The Illinois/Wisconsin Grand Lodge of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America welcomed a new lodge to the family. Lodge Amicizia #2999 of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was chartered on Nov. 2 at Casa Capri in Kenosha. On hand for the ceremony were Lodge President Joseph Cardinali, National 4th Vice President Richard R. Della Croce, Grand Lodge Presi...

While there was heated contention between the City and Roman Catholics earlier this fall – regarding the dismissal of St. Frances Xavier “Mother” Cabrini in the She Built NYC campaign – progress with external initiatives are taking place to honor her. A statue will be made in Cabrini’s honor and a Brooklyn post office may be rechristened to share h...

Through the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), and hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) has awarded nearly $61 million in scholarships to date. In past years, the SIF has offered 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership G...

When Gene Loparco, who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, first began thinking about a veteran's memorial for the Order of the Schenectady chapter of the Sons of Italy he knew he wanted it to be big enough to see from the street, and big enough to encompass every U.S. veteran. Saturday he got his wish when the Sons of Italy of unv...

The Cesare Battisti Lodge of Schererville, Indiana, will celebrate its centennial in grand fashion at a Nov. 9 gala. The event will include an antipasti table, traditional Italian dinner and live entertainment featuring the sounds of the Jersey Boys, Rat Pack & Motown. Tickets are $60 per person with open bar; formal attire is required. Formed in 1...

Denise Alessandrini has spent more than 20 years in the Prince of Piedmont Lodge of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. As president of the women’s auxiliary, she’s usually at the lodge a couple times a week, helping to plan fundraisers that support scholarships and other worthy causes. But until April 13, there was one important thin...

More than 100 Italian Americans spent the afternoon of Sept. 29 dancing at America Lodge No. 2245’s 49th annual scholarship Dinner Dance. The Lodge aims to preserve Italian culture and history. Every year, it grants several local students a college scholarship award, as well as five local students with an Italian Language Award. This year, Lodge me...

You may be busy raising your family or serving as a caregiver for relatives and regret not having the time to help improve your community. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany and Sons of Italy #2561 has a solution to that dilemma. On Thursday, October 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., you can help improve the lives of others and have fun while do...

There is more to celebrating Italian traditions than to feast on pizza or pasta at home or at a restaurant, especially with the approach of Columbus Day each year. Columbus Day, a federal holiday, occurs in October during national Italian Heritage Month. So how can one best appreciate and celebrate things Italian this month and beyond, whether you...

On Monday, four men who have demonstrated ongoing support and recognition of the cultural and heritage significance that Columbus Day symbolizes will be inducted into the Pueblo Columbus Day Hall of Fame. Only one, however, has an Italian surname: an accurate reflection of what the New Columbus Day Celebration is all about. Three years ago, in an a...