A seguito del grave rallentamento dell’attività di trasmissione in Italia delle pratiche di pensione da parte dell’Ufficio della Security Administration of International Operation di Baltimora (USA), ho rappresentato all’Ambasciatore Armando Varricchio la situazione di grave disagio che si è venuta a creare per gli interessati e per le organizzazio...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day would replace Columbus Day in Maryland if a bill in the General Assembly is passed this legislative session. At a hearing on Thursday, members of different advocacy groups testified for and against the bill, which would take effect on Oct. 1, 2021. Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October. The bill, SB0421...

If Earl Weaver was night, Joe Altobelli was day. Two managers could not have been more different, and that’s the first thing members of the 1983 Orioles recall about Altobelli, the man who led them to a World Series championship. “With Earl, if you made a mistake on the field, he would be waiting in the dugout to scream at you in front of everybo...

Angela Bambace, first woman elected Vice President of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) - previously an all-male leadership Executive Board for #WomensHistoryMonth. Angela Bambace defied social expectations to lead a labor union—organizing women’s marches, strikes, and protests to improve working conditions, rights and pay in...

Two specially instrumented U.S. F-35Bs from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS Pax River), Maryland, landed aboard Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour, off the US East Coast, on Mar. 1, 2021. The flagship of the Marina Militare (Italian Navy) had left Naval Station Norfolk (Virginia) on Feb. 28, in...

2020 was a very difficult year for everyone and every organization. COVID-19 caused postponements and cancellations of fundraising events leading to new and creative ways to raise money in the Non-Profit Community. Early in 2020, the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB) were deep into planning their Spring Gala, which has grown over the p...

Mario Scilipoti left his newly wed and, unbeknownst to him, pregnant wife behind in their mountainside Sicilian village when he departed for the United States. The 23-year-old did not speak English. He did not have, or need, a visa when his ship, the Patria, sailed past the Statue of Liberty and landed at Ellis Island. He did not have a lucrative j...

I am pleased to announce the 2021 Italian Week organized by myself and the Italian division at Loyola University Maryland that will be held virtually on ZOOM from February 21 to 25. The topic this year is Little Italies: the Impact and Importance of Italian Language, Heritage, and Culture in the U.S.  Our own Dr. Marc De Simone from Baltimore will...

The Little Italy Lodge Foundation (of Little Italy Lodge OSIA 2286) will award $32,000 in educational scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year: two $6,000 and five $5,000 awards will assist students of Italian descent in furthering their education. Eligible Little Italy Lodge members, spouses and specific family members may apply. Applications...

Dear friends, happy new year! The horrendous 2020 is behind us, we're past it. 2021 will still be difficult, but the beginning of the end of the nightmare has begun, and we have reasons to be hopeful. It was 2012 and they started then, on a small Italian newspaper called L'Opinione, my interviews that then led to something that you don't even know,...