In researching the origin of the word stromboli for the hot meat-filled Italian sandwich that is a feature at many pizzerias, the folks at the Oxford English Dictionary found their way to a cryptic entry in the April 10, 1950, copy of the Philadelphia Inquirer. There, on page 21, in the “It’s Happening Here” column by Frank Brookhouser, was t...

A large crowd gathered on the second floor of the Sons of Italy Tuesday night as its board handed out over $52,000 in donations to multiple local organizations. The money is taken from the club’s gambling proceeds. The club is required to donate 60 percent of the funds to local organizations. President Dan Vilello called the 43 organizations to rec...

Virtual Reality during chemotherapy has been shown to improve breast cancer patients’ quality of life during the most stressful treatments, according to a recent study. Breast cancer is, to date, the most frequent oncological disease worldwide, and has an impact both from a physical and psychological point of view. Receiving a breast cancer diagnos...

Joe Girardi swung and belted a grand slam Monday night at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet. The new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies delivered a lively, wide-ranging speech in which he connected with fans of all sports and all Philadelphia teams to earn a standing ovation at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, N.J. He praised Na...

Hank Cisco, 96, the longtime honorary ambassador of Norristown and cheerleader of most everything that was connected to the Montgomery County municipality, died Tuesday, Jan. 14. For three decades, Mr. Cisco was host of The Hank Cisco Show, a cable-access program recorded at Norristown Area High School. Before that, he was a Norristown police off...

Leonardo’s single-engine TH-119 design has been selected to be the U.S. Navy’s TH-73A training helicopter that will replace the aged TH-57 Sea Ranger fleet, the Defense Department announced Monday. The contract, which goes through AugustaWestland in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is for 32 aircraft and is valued at about $176.5 million. Leonardo an...

Hospitality is in Toni Calderone's blood. It is part of her famiglia.  Her grandparents, Alberto and Mary Salvo, opened the first Alberto's Pizza on 616 E. Market Street (now Anza's Pizza) decades ago. Her grandmother ran Cucuzella's Steak Shop on the corner of Duke and Maple Streets until 1947.  And now, Calderone is set to open Aviano's Corner Tr...

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in the United States, announce that member Diane Alberigi has been named UNICAN of the Year for 2019, according to Jim Brogna, president of the chapter. The annual black tie optional UNICO charity ball will be held Feb. 29 at Fiorelli’s Manor, Peckville with c...

Maria Rosina "Rose" (Spadea Anello) Madonna, 89 of Lancaster, PA passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020 after a brief illness. Born in Gasperina, Italy she was the daughter of the late Maria Teresa (Qualtiere) and Nicola Spadea Anello. She was married to the late Joseph Madonna for over 58 years. Rose was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Ann...

It’s out with the old and in with the new at a longtime eatery in Harmar. Garlic Grille opened in June in the former Emilia’s Garden, serving Italian American home-style cuisine. “We just wanted to break away from Emilia’s Garden and start something new and fresh,” says co-owner and executive chef Doug Brannock. Roberta Taylor opened Emilia’s Garde...