Family Matters at Roma Bakery

Lansing’s Roma Bakery is a constantly buzzing place on Fat Tuesday, but it’s not the business impact that means the most to Mena and Sostine Castriciano, the couple that runs the bakery. The impact of family and friends is what means the most to them. Roma needs extra help on hectic days like Fat Tuesday, and that’s where the impact is felt. As the customers flock to Roma to get their paczki fill before Lenten season begins, family and friends flock to Roma to help bake them. “Last night we probably had 25 family and friends here packaging, and coating, and filling, and, you know, frying and baking the paczki,” said John Dann, who is a nephew of Mena and Sostine that was there to help out. Dann typically works as an insurance agent in Okemos.

Focal Point Spring 2013 [Show 2]

This season of Lent feels a little different for some area Catholics as people are reacting to news that Pope Benedict XVI will step down from the Papacy. A new ban on Smoke shops entering East Lansing has some residents and owners concerned for the future of existing Hookah Bars. And, MSU Video Producer Dave Ellis wins big on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.