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The Rev. Michael P. Caruso and Larry Wert will be the guests of honor when the Justinian Society of Lawyers hosts its annual installation and awards dinner on Sept. 12 at the Palmer House Hilton. For details, call 708-338-0760. The following officers will be formally installed at the event: Natalie M. Petric (president), Judge Regina A. Scannicchio...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin held its 48th Biennium State Convention on June 15 at the Edward Hotel Chicago in Rosemont. Grand lodge officers elected at the convention for the biennium 2019-2021 are Paul Loparco, president; Frank Schiro, first vice president; James LasCola, orator; Anna De...

Iron Mountain again will celebrate its rich Italian heritage Saturday with the 13th annual Italian Fest in downtown Iron Mountain. The event, sponsored by Local 1329 of the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute, or LiUNA, kicks off at noon in the parking lot across from the Dickinson County Library, with a full slate of activitie...

After an enormously successful move from Berwyn to Niles in 2015, the Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana has much to be proud of as it looks forward to its fifth year in the near north suburb. “(The city of Niles) has welcomed us with open arms, and they have given us all the cooperation and respect in the world,” says Joe Camarda, president of Congregaz...

La visita a Chicago della senatrice Francesca Alderisi (FI), eletta nella Circoscrizione Estero, ripartizione Nord e Centro America, si è aperta sabato con l'incontro con il Console Generale d'Italia a Chicago, Giuseppe Finocchiaro. Il colloquio, svoltosi presso il Consolato Generale d'Italia, "è stato un momento proficuo e molto interessante - ha...

The Brier Hill Italian Festival will open its 28th year by honoring its founder. At the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, the boccie courts at the corner of Calvin and Victoria streets – where the festival takes place – will be dedicated to the late Dominic “Dee Dee” Modarelli, The courts are part of the ITAM Post 12 war veterans club’s memorial t...

Italy’s 20 regions don’t all move to the same beat. Just as visitors will discover culinary differences traveling the country, the folk dances of Italy also change with the geography. The tarantella, probably the most familiar Italian dance, is not common in many regions. “Dances from the north have more of a French, Swiss influence,” said Anna Ha...

The Feast of the Assumption has a big been a part of James Malatesta’s life – for 95 years. Malatesta, who turned 100 on March 30, is the longest running parishioner of Holy Rosary in Little Italy. He joined at age 5 in 1924 when he moved to Cleveland from Syracuse, N.Y. with his mother, Philomena, a native of Naples, Italy. They chose to build a h...

The return Friday of World War II medals lost decades ago began in February, with a chance meeting between a retired Army infantryman and the owner of an Italian restaurant in Auburn. Robert Egli's photo hangs there in the eatery, Sandra D's Italian Garden. He's a 20-something, confident-looking man with a sideways smile who's wearing a military un...

The Carmen Porco Story: Journey Toward Justice biography provides a compelling and beautifully written account of Rev. Carmen Porco's life journey. It shows how he has used his housing ministry to help lift people out of poverty. Although Rev. Porco went through one of the country's finest seminary schools, he is not a traditional pastor by any mea...

Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Carlo Fierens will perform “A Guitar at the Opera” at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1029 Kundek Street, Jasper, at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019.  Free admission, but donations will be accepted.  His concert will feature expressive settings of famous opera themes by Mozart, Rossini and Verdi. Fieren...

If Dominick Paielli hadn’t gone into the family bakery business, he might have become an engineer. It was a career path he had considered until circumstances called him to help run the bakery established in 1923 by his father, Sante Paielli. There he often employed a natural talent for things mechanical, said his family. “When it came to machinery...