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Most people called Ludovico "Ludo" Nolfo, except Mayor Jimmy Davis, who always called him “Mr. Nolfo.” “Even as mayor, I called him Mr. Nolfo,” Davis said. “I couldn’t.” Davis’ comments came during the March 22 dedication ceremony of a plaque and plaza to commemorate Nolfo. The ceremony was appropriately held at the plaza that bears his name at Bac...

On April 9, 2022, at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, will take place the work of the Country Assembly that will be called to elect the 2 territorial members for the United States on the occasion of the renewal of the General Council of Italians Abroad (CGIE). The CGIE is the representative body of the Italian communities abroad in all bodies th...

It’s not yet time for the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival! But one of the very first events to kick festivities off was tonight. The 2022 Italian-American of the Year has just been named, and a familiar face just walked away with that honor tonight. Anthony ‘Herk” Sparachane has just been named as the 2022 Italian-American of the Year. “I...

More than 105 years ago, the Loggia Giosue Carducci Lodge #146 Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy was founded as a meeting place for Italian Americans to enjoy the fellowship of our brothers and sisters of Italian descent. Over a century later, the Sons continues to do so encouraging anyone to become a member. “We treasure the diverse communi...

For the first time, the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) and Bordighera Press will share Table 1245 at the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Philadelphia, March 23-26. IAWA will host a Reading at the off-site venue, A Novel Idea on Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA on Friday, March 25. The event will be facilitated by authors and...

Leaders in public service, culinary arts, Italian American leadership, and humanitarianism will be honored on Wednesday May 25, 2022, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. by the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) at its 33 Annual National Education Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala. The SIF is the philanthropic a...

Michael O'Shea's death in 2013 affected many people in Bergen County: family, friends, fellow law enforcement officers, and numerous others. O'Shea's longest friend, Andrew Cotto, recently published a novel based on their lifelong friendship in Glen Rock, and about the grief that wracked him after O'Shea's death. O'Shea died of leukemia in 2013....

The Trenton school board will host a community meeting Monday as it works to rename two elementary schools currently named after Woodrow Wilson and Christopher Columbus. School officials said earlier this week that a committee has been formed to rename Columbus Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School while following district policy, which op...

On February 12, 2022, Dr. Mary Kovach, among four others, was awarded the National President’s Meritorious Service Award from Robert (Bob) Bianchi, Esq., the National President of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA). The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), established in 1905, is the largest and oldest natio...

Frances H. Vitale, a familiar figure in Little Italy and Patterson Park, died Feb. 28 at Stella Maris Hospice of complications from a fall. Her kindness and care for her community were motivated by her deep and abiding Roman Catholic faith. The Lutherville resident was 91. “Frances was a living saint, and I don’t often say that about people, and sh...

“The current tragic situation in Ukraine makes this year’s International Women’s Day even more meaningful” said Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Mariangela Zappia at the March 8 premiere of the documentary film One of Us – East Coast, with special guest the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Hon. Nancy Pelosi. “We honor this important date...

When South Jersey resident Joe Paglione was inducted into the Italian American National Hall of Fame in 2009, three accom-plishments were cited. They were the Amici Della Lingua Italiana Club, which he formed in 1996 and which is going strong today with 200 members; his work in local Italian-American communities; and his creation of the Monumento A...