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Following a national trend, the School Board on Tuesday approved a proposal to cease the celebration of Christopher Columbus’ map-expanding voyages of discovery and instead focus on the accomplishments of the original inhabitants of the what Europeans viewed as the New World. Under the proposal introduced by Harris Mahedavi (Ashburn), the schools w...

Marino de Medici was 11 in the summer of 1944 when he was strafed by a World War II U.S fighter as he rode his bike along a country road on his way to school. He and his family were subsequently driven from their home on the Adriatic Coast on a farm near Montefiore Conca in the Romagna region in search of someplace safe from German soldiers and bom...

COVID-19 has killed another Jersey Shore tradition, the annual Columbus Day Parade. Fundraising efforts fell short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organizers instead, are looking toward 2021’s 30th-anniversary celebration. “The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee regretfully announces the cancellation of the 29th Annual Ocean County Columb...

Lou “Red” Vigliotti served in World War II from 1941 to 1945 and fought in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign in the jungles of Philippines. While there, he contracted malaria, but his service did not waiver and he continued to fight for his country.  In addition to various honors and medals, he was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star for his heroism and...

Organized in conjunction with the dedicated artist room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  this series of online conversations will focus on the work of pioneering Italian artist Marisa Merz (1926-2019). Join us as international scholars and curators pay homage to Merz’s life and legacy and meditate on aspects of the artist’s practice that are ofte...

Friday would have kicked off the annual La Festa Italiana in Scranton, one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s most cherished traditions. The event was canceled due to COVID-19. Normally Courthouse Square would be bustling with vendors setting up their tents, but Thursday night the square was quiet. With La Festa cancelled this year, some vendors are fi...

Pittsburgh’s Art Commission will hold a special hearing this month on the controversial Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park before deciding its fate in the coming weeks. Members of the public will be able to join a virtual hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 during which they can provide comment, as well as view a presentation on the history...

It's been nearly two months since the Christopher Columbus statue outside the entrance to Little Italy was torn down and thrown into the harbor. Police say their investigation is ongoing, but they have not announced any suspects or arrests. Mayor Jack Young and Commissioner Michael Harrison promised justice. "For those who want to destroy property...

The Ellwood City Italian American Heritage Foundation met Friday for its monthly meeting. President Barbara Mastropietro called the meeting to order and recognized founder Gene Morabito. Morabito offered the prayer and Ray Venezie led the Pledge of Allegiance. The group recognized John Biondi, Bob Morabito and Cosmo Morabito, its original members....

Baltimore City's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is expected to return what's left of a Christopher Columbus statue, to its original owners. The 17 ton marble statue once stood at 14 foot 2 inches in Little Italy. It was gifted to Baltimore City by the Italian American Organizations United, Inc. On July 6 it was destroyed and dumped in the Inner Ha...

“Apprendiamo da fonti giornalistiche che i funzionari della Contea di Union, in New Jersey (USA), hanno annunciato che ad Elizabeth sarà eretta una statua a Marsha P. Johnson, storica espressione del mondo transgender. Nulla da dire su questo ma quello che è inaccettabile e’ che tale statua sorgerà al posto di quella di Cristoforo Colombo. Ancora u...

Fiona Lenzo, a graduate of Hillsborough High School now attending the College of New Jersey has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2020-21. She is pursuing a degree in Education at TCNJ and has studied the Italian language for seven years, receiving the Seal of Bi-literacy. She is an active member of the Hillsborough community, having bee...