Sunday, February 26, 2017

The One Year Memorial Mass for Angela "Big Ang" Raiola

It seems unbelievable but the force larger than life known as "Big Ang" has been gone from this earth and our lives for a year already. On February 18, 2017, a one year anniversary Mass was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Staten Island. 

The Mass was given by Ang's siblings, Janine, Donna and Stephen.  It was a very moving service with readings done by Donna, Dom, and Janine's daughter, Jeannie.  Janine delivered heartfelt words about her sister.  Janine shared sentiments from Ang, who wrote out beautiful messages in cards to Janine. Also shared were a few mementos given to Janine by Angela: 

The priest,  Father Tom, gave a beautiful sermon about how all of Angela's friends and family ARE her legacy and reminded all of us to "Do small things with great love" because that was what Angela did. 

After the service, we all went to the graveyard, where A.J., Ang's son, shared his thoughts about his mother and spoke about how much she is missed. Then, everyone wrote messages to Angela on balloons and let them go into the blue sky of the beautiful afternoon. 

Janine, Stephen and Donna

There is no denying Angela is missed. She is still missed by friends and fans from all over. We all miss seeing her on our televisions hearing her words of wisdom and her one of a kind hilarious statements that made us laugh. But, most of all, it is so evident that she is missed by her family. It is heartbreaking to see their pain and grief.  Angela will never be forgotten. Never.

Janine also shared with me that she takes joy and comfort in knowing that Angela was proud of her. She has heard from several people that Ang would always say how impressed she was with the way Janine could run her store and take care of her family. It's been a year, but Janine still misses the dozens of phone calls she shared with her sister on a daily basis.  She added that she is so proud to be her sister and it is her honor to keep Angela's memory alive. 

Here is a video by the Staten Island Advance of the service: 

Take time to post your memories, and comments for the family below. As always, thank you for reading.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, Janine!

I want to take a minute to yell HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Janine. I am so happy I know her. She is a kind, sweet, FUNNY, giving person. 

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, her husband, Dominick and their daughter, Jeannie, threw Janine a surprise party at Angelina's restaurant and it was such a good time! I was so happy I could go and join in. So many great people were there and you could really feel the love for Janine and her family. I know this birthday for Janine is a difficult one since it is the first one without her sister, Angela. However, I am glad we all came together to show her she is most definitely not alone and that she is loved. A few pictures: 

Janine is shocked! 
Janine and sister Donna dancing to "We Are Family"
with a picture of Angela

Janine and me dancing to "Now That We Found Love" (lol)

The cake! 
The lit cake! 
Janine and Angelina dancing

Raquel, John, Louis, Jeannie, Janine, Angelina,
Ronnie, Dom, Sonnie, and Allie (with Baby Dom
cut off, sorry) 
A good time was had by all. Wish Janine a happy birthday below or on Twitter and Facebook! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

This past weekend, there have been things written on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other sites in regards to Janine and Vinnie Medugno. No doubt you have seen some of them. In fact, you may have seen Vinnie's long post about the situation. 

The bottom line is this. On July 16, 2016, Angela's husband, Neil, Vinnie Medugno and others are hosting a "dance party concert" in Angela's name. Some of Angela's favorite artists are performing and proceeds are being donated to "Angela's favorite charities." Sounds good, right? I have talked to Janine several times over the weekend so wait just a second.... Look, I know that people are more than free to do what they think is best and maybe intentions were to do something  nice. I truly feel that BEFORE ANYTHING was decided, Janine and her family should have had this idea run past them. In any event, if there was EVER any indication that Janine and the other family members were not ready to have any such event, maybe it should have been thought through a little more. 

Janine and her siblings are absolutely heartbroken over losing Angela. Janine and Angela talked MANY times EVERY day. Can you imagine losing someone in your life like that?  Janine carries on because she has no choice. She is helping take care of her great nieces and nephews. Oh, and that reminds me. There are sources who claim that Janine is no longer speaking to Raquel, Angela's daughter. How is that possible when Janine has Raquel's children over her home quite a bit of the time? What? Janine has Raquel's children over but she's not speaking to her? Is she kidnapping them? I think not. 

Janine said it best when she said on social media that she is busy with her family, with her great nieces and nephews, her business and most of all grieving her sister and certainly in no mood for a "party." Angela hasn't even been gone four months yet. I have said this multiple times in other posts. Sure, "Big Ang" was on television, but she was a real person with a real family who is missing her terribly. 

