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At the end of March 2011, together with a CNN troupe and two journalist colleagues I reached Misrata on board a Libyan fishing boat sailing from Malta. We were the first foreign correspondents to document the siege of the city, that by then had been going on for 80 days.

DIZZYING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR CHARITY IN DYKER HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN - BY RSI TV

The small Dyker Heights district is located between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, areas of NYC densely populated by second or third generation Italian immigrants, to whom the Christmas lights tradition here is attributed. They start decorating their homes, shortly after Thanksgiving, with setups that can cost as much as thirty or forty thousand dollars. Over the years the extravagant displays have become “the tour of the lights”, a tourist attraction for visitors not only from NY and the US but from all over the world – so much so that the residents have started to organize fund collections for various charitable associations. The Polizzotto family, for instance, donate their makings to the make a Wish Foundation, an international organization which turns dreams into reality for children suffering from cancer. It was the head of this family, Alfred Polizzotto, who decided, after being diagnosed with his illness, to decorate his home as a way of raising awareness and bringing the Christmas atmosphere to his district. Together with the Spata, Lambrone and Rizzuto families – and the many others who have joined over the years, such as the Boormans, of Irish and Scottish origins - “the Polizzottos still maintain this tradition”, as Alfred’s grandson proudly affirms.