Candy Maddalo’s grandparents moved from Palermo, Sicily to East Cambridge. Her father was the first generation here. He worked in the Court House Barbershop from 1951 until he passed away in 2002.

Among her childhood memories:

“[My father’s barbershop] was open six days a week from 6 in the morning to 6 at night. He was there all the time as well as his brother. Downstairs in the barbershop if you needed to know anything about this neighborhood, that was the place to go. If you had a question of what was going on, you would go to the barbershop. A lot of deals from East Cambridge Savings bank would get done in the barbershop. Then the papers would get signed in the banks. It was a great meeting place.”