As soon as the July Fourth Weekend passes, church festival starts up. That’s how it worked in Kenosha, year after year — and spaghetti dinner after spaghetti dinner. Then 2020 happened, and COVID-19 restrictions shut down church festival season. This summer, a few parishes will again be hosting festivals, but up first this weekend is a festival rep...

Ada DeBartolo was a “family matriarch” who modeled hard work and generosity. Her daughter, Tina Serpe, says their mother’s life could be summed up in four words: “Faith,” “Family,” “Friends” and “Food.” “And ‘fun!’ She was a good sport and always joking!” added daughter Sandy Morrone. “She was the matriarch who kept everyone together,” Tina said. A...

A confrontation took place Saturday afternoon between a group of Kenosha teens known as Kenosha Activism and counter-demonstrators supporting Italian heritage. The confrontation was very loud at times, but peaceful. The Kenosha Activism organizers—three local high school students from Indian Trail High School and Academy—had planned a march titled...

Daniel J. Travanti, best known for his TV portrayal as Capt. Frank Furillo on “Hill Street Blues,” was honored for his accomplishments as an entertainer and for giving back to his community at the annual Columbus Day Banquet. A multiple award-winning actor, Travanti, 79, a Kenosha native, shared personal anecdotes as a young budding performer both...

Award-winning actor Daniel J. Travanti, a Kenosha native, will be honored by the Italian American Society at its annual Columbus Day Banquet. The event will be Oct. 13 at the Italian American Club, 2217 52nd St. Each year the Italian American Society honors an outstanding community member of Italian descent at the annual banquet. Travanti won two...

Ring Road will now officially be called Calabria Way. The Kenosha City Council voted Monday evening to rename the roadway connecting the eastern-most ends of 56th and 54th streets. The change was recommended by several aldermen as a way to recognize’s Kenosha’s Italian heritage.  According to the resolution, principally sponsored by Ald. David Bogd...

Toy donations. Christmas baskets. Scholarship giving. This doesn't sound like the normal activities of a social club, but a social club is still how many members of the Italian American Ladies Auxiliary of Kenosha, who celebrated their 95th anniversary Thursday, describe themselves. The auxiliary, part of the Italian American Club at 2217 52nd St....

When it comes to summer church festivals, longevity and tradition matter. But so does having a good time. Just ask Tom Rizzo, the longtime festival chairman at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. “As I like to say, ‘come for the cannoli, stay for the entertainment,’” he said. The parish is celebrating its 71st annual festival this weekend, an...

Alfred John “A.J.” Capelli, a cherished family physician to many Kenosha residents, died unexpectedly Sunday at Kenosha Medical Center. He was 68. “We are deeply saddened by the sudden, unexpected passing of Dr. A. J. Capelli, a respected and valued Aurora physician and caregiver who made significant contributions to both our community and hospital...

A new event to promote contributions of local Italian-Americans is planned for Thursday at the Christopher Columbus statue near Kenosha’s lakefront. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. at Piazza Cosenza on Ring Road, between 54th and 56th streets, and will feature presentations by Kenosha native Vince Ruffolo, president of Super Industrial Coating, a Rac...