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Three generations of a New Jersey clan are on the front lines of a culture-war fight over Christopher Columbus, their Italian heritage — and, they say, historical truth. It’s boiling over because a school district voted to remove all holidays from the school calendar, replaced by “Days Off.” The family’s youngest member, 19-year-old Chiara Ricupero...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is returning to Clarksburg on Labor Day weekend, and though Chairman Tyler Terango said it will look a little different than in past years, it will be an in-person festival at Jackson Square. “We have been patiently waiting for the right time to announce this exciting news. The core foundation of the fest...

A western Pennsylvania judge will mediate a dispute over a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus in a Pittsburgh park. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge John McVay declared an impasse in the dispute between the city of Pittsburgh and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America over the Columbus statue in Schenley Park, the Tribune-Review reported...

The Theater League of Clifton will hold auditions for its dinner/theater production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding on June 22 and 23 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Mario’s Restaurant (710 Van Houten Ave) in Clifton. Call backs are slated for June 24 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, if necessary. In the play, Andrew and Anthony are getting married – and everyone wan...

Members of the K-12 district's Board of Education could be backing down from their decision to remove the name of Columbus Day and other holidays from the school calendar. According to an announcement issued Tuesday afternoon by District Communications Director Matthew Pfouts, the 9-member board will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June...

On Main Street in the quaint, historic, little downtown of Boonton, it is not difficult to find several popular and excellent Italian restaurants dotted along the rows of small storefront businesses, but just a short drive away on Myrtle Avenue, separated from the crowd, you will find yet another gem you should seriously consider putting on your ra...

Thanks to the generosity of the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia, under the direction of Franca Riccardi, PhD, the Cape Henlopen High School Italian classrooms learned in late April that they not only would be given a donation to cover the subscription to an authentic Italian magazine, but would also be able to use some of the funds to award a...

It’s almost hard to imagine Point Pleasant and surrounding areas without Joe Leone’s. Thank goodness for all of us we don’t have to worry about that. And Joe Leone’s just celebrated a big occasion. According to the Joe Leone Facebook page, it all began 24 years ago yesterday way back in 1997. And what a legacy has been built around this amazing est...

Milford’s Benvenuto is not your average Italian restaurant. Yes, the family-owned eatery embraces the cuisine and ambiance of Tuscany. But it also delivers the unexpected. “We change what we do all the time,” said owner Lisa Johnson. In winter, for instance, guests can attend wine dinners featuring high-end Italian wines from different regions. But...

There is controversy in a New Jersey town. Randolph Township‘s Board of Education has announced holidays will no longer be marked on school calendars — a decision that has sparked outrage from some members of the public, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported Sunday. “Don’t divide the town and divide our country and pit group against group,” Italian America...

The Randolph, NJ Board of Ed, in an unprecedented move, voted unanimously last night to eliminate all holidays on the school calendar and instead label each one a 'school holiday'. The move was promoted by pressure from the Italian American community angry over the board's decision last month to rename Columbus Day Indigenous' Peoples' Day. "This w...

Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner CuVino Trattoria.Pizza.Enoteca is a casual Italian eatery located about an hour's drive north from Washington D.C., in Timonium, Md. Brothers Ralph and Angelo Di Biasi grew up working in their father’s restaurants in D.C. and Baltimore. In 2015, the two decided to open their own restaurant featuring...