San Rocco Festa won’t happen in 2020. Organizers of Beaver County’s three-day Italian festival, which debuted in 1925 in Aliquippa, agreed that efforts to combat the coronavirus made it necessary to cancel this year’s event scheduled for mid-August. “Instead, we will be focusing this year on the most important parts of our celebration: the San Rocc...

La comunità italo-americana di Philadelphia si prepara a combattere la proposta del sindaco Jim Kenney di rimuovere la statua di Cristoforo Colombo, un gesto che considerano alla stregua di "un attacco a tutti noi". A farsi portavoce della protesta è Marco Circelli, direttore esecutivo di Filitalia International & Foundation, un'organizzazione non...

Philadelphia residents with suggestions on what should happen to the Christopher Columbus statue in Marconi Plaza have until July 21 to weigh in. On July 22, the city will take the public comments it collects to the Philadelphia Art Commission, which approves “the design and location of construction projects and public art on City property,” and as...

Three Central Pennsylvania cities have joined other communities across the country in reexamining their Columbus statues amid a burst of organizing against racism across the country. Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman has called for the removal of a bust of the explorer that sits outside the county courthouse.  As of Wednesday, he did not h...

It’s been two years since the bronze statue of Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Foster and a barefoot black man playing a banjo was removed from Schenley Plaza. The statue was denounced for decades, but the criticism gained steam in the aftermath of a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va. over the removal of Confederate monuments. The city held pu...

We've seen so many traditional summer events here at home canceled because of the pandemic. Now, one of the area's more popular ethnic heritage festivals is announcing some big changes for this year. The Saint Paul's Italian Festival typically brings huge crowds to Erie's Little Italy neighborhood. This year's edition is set for August 7 through 9....

“I hope and trust that this monument will be the means to bring in touch the people of Italy and that of America.” It was with these words that Frank Carlucci, master sculptor and president of the Christopher Columbus Monument Association, presented the Columbus monument that stands on Scranton’s Courthouse Square to the city on October 21, 1892 du...

Philadelphia officials said Monday that there are no plans to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from Marconi Plaza. The announcement was issued after a weekend of sometimes tense moments between protesters who defended Columbus as a symbol of Italian American culture, and counter-protesters who argued that the statue represents oppression. Ba...

The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has renewed protests over statues that many people say glorify racist or genocidal figures in American history. In Philadelphia, the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo was taken down in the middle of the night after protesters tried to topple it during protests. In South Philadelphia, protesters...

The base of a second monument honoring Christopher Columbus is being hidden from view while its future is debated after the explorer became a focus of protesters in Philadelphia amid nationwide demonstrations following George Floyd's death in Minnesota. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation said the monument at Penns Landing on the Delaware Riv...