This year, the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is "going back to its roots." The annual festival is set to take place on July 20 and 21 this year, but at a different location. This year, it will be held at Niagara Square along Delaware Ave, all the way to Huron St. in downtown Buffalo. “We are very excited to announce that the 2019 Galbani Italia...

Rev. Joseph M. Gariolo, a Barnabite priest who taught Spanish and Italian at Canisius College for 30 years and helped save SS. Columba and Brigid Parish in Buffalo from closing, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 95. Born Giuseppe Gariuolo in Stigliano in the Province of Matera in southern Italy, the only boy among eight children, he ent...

Buffalo News critic Jeff Simon once wrote: “Who is the most beloved person in the City of Buffalo, who is neither an athlete nor TV personality? As fast as the question came, so did the answer: Joey Giambra.” I have known Joey for nearly forty years and I agreed with Simon when he wrote: “Everyone who knows Joey tends to love the guy. At the very l...

As late as the 1940s, newspaper stories written about Buffalo’s Italian population were painted with wild strokes of exotic color. “Off in a section of the city where the rays of the sun, on a bright day, glisten down upon dilapidated housetops and seek their way into narrow streets and by-ways with which the place abounds, are colonized a people i...

Albert J. Duke took the reins of the Buffalo Fire Department in 1985 during a challenging era, with clashes with the union over training and equipment and with the courts over hiring female and minority firefighters. Five years later, when he stepped down, he was lauded by then-Mayor James Griffin  for his hard work and praised by the then-presiden...

Ciao paisani! Gear up for an all new episode of the Italian American Power Hour with a brand-new segment we’re calling Greetings from Italian America!  Let’s face it, even though everyone in the Power Hour Team calls New York and New Jersey home, we know that in every inch of this great country of ours, from sea to shining sea, we Italian Americans...

“Italian Christmas Concert in Buffalo,” a traditional Italian Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Michéal Castaldo and friends, will take place on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:30p.m. at Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden, NY 14004. Castaldo will perform classic Christmas carols from his chart-topping best-selli...

When times change, distinct cultural practices and traditions often mysteriously disappear from city neighborhoods and our social consciousness, but they should never be forgotten. That is exactly what happened here in Buffalo to the omnipresent, Italian cultural fixtures on the Old West Side during the mid-1960s: a golden yet turbulent time define...

Helena Hale developed her deep bond with the Italian province of Tuscany during the first years of her life. Although the former Helena Menchini was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, shortly after her parents emigrated there from Italy, the death of two of her siblings in Canada made them decide to move back to their ancestral home. They stayed in the mo...

A new group of seven historic figures — including Russell Salvatore — has been selected for the Western New York Business Hall of Fame. The new honorees will be inducted at a Nov. 1 ceremony at the Buffalo History Museum. Profiles of all seven are being posted this week on Business First’s website. The total membership of the Business Hall of Fame...