A federal appeals court panel on Friday upheld a lower court decision to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Mayor Jim Kenney discriminated against Italian Americans by renaming the city’s Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. A year ago, U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II ruled that the plaintiffs, including City Councilmember Mark Squ...

The Beacon school board will create a committee comprised of board members, district administrators, students and members of the public to decide whether to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day on school calendars. President Meredith Heuer said during its Jan. 9 meeting that the board had received 70 emails after announcing in the fall th...

WGN Radio’s David Hochberg, in for Bob Sirott, is joined by Ron Onesti, President & CEO at Onesti Entertainment, Arcada Theatre, and The Des Plaines Theatre. Listen in while Onesti talks about his Italian-Chicago roots and how growing up on Taylor Street has made him into the successful businessman he is today. Onesti also shares some fun Onesti En...

After four weeks, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees has again designated its paid holiday for township employees on the second Monday in October as Columbus Day. The latest switch came at the board’s Dec. 5 meeting, effectively reversing a name change for the October holiday on the 2023 employee calendar from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples...

The fight to preserve the legacy of 15th century explorer Christopher Columbus in Stamford has moved from the city square to the school board. After successfully staving off pressure in 2020 to remove the statue of Columbus in a downtown city park, a group of Italian-Americans is now fighting to keep Columbus Day a holiday in Stamford schools as th...

There is a big heart that has been celebrating Italy, Christmas, children and the musical traditions of our country for almost twenty years in New York. It does so with commitment, courage, talent, and an infinite love and pride for its Italian roots. It is the heart of Cristina Fontanelli, artist, singer, producer, who every year in December organ...

Columbus Day and Veterans Day — traditionally celebrated by Stamford schools with a day off — may be class days if a proposed calendar is accepted. On the other hand, Stamford schools are looking at adding an additional no-class day to celebrate and recognize the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. The proposed changes were presented during a recent meetin...

Columbus Day is out and Indigenous groups are in when it comes to Clinton Township’s local government. The township’s Board of Trustees voted 5-1 Monday to “update all references” to the Columbus Day holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Township Supervisor Bob Cannon voted against the measure, saying it was unfair to take away a day meant to honor...

UNICO (Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, and Opportunity) is celebrating 100 years in 2022, and We the Italians wants to celebrate with all our Unicans friends. This is why we are happy to welcome a past President of UNICO National, Mr. Paul Alongi, who will help us know more about this historical family of Italian Americans that has been...

Bloomfield UNICO, the Italian service organization, held its 26th annual Columbus Day observance this past Monday morning, Oct. 10, at the Christopher Columbus monument on the Green, across Broad Street from the Civic Center. Always a charming public event in Bloomfield, it attracted a small gathering of fourth-grade essayists, parents, principals,...