As La Festa Italiana celebrates its 40th year, the annual end-of-summer festival in downtown Scranton, Pa. is expanding by opening Friday evening for the first time. La Festa will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, September 4-7, 2015) on Courthouse Square in the heart of the city. Hours are Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday a...

On Sunday, Oct. 5, author Paolo Battaglia will give a presentation on his new book, "Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress" at the Lackawanna Historical Society's Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. The program will begin at 2 p.m.   Battaglia...

As Scranton's government struggles it's more important than ever for civic institutions to demonstrate that the community, beyond the municipal government, remains strong.   A literally glowing example is La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County's decision to contribute up to $10,000 for renovation of the iconic Electric City sign atop the Scr...

Family and friends gave Nick Staback a standing ovation at a picnic in Mcdade park Tuesday evening.The 22-year old is back home, one week after he was honored in Florida with a national American hero award from UNICO national, an Italian-American service organization.    "I don't see how i deserve it. Its just that i was doing my job, i...

If the air smells like pizza and cannoli and Italian tunes bounce off the buildings in downtown Scranton, then it must be time for La Festa Italiana.   The annual celebration of all things Italian returns this weekend to Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, where thousands will flock from Saturday to Monday to indulge in food, music and fun....

Volunteers have been busy putting the final touches on plans for this year's La Festa Italiana to be held this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1-3, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. The festival is an end‑of‑summer tradition that annually attracts thousands of visitors. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p....

La Festa and Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood Restaurant recently presented Allied Services Integrated Health System with a donation of $2,500.   The funds were raised during La Festa Italiana as part of joint initiative by La Festa, Carl Von Luger and Banko Beverage. The donation will benefit the Ryan's Run 5 campaign and children and adult...

A piece of Scranton's Italian-American history is shutting down. After operating for more than 80 years, the Dante Literary Society has closed its social club in South Scranton. Members say there are several factors. First, the economy. Members say insurance and electricity rates have been rising and people just aren't spending...

by David Falchek   Last week, Italian winemaker Giorgio Rivetti spent two days in Scranton officiating at a candlelight winemaker's dinner at the Country Club of Scranton and a presentation for the Electric City Chapter of the American Wine Society.   The opportunity to meet the vintner and experience the wines of his La Spinetta and...

One of downtown Scranton's largest events is coming to the rescue of one of its most iconic landmarks. La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County will contribute up to $10,000 to renovate the Electric City sign overlooking Courthouse Square before the annual Labor Day weekend celebration of Italian culture and cuisine.   Chris DiMattio, La...