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Italians and fans of Italian culture gathered Sunday afternoon, June 26 for a day of comedy and music outside Franklin Steakhouse and Tavern. The hot weather did not scare off patrons of the festival, which was put together by Starlite Productions. The five-year-old company has been putting together Italian-centric events on the East Coast from Flo...

Rosemary Cappello feels that she has “lived a life that was very literary,” starting with a childhood where “learning was greatly appreciated and encouraged” and including a dynamic commitment to Philadelphia Poets, where she has been promoting, editing and publishing poetry since 1980. In April, she received a living tribute, hosted by Larry Robin...

For the last 60 years or so, the streets of Wilmington’s Little Italy have looked quite similar in the middle of each June. The Italian Festival brings food, music and carnival rides and games to thousands of visitors, but that was all missing in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It all returned this year, and patrons and volunteer...

The Italian Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese visited the United States of America on June 16, 2022. In the early afternoon, the Minister held meetings with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, as well as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Topics of discussion included combating organized crime and terrorism, coun...

These days, names like Capano, Pettinaro, and Robino are associated with business success, real estate development and acclaim.  But on a recent Thursday afternoon, the men who founded companies that became giants in Delaware gathered with other childhood friends from Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood to reminisce about days past. Although som...

The Italian American One voice Coalition (“IAOVC”), is deeply saddened to announce the passing of its founder and president Dr. Manny Alfano. Dr. Alfano is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in activism and defense of Italian American heritage and culture. This passion for his heritage inspired him to create an organization solel...

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday voted to grant historic designation to the Tito House in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. “We are extremely excited,” said Sabreena Miller, real estate and development manager with Uptown Partners. “We’ve worked very hard to see that this property be cared for, protected and an asset to the community. We saw so muc...

Bravo, Saint Leo's Church did it! After a two-year hiatus, the parish hosted a very successful Italian festival the first weekend of June - the traditional Feast of Saint Anthony, established 1904. A million thanks are extended to each of you who volunteered or attended, ultimately proving your commitment to the parish, the neighborhood, and our It...

Rooted in a mission of transforming the lives of individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, the communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence offer programs worldwide to provide care to those who were lovingly called “good children” by founder St. Luigi Guanella. Luigi Guanella was born in Fraciscio, Italy, on Dec. 19, 1842. He en...

The Fire Museum of Maryland reports, "It finally happened! The fireboat Tommy, named after Little Italy resident and Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., has arrived at its new home." The Fire Museum, in Lutherville, Maryland, accepted the boat in pieces on a May morning at 3:15 a.m. Restoration has begun, yet will likely take several years before visito...

Representatives of several organizations in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church community have reached out to the archbishop of Newark, pleading their case to schedule more Masses for a congregation that some parishioners argue has long been neglected. The church reopened its doors in late November, for a Saturday Mass celebrating the first Sunday...

Rose Tree Park was under a sea of green-white-red and red-white-blue last Sunday afternoon as flags of both Italy and United States fluttered in the wind and welcomed thousands of people to the 12th Annual Italian American Heritage Festival. The cultural celebration of family, friends, food and fun, featured Italian personalities, authors and artis...