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John Basilone, the only Marine in World War II to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross, is revered here in the town where he grew up. But now he is also being honored in a small town in Italy near where Basilone's father grew up. He came to the United States in 1903. Colle Sannita, a town of about 2,400 people in the mountains about 5...

In the spring of 1957, for some inexplicable reason our father, Henry Sacchetti, decided that we should see how he made his living. Dad worked at the Westinghouse Electric Corp., at the Lester, PA plant.  Many Southwest Philly men did the same, with many others working at the General Electric facility at 67th and Elmwood Ave.  Being 10 years old wi...

On July 8-9, the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC hosted the conference "Italy, Europe and the US: facing inevitable change in a smart way," organized by Aspen Institute Italia. Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry delivered opening remarks, at the presence of Under Secretary of State at the Italian Minist...

Eddie Glorioso, one of the founding brothers of Glorioso's Italian Market, died Monday. He was 95. The well-known store that's been a part of Brady Street's business district for decades announced his passing on Facebook. "For those who knew him, he was a giant part of the grocery store, where he had a special gift of making people smile. He was la...

Anthony "Tony" Joseph Cucuzella, 92, passed away July 5th at Lancaster General Hospital. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Theresa Randisi Cucuzella. He was World War II Navy Veteran serving on the USS Benevolent from 1944-1947. He owned his own barber shop until the time he passed away. He was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus...

This Thursday, the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee will host their 28th Annual Reception at the beautiful White Sands Resort in Point Pleasant Beach. The organization will honor this year's Parade Grand Marshals Dr. Maureen J. Persi and Melindo A. Persi. Also, this year Sue and I are humbled by the committee to be honored by receiving th...

The state-wide winners of the Garibaldi Awards have been announced. The award is given to graduating seniors who have excelled in Italian Studies and who also have contributed to the Italian American legacy in America, in community service or through extra-curriculars. The honor is conferred by the Silvio Laccetti Foundation. Prof. Laccetti is a re...

When you reach a certain age, just getting down to the driveway can feel like a full day's work. But for 97-year-old Benny Ficeto of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, overcoming those stairs is just the beginning of his workday. Two days a week, he clocks for a four hour shift as a bag boy at the local Stop & Shop. Benny used to be warehouse supervisor for...

The horns played as the drummers kept the beat.  Fireworks exploded. The 2019 San Marziale Procession was about to set out from the front of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church. The Sunday afternoon procession, led by a police vehicle and fire truck, included the 30-piece Our Boys' Band, townspeople, some carrying the statue of the patron saint, and...

Augustine “Augie” Miceli Sr., the longest-tenured faculty member at Calvert Hall College High School, who taught thousands of students in a 60-year career as math teacher and football coach, died Saturday of acute myeloid leukemia at the Gilchrist Center hospice in Towson. He was 86 years old. Mr. Miceli, the gregarious son of Italian immigrants, c...

For one afternoon, Montclair became Montechiaro (Clear Mountain in Italian) at the Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., for an event titled “From Montclair to Montechiaro: Discovering Italy in the Local Architecture.” The June 9 event began with a lecture by decorative arts historian Kathleen Bennett, and architect Frank Gerard Godlewski, a...

In an age when reaching out to family is as simple as Facetiming loved ones on an iPhone, for Ben “Gabe” Esposito that is simply not enough. The 76-year-old recently explained family is everything, and for the past 50 years, he and his siblings have arranged an Esposito picnic at Merrill Park in Woodbridge Township. He said it is not enough to just...