Albert J. Duke took the reins of the Buffalo Fire Department in 1985 during a challenging era, with clashes with the union over training and equipment and with the courts over hiring female and minority firefighters. Five years later, when he stepped down, he was lauded by then-Mayor James Griffin  for his hard work and praised by the then-presiden...

Ciao paisani! Gear up for an all new episode of the Italian American Power Hour with a brand-new segment we’re calling Greetings from Italian America!  Let’s face it, even though everyone in the Power Hour Team calls New York and New Jersey home, we know that in every inch of this great country of ours, from sea to shining sea, we Italian Americans...

“Italian Christmas Concert in Buffalo,” a traditional Italian Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Michéal Castaldo and friends, will take place on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:30p.m. at Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden, NY 14004. Castaldo will perform classic Christmas carols from his chart-topping best-selli...

When times change, distinct cultural practices and traditions often mysteriously disappear from city neighborhoods and our social consciousness, but they should never be forgotten. That is exactly what happened here in Buffalo to the omnipresent, Italian cultural fixtures on the Old West Side during the mid-1960s: a golden yet turbulent time define...

Helena Hale developed her deep bond with the Italian province of Tuscany during the first years of her life. Although the former Helena Menchini was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, shortly after her parents emigrated there from Italy, the death of two of her siblings in Canada made them decide to move back to their ancestral home. They stayed in the mo...

A new group of seven historic figures — including Russell Salvatore — has been selected for the Western New York Business Hall of Fame. The new honorees will be inducted at a Nov. 1 ceremony at the Buffalo History Museum. Profiles of all seven are being posted this week on Business First’s website. The total membership of the Business Hall of Fame...

The subject just came to me one Sunday: who is the most beloved person in the city of Buffalo? (Who is neither an athlete or TV personality.) As fast as the question came, so did the answer: Joey Giambra. In past days, he might have had some competition with the likes of Jackie Jocko or the late Lance Diamond, but mortality has thinned their belove...

Stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is making a stop in Buffalo in 2019. Mansicalco will bring his Stay Hungry tour to Shea's Performing Arts Center for a show on Friday, February 1st. He'll also be in Erie the night before, and Cleveland the weekend before. Maniscalco is known for his hyper-physical comedy, thick Chicago/Italian accent, and his...

The New York City Premiere of the documentary Sicily: Land of Love and Strife was held on September 12, 2018, for a full house at Goddard Riverside. Because of unexpected building maintenance, the screening was moved from The Bernie Wohl Center to Goddard Riverside. The change, though, did not prevent the crowd from attending this Upper West Side e...

Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) is making history with its dramatic growth. Hundreds of delegates gathered in Buffalo, N.Y. at ISDA’s Biennial Convention last week, and were the first to hear the news: National President Basil Russo unveiled plans for three lodges — one in New York City and two in New Jersey — that will become new corn...