Crapio family reunion

Dreaming of a Vo Dilun Camelot; where's the rooster?; Greg's get-together
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 9, 2013

Big Daddy Frank Caprio, star (honk!) of the local TV stapleCaught In Providence and chief municipal judge in Providence, has obviously put down his foot and made his son, Frank “Shove it” Caprio, run for state general treasurer once again. Could it be to show that Big Daddy, whose dog-and-pony TV show makesJudge Judy look likeMasterpiece Theatre, has not abandoned his attempt to make the Crapios — er, Caprios, excuse us — the Kennedys of Little Rhody? The announcement that little Frankie will run for state treasurer comes on the heels of the announcement that his younger brother, David (as much a political manipulator as you’d ever want to meet), has been selected as the head of the state Democratic party.

If you’re just tuning in, Frank Jr. made headlines when, a week before Election Day in his 2010 run for governor, he said that President Barack Obama — who declined to endorse Caprio in a race against Obama’s old US senatorial friend, Linc Chafee — could “take his endorsement and really shove it.” Caprio eventually lost the gubernatorial race with only 23 percent of the vote as a Democrat.

What a act. Keep taking John DePetro’s advice, Frankie.

Vo Dilun Mystery

A few days ago, the phone at Casa Diablo rang with a call from Mad Peck Studios. Veterans of culture scene here know the Mad Peck is the famous rock poster artist, illustrator, vital historical source, and one of the main brains behind the legendary black-and-white Providence poster (“and Friendship is a one-way street”) who seems to be everywhere, even though no one ever sees him.

The Mad Peck was alarmed because he reported that, for days, no one had seen the giant rooster that’s resided outside Sollitto’s Liquor Mart on Narragansett Blvd. in Providence for decades. This was indeed a troubling development, for an icon nearly as recognizable in this town as the Big Blue Bug to go missing.

Thanks to the modern day miracle known as “Facebook,” Jorge posted a query and immediately received dozens of chicken jokes in response. But among the responses were also a couple tips from well plugged-in local sources, Chuck Doherty and David “Captain Tess” Tessitore. Both reported that it was their understanding that Sollitto’s had been closed for days — apparently they’re out of business — and that the rooster has been spotted alive and well in the vicinity of the Antonelli Poultry Company in DePasquale Square on Federal Hill.

So, those distressed by this recent development can rest assured that the Sollitto’s rooster has not disappeared, only changed jobs from thebeer, wine, and spirits industry on Narragansett Blvd. to the poultry business on “Da Hill.”

Wild and crazy guy

There is no more selfless person in Phillipe and Jorge’s sphere of friends than the local environmental/economic activist, Greg Gerritt.

An outspoken defender of those in need, Gerritt has given his heart and soul for years to projects that are uplifting to many in the Little Rhody community.

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