Page 4 THE REVERE ADVOCATE - Friday, May 31, 2019 GRISWOLD PARK | from page 1 looked up to her. Natalia Ardagna is now the head softball coach at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. “It means so much to our family, even if it’s posthumously,” said Natalia Ardagna. “We now have two angels watching over us.” Vanessa’s mother, Maria ArSABATINO INSURANCE AGENCY Call for a Quote 617-387-7466 Or email Rocco@sabatino-ins.com We cover: * Auto * Home * Boat * Renter * Condo * Life * Multi-Policy Discounts * Commercial 10% Discounts * Registry Service Also Available Maria Ardagna said it means so much to her family to have a scoreboard dedicated in memory of her daughter and husband. http://www.sabatino-ins.com SABATINO 564 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 617-387-7466 Hours of Operation are: Mondays - Fridays 9am to 5pm Saturdays by appointment only Melissa Booth with Vanessa’s mother, Maria Ardagna, during the dedication ceremony at Griswold Park. Griswold Park is now named in memory of Revere High School softball coach Tony Ardagna, who passed away from cancer in 2001. (Photo Courtesy of Maria Ardagna) Softball coach Joseph Ciccarello said Vanessa got dirty with a smile on her face. Mayor Brian Arrigo said Vanessa Ardagna’s story inspires thousands of young people to play softball. (Advocate Photos by Tara Vocino) City councillors, School Committee members, other city officials and the Ardagna family proudly stand in front of the Ardagna Field scoreboard. 54 OAKES STREET EVERETT, MA 02149 Phone (617) 389-2448 www.saseverett.com Natalia and Maria Ardagna in front of the scoreboard that was recently named in memory of Vanessa and Tony Ardagna. Preschool to Grade 8 (PreK program starts at 2.9) Christian Values & Strong Academics Before/After School Programs Extra-Curricular Activities Financial Assistance Available Come and see the difference we can make in the life of your child! Se habla Español - Falamos Português Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Bring this ad and receive $50 off your registration. (New Families Only) Registration is on-going. dagna, became emotional, saying everything began at Griswold Park. “It’s bittersweet to be honored,” Maria Ardagna said. “We thank everyone who took part in making this happen.” Catcher Melissa Booth played with Vanessa and said the ceremony was moving and amazing. “She was always happy and outgoing,” Booth said. The ceremony was especially meaningful for Charlie Giuffrida of the Revere Recreation Department. “It means a lot personally and professionally,” Giuffrida said, “that for the rest of time this field will be named after my five-year best friend and middle school exgirlfriend.” Giuffrida said Vanessa was the best person that he’s ever met, adding that she was unique and full of life. “She was always laughing and had everyone feeling good,” Giuffrida said. Speaking about Tony, Giuffrida said he was a tremendous coach and pillar of the Ardagna family. “We were devastated when we heard that he passed,” Giuffrida said. “There wasn’t a day that he stopped coaching.” Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com.

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