appreciation of two terms as the Bar Association President (2012-2014).  The 114th Annual Bar Association Banquet was held at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham.  Pictured Left to Right: SW Wor. Walter Wedlock; Wor. Master Philip J. Privitera; Star of Bethlehem Lodge (Wakefield) Treas. Giuseppe Lanzerotta.  Many MVL brothers met Brother Lanzerotta when he visited on Nov 11, 2014 for MVL’s last regular communication.

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Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (Left) shares a moment with Wor. Master Phil Privitera after Privitera was honored by the Middlesex County Bar Association on November 8, 2014.  Many Mystic Valley Lodge brothers had a chance to meet Sheriff Koutoujian when he attended Privitera’s Installation Gala on June 1, 2013 at the Arlington Masonic Temple.  

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Attorney Francis D. Privitera; Former Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone; Malden District Court Presiding Justice Lee Johnson; Middlesex County Bar Association President 2012-2014 Philip J. Privitera; Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.

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Senator Sal DiDomenico; Senator Michael Barrett; Middlesex Clerk of Courts Michael Sullivan; Middlesex County Bar Association President 2012-2014 Philip J. Privitera.

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WM Philip Privitera; SW Wor. Walter Wedlock.

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Left to Right: SW Wor. Walter Wedlock; Wor. Master Philip J. Privitera; Star of Bethlehem Lodge (Wakefield) Treas. Giuseppe Lanzerotta.  Many MVL brothers met Brother Lanzerotta when he visited on Nov 11, 2014 for MVL’s last regular communication.