Ida Azzolino, who turns 100 years of age this month, was born the same time as the opening of Fenway Park and the sinking of the Titanic. She went to school here, and grew up on the streets back in the day when horses were around and gas lamps needed to be lit. She has lived to see the first person on the moon. She is very nice lady who worked very hard as a young girl here, attended Somerville schools and was also in attendance at Saint Anthony’s parish and later at St. Clements. Ida still goes to church every week at St. Clements and helped them to celebrate their 100 years serving the parish.
Ida gets around with the help and devotion of her daughter Diane and son-in-law Ross Blouin. Ida still does her own shopping and we hear that she can manipulate a mean carriage up and down the aisles at the local Market Basket. She keeps herself busy at the Senior Center on Holland Street twice a week playing her favorite game, Bingo. We hear she is a pretty good cook and loves to make cakes and cookies, not just for herself and immediate family but for friends around the city. And from what we hear the lucky ones who get to taste them, they just love her baking. Ida still lives in her home in West Somerville and loves to watch her two favorite Boston sports teams, the Red Sox and Celtics. We hear she knows all the names of all the players. She has been on about 13 world cruises and is planning a cruise to Spain. Her family is giving her a huge birthday party this weekend at the Masonic Building at 125 Highland Avenue. Over 100 family members and friends, we hear, will be in attendance. We wish her the very best. She’s a great lady, and a nice lady. So when you see her stop and say “Hi” and have a nice conversation with her. Ida is one lucky lady and we send our best wishes, Happy Birthday Ida. Many more and God Bless from the staff here at The Somerville News, our choice as The Somerville News Person of the Week, September 26, 2012.