The Italian Business and Professional Association will honor five successful Kenosha residents of Italian descent at its annual banquet this month. Rose Marie "Cookie" DelConte, Louise Mattioli, Dr. John Rende and Dr. James and Geraldine "Geri" Santarelli will be honored at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Italian American Club...

by Joe Potente   One of Kenosha's most recognizable native sons, Al Molinaro, died Friday at 96. Molinaro's son, Michael Molinaro, said his father died at a California hospital, ending a decline that stemmed from a gallbladder infection a few months ago. Known for his TV roles as drive-in owner Al Delvecchio on "Happy Days" and Mur...

Recenly Al Rolandi, the president of WisItalia, contacted Richard Gollnick and Pete Feira, the Green Bay Wisitalia reps, to discuss a very exciting upcoming event.   Each year WisItalia has an Awards banquet to honor an Italian Teacher of the year and to give other awards for outstanding achievements in promoting Italian in Wisconsin. This...

by Rex Davenport   If you have always wanted to look like an Italian movie star — scarf trailing behind you as you tool around town in your red two-seater convertible — your dream may be closer to reality. Your Alfa Romeo sports car will be waiting for you at a local dealership.   Palmen Auto Stores is one of a small group of dealersh...

Education, music, family, food and laughter. These are the things that have shaped the world of Louis Covelli, who directed the Tremper High School bands for more than three decades before retiring in June. And on Sunday night, Covelli was the honored for his contributions to the community during the Italian American Society's annual Columbus...

The public is invited to attend the 2015 Celebrazione Italiana at 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road. The event celebrates Italian-American heritage and raises funds in support of the educational partnership between UW-Parkside and the University of Calabria in Calabria, Italy.   The 2015 Celebraz...

by Terry Flores   Michael Pitts Sr. said he has been "lucky" to have the life he has been blessed with whether by accident or even by reeling it in. On Sunday, Pitts was honored as the Italian American Society's "Man of the Year" at its annual Columbus Day banquet held Sunday night before more than 300 people in attendance.   Pit...

Gina Madrigrano Friebus recalled the hard work of parents and the life lessons that helped her become a successful businesswoman during Sunday's Columbus Day banquet.   Friebus, a Kenosha native and second-generation Italian American, is one of only two women to be honored by the Italian American Society in the 43-year history of the award....

Luigi and Maria DeFranco plan to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with a family party at the Italian American Club. Luigi and the former Maria Gentile met in Italy as children through family members. Luigi's family eventually immigrated to Kenosha for a better lifestyle.   After seven years, Luigi returned to Italy, where the...

Palmen Fiat, a Kenosha, Wisconsin based dealer with a large selection of the Italian automaker's signature hatchbacks, is holding an end of year sale that might just make shoppers think twice about that large sedan they were sold on before.     The deals at Palmen on models ranging from the efficient 2015 Fiat 500 Pop and Fiat 500 Spor...