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The Donio family of New Jersey has received the same national honor that Frank Sinatra, Tommy Lasorda and Tony Bennett have accepted. The late Frank G. Donio was president and owner of Hammonton, N.J.-based Frank Donio Inc. before retiring in 2000. His sons Jim and John were also owners of the grower-shipper-wholesaler at one time. The family accep...

The person who is mostly closely linked with U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter is Daniel Scavino Jr. (43), the White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President. The White House Director of Social Media is a new position that was instated for the first time since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. The top leader’...

Gianandrea Noseda introduced the National Symphony Orchestra to the music of Alfredo Casella back in 2015. Thursday evening the Italian conductor featured the Second Symphony on his second program in the Unexpected Italy festival, heard in honor of his home country’s Festa della Repubblica. This outsized work filled the Kennedy Center Concert Hall...

Amedeo Petrongolo Jr., 93, of Berlin, a highly decorated World War II veteran who was twice wounded in combat and who later helped start a family construction company in South Jersey, died Thursday, May 16, of prostate cancer at home. Mr. Petrongolo was known throughout the mid-Atlantic region as an owner of A.P. Construction Inc., a business in Bl...

In an age when reaching out to family is as simple as face-timing loved ones on an iPhone, for Ben “Gabe” Esposito, that is simply not enough. The 76-year-old recently explained that family is everything, and for the past 50 years, he and his siblings have arranged an Esposito picnic at Merrill Park annually, where all of their family members come....

L’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington ha aperto ieri le celebrazioni per la Festa della Repubblica negli Stati Uniti d’America. Al tradizionale ricevimento nella prestigiosa sede dell’Ambasciata  hanno partecipato oltre 1800 persone accomunate dall’amore per l’Italia. Erano presenti rappresentanti delle varie branche dell’Amministrazione americana, de...

Giovanni “Charley” Buccigrossi nacque a Capracotta, oggi provincia di Isernia, il 9 aprile del 1888. Il padre “Frank”, nato nel 1859, emigrato prima verso il Brasile decise poi di raggiungere gli Stati Uniti. Qui trovò lavoro nella “Mount Hope Mine” di proprietà della omonima “Mount Hope Mining Company” nel New Jersey. Nel 1909 fu nelle condizioni...

From the Ferris wheel to the funnel cake, St. Charles Borromeo's annual event in Cinnaminson is the picture of a classic carnival. But carnival co-chair Brian Fitzpatrick takes in the scene and sees something else: A modern Main Street.  "As we've shifted to a downtown community to an online community, here is one of the few large-scale, down-home...

Leaders in business, Italian-American causes, and military received awards from the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), the nation’s largest and oldest organization for people of Italian heritage. Bruno Ciacciarelli (President of Roadtex Transportation), Vivian Cardia...

We got an amazing opportunity to meet and interview Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro. He is a reality TV show host, and owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, and other locations. He also has several TV shows, such as “Cake Boss,” “Bake You Rich,” “Bake It Like Buddy” and “Bakers vs. Fakers.” If you have seen his show or have been lucky enough...

La Festa Italian Street Festival on East Passyunk Avenue will return on Sunday, June 2. This year, the South Philly block party will be bigger than ever before. Similar to celebrations in Italy for the Festa della Repubblica (Italian National Day), attendees will spend the day eating, drinking and dancing in the street. Highlights of the all-day, a...

The news stories report that Sunday February 7, 1904, was a brutally cold and windy day. In Baltimore, a single spark was destined to change the face of the city forever. That spark ignited a blaze in the warehouse of the John W. Hurst Company at German (now Redwood) and Sharp Streets. Shortly after 11 AM, the building was engulfed in flames. By no...