Life was not easy for the Italian immigrants who help create the community, including Angelo Squicquero. Italian immigrants helped build the railroads that opened the area to industries. They helped build the roads, streets and houses. Some returned to Italy, but many stayed to work here and build the community. They faced all the challenges of imm...

Flags In South Philadelphia's Mario Lanza Park Bearing Image of The Tenor Were Replaced with an Image of a Bird. Attorney Robert Petrone reports this week, the flags in South Philadelphia's Mario Lanza Park bearing the esteemed Philadelphia tenor's face were replaced with flags with a cartoon bird on it. Petrone wants to do something about it. "I p...

Allegheny County Council President Pat Catena on Tuesday called on local leaders to reconsider removing a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus from Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. Last week, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto echoed the recommendation of the Pittsburgh Art Commission to remove the statue. He directed the statue be displayed on privat...

Working as a “Professional Italian American” might sound like a dream job, but for author and historian Stephanie Longo, it’s a fitting job title. Stephanie has dedicated her career to celebrating her heritage and preserving immigrant history, both on a local and national scale. She’s written three books on NEPA’s Italian American history and has m...

Video: https://youtu.be/ZKtN6pMhTwE or https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=960258314470622 October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

Flo Spagnolo sat in a lawn chair facing the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park on Monday. It was Columbus Day. The controversial statue was obscured, wrapped from top to bottom in plastic and tape. “I have been here since the beginning when the statue was placed here,” said Spagnolo, 93, from Greenfield. “I am so upset they want to take h...

Basil M. Russo, President of Italian Sons and Daughters of America — and the ISDA legal team, led by attorney George Bochetto — secured a temporary injunction in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas that will block Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto from removing the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The Italian American community saved...

October is National Italian American Heritage Month in the United States. According to the United States Census, there are 17.8 million Americans who claim Italian origin, with 1.4 million of those living in Pennsylvania. According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties take up five spots among the top 20...

On Friday, when Mayor Bill Peduto backed the Pittsburgh Art Commission’s decision to remove the Columbus statue from Schenley Park, the Italian American community didn’t smash windows or light fires. Rather, Basil M. Russo, President of Italian Sons and Daughters of America — and the ISDA legal team led by attorney George Bochetto — secured a tempo...

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is recommending the removal of the Christopher Columbus status from Schenley Park -- weeks after the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted in favor of it as well. According to a release Friday, Peduto instead directed that the statue be “displayed in a private location still to be determined." He said removing the statue is...