The Sons of Italy hosted the Special Olympics Bocce Tournament in Bellaire Saturday, Belmont County -- Tuscarawas County -- and Carroll County all had teams that came out to play, in addition to some Unified teams. After having to take a year off because of the pandemic, the athletes and organizers alike were excited to get together again -- and pl...

Dayton, a town of 2,700 residents located a short seven miles from McMinnville, definitely has its charms. A picturesque park in the heart of downtown appears movie-set-complete with a gazebo perfectly placed in the center. Surrounding the square, buildings reflect a glimpse of the past and present, too, with new life bustling in one particular sto...

Sister Francis Marie Vallone, a Franciscan nun for 75 years, taught religion and assisted applicants and new members in her early years in the order. In her later years, Sister Vallone developed ministries to the elderly, including those living in nursing homes. "She loved her ministries," said Sister Peggy Wetzel, of the Western New York regional...

The Sons of Italy will again host a bocce tournament for the Special Olympics after the beloved event was curtailed last year by the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 at the Sons of Italy, 3848 Belmont St. Representatives of the club and of Belmont County Special Olympics spoke about the Italian sport and...

Nominations for Honorees to be recognized during Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month in October 2021 are being requested by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee. The categories for nomination include:  Arts & Culture, Business, City or County Employee, Individual, Public Servant, or Youth.  Anyone is welcome to nominate an Italia...

Of the dozens of people who showed up in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood to mark the groundbreaking for a statue of former Indians slugger Rocky Colavito, few beamed as much as Sheldon Green. Like many people of a certain age, Green was fond of the New York-born Colavito, an endearment the ballplayer shared with his adopted city. In 1960, Gre...

Pizza, “Italiano” fried chicken and jojos – a sort of holy trinity of dishes – have a place at the table and, often, all at the same time, in northeast Ohio. In Columbus, it’s a less common occurrence. Daniel Shackelford and Larry Halpin, lifelong friends, are trying to trying to raise the profile of the trio with the opening of their second Gionin...

The Feast of the Assumption — a beloved Cleveland tradition more than a century old — will return this August. The Feast will return to Little Italy with COVID-19 protocols in place, a media release from the city of Cleveland said. City and parish leaders shared their enthusiasm in the release: “I am extremely excited to join Father Joe, Holy Rosar...

Ciao from Rome, my dear friends readers of We the Italians. Spring has come, the contagion is slowing down, the vaccination campaign is accelerating and Italy, at least from this point of view, is actually going in the right direction. We even reopened to American tourists, and about that, We the Italians is preparing a beautiful surprise for all o...

You can’t keep a good restaurant down, apparently. Chef Anthony Zappola will reopen the Rice Shop, an Asian-fusion concept that he launched in Las Vegas, revived at the Ohio City Galley and relocated to University Heights, at the Van Aken District. “I love the concept and it’s always done good, even at the Galley,” Zappola says. “It just seems like...