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Robert J. DeMark served his country as a United States Navy Seabee who fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II and also served in the Korean War.  He achieved the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class (BUL3).  PO DeMark’s parents came to America from L’Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy, at the turn of the 20th century. They came to the New Castle, Pa.,...

As a child, Mary Menniti spent a lot of time with her Italian grandfather, who visited their rural home to tend his figs. “He came from a lifestyle of surviving on what he could grow and brought that knowledge to New Castle,” she says. Even then, she could tell there was a special connection between her grandfather and those figs. They grew easily...

Another in a line-up of what seems like unending cancellations has been confirmed.   What would have been the Fourteenth Annual UNICO Italian-American Feast has been canceled this year according to organizers. “It is kind of upsetting that we can’t have it, it’s disappointing,” said Joseph Arancio, President of the Clark Chapter of UNICO.  “This is...

Lawrence L. Arcioni, a former six-term president of the New Jersey State Employees Association – the precursor to the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and a former assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor, died on August 18.  He was 94. Arcioni joined state government at age 19 when he got a job operating a staple machine...

This year’s West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will be held virtually for the first time in its history, festival officials announced on Thursday. A press release issued by Tyler Terango, Chairman of the Board for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, stated that the 42nd Annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will be held as a...

Yesterday, Josh Gottheimer’s campaign released a graphic on social media attacking his opponent’s interaction with people “not wearing masks or social distancing.” The graphic contains a doctored photo of Republican Frank Pallotta with his face darkened and a certain shadow cast over him that has been labeled racist and xenophobic. Pallotta’s campa...

More than 300 Pittsburgh residents reached out to the Art Commission at or before a virtual meeting Wednesday to discuss the controversial Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park and calls for its removal. And, after three hours and disagreement over whether the six-member commission or Mayor Bill Peduto had the final call on the statue’s fate...

An organization on a mission to preserve Columbus statues across the nation visited Baltimore Wednesday. "What you're doing now is basically taking away the heritage, culture, and history of Italian Americans throughout the world," said Raul Montes. The organization "Hands Off Christopher Columbus" is demanding the Columbus statue that was torn dow...

Legislation that would rename the Columbus Obelisk monument to honor victims of police brutality is heading to the Baltimore City Council after it was unanimously approved by the city’s Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The committee, sans councilmen Bill Henry and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, voted 5-0 to approve the bill, which wo...

On September 13, I will celebrate my Nonno and Nonna’s Day. Every year I go to Holy Cross Cemetery to put a bouquet of red and yellow roses at their grave site. This is my way of showing love and respect to my father’s parents. I have never had the pleasure of meeting my beloved “Nonno and Nonna.” They died before I was born. Family members have sh...

During this unprecedented health care crisis, members of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey will join our brothers and sisters from Blacks in Law Enforcement Serving the Community, Union County Hispanic Law Enforcement Association and the First Responder Children’s Foundation to assist elementary school students in need as they retur...

Since 1927, the Feast of Madonna Dei Martiri has taken place in Hoboken, marked by a procession of the 800-lb statue through the streets. This year that tradition will continue, though modified for concerns over COVID-19. The 94th Annual Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri will take place at St. Francis Church in Hoboken, with novenas held nightly at...