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Retired Montclair Police Chief Tom Russo remembers when the roads around Pine Street in the Fourth Ward were filled with the sounds of people speaking Italian. “Everybody used to hang out on their front stoops and greet each other,” said Russo, who grew up in the area in the 1950s. He and his friends used to play in the streets until the streetligh...

Anyone who has studied in front of the brightly colored, geometric hanging rugs in Hillman Library, or taken the escalators past the massive mosaic in Posvar Hall, knows the “everyday” art of Virgil Cantini. The Pittsburgh-based sculptor and founder of Pitt’s studio arts department made over a dozen public works of art on campus and throughout the...

On Monday, November 23, 11:30 – 12:30pm, to mark the centenary of Modigliani’s death, Nancy Ireson, the Barnes’s Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator, joins Simonetta Fraquelli, an art historian and specialist in 20th-century European art, to explore new perspectives on the artist. Click here to register! Thou...

November 24th, 2020 at 4:00PM ET. Zoom Webinar in English. To continue our celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gianni Rodari, Italy’s most beloved children author, join us for a conversation with Grazia Gotti, President of the Italian official committee for Gianni Rodari’s centenary, translator Antony Shugaar and illustrator Vale...

Baltimore's mayor has vetoed a bill that would have rededicated a Christopher Columbus monument to victims of police violence, sharing concerns with the city's police commissioner that the two-story-tall obelisk is too close to a separate monument honoring fallen officers. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, a Democrat, expressed reservations about the...

The Italian Sons and Daughters of America filed a motion Monday asking a judge to recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit filed to stop the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Schenley Park. The ISDA, which sued Mayor Bill Peduto and the city of Pittsburgh after officials voted to remove the 800-pound statue, claim Allegheny Common Pleas...

Teresa Pacera was known as a bit of a troublemaker when playing poker with her family. She was also known for wearing her trademark sweaters and house coats, no matter the weather. Pacera, 92, who died on April 12, was a tenacious, adoring Italian mother and grandmother, according to her grandchildren. A lifelong resident of Long Branch, Pacera was...

At least you’d have to say that I’m consistent.  As I get older, I often realize that there are a lot of things I like better as they once were.  I like baseball without the “designated hitter”, the “closer” and the 8th inning “set-up-man.” I don’t like giving out “participation” trophies to everyone who happens to show up and not only to those who...

A Morris County cookbook author and caterer has embarked on a new culinary endeavor with the launch of her new Italian restaurant. Dana Ferraro Ilic opened Ferraro’s Italian Food Specialties in her hometown of Parsippany on Tuesday. Ilic, 49, has more than 25 years of culinary experience, from baking and catering to hosting dinner parties and cooki...

He may be 95, but his drive is strong, his memories are vivid and his quips are sharp and humorous. Thomas Connizzo recently reflected on his time serving in the U.S. Marines during World War II.   Connizzo, a resident of Ortley Beach was joined by family members, friends and American Legion Post Commander William P. Kevish recently where he shared...

From its humble beginnings as a group of men concerned with preserving Italian American heritage and expanding their political footprint in the community, Nutley UNICO has become an organization synonymous with ethnic pride and commitment to civic duty. In 1953, a group of caring Italian American men in town founded the Columbus Civic Club of Nutle...

At the north corner of Little Italy, Baltimore, stands a proud brick building with a long and interesting history. The 1793 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest houses in Baltimore. It has housed Italian residents and businesses, including a pharmacy, a steamship ticket office, Banco di Napoli, and a...