Join the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) on Thursday, May 23, 2013, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala. The signature Washington event returns to the elegant National Building Museum to honor Sergio Marchionne, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Robert F. Corrao, and Gary Sinise. We wil...

You usually can't get a loftier recognition in any field than being honored with an accolade that pretty much says it all.   As the Gold Medal Award co-honoree at the 52nd Biennial Convention of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania's Sons of Italy, which was held this week in King of Prussia, Francis Recchuiti was aware of a certain irony as he a...

Annette Funicello was born on October 22, 1942, in Utica, New York to Virginia and Joseph – both Italian Americans. When she was four years old, her family relocated to Southern California. Annette grew up with a love of dancing and entertaining.   When she was just 12 years old she was cast as the lead in a local production of the ballet Sw...

Each year, the Myrtle Beach Sons of Italy Lodge #2662 awards a $1,500 scholarship to a high school student of Italian descent. This year's recipient is Christopher Moloney. He is a recent graduate of Socastee High School where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.   Moloney and his family were guests for dinner at the lodge the evening the pres...

In 1961 Cape Coral was a tiny but growing community in need of a Fire Department. A group of men encouraged by Gulf American Corporation decided to form a one and on April 9, 1961, the Cape Coral Volunteer Fireman's Association was incorporated by an act of the Florida legislature. Their first elected Chief was Edward Kocik.Ed Kocik and his wife Al...

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, Italian traditions may not come to mind. However, like many milestones in American history, Italians have made big contributions to our Independence. This excerpt taken from a New York Times 1994 Letter to the Editor titled, 'Honor a Son of Italy on the Fourth of July,' mentions one Italian who aided America...

by Dawn Miceli   The sponsors of the annual Southington Italian-American Festival have selected Community Services and Southington Community Cultural Arts to be the recipients of proceeds from the festival. The festival, sponsored by the Sons of Italy and Southington UNICO, will take place July 24, 25 and 26 on Center Street.   "...

Unless you're a native speaker, it's easy to get confused by some Italian expressions. Here are a few useful and interesting expressions that I've encountered in Italy. There are Italian expressions with very familiar English equivalents...   "Chi dorme non piglia pesci" Direct translation: Who sleeps doesn't catch fish – What...

The Verrazzano Day Observance Committee, comprised of members from the Order Sons of Italy in America (Grand Lodge of Rhode Island) and Italian American War Veterans of the United States (Rhode Island division), recently announced its 2015 Man of the Year – Joseph DeSantis, CEO of Tri-Town Community Action Agency and South County Community Action A...

By Maria Papadopoulos Ralph Fedele remembers walking downtown and into the Order of the Sons of Italy lodge at Main and West Elm streets in the late 1930s with his father, Raffaele Fedele.Then a young boy, Fedele said they would walk up to the second floor of the former Brockton Public Market, or BPM, where members of the Order of the Sons of Ital...