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Vita Orlando Sinopoli

   Vita Orlando Sinopoli, housewife and freelance writer, wrote for the Post-Gazette intermittently between 1989 and 1995. At that time, she was invited by Dr. Joseph Marcantonio to write some articles that appeared in his column entitled "Remembering the North End." Her recent column, "Recipes from the Homeland," has appeared in the Post-Gazette since 1999.
   Vita's parents, Pietro (Peter) and Lucia (Lucy) Orlando had immigrated to America in different years from Sicily, Italy. They met and married in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Both became Naturalized United States citizens. In the early years, her father worked for J. A. Padula, an Italian bread bakery, as a baker and deliveryman.
   Vita was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In 1927, she moved with her parents and brother Peter from Fitchburg to Boston where her parents
began operating their own bread bakery business on Charter Street. She attended Boston schools, graduating from Girls' High School in 1942. She graduated from Boston Clerical School in 1945 and went to work for Wilbur & Williams Paint Co. in Boston, first as clerk/typist and then as secretary. In l949, she married her husband, William J. Sinopoli, at St. Stephen's Church in Boston.
   In 1950, the Orlando family opened a bakery and luncheonette on Mystic Avenue in Somerville. Vita was the chef in the luncheonette for cooked meals and she also helped to prepare sandwiches and serve customers.    After the luncheonette closed in 1952, Vita continued working part time in the bakery during which time she had two girls, Vita Marie and Donna. After their son William was born in 1957, she retired from the bakery.
   In 1958, the family moved to Wilmington, Massachusetts. Vita returned to work as a temporary typist/clerk in l962 until she became a secretary for the Wilmington Public School System in l964. In 1983, Vita and her husband William retired and moved to Dennis, Massachusetts.
   In l990, Vita's desire to continue writing influenced her into attending a Cape Cod Community College creative writing course. In addition to the Post-Gazette, she has been published in Boston's North End Magazine; Cape Cod Times' Reader's Page, and their Prime Time Magazine; Good Old Days Magazine; Green Mountain Trading Post, Vermont; Regional Review, Boston; and Women's Press, Toronto, Canada.
   Vita has received the following awards: First place winner of a 1995 Prime Time Magazine's Legacies Contest; 1996 Honorable Mentions Award from National Legacies Contest, NY; Third place winner - l999 National League of American Pen Women's non-fiction biennial contest.
   Vita is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. - Cape Cod Writers' Center, Inc. Twelve O'clock Scholars.