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by Caitlin Heaney West   Scranton chapter of UNICO hosts First Friday exhibit centering on Italian experience in NEPA. They came from thousands of miles away, leaving behind their families to cross the sea with little in their pockets beside their hopes.   This Friday, the Scranton chapter of UNICO National will celebrate the sac...

By Kevin Shea A 7-foot statue of Christopher Columbus that stands in front of the Italian American Heritage Center in Hamilton was defaced with graffiti sometime this weekend, police and officials said. Columbus' face was painted black, the number 13 was written on his chest and the letters "FU" were scrawled on the ground in front of the ped...

Mostly Opera, a non-profit theater group featuring local and regional singers, along with dancers from the Scranton Civic Ballet, will present "Viva Italia!" an evening of Italian songs, in celebration of Columbus Day, on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Scranton Hilton.   The event will feature a full course dinner with an Italian theme to accompan...

Andrew Cecere grew up in the Pittsburgh of the 1930s, back when the idea that ancestry is destiny permeated American thought. In cities, it was the age of racial and ethnic neighborhoods. The Italians here, the Irish over there, beyond them the Poles, the blacks, and so forth. In the urban mosaic, you knew your place, and were expected to make the...

by Victoria L. Cann   Summer is winding down, and the beginning of school marks an important weekend coming up in Clarksburg — the 38th annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival. But first a tasty prelude arrives in the form of the 28th annual Pasta Cook-Off, which will be held this Saturday. "The Pasta Cook-Off didn't start with t...

Rich Celender stood inside an ancient Roman bath just outside the Italian city of Volterra. His LiDAR rig shot millions of laser scans at the ancient walls and ruins, collecting billions of points of data.   "It was surreal, standing within a Roman bath from 3,000 years ago," said Celender, a vice president of civil engineering at Civil &...

Are you an Italian American who is sick and tired of the negative portrayal and denigration of our heritage? If so, we need you to attend the Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition general meeting on Sunday, April 21, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Chancellor's Suite in Seton Hall University, South Orange. The event is free and all are welcome to atte...

As of today, posters of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States will welcome travelers arriving to Washington Dulles International Airport. "After the initiative "poetry on the bus," which displayed photographs from some of Italy's most celebrated contemporary photographers paired with verses by some of our country's most celebrated poets...

Dal 1 marzo prossimo il Consolato d'Italia a Newark sospenderà la sua attività. I connazionali residenti nella circoscrizione dovranno quindi rivolgersi al Consolato generale d'Italia a New York.   Dallo scorso lunedì - 10 febbraio – il Consolato di Newark non accetta più prenotazione online: i connazionali che hanno già prenotato un appunta...

Columbus Day isn't until Oct. 12, but the Italian American community was out in full force six months early when the North Bergen Public Library held their "Taste of Italy" event on April 25. The afternoon was packed with activities, entertainment, education, and food, food, food.   Hundreds of attendees showed up from the area to share...

The 11th Annual Morris County Columbus Day Parade, which will be held in East Hanover, New Jersey, on Sunday, October 11, starting at 2pm, features Michéal Castaldo as the Grand Marshal. In addition, Castaldo will be sharing his beautiful voice with the congregation at the 10:30 a.m. mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, 312 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanov...

Touch of Italy has requested the Court of Chancery allow its suit against former partners Frank and Louie Bascio to move forward. In June, the Bascios, through attorney David Hutt, moved to have Touch of Italy's suit dismissed.   In his opposition to the Bascios motion to dismiss, Touch of Italy attorney Larry Fifer said the Bascios hav...