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Lou Scaramuzzo has embarked upon his second term as president of the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization, accepting the gavel from Bob Urbinati. A member of CIACO since 2003 and a board member since 2005, Scaramuzzo has served as secretary, second vice president and first vice president, in addition to his seven-year stint as presi...

The City of Carmel has a new international sister city! Cortona, Italy is Carmel’s fourth sister city, joining Jelgava in Latvia, Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan and Xiangyang, Hubei, China. To celebrate the new sister city, the Rotary Club of Carmel and the City of Carmel are hosting an Italian experience. On February 17 a VIP event will host a Corton...

When it comes to celebrating our Italian American culture, sometimes you need to capture every moment as it happens. Such is the case for this week’s guest, Frank Di Piero. Frank is the host of “Keepin’ It Real with Frankie D.” at ItalianAmericanLife.com. With more than 100 “Italian American Moments” to his credit, Frank believes in making our cult...

The Italian American Club in Kenosha was bursting at the seams with the number of people who came to celebrate Carmelo Tenuta Saturday night. Named 2022 Italian American Person of the Year, friends, family, club members and members of the community turned out for a gala dinner Saturday to celebrate him. “It’s surreal,” Tenuta said. “My first job wa...

Thursday, January 26 at 6pm CT - Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago (500 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611). On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee, presents the history of the San Sabba Rice Mill, the only Italian Nazis camp wit...

Local realtor Christopher DeSanto has stepped up to the presidency of the Calabresi in America Organization, continuing a legacy of leadership begun by his mother, Mary. DeSanto’s grandparents came to America from Castrolibero and Rende, Calabria. Both of his parents were members of CIAO from the club’s inception, and his mom was a perennial volunt...

Frank T. Concialdi has been elected president of Il Comitato Beato Giovanni Liccio, a Chicago society named in honor of the patron of Caccamo, Sicily. The society has a chapel and clubhouse on Addison Avenue and celebrates its feast day in late July. Following in the footsteps of his uncle and cousins, Concialdi became a member of the society in 20...

In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly called on nations to mark January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 2023 marks the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945.  The Consulate of Italy in Detroit and the Dante Alighieri So...

THE ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER IS one part of Casa Italia located at the former Sacred Heart Seminary, west of Chicago. Their mission is the preservation and promotion of Italian-American culture in and around the city. The Italian Cultural Center consists of several individual galleries. The Florence Bartolomei Rosselli Library, established by the se...

Vic Guerrieri will ascend to the presidency of the Columbian Club of Chicago at a black tie installation dinner on Jan. 28 at Medinah Country Club. For reservations, call Carmen Forte at 708-473-1591. Guerrieri signed on as a member in 2011. “I joined to support the Italian-American traditions that the club stands for,” he says. “I admire their foc...

Members of the Downriver Italian American Club are looking forward to another year of fellowship and with new officers at the helm. On Dec. 11, club members gathered at the Bentley Banquet Center in Wyandotte for the group’s annual Christmas party where they enjoyed a nice meal and music provided by Marelli Productions. The evening festivities bega...

The Christmas season is generally considered a happy time of year. In the Copper Country, though, that happiness is tempered by memories of a long-ago tragedy. One hundred nine years ago tomorrow, striking copper miners were holding a Christmas Eve party for children on the upper level of the Italian Hall in Calumet.  As more than 400 people packed...