Brier Hill Italian Fest will salute its roots

Aug 12, 2019 418

BY: Guy D'Astolfo

The Brier Hill Italian Festival will open its 28th year by honoring its founder. At the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, the boccie courts at the corner of Calvin and Victoria streets – where the festival takes place – will be dedicated to the late Dominic “Dee Dee” Modarelli,

The courts are part of the ITAM Post 12 war veterans club’s memorial to fallen soldiers from the Brier Hill neighborhood. The memorial will remain dedicated to the veterans. Modarelli, who was a bricklayer and stone mason, built the structure and put in the boccie courts in 1985 with the help of club members and men from the neighborhood.

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