One of the most thrilling and glamorous events in the Chicago-area Italian-American community is the contest to determine who will reign as La Bella Regina of the Columbus Day Parade. “Few events in the community can match the pageantry of the annual Columbus Day Queen pageant,” says Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Ame...

New York’s highest court dealt a blow to efforts trying keep the Columbus monument in downtown Syracuse. The Court of Appeals Thursday denied the Columbus Monument Corporation’s appeal of a lower court decision that cleared the way for the city to remove the statue. Mayor Ben Walsh says the ruling is consistent with the city’s firm belief that remo...

David Lee strummed a guitar while sitting on his front porch in New Haven. He lives two blocks away from Wooster Square Park, where the city installed a new sculpture representing an Italian American immigrant family, replacing a controversial one of Christopher Columbus which was removed by the city. Lee understands why the old statue means so muc...

After a four-year journey, an Italian-American immigrant family landed in Wooster Square Park on Monday, pointing to both the past and the future. The family — representing the Italian-American immigrants who settled in New Haven a century ago and transformed Wooster Square into the city’s Little Italy — is depicted in a solid bronze statue entitle...

On April 19, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled 7 to 0 to reinstate a lawsuit to prevent the removal of Pittsburgh’s Christopher Columbus statue from Schenley Park. The suit was filed by the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), the largest Italian American fraternal association in Pennsylvania, founded in Pittsburgh in 1930. The...

Ten years ago a museum of exceptional passion for our country dedicated to Italian emigration was born in Philadelphia. It was Filitalia International that created it, a wonderful organization founded by a remarkable man, Pasquale Nestico. Today his son Saverio heads Filitalia, and he is one of those leaders who guarantee the Italian American commu...

A controversial move to hold school on both Columbus and Veterans Day in Stamford is likely to be reversed because it will cost the district money. The Board of Education is expected to conduct a revote on the school calendar for the next two school years on Tuesday night that would bring both holidays back as days off for students and staff.  "Th...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit that was filed to block the planned removal of Pittsburgh’s Columbus statue, writing in a 24-page opinion that a lower court “erred” in its dismissal of the case in 2022. Philadelphia litigator George Bochetto filed the lawsuit, and subsequent appeal, on behalf of t...

You may be familiar with the word "Columbia." It is after all known across the US, and has been used to name all sorts of things, from cities and rivers to universities, record labels, and space shuttles. The origins of the name can be traced back to explorer Christopher Columbus. It was then used to identify the first personification of America. S...

AOVC & NAGA Hold Second Solidarity Session - "Bridging Cultures Against Cancel Culture" - Join the video call April 14 - 7 PM EDT - Register here.  Following on the success of the first Solidarity Session held in March, The Italian American One Voice Coalition (“IAOVC”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, and The...