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The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host NIAF Forum; a series of seminars that are relevant to various aspects of the Italy- U.S. relationship. All the NIAF Forum seminars are free and open to the public and are a way for Italian Americans and Italophiles to connect with the Bel Paese. Learn more about Italy's role in transatlantic...

The Nutley Belleville Columbus Day Parade committee will host the largest Italian-American event in Essex County with the Columbus Day Parade on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. The parade route starts at Belleville High School, proceeds north on Franklin Avenue and ends at Nutley High School. The Belleville Chapter of UNICO and the Federation of Itali...

All are invited to celebrate their Italian heritage as Berkeley kicks off Italian American heritage month with a flag raising at Town Hall. Head to Town Hall on Oct. 1 at 11:30 a.m. for Berkeley's annual Italian flag raising ceremony, hosted by Mayor Carmen Amato and the Berkeley Township Council.

The Embassy of Italy hosted a ceremony co-organized with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and Centro Primo Levi New York to celebrate the donation of the Alessandro Sabbadini Family Archive to the Museum’s David M. Rubenstein National Institute for Holocaust Documentation. “Memory is crucial to building a conscience, to connect t...

A couple of days ago, I noticed that the barber pole that had been fastened to the front of John Arena’s Barber Shop on Third Street for many decades was no longer there. How long it had been gone? I’d just be guessing. I saw it as a reminder that change continues, even in Hammonton, even in places like Hammonton’s Little Italy. I think John Arena,...

Rosemary Petracca Cappello, October 8, 1935-September 13, 2022. Rosemary Petracca Cappello, 86, a longtime resident of Philadelphia—the city she loved—and before that, Darby, PA, where she was known in the 1970s as “The Poet of Darby Creek,” died Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at the Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse after being cared for at home for six m...

The 32nd annual Italian Food and Heritage Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at DelGrosso’s Parkin Tipton, PA. “We are proud of our family heritage and traditions. If there is one thing Italian’s love, it is good food. This annual showcase of food, family, and fun is a celebration we look forward to every year,” said Car...

Hundreds of people packed into the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Tuesday for a rare chance to connect with a Catholic saint. The relics of Padre Pio were on display at the cathedral for the first time. Prayer in the presence of these holy artifacts is said to strengthen the connection to Padre Pio. Some travel to his hometown...

Mass was held at at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montclair last weekend. The priest offered Communion and the congregation recited the Lord’s Prayer, as they have for generations at the towering brick church. But a regular Mass was not always guaranteed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Six years ago, the Archdiocese of Newark combined the histori...

As an Italian-American I’m pleased that my hometown of Belmar holds a yearly San Gennaro Festival in September.  This holiday honors Saint Januarius, the patron saint of Naples. Coincidentally, most of the immigrants who settled here hailed from Naples, and just south of the area. My family members originated from small villages in and around Naple...

Charles Anthony Bernard Graci, better known to the world as ‘CHARLIE GRACIE,’ was born on May 14th, 1936 in South Philadelphia to Santo (‘Sam’) and Mary Graci (nee Cappizzi), both first generation Sicilian-Americans. Charlie has been making music for 71 years. He was the first Rock n’ roll Star to arise from South Philadelphia. In 1946 at the age o...

Karen Gross couldn’t contain her excitement as she ambled through Latrobe’s first Italian festival Saturday afternoon, eagerly talking about her family’s roots in the city’s 1st Ward. “My family is from Latrobe,” Gross said. “508 Ligonier St., which is right next to 512, is where my grandparents owned the house; my mother and dad lived there when t...