This post has been strictly my opinion. Feel free to comment. No disrespectful comments will be tolerated. But for those who think this is a great idea and you are ready to "party" to honor a celebrity, remember she has a heartbroken family that was left behind... one who won't be there or supporting this at all. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016


It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Angela Joyce Raiola, known to many as "Big Ang" has passed away. What a force of nature she was. There really are no exact words to describe her. My heart breaks for her family and close friends. I had the great honor of spending time with her a few times, including at a  dinner when she kept telling my husband, "Eat!" :) She was nothing but gracious and sweet every time I saw her. She would do anything for anybody. 

Angela was on television, but did you know how much she helped countless people after Hurricane Sandy or about how she helped families at Christmas time? Did you know about her grandchildren? Did you know that she was one of seven children herself? 

 I don't say she "lost" her battle to cancer, because she fought like hell. And not only did she fight, she took that time to make a statement and stand against smoking to try and help others. So, she didn't lose any battle...I like to think God showed His mercy. 

There really is an outpouring of love on Twitter and Facebook and that's what should be focused on. Love never dies...not the love you show for people and not the love you get in return. 

 It amazes me how Angela grabbed so many hearts along her journey in this life and that is one wonderful legacy to leave behind.

Rest in peace, Angela. You surely have touched many.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fund Raiser for Angela

Hello, everyone, 

Hope this blog post finds everyone well. As you may or may not know, Angela is fighting a very serious cancer battle. Her sister, Janine has set up a Go Fund Me page. No medical insurance policy covers everything that is needed and Janine has provided more details in her post on the page. Even if all you can offer is 5.00 please do so. If you are in a position where you cannot help financially, please keep Angela and her family in your prayers. You see Angela on television and in magazines, but just like anyone in the public eye, try to remember she is someone's mother, sister, friend, grandmother, (she just became a grandmother again just recently) aunt and more--just like YOU have. 

Here is a link to the Go Fund Me page: Go Fund Me for Angela Raiola

Please comment below if there are any questions or post your well wishes for Angela and her family.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


It's official! Janine and her daughter, Jeannie have officially opened Bee Tween! If you missed the last blog, go ahead and read all about how Janine was inspired to open her new store just up the block from her other store, Country Mouse! 

Raquel, Stephen, Dom, Jeannie, Janine, Sonnie, Donna, Ang and Friends

The grand opening was some event! The store opened on August 20, 2015 and was a real party. There was dancing, singing, prizes and special guests. One of the special guests was disco great Carol Douglas where she sang her hit, "Doctor's Orders"! Here is Janine's brother, Stephen, with Carol! 

Courtesy Stephen Raiola

Stephen, Janine and Angela (courtesy Stephen Raiola)

Jeannie helping a customer (from SI Advance)

The neighborhood came out to support the new local business, which is always a good idea! The Staten Island Advance did a story on the opening which you can read here: Staten Island Advance Article

You should shop local when you can! If you are in the New York/New Jersey area, here is the information for the store: 

Bee Tween Boutique
646 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10310

Also, follow the boutique on Instagram to see all the fantastic items:

And finally, visit the website to shop online!

If you do visit Bee Tween, take a stroll down the street and visit Janine's other store, Country Mouse.

I wish Janine and Jeannie nothing but the best with the store! 

Bee Tween
646 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY, 10310

Friday, July 17, 2015

Janine and Jeannie's NEW Store

Hey, everyone! 
I know it has been a long time since the last post and I am happy to be bringing a new one to you! 

Have you heard the buzz?? There is exciting news! Janine and her daughter, Jeannie are opening a brand NEW store! As you may or may not know, she currently has Country Mouse, a children's clothing store that specializes in custom made communion clothing and accessories.  

But, now coming in August, a whole new clothing store will be open just down the block from Country Mouse. This one is called Bee Tween, located at 646 Forest Avenue and it will feature clothing and accessories for the next stage after the young child stage-the tween. 

Reach the Queen Bee at 718-44TWEEN

Janine was inspired to open a store  along with Jeannie for tweens/teens because she has customers she has known since birth-ones she has made baby clothes, baptism gowns and communion outfits for and she saw these children growing up. She wanted to remain in the lives of her customers and their families and the idea for the new store was born!

The store is really coming along and I will be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, here are just a few of the many items that will be available. If you have Instagram, make sure you follow the store's page at You can see so much more there right now!

Wonder Woman Shorts!

French Fry Purse!!

There is SO much more to see on the Instagram page and the website will be up soon, too. Janine also said that there will be items for women, as well, so those of us who are grown up kids ourselves won't be left out!! Janine and Jeannie are very excited about this new venture and we wish them nothing but the best of luck and all the success in the world with it! More information is coming so be on the lookout right here